AF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1036 posts, RR: 36 Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4000 times:
Ia Orana all !
Air Tahiti Nui started its route network by opening PPT-LAX with a single Airbus A340-200 F-OITN. Then they started to Fly to Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Auckland, Paris and in July 2005 they started to fly to New York JFK and Sydney.
Blondie75 From France, joined Oct 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
This is very good for French Polynesia to have such a growing traffic!
However, I'm not sure TN works with the same "logics" as most other airlines. To me, TN is more an effective tool used by the Polynesian government to develop tourism in the islands. When you look at TN fares, you may realise that their first objective might not be profitability... making thus probably competition versus TN quite difficult !
AlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
TN is an excellent airline from a service standpoint as I have been on a few of their flights however I believe they are not currently not making money and I remember reading an article in Tahiti that they will not be expected to make some until 2007. They were started and run with State money.
TN was set up to offer a reliable frequent service to Fr. Polynesia without relying on foreign carriers. TN does a good business with the cruise lines carrying all their passengers to PPT.
Usa1984 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3065 times:
TN did post a small profit in 2003 I think. They have a press release of it somewhere on their website. However the JFK and SYD routes will drag this down...but after these routes stabalize they should post profit again.
GARPD From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2473 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
Quoting AirNZ777 (Reply 16): i wonder if there paint scheme would look good on a 777? or 747?...hay i can dream can't i...
I wonder also. I know the guy who did their colour scheme. I'll ask him for the raw files and make a 777 mockup I think.
Back on topic,
Air Tahiti Nui have a great niche to work with, and that's why they get away with operating such a small fleet.
But they could do with getting a more fuel efficient jets to help maximise their profits in the long term. Their a343s will slowly start eating into their profits as time goes by now.
I suggested the 777 as it's economics are well known, but I'm not sure if ETOPS would get in the way, being unfamiliar with their routes.
So perhaps the A345 could be beneficial. Use that in the same config as the A343's. You won't get the max range out of it, but theoretically the fuel consumption should be less for the same distance travelled. And besides, Airbus would literally throw the A345 at them. LOL