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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

While LAX is currently the only successful US departure point for flights to Tahiti, what exactly is the reasoning behind this? Just the population base from which to draw (assuming the majority of US pax come from the LA Basin) and the connecting traffic possibilities? With these assumptions, couldn't SFO also be positioned as a good departure point? Did Corsair pick up many local pax on their ORY-OAK-PPT flights, or were they mainly thru pax to/from ORY?

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User currently offlineHNL-Jack From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

LAX serves as an excellent connection point with Air France. And, just to let you know, the other successful departure point for Tahiti is HNL with weekly service provided by HA. It's a great flight.


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User currently offlineAq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

In addition to service between PPT and LAX (Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Air New Zealand?), Hawaiian Airlines operates between HNL and PPT a few times a week with 767 aircraft. This would be the second U.S. gateway to LAX.

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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4004 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Air Tahiti Nui also does seasonal flights to NYC (don't know which season, exactly).


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User currently offlineJoemac547 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
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SFO was a connection point for UTA French Airlines back in the 80's and 90's before they were acquired by Air France. They had a SFO-PPT DC-10 that connected with a SFO-CDG flight also operated by a DC-10. It was cool to see two UTA planes sitting next to each other each evening.

User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5316 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 2159 times:



Quoting Aq737 (Reply 2):
In addition to service between PPT and LAX (Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Air New Zealand?),

NZ no longer operates its own aircraft on LAX-PPT, it codeshares with TN.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 3):
Air Tahiti Nui also does seasonal flights to NYC (don't know which season, exactly).

This won't happen this year due to a number of reasons such as low L/F and recession and I don't believe there is any current plans to return to JFK next year either. It was a year round service initially before operating in the Northern Summer only I think in 2008.


User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6417 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 2149 times:

Didn't someone recently choose to operate the PPT-LAS route or something on the way to CDG?


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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5316 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2125 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 6):
Didn't someone recently choose to operate the PPT-LAS route or something on the way to CDG?

There was something to do with LAS I think via LAX? And CDG via YVR I think. Seems silly for such a small carrier who can't even make SYD work. I think LAX and AKL is about all that does semi well for them.

Quoting FLY777UAL (Thread starter):
While LAX is currently the only successful US departure point for flights to Tahiti, what exactly is the reasoning behind this? Just the population base from which to draw (assuming the majority of US pax come from the LA Basin) and the connecting traffic possibilities? With these assumptions, couldn't SFO also be positioned as a good departure point?

Tahiti is a small place and I guess most of the traffic would come from the West Coast , if not you can connect from most places with no more than 1 stop to LAX anyway. I guess TN could offer a daily flight from LAX and a few a week from SFO since they have what 10-12 weekly LAX-PPT?!


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1672 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2110 times:



Quoting HNL-Jack" class=quote target=_blank>HNL-Jack (Reply 1):
LAX serves as an excellent connection point with Air France. And, just to let you know, the other successful departure point for Tahiti is HNL with weekly service provided by HA. It's a great flight.

Does HNL act as a gateway for pax coming from Asia and Japan then?


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1984 times:



Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 7):
Seems silly for such a small carrier who can't even make SYD work.

An item I posted in the Pacific Islands Aviation Thread (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/4391467/) a while ago was that French Polynesia's Territorial Audit Chamber has suggested Air Tahiti Nui has grown too rapidly since its launch

Quote:
PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, April 30, 2009) – French Polynesia MP's discussed Air Tahiti Nui's future Thursday in Papeete. This debate came after a Territorial Audit Chamber communication about the airline's financial situation from 1996 to 2007.

The Audit Chamber said the carrier's growth from one Airbus in 1998 to five today went too fast.

http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2009/May/05-04-08.htm

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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4004 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1890 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 8):
Does HNL act as a gateway for pax coming from Asia and Japan then?

Doubt it, it is a bit far off. Plus, Air Tahiti Nui flies to NRT, so I guess that will be the Asian gateway.



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User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4050 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

I've often thought how well a TN flight 2-3x per week from YVR. I think Vancouver would be a much more successful additional North American destination than NYC.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

QF operated YVR-PPT nonstop with 707s for a couple of years starting in April 1973. The YVR-PPT-SYD service (it may also have stopped in NAN after PPT, can't remember), replaced a YVR-SFO tag-on. They later reverted to the tag-on to SFO using 747s, replacing the 707s via PPT.

When the QF YVR-PPT service started it was the longest nonstop scheduled route from YVR. 60 nm further than CP YVR-AMS. I think it operated twice a week. That's the only time YVR has had direct service to PPT.


User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7569 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1649 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 3):
Air Tahiti Nui also does seasonal flights to NYC (don't know which season, exactly).

Not any more Im afraid. Theyve canned JFK-PPT and closed their NYC office.



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