mercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 1950 posts, RR: 3 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3416 times:
Air Tahiti Nui and American Airlines announced commence code-share relations linking Tahiti with LAX and 15 beyond US markets.
As proposed AA would code-share on TN's PPT-LAX service, with TN code-sharing on AA routes from LAX. (understand these will be Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, NYC, Washington, Las Vegas, Miami, Reno, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tucson, Salt Lake)
Previously AA had a frequent flyer relationship with TN where members could redeem miles on TN.
I wonder if this is a step in the long rumored TN entry into an alliance? Earlier TN also expanded its Qantas code-share via AKL.
Interesting no AA code-share on TN LAX-CDG service - this is the route that probably needs to support as its so long and costly to operate.
blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5492 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3211 times:
I don't think that an AA codeshare out of LAX is a direct sign of any alliance talks regarding TN. Rather, I think this is a smart tie up between TN and one of LAX's major players to promote the TN brand, Tahiti, and fill up otherwise empty seats on an airline that needs as many full seats and high yielding pax as it can get. I think TN would be smart to tie up with AS to shore up west coast traffic. While AA and QF are big oneworld carriers, I wouldn't read too much into their oneworld commonality. Australia, New Zealand, and the US are potentially big tourism markets for Tahiti, and AA and QF are major carriers that serve those markets.
As for no AA code on LAX-CDG, could that be because TN competes with AA/BA/IB on LAX-LHR/MAD-CDG?
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Interesting to read that article as it appears to me that most of the fault lay with the airport at Faa'a in Tahiti. And some lay with the inexperience of the passengers. That first transit stop is clearly too long to expect to wait in an airport lounge (unless you're a premium class passenger and this wasn't made clear) and anyone who's travelled would have known this, but yes the airline/website/travel agent etc should have made this abundantly clear at booking stage. I'd be really distressed with the apparent attitude and lack of care from the cabin crew at this point though, they should have been all care as they clearly held no responsibilty.
TN is commonly rated very highly by passengers in all classes and I'd have no qualms in flying with them. I believe this review to be an exception rather than the rule. I do feel sorry for this passenger but also that I'd not have let it stand and kicked up a bit more of a fuss if my expectations had not been met.
Back to topic, hope this works well for the cash-strapped airline that haemorrhages Franc to the point where the island's economy will continue to be viable only with the ongoing patronage of Paris.