azncsa4qf744er From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 671 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11661 times:
I flew out of LAX a few days ago notice three parked Air Tahiti Nui A340-300 parked over at Imperial Terminal. One of the plane's engine is covered. Anybody know why, the one with the engine covered has been parked for a while now.
JAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3321 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7437 times:
Why did they cut JFK? You'd think they would be able to fill the planes several times weekly with tourists/vacation passengers. NZ does very well flying to the Cook Islands strictly because it's a high-end vacation destination!!
Supported the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
mercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 604 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7038 times:
JFK turned out to be a terrible mistake for TN.
Company reported loads merely 30-40% at most times. Even peak periods did not break 60%.
As company discovered, New York is very far away and 12-hour flight very expensive to operate.
They tried for almost 4-years to make it work with various promotions but all it did was create terrible loss, the worst of any company line in history. When they end in 2009 they said it was generating a €5.87m loss in previous year.
Keeping US focus on LAX is best. Most South Pacific demand has natural and historic traffic link to California, not deep America like NY.
Polot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 1497 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6998 times:
Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 9): Why did they cut JFK? You'd think they would be able to fill the planes several times weekly with tourists/vacation passengers. NZ does very well flying to the Cook Islands strictly because it's a high-end vacation destination!!
The Cook Islands are also about 4-5 hours away from New Zealand (and usually operated with an A320). Not ~12 hours away on a 300 seat jet. That is way too far/expensive for most Americans with limited vacation time when there are other choices much closer.
mercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 604 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6209 times:
Quoting koruman (Reply 13): Is there a reason why TN doesn't try PPT-HNL and PPT-SFO.?
SFO has been tried many times - UTA, Minerve, Corsair. Seems unsuccessful in favor of mega LAX demand.
Hawaii - well HA seems to be stuck at single frequency here for 10+ years now. I dont think there is much traffic to warrant also TN A340. FP government even talked about Aloha here with 737 many years ago but nothing happen.
Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 14): Why not add other flights? I can see SIN, PEK, SFO being strong contenders.
Dont think Singapore.
But China eventually but market is still baby.
Tahiti opened tourism office in Shanghai couple years ago. There was talk of offering charter flights maybe but nothing happen. Also remember China is very far from French Polynesia is almost 11,000km, PEK almost 12,000km. Flights of 13hr in duration.
But now not time to open expensive/risky new lines. Company barely stay alive, and need to reduce loss on exisiting smaller network in face of reduced demand.
A half empty 777 is as bad as a half empty A340, so a definite no. Its not the plane type, its the schedule and route structure. Tahiti and its neighbour islands are expensive places to spend a holiday and therefore dont attract huge crowds.