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Air Tahiti Nui Poerava First TN004/003 SYD-PPT-SYD  
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 23118 times:

Since the weather has been terrible here in Phuket, I thought about putting together another trip report that is long overdue. This report will cover the SYD-PPT-SYD part of my trip in March, report about BA First can be found here: BA FIRST: BKK-SYD-BKK On BA009/010 (by Lufthansa747 May 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

30 March 2007
Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD/YSSY) – Papeete Faaa (PPT/NTAA)
Air Tahiti Nui TN/THT 004
Airbus A340-313X
F-OJGF “Mangereva”
0905 – 1955-1 (On Time)
Poerava First, Seat 1K

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Distance 3806mi
Fare: AAdvantage Award
25th flight on A340-300, first on this one


I was originally not supposed to stay in Sydney at all, but Air Tahiti Nui’s constant changing of the schedules forced the overnight. A year earlier I had to cancel my trip because of their schedule changes. Thanks to quite some drinking the night before, I somehow missed the wakeup call of my phone, and was in a hurry to get to the airport. No problems at the end, check-in was in full swing 1h before departure and for sure didn’t close for another 20 minutes at least.

I was given my pre-assigned window seat 1K and a lounge invitation. The latter was for the Qantas Club Business, I questioned this but it appears all TN premium pax use this instead of F lounge for F pax. Unacceptable, even more so considering this flight is a codeshare with Qantas. Anyway, I was in a hurry to get to the gate, so just gulped down a glass of sparkling wine at the said QF Club.

Priority boarding was well enforced, and I was soon sitting in my F seat 1K. There is just one row of first, arranged 2-2-2, and the seats on this aircraft were the same as old Air France L’Espace Premiere I believe. They go fully flat but are obviously behind competition offering various suites, ranging from BA’s rather tight squeeze to SQ’s newly unveiled A380 Singapore Suites.

Pre-departure drinks were served – I chose just water at this point


Menus and amenity kits were handed out as well. The menu was nicely presented in a tropically themed book, unfortunately I forgot to take a picture. I did keep the paper inserts, and will post them once I get home next month and unpack all the 20 pieces of luggage… Amenity kit was a nicely designed blue bag, containing a lot of items including a nice pen and hair brush.

Poerava First amenity kit
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Contents
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The flight was packed in all classes, however the seat next to me remained empty until the doors closed. It was then taken by someone claiming to be a major shareholder of TN, and his next comment was that the flights are too full so his wife has to stay in C. Hmmm, shouldn’t full flights be a good thing from a shareholder’s point of view? Had some interesting chat with him later about TN and Tahiti.

View of the front bulkhead/bar counter just as doors were about to close
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Pushing back more or less on time with VH-QPE next to us
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Asian Star Alliance heavies – HS-TGL of Thai and two jumbos of SQ
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A Norfolkair classic B737-200
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Virgin A340-600 waiting for her return to Heathrow via Hong Kong
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Passing the highway on our way to 34L for takeoff


The usual lazy A340-300 takeoff followed, and obviously it was very quiet in First. QF domestic terminal seen on takeoff
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It was a nice morning for flying, and some nice views of the city could be had from my side of the aircraft


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Despite the early departure time, this flight thankfully serves a full lunch instead of breakfast. Eating a rubbery omelette is such a waste in a premium cabin. Unfortunately I don’t have the menu here with me, but it will be posted once I get back to Finland as I said above.

Meal service started with canapés. Unfortunately the champagne is regular Moet&Chandon NV, in my opinion First should have something better.
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Bar setup at the bulkhead
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Classy table setup
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First course – caviar.
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Followed by a nice salmon appetizer
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Main course – you can choose the main and then choose side dishes instead of just pre-plated mains
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Cheese is of course a must on a French carrier
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Fresh fruit and dessert
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The meal was excellent and so was the presentation. Caviar is something I like very much, and it’s nice to see TN has kept it as part of their first class service unlike BA for example. Service was good if a bit slow due to the full F cabin.

I was exhausted at this point after little sleep the night before, so the seat went flat and I slept well until we started our descent into Papeete Faaa airport. No pyjamas were handed out, not sure if the crew forgot or they don’t hand them out on daylight flights.

We landed on time, and I breezed through the EU citizens lane in a matter of seconds. It was raining heavily, so the trip across the parking lot and road to the Tahiti Airport Motel was a different story… Airliners.netter AF Cabin Crew recommended this place as a cheap and clean facility and it indeed was.

I was originally supposed to have three days in Tahiti, but the schedule changes meant just one night in PPT, thus I chose to go for the airport motel. It’s more or less brand new, the rooms are very clean and comfortable enough. There is (expensive) wireless in the rooms, otherwise the place has very limited facilities. I paid around 100 EUR for the night, a good deal for Tahiti. Would like to visit for a longer time, as I didn’t see much of Tahiti this time.

Views from the hotel
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31 March 2007
Papeete Faaa (PPT/NTAA) – Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD/YSSY)
Air Tahiti Nui TN/THT 003
Airbus A340-313X
F-OSUN “Moorea”
0215 – 0705+1 (On Time)
Poerava First, Seat 1D

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Distance 3806mi
Fare: AAdvantage Award
26th flight on A340-300, first on this one


The PPT-SYD sector departs in the middle of the night, thus one is forced to pay for another night at a hotel if you don’t want to hang out somewhere without a room. I chose to pay half day for a 6pm check-out, and spend the rest of the night at the airport.

Faaa Airport
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Check-in for TN 3, I remember it opened 3 hours before departure only
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Boarding pass and lounge invitation
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Security was fast and I was in the lounge in no time at all. There is just one common lounge I believe, used by all carriers serving PPT.

Entrance
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The snack selection was utterly poor, however drinks were ok, including of course the local beer Hinano
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A poor picture of F-OSUN waiting outside
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Boarding was from gate 61 tonight
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F-OSUN
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Pre-departure champagne – it wasn’t Moet but the C-class variety instead. Nicolas Feuillatte NV iirc, but not sure.


The seats on this aircraft were different, pretty close to those found on Emirates B777-300ER in business, although these go fully flat. The load was just 4/6 tonight, so as soon as the doors closed, I grabbed the pair of middle seats for myself. Menus, amenity kits and pyjamas were handed out before pushback. The pyjamas are very classy, nicer than on most carriers. Having said that, the not so fancy BA ones are large and comfy, something I can’t say about the TN or CX pyjamas. The hot towels of course made their rounds whenever appropriate, I seem to forget to mention them these days…

We were pushed back on time, and took off without delay obviously as PPT isn’t exactly as busy as JFK’s European departure bank.

Some airshow views. TN has non-AVOD basic PTVs, I don’t really bother using them for anything but airshow these days.
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Tonight’s flight was scheduled to have a cold snack as well as a full breakfast. Service was very attentive by the sole flight attendant in F, and she suggested I have both cold snacks if I feel hungry.

My Moet, nobody else drank it on this flight
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Cold snack table setup
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Japanese style snack
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The other one – lamb
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Cheese
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Fruit
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I slept a little after the meal, although the flight is too short for a proper rest if you want to enjoy the service.

More airshow views
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Breakfast was served about an hour out of Sydney.

Fruit, yoghurt, toast
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And the hot part
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We landed at Sydney Kingsford Smith a few minutes early, and I made my way directly to the temporary Qantas Club First lounge. No issues with entry although I wasn’t checked in, they just told me to come and pick up the BA boarding pass at the front desk once check-in opens.

I didn’t really know what to expect from Air Tahiti Nui. Clearly it’s a more leisure-oriented airline than your typical BA or SQ. However, the first class was very nice in my opinion. Food and food presentation were just great and the caviar was a nice touch. Service was overall good, no complaints. The seats and IFE are obviously not up to par however.

Hope you enjoyed.


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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 23071 times:

Great TR.

The pics are really nice and the food seems delicious.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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User currently offlineMh148 From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 23042 times:

How much did you spend for that funny trip?!

User currently offlineForeverUnited From United States of America, joined May 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 22813 times:

Looks amazing. Caviar alone is enough to sell me on it. And that seafood appetizer looks amazing.

FUA


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3528 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 22799 times:

Excellent trip report. Great photos and nice attention to detail. How many classes of service does Air Tahiti Nui offer on the A340? Did you get "laid" (flower lai that is) LOL :P


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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1689 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 22494 times:

Great report!

What a pity that you only stayed one night at PPT
I'm jealous!

Thanks for sharing!!
Brgds,
DALCE



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User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 22465 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Nicolas Feuillatte NV iirc, but not sure.

Nothing wrong with Nicholas Feuillate, Mr Lufthansa747 - I'd choose that over NV Moet any day!

Nice to see something of Air Tahiti. The bar area looks quite smart and I would have been happy with those meals. Your excellent report sounds like a nice, relaxing enjoyable flight.



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 22112 times:

Thanks for the report Lari! Good to read (and see  Smile) other less well flown airlines premium products. Oh, and let me get this straight...you flew from BKK to PPT and stayed one night...and you burned miles on it?  biggrin 

A few random comments:
-Only use of the QF J lounge? Just like a budgie...cheap.
-Moet NV in F is a bit low grade, almost as high rollin' as my old favourite the Charles de Cazenove  Wink
-Err, what was that glass they put the pre-flight bubbly in on the PPT-SYD leg? A highball?  bigthumbsup 
-I like the MS Word crafted sign for F & J check-in  biggrin 
-Does the word 'Faaa' have enough 'A's in it. Did UTAflyinghigh have any input on the name of the airport?

Interesting you got caviar, what type was it and did you get a mother of pearl spoon?  Smile I'd be lying if I said it was a world class product but the food looks pretty good  thumbsup 

Happy travels!  Smile



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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 22109 times:

Quoting Mh148 (Reply 2):
How much did you spend for that funny trip

Here's the answer

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Distance 3806mi
Fare: AAdvantage Award

85K for flights within the South Pacific

or

I believe he used a Oneworld AAward.


Great Report indeed.

That was a short trip. Didn't take your wife and kid?

I wish other carriers would return Caviar to their F products.

Drew



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 21752 times:

Quoting Mh148 (Reply 2):
How much did you spend for that funny trip?!

As stated, AAdvantage award. 90000 miles F class BKK-SYD-PPT-SYD-BKK and $40 in tax. Bargain of the century. Big grin

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 4):
How many classes of service does Air Tahiti Nui offer on the A340?

F/C/Y

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 6):
Nothing wrong with Nicholas Feuillate, Mr Lufthansa747 - I'd choose that over NV Moet any day!

Indeed, I'm not a fan of NV Moet myself.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
you flew from BKK to PPT and stayed one night...and you burned miles on it?

Indeed I did, 1nt SYD, 1nt PPT. It was supposed to be connection in SYD only and 3nt PPT. Since I had to cancel the trip a year earlier, I wanted to at least try TN F this time. And 90K+$40 doesn't exactly break the bank does it?  Wink

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
-Only use of the QF J lounge? Just like a budgie...cheap.

Indeed, absolutely ridiculous.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
-Moet NV in F is a bit low grade, almost as high rollin' as my old favourite the Charles de Cazenove

Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to taste that legendary Charles de Cazenove myself... Big grin BA forced me to have Charles Heidsieck 1995 on my latest trip.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
-Err, what was that glass they put the pre-flight bubbly in on the PPT-SYD leg? A highball?

Same as C class, and I believe the catering is very similar apart from caviar as well.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
Interesting you got caviar, what type was it and did you get a mother of pearl spoon?

I was expecting a mother of pearl spoon since I read that in some reports, however, none to be had. The menu and caviar tin both said just "caviar" on them, so i think it was some cheaper stuff, perhaps from a fish farm like TG's before they discontinued it. Tin listed a distributor in Los Angeles! However, nice to get any caviar these days in F...

Quoting KL808 (Reply 8):
85K for flights within the South Pacific

or

I believe he used a Oneworld AAward.

It was all partner award, no stopovers allowed, but I got SYD after the schedule changes. 90K F BKK-SYD-PPT-SYD-BKK, quite a deal!

Quoting KL808 (Reply 8):
That was a short trip. Didn't take your wife and kid?

Just myself on this trip... I need a week and some Starwood points and then take the wife. Big grin

Quoting KL808 (Reply 8):
I wish other carriers would return Caviar to their F products.

So do I... What's left? SQ/CX/LH/TN/NH/QF(selected routes)... Any others?

Thanks for all the comments.

Lari



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 20961 times:
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Hey Lari

Another top report, the food is F class rest of C class....

You're the favourite TR writer of mine  Smile


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 20776 times:

Great report, Lari. TN's product looks fine, definitely an airline to try. Thanks to the airport view I'd also be satisfied with that motel...  Wink


PH



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 20694 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately the champagne is regular Moet&Chandon NV, in my opinion First should have something better.

Oh, please......Are you really that much of a snob, or is your palate that delicate?



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 20643 times:

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 12):

Oh, please......Are you really that much of a snob, or is your palate that delicate?

My country man's trip reports are absolutely among the very best here, but yes sometimes the comments sound a bit snobby... don't ask what he thinks about travelling in Y class!  Wink
No offense, perhaps I am just a little bit jeolous, typical for us Finns..
 white 


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 20631 times:

Great TR Lari. So where are you off to next? I am in Tokyo now and will be back to Indoland next week. Hope to catch up with you again soon when you are in Indo !

Cheers Mate

Herbert


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 20599 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 13):
don't ask what he thinks about travelling in Y class!

I shudder to think. Since I can only afford to travel in Y, he probably considers me nothing more than a country bumpkin...travelling with my chickens and goats, drinking Night Train express right out of the bottle and wearing torn jeans and a tank top!



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 20455 times:

Quoting N178UA (Reply 10):
You're the favourite TR writer of mine

Thanks Sam, but lets not forget the facts here... Your photos beat mine by 200% at least!

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 12):
Oh, please......Are you really that much of a snob, or is your palate that delicate?

That much of a snob? Tell me, is it too much to expect proper champagne for a ticket costing thousands of dollars/lots of miles instead of low end crap selling for $30/bottle?

Quoting Andaman (Reply 13):
My country man's trip reports are absolutely among the very best here, but yes sometimes the comments sound a bit snobby... don't ask what he thinks about travelling in Y class!

Thanks for the compliments, fact is once you travel a bit in F/J, that's just what Y feels...

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 14):
So where are you off to next?

FRA-HEL-FRA-HAM-DXB-MNL-BKK-KUL-CRK//MNL-CEB-SIN-KUL-BKK-AUH-FRA-HEL... That's gonna be Asia for the time being I'm afraid.

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 15):
I shudder to think. Since I can only afford to travel in Y, he probably considers me nothing more than a country bumpkin...travelling with my chickens and goats, drinking Night Train express right out of the bottle and wearing torn jeans and a tank top!

And why would I? Sorry your comment isnt really worth replying to. I travel a lot in Y and hate it with passion. The above in reply to ThaiA345 is all Y as well. It's a fact of life for the time being, I can't afford F/J often enough. Yes, I hate Y overall, no denying in that. If Y makes one happy, then congratulations!

Regards,

Lari



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 20371 times:
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There is nothing wrong with Lari's comment as a paid revenue First Class customer has every right to expect premium food/wine and service treatment.

If an airline doesn't provide and differentiate their product enough, no point for anyone paying top dollar for their flight.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 16):
Thanks for the compliments, fact is once you travel a bit in F/J, that's just what Y feels...

I totally agree. Once you done F/J ....you're hooked and its hard to come back down to reality ...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26999 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 20340 times:

Brilliant report and the food looks really nice . I have always wanted to go to Tahiti and fly with this carrier. After seeing this report it will have to be moved up the list .


Thanks for sharing

OA260


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 20181 times:

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 12):
or is your palate that delicate?

That isn't really the point. When dealing with First Class customers (especially internationally) you are dealing with those on the highest priced tickets, your best customers, whether they are there on a $14k ticket or with miles.

I believe you can tell a lot about an airline from the small touches in their First Class product. A couple of years ago BA was stocking the First cabin (one of the most expensive in the sky, no less) with some champagne that retailed for about £15 per bottle! I tried it on the ground and it tasted like crap. Once in the air it was more palatable but nevertheless to me I read that as the airline couldn't care less about their most important passengers and providing a quality product for them. If they cared they'd reinstate Krug or put up some decent fizz, the latter of which they subsequently did.

I see it as a bit like when Aston Martin raided the Ford parts bin for their cars. OK, so the small plastic electric window switch performs almost the same as one made from brushed aluminium but it looks so cheap; it insults the paying customer, someone who forked over $190,000 for a prestige car that has parts from a run of the mill $25,000 Mondeo.

I get the impression from a number of your posts that you resent those of us who fly premium cabins on this site. I don't quite know why but I've seen a number of posts, some of them more eloquent and reasoned than others, aimed in our direction.  Confused



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User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 20165 times:
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Hi Lari.

I noticed you left PPT from gate 61!!!

PPT doesn't have THAT many gates does it?

How does the gate numbering system there work?


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 19674 times:
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Great report and photo's there Lari, sure made for an interesting read and route.

That airport hotel would be great for spotting, if the airport was busier......

Totally agree with your comments about champers etc, if your paying F/J you expect more, heck, it costs enough compared to a Y ticket.

I too dislike Y, but I can't always justify forking out for a J seat.

Best Wishes

Mark



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Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 18866 times:
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Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
It was then taken by someone claiming to be a major shareholder of TN, and his next comment was that the flights are too full so his wife has to stay in C. Hmmm, shouldn%u2019t full flights be a good thing from a shareholder%u2019s point of view? Had some interesting chat with him later about TN and Tahiti.

Wow, a shareholder

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Caviar is something I like very much, and it%u2019s nice to see TN has kept it as part of their first class service unlike BA for example.

Good stuff, right?

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
-Only use of the QF J lounge? Just like a budgie...cheap.



IIRC we had access to the QF F lounge at SYD on the same flight same ticket. Perhaps I am wrong?



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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 18762 times:

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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18117 times:



Quoting Thai744 (Reply 20):
PPT doesn't have THAT many gates does it?

Nope, just a couple of gates.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
I too dislike Y, but I can't always justify forking out for a J seat.

Indeed... Especially when travelling with the family, savings in Y are too big to justify J.

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 22):
Good stuff, right?

Yeah, love it but caviar is getting very rare in F these days.

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 22):
IIRC we had access to the QF F lounge at SYD on the same flight same ticket. Perhaps I am wrong?

It was definitely J only for me, asked at both check-in and lounge. Perhaps they downgraded it in anticipation of an increase in fees when the new QF F lounge came online.

Regards,

LH747



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