Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
The Long Way W/ Air Tahiti Nui, CDG-LAX-PPT & Back  
User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1304 posts, RR: 11
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 25848 times:

Ia Orana everybody,

Over the last two years, I've had the chance to fly on uncommon airlines. After Uzbekistan Airways and Jeju Air, here's a trip report about Air Tahiti Nui. My father lives in Tahiti, and I've spent 2 years there when I was a kid. French Polynesia is a very, very special place to me. Unfortunately I can't go there very often, as the air fares are shockingly expensive. This time, I spent 6 months in Tahiti for an internship.

First of all, let me warn you that I took those flights in 2007, and the service provided by Air Tahiti Nui has changed a bit since then. The uniforms and tableware have been modified recently, and the network has been drastically reduced. Air Tahiti Nui is renowned for two things: the excellent quality of service provided by its cabin crew and, unfortunately, its abysmal losses. The future of the Air Tahiti Nui looks uncertain, but as long as the French & French Polynesian governments are here to support the airline, the tiare will keep flying...

Air Tahiti Nui operates a fleet of 5 Airbus A340-300s all named after Polynesian islands: Bora Bora, Mangareva, Rangiroa, Moorea and Nuku Hiva. Now, they're only flying from Tahiti to Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and Auckland. A few months back they were also flying to Sydney, Osaka and New York. Those routes are now history, but the airline kept its 5 planes.

I'm sorry I can't comment a lot about those flights, as they happened 2 years ago. However I remember the service was friendly and attentive, the food was good, and the IFE ok. There's no AVOD on Air Tahiti Nui, and passengers were offered a choice of 12 movies (if my memory is right) + games, air show and a few audio channels. Good point: the legroom and seat recline were EXCELLENT, and I love the 2-4-2 configuration of the A340. In addition, there was no one seating next to me between CDG and PPT. If passengers get hungry during the flight, they can get some sandwiches and tons of Oreos in the galleys. To be honnest I've spent the whole flight eating Oreos...My flights were delayed in both directions, but there's such a long distance to fly that we managed to catch up with the delay.

CDG-LAX-PPT is a very long flight, close to 22 hours (12 hours to LAX, 2 hours transit and 8 hours to PPT). The transit in LAX is boring as can be, but as all passengers (even transiting passengers) have to go through immigration, in the end the wait is not too long.

Two things that I love about TN's inflight service:
- upon boarding, the flight attendant standing at the gate hands out a fresh Tiare Tahiti flower to every passenger,
- after take-off, female f/as put on traditional purutu dresses. UTA f/as were the first to do that, and Air France f/as kept this tradition on the PPT flight after the UTA takeover.

On the return flight, the check-in agent assigned me seat in the exit row when he saw how tall I was, without me asking.

Enjoy the pictures...and mauru'uru roa for reading my report.

Flight 1
20th June 2007
Route: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Los Angeles Intl (LAX)
Flight number: TN22
Aircraft type: A340-300
Registration: F-OSEA "Rangiroa"

This flight took off in the late morning, and we arrived in LAX in the afternoon on the same day.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410615.jpg
Check-in at CDG

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410616.jpg
CDG 2A public area

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410632.jpg
My plane ! What a gorgeous livery.




This aircraft is named after Rangiroa, a wondeful atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago.


Making my way to my seat.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410640.jpg


Very comfy seat.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410642.jpg
Excellent legroom





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410647.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410648.jpg
In the seatpocket: duty-free catalogue, safety card and the Reva Tahiti inflight magazine.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410649.jpg
Welcome message in English and Tahitian. Manureva means airplane (if I'm right, "manu" means "bird" and "reva" means "leaving").

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410650.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410654.jpg
Ammenity kit. Not bad for passengers in Y !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410656.jpg
The emblem of Air Tahiti Nui, the Tiare Tahiti flower.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410659.jpg
Taxiing past CDG1, aka the "camembert".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410663.jpg
Main menu on the IFE. The IFE is available in French, English and Japanese.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410668.jpg
Paris Air Show 2007 !


Climbing over the French countryside


Leaving metropolitan France...


US immigration & customs forms.




Over England

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410696.jpg
Lunch service

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410708.jpg
Inflight snack: Smoked trout sandwich.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410711.jpg
Cabin with window shades down.




The power of flight !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410742.jpg
Shortly before the second meal service, and right after the f/as asked us to rise the window shades, this message was displayed on the PTVs. It means "ladies and gentlemen, we hope you had a good rest. In a few moments we will be serving a meal".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410747.jpg
Second meal service

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410751.jpg









http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410796.jpg
Getting closer...







http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410825.jpg
No doubt, we're in the USA.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410833.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410835.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410840.jpg
Transit lounge in LAX TBIT.



Flight 2
20th June 2007
Route: Los Angeles Intl (LAX) - Tahiti Faa'a (PPT)
Flight number: TN22
Aircraft type: A340-300
Registration: F-OSEA "Rangiroa"

After a 2-hours layover, it was time to go back to my plane. Some passengers disembarked in LAX, and some LAX-originating passengers joined us on board.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410841.jpg
Rangiroa again. At times there is a plane change at LAX, even though the flight number remains the same.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410843.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410847.jpg
Still a long way to go.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410856.jpg


The Pacific Ocean at last.


Avalon island ?



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410885.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410892.jpg
Drink service

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410893.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410895.jpg
First meal service.

I didn't take pictures after dinner, as night quickly came and I was very tired. I was awaken by the smell of hot food filling the cabin.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410902.jpg
Second meal service.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410903.jpg
Almost there !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410921.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1410927.jpg
Seconds before landing.

My flight was scheduled to land in PPT around 11:30PM, but we arrived a bit later.


After 6 great months in Tahiti, it was time to go back to France. I left French Polynesia in a full summer mode, and was greeted in Paris by a depressing winter light.


Flight 3
17th December 2007
Route: Tahiti Faa'a (PPT) - Los Angeles Intl (LAX)
Flight number: TN21
Aircraft type: A340-300
Registration: F-OSUN "Moorea"

I had hoped to fly on F-OLOV, TN's latest A340 delivered in 2005 and which features a different interior, but Moorea showed up on the apron. Moorea and Rangiroa were both delivered in 2003. Originally they were ordered by AOM, but never taken up so TN got them. We left with a 2 hours delay as one of TN's aircraft went tech, and the whole flight programme had to be modified.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450023.jpg
Check-in at PPT.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450024.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450033.jpg
My plane, just arrived from LAX and getting ready to go back there again.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450040.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450045.jpg
Boarding mess

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450057.jpg
Exit row seat !

After boarding I was soooo tired that I slept immediately. I guess we had two meal services during the flight, but I forgot to take pictures of them.




Parked at LAX TBIT.

Flight 4
18th December 2007
Route: Los Angeles Intl (LAX) - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Flight number: TN21
Aircraft type: A340-300
Registration: F-OSUN "Moorea"

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450069.jpg
Walking back to the plane after 1 hour in the transit lounge.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450070.jpg
Fresh cabin, relaxing colors.





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450075.jpg


Gorgeous uniforms. Too bad they changed them, I don't like the new one. The turquoise color and the scarf were very distinctive.


Check the nice pattern on the bulkhead.







http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450082.jpg




The best legroom one can get on board in Y class !





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450096.jpg
Gauguin painting in the back of the cabin.





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450113.jpg
I moved to the back of the cabin to take some pictures and check the legroom of non-bulkhead seats.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450115.jpg






Drink & snack before the first meal service.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450133.jpg
f/as on duty




Winter Wonderland...my beloved tropical islands are far behind.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450173.jpg
First meal service.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450182.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450184.jpg
Getting ready for my second night on board. I decided to stay at the back of the plane, as I was closer to the galley which was full of Oreos...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450185.jpg
2nd ocean crossing in 2 days.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450195.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450200.jpg
Breakfast





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450242.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450248.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450252.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1450253.jpg
Where the tiare meets the barcode.

That's it !

Nana as they say in Tahiti...

[Edited 2009-08-11 10:24:17]

27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineGVAJFKflyer From Switzerland, joined Aug 2009, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 25854 times:

Hi AOMlover. I especially enjoyed your TR about Air Tahiti Nui, as I am planning to fly to PPT next year. My hesitation in that respect is: Air France or Air Tahiti Nui ? (usual dilemma and question several times discussed on various forums).

It looks to me from your report that Air Tahiti is superior to Air France in terms of service, and I would tend to fly with the "Tiare Airline". But from your comments, I was asking myself: will they still be around next year?

Safe travels always!


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 25856 times:

What struck me most at PPT airport is the Tahitian dancers and drums in the airport terminal greeting arriving passengers from the Air Tahiti Nui flights.

The Air New Zealand flights don't get them and I am not sure about passengers arriving on Air France.

The drums make a lot of noise and the dancers are amazing.

The other thing that struck me inside PPT airport land side are the huge sand crabs that go around freely in the termial building during the night. A lot of backpackers happen to sleep on the floor while waiting until morning for their flight connections to other remote islands.

The PPT terminal is a difficult place to sleep really as there is so much activity going around. You can run into the Tahitian mamas from the outer islands with their beautiful flowered hats.

The Tahitians wear very colorful clothing comparing with us Europeans. The PPT market by itself is worth a stopover. Not talking about beautiful Moorea island just a short hop away on a TwinOtter or even by ferry.

French Polynesia is so wonderful. The only backside is the high cost of the French Pacifiic Franc and the high cost of living on the Islands. The Cook Islands are much cheaper, so are Western Samoa and Tonga.

Thank you for reminding me of my stays in FP with your trip report. You should post some island pictures. Those lagoons and motus are out of this world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=FR&h...3C2094E7BD0CE69&playnext=1&index=2

The Air Tahiti Nui aircrafts are indeed beautiful with their tiare flowers and bright blue colour.
Makes me want to go back to the Fenua.

 airplane   cheerful 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 24428 times:

Oh wow, it is always a dream for me to visit French Polynesia some day! I couldn't think of a better place to have your internship.

Nice report from this carrier. I love the color scheme on the Air Tahiti Nui planes; it looks so elegant on the A340 and reflects Tahiti excellent imo.

Thank you for this tripreport!


User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 24370 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
CHAT OPERATOR

Hi AOM, great read! Nice to see something about this airline. I must say the pictures make the airline look rather relaxing, or fresh, as you mentioned yourself. Its one long trip that's for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Rgds, Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineBoeingforever From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 24259 times:

great trip report...i wish u snagged some shots of the premium classes..i always wonder if they are full on those flights

User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1304 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 24197 times:

Hello again, and thanks for your comments !

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 1):

It looks to me from your report that Air Tahiti is superior to Air France in terms of service, and I would tend to fly with the "Tiare Airline". But from your comments, I was asking myself: will they still be around next year?

GVAJFKflyer, they will be around next year. French Polynesia can't afford to lose ATN. 70% of its passengers are tourists. No one will let ATN go bust, the consequences on the Polynesian economy will be disastrous.

Why don't you take both ATN and AF ? Since recently, they've become codeshare partners. They used to operate codeshare flights in the past, but it didn't last very long. My father is coming to France next week. He booked his tickets through AF (as always), but his PPT-LAX flight is operated by ATN. AF offers a superior IFE, but I prefer the 2-3-2 configuration of the A340 over the 3-3-3 config of the 777. Plus the A340 is quieter, and ATN is a much more "exotic" airline.

I must add that AF has f/as based in PPT, therefore even if you fly AF you will have a Polynesian welcome on board.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
What struck me most at PPT airport is the Tahitian dancers and drums in the airport terminal greeting arriving passengers from the Air Tahiti Nui flights.

That's right ! I got them as well, see the picture below. I took this picture in 2006 when I flew in with AF, but ATN pax also get that kind of musical welcome.

And now, here are some destination pictures, mostly taken in 2006 and some of them in 2007.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1150296-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1150498.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1150506.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/IMG_1240.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/IMG_1365.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1150703.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1160033.jpg





















http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1160192.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1160382-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1160490.jpg







http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1160834.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1160873.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1170147-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1170173-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1170343-1.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1170351.jpg









http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1170838.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1170865.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1180659.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1180751.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190070-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190166.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190455.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190545.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190593.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190696.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190941.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1190999.jpg









http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200123.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200317.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200482.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200488.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200578.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200690.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200711.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200836.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1200859.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1210051.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1210291.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1210487.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1210649.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1210723.jpg











that's it !


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 24075 times:

I want to gooooo baaaaaaaaack!!!!  hissyfit 


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineGVAJFKflyer From Switzerland, joined Aug 2009, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 23694 times:

Thanks for your reply AOMlover. I think I will book on TN then: just as you, I would tend to put more emphasis on cabin configuration and quietness than on IFE. Depending on the schedules, I may also book a combined ticket TN/AF, as you suggest. Can't wait to see French Polynesia. And your wonderful pictures made me wonder: why wait until next year to go? I should go now, and possibly book a one-way ticket  Smile

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17065 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 23500 times:

Great TR

Love the pics! Have to visit French Polynesia one day!

TN looks like a great carrier, but I am sure much have changed since 2007.



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineKurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 23500 times:

Excellent report, AOMlover, especially the photos of lovely Tahiti. I would love to visit someday when the time is right.

BTW, it's not "Avalon Island," but Santa Catalina Island. Avalon is the main town located on Catalina, as it's commonly called, one of the Channel Islands, of which there are eight. Four are the "north" islands: Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. The other four are the "south" islands: San Clemente, San Nicolas, Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina. Worth visiting if you have time!


User currently offlineDantegb From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 23087 times:

Wow great trip report, the island you saw coming out of LAX was Catalina island. Nothing compared to Tahiti though.  Smile

D.



D.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6757 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 22331 times:

Great report, AOMlover. The pictures from Tahiti are simply stunning.

TN's product looks nice in general, especially the seats, but the food couldn't impress me. Anyway, I hope the airline will continue to operate for a long time.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 22317 times:

Hi, great trip report and excellent pics!!

If I don´t have US visa, would I be able to take the route and ´´transit´´ in LAX like you did?

Alex


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2070 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 22026 times:



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 13):
If I don´t have US visa, would I be able to take the route and ´´transit´´ in LAX like you did?

As a Malaysian citizen, you still need a visa, even to transit the U.S.. The poster was exempt going through the long Immigration lines at TIBT but there are Officers in the transit lounge to process the passengers through Immigration proceedures.



John@SFO
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1578 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 21865 times:

Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 21790 times:

I really did enjoy this trip report and the additional pictures you posted of the destination. I could almost feel the sunshine!

TN looks like a very pleasant carrier - even the standard Y legroom looked pretty generous and the bright colours of the cabin a refreshing change from the over-corporate looks of many mainstream international airlines (without being too garish). The food offering appears to be quite generous and of a decent enough quality. I was certainly curious about the airline having seen one of their aircraft at LAX last year.



Have you ever felt like you could float into the sky / like the laws of physics simply don't apply?
User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1672 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 21766 times:

Amazing TR! They've always seemed to be a good airline, and this TR just confirms it.
And the pics were just stunning. I bet it was a amazing to be there. Of all those exotic getaway islands, Tahiti seems to be the best.
Question-would travelling to French Polynesia be considered domestic? I know it's a DOM so technically you don't need passports to travel between France and Tahiti-or do you? I also noticed the a/c you flew on bore an 'F' registration.
Thank you for sharing an incredible TR! Chapeau, m'sieur Big grin


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 21576 times:

I went in 1987 on Continental DC-10 and the service was the pits. The flight originated in New York and stopped in LAX and Honolulu. They stopped flying to Papeete.

Have you been to Rangiroa? Did not go there. And the Marquise Islands look interesting. It was very expensive and the food was not good. But pretty.


User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1304 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 21544 times:

Many thanks for your kind comments !

Quoting Kurt (Reply 10):
BTW, it's not "Avalon Island," but Santa Catalina Island.

Thanks for correcting me, you learn something everyday.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 13):

If I don´t have US visa, would I be able to take the route and ´´transit´´ in LAX like you did?

No, you will need to have a visa, unless your nationality entitles you to the visa waiver program. I had to go through immigration before entering the transit room, and my passport got stamped.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 17):
Question-would travelling to French Polynesia be considered domestic? I know it's a DOM so technically you don't need passports to travel between France and Tahiti-or do you? I also noticed the a/c you flew on bore an 'F' registration.

It's a bit complicated. Even though French Polynesia is technically part of France, and people who are born there hold the French citizenship, it's not a DOM. A DOM (Département d'Outre Mer), like Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyane, La Reunion island and Mayotte, is supposed to have the same status as any other département on the mainland.

French Polynesia used to be a TOM (territoire d'outre-mer), but the status of the territory has evolved recently into becoming a POM (Pays d'Outre-mer, Overseas Country). To make it short, French Polynesia is much more independent from the Mainland than the DOMs. I'd say if a direct nonstop CDG-PPT flight existed, then it would be considered a domestic flight. But as of now it's not the case as the flight stops in LAX.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 18):
Have you been to Rangiroa? Did not go there. And the Marquise Islands look interesting. It was very expensive and the food was not good. But pretty.

Yes, I've been there. It's very nice. Actually, picture 49 to 77 were all taken in Rangiroa. Life in FP is still INSANELY expensive. That's one of the reason why the tourism industry has been suffering so much recently.


User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 21540 times:

It just look's so tranquil! The airline and the place!! Tahiti Is now on the top of my places to go before i die list.
Thanks for sharing with us!



RJ85 E145 E195 A319 A320 A330 A340 A380 B737 B747 B757 B767 B777 B787 DH4
User currently offlineSCCutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5508 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 21215 times:

Ah, memories.

My family and I also visited French Polynesia a few years back, on TN; his may be the only viable reason to set foot in Los Angeles!

We were very pleased with the service on TN, but our flight was completely full. How full was it, you ask?

We sat near the aft galley (maybe 2 rows from the back), and several times during the 8-hour flight, I got up to use the lavatory back there, and saw a young lady sitting in the jump seat on the right side - the one which is *directly* across from the lav door (what- 1.5M away?). Near the end of the flight, as I waited in line to use the loo, I casually mentioned to her that "...non-revenue flying has its sacrifices..."- she looked at me with a sour face, and told me, "I am NOT non-revenue!" Ouch.

Don't know what the story was, but I bet it started with something about overbooking, and ended with "I gotta be there!"

Eight hours on a bulkhead folding seat. Yikes.

---

As for FP itself, we were charmed, but discovered that we need not have brought much in the way of clothes in our bags, as dress is very casual there; rather, we should have filled our suitcases with cash, because we needed all we could bring, and all we could imagine as well.

Nonetheless, I'd go back in a heartbeat, and I'd certainly fly Air Tahiti Nui again, as I found their service to be very good.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 21095 times:

Wow, this is an incredible trip report! If you don't mind me asking, what kind of internship did you do in Tahiti for 6 months? I would also like to visit Tahiti for an extended period, but I need a good excuse/occupation.... I'm in a technical field myself.

Your pictures remind me of this quote from the movie Mutiny on the Bounty:

The island of Tahiti - a destination so far away that one couldn't go farther without starting to come home

Once again, amazing trip report!

[Edited 2009-08-16 22:13:33]

User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 21073 times:



Quoting Legacyins (Reply 14):
As a Malaysian citizen, you still need a visa, even to transit the U.S.. The poster was exempt going through the long Immigration lines at TIBT but there are Officers in the transit lounge to process the passengers through Immigration proceedures.

I am not a Malaysian citizen, but I still think it is weird that people that just transit in USA (airport) need a visa or need to clear customs and immigration.

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 19):
I'd say if a direct nonstop CDG-PPT flight existed, then it would be considered a domestic flight. But as of now it's not the case as the flight stops in LAX.

Actually even flights to Guadaloupe, Martinique and Reunion are from international terminal because they are not part of Schengen.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26941 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 20625 times:

Great report and I just love the whole interiors. Really feels exotic. Always wanted to go to that part of the world. Looks amazing.

Thanks for the wonderful report.

OA260


25 AOMlover : Maybe 75% full in both directions, which is quite surprising because I flew during the high season. Life in FP is way, way too expensive. That's one
26 Av8rDAL : Magnifique! I was hoping for some pics of Tahiti itself in addition to the flight. Wish granted. Excellent report.
27 Legacyins : Sorry, I thought I saw a Malaysian flag somewhere. As a Citizen of Brunei, you can enter/Transit the U.S. under the Visa Waiver program. After 9/11,
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic The Long Way W/ Air Tahiti Nui, CDG-LAX-PPT & Back
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
MCO-LAX-PPT United & Air Tahiti Nui posted Tue May 21 2002 17:08:15 by Laddb
Air Tahiti Nui PPT-SYD Economy Class Moana posted Fri Sep 5 2008 22:31:17 by AF Cabin Crew
Air Tahiti Nui Poerava First TN004/003 SYD-PPT-SYD posted Mon Oct 29 2007 07:46:29 by Lufthansa747
The Long Way Home (CX J And F, Comair, BA J) posted Wed Jun 10 2009 01:07:45 by Henkybaby
Hong Kong To London The Long Way posted Wed May 23 2007 03:15:08 by Jetlife2
MAN-LGW-NQY - Home The Long Way With BA posted Sun Apr 1 2007 22:25:57 by PlymSpotter
The Long Way Home! SAN [...] COS (AA, NW) posted Fri Jun 16 2006 02:09:00 by MaxQ2351
DFW-Tahiti (AA And Air Tahiti Nui) posted Tue Mar 25 2003 22:20:28 by Sccutler
The Long Way To Atlanta... posted Tue Mar 12 2002 05:44:54 by OH-LGA
Air Tahiti Nui LAX-PPT posted Thu Apr 11 2002 03:20:54 by AF Cabin Crew
The Long Way Home (CX J And F, Comair, BA J) posted Wed Jun 10 2009 01:07:45 by Henkybaby
Hong Kong To London The Long Way posted Wed May 23 2007 03:15:08 by Jetlife2

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format