Our flight back to New Zealand left approx 1 hour and 1 week after we arrived, and once again it was to be operated by one of Air New Zealand's 5 767-300ER's. I was interested to see what would be offered on this evening flight in comparison with our 'lunch time' flight over. Also this feturn leg is usually around 1 hour longer due to the strong headwinds, so i was interested to see whether this would translate into a different on board product being delivered.
I talked to the crew on board, and was interested to hear that the PPT flight is one of the longest crew routes on the 767 network. She explained that Air NZ does not layover crew in PPT, with the same crew doing the return flight. This makes for a long day with a 5 hr flight over, then a 1.5 hour turn-around before a 6.5 hour flight home.
I wonder if crew on the US trans cons do the flight both ways in one shift? i.e LAX-JFK-LAX Anyone know?
We checked in for our flight some 2 hours early and had to wait for security to open in order to go through to the TN lounge which NZ uses. Finally we made it through and were able to cool down in the lounge away from the humid open air terminal.
The lounge is also used by AF so i helped myself to one of their inflight magazines which were on offer and had a read along with a pinaple juice and vodka. The lounge also has a First class area, which I could not access as a J passenger.
View of TN 340-300 "Moorea" from Lounge:
Our 767 after landing at PPT:
Sunset over the airframe:
We were called for boarding and proceeded downstairs from the lounge to board the aircraft from the tarmac. Onboard:
The lady sitting next to me was travelling by herself. She said that her husband and children had decided that she was getting stressed, so they sent her to Bora Bora for a weeks relaxation!
We were then offered a pre takeoff drink:
The takeoff was long and powerful, and most exhilerating. The crew then offered a snack:
It was then about a 1 hour wait until the main dinner service. Starter:
Main, which was steak. Most pax seemed to choose this due to living off mainly seafood in Tahiti:
Desert, lemon cake:
The same cheese plate as on the way over I think:
Back to the real stuff:
View of the Y cabin. Main sleeping:
After a 6+ hour flight we landed in AKL around 10.30pm through an intense electrical storm which was interesting. We then stayed overnight before a morning 7 thirty 7 flight to CHC. This evening flight from PPT was most enjoyable and i found it to be an ideal flight length with enough time for dinner and a few movies.
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6315 posts, RR: 56 Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 9210 times:
Nice report! Would love to go to Tahiti some day.....
Quoting Timb777 (Thread starter): I wonder if crew on the US trans cons do the flight both ways in one shift? i.e LAX-JFK-LAX Anyone know?
At UA, crews do not do back to back trans-cons but they do LAX-OGG-LAX in one day for example. Same to KOA, LIH and probably HNL as well although some flights to/from HNL are flown by HNL crew that do have a layover at LAX.
LAX-OGG-LAX is also a very long day, similiar to AKL-PPT-AKL.
Looking forward to your next report!
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, LX and LH 777s
Timb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8057 times:
Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5): Nice to see the TN lounge is in good order. Also I can never get enough of TN color schemes.
Great content with the pics.
Hi again Mirrodie,
Yes TN certainly does make the modst of their aircraft with the paint scheme acting as more than a 'brand' , to me it is a work of art! The lounge had a decent beverage selection during my visit. My favourite there was Vodka with the Pinapple juice from the Moorea factory (i hope you had this while you were there, simply the best pinapple juice ever!). The chairs were also very comfortable indeed.
Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5): Did you find Tahiti that much different from some of the tropical locales that are closer to you?
Tahiti was my favourite island holiday so far, this was in part due to the perfect weather, good J class flights and the all round relaxation. However the Cook island also offer a relating holiday. The beaches are better in the cooks aswell, and also things are alot cheaper, including the accomodation. My recomentation on the mainland would be the PAcific resort which is set on the best beach (Muri) on the island. We also flew to Aitutaki (saab340) on our RAR trip, which is the 'Bora Bora ' of the cook islands, and i would also recomend this. RAR also has direct NZ 767 flights to lax which really opens the island up to the American continent. Here is a photo from Aitutaki of our overwater bungalo:
We have also visited Fiji a couple of times which offered a good holiday, though with the current political situation being unstable the island is best avoided for now. New Caledonia is also good, we stayed at the club med which has since shut down, but New cal is no where as nice as Tahiti and i won't bother returning. So my second favourite island, and the most one most likely to be visited next is Rarotonga.
Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5): This one came an hour before boarding TN out of JFK.
Wow what a wonderful photo. The c17 is a fantastic aircraft, one of my favourites in the military line up.