I am back in the air as a passenger after my last Asia trip. This time I'm on my way to Denmark to pick up my 3,5 yo niece who is visiting her father and grand parents in Merring, closest airport Billund.
I was to fly nonrev to LAX and then use my AMEX credit card earned miles when I saw that the flight PPT-LAX was getting full, very full... So I went to the Papeete Air France office and bought a ticket with my miles on the PPT-LAX too. I was now ticketed for PPT-LAX-AMS-BLL on AF and KLM.
Week before my departure I was on a CDG trip and arrive in PPT in the very early morning. I drove to my mom's place, took a shower, changed and packed my suitcase and drove back to the airport for check in. I had checked in online the previous day and was passenger 005 on the list. It took quite some time to check in at the Affaires queue but It cleared after a while. It looked like it was going to be a very full flight today !
After check-in I went to immigration and security check. It was nice and empty and was a breeze !
The airport finally got new seats in the main boarding lounge and I must say it looks really nice and a little more up to date now.
I went to the small duty free shop, bought my Mom's cigarettes and a bottle of Absolut and then met up with my good friend Lorna and invited her to the lounge with me.
The lounge is owned and operated by Aeroport de Tahiti ADT and all airlines operating to PPT use the facility. It used to be owned and operated by Air New Zealand.
Lounge was busy with people and we were nicely greeted by the ADT staff and directed to the Affaires side. An attendant was also on hand to clear the cups, plates or glasses.
The food offerings were appropriate for a breakfast with danish pastries, fresh fruits, cookies, oatmeal, cereals, fruit juice. You also had a wide range of drinks such as mango and pineapple juice, sodas, liquors etc... An espresso machine was available for a shot of caffeine.
Lorna and I got comfortable in the lounge, had a chat, gossiped our hearts away and then headed to the boarding gate. It was properly seperated from the Voyageur line as when you get of the lifts the La Première, Affaires and Premium Voyageur line was there and you'd have to go all around the boarding lounge to join the Premium cabins to join this queue.Heading downstairs you have 3 stunning traditional costumes on display.
Boarding in Papeete is always nice as you walk on the tarmac to the aircraft. The aircraft I flew on this very morning was there waiting for it's load of customers on their way to summer vacation in Europe, North America or further afield...
Next to our airplane we have a n Air Tahiti Nui aircraft F-OJGF waiting for it's 10:00 flight to Auckland.
The massive GE90 engine
Air Tahiti Escale Internationale stairs to door 2 left
Got to my seat and made myself comfortable, I had seat 6A on the first row of the second Affaires cabin.
Greetings from the IFE system
The stairs were removed on time and we puched back 10 minutes after schedule.
Good Bye Aéroport de Tahiti Faa'a !
Safe flight to AKL ATN !
And we are leaving the parking area... and taxiing on the runway.
Engine spooling up and we are thrundering down the runway towards downtown Papeete...
Over the reefs surrounding Tahiti
Tahiti and Faa'a Airport in the back
The captain took the scenic route to LAX and we enjoyed amazing sights !
Tetiaroa, Marlon Brando's private atoll
Our journey over French Polynesia
I switched on my TV and started to have a look at what was available. AF has 85 movies on demand, 200 CD's available, TV series and documentaries, more than you need for an 8 hour flight.
The crew started the service and offered us a hot towel followed by the menus. On the ground we were offered newspapers and a welcome drink. Choice was Champagne, Orange juice or water.
After the menus were offered they started the aperitif service I requested a glass of white wine and the amuse bouche was Salmon Roe and Shrimp Canape
Table linen detail
After the aperitif we were served the starter Gourmet Appetizer and Seasonal Salad Layered lamb, grilled Mahi Mahi, cauliflower and carrot terrine.
I had a glass of Languedoc Blanc limoux terroir de Haute Vallée 2007 Cave Sieur D'arques.
Following the starter I had the Vegetable and Polenta Galette with Bell Pepper Coulis.
Cheese was served at the same time which doesn't bother me much. Bread and wine was offered each time.
Detail of my glass of water and the new Air France "virgule"
Trays were cleared and we were offered desserts. The choice was the Dessert trio with Pineapple Tartlet, Praline Caramel Puff, Strawberry Macaroon; Pineapple, mango or strawberry sorbet and choice of fresh fruits.
Teas and coffee were offered and Espressos available at the bar. Teas are coming from the Maison Fauchon.
After the meal service I reclined my seat fully, watched a movie and fell asleep. I was woken up every so often by a screaming toddler... I don't know how that kid didn't end up without voice at the end of the flight...
I woke up just before the snack service preceding decent into LAX.
The Light Meal was Smoked tuna canapé with eggplant caviar, goat cheese canapé with tapenade. hazelnut-chocolate cake, assortment of fresh fruit, fromage blanc.
The light meal was nice, loved the goat cheese with tapenade, sharp in taste ! I had a glass of Pepsi and a cup of tea.
My sister was operating the flight and I had a picture of her and my friend Lorna before we arrived in LAX
The approached California over Long Beach and headed towards LAX airport
We touched down near Fedex terminal
Engines went into reverse mode
Leaving the runway
No mistake WE ARE in LAX
Arriving at terminal 2 with Air China and Westjet .
Good Bye, Au Revoir !
This is the end of part one of my trip. On arrival I met with my friend Meg and my cousin Kora and went for dinner and then went back to the Crowne Plaza LAX Airport.
I am now going to get ready and leave the hotel and go check in for my flight to AMS on KLM 602.
sfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 29603 times:
Very nice photos! Thank you for sharing this with us. Great to see. I am surprised that air france would service this route. Unless LAX is a pseud-hub for AF. I would have thought AF would do this non-stop to CDG instead.
AF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1041 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 29147 times:
Ia Orana all !
Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 3): Thanks for the TR. Did you find many pax terminating their trip in LAX, or did most pax continue their journey to CDG?
Well by the looks of it, there weren't many people waiting for their bags on arrival. Most people transit on to CDG. Maybe 80 to 85% of the pax on board were continuing on to CDG.
Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 2): I am surprised that air france would service this route. Unless LAX is a pseud-hub for AF. I would have thought AF would do this non-stop to CDG instead.
This route has been part of the UTA-AF network for ages now. It was operated by 707, DC8, DC10, 747-200, 747-400, A340-300 and now 777-200ER. AF doesn't have any airplane capable to operate the flight nonstop and the most logical stop is LAX.
AF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1041 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 27194 times:
Ia Orana all !
Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 6): One question - why does your sister wear the 'Securite / Safety' badge, what does it signify specifically?
The Sécurité/Safety badge was implemented a couple of years ago. It was done so because of the new European JAA regulations requiring that the passenger must be able to indentify the crew who are licensed on the aircraft. The wide fleet AF operates and the amount of cabin crew prevents the airline to have only certified crew to fly on their aircraft and we all fly on the whole fleet. Only the pursers must be certified on the aircraft. In this scheme you can see up to 5 non certified cabin crew on the 777 for example but they'll be certified on the 380, 744 and 340/330. A little complicated but it answers to the EU-Ops rules.
airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4386 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 22419 times:
great report. I love the pictures around PPT after your takeoff! It's a wonderful world overthere!
btw, I am always pleasantly surprised by AF's catering offering. It looks all very good and with eye for detail. Public sometimes/regularly complain about AF and/or CDG etc, but so far I only had a very pleasant experience with AF in general, as with CDG, and the airline is definitely among my choices for future trips!
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 22150 times:
What a great report! Everything is so nicely presented on AF, such French style!
Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter): Week before my departure I was on a CDG trip and arrive in PPT in the very early morning. I drove to my mom's place, took a shower, changed and packed my suitcase and drove back to the airport for check in
If you were ever comfortable enough I would love to see working trip rport from your perspective!! I assume you are PPT based do you only do CDG trips via LAX, are there any other patterns available for you beyond CDG to Asia, Africa or the Americas? Do CDG based crew ever operate beyond LAX to PPT?