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Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:58 am

Hi everybody,

I read articles in the past about Air Tahiti Nui being interested in the A340-500 to open up non-stop flights from Tahiti to the US West Coast and increase flights to Europe and/or add new destinations. Does anyone have more updates on this? Can the Air Canada A340-500's be possible candidates for Air Tahiti Nui? What will happen to the Air Canada A340-500's, will they still be delivered to Air Canada? It's a pitty they are still parked doing nothing.

I think the A340-500 will be a good aircraft for Air Tahiti Nui to improve their long-haul operations/service. Air Tahiti Nui has indicated several times that they want to start non-stop flights to the US which I believe is now being done through Japan, am I right?

Here's a link to a virtual image of a Air Tahiti Nui A340-500:


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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:03 am

Air Tahiti Nui/TN has daily service non-stop PPT/LAX and then LAX/CDG.
What U.S.routes are you refering to that they want to open?
Perhaps they want to fly PPT/CDG non-stop? then I can see a need for
a long range aircraft like the A340-500, otherwise I think their fleet is
suited just fine for their current routes
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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:12 am

I had heard that the current 345 could not fly PPT-CDG, so they have asked airbus to research the possibility of extending the range.

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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:26 am

Thanks for the reactions  Wink/being sarcastic

I was reffering to non-stop flights (PPT-LAX) and (PPT-CDG). Now that F9Widebody is saying about the extension of the A340-500's range, I also remember reading the same thing in an article. I know Air Tahiti Nui already has a well suited fleet for their current routes but they can't operate non-stop flights which is why they were, at a certain point, looking at the ultra long-range A340-500. Isn't Airbus working on a A340-500IGW/HGW variant, just like they are doing with the A340-600HGW for Emirates?

Is there potential for a A340-500 with increased range, it would make the A340-500 an even better competitor to Boeing's 777-200LR. I know the ultra long-range market is a niche market though...

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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:37 am

Isn't Airbus working on a A340-500IGW/HGW variant

The original A340NG wing design was overweight to the tune of more than a ton... once that was corrected (beginning with EK's A345s), it increased both of their ranges even further. Airbus then launched an actual HGW version of A346. No such mention of an A345 HGW.
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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 10:15 am

This goes to prove that the A340-500 and 777-200LR will have a market. Albeit a small one, but a market none the less. I personally think its pretty damn cool!  Smokin cool
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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:17 pm

I heard that Air Tahiti Nui was planning SFO flights, anyone else heard this? I heard this about Air Pacific too.
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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:00 pm

It's going to take more than one or two smaller buyers to make a market for these airplanes. First, how many passengers really want to fly on an 18 hour non-stop flight? A layover may not seem that bad.

Then consider how crew issues. How many pilots would you need? How much rest would all of those pilots be entitled to afterwards? Flight attendants? I think niche is a better word than market.

As an aviation enthusiast, I certainly appreciate the technical achievement that these planes represent. However as a practical matter, I see the appeal as very limited.
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RE: Air Tahiti Nui A340-500?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 3:18 pm

Air Tahiti Nui (as reported in Agence Presse Tahiti) is looking to serve NYC from Papeete.

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