I doubt that Air France will start B777LR nonstop flights to PPT within the next five years, if ever. They get additional feed from/to LAX
which they certainly don't want to give up. And I doubt that yields on such a mainly holiday destination would justify to offer a premium nonstop service.
Air Tahiti Nui seems to grow well and it's a logic move to look at larger A340s. The A345 could offer them the nonstop option, in addition to their direct flights via LAX
Yes, ConcordeBoy, we all know that the B772LR is supposed to have more range than the A345. But the aircraft is still far away (2006) and just because it offers little bit more range, not all airlines will hunt for it. Or have all B763ER airlines so far ordered the A332 just because it offers some more range?
The A340NG must really cause nightmares to you following your panic posts whenever the topic comes up...probably you should first fly on it before you judge it.
I personally, as a spotter, welcome any variety out there. The B777 is a fascinating sight, but they're getting more and more and everything gets boring if you have enough of it.
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