Papeete can and has handled multiple wide body aircraft arriving at similar hours. I've been there often and at a time when Corsair, Air France and AOM were all on the tarmac awaiting incoming passengers. The line for immigration can be longish depending on the arrivals/departures and whether they are late or on time or not.
Anyway, Id hardly doubt they'd do an LAX
-NYC run as they would not be able to carry local traffic. Plus you'd have to be dependent on traffic from the NE corridor to Tahiti. Atlanta would be a better destination but only nonstop to PPT (if possible) or either originating in CDG
, but I've heard no mention of this routing. Also another 'rumor' on this was a PPT-JFK
-Southern France or Italy routing (highly doubtful though). I think they'd be better choosing a stopover destination other than in the US as to avoid those ridiculous 'in transit visa' restrictions.
I just hope ATN doesn't 'overextend' themselves as there are already 2 daily flights from LAX
to PPT as it is (and sometimes 3) and they are not always full. Cannot ever imagine an SFO
route as it's truthfully just as easy to get to LAX
. I've never heard of FJ
coming into SFO
either, they already service LAX
Truthfully travel to FP
is off and it's a long way from Europe or the East coast (especially when the Caribbean is faster and closer). but there is a huge building boom going on down there and the 'packaged' tourists defintely have arrived, and with the promise of 7-day $950 air/hotel packages on Moorea perhaps more will eventually come.