Also remember that the PPT-CDG
market is rather small - its unlikely that daily nonstop services could be supported and the flight would probably not operate more than 2 or 3 times per week. As pointed out, Air Tahiti Nui studied the situation and considered acquiring one A345 for the route, but for the reasons pointed out above, plus high costs in maintaining only one A345, they decided to pass on the A345 and continue to run the PPT-CDG
flights via LAX
where there is probably more money to be made in total.
There is a good amount of premium traffic between PPT and CDG
(lots of govenment officials and the like), but the LAX
stopover is not a major issue - the flights and times are rather effecient (its similiar to the LAX
route were stopping over in SIN
is not a big deal).