Firstly, Air Tahiti Nui is not getting the A345, they did study the type for a PPT-CDG
nonstop and elected against it - the airline determined that it would be far too expensive to maintain a fleet of only one A345. Service to CDG
will continue to route via LAX
and the airline is getting an additional A343 for the new service to JFK
(plus an extra flight to Japan, I think, I am not certain).
flight will work - people are always looking for new and exciting destinations - think "outside of the box" - all of those NewYorkers who have been to the Caribbean many times will certainly consider a new and exotic destination such as Tahiti and her islands once effecient nonstop service is available from JFK
. The NYC catchment area is huge, and lots of residents can afford a trip to Tahiti, so the flights will fill up. Many of the seats on the flights are likely to be sold via package tours marketed by travel agents. And, we are only talking about 3 flights per week.....just think how many flights there are from JFK
to the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Mexican beach resorts each day.
The flight is scheduled to operate JFK
, Air Tahiti Nui wants a piece of the NewYork-Australia market and will give Qantas some competition. The route via Tahiti will be rather fast and many pax will be interested in stopping over in Tahiti on the way to or from Australia. Also, some pax will be more than happy to avoid LAX
(there are some airports that people love to hate - JFK
come to mind) and pax may try the Tahiti service for that reason alone.
Lastly, some may not be aware that two cruise ships maintain their home port in Papette - the Tahitian Princess of Princess Lines and the Paul Gaugin of Radisson Seven Seas cruises, the Pacific Princess of Princess Lines also uses Tahiti as its home port for a portion of the year. The cruise lines have been working with Air Tahiti Nui for the past couple of years (eliminating the need for some charters - when Renassiance Cruises operated out of Tahiti, two Hawaiian Airlines DC10-30s, which were leased from CO
, shuttled passengers between PPT and LAX
since there was not adequate lift out of PPT) and I am sure that the cruise lines encouraged TN
to open the JFK
route so that an easy and effecient east coast gateway could be offered.
And, Tahiti and her islands are beautiful, and well worth the trip. Yes, its expensive, and far away, and isolated, and the resorts tend to cater only to upmarket travellers and charge high prices, but think about it, that part of the charm and mystique of going to an exotic destination.