timb777
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Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:48 am

Hello readers of my 2nd trip report. This is the return flight from PPT - AKL from July last year. I flew PPT-AKL-CHC but this report is only for the PPT-AKL leg.

Part 1 (CHC-AKL-PPT) Tropical Luxury Air NZ Bizz (J) Class CHC-AKL-PPT (by Timb777 Jan 20 2010 in Trip Reports)

We had enjoyed a very enjoyable holiday in Tahiti / Moorea. I would recommend the Moorea Pearl Beach Resort to anyone.

A couple of photos of the sunset on out last night in Tahiti:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahiti%20trip/Tahitiholiday199.jpg

Looking out over Moorea:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday203.jpg

Route: PPT-AKL
Flight: NZ 41
Equipment: 767-300ER
Flight Time 6.5hrs
Seat 4F

Our flight back to New Zealand left approx 1 hour and 1 week after we arrived, and once again it was to be operated by one of Air New Zealand's 5 767-300ER's. I was interested to see what would be offered on this evening flight in comparison with our 'lunch time' flight over. Also this feturn leg is usually around 1 hour longer due to the strong headwinds, so i was interested to see whether this would translate into a different on board product being delivered.

I talked to the crew on board, and was interested to hear that the PPT flight is one of the longest crew routes on the 767 network. She explained that Air NZ does not layover crew in PPT, with the same crew doing the return flight. This makes for a long day with a 5 hr flight over, then a 1.5 hour turn-around before a 6.5 hour flight home.

I wonder if crew on the US trans cons do the flight both ways in one shift? i.e LAX-JFK-LAX Anyone know?

We checked in for our flight some 2 hours early and had to wait for security to open in order to go through to the TN lounge which NZ uses. Finally we made it through and were able to cool down in the lounge away from the humid open air terminal.

The lounge is also used by AF so i helped myself to one of their inflight magazines which were on offer and had a read along with a pinaple juice and vodka. The lounge also has a First class area, which I could not access as a J passenger.

Lounge view:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday224.jpg

View of TN 340-300 "Moorea" from Lounge:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday217.jpg

Our 767 after landing at PPT:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday219.jpg

Sunset over the airframe:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday222.jpg

And again:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday223.jpg

We were called for boarding and proceeded downstairs from the lounge to board the aircraft from the tarmac. Onboard:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday228.jpg

The lady sitting next to me was travelling by herself. She said that her husband and children had decided that she was getting stressed, so they sent her to Bora Bora for a weeks relaxation!
We were then offered a pre takeoff drink:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday227.jpg

The takeoff was long and powerful, and most exhilerating. The crew then offered a snack:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday231.jpg

It was then about a 1 hour wait until the main dinner service. Starter:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday233.jpg

Main, which was steak. Most pax seemed to choose this due to living off mainly seafood in Tahiti:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday235.jpg

Desert, lemon cake:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday237.jpg


The same cheese plate as on the way over I think:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahiti%20trip/Tahitiholiday068.jpg

Tea service:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday240.jpg

Back to the real stuff:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday232.jpg

View of the Y cabin. Main sleeping:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Tahitiholiday241.jpg

After a 6+ hour flight we landed in AKL around 10.30pm through an intense electrical storm which was interesting. We then stayed overnight before a morning 7 thirty 7 flight to CHC. This evening flight from PPT was most enjoyable and i found it to be an ideal flight length with enough time for dinner and a few movies.
 
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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:02 am

I forgot to post the link to a video i made of the flight including takeoff and meals etc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvh_q1W_x_8
 
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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:03 am

For those of you interested, here is a link to a media announcement made by NZ today about their new cabins being introduced from later this year in the 777-300ER's on orer. They feature new years in Y+ ans lie flat economy as an option:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indu...ighbours-to-share-Air-NZs-Skycouch
 
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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:43 am

What fantastic looking food! I hope to get a chance to fly this airline at sometime. Thanks for the report!
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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:46 am

Nice report! Would love to go to Tahiti some day.....

Quoting Timb777 (Thread starter):
I wonder if crew on the US trans cons do the flight both ways in one shift? i.e LAX-JFK-LAX Anyone know?

At UA, crews do not do back to back trans-cons but they do LAX-OGG-LAX in one day for example. Same to KOA, LIH and probably HNL as well although some flights to/from HNL are flown by HNL crew that do have a layover at LAX.

LAX-OGG-LAX is also a very long day, similiar to AKL-PPT-AKL.

Looking forward to your next report!

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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AK

Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:44 am

Nice to see the return report as well!!

Did you find Tahiti that much different from some of the tropical locales that are closer to you?


Nice to see the TN lounge is in good order. Also I can never get enough of TN color schemes.
Great content with the pics.

Say, I had to do a search to see if I ever did a TR for my trip and indeed I did. Please consider reading:
http://mail.airliners.net/aviation-f...rums/trip_reports/read.main/90241/

And here are a few pics on Anet from the trip.

This one came an hour before boarding TN out of JFK.


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Photo © Mario J Craig



And from the West coast of Oz.

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Photo © Mario J Craig



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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:46 am



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5):
Nice to see the TN lounge is in good order. Also I can never get enough of TN color schemes.
Great content with the pics.

Hi again Mirrodie,
Yes TN certainly does make the modst of their aircraft with the paint scheme acting as more than a 'brand' , to me it is a work of art! The lounge had a decent beverage selection during my visit. My favourite there was Vodka with the Pinapple juice from the Moorea factory (i hope you had this while you were there, simply the best pinapple juice ever!). The chairs were also very comfortable indeed.

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5):
Did you find Tahiti that much different from some of the tropical locales that are closer to you?

Tahiti was my favourite island holiday so far, this was in part due to the perfect weather, good J class flights and the all round relaxation. However the Cook island also offer a relating holiday. The beaches are better in the cooks aswell, and also things are alot cheaper, including the accomodation. My recomentation on the mainland would be the PAcific resort which is set on the best beach (Muri) on the island. We also flew to Aitutaki (saab340) on our RAR trip, which is the 'Bora Bora ' of the cook islands, and i would also recomend this. RAR also has direct NZ 767 flights to lax which really opens the island up to the American continent. Here is a photo from Aitutaki of our overwater bungalo:

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz339/timboeing777/Picture034.jpg

We have also visited Fiji a couple of times which offered a good holiday, though with the current political situation being unstable the island is best avoided for now. New Caledonia is also good, we stayed at the club med which has since shut down, but New cal is no where as nice as Tahiti and i won't bother returning. So my second favourite island, and the most one most likely to be visited next is Rarotonga.

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 5):
This one came an hour before boarding TN out of JFK.

Wow what a wonderful photo. The c17 is a fantastic aircraft, one of my favourites in the military line up.

Thanks, Tim
 
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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:51 pm

Nice pics. Id love to fly NZ , still have not gotten on them yet. Its also my dream to go to the South Pacific Islands. Just looks amazing.

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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:28 pm

Hey Timb777,

Thx for both parts of your trip. Both well written with very nice photos. ANZ looks like they offer very good C class.

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RE: Return From The Tropics Air NZ Bizz (J) PPT-AKL

Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:20 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Its also my dream to go to the South Pacific Islands. Just looks amazing.

Indeed, its well worth the effort, but a long way from where you live!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 8):
ANZ looks like they offer very good C class.

Thankyou for you comment. Yes there product is competitive in the south pacific region, nudging out QF in my opinion,
Tim

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