This is the first flight of a trip we took with my partner a year ago. We had decided to go back to Asia and visit Hong-Kong and Thailand (for the 3rd time). We bought our tickets and went to our first destination, Auckland. Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand are the only two airlines flying the route but this times Air Tahiti Nui's schedule was the best as the arrival in AKL would be the best for our transit to SYD on the Emirates A380.
After an early wake up we go to Tahiti International Airport to check-in at the Air Tahiti Nui counters. The checkin personnel is the same for all the airlines operating in and out of Papeete. Air Tahiti Escale Internationale handles all the airlines, Air Tahiti (RAR), Air Calin (NOU), Air France (LAX/CDG), Air New Zealand (AKL), Air Tahiti Nui (AKL/NRT/LAX/CDG) Hawaiian Airlines (HNL), LAN (IPC/SCL).
After we had checked in and got seats 17A and 17B (no online check in with TN) we went to the boarding lounge. The new operator of the airport is ADT and they did a few renovation and opened up the boarding area, created a nice garden with a terrace for the smokers. The boarding lounge as an airy feel with a more enjoyable local atmosphere.
New carvings are adorning the pillars. Tikis or ti'i are sculpted in wood, they are local gods representing most of the time the son of the Sun.
Our boarding gate.
Boarding will be fast as the flight is not full. Our Airbus A340-300 F-OLOV Nuku-Hiva.
On board it is HORRIBLY hot ! Air-conditioning is not working, a nightmare !!!
Departure soon, in the background on the ex-terminal 2 that was used by Air Moorea before the closure of the airline, is an Air Tahiti Nui A340.
We are strating our journey to AKL and will go past a few Air Tahiti ATR that are getting ready for their multitude of flights. In the background is the French Polynesian government ATR42 that was christened Air Floss One. Gaston Flosse was the ex president of the government and it was under his tenure that the ATR was bought.
The Moana cabin, Air Tahiti Nui economy class.
Taking off to New Zealand.
The flight to AKL only lasts 5 hours more or less and a brunch is served. The choice was betwee, chocolate crepes or chinese omelet with bacon ham and chicken sausage. I chose the crepes which were good, the ham in the plate containing the cheeses was of bad quality. The fruit salad was excellent. A small fromage frais was on the tray as well as a brioche bread. Concerning the omelet it was inedible ! My partner only ate the meat and left the whole omelet.
Flight went by with no problems, rapidly. The IFE on ATN is of a prehistoric generation with only 7 movies that will be shown on a loop where you will have to wait the end of the longest movie to start a new one. So while you are waiting the best thing is to watch the clouds and the blue of the magnificent Pacific Ocean !
We are approaching New Zealand whose maori name is fitting, Aotearoa, the long white cloud
Our arrival in Auckland.
We arrived a few minutes ahead of schedule and exited the plane rapidly. We went back to security before going to the Emirates lounge to wait for our flight to Sydney.
Air Tahiti Nui
Papeete - PPT
Auckland - AKL
The Air Tahiti Nui product is obsolete, particularly the IFE system and the seats. A new product should be coming soon. Let's wait and see what the airline will offer its customers. Le produit d'Air Tahiti Nui se fait vieux, particulièrement le système de divertissement et les sièges. Une refonte du produit est à l'étude. Attendant de voir ce que la compagnie au tiare va proposer à ses clients.
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