Review of Air Tahiti Nui flight Papeete Tokyo in Economy

Airline Air Tahiti Nui
Flight TN 78
Class Economy
Seat 46E
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 11:25
Take-off 27 Jul 14, 07:20
Arrival at 27 Jul 14, 13:45
TN   #47 out of 124 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 52 reviews
manureva744
By 5280
Published on 28th July 2014
Time for a new Flight Report… It's been a long time and I have other trips to report but I will start with the latest one, well I am actually on the second day of my journey to Paris via Narita where I am presently located.

I used all my miles for this trip and will add 3 new airlines, 4 new routes, 1 new country, 2 new cities to my list.

I am going to Paris for my best friends wedding and they will have their honeymoon in Tahiti and will stay over at my place. The day before the departure my partner and I worked hard on finishing the paint job, decorations etc… of the guest bungalow where they will stay while at home.

The next day I was dropped off at the airport of Tahiti Faa'a. On sundays there are 3 flights operating… A lot for Tahiti ! First one is the flight that I will take, TN 78 to Tokyo, than TN 8 to LAX and CDG and finally AF 077 to LAX and CDG.

I join the short queue to check in. A first counter checks everyone, documents, immigration formalities and they weigh cabin bags, mine is 500g over and I tell them that I have my computer in there, they let me go through and tell me to mention that to their colleagues that do a second check before immigration.
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I will get to the front of the short line in no time, there is a tahitian dance group, Manahau, on that flight, I know a few of the dancers and their leader. They are on their way to Taipei for a few representation.
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And talking about Tahitian dances, we are still in the Heiva season and the airport has pictures of this major event everywhere !
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Immigration is a breeze, security as well.
It is very early and the duty free shops are not opened yet, only the Bar is serving customers, I grab an almond croissant and a fruit juice.
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The Boarding lounge is empty but it will get fuller rather quickly
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The 3 gate area is still showing last night's flights and my gate was used for the Honolulu flight.
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The sun is rising and only one Airbus is on the ground, the one I will use will land from LAX shortly after.
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It will be joined by the Air France 777 soon after.
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Boarding is started on time and will go very quickly, the flight is rater empty today !
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We walk past F-GSPD to reach our ride, F-OSEA aka Rangiroa
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The last passengers are boarding and settling down, the flight will be empty... it's confirmed. The seat next to me will stay empty too but I will move seats during the flight.
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We are pushed-back on time and we start the 11h25m journey to Japan
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The Cabin crew start the manual safety demonstration for this Airbus 340-300. Air Tahiti Nui doesn't have a video yet, I hope they will get one soon !
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We continue to taxi towards Punaauia for a take off towards Papeete.
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Last announcements before we take off.
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Our aircraft turns around and starts its rolling take off towards Papeete with its tail towards Tokyo !
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A couple of minutes after we took off, the IFE is turned on. It's a far cry from the old IFE but also far from what other airlines are offering.

I start to navigate the system and first stop it the On Board Food and Beverage Menu

First meal is a Brunch
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Between the meal services we can find snacks in the galley.
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Before we arrive in Tokyo we get Lunch
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Drinks
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I have changed seats and I am now occupying the last row of 3 seats, 46DEF. this spot is strategic as I will get the first choice for all the meals ! YAY !

I go with the Salmon for the brunch, It was DELICIOUS !!! Excellent points to Air Tahiti Nui for the fresh fruits too, some airlines use canned fruit cocktails and I really don't like it... So excellent points for TN ! Drinks are offered at the same time, I'll go for a tea with milk and Coke Zero.
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Being on the last row and served first, by the time the crew comes back to the galley, I had finished to eat and my tray was cleared with an offer for another drink.

We are continuing our journey to Tokyo
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I will watch a first movie, Captain America than a second one, Sherlock Holmes, will have a nap between the 2 movies, a couple snacks...
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While I am watching my movies, the japanese passenger in front of me will experience trouble with his video system. The screen will be upside down ! Shame he never asked a crew member to help him solve the problem.
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It is all dark inside, most people are sleeping as we all had to wake-up rather early...
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OK ! We are half way there !
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2 hours 45 minutes before we arrive in Tokyo the lights are back on and the crew starts the service of the last meal on board this flight. I choose the Chicken Jibu-ni served with steamed rice, shiitake mushroom, carrot and zucchini daishi.
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The contents of the seat pocket with the different magazines and catalogue
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Getting closer now !
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Lights are back on and the crew is starting to prepare the cabin for landing
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I move back to my window seat for landing. We do a couple of turns before we land in NRT. Beautiful day !
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Close up of our winglet
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Landing soon
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Hello Delta !
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And we are parked ! Our little neighbour an EastStar*Jet Boeing 737
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Doors are disarmed and everybody gets up to leave, you can see the dancers as they are all wearing the same fabric for their shirts and dresses
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We have a long walk to immigration but not many non-japanese passengers on this flight, most are in transit to China, Taiwan, Thailand...
I follow these 2 JAL cabin crew
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Immigration is a breeze and I am in Japan in no time ! I get downstairs to pick up my bags and catch the bus to the ANA Crowne Plaza
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Verdict

Air Tahiti Nui

7.6/10
Cabin6.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment7.0
Meal/catering8.5

Papeete - PPT

6.8/10
Efficiency6.5
Access8.0
Services5.5
Cleanliness7.0

Tokyo - NRT

8.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Excellent flight with an amazing crew on board TN 78 to Japan. Next flight AZ 785 !

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9 Comments

  • Comment 113876 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4555 Comments

    Very good report on a new route for the site! TN's new cabins seem really nice and the catering looks tasty. Good idea to move to an empty row in the middle to stretch out and get first pick of meals. Looking forward to the next installments in the series!

  • Comment 113879 by
    manureva744 AUTHOR 252 Comments

    Thanks ! I thought the route had been reported before... Maybe in French !

    Cabins look great but the seat is not so confortable because of the headrest which pushes your head forward. Also, I am 187cm or 6'1/6'2 and even if I pushed the headrest up it would stop on my shoulders... I think the flight could have had a worst mark for comfort if I didn't have a full row.

    • Comment 298139 by
      KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4555 Comments

      Nope, it's the first FR on the route in either language. The problem with newer cabins is that they're often uncomfortable, seats aren't as well padded as they used to be. Too bad for the headrest, seems like most airlines don't think of taller pax when installing seats. Lucky for me I'm average height at 178cm / 5'10 so I don't usually have problems with most Y seats.

  • Comment 113881 by
    jetsetpanda 2279 Comments

    Thank you for this nice report.

    Nothing beats an empty flight with plenty of open seats to stretch out. You were very lucky.

    The catering looks great for Y. Meals are well presented and looked appetizing. Snacks are also generous.

  • Comment 113883 by
    Chibcha 425 Comments

    I liked the wood details on the terminal, and it must be awesome to walk past those beasts en route to boarding.
    Catering looked great, but WTF with the safety video deal...how lame!

    Thanks for the read!

  • Comment 113888 by
    eminere™ 267 Comments

    I enjoyed reading your trip report, thank you!

    It always amazes me the mammoth size of the B777 engines particularly when you compare them to the hairdryer engines of the A340.

  • Comment 113894 by
    anthonytahiti 1576 Comments

    I'm happy that you are back on FR after months without any report.
    You offered us some great routings, I'm sure this this one will be another one with great flights.
    TN flights between PPT and NRT are often not full... We can say almost empty like this one.
    I found that this new economy seat is not confortable in the upright position but acceptable with little recline
    Great colors in this new TN cabins, I like it.
    I'm looking forward to fly with TN on this route for a RTW trip, but it's a pity that TN's one way tickets are so expansive, and I do not have enough miles for 3 award tickets for me and my familly.
    I've seen your plane flying just after take off from my home, I didn't think you were inside.
    Waiting for next flights and reports

  • Comment 113911 by
    lagentsecret SILVER 9375 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR and welcome back

    Fortunately the flight was very empty and you had a full row

    See you soon for the next leg

  • Comment 113930 by
    manureva744 AUTHOR 252 Comments

    Thanks everyone ! I'm now in Rome FCO, waiting for my flight to CDG !

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