Review of Air Tahiti Nui flight Los Angeles Papeete in Business

Airline Air Tahiti Nui
Flight TN1
Class Business
Seat 5L
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 08:35
Take-off 25 May 14, 15:30
Arrival at 25 May 14, 21:05
TN   #14 out of 119 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 61 reviews
anthonytahiti
Published on 17th September 2014
Here I go for a short business trip in France.

Short because family (my wife and my 3 years old kid) did not want to come with me and stay in France for holidays. But a lonely trip brings a lot of benefits ;)

As this is a business trip, I don’t pay myself the ticket, and as the stay is short, I would like to travel in more comfortable conditions than coach class. I asked for a flexible ticket in Economy or Premium Economy, so a paid upgrade would not be too expensive for me.

    1ST PART : From Tahiti to France Papeete [PPT] - Los Angeles [LAX], Air France AF77, B772, Premium Eco, May 16, 2014 CLICK HERE Los Angeles [LAX] - Paris [CDG], Air France AF77, B772, Premium Eco, May 16, 2014 CLICK HERE 2ND PART : Back from France to Tahiti : Flying with style Paris [CDG] - Los Angeles [LAX], Air France AF66, A380, Premiere, May 25, 2014 CLICK HERE Los Angeles [LAX] - Papeete [PPT] Air Tahiti Nui TN1, A343, Business, May 25, 2014
    YOU ARE HERE


Thanks to AF/TN code share, this flight is an opportunity to change my usual AF flights on this route and introduce the new ATN Business cabin.
For the new Economy cabin, you can see my previous report on AKL PPT : CLICK HERE
Ticket purchased from Air France, flight number AF676.


My CDG LAX flight in La Première just landed with a consequent delay that jeopardizes my correspondence. Fortunately I am accompanied by a ground staff of the airport, and express connection coupon.

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After a very long wait for my bags, I follow my guide for this transit

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Luggages quickly deposited on the connecting baggage drop-off

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Then a quick stroll outside and again in the TBIT, departure hall

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Departures list, I can catch my next plane but no time to lose

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Passing security filters is simply hallucinating : there’s a lot of people, my guide opens the way for me in the queue, spreads all waiting pax, until we get to the scanner, stops the pax depositing their hand luggage to allow me to proceed immediately, under dumbfounded look of other pax! I spend less than 5 minutes for security checks that would have taken me 30 minutes under normal conditions I think. Very effective!

Just after I follow my guide through a shortcut which is normally forbidden

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And here I am at the gate, on time, while boarding is coming to the end

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Mission accomplished. I take leave of my escort who I warmly thank.

Gate’s hostess gives me a new boarding pass for this last flight

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I go fast in the jetbridge

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To arrive at my blue bird (F-OSUN)

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As on all ATN flights and in all classes of travel, a Tiare flower is offered to each passenger

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I enjoy the new Business cabin on this flight (3 of 5 aircrafts retrofitted)

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Here is the seat

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A cushion and a pouch containing the cover are arranged on the seat

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I take place in the seat

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Cabin view

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Seat inspection from every angle :

Before me, besides the IFE are arranged in-flight magazines, safety card, and individual water bottle

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Small lockers under the water bottles contain a little extra cushion

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Above the IFE on the seat in front, a small tablet which I did not catch the utility because it is available only when you are standing

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Pilot light

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Under the central armrest is willing the headphone

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It is much less efficient than the Bose in AF First class of the previous flight, but better than the current one in AF Business

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In the center armrest, besides the headphone, a USB port and a power outlet

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At the side armrest, seat control and remote controller of the IFE

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The seat control is very simple

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The remote controller offers not a lot of features, as the screen is a touch screen

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Different magazines available in the pocket

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Safety Card

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Welcome drink : Champagne

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The Tiare flower, symbol of the company can be found everywhere

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An amusing anecdote after that : an instructor crew comes next to me and thanks me for the box of chocolates. Seeing my surprise, she understands that she is with the wrong person. A pax offering chocolates to the crew, this is not anybody ;)

The amenity kit is then distributed

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I don’t like the presentation cardboard box, a kit is more elegant (and reusable for another use later)

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But content with L'Occitane products are of good quality

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Different home screens scroll on the IFE

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Push back 10 minutes late

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Taxiing takes about ten minutes more

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The opportunity to meet some beautiful birds
Virgin Atlantic B744

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Which masks the B777 All Black Air New Zealand

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Take-off
Century City, Beverly Hills

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We quickly reach the Pacific at Marina del Rey



Santa Monica

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And finally Malibu

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Let’s fly over a big blue ocean

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The menu is distributed

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Aperitifs choice

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Meals menu

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Wine list

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IFE also shows several different menus, difficult to navigate, no indication which one of them is for our flight

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I go to the toilets where L'Occitane products are also available

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Distribution of oshibori (I present it like a mop, sorry)

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I am now interested in the IFE with a nice touch screen

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The screen size is correct

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Here is the full choice of films : 26 movies, it’s few (although it is better than 14 in economy)



I benefit from the low filling the cabin (maximum 50%) and the absence of neighbor to take my ease, with Geovision to my left and a movie in front of me

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I selected a french movie Chinese puzzle for the beginning of this flight

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I take out the tablet from the center armrest

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Reminder of aperitif choice, which I find quite varied

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The hostess tells me that my choice of a Pina Collada is not available, so I take a Margarita

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I do not know why I imagine that I would see a good Margarita prepared at request in the galley, here I am with an infamous ready-to-serve preparation that I did not get to finish. The assortment of various nuts and dried fruits is good.

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The table is set, tablecloth with his embroidered Tiare

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Reminder of the menu

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The plate is served, the bread is hot

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Focus on a few elements of service:
Embroidered towel with her Tiare

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Salt and pepper

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Metal cutlery

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The glass is also marked with Tiare flower

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Starter Parma prosciutto, pheasant-pork terrine, and sauteed scallops with mango salsa, lime pesto, sauteed mushrooms
The combination of meat and scallops is confusing, it's pretty average

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The trolley appears for the service of the main course

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I choose the seared shrimps and scallops in Cajun-style sauce offerd with saffron rice

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It's very spicy, I love it

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Cheese is disappointing

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The dessert is good

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Various sweets are nice: Mini strawberry cheesecake, mini pistachio nougat, raspberry chocolate verrine

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Mango sherbet refreshing

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Fresh fruits

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I finish with a strong coffee (there’s no espresso)

This first meal is appreciated despite some shortcomings

I keep on my movie session with Ocean's Thirteen

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Then I work on the pictures of the previous report, Air France La Première (SEE HERE) while another oshibori is distributed

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The cold light meal comes when it’s 7:00 pm in Tahiti and there is less than 2 hours of flight
Reminder of the menu

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Everything is brought on a single meal tray

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I take some wine (St Emilion) which is served in a stemmed glass and is good

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Tiare is everywhere

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The grilled chicken with Vietnamese salad and dressing is not bad

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Cheeses are as disappointing as for the main meal

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Fresh fruits are good

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I won’t touch the Chocolate espresso Creme Brulee

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This is my 5th meal in less than 24 hours, I surrender

I struggled against sleep not to sleep the entire flight, to better fight against the jet lag, but at the end, I collapse. I test the seat into bed position, which I think is his biggest weakness : it is angled bed, 160 °, which is far from new full flat standards of many companies

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It’s a good surprise for me to sleep well there and not feel any toboggan effect

The coverage

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The cabin is quiet

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We are approaching PPT

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We land 20 minutes early, 5 minutes taxiing before stopping at our parking stand

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I leave this new Business cabin with nice visual

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Disembarking and some views of the bird (F-OSUN, nicknamed Moorea)

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Welcome to Tahiti-Faaa

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Local welcome as for each international arrival

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My luggages comes the first

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But I stop here to declare to the customs my new laptop purchased in France during this trip.

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It takes a long time, there are only 2 or 3 people before me, and it takes 40 minutes before I left the carousel hall. There’s nobody here except a few other pax also waiting at customs. It disgusts you to be honest !

End of this beautiful journey that made me discover both AF First and TN Business. A good memory


Bonus All Black

To finish, some bonus pictures with Air New Zealand in PPT

ANZ flies to PPT 2 times per week (soon 3 times) with a B763. For the longest vacations in Tahiti, to increase capacity, some flights are operated with a B77W. Air New Zealand announced in early July they will send us the All Black plane or the Hobbit plane, with a tour of the plane for the press during the stopover. Of course I asked ANZ to participate for the purpose of a photo essay on Flight Report. They refuse as you can imagine.

I go to the airport on sunday, July 6 for the arrival of ZK-OKQ, the All Black plane, the most beautiful aircraft in the world for me.

I can attend his arrival behind gates that spoil some fun and photos

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Fortunately, an airport staff send me his own pictures, far more successful than mine, thank you Arsene;)

Landing

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Taxiing on the runway

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Arrival hailed as required by firefighters

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Thanks to all who took the trip to the end.

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Verdict

Air Tahiti Nui

8.3/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering7.5

Los Angeles - LAX

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Papeete - PPT

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access10.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness6.5

Conclusion

Air Tahiti Nui
Discovery of this new Business cabin for which I went to with some negative priori, especially on the seat, but I was pleasantly surprised
Cabin and comfort : The visual is stunning. I am pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the seat, I was expecting a disappointing bed position with the angled bed at 160 °, but I'm asleep without difficulty (albeit very tired at this point). However a shame not to go further in the search for comfort at a time when most companies are past the stage above, including the main competitor AF
Crew : always smiling, very pleasant and attentive throughout the flight, as almost every flight. A highlight of ATN undeniably
Catering : no very noble products but it is well done overall. A good choice in wines although it would be better to replace 1 or 2 bottles with better standing
Entertainment: IFE is good with a beautiful image, a touchscreen responding well, the remote is not very convenient. As in economy, shame about the choice of films is so small compared to what other companies offer
On time performance : perfectly on time

In the end I find the retrofit rather successful in Business class despite a priori negative initially, but this product will appear quickly overtaken by a few years.

LAX TBIT
I unfortunately could not enjoy the new TBIT on transit, but I could greatly enjoy the ground service, I owe to my previous flight in first class.
I regret not having more time to enjoy the Skyteam lounge in the TBIT, held by Korean Air, to visit the First class part.

PPT airport
The airport remains operational for arrival but not pretty, would need a facelift. A negative point for custom clearance which wastes a lot of time.

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4 Comments

  • Comment 118414 by
    whitelight44 346 Comments

    Awesome TR. Loved the pictures. Thank you :)

  • Comment 118418 by
    F-OITN GOLD 1637 Comments

    Thanks for this FR. A very nice cabin and good prestation, a nice flight with a nice airline... What else ? ^^
    Thks also for the ANZ 777.

  • Comment 118528 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5307 Comments

    This type of seat is a perfect fit for a carrier like TN, for high-end leisure travel. Full aisle access is not needed for this market where mostly couples and families would fly in Business class. The colors are very pretty and represent well the beautiful colors of Tahiti without being tacky. Awesome Buonus of the NZ bird

  • Comment 118728 by
    SKYTEAMCHC GOLD 8237 Comments

    Thanks for your post. I globally find the experience offered on this flight a very pleasant one. The feeling of being already on holiday with the choice of materials and colors is a sucess. As Kebin says it does so without being tacky. I agree with you regarding the amenity kit : the content is nice but a nicer pouch would be an improvement. Tahita FAA does not seem give a good first impression of the islands to passengers and that's too bad.

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