Air Tahiti Nui

Review: Air Tahiti Nui Business Class A340 Los Angeles To Paris

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I knew that Air Tahiti Nui uses the Los Angeles International Lounge at LAX, which I recently reviewed before my Fiji Airways flight to Nadi. Therefore I decided to get to the airport as close to departure as possible, and head straight to the gate. I won’t be reviewing the lounge again, though check out my previous review, as well as my overall ranking of lounges at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.

I arrived at the airport at around 9:40AM for my 11:25AM flight to Paris. The check-in process was quick, I assume because most passengers on the flight to Paris were in transit from Tahiti, and most originating in Los Angeles had already checked in.

Security was reasonably quick, at least by Tom Bradley International Terminal standards, and within about 20 minutes I was through. My flight was departing from gate 159, located at the far end of the terminal to the left.

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Introduction: A Rare First Class Opportunity

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There are first class awards that are tough to book with miles through a partner program, like Qantas first, Qatar first, Etihad first, etc. Then there are awards that are generally impossible to book with miles through a partner program, like Air France first and Swiss first.

Back in the day Swiss was one of the most generous airlines out there when it came to releasing first class award space, and I remember many instances where they made all eight first class seats available as awards. That’s why I had reviewed them a few times in the past, at least going back a few years.

Unfortunately that changed in 2013, when Swiss added a restriction to first class redemptions. As of 2013, only elite members in the Miles & More program can redeem miles for Swiss first class. That’s where the motivation for planning this trip started.

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Air Tahiti Nui A340 Business Class In 10 Pictures

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Good morning from Paris! I just flew Air Tahiti Nui business class from Los Angeles to Paris, which is one of the more tropical ways to cross the Atlantic. As you guys know I’m trying to review as many business class products as possible, or else I wouldn’t intentionally book an angled business class product for a transatlantic flight.

In this post I’ll be sharing my initial impressions about the experience, and then of course I’ll have a much more detailed trip report in the near future.

Air Tahiti Nui’s A340-300 business class cabin consists of a total of 32 angled seats, spread across six rows in a 2-2-2 configuration (the first row just has two seats in the center section).

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Is There No Good Way To Get To Tahiti On Miles Anymore?

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As much as I suck at relaxing, I do love traveling to relaxing destinations. Having a beautiful place from which to work is my definition of relaxing, so I’d like to think I appreciate an overwater villa in the Maldives as much as the next person.

While I’ve been to the Maldives a couple of times, I’ve never made it to Tahiti (or more specifically, Bora Bora). That’s unfortunate, given that it’s actually much closer to the US, and only about an eight hour flight from LA.

Starwood recently announced their annual 35% off sale for resort points redemptions, and one property in particular caught my eye — the St. Regis Bora Bora. The hotel is available for 39,000 Starpoints per night, and with a fifth night free it would cost an average of 31,200 Starpoints per night.

That’s still a lot of Starpoints, but it seems like a great motivator to finally check out Bora Bora, given how stunning it looks in pictures.

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Coming Up: Air Tahiti Nui & Fiji Airways Business Class Reviews!

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At the beginning of the year I wrote a post about the 16 airlines I want to review in 2016. I’ve heard the feedback loud and clear that you guys want me to review new airlines (especially in business class), so I’ve been making an effort to do so.

So far in 2016 I’ve checked the following products off my list:

— Air France business class
— Air India first class
— Finnair business class
— Hainan business class
— Iberia business class
— LAN business class
— Oman Air business class

Well, I’m happy to report that I just booked an award which will allow me to review two new airlines. Unfortunately they’re also the only airlines I’m wanting to review which don’t offer flat beds in business class, but perhaps that will make the review all the more interesting.

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Air Tahiti Nui’s Mysterious One Off Flight From Dallas To Tahiti

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There are few things in life I love more than random, one-off flights. For example, I had booked myself on a mysterious Qatar Airways A350 flight before the inaugural flight even occurred, which they apparently never intended to sell. Unfortunately that didn’t end all that well for me. But I had fun nonetheless!

Here’s an equally puzzling, though perhaps not quite as exciting, flight.

Air Tahiti Nui seems to be running a one off flight from Dallas to Papeete on July 9, 2015.

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Air Tahiti Nui To Join OneWorld Alliance In 2015?

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Via a Tahiti Nui Television article, the French Polynesia Tourism Minister claims that Air Tahiti Nui may be joining the oneworld alliance in 2015. The article is in French, but here’s the relevant section (translated using Google Translate):

In addition, to enhance service, ATN “is poised to enter the One World Alliance” which “would make us go from 6 to 7 code shares currently more than a hundred,” said Jean-Christophe Bouissou, who hopes that this will happen “this year.”

I wouldn’t necessarily take this as fact given that over the years there have been dozens of airlines “in the process” of joining an alliance, and it never panned out.

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