Flowing bubbles, French food
Air Tahiti Nui’s Poerava business class service from Auckland to Papeete makes the near five-hour flight whiz by like a dream, says
The bubbles were flowing within minutes and food and top-ups were fast and frequent.
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Auckland to Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Airbus A343 Jet.
TIme in the air
The scheduled flight is four hours and 50 minutes, though tail winds shortened that duration by some minutes on my flight.
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It can’t get more first-class than row one, and a seat by the window to boot. Very spacious and came with a blanket, eye mask, and socks. I’m told this is one of the older planes so the seats are not new but they are comfortable, and come with their own entertainment sets. Two pieces, up to 32kg each, for business class.
I figured with an early evening flight and a short flight time, there would be no need for me to lie about. But I did, and it was fantastic. The seat almost fully reclines, and it’s roomy enough to cross my legs while sitting upright and watching TV.
Sixteen movies, 40 music albums, 15 video games, and dedicated television and documentary channels. Even more fabulous- there was a digital magazine collection.
Fantastic. Boarding was obviously quick, the bubbles were flowing within minutes and food and top-ups were fast and frequent. The staff were relaxed and helpful.
The meals have a strong French influence. A smoked salmon starter went down a treat with the bubbles. That was quickly followed by roast chicken and steamed vegetables, potato croquette, more smoked salmon, prawns, salad, cheesecake, and my personal favourite – cheese and crackers with quince paste. Dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.
Being able to lie back and snooze between bubbles, food, and reading my book was nothing short of wonderful. I arrived in Tahiti relaxed and ready for my next adventure, instead of tired and irritated.
Air Tahiti Nui flies between Papeete and Auckland three times a week, it code shares with Air New Zealand for a further two flights. See airtahitinui.co.nz.
The writer flew courtesy of Air Tahiti Nui.
Air Tahiti Nui flies direct from Auckland to Papeete, three times a week.