Air Tahiti Nui Business Class

Aug 1, 2010
2010 / August 2010

On the Ground: Air Tahiti Nui service is located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The vast size of the terminal and courteous port employees allayed any concerns I had regarding my long flight to Tahiti. Check-in was fast, thanks to the dedicated business-class stations. The lounge, shared with other airlines, is a peaceful oasis to prepare for the flight. (29/30)

Pre-flight: Business-class service allowed me to pre-board and settle in to my seat. Flight attendants helped me stow my gear, then helpfully told me where everything was in case I needed an item during the fligh. Tahitian music, with the soothing sounds of the ukulele, was playing as we boarded. The cabin décor featured seat coverings, pillows and curtains in a tropical theme in shades of yellow. This, added to the lagoon-blue ensemble of the aircraft’s motif, made me feel like I had already arrived in Tahiti. The pleasant in-flight crew was unobtrusive but available to bring beverages (Champagne mimosas and pineapple juice) and reading material throughout the flight. (29/30)

In-flight: Once the formality of safety issues had been addressed, the crew changed into native Tahiti dress and continued to canvas the cabin and personally welcome each passenger with a gardenia. They discussed all the features of business class (Poerava) and directed us to further instructions on operating the seat, the private viewing console and personal entertainment remote. China-and-linen meal service began with a cheddar-encrusted croissant followed by foie gras, crusty Parisian bread and chocolate-glazed dates. For my main entrée I chose osso buco with pear ragout. After dinner, I enjoyed a selection of French pastries and fruits from the dessert cart. The entertainment service offered a wide range of first-rate, current movies in English, French and Japanese. The audio selection was offered from take-off to landing, which I fully enjoyed when the cabin was darkened and my chair was reclined to its full 180 degrees. (39/40)

The Experience: The courtesies extended by the crew and the many amenities offered by Air Tahiti Nui throughout the trip made the entire trans-Pacific flight both memorable and enjoyable.

Total score: 97/100


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Sep 19, 2019

Wilderness Safaris Reopens Jao Camp

Following a complete renovation, Wilderness Safaris’ Jao Camp reopened in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

TAP Air Portugal Adds 15 Flights Each Week From U.S., Canada

TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020,  a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.

Sep 19, 2019

Best U.S. Cities for Oktoberfest Celebrations

WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.

Sep 19, 2019

Qantas Will Start Using a Dreamliner on Santiago–Sydney Route

Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.

To New Heights

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

Sep 19, 2019

Travel Bundles Make it Easy to Attend International NFL Games

On Location Experiences makes it easy for travelers to head to London or Mexico City for upcoming NFL games. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Oct. 6, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 13; Wembley Stadium hosts the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams Oct. 27, and the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 3; and Estadio Azteca hosts the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers Nov. 18.

eFlyer News
Sep 18, 2019

LOT Polish Airlines Adds New Route to Delhi

LOT Polish Airlines is offering travellers more options for travel between Asia and Europe.

The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

eFlyer Lead
Sep 18, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Makes Sustainability Bounds

Hotel brands all over the world have pushed for sustainability. For many, it began with reducing single-use plastics, like straws. InterContinental recently announced the end of in-room miniature toiletries.