Flight check: Papeete to Auckland on Air Tahiti Nui

David Weston flies NZ315 operated by Air Tahiti Nui from Papeete to Auckland.
Tahiti Nui's service to Papeete.
Tahiti Nui's service to Papeete.

The plane: A rather tired Airbus A340. Interior quite scruffy.

Class: Economy.

Price: $705 one way.

Flight time: Scheduled for 5hr, 50mins. Our flight was on time.

My Seat: 26A. Window seat with very limited leg room. The seating is 2-4-2 on this aircraft, which is very cramped.

Fellow passengers: Mainly Kiwis returning home from holiday. Some other passengers connecting with ongoing flights.

How full? About 95 per cent.

Entertainment: There was a small screen with a very limited choice of viewing options.

Food and drink: Very poor considering this was an early morning departure on an almost six-hour flight. A very basic breakfast with no choice was served shortly after take-off.

The crew then made one further circuit of the cabin, offering water only. We never saw them again until landing.

Toilets: Tired and not particularly clean. The soap ran out halfway through the flight and was not replenished.

Luggage: Economy Class passengers are allowed a bag weighing up to 23kg - no problem.

The airport experience: Adequate, considering Tahiti is a very small airport.

Would I fly this again? Definitely not. This is a Code Share with Air New Zealand who offer a much better flight experience, even on their elderly B767 on this route.

- NZ Herald

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