Visitors heading to Easter Island will arrive via cruise ship or via one or two daily flights with LATAM from Santiago. But now, for one rotation only, there’s another option. Air Tahiti Nui will fly to Easter Island in March with their Dreamliner. The only catch? You have to get on in Papeete.
Papeete to Easter Island
The French Polynesian airline Air Tahiti Nui seems to be planning a one-off service between Papeete and Easter Island with its stunning Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. According to Routesonline, the service is a charter, taking place over a few days in March 2020.
As reported by Routesonline, the schedule is planned as follows:
- From Papeete: TN791 will operate on the 16th March 2020, leaving at 08:30 and arriving to Easter Island at 18:45
- From Easter Island: TN792 will operate on the 18th March 2020, leaving at 17:00 and arriving back at Papeete at 17:55
It’s a funny little route. I say little, it’s over five hours each way, and passes over literally no significant landmass for the entire journey. It’s an epic south Pacific trip and the mind boggles as to why it’s being laid on.
Although the ‘high’ season for Easter Island is still in full swing during March, it’s towards the end of the season and nothing spectacular seems to be going on. The epic Tapati Rapa Nui will already have taken place, and it’s a bit too early for actual Easter.
Regardless of the lack of formal events during this period, Easter Island is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year, with plenty of space to walk, cycle or just relax on the beach.
Charter, but bookable
Despite this being a charter service, the route is actually bookable! Looking at the Air Tahiti website, tickets can be secured for the trip starting from CFP franc 25,899 each way (that’s about $240).
As Air Tahiti are flying their gorgeous Dreamliner on the route, there is also premium economy and business class available on the route. These are priced at CFP 46,599 ($432) and CFP 76,599 ($710) respectively, each way.
Up at the front, the Poerava business class cabin features a 180 degree fully flat Rockwell Collins designed seat, the Parallel Diamond, which has plenty of storage and lots of privacy for the premium traveler. 30 seats are available in total, although with the 2-2-2 layout there’s no direct aisle access for those window seats.
The all new MOANA premium economy class on the Dreamliner features a Zodiac Z535 seat, 20.4 inches wide and with a pitch of 38 inches. It’s a true premium economy product in that it has its own dedicated cabin, and is laid out in a 2-3-2 arrangement.
Economy passengers also get a newly designed seat, also by Zodiac: the Z300. With 31 inches of pitch and a full six inch recline, these are comfortable economy seats for longer journeys.
All Air Tahiti Dreamliner passengers will have access to WiFi from Panasonic, although, in this area of the South Pacific, there’s no guarantee of connectivity.
Simple Flying has reached out to Air Tahiti Nui about this route and will update with any information we receive.
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The scheduling information contained in this post was originally reported by Routesonline.