Air Tahiti Nui will operate another nonstop Papeete to Paris flight on April 19th. The roughly 16 and a half hour flight will be flown with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will retain the title of the world’s longest nonstop domestic flight. This will be the third such nonstop flight by Air Tahiti Nui from French Polynesia and Paris.
Another nonstop Papeete to Paris flight
On April 19th, Air Tahiti Nui will fly its third nonstop flight from Papeete to Paris according to scheduling data from Routesonline. The flight is scheduled to depart at 03:30 local time in Papeete. After a 16 hour and 20 minute flight hopping across multiple time zones, the aircraft will land on the next day, April 20th, at 07:50 local time in Paris. The flight number for this route is TN64.
To book this flight, you can go to the Air Tahiti Nui website. Tickets are on sale:
Economy class starts at 94,999 French Polynesian Francs (XPF) or just under US$870. Business class is available at 286,599 XPF or just under US$2620 one-way. The main purpose of this flight is to repatriate French citizens from the islands back to Paris. For one-way prices on a repatriation flight, this is lower than some other fares for getting people home.
This flight is a regularly scheduled commercial flight in normal times. However, the aircraft usually makes a stop in Los Angeles. A flight like this is really pushing the range of the Boeing 787-9.
Previous nonstop flights
This is the third such nonstop flight the airline is operating. The first flight departed Papeete on March 15th. Then, the same aircraft operated the second nonstop leg on April 7th.
The previous two flights on the return journey from Paris have stopped in Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. It is an overseas region of France. Westbound flights departing Europe face significant headwinds that limit the aircraft’s performance and ability to operate nonstop to Papeete.
The 787 for Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui outfits its Boeing 787-9 aircraft in a three-cabin configuration. This includes 30 lie-flat Poerava business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. Behind this cabin, there are 32 Moana premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. And lastly, there are 232 economy class seats in a standard 3-3-3 configuration. This makes for a total of 294 seats onboard the aircraft. The 787s replaced older and less fuel-efficient Airbus A340 aircraft.
A nonstop 16-hour journey in standard economy class sounds a bit grueling. However, it does beat being stuck abroad away from home.
Will you fly on this repatriation flight? Are you excited to see this nonstop flight? Let us know in the comments!