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Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Air Tahiti Nui and Southwest Flights Home

Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Air Tahiti Nui and Southwest Flights Home

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Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
On Our Way Back

Emily:  After a day of exploring Papeete, we drove back to the airport to catch our flight back.  There was a long line to check-in, but the line for business class was shorter.

After passing security, we went to the lounge which was nothing too special.

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Air Tahiti Nui Lounge

There were some snacks and a very small selection of prepared food (if you could find it!).

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Air Tahiti Nui Lounge Food

There was a refrigerator with a selection of juice and sodas.

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Juices and Sodas

There was also a bar where you could make your own drinks…

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Air Tahiti Nui Lounge Bar

…as well as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

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More Beverages

The couches were comfortable, but there was no business center with computers or workstations.  It was also very cold!

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Lounge Chairs

The main airport waiting area looked really nice and modern.  In my opinion, it looked even nicer than the lounge but without the free snacks and refreshments.

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Papeete Airport Waiting Area

There was even an art gallery there!

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Art Gallery at Papeete Airport

Soon enough, it was time to board our flight.  The Air Tahiti Nui plane seemed a bit older from inside.

Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
Emily in the Plane

The seats were bright blue with white flower imprints and had yellow pillows with blue blankets.  I loved the bright colors!

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Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Seat

We also got amenity kits with the usual toothbrush, toothpaste, and L’Occitane lotions and creams.  We also got an eye mask, socks, and ear plugs.

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Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Amenity Kit

Darius and I were thrilled with the large selection of newspapers and magazines.  They even had The Economist!

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Newspaper Selection

However, the business class seats didn’t recline all the way back.

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Reclined Seat

So it was difficult to lay down for a good night’s sleep.  But as you can see, Daraius had no problem sleeping!

Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
Daraius Can Sleep Anywhere!

I did the best I could though, and managed to get maybe five or six hours of sleep which felt great!

Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
Seats Don’t Recline Much

Daraius:  I had dinner, but wasn’t anything particularly memorable.

Here’s the menu:

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Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Menu
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Menu

Here’s the Drink menu:

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Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Drinks Menu

I had the bluefish terrine, but wouldn’t get it again.

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Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Entree

I had the chocolate cake for dessert which was okay.

Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
Chocolate Cake

Here’s the wine list:

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Wine List

I skipped breakfast so that I could sleep longer.

After we landed in Los Angeles, we picked up our bags and went through customs, and walked to Terminal 1 for our Southwest flight.  We checked in for our flight and and rechecked our luggage to Kansas City.

Everything took about two hours and we had about an hour left before it would be time to board our flight, so we went to the US Airways Lounge to get some work done.  The US Airways lounge had a nicer atmosphere than the Air Tahiti Nui lounge in Papeete!

However, there was no prepared food, but there was a lot of seating and two business areas to work in.

Soon enough, it was time to board our flight, so we lined up for our Southwest flight to St. Louis, where we had a 1.5 hour layover. We grabbed dinner at California Pizza Kitchen got some more work done and boarded the last flight of the day to Kansas City.  We finally arrived in Kansas City at 9:30 pm dreaming of our third honeymoon!

We were so lucky to be able to use our miles and points to visit such a beautiful place!

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The Air Tahiti Nui seats have all been replaced since this trip report, with much improved business class seats and in flight entertainment system. Here is a complete review, with extensive photos, of the business class cabin on a trip from LAX to Papeete:

http://flight-report.com/en/report-8080.html

Not sure if I missed it, but how did you guys get back from Bora Bora to Papeete? I am planning our trip right now, and we are flying into PPT, staying the night. Then planning to take the ferry to Moorea to stay a few days. From there, a flight to BOB from MOZ perhaps. On the way home we take the return flight to MOZ, and then maybe take a ferry back to PPT? Kind of risky due to the in frequent schedule of the ferry if we have to take a flight out. Just wondering what you guys did.

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@Hector Truong – You can fly non stop from Bora Bora to Papeete which is what we did.

Update: Air Tahiti Nui has updated all the seats on their planes. 1st class has been eliminated. Now, there is only business and economy seats. The business class seats are “shell type” and recline fully flat now. I am booked for business class next month. Can’t wait to try out the new seats.

We just flew back ppt-lax on the new plane and had a surprisingly good time in coach. The new coach seats are better than I would have guessed, while the new biz still does not go flat. We were happy to not burn the extra AA miles on biz seats and really never would on those planes.

We did biz once on the old planes and the seats are better now, but we would only do biz again if we had tons of AA miles to burn. thankfully, coach is better than most coach seats.

Let me tell you about something most everyone neglected to mention when comparing ATN to AF.

The SERVICE on ATN is OUTSTANDING! No matter what class seat you get, you will be treated with kindness,respect, and attention unsurpassed in the industry. They annually have All the awards to prove it. Plus, they keep the restrooms fresh and spotless throughout the long flights.

When I have traveled ATN,my vacation always started from the airport lounges, continued on the wonderful flight, and lasted until the rude awakening at Customs.

Go ahead..choose AF or United….that’ll leave more seating on ATN for me and my friends. (BTW- I am a musician, and have NO connection to any airline)

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