The Air New Zealand Auckland Papeete Flight Review is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:
- NYC JFK
- Dubai, UAE
- Shanghai, China
- Papeete, Tahiti
- Bora Bora, Tahiti
- Moorea, Tahiti
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Hong Kong Island
- Tokyo, Japan
- Dallas, Texas
There are worse things in life than flying coach. At the moment, I can’t think of any of them. I did everything I could to get United, Air New Zealand, and the island nation of French Polynesia to upgrade my ticket from coach to business for the AKL-PPT-AKL legs. The original ticket from PVG-AKL-PPT-AKL-PVG was in business but Air New Zealand would not release any business class seats to United points travelers.
When I boarded the plane, the business class was empty. As I walked by the deserted business class cabin and dropped my head in resignation, I came to the realization that this coach ordeal was a small price to pay in exchange for ten days in paradise. Furthermore, the flight was only five hours long so I’m sure I could manage. (see How to Survive a 17 Hour Flight)
767’s are old and cramped. It’s hard for me to distinguish one economy class seat from another. This one was certainly more spacious than Allegiant but not particularly comfortable.
My ticket said ‘The Works’ which meant that I was able to watch movies for free. So at least I had that going for me. In terms of the selection, there were a few new Hollywood releases and the usual airplane flicks. The rest of the time I started at the flight information, giddy that I would soon be in Tahiti.
When I flew EgyptAir in coach, the food was great. This wasn’t the case on this flight. The saving grace was free New Zealand wine.
Here are the pictures:
I did it! I survived and am a much better person for it. Overall, I was more annoyed that the business class seats were empty than I was at having to fly coach. I’m sure this flight didn’t have the Air New Zealand PVG-AKL burger on it but I would have appreciated the service nonetheless.