United and Hawaiian Join Crowded Competition in the Rush to Fly Back to Papeete
United and Hawaiian Airlines have announced they will be resuming flights to Tahiti as The Pandemic threat starts to ease.
United Airlines will start service tomorrow (June 3rd) and will utilize the Boeing 797-9 Dreamliner flying three times weekly from San Francisco International (SFO).
The United Dreamliner will have the following seat/class layout:
- Main Cabin: 188
- Premium Economy: 21
- Business Class: 48
At the time of this post, fares from SFO to PPT are around $700 round trip and go all the way up to $1,628 from Houston (IAH) to PPT.
Hawaiian Airlines To Resume Flights, But With Restrictions
Hawaiian Airlines is said to restart flights from Honolulu (HNL) but nothing official has been confirmed. They were set to go in July but now the latest word is August.
There are still Covid restrictions in Hawaii and discussions are ongoing between the U.S. and the EU.
Low Cost Startup Frenchbee, Air France and Tahiti Nui Will Give United and Hawaiian Competition in to Tahiti
Air Tahiti Nui has restarted service between PPT and Los Angeles (LAX) but there are restrictions (vaccinations are required). Please go here to read the carrier's latest info.
ATN plans to fly to Paris (CDG) starting June 3rd. But check on their website as things change frequently currently.
Frenchbee also has a reduced schedule starting in June from Paris-Orly (ORY) to PPT through SFO and Fort de France (FDF).
Frequencies are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Again, check with your airline on changes (bet on it!!)
From Around the Tarmac...
Woman boards wrong plane, falls asleep, ends up in Gibraltar...not that that's bad...just that she was supposed to go the other way!
Passenger says Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant would not let her sit in an exit row seat because she was wearing a Hijab.