There is now a new route to Seattle. The airline has some interesting plans for Seattle.
A new Boeing 787-9 is being used on the Papeete and Seattle flights. There was a plan to suspend the route between June 12 and September 4. The airline has to prioritize routes because it only has four Boeing 787-9s.
The Papeete to Seattle route has been restored, but it has been extended for another year. There will be a new Papeete route from Seattle to Paris in the summer of 2020. The schedule for the service will be listed by Aero Routes.
The Papeete to Seattle departure is at 12:1PM and the Seattle to Paris departure is at 3:05PM.
The Paris to Seattle flight arrives at 1:20PM and the Seattle to Papeete flight arrives at 10:00PM.
It is not currently possible to book just the Seattle to Paris route on Air Tahiti Nui. I think that will change, as the airline should have pick-up rights there, since Tahiti is part of France.
French Polynesia is popular with tourists from Metropolitan France, but it is not as popular on the other side of the globe. One stop service between Papeete and Paris is only offered by Air Polynesia.
Los Angeles has been the location of this route for a long time.
The Papeete to Los Angeles flight left at 11:45PM and arrived at 10:35AM.
The Paris to Los Angeles departure is at 13:05PM and the Los Angeles to Papeete departure is at 1:45PM.
Air Tahiti Nui is redirecting some service to Paris from Los Angeles.
A 2x weekly flight between Seattle and Paris for a few months won't do much to build up awareness in the market.
The Seattle service seems to be doing well. The airline had originally planned to suspend Seattle service in the summer of 2023. The service will be expanded to Paris in September of 2023.
I wonder if we will see the Paris service split between Los Angeles and Seattle in the future.
What do you think about the new Seattle to Paris route.