Last week I wrote about the news that Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now redeem Qantas Points to fly with Air Tahiti Nui on its Auckland and Los Angeles routes. This opens up a handy new way for Australians and New Zealanders to travel to Tahiti and California using their Qantas Points.
Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet currently comprises five old A340s, but these will soon be replaced by four new 787-9 Dreamliners. The first 787 is expected to arrive in October and the remainder by the end of 2019, at which time the advanced plane will fully take over all routes.
A couple of days ago, we finally got a glimpse of what the new Dreamliners will look like, via what appear to be authentic photos leaked on Twitter. First up, here is the aircraft livery: surely one of the beautiful designs in the sky.
And here’s a shot of the business class cabin, which will feature lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 layout.
While 2-2-2 in business class is hardly ideal if you’re a solo passenger at a window seat, I’d guess that most people travelling to Tahiti will be couples or groups going on holiday. The seat is a significant improvement over the airline’s current A340 angled business class seats.
Ait Tahiti Nui is introducing premium economy with its new Dreamliners, which will feature a 2-3-2 layout.
Finally, here’s economy in a 3-3-3 layout, with a standard 31 inch pitch (distance from seat back to seat back).
What do you think? I am definitely inspired to book a trip to Tahiti using my Qantas Points!
To get news like this delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter: