TAHITI TO FRANCE - A SCENIC ONE!
Air Tahiti Nui broke the record for the world’s longest ever scheduled commercial passenger flight AND domestic by distance this March. The route took the beautiful Air Tahiti Boeing 787-9 a distance of 9,765 miles from its home hub to the French capital, beating the famous Singapore to Newark by a couple of hundred miles.
Although operated as a one off flight, there are now talks of more regular schedules connecting the French Polynesia and mainland France directly.
True to the real time weather patterns and global Infinite Flight, these journeys are replicable to the point where the accurate tailwinds that expand and contract at just the right times along the route over the South Pacific and North Atlantic to allow the journey to go ahead just like the real life flight.
It was a very enjoyable journey. After hours of the vast expanse of open ocean, it was a treat to see San Francisco appear on the horizon and finally some land again! Pushing on through the U.S, we cruised the skies over Oregon, Idaho, Montana and into Canada. One of my well loved songs came straight to mind as we headed over Saskatoon and into Hudson Bay Hint: It’s a song by Johnny Cash!
We then cut through the southern tip of Greenland, out over the North Atlantic, the entire length of the United Kingdom, the English Channel and into France and sweet Paris. Made it!
Thoroughly enjoyable and a great way of seeing some new routing and scenery as well and highly recommended. It’s a superb way of showing exactly what Infinite Flight is capable of and how accurate, well built and just how much effort has gone into it.
Tips from this experience on this route
- Take a light passenger and cargo load.
- Pack 17.5 - 18 hours fuel.
- Don’t panic about fuel remaining/ ETE to dest glowing red - it will for hours until aircraft weight reduces after some has been burned off and variables settle down.
- Cruise at Mach 0.84, step climb 33/35/38.
- Departure: NTAA (Faa’a International Airport, Tahiti).
Arrival: LFPG (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France).
- Flight time: 17 hours 33 minutes.
- Server: Expert.