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Air Tahiti Nui says “nānā” to its last Airbus and “Ia Orana” to an all ‘Tahitian Dreamliner’ fleet. General manager pacific, Daniel Eggenberger says, “This ambitious fleet renewal programme makes our fleet the youngest in the world, with an average aircraft age of just a few months.”

With the Airbus now phased out from the entire Air Tahiti Nui fleet, Eggenberger says with the comfort and design of the 787 Dreamliner will deliver around 20% fuel efficiency which he says “Significantly reduces the airline’s carbon footprint.”  With the new Tahitian Dreamliner comes new livery and a design concept that encapsulates the spirit of French Polynesia in an authentic, yet refreshingly contemporary way.

New crew uniforms featuring the bright colours cherished by famed painter Gauguin have been added to the Purotu and Marmarau dresses, that are favoured by Polynesian women. Bright and exotic hues of red, yellow, blue and even rose motifs that were hallmarks of the painter have been worked into the design, making it a real representation of French Polynesia.

The airline’s fleet and inflight enhancements are accompanied by a revamp of its Tahitian headquarters as it quite literally flies into a more modern age that has a strong environmental mandate as well as celebrating its French Polynesian roots.

Eggenberger remarks that Air Tahiti Nui’s future is looking bright with its new offering that will also reduce travel time on the Auckland – Papeete route by up to half-an-hour and offer customers what he describes as the “Perfect entrée to their French Polynesian sejour.”

Air Tahiti Nui can land you in the South Pacific paradise of Tahiti in under 5 hours from Auckland and offers three services a week from Auckland to Papeete with additional codeshare flights taking total capacity to five times a week.

For more information on Tahiti and Air Tahiti Nui please contact your local Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108.

Source: Air Tahiti Nui

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

American Airlines has announced plans to launch seasonal services between Christchurch and Los Angeles--and between Auckland Dallas-Fort Worth--from 2020.

The long-rumoured Christchurch - Los Angeles service, the only non-stop flights between the city pair, is set to take off Oct 2020, with three flights weekly, Oct-Mar, operated by a Boeing 787-8.

The Auckland - Dallas flights, also thrice-weekly over the Oct-Mar peak, will be operated by a Boeing 787-9.

Source: Travel Today

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Carnival Freedom’s Week-Long Alaska Voyages from Seattle

Carnival Freedom will operate 21 Alaska cruises from the Port of Seattle April 27 to Sept. 22, 2021, departing every Tuesday.  Port calls on the week-long Glacier Route voyages include Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria, B.C., and scenic cruising of Tracy Arm Fjord.  There’s also an eight-day cruise featuring Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Victoria and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord.

Carnival Freedom offers a wide range of onboard amenities, including dining venues ranging from casual choices like Bonsai Sushi Express and Guy’s Burger Joint developed in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri to an elegant reservations-only steakhouse, along with a luxurious spa and a spectacular WaterWorks aqua park.  Hundreds of balcony staterooms and suites -- perfect for watching the passing scenery -- are available as well.

Prior to its Alaska program, Carnival Freedom will operate a 17-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise from Galveston to Seattle April 10-27, 2021, with stops in Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.  Following its summer in Alaska, Carnival Freedom will reposition from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale with a 17-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal sailing Sept. 22-Oct. 9, 2021, calling in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico before launching a winter schedule of six- and eight-day eastern and southern Caribbean cruises beginning Oct. 9, 2021.

Carnival Miracle’s Two- to 16-Day Voyages from San Francisco and San Diego

Carnival Miracle, which launches Carnival’s first-ever service from San Francisco in March 2020, will return to San Francisco in 2021 to operate a summer schedule of 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises that visit some of the region’s most beautiful and popular ports.  Ten-day cruises call at Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point or Ketchikan, Victoria, and scenic cruising of Tracy Arm while the 11-day cruises include calls in both Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan.  The ship will also operate a series of 16-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruises.  The program also includes unique four-day long weekend cruises to Ensenada.

Carnival Miracle will also sail from San Diego in 2021-22 offering two- to six-day voyages visiting a variety of destinations in Mexico and Baja California, including Ensenada, Catalina Island, and Cabo San Lucas, as well as a series of 15-day Carnival Journeys cruises to Hawaii. Carnival Miracle’s San Diego-based schedule runs from Oct. 3, 2021 to April 18, 2022.

For more information please contact your Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108.

Source: Francis Travel Marketing

 

submitted by -- Tony Terrill