NEW YORK -- Air
Tahiti Nuis new nonstop flights between New York and Tahiti are the
first nonstops offered by any airline from the East Coast to the
which begin July 4, make it possible to get on a plane at New Yorks
Kennedy and get off in Papeete 12 hours later. Previously, the trip
required a change of planes in Los Angeles.
transportation from the East Coast to Tahiti creates a new range of
possibilities and an opportunity for the airline, tour operators
and the destination to grow their East Coast business.
We have been
getting about 15,000 passengers a year from the Northeast states
out of a total of about 80,000 Americans, said Nick Panza, the
airlines vice president for the eastern U.S. By the end of 2007, we
expect to be to at 105,000, and we see that growth coming out of
the Northeast on the nonstop.
The airline will
offer three nonstops a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Thursday and Saturday flights will continue on to Sydney. The
new flights have spurred tour operators to put together new Tahiti
Our West Coast
operators, such as Islands in the Sun, Pleasant Holidays, Tahiti
Legends, Happy Vacations and Brendan Vacations, are developing
products out of New York, said Panza. But we see traffic growing
with our East Coast operators, including Gogo Worldwide Vacations,
Swain Tours and Gate 1.
Here are some
" Islands in the
Sun introduced a six-night Tahiti, Bora Bora, & Moorea package
with a night at the Sheraton Hotel Tahiti, three nights at the Bora
Bora Pearl Beach Hotel and two nights at the Moorea Pearl Resort
& Spa. Prices start at $2,729 per person, double, including
roundtrip air from New York, accommodations, air transportation
between islands and a Tahitian black-pearl pendant.
" Islands in the
Suns eight-night Tahiti, Tahaa and Bora Bora package is priced from
$5,695 per person, double, including a night at the
InterContinental Resort Tahiti, air transfer to the island of
Tahaa, four nights at the Le Tahaa Private Island & Spa,
transfer to Bora Bora by helicopter and three nights at the Hotel
room tax, transfers and baggage handling. A departure tax of $135
is extra. Prices are valid through Dec. 31. For more information
visit www.islandsinthesun.com or call (800)
" Swain Tours is
offering a six-night itinerary with one night at the Radisson
Tahiti Plaza Hotel in Papeete and five nights in a garden bungalow
at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa. The price starts at
$2,495 per person, double, including air. Swains reservations
number is (800) 227-9246.
" Gogo is
offering a package that includes eight nights at the
InterContinental Papeete, starting at $2,415 per person, including
hotel, air, ground transfers, taxes and service charges. To book
call (800) 229-4999.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].