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dll Mar 29, 13 11:42 am

Air Tahiti Nui (TN) flight durations
In the process of researching my Christmas vacation this year I have pulled flight schedules for the Air Tahiti Nui flights between LAX and PPT. I have been able to secure my preferred flights, but I noticed something really interesting - the flight durations are very inconsistent. For example, on 28-Dec there is a flight leaving PPT at 11:30PM and arriving LAX at 10:40AM the following day with a travel time of 9h10mn. There is then a flight leaving 29 minutes later at 11:59PM and arriving in LAX 10:15AM (that's prior to the earlier flight) with a travel time of 8h16mn. I've booked the later flight as it arrives earlier.

Both are operated by TN and both are on A340 aircraft. What gives? I've noticed that on a number of their schedules (two flights per day, one taking an hour or more longer than the other). One is a magic carpet?

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