Air Tahiti Nui schedules last A343 & Norwegian drops Ireland-US

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Air Tahiti Nui has scheduled its last A340-300 service for 24th September on the Auckland-Papetee Route, departing AKL at 1610 and arriving at 2300 at PPT.

The flight will bring to a close 18 years of A343 operations. The aircraft flew far and wide, often seen in UK skies flying over to Paris from their stop at LAX.

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The aircraft have been replaced with Boeing 787-9’s.

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My last sighting of an ATN A343 F-OSEA on its way to Paris, 22 April 2017 over Leamington Spa

Norwegian has decided to discontinue its flights to the New York catchment airports and Canada from Ireland on 15th September as they are loosing money without the 737MAX operational.

The airline will end all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Affected passengers will be booked on other services or offered a full refund if they no longer wish to fly.

Norwegian has attempted to minimise disruption for passengers by wet-leasing aircraft from other airlines to fill the gap left by its 18 737 MAX’s. With such low fares booked months before the MAX grounding it’s simply not sustainable, and Norwegian is fast running out of cash to hold on to loss making operations. Recently it was forced to lay on a 787-9 and bus passengers from one airport to another to make the flight home.

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