There was definitely a flavour of the South Pacific in Paris this week, when French Bee commenced its twice-weekly service from the city’s Orly Airport to Papeete on 11 May. The A350-900-operated flights make a stop in San Francisco en route to Tahiti.
- French Bee caused a buzz this week when it commenced its twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays) operation from Paris Orly (ORY) to Papeete (PPT) in Tahiti. While the A350-900 operating the service certainly has some long-haul legs, the 15,733-kilometre non-stop sector is clearly beyond its capabilities, thus necessitating a stop in San Francisco (SFO) en route (just a 8,974-kilometre jaunt). Started on 11 May, neither part of the route faces any direct competition. French Bee’s only other route from Orly is its daily service to St. Denis de la Reunion.