I forgot to report that seat 2A on QF49 had a self reclining problem.Therefore moved to 1Aand B.Not a problem in virtually empty cabin.
So back to AKL on Friday morning.TN check in is a shambles.Hard to see the sign for J check in-it is to the right of TN lanes.Stuck behind 2 groups of 6 who were later not seen in the premium cabins.The 2 lots took 45 minutes for checkin.The last group had 17 checked pieces and apparently the were arguing that they shouldnt have to pay excess baggage fees.When got to agent he told us that a week before a family of 5 tried to check in 30 pieces.
At last off to QP.Comfortable but nothing special.So off to board and no separate queue for premium cabins so boarding also takes some time.Allocated 5A,B.Again at back of cabin.By the time we get to our seats all the side overheads are full.A young American couple in front have numerous pieces above us.Oh well just take 5D's bin.Not really impressed with TN's cabin.Certainly enough room between rows and good recline but you recline onto the top of the row behinds tray table and as miss row 4B wanted to sleep I basically had her head in my lap.Not good when who ever is in the window seat wants to move.Was worse for 5J,K as 2 large Kiwi rugby players and row 4 on their side also wanted to recline all the way.
So 1 row of F and 4 rows of J.Once again on an airline run by French speakers the champagne is served in a water tumbler-dont these French have any sense of style.Meal is OK but nothing special-I have beef(chewy) Mrsdrron has fish(not much taste and dry).Good choice of red wine-not a bad pinot from burgundy though personally I thought the Withe hills better.Only 1 white wine which displeases mrsdrron.Service is OK-no smiles and a bit disjointed.Certainly not enough on this flight to have me wanting to fly TN again.
Arrive in PPT on time.Unfortunately we have to deplane through front door even though second door is right behind us and 2 women on crutches insist on going first and take an age getting down steps as no airbridges here.So a long way back in Immigration queue.Finally through and into the taxi heading for Le Meridien.Not expecting much here from reports.Taxi costs $A50+.
Next report Tahiti and then off to IPC.