Air Tahiti Nui is a French airline with its head office in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia.[1] It operates long-haul flights from its home base at Faa'a International Airport, with a fleet consisting of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners.[2]

Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
TN THT TAHITI AIRLINES
Founded1996
Commenced operations1998
HubsFaa'a International Airport
Frequent-flyer programClub Tiare
Fleet size4
Destinations5
HeadquartersPapeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Key peopleMichel Monvoisin, CEO
Websiteairtahitinui.com

HistoryEdit

 
Immeuble Tuarata, the head office of Air Tahiti Nui in Faaa, was inaugurated in 2018, replacing the previous building in Papeete.

Air Tahiti Nui was established on 31 October 1996 and commenced flight operations on 20 November 1998. It is the first international airline based in Papeete, Tahiti, formed to develop inbound tourism. The Government of French Polynesia is the major shareholder (84.4%) along with other local investors. Air Tahiti Nui had 782 employees around 2007.[2]

After years running a deficit, Air Tahiti Nui faced possible bankruptcy in 2011. The President of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru, called for all eligible workers in the territory help bail out the carrier by voluntarily paying a third of their income into a rescue fund. After four years of deficit, the company started making profits again in 2015.[3]

In May 2015, Air Tahiti Nui announced its intention to replace its entire fleet, then consisting of five Airbus A340-300 aircraft. They would be replaced by four Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which would be delivered in 2018 and 2019.[4] Air Tahiti Nui operated its last A340 service in September 2019.[5]

In April 2018, in anticipation of its new fleet of Boeing 787-9s, Air Tahiti Nui launched its redesigned brandmark and updated typography. The redesigned logo is a joint collaboration between Future Brand and Polynesian contemporary artist Alexander Lee.[6] The re-drawn brandmark represents a tiare flower (emblem of the airline since its beginning) in a 2/3 view, with the profile of a vahine (woman, in Tahitian) in its pistil, a nod to Tahiti's reputation for beautiful women and flowers in the South Seas. [7]

DestinationsEdit

OverviewEdit

As of August 2019, Air Tahiti Nui serves the following destinations:[8]

Country or territory City Airport Notes Refs
Australia Sydney Sydney Airport Terminated
France Paris Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport
French Polynesia Papeete Faa'a International Airport Hub
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport Terminated
Tokyo Narita International Airport
New Zealand Auckland Auckland International Airport
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport
New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminated

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Air Tahiti Nui codeshares with the following airlines:[9]

It has also codeshares with the SNCF, the French national railway operator.

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

 
Air Tahiti Nui Boeing 787-9 "Bora Bora", 2019

As of October 2019, the Air Tahiti Nui fleet consists of the following aircraft:[11]

Air Tahiti Nui fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
C Y+ Y Total
Boeing 787-9 4 30 32 232 294[12]
Total 4

The four 787-9s Air Tahiti Nui operates are called "Bora Bora", "Tetiaroa", "Fakarava" and "Tupaia".

Historical fleetEdit

 
Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-300 in 2009

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. ^ "Contacter." Air Tahiti Nui. Retrieved on 2 February 2011. "Tahiti - Siège social Immeuble Dexter – Pont de L’Est – Papeete BP 1673 – 98713 Papeete – Tahiti."
  2. ^ a b Flight International 27 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Air Tahiti Nui plans metal neutral alliance with Air France and partners as losses continue to mount (30 May 2013)". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Air Tahiti Nui finalizes order for two B787-9s". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  5. ^ "Air Tahiti Nui moves last A340 service to late-Sep 2019". Routesonline. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  6. ^ http://www.alexanderleestudio.com
  7. ^ https://thedesignair.net/2018/04/29/air-tahiti-nui-calls-on-futurebrand-and-tahitian-studio-alexander-lee-to-rebrand/
  8. ^ "Route Map - Air Tahiti Nui".
  9. ^ "Profile on Air Tahiti Nui". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-30. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  10. ^ "Air Tahiti Nui / LATAM begins codeshare service from late-Aug 2018". Routesonline. 5 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Air Tahiti Nui Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (22 March 2018). "Air Tahiti Nui schedules Boeing 787 Nov 2018 launch". Routesonline. UBM (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Air Tahiti Nui partners with Boeing for new aircraft". Air Tahiti Nui (Press release). 2 March 2015.
Bibliography

External linksEdit

  Media related to Air Tahiti Nui at Wikimedia Commons