Air Tahiti was established in 1987 with the objective of connecting a region that had been traditionally isolated from most commercial routes. The airline was born from the acquisition of Air Polynesia, a state-owned company that had been operating in the area since the 1960s.
Air Tahiti's hub is Faa'a International Airport (Tahiti), from where it operates a fleet of 16 ATR, Twin Otter, and Beechcraft planes. In collaboration with its subsidiaries, this airline serves nearly 50 destinations within French Polynesia, including remote islands in the archipelagos of Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Cook, Gambier, and Austral. In 2015, the airline employed over 1,000 staff and served more than 700,000 passengers per year.
Seats are available in Y (Standard) and Z (Special) classes. Seasonality is taken into account when this airline calculates its fares. Generally speaking, the lowest fares are offered in November to early December and between January to May, whereas high season fares are in force during the Christmas and New Year periods, and from June to October.
Although the airline does not have its own frequent flyer program, savings are available via their Multi-Island tickets and Extension fares. For more information, visit Air Tahiti's Multi-Island Tours.
This airline offers travelers three different ways to check-in. Counter check-in at the airport is required for certain groups, passengers traveling with infants or with pets, and for those with limited mobility. Air Tahiti's Self-service Kiosks are available to all other travelers, although some restrictions apply. Online check-in is available for passengers traveling to certain islands only. To find a list of approved destinations, visit Air Tahiti's online check-in.
Because Air Tahiti operates small planes, passengers' baggage allowances are slightly different to other commercial airlines.