For almost 20 years the French airline Air Tahiti Nui has been operating flights to and from Tahiti's Faa'a International Airport. Developed to encourage tourism to the French Polynesian Island in the Pacific, the airline began operating long-haul flights in November 1998. The company currently employs over 780 people, and is the first international airline to be based in Papeete, Tahiti; it has allowed passengers from Europe and Asia easier access to the French territory and has connected the people of Tahiti to the world.
Currently, the five-aircraft fleet consists of Airbus A340-300s. But as the airline and demand for flights to Tahiti grow, they plan to switch to Boeing 787-9s in 2018. Air Tahiti Nui currently serves airports in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, France and the United States, with partner airlines which enable people all over the world to have access to the beautiful paradise in French Polynesia.
Air Tahiti Nui currently flies from Los Angeles and New York (JFK) nonstop to its hub in Papeete with onward connections available to Auckland and Sydney. The airline also flies nonstop from Los Angeles to Paris Charles de Gaulle for those of you seeking a little bit of Polynesian warmth and style on your way to Europe.
Moana economy class passengers fly in a stylish cabin inspired by the natural beauty of the Islands. A 2-4-2 seating arrangement perfectly suits both couples and families flying to Tahiti, while the seats themselves are designed for maximum ergonomic support. Personal in-flight entertainment and culinary meals inspired by Tahitian and French dishes are available for all-in economy class passengers.
For those traveling in Poerava Business Class, you'll be treated to a flight experience that immerses all your sense in comfort and relaxation. Fully reclining seats, ample personal space, and access to the VIP lounge prior to take-off, are just some of the benefits business class customers receive. The meals can be paired with an array of French wines, while passengers can relax in seats designed to maximize privacy and comfort. The Club Tiare frequent-flyer program lets you earn miles on all flights to and from Tahiti.
Passengers flying with Air Tahiti Nui can check in at the airport 3 hours before their scheduled flight departure. Passengers are unable to check-in online.