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Air Tahiti Nui unveils its new uniforms


Air Tahiti Nui has recently unveiled its unique, French Polynesian-inspired crew uniforms in conjunction with the introduction of its new Tahitian Dreamliner during the 53rd International Paris Air Show – Le Bourget. Air Tahiti Nui’s crew debuted the new uniforms at the event on June 20, 2019.

With these updated uniforms, Air Tahiti Nui brings even more color into their award-winning Tahitian Dreamliners, drawing inspiration from the vivid colors used by famed painter, Paul Gaugin. The bright outfits paired with the ocean-inspired coloring of the cabin will coalesce into a sense of already being on the tropical islands of French Polynesia before one even leaves the airport.

“As ambassadors of The Islands of Tahiti, it is important that every aspect of our Tahitian Dreamliners embody the destination,” said Nicholas Panza, Vice President of North America, Air Tahiti Nui. “Our goal is to provide a fully immersive passenger experience, from the moment passengers approach the plane to the moment they disembark, and the crew uniforms are an important part of this.”

The designers, Steeve Liu, known in Tahiti as “Steeve L,” and Moerani Morgrin, or “Moya B,” were tasked with creating uniforms for Air Tahiti Nui’s hostesses and stewards that met the professional requirements of an international airline, while still reflecting the charm, beauty and warmth that are typical of the islands. To do this, the designers created two separate outfits: a formal pre- and post-flight uniform and a less formal in-flight uniform.

The first and more formal uniform, worn by crew while outside the aircraft, features patterns of turquoise tropical foliage on a dark blue background, bringing a touch of exoticism to an outfit that is nevertheless meant to be strict and professional. The borders and red lapels, representing the Polynesian flag, highlight the more rigorous nature of this outfit.

The second uniform, worn by the crew while in-flight, are the fitted Purotu and flowing Mamaruau, popular dresses loved by the women of Polynesia. These dresses feature the vibrant reds, blues, yellows and pinks that were loved by Gauguin, boasting a pattern made of foliage and vanilla blossoms in three color schemes, either mauve on a turquoise background, black on a red background or pink on a yellow background. Adorned with laces and red piping, these dresses bring the vivid colors and tones that compose the beauty of Polynesian gardens into the cabin. Together, these two outfits distinguish the airline’s authenticity to its destination.

The uniforms meld seamlessly with the recent launch of the Tahitian Dreamliners. Each Dreamliner aircraft seats a total of 294 passengers onboard and offers three different seating options including Poerava Business, Moana Premium and Moana Economy. The Dreamliner fleet began operation in November 2018 on flights between Tahiti and Auckland, New Zealand and three times a week to Los Angeles.

Headquartered in Papeete, Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui currently operates from its Tahiti base to destinations in 10 countries. The phasing out of the current Airbus A340-300 fleet will be completed by September 2019.  The airline has a number of codeshare partners including American Airlines, SNCF, Air Calin, Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas and LATAM.

All photos by the airline.

Air Tahiti Nui brings its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Europe, Marco Finelli reviews

By Marco Finelli.

Air Tahiti Nui has brought its new flying experience to Europe starting today.
The brand new 294-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (above) replaces the previous Airbus A340-
300 which for many years flew the connection between Papeete and Paris CDG via Los Angeles.

About 300 guests, mostly from the European travel industry were invited on a preview flight from Paris.
The traditional water cannon salute celebrated the first departure from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Later the heading was north to Normandy, Bretagne until Brest then the down along the coast to Bordeaux and the mouth of the Gironde.
Continuing to Montpellier, Marseille, Toulon, Hyeres and part of the French Riviera, Provence, then overflying the eastern Alps and then back to Paris.
The new Poerava Business Class features 30 totally flat seats.

The intermediate product is called Moana Premium Economy featuring Zodiac Z535s seats with a large high definition monitor, USB ports and courtesy reading lamps.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has a noise reduction of 60% compared to other aircraft.

The new Dreamliner has an avionics package that reduces turbulence by discovering areas in advance. It has an improved air purification system in the passenger cabin, flying at a lower pressurized altitude than the other aircraft.
Passengers will seem to be more rested with graduated LED lighting, which conceptually was invented as a therapy against stress generated by long distance flights.

On board there is a very high speed Wi-Fi connectivity. All screens are high definition image touch screens. Duty free can be booked on directly from the place.

In 2017, Air Tahiti Nui carried almost half a million passengers, operating 1,631 commercial flights and nearly 18,000 flight hours, producing € 300 million in revenue and €17 million in profits. There are 800 employees.

All photos by Marco Finelli.

Air Tahiti Nui takes delivery of its second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air Tahiti Nui announced on social media:

We are thrilled to announce that our 2nd TahitianDreamliner will arrive at PPT today at 2:40 PM! Tupaia, our new blue bird, is just as beautiful as the first one! An inauguration ceremony is planned to celebrate its arrival. We can’t wait to see our aircraft landing in Tahiti.

Photo: Air Tahiti Nui.

Air Tahiti Nui celebrates 20 years of flying

Air Tahiti Nui has turned 20.

The airline has announced on social media:

This year has been filled with novelties and emotions: new brand, new visual identity, new fleet and so many other projects. On this special day, we want to thank you for all the shared experiences. Together let’s make sure that the journey continues!

Air Tahiti Nui commenced operations on November 20, 1998.

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Air Tahiti Nui puts its first Dreamliner into service

1st 787, "Fakarava", delivered October 9, 2018

Air Tahiti Nui announced on social media its first revenue flight for the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner:

Our first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will operate its first commercial flight today. The departure from Papeete (PPT) will be on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:45 AM and will arrive in Auckland (AKL) on Thursday, November 8 at 01:05 PM.

Above Photo: Air Tahiti Nui.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Tahiti Nui Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-OMUA (msn 39297) LAX (Michael Carter). Image: 943871.

Air Tahiti Nui aircraft slide show:


Air Tahiti Nui takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Air Tahiti Nui has delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (F-OMUA, msn 39297, named “Fakarava”). The airline announced on social media:

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The Presidential Delegation of Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui head office and @Boeing celebrate the delivery of the first Tahitian Dreamliner in Charleston with our hostesses who brought a Polynesian touch with a beautiful dance performance!

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Boeing later in the day issued this statement:

Boeing, Air Lease Corporation, and Air Tahiti Nui celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner, via a lease from ALC. This is the first Boeing airplane to join the Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner to replace aging Airbus A340s and connect its home base in the South Pacific with world capitals such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Air Tahiti Nui joins other carriers in the Pacific who operate long-distance routes in switching to the super-efficient and long-range 787-9. The airplane can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.

Air Tahiti Nui configured its new Dreamliner to seat 294 passengers in three classes. The cabin features a new business class equipped with 30 full lie-flat seats, along with 32 premium economy seats.

The airline announced in 2015 it would lease two 787s through ALC and purchase two 787s directly from Boeing as part of its plan to upgrade its fleet for the future.

French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and other government dignitaries joined the airline in celebrating the milestone delivery at Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center.

The aircraft is leased from ALC. ALC issued this statement:

Air Lease Corporation on October 8, 2018 announced the delivery of the first of two new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on long-term lease to Air Tahiti Nui. This Dreamliner aircraft is from ALC’s order book with Boeing and is powered by GEnx-1B74/75 engines.

All photos above by Air Tahiti Nui.

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Below Copyright Photo: Air Tahiti Nui Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-OMUA (msn 39297) LAX (Michael Carter). Image: 943871.

Air Tahiti Nui aircraft slide show:

1st 787, "Fakarava", delivered October 9, 2018

Air Tahiti Nui’s first Boeing 787 F-OMUA “Fakarava” is now fully painted

Air Tahiti Nui has updated the progress of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (F-OMUA) “Fakarava” in its new 2018 livery on social media:

IaOraNa, F-OMUA Fakarava! Our beautiful @Boeing is ready! The Fakarava has rolled out of the paint hanger. It is registered with the letters “MUA”, which means “Go ahead” in Tahitian. We are pleased to present the result of 3 years of work to write a new chapter of our history!

All images by Air Tahiti Nui.

Previously the airline explained its new livery with the first Dreamliner:

As you will see in the design details of The Tahitian Dreamliner, we at Air Tahiti Nui believe each of us serves as an ambassador of our homeland.

As we chart our course of the next 20 years, the idea of Nui will be a shining star that guides us forward. We will challenge ourselves to examine every part of the travel experience we provide our guests to find ways to make it more relaxing, more immersive, and more “Nui.”

Our Dreamliner fleet begins a new chapter in our proud history of connecting Tahiti to the world. We’ve selected what we believe to be the best aircraft flying the skies, the Boeing 787-9, and we’ve made it uniquely Tahitian. Come fly with us and be among the first to be carried to your dream destination on the wings of our Dreamliner.