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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.

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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.

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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.

 

First look: Air Tahiti Nui’s new livery

Air Tahiti Nui has released these images of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (F-OMUA) being painted in the new livery by Boeing.

“The aircraft is decorated with Polynesian symbols that will make our fleet even more recognizable.”

All photos by Air Tahiti Nui.

Air Tahiti Nui to introduce a new livery for the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Air Tahiti Nui has made this announcement:

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.

The carrier issued this press release:

At the dawn of its 20 years of operation and the renewal of its entire fleet, Air Tahiti Nui presents its new face to its clients and partners.

New projects, new aircraft, new technology and soon 20 years, as many reasons for Air Tahiti Nui to renovate its brand and reveal its new ambitions to French Polynesia and the world.

For this, Air Tahiti Nui has called on the internationally brand agency Future Brand. The agency, that specializes in brand creation and transformation, has signed among many other remarkable projects the new American Airlines brand, and closer to Tahiti, the new brand of The Islands of Tahiti for the Tourism board of French Polynesia.

But updating Air Tahiti Nui’s visual identity and its most visible icon, the Tiare flower, was only one part of the job. As the company is proudly stepping into a new chapter of its 20 year history, it felt the need to also reassess its foundations so to better share with the world its positioning, values and personality.

Air Tahiti Nui has invited its best clients and partners to discover its new brand. An important moment of the life of the company that was duly celebrated in the Air Tahiti Nui Business Lounge of the Tahiti-Faa’a airport with renowned French wine specialist Olivier POUSSIER, the world’s best wine waiter in year 2000, also head wine waiter of the French powerhouse Lenôtre, and designer of Air Tahiti Nui’s new on board wine selection.

This wine reception, a before taste of the upcoming main events, was an opportunity for the company to thanks everyone involved in its success and that have witnessed its expansion and development over the past 20 years.

Michel Monvoisin, CEO of Air Tahiti Nui, had the honor to reveal to the company’s guests the new Tiare logo by dropping the veil on the new business lounge welcome sign.

Olivier Poussier best sommelier of the world 2000 in Air Tahiti Nui's lounge at the international airport of Tahiti Faaa

This milestone is a new step on Air Tahiti Nui’s journey to the upcoming delivery of its new fleet. It is a also strong symbol of the transformation the company is under going to remain the first international airline of French Polynesia.

In 2018, let’s celebrate together the 20th anniversary of Air Tahiti Nui, To Tatou Manureva!

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Air Tahiti Nui's new logo presentation in Air tahiti Nui's lounge at Tahiti Faaa's international airport

A new visual identity:

In celebration of 20 marvelous years in the sky, Air Tahiti Nui has refreshed its visual identity to step into its future with renewed spirit, energy and pride. Long synonymous with Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti at large, the ubiquitous and glorious Tiare flower assumes pride of place in our logo, but with a sophisticated, modern new look.

 

Carefully crafted by globally acclaimed Tahitian artist, Alex Lee, the company new Tiare flower embodies the beauty and spirit of the Islands of Tahiti. Pure, natural and abundant with sweet perfume, the Tiare flower holds many secrets of which only the truly knowledgeable are aware.

With its proud and delicate profile facing forwards, the new logo shares a subtle but powerful message about Air Tahiti Nui’s preparedness for the future and captures the very essence of taking flight and moving onwards, forwards and upwards.

A carefully crafted wordmark:

The sensorial, free spirit of the Tiare flower logo is grounded by the refined strength within its new logotype, the thick and thin strokes giving it a premium, confident and established feel. Closer inspection reveals that the letterforms are purposefully curved and rounded to mimic the shapes and joins of the Tiare petals, tying all of the elements together in harmony, just like the majestic Islands of Tahiti themselves.

Reminder:

On November 20th of this year, Air Tahiti Nui will celebrate its 20 year anniversary. Before this, on October 2018, the company will take delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of its four aircraft fleet. These new aircrafts represent a new chapter of the life of Air Tahiti Nui that remains more than ever in the continuity of a mission that started back in 1998 at the service of French Polynesia and its people.

The next few months will see more important events that will include the presentation of new uniforms, the new connected inflight entertainment system and the delivery of its new aircrafts.

All images by Air Tahiti Nui.

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Air Tahiti Nui Introduces the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabins, the A340s to be phased out in September 2019

Air Tahiti Nui on March 22 introduced its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin layout in the Global Distribution System (GDS) for worldwide distribution and sales.

In 2015, the flag carrier of French Polynesiafinalized a purchase order for two 787-9 Dreamliners and the lease of two additional 787-9s through Air Lease Corporation.

The new “Tahitian Dreamliner” will be available starting November 2018 on its first flights between Tahiti and Auckland, New Zealand.

The phasing out of Air Tahiti Nui’s current Airbus A340-300 fleet will commence in November 2018 and be completed by September 2019, coinciding with the airline’s 20th anniversary (below).

Named "Moorea"

Above Copyright Photo: Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-313 F-OSUN (msn 446) LAX (Robbie Shaw). Image: 937697.

A New Premium Cabin and Class Configuration

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With the introduction of the airline’s first Premium Economy product, travelers will discover the many benefits of the new three-class configuration (Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class). ZODIAC Aerospace is providing the airline’s new Z535 Premium Economy class seat as well as the new Z300 Economy class seat.

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The MOANA Premium class will offer a more comfortable flying experience with extra leg room and relaxation space. The Z535 seat will feature a unique structure providing an optimum pitch of 38 inches, a width of 19 inches and a seat recline of 8 inches. The dedicated cabin will feature a total of 32 seats configured in five rows on a seven-abreast (2-3-2) arrangement.

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The two Moana Economy class cabins will feature a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel, on a nine-abreast (3-3-3) configuration. The Z300’s articulating seat pan makes it one of the best next generation long-range economy class seats available in the industry. The economy class seats will be installed at a pitch of 31 inches offering a seat recline of 6 inches for improved comfort.

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Air Tahiti Nui is also providing further enhancements in its famous Poerava Business Class, including the introduction of a 180-degree full-flat seat designed by Rockwell Collins. The Parallel Diamond, designed to optimize space, includes a wide range of storage areas to accommodate today’s business class traveler. The cabin will feature a total of 30 seats configured in five rows on a six-abreast (2-2-2) arrangement. Installed at a 60 inches of pitch, the new business class product moves into a fully flat 78 inches bed for sleeping. Each seat is equipped with a luxurious cushion and cover comfort system for restful travel. The updated business class seats also offer a touch screen remote control, inflight entertainment system, personal lighting and privacy divider.

A New Connected Entertainment System

The “Tahitian Dreamliner” will be equipped with Panasonic’s most advanced Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system in operation today. The eX3 solution offers unmatched performance and reliability bringing Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) to every seat through multi-touch screens, ensuring that every passenger enjoys an immersive and entertaining experience while onboard. Business class seats will be equipped with 16-inch screens, Premium Economy will feature 13-inch screens and Economy class will have 12-inch screens, matching the airline’s current Business class screen size.

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As part of this new partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, guests will be able to stay connected with Panasonic’s eXConnect satellite broadband during the airline’s short- and long-haul flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland and Tokyo to Tahiti. Additionally, high speed internet will be accessible directly with the in-seat system and via PDA through onboard Wi-Fi.

A New Cabin Aesthetic

The cabins of the Dreamliners will be completely redesigned to offer a stunning new look that is distinctly Tahitian. Air Tahiti Nui’s inspiration lies in the beautiful Islands of Tahiti and its people, which inspire the airline to create a remarkable and engaging customer experience that transcends the cabin reality, so that a trip to Tahiti starts from the moment you step on board the aircraft.

(PRNewsfoto/Air Tahiti Nui)

As Air Tahiti Nui approaches its 20th anniversary, customers can look forward to more exciting news on the new “Tahitian Dreamliner”.

All Images by Air Tahiti Nui.

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Air Tahiti Nui finalizes its order for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Air Tahiti Nui 787-9 Artwork

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Air Tahiti Nui (Papeete) have finalized an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list prices.

The flag carrier for French Polynesia, a new 787 customer, has also leased two additional 787-9s through the Air Lease Corporation (ALC)(Los Angeles).

The new 787-9 Dreamliner complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. The 787-9 also leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as the industry’s largest windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Air Tahiti Nui links the South Pacific with four continents as the leading carrier to French Polynesia, with daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles.

The new 787-9s will replace the current Airbus A340-300s.

Air Tahiti Nui aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Image: Boeing.