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