Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui is an airline of French Polynesia with its headquarters in Papeete and based on the Tahiti airport.


The airline was founded on 31 October 1996 and started operations on November 20, 1998. It was founded by the State with the purpose to attract more tourists. Because the company could not demonstrate sufficient experience in operating long-haul aircraft, it received to mode recording no ETOPS certification. For this reason, Air Tahiti Nui could (for now) only use aircraft type Airbus A340 -200 for her consisting only of transoceanic long-haul route network. As of 2002, these machines were replaced by larger Airbus A340 -300. Overall, French Polynesia has a share of 61.7 %, more owners are local investors.


Air Tahiti Nui flies from Tahiti Airport to Auckland, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris and Sydney.


As of April 2012, the fleet of Air Tahiti Nui from five aircraft is with a mean age of 9.8 years:

  • 5 Airbus A340 -300

The aircraft are equipped with the three cabin classes Poerava First, Poerava Business and Economy Moana.