Air Tahiti Nui and Boeing have finalised an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at US$499 million at current list prices.
“The Dreamliner order heralds an exciting new era for international travel to and from the world’s most beautiful islands – Tahiti,” Air Tahiti Nui Chairman and CEO Michel Monvoisin said.
“The entire Air Tahiti Nui family is proud, excited and highly committed to the successful introduction of the B787-9 into Air Tahiti Nui’s global network.”
The flag carrier for French Polynesia has also leased two additional 787-9s through the Air Lease Corporation, based in Los Angeles.
“The 787-9 is a great addition to Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet, offering a superior passenger experience and comfort, exceptional efficiency and low operating costs,” Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Dr. Dinesh Keskar said.
“We are proud to play an integral role in Air Tahiti Nui’s long-term success and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the airline continues to grow.”
The new 787-9 Dreamliner complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by six metres over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly more passengers and more cargo further with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 per cent less fuel use and 20 per cent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes. The 787-9 also leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.
The new Boeing 787-9 aircraft are planned for delivery in 2018, coinciding with the company’s 20th anniversary celebrations.