North Charleston - Air Tahiti Nui is preparing to welcome its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft will arrive at its home base in Papeete on October 14 and will enter service next month on the routes from Papeete International Airport to Auckland and Los Angeles.
The first of four Dreamliners registered F-OMUA was officially delivered to the Tahitian airline on October 5 in Boeing's North Charleston FAL in the presence of the Air Tahiti Nui CEO Michel Monvoisin.
The first two aircraft are leased from the order book of Air Lease Corp. (ALC) with Boeing for $ 517 million at list prices. The 787-9 of the Air Tahiti Nui is configured to accommodate 30 passengers in Business class, 32 in new Premium "Moana" and 232 in Economy.
The aircraft will make its commercial debut between Papeete and Auckland on November 7, 2018. It will take off from Papeete at 8:00 AM and will land at Auckland at 12:45 PM, and then will leave New Zealand at 4:10 PM for Papeete again. The same day, it will take off for Los Angeles at 11:50 PM, where he will arrive the next day at 10:10 AM. These two rotations will be offered three times a week.
Finally, Air Tahiti Nui's new Dreamliner will be deployed on Papeete - Tokyo Narita route from February 4, 2019.