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Name: AIR TAHITI NUI
7JetSet7 Code: NUI
Status: Operational
Region: OCEANIA
City: PAPEETE
Country: TAHITI
Employees 786
Web: airtahitinui.com
Email: reservations@airtahitinui.pf
Telephone: +689 46 0202
Fax: +689 46 0290
Sita: PPTDGTN
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FORMED IN 1996 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1998. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
RUE PAUL GAUGUIN
IMMEUBLE DEXTER PONT DE L'EST
BP 1673
F-98713 PAPEETE (TAHITI), FRENCH POLYNESIA

TAHITI (FRENCH POLYNESIA) COVERS AN AREA OF 3,521 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 0.3 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PAPEETE, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH.

OCTOBER 1998: GOVERNMENT OWNS 13%. AIR TAHITI OWNS 10%.

OPERATIONS TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) WITH A340-211 (031), 36C 2-2-2, 250 ECONOMY (Y) 2-2-2-2, AIRBUS (AFIS) 7 YEAR LEASED, AIR FRANCE (AFA) MAINTENANCE AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT.

USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S 2 YEAR EXEMPTION, TO OPERATE SCHEDULED COMBI SERVICE TO LOS ANGELES (LAX), STARTING IN NOVEMBER 1998, 3/WEEK.

NEW LIVERY IS TWO TONE BLUE, UPPER FUSELAGE, WITH ISLAND'S TIARE FLOWER, AS ITS LOGO.

NOVEMBER 1998: A340-211 (CFM56-5C2), AIR FRANCE (AFA) LEASED.

MARCH 1999: 1 ORDER ATR 72-212A (592).

APRIL 1999: 130 EMPLOYEES. SITA: PPTOWTN. PPTOOTN.

(http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/webfrtt/pub/pub/atn.html).

(fly@airtahitinui.pf).

ATR42-300 (35) RETURNED TO ATR.

JUNE 1999: ATR 72-212A (592, F-ODUD) DELIVERY.

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$7.78 MILLION (+$5.89 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).

DECEMBER 1999: IN APRIL 2000, TO OSAKA KANZAI AIRPORT (A340-200).

APRIL 2000: 130 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 17 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 60 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 15 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

(http://www.airtahitinui-usa.com). (explai@airtahitinui.pf).

SITA: PPTDATN.

MAY 2000: CODE SHARE WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) TO AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (767/A340, 1/WEEK).

JUNE 2000: ATR 42-300 (63, F-GNPL), SOLD TO ATR.

AUGUST 2000: IN OCTOBER 2000, TO CODE SHARE WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN), TO LOS ANGELES (LAX).

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 ATR42-300 (095, F-GKYN) FOR AIR TAHITI.

APRIL 2001: 130 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 17 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 60 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 130 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JULY 2001: GOVERNMENT OK'S ACQUISITION OF 2ND A340-200, FOR FLIGHTS TO PARIS, VIA LOS ANGELES (LAX) (3/WEEK) IN SEPTEMBER 2001. ALSO FLIES TO JAPAN, AND NEW ZEALAND.

OCTOBER 2001: IN 2002, LOS ANGELES (LAX) - PARIS (A340-200, 2/WEEK).

DECEMBER 2001: 1 + 1 ORDER A340-313X (395, F-OJTN "BORA BORA"). WHEN AIR TAHITI NUI (NUI) RECEIVES ITS 2ND A340-313X, IT WILL RETURN A340-211 TO AIRBUS (EDS).

APRIL 2002: RECEIVES FRENCH GOVERNMENT OK FOR FLIGHTS TO PARIS, VIA LOS ANGELES (LAX) (2/WEEK), STARTING IN MAY 2002.

2ND A340-313X DELIVERY.

September 2002: 130 employees.

Plans for +2 A340-300's for next summer's flight schedule. Will return its leased A340-200. The airplanes will be used to operate to Los Angeles (LAX) (6x-weekly), and to Paris (5x-weekly).

February 2003: 2 A340-313X's (438, F-OSEA; 446, F-OSUN), deliveries. They will join 2 A340-313X's already in service to Japan and the USA West Coast, as well as on one-stop services to Europe and regional routes to New Zealand. A340-211 (031), returned to Airbus (AFIS), leased to new charter start-up, Air Bourbon (ABB), Reunion, for service to Paris/Lyon.

April 2003: Los Angeles to Auckland (weekly, 1 stop).

July 2003: 130 employees, (fly@airtahitinui.pf).

August 2003: In October 2003, 3 flights/week, Papeete - Honolulu (A340-300) for a sports event.

September 2003: 2002 = 1.74 billion (RPK) traffic (+104%); 200,000 passengers (PAX) (+75.6%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billions):
167 (GBA) 2.24; 168 (RYN) 2.23; 169 (GRD) 2.01; 170 (BRIT AIR) 1.93; 171 (FAT) 1.86; 172 (CUB) 1.84; 173 (SWL) 1.76; 174 (PINNACLE) 1.76; 175 (MEA) 1.75; 176 (NUI) 1.74; 177 (URAL) 1.73; 178 (CRM) 1.73; 179 (AIR NOSTRUM) 1.61; 180 (TYROLEAN) 1.58; 181 (TRM) 1.56.

December 2003: Is now considering the A340-600 instead of the A340-500. A 5th A340-300 is tentatively due in May 2004, subject to board approval and the 1st A340-600 could arrive in 2007, with a 2nd in 2009.

January 2004: In April 2004, code share with Japan Air Lines (JAL), Tokyo Narita - Papeete (A340-300).

1 order (June 2005) A340-300, 294 passengers (PAX).

March 2004: Will extend code share with Japan Airlines (JAL) on (JAL) domestic services from Tokyo, as well as to Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Pusan, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore.

May 2004: In July, Papeete - New York (3/week). Papeete - Sydney (2/week).

August 2004: Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 = +$3.8 Million (-$700,000: 397,000 passengers (PAX) (+69%).

December 2004: In July, Sydney - Papeete - New York.

February 2005: In July, Papeete - New York (JFK) (A340-300, 3/week).

May 2005; Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) serves the low and high-end leisure travel markets to French Polynesia, as well as Los Angeles to Paris.

638 employees (including 78 Flight Crew (FC); 295 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 44 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: TN - 244. (ICAO) Code: THT (Callsign - AIR TAHITI NUI).

Parent organization/shareholders: French Polynesian Government (61.4%); SEGC (wholesale/retail) (9.1%); Socredo Bank (8.9%); Air Tahiti (8.1%); GIE Tahiti Tourism (5.8%); others (5%); & Wan Holding Participation (1.6%).

Alliances: Air France (AFA); Japan Airlines International (JAL); & Qantas Airways (QAN).

Main Base: Papeete International de Tahiti Faa'a airport (PPT).

International, scheduled destinations: Auckland; Los Angeles; Nagoya; Osaka; Paris; & Tokyo.

June 2005: A340-313E (668, F-OLOV), delivery.

July 2005: New York to South Pacific (A340-300, 294 passengers, 3 class, nonstop).

January 2006: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) will increase the frequency of flights from Papeete to Sydney from 2 to 3 flights a week from Mar 26th. Flights will depart Papeete on Tue/Thu/Sat and Sydney on Wed/Fri/Sun with an A340-300.

Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) is looking at the possibility of adding a 6th airplane to the fleet and while it is likely the board would pick another A340-300 it is studying the A350.

March 2006: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) is introducing a 3rd service on the Sydney - Tahiti - Los Angeles route. Each of the flights continues to London.

February 2007: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) signed an interline e-ticketing agreement. (NUI) flies to New York (JFK) and Los Angeles.

August 2011: See video "Visit Tahiti: - -

October 2011: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) serves the low and high-end leisure travel markets to French Polynesia, linking the islands with seven destinations in Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA.

Employees = 786.

(IATA) Code: TN - 244. (ICAO) Code: THT (Callsign - AIR TAHITI NUI).

Parent organization/shareholders: French Polynesian Government (84.42%); SEGC (wholesale/retail) (2.79%); Socredo Bank (4.03%); Air Tahiti (3.56%); GIE Tahiti Tourism (1.64%); others (3.12%); & Wan Holding Participation (0.64%).

Alliances: Air France (AFA); Air New Zealand (ANZ); Japan Airlines International (JAL); JetStar Airways (IMU); & Qantas Airways (QAN).

Main Base: Papeete International de Tahiti Faa'a airport (PPT).

International, scheduled destinations: Auckland; Los Angeles; Nagoya; Osaka; Paris; & Tokyo.

April 2012: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) has started talks to join the Oneworld (ONW) alliance according to the President of French Polynesia.

April 2012: Air Calin (NCI) will use an A340-300 wet-leased from Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) between September 30 and November 26 to cover for the heavy maintenance of one of its two A330-200s. It will use the airplane on its routes from Nouméa La Tontouta International airport (NOU) to Tokyo Narita New Tokyo International (NRT) and Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) airports.

May 2012: Conviasa (VCV) has now replaced the 767-300 wet-leased from EuroAtlantic Airways (MAE) for the Caracas Simón Bolívar International (CCS) - Madrid Barajas (MAD) route it is not currently allowed to serve with its own airplanes by A340-300 (302, F-OJGF) on a wet-lease contract from Air Tahiti Nui (NUI).

July 2012: SR Technics (SWS) was selected by Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) to perform three cabin modifications on A340-300 airplanes, which were carried out in parallel with "C" maintenance checks. The modifications converted three-class cabin configurations to two classes and included installation of a new in-flight entertainment system (IFE).

September 2012: American Airlines (AAL) and Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) have USA Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for a bilateral code share agreement. From September 10, (AAL) placed its code on (NUI) service between Los Angeles International (LAX) and Faa'a International airport (PPT) in Tahiti. (NUI) will place its code on (AAL) service from (LAX) to more than >15 USA cities including New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, and Washington DC.

December 2012: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) won an eight year engine repair and overhaul contract from Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) covering 21 (CFM56-5C) engines on (NUI)'s A340-300 fleet. The contract comprises services including component maintenance, logistics including transportation, pooling and lease support, engine maintenance management, airline support team, advanced work-scoping and spare engine coverage. Spare parts will come from Frankfurt and Hamburg, while the overhaul and repair work will be done at Lufthansa Technik sites in Hamburg.

February 2013: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) will unveil a $17 million cabin upgrade in April on its fleet of five A340-300s. The overhaul includes new (RAVE) in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and reduces the cabin configuration from three classes to two with an expanded and upgraded business (C) and economy (Y) class. The dual class cabin will also feature new seats which (NUI) said will reduce -3,700 kilos of weight per flight.

In business class (C) seat capacity will increase from 24 to 32 inches a two-by-two-by-two configuration, with Sogerma seats offering a 60-inches seat pitch. (NUI) will outfit economy (Y) class with new lightweight seats from Italian company "Geven," in a 2-4-2 seating configuration offering an 18-inch seat with an average 32-inch pitch. This new (IFE) system is supplied by (IMS) of Orange, California in a slim, lightweight “seat centric” design.

Overhaul of 3 airplanes will be complete by June for its service to Los Angeles and Paris. During the (IATA) summer schedule period, (NUI) operates 2x-daily between Papeete and Los Angeles, with 1 flight continuing on to Paris. The remaining 2 airplanes in the fleet (which operate Tahiti to Tokyo to Auckland) are planned to be updated over the next 18 months, a (NUI) spokesperson said.

“With our new equipment, (NUI) will share the same essential qualities and attributes of larger global brand airlines,” (NUI) Chairman & (CEO) Etienne Howan said.

SR Technics (SWS) will do all cabin modifications and installation of the new (IFE) system, as well as a heavy maintenance "C" check for all airplanes.

September 2013: SEE VIDEO AIR TAHITI NUI LOS ANGELES TO PAPEETE - -

April 2014: Air Tahiti Nui ((IATA) Code: TN, based at Papeete) (NUI) along with Delta Air Lines (DAL), (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines, and Alitalia (ALI) have had their application seeking a 5-way antitrust immunity (ATI) for a new alliance in the Europe to French Polynesia market rejected by the USA Department of Transportation.

The airlines had applied to both create a joint venture (JV) on 1 trunk route (Los Angeles International to Paris (CDG)) for a series of coordination agreements and a code sharing agreement that would have given Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) access to certain points on (KLM) partner's Air France (AFA)'s network beyond Paris.

"In addition, the 2 carriers propose to expand code sharing on select flights between Los Angeles and Paris, and Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) intends to code share on select Air France (AFA) flights beyond Paris. The (AFA) - (NUI) Joint Venture entails close commercial cooperation among the (ATI) applicants in marketing, promotion, distribution, procurement, information systems, and accounting data. It includes joint pricing and revenue sharing on the Joint Venture route and the coordination of seating allocation, revenue management, and settlement of itineraries between Papeete and Europe for passengers traveling over the Joint Venture route and connecting on certain AirFrance (AFA) flights beyond Paris," the ruling noted.

However, in its ruling, the (USA) (DoT) said the applicants had not demonstrated that their proposed alliance would provide sufficient public benefits to warrant the extraordinary grant of antitrust immunity (ATI).

It in fact said it was concerned the proposed joint venture (JV) would adversely impact the nature of the routes involved as it could affect economic incentives for the carriers, leading to reduced competition. The (DoT) went on to argue that since the applicants are only looking at partnering on existing Papeete to Paris (CDG) and Los Angeles International to Paris (CDG) segments, it would not grant them exemption, given that previous grants have helped spur new routes or significantly expand consumer choice. In addition, as AirFrance (AFA) and Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) already coordinate through their existing code shares, the (DoT) said it would be unlikely that granting immunity would provide much additional public benefit.

SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "NUI-2014-04-A340 OVER BORA BORA."

August 2014: Aircalin ((IATA) Code: SB, based at Nouméa La Tontouta) (NCI) has moved ahead with plans to lease an A340-313 from Air Tahiti Nui ((IATA) Code: based at TN, Papeete) (NUI) to cover the absence of its 2 A330-200s both of which are due in for necessary maintenance one after the other.

As it currently stands, A340-313 (395, F-OJTN) has now been deployed on (NCI)'s flights from Nouméa La Tontouta to Auckland International, Osaka Kansai, Papeete, and Sydney Kingford Smith.

The arrangement is set to last until October 25 of this year.

February 2015: Air Tahiti Nui (NUI), the major carrier of French Polynesia, has decided to order 4 Boeing 787-9 airplanes to replace its fleet of Airbus A340-300s.

Boeing (TBC) and (NUI) intend to formalize the order soon, and deliveries of the 787s are due to begin in the 4th quarter of 2018. 2 will be owned by (NUI) and the other 2 will be leased. The engine choice has not yet been determined.

(NUI) currently operates 5 Airbus A340s, with 4 used in scheduled long-haul service and 1 mainly for charters. The 4 787s will only be used to meet the scheduled network requirements. (NUI)’s A340s are a mix of leased and owned airplanes.

While (NUI) is still working on the configuration of the 787s, (NUI) says they are “broadly similar in size” to the A340s, with the 787s offering about +4% more seat capacity.

(NUI) was launched in 1998, and currently operates routes to Auckland, Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles. It offers flights from New Zealand to Paris, via Tahiti and Los Angeles. (NUI) serves Australian destinations via a code share with Qantas (QAN), connecting in Auckland.

May 2015: French Polynesian carrier, Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) has finalized an order for 2 Boeing 787-9s and will lease +2 more from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation (ALE). The ordered airplanes are valued at $514 million at current list prices.

The new 787-9s, which will replace (NUI)'s 5 A340-300s, are slated to arrive from the 4th quarter of 2018, coinciding with (NUI)’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

The delivery marks a transition for Air Tahiti Nui (NUI), which is currently an all-Airbus (EDS) operator. “The 787-9 Dreamliner order heralds an exciting new era for international travel to and from the world’s most beautiful islands to Tahiti,” (NUI) Chairman & (CEO), Michel Monvoisin said.

Air Tahiti Nui is headquartered in Papeete on the South Pacific island of Tahiti.

February 2017: Etihad Airways Engineering has a 3-year Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) contract for Airbus A340 heavy maintenance.

May 2017: ATR 72-212A (829, F-OIQT) moved to storage. ATR 72-600 (1432, F-ORVT), ex-(F-WWED) delivered.

August 2017: French Polynesian carrier Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) is preparing for a major upgrade of its long-haul international fleet in 2018, when it will begin the replacement of its Airbus A340s with Boeing 787-9s.

(NUI) has 4 787-9s on order (2o leased and 2 purchased). These will replace 4 A340-300s it operates on flights to Auckland and Tokyo, and on a route to Paris via Los Angeles. The 787-9s are scheduled to arrive between October 2018 and September 2019. The leased 787-9s will enter the fleet 1st, followed by the 2 purchased 787-9s in 2019. Cabin configuration is still being finalized, and training is expected to begin next year.

(NUI) reported a profit of +€19 million/+$23 million for 2016, down -54% from the previous year. Revenue was down by -1% to €298 million, and operating costs were essentially flat. Traffic and capacity were both up by +1%, while load factor remained stable at 76% LF.

(CEO) Michel Monvoisin noted (NUI) is now making a positive contribution to the national budget, as its majority owner is the government of French Polynesia. “This is a fair return after the difficult years the company went through and the support provided at that time” by the government, Monvoisin said.

Inbound tourism was up by +5% in 2016, driven by the USA and French markets. Together, those countries account for more than half of visitors to French Polynesia. Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) has a market share of 67% of total international traffic, followed by Air France (AFA) with 14% and Air New Zealand (ANZ) with 8%.

April 2018: "Air Tahiti Nui to Debut Boeing 787 in November" by
Adrian Schofield (avweekscho@gmail.com), April 12, 2018.

Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) is preparing to inaugurate its Boeing 787s in early November, which will also mark the introduction of its new cabin configuration.

(NUI), the French Polynesian carrier is scheduled to take delivery of the 1st of its 4 787-9s in October, and it is expected to begin operations in November 7, a (NUI) spokeswoman told (ATW)’s sister publication Aviation Daily.

The remaining 787-9s are scheduled to be delivered in January, May and August of 2019. 2 of the 4 are leased and the others owned, with the leased airplanes to be delivered 1st.

(NUI)’s 787s will replace its current wide body fleet of 5 Airbus A340-300s, of which 3 are owned and 2 are leased. The A340s are expected to be phased out on a 1-for-1 basis as the 787s arrive, with the last 2 A340s to be phased out when the 4th 787 starts scheduled service in early September 2019.

(NUI)’s initial 787 will be deployed on the route from Papeete to Auckland. (NUI)’s wide bodies are also used on flights to Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris.

Air Tahiti (NUI) is configuring its 787s with 3 classes (economy Y, premium economy PY and business C. The A340s currently have 2 classes, so the premium economy PY section is new for (NUI). The premium economy PY section will have 32 seats in 2-3-2 configuration, with the seats designed by French aircraft equipment company Zodiac Aerospace and featuring 38-inch pitch and 8-inch recline. The 787s will have 232Y economy seats in 3-3-3 layout, and are also designed by Zodiac with 31-inch pitch and 6-inch recline.

The new business C class seats, designed by Rockwell Collins, will convert to full-flat beds. There are 30 seats in this section in a 2-2-2 configuration, with 60-inch pitch. The 787s will be equipped with Panasonic (eX3) (IFE) systems, with high-speed in-flight connectivity via Panasonic’s eXConnect satellite broadband.

October 2018: "Air Tahiti Nui Takes 1st Leased Boeing 787-9 to Replace A340s" by Linda Blachly (linda.blachly@informa.com), October 9, 2018.

Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) took delivery of its 1st Boeing 787-9, via lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALE). This is the 1st Boeing airplane to join (NUI), the Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner to replace aging Airbus A340s and connect its home base in the S Pacific with destinations such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

(NUI) configured its new 787-9 Dreamliner to seat 294 passengers in 3 classes. The cabin features a new business class equipped with 30C full lie-flat seats, along with 32PY premium economy seats.

(NUI) announced in 2015 it would lease 2 787s through (ALE) and purchase 2 787-9s 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 (NUI) in celebrating the milestone delivery at Boeing's South Carolina Delivery Center.

(ALE) Executive VP Marc Baer said the capabilities of the 787-9 “will help enhance (NUI)'s commercial operations and will significantly increase the efficiency of its future fleet.”

See (NUI) 787-9 video:
https://www.facebook.com/Aeronews.ro/videos/569031666844046/?t=15

November 2018: "Air Tahiti Nui Debuts 787; Begins A340 Phaseout" by
Adrian Schofield, November 9, 2018.

Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) has taken the 1st step in its planned wide body fleet transition with the commercial debut of its 1st Boeing 787-9, which was delivered in early October. The initial 787 completed its 1st scheduled flight to Auckland, New Zealand on November 8.

(NUI), the French Polynesian carrier plans to receive another 3 787s next year, allowing (NUI) to phase out its 5 A340-300s as the new 787s arrive, (NUI) Senior VP Commercial & Marketing, Christopher Korenke said.

(NUI) has 1 leased and 4 owned A340s; the leased aircraft will be returned at the end of November, Korenke said. The other 3 will be sold. (NUI) will operate a mixed fleet next year as it will always have at least 4 airplanes in service. It operates international flights to Auckland, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and a 1-stop service to Paris via Los Angeles. Korenke said the 1st 787 delivery is on schedule. (NUI) selected the (GEnx) engine option for its airplanes. The 2nd is scheduled to be delivered in January, with the 3rd in May and the last in September. The 1st 2 787s are leased from California-based Air Lease Corporation (ALE); the others will be owned.

The initial 787 will be used on the route from Papeete, Tahiti to Auckland, NZ and will also take over some of the frequencies from Papeete to Los Angeles (LAX), California. The 2nd 787 will be used on flights to Tokyo and additional (LAX) frequencies. At the end of March, the 2 787s will be deployed on the Papeete to Los Angeles to Paris route for the northern summer season. The 3rd and 4th 787s will allow the other routes to transition to 787s.

While (NUI) currently operates 5 A340s, its international network can be covered by 4 787s, Korenke said. This is because the 5th A340 was primarily used for charter work. (NUI) will step back from charter flying in its high season, although it will probably still do some charters in its off season.

(NUI) is considering a few new route opportunities, although there are no definite plans, Korenke said. He notes (NUI) will not be expanding its fleet size “for the time being.” French Polynesia currently faces hotel accommodation shortages during peak seasons, which limits (NUI)’s growth prospects. However, there are a couple of resort projects being planned that could ease the accommodation constraint by 2021 to 2022. (NUI) is primarily a “destination carrier” that relies on leisure traffic to French Polynesia. It has a small amount of connecting traffic from Auckland to Los Angeles via Papeete, but this is limited by the fact that load factors on the Papeete to Los Angeles leg are very high.

About half the traffic on the Auckland to Papeete route is connecting from Australia via code share partners, Korenke said. Because (NUI) is a small carrier, it partners with a wide range of airlines. Korenke said (NUI) would eventually like to establish more airline partnerships in Europe and in Asia.

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December 2018:

1 +3 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER (F-OMUA, 2018-10), 2 AIR LEASE CORPORATION (ALE) LEASED, THE OTHER 2 OWNED BY (NUI) - - TO REPLACE (NUI)'s A340-300 AIRPLANES. 294 PAX: 30C (FULL LIE-FLAT SEATS), 32PY, 232Y.

0 A340-211 (CFM56-5C2) (031, /93 F-OITN "BORA BORA"), (AFIS) 7 YEAR LEASED, (AFA) MAINTENANCE/TECHNICAL SUPPORT. RETURNED 2003-02, LEASED TO (ABB). 36C, 250Y.

1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (302, F-OJGF), WET-LEASED TO (VCV) 2012-05. RETURNED. 6F, 24C, 264Y.

1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (385, /00 F-OJGF "MANGAREVA"), 6F, 24C, 264Y.

1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (395, /01 F-OJTN "BORA BORA"), EX-(ATW), (ILF) 7 YEAR LEASED 2002-02. LEASED TO (NCI) 2014-08 TO 2014-10. 6F, 24C, 264Y.

1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (438, /01 F-OSEA "RANGIROA"), RANGIROA BAIL LEASED 2002-12. 8F, 24C, 264Y.

1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (446, /01 F-OSUN "MOOREA" - SEE PHOTO), (ATN) MOOREA LEASED 2003-02. 8F, 24C, 264Y.

1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4/P) (668, /05 F-OLOV "NUKU HIVA"), (SNC) LEASED 2005-06. 8F, 24C, 264Y.

2 ORDERS A340-600:

0 ATR72-212A (719, F-OIQN; 829, F-OIQT) 719 LEASE RETURN, SOLD TO NETWORK AVIATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES 2016-08. 829 FERRIED 2017-05 FOR STORAGE.

Management:
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ETIENNE HOWAN, CHAIRMAN.

MICHEL MONVOISIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

YVES WAUTHY, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

GERARD CHAUVEAU, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS.

CHRISTOPHER KORENKE, SENIOR VP COMMERCIAL & MARKETING.

BARRY ZORN, SENIOR VP NETWORK.

ROMAIN VIDAL, SENIOR VP FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION & DEVELOPMENT.

BRUNO STEPHEN, VP TECHNICAL, RESIGNED TO JOIN L'AVION (LVI).

MAURICE LAVERSIN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

GERARD MAURIN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

ALAINE VASSENT, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

LAURENT DIEBOLT, DIRECTOR GROUND OPERATIONS.

JEAN-PAUL CHAUVIN, MANAGER ENGINEERING (rtahitic@mail.pf) (PPTMDVT).

 
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