Air Tahiti Nui has taken delivery of its first
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, via a lease through ALC.
This is the first Boeing airplane to join the
Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner
to replace aging A340s and connect its home base in the South
Pacific with world capitals such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Air Tahiti Nui's Boeing 787-9 can fly up to
7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km) and the airline configured the 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 class seats.
"Our dream has finally become reality with the
arrival of Air Tahiti Nui's first 787-9 Dreamliner," said Michel
Monvoisin, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Air Tahiti Nui.
"The Tahitian Dreamliner will make flying to one of the world's
treasures an unforgettable experience, as we introduce new seats
and a culturally inspired cabin on the 787. As we celebrate our
20th anniversary this year, the 787 Dreamliner will guide us
towards another successful 20 years and beyond."
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.
Air Tahiti Nui,