Air Tahiti Nui has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on lease from Air Leasing Corp. This is the first Boeing aircraft to join the Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner to replace A340s on routes between its home base in the South Pacific with world capitals such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
The 787-9 can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km) and is configured 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 seats.
Michel Monvoisin, CEO and chairman of Air Tahiti Nui commented: “Our dream has finally become reality with the arrival of Air Tahiti Nui’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. 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.