EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Tahiti Nui, the first Tahiti-based international airline, announced today that it will begin service on November 20, 1998, providing three weekly flights from Los Angeles, California, to Papeete, Tahiti. "We are delighted that Tahiti will now have its own dedicated airline, and believe that Air Tahiti Nui will play a significant role in strengthening Tahiti's leading industry, tourism," said Nelson Levy, chairman of the board spearheading the launch of the airline. "A recent study determined that Tahiti and her islands are the number one international destination in terms of growth potential, so the time could not be better for a new international carrier to meet increased passenger demand." Air Tahiti Nui will provide 80 percent additional capacity for passengers flying from Los Angeles to Tahiti, Levy noted, with convenient schedules and excellent interline connections. Departures from Los Angeles will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., arriving in Papeete at 7:35 p.m. Return flights from Tahiti have been scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11:45 p.m., arriving in Los Angeles at 10:00 a.m. Service will be provided by a customized, four-engine, 286-passenger Airbus A340-200 aircraft featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Business class and coach seating will be offered on all flights, with a 2-2-2 seating configuration in business and a 2-2-2-2 configuration in coach. Fares will be competitive with other airlines serving Tahiti. "We are launching Air Tahiti Nui to create and accommodate increased traffic in the United States, not to take market share from current Tahiti partners," Levy noted. "The additional lift we are providing, coupled with our convenient schedules, connections and modern aircraft, should encourage more people to visit Tahiti." Levy added, "On Air Tahiti Nui, passengers will enjoy a true Tahitian experience from the moment they board the plane until they arrive. Blending Polynesian hospitality with a French touch, the airline is designed to ensure a trip that's both comfortable and memorable. We want visitors to come back again and again." The airline, Levy noted, will work closely with tour operators, cruise companies, travel agents and incentive planners to meet the individual needs of their clients. "Our travel partners are extremely important to us, and it is our goal to provide maximum service and benefit to them. "With our Los Angeles gateway and our schedule designed for convenient connections, travelers from any major city in the United States can leave their home in the morning and arrive that same day in Tahiti to enjoy its boundless pleasures," said Levy.
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