Air Tahiti Nui Plans November 1998 Launch; New National Airline To Provide Three Flights Weekly From Los Angeles

Aug 13, 1998, 01:00 ET from Air Tahiti Nui

    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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