2011 Board of Directors Meeting Reveals Future Plans, Savings and Upgrades For Award-Winning Airline
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF (July 22, 2011) – On the heels of the 2011 Air Tahiti Nui Board of Directors meeting, the award-winning airline and leading international carrier to French Polynesia, is delighted to announce plans to renovate the interior of their aircraft by 2013 with cabin and in-flight entertainment (IFE) upgrades, providing customers a luxury product that matches the current standard for international long-haul travel.
Upgrades within the PoeravaBusiness class will include an increased capacity to 32 new 160-degree reclining shell seats, from the current 24 standard seats that recline to 154-degrees. Air Tahiti Nui’s coach class, or MoanaClass customers will have new lighter seats in the 264-seat cabin. Both classes will enjoy an enhanced Audio-Video on Demand (AVOD) system that will offer a selection of first-run movies, music, and games.
Customers will not only enjoy an increased cabin experience but will also benefit in lower fuel surcharges as the new seats will lighten each aircraft by approximately 3.5 tons, amounting to a decrease of fuel that will reflect an estimated annual savings of $2 million, and reduce the carbon footprint of guests aboard all Air Tahiti Nui flights.
Air Tahiti Nui also announced an extension of their lease contract with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) through 2018-2020, allowing Air Tahiti Nui to service their flight routes to Tahiti and Her Islands with their fleet of four Airbus A340 planes. With the renewal and terms of this lease, the Board announced a projected saving of $8 million in revenue over the next four years, with $1.4 million applied to the 2011 Fiscal Year.
Air Tahiti Nui’s plans in the coming years also include replacing the Airbus A340 fleet between 2018-2020 with the new generation of long-range aircrafts.