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4/9/2003 - Air Tahiti Nui to Fly 14 Weekly Flights to Papeete, 6 Weekly Flights to Paris During Peak Summer Season

In response to continued strong passenger demand, Air Tahiti Nui has scheduled an additional frequency this summer to both Papeete and Paris from Los Angeles, the carrier's U.S. Gateway. The new flights will bring the total per week offered from Los Angeles by Tahiti's International Flag Carrier to 14 to Papeete and 6 to Paris for the summer schedule between June 30 and August 27. These extra flights will depart Papeete every Monday at 23:55 (TN 22), will arrive Los Angeles Tuesday at 11:10, depart at 13:10 and arrive Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Wednesday at 9:05. The departure from

Paris will be on Wednesday at 11:30 (TN 21), and will arrive in Los Angeles at 14:20, depart Los Angeles at 16:20 and arrive Papeete at 21:55.

"In an international travel landscape torn by consumer concerns, Tahiti continues to be a bright star," said Wally Sumner, Air Tahiti Nui's Vice President-North America. "We are adding these flights to accommodate peak travel demand to both French Polynesia and Paris while the trend within the industry seems to be curtailment of services," Sumner added.

Papeete is only 7 1/2 hours from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui's new, comfortable Airbus A-340-300 aircraft, Sumner noted. Offering 3 classes of service, the carrier has been recognized for its friendly service and excellent reliability and has become the leader in passenger air traffic between North America and French Polynesia, and has served the Los Angeles to Paris market for one year.

Air Tahiti Nui has a wide variety of value packages offered by tour operators specializing in the South Pacific region, as well as Paris. The airline also works with cruise companies that have ships positioned in Tahiti for 7 and 10 day excursions.

To contact Air Tahiti Nui for more information, the public is invited to call the Reservations Center at (877) 824-4846 or visit the airline's web site at

CONTACT: Air Tahiti Nui, Miami
Jeff Kriendler, 305/866-2115


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