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12/16/2003 - Air Tahiti Nui Celebrates 5th Anniversary


AIR TAHITI NUI MARKS 5 YEARS OF SERVICE: TAHITI’S FLAG CARRIER NOW SERVES 4 CONTINENTS LOS ANGELES, December 16 – Air Tahiti Nui marked its fifth anniversary last month, a true success story in an industry which has suffered historic losses and erosion of consumer confidence during the past 3 years. Since its inaugural flight on November 20, 1998 from Papeete to Los Angeles, the Tahitian flag-carrier has quadrupled the Airbus A340-300 fleet and now flies 12 times per week between Papeete and Los Angeles with 5 flights continuing nonstop to Paris. The airline also offers 3 weekly services to Japan and 3 flights a week from Papeete to Auckland, with connecting service to Sydney via its code-share partner Qantas Airways. Air Tahiti Nui has also become a partner in American Airlines’ Frequent Flyer program, which allows AAdvantage members the opportunity to redeem mileage for travel on Air Tahiti Nui. “In an era when many well-respected airlines have liquidated, declared bankruptcy, or suffered unprecedented financial losses, Air Tahiti Nui has grown and prospered by offering outstanding service and building a strong relationship with the travel trade,” said Nelson Levy, Air Tahiti Nui’s Chairman and CEO. “Our success is a tribute to the spirit of the employees and enduring appeal which Tahiti has for leisure travelers,” he added. A major factor in Air Tahiti Nui’s consumer popularity has been its selection of the Airbus A340-300 for its fleet. The aircraft is the long-haul leader in providing comfort for passengers and cost efficiencies for the carrier and Air Tahiti Nui has distinguished itself by providing excellent service underscored by warm Tahitian hospitality. The airline provides 3 classes of service on every flight and has been recognized by consumers and industry professionals for high quality cuisine, relaxing ambiance and exemplary customer care. “Air Tahiti Nui is more than just a corporate entity”, Levy said. “We are truly a family and source of great pride throughout Tahiti and Her Islands.” The popular Chairman recently hosted a fifth anniversary party for company employees from around the world at a private “Motu” (islet) off of the island of Moorea. Over 500 employees and their family members attended the all-day gala, celebrating the airline’s remarkable accomplishments in only five years of operation. Demonstrating its strong community involvement, Air Tahiti Nui, with sponsorship from Airbus Industrie, hosted a special flight on November 19th aboard the airline’s flagship aircraft, “Mangareva”, which carried 245 underprivileged and physically handicapped children between the ages of 7 and 15. The aircraft flew at low altitude and slow speed over the island of Mangareva in the Gambier Archipelago, so local residents could see their namesake. The flight continued over the Tuamotu atolls of Rangiroa and Tikehau, then above the leeward islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora and Huahine before returning to Tahiti. The Tahitian cabin crew served a hot lunch and educated their young passengers about on board service procedures and the 3 pilots rotated cockpit duties so they could spend time in the passenger cabin with the children during the 5 1/2 hour journey. The young passengers enjoyed the personal entertainment systems by watching movies and playing video games. Many expressed a desire to pursue aviation careers and join the Air Tahiti Nui family. Chairman Levy pointed out that Air Tahiti Nui was recently honored in the 2003 Skytrax Survey, that rates airlines around the world. Among its honors, Air Tahiti Nui was named the airline with the “Best Cabin Staff in the Australia-Pacific region” and was cited as the “Best Airline in the Pacific region.” In addition, the international flag carrier of Tahiti was also cited as the “Best Long-haul Newcomer in the Pacific region”, and the Airbus A340-300 was selected as being “the most comfortable long-haul aircraft”. “These accolades would not have been possible without detailed strategic planning and careful execution and we are honored that Air Tahiti Nui was acknowledged in so many categories” Levy said. “It is particularly pleasing to receive such overwhelming approval from the traveling public, by their confidence in purchasing tickets and putting their trust in the Air Tahiti Nui family,” he pointed out. For more information contact Jim Santley in the Sales & Marketing Office at (310) 662-1860 ext. #221.

 

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