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6/17/2005 - Air Tahiti Nui Named Best Airline - Pacific for Third Straight Year.


Also Honored With #1 Ranking for “Best Cabin Staff - Australia/Pacific” and Seventh Place Globally in the “Overall” Category

NEW YORK, June 17, 2005 – The 2005 Skytrax World Airline Survey®, the world’s largest independent airline poll, has awarded top honors for the third straight year to Air Tahiti Nui, naming it the “Best Airline - Pacific.” Air Tahiti Nui also kept its first place regional “Best Cabin Staff - Australia/Pacific” title for the third year in a row, outranking Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand, with a seventh in the world placement in the overall category.

The highly coveted 2005 “Best Cabin Staff” category awards were determined from more than 3.5 million Skytrax Research survey respondents who nominated airlines based upon the following criteria: onboard welcome; assistance, friendliness, sincerity and courtesy of staff; security procedure practices; meal and drink service efficiency; flight crew enthusiasm; and total cabin presentation.

“It’s extremely rewarding that Skytrax’s survey respondents have recognized Air Tahiti Nui with top honors in its prestigious poll of more than 200 carriers,” said Patrick Leboucher, Air Tahiti Nui’s chairman and managing director. “This praise is not only flattering but also a reality check that we’re meeting our own high goals.”

Ranked seventh in the world, Air Tahiti Nui’s cabin staff earned a very honorable place behind Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines, while outranking all American and European airlines.

The 2005 World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey conducted by Skytrax - carried out between June 2004 and May 2005. The survey measures over 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction for each airline's product and service standards, evaluating the “typical” travel experience. This independent survey is regarded as a primary benchmarking tool for passenger satisfaction levels of airlines throughout the world.

Beginning July 4, Tahiti and Her Islands will become more easily accessible to East Coasters as Air Tahiti Nui commences first-ever New York to Tahiti nonstop flights from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Travelers from the Big Apple will also have the unique option of one-stop continuing service to Australia and New Zealand with the start of New York-Papeete-Sydney and New York-Papeete-Auckland routes.

About Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 with nonstop service to Papeete, Tahiti. From Air Tahiti Nui’s home base in Papeete, travelers will have the option of continuing on to Sydney, Australia, via a simple, one stop transit.

Air Tahiti Nui will serve the route with its modern fleet of exclusive Airbus A340-300 aircraft, ideally suited for long-haul flights, seating 294 passengers in spacious, three class configurations, six in first class, 24 in business class and 264 in coach class. Each seat features its own video screen, with a selection of games and films. The non-stop flight is approximately 12 hours 45 minutes from New York and 12 hours returning from Papeete.

Air Tahiti Nui, the leading carrier to French Polynesia, has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa’a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. The company was founded in 1996 and commenced flight operations in 1998.

For information on schedules and fares call toll-free 1-866-835-9286, or visit your local travel agent, or Air Tahiti Nui online at or at


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