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2/28/2005 - Air Tahiti Nui honored by Skytrax Awards & Global Traveler Magazine



Also Honored By Global Traveler Magazine’s 2005 Reader

Poll Ranking Air Tahiti Nui “#2 Airline in the South Pacific”

and #6 Worldwide for “Best Onboard Service”

NEW YORK, NY, February 27, 2006 – Both the SKYTRAX® independent aviation analysis and readers of Global Traveler magazine have given Air Tahiti Nui top marks in recent surveys. SKYTRAX Awards, which provide the most prestigious recognition of outstanding quality excellence for product and customer service delivery in the world airline industry, has named Air Tahiti Nui its 2006 winner in the “Onboard Service Excellence for a Smaller Airline” category. In addition, Global Traveler’s “Best of 2005” reader poll ranked Air Tahiti Nui the number two “Best Airline in the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand,” and sixth for “Best Onboard Service” in the worldwide category.

The young, eight-year-old airline has a fleet of just five wide body Airbus A340-300 aircraft that connect travelers to four continents, including the only nonstop service available from New York to Tahiti. Passengers on Air Tahiti Nui are greeted with the scent of Tiare Tahiti flowers and the romantic sound of native hymns, immediately creating a distinctive Tahitian atmosphere from the moment they step onboard the aircraft.

“It’s very rewarding when our airline is recognized for its excellent product and onboard service,” said Lou Leopold, vice president marketing of Air Tahiti Nui. “We strive to carve a niche for ourselves, and these accolades help us gauge whether we are reaching our goals.”

SKYTRAX Excellence

In announcing the awards, SKYTRAX noted its “Onboard Service Excellence for a Smaller Airline” accolade “honors both the high quality and consistency of in-flight service delivered by Air Tahiti Nui.”
Air Tahiti Nui has featured regularly in the SKYTRAX Awards, having won the title of “Best Airline – Pacific” and finished in the top 10 for best cabin service worldwide for the past three years.

SKYTRAX rates products and services on up to 800 different rating points. The awards panel is comprised of directors and audit staff at SKYTRAX, with additional grading input for the 2006 awards from a selective study of 3,424 members of the SKYTRAX Business Research Group.

Tops With Global Travelers

Voted sixth in the world for “Best Onboard Service” by Global Traveler’s 2005 reader poll (up from 10th last year), Air Tahiti Nui outranks Emirates, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines and All Nippon Airways. Rated number two “Best Airline in the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand,” Air Tahiti Nui jumped a spot from the previous poll. This latest survey ranks the Tahitian carrier ahead of Air Pacific and Air New Zealand.

The Global Traveler poll was conducted over a six-month period with the participation of nearly 5,000 magazine readers.

Air Tahiti Nui launched first-ever nonstop service from New York to Tahiti in July 2005, providing unprecedented accessibility to Tahiti for the US east coast. The airline flies to Papeete thrice weekly from John F. Kennedy International Airport with one-stop direct service to Sydney, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand (the latter commencing March 27). Air Tahiti Nui also offers daily nonstop service with 13 weekly flights from Los Angeles International Airport to the beautiful Tahiti and Her Islands.

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. It was ranked “Best Airline for the Pacific” and placed in the top ten in the “Cabin Staff” category overall, and “Best in Cabin Staff” for the Australia/Pacific region in the 2005 Skytrax airline survey.

For information on schedules and fares, contact 212-922-1860 or toll-free 1-877-824-4846, or visit your local travel agent, or Air Tahiti Nui online at


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