LOS ANGELES, CA, October 23, 2007 – Air Tahiti Nui received top honors in Global Traveler magazine’s 2007 “Wines on the Wing” International Business Class Wine Competition. Thirty-six judges compared and ranked 120 wines submitted by 24 airlines from around the world including US carriers American Airlines and United Airlines and international airlines EVA Airways, Thai Airways, Qantas Airways, and Air New Zealand.
Outranking the competition, Air Tahiti Nui was awarded “Best Champagne” with its entry of Nicolas Feuillate Reserve Particuliere NV, which David Frieser judged to be “rich, toasty, expansive with a nice biscuity finish.” Judge Mary Gorman noted the selection had “good acidity, lively bubbles and good fruit finish,” and judge Eric Zillier commented on its “extraordinary length and balance.”
Air Tahiti Nui was bestowed a second honor in the Global Traveler survey, taking the third place prize in the red wine category for its La Chauviniere 2003, Vin de Pays du Gard. The French Polynesia national carrier came in behind Thai Airways, with American Airlines and EVA Airways tied for second place.
Serving 24 passengers in business class, Air Tahiti Nui’s Club Poerava offers a spacious cabin with two-abreast seating and an ambience of Polynesian warmth and hospitality. Seats are custom built for comfort with fully adjustable head and leg rests, personal advanced video screens with first-run movies, and added spaciousness between seats to stretch out.
The airline’s business class meal service is based on the standards of a five-star restaurant with courses individually served to passengers’ specific requests. The accompanying wine list of famous vintages is personally selected by Air Tahiti Nui’s Parisian sommelier.
Connecting four continents with a fleet of five Airbus A340-300 wide-body aircraft, Air Tahiti Nui flies from its Pacific hub – Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport – to Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Osaka. The airline’s winter 2007 schedule (effective October 29, 2007) features daily nonstop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles and twice-weekly direct service from New York, with connections via Papeete to Sydney and Auckland. Air Tahiti Nui also flies nonstop from Los Angeles to Paris four times a week.