EL SEGUNDO, CA (April 16, 2013) – Air Tahiti Nui, named the 2012 “Best Airline in the South Pacific” by Global Traveler magazine, and Air France, filed documents today with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking approval of and antitrust immunity for alliance agreements, including a bilateral joint-venture agreement. When approved, the joint venture will allow Air France and Air Tahiti Nui to cooperate and coordinate on services between Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“Our joint venture with Air France will provide our passengers with more frequent flights between Los Angeles and Paris, and will link Air Tahiti Nui to the Air France network in Europe,” said Etienne Howan, Chairman and CEO of Air Tahiti Nui. “This will expand Air Tahiti Nui’s global reach by providing improved service to passengers traveling between Tahiti and Europe via Los Angeles.”
Pending the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of the application, Air France and Air Tahiti Nui’s existing cooperation will remain as it is today, with one code share flight between Los Angeles and Paris per week. This code-share flight provides an additional frequency to the customers of each airline and improves the link between Tahiti and Paris.