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3/4/2003 - Air Tahiti Nui Announces Club Tiare Frequent Flyer Program

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2003--Air Tahiti Nui announced today that membership in its Frequent Flyer Program, Club Tiare, which has previously only been offered to residents of Tahiti, is now available to all travelers worldwide.

"As Air Tahiti Nui has matured and expanded to four continents, we recognize the appeal that an attractive Frequent Flyer Program has in the airline marketplace," said Wally Sumner, Air Tahiti Nui's Vice President-North America. "Club Tiare is relevant to all our customers, not just those who are residents in our home base of French Polynesia," he added.

The Club Tiare program is based on points which are awarded on each of Air Tahiti Nui's flights. Accrual of the points will lead to benefits from free tickets, to upgrades or allowances for excess baggage. Furthermore, Club Tiare members will receive special notifications of promotions via direct mailings not available to the general public.

Sumner said that the airline will offer 2 types of memberships: Club Tiare Tihia which is for individuals and has a U.S. $20 registration fee; or Club Tiare Fetii which costs U.S. $40 for registration but has the added benefit of providing accrual benefits for an entire family, parents and children between the ages of 2 and 18. When a member of the family travels the points are automatically credited into the family card account and any member of the family can redeem awards.

Applications for membership in Club Tiare are available through the airline's web site at Air Tahiti Nui offers 2000 points to each new member of the Club Tiare program and the points are valid as long as the account is active. The card is valid for three years and renewal is free.

Air Tahiti Nui is also a member in the world's largest Frequent Flyer Program, American Airlines AAdvantage. The 38 million members in American Airlines' program may redeem their mileage for travel on Air Tahiti Nui from the United States to Tahiti as well as from Japan to Tahiti, however they may not accrue mileage while flying Air Tahiti Nui.

Sumner noted that the name Club Tiare is taken from the flower which is the national symbol of Tahiti and is a member of the gardenia family. The Tiare is also the Corporate logo of Air Tahiti Nui. Its fragrant petals are braided into leis and floral crowns which are given to arriving visitors and are worn by natives in the Islands. Its distinctive fragrance is also extracted to scent mono oil which is used in a variety of skin care products in French Polynesia.

Air Tahiti Nui will fly 13 flights a week this summer between Los Angeles and Papeete as well as 5 nonstop flights a week to Paris. The airline operates four high-technology A-340-300's and offers three classes of award-winning service.

To contact Air Tahiti Nui for more information, the public is invited to call the Reservations Center at 877/824-4846 or visit the airline's web site at

CONTACT: Air Tahiti Nui, Miami
Jeff Kriendler, 305/866-2115


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