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
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
Applications for membership in Club Tiare are available through
the airline's web site at http://www.flyatn.com. 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
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 http://www.flyatn.com.
CONTACT: Air Tahiti Nui, Miami
Jeff Kriendler, 305/866-2115