LOS ANGELES, CA, August 29, 2006 – Air Tahiti Nui today announced the appointment of Nicholas Panza to the position of vice president Americas. In his new post, Mr. Panza will oversee operations – including passenger sales and marketing – of French Polynesia’s national airline throughout the Americas. He will assume his new responsibilities on October 1, 2006, based at Air Tahiti Nui’s U.S. headquarters office in Los Angeles and reporting into the carrier’s head office in Papeete, Tahiti.
An industry veteran with 22 years of travel experience under his belt, Mr. Panza served most recently as Air Tahiti Nui’s vice president – eastern region. He joined the company in September 1999, as vice president marketing based in L.A. Moving to Tahiti in April 2000 as commercial director, he oversaw key aspects of the airline’s transformation from a single-plane carrier into the five-aircraft fleet it is today. This led to Air Tahiti Nui’s profitable performance in 2003 and 2004. In addition, Mr. Panza was instrumental in the opening of new routes to Auckland, Paris, Osaka and New York.
In fact, in January 2005, he moved to New York to launch the first-ever nonstop service from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Papeete, Tahiti. The historic route – which debuted on July 4, 2005 – has enjoyed over 70% load factors this summer.
Prior to Air Tahiti Nui, Mr. Panza worked for Fijian carrier Air Pacific for 15 years as regional director Americas.
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. Air Tahiti Nui won the award for “Best Onboard Service for a Smaller Airline” from the 2006 Skytrax airline survey and 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. For information on schedules and fares call toll-free 1-877-824-4846, or visit your local travel agent, or Air Tahiti Nui online at www.airtahitinui-usa.com.