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9/18/2006 - AIR TAHITI NUI SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES TO OFFER AADVANTAGE MEMBERS MILEAGE


AIR TAHITI NUI SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES TO OFFER AADVANTAGE MEMBERS MILEAGE ACCRUAL AND REDEMPTION OPPORTUNITIES WHEN FLYING THE FRENCH POLYNESIAN CARRIER

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 18, 2006 – Air Tahiti Nui, the leading carrier to French Polynesia, announced today an enhanced partnership with American Airlines whereby its AAdvantage members may “earn and burn” miles on Air Tahiti Nui flights.

AAdvantage members can now accrue miles and redeem them for reward tickets on Air Tahiti Nui’s twice-daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Papeete, Tahiti, and thrice-weekly nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. In addition, AAdvantage members can also accumulate and cash in miles on Air Tahiti Nui’s nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Paris, as well as its network of services including convenient one-stop connections from Papeete to Sydney and Auckland.

“This agreement with American Airlines enhances our global position within the South Pacific while working with the world’s largest airline,” said Barry Zorn, Air Tahiti Nui’s senior vice president network. “With our new cooperation, Tahiti and Her Islands will become even more accessible to AAdvantage members as an attractive holiday destination or as a relaxing and memorable stopover en route to or from Australia and New Zealand.”

Air Tahiti Nui was named “Best Airline – Pacific Region” and “Best Cabin Staff – Australia/Pacific” for the fourth consecutive year in the 2006 annual Skytrax World Airline Survey®.

ABOUT AMERICAN AIRLINES

American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with flexible fare-search options, the ability to check in for flights and a lowest-fare guarantee. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

ABOUT AIR TAHITI NUI

Air Tahiti Nui has been operating since November 1998. The young and dynamic small airline offers a route network linking the South Pacific to four continents. With its headquarters in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui operates a modern fleet of five long-range Airbus A340-300 aircraft serving Tahiti, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Osaka. Since 2003, Skytrax has named Air Tahiti Nui the best airline serving the South Pacific; in 2006 – with 13.61 million leisure and business air travelers from more than 90 nations weighing in to vote – the airline was awarded “Onboard Service Excellence for a Smaller Airline.” The Air Tahiti Nui network is reinforced by more than 30 code shares and interlines agreements.

For information call toll-free 1-877-824-4846, or visit Air Tahiti Nui online at www.airtahitinui-usa.com.

 

 

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