Tahiti, Our Home

Tahiti is perhaps the last Eden on Earth. The land we call home is, for us, a constant source of inspiration. It's a land of calmness and relaxation. Legendary natural beauty and serenity captures forever the hearts of even the most seasoned travelers - just as it did with Bougainville, Cook and Gauguin to name a few. Privacy and seclusion draw honeymooners to unspoiled beaches and calm lagoons. And treasures, from black pearl to vanilla bean, to the smile of a warm and joyful people, give a glimpse into the essence of Polynesia - a lifestyle that is culturally rich and diverse, attuned to its environment, safe and welcoming.

118 islands and atolls rise in serenity from the heart of the South Pacific, each with a character as unique as its shape, to form the land of French Polynesia. From the more renowned Society Islands to the more remote Marquesas, a great diversity of experiences awaits. Diving among bright rainbow fish in crystal clear lagoons. Hiking in lush tropical forests. Sunning on powdery clean white or exotic black sand beaches. Dining on cuisine influenced by French, Asian and Polynesian tastes.

The Spirit of Air Tahiti Nui

Oral histories recounted in beautiful song and fire-lit dance connect us to our past. Air Tahiti Nui connects the rest of the world to Tahiti. This year we celebrate 15 years of service.

We offer daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Paris and Los Angeles as well as convenient flights to Auckland and Tokyo. With our code share partners SNCF rail in France, American Airlines in the USA and Qantas in Australia, we link to over 39 other cities including Sydney, New York and Marseilles.

Our fresh and dynamic crew make our passengers feel like they are already in Tahiti as soon as they step on board. The smile and generosity of our teams, the elegant and refined design of the cabins, the sound of ukulele, and the fragrance of the Tiare flower that is offered with our traditional «Maeva», the Tahitian word for welcome, are some of the tokens of friendliness that we extend. They demonstrate the human and uniquely Tahitian part of our character.


Air Tahiti Nui has been selected as one of the "World's Best" international airlines by readers of Travel +Leisure in 2011, 2010 and 2008 and as Best Airline in the South Pacific, 2011 and 2012 by readers of Global Traveler.


Air Tahiti Nui exclusively operates one of the youngest fleets of Airbus A340-300 aircraft in the world, rated as the quietest in the sky with added spaciousness and comfort in all classes.


Air Tahiti Nui holds the IOSA registration, the IATA Operational Safety Audit - today's most accepted and recognized operational audit standard, delivered by the International Air Transport Association. This registration, renewed every two years, verifies that all procedures are deemed indispensable in terms of flight safety. We also factor in the specifics of operating in the US in terms of safety, freight, immigration procedures and assistance to reduced mobility passengers.

Air Tahiti Nui benefits from Lufthansa Technik Industry's expertise in maintenance program design and works exclusively with specialists approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Our Islands, Our Inspiration

The cabin redesign of our fleet will lavish passengers in Polynesian culture and create an environment reflecting Tahiti's beauty. Many aspects of Polynesian charm, with authenticity, yet with a contemporary feel, are well represented.

The look of hardwood floors foreshadow the impression of standing on a Tahitian bungalow sundeck overlooking the lagoon. Colors and materials evoke the first sensations experienced when one arrives in Tahiti: the warmth of its woods, the intensity of its blues, the luminosity of the islands, and the freshness of its vegetation.

Understated fabric patterns are set against a backdrop of turquoise and ocean blue. A pearly stitch punctuates the design recalling the brilliance of mother-of-pearl shells, while threading in the economy class seat covers brings to mind warm sand grains that appear to have slipped between the fabric mesh.

The entire cabin has alternating whites and warm grays representing the mineral tone of the white sandy beaches and the iridescent and ethereal aspects of the black pearl, an integral part of the richness of Polynesia.

The Tiare flower, symbol of the airline, is present throughout the cabin. The flower is found randomly resting on the headrests, as if floating on water (a reference to the external livery of the aircraft).

In addition, as presented off-center and in different sizes, it breaks the repetition imposed by the visual alignment of the seats, which lightens the whole effect.

The cushions, custom designed for Air Tahiti Nui economy class, are inspired by the style of the Tahitian handicraft called "tifaifai" (meaning to mend or to patch). This technique of decorating fabrics by patchwork can be found easily in the Polynesian interior decoration, on pillowcases or bed covers.

Colorful cushions in economy class appear like exotic flowers scattered in the landscape, while in business class, the cushions printed with green palm motifs provide freshness to the space. Touches of green in the general color harmony speak to green found in the island's vegetation.

These bright color accents provide a contrast which highlights the depth of the blue seats. The different materials and designs proposed by the amenities (comfort kit, headrest, cushions...) in recyclable materials are reminiscent of certain Polynesian plant textures such as the "tapa" (a bark cloth), but also of weaving and other Polynesian arts and crafts.

The New Cabins

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty, culture and experience of Tahiti and its people, the cabin retrofit is a comprehensive renewal aimed at greater passenger comfort more efficiently delivered.

The setting and colors selected for the new interior and seats reflect the stunning beauty and charm of Tahiti. With this new equipment, Air Tahiti Nui shares the same essential qualities and attributes of larger global brand airlines, yet it will exemplify a "boutique" feel and our exclusive Polynesian hospitality. Our flights will remain an enjoyable and genuine part of the travel experience to Tahiti.

Cabin Layout

Three classes will become two as we expand business class from 24 to 32 seats, configured two by two so all seats are either window or aisle. In economy, the layout remains at 264 seats. Both classes are set in two and four seat couple-friendly configurations, something important to the many honeymoon travelers we bring to Tahiti.


This renovation is made possible thanks to a multiyear commitment of our staff members and suppliers. Key input from our commercial partners helped define the type of comfort we want to deliver. Numerous vendors were consulted to find the best equipment and solutions certified by engineering consultants that have worked on the definition and certification of the project. Each aircraft reconfiguration will take just a few weeks and will be conducted by SR Technics based in Zurich, one of the largest independent providers of technical aircraft services in the world.

Business class poerava

The new larger Poerava Business class will have 32 Evolys seats, manufactured by SOGERMA. A shell-seat concept will offer passengers more privacy individually or provide a more intimate environment for couples. Evolys is an angled lie flat seat with a recline of 160%, a pitch of 60 inches (152 cm) and a seat width between the armrests of 20 inches (51 cm). Each seat has power available via an electrical outlet and a USB port. The hard shell concept prevents the passenger in front from reclining into the space of the passenger behind.

economy class moana

In Economy class, the cabin will be retrofit with 264 Steezy seats, by GEVEN. The Steezy is a lighter, more spacious seat with 18 inches (81 cm) between the armrests, a pitch between seats at 32 inches (81 cm) and 10% degrees of recline. Each seat has a USB port for power supply.

In Flight Entertainment System

Air Tahiti Nui will modernize its in-flight entertainment(IFE) with the powerful and efficient "RAVE" system from IMS. With a capacitive touch screen interface, HD resolution, and solid reliability, passengers are certain to find this new system easy to use, full of choice and always available.


In the "RAVE" system architecture, each seat is independent so a failure in one seat will not impact another and because of the IMS' patented dockable seat display, the crew can quickly replace the seat display in-flight. The display design is slim, lightweight, and requires low power.


The "RAVE" system delivers entertainment and information with superior quality and a simple user interface via a capacitive touch screen.

Passengers seated in Economy Class Moana can select on their 9-inch screen the content they want to use or watch just as they would do with any tablet device. In Poerava Business Class, a larger 12 inch screen and a remote control installed in the armrest of each seat, provide even greater passenger comfort.

  • Movies on demand - 14 movies per flight
  • Television programs - 24 per flight
  • Tahiti focused tv channel "Tiare TV"
  • Popular music including Tahiti radio
  • A selection of games - 15 different games
  • Duty free catalogue
  • Tahiti information guide
  • In flight menus

Where We Fly

Air Tahiti Nui links the South Pacific with four continents as the leading carrier to and from French Polynesia, with daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles, and is one of only two airlines to offer a selection of non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Paris with Tahiti.

Air Tahiti Nui also serves Tokyo, Japan and Auckland, New Zealand with convenient service from Papeete and connects to 39 other cities with our code share partners SNCF rail in France, American Airlines in the USA and Qantas in Australia. This includes Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, seventeen cities in the US including New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Miami and Dallas and nineteen cities in France such as Marseilles, Lyon and Montpellier.

Air Tahiti Nui has been selected as one of the "World's Best" international airlines by readers of Travel+Leisure in 2011, 2010 and 2008 and as Best Airline in the South Pacific, 2012 by readers of Global Traveler. The airline has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa'a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui was founded in 1996 and commenced flight operations in 1998. Air Tahiti Nui is an IATA member and satisfies the highest safety requirements with its IOSA certification.

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