787-9s key in airline's growth
TAHITI, April 30, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air Tahiti Nui have finalized an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. “The Dreamliner order heralds an exciting new era for International travel to and from the world’s most beautiful islands - Tahiti,” said Michel Monvoisin, Air Tahiti Nui’s Chairman and CEO, “The entire Air Tahiti Nui family is proud, excited and highly committed to the successful introduction of the B787-9 into Air Tahiti Nui’s global network.”
The flag carrier for French Polynesia has also leased two additional 787-9s through the Air Lease Corporation, based in Los Angeles, Calif.
“The 787-9 is a great addition to Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet, offering a superior passenger experience and comfort, exceptional efficiency and low operating costs,” said Dr. Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are proud to play an integral role in Air Tahiti Nui’s long-term success and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the airline continues to grow."
The new 787-9 Dreamliner complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.
The 787-9 also leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.
Air Tahiti Nui, headquartered in Papeete on the Island of Tahiti, links the South Pacific with four continents as the leading carrier to French Polynesia, with daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles.