Air Tahiti Nui has introduced its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin layout in the Global Distribution System (GDS) for worldwide distribution and sales.
In 2015, the flag carrier of French Polynesia finalized a purchase order for two 787-9 Dreamliners and the lease of two additional 787-9s through Air Lease Corporation. The new “Tahitian Dreamliner” will be available starting November on its first flights between Tahiti and Auckland, New Zealand.
The phasing out of Air Tahiti Nui’s current Airbus A340-300 fleet will commence in November and be completed by September 2019, coinciding with the airline’s 20th anniversary.
With the introduction of the airline’s first Premium Economy product, travelers have access to the new three-class configuration (Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class). ZODIAC Aerospace is providing the airline’s new Z535 Premium Economy class seat as well as the new Z300 Economy class seat.
The Moana Premium class will aim to offer a more comfortable flying experience with extra leg room and relaxation space. The Z535 seat will feature a structure providing an optimum pitch of 38 inches, a width of 19 inches and a seat recline of eight inches. The cabin will feature a total of 32 seats configured in five rows on a seven-abreast (2-3-2) arrangement.
The two Moana Economy class cabins will feature a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel, on a nine-abreast (3-3-3) configuration. The economy class seats will be installed at a pitch of 31 inches offering a seat recline of six inches for improved comfort.
Air Tahiti Nui is also providing further enhancements in its popular Poerava Business Class, including the introduction of a full-flat seat designed by Rockwell Collins.
The Parallel Diamond, designed to optimize space, includes a wide range of storage areas to accommodate business class travelers. The cabin will feature a total of 30 seats configured in five rows on a six-abreast (2-2-2) arrangement. Installed at a 60 inches of pitch, the new business class product moves into a fully flat 78 inches bed for sleeping. Each seat is equipped with a cushion and cover comfort system. The updated business class seats also offer a touch screen remote control, inflight entertainment system, personal lighting and a privacy divider.
Guests will also be able to stay connected with Panasonic’s eXConnect satellite broadband during the airline’s short- and long-haul flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland and Tokyo to Tahiti. Additionally, high speed internet will be accessible directly with the in-seat system and via PDA through onboard Wi-Fi.