New Route of the Day – Americas (5 October 2022): Air Tahitu Nui from Seattle to Papeete
Air Tahiti Nui (IATA code TN) has operated its first service between Papeete and Seattle. The first flight departed Tahiti on Tuesday 4 October, while the first departure from Seattle was on Wednesday 5 October. The service will operate 2-weekly using the airline’s 787-9s, of which it currently has four according to planespotters.net. The 7,700-kilometre route faces no competition. The airline is operating a codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines on the route. Air Tahiti Nui already operates one other US route, a 10-weekly service to Los Angeles. Six of those weekly flights then carry on to Paris CDG.
What they said
Toshiko Hasegawa, Port of Seattle Commissioner, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Air Tahiti Nui as the newest international airline to launch service to SEA. As only the second US destination for Air Tahiti Nui, we look forward to being a new gateway for travelers seeking to luxuriate in the tropical paradise of Tahiti.”
Michel Monvoisin, CEO of Air Tahiti Nui, added: “Our new route provides a chance for North American travelers to discover the beauty of the 118 Islands of Tahiti, including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Rangiroa, which serve as the background to the many wonders to discover, landscapes to explore, and memories to create. In addition to our long-established route from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), this new gateway to The Islands of Tahiti brings the heart of the South Pacific to more travelers in North America and strengthens Air Tahiti Nui’s position as the leading carrier of French Polynesia.”