Air Tahiti Nui Introduces New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

The new seat configuration on Air Tahiti Nui's Dreamliners // Photo by Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui has introduced its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin layout in the Global Distribution System (GDS) for worldwide distribution and sales. The new “Tahitian Dreamliner” will be available starting November 2018 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 2018 and be completed by September 2019.

New Premium Cabin and Class Configuration

With the introduction of the airline’s first Premium Economy product, travelers will experience a 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 offer extra leg room and relaxation space. The Z535 seat will provide a pitch of 38 inches, a width of 19 inches and a seat recline of eight inches. The dedicated cabin will have a total of 32 seats configured in five rows on a seven-abreast (2-3-2) arrangement.

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The two Moana Economy class cabins will have a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel, on a nine-abreast (3-3-3) configuration. The Z300’s articulating seat pan will provide more comfort, and the economy class seats will be installed at a pitch of 31 inches offering a seat recline of 6 inches 

Air Tahiti Nui is also providing further enhancements in its Poerava Business Class, including the introduction of a 180-degree full-flat seat designed by Rockwell Collins. The Parallel Diamond, designed to optimize space, includes a range of storage areas to accommodate today’s business class traveler. The cabin will feature a total of 30 seats configured in five rows on a six-abreast (2-2-2) arrangement. 

Installed at a pitch of 60 inches, 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 for restful travel. The updated business class seats also offer a touch screen remote control, inflight entertainment system, personal lighting and privacy divider.

New Connected Entertainment System

The “Tahitian Dreamliner” will be equipped with Panasonic’s Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system. The eX3 solution brings Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) to every seat through multi-touch screens, ensuring that every passenger has entertainment options during their flight. Business class seats will be equipped with 16-inch screens, Premium Economy will have 13-inch screens, and Economy class will have 12-inch screens, matching the airline’s current Business class screen size. 

As part of this new partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, guests will 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.

New Cabin Aesthetic

The cabins of the Dreamliners will be completely redesigned to offer a new look inspired by the Islands of Tahiti and its people so that a trip to Tahiti starts from the moment passengers step on board the aircraft.

Air Tahiti Nui is the first international airline based in Papeete, Tahiti. Created in 1996, the company operates from its Tahiti Faa’a International Airport towards Paris-CDG, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Auckland-NZ.

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