Air Tahiti Nui to start 787-9 services November 7

The French Polynesian carrier is scheduled to take delivery of the first of its four 787-9s in October, and it is expected to begin operations on November 7.

The remaining aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in January, May and August of 2019. Two of the four are leased and the others owned, with the leased aircraft to be delivered first.

Air Tahiti’s Nui’s 787’s will replace its current widebody fleet of five Airbus A343’s, which will be phased out on a one-for-one basis as the 787s arrive, with the last two A340s to be phased out when the last 787 starts flying in September 2019.

The airline’s initial 787 will be deployed flying Papeete to Auckland. The carrier’s 789’s will also be used on flights to Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris.

Air Tahiti is configuring its 787s with three cabin classes: economy, premium economy and business. The premium economy section is new and will have 32 seats in 2-3-2 configuration, with the seats designed by Zodiac Aerospace.

They’ll have a 38-inch pitch and 8-inch recline. The 787s will have 232 economy seats in 3-3-3 layout, also designed by Zodiac with 31-inch pitch and 6-inch recline.

The new business-class seats, by Rockwell Collins, will convert to full-flat beds. There are 30 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, with 60-inch pitch.

The 787s will be equipped with Panasonic IFE X3 with high-speed inflight connectivity.