Air Tahiti Nui retires it’s last A340-300

The airline started operations in 1998 with just one Airbus A340-200, adding four larger Airbus A340-300s in 2001 and 2002. The only Airbus A340-200 left the fleet in 2003 (they were considered a flop range wise, so much so that Cathay Pacific made Airbus buy them back), while in 2005 a fifth Airbus A340-300 joined the fleet.

With the A343’s, Air Tahiti Nui operated from its Papeete base to Sydney, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, and Auckland.

The final revenue flight was operated by F-OSEA, as TN102 from Auckland to Papeete, where it arrived shortly before midnight. Just one hour later, the aircraft departed French Polynesia for the last time bound for Marana, together with its sistership F-OJGF, where both aircraft are to be stored.

Four new 787-9’s have replaced the retired fleet.