Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand announced that effective from 2 April 2007, they will commence a reciprocal code share relationship which will see each carrier operating twice weekly flights between Auckland and Papeete (Tahiti), as well as providing code share capacity on its partners operated services. Air Tahiti Nui will provide Air New Zealand customers with a code share capacity on four of Air Tahiti Nuis 15 weekly flights between Los Angeles and Tahiti, which connect with Air New Zealand flights to/from London.
Air Tahiti Nui will increase services between Auckland and Tahiti from three to four services weekly. Plus there will be an increase in Air Tahiti Nui operated flights between Tahiti and Los Angeles (up to 15 times weekly). Air Tahiti Nui Chairman Eric Pommier said We are delighted with this new partnership which allows our customers travelling from New Zealand to choose from a greater number of flights and days of operation between Auckland and Tahiti.
Air Tahiti Nuis Director for New Zealand, Mark Hutchinson said In the six years since we started flying to Auckland we have built up a loyal customer following, and this new schedule enhances the choice for customers.
The code share arrangements are subject to the regulatory approval of both countries governments.
Air New Zealand Group General Manager Short Haul Airlines, Norm Thompson said the airline welcomes the proposed code share arrangement with Air Tahiti Nui. We are delighted at this agreement with Air Tahiti Nui which, once approved, will allow us to continue to serve the important markets of UK and Europe by feeding tourists to French Polynesia over our Los Angeles hub, he said.
Air Tahiti Nui commenced operations to New Zealand in June 2000, and operates a fleet of five airbus A340-300 aircraft on services between Tahiti (Papeete) and Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Osaka.