Air Tahiti Nui has retired its last Airbus A340-300 after 21 years in operation. The first Airbus A340-300 was retired on September 1st, the second on September 24th. The French Polynesian airline replaced its four Airbus A340 with four new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which joined the fleet between October 2018 and August 2019.
Air Tahiti Nui operated Airbus A340-300 to destinations such as New York, Sydney, Paris, Los Angeles and Auckland from its base Papeete. The last flight was operated by F-OSEA from Auckland to Papeete. By the retirement of the two remaining Airbus aircraft, the average age of the airlines’ fleet has decreased from more than 15 years to under a year, becoming one of the youngest in the world.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, configured to accommodate 30 passengers in Business class, 32 in Premium « Moana » and 232 in Economy, or 294 seats in total in new cabins. Air Tahiti Nui operates two of the four expected Dreamliner (those leased from ALC), the last two purchased directly from Boeing to be delivered by next August; it will then operate all its flights between the hexagon and the archipelago of the Pacific Ocean in 787-9.