The airline, which serves long-haul routes to and from Tahiti, will acquire two B787-9 aircraft direct from Boeing in a deal worth US$514 million at list prices. Deliveries are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Air Tahiti Nui also plans to lease a further two B787-9s, with the total new fleet of four aircraft replacing its existing Airbus A340s.
The fleet revamp is being timed coincide with the airline’s 20th anniversary.
“The Dreamliner order heralds an exciting new era for international travel to and from the world’s most beautiful islands – Tahiti,” said Michel Monvoisin, Air Tahiti Nui’s chairman & CEO.
“The entire Air Tahiti Nui family is proud, excited and highly committed to the successful introduction of the Boeing 787-9 into Air Tahiti Nui’s global network.”
At present, Air Tahiti Nui operates a fleet of five 296-seat, two-class A340-300 aircraft on routes connecting the French Polynesian capital, Papeete, with international gateway cities including Auckland, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.
The seating configuration for the new B787-9s has not been confirmed.