LONDON – Boeing, Air Lease Corp, and Air Tahiti Nui celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

This is the first Boeing aircraft to join the airline and will be key in the carrier’s strategy to replace its older Airbus A340-300s.

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The aircraft will also connect its home base in the South Pacific to destinations such as Paris, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.

The brand-new 787-9 was delivered at Boeing’s South Carolina facility on Tuesday. Air Tahiti Nui then flew the plane to Oklahoma City (OKC) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Ihssane Mounir, Senior VP of Commercial Sales and Marketing at Boeing expressed a level of honor over the delivery to Air Tahiti Nui. “We are honored to welcome Air Tahiti Nui as a new Boeing customer and the latest member of the 787 Dreamliner family.”

“This delivery opens a new partnership between Boeing and Air Tahiti Nui, and demonstrates the strength of our toward with ALC,” he said.

New Cabin Product

The airline unveiled the looks of its new cabin products in June. The plane can accommodate up to 294 passengers onboard on three different classes: Poerava Business, Moana Premium, and Moana Economy.

The plane’s cabins will offer 30 seats in Business, 32 in Premium Economy, and 232 seats in Economy Class.

According to the carrier, the “Tahitian Dreamliner” shares a visual story about the island and its people, highlighting its national flower, the Tahitian gardenia, or Tiaré, encircled by ripples on the water.

The design exhibits two bright red lines on both sides of the plane, representing the flag of Tahiti—a symbol of the 118 islands of French Polynesia.

The 787-9 for Air Tahiti Nui can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles on one tank as well as offering fuel use and emissions savings of 20-25% compared to the four-engined A340.

Air Tahiti Nui will launch the plane on flights from Papeete to Auckland on November 7, followed by LAX the following day.

In March 2019, the airline will deploy the Dreamliner on flights from LAX to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and from Papeete to Tokyo-Narita in June 2019.

Commenting on the delivery was the Chairman and CEO of the carrier, Michel Monvoisin, who emphasized the Dreamliner as “one of the world’s treasures.”

“Our dream has finally become reality with the arrival of Air Tahiti Nui’s first 787-9 Dreamliner,” he said. “The Tahitian Dreamliner will make flying to one of the world’s treasures an unforgettable experience, as we introduce new seats and a culturally inspired cabin on the 787.”

Monvoisin added that as Air Tahiti Nui celebrates its 20th anniversary, “this year, the 787 Dreamliner will guide us toward another successful 20 years and beyond.”

The airline placed the order for the 787-9s back in 2015, with an agreement with Air Lease Corporation for two units and an additional two to be purchased directly from Boeing.

In December, Airways will be testing the brand-new 787-9, producing a full Airline Review in our January 2019 issue. Stay tuned!