Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing

MIAMI — French Polynesian flag carrier Air Tahiti Nui has confirmed that will replace its five-strong Airbus A340 quad-engine jet fleet with two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The airline will buy two aircraft and lease two others in a deal valued at $499 million. The airline finalized the order for two 787-9s at the end of April.

The carrier had been looking at the 787, the A330neo and A350 for its fleet upgrade.  Delivery of the first aircraft will start in the fourth quarter of 2018, which will coincide with Air Tahiti Nui’s 20th anniversary. The airline, based at Faa’a International Airport in Papeete, started scheduled service on November 20, 1998.

So far in 2015, Boeing has finalized an order of two more 787-9s for Air New Zealand and received orders for 14 787-9s from Spain’s Air Europa and three 787-10s from Japan’s ANA.

“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 and CEO, “The entire Air Tahiti Nui family is proud, excited and highly committed to the successful introduction of the B787-9 into Air Tahiti Nui’s global network.”

“The 787-9 is a great addition to Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet, offering a superior passenger experience and comfort, exceptional efficiency and low operating costs,” said Dr. Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are proud to play an integral role in Air Tahiti Nui’s long-term success and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the airline continues to grow.”