The Boeing Company, Air Lease Corp. (ALC) and Air Tahiti Nui celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner, via lease from ALC. This is the first Boeing airplane to join the Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner to replace aging A340s and connect its home base in the South Pacific with world capitals such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
The airplane can fly up to 7,635
nautical miles (14,140 kilometers), while reducing fuel use and
emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.
Air Tahiti Nui configured its new
Dreamliner to seat 294 passengers in three classes. The cabin
features a new business class equipped with 30 full lie-flat seats,
along with 32 premium economy seats.
airline announced in 2015 it would lease two 787s through ALC and
purchase two 787s directly from Boeing as part of its plan to upgrade
its fleet for the future.