American Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui have received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin a bilateral codeshare agreement.

American Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui have received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin a bilateral codeshare agreement.

Its new codeshare agreement with Air Tahiti Nui, the flag carrier of French Polynesia, allows American Airlines to place its ‘AA’ flight code on Air Tahiti Nui flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Papeete’s Faa’a International Airport (PPT).


Papeete, Tahiti-based Air Tahiti Nui is the flag carrier of French Polynesia and operates a fleet of five Airbus A340-300s

 

The agreement also allows Air Tahiti Nui to place its ‘TN’ flight code on American’s flights from Los Angeles to more than 15 cities throughout the United States, including New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Codeshare flights are available for sale for travel from September 10.

“This new codeshare partnership with one of the largest airline’s in the world will considerably improve the visibility of Tahiti in North America,” says Etienne Howan, chairman and CEO of Air Tahiti Nui.

“It will also make it easier for tourists to discover our beautiful and romantic islands of Tahiti, Moorea or Bora Bora, only eight hours from Los Angeles. Tahitian passengers will also benefit from fast and easy connections across the United States,” adds Howan.

American Airlines AAdvantage members have the ability to redeem miles for award travel on Air Tahiti Nui. For more information on the AAdvantage program and for a complete list of participating airlines, visit www.AA.com/AAdvantage.

Air Tahiti Nui links the South Pacific with four continents as the leading carrier to and from French Polynesia, with daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles, and is one of only two airlines to offer a selection of non-stop flights connecting Los Angeles and Paris with Tahiti.

The airline is headquartered in Papeete and operates from Faa’a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui was founded in 1996 and began flight operations in 1998. Air Tahiti Nui is a member of IATA and has received IATA operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.

By 2013, the airline will introduce into service a full cabin-interior upgrade in its fleet of five Airbus A340-300 widebodies. The new interior will weigh less than the current interiors of its aircraft and thus will also reduce fuel usage and fuel surcharges.