Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui, with a route network linking the South Pacific to four continents, is the leading carrier to French Polynesia. The airline has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa'a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. The company was founded in 1996 and commenced flight operations in 1998. The Government of French Polynesia is the major shareholder in the airline along with Tahitian private investors.
The airline operate exclusively with Airbus A340-300 aircraft in a 2 class configuration:
Economy (Moana Class)
These seats are set in a 2-4-2 configuration which is ideal for couples. The seats recline to 118 degrees and are 45cm in width - the gap between each row is 81cm. There is a full seat back entertainment programme with a 9 inch touch screen.
Business (Poerava Class)
Sleeper seats recline to 160 degrees, are 51cm in width and there is a 152cm gap between the seats. The seat's shell allows passenegers to recline without effecting the space of the passenger behind them. Full seat back entertainment with a 12 inch wide touch screen.
The following is the current baggage allowance on flights through to the Pacific
Checked: Economy Class 23 kgs Business Class 2 x 32 kgs
No one bag to exceed 32 kgs
Carry on: All Cabins 1 x 10 kg
Air Tahiti Nui from Europe
Air Tahiti Nui operate a daily service from Charles de Gaul airport in Paris to Papeete on Tahiti via Los Angeles. Aditional services are also available to Papeete from Los Angeles. Air New Zealand's services through the Pacific use Air Tahiti Nui as their code share partner for flights between Papeete and Los Angeles and vise versa. Air Tahiti Nui also operate flights to Auckland and Tokyo with code share flights beyond.
The domestic airline of French Polynesia operate regular serices to 46 islands with several daily services to the more popular islands of Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Manihi, Tahaa, Raiatea, Tikehau, Rangiroa and the Marquesas. Air Tahiti operate a fleet of 3 x ATR 42-500 and 7 x ATR 72-500 turbo prop aircraft.
Due to the aircraft size on interisland flights luggage is strictly limited
Checked: 23 kg (you can check in up to 3 pieces but total weight must not exceed 23 kg)
Carry on: 1 x 5 kg (45cm x 35cm x 20cm)
It is possible to book these flights on a 'Special Fare' (Z class) that increases the checked baggage allowance to 46 kg
Tahiti Faa'a Airport
A baggage storage facility is available in the main concourse - between the International Departures and Arrivals area. The facility is open between 6am to Midday and 1.30pm until 10pm (closes 6pm on Sundays)
Cost: 8 Euros per bag for each 24 hours