April heralds the commencement of Air Tahiti Nui’s $17+ million renovation of its aircraft on long-haul flights. Each of the airline’s five Airbus A340-300 aircraft will have their seat plans rearranged to accommodate the introduction of improved business class facilities and more room and comfort for those in economy.
As a result of these changes, Poerava First Class will no longer be available.
The scheduled upgrades are designed to bring their passengers the same levels of luxury offered by the world’s leading airlines. Through code-share agreements with other carriers including American Airlines and Qantas, Air Tahiti Nui offers flights from the Polynesian Islands to Los Angeles, Auckland, Tokyo, and Paris.
Beginning on April 1st, Poerava Business Class is to be increased from 24 seats to a total of 32. With a 60-inch seat pitch, the new angled seats in a 2 by 2 formation will lie flat and offer their occupants greater privacy. Included are large-screen personal entertainment consoles with the choice of at least 25 movies, 24 TV shows and dedicated channels for kids, families and a destination-specific travel guide.
Moana Economy class will have entirely new seats fitted in a 2-4-2 formation. The 32-inch seat pitch will offer more space and, typical of its friendly reputation, the airline promises the look and feel of the cabin will reflect the spirit of Polynesia.
Air Tahiti Nui spoke of its ambitious upgrade plan and the time table over which we can expect it: “The renovated cabins will gradually enter service from April with delivery by June of three aircraft initially serving the Los Angeles and Paris routes. The new configuration will offer two classes of services, a modern and spacious Poerava Business cabin and a more comfortable and harmonious Moana Economy Class. Following the arrival of these new cabins, the airline will schedule the end of its Poerava First class from 1 April 2013.”
Air Tahiti Nui’s news release provides additional details and photographs of the renovated cabins and new seating.