Air France and Air Tahiti sign a new special prorate agreement

Papeete, 26 January 2016

On 26 January 2016, Air France and Air Tahiti signed a new special prorate agreement offering the two airlines’ customers increased services to The Islands of Tahiti.

With this agreement, customers will be able to more easily book their flights to 19 islands in French Polynesia* on departure from Paris, Los Angeles as well as the entire global network served by Air France and its partner airlines.

Travelers can now book a single ticket from their departure airport through to arrival at their destination, including a long-haul trip with Air France and inter-island flight with Air Tahiti.

This new agreement is part of the transatlantic joint-venture between Air France-KLM and its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia.

On this occasion, Marnix Fruitema, SVP North America Air France-KLM stated: “With so many cultural, economic and historical connections between France and these idyllic islands, this new partnership means more passengers from around the world can experience all that these islands have to offer with a simplified travel itinerary on board Air France and Air Tahiti.”

Joël Allain, Chairman and CEO of Air Tahiti, stated: “This agreement marks the beginning of a close cooperation between Air France and our airline. It allows us to more widely showcase Tahiti and its islands, which will benefit from Air France’s extensive global distribution network. Facilitated access to the network for travel agents worldwide will allow them to more easily sell the destination. Air Tahiti welcomes the signature of this agreement which helps to promote tourism in the destination”.

 

Air France in Papeete

 

This winter, Air France operates three weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Papeete, as a continuation of Los Angeles. Air France customers also benefit from a fourth code-shared frequency operated by Air Tahiti Nui between Los Angeles and Papeete.

On departure from Los Angeles, Air France also offers its customers access to the vast network of its American partner Delta Airlines.

About Air France

Air France, a global airline of French inspiration, with high standards and a caring attitude, turns the flight into a moment of real pleasure on all its daily operations in France, Europe and worldwide.

Since 2004, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have formed a global air transport giant with a strong European base. The Group also offers cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance solutions.

Air France-KLM is the leading Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. In 2015, it offers its customers access to a network covering 316 destinations in 115 countries thanks to its four brands Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia and HOP! Air France. With a fleet of 546 aircraft in operation and 87.4 million passengers carried in 2014, Air France-KLM operates up to 2,200 daily flights from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 25 million members.

Air France-KLM and its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with over 250 daily flights.

Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 16,320 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

About Air Tahiti

Air Tahiti is a private Polynesian company, with a public service role.

It is a driving force behind the economic and social development of the archipelagos and a leader of tourism growth in French Polynesia.

Air Tahiti covers a network of 47 islands in French Polynesia, across an area the size of Europe (5,500,000 km2), connecting more than 90% of the population. It provides administrative, school and medical transport between Tahiti and the islands, contributing in this way to the country’s regional and economic development.

In this context, tourism, which accounts for 30% of Air Tahiti’s customers, offers development opportunities in which it plays an active part, through the expansion of the network of islands served and efforts in terms of flight scheduling and pricing.

Air Tahiti operates a fleet made up of ATR-72 (68 seats), ATR-42 (48 seats) and Twin Otter DHC6-300 (19 seats).

 

*19 islands : Bora-Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine, Maupiti, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava, Manihi, Rurutu, Raivavae, Rimatara, Makemo, Raroia, Rikitea, Tubua, Rarotonga (Cook).  

 

 

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