15 Aug 2006

Air Tahiti and Air New Zealand agree to cooperate on common destinations

10:53 am on 15 August 2006

French Polynesia's flag carrier Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand have reportedly reached an agreement in order to achieve economies of scale on their common destinations.

Air Tahiti Nui CEO, Eric Pommier, and his Air New Zealand counterpart, Norman Thompson, met last week in Pape'ete with French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru.

Their talks focused on optimising regional links in the face of increasing fuel prices and terrorist threats.

The regional links are mainly between New Zealand and French Polynesia and from Tahiti to North America.

Last year ATN launched two new direct routes to Sydney and New York.

It's understood that one option is for both companies to join resources and depending on the season, offer code-sharing of seats.