6 Jan 2010

Air Tahiti Nui to fly British troops to Falklands

1:21 pm on 6 January 2010

French Polynesia's flag carrier has signed a deal with the British army to fly soldiers from England to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

The head of Air Tahiti Nui, Christian Vernaudon, says one of its Airbus planes with its crew has been leased to fly the military personnel this month.

He has told local radio in Tahiti that this type of activity is possible because the airline has five Airbus planes at its disposal.

Mr Vernaudon says contracts of this type have already been signed worth almost 10 million US dollars.