Air Tahiti, a scheduled air carrier
The main airline in French Polynesia, Air Tahiti today has a network that covers 47 of the country's islands, 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 also operates flights to Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.
|2019 figures for scheduled air transport|
|Number of passengers ||895 147|
|of which international tourists||362 194|
|of which residents ||532 953|
|Number of flight hours||22 268|
|Average fill rate||70,9%|
|Turnover (XPF millions)||17 072|
|Number of employees at end-December||995.5|
Air Tahiti and ground handling for international stopovers
Air Tahiti provides ground-handling services for international airlines that operate flights to Tahiti-Faa'a Airport. Those services include checking in and boarding passengers and their baggage, embarking catering provisions, cleaning the cabins, handling and managing international cargo...
|2019 figures for international ground handling department |
|Number of landings handled ||1 696|
|Number of scheduled international airlines handled ||8|
|Turnover (XPF millions)||1 561|
|Number of employees at end-December ||181|
Air Tahiti and flights on demand
To cater for occasional, specific demand, Air Tahiti also charters its aircraft for the transport of passengers or cargo. For goods transport, some ATRs can be converted into cargo aircraft, whereby the cabin is dismantled and the seats are removed to accommodate the cargo. Air Tahiti aircraft are regularly chartered for the transport of agricultural produce (flowers, potatoes, lychees, etc.) or oysters (imported to the islands from overseas).
Air Tahiti and maintenance
The maintenance of Air Tahiti's aircraft is carried out at the airline's Engineering Centre. The maintenance programme is based on a cycle of 400 flight hours for ATRs. Its expertise is recognised by the manufacturer and the region's other airlines.
Air Tahiti provides indeed occasionally major maintenance work on ATRs for other companies in the Pacific.
Founded in 1996, Air Archipels is a private airline.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Air Tahiti group, Air Archipels operates flights for Tahitian organisations and for Air Tahiti, in particular medical evacuations using specially equipped aircraft. It makes 90% of urgent medical evacuations.
The company also offers private custom flights to all destinations in the Polynesian islands that are open to civil air traffic.
It operates three Beechcraft B200 King Air and two Twin Otter DHC6-300 aircraft.
|2019 figures for Air Archipels |
|Number of flight hours ||2 665.7|
|Turnover (XPF millions)||933|
|Number of employees at end-December||51|
Bora Bora Navettes
Bora Bora Navettes runs the shuttle service across the Bora Bora lagoon between the islet where the airport is located and the village of Vaitape on the main island. It is a 97% subsidiary of Air Tahiti, the commune of Bora Bora being the other partner in the company.