Cedric Pastour to step down as Air Tahiti Nui CEO

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French Polynesia's Air Tahiti Nui has asked its CEO Cedric Pastour to step down once his term expires in December this year.

The airline's secretary-general Etienne Howan will take over as chief, said Air Tahiti Nui in a statement, without elaborating further.

Howan's top priority is to continue negotiations with the unions to reduce the airline's wage bill, the statement added.

In addition, Air Tahiti Nui's plans to join an airline alliance will be finalised by February 2012, the airline added.

The change in CEO will not have any effect on its plans to join an alliance as "negotiations have been going on for years," an airline official added.

Pastour, who has managed several French airlines in his career, was appointed CEO less than a year ago.