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Air Tahiti Nui to introduce premium economy on 787s

French Polynesian carrier Air Tahiti Nui will introduce premium economy seating and lie-flat business seats to its fleet from November as it takes delivery of its first of four Boeing 787-9s.

The carrier has selected Rockwell Collins’ Parallel Diamond full-flat seat for the new jets, which will be configured across five rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. The seats will feature a 60in pitch, and will extend to a 78in bed.

The premium economy cabin will use Zodiac Aerospace Z535 seats across five rows in a 2-3-2 layout, totalling 32 seats. They will be pitched at 38in and have 8in of recline.

Zodiac will also supply its Z300 seats for the 787’s 232-seat economy cabin, featuring a 31in pitch and 6in of recline.

Air Tahiti Nui has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 inflight entertainment system and eXConnect satellite connectivity system.

The carrier will use the 787s to replace its five Airbus A340-300s, with the fleet changeover expected to be completed by September 2019.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that two of the 787s are being leased from Air Lease, while the remaining two have been ordered directly from the manufacturer.

Based in Papeete, the carrier flies to Los Angeles, Auckland, Tokyo and Paris.

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