Air Tahiti Nui has announced the debut of its first non-stop service connecting Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) with its inaugural flight and arrival to SEA Airport.
The new route marks the commencement of a new partnership between Alaska Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui, which becomes the first and only carrier offering direct flights connecting the South Pacific and the Pacific Northwest. Air Tahiti Nui will operate the new service twice weekly using the 787-9 Dreamliner.
“Our new route provides a chance for North American travelers to discover the beauty of the 118 Islands of Tahiti, including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa, which serve as the background to the many wonders to discover, landscapes to explore, and memories to create,” said Michel Monvoisin, CEO of Air Tahiti Nui. “In addition to our long-established route from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), this new gateway to The Islands of Tahiti brings the heart of the South Pacific to more travelers in North America and strengthens Air Tahiti Nui's position as the leading carrier of French Polynesia.”
The codeshare partnership between Air Tahiti Nui and Alaska Airlines allows passengers to travel via SEA to and from almost 100 cities in North America. Alaska Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui offer flexible and convenient access between major cities such as Vancouver, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City and The Islands of Tahiti.
“Just as the weather begins to turn in the Pacific Northwest, our guests can now chase the warm sun all the way to Tahiti with a convenient nonstop flight from Seattle on Air Tahiti Nui,” said Nat Pieper, SVP of fleet, finance and alliances at Alaska Airlines. The two airlines will combine their frequent flyer programs, allowing their passengers to earn and redeem miles on all flights operated through the codeshare. Alaska Airlines’ customers will be able to earn or use their Mileage Plan miles when traveling with Air Tahiti Nui and Air Tahiti Nui’s customers will be able to use their Club Tiare miles in Alaska Airlines’ network.
For more information, visit www.airtahitinui.com.
This story originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.