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Air Tahiti Nui Announces New Flights From Seattle to Paris

The Tahitian carrier will now offer seven weekly flights to Paris via Los Angeles and Seattle

by Enrique Perrella

October 19, 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Port of Seattle

In early October, Air Tahiti Nui launched its second US destination with nonstop flights between its base in Papeete to the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle. With the airline already serving the Emerald City in partnership with Alaska Airlines, a new service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle will complement the airline’s existing flights from Los Angeles to the French mainland.

Launching on June 12 next year, Air Tahiti Nui will connect Seattle and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner two times every week. Adding to the five weekly flights the Tahitian carrier offers via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Air Tahiti Nui will now provide its customers with seven weekly flights to France via the two US gateways.

Photo: Courtesy of Port of Seattle

In Seattle, the Tahitian carrier will compete against Air France and Delta Air Lines, which operate the route with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and an Airbus A330-300, respectively.

With the introduction of this new route, Air Tahiti Nui will offer its customers the possibility to reach France with seven weekly flights through SEA or LAX, adding to a total of 13 rotations every week. To make this possible, the airline is reducing its current LAX-CDG flights from seven to five rotations, allowing SEA to grasp the other two.

As noted by the carrier, the outbound flight to Paris will depart Seattle at 2:35 pm, arriving in Patis at 9:05 am the following morning every Tuesday and Saturday. The return flight, which departs Paris at noon, arrives in Seattle at 1:20 pm local time on Wednesday and Sunday.

Even though this new flight is still subject to approval, the airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Matthieu Bechonnet, believes that it should allow them to “better optimize resources” and “offer our customers new options to reach Tahiti or Paris.”