Air Tahiti Nui adds choppers to its fleet

Four helicopters to provide private transfers & scenic flights

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Air Tahiti Nui has added a fleet of four helicopters to its air operations in Tahiti to fill a void for private transfers, high-end experiences and scenic flights.

A joint venture between Air Tahiti Nui and HBG – the French-Swiss leader in helicopter air transport – Tahiti Nui Helicopters was formed after the only Polynesian company offering a civil helicopter service closed last year. This paved the way for a new operator to take to the skies in Tahiti’s Society Islands.

With the arrival of the final two choppers in July 2018, the operation is now in full swing.

Tahiti Nui Helicopters offers the choice of three panoramic flights from Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, ranging from 10 minutes to 45 minutes. Each flight includes an aerial journey into the volcanic heart of Tahiti, a breathtaking flight over the luminescent lagoons fringing Moorea and spectacular sightseeing above Bora Bora’s blue lagoon, with one trip also hovering over the heart-shaped island of Tupai.

The new helicopter service also packages up private inter-island transfers or something more bespoke such as a lift to the golf course, a spot of heli-skydiving or a leg up to get a bird’s-eye view of the sunset with champagne in hand.

The fleet, which consists of AS350 B2 single-engine and H135 twin-engine choppers, is also available for medical evacuations, aerial photo shoots, firefighting support and construction drops.

The launch of Air Tahiti Nui’s first helicopter transport subsidiary is part of the airline’s 20th anniversary celebrations with the French Polynesian flag carrier recently undergoing a modern rebrand as it prepares to transition from its current Airbus A340-300 fleet to four 787-9 Dreamliners this November.

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