Air Tahiti studies Airbus A220-100, Embraer E195-E2 for International Expansion
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September 20, 2018 - by Kurt Hofmann
French Polynesian regional carrier Air Tahiti is considering procuring jets so it can expand international routes from its home base of Papeete, CEO Manate Vivish told ATW on the sidelines of this week's IATA Aviation Day in Mauritius.
The carrier is evaluating the Airbus A220-100 (formerly the Bombardier CS100) and Embraer 195-E2. "We are thinking about a maximum of a 100-seat aircraft. As a first step, we would order two aircraft," Vivish said. The aircraft would enter service in two to three years, he said, so a decision must be made in the near future.
One of the most frequent services—up to 12 daily flights—is from Papeete to the tourism destination of Bora Bora. "Also on such a route, we could use jets like the A220-100. The airport could accommodate them," he said.
So far, the only international route for Air Tahiti is...