FORT WORTH, Texas and PAPEETE, Tahiti, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui, the international airline of Tahiti, today announced a bilateral codeshare agreement and applied for approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation. When approved, the codeshare agreement will allow American to place its code on Air Tahiti Nui flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Papeete Faa'a International Airport (PPT) and will allow Air Tahiti Nui to place its code on American flights from Los Angeles to more than 15 cities throughout the United States including New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and Washington - Dulles and Reagan National.
"Upon approval, our codeshare relationship with Air Tahiti Nui will give our customers yet another option when traveling to the South Pacific and French Polynesia," said Kurt Stache, American's Vice President – Strategic Alliances. "We look forward to working with Air Tahiti Nui to provide our customers more options and easy access when traveling throughout our respective networks."
"The marketing strength of American Airlines will raise awareness across the United States about the destination of Tahiti and the addition of these new cities to the route network will help further develop the inflow of tourists to Polynesia," said Etienne Howan, Chairman and CEO of Air Tahiti Nui.
AAdvantage® members currently have the ability to redeem miles for award travel on Air Tahiti Nui. For more information on the AAdvantage program and for a complete list of participating airlines, visit AA.com/AAdvantage.
About American Airlines
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About Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui links the South Pacific with four continents as the leading carrier to and from French Polynesia, with daily non-stop service to Tahiti from Los Angeles, and is one of only two airlines to offer a selection of non-stop flights connecting Los Angeles and Paris with Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui has been selected as one of the "World's Best" international airlines by readers of Travel+Leisure in 2011, 2010 and 2008 and as Best Airline in the South Pacific, 2011 by readers of Global Traveller. The airline has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa'a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui was founded in 1996 and commenced flight operations in 1998. Air Tahiti Nui is an IATA member and satisfies the highest safety requirements with its IOSA certification. By 2013, a full cabin upgrade, while lowering fuel usage and surcharges, is set to enter service
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