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French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France, located in the South Pacific Ocean, about 3000 km (about 2000 mi) south of Hawaii and half way between New Zealand to the west and South America to the east. The capital is Papeete, which is located on Tahiti, the largest island in the territory.

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July 25, 2017

Tahiti Air Charter is a passenger charter carrier based out of Papeete Faa'a (PPT) using amphibian aircraft for sightseeing tours [added]

January 13, 2017

Air Tetiaroa was formed in 2014 & operates passenger charter flights between Papeete, Tahiti and Onetahi [added]

November 1, 2016

As of Nov2010, Air Moorea [status change] appeared to have stopped operations & eventually merged into Air Archipels

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Status Operating Dates

Air Archipels   

Active 1996 - date

^ Comments : Air Archipels operations started on 15Jul1996. Charter services in Tahiti and nearby Islands. Had Air Moorea merge in

^ Genealogy : Air Moorea >>Air Archipels

^ Airline Code : -- : RHL

Air Moorea   

Renamed 1968 - 2010

^ Comments : Air Moorea was established in 1968 & started operations on 15Sep1968. As of Nov2010, the airline appeared to have stopped operations & eventually merged into Air Archipels

^ Genealogy : Air Moorea >>Air Archipels

^ Airline Code : VT : TAH

Air Polynesie  updated

Renamed 1970 - 1987

^ Comments : [AIR TAHITI began operations as RAI (Resaeau Aerien Interinsulaire) when the Government took over the operations of AIR TAHITI (1950>). RAI taken over by TAI (later UTA). The name AIR POLYNESIE was adopted 1970 and to AIR TAHITI in 1987]

^ Genealogy : RAI >Air Polynesie >Air Tahiti

^ Airline Code : VT : ---

Air Tahiti   

Unsure 1969* - 1979*

^ Comments : Air Tahiti was re-formed early in 1969 to operate a shuttle service linking Tahiti with Moorea. Gharter flights were also undertaken

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^ Airline Code : QE : ---

Air Tahiti  updated

Active 1987 - date

^ Comments : AIR TAHITI began operations as RAI (Reseau Aerien Interinsulaire) on 30Jun1953 when the Government took over the operations of AIR TAHITI (1950>). RAI taken over by TAI (later UTA). The name AIR POLYNESIE was adopted 1970 and to AIR TAHITI in 1987 (Regional airline operating services to 41 islands within French Polynesia)

^ Genealogy : RAI >Air Polynesie >Air Tahiti

^ Airline Code : VT : VTA

Air Tahiti Nui   

Active 1998 - date

^ Comments : Air Tahiti Nui was founded on 31Oct1996 & commenced operations on 20Nov1998. The first international airline based in Tahiti, formed to develop inbound tourism

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^ Airline Code : TN : THT

Air Tetiaroa  added

Active 2014* - date

^ Comments : Air Tetiaroa was formed in 2014 & operates passenger charter flights between Papeete, Tahiti and Onetahi, located in the Tetiaroa Atoll, 60 kilometres north of Papeete. The atoll is the site of The Brando Resort; an homage to Marlon Brando

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Aviazur   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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Pacific Fret Airways   

Inactive 1992 - 1993

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Pol'Air   

Active 2009* - date

^ Comments : Pol'Air was founded in 2009 & obtained its air transport certificate on 22Dec2009. A charter airline using Beechcraft 1900D

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RAI (Reseau Aerien Interinsulaire)  updated

Renamed 1953 - 1970

^ Comments : [AIR TAHITI began operations as RAI (Resaeau Aerien Interinsulaire) on on 30Jun1953when the Government took over the operations of AIR TAHITI (1950>). RAI taken over by TAI (later UTA). The name AIR POLYNESIE was adopted 1970 and to AIR TAHITI in 1987]

^ Genealogy : RAI >Air Polynesie >Air Tahiti

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Regie Aerienne Interinsuiaire   

Unsure 1951 - 1956*

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Tahiti Air Charter  added

Active 2016* - date

^ Comments : Tahiti Air Charter is a passenger charter carrier based out of Papeete Faa'a (PPT) using amphibian aircraft for sightseeing tours

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Tahiti Air Tour Service   

Unsure 1978* - 1979*

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Tahiti Airlines   

Unconfirmed (****)

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Tahiti Conquest Airlines  updated

Inactive 1990* - 1996

^ Comments : (Domestic scheduled and charter airline)

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^ Airline Code : -- : TQ8

TRAPAS   

Unsure Late 1940s

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Wanair (Wan Air)  updated

Inactive 1987* - 2004

^ Comments : Wanair (Wan Air) was founded in 1987 (Scheduled and charter operator that served nearby islands)

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^ Airline Code : -- : VNR