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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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January 13, 2017Air Tetiaroa was formed in 2014 & operates passenger charter flights between Papeete, Tahiti and Onetahi [added]
November 1, 2016As of Nov2010, Air Moorea [status change] appeared to have stopped operations & eventually merged into Air Archipels

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Operating DatesStatus

Air Archipels   

1996 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy : Air Moorea >>Air Archipels

Air Moorea   

1968 - 2010Renamed

^ 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

Air Polynesie   

1970 - 1987Renamed

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^ Genealogy : RAI >Air Polynesie >Air Tahiti

Air Tahiti   

1969* - 1979*Status?

^ 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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Air Tahiti   

1987 - dateActive

^ Comments : Air Tahiti began operations as RAI on 30Jun1953

^ Genealogy : RAI >Air Polynesie >Air Tahiti

Air Tahiti Nui   

1998 - dateActive

^ 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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Air Tetiaroa  added

2014* - dateActive

^ 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   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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Pacific Fret Airways   

1992 - 1993Inactive

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Pol'Air   

2009* - dateActive

^ 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)   

1953 - 1970Renamed

^ Comments : RAI was founded in 1950 & operations started on 30Jun1953

^ Genealogy : RAI >Air Polynesie >Air Tahiti

Regie Aerienne Interinsuiaire   

1951 - 1956*Status?

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Tahiti Air Tour Service   

1978* - 1979*Status?

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Tahiti Airlines   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Tahiti Conquest Airlines   

1990* - 1996Inactive

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TRAPAS   

Late 1940sStatus?

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Wanair (Wan Air)   

1987* - 2004Inactive

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