Air Tahiti Nui introduced its first Dreamliners back in October 2018 and has now replaced all of its previous Airbus A340s with a quartet of 787-9s. With the delivery of NG Models recent release I am pleased to say that Air Tahiti Nui has added the Chinese airport of Xin Long to its route network and the inaugural flight was by F-OVAA. Here are some photos from her first arrival.
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Above: F-OVAA decelerates on the runway
I haven't got much time to work with my dioramas in recent months but the arrival of the NG Models Tahitian 787 last month was an opportunity too good to pass up, especially as it doesn't at all fit within my actual collection criteria (and display cases). It will therefore become a regular feature of my Xin Long model airport.
Air Tahiti Nui flies four 787-9s of which F-OVAA 'Bora Bora' was the third to join the fleet. They have now fully replaced the A340s and are used on the long-haul network which consists of only four destinations - Auckland, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. From January 2020 however the airline's first Chinese destination is Xin Long.
Above: Terminal One at Xin Long is occupied by China Eastern mainly
Below: F-OVAA taxies past Terminal One to her Terminal Two gate
Above: Air China A330-300 B-5977 is prepared for departure at Terminal Two Gate 14
Below: F-OVAA taxies past the end of Terminal Two's J Pier
Above: F-OVAA docked at Terminal Two's gate 16
Below: An overview of Terminal Two's J Pier
Above: Air China Airbuses partner a fellow Star Alliance member (Air New Zealand) at T2
Below: F-OVAA begins her departure taxi to the active runway
Above and below: On her second visit F-OVAA was parked at the Terminal 2 L pier
I'm Richard Stretton: a fan of 1/400 scale model aircraft and airports. This blog reports work on my model airport dioramas and discussion of the model manufacturers output.