Air Tahiti Nui, A340-300 at Exeter International Airport, 7th October 2010. The day started out particularly foggy making for some interesting shots. I went into work an hour and half early to catch the best morning light.
The aircraft arrived at Exeter on October 6th carrying over 140 Royal Marines after completing a tour in Afghanistan.
Air Tahiti Nui was established on 31 October 1996 and commenced flight operations on 20 November 1998. It is the first international airline based in Papeete, Tahiti, formed to develop inbound tourism. The government of French Polynesia is the major shareholder (61.7%) along with other local investors. Currently, Air Tahiti Nui has 782 employees.
The Airbus A340 is a long-range four-engined wide-body commercial passenger airliner manufactured by Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. It seats up to 375 passengers in the standard variants and 440 in the stretched 600 series, and has a range between 6,700 and 9,000 nmi (12400 to 16600 km). It is similar in design to the twin-engined A330 with which it was concurrently designed. Initial A340 versions share the fuselage and wing of the A330 while later models are longer and have larger wings.