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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, (Tahipresse, March 31) - French airline
Corsair operated its last round-trip flight from Paris to Tahiti on March 31,
ending a 10-year history of regularly scheduled charter flights.

Corsair started flying to Tahiti on Dec. 21, 1992 as a charter
carrier. Its last flight from the French capital—CRL942—left Paris on March
30, arriving at the Tahiti-Faa‘a International Airport on the morning of March

Corsair’s last flight from Tahiti to Paris via Los Angeles was
scheduled to leave on the evening of March 31, arriving in Paris on the morning
of April 1.

Emotions were running high as Corsair employees welcomed the
last flight crewmember as he came off the Boeing 743 aircraft in the parking
area off the airport runway.

"I know French Polynesia, thanks to Corsair," said
Cécile Sedeau, the airline’s airport manager, "This stopping, it’s a
disappointment. Particularly since management never really explained why it had
decided to stop the Paris-Papeete service," she told Tahitipresse.

Corsair announced last August its plans to halt all flights to
Tahiti at the end of March 2003. Since then, four of Corsair’s employees in
Tahiti have found other jobs. Among the seven other employees, six will continue
to work at the airline’s office, which now becomes a traditional travel

The 10-year history of Corsair flights opened up Tahiti to a
large number of budget travelers from both Europe and North America. French
Civil Aviation Office statistics show Corsair carried a combined volume of
58,691 passengers last year, filling an average of 81% of the 72,423 seats
offered on 127 flights (63 inbound, 64 outbound).

April 2, 2003


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