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French Polynesia government wanted change

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Dec. 2, 2011) – After a meeting of the board of trustees Monday in Papeete, Tahiti's international airline Air Tahiti Nui has a new CEO.

Etienne Howan has been chosen to be at the head of the Tahitian airline.

Howan was previously Air Tahiti Nui's secretary general during several years.

The French Polynesian government led by President and Tourism minister Oscar Temaru made clear a few months that it did not want Pastour to continue as CEO.

[PIR editor’s note: The government of French Polynesia is the majority shareholder of Air Tahiti Nui.]

But the switch from Pastour to Howan was expected to happen only on December 17.

Pastour was appointed by the Tong Sang government in December 2010.

Pastour is the former Star Airlines CEO in France. Star Airlines, based in Paris, is known today as XL Airways France.

One of the main issues to be debated in the months to come is the opportunity for Air Tahiti Nui to join alliances such as Skyteam or Oneworld.

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