French Polynesian commercial operator Air Tetiaroa (AT) has taken delivery of a second Turboprop Islander (BN2T), from UK aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman. The aircraft will serve to transport guests from a regional ‘hub’ airport in Tahiti to a luxury resort some 30 miles away on a small private island, once the home of Tahitian kings and a pioneer in sustainability


Chosen for its reliability and proven ability to take off and land on remote, often unprepared, landing grounds, the Rolls Royce-powered Islander enables guests to fly directly to the exclusive Brando Resort on Tetiaroa, in what the airline describes as a ‘short but spectacular twenty-minute flight’.


Business Development Manager at Britten-Norman, Lara Harrison, says that when it comes to Island hopping, theIslander is second to none: “For more than fifty years the Islander has excelled at getting people to places that other aircraft, and indeed other transport, cannot. It brings even the most remote locations, even tiny atolls, into reach, quickly, reliably and safely.”


The aircraft in its current configuration transports up to six passengers at a time from the airline’s luxury private terminal at Faa’a International Airport to Onetahi, one of the eleven islets making the island of Tetiaroa. The Brando Resort, named after the world-famous actor who owned and at one time lived on the atoll, features 35 discreet luxury villas set amongst the palm trees that border the island’s beautiful white-sand beaches. Air Tetiaroa hops customers over to the island in the comfort of one of the Islander’s higher end, customised, air-conditioned all leather interiors; the breathtaking views are available to all passengers as the Islander offers all window seating.


General Manager at Air Tetiaroa, Laurent Darcy, says “Our choice for the Turbine Islander has been dictated by the short take-off and landing performance, and the adapted capacity to air operations for The Brando during the resort launching phase. Now combined to a larger module, Air Tetiaroa is able to meet various demands from clients and to operate other legs with islands such as Bora Bora too. The airline ranks second by number of flights and passengers on the domestic market.”


The BN2T Islander is powered by two 320 SHP Rolls Royce B17 turboprops with Hartzell 3-bladed propellers and features a number of enhancements including a more refined interior and state-of-the-art cockpit centred around the latest-generation Garmin family of avionics. Other standard options include enlarged baggage bay door and air-conditioning. As well as performance, the Islander also offers reasonable direct operating costs and minimal maintenance. 



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