AIR TAHITI DESCRIBES ITSELF AS "AN ENGINE FOR THE economic and social development" of Tahiti and her islands, and indeed it is. It is the closest thing to a local bus service that can be achieved to serve the 4,000 sq. km. of land made up of 118 far-flung islands and atolls that speckle the 4 million sq. km. of ocean that constitute French Polynesia, as Tahiti officially is known. Covering virtually the same area as Europe, French Polynesia boasts a population of slightly less than ...

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