French Polynesia

Territory Profile

French Polynesia
(Polynésie française)

Key Facts

Self Governing From:
27 February 2004
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The Territory


French Polynesia is a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It comprises about 130 islands divided into six groups, namely the Marquesas Islands, Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Austral Islands and the Bass Islands. The largest and most populated island is Tahiti, in the Society Islands.

The islands are of volcanic or mixed volcanic and coral origin with little ground suitable for agriculture. The total land area is 4,167 sq km (1609 sq miles).

The population of 267,000 (2010 figure) is 66.5% Polynesian, 7.1% Mixed Polynesian, 11.9% European, 9.3% Demis (mixed French and Polynesian) and 4.7% East Asian (mainly Chinese). Some 54% of the population is Protestant, 30% Roman Catholic and 16% other. The capital city is Papeete on Tahiti.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in French Polynesia History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: French Polynesia
Yahoo French Polynesia page
wikipedia: French Polynesia
wikipedia: History of French Polynesia


Text to be added on the development of aviation in French Polynesia.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Civil aircraft in French Polynesia use the standard French registration prefix F-. This prefix is still in use.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

The defence of French Polynesia is the responsibility of France. The French Air Force has had a base on Tahiti since the 1930s.

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – not applicable

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – Helicopter rescue services are provided by the French Air Force.
Police Aviation (Police Nationale) – no aviation unit
Police Aviation (Gendarmerie) – helicopter detachment

Commercial Aviation

Air Moorea [1968-2010]
Air Tahiti
Air Tahiti Nui
Wan Air

wikipedia: Airlines of French Polynesia
The World’s Airlines: French Polynesia

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None known.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Faa’a International Airport

Other airports
Airports in French Polynesia
World Airport Database

Military Air Bases & Airfields

The French Air Force uses Faa’a Airport as BA 190.

On Show

Aviation Museums

None known.

Airshow Dates

None known.

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

French Polynesia Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

To be added.

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