Aircalin has this week taken delivery of the first of two A330neo aircraft from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France as part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy. The new jets are five metres longer than Aircalin’s existing A330-200s, enabling capacity to be increased by 25 seats.
Aircalin’s A330neo aircraft feature 291 seats spread across a three-cabin design, including Premium Economy (for the first time), and are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including onboard connectivity. Travel classes have been revisited, and are inspired by New Caledonia colours. The aircraft features 26 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 244 in Economy.
The A330neo aircraft will boost capacity and non-stop connectivity between the French Pacific Island territory and markets in Japan, Australia and the Pacific Islands nations, cutting fuel burn by 25% per seat (compared with previous generation competitors) and providing passengers with the latest standards in cabin comfort. These routes provide essential links to tourism as well as business traffic, which are essential to the New Caledonia economy.
In the Hibiscus Business Class, comfort and sophistication are keywords thanks to the Opal seat. The
Opal seats provide optimal comfort and are configured in a 1-2-1 layout, all with direct aisle access. The atmosphere is inspired by the New Caledonia shore, with sand and coral hues and sophisticated materials.
The new Premium Economy Class is configured in a 2-3-3 design spread over three rows and features the “Zim Magic” seat that provides an 18.1 degree recline and a footrest. The atmosphere of this intimate cabin showcases New Caledonia’s biodiversity in green monochrome. In Economy Class, the seats and the living spaces have been improved and modernised. The atmosphere is inspired by New Caledonia tradition, in blue monochrome.
Aircalin’s CEO, Didier Tappero, said the new aircraft will enable Aircalin to have modern efficient equipment providing the best travel conditions to Aircalin’s customers. With determinedly New Caledonia-style cabins and colours, our future aircraft will proudly display New Caledonia’s colors across the Pacific.”
The new A330neo is expected to arrive in Noumea on 6 August, 2019, while the second aircraft is slated to enter service in September-October of this year. Aircalin also has an order for two A320neo aircraft with Airbus, which will be delivered in 2020 and 2021.