Toulouse, France - New Caledonia's flag carrier Aircalin received its first Airbus A330-900 at the Airbus plant in Toulouse on Tuesday morning (July 30).
Aircalin has one more A330-900 on order waiting to be delivered. It will join the airline's fleet this year in September. The A330-900s of the French carrier will replace the two older A330-200 in the fleet.
The French operator will deploy its A330-900s on routes to Sydney, Osaka, Tokyo, and Papeete, among others. The aircraft is configured to carry 291 passengers in total - 26 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and the rest in Economy, 25 more seats than in its A330-200s.
The airline also operates two Airbus A320 and two DHC-6 Twin Otter. The A320ceos will be replaced by two A320neos on order.
With four brand-new and more efficient planes, Aircalin will be able to improve its profitability. The carrier currently serves on 12 routes across Asia-Pacific and Oceania.
New Caledonia is an island group located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, which belongs to France.