Aircalin welcomes its first Airbus A330neo

Aircalin Airbus A330neo
Aircalin is already an operator of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Photo: © Masakatsu Ukon

New Caledonia’s carrier Aircalin has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo jet. The carrier becomes the first airline in the Oceania region to operate the aircraft type.

Aircalin currently operates an Airbus fleet that consists of two Airbus A330ceo and two A320ceo aircraft. In addition to the new A330neo, another A330 with the ‘new engine option’ (neo) will be delivered until September. Both A330neos will replace the current A330-200s, whereas new A320neo aircraft will join the carrier’s fleet to replace the older A320ceos.

The airline’s Airbus A330neo jets feature a three-class layout with 291 seats, meaning that the A330neo is equipped with 25 more seats than its existing smaller A330-200s. The A330 aircraft are deployed on routes from the carrier’s hub at La Tontuota International Airport to several destinations, including airports in Asia and Australia, that are served from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

Read more: Most recently, Lion Air took delivery of its first A330neo as well.