Aircalin orders two new Airbus A330neo and two A320neo jets


New Caledonia-based airline Aircalin has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy two new A320neo single-aisle and two A330-900 wide-body aircraft from Airbus.

Once delivered, the aircraft will help Aircalin to upgrade its current fleet.

The airline is yet to select an engine choice for the newly ordered A320neo, and cabin configuration for both aircraft.

Aircalin is planning to deploy its new A320neo jets on its existing regional routes to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, while the A330neo will be used to improve its service to Japan and open new routes such as to China.  

"As part of our plan to boost tourism to New Caledonia, Aircalin has made a strategic decision to renew its complete fleet."

Aircalin CEO Didier Tappero said: “As part of our plan to boost tourism to New Caledonia, Aircalin has made a strategic decision to renew its complete fleet with the A320neo and the A330neo to grow routes and connect New Caledonia to the region.

“The NEO aircraft with its state-of-the-art technology will burn less fuel, lower our operational costs and offer our loyal passengers the highest standards in cabin comfort.”

Enabling the operator to reduce fuel consumption by 14% a seat, the A330neo aircraft family requires minimal maintenance costs.

Airbus has won so far more than 12,500 orders for A320 family, and has delivered more than 7,000 aircraft to around 400 customers and operators worldwide.

Japan’s Peach Aviation recently placed an order with Airbus to purchase ten A320neo and three A320ceo aircraft. 

Once delivered, the new aircraft will join Peach Aviation’s existing A320 family fleet, which currently has 18 A320ceo and another two on order.


Image: Aircalin order four new Airbus jets to upgrade its fleet. Photo: courtesy of Airbus.