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Aircalin Orders Two A320neo, Two A330neo

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Aircalin Orders Two A320neo, Two A330neo

Aircalin Orders Two A320neo, Two A330neo
October 11
09:57 2017

MIAMI – The Caledonian national carrier, Aircalin, made a firm order for two Airbus A320neo and two Airbus A330-900.

The single-aisle A320neo will seat 168 passengers powered by Pratt & Whitney engines to be operated on Aircalin’s domestic routes: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

The wide-body A330-900 will seat 291 passengers in three classes: 26 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Class and 244 in Economy Class. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines to be operated on Japan flights.

According to Didier Tappero, Aircalin CEO, the Noumea-based carrier is updating their fleet to “reduce environmental impact” with a lower fuel burn and to “reduce operating costs.” It will also will impulse their strategy on Asia Pacific territory.

Currently, Aircalin operates a fleet of two Airbus A320 and two A330-200. These aircraft have an average age of 14 years.

Upgrading Performance


“Equipped with the latest technology the [new] aircraft will drive Aircalin’s strategy forward in Asia Pacific as well as its ambition to promote the development of tourism in New Caledonia,” Tappero said.

According to Airbus, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% while the A320neo Family will provide 15% fuel savings by the time they are delivered and up to 20% by 2020.

John Leahy, COO-Customers Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said its a pleasure for the manufacturer Aircalin considered these aircraft to modernize its fleet.

The A330-900 is waiting for its maiden flight and Airbus expects to make the first delivery on mid-2018 to the launch customer TAP Portugal. The aircraft already received 240 orders from different airlines and lessors.

Also, the A320neo Family, according to the European manufacturer, has 5,200 orders from 95 customers since its launch in 2010.

Destinations


Aircalin currently flies to 19 destinations in Australia, New Zealand, the French Polynesia, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Asia, Europe and North America:

AUSTRALIA
Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

FIDJI
Nadi

NEW CALEDONIA
Noumea

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland

FRENCH POLYNESIA
Papeete

VANUATU
Port Vila

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS
Wallis Island

JAPAN
Osaka
Tokyo

FRANCE
Paris

USA
Los Angeles

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