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About AirCalin

Aircalin, also known as Societe Aircalin, is a French airline and the international airline of New Caledonia. The airline was founded in 1983. Aircalin operates domestic services in Wallis and Futuna and twelve destinations in Oceania and Asia. Aircalin has its main base at La Tontouta International Airport.
 
 
Aircalin has codeshare agreements including Air France, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui in order to connect New Caledonia to over 100 destinations. The airline's key missions are facilitating travel abroad for New Caledonian passengers and developing visitor traffic to expand the tourism industry. 
 

 

 

Air Calin Baggage

blue suitcases luggage icon   Aircalin passengers that travel on Economy Class can have a total of 23 kg of baggage at no extra charge and on Hibiscus Class a total of 30 kg of baggage. Depending on AirCalin's destination and airline partners, travellers have to check restrictions and policies with Aircalin. Passengers that choose to fly with Aircalin can book Aircalin flight tickets on Economy and Hibiscus Class and check on-line or at the airport. 
     
boarding pass icon   Key moments that attach importance to Aircalin's brand name and history include the award of IOSA certificate in 2007 and launch of Flying Blue Loyalty Programme for Aircalin travellers. In 2000, Aircalin inaugurated the first Nouméa-Osaka flight operated by A310 and currently the scheduled carrier offers 10 daily flights to 12 destinations on its route network. In 2014, Aircalin opened the Melbourne route with delivery of new fleet. Aircalin has strong values as an airline with commitment to offer operational safety and excellence to all Aircalin passengers.
     
icon with blue aircraft knife fork and aircraft plate on white background   Aircalin offers onboard entertainment, meals and in-flight shop.
 
 
 

 

News

21st February 2018

Founder of AirCalin attempts to set up new airline

Four months ago, Bill Ravel, a New Caledonia-based businessman lodged an application to set up a new airline, called Islands, to compete against Air Tahiti. The new company has told Tahiti-infos that it has received no official reply and now wants the court to formalise the apparent rejection. It also said that there was no legal obstacle to be issued a license. Mr Ravel, who founded Air Calin and Air Vanuatu, wants to use Embraer aircraft to fly to the territory's five archipelagos, undercutting Air Tahiti's fares by 15 to 20 percent. He also said the plan was also to fly to the Cook Islands twice a week and to Samoa three times a week. Last year, transport minister Luc Faatau said he feared the new airline would only fly to the most lucrative destinations, such as Bora Bora. He said additional taxes may then have to be levied to sustain unprofitable flights operated by Air Tahiti to many of the 40 smaller islands.

 

16th February 2018

Air Loyauté flights may be distrupted as cyclone ventures nearer

Cyclone Gita has caused a maximum lecel 2 alert in parts of New Caledonia. This means the islands' residents have to stay indoors until the alert is lifted. Mr Diver said people were remaining vigilant and in Noumea the strongest impact of the cyclone was expected to be felt this evening. Noumea is where the airport hub for Air Loyauté is situated. This has caused Air Loyaute, which flies to the Loyalty Islands to cancel today's flights. Air Caledonie put on additional flights to transport passengers from the Isle of Pines, where the airport is now closed, while Noumea's Magenta Airport remains closed.

 

"We do expect some storm surges in this. And since it's a category three system it's also a hurricane," Mr Prasad said. "It's a category three system that is heading towards them, and we are expecting damages to infrastructure too." Mr Prasad said on its current track the cyclone was likely to impact New Caledonia for the next 30 to 48 hours.

 

6th February 2018

Aircalin selects Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan Engines for Airbus A320neo Order

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. and Aircalin, the flag carrier airline of New Caledonia, today announced the selection of the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine to power the airline's commitment for two Airbus A320neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020. "We are happy to select the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power our Airbus A320neo aircraft," said Didier Tappero, chief executive officer at Aircalin. "This engine was the clear choice in terms of fuel efficiency and Pratt & Whitney service and support. We're looking forward to serving our passengers with this incredibly quiet aircraft."

 

Aircalin currently operates two Bombardier DHC-6-300 aircraft with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines, as well as Airbus A320 aircraft with V2500 engines by IAE International Aero Engines AG, a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt & Whitney; Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH; Japanese Aero Engines Corporation; and MTU Aero Engines GmbH.

 

"Pratt & Whitney was proud to power Aircalin's early flights with the PW4000-powered Airbus A310 aircraft," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. "We're pleased that they have selected the GTF engine, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come. Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.

 

8th January 2018

Aircalin to grow capacity as fleet is renewed, driving tourism growth for New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s Aircalin is preparing to renew its entire jet fleet following orders for two A330-900neos and two A320neos. The small Pacific island airline will use the new generation aircraft to improve its product and expand capacity across its network.

Aircalin’s capacity should increase by at least 12%, and potentially up to 20%, over the next few years, providing an opportunity for growth in New Caledonia’s tourism industry. Visitor numbers to the French territory have grown by only 12% over the past decade.

Aircalin could pursue expansion in Australia, which has emerged as the fastest growing and second largest source market for New Caledonia (after France). The airline may also use the new fleet of A330-900s to launch services to China. The Chinese have not yet discovered New Caledonia as a tourist destination, but there is huge potential if the right partnerships and marketing programmes are implemented.

 


 

 

 

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Air Calin Route Map

 

 

 

 Popular Routes

 

Noumea  dark grey plane icon  Osaka

 

Sydney  dark grey plane icon  Noumea

 

Noumea  dark grey plane icon  Melbourne

 

Noumea  dark grey plane icon  Wallis

 

Papeete  dark grey plane icon  Noumea

 

Noumea  dark grey plane icon  Brisbane 

 
 
 
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La Tontouta International Airport

HUB Airport

 

La Tontouta International Airport is the main international airport on New Caledonia. The airport is in the municipality of Paita, Noumea. The airlines which fly to and from La Tontouta International Airport include Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin and Qantas. The airport has one runaway to handle these airlines. 

 

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