New Caledonia’s public airline will have to buy new aircraft

On the occasion of the reception of its second Airbus A320neo at Nouméa’s La Tontouta airport on Tuesday December 26, New Caledonian airline Aircalin announced its intention to launch a route with a stopover between New Caledonia and Paris in 2026.
“We’ve been working on the subject for several months, and today we have some certainty about the possibility of opening this route, as early as 2026. We also have some certainty about the possibility of adjusting the fleet, because with our current A330neo aircraft, we can’t do it. So we’ll have to readjust our long-haul aircraft to be able to fly to Paris, and that’s why we’re currently working with Airbus and other aircraft manufacturers to come up with offers that will enable us to do so,” declared Managing Director Georges Selefen in an interview with Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes (LNC).
To operate this Nouméa-Paris route, Aircalin is studying the possibility of acquiring a new long-haul aircraft, either a Boeing 787 or an Airbus A350. The route will be operated twice weekly, with a stopover in Singapore or Bangkok.