With AirCalin phasing in its new Airbus A330-900neos, we found out this week when AirCalin will schedule its last Airbus A330-200 service. According to Routes Online, this will take place in a little over a month, on September 28th. The flight will be from Noumea (NOU) to Papeete (PPT).
The final routes
The final trip made on an AirCalin A330-200 will be the following:
- Flight SB600 from Noumea (NOU) will depart at 1035 and arrive at Papeete (PPT) at 1855.
- Flight SB601 will then make the return journey, departing Papeete at 0725 and arriving at Noumea at 1100.
Routes Online also reports the dates for when the last A330-200 will be seen on other flights out of Noumea:
- Brisbane – September 15th
- Melbourne September 9th
- Osaka Kansai – September 26th
- Sydney – September 27th
- Tokyo Narita – September 11th
However, as with all airlines, types of aircraft on routes and their schedules are subject to change.
Out with the old, in with the new
According to AirFleets, AirCalin has two A330-200s. Their registrations are F-OHSD and F-OJSE. Both aircraft were delivered to the airline just days apart from each other at the end of 2002. Both planes are 16.7 years old and it is currently unknown where they will go from here.
Aircalin received the first of two A330-900s from Airbus just last month. The new aircraft have registrations F-ONEO and F-ONET. F-ONEO has already commenced flights. Its first was between La Tontouta and Tokyo Narita on August 10th. The second A330neo, F-ONET, is expected to arrive this September and will also fly long-haul services to Asia and Australia.
The A330neo will provide 21 seats in Business Hibiscus Class, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. There are 26 seats in Premium Economy Class in a 2-3-2 configuration, and lastly 244 seats in Economy Class in a 2-4-2 setup.
The airline will continue to modernize its fleet as it expects to take delivery of its new Airbus A320neos sometime next year.
AirCalin is the ‘flag carrier’ of New Caledonia – a territory of France found in the South Pacific. According to Wikipedia, the airline has been operating since 1983 and is 99% owned by the Government of New Caledonia.
The airline is a member of the Flying Blue loyalty, joining the ranks of KLM, Air France and more.
AirCalin also has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Air Vanuatu
- Korean Air
- Air New Zealand
- Air France
This might just be my subjective opinion here, but the A330-200 doesn’t seem nearly as iconic as an aging Boeing 747 or Airbus A340 – especially when its replacement is an updated variant of the same plane. Will you be at all sad to see this plane leave the fleet?
We reached out to AirCalin for comment but haven’t heard anything back at the time of publishing this article. We’ll make an update if we receive anything.