New Caledonian carrier Aircalin has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus A330-900 at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France
The second aircraft will join the fleet later in 2019, replacing its existing two A330s.
Aircalin is also a customer for the A320neo and will replace its existing two A320s to become an operator of two A330-900s and two A320neos.
Aircalin’s A330neos are configured in a three-class layout with 291 seats, or 25 more seats than its existing smaller A330-200s.
The A330neos will boost capacity and non-stop connectivity between the French Pacific Island territory and markets in Japan, Australia and the Pacific Islands nations, cutting fuel burn by 25 per cent per seat.