On 24 October 2019, Air France and Aircalin renewed their partnership agreement for the next five years. The two airlines are thus asserting their commitment to offering a long-term solution for serving New Caledonia from Paris. Served daily with additional frequencies operated during peak travel periods from Nouméa, and thanks to optimized connections at Tokyo-Narita (Japan) and Osaka-Kansai (Japan) and code-shared flights, the two airlines offer the most rapid travel solution for connecting Nouméa-La Tontouta to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and the rest of Europe with Air France’s extensive network.
60,000 passengers carried each year
Since 2000, Air France and Aircalin have been developing their cooperation in an aim to offer a sustainable response to customers travelling between New Caledonia, metropolitan France and Europe. The two airlines are thus committed to providing customers with constantly improved products and service quality. For close to 20 years, some 60,000 passengers have been carried each year thanks to this partnership.
The arrival in the Aircalin fleet of two new latest-generation Airbus A330neos equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi reinforces the partners’ commercial proposal on their jointly-operated routes. Aircalin’s new Business Hibiscus travel class meets the highest industry standards. The new Premium Economy class now offers customers the possibility to travel in a dedicated cabin from Paris to Nouméa. The Economy class, whose cabin décor is inspired by the New Caledonia lagoon, is equipped with 244 seats offering even greater comfort and an upgraded in-flight entertainment system.
Multiple areas for cooperation and promoting New Caledonia as a destination
Air France and Aircalin are both members of the Flying Blue frequent flyer programme. They also cooperate in the field of air cargo transport and maintenance.
Air France and Aircalin have also demonstrated their commitment to developing New Caledonia as a destination at the IFTM-international tourism industry trade fair by signing a three-party agreement with New Caledonia Tourism on 1st October 2019. Over the next twelve months, the signatories will join forces in promoting New Caledonia as a destination among their individual customers, travel agent networks and tour operators.
Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial, Sales & Alliances at Air France-KLM, stated: “Over the past 20 years, we have been developing an important partnership with Aircalin, constantly endeavouring to provide and implement an efficient air transport service and an attractive commercial offer for customers travelling between New Caledonia, metropolitan France and beyond to the rest of Europe. Today, I am very happy to renew this commitment for the next five years”.
“We welcome the renewal of this partnership agreement between our two airlines which illustrates the continued strong cooperation begun in 2000. It notably allows our respective customers to benefit from the best travel conditions in terms of in-flight comfort with the shortest flight time and a single stop-over between New Caledonia and metropolitan France.”, added Didier Tappero, CEO of Aircalin.