A brief history of AirCalin
AirCalin is a French airline that's part of the international airline of New Caledonia. As well as flights operating from La Tontouta International Airport, the airline operates scheduled flights to destinations in Asia and Oceania, including Japan. Boasting more than 100 destinations worldwide, the airline offers the freedom to travel where you want, when you want. The wide range of holiday flight packages on offer are ideal for exploring New Caledonia's culture and for and having an unforgettable holiday experience. With the combination of great value tickets, a huge choice of destinations and a high-quality in-flight experience, the airline offers a well-rounded air travel package for every passenger.
The airline was established in 1983 as Air Caledonie, and has been known as AirCalin since 1997. The airline's main base is La Tontouta International Airport and is headquarted in Noumea. In December 1983, the airline commenced with the operation of its first commercial flight between Melbourne and Noumea with a Boeing 747 in association with Qantas. In the following years, the airline's network expanded rapidly with the addition of regional destinations including Brisbane and Port Vila in 1984, Sydney in 1986 and Auckland in 1987. In 1990, the airline resumed the Noumea to Melbourne service that became known as le Caledonian Express. In 1996, the airline re-branded to its current name and throughout the 2000s, it expanded by taking on new aircraft and adding flights to Seoul in 2008. In 2015, the airline started a codeshare partnership with Air Tahiti Nui.
Flying with AirCalin
The airline offers two classes, Economy Class and Hibiscus Class (Business Class). Economy Class has been designed with the needs of passengers in mind, offering a comfortable and pleasant space to enjoy the flight. Comfort features in Economy Class include footrests, retractable armrests, headphones and plug-in USB and Apple-compatible ports. Passengers can look at the in-flight shop and place orders with the cabin crew, as well as read a selection of both national and international press. Hibiscus Class is the airline's Business Class, offering passengers the best in-flight experience and luxurious comfort with a personalised, high-quality service. All in-flight facilities are designed with just one aim in mind: the well-being and comfort of passengers. Benefits of Hibiscus Class include wide, reclinable seats, HD screens for multimedia entertainment, a wide range of national and international press, USB and Apple-compatible ports, noise-cancelling headphones, in-flight telephone and a choice of a full meal or a light meal from the EXPRESS menu. The airline has a flyer loyalty programme called Flying Blue, allowing you to earn advantages and privileges including 'Award Tickets' to your favourite destinations.
Practical Information for AirCalin
Check-in: Passengers may check-in prior to their flight at airport kiosks or online on the website up to 30 hours prior to departure.
Checked baggage: Economy Class: 1 or 2 baggage items of 23 kg in total
Hibiscus Class: 2 baggage items of 23 kg in total (Noumea to Port Vila) or 2 baggage items of 32 kg in total (Noumea to France)
Passengers are entitled to one supplementary baggage item of 23 kg per passenger for certain sports equipment including scuba equipment, golf equipment, etc.
For more information on baggage rules see here: