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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1983. FORMERLY AIR CALEDONIE INTERNATIONAL. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
8 RUE FREDERIC SURLEAU
98846 NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA
NEW CALEDONIA IS A FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORY WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF 19,058 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 0.2 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS NOUMEA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH.
JUNE 1993: TO AUCKLAND, BRISBANE, CHRISTCHURCH, NADI, FUTUNA, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, PAPEETE, PORT VILA, AND WALLIS ISLAND.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1992 = +$0.3 MILLION (+$O.7 MILLION) (NET PROFIT): +6.7% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +2.1% PASSENGERS (PAX), -4.9% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
OCTOBER 1994: DISPENSATION FROM FRENCH (DGAC) FOR 75 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS). ALSO APPLYING FOR 120 MINUTES.
159 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 45 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1994 = +$.17 MILLION (+$.02 MILLION): +1.8% (RPK) TRAFFIC, -.1% PASSENGERS (PAX), +9.8% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC, 63% LF LOAD FACTOR.
DECEMBER 1995: 1 DC-10, (AOM) (MNR) LEASED, OPERATING AT A LOSS. LOAD FACTORS WOULD HAVE BEEN PROFITABLE WITH A 767. TO TERMINATE THIS ROUTE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. 737-300 TO INCREASE UTILIZATION TO 11.5 HOURS/DAY.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = -$7 MILLION, DUE TO DC-10 (AOM) (MNR) LEASED.
OCTOBER 1996: CHANGED PAINT SCHEME, AND NAME TO "AIR CALIN" (WAS "AIR CALEDONIE INTERNATIONAL").
737 "C7" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY QANTAS (QAN).
DECEMBER 1996: POSSIBLE 767 OPERATIONS TO JAPAN, DEPENDENT ON LANDING RIGHTS.
LOOKING AT QUICK CHANGE (QC) CONVERSION OF 737-300 BY (PEMCO) (ASC).
JUNE 1997: 189 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 45 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
PLANS TO PURCHASE +2 EITHER 737-300'S, OR A319'S. 1 ORDER (DECEMBER 1997) ATR42-320. NOW HAS 3 ATR42'S & 2 DORNIER 228'S.
NOVEMBER 1997: 2 DORNIER 228-212'S SOLD TO GUARD AIR.
DECEMBER 1997: ATR42-320 (403) DELIVERY (PW121).
APRIL 1998: 199 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 29 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 37 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
737-376 (24298), (QAN) LEASED, WHILE OTHER 737 IN MAINTENANCE CHECK.
SEPTEMBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$1.76 MILLION.
APRIL 1999: 170 EMPLOYEE (INCLUDING 45 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
1998 = +$468,000 (+$1.17 MILLION).
1 ORDER A330 FOR SERVICES TO JAPAN.
JANUARY 2000: IN APRIL 2000, TO OSAKA (A310, 2X-WEEKLY).
1 A310-300 (PW4000) (672), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), AIRBUS 36 MONTH LEASED, FROM MARCH 2000.
MARCH 2000: TO AUCKLAND, OSAKA, PAPEETE, AND SYDNEY (A310).
A310 HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO AIR FRANCE INDUSTRIES (AFA).
737-376 (24298, VH-TJD), QANTAS (QAN) SHORT-TERM LEASE, WHILE OTHER 737 IN FOR HEAVY MAINTENANCE.
APRIL 2000: 168 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 15 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 29 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 13 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
OPERATES 10 SCHEDULED REGIONAL ROUTES + CHARTER FLIGHTS.
JULY 2000: 1999 = +$185,000 (-$129,000): 49 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+4.1%); 60.4% LF LOAD FACTOR; 4.4 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+5.7%); 293,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+4.6%).
DECEMBER 2000: 1ST FLIGHT, LOS ANGELES TO NOUMEA IN CODE SHARE WITH (AOM) FRENCH AIRLINE (MNR).
1 DHC-6-300 (381, VH-RPZ), SHORT-TERM LEASE.
JANUARY 2001: SCHEDULED CHARTERS, NOUMEA TO COOLANGATTA (737, A310).
1st flight between Noumea and Coolangata, Gold Coast airport, direct supplementary flights during summer school holidays.
MARCH 2001: 2000 = 48.41 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-.3%), 4.37 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-.5%), 293,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+.1%).
APRIL 2001: 168 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 15 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 29 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 13 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 2001: 1 767-31AER (25273, OE-LAT), LAUDA (LAL) WET-LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 2001: CODE SHARE WITH AIR FRANCE (AFA) TO JAPAN.
NOVEMBER 2001: ARNAUD DE-NORAY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR REPLACES LUC CEREUIL. MR DESESQUELLES ENGINEERING MANAGER REPLACES BRUNO HAGUETT.
JANUARY 2002: 2001 = -$1.53 MILLION (-$1.37): 47.78 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-1.3%); 4.31 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-1.5%); 287,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (-2%).
MARCH 2002: A code share agreement is signed between Aircalin (NCI) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) to jointly operate the Nouméa to Auckland route.
APRIL 2002: 194 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: NOUMEA - MAGENTA AIRPORT (GEA).
OWNERS: TERRITORY OF NEW CALEDONIA (83%); SOFRANA AIRLINES (6%); BCI (6%); LEROUX GROUP (1%).
December 2002: $26 million, 15-year maintenance contract to (GE) Engine Services for its (CF6-80E) engines powering its 2 A330-200'S under (GE)'s Maintenance Cost/Hour program.
2 A330-202's (507, F-OHSD; 510, F-OJSE), 26C, 245Y, deliveries for service to Sydney in January 2003. To be put in service to Osaka, Tokyo, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and Papeete.
January 2003: A310-325 (672, F-OHPX) returned to Airbus.
March 2003: To code share with Air France (AFA), Osaka/Tokyo to Noumea.
2002 = 45.94 million (RPK) traffic (-3.8%); 275,000 passengers (PAX) (-4.1%); 4.16 million (FTK) freight traffic (-3.6%).
1 order (February 2004) A320-200 (V2500-A5), 8C, 138Y. Plans to use the A320 on routes from New Caledonia to New Zealand, Australia, and other Pacific islands.
October 2003: 737-33A (24094) returned to Volito Aviation, Sweden, leased to Palau Micronesia Air (PMZ), wet-leased from Air New Zealand (ANZ) after "D" maintenance check at (ANZ).
February 2004: A320-232 (2152) delivery. 1st flight between Noumea and Sydney.
May 2005: 360 employees (including 31 Flight Crew (FC); 132 Cabin Attendants; & 40 Maintenance Technicians (MT).
November 2005: 767-35DER (SP-LPB), (LOT) Polish Airlines wet-leased while A330 is in for routine maintenance checks.
January 2006: Full year 2005 = Passenger traffic 47.26 million (RPK) (+0.6%); freight traffic 4.25 million (FTK) (+0.3%); 274,000 passengers (-0.2%).
June 2006: Air Calin (NCI) provides scheduled services to 10 regional destinations, reaching as far as Japan. Also undertakes charter flights.
Employees = 367.
(IATA) Code: SB - 063. (ICAO) Code: ACI (Callsign - AIRCALIN).
Parent organization/shareholders: Caisse d'Epargne Group (72%); Agence pour la Desserte aeriennne de Nouvelle Caledonie (27%); others (including staff) (1%).
Alliances: Air France (AFA); Air New Zealand (ANZ); & Qantas Airways (QAN).
Main Base: Noumea La Tontouta Airport (NOU).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Auckland; Brisbane; Futuna Island; Nadi; Osaka; Papeete; Port Vila; Sydney; Tokyo; & Wallis Island.
November 2006: ATR72-500 (735, F-OIPN), delivery - see photo.
July 2007: Air Calin (NCI) extended its cooperation with Aviareps beyond Canada to include Germany.
August 2011: Air Calin (NCI) as New Caledonia's international airline provides scheduled services to 10 regional destinations in Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Japan, New Zealand, Vanuatu, plus Wallis and Futuna.
Employees = 469.
(IATA) Code: SB - 63. (ICAO) Code: ACI - (Callsign - AIRCALIN).
Parent organization/shareholders: Agence pour la Desserte aerienne de Nouvelle Caledonie (99%); company staff & others (1%).
Alliances: Air Austral (AUX); Air France (AFA); Air New Zealand (ANZ); Jetstar Airways (IMU); Korean Air (KAL); and Qantas (QAN).
Main Base: Noumea La Tontouta Airport (NOU).
April 2012: Air Calin (NCI) will use an A340-300 wet-leased from Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) between September 30 and November 26 to cover for the heavy maintenance of 1 of its 2 A330-200s. It will use the airplane on its routes from Nouméa La Tontouta International airport (NOU) to Tokyo Narita New Tokyo International (NRT) and Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) airports.
December 2013: Air Calédonie (Aircalin) (NCI), New Caledonia’s international airline, has inked an agreement with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for used A320-200s. The A320-200s will support (NCI)’s efforts to meet growing demand for air travel in the region.
Deliveries are scheduled for the middle of 2014; it will be (NCI)’s 2nd A320. The A320s will be equipped with (IAE) (V2500) engines and configured for 8C business- and 150Y economy-class seats. It will operate on (NCI)’s regional network, which connects its Nouméa base in New Caledonia with Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and major South Pacific Islands, including Auckland International, Brisbane International, Nadi, Osaka Kansai, Papeete, Port Vila, Seoul Incheon, Sydney Kingford Smith, Tokyo Narita, and Wallis. Melbourne Tullamarine is 1 destination likely to be added as part of the expansion.
Aircalin (NCI) (CEO) Didier Tappero said, “We needed to integrate another airplane into our fleet in order to implement our business plan for the coming years. We are now able to launch the actions we have been working on for several months, especially in cooperation with the New Caledonia Tourism Industry and the opening of a new Aircalin (NCI) line to Melbourne.”
(NCI) currently operates 3 airplanes to 9 countries, 12 destinations, on 12 routes, and 6 daily flights.
August 2014: Aircalin (NCI) has moved ahead with plans to lease an A340-313 from Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) to cover the absence of its 2 A330-200s both of which are due in for necessary maintenance, 1 after the other.
As it currently stands, A340-313 (395, F-OJTN) has now been deployed on (NCI)'s flights from Nouméa La Tontouta to Auckland International, Osaka Kansai, Papeete, and Sydney Kingford Smith.
The arrangement is set to last until October 25 of this year.
December 2017: South Pacific carriers Air Calin (NCI) and Air Vanuatu (VAN) signed a code share agreement, connecting New Caledonia’s capital Noumea and Port Vila, with 6x-weekly flights from January 1, 2018.
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NCI-A320-200 - 2014-08
0 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (1729-24094, /89 26 12 F-ODGX), (AWW) LEASED, RETURNED TO VOLITO AVIATION, (ANZ) WET-LEASED TO (PMZ). WFU 2004-02. 127Y.
0 767-31AER (393-25273, OE-LAT), (LAL) WET-LEASED 2001-07. RETURNED.
0 767-35DER (SP-LPB), (LOT) WET-LEASED 2005-11. RETURNED.
0 DC-10-30, (MNR) LEASED, RETURNED.
0 A310-325 (PW4156) (672, /93 F-OHPX), EX-(SWS), (AFIS) LEASED 2000-03 3 YEARS, (AFA) MAINTENANCE. RETURNED 2003-01.
2 ORDERS (2014-06) A320-200 (V2500), (ILF) LEASED, 8C, 150Y:
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2152, /03 F-OJSB), LEASED 2004-01. 8C, 138Y.
2 A330-202 (CF6-80E1A4) (507, /02 F-OHSD; 510, /02 F-OJSE), (REPLACED A310), 26C, 245Y.
1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (395, /01 F-OJTN "BORA BORA"), EX-(ATW), (ILF) 7 YEAR LEASED 2002-02. (NUI) LEASED TO (NCI) 2014-08 TO 2014-10. 6F, 24C, 264Y.
2 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (381, VH-RPZ, 2008-08; 412, /74 F-OCOZ). 19Y.
CHARLES LAVOIX, CHAIRMAN.
DIDIER TAPPERO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
JEAN-MICHEL MASSON, PRESIDENT.
GERARD MIGNIER, DIRECTOR FINANCE & INFORMATION.
LUC GUIOMAR, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (NOUDTSB) (email@example.com).
PATRICK GUERIN, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
MR ROUVRAY, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER (NOUDOSB).
GILLES DESESQUELLES, ENGINEERING MANAGER (2001-11).
DIDIER TAPPERO, TRAFFIC MANAGER.