New Caledonia’s Aircalin to Start Flights to Singapore

Twice-weekly nonstop services are being launched in early July using a three-class Airbus A330-900 neo.

An early morning scene in New Caledonia. (Photo: Léo Lacrose/Unsplash)

For Singapore residents, it’s about to get easier to visit the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, thanks to a new route that will eliminate the need for a stopover in Brisbane or Sydney. Starting on July 1, Aircalin will run flights between Nouméa and Singapore twice a week, with departures in both directions scheduled for every Friday and Sunday. The outbound service, Flight SB700, will take off from Nouméa’s La Tontouta International Airport at 12 noon and arrive in Changi at 6 p.m. local time, taking an estimated nine hours to traverse the route. Eastbound Flight SB 701 will then leave Singapore at 8 p.m. to touch down in Nouméa at 7:35 a.m. the following morning, after eight hours and 35 minutes in the air.

Aircalin plans to deploy an Airbus A330-900 neo to Singapore. The latest addition to the Airbus and Aircalin family, the aircraft has a total capacity of 291 passengers. Customers traveling in Hibiscus Class, the New Caledonian carrier’s business-class offering, can expect 26 flatbed seats equipped with 15.6-inch high-definition screens. Further back, there are also 21 recliner seats in premium economy and 244 standard economy seats; the latter two cabin products feature individual screens measuring between 11.1 and 13.3 inches wide.

Singapore is Aircalin’s second Asian destination after Tokyo Narita, while Nouméa will become the second in the South Pacific that is served nonstop from Changi. Fiji Airways currently operates twice-weekly flights to and from Nadi.

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