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It’s an easy, seamless check in and a very friendly French welcome on board this brand new A330neo . The crew are wearing my favourite colour and I am looking forward to experiencing Aircalin’s brand new premium economy class.



I am immediately impressed with the colour, comfort and classiness of the Premium Economy cabin. There are only three rows 2-3-2 configuration and it instantly feels peaceful and relaxing.


The seat has a pitch of up to 37.8 inches (96cm seat) with an 18.1-degree recline, a 33cm high-definition touchscreen, with a great range of movies and TV shows. I eagerly note the abundance of French content as I’m a bit a franco-film-phile! There is USB charging and PC power as well as WiFi connectivity. A comfy pillow, blanket and a bottle of water are also provided.


The A330neo offers enhanced performance with greatly improved aerodynamics powered by new generation Trent 7000 Rolls Royce engines that provide a quieter propulsion system with improved fuel economy, which explains why it’s so quiet. I forgot to use my noise cancelling headphones!



Take off is 40 minutes late but I’m in no hurry so c’est la vie. A glass of French champagne and all is forgiven!


A delicious duck salad followed by a tasty coq au vin and a naughty cheesecake is washed down by a Nicholas Feuillate champagne and I’m ready to recline and enjoy my generous seat pitch.



A very engaging French courtroom drama helps to pass the time on this very comfortable flight away.


I’m not quite sure how we did it (must be something to do with the Rolls Royce engines) but we managed to land only 20 minutes late.


Loo note: The toilets on board are particularly pristine and filled with fabulous French amenities!

C’est magnifique.



If my stay in New Caledonia is as pleasant as the flight here this will be a great weekend.


Read all about it in the November issue of Traveltalk magazine.



Departure from Sydney

Arrival into Noumea

Seat: 11H

Class: Premium Economy

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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 14 October 2019

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