Air Caledonie International has ordered two Airbus A330-200s after securing tax incentives from the French Government.

Marketing manager Michael Regi says a firm order was placed for two General Electric CF6-powered A330-200s in early August, after the government agreed to the long-sought-after tax breaks. The aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2003.

One A330 will replace an Airbus A310-300 leased from the manufacturer and used for long-haul services between Noumea and Osaka in Japan, while the other will fly between Noumea and Japanese capital Tokyo. Air France currently bases an Airbus A340 in Noumea to serve Tokyo but Regi says Aircalin will take over the route early in 2003.

Source: Flight International