Air Calédonie, the domestic airline of New Caledonia has just had a new ATR 72-600 delivered, this time sporting a brand new livery. You may not have heard of the South Pacific carrier, but its existed for over 60 years.
Air Calédonie and ATR actually started a long-term partnership in 1986, when the first ATR 42 began operations to develop inter-island services. Today, 30 years later, with the entry into service of the latest generation ATR 72-600 turboprops, the airline will complete and gradually replace the existing ATR fleet, increasing the passenger capacity while offering the highest level of comfort to its customers.
The new ATR 72-600 with its traditionally inspired artwork, is planned to fly its first commercial service on December 7th, departing from Magenta Airport to Koné Airport in New Caledonia, then to conduct on average 26 return flights per week.
The new livery, shot by ATR’s photographer Pierre Barthe showcases traditional detailing, and is yet another regionally inspired livery gracing the Pacific Rim. We love any airline that brings both colour and original designs to the sky, and for a small carrier, with only 440,000 passengers per annum, it still packs a punch in the crowded skies.