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Nouméa, New Caledonia - The New Caledonian flag carrier Aircalin is expecting an 80% drop in its revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline presented a backup and recovery plan including route cuts and a 20% reduction in the employee payrolls.

The plan includes the voluntary departure of 480 employees. On the network side, the savings will come from the elimination of Melbourne-Tullamarine and Osaka-Kansai routes.

The French carrier will take delivery of two Airbus A320neo next year as it was previously planned. Two A330-900 on order already joined the airline's fleet.

Aircalin estimates that losses related to the coronavirus crisis to be around 6.7 million euros (USD7,2 million) per month. Four of seven aircraft in the fleet will stay in the ground until further notice.

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