Having spent the summer of 2019/2020 in Melbourne I decided to get away for a few days and head to New Caledonia. Air Calin operate their A330-900neo on their Sydney to Noumea route a few days a week, so I booked a one-way ticket from Melbourne via Sydney in order to experience the new aircraft. However, a last-minute aircraft change meant that I would be travelling on their A320 instead.The airline offers a range of pre-order upgrade meals which launched recently, however as hard as I tried I could not book this meal, as I had booked a Qantas codeshare flight. I’d have to make do with the standard inflight offer.The A320 offers proper business class seats, and I managed to take a picture as I was boarding. The cabin feels relaxing, as though you’re already on holiday. The pillows offered are probably one of the best inflight pillows I’ve experienced in economy class. They’re ergonomic and hug your body in ways that normal economy class pillows don’t.On the ground, before take-off, the cabin crew offered French newspapers, as I’m not a Francophone I declined their offer.Ten minutes after take-off kids packs were distributed, and within 30 minutes the inflight service commenced.The cabin crew worked from the front of the cabin and rear, meeting in the middle. One crew member worked alone in the forward section of economy class, while two crew members worked the cart at the rear. An additional crew member worked in the galley and assisted the crew as required.1hr and 5 mins after takeoff I received my meal, I observed the service and it seemed slow and disjointed for some reason.There was no interaction with me about the meal, instead the crew member just placed the meal tray down without even looking. Later she asked if I wanted anything to drink. There was a slight language barrier, it was difficult for her to understand me and vice versa.The meal itself was a chicken thigh with sweet potato and vegetables. It was quite good, though I enjoyed the vegetables and sweet potato more than the chicken. The meal also included some pre-packaged cheese, an apple cake and a bread roll.I queried the crew member about further details of the meal during the collection stage, I wanted to know what the delicious brown sauce was. She just replied with ”We don’t get details like that”, I was slightly amused at how she handled the question, perhaps she could have handled it better.During the collection stage coffee, tea, water and Beehive Whiskey were on offer.It took the crew 1.45 mins to complete the meal service. During the descent, a basket of sweets was handed out and that concluded the inflight service.I can’t say it was a stellar customer experience inflight, and a choice of meals would have been welcomed. I expected French wines and products to feature heavily in their inflight service but sadly this was lacking. I have since found out that on flights ex Noumea the product offering and meals are slightly better than those flights coming from outstations.