Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu welcomes new flight attendants

All 13 are graduates of Air Vanuatu’s first Flight Attendant Class of 2019. “These new flight attendants really are the best of the best,” says Beverly Alvos, the airline’s Manager of Cabin Services. “It was difficult for us,” she says. “With over 300 applications, we had so many highly qualified candidates to select from.”

The rigorous selection process included panel interviews, exams and background and reference checks. Then training was conducted in the classroom and on aircraft, both in Port Vila and in Brisbane in Australia.

Air Vanuatu begins Port Vila-Melbourne flight

The inaugural service, operated by Boeing 737-800 YJ-AV8, touched down at Tullamarine a little after 2000 local time on Wednesday, some four and a half hours after taking off from Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport as NF8.

The aircraft was on the ground overnight before taking off as the reciprocal NF7 bound for Port Vila a little before 0730 on Thursday.

Air Vanuatu adds extra ATR services to Espiritu-Santo

The additional services include an extra flight on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays with a total of three flights a day.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays remain at two daily flights.

With the extra services from Australia and New-Zealand, the additional flights on selected days will allow seamless international connections as well as offering more flexibility to our business and leisure travelers.

 

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Air Vanuatu ID card grace period ends this month

The airline introduced the policy in February but gave a six month grace period to passengers in the outer islands while the government's National ID Card programme was being rolled out.

Air Vanuatu's communications manager, Paul Pio, said he was confident most passengers would have some form of photo ID from next month.

They could use the National ID Card, the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) card, a passport, school ID or a company card, Mr Pio said.

Air Vanuatu signs MOU with Department of Labor and Employment Services

The MOU lays the groundwork for a close and productive working relationship between Vanuatu’s national airline and the office of the government’s Commissioner of Labor and employment services. It provides for proactive consultation and communication on a wide range of employment issues, including interpretation and application of employment law and labor policies, staff development and succession planning, and compliance with the work permit under the (Amendment) Act of 2018.

Air Vanuatu announces ambitious growth plans

The airline's chief executive Derek Nice said it will allow the airline to achieve the country's tourism growth targets.

Mr Nice said the new aircraft will complement the existing fleet and mean more tourists for the country through new international destinations and boosted airline schedules.

"We've announced today, February 26, that we are moving ahead with the purchase of four Airbus A220 aircraft with options for another four."

Airbus list prices put the value of the order at US$690 million.

     

Vanuatu Civil Status Office explains airline ID process

Civil Status Officer-in-Charge, Moses Banga said, ‘immediately after the Air Vanuatu's announcement people have been turning up in huge numbers to process there National ID's and a lot of people are frustrated but do not realize they have become victim to misinformation.’

Mr Banga made the comments as dozens of people converged at the Ministry of Internal Affairs hoping to produce national ID cards.

About three months ago, Air Vanuatu announced its new ID requirements in the hope that it would combat the high number of fraudulent practices with customers.

Air Vanuatu launches non-stop flights between Melbourne and Port Vila

Commencing 17 June 201, the new flight will be the only direct service between the two cities, expanding the airline’s offering in Australia and providing greater access to Vanuatu.

With tickets now available to book, Air Vanuatu will operate three direct flights per week from Melbourne with onward connections to 28 destination across Vanuatu.

Derek Nice, Air Vanuatu’s Managing Director and CEO said he is thrilled to be launching the only direct service between Melbourne and Vanuatu.

Mandatory ID checks on Air Vanuatu domestic flights from 1 Feb

The new policy will initially be rolled out on flights from Port Vila, Santo and Tanna.

The rest of the domestic ports will implement the new check-in requirement from 1 May 2019.

The airline has introduced the new check-in requirement because of a number of fraudulent identity practices in the past.

Air Vanuatu announced its new policy in October last year so that passengers would have sufficient time to arrange identification.

Air Vanuatu tests Grand Caravan EX aircraft

The Textron Aviation manufactured Grand Caravan EX is a novel improved, newly-advanced and efficient aeroplane which outperforms all other single-engine utility turboprops currently operating in Vanuatu, no matter the conditions or the mission.