Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu suspends domestic passenger services

The decision was made following direct instruction received from Director Abraham Nasak at the National Disaster Management, earlier today.

Honorable Minister Bruno Lengkon, responsible for the National Disaster Management Office, made the official request to Air Vanuatu, providing the following guidance:

Air Vanuatu buys 2 new Airbus jets

The two A220s, which are set to join the fleet in June for the first aircraft and October for the second, will mean more capacity both domestically and internationally.

Air Vanuatu's chief executive Derek Nice told the Daily Post that the government required the airline to ensure the expansion project was self-sustainable and profitable.

In preparation, more trainee pilots are undergoing training overseas.


Air Vanuatu implements new cargo requirements

Cargo bookings must now be made 48 hours prior to departure time and complete information must be clearly provided.

Air Vanuatu’s Manager Marketing and Communications, Paul Pio says the new cargo requirements apply to all aircraft operated by Air Vanuatu.

Pio says this new policy will allow customers and the airline to have enough lead in time to book cargo space and ensure the parcels are collected by the right consignees as per the details provided by the sender.

He adds that consignees must present a photo ID prior to collecting the shipment.

Air Vanuatu emerges as a leader in gender diversity

Air Vanuatu was one of the first to step forward.

“We identified the very real need to publicly validate our commitment to gender diversity and saw the IATA challenge as an opportunity that would not only benefit women in aviation in Vanuatu, but benefit us as an airline as well,” said Chief Executive Officer Derek Nice.

“I am pleased to announce that Air Vanuatu has already surpassed IATA’s target, with 36% of our management positions being held by women. This is a significant achievement, given the average for all IATA members in the Asia Pacific region is just 7%.”

Airbus A220 visits Vanuatu

Vanuatu will be the first stop on an extensive tour of the South Pacific which will see Airbus highlight the A220’s performance across the region. The aircraft, a new Airbus A220-300, will be in the colours of A220 launch customer airBaltic.

Air Vanuatu is the launch customer in the South Pacific region for the A220, the most advanced airliner in its class, featuring new manufacturing technologies, reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions, lower operating costs and a more attractive passenger cabin.

Air Vanuatu to use first A220 to end B737 wet-lease

"The first aircraft will arrive in June 2020 and will replace a wet-leased B737. So we will not be increasing capacity but this aircraft is going to deliver us some substantial economies through cost-savings and efficiencies. The second aircraft will arrive in October of 2020. That will be our first growth aircraft and will allow us to transition from ATR to jet services on some of our regional services and also to increase frequencies," Nice explained.

Upgrade of Vanuatu runways to boost domestic travel

Air Vanuatu CEO Derek Nice says the government has identified Norsup, Lonorore and Motalava as the first runways to be upgraded and extended to accept ATR-sized regional turboprops. These airfields mainly serve local communities, although the country is pushing to eventually promote these destinations to tourists as well, Nice adds.

The country has seen a steady uptick in tourism, says Nice, who predicts the current 10 percent year-on-year growth in international arrivals to remain intact for the foreseeable future.

Air Vanuatu extends grace period on domestic ID checks

“Air Vanuatu appreciates the continuous effort made by the Government of Vanuatu in issuing a nationwide identification facility. It has tremendously assisted the airline with the implementation of its domestic ID check policy.”

“We also understand a number of financial and technical challenges are met by the issuing authority during this lengthy process and we will continue to collaborate with the Office of Civil Status.” Says Paul Pio, Air Vanuatu Marketing & Communication Manager.

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.