Air Vanuatu

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Air Vanuatu
Air Vanuatu logo new.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
NFAVNAIR VAN
Founded1981
Hubs Bauerfield International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Qantas Frequent Flyer
Fleet size6
Destinations37
HeadquartersAir Vanuatu House
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Key peopleAtu Finau (CEO), Francois Lategan (GMFO), Andrew Carew (TSM)
Website www.airvanuatu.com
Air Vanuatu ATR 72 Air Vanuatu (YJ-AV72) ATR 72-500 at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila.jpg
Air Vanuatu ATR 72

Air Vanuatu is an airline with its head office in the Air Vanuatu House, Port Vila, Vanuatu. [1] It is Vanuatu's national flag carrier, operating to Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and points in the South Pacific. Its main base is Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila. [2]

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History

Boeing 737-800 YJ-AV1, Air Vanuatu's former flagship, at Auckland Airport in 2008 Another view of Air Vanuatu's 737-800 YJ-AV1, Auckland, April 2008.jpg
Boeing 737-800 YJ-AV1, Air Vanuatu's former flagship, at Auckland Airport in 2008
Air Vanuatu Harbin Y-12 Air Vanuatu (YJ-AV5) Harbin Y-12 IV at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila.jpg
Air Vanuatu Harbin Y-12

Air Vanuatu was established in early 1981 after Vanuatu gained independence from the United Kingdom and France the previous year. The assistance of Ansett Airlines was sought and a five-year agreement put in place for Ansett to provide aircraft and operating staff. [3] Ansett also took a 40% stake in the new airline, the government of Vanuatu holding the other 60%. [4] The first Air Vanuatu flight, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 owned and operated by Ansett, departed Sydney for Port Vila on 5 September 1981. [3] In May 1982 a Boeing 737-200 of Polynesian Airlines replaced the DC-9; this was replaced in turn by an Ansett 737-200 in October 1985. [5] In March 1986 the agreement with Ansett expired and was not renewed, this had the effect of grounding the airline. [3]

In 1987 the company was re-established with 100% ownership by the government of Vanuatu, [6] after a new commercial agreement was signed with Australian Airlines; weekly Sydney – Port Vila flights re-commenced on 19 December using a Boeing 727-200 chartered from Australian. [3] Air Vanuatu subsequently bought the aircraft in 1989 and leased it back to Australian for use on that airline's network on days that it was not used by Air Vanuatu. [7] In November 1992 the 727 was replaced by a Boeing 737-400 leased from Australian Airlines. [7] The following year an Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante was also leased from Australian, entering service that April to operate flights between Port Vila and Nouméa. [7] The leases on both aircraft continued after Australian was taken over by Qantas in October 1993, with the commercial agreement being rolled-over to Qantas as well. [7] Qantas is deeply involved in the airline's operations to this day; Air Vanuatu uses Qantas Frequent Flyer program, Qantas codeshares on Air Vanuatu's flights from Australia, and provides maintenance and pilot training services as well.

Air Vanuatu terminated the lease on the Qantas Boeing 737-400 after it took delivery of its own Boeing 737-300 in April 1997. [8] The same month Bandeirante services ceased when a Saab 2000 entered service. [8] The lease on the Saab 2000 was terminated in March 1999 and in June that year Air Vanuatu commenced using a de Havilland Canada Dash 8 of Vanuatu's government-owned domestic carrier Vanair on weekly services to Nouméa. [9] In April 2001 Air Vanuatu merged with Vanair, however the merger was reversed only five months later. [10] [11] In November 2003 an ATR 42 entered service for use on domestic routes in competition with Vanair. [12] In September 2004, Air Vanuatu again merged with Vanair. [2]

In January 2008 Air Vanuatu replaced its Boeing 737-300 with a new Boeing 737-800. [13] Three Harbin Y-12s were added to the fleet in early 2009 and in October the same year the airline took delivery of a new ATR 72–500 aircraft to replace its ATR 42. [14] Four days after the ATR 72 arrived at Port Vila the Board of Air Vanuatu was sacked and replaced by Directors General of various Vanuatu government ministries. [15] The ATR 72 made its first revenue flight for Air Vanuatu on 8 November 2009. [16] A second ATR 72–500 was delivered to the airline in November 2014. [17] In 2016 the Harbin Y-12s were phased out and replaced by de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. [18]

In July 2020, Air Vanuatu announced a major set of changes for the airline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the reshuffling of Orders and the shrinking and localization of the management team. During this, the CEO Derek Nice has stepped down, being temporarily replaced by Joseph Laloyer. Until a replacement can be found. This includes delaying the delivery of the 4 A220 Family aircraft they had on order. And a strategic review of their network. [19]

Destinations

Domestic

As of November 2009 Air Vanuatu operates 28 domestic routes throughout the country. [20]

Malampa
Penama
Shefa
Tafea
Torba
Air Vanuatu ATR 42 aircraft (now retired) at Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila. ATR 42 at Port Vila - Vanuatu.jpg
Air Vanuatu ATR 42 aircraft (now retired) at Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila.

International Charter Flights

Air Vanuatu Charter As of September 2020 Air Vanuatu commenced International Charter Flights to / from the following international destinations specialising in seasonal worker, company, diplomatic and freight charters throughout the Pacific Islands, South West Pacfic, South East Asia, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. #airvanuatucharter :[ citation needed ]

CountryCityAirportNotesRef
AustraliaBrisbane Brisbane Airport
AustraliaPerth Perth Airport
AustraliaSydney Sydney Airport
AustraliaDarwin Darwin Airport
AustraliaHobart Hobart Airport
AustraliaAdelaide Adelaide Airport
AustraliaCairns Cairns Airport
AustraliaNewcastle Newcastle Airport
AustraliaMelbourne Melbourne Airport
New ZealandAuckland Auckland Airport
New ZealandChristchurch Christchurch Airport
FijiNadi Nadi International Airport
TongaNukuʻalofa Fuaʻamotu International Airport
SamoaApia Faleolo International Airport
TuvaluFunafuti Funafuti International Airport
KiribatiTarawa Bonriki International Airport
KiribatiKiritimati Cassidy International Airport
Solomon IslandsHoniara Honiara International Airport
Papua New GuineaPort Moresby Jacksons International Airport
New Caledonia, FranceNouméa La Tontouta International Airport
VanuatuLuganville Santo-Pekoa International Airport
VanuatuPort Vila Bauerfield International Airport
ChinaSanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport

International Scheduled

Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-300 at Sydney Airport. This aircraft left the fleet in 2008. Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-300 SYD Monty-1.jpg
Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-300 at Sydney Airport. This aircraft left the fleet in 2008.

As of March 2019 Air Vanuatu operates to the following international destinations:[ citation needed ]

CountryCityAirportNotesRef
AustraliaBrisbane Brisbane Airport [21]
AustraliaMelbourne Melbourne Airport [21]
AustraliaSydney Sydney Airport [21]
FijiNadi Nadi International Airport
FijiSuva Nausori International Airport
New Caledonia, FranceNouméa La Tontouta International Airport
New ZealandAuckland Auckland Airport
VanuatuLuganville Santo-Pekoa International Airport
VanuatuPort Vila Bauerfield International Airport

Codeshare agreements

Air Vanuatu has codeshare agreements with the following airlines: [22]

Fleet

As of June 2020, the Air Vanuatu fleet consists of the following aircraft: [23]

AircraftIn serviceOrdersPassengersNotes
JYTotal
Airbus A220-100 28100108 [24] [25]
Airbus A220-300 28125133 [24] Deliveries from 2021
ATR 72-600 17070
Boeing 737-800 18162170
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander 199
de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 31919
Total64

Incidents and accidents

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