Port Vila - Air Vanuatu, the small airline of the Pacific, chose Airbus A220 to grow and modernize its fleet. The national flag carrier of the Vanuatu islands has signed a firm order with the European manufacturer for two Airbus A220-100 and two A220-300.
This is the airline's first order with Airbus, which also makes the Pacific carrier the launch customer of the A220 series in the Pacific region.
Air Vanuatu is based at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila, the capital of the country. The carrier flies mainly to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and New Caledonia in addition to 26 domestic destinations.
The company began its operations in 1987, to make the Vanuatu an attraction center for tourists. At the moment, the airline continues its operations with two ATR (one ATR 72-500, one ATR 72-600), one Boeing 737-800, and three twin otter.
Air Vanuatu Twin Otter
We are proud to be the launch airline in the South Pacific of the best-in-class Airbus A220. These aircraft will be deployed to operate on our current domestic and international routes, including our newly announced non-stop Melbourne-Vanuatu service, and will bolster plans to expand our network in the South Pacific, said Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Derek Nice.
By ordering the A220 Air Vanuatu is making a significant investment in advanced technology and superior passenger comfort, while demonstrating its respect for fuel efficiency and the environment. Air Vanuatu’s decision to place the Airbus A220 at the center of its expansion plans will surely keep it one step ahead of the competition, said Christian Scherer, the Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus.
The longer flight range of the A220s along with its superior fuel efficiency will allow the airline to add new routes to its existing network in the Pacific region and contribute to Vanuatu’s economic development.
Although the A220 series aircraft have so far accumulated 530 orders from the customers, the aircraft is not a profit maker for Airbus yet.