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Airlines

Name: NAURU AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: NAU
Status: Operational
Region: OCEANIA
City: ANDORRA LA VELLA
Country: REPUBLIC OF NAURU
Employees 144
Web: ourairline.com.au
Email: kurt.bkindkamp@ourairline.com.au
Telephone: +61 7 3229 6455
Fax: +61 7 3229 6344
Sita: INUDGON
Background
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Click below for data links:
NAU-2005-04-UPDATE-A
NAU-2005-04-UPDATE-B
NAU-2005-04-UPDATE-C
NAU-2005-04-UPDATE-D
NAU-2005-04-UPDATE-E
NAU-2005-04-UPDATE-F
NAU-2006-02 - STRUGGLES
NAU-2006-04 - RESUMES SERVICE
NAU-2014-09 - NAURU AIRLINES REBORN

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1970. FORMERLY AIR NAURU. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
NAURU AIR CORPORATION
LEVEL 3, 99 CREEK STREET
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND QLD 4000, AUSTRALIA

THE REPUBLIC OF NAURU WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1968. IT IS AN ISLAND COVERING 21 SQ KM AND ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ANDORRA LA VELLA. THE POPULATION IS 100,000 AND THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.

JANUARY 1995: 737-2L7C (21073) TO VASP (VSP).

MAY 1995: SOLD 737-400 TO (QAN).

JUNE 1995: THE (FAA) RATES NAURU REGULATORY AUTHORITY ACCEPTABLE RE- INTERNATIONAL SAFETY OVERSIGHT.

OCTOBER 1995: 737-4L7 (26960) LEASED TO (KTI).

JULY 1996: THE PRESIDENT OF NAURU ASKS PETER ROBERTS (CEO) TO RESIGN.

DECEMBER 1996: FINALIZED AGREEMENT WITH (QAN) FOR LEASED 737-400, INCLUDING TECHNICAL SUPPORT.

APRIL 1997: (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT GIVES NAURU A CATEGORY 2 RATING, WHICH MEANS ITS REGULATORY AUTHORITY NEEDS SOME CORRECTIVE MEASURES TO MEET STANDARDS.

250 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 5 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

SEPTEMBER 1997: OPERATING 1 737-400 IN SOUTH PACIFIC TO CITIES AS DISTANT AS MELBOURNE, AND MANILA. 1 737-4L7 (26960) SHORT-TERM LEASED TO FLIGHT WEST.

60 120 MINUTES 737 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH.

JANUARY 1998: PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) SEIZES ITS 737-400, SINCE (NAU) OWED $1 MILLION.

MARCH 1998: REX BANKS, (CEO); & MICHAEL AMIES, MAINTENANCE MANAGER; BOTH RESIGNED.

JANUARY 1999: OWEN COUGHLAN, (CEO).

APRIL 1999: 250 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 5 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)). SITA: INUOEON.

(http://www.airnauru.com.au).

APRIL 2000: 140 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 15 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 35 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 6 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(write2us@airnauru.com.au).

SCHEDULED SERVICES TO BRISBANE, GUAM MANILA, MELBOURNE, NADI, POHNPEI, AND TARAWA.

DECEMBER 2000: DAVID NISBETT, ENGINEERING MANAGER REPLACES WILLIAM CAIN.

FEBRUARY 2001: CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF AUSTRALIA SUSPENDS (NAU) AIR OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC) FOR FAILING TO MAINTAIN A SOUND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE, AND THE AIRPORT IS BELOW AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD FOR HIGH CAPACITY, REGULAR, PUBLIC TRANSPORT. LATER, RESUMES OPERATIONS AFTER ADDRESSING DEFICIENCIES.

MAY 2001: KEN MCDONALD, CHAIRMAN & (CEO), REPLACES FELIX KUN, AND OWEN COUGHLIN. TIM GILFILLAN, GENERAL MANAGER AIRLINE OPERATIONS.

September 2002: Attempting to resume service to Brisbane, Fiji, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands (737).

140 employees.

March 2003: Could be grounded shortly, as it is unable to make the lease payments for its 737-4L7.

April 2003: 140 employees.

SITA: MELRRON.

737-376 (24437), Qantas (QAN) wet-leased til June 2003.

April 2004: Geoffrey Bowmaker, ex-Qantas (QAN), Air Pacific (APC); & Royal Tongan (FRS).

June 2004: In July 2004, Brisbane - Honiara - Nauru - Majuro - Kiribati - Nadi (weekly).

December 2004: 140 employees.

(http://www.pacificislands.com/airlines/nauru/html).

December 2005: The Australian High Court let stand a lower court ruling ordering Air Nauru (NAU) to return a 737-400 to a trustee for the Export-Import Bank of the USA. Air Nauru (NAU) stopped making payments on the airplane in 2002.

Air Nauru (NAU), the only airline providing service to the Pacific island nations of Nauru and Kiribati, was grounded last weekend when its only airplane, a 737-400 was impounded in Melbourne by the USA Export-Import Bank after the airline was unable to pay the lease. The carrier also flew to destinations in Fiji, the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands.

January 2006: The USA Export-Import Bank is seeking cash offers for the 737-400 it seized last month from Air Nauru (NAU). It was the carrier's only airplane and is being stored by Qantas (QAN) at Melbourne International Airport. The bank said neither Air Nauru (NAU) nor the government of Nauru is in negotiations to purchase the airplane, which will be sold on an "as-is, where-is" basis.

Air Nauru (NAU) has contracted Air Vanuatu (VAN), Air Pacific (APC), and Alliance Air of Australia to help maintain its schedules to and from Nauru.

March 2006: Air Nauru (NAU) which was forced to suspend its operation in December when the Exim Bank repossessed its sole 737, has apparently purchased another airplane, likely a 737, and is expecting delivery next month which will allow the airline to resume service.

June 2006: The Government of the Republic of Nauru announced the conclusion of a purchase agreement for a 737-3YO (23684, VH-INU) airplane for the nation's airline. The airplane will be delivered to Nauru on its way to Australia, where it will undergo registration and certification formalities before being commissioned for service in August 2006.

Nauru's Minister for Transport, the Honorary Dr Kieren Keke MP, said ‘This successful outcome for Nauru represents the culmination of efforts of Nauruan business entities and in particular, the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), which provided the valuable assistance to enable the purchase.'

‘This airplane will restore normality to the air transportation needs of Nauru and our neighboring island countries. It will provide the means by which our Government’s goal to expand the air service into and out of the Central Pacific area, through regional cooperation and partnership amongst willing parties, can achieved' said Dr Keke.

737-3YO (23684, VH-INU), ex-America West Airlines (AMW) delivery, bought by the Nauru Government in a transaction that was financially supported by the Government of Taiwan.

August 2006: "OUR Airline" ("OUR" standing for Oceanic United Republics) the new airline of Nauru, which replaces "Air Nauru," will launch operations on September 4th with a 737-3YO flying from Brisbane to Honiara, Nauru, Tarawa, and Majuro.

December 2008: As the national airline of Nauru, Air Nauru (NAU) or its new name "OUR Airline" (NAU) operates scheduled, international, jet airplane services to other Pacific islands and Australia. The airline also provides jet airplane services on a charter basis to Norfolk Island.

(IATA) Code: ON -123. (ICAO) Code: RON (Callsign - AIR NAURU).

SITA: MELRRON.

Parent organization/shareholders: Nauru Air (government owned) (100%).

Alliances: Solomon Airlines (SOI).

Main Base: Nauru International airport (INU).

International, Scheduled Destinations: Brisbane; Honiara; Majuro; Melbourne; Nadi; & Tarawa.

World nations currently rated Category 2 by the USA (FAA) under the agency's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program are: Bangladesh, Belize, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Kiribati, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. The (FAA) rating prevents nation's airlines being allowed to fly into the USA. They have the option to fly to the USA with an airline who is approved under Category 1.

The (FAA) states that a Category 2 rating "may involve a country lacking laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority does not meet international standards in one or more areas such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, or inspection procedures."

April 2012: OUR Airline (NAU) has started operating three weekly 737-300 services between Perth International airport (PER) and Derby Curtin airport (DCN) in cooperation with Skywest Airlines (SKD), which has taken over the route from bankrupt Air Australia (STG) and also operates two weekly services with Fokker F 100s on the route.

May 2012: Sideral Air Cargo (SID) will add a first 737-406SF (24529, PR-ADX) to its fleet shortly. The new airplane is currently being prepared for delivery at Brisbane International airport (BNE), Australia, after previous operator Our Airline (NAU) has withdrawn it from service, giving up cargo services.

December 2012: Allied Air (IATA Code: 4W, based at Lagos Murtala Muhammad airport (LOS)) (AJK) will shortly introduce its first 737F freighter to its fleet. Former Our Airline (NAU) 737-406F (24529) is currently being prepared for the Nigerian cargo carrier at Jacksonville Cecil Field airport (VQQ) in Florida. Allied (AJK) so far operates with a fleet of three 727-200F airplanes with an average age of over >26 years. Its latest fleet addition has been originally delivered to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)) in passenger configuration in 1989.

September 2014: Nauru Airlines (NAU) is pursuing the fastest growth in the company’s 18-year history, adding three airplanes during 2014. The government-owned flag carrier also recently completed a rebranding, taking back the "Nauru" name following an eight year hiatus with the more generic name Our Airline.

The rebranding and growth come as part of an increased focus on its home market. Nauru, the second least populated nation in the world after the Vatican, has a minuscule home market and no tourism.

But Nauru is receiving increased traffic as the island is used by Australia to process asylum seekers offshore. Nauru Airlines (NAU) also continues to run a niche wet lease and charter business, enabling (NAU) to be profitable despite its tiny size and isolated location. In the process, it has been able to enhance sub-regional air service links on the long, thin inter-island routes in the south and central Pacific.

Nauru first established a flag carrier back in 1996 with an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). In its heday, it operated an ambitious schedule of sixth freedom operations, linking Australia with some of the smaller islands and nations in the central Pacific under the "Air Nauru" brand.

In 2005, the airline's sole airplane was repossessed as the country (whose economy had been based on phosphate mining) went bankrupt. But the airline quickly rebounded and relaunched in 2006 with a single 737 under the new brand "Our Airline" and a new business model focusing on wet leases and charters for small South Pacific nations which had no services of their own.

A second 737 was added in 2009 after securing a three-year deal to operate an airplane between the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island on behalf of Norfolk Air, which ceased operations in 2012. Our Airlines’ fleet stayed at two airplanes until April 2014, when a third 737-300 and its first freighter was added.

(NAU) added a fourth 737-300, giving it three passenger airplanes, in August 2014 as it rebranded to Nauru Airlines (NAU). Nauru Airlines (NAU) (CEO), Geoff Bowmaker said at the August 2014 (CAPA) Australia Pacific Aviation Summit that the fleet will grow to five 737-300s by the end of 2014.

The third addition of 2014, a passenger airplane acquired from Air New Zealand (ANZ) (which is also the source of the most recent addition), is expected to be delivered in November 2014.

March 2015: News Item A-1: Solomons - Solomon Airlines ((IATA) Code: IE, based at Honiara) (SOI) is to wet-lease a 737-300 (28732, VH-ONU) from Nauru Airlines ((IATA) Code: ON, based at Nauru) (NAU), while its sole jet, an A320-200 (302, H4-BUS), undergoes scheduled annual maintenance in Manila, Philippines, from March 10 to March 29.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
NAU-737-300 JUL06
NAU-737-400 - 2014-09

April 2016:

0 737-2L7C (JT8D) (419-21073, /75 43 25), (QAN) MAINT, TO (VSP) 1995-01.

1 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1353-23684, /87 VH-INU), EX-(AMW), (GEF) LSD 2006-06. 8F, 126Y.

1 737-300 (CFM56-3) (28372, VH-ONU), WET-LST (SOI) 2015-03.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3B1) (1436-23635, /87 VH-NLK), IN "norfolkair.com" COLORS, 2008-11. 146Y.

0 737-376 (CFM56-3) (2162-24437, VH-TJL), (QAN) LSD TIL 2003-07. RTND.

0 737-4L7 HGW (CFM56-3C1) (2483-26960, /93 VH-RON "PRESIDENT HAMMER DEROBURT"), LST (KTI), WITH AUX TANKS. REPOSSESSED AND OFFERED FOR SALE BY US EXPORT-IMPORT BANK 2006-01. 8C, 132Y.

1 737-476 (CFM56-3C1) (24442, ZK-JTQ), EX-(VH-TJQ), AIRWORK LSD 2013-12. 8C, 132Y.

0 737-406SF (CFM56-3C1) (1770-24529, /89 VH-JWL), EX-(KLM), IN "HEAVYLIFT CARGO" COLORS, WET-LST (HVL) 2011-01. TO (SID) BRAZIL 2012-05. FREIGHTER.

Management:
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KEVIN POWER, CHAIRMAN (INUOPON)
(rescntrl@airnauru.com.au).

GEOFF BOWMAKER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

PETER PUGH, OPERATIONS MANAGER & CHIEF PILOT.

KEITH HERDMAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

DAVID NISBET, ENGINEERING MANAGER (dnisbet@primus.co.au).

LEO KEKE, HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) MANAGER.

BRANDON ISMERA, MAINTENANCE ENGINEER (NAURU).

 
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