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FORMED IN 1981. GOVERNMENT AIRLINE. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 148
DU VANUATU HOUSE
RUE DE PARIS
PORT VILA, VANUATU
VANUATU ISLES COVER 12,189 SQ KM, WITH THE CAPITAL AT PORT VILA. THE REPUBLIC OF VANUATU WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1980. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH AND BISLAMA. THE POPULATION IS .2 MILLION.
JUNE 1993: GOVERNMENT 60% & ANSETT (ANS) 40% OWNERSHIP.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1992 (1991) = -$6.3 MILLION (-$1.8 MILLION) (NET LOSS): +2.5% (RPK) TRAFFIC; +11.5% PASSENGERS (PAX), +2.6% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
OCTOBER 1994: LACK OF ADEQUATE HOTEL ROOMS RESULTS IN LIMITED NUMBER OF TOURISTS. CONSTRUCTION OF MORE HOTELS IS TWO YEARS AWAY.
1 737-400, LEASED FROM QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN), WHO DO ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE FOR EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) (3X-WEEKLY). EXTENDED LEASE FOR 18 MONTHS. BASED ON UTILIZATION, AIR VANUATU (VAN) WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO OPERATE THEIR OWN AIRPLANE.
APRIL 1997: 1 ORDER (1998-03) 737-3Q8, 128 PASSENGERS (PAX), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED.
JUNE 1997: CHANGED ORDER TO 1 737-700. WHEN RECEIVED, WILL RETURN 737-300 TO QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN).
OCTOBER 1997: 2,760, 737 120 MINUTES (ETOPS) FLIGHTS OVER SOUTH PACIFIC.
JANUARY 1998: 1 737, FLYING 49 FLIGHTS/MONTH 120 MINUTES (ETOPS) OVER SOUTH PACIFIC.
FEB 1998: 1 EMB-110P1 FOR SALE. 1 SAAB 2000, LEASED.
APRIL 1998: 140 EMPLOYEES. +42% ASK (CAPACITY).
RETURNED 737-476 (24434) TO QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN). 1 737-4L7 (2517-26961), (QAN) LEASED. 737-3Q8 (28054) DELIVERY AFTER PRE-SERVICE MODIFICATIONS AT MELBOURNE.
JULY 1998: 120 MINUTES 737-300 (ETOPS): 96 FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER SOUTH PACIFIC (3,110 TOTAL FLIGHTS).
SEPTEMBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$1.18 MILLION (+$570,000) (NET PROFIT).
OCTOBER 1998: 1 737-300 120 MINUTES (ETOPS) OVER SOUTH PACIFIC = 94 FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL 3,380 FLIGHTS).
APRIL 1999: ROGER CRITCHLEY, ENGINEERING MANAGER.
TERMINATES LEASE ON SAAB 2000 (V7-9508), RETURNED TO AIRMARSHALL (AIK).
JUNE 1999: 1 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-100 (231), EX-MESABA, 5 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 1999: KEVIN CHAPMAN, EX-QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) AND SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) ENGINEERING MANAGER, REPLACES ROGER CRITCHLEY.
MARCH 2000: 1999 = 178.27 MILLION (RPK) (-.7%); 1.92 MILLION (FTK) (-26.9%); 86,000 (PAX) (-3.8%).
APRIL 2000: 185 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 10 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 48 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 5 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 2000: OPERATES HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS TO BRISBANE FOR SOLOMON AIRLINES (SOI) (737-300, WEEKLY).
1999 = 178 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-.7%); 62.3% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 1.92 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-26.9%); 86,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (-3.9%); 183 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 1999 = -$1.6 MILLION (-$1.58 MILLION).
1 737-3Q8 (28054), WET-LEASED TO SOLOMON AIRLINES (SOI).
APRIL 2001: 185 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 10 (FC), 48 (CA), & 5 (MT)).
MAIN BASE: PORT VILA BAUERFIELD (VLI).
NOVEMBER 2001: (http://www.vatu.com/pub/23848/default.htm).
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(TELEPHONE: 23 838). (FAX: 23 250).
July 2002: 2001 = -$992,000 (+$589,000).
October 2002: 1 order (2003-03) 737-800, (ILF) leased, and 1 order (2003-03) 767-300ER, (ILF) leased.
March 2003: 737-376 (CFM56-3) (1225-23477, VH-TAF), Qantas Airways (QAN) wet-leased.
April 2003: 200 employees (including 8 (FC), 45 (CA), & 5 (MT)).
July 2003: 185 employees.
December 2003: 1 ATR72-320 delivery for new routes, Port Vila to Noumea, Santo and Tanna in competition with Vanair, which is for sale.
April 2004: In July, 737-376 (23653) Airwork (ANX) damp-leased.
October 2004: Acquired Vanair by purchasing the Republic of Vanuatu's 100% stake.
March 2005: Ron Sumsum, acting (CEO).
737-376 (23653) returned to Airwork (ANX).
May 2005: 200 employees (including 8 Flight Crew (FC); 45 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 5 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
May 2006: Air Vanuatu (VAN) as the national carrier, operates jet airplanes between Port Vila, Australia, New Zealand and other points in the South Pacific.
Employees = 359 (including 15 Flight Crew (FC), 43 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 24 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: NF - 218. (ICAO) Code: AVN - (Callsign - AIR VAN).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Vanuatu (100%).
Alliances : Air Pacific (APC); Qantas Airways (QAN); & Solomon Airlines (SOI).
Main Base: Port Vila Bauerfield Airport (VLI).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Aneityum; Aniwa; Craig Cove; Dillons Bay; Emae; Espiritu Santo; Futuna Island; Gaua; Ipota; Lamap; Lamen Bay; Longana; Lonore; Maewo; Mota Lava; Norsup; Olpoi; Paama; Port Vila; Redcliff; Sara; Sola; South West Bay; Tanna; Tongoa; Torres; Ulei; Valesdir; & Walaha.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Auckland; Brisbane; Honiara; Nadi; Noumea; & Sydney.
June 2006: Air New Zealand (ANZ) will launch services to Vanuatu on August 5. It will be (ANZ)'s 9th Pacific island destination, and will be flown under code share with Air Vanuatu (VAN). Initially, (ANZ) will place its code on Air Vanuatu (VAN)'s 3x-weekly Auckland to Port Vila flights, but from late October it will operate a weekly A320 service and Air Vanuatu (VAN) will offer 2x-weekly 737 services.
July 2006: Air Vanuatu (VAN) is currently in talks with 2 leasing companies about replacing the current 737-300 when the lease expires in March 2008. (VAN) is considering either an A320 or a 737-800.
December 2006: Air Vanuatu (VAN) has contracted to lease for 8 years, a new 737-8Q8 (30734) in January 2008 from (ILFC) (ILF) to replace the 737-300 it currently leases from (ILF).
August 2007: The Vanuatu government will sell a minority stake in flag carrier Air Vanuatu (VAN), with World Bank Group member (IFC) advising. Air Vanuatu (VAN) operates to Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane, Nadi and Noumea, in addition to a number of domestic destinations, (IFC) said. (VAN) operates one 737-300, 1 ATR42, and 2 Twin Otters. It has a 737-800 and 3 Y-12s on order.
December 2007: Air Vanuatu (VAN) placed an order for 1 ATR72-500 with delivery scheduled for 2009. The 70-seat airplane will be equipped with 120-minutes Extended Twin-engine OPerationS (ETOPS) capability, enabling the carrier to develop its international network with flights to surrounding islands such as Fiji and the Solomons.
January 2008: 737-8Q8 (30734, YJ-AV1), (ILF) leased.
February 2008: Air Vanuatu (VAN) signed a contract with ATR during the Singapore Airshow for 1 ATR72-500, firming a Memo of Understanding (MOU) announced at the end of 2007. The 70-seat airplane, equipped with Extended Twin-engine Operations (ETOPS) capability, will be delivered next year. General Manager Domestic Operations, Peter Fogarty said (VAN) might launch negotiations for a 2nd new airplane "fairly soon," but added that it might choose to continue operating its ATR42-300 and eschew another order.
November 2013: DHC-6-300 (564, YJ-AV11), ex-(N564DH), delivery.
July 2015: Air Lease Corporation (ALE) entered into a long-term lease agreement with Air Vanuatu (VAN), an international airline based in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for 1 new Boeing 737-800. The 737-800 is from (ALE)’s order book with Boeing and will deliver in January 2016.
May 2016: Virgin Australia (VOZ) will resume scheduled services to Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila, Vanuatu from the end of May, despite continuing concerns about the condition of the runway.
In January 2016, Qantas (QAN), Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Virgin Australia (VOZ) all stopped flying to the Pacific island hub following deteriorating surface quality at the airport’s single 8,500 ft runway. (ANZ) said it would not resume flights until a complete $55 million upgrade, funded by the World Bank was finished. Reports describe the surface as needing continual sweeping to remove foreign object debris, partly through deterioration of the top bitumen layer. Airport operator, Airports Vanuatu Ltd, has undertaken a temporary fix for the problems by applying a $1.2 million bitumen surface respray in February, and also by increasing the runway sweep frequency to 3x-weekly.
Although (ANZ) and (QAN) are maintaining their block on flights to the airport, national carrier Air Vanuatu (VAN) has said it will leave the decision to use the runway to “the final say [of our captains (FC)] should the extra safety measures, not meet our standards.”
However, a recent report from Australian contractors recommended keeping up the increased sweep frequency “until such a time as surface rejuvenation is undertaken,” (VAN) said.
It also recommended “contingency safety plans,” including the removal of excess water from the runway prior to landing in heavy rain conditions.
October 2016: 1 ATR72-600 (1358), Nordic Aviation Capital leased.
November 2016: South Pacific carrier Air Vanuatu (VAN) has begun operations with the ATR72-600 twin turboprop. (VAN) already has 2 earlier-generation ATR72-500s on strength and has operated the type since 2004.
The new aircraft, in a 70Y-seat configuration, will operate both domestic services in the Vanuatu archipelago 1,750km/945nm east of Australia, as well as to other islands in the region including Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands.
(VAN) said the aircraft’s 120-minute Extended Twin-engine OPerationS (ETOPS) certification “substantially increased” its operational versatility among the region’s widely spaced territories.
The new aircraft has been leased from Nordic Aviation capital. Air Vanuatu (VAN) (CEO) Joseph Laloyer welcomed the ATR72-600’s enhanced comfort and performance compared to its predecessors.
December 2017: South Pacific carriers Air Calin (NCI) and Air Vanuatu (VAN) signed a code share agreement, connecting New Caledonia’s capital Noumea and Port Vila, with 6x-weekly flights from January 1, 2018.
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1 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (3016-28054, /98 YJ-AV18 "SPIRIT OF VANUATU"), (ILF) LEASED, WET-LEASED TO (SOI) 2000-09, RETURNED FROM (SOI). 135Y.
0 737-376 (CFM56-3) (1225-23477, VH-TAF), (QAN) WET-LEASED 2003-03. RETURNED.
0 737-376 (CFM56-3B1) (1260-23653, /86 ZK-SLA), EX-(ANS) 2003-11. WHITE FUSELAGE, BLUE TAIL. (ANX) DAMP LEASED 2004-07. RETURNED 2005-03. 136Y.
1 737-4L7 (CFM56-3C1) (2517-26961, /93 VH-TJW), HGW, (QAN) LEASED (3 DAYS/WEEK), INCLUDING ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE FOR (ETOPS).
0 ORDER 737-700 (CFM56-7B), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED, 128 PAX. 1 CANCELED.
1 ORDER (2016-01) 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (ALE) LEASED. WITH WINGLETS.
1 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B) (34171, PH-HSA), SUB LEASED FROM TRANSAVIA (TAV) 2015-11.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B27) (2477-30734, /08 YJ-AV1 "SPIRIT OF VANUATU"), (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED 2008-04. WITH WINGLETS. 185Y.
1 737-85H (5750-45052, YJ-AV8), AIR LEASE CORPORATION (ALE) LEASED 2016-02, WITH WINGLETS.
0 ORDER 767-300ER, (ILF) LEASED. 1 CANCELED.
1 DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) (564, YV-AV11), EX-(N564DH), 2013-11. 20Y.
2 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (679, /80 YJ-RV10; 703, /80 YJ-RV8), EX-(OY-SLI) 2005-06. 20Y.
1 ATR42-320 (PW120) (223, /91 YJ-AV42 "SPIRIT OF VANUATU"), MAGELLAN LEASED, 46Y.
2 ATR72-500 (PW127) (876, /09 YJ-AV72 - - SEE PHOTO - - "VAN-ATR72-2009-07"), 2009-10. (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. 68Y.
1 ATR72-600 (PW127) (1358) EX-NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2016-10.
1 EMBRAER BANDEIRANTE EMB-110P1 (PT6A-34), FOR SALE.
0 SAAB 2000, LEASED (AE 2100) (V7-9508), RETURNED 1999-03 TO (AIK).
0 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-100 (231), EX-MASABA, 5 YEAR LEASED 1999-06. RETURNED.
2 BRITTEN-NORMAN BN-2A ISLANDER (O-540-E4B5) (104, /68 YJ-RV16; 172, /70 YJ-RV2), 9Y.
3 HARBIN Y-12IV (PT6A-27) (028, /08 YJ-AV4; 029, /08 YV-AV5; 032, /09 YJ-AV6), 19Y.
DINH VAN THAN, CHAIRMAN (1998-06).
JOSEPH LALOYER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
PETER FOGARTY, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
CAPTAIN KEITH MOLLOY, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (email@example.com).
BRIAN JOHNSON, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (VLIEZNF) (1999-07),
HELEN KALMET, DIRECTOR FINANCE.
JOSEPH LALOYER, DIRECTOR SALES & MARKETING.