New Aircraft for Air Nauru

Air Nauru's new Boeing 737-300 aircraft, purchased with the financial support of Taiwan, will be delivered to the company next week. After registration and certification formalities in Australia, Air Nauru hopes to have the plane flying commercially by August. To mark this new start, Air Nauru is considering adopting a new name and logo to better reflect its commitment to the Central Pacific.

This appears to be a happy ending to a crisis which began in December, 2005, when the U.S. government's Export-Import Bank seized the company's lone jet aircraft over debt repayment issues. Since then, Air Nauru has been maintaining a weekly service from Brisbane, Australia, to Honiara, Nauru, Tarawa and back using a chartered Fokker F100 Twinjet. The new aircraft should allow the Nauru Government-owned carrier to restore service to twice a week and to return to former destinations such as Majuro and Fiji.

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