Air Vanuatu Takes Off

Air Vanuatu Takes OffVanuatu's national carrier, Air Vanuatu, has put into service a shiny new aircraft, a Boeing 737-800. That adds another 44 seats to capacity on flights to Port Vila from Sydney, Brisbane, Honiara, Noumea, Nadi, and Auckland. At the launch of the plane's first flight out of Brisbane, Air Vanuatu's CEO mentioned that they are looking into reintroducing the direct Melbourne to Port Vila route soon. The Brisbane flights already call at Luganville on Espiritu Santo to/from Port Vila, eastbound Sundays and westbound on Mondays, a great shortcut from Australia to Vanuatu's scuba diving capital.

A friend who had a chance to look the new plane over this week prior said he saw “so much new leather it was like walking into Suzi Quatro's wardrobe.” The new aircraft coincides with Air Vanuatu's 20th anniversary. Incidentally, it's rumored that Air Vanuatu's old plane has joined the British Midlands fleet, one of the last steps on the road to aircraft graveyard.

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