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Exciting new $USD20.5m aircraft arrival for Air Vanuatu next week

October 28, 2014 Global Travel Media TV, Headline News No Comments Email Email

EGT mediaTVAir Vanuatu says that its second ATR-72 500 aircraft is due to arrive in Vanuatu from France this week, with Air Vanuatu and the country very excited by this significant step forward in air communication, not only within Vanuatu, but also with neighbouring countries.

Valued at US$20.5 million, the aircraft, configured with 68 seats and powered by PW 127M engines, was handed over to Air Vanuatu recently in France and ferried to Port Vila.

unnamed (2)Chief Executive Officer of Air Vanuatu, Joseph Laloyer said, “With its arrival, Air Vanuatu will boast the youngest fleet in the South Pacific, not to mention the benefits of additional capacity to our trunk domestic and regional routes.”

Mr Laloyer said the ATR-72 would operate to Santo, Tanna, Pentecost – during peak seasons, Fiji and New Caledonia and it will also be available for charter flights, including from Tanna to Noumea.

Stéphane Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, said the company was delighted to deliver the new ATR aircraft to Air Vanuatu, saying, “This delivery symbolizes the success of our excellent relationship built on mutual trust and understanding.”

Mr Laloyer said, “The purchase of the aircraft, made with the assistance of the Government of Vanuatu and Bred Bank includes a spare engine and $USD600,000 of spare parts,” adding, “Operating a safe, reliable service for our passengers is our priority,”

He added, “Our first ATR-72 500 has proven to be a workhorse, however we have experienced delays waiting for parts from time to time, but with the additional aircraft and the spare parts package we hope to reduce delays due to unscheduled maintenance significantly.”

He said, “Our new aircraft is decorated in Air Vanuatu livery, has comfortable leather seats and most importantly will allow us to increase services within Vanuatu and the region.”

Chairman of Air Vanuatu Naviti Marakipule said the purchase of an additional ATR-72 500 is a significant achievement for the national carrier, adding, “The Government of Vanuatu congratulates the Air Vanuatu management team for securing this aircraft’” adding, “ It is our priority for the airline to continually reinvest in itself and to serve the people of Vanuatu and visitors to our country”.

He also said, “Air Vanuatu has a social responsibility to provide a service to the people in the outer islands as well as to encourage tourism development in the nation and tis new aircraft will help facilitate both priorities for the Government and the airline”.

I met Malcolm Pryor Manager Australasia for Air Vanuatu recently and to hear what he had to tell me about the growth of this small but large at heart airline, click on the video box below:


John Alwyn-Jones reporting on location from Vanuatu brought to you by Air Vanuatu

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