Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Air Vanuatu adds to fleet with Twin Otter, ATR planned for 2014

15 October 2013: Air Vanuatu has purchased an additional aircraft a Twin Otter DHC6-300, Chief Executive Office Joseph Laloyer has announced.  The aircraft, purchased in Alaska, will begin operations before the busy Christmas/New Year period and will significantly increase capacity in the domestic market. It is currently in Hawaii, enroute from Alaska and expected to arrive in Vanuatu by the weekend. “Twin Otters are very reliable aircraft, they are considered to be the workhorse of the Pacific, so we’re thrilled to finally have secured this plane. We have been searching for some time for suitable aircraft – with low hours and well matched to our conditions. I’m pleased to say this aircraft meets those requirements,” Mr. Laloyer said. 
Air Vanuatu’s domestic market has significantly grown in the last three years resulting in the need for additional airplanes. The search for an additional ATR-72 continues and Mr. Laloyer says he hopes that search will be concluded for potential aircraft to join the fleet during the first half of 2014. “The new Twin Otter will be painted in our livery once the busy Christmas/New Year period is over, but for now passengers will recongnise the new aircraft by its current red and orange colours,” he said. Air Vanuatu continues to improve its financial position under the direction of a stable Board and management team. Board of Directors Chairman, Simeon Athy confirms that this is in line with the company’s objectives of providing the required additional aircraft capacity with growth projections. “We are continuing to make solid in-roads in our recovery plan which commenced in 2009. Our passengers loads are increasing every year and we are proud to be a leader in customer service in the region,” Mr. Athy said.