Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Air Vanuatu takes off for maintenance check

06 January 2014 media release: Air Vanuatu’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be returning to Singapore on 13 January for one week for an engine swap. In September an engine on the aircraft was removed for servicing and a leased engine was installed in order to ensure the shortest downtime for the aircraft possible. That lease has now been completed and the airline’s own engine will be refitted on 14 January. The aircraft is expected to return to service by 21 January.
During the engine swap, Air Vanuatu has leased a 132 seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft from Airwork New Zealand.  “Our cabin crew will work on the leased aircraft to ensure passengers get the same excellent standard of service we are renowned for,” Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer said. “We are expecting minimum disruption to passengers at this time, with only Brisbane-Santo services affected.” The airline has scheduled connecting ATR services to operate between Vila and Santo on the 14th and 19th of January as the replacement aircraft and crew will be unable to operate the Brisbane-Santo direct service during this time. Mr. Laloyer also said a Qantas audit team would be visiting Air Vanuatu this month and was expecting a positive review of operations. “We are hopeful our codeshare agreement will be back in place shortly after their visit.” Media inquiries - Tiffany Carroll +678 7747153.