Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Air Vanuatu Welcomes Qantas Codeshare Agreement

26 March 2014: Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer has announced the airline will resume its codeshare agreement with Qantas next week. The announcement comes after two visits by Qantas auditors to the airline’s head office and airport facilities in recent months. 
“Qantas, like Air Vanuatu is an IATA Safety Audit (IOSA) member and as such demands that safety is the first priority of its airline partners. After Air Vanuatu regained our IOSA certification last year, Qantas requested an inspection of our operation which we welcomed,” Mr. Laloyer said.

“As expected, Qantas was assured of our shared priority for safety and as such formally advised us today they wish to resume codeshare operations with Air Vanuatu on 01 April.”

Industry colleagues who have been kept informed during the codeshare suspension through regular updates and meetings with VHRA Chairman Thomas Tait will welcome the news of the resumed Qantas codeshare.

“Having an international airline such as Qantas as our partner ensures a wider reach for the Vanuatu brand,” Mr. Tait said.

“We’re delighted to welcome Qantas back to Vanuatu.”

Similarly, Qantas is pleased to be resuming codeshare services, Mr. Laloyer said.

“We appreciate the Air Vanuatu team’s cooperation over the past few months and look forward to resuming the codeshare,” Qantas’s Manager Alliances Strategic Partnerships Simon Pogmore said in an email to Air Vanuatu.

Qantas now rejoins Air New Zealand and Solomon Airlines as codeshare partners with Air Vanuatu.