Air Vanuatu has signed a firm order with
Airbus for four A220s - two A220-100s and two A220-300s.
Vanuatu’s first ever order with Airbus makes it the launch
customer of the A220 (formerly the Bombardier C Series) in the Pacific region.
Based at Bauerfield
International Airport in the capital Port Vila, Air Vanuatu
operates flights to 26 domestic airports and internationally to Australia,
New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia. It began services in 1987,
and has played a vital role in establishing Vanuatu as a tourist
and investment destination. Currently the airline operates a
Boeing 737 and ATR 72 fleet.
Air Vanuatu Chief Executive
Officer Derek Nice said, “We are proud to be the launch airline in
the South Pacific of the best-in- class Airbus A220. These aircraft
will be deployed to operate on our current domestic and
international routes, including our newly announced non-stop
Melbourne-Vanuatu service, and will bolster plans to expand our
network in the South Pacific.”
is powered by Pratt &
Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.
“By ordering the A220, Air
Vanuatu is making a significant investment in advanced technology
and superior passenger comfort, while demonstrating its respect
for fuel efficiency and the environment. Air Vanuatu’s decision to
place the Airbus A220 at the centre of its expansion plans will
surely keep it one step ahead of the competition,” said Christian
Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.