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      <br><br>Air vanuatu Is the national airline of Vanuatu, headquartered in Port Vila, with domestic passenger services and scheduled international flights to Australia, New Zealand and airports in the South Pacific. The home port of the airline and its main transit hub (hub) is Bauerfield International Airport.<br>Story<br>Airline Air vanuatu was formed in early 1981 after Vanuatu declared independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980. The company was created with the active participation and financial assistance of the Australian main airline Ansett Airlines, which provided the new carrier with aircraft, crews and maintenance personnel for a period of five years, while receiving a share of 40 percent of the ownership Air vanuatu… The other 60% at the disposal of the country’s government. The first flight of the new airline from Sydney to Port Vila was made on September 5, 1981 on a Douglas DC-9-31 aircraft. In May of the following year, the DC-9 airliners were replaced with Boeing 737-200 aircraft taken from Polynesian Airlines and replaced in turn by aircraft of the same type from Ansett Airlines in October 1985. In March 1986, a five-year agreement with the carrier Ansett Airlines expired, which neither the Australian airline nor the Vanuatu government intended to renew.<br><br>In 1987, the Vanuatu Ministry of Transport bought 40% of the property Air vanuatu, thereby transferring the airline to full state ownership. A few months later, a partnership agreement was signed with Australian Airlines, according to which the Australian carrier leased one Boeing 727-200 aircraft to operate regular weekly flights from Port Vila to Sydney. The treaty entered into force on December 19, 1987. Two years later Air vanuatu purchased the aircraft and partly leased it to its former owner for use on the same scheduled route. In November 1992, the Boeing 727 was replaced with a more modern Boeing 737-400, also leased from Australian Airlines. The following year, this lease practice continued with the transfer of one Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante liner for use on the route from Porta Vila to Noumea. Leasing of both aircraft continued until the takeover of Australian Airlines by the Australian flagship airline Qantas in October 1993, after which all existing agreements were renewed on behalf of the new owner. Qantas Airlines is still actively involved in the vanuatuby providing it with aircraft maintenance, training and retraining of pilots; the airlines have signed codeshare agreements for regular flights to Australia. Air vanuatu takes full advantage of the Qantas Frequent Flyer reward program.<br><br>In April 1997 Air vanuatu terminated the contract for the lease of the Boeing 737-400 aircraft, having received its own Boeing 737-300 airliner. In the same month, the lease agreement for Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante was terminated due to the receipt of the lease. Air vanuatu aircraft Saab-2000. The contract was valid until March 1999, after which the company received the De Havilland Canada Dash 8 liner from the state airline Vanair for its further use in domestic passenger traffic. In April 2001, two state-owned airlines merged Air vanuatu and Vanair, however, canceled the merger five months later. In November 2003, the air fleet Air vanuatu was replenished with a new ATR-42 aircraft, and in September of the following year, both airlines were again merged into a single company under the of the country’s government.<br><br>In January 2008 Air vanuatu replaced its outdated Boeing 737-300 with modern Boeing 737-800 airliners. At the beginning of the next year, the company’s air fleet was replenished with three Harbin Y-12 aircraft, and in October of the same year, the airline received new ATR-72s, replacing the ATR-42 aircraft that had been in operation until that time. Four days after the ATR-72 was accepted into the fleet, the former CEO of the was fired, replaced by a former official from the Ministry of Transport of Vanuatu.<br>Route networkDomestic transportation<br>As of November 2009, the airline’s route network Air vanuatu included 28 regular flights to the following airports in the country<br>MalampaCraig Cove – Craig Cove AirportLamap – Malekula Island AirportNorsup – Norsup AirportPaama – Paama AirportSouth West Bay – South West Bay AirportUlei – Ulei AirportPenamaLongana – Longana AirportMaewo – Maewo AirportRadcliffe – Radcliffe AirportSara – Sara AirportWallach – Wallach AirportSanmaLonorori – Lonorori AirportLuganville – Santo Pekoa International AirportChefEmae – Sivo AirportLayman Bay – Layman Bay AirportPort Vila – Bauerfield International AirportTonga – Tonga AirportVejlsdeer – Vejlsdeer AirportTafeaAneityum – Airport AneityumAniva – AnivaDillons Bay – Dillons Bay AirportFutuna – Futuna AirportIpota – Ipota AirportTanna – White Grass AirportTorbaGaoua – Gaoua AirportMota Lava – Mota Lava AirportSola – Vanua Lava Island AirportTorres Islands – Torres Islands AirportInternational airlines<br>November 2009 Air vanuatu performed five regular flights to Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand:<br>From Port Vila airport<br> Australia<br>Brisbane – Brisbane AirportSydney – Sydney Airport<br> New Caledonia<br>Noumea – La Tontuta International Airport<br> New Zealand<br>Auckland – Auckland International AirportFrom Luganville airport<br> Australia<br>Fleet<br>As of November 2009, the airline’s fleet Air vanuatu were the following aircraft:<br>1 ATR 72-5001 Boeing 737-8002 Britten-Norman BN2A Islander3 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter3 Harbin Y-12Aircraft accidents and accidentsOn December 19, 2008, a Britten-Norman BN2A Islander on flight NF261 to Luganville Santo Peko International Airport with nine passengers on board crashed into a mountain range near Olpoi Airport. The pilot was killed, several passengers were seriously injured. The cause of the disaster was poor weather conditions – the plane was sailing in a mountainous area in conditions of dense dense fog.

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