Air Vanuatu’s new fleet will consist of two (2) Boeing aircraft, two (2) additional ATR aircraft, and four (4) Twin Otter planes, to service the country both internationally and domestically.
Prime Minister (PM) Ishmael Kalsakau disclosed this in his State of Nation Address during the First Extraordinary Parliament Session on Friday March 17, 2023, when he highlighted several of the achievements of the current coalition Government since it came into power in November 2022, and informed the House on the priorities for the next four years.
He confirmed the Government is addressing the issues surrounding the National Airline on a bilateral basis, and the following reforms have been, and are about to be made: A new Board and the appointment of an Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO); An advertisement has been placed for the recruitment of a CEO proper; Through a project spanning 10 years, there will be technical assistance provided to the Government on a review of the leasing agreement of the existing carriers, human resources, finances, engineering and training.
The PM accentuated that at the recent Guest of Government visit to Australia, the Vanuatu Government secured VT2 billion to assist the country with its economic recovery plans in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The funding will assist in the areas of aviation, trade including PACER Plus implementation, agriculture, infrastructure, cyber security, and banking,” he said.
“This assistance is in addition to the VT6.5 billion confirmed through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).
“The AIFFP package will see the construction of the Attorney General’s Office, the Citizenship Office, separate buildings for the Council of Ministers and for the National Security Council, and an upgrade for the Prime Minister’s Office.”