Air Vanuatu Airlines was founded in 1981 after the country became an independent nation. It was initially created as a joint venture between an existing airline and the Government of Vanuatu, and the first flight left Sydney for Port Villa in September 1981. From there, the airline has expanded to cover a range of both domestic and international routes.
For the first time, more people were able to visit the small island nation in the Pacific at a much lower cost than previously, and people who lived in Vanuatu were able to access more affordable and convenient air travel between islands and to Australia and New Zealand. Now, 28 domestic routes cover the 5 main islands of Vanuatu and International destinations include Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.
Today the company's fleet consists of 7 aircraft including a Boeing 737-800 and they have recently expanded to include connections with partner airlines to destinations in America and Europe, ensuring them a place as one of the Pacific's most popular and accessible airlines.
Domestic and regional flights that visit the islands of Vanuatu are operated by the airline's ATR72-500 aircraft that offers comfort for the short flights.
International customers receive a full-class economy service, which includes entertainment, meals, and bar service, as well as plenty of smiles and well-known local hospitality. Business class airfares offer travelers 5-course meals, French wines, and 5-star comfort all the way to their destination. The airline also operates as part of Quantas' frequent flyer program, so passengers can earn Quantas miles as they explore the beauty of the Islands.
Passengers on Air Vanuatu have the option of checking-in online or at the airport. Online check-in opens 24 hours before a flight's departure, and closes three hours before it is due to leave. You are also given the option of choosing your seat when checking-in. You can print your boarding pass or download it to your smartphone.