Nauru Airlines eyes B737NextGens for fleet renewal

Nauru Airlines (ON, Nauru) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wendy Bowden has outlined the South Pacific island carrier's capacity growth plan for the coming two years.

Speaking to CAPA, Bowden said Nauru Airlines was currently studying older model B737NextGen aircraft to replace its older B737 Classic fleet which, at present, constitutes four B737-300s and one B737-300(F). With lease/buy options under consideration, she said the aircraft could arrive by the end of 2018.

In addition, management is also looking at converting one of its B737-300s into a freighter to meet cargo demand. Given these changes, Bowden expects Nauru Airlines' fleet to include two B737-300s, two B737-300(F)s, and one used B737NG by the end of 2018.

Nauru Airlines currently provides scheduled air services to Brisbane Int'l, Tarawa, Nadi, Kosrae, and Majuro. It also provides charter services to clients in Australia, New Zealand, the central and south Pacific, and southeast Asia. In addition, Nauru Airlines has provided wet-lease and ACMI charter services to various airlines in the South Pacific.