Nauru Airlines

Nauru eyes 737 aircraft

The company said it has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the plane.

Chief executive Geoffrey Bowmaker said the airline operates five Boeing 737-300s, three of which are passenger aircraft and two are dedicated freighters.

He told Smart Aviation APAC the airline has issued a RFP to buy either the Boeing 737-700s or Boeing 737-800s.

     

Nauru Airlines new B737-700 series aircraft stops over

The aircraft arrived from the USA.

It will depart again for Brisbane to undergo maintenance and to be re-registered as VH-INU according to Nauru Media News- NTV.

Most of the airlines pilots have been trained to operate this aircraft except for maybe one or two.

The two pilots bringing the aircraft are contracted delivery pilots who have FAA license.

The aircraft will operate once CASA registration is granted which is estimated to be between 3 to 4 months.

The airline said their team is very excited at the arrival of their new fleet member.

Engineers to inspect engine after Nauru Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Brisbane

The aircraft experienced a compressor stall in one engine while descending to land at Brisbane International Airport, last Friday.

Nauru Airlines CEO, Geoff Bowmaker said the aircraft landed safely and taxied to the gate without incident, where its 48 passengers disembarked.

“The pilots followed normal practice, which was to land under power and standard operating procedures.”

Nauru Airlines adopts technology to help safeguard borders across Australasia

The airline will use Ink Health APIS to securely validate and share the Covid-19 test status of passengers and crew prior to travel. Test results will be uploaded by authorised clinics and laboratories directly into the system.

Nauru Airlines selected the Ink solution for its unique ability to verify passengers’ Covid-19 health status from paper-based test result certificates and multiple digital health wallets, as their adoption increases.

Nauru Airlines 3rd freighter aircraft due mid-year

With borders closing and passenger numbers down due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the airline has had to convert it B737-300 passenger aircraft into a freighter.

According to a Nauru Media News – NTV report the change enables the airline to meet the demands of online shopping, freight cargo and transporting of humanitarian goods such as food and medicines to Nauru and in the region

Last week on Thursday, Nauru Airlines aircraft VH-ONU arrived in Nauru on its maiden operational flight

Nauru Airlines commits another plane for freight conversion

The schedule for redelivery is May 2021.

With reduced passengers due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the airline has had to adapt to the changes and the increased demand for freight both into Nauru and the Pacific islands as well as Australia.

According to the Nauru Bulletin, reduced passenger flights meant extra cargo was not being transported either including essentials like fresh food, mail, medicine and other necessities.

The airline has transformed one of its passenger planes to meet the demand and facilitate freight transport within the region.

Nauru Airlines receives Government support for COVID-19 redundancy

Border restrictions, closures and halting of international travel are affecting the airline.

Nauru Airlines has scheduled fortnightly passenger flights to and from Brisbane and a few freighter flights each week that bring supplies for the island.

As Minister for Nauru Airlines, President Lionel Aingimea said, “This affects our airline drastically, in a financial sense,” adding that in 2021 the airline is looking at 80 per cent cells operations which means revenue for the airline will be down by millions.

Nauru Airlines to repatriate Nauruans in Fiji

Nauru President Lionel Aingimea confirmed a Nauru Airlines charter flight will be flying home students and other Nauruans.

According to Mr Aingimea there was support from several people including Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor enabling Nauru Airlines to do the flight.

Nauruans students and families in Nadi, Lautoka and Sigatoka will be the first on the list.

Those in Suva will travel once a lockdown is lifted.

The students based in the West are now at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi awaiting their flight.

Nauru Airlines suspends flights except single fortnightly service to Brisbane

The fortnightly Brisbane-Nauru-Brisbane services will commence Friday 20 March 2020.

RNZ Pacific all arrivals will be required to spend 14 days in transitional accommodation before being allowed into the community.

"Nauru is particularly vulnerable to the threat of the coronavirus. The global impact indicates that should this virus enter Nauru, the results could be devastating," the government said in a statement.

"Our first and foremost objective is to protect our people."

President Lionel Aingimea has declared a national emergency.

     

Nauru Airlines suspends flights to Marshall Islands and Kiribati

In response to the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in relation to Coronavirus, the RMI has suspended all international air travel until 22 March 2020, effective immediately.

Nauru Airlines CEO Geoff Bowmaker said the airline was complying with the various health advisory requirements of each of the countries through which it flies to help keep residents and visitors safe from Coronavirus.