Air Van­u­atu wel­comes A220

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THE Air­bus A220 touched down yes­ter­day in Van­u­atu for the first time, where it was wel­comed by the coun­try’s na­tional car­rier Air Van­u­atu, which will take de­liv­ery of the air­craft in Jun 2020.

The A220 was greeted in Port Vila by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sadors, in­dus­try part­ners and me­dia, who were in­vited to tour the air­craft and en­joy a flight over Port Vila city har­bour and the vol­ca­noes of Tanna be­fore land­ing at Santo-Pekoa Air­port, Espir­itu Santo.

The A220 is the most mod­ern nar­row-body air­craft cur­rently in pro­duc­tion and the most ad­vanced in its class; it de­liv­ers re­duced fuel con­sump­tion and car­bon emis­sions, as well as lower op­er­at­ing costs, while pro­vid­ing pas­sen­gers an “en­hanced ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“The en­thu­si­asm of the whole coun­try has been over­whelm­ing... when the air­craft ar­rives, it will be a trib­ute to ev­ery­one in Van­u­atu,” said Air Van­u­atu CEO Derek Nice in a speech at the ar­rival event. Pic­tured: Head of Sales Pa­cific for Air­bus Marie-Fred­erique Ro­main, Air Van­u­atu CEO Derek Nice, and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial for Air­bus Christo­pher Buckley. In­set a tra­di­tional wel­come cer­e­mony.

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