Qantas Codeshares with Air Vanuatu on Brisbane to Luganville from 6th July
15th Jun 2016
Australian carrier Qantas Airways is once again offering codeshare options for flights to Vanuatu. The Australian flag carrier will codeshare with Air Vanuatu from 6th June, but not on flights to Port Vila. Instead, the two carriers have agreed to add Qantas' QF code on Air Vanuatu's service from Brisbane to Luganville.
Luganville, also known as Santo to people living in Vanuatu's northern islands, is the second largest city in Vanuatu and Air Vanuatu operates twice per week between it and Brisbane.
In a statement issued on 3rd June to travel agents, Qantas said:
"We're pleased to announce the recommencement of our codeshare on Air Vanuatu services between Brisbane and Santo."
Previously, Qantas said it will not codeshare on any flights with Air Vanuatu until it believes it is safe to operate in and out of Bauerfield Airport.
In a statement from April, the Flying Kangaroo said:
"Qantas needs to be absolutely confident in the condition of the runway at Bauerfield International Airport before we would reinstate our codeshare with Air Vanuatu. This means being wholly satisfied that the interim repairs, once completed, are sufficient and that plans for a permanent fix in the near future are confirmed and meet international standards."
Qantas stopped codesharing with Air Vanuatu this January on flights between Sydney and Port Vila as well as Brisbane and Port Vila, citing the conditions of the runway at Bauerfield Airport as the reason for this termination.
Truck Hits Qantas Jet at Wellington Airport
Meanwhile, Qantas passengers who were about to leave Wellington this Wednesday had to change their plane as the original one was hit by a truck on the previous night.
According to reports, the worker, who was driving the truck was sent to hospital with minor injuries, but was soon released. None of the 130 passengers who were on the plane at the time were injured, and were all put on another plane.
A spokeswoman for the Australian flag carrier said that the Boeing 737 sustained some minor damage to its underside. Because of this, she said, the plane will be flown today to Christchurch and checked by engineers before it can be returned to service.
One of the passengers, Michael O'Connell said he heard a loud thump when the truck hit the plane. He also added that he was disappointed at the lack of communication and that he and his partner spent over an hour at the baggage claim waiting to hear what occurred.