Air Vanuatu, the national flag carrier of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, has signed a firm order with Airbus for two A220-100s and two A220-300s.

This order was announced at the start of the 2019 Avalon Air Show in Australia.

It’s the first ever order of this airline with Airbus and makes it the launch customer of the A220 in the Pacific region.

Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Derek Nice said:

“We are proud to be the launch airline in the South Pacific of the best-in-class Airbus A220. These aircraft will be deployed to operate on our current domestic and international routes, including our newly announced non-stop Melbourne-Vanuatu service, and will bolster plans to expand our network in the South Pacific.”

Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer said:

“By ordering the A220 Air Vanuatu is making a significant investment in advanced technology and superior passenger comfort, while demonstrating its respect for fuel efficiency and the environment. Air Vanuatu’s decision to place the Airbus A220 at the center of its expansion plans will surely keep it one step ahead of the competition”

The first delivery from the order is due in June 2020. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines and the list prices, for the four aircraft are valued at $345 million.