Air Vanuatu to launch Melbourne-Port Vila flights

By Brandon Loo, January 30 2019

Vanuatu will become an easier destination for Melbourne residents to reach from June 18 2019, with Air Vanuatu kicking off a new non-stop service between Port Vila and the Victorian capital.

The route will be served by Air Vanuatu's Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which feature eight reclining seats in business class, offering 38 inches pitch (96.5cm) and a seat width of 21 inches (53.3cm).

Running three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a flight time of under five hours, flight NF7 is wheels-up from Melbourne bright and early at 7am, landing in Port Vila at 12:30pm.

The return journey as NF8 runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Port Vila at 4:15pm to reach Melbourne at 8:15pm.

Both flights are well-timed for connecting to and from Air Vanuatu’s 28 other domestic destinations.

Air Vanuatu's Qantas partnership

As a Qantas partner airline, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn and redeem Qantas Points aboard Air Vanuatu flights.

What's more, Qantas will also codeshare on the new Melbourne-Port Vila route (subject to government approval), allowing travellers to earn a higher number of points, as well as those all-important status credits.

A one-way business class flight between the two cities would net you 2,500 Qantas Points (and zero status credits) if booked through Air Vanuatu, or 3,575 Qantas Points and 85 Status Credits if booked as a Qantas QF codeshare flight.

Using your Qantas Points to book Air Vanuatu flights also takes place at the same rate as Qantas-operated flights of the same distance, so you'll need 36,000 points for business class or 18,000 points for economy, one way.

Paid tickets are now on sale through the Air Vanuatu website, although at the time of publishing, the Qantas codeshare is not yet bookable and Qantas Classic Flight Rewards are still being loaded into the system.

Air Vanuatu already offers non-stop flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland to Port Vila, and seasonally, from Brisbane to Luganville: the country's second largest city.

Virgin Australia also runs three flights per week between Brisbane and Port Vila.

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

29 Aug 2012

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This is such great news! So excited to see NF on MEL-VLI

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Jan 2019

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Great news! And a QF codeshare to boot...
Isn't this technically a relaunch of MEL-Vila? I flew that route a few years ago on Air Vanuatu.

24 Apr 2014

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Yes, I flew it too. They had runway issues at one point I think.

23 Mar 2018

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Very cool route.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 93

Air Vanuatu has just one 738. That same workhorse serves AKL, BNE and SYD.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

29 Aug 2012

Total posts 23

That 738 serves SYD and MEL and some AKL. BNE and the other AKL is supplemented by a leased 737.

18 Oct 2015

Total posts 34

I’ve also seen the Solomon Airlines A320 take people on a BNE-VILA run, when I worked at Brisbane airport. There as also at one time a dual livery plane with Air Vanuatu one on side & another regional carrier - Solomon/Our Airline on the other, but its long since gone.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Apr 2016

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I'm a Pt VA flyer based in MEL and see great advantages in this service I have previously used the BNE-VLI VA service which in bad weather can offload pax to allow for possible diversion however the Air Vanuatu B737 service is RPN equipped so no weather diversions for them

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