South Pacific carrier Air Vanuatu has begun operations with the ATR 72-600 twin turboprop. The airline already has two earlier-generation ATR 72-500s on strength and has operated the type since 2004. The new aircraft, in a 70-seat configuration, will operate both domestic services in the Vanuatu archipelago 1,750km/945nm east of Australia, as well as to other islands in the region including Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. The carrier said the aircraft’s 120-minute ETOPS ...

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