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Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 3:50 am

I used to fly on them regularly in 1999-2001 when I worked on a mission in Pohnpei (PNI). They used to fly a single 737-400 from Brisbane-Nauru-Fiji-Pohnpei-Guam-Manila. I flew their PNI-GUM-MAN route often and enjoyed flying this unique one-jetliner airline. While I heard the airline was infamous for leaving people stranded, I never had this problem.

They had some financial and maintenance issues in 2001, stopped service, and I haven't really heard anything about them since. Their website disappeared and never returned. But I've seen pictures of their 734 flying since and people say they are providing service again from Brisbane to Nauru only. How does one make reservations or find out their destinations? Anyone know the status of the airline, or have experiences to share about flying on them?


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I remember reading a pilot's first-hand account of flying one of their old 732s from Guam (and other South Pacific islands) to China through a Typhoon and other weather-related hazards. It was either in Airways Magazine or Airliners Magazine, a few years ago. It's worth looking up for a great account of 732 flying in Pacific storm-weather.

Don't know if they're still in service.

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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:42 am

Knew their former chief pilot quite well....he and I propped up the Guam Hilton pool bar on many a night...trouble was, he was still there in the morning, glass in hand, fast asleep.
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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 9:56 am

I don't know what became of the airline, but there have been some issues regarding the island.

Apparently it lost communication with the outside world at the start of this year or late last year. The island has basically mined itself "dry" and is now the center of worldwide money laundering. For example, over 200 "banks" share a single P.O. Box on Nauru. Lately, their biggest industry has been holding Middle Easterners in detainee camps while they apply for Australian visas. Apparently, the detainees ended up running the camp as Nauru was doing such a poor job and gave up. Then, all contact was lost with the island. Australia sent a naval vessel or something up there to check on the island and found it very little semblence of a government.
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:24 am

Their website is still up:

http://www.pacificislands.com/airlines/nauru.html

And, doing a Google search, there's another (Australian) site that lists their flights as of June '03.

I flew with them once - Melbourne/Brisbane/Noumea/Nauru/Guam.

The front half of the 727 was for pax, the back half for cargo - including some livestock.

It was - interesting.

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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:44 am

N951U - Your story of Nauru being overun by detained refugees is much exaggerated.

Nauru has indeed been implicated in money laundering, along with various other Pacific Island nations.

Nauru was an integral part of the Australian Federal Governments controversial (and in my opinion entirely illegal) 'Pacific Solution', whereby refugees who's boat had sunk, and who were rescued by the Norwegan vessel 'Tampa' were interred at a prison camp on Nauru (others ended up in NZ, where the government has a much more humane approach to the issue of refugees). In exchange for this, the Nauruan Government received aid and funding from Australia. The refugees certainly didn't take over the island though, and contact wasn't lost - goodness knows where you came up with that idea from...

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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:57 am

"Pacific Solution" was entirely legal- I didn't pay 42% income tax so freeloaders could come ashore and get more of my tax dollars.
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 11:05 am

The refugees certainly didn't take over the island though, and contact wasn't lost - goodness knows where you came up with that idea from...

The BBC. But who ever said they thought much of Australia or its interests....
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 11:19 am

Apparently it lost communication with the outside world at the start of this year or late last year.

Although Nauru did not pay it's phone bill, Australia was happy to provide it with a satellite telephone link up. The country has never been completely cut off. News flows quite frequently from the islands through the Pacific Islands News Association.

The island has basically mined itself "dry" and is now the center of worldwide money laundering. For example, over 200 "banks" share a single P.O. Box on Nauru.

As the result of pressure from Australia and the United States, Nauru has since discontinued this and changed the law to stop it happening again.

Lately, their biggest industry has been holding Middle Easterners in detainee camps while they apply for Australian visas. Apparently, the detainees ended up running the camp as Nauru was doing such a poor job and gave up.

Actually the camp was run by the UNHCR, The Australian Federal Police, and the Police of the Republic of Nauru. Although there have been some acts of violence, the asylum seekers have never started 'running the camp' - it has been under full control.

Then, all contact was lost with the island. Australia sent a naval vessel or something up there to check on the island and found it very little semblence of a government.

Um, we aren't talking about The Devils Island here or something out of Pirates of Penzance - Nauru has a government that is in the process of reforming the financial state of the island. They have just had a sucessful Presidential election and the new "Nauru Unity" party seems to be getting the place on track. In fact, there have been two state Presidential visits to Australia in the last year. Nauru may seem backwater, but there is a lot to it.

Anyway, in regard to Air Nauru - they are flying a lot of charters these days, so to enquire about the timetable, it would be best to call the Nauruan Consulate in Melbourne.

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RE: Anyone Ever Flown Air Nauru? Still In Service?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 3:03 pm

Mariner, that is not their official website, just a tour operator's advertisement. If you click on the official link on that site, it comes up with a domain registration site.

However, the australian site you mentioned does have a timetable:

http://www.hideawayholidays.com.au/on_schedules.htm

They're now only serving Brisbane, Melbourne, Nauru, Tarawa, and Fiji, still with the sole 734. Thanks to all for your responses.

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