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12 Sep 2022

Nauru Airlines - Revisited

Nauru Airlines on a way to define flexibility

Nauru was already a subject on our blog but it is time to once again check what has changed for this extremely flexible airline.

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Nauru Airlines is the national airline of the Republic of Nauru, operating since 1969, a small country located in Oceania. The company began to grow most rapidly after rebranding in 2014, and constantly works on upgrading its fleet, as well as expanding its services. Although this has not been easy due to the limited domestic market and smaller interest from tourists.

Nauru Airlines operates charter and cargo flights in the Central and South Pacific. Its most popular route is Nauru with Australia's Brisbane, but in addition, the carrier operates flights to Kiribati, Fiji and the Marshall Islands and South East Asia.

The extremely difficult time for the aviation industry during the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the dynamic development of Nauru Airlines. On the contrary, the carrier has adapted very quickly to the completely new reality, taking advantage of the situation to implement innovative solutions. It converted two of its passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft and have plans for a third in 2023. The company has thus met the demand for the supply of many Pacific islands for the delivery of various types of products. Nauru Airlines is on a way to define flexibility in the aviation business, finding a quick and efficient solution to whatever the market throws at them.

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The new normal

Currently, three-quarters of its routes are cargo service flights.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large proportion of these were in partnership with the "World Food Programme". The United Nations Agency was transporting aid to Nauru Airlines and they transported it further to small islands in the Pacific Ocean. This allowed UN humanitarian workers to reach inaccessible places, and support with e.g. medical supplies.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Nauru Airlines was trying to innovate and develop its fleet. It currently consists of three passenger aircraft and two converted freighters. The airline's latest acquisition is a Boeing 737-700. The aircraft performs well in the challenging Pacific environment, characterised by long distances and little access to airports. It enables the airline to expand operations to more areas of the Pacific.

A major convenience for pilots working for Nauru Airlines is Leon Software. The web-based application is readily used by airline charter operations and flight planning companies. The versatile tool helps in particular with the organisation of charter connections, crew, aircraft management, and coordination with flight dispatchers or reporting on the air situation. In the case of Nauru Airlines, it has also helped to streamline the company's financial processes.

Leon started its life in Nauru Airlines to cover flight scheduling and flight crew rostering but with the ever increasing functionality of Leon, the platform has now spread its influence to almost every department within the company. From Finance, Engineering, Safety and Reservations, to name just a few. Leon continues to offer more intuitive and efficient solutions with the collaboration of all departments feeding into Leon.

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Currently, the area is struggling with problems that are found throughout the aviation industry. In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, there have been redundancies, especially among ground handlers. 

The new normal is an optimistic back to scheduling passenger flights for Nauru in a smaller part. It's difficult to say what the real future holds for Nauru. For sure they will struggle with insufficient staffing in ground handling services in some areas. But it's a thing that is now common around the world. However, a part of its huge flexibility is Nauru's great amount of experience up its sleeve.

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