National flag carrier Air Vanuatu is enhancing its international in-flight catering services through a range of new initiatives.

The company has made this move in an effort to expand its catering options, increase environmental sustainability and reduce operating costs.

As part of the expansion, the airline is adding new business class and economy class meals with a focus on offering greater selection including more dietary preferences.

The company has also committed to transition to fully biodegradable cutlery in a bid to support its goal in environmental sustainability.

Additionally, Air Vanuatu has opened a new catering centre near Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila to relocate its operations.

Air Vanuatu CEO Derek Nice said: “We expect to reduce our catering costs by 25% while increasing passenger satisfaction. With the move to our new catering facility we will also be reducing staff, with ten fewer positions.

“We are doing all we can to reduce the impact on our staff, including redundancy packages and alternative roles within the airline.

“We are eager to showcase Vanuata products whenever we can.”

Furthermore, the airline has partnered with global airline catering supplier Dnata to source semi-prepared main course meals from the caterer’s kitchens in Australia.

It will also source local Vanuatu products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, Aelan chocolate and Tanna coffee, and Vanuatu spring water.

Air Vanuatu is planning to introduce new inflight service across its network by the end of next month.