20 Sep 2016

Nauru Airlines adding to its fleet

5:27 pm on 20 September 2016

Nauru Airlines is considering adding a second freighter to its current sole Boeing 737-300 to cater to its growing demand for imports.

The airline's chief executive, Geoff Bowmaker, told the Courier Mail that they need the capacity because 'Nauru produces nothing so everything has to be imported'.

The paper reports Nauru has an unemployment rate of 90 percent, and a huge trade imbalance because of its dependence on imports.

Prefabricated building parts constitute the bulk of its imports, along with cars, processed foodstuffs, and consumer electronics.

Nauru Airlines has grown quickly to seven aircraft, including six 737s, on the back of demand due to the Australian run detention camps on the island.

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