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CANBERRA, Australia (July 1, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The Nauru Air Corporation, which operates Air Nauru, has come under Australia's strict safety and maintenance regulations.

The airline announced today that it had been granted an Australian operator's certificate for its Boeing 737-400 aircraft, which services the Central Pacific direct from Melbourne and Brisbane.

The aircraft will leave Melbourne tonight (Wednesday) carrying its new Australian registration, VH-RON.

In the past, Air Nauru has operated under Nauru government authority, but there have been problems meeting international aviation safety criteria. In the future, the airline will be subject to regular surveillance by Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority, including regular safety and maintenance checks.

The Boeing 737-400 has just completed a heavy maintenance check in the Qantas engineering workshops.

Chairman of Air Nauru, Felix Kun, said today the granting of the Australian operator's certificate to Nauru Air Corporation was a great and historic day for Pacific aviation.

It is believed to be the first time a non-Australian airline has been granted an Australian operator's certificate.

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