Air Vanuatu has not outsourced its catering services to a company in China.

Air Vanuatu's Marketing and Communications Manager, Paul Pio, has refuted the allegations, saying the information is false and misleading. 

He explained that in order to remain competitive in the market, Air Vanuatu has undertaken a number of operational changes, including but not limited to its Catering Department, as this was also required as part of an overall cost saving and restructure of the company.

Mr Pio mentioned that the airline sources semi-prepared main course meals from the largest Australian kitchens of global airline catering supplier Dnata, which also supplies similar meals to many well-known international carriers.

He assured Air Vanuatu will continue to support and source local Vanuatu products, including fresh fruit, vegetables, chocolate, coffee and water.

Air Vanuatu initially announced several changes to its international in-flight catering services in June this year. 

At the time, Air Vanuatu’s CEO Derek Nice confirmed the move to a new catering facility and the launching of a new range of Business Class and Economy Class meals which offers passengers a greater selection and more dietary preferences.

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