Nauru Airlines makes Australian history with first Boeing 737-800F freighter

A Nauru Airlines Boeing 737-800F freighter parked at Brisbane Airport.
Photo Credit: Nauru Airlines

In a milestone for both Nauru’s national airline and Australian aviation, Nauru Airlines has proudly introduced its new Boeing 737-800F freighter aircraft.

This new addition, currently positioned a Queensland’s Brisbane Airport hangar, marks a significant achievement for the regional airline industry.

While headquartered in Nauru, Nauru Airline’s operations have been based in Brisbane for 20 years, registered under Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority and operating to Australia’s national aviation standards. 

The debut of the new-generation Boeing 737-800F, which is the first of its kind in the Australian regional market, is capable of transporting an impressive 23.9 tons of cargo across extensive distances for the Nauruan carrier.

A Partnership with Australia

His Excellency, Russ Kun, President of the Republic of Nauru, expressed his elation at the airline’s role in Australia’s aviation history. With pride, he announced Nauru Airlines’ achievement of owning and operating the first B737-800 freighter on Australian soil.

This remarkable aircraft boasts an impressive cargo capacity and a considerable range, offering unprecedented flexibility in cargo transportation.


For over two decades, Nauru Airlines has made Brisbane its operational headquarters. During this time, the airline has operated to Australian aviation standards, under the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

This ongoing connection with Australia but has also fostered a strong bridge between Nauru and the continent.

Celebrating Achievements

To honor this milestone, the Nauruan flag carrier planned two exclusive events during the initial weekend of August. Clients, industry partners, dedicated staff members, and the local Nauruan community have come together to celebrate this occasion.

President Russ Kun was accompanied by First Lady Madame Kun, along with prominent members of the Nauruan government, the airline’s board, and influential stakeholders.

These celebratory occasions hold immense significance as they symbolize not only new beginnings but also a platform for partners and clients to experience firsthand the innovative possibilities that lie ahead.

Elevating Operational Capacities

The introduction of the Boeing 737-800F marks a significant enhancement to Nauru Airlines’ operational capabilities. This freighter aircraft seamlessly joins the ranks of the airline’s existing B737-300 freighters and the expanding fleet of passenger planes.

This strategic move ensures that Nauru Airlines remains well-equipped to cater to the demands of Nauru, the central Pacific, and its esteemed clients across Australia and the broader region.

Nauru Airlines is the flag carrier of the Republic of Nauru. It operates scheduled international services to other Pacific islands and Australia. Its main base is Nauru International Airport with its head office located on the property of Nauru International Airport, Yaren District.

Its operations office is in Brisbane, Queensland. In August 2014, the airline changed its name from Our Airline to Nauru Airlines.

The airline was originally founded in 1969 as Air Nauru. The airline was originally owned by the Nauru government, but was privatized in 1996. In 2010, the airline was renationalized after it faced financial difficulties.

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