THREE airlines in the Pacific have agreed to work together to develop and promote a partnership in aviation services that may be beneficial to Melanesian countries.

Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines signed an initial agreement to enter into a Tri-partite Code share arrangement on the Port Moresby/Honiara/Port Villa route, Air Niugini said in a statement.

Air Nuigini said the three airlines have agreed to work in unison to assist and promote better understanding, partnership and generally promote the ideals of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in the airline industry.

Under this agreement, Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines will be using Air Niugini’s Fokker 100 aircraft.

The agreement was signed in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in February 2015.

The service is expected to commence by June 2015.

The code share, with details yet to be agreed to, will form the basis of further corporation of other similar arrangement to promote aviation amongst the Melanesian Spearhead Group,

In a statement, Solomon Airlines said it “hailed” the decision for the airlines to work together.

More details of the schedule will be released once the Agreement is finalised.