​PX to invest in high maintenance facility

Air Niugini has plans in place for the construction of a high maintenance facility so its fleet are all serviced in the country.

CEO Simon Foo announced during the Australia-PNG Business Council Forum in Port Moresby that the initiative will see more jobs, build capacity of aircraft engineers and retain foreign exchange in the country.

He said currently all high maintenance are done overseas.

“Currently we do our Dash 8 in Cairns, Fokker airplanes in Singapore, and the Boeing in China.

“The board will be investing in an MRO facility which will mean that we in Papua New Guinea can service our own planes in the country,” Foo said.

“That way we can capacity build our people, the engineers that are coming back from New Zealand to be the base of the future for us to service our own airplanes in the country and also to keep foreign currency in Papua New Guinea.”

Cedric Patjole