Today senior staff and media were the first to board its’ maiden flight the ATR 72 aircraft to Nadzab, Lae from Port Moresby.
The flight took 45 minutes - almost the same as Air Niugini’s F100 travel time.
There is definitely competition in the skies with PNG Air spreading its wings to take local media to all its’ nationwide destinations over 11 days.
The traditional hose down which could not be done in Port Moresby due to a shortage of water, was done at Nadzab before traditional Morobe dancers moved onto the tarmac to welcome the maiden flight and it’s passengers under the command of Captain Raphael Kome.
CEO Muralee Siva said they have 750 staff nationwide and PNG Air is keen to bring its service nationwide.
Under its rebranding - the new ATR 72 will replace the Dash 8 fleet.