PNG Air expects positive returns for 2017

PNG Air board chairman, Murray Woo, said at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday that following a financially challenging year in 2016, the airline is now positioned strongly to achieve improved returns.

PNG Air to serenade passengers this Christmas

“Once again we are using the highly talented Vocal Fusion singers to entertain our passengers while they travel with us.

“While the Christmas period is a happy time quite often the stress of travelling is an issue for people and we hope that this entertainment will help lower that stress.” said Paul Abbot PNG Air Chief Commercial Officer.

“From the most recent season of Vocal Fusion we have Jimlas Larry, Archy Tazzi, Theresa Miria and the winner Francisca Tulugenaram on board and entertaining passengers”, said Abbot.

PNG Air fleet welcomes new addition

Their seventh ATR 72-600 aircraft (P2-ATF) arrived in PNG on Thursday, November 16, at 10:30pm.

The aircraft is currently undergoing modifications required to prepare it for commercial operations.

It will commence service on the new schedule starting 04 December.

“We are pleased to welcome the latest addition to our fleet and the opportunity that this brings to further increase capacity and frequency on our domestic schedule,” said Paul Abbot, chief commercial officer.

PNG Air continues to get positive results

The airline in announcing its 2017 half year results say the company achieved positive results in terms of profit compared to last year’s.

The airline introduced its 6th brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft in June as part of the strategy.

PNG Air’s CEO Muralee Siva said “We were able to increase passenger revenue by nearly 27% compared to the corresponding period in 2016, despite having the same overall capacity. 

This indicates the attraction of the ATRs we’ve been bringing in to replace the older Dash 8 aircraft and justifies the strategy we’ve followed”.

PNG Air starts services into Wapenamanda

“I am very happy to confirm that PNG Air as part of the new schedule starting Monday 14 August has begun services to Wapenamanda,” said Paul Abbot, PNG Air’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“Initially we will be operating Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Port Moresby to Wapenamanda but we are confident that as time goes on and local support builds we will be able to introduce additional flights into the schedule,” Mr Abbot said.

PNG Air touches down in Cairns

“The airline will be flying 3 days each week between Cairns and Lihir Island using our new ATR 72-600 aircraft,” said Muralee Siva, Chief Executive PNG Air.

“We have been working with Newcrest Mining for a number of years now on their domestic PNG travel and it’s been great to move up to providing all of their air travel needs including the international flights to Cairns,” Mr Siva added.

PNG Air is a PNG based airline which operates both scheduled passenger services and provides charter support for many of the country’s largest mining and resource companies.


CNN recognises PNG Air’s livery

The livery was introduced when the airline began bringing in its brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft in late 2015.

CNN commented that it was a contemporary depiction of ancient patterns that was designed to reflect the nation's diversity and that traditional icons from around the country were incorporated on the unusual and striking design.

PNG Air joined major world airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, All Nippon Airlines, Qatar Airways and Taiwan’s EVA on CNN’s list.

Plane lands in Esa’ala after more than 20 years

That was 20 years ago.

Today locals in Esa’ala were surprised when a PNG Air Dash 8 aircraft landed at the Districts Airstrip which is currently being given a facelift.

Locals told Loop PNG that they were surprised but happy to finally see an aircraft land in their home district after so many years.

PNG Air is intending to bring its services to the island District and opted for a test run following a meeting with Minister for Civil Aviation and local MP, Steven Davies.

Discussions on services to the district began early last year.

PNG Air maintains gold safety registration

This follows a recent renewal audit.

BARS was developed by mining resource companies and the Flight Safety Foundation to establish a common safety audit standard for suppliers of aviation services to the resource industry.  

It provides industry companies with the level of safety assurance they require, measured against very stringent standards.  

Only eight audit companies worldwide are approved to perform BARS audits.

Inflight entertainment for PNG Air customers

“We’d like to help people get into the Christmas spirit and also say thanks to all those who have supported us in our first year of operation,” says Chief Commercial Officer Paul Abbot.

“Together with the team from EMTV and a number of the stars from the hit series Vocal Fusion, passengers checking in and on board the aircraft will be treated to live entertainment as our way of ending the year on a high.”

Artists featured on PNG Air flights for the next two weeks include Joseph Ehava, Theo Benjamin, Didi Maru, Isaiah Mano and Peter Ho’leong.