Fifth new ATR 72 adds to PNG Airs growing fleet

The addition of another brand new ATR to the airline’s fleet will provide even greater options for travellers and more opportunities to fly on PNG’s newest aircraft.

PNG Air to acquire 5 more ATR 72-600 aircrafts

In a statement from the Port Moresby Stock exchange this morning, PNG Air announced that the aircrafts will be bought from the manufacturer, the French company ATR, with the first of the new aircraft to be delivered in 2019.

PNG Air CEO Muralee Siva said the introduction of the brand new ATR 72-600s underpins the airline’s strategy to bring affordable, comfortable and dependable air services to the PNG domestic market.

“PNG deserves the best,” he said.

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PNG Air’s new aircraft to help travelling public

Chief commercial officer for PNG Air, Paul Abbot says that with the arrival of the forth new ATR early this month, the domestic schedule now offers further significant improvements for travellers in PNG.

Abbot says it will also increase frequency on a number of ports that they will be commencing ATR operations into Daru and Vanimo as well as resuming operations into Alotau.

Decrease in fuel price helps airline company

“While lower commodity prices have contributed to many of the economic problems facing PNG and PNG Air, one benefit has been that fuel prices have been low over this period, although they appear to be firming now,” PNG Air’s chief executive officer Muralee Siva said.  

“Low fuel prices certainly benefit PNG Air, although those benefits have been off-set by depreciation of the PNG Kina.

PNG Air extends services to AROB

The airline will be carrying out its inaugural flight to Buka and Keita on its latest ATR plane on April 21.

The company aims to cater to the people by offering affordable prices and quality service to its customers.

Chief commercial officer Paul Abbot outlined that the airline aims to operate three flights a week that will cater to the Buka and Keita ports.

Last November during the company’s rebranding, Muralee Siva, PNG Air’s chief executive officer said the new ATR 72-600 aircraft is tailored for regional operations.

PNG Air welcomes third ATR 72-600 to its fleet

The aircraft completed its ferry flight from the ATR factory in Toulouse France and touched down at Port Moresby’s Jackson’s International Airport in the early hours of Sunday morning. The ferry flight was conducted by PNG Air pilots under the command of captain Adam Loughrey.

PNG Air’s chairman Murray Woo said: “This new aircraft is part of our ongoing commitment to refleeting the airline with brand new aircraft better suited to meet the future demands of the PNG market. By the end of 2016 we will have five new ATRs serving our network and supporting the development of PNG.


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PNG Air assist stranded Travel Air passengers

PNG Travel Air announced today that any passenger who has purchased a ticket on the cancelled Mangi Lo Ples (Travel Air) services would instead be able to travel free of charge on a PNG Air service on the same route.

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PNG Air assist stranded Travel Air passengers

“With the cancelled operations affecting the travel plans of many passengers who have already bought and paid for tickets, PNG Air is willing to help ensure that people can still connect with friends and family.” Said Paul Abbot, Chief Commercial Officer of PNG Air.

“Any customer of Travel Air who has a valid unused ticket can exchange that ticket for a space available ticket on a PNG Air service without any additional payment.”

Air Niugini executives fly on PNG Air plane

Dominic Kaumu, Air Niugini general manager marketing and Marco McConnell, ground operations and aviation security, boarded the plane for the first time since they have been working with Air Niugini.

Kaumu in his page on social media outlet Facebook posted: “History in the making. In all my thirty seven years serving the national airline, I am boarding this airline for the very first time.. PX still is my no.1 airline.”