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.”

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PNG Air plans to increase new fleet to 13 planes

With the first aircraft undergoing its maiden voyage throughout the country in the coming days, plans are underway to bring in 12 more.

The ATR aircraft seats up to 74 passengers and will replace the Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 Dash 8 fleet for Airlines PNG, now trading as PNG Air.

The second plane will arrive next month. Three more arrive in 2016 in March, June and November. These will include business class seating.

PNG Air chief executive officer Muralee Siva said their long term plan is to become a full ATR operator by 2020.

PNG Air takes media on maiden flight

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.