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.