PNG Air welcomes 5th brand new ATR 72

PNG Air have announced that the airline’s 5th brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft (P2-ATD) arrived in Port Moresby this week and will begin commercial operation today, 9 December.

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.

“Having the 5th new ATR begin commercial service means the airline’s domestic schedule now offers further significant improvements for travellers in PNG,” said Paul Abbot, Chief Commercial Officer of PNG Air. “We have been able to increase the number of flights operating with ATR aircraft which means more people than ever before will be able to enjoy the superior comfort and quietness of PNG’s newest aircraft fleet.”

“PNG people love flying on the ATR and it’s a real step up from what has been available before,” Mr Abbot added.

The changes to the airline’s schedule include:

– All services to Lihir Island are now operated by ATR aircraft;

– All services to Madang and Wewak are operated by ATR aircraft;

– Services between Lae and Mt Hagen have been reinstated;

– Additional services to Kiunga on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We are excited that the latest addition to our fleet now means PNG Air are operating the youngest commercial fleet in PNG. When we began the re-fleeting program one of our key priorities was to provide PNG with the best aviation service possible using brand new aircraft and not recycled ones from other markets. With our shareholder base being very much the people of PNG we take great pride in providing state of the art aircraft and a level of service that the PNG travelling public deserves,” Mr Abbot said.


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