Air Niugini gets new plane


AIR Niugini’s fifth Fokker-70 aircraft arrived last weekend, according to chief executive officer Simon Foo.
Foo said it was a continuation of the airline’s re-fleeting exercise to replace Q400 aircraft and standardise its operations by using the Fokker-100 and F70 aircraft for domestic and short-haul regional international flights.
He said the F70 aircraft had capability in travel efficiency and customer comfort in comparison to other aircraft in the industry.
“The F70 has the ability to fly 35 percent more distance with the same load as its propeller-driven competitors, and its faster speed reduces flight times by 20 minutes on average,” Foo said.
“It flies 30 percent higher than the Q400 and ATR, ensuring customers of a smoother and quieter journey.”
The aircraft is awaiting regulatory approvals from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority before starting operations. Four more F70 aircraft will be acquired next year.
The aircraft will service domestic and international destinations while allowing the airline to reintroduce services on the sectors between Lae, Hoskins and Rabaul.
It plans to add extra flights during the Christmas period.
Air Niugini has 25 aircraft including the B767, B737, F100, F70, Q400 and the Dash operated by its subsidiary company Link PNG.

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