The National, Tuesday November 5th, 2013
AIR Niugini’s Boeing 767 under the PNG registration P2-ANA was farewelled in a low key but emotional send- off ceremony at the Jackson International airport last Friday.
Chief executive officer-Simon Foo, chief operating officer-captain Daniel Wanma, airline general managers and senior executive managers were present for the send-off.
P2-ANA returned to Icelandair after its five-year lease by Air Niugini expired.
Captains Paun Nongorr, lawrence Koyama and first officer John Rondeau flew the aircraft via Honolulu and later Florida, USA.
This was also the aircraft’s final flight before it was retired.
Wanma who brought the P2-ANA to the country in 2008 was emotional to see it go.
“From day one, she did not let us down one bit, she behaved well.
“The aircraft has a heart and soul and it is sad to see it go.
“I wish I was on this final flight, I wish it safe journey back to its owner,” he said.
Upon arrival in Florida, P2-ANA would be laid to rest, its parts dismantled and its engines modified into Boeing 747 aircraft.
P2-ANA was returned to Icelandair and Air Castle of USA after it operated Air Niugini’s international flights for five years