Air Niugini has reached yet another milestone with the arrival of its third 767 in April.
The third Boeing 767 under the registration P2-PXW was ferried from Guangzhou, China by Air Niugini pilots, arriving in Port Moresby to a traditional hosing down and arrival ceremony on Tuesday April 19.
Acting Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sam Abal was on hand to greet the aircraft and crew before an audience of dignitaries.
In his speech the Prime Minister noted and applauded the rapid expansion of Air Niugini services.
“I commend the Minister for State Enterprise and Independent Public Business Corporation for their guidance and leadership to Air Niugini. I also acknowledge the Air Niugini Board and Management for the foresight and aptitude in ensuring the Government’s expectations are implemented.
The continued growth and success of Air Niugini lies also with the support and cooperation of its loyal customers, and the key Government Departments and agencies as well as industry partners. I urge them to stay committed and continue to grow this national asset”, Mr Abal said.
Meanwhile in his address, Mr Wasantha Kumarasiri, CEO of Air Niugini highlighted the benefits that the third Boeing 767 would bring to Air Niugini’s operations.
“Our new arrival P2-PXW has a seating capacity of 32 business and 187 economy class seats which provides greater comfort to our valued customers.
This wide-body aircraft will allow Air Niugini to swap equipment without compromising passenger comfort and also develop our cargo business…With three wide-body aircraft and increased frequencies to various countries within the region, I request companies and individuals to export and import using our services, a new opportunity that did not previously exist.” Mr Kumarasiri said.