AIR NIUGINI SET TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL DASH 8–Q400 AIRCRAFT TO IMPROVE ITS DOMESTIC SERVICES.
Air Niugini is now set to purchase two brand new Dash 8-Q400 next generation aircraft to improve its domestic services.
This followed the signing of the aircraft purchase agreement between Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Wasantha Kumarasiri and Bombardier’s Vice President for Sales in Asia/Pacific, Mr Trung Ngo in Port Moresby this week.
Bombardier is a Dash 8 aircraft manufacturing company based in Toronto, Canada.
The purchase of the two brand new aircraft will greatly enhance Air Niugini’s domestic services by ensuring reliability and on time performance.
The new generation Dash 8-Q400 is considered one of the fastest prop operated aircraft. It has the capacity of 74 seats and burns less fuel.
Although a propeller driven aircraft, the speed of a Dash 8-Q400 aircraft is almost close to a Fokker 100 aircraft.
Based on financial capability in the past, Air Niugini on many occasions acquired used aircraft to carry out its operations and this new aircraft acquisition now sets a new direction for the airline.
The purchase of the two brand new Dash 8-Q400 aircraft is an added advantage to the airline’s current aircraft fleet. The two aircraft will assist in schedule reliability and redundancy, should other aircraft go through maintenance or become unserviceable due to defects.
Air Niugini expects the two aircraft to be delivered by mid next year. The first aircraft is expected to be in service by July and the other by September 2010.
Representatives from Air Niugini and Bombardier met with Prime Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare after the signing where they presented the Dash Q-400 aircraft models to the Prime Minister.