To ensure the continuity of services, Air Niugini announced yesterday that EuroAtlantic Airways-a has stepped in to assist with normal flight routes.
Air Niugini said it would be leasing an aircraft from this company-also a B767-which it stated is expected to arrive in the country this weekend .
It will commence operation soon after the national flag carriers aircraft leaves for maintenance.
It stated that the 767 aircraft which Air Niugini is temporarily leasing is fitted with 247 seats, including Business and Economy class.
“Euroatlantic is supplying pilots and engineers for the aircraft, while Air Niugini will be responsible for the cabin crew.
“The aircraft will be operating selected Air Niugini flights to Brisbane, Singapore, and possibly other international destinations, between December 3 and January 29 , whilst Air Niugini’s own Boeing 767 undergo scheduled maintenance checks,” the statement read.
Euroatlantic specializes in offering short term leases to the world’s airlines, to cover specific events such as aircraft maintenance or peak travel demand periods.
Their client base includes many of the world’s top airlines such as British Airways, KLM, Air France and Etihad Airways.