PNG Air brings in second ATR-72 aircraft
PNG Air chief commercial officer Paul Abbot confirmed in an email that “the aircraft arrived in the early hours of Wednesday morning after its ferry flight from Toulouse France”.
He said among the ferry flight crew were two Papua New Guinea Air captains – Captain Brady McCullum and Captain Chris Avenell.
The aircraft is now in the PNG Air hangar having modifications made before it goes into commercial service on January 4, 2016.
He said before the aircraft would start its commercial flights, it would make some trial and training flights.
“PNG Air is excited to have aircraft number two in the country as that offers more capacity and allows us to operate new routes,” Abbot said.
“At this stage, our primary focus is the domestic market.
The airline which recently went through a rebranding exercise is expecting a third ATR aircraft in March.
“We will take delivery of another three ATR aircraft bringing the total fleet to five by December 2016.”
PNG Air had recently announced its flight to Vanimo.