View Full Version : Seeing is believing!

05-08-2003, 06:15 PM
On the 21st June, Airlines PNG announced exclusively to Papua New Guinea Business Directory that is was finalising the purchase of added aircraft to its fleet.

Two of the three aircraft have arrived on our shores. The aircraft (pictured) are a Bombardier Dash8 high capacity aeroplane and a Cessna Citation 550 corporate jet.

The Dash8 was ferried from Christchurch in NZ and crewed by Captains Ray Ross and Bruce Alabaster. Considering the nature of the flight, both pilots made a night stop at Norfolk Island on the East Coast of Australia and awaited favourable winds prior to proceeding to Brisbane and onto Cairns before arriving in Port Moresby.

The Bombardier Dash8 pictured here in PNG Airline's hangar at Jackson's Airport

05-08-2003, 06:34 PM
Both Dash8’s purchase were operating in NZ with Origin Airlines and were configured to 40 seats, however, after a good going over by the expert team of Engineers at Airlines PNG’s hangar, they will be reconfigured to 37 seats, making them standard with the other Dash8’s in the fleet.

The inside of the Dash8's first row of 20 seats

05-08-2003, 06:37 PM
The Citation Jet was ferried from Maroochydore in South East Queensland via Cairns to Port Moresby. Amongst the flight crew was our own Captain Drew Salter who flew this ‘beautifully’decored and fitted aircraft to our shores.

This corporate aircraft is fitted with a gravel kit thereby giving them capability to fly into most gravel airstrips in PNG, with the capacity of taking this type of aircraft and will also operate in a Medivac role throughout PNG and South West Pacific area including Indonesia.

The Cessna Citation 550 corporate jet

05-08-2003, 06:44 PM
Its interior is in immaculate condition with large spacious leather upholstery in club seating and comfortable leg room.

The aircraft flies at a cruise speed of around 360knots and is similar in speed to the Fokker F28 aircraft now in service with Air Niugini.

An engineer sitting inside the Citation

05-08-2003, 06:58 PM
When in service, Airlines PNG will boast amongst the most experienced crews flying this type of aircraft in PNG and the Australasian region having previously had a leased Citation in its fleet some years ago.

The second Dash8 is due into PNG, again from NZ, in approximately two weeks time.

All the aircraft are undergoing PNG certification processes and should be ready for commercial operations soon.


For enquiries contact: Gus Kraus on Phone: 325 2011, Fax: 325 2219
E-mail Address: marketing@apng.com

The front of the Citation

05-08-2003, 07:03 PM
Dash8 as seen from the rear

05-08-2003, 07:06 PM
One of the engineer in the cockpit of the new Citation

05-08-2003, 07:08 PM
Engineers painting the rear of Dash8