PNG Air enters new era with first ATR 72-600 aircraft
The aircraft features PNG Air’s new distinctive black and red livery
The investment in new ATR aircraft will support PNG Air’s growth plans, marking an important phase in the airline’s restructuring and fleet renewal program. The new planes will gradually replace the fleet of ageing 36-seat turboprops. PNG Air will deploy its ATR 72-600s on routes over its regional network.
The newly delivered ATR aircraft took to the skies in a passenger-cargo “combi” layout. The recently certified “combi” configuration of the ATR aircraft allows combining cargo which nearly doubles its capacity with up to 44 passenger seats section providing PNG Air with greater operation flexibility. PNG Air has become the first airline to operate the ATR 72-600 aircraft in the “combi” configuration.
PNG Air’s selection of the ATR-600 series aircraft was driven by their superior economics, unbeatable performance on short and unpaved runways and best dispatch reliability in its segment.
“The arrival of the new ATR 72-600 to our fleet will enable PNG Air to enhance its service offering and redefine regional travel in Papua New Guinea. The new ATRs are the cornerstone of the PNG Air new developments, offering exceptional operational flexibility with the right range and lowest costs,” said Muralee Siva, Chief Executive Officer of PNG Air. “Changing the corporate name from Airlines PNG to PNG Air is also a natural progression in the development of our airline investment.”
“We are proudly bringing the new ATR 72-600 to this very promising market together with PNG Air. The completion of the airline’s restructuring program, along with the fleet renewal, represent a new era for PNG Air giving a firm foundation for growth. We wish them good luck and look forward to more positive announcements in the future,” said Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR.
PNG Air’s ATR 72-600s will join a strong ATR presence in the Pacific, where the company’s aircraft underpin all fleet modernizations in the region.
About PNG Air:
PNG Air, formerly known as Airline PNG, is a domestic Papua New Guinean airline which operates scheduled domestic flights and cargo services, as well as contract corporate charter work. Its main base is Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2019 the company had a turnover of US$1.6 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 45% less fuel and emit up to 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.