The Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gary Seddon said, “I would like to thank our valued customers for their patience and understanding as we worked through this challenging period. I would also like to thank the dedicated men and women of Air Niugini, who have all contributed across the company, whilst we dealt with this unscheduled maintenance requirement.”
Air Niugini had both widebody aircraft grounded for unscheduled maintenance in June and July. One aircraft, P2-PXV (Victor) required an engine cowling replacement. And the other, P2-PXW (Whiskey) required a whole engine change. The change of an engine is a major undertaking and testing was thorough before the aircraft was released back in to service.
Whiskey will return to service tomorrow, Wednesday 26th July after all maintenance works and extensive testing were completed in Brisbane, Australia.
Air Niugini’s Boeing 767 fleet are the backbone of the international schedule, carrying passengers and freight safely, comfortably and effectively between Port Moresby and Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Palau.
Air Niugini recently signed orders to introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as the future wide body aircraft to deliver and expand medium to long haul elements of its international schedule.
“Though we are excited about our future, we are equally excited about finally restoring our fleet to its full capacity,” said Mr. Seddon.
Corporate Communications Department
Tuesday 25th July 2023