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Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?  
User currently offlineBoeing777/747 From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

Wondering how Air Niugini is doing for the moment. What are their fleetplans?



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9891 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

That's a good question Boeing777/747,

Air Nuigini is one of those airlines of which you don't hear much or nothing at all. They hardly get media attention. I would also like to know what their future fleet requirements will be.

I really liked the livery of Air Nuigini with the paradise bird on the entire fuselage as shown on the photo below:


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I wish Air Nuigini would adopt this livery again, it would look very nice on an A330 or any widebody aircraft. That is one livery I really don't mind seeing back in the air. It would still be a very modern livery nowadays.

So Air Nuigini if you read this thread/post, please bring back the big bird Big grin

A388  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

I heard that the airline is having a hard time.

It currently utilize F100's and has a B767 variant im not sure of.

B747/B777 size is totally out of the question, to much capacity. A320/B737 would be a better fit if you ask me.

A388 those paradise bird jets was awesome indeed.

Drew



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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4816 times:

It's not doing too badly actually. It is in profit, and has good loads on it's international and domestic flights. A few years ago things weren't going too well - but now they seem to have done a complete turnaround. Same goes for Air Nauru as well - another pacific carrier now in the black.

QFF


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5351 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

Air Nuigini currently operate a leased 767-300ER for their International services. Air NZ do the maintenance at AKL, P2-ANG was in AKL just this past week.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12210 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 4697 times:
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Air Nuigini's leased B763 is from NZ ex ZK-NCE

User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8457 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

Would Air Nugini and Air Naru be better off joining togeather with the likes of Air Pacific to create a Gulf Air style airline. And what I mean by that is three or four airlines joining togeather to create one larger airline soley for the pacific with a number of hubs.

User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

767? what happened to their A310?

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12210 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 4644 times:
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Quoting Orion737 (reply 7):
767? what happened to their A310?

The A310 awaits its fate in the desert.


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 4641 times:

Another beloved A310 gone west. Why so prematurely retired? The 310 is surely capable of doing what the 763 does for Air Niugini.

User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 4636 times:

I think it was cheaper to get rid of the A310 and replace it with a leased 763 complete with maintenance contract.


Quoting Bill142 (reply 6):
Would Air Nugini and Air Naru be better off joining togeather with the likes of Air Pacific to create a Gulf Air style airline. And what I mean by that is three or four airlines joining togeather to create one larger airline soley for the pacific with a number of hubs.


The Australian government has proposed this to the Pacific Islands forum and it wasn't warmly received. I do believe that Air Pacific was originally created for the purpose of serving the entire pacific on behalf of many of the smaller regional airlines, but like BWIA it didn't pan out. Air Nauru is one of the few sources of revenue the Nauruan government has, so it is unlikely that it will surrender those profits for the private sector. Many of these airlines are state owned and governments are happier to fill their coffers than offer it up in the name of free enterprise. On the other hand, quite often these nationalistic ventures don't turn out well as the recent Air Kiribati experiment has shown. Tuvalu and Tonga have done well investing in Air Fiji thus ensuring themselves an air connection to Fiji. Personally, I think it would be a good idea to consolidate all these airlines - perhaps not right now - but once Pacific Island nations reconcile their economies (like Western Samoa has done) it would probably be the best thing to do. It's funny how much of a mixed bag it is - you have Solomon airlines getting by, Air Niugini Air Nauru Air Pacific and (albeit with a little governmental help) Air Calin and Air Tahiti Nui. On the whole, things are looking pretty good for Pacific aviation. However there is always the worry that if the market was consolidated - one major slip up from management would mean QF and Air New Zealand would have one hell of a vacuum to fill - that is if they felt obliged to fill it.

QFF


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