Not a short term lease, but replacing the current A310. All of the information is on their website:
AIR Niugini board chairman Sir Michael Bromley confirmed yesterday that Air Niugini was close to finalising contractual arrangements to lease a Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
The Air Niugini board of directors, at their April and May meetings, recommended to the Privatisation Commission that the company terminate the lease on the Airbus A310 aircraft and replace it with a more modern Boeing aircraft.
Sir Michael said the new aircraft would provide Air Niugini with the opportunity to increase revenue and lower costs on the company’s international operations and secure its long term financial viability.
Training of flight attendants and air crew had commenced, with 11 Papua New Guineans selected for flight crew training.
Air New Zealand will provide maintenance and logistics support for the aircraft while Air Niugini gears up for the new operation, scheduled to commence services on the 19th of July.
While the Air Niugini flight and cabin crews undergo training in Auckland, the aircraft will be jointly manned by Air New Zealand and Air Niugini staff.
Sir Michael said Air Niugini had been able to take advantage of the current favourable market conditions for aircraft leasing to secure very competitive lease terms and conditions.
The A310, which has been operated by Air Niugini since 1989, will return to America where it will undergo a cargo configuration and return to service with Federal Express.
Sir Michael noted the huge workload and pressures on Air Niugini management and support staff involved in the exit of the A310 and introduction of the B767 and expressed thanks to all involved.
On completion of the Boeing 767 introduction project, management will transfer additional resource to a second project looking at the domestic fleet.
The directors recently approved the replacement of two F28-1000 aircraft with larger, more modern F28-4000 units.
Management will now be required to present recommendations on long term fleet plans to service the PNG domestic market by September 30.