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Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:51 am

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



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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:17 am

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

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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:39 am

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.

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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:49 am

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.

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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:54 pm

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.
 
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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:41 pm

Air Nuigini's leased B763 is from NZ ex ZK-NCE
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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:08 pm

767? what happened to their A310?
 
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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:32 pm

Quoting Orion737 (reply 7):
767? what happened to their A310?

The A310 awaits its fate in the desert.
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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:36 pm

Another beloved A310 gone west. Why so prematurely retired? The 310 is surely capable of doing what the 763 does for Air Niugini.
 
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RE: Air Niugini. How Are They Doing, Fleet Plans?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:22 pm

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.

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