The airline was established in November 1973 as the national airline of Papua New Guinea. Initially the Papua New Guinea government took a 60% stake with TAA and Qantas taking a 12% stake each and the remaining 16% being accepted by Ansett. It started as an exclusively domestic carrier; however it expanded to offer international services shortly thereafter. International services commenced very early on in the history of the airline in 1977. The 1980s increase in Papua New Guinea travel heralded another period of rapid expansion for Air Niugini with the acquisition of new and more efficient aircraft and the extension of its network. The airline endured considerable hardships in the 1990s, with unrest in Bougainville and a volcanic eruption in Rabaul destabilising the company"s busiest domestic services. The Asian currency crisis also made an impact, with Air Niugini posting financial losses during this decade. The response of the government has bore fruit by 2003, with the rise in profit of the airline.
About the airline
Air Niugini Limited is the national airline of Papua New Guinea, based in Air Niugini House on the property of Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby. It operates a domestic network from Port Moresby and Lae, as well as international services in Asia, Oceania, and Australia. Its main base is Jacksons International Airport. Niugini is the Tok Pisin word for New Guinea.
Main rout e
Air Niugini operates services to the following international destinations in Asia and Oceania: Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Fiji and Solomon Islands. Domestic routes include: Alotau - Gurney Airport, Buka - Buka Airport, Goroka - Goroka Airport, Kimbe/Hoskins - Hoskins Airport, Kavieng - Kavieng Airport, Kundiawa - Chimbu Airport, Lae - Lae Nadzab Airport, Lihir Island - Kunaye Airport, Lorengau - Lorengau Airport, Madang - Madang Airport, Los Negros Island - Momote Airport, Mendi - Mendi Airport, Moro - Moro Airport, Mount Hagen - Mount Hagen Airport, Popondetta - Girua Airport, Port Moresby - Jacksons International Airport, Rabaul - Rabaul Airport, Tabubil - Tabubil Airport, Tari - Tari Airport, Vanimo - Vanimo Airport, Wewak - Wewak International Airport
Current fleet consists of the following aircrafts: 3 Boeing 767-300ER, 2 Dash 8-100, 3 Dash 8-200, 3 Dash 8-300, 3 Dash 8-Q400, 1 Dassault Falcon 900X and 6 Fokker 100.
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