Key Points:

  • Air Niugini has formalized its purchase of 11 Airbus A220 aircraft, including a direct order for six from Airbus and five from lessors.

  • The new aircraft, aimed to replace the airline's fleet of Fokker jets, are part of an extensive fleet modernization plan that also includes two Boeing 787-8s.

  • The acquisition of the A220s is set to enhance passenger comfort, reduce fuel consumption, and lower emissions, marking a milestone in the carrier's history.

Air Niugini Embarks on Major Fleet Overhaul with Airbus Commitment

MONTREAL —Papua New Guinea’s national carrier, Air Niugini, has solidified its order for 11 Airbus A220 aircraft, setting the stage for a significant fleet renewal. The carrier will acquire six A220-100s directly from Airbus, complemented by an additional five aircraft, including three A220-300s and two -100s, sourced from leasing companies.

Sustainable Aviation and Passenger Comfort at the Forefront

This landmark agreement was finalized at a ceremony in Port Moresby, graced by Air Niugini’s acting chief executive Gary Seddon, Airbus’s Asia-Pacific head Anand Stanley, and local dignitaries. Seddon emphasized that the new aircraft would not only enhance passenger comfort but also contribute to substantial reductions in fuel consumption and emissions compared to their predecessors, aligning with global environmental goals.

Strategic Fleet Modernization for Enhanced Performance

The A220s are set to replace Air Niugini’s current fleet of Fokker jets, consisting of four Fokker 100s and four Fokker 70s in active service, as well as three Fokker 100s and two Fokker 70s in storage. These new Airbus jets are a key component of the airline's broader fleet modernization strategy, which also includes an order for two Boeing 787-8s announced earlier in June.

Christian Scherer, Airbus's Chief Commercial Officer, lauded Air Niugini’s decision, highlighting the A220's superior efficiency, range, comfort, and growth potential over competing models. Scherer expressed gratitude for the airline’s confidence in Airbus and pledged comprehensive support during the fleet transition process. The first of the A220s are anticipated to join Air Niugini’s fleet starting in 2025, marking a new era for the airline and its commitment to modern, sustainable aviation.