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Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 overruns the runway at Chuuk, Micronesia

Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 P2-PXE overran the runway at Chuuk Airport in Micronesia and ended up in the lagoon. Flight PX 073 had just arrived from Pohnpei.

35 passengers and 12 crew members were able to safely evacuate the aircraft.

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Air Niugini issued this statement:

Air Niugini provides the following update regarding the short landing of its Boeing 737-800 series aircraft at Chuuk International airport, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) this morning.

P2-PXE was operating scheduled flight PX 073 between Pohnpei and Chuuk Airport in FSM when the incident occurred. The incident occurred at 10:10 am FSM local time. Air Niugini has been informed that the weather was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of incident.

The aircraft had 35 passengers and 12 crew members onboard, all of whom were able to safely evacuate the aircraft.

Air Niugini is now positioning assistance to Chuuk for our passengers and crew. We are also in touch with the embassies, passenger representatives, stakeholders and families of the crew.

We thank everyone in Chuuk for the assistance provided today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers, crew and their families at this time.

Air Niugini further advises that it has scheduled a special flight for company personnel tomorrow morning to take airline management to provide assistance to passengers and crew who were on PX 073, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft that landed short at Chuuk International airport runway today.

This will include the company doctor to assist with treatment of few passengers who had injuries from the incident.

The special flight will be available to allow those passengers who wish to complete their trip to Port Moresby and onward to their final destinations.

Air Niugini has also arranged hotel accommodation for the other 27 passengers and 12 crew members.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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KLM sells seven Fokker 70s to Air Niugini

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has issued this statement:

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Yesterday (October 16) saw the symbolic transfer of the first of seven KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) Fokker 70 aircraft from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Air Niugini (Port Moresby), the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

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KLM will begin phasing out the Fokker 70 in December this year, at which time it will also welcome two new Embraer 190s.

Air Niugini previously purchased a Fokker 100 and a Fokker 70 from KLM, in September 2013 and October 2014 respectively.

Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper, presented the Fokker 70 PH-KZF (below) to Sir Frederich Reiher, chairman of Air Niugini’s board.

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) CEO handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)
“Following a 21-year history, we now bid a fond farewell to our second Fokker 70,” said Boet Kreiken. “It is good to know that our reliable Fokker 70s will have a second life at Air Niugini. These aircraft are valuable additions to the Air Niugini fleet, and we are proud of KLM’s contribution to the deal. We are also looking forward to having a young KLM Cityhopper fleet consisting entirely of Embraer 190s and 175s. These aircraft are more economical, ensuring cost benefits as well as better environmental performance.

Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.

The KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s are expected to be all phased out in 2018.

Airline Aircraft Endangered Species List:

Endangered Species List Mosaic 9.22.15

Photos: KLM.

KLM aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

KLM Cityhopper aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Air Niugini aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

In other news, effective November 1, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will screen an innovative and unique flight safety film (below) on all intercontinental flights, inspired by Delftware decoration techniques.

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Air Niugini launches a new route to Bali, upgrades its cabins

Air Niugini (Port Moresby) added a new weekly route to from Port Moresby to Bali, Indonesia on August 5.

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The company is also upgrading its cabin and issued this statement:

It is with great pride that we introduce the first of our retro-fitted aircraft, Boeing 767 P2-PXW.

P2-PXW was away for about 2 and a half months being retro-fitted and now boasts a configuration of 28 Business Class and 160 Economy Class seats.  Customers can expect an enhanced, sleek new look cabin interior and the most exciting feature will be state-of-the-art inflight entertainment experience. In brief this is what customers will enjoy on P2-PXW;

•    An upgraded and new colour scheme mixing grey & red for the seats
•    A completely new seat in Business and Economy Class
•    28 Business Class seats – Cocoon style seats with lie-flat seats
•    160 Economy Class seats – In-seat videos
•    New Inflight entertainment offering in both classes – Movies on demand

Basically customers enjoy extra comfort whilst enjoying the wide range of Inflight Entertainment – TV Shows, Movies, Audio recordings and even games all from  their individual in-seat screen.

We have a few preliminary pictures to share for your reference:

Economy Class

  

Front view Back view

 

Business Class

  

Front view Back view

 

Additional information to note:

•    The 2nd Boeing 767, P2-PXV will be leaving for the upgrade of seats and IFE. The configuration will be the same as P2-PXW.
•    Both Boeing 737 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new seats and the IFE. They depart later in the year.

Top Copyright Photo: Peter Gates/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Niugini). Boeing 767-341 ER P2-PXV (msn 30341) will be the second Boeing 767 to receive the new interior. The company also has a Boeing 787-8 on order for delivery next year.

Air Niugini: AG Slide Show

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Domestic Route Map:

Air Niugini 8:2013 Domestic Route Map

International Route Map:

Air Niugini 8:2013 International Route Map

Air Niugini adds its first Bombardier Q400, introduces a new livery

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Air Niugini (Port Moresby) has taken delivery of its first Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400). Another copy will follow.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. DHC-8-402 (Q400) P2-PXU (msn 4316) prepares to depart from Toronto (Pearson) on its long delivery flight on July 13. The company took the opportunity to introduce this new color scheme.

Air Niugini orders two DHC-8-400s (Q400s)

Copyright Image: Bombardier.  Please click on image for more photos.

Copyright Image: Bombardier. Please click on image for more photos.

Air Niugini (Port Moresby) has placed a firm order with Bombardier for two DHC-8-400s (Q400s). The airline already operates a pair of DHC-8-100s, three DHC-8-200s and three DHC-8-300s.

Press release:

www.bombardier.com/en/corporate/media-centre/press-releases/details?docID=0901260d800c0e0e