Air Niugini receives first inter airline customer
Air Niugini ticked off yet another milestone as it welcomed on Monday its very first international customer to the airline’s aircraft maintenance engineering wing.
The customer, Solomon Airlines, flew in its only Dash 8 aircraft to Jackson International Airport for the vital maintenance check.
An excited managing director, Alan Milne, expressed satisfaction in the first of its kind achievement for a local airline to take on heavy maintenance checks, commonly referred to in the industry as a ‘C’ Check for the overseas customer.
Air Niugini took over the heavier version of maintenance for its major fleets in the Dash 8s and Fokkers over the last few years, achieving major savings for the airline and also peaking interest in the ability of its engineering product, thus the arrival of Solomon Airlines.
“This represents a really exciting move for Air Niugini. The quality that comes out of Air Niugini’s engineering facility is fantastic.
“My background in engineering for over 38 years now, I know good quality and I know good quality is coming out of this business.
“The great story here is that our customers have started to recognize this as well.
We would like to thank Solomon Airline for bringing their aircraft here as our first customer. However, this is just the beginning,” Milne said.
He said the ‘C’ Check is one of the larger checks on the Dash 8 airplane that involved both internal and external maintenance.
“The aeroplane comes into the Hanger, we take seats out, we take the galleys out, and we do a pretty extensive review and service of that aeroplane, all the required inspections of the manufacturer.
Prior to its new service destination at Jackson, the Solomon Airline craft undertook its maintenance in Cairns, Australia.
“So really exciting PNG is now considered a world class provider of Aircraft maintenance services.
Mr Milne said the aircraft is set to undergo its heavy maintenance for the next five weeks.