Air­craft named after ‘Rabaul’

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F100 Air Ni­ug­ini has named one of its Fokker 100 air­craft ‘Rabaul’, fol­low­ing on from an­other F100 that has been named ‘City of Lae’ and F70s that have been named ‘Mt Ha­gen’, ‘Hoskins’ and ‘Alotau’.

Air Ni­ug­ini chair­man Sir Fred­er­ick Rei­her said at the nam­ing cer­e­mony that the name ‘Rabaul’ is in recog­ni­tion of the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion made by East New Bri­tain to­wards the air­line’s do­mes­tic routes.

Air Ni­ug­ini cur­rently op­er­ates 48 flights a week be­tween Rabaul and Port Moresby, Kavieng, Buka, Ki­eta, Li­hir, Hoskins and Lae.

“Through the na­tional hub in Port Moresby, Air Ni­ug­ini connects Rabaul to 55 in­ter­na­tional flights a week in each di­rec­tion. These flights cover 13 des­ti­na­tions in Asia, Aus­tralia and the Pa­cific.”

Sir Fred­er­ick also said that East New Bri­tain, and its cap­i­tal Rabaul, have been nom­i­nated by the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment un­der its four pil­lars of na­tional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan as the tourism hub for the coun­try, and there­fore it is fit­ting to have the provin­cial cap­i­tal’s name on one of its air­craft.

Sir Fred­er­ick, Air Ni­ug­ini chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Si­mon Foo, Rabaul MP Dr Al­lan Marat and ENB gov­er­nor Ere­man ToBain­ing Ju­nior (pic­tured above) con­ducted the nam­ing cer­e­mony dur­ing a heavy down­pour in Rabaul.

Mean­while, Link PNG is plan­ning new ser­vices be­tween Rabaul and Jac­quinot Bay this year. ■

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