New Dash 8 for Link PNG
Link PNG, a subsidiary company of Air Niugini, recently took delivery of another Dash 8 aircraft.
General manager, Bruce Alabaster, said the 50- seat plane brings the total Link PNG fleet to eight Dash 8 aircraft, comprising five Dash-8-315s with 50 seats and three Dash-8202s with 36 seats.
He said the new aircraft is fitted with longrange fuel tanks and would be used on flights over some of the airline’s longer sectors.
There are now three aircraft in the fleet with long-range capability.
“All Link PNG’s flights are operated by our Dash 8 aircraft,” Alabaster says. “We believe these are ideally suited to operations in PNG, with the flexibility between the larger 50- seat model, and the 36- seat Dash 8, which is ideal for the smaller airports and for carrying extra cargo.”
Link PNG operates flights to 14 airports in PNG.
Meanwhile, Link PNG has reported a profit for 2017 after tax and abnormals of PGK15.1 million. This builds on a PGK9.1 million profit delivered in 2016, and a total profit over PGK28 million since the airline started operations on November 1, 2014.
The chairman of Link PNG and Air Niugini, Sir Frederick Reiher, congratulated Link PNG management and staff on the “great outcome” in a difficult economic environment.
He said when Link PNG was established, it was thought the new airline may initially require financial support from its parent company.
“However, it has been very pleasing to see that Link PNG has actually been profitable from day one.” He said this had allowed Link PNG to invest in additional routes and aircraft.
New arrival … Link PNG general manager Bruce Alabaster (fourth from left) and his management team with the lastest Dash 8.