New Dash 8 for Link PNG

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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.

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