Heavy air­craft main­te­nance starts in PNG

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Air Ni­ug­ini has started per­form­ing in-house heavy main­te­nance checks in Port Moresby.

The air­line’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Ta­hawar Dur­rani, said it’s a mile­stone for the air­line to carry out the checks on its Fokker 100 and 70 air­craft on­shore.

He said the ar­range­ment would save the air­line al­most PGK2.5 mil­lion for each heavy main­tence check. Pre­vi­ously, an air­craft had to be sent over­seas for such main­te­nance.

“The board has been pur­su­ing this for some time. Whilst it is chal­leng­ing to have such checks done on­shore, we are pleased to be able to im­ple­ment this process for the first time with our jet air­craft at our own hangar and by our own en­gi­neers.

“It is a landmark achieve­ment that will save Air Ni­ug­ini mil­lions of kina now and in the years to come.”

He said that apart from cost sav­ings, the new ar­range­ment will also re­sult in im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and ca­pac­ity build­ing in terms of lo­cal knowl­edge and up-skilling of main­te­nance staff.

Air Ni­ug­ini’s gen­eral man­ager of air­craft main­te­nance, Bene­dict Oraka, said heavy main­te­nance checks on Fokker air­craft are car­ried out ev­ery two to three years. Lighter checks are done ev­ery two to six months.

“Our team is all set and motivated to do this heavy main­te­nance and re­fur­bish­ing work, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of new busi­ness class seats,” he said.

Air Ni­ug­ini has been ap­proved by the PNG Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity to do the checks.

It is a landmark achieve­ment that will save Air Ni­ug­ini mil­lions of kina.

Check up … in-house heavy main­te­nance checks are now be­ing done by PNG en­gi­neers who have gone through years of ex­ten­sive train­ing.

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