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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1987
Hubs Jacksons International Airport
Fleet size 22
Destinations 28
Headquarters Jacksons International Airport
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Key people Murray Woo (chairman)
Muralee Siva (CEO)

PNG Air is an airline based on the grounds of Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.[1] It operates scheduled domestic and international flights, as well as contract corporate charter work. Its main base is Jacksons International Airport.[2]


The airline was established and started operations in 1987 and was originally known as Milne Bay Air or simply MBA. It operated as a charter company in the resource development industry. The airline obtained an RPT licence in September 1992 and received its airline licence in March 1997. With its headquarters and main operating base set in Port Moresby, there are also support staff in Cairns and Brisbane, Australia. PNG Air has 600 staff. Recently[when?] listed on the Port Moresby Stock Exchange, PNG Air, Papua New Guinea’s second largest airline.[2]

In November 2015, the airline rebranded as PNG Air and unveiled a new livery. It also received its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, to become the backbone of the fleet by 2020.[3][4]


PNG Air's de Havilland Dash-8 Series 100 (P2-MCP) at Mt. Hagen's Kagamuga Airport, Papua New Guinea.

As of September 2011, PNG Air operates scheduled passenger flights to the following destinations:[5]

Papua New Guinea[edit]



The PNG Air fleet includes the following aircraft (as of February 2014):[6][7][8]

Previously operated[edit]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 15 December 1992. A Britten-Norman Islander aircraft struck a mountain near Alotau, Papua New Guinea. 6 people killed.[9]
  • 12 July 1995. Shortly after takeoff from Dagura Airport, the Twin Otter aircraft exploded and crashed into shallow water. 13 people killed.[9]
  • 11 May 1996. Britten-Norman Islander flew into a valley surrounded by high terrain near Oumba. Pilot attempted a 180 degree turn, but crashed into trees. 1 passenger killed.[9]
  • 9 July 1996. Twin Otter aircraft struck a mountain in cloudy conditions on approach to Mendi. 20 killed.[9]
  • 29 July 2004. Twin Otter crashed near Ononge, in cloudy conditions. 2 killed.[10]
  • 11 August 2009. Flight 4684, a Twin Otter, made a failed go-around in cloudy conditions near Kokoda. The aircraft crashed into a mountain at an altitude of 5500 feet (1676 metres). All 13 people on board were killed.[10]
  • 13 October 2011. A PNG Air Dash 8-100, registration P2-MCJ, operating flight CG1600 from Lae to Madang (Papua New Guinea), crashed about 20 km south of Madang and caught fire, killing 28 of the 32 aboard.[11][12]

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