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PNG Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1987 (As Milne Bay Air)
HubsJacksons International Airport
Fleet size15
HeadquartersJacksons International Airport
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Key peopleWilliam Lamur (Chairman)
Paul Abbot (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 originally established and started operations in 1987 as Milne Bay Air. It operated as a charter company in the resource development industry. The airline obtained an RPT (scheduled passenger services) 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, Australia. PNG Air has 750 staff. In 2008 the airline was listed on the Port Moresby Stock Exchange.[2]

In November 2015, the airline rebranded 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 operates scheduled passenger flights to the following destinations:[5]

Papua New Guinea

Future Destinations[edit]


PNG Air ATR 72

The PNG Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of February 2020):[7][8]

PNG Air Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-600 7 72
Bombardier Dash 8-100 8 36
Total 15

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 15 December 1992, a Milne Bay Air Britten-Norman Islander aircraft struck a mountain near Alotau, Papua New Guinea. Six people were killed.[9]
  • On 12 July 1995, a Milne Bay Air de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft exploded and crashed into shallow water shortly after takeoff from Dagura Airport. Thirteen people were killed.[9]
  • On 11 May 1996, a Milne Bay Air Britten-Norman Islander flew into a valley surrounded by high terrain near Oumba. Pilot attempted a 180 degree turn, but crashed into trees. One passenger was killed.[9]
  • On 9 July 1996, a Milne Bay Air Twin Otter aircraft struck a mountain in cloudy conditions on approach to Mendi. Twenty people were killed.[9]
  • On 29 July 2004, an Airlines PNG Twin Otter crashed near Ononge, in cloudy conditions, killing two people.[10]
  • On 11 August 2009, Airlines PNG 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]
  • On 13 October 2011, a Dash 8-100, registration P2-MCJ, operating Airlines PNG Flight 1600 from Lae to Madang crashed about 20 km south of Madang and caught fire, killing 28 of the 32 people on board.[11][12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "APNG Contacts Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Airlines PNG. Retrieved on 26 May 2010. "Head Office Jacksons Airport Port Moresby – Papua New Guinea"
  2. ^ a b Flight International 27 March 2007
  3. ^ "Can PNG Air Help Spur Tourism in Papua New Guinea?". TravelPulse. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  4. ^ "PNG Air – News". Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ "PNG Air – Schedule / Map". Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  6. ^ "PNG Air schedules Mount Hagen int'l debut for mid-1Q17". ch-aviation. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 28.
  8. ^ "PNG Air signs for five additional ATR 72-600s" (Press release). ATR. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "Milne Bay Air Crash History". Aviation Safety Network. 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Airlines PNG Crash History". Aviation Safety Network. 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  11. ^ "The Aviation Herald". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Aussie pilot survives plane crash in Papua New Guinea which killed 28 others". AAP. 14 October 2011.