Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guineasigned a firm order with Airbus for six A220-100 single-aisle aircraft as part of its fleet modernization program. In addition, she will acquire three A220-300s And two more A220-100s from third-party donors.
Combining the longest range (6,390 km), the lowest fuel consumption (Pratt & Whitney GTF engines), and the widest cabin in the 100-150 seat category, the Airbus A220 will be operated by Air Niugini on its national and regional network. The new fleet, comprising a total of 11 A220s, will offer more capacity and greater reliability to serve from the capital Port Moresby to new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Air Niugini also announced that it had selected for its fleet a NAVBLUE flight planning support system, a subsidiary of Airbus. Called N-Flight Planning (N-FP), the solution will help the airline optimize fuel, schedules and costs to meet operational needs, while ensuring overall safety and compliance.
At the end of September, Airbus had received more than 800 orders from around thirty customers for the A220 (formerly Bombardier CSeries), of which more than 280 were delivered. The A220 is already in successful service with 17 airlines worldwide.