Aircraft News / by Erik Johannesson

Air Niugini Photo © Port Moresby 30-Jul-2019

Air Niugini Photo © Port Moresby 30-Jul-2019

AIR NIUGINI EXTENDS IN-HOUSE HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECKS TO SOLOMON AIRLINES

Air Niugini has now expanded its in-house heavy maintenance checks to include other airlines from within the region, commencing with Solomon Airline’s Dash 8 aircraft this week.

Managing Director, Mr Alan Milne said it is a milestone achievement for ANG to carry out in-house heavy maintenance checks for the first time on an aircraft belonging to another airline, adding that this expansion of services reflects the airline’s continuous training and successful professional development program for its engineering and maintenance staff over the years.

Mr Milne said “ It’s history in the making, a proud moment for Air Niugini and Papua New Guinea to see another airline engaging our engineering and maintenance services.”

“With my engineering background, I can assure everyone that the staff here at Air Niugini Engineering are some of the best I have seen so far. I also acknowledge the Board and management of Solomon Airlines for the trust and confidence they have placed in us. The team here is all set and motivated; we are confident we will get the job done on time.”

Mr Milne also said currently there were not many facilities in Australia and a lot of operators were sending their aircraft to Europe for heavy maintenance checks.

“ So we see Air Niugini perfectly positioned to start doing that maintenance.”

Since July 2018 to date, Air Niugini’s in-house heavy maintenance checks, apart from achieving costs saving by keeping money in PNG, have resulted in improved quality of the completed aircraft. It also ensures capacity building, in terms of local knowledge and up-skilling of maintenance staff - especially young PNG Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who are coming through the ranks after years of extensive training.