A220 Officially Ordered
A total of six Airbus A220-100s have been ordered from Air Niguini directly from the plane maker as part of growth plans.
Meanwhile, there’ll be three Airbus A220-300s and two A220-100s acquired from third-party lessors. Thus increasing their future reliance on the popular single-aisle type.
Air Niugini plans on operating its Airbus A220s across the domestic and regional networks.
The company believes thanks to its commitment to the jet, it’ll be able to deliver greater capacity and operational reliability across its network.
While the Air Niugini network is expansive, adding the A220 will open up new route possibilities from its capital, Port Moresby. The focus will be on new possible destinations towards the Asia-Pacific region.
Comments From Executives
This is a milestone in the history of our national airline that will support the growth of trade and tourism in Papua New Guinea. The new aircraft will offer the highest levels of comfort for our passengers, while also ensuring a significant reduction in fuel consumption and emissions when compared to the aircraft they will replace.Gary Seddon, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Air Niugini
Air Niugini has seen how much more the A220 brings to their airline than the competing product in this space, so much more efficiency, range, comfort and growth potential. We thank Air Niugini for its confidence in Airbus and are committed to offering our full support to the airline as it transitions to its new fleet.Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International
The Airbus A220s Performance
Airbus says their A220 is the most modern airliner in its size category and can carry between 100 to 150 passengers on flights of up to 3,450 nautical miles or 6,390 kilometres.
The A220-100 is capable of serving the 100-135 seat market. At the same time, the larger A220-300 is focused on serving the 120-150-seat market. Ultimately, this will also depend on the respective airline’s configuration of the type.
Pratt & Whitney powers the Airbus A220s with their latest-generation GTF engines. These engines offer customers lower fuel burn and better CO2 emissions per seat than older types.
The Air Niugini Fleet
Air Niugini operates 12 in-service aircraft spread across multiple aircraft types.
However, its most significant fleet type, when measured by active units, is the Fokker 100 with four operational. This is equally followed by the Fokker 70, where four units also remain in service.
The only widebody it currently flies is the 767-300ER series, with two aircraft in service. However, adding two 787-8s will allow for replacing the 767s in the future.
Ultimately, in the next decade, the Air Niugini fleet will undergo a significant fleet overhaul and modernisation effort.