New aircraft orders are coming in thick and fast, and Boeing has secured a new customer for its 787 Dreamliner.
Air Niugini has finalised a deal with the American plane maker for two Boeing 787-8s to deploy these across the Asia Pacific region.
The national airline believes acquiring new fuel-efficient jets will improve efficiency, environmental impact and customer response. Additionally, it’ll work alongside their upcoming 737-8 order.
The excellent capability of the 787 allows Air Niugini to open Port Moresby to more destinations, increasing tourism and economic growth in the South Pacific region. The Dreamliner’s flexibility, outstanding efficiency and unmatched passenger comfort will enable Air Niugini to provide improved long-haul connectivity to the islands.Erika Pearson, Boeing vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Therefore, once delivered, Asia, Australia and New Zealand will be the focus usage points for these Boeing 787s.
Air Niguini has had a long-standing relationship with Boeing. While not the most prominent carrier globally or Boeing’s most significant customer, they have worked closely for over 45 years. As such, it has operated a host of Boeing jets through the years, which are beginning to age.
The airline has ten aircraft in service. This includes a lone 737-800 and 767-300ERs. However, staggeringly these planes are relatively old. The 767s come in at an average age of 27.6 years, and the 737-800 at 19.6 years.