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image001Air Niugini Papua New Guinea’s national carrier was not an airline on which I had ever flown, that is until recently, and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be.

I was also surprised to discover that this very professional airline has been operating since 1972, when it was founded with Australia’s assistance and with tourism to PNG very much in its infancy and dominated by top quality experiential tourism like diving, surfing, game fishing, trekking and many more, it appears that many of Air Niugini’s passengers are Australian expats travelling to and from work in PNG and Papua New Guineans travelling to work in Australia or visiting friends and relatives.

image002Amazingly the flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby or vice versa only takes a few hours and a lot less to Cairns, with PNG being Australia’s closest Pacific and Asian neighbor a fact most Aussies do not realise!

Air New Guinea’s very smart and modern fleet includes Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft, that’s for their extensive international routes, with two class economy and business class services, including flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Tokyo, Brisbane, Sydney and more and they also have Fokker F100’s that fly to Cairns, Honiara Solomon Islands,  Vanuatu and Fiji, also using the Fokker 100’s, Fokker 70’s, Q400’s, and Dash 8 aircraft, generally on the airline’s and very extensive and vital domestic services, with many locations in PNG amazingly not connected by road, making Air Niugini vital for internal connectivity

So, if you fancy a high quality, really experiential, adventure holiday in pristine locations where you will not find other tourists, then I reckon you should consider Papua New Guinea, where you will also meet some amazing, friendly local people … and to get there and around Papua New Guinea, who else but Air Niugini.

Check out my video of my experience at Port Moresby International terminal and of course onboard Air Niugini by clicking on the video box below.

 FLIGHT DETAILS 

 Airline: Air Niugini

 Date: 21 June 2016

 Seat: 9D

Class: Economy

 Aircraft: Boeing 747-800

 Flight departure time: 13:30

Flight arrival time: 16:40

 Flight rating: [8]

 OVERVIEW

 Check In: The check-in process was very quick and smooth in Port Moresby’s new terminal, with no waiting and very pleasant, professional Air Niugini check in staff.

Duty Free:  I rarely buy anything in a duty free store, but some of the deals in Port Moresby are excellent with for example two one litre bottles of Gordon’s Gin for the price of one at 59 kina, which is an amazing $A24 and yes I did buy two!

image003Boarding: delayed due to some problems with a medical issue

Seat: I had an exit row economy seat and while the normal configuration is three by three, row 9 is two by two giving more room with the economy seat pitch good and although the flight was very full indeed, I tried other seats on the aircraft and they were as good.  Business is 2×2 with great seats.

Welcome: Friendly PNG greetings on entry and good safety briefing

Departure: The flight departed slightly late, with a smooth take off.

Food: The quality of food was good with a good selection, very tasty and hot with very friendly service.

Drinks: A good selection and quality of drinks available including PNG beer

image004image005Entertainment: The entertainment system was very good with a good selection ofrelatively current movies, TV dramas, cartoons, etc. with a private selection and seat back screen.

Crew: the crew were all friendly and professional but Papua New Guineans can appear to be lacking communication, but that is because they tend to be a tad reserved and quiet.

Disembarkation: Disembarkation in Brisbane’s excellent international terminal was as usual, except for some early morning arrivals, very smooth and speedy and the automated passport system is fabulous – the bags were rather slow arriving though, distracting from an otherwise very speedy arrival.

General Comments: Overall, a very surprising and satisfying experience, with Port Moresby International terminal very smart with great facilities, as good if not better than may other airports, with Air Niugini also really smart and modern and an airline on which I look forward to travelling again soon.

Check out my video of my experience at Port Moresby International terminal and of course onboard Air Niugini by clicking on the video box below.

Written by John Alwyn-Jones

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    A few aircraft errors. No such thing as a Boeing 747-800. Their modern fleet averages over 20 years old. The Q400 and the Dash 8 are the same thing. The Q400 is just the latest model – DHC8-400.

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