PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 1 NOV | Air Niugini, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea, has announced that they will take in a grand total of 11 Airbus A220 jets into their fleet in coming years. Today, the airline has signed a firm order with Airbus for 6 Airbus A220-100 jets, and 3 A220-300 jets- with agreements for 2 more A220-100s from 3rd party lessors. This order came in as part of the airline's fleet renewal programme, replacing their aging short-haul aircraft.
Combining the longest range, lowest fuel consumption and widest cabin in the 100-150 seat category, the A220 will be operated by Air Niugini across its domestic and regional network. The new fleet will deliver more capacity and greater reliability across the domestic network and enable the carrier to fly from capital Port Moresby to new destinations across the Asia-Pacific region.
The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney's latest-generation GTF engines. Offering 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, the A220 also has the largest cabin, seats and windows in its class, ensuring superior comfort.
With data visualised by GC Maps, the new A220s ordered by Air Niugini could go as far as connecting Papua New Guinea with Eastern China, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand. It is possible that these A220s could be deployed on the Port Moresby to Singapore or Manila, which the airline currently operates.