Air Niugini’s Fokker 70 jet aircraft, P2 ANR has now being serviced and back in operation following the successful completion of its in-house C check.
The heavy maintenance check took place at the airline’s engineering hangar in Port Moresby.
P2 ANR is the first Fokker 70 aircraft to have a C check done in house, starting in July this year.
An assessment flight was successfully carried out on Monday November 5 and the aircraft is now back in service.
The airline managing directorAlan Milne acknowledged the engineering team and all staff involved for an excellent job carried out in-house, saving the airline millions of kina.
He said: “ANG saves K2.5 million each time a C check is carried out in house – that’s a huge saving and a remarkable achievement.
“We acknowledge and appreciate the support from all staff involved in the project and look forward to similar outcomes for other aircraft being worked on at the moment.”
Mr Milne, worked for Qantas in Australia for many years commencing as an apprentice aircraft maintenance engineer, said such an achievement demonstrates how much aviation has grown in PNG, adding that the team delivered a remarkable project just in time for ANG’s 45th anniversary.
“I could not be more excited to be joining this great organisation,’’ he said. “As a former engineer, I too know the pride I took in helping to build and grow the national airline and it has been wonderful to see the same pride in the eyes of the Air Niugini team.”
Apart from P2 ANR, another two aircraft are being worked on at the moment, Fokker 70, P2 ANS and a F100, P2 ANJ.
The engineering team is working on both aircraft in parallel to each other to again achieve the same results.
Previously, the aircraft had to be sent verseas for such maintenance, which was very expensive for Air Niugini and the country.