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Air Niugini Inaugural Big Jet landing at Gurney Airport, Milne Bay

 The people of Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea  gave a warm welcome to Air Niugini’s first ever Boeing 737 flight today to Gurney with traditional dancing and a big crowd present to witness this historical event.

A wash down of the aircraft was done on arrival at Gurney Airport at midday.


Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bruce Alabaster was also on board the flight and said it is a proud and brilliant moment for the airline to be able to bring the Boeing 737 service into Gurney which could boost tourism in the province. 

This will greatly assist in meeting demand whilst offering the fastest, smoothest, and most comfortable flights for our customers.

Mr Alabaster complimented the Government of PNG on all the work that they have done on the extension of the runway making it possible for the Boeing 737 service to operate.

A number of provincial stakeholders were present to welcome the aircraft including Member for Alotau Mr Charles Able who thanked the national airline for having Gurney as one of the ports to operate the Boeing 737 service. 

In addition, a minute silence was also given to pay tribute to the first Prime Minister and Founding father of the nation the Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare during the small welcome ceremony.

The flight was operated by Boeing 737 Captain Moses Padigaga and First Officer Bernice Watinga.


Source : Air Niugini 

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