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PNG Air is one of the largest fixed wing charter operators in the South Pacific serving the needs of the majority of the multi-national resource sector companies based in PNG. This list include:


  • Esso Highlands Limited (part of Exxon)
  • MRDC
  • St Barbara Mining
  • Newcrest Mining
  • PNG Energy Developments
  • International SOS

PNG Air first began servicing the corporate charter business back in 1987 when it was awarded a long term contract by Chevron Niuguni Limited to provide aviation support services for their Kutubu oilfield project. Once Chevron departed PNG this relationship was superseded by a contract with Oil Search Limited.




PNG Air is able to provide aviation services in PNG that can meet the needs of any customer with its:


  • Pilots – the largest complement of crew with critical PNG country experience
  • Operational systems, processes and standards tailored for the resource sector charter market
  • BARS Gold Registration
  • World leading safety and compliance aviation audit performance demonstrating the highest standards of compliance in the region
  • Airline Reservations Systems
  • 24/7 Integrated Operations Centre
  • GPS Flight Tracking (SkyNet)
  • Specialised dedicated Charter Terminal facilities in Port Moresby
  • Resource industry service expertise
  • Bulk and general cargo handling capability including customs bonding
  • Medevac capability

With its fleet of ATR and Dash 8 aircraft PNG Air has an unequalled capability to provide aviation support to its clients.. These aircraft were selected by the Company as being the most ideal for PNG’s demanding operational environment as they possess excellent short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities and ability to operate from semi-prepared, runways. The PNG Air pilots all have extensive experience both flying the aircraft type they are operating but also flying in PNG as it is a very challenging flying environment.


These aircraft are supported by a comprehensive flight operations, engineering and safety systems capability all based in Port Moresby.


PNG Air has a dedicated Charter operations team whose sole focus is to work with the charter clients to ensure that they get the service they require. To facilitate this service level there is a standalone PNG Air Charters Terminal at Port Moresby’s Jacksons Airport. This terminal can seat up to 120 passengers and has full aviation security screening. Passengers are able to wait in the lounge and enjoy tea and coffee facilities while catching up on the news on the 42” TV.  


PNG Air provides charter services all over PNG and with the ATR 72-600 can also service nearby neighbours such as Solomon Islands and Australia.PNG Airis also able to link in with its extensive scheduled/RPT airline flights to help provide cost effective options to move passengers and freight around PNG.


In addition to its contracted long-term relationships, PNG Air can provide ad-hoc charter services for one off or multiple flights.