The first was christened Mt Hagen and the second Hoskins.
Chairman Sir Frederick Reiher said the latest addition to their fleet was to recognise the important contribution Alotau and Milne Bay made to the airline.
“Our services to Gurney airport (Alotau) are well supported by the people and businesses of the province, and increasingly by tourists from PNG,” he said.
“Air Niugini appreciates that support and we will continue to support the province as it continues to grow.” Alotau MP Charles Abel welcomed plans by the airline for more infrastructure and new aircraft.
“We’ve heard of the good thing Air Niugini is doing and this is part of that re-fleeting exercise to bring efficiency, phase out the Q-400 and bring in the ‘F’ series to complement the F-100 which makes it more proficient in terms of crewing and maintenance,” Abel said.
“It goes beyond simply Alotau and the tourism industry down there. It’s about a broader agenda to improve delivery of government services and government efficiency in general.
Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon thanked Air Niugini for naming the aircraft “Alotau.”
Source: The National