Air Niugini placed (02-Oct-2009) a firm order with Bombardier Aerospace for two Q400 turboprops, with an option for an additional aircraft. Air Niugini’s current fleet includes two Dash 8-100s (one configured as a freighter), three 36-seat Q200s and three 50-seat Q300s. [more]
Air Niugini signs agreement with Bombardier for two Q400 NextGen airliners
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