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PNG Air Doing Heavy Maintenance In-House

News 18 Oct 2018

PNG Air’s Engineering team are currently working on a heavy maintenance C Check for P2-ATC, the fourth of the Airline’s 7 brand new ATR72-600 aircraft, having previously completed the first C Checks for each of the Airline’s first 3 ATR aircraft.

The Engineering team has also been doing the C Checks for the Airline’s Dash 8 fleet for the past 3 years.

“As we have all the expertise, facilities and regulatory approvals required we took the decision to run the C Checks on our new ATR aircraft in house,” said Paul Abbot Acting Chief Executive Officer of PNG Air.

“Since we can do as good a job as the overseas alternatives, it makes sense to have these checks done in PNG rather than sending the aircraft off shore for heavy maintenance. That way we improve capacity here, and spend less money out of the country,” Mr Abbot added. “It’s a great credit to our Engineering team that we are able to do this work here in PNG.”

Each aircraft has to have a C Check every 2 years or after 5,000 Flight Hours. These checks are much more extensive than other regular checks, requiring inspection of a large majority of the aircraft’s components. C Checks typically take 2 to 3 weeks, and up to 1700 man hours.

“In addition to big cost savings and the other benefits of doing the checks ourselves, keeping the aircraft in PNG means they are out of service for less time than they would be if they had to be flown off-shore for the checks, meaning we can better serve the PNG travelling public,” said Mr Abbot.

PNG Air is in the process of obtaining European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Certification, which will allow the Airline to perform similar checks for other airlines. EASA Certification for the Airline will be a first for PNG and recognition of the high level of safety and regulatory compliance achieved by PNG Air.


Source: Post-Courier