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Airlines Papua New Guinea and PNG Air - Unofficial History

Airlines PNG commenced in 1987. It was initially called Milne Bay Air or simply MBA. In 2015 the airline rebranded itself as PNG Air.


The airline was established and started operations in 1987 and was originally known as Milne Bay Air. It was founded by John Wild Senior.

It was recognised for the use of a Gruman Goose - P2-JWB (RP-C864, VH-MBA)

It operated as a charter company in the resource development industry.

It was formerly known as MBA.

Airlines Papua New Guinea (APNG) is wholly owned by John Wild Senior.





The airline obtained a Papua New Guinea Regular Public Transport (RPT) licence in September 1992.





The airline introduced two pilot operations into its Twin Otter operations.




Airlines PNG received its airline licence in March 1997.




Airlines PNG introduces twice a week service using a leased Oz Jet aircraft from Brisbane to Port Moresby and return.

OzJet at Jackson's Airport




Airlines PNG announce it is raising K105 million (US$39million) through a public offering to acquire new aircraft that would include Twin Otter, two Dash 8s and a Boeing 737 aircraft.


August 2008

Airlines PNG are rumoured to be working with Australia's Virgin Blue for flights from Austral;ia t PNG and return.


October 2008

Airlines PNG and Virgin Blue / Pacific Blue announce code share flights between Brisbane and Port Moresby to commence in November ready for Christmas rush

November 2008

First code shared flight with Pacific Blue Brisbane to Port Moresby and Return


(APNG / Pacific Blue Codeshare fight) ZK-PBG at Jacksons Airport, Seven Mile - Port Moresby (Nov 2008)



June 2009 - Airlines PNG announces the appointment of Mr Gary Toomey as Airlines PNG's new Chief Executive Officer.

September 2009 - Airlines PNG announces that it has applied to the PNG Department of Transport for traffic rights to a number of Asian cities.



March 2010 - Airlines PNG hosts European regional aircraft manufacturer ATR for a two day visit as it demonstrates the new generation ATR 72-500 aircraft to Airlines PNG and a number of the company’s resource industry clients.

May 2010 - Airlines PNG formally sign an agreement to provide dedicated air services to Esso HigWands Limited (EHL), operator of the PNG LNG project.



January . APNG announces 10th De Havilland Twin Otter with a capacity of 19 seats is in USA being prepared for delivery in April

May 2011, Airlines PNG announces expansion of flights --

13 October 2011 - P2-MCJ MSN125 Dash 8 102 crashed enroute Lae to Madang.



In 2015 the airline rebranded itself as PNG Air.  It is progressively replacing its Dash 8-100 fleet with ATR 72-600s, having signed a firm order for six ATRs with options for 14 more.



Airlines PNG have a web site that can be found at --



The Airlines PNG fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 31 January 2008):

APNG now services more than 120 aerodromes within Papua New Guinea and internationally to Cairns and Brisbane in Australia



Old MBA (Milne Bay Air) Passenger Tickets

IATA Code = CG and ICAO Code = TOK



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Created 12 Nov, 1998
Updated 13 Nov, 2015
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