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KLIA Gets Air Niugini

29 October 2008

Sepang, 29 October 2008 - KL International Airport (KLIA) now offers connections to Papua New Guinea effective today as Air Niugini, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea made its historic first landing to Malaysian soil.

The carrier starts operating one flight weekly, flying from its hub Port Moresby to KLIA every Wednesday, utilising Boeing 757 type of aircraft with 189 seats configuration.

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "Air Niugini's presence will further enhance the connectivity at KLIA. Furthermore, this is a new market for us, as Air Niugini is the first airline offering connections from the Pacific Islands in the Oceania region to Malaysia and we hope to attract more airlines from the region to fly to Malaysia."

Dato' Seri Bashir elaborated: "Air Niugini will be entitled to our incentive programme to ensure their operation is smooth, fruitful and we look forward to their permanent stay in Malaysia."

"The recently concluded 14th World Route Development Forum, held for the first time in Asia which Malaysia Airports hosted, will further pave the way for Malaysia Airports to convince new airlines to start flying to Malaysia, Dato' Seri Bashir added.

October itself has been very fruitful for Malaysia Airports, as apart from Air Niugini, KLIA has also seen the arrival of SilkAir from Singapore. Earlier this year, KLIA welcomed two airlines namely Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia.

In today's welcome reception, the arriving passengers of Flight PX394 from Port Moresby were greeted and presented souvenirs by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Lajim Hj. Ukim, Deputy Minister of Transport accompanied by Y.Bhg. Dato' Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager Operation Services of Malaysia Airports.

Since its inception in 1973 as the National Airline of Papua New Guinea, Air Niugini has made it possible to experience the best that Papua New Guinea has to offer. Air Niugini's modern fleet of aircraft comprises a Boeing B767 and B757 jet for international routes and Fokker F-100, F-28 jets and Dash 8 aircraft that suit the requirements of flying within the unique and challenging Papua New Guinean terrain.


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