Apr 4, 2010

PX goes global for energy support

THE country's flag carrier, Air Niugini and Chapman Freeborn have partnered in support of Papua New Guinea's energy industry.

It will now be able to offer its clients freighter aircraft from third-party operators managed by Chapman Freeborn.

The new venture will also provide shippers and forwarders a one-stop shop for project cargo with main deck charter solutions to Port Moresby and onward connections to smaller airfields and unpaved strips across Papua New Guinea.

An L-100 Hercules will be used to support the development of a major liquefied natural gas project in Southern Highlands as well supplement domestic cargo operations by Air Niugini's Dash-8 freighter aircraft. The two companies are also studying a niche regional freighter for smaller loads.

Air Niugini operates B767s from Port Moresby to Asia and Australasia and F100s and Dash-8s on domestic and regional routes.

Chapman Freeborn also has signed a block space agreement with Safi Airways. The privately-held Afghanistan airline flying to Germany and Belgium has increased its A340 Frankfurt-Kabul service to five flights a week .

The new agreement allows cargo customers to send shipments on the only regular direct service from Europe to the Afghan capital. The first flight carried a record 30 tonnes. Chapman Freeborn says it is currently finalizing plans to open an office in Kabul.

Earlier this year Safi signed interline agreements with Lufthansa, United Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways.

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