The Fokker 100 flight operated to Mt. Hagen yesterday failed to land and returned to Port Moresby.
Sources from within Air Niugini said that the aircraft could not land due to problem with its landing gear.
The pilot in command followed standard safety procedure by returning to Port Moresby.
The aircraft landed safely midday and was escorted by fire trucks, while passengers were ferried off on awaiting buses.
Air Niugini maintains a high degree of safety and yesterday’s incident was no different to safety operating procedures.
The retrofit Boeing 767–383 series is said to enhance the travelling experience of passengers on board Air Niugini.
It comes fitted with the luxuries of a modern aircraft. Spacious leg room with a seating capacity of 188 seats, 28 business class and 160 economy, are some of the features.
Passengers can now sleep with ease, comfort and privacy while enjoying the latest inflight entertainment.
Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer Simon Foo says this milestone achievement represents the commitment of staff.
A similar retrofit arrangement will be rolled out to all its Boeing fleets to ensure the same standard is maintained.
With 40 years of operation, it is fitting to lift the standard of air service to be on par with other international airlines.
State Enterprise Minister Ben Micah expressed satisfaction on the success of the airline.
But he says more needs to be done to make air travel more affordable to the bulk of the population travelling domestically.
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