Image: MAF staff gathering around new aircraft during the dedication
Papua New Guinea Mission Aviation Fellowship, or MAF, based in Mt Hagen launched its new aircraft today.
It is a 9-seater aircraft which can carry up to one ton of cargo.
MAF has been in PNG for over 60 years providing health and education services to rural communities.
Today at Kagamuga Airport, staff of MAF held a little but powerful ceremony to launch the aircraft.
The aircraft came all the way from America, and arrived at Kagamuga International Airport yesterday.
As a Christian organisation, the staff gathered around the aircraft and prayed for its protection and guidance, as well as for the pilots, the engineers and the passengers.
MAF does not only provide airline services. It also provides other services such as communications, learning technology services to Christians and humanitarian agencies as well as providing missionaries to serve in the remotest of areas.
In PNG, they are based in Mt. Hagen, but provide health, education and relief supply to the remotest and isolated parts of PNG.
Isolated communities in PNG rely on MAF to fly medicine and medical doctors, teachers, missionaries and Bible translators as well as building materials for schools and clinics.
Some areas that MAF plane goes to are Kompiam in Enga Province. Kopiago in Hela, Mt Bosavi in Southern Highlands, Middle-Ramu, and Simbai in Madang ptovince apart from other areas.
An airline ticket to go to Kompiam may cost roughly K280.