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Papua New Guinea is an independent nation in the south-western Pacific Ocean, located north of Australia and east of Indonesia. Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, called the mainland, and several hundred smaller islands. The western part of New Guinea forms the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya. Since the country's independence from Australia in 1975, town and city life has expanded as villagers have migrated to urban areas in search of employment. Port Moresby, located on the mainland's south-eastern coast, is Papua New Guinea's capital and largest city
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December 2, 2016Tropicair commenced its charter operations in 1998 with one aircraft. Still operating [status change]
May 31,  2016Travel Air ceased operations in May2016 [update]
March 31. 2016National Aviation Services began as a helicopter operator in 1983 but after gaining fixed wing AOC, launched operations on 04Apr2005 [added]

Airline

Operating DatesStatus

Aerial Tours   

1965* - 1966*Renamed

^ Comments : Douglas Airways was founded on 10Mar1965 as Aerial Tours by D. B. Douglas at Port Moresby. Financial woes become terminal in 1990 and the company was forced to cease operations in the Aitumn

^ Genealogy : Aerial Tours >Douglas Airways

Air Manubada   

**** - ****Status?

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Air Niugini   

1973 - dateActive

^ Comments : Air Niugini was estabished & started operations on 01Nov1973

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Airlines PNG (Airlines of Papua New Guinea)   

2001 - dateActive

^ Comments : Airlines PNG operations started on 30Jun1987 as Milne Bay Air

^ Genealogy : Milne Bay Air >MBA >Airlines of Papua New Guinea

Airlink   

1990 - 2007*Inactive

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Amphibious Airways   

1953 - 1956Status?

^ Comments : Amphibious Airways was owned by Eric McIlree of Sydney in the 1950s, and operated out of Rabaul in New Britain, then part of Australian mandated papua New Guinea

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Ansett PNG (Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea)   

1969* - 1973*Status?

^ Comments : Ansett-MAL was formed in 1960 when Ansett acquired Mandated Airlines, Gibbes Sepik Airways and Madang Air Services. The airline was renamed to Ansett PNG

^ Genealogy : Mandated Airlines + Gibbes Sepik Airways + Madang Air Service =>Ansett-MAL >Ansett PNG

Ansett-MAL   

1960 - 1967*Renamed

^ Comments : Ansett-MAL was formed in 1960 when Ansett acquired Mandated Airlines, Gibbes Sepik Airways and Madang Air Services. The airline was renamed to Ansett PNG

^ Genealogy : Mandated Airlines + Gibbes Sepik Airways + Madang Air Service =>Ansett-MAL >Ansett PNG

Asia Pacific Airlines   

2000 - dateActive

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^ Genealogy : Asia Pacific Airlines (PNG)

Bougair (Bougainville Air Services)   

1967* - 1979*Status?

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Carsair Air Service   

1955* - 1958*Inactive

^ Comments : Carsair Air Service was founded in 1955

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Chee Air   

1978* - 1979*Status?

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Cloudlands Aviation   

1983* - 1986*Status?

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Co-Air (Co-ordinated Air Services)   

1976 - 1987*Status?

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Crowley Airways   

1961* - 1976*Status?

^ Comments : Crowley Airways was formed as Crowley Stockden Airways in 1950 by Ray Stockden and Laurie Crowley. At some stage Laurie took over Ray Stockden’s share, and the company became Crowley Airways

^ Genealogy : Crowley Stockden Airways >Crowley Airways

Crowley Stockden Airways   

1950* - 1956*Renamed

^ Comments : Crowley Airways was formed as Crowley Stockden Airways in 1950 by Ray Stockden and Laurie Crowley. At some stage Laurie took over Ray Stockden’s share, and the company became Crowley Airways

^ Genealogy : Crowley Stockden Airways >Crowley Airways

Douglas Airways   

1978* - 1989Inactive

^ Comments : Douglas Airways was founded on 10Mar1965 as Aerial Tours by D. B. Douglas at Port Moresby. Financial woes become terminal in 1990 and the company was forced to cease operations in the Aitumn

^ Genealogy : Aerial Tours >Douglas Airways

Fubilan Air Transport   

1996 - 2000Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Asia Pacific Airlines (PNG)

Gibbes Sepik Airways   

1953* - 1953*Status?

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Goilala Air Services   

1953* - 1955*Status?

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Goroka Air Services   

1996* - 2005*Status?

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Guinea Air Traders   

**** - ****Inactive

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H.E.A.T Aviation   

**** - ****Status?

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Helifix   

1997* - dateActive

^ Comments : Helifix provides helicopter and fixed wing aircraft charter and maintenance services to Papua New Guinea

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Heron Air   

1977* - 1977*Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Independent Air Transport + Heron Air =>Provincial Air Services

HeviLift   

1998* - dateActive

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^ Genealogy : Regional Air >>HeviLift

Independent Air Transport   

1977* - 1977*Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Independent Air Transport + Heron Air =>Provincial Air Services

Island Airways   

2002* - 2006*Status?

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Islands Nationair (Islands Aviation)   

1984 - 2006*Status?

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Kiunga Aviation (Air Services)   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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Link PNG   

(2014)Began?

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Lynden Air Cargo PNG   

2012* - dateActive

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Macair (Melanesian Air Charters)(Mac Air Charter)   

1974* - 1975*Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Macair (Melanesian Air Charters) >Talair

Madang Air Services   

1959* - 1960Renamed

^ Comments : Ansett-MAL was formed in 1960 when Ansett acquired Mandated Airlines, Gibbes Sepik Airways and Madang Air Services. The airline was renamed to Ansett PNG

^ Genealogy : Mandated Airlines + Gibbes Sepik Airways + Madang Air Service =>Ansett-MAL >Ansett PNG

Mandated Airlines   

1936^ - 1960Renamed

^ Comments : Ansett-MAL was formed in 1960 when Ansett acquired Mandated Airlines, Gibbes Sepik Airways and Madang Air Services. The airline was renamed to Ansett PNG

^ Genealogy : Mandated Airlines + Gibbes Sepik Airways + Madang Air Service =>Ansett-MAL >Ansett PNG

MBA   

1997 - 2001Renamed

^ Comments : Airlines PNG operations started on 30Jun1987 as Milne Bay Air

^ Genealogy : Milne Bay Air >MBA >Airlines of Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay Air   

1987 - 1997Renamed

^ Comments : Airlines PNG operations started on 30Jun1987 as Milne Bay Air

^ Genealogy : Milne Bay Air >MBA >Airlines of Papua New Guinea

Moresby Aviation   

**** - ****Status?

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Morobe Airways   

**** - ****Status?

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National Aviation Services   

1983 - 2012*Status?

^ Comments : National Aviation Services began as a helicopter operator in 1983 but after gaining fixed wing AOC, launched operations on 04Apr2005

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North Coast Aviation   

2004* - dateActive

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Panda Air   

1974* - 1975*Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Panda Air >>Talair

Panga Airways   

1976* - 1977Inactive

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Papuan Airlines   

1962* - 1967*Status?

^ Comments : Papuan Airlines was formed in 1952 as a charter company under the name Papuan Air Transport. Moved into scheduled services in 1962

^ Genealogy : Patair (Papuan Air Transport) >Papuan Airlines

Papuan Airways   

1929* - 1931*Inactive

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Patair (Papuan Air Transport)   

1952* - 1962*Renamed

^ Comments : Papuan Airlines was formed in 1952 as a charter company under the name Papuan Air Transport. Moved into scheduled services in 1962

^ Genealogy : Patair (Papuan Air Transport) >Papuan Airlines

Provincial Air Services   

1978* - 1979*Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Independent Air Transport + Heron Air =>Provincial Air Services

Regional Air   

2002 - 2005Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Regional Air >>HeviLift

Sandaun Air Services   

**** - ****Status?

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Sepik Air Charters   

1970* - 1971Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Sepik Air Charters >>Territory Airlines >Talair

Southwest Air   

1999* - 2003*Status?

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STOL Commuters   

1970* - 1971*Inactive

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TAA Airlines of New Guinea   

1973* - 1975*Status?

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Talair (Tourist Airlines of Niugini)   

1974 - 1993Inactive

^ Comments : Talair origins were in Territory Airlines, founded in 1952. Ceased all flights & aircraft transferred to Flight West Airlines (Australia) on 25May1993

^ Genealogy : Territory Airlines +>Talair

Talco   

1968* - 1968Status?

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Taylor's Air Transport   

1948* - 1948*Status?

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Territory Airlines   

1952* - 1974Renamed

^ Comments : Talair had its origins as Territory Airlines, founded in 1952 as a charter company

^ Genealogy : Territory Airlines >Talair

Tourist Airlines of Niugini   

**** - ****Status?

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Trans Niugini Airline*   

**** - ****Status?

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Travel Air   

2011 - 2016Inactive

^ Comments : Travel Air was established in Jul2010 by Sarakolok West Transport (SWT) group. Received its Part 121 air operator’s certificate in Nov2011 & launched services in Dec2011. Ceased operations in May2016

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Tropicair   

1998 - dateActive

^ Comments : Tropicair commenced its charter operations in 1998 with one aircraft

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Wewak Air Transport   

**** - ****Status?

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Wirui Air Services   

1968* - 1974*Status?

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