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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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May 25, 2017

SIL Aviation provides a mixed fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft [added]

December 2, 2016

Tropicair commenced its charter operations in 1998 with one aircraft. Still operating [status change]

May 31,  2016

Travel Air ceased operations in May2016 [update]

Airlines

Aerial Tours   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965* - 1966*
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
Airline Code :  

Air Manubada   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Air Niugini  updated

Status : Active

Dates :

1973 - date
Comments : Air Niugini was estabished & started operations on 01Nov1973. National airline of Papua New Guinea operating a domestic service from Port Moresby (POM) and Lae
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : PX : ANG

Airlines PNG (Airlines of Papua New Guinea)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Comments : Airlines PNG operations started on 30Jun1987 as Milne Bay Air
Genealogy : Milne Bay Air >MBA >Airlines of Papua New Guinea
Airline Code : CG : TOK

Airlink   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1990 - 2007*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : ND : ---

Amphibious Airways   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1953 - 1956
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
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Ansett PNG (Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1969* - 1973*
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
Airline Code :  

Ansett-MAL   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1960 - 1967*
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
Airline Code :  

Asia Pacific Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

2000 - date
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy : Asia Pacific Airlines (PNG)
Airline Code :  

Bougair (Bougainville Air Services)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1967* - 1979*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : JX : ---

Carsair Air Service   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1955* - 1958*
Comments : Carsair Air Service was founded in 1955
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Chee Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Cloudlands Aviation   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1983* - 1986*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Co-Air (Co-ordinated Air Services)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1976 - 1987*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Crowley Airways   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1961* - 1976*
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
Airline Code :  

Crowley Stockden Airways   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1950* - 1956*
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
Airline Code :  

Douglas Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1978* - 1989
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
Airline Code : DZ : ---

Fubilan Air Transport   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1996 - 2000
Comments :  
Genealogy : >Asia Pacific Airlines (PNG)
Airline Code :  

Gibbes Sepik Airways   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1953* - 1953*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Goilala Air Services   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1953* - 1955*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Goroka Air Services   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1996* - 2005*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Guinea Air Traders   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

H.E.A.T Aviation   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Helifix   

Status : Active

Dates :

1997* - date
Comments : Helifix provides helicopter and fixed wing aircraft charter and maintenance services to Papua New Guinea
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Heron Air   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1977* - 1977*
Comments :  
Genealogy : Independent Air Transport + Heron Air =>Provincial Air Services
Airline Code :  

HeviLift   

Status : Active

Dates :

1998* - date
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy : Regional Air >>HeviLift
Airline Code : IU : ---

Independent Air Transport   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1977* - 1977*
Comments :  
Genealogy : Independent Air Transport + Heron Air =>Provincial Air Services
Airline Code :  

Island Airways   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002* - 2006*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Islands Nationair (Islands Aviation)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1984 - 2006*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : IS : ---

Kiunga Aviation (Air Services)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Link PNG   

Status : Not started

Dates :

(2014)
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Lynden Air Cargo PNG   

Status : Active

Dates :

2012* - date
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Macair (Melanesian Air Charters)(Mac Air Charter)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1974* - 1975*
Comments :  
Genealogy : Macair (Melanesian Air Charters) >Talair
Airline Code :  

Madang Air Services   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1959* - 1960
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
Airline Code :  

Mandated Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1936^ - 1960
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
Airline Code :  

MBA   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1997 - 2001
Comments : Airlines PNG operations started on 30Jun1987 as Milne Bay Air
Genealogy : Milne Bay Air >MBA >Airlines of Papua New Guinea
Airline Code :  

Milne Bay Air   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1987 - 1997
Comments : Airlines PNG operations started on 30Jun1987 as Milne Bay Air
Genealogy : Milne Bay Air >MBA >Airlines of Papua New Guinea
Airline Code :  

Moresby Aviation   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Morobe Airways  updated

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1979* - 1982*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

National Aviation Services   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1983 - 2012*
Comments : National Aviation Services began as a helicopter operator in 1983 but after gaining fixed wing AOC, launched operations on 04Apr2005
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

North Coast Aviation   

Status : Active

Dates :

2004* - date
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Panda Air   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1974* - 1975*
Comments :  
Genealogy : Panda Air >>Talair
Airline Code :  

Panga Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1976* - 1977
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Papuan Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1962* - 1967*
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
Airline Code :  

Papuan Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1929* - 1931*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Patair (Papuan Air Transport)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1952* - 1962*
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
Airline Code :  

Provincial Air Services   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy : Independent Air Transport + Heron Air =>Provincial Air Services
Airline Code :  

Regional Air   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2002 - 2005
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy : Regional Air >>HeviLift
Airline Code : QT : RAW

Sandaun Air Services   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Sepik Air Charters   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1970* - 1971
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy : Sepik Air Charters >>Territory Airlines >Talair
Airline Code :  

Sil Aviation  added

Status : Active

Dates :

1980* - date
Comments : SIL Aviation provides a mixed fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Southwest Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1999* - 2003*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

STOL Commuters   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1970* - 1971*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

TAA Airlines of New Guinea   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1973* - 1975*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Talair (Tourist Airlines of Niugini)  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1974 - 1993
Comments : Talair origins were in Territory Airlines, founded in 1952. Ceased all flights & aircraft transferred to Flight West Airlines (Australia) on 25May1993 [Brisbane-based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of the dormant Flight West Airlines (established on 25May1987). It had been placed into Voluntary Administration on 04Dec2001. Rebranded as Alliance Airlines on 05Apr2002 & started operations on 15Apr2002]
Genealogy : Territory Airlines +>Talair +>Flight West Airlines +>Alliance Airlines
Airline Code : GV : ---

Talco   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1968* - 1968
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Taylor's Air Transport   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1948* - 1948*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Territory Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1952* - 1974
Comments : Talair had its origins as Territory Airlines, founded in 1952 as a charter company
Genealogy : Territory Airlines >Talair
Airline Code :  

Tourist Airlines of Niugini   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Trans Niugini Airline*   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Travel Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2011 - 2016
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
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Tropicair   

Status : Active

Dates :

1998 - date
Comments : Tropicair commenced its charter operations in 1998 with one aircraft
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Wewak Air Transport   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Wirui Air Services   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1968* - 1974*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  
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