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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]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Aerial Tours   

Renamed 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

Air Manubada   

Unsure **** - ****

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Air Niugini  updated

Active 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

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Airlines PNG (Airlines of Papua New Guinea)   

Active 2001 - date

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

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

Airlink   

Inactive 1990 - 2007*

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Amphibious Airways   

Unsure 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 :  

Ansett PNG (Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea)   

Unsure 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

Ansett-MAL   

Renamed 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

Asia Pacific Airlines   

Active 2000 - date

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^ Genealogy : Asia Pacific Airlines (PNG)

Bougair (Bougainville Air Services)   

Unsure 1967* - 1979*

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Carsair Air Service   

Inactive 1955* - 1958*

^ Comments : Carsair Air Service was founded in 1955

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Chee Air   

Unsure 1978* - 1979*

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Cloudlands Aviation   

Unsure 1983* - 1986*

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Co-Air (Co-ordinated Air Services)   

Unsure 1976 - 1987*

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Crowley Airways   

Unsure 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

Crowley Stockden Airways   

Renamed 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

Douglas Airways   

Inactive 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

Fubilan Air Transport   

Renamed 1996 - 2000

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Asia Pacific Airlines (PNG)

Gibbes Sepik Airways   

Unsure 1953* - 1953*

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Goilala Air Services   

Unsure 1953* - 1955*

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Goroka Air Services   

Unsure 1996* - 2005*

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Guinea Air Traders   

Inactive **** - ****

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H.E.A.T Aviation   

Unsure **** - ****

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Helifix   

Active 1997* - date

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

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Heron Air   

Renamed 1977* - 1977*

^ Comments :  

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

HeviLift   

Active 1998* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Regional Air >>HeviLift

Independent Air Transport   

Renamed 1977* - 1977*

^ Comments :  

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

Island Airways   

Unsure 2002* - 2006*

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Islands Nationair (Islands Aviation)   

Unsure 1984 - 2006*

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Kiunga Aviation (Air Services)   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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Link PNG   

Not started (2014)

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Lynden Air Cargo PNG   

Active 2012* - date

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Macair (Melanesian Air Charters)(Mac Air Charter)   

Unsure 1974* - 1975*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Macair (Melanesian Air Charters) >Talair

Madang Air Services   

Renamed 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

Mandated Airlines   

Renamed 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

MBA   

Renamed 1997 - 2001

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

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

Milne Bay Air   

Renamed 1987 - 1997

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

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

Moresby Aviation   

Unsure **** - ****

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Morobe Airways  updated

Unsure 1979* - 1982*

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National Aviation Services   

Unsure 1983 - 2012*

^ 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   

Active 2004* - date

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Panda Air   

Renamed 1974* - 1975*

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^ Genealogy : Panda Air >>Talair

Panga Airways   

Inactive 1976* - 1977

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Papuan Airlines   

Unsure 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

Papuan Airways   

Inactive 1929* - 1931*

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Patair (Papuan Air Transport)   

Renamed 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

Provincial Air Services   

Unsure 1978* - 1979*

^ Comments :  

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

Regional Air   

Renamed 2002 - 2005

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Regional Air >>HeviLift

Sandaun Air Services   

Unsure **** - ****

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Sepik Air Charters   

Renamed 1970* - 1971

^ Comments :  

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

Sil Aviation  added

Active 1980* - date

^ Comments : SIL Aviation provides a mixed fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

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Southwest Air   

Unsure 1999* - 2003*

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STOL Commuters   

Inactive 1970* - 1971*

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TAA Airlines of New Guinea   

Unsure 1973* - 1975*

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Talair (Tourist Airlines of Niugini)  updated

Inactive 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

Talco   

Unsure 1968* - 1968

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Taylor's Air Transport   

Unsure 1948* - 1948*

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Territory Airlines   

Renamed 1952* - 1974

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

^ Genealogy : Territory Airlines >Talair

Tourist Airlines of Niugini   

Unsure **** - ****

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Trans Niugini Airline*   

Unsure **** - ****

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Travel Air   

Inactive 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

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Tropicair   

Active 1998 - date

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

^ Genealogy :  

Wewak Air Transport   

Unsure **** - ****

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Wirui Air Services   

Unsure 1968* - 1974*

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