MAF Papua New Guinea Facts

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. A country of immense cultural and biological diversity, it’s known for its beaches and coral reefs. Inland are active volcanoes, granite Mt. Wilhelm, dense rainforest and hiking routes like the Kokoda Trail. There are also traditional tribal villages, many with their own languages.

MAF Papua New Guinea

Since 1951 MAF’s operations in Papua New Guinea has provided essential air transport to isolated communities located in some of the most rugged terrain in the world. PNG’s unique topography and poor infrastructure mean that MAF provides the only viable access to the outside world and the help and hope needed by many people in bush communities.

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in 2016 our aircraft flew 5,254 hours in total. This means almost 220 days of continuous (24/7) flying!

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in 2016 our aircraft flew 10,757 sectors, which means 10,757 safe take-offs and landings. In average this means one plane takes off almost every 50 minutes to bring hope and help to an remote community.

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in 2016 our aircraft carried 30,151 passengers, e.g. pastors and missionaries, health and community workers, teachers and students and just ordinary citizens, to overcome the mountainous and swampy terrain of PNG.

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that in 2016 our aircraft flew a total of 977,286km (527,691nm). That’s a distance greater than to the moon and back or more than 24 times around the globe.

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that 2016 our aircraft carried 2,729,112 tonnes of cargo, e.g. our passengers’ luggage but also thousands of plywood sheets and other construction materials, exercise books and medicine, food and soap, to only name a few.

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that in 2016 the MAF PNG fleet consisted of 12 aircraft: 3 Twin Otter DHC-6-300, 2 Cessna Caravan C208, 6 Airvans GA8-TC320 and 1 Cessna C172SP.

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in 2016 MAF PNG was run by 129 dedicated staff members, 96 of them being Papua New Guineans and 33 being expats.

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in 2016 MAF PNG partnered with 29 organisations and churches, the government health department being one of them.

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in 2016 our aircraft landed on 212 different airstrips.

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that in 2016 we flew 452 medical evacuation flights.