The Papua New Guinea PNG link adopts a new 8-400 limit


Today, Papua New Guinea-based carrier and Air Niugini subsidiary Link PNG received delivery of one De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft. Although the plane is new to the airline, it is actually over 13 years old after its first test flight in 2007. This particular turboprop aircraft was due to be delivered in 2019 with this aircraft’s entry schedule into Link PNG’s fleet.

Dash 8-400
The plane made its first test flight in 2007, which gave it over 13 years. He first flew in the American Lynx Aviation outfit in 2008. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

Current aircraft data

The news of the plane’s delivery came from the Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) website in a December 5 press release. The Danish aircraft lessor has confirmed delivery of one De Havilland Dash 8-400, MSN 4184, to Link PNG under a lease.

NAC states that up to this point, due to travel restrictions, the delivery has been postponed. However, the lessor concludes “The improving conditions and the relaxation of restrictions in Papua New Guinea enabled the delivery”, addition “MSN 4184 is the last aircraft to be delivered in a two-aircraft transaction.”

Data on the actual aircraft registration is not available at the moment. This may be because Papua New Guinea’s civil aviation authority has not yet issued a decision. However, we are fairly sure that aircraft registration will start with the Papua New Guinea national mark P2.

Photographs of the aircraft, taken at an unknown date, showed Dash 8 in Air Niugini livery with lessor’s registration, OY-YCY. Unfortunately, we cannot provide these visualizations due to copyright.

Dash 8 -400
De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 flew with Air Berlin from 2014 to 2017. Photo: Jeroen Stroes Aviation Photography via Wikimedia Commons

As far as we know, the plane is configured in a completely economic layout with 74 seats. According to, the layout remained unchanged for most of the aircraft’s lifetime. However, in 2011, it was listed as having 72 seats on board the Swiss carrier SkyWork Airlines.

The previous operators the aircraft flew with were:

  • Lynx Aviation (United States)
  • Frontier Airlines (United States)
  • Skyservice Business Aviation (Canada)
  • Air Berlin and Eurowings (currently operated by LGW – Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter) (Germany)

Then the turboprop went to Nordic Aviation Capital in early 2020.

Dash 8-200
Link PNG is a subsidiary of Air Niugini and has its own AOC. Photo: Paul Nelhams via Wikimedia Commons

Link PNG is a regional carrier and subsidiary of Air Niugini. Its fleet is based at Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport.

PX56 Air Niugini flight
Air Niugini is unfortunately known for its flight 73 2018, which saw a 737-800 landing near the runway of Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia, which resulted in a water landing and this famous photo. Photo: US Navy photo: Lt. Zach Niezgodski via Wikimedia Commons

The subsidiary itself was created as part of an airline restructuring and operates under a separate Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). It operates provincial and district routes in Papua New Guinea.

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