Air Niugini orders 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Air Niugini has ordered four Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737 MAX 8 airplanes, the company said.

The previously unidentified order adds to the national carrier´s current fleet of Next-Generation 737s and 767-300ERs (extended range) airplanes.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class — 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

Air Niugini operates a domestic network of more than 25 destinations from its Port Moresby hub, as well as numerous international routes across Asia-Pacific, including Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Fiji, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Hong Kong, Vanuatu, and Japan.