LINK PNG saw its first all-female aircrew take to the skies of Papua New Guinea in late-May.
Air Niugini said history was made for the airline with its subsidiary company, Link PNG’s all-female crew on flight PX 900/901.
A crew of five led by captain Beverly Pakii, first officer Nicole Koleala and cabin crew members Julie Tamdodo, Ulato Avei and Veapi Ranu departed Port Moresby’s Jackson’s airport on a scheduled return flight to Tabubil.
Air Nuigini said this was the first time an all-female Link PNG crew flew a scheduled flight, all crew members are Papua New Guinean.
It was a milestone achievement for the airline and the women of this country, the airline said in a statement.
While the flight was the first for Link PNG it was the second for Air Niugini which had a similar flight four years ago under the command of captain Bona Yasi and her crew.
Link PNG chief executive Daniel Wanma said it was a milestone achievement for PNG.
“Working in a male dominated profession, it is certainly exciting to find an all-female crew serving our customers and providing the same high quality standards as dictated by the company. Given the successful program many more girls will be joining their ranks well into the future.”
Ms Pakii broke another record earlier this year when she became a first young Papua New Guinean female pilot to have achieved her command on a Dash 8 aircraft under Air Niugini’s pilot cadet program.
The 29 year old’s achievement is the first for the airline since Air Niugini’s pilot cadet program started in the 1970s.
Other female Air Niugini pilots, who may have achieved their commands on the various aircraft types, did so but through another pilot program, which means they may have achieved their command with Air Niugini, but completed their cadet program elsewhere, the airline said.
Air Nuigini said for both Ms Pakii and Ms Koleala, flying with Link PNG may not be something new as their connection with Air Niugini goes back a long way.
Their fathers were former Air Niugini pilots, captain Ted Pakii and captain Nat Koleala flew Air Niugini’s Fokker 27 and F28 in the 1990s, the company said.