STAFF REPORTER | Aviation Week
NEW YORK - Mission Aviation Fellowship International recently placed an order for five Cessna Caravan 208 turboprops for its operations in Papua New Guinea, with the option for an additional two aircraft.
The order represented MAF International's single largest aircraft investment and the five aircraft are scheduled to be delivered this year and create an all-Caravan fleet in the country.
MAF has been serving the most isolated communities in PNG since 1951. It enables thousands of aid workers, development specialists, mission workers, doctors and nurses, teachers and water engineers to deliver food, medical supplies and relief, water and education.
During the last decade MAF has slowly been expanding its three-Caravan operation so the aircraft are now flown into 95% of the more than 230 remote bush airstrips.
“With an all-Caravan fleet powered by the dependable PT6 engine, significant gains in reliability and mission impact will be achieved,” said aviation director for MAF International, William Nicol.
“The Caravan provides capability that ensures an effective, efficient and sustainable operation — a critical consideration when operating with limited infrastructure in challenging conditions, where remote access often becomes a matter of life and death.”