AIR NIUGINI CLINCHES VIETNAM AIRLINES DEAL

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 9, 1999 - The National)---Air Niugini has won a contract to wet lease its second Airbus to Vietnam Airlines, its managing director Andrew Ogil announced.

He confirmed that the Airbus has been leased to provide scheduled services for Vietnam Airlines and will operate from Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney, Melbourne, Osaka and Hanoi.

The lease began on July 5 and will end on July 17.

Included in the agreement is the provision of an Air Niugini flight crew, which consists of two pilots, two engineers and six flight attendants.

Mr. Ogil said Air Niugini is proud to have won the lucrative contract against stiff competition from other major regional airlines, adding the contract will generate a significant amount of commercial revenue towards the airline's cash flow situation.

Air Niugini is maintaining its normal international scheduled services during this wet lease arrangement.

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