JAKARTA, Indonesia (PINA, Feb. 5) - PT Papua Indonesia Air System has begun to serve the remote areas of Indonesia's easternmost province, Papua, Antara news agency reported.

The start of the company's operation was marked by prayer and a gathering at Sentani Airport, attended by Papua Governor Jaap Solossa, Antara said.

The company began by transporting cargo from Wamena to Jayapura using a Fokker F27 twin-engine turboprop plane.

"I welcomed the company's operation because it will help the local government deal with transportation difficulties in Papua, which is covered by rainforests," Governor Solossa said.

The airline's managing director, George Waromi, said he would maintain the safety and quality of the company's service. Waromi added that he was trying to add more planes this year.

February 6, 2003

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