Twenty-four children from far flung area in Papua New Guinea , in fact orphans aged between 6 and 10 saw an Air Niugini plane for the first time in their lives today (Thursday 09th July, 2020).
They are specifically from remote Bundi, a place between the border of Madang and Simbu Provinces
An Air Niugini flight PX 160, a Fokker 70 aircraft landed at Goroka airport this morning and the orphans were given privilege to take a photo with the flight crew and then took a tour of the aircraft.
Their first airport and aeroplane experience was made even more special when they met Prime Minister, Hon James Marape in a surprise.
Marape was on the same flight.
Air Niugini says the orphans were being looked after by Kumura Foundation and were in Goroka for a two day school excursion as part of their exposure to an urban setting.
It took them about 3 hrs to walk from the foot of Papua New Guinea’s highest mountain- Mt Wilhelm to Gembougl station where they got on a PMV truck to Kundiawa and another 4 to 5 hours drive to Goroka.
They initially planned to stand outside the fence at Goroka airport to get the glimpse of the aircraft, however when Air Niugini heard about these kids, Air Niugini tried to make their experience more memorable by bringing them closer to the tarmac and into the aircraft where they had the rare opportunity to also meet the pilots and cabin crew.