A WATER cannon spray was unleashed by two fire trucks on both sides of the new jet, hosing it down as it taxied into Port Moresbys Jackson International airport yesterday morning.
That was part of a traditional welcome given by Air Niugini and government officials for the executive government jet which has reportedly cost the Government K120 million.
White and sleek, the Falcon 900 EX aircraft registered as P2-ANW boasted the PNG flag and named The PNG Vision 2050 flew the new-look Air Niugini colours.
The jet was ferried by Air Niugini pilots from Little Rock, Arkansas in the US via Hawaii and arrived in Port Moresby at about 11am.
Senior government ministers, business executives and airport officials watched as the plane taxied into Bay 1 of the airport.
The welcoming party including the Acting Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu, Treasury and Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch, the chairman of the Air Niugini Board Sir James Tjoeng, Air Niugini CEO Wasantha Kamarasiri and other guests clapped upon its arrival. A prayer of dedication and glasses of champagne were used to welcome it.
Hip hip hurray, hurray, hurray to the Falcon jet. Does it make us all here proud to be Papua New Guineans this morning, the Acting Prime Minister Sir Puka said.
He described the jet as one of the finest in its class.
With its classic tri-jet engines design, it can land at smaller airports and fly at high altitudes even on hot days, Sir Puka said. The aircraft is a business jet designed and manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France.
It is powered by three Honeywell TFE31-60 turbo fan engines and has the capacity to carry 12 passengers in a standard configuration.
The jet is designed to fly 4500 nautical miles non-stop.
Sir Puka said the Falcon 900 Ex could land at almost all provincial airports in the country.
It is a very versatile aircraft and has a significantly safety feature, given its ability to fly slower on approach than its twin-jet competitors, he said.
julius chan bought the same plane in 1980 when he was PM!
November 25 2009, 7:18 PM
same old tricks by the same old dogz of png politicz.julius chan bought the same plane in 1980 and had png in an uproar.remember.him and his crony iambaki okuk.chan was dumped as PM and has never lived down that purchase.now farking somare and NA going down the same path as PPP and corrupt chan.
Where yu planin to land da Falcon jet?....I mean in the country apart from POM? The last and latest i know is that all the major airports in the country is in like totally rundown state .. no fences, grass gro igo bikpela na karamapim most of the runway...even patches of elephant grasses all around the run way ... at least for the highlands I am speaking off...etc., etc.,
Dont you think you look very stupid...not only to your own people but the the world out there... I mean yu buy a falcon jet for hundred million and yu dont have a decent airport to land it in...hahahaha...yupela ol sepik tu ya save stupid tumas...not all sepiks...just the ones that we all know who i am talking about.
READ with interest the arrival of the Falcon, the Governments executive jet.
Why on earth did the Government decide to buy a plane costing taxpayers K120 million?
That K120 million could have been better utilised for the following:
* Fix the roads in Kabwum or Maramuni so that the people their can bring their produce like coffee to sell;
* Buy medicines for the people of Menyamya and Angoram, who are affected by cholera and dysentery outbreak;
* Address lawlessness in Lae and Mt Hagen, which is getting out of hand;
* Address climate change issues affecting our people in Motlock and Lou Islands;
* Build classrooms in Konoagil and Obura;
* Address the smuggling of illicit drugs and weapons across our borders at Wutung and the Torres Strait;
* Address the influx of mainland Chinese;
* Increase the salaries of public servants to boost their morale; and
* The list goes on.
The only reason the plane is bought is to enable the Somare Government to start preparing for the 2012 elections.
Remember, after the 2007 elections, the Kumul was used to ferry MPs to and fro in order to form the Government which is in power today.
All of these are done at the expense of the people of Papua New Guinea who are forced to walk miles to sell a bag of coffee to pay for their childs school fees or who are dying because there are no drugs to treat them.
While our police are unable to attend to criminal cases because they have no cars or fuel, our leaders are using the Falcon to fly here and there, consuming thousands of litres of fuel.
Will the Falcon be used to ferry thousands of islanders whose islands are affected by rising sea to safety?
In a nutshell, K120 million has been wasted with no significant return to the people of Papua New Guinea.
In the end, Papua New Guineans, who gave the mandate to these leaders, are losers in our own land
We got more questions than answers on the source of financing this luxury for few well-to-do. Where did the money come from? Who met half of the costs? How will it be economically viable? Was it fully paid for? For how long will the PNG taxpayers meet the cost if it was bought on a loan? etc...The people of PNG need to know some of the answers to these questions.
One hundred twenty million kina ($35M) would have done wonders for improving road conditions and other infrastructure establishments; for example, in places like Pangia in Southern Highlands, West Kambia in Western Highlands, Menyamia in Morobe, Lufa in Eastern Highlands, etc... if the government had the people's interests ahead of theirs in using these public monies. I would only dream of having such vital but necessary services for our village folks but wouldn't see our folks having them for decades.
This is a reckless spending using the Papua New Guinea taxpayers' kinas on an aircraft to be used only by the well-to-do while the majority of the people of Papua New Guinea live in poverty and under crumbling infrastructure.
The government's refusal to hear public outbursts and clear motives to purchase such sumptuousness plane depicts a government which is hellbent on corruption flanked by scandals. How can Papua New Guinea develop when leaders give their backs to people when they say something on the monies they contribute to the government?
That sounds cool but have we got good airports in the country that can carter for that? Have they got enough finance saved aside for maintenance and service of that jet...I should be proud if the government has cleaned it's back yard first and than go for the luxury jet like that.
The ideology is that PNG is playing a big boy game in the Pacific.
Definitely Australia and other foreign aid providers will make fun out of us as we have very high illiterate and infant mortality rate compared to none even our own Pacific brothers. The basic services such as roads & bridges, schools, hospitals, electricity, water supplies are far from
reach at rural level.
I don't know, they (government) may see all the above mentioned our own backyard problems...........like other countries have even including Australia.
Rural NativeAustralian Mortality and Morbidity is as high as in many parts ofPNG. They had western contact hundreds of yearsback
In times of trouble people do silly things to attract attention.... One poor small African country paid millions to 2 American boxers (mohamed Ali Vs opponent) to fight in a stadium in that country. Aim was to improve cohesion and whatever. That was waste of money in a resource poor nation...MM agreed to let Borat Star spread his legs on his face infront of peers. This was attention seeking behavior by MM Rapper. Now that attention is on him,he must be planning something big now.
We have Falcon Jet here... It is done, we can not reverse it.Just try working on what next they are planning? Invasion of other Pacifc Islander Nations?...I believe something will happen.
This expensive thing is at the Jackson's airport. It's quite funny that the CAA has been making some noise lately about tightening security at the airport some few weeks back.
Is this this the toy that they were trying to protect. I doubt the security's effectiveness.
Someone take a "test bomb" to the airport and blow this toy.
We wouldn't suffer as a result. That's a good message to the extravagant government that the citizens are not impressed with their shopping.
very true. that was one hell of an expensive purchase. but if all papua new guineans tok ol poor, nogat money. that is a totally big, fat, lie. we seen money every day. we do not have soup stalls all 'round our towns and cities. those on the streets deserved to be poor becouse they dont know how to make use of the one very important resource ALL Papua New Guineans have. LAND, LAND,and LAND!!! stop crying like women and babies PNG!
why cant we enjoy a little luxury. who knows you may be the next PM, make use of it and buy a luxury ocean liner second to Titanic.