General Aviation Mission Aviation Fellowship orders five Cessna Caravan 208

Textron Aviation and Mission Aviation Fellowship International have announced a firm order for five Cessna Caravan 208s. The carrier will use the aircraft to serve remote island communities in Papua Neu Guinea.

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Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) will be operating the aircraft in Papua Neu Guinea and holds rights to purchase two more. By years end, the five aircraft are expected to be delivered. By mid-2019, the aircraft should be operational in Papua Neu Guinea.

MAF offers services for isolated communities in Papua Neu Guinea. The carrier helps teachers, nurses, doctors or mission workers to receive food, medical supplies, water or educational products. MAF already operates a fleet of Cessna Caravans, who take off and land on over 230 remote bush airstrips.

With the new aircraft delivered, MAF will operate an all-Caravan fleet.

Aviation Director for MAF International, William Nicol commented: “With an all-Caravan fleet powered by the dependable PT6 engine, significant gains in reliability and mission impact will be achieved. 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.”

Jessica Pruss, president, Asia Pacific sales and marketing at Textron Aviation, said: “MAF’s choice to expand its fleet with the Caravan is a testament to the reliability, value and superb performance abilities of the aircraft [...] We are delighted to continue supporting MAF with the Caravan, an aircraft the organization can depend on to efficiently accomplish its missions.”

In Papua Neu Guinea, there is a high diversity of tribal groups, of whom 85 percent live in rural areas. The people are relying on subsistence agriculture for survival and often have to face environmental difficulties. MAF helps to change their circumstances. Air services provides options and opportunities to the commutes.

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