MAF in Papua New Guinea

Since 1951, MAF’s operations in Papua New Guinea has provided essential air transport to isolated communities located in some of the most rugged terrains in the world. PNG’s unique topography and poor infrastructure mean that for hundreds of villages in the catchment area of an airstrip, MAF provides essential and viable access to the outside world and the help and hope needed by many people in bush communities.

The statistics below are based on 365 days per year, although we recognise that MAF programmes do not fly every day. Also, 2020 was a year highly impacted by restrictions on domestic and international travel due to the pandemic and therefore, numbers are lower than in the previous years. But God has been faithful and still we could serve the people in remote Papua New Guinea to bring help, hope and healing in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Did you know that...

  • in 2020, our aircraft flew 2,637 hours in total. This means almost 110 days of continuous (24/7) flying!
  • in 2020, our aircraft flew 4,669 flight legs, which means 4,669 safe take-offs and landings. On average, this means our aircraft visited 13 communities each day to bring hope and help to an remote community.
  • in 2020, our aircraft carried 14,264 passengers, e.g. pastors and missionaries, health and community workers, teachers and students and just ordinary citizens, to overcome the mountainous and swampy terrain of PNG.
  • in 2020, our aircraft carried 815,895 kilograms of cargo, e.g. hundreds of plywood or roofing iron sheets and other construction materials, exercise books and medicine, food and soap, to only name a few. And then you still need to add the passengers' cargo allowance to that number!
  • in 2020, our aircraft flew a total of 539,221km (291,156nm). That’s more than 13 times around the globe.
  • in 2020, the MAF PNG fleet consisted of nine Cessna Caravan C208, which means we continue to operate a single-type fleet compared to all the years before 2019 where we operated different types of aircraft. We expect a tenth aircraft in the second half of 2021.
  • in 2020, MAF PNG was run by 118 dedicated staff members, 86 of them being Papua New Guineans and 32 being expats.
  • in 2020, MAF PNG teamed up with 109 partner organisations.
  • in 2020, our aircraft landed on 188 different airstrips. This means we'd rank at about number 12 on a world wide statistic lead by United Airlines, Delta or Lufthansa.
  • in 2020, we flew 62 medical evacuation flights, but actually transported about 200 critically ill persons to hospital.
  • in 2020, we subsidised flights for church and mission work with about K210,000 (UD$~61,000).
  • in 2020, our pilots sold again hundreds of Buk Baibles and solar powered audio Bibles at remote villages. The hunger for God's Word is immense out there and so is the impact of the believers.