I HAVE now flown Air Niugini (airline code PX) more than most Americans ever will. The thing is no one I knew remotely well enough at the time worked for Air Niugini, which is rare for me.
However, I did know plenty of people who work for their fiercest competitor –Airlines PNG (code CG). Clearly I needed to take a flight.
After a week of in-country planning, I had selected a destination – Goroka, a small town in the highlands of central PNG. It is one of the highest airports in the country at 5,200 feet. It was also a reasonable airfare and crewed by people who were extremely friendly to an American journalist.