PORT MORESBY – Forty white-jacketed Maserati Quattroporte luxury cars estimated to cost a lazy million kina each have been airlifted to Port Moresby for the three-day APEC forum next month.
Air Cargo News reports that AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines operated two Boeing 747-8F charters to ferry the brand new vehicles from Milan in Italy to Papua New Guinea.
“The vehicles are being used for the comfortable and safe transfers of key representatives of the participating countries,” the trade publication said, adding they will “provide high-end chauffeuring services”.
It was also good to learn that “ABC’s dedicated team of highly-skilled and experienced professionals strictly followed all internal procedures to guarantee the secure and seamless transportation of the luxury vehicles”.
20 cars in white protective covers were loaded onto each flight under the careful supervision of ABC personnel to ensure they arrived in perfect condition.
“We are delighted to have been given this latest opportunity to provide another red-carpet service for these luxury sports vehicles,” said Sergey Lazarev, ABC’s general director.
“With the special procedures and processes we have in place, as well as the availability and expertise of ABC’s loading specialists, both charter flights were operated in full compliance with the customer’s and shipper’s requirements.
“We continue to see growth in demand for our services from the automotive industry as well as from customers across all of the major sectors we support and this puts us on course for another successful year of growth,” Sergey added, interpolating a little advertisement for his company.
It is unknown what use the PNG government will have for 40 near-new Maseratis post-APEC but the million kina vehicles, while not suitable for most of PNG’s challenging roads, will look a treat carrying ministers and senior public servants on the recently rehabilitated boulevards linking Waigani to Ela Beach.