Air Niugini

PX to begin flights to Townsville

The Townsville Bulletin reports that bi-weekly flights to the largest city in North Queensland will begin in in March.

In a statement to the publisher, Air Niugini Chairman, Sir Frederick Reiher, says “The step will enhance the growth of the Jacksons Airport hub”.

“Travellers from Townsville, and the surrounding areas, will be able to connect to our services to major destinations, including Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and Narita and, soon, Shanghai,” he said.

Supreme Court dismisses PX appeal

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia this afternoon ruled he was not persuaded that Air Niugini had an arguable case made out.

Air Niugini filed the appeal on grounds the Judicial review in the National Court is an abuse of process because Air Niugini is subject to Company Act and its decisions cannot be reviewed through a judicial review proceeding. 

The Chief Justice said the National Court judge did not make an error when he granted leave for a judicial review to be carried out against their termination.

Supreme Court to decide on PX appeal

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia sitting as a single Supreme Court judge today heard submissions from lawyers representing Air Niugini, Ian Shepherd and the eight national pilots, Moses Murray. He reserved his ruling to Dec 9.

Sir Salamo in reserving his decision said he needs to go through the National Airline Commission Act to see the status of Air Niugini.

Air Niugini is seeking leave of the Supreme Court to appeal the National Court decision dated Oct 7 which allowed a judicial review to be conducted by the court on the termination of the pilots.

Hoskins woman wins trip to FSM

Tania Malai, who happens to be the 2000th person to have opened a UATAP account and was automatically selected as the winner.

Malai has won herself a return trip for two to the Federated State of Micronesia on Air N iugini.

Air Niugini General Manager Customers and Markets, Dominic Kaumu when congratulating the winner said as a follow on incentive, Air Niugini will be giving away 4000 free destination points to the next 100 new accounts that will be opened.

Air Niugini to recommence Fokker services to Hoskins

Air Niugini in a media statement stated that the Fokker services into Hoskins airport will resume this Saturday Dec 3.

The recommencement of the Fokker services was followed by the completion of maintenance work on the runway.

The airline’s F70 and F100 aircraft were unable to operate to Hoskins since September this year to allow for further works to be carried out on the runway surface.

Since then, Air Niugini’s subsidiary company, Link PNG has been operating its Dash 8 aircraft to and from Hoskins.

PX appeals stay on pilots’ termination

The granting of leave by the National Court on Oct 7 saw the court stay the termination of the respective pilots affected.

The appeal Air Niugini filed came before Justice Stephen Kassman on Tuesday this week, however, it was adjourned to next week Monday. It is expected to return before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Air Niugini filed the appeal on grounds the judicial review in the National Court is an abuse of process because Air Niugini is subject to Company Act and its decisions cannot be reviewed through a judicial review proceeding.

Competition watchdog approve airlines code-share agreement

Air Niugini submitted its authorisation application to code-share with Qantas on 27th July, 2016. 

ICCC Commissioner and CEO Paulus Ain said, “The ICCC granted authorisation to Air Niugini to enter into and give effect to the code-share agreement with Qantas for a period of five years commencing 10th November.

Air Niugini raises standards to be competitive

The outsourcing of its ticket sales and airport services at selected domestic centres are some of the steps the airline has taken to help its customers.

It is being outsourced through a carefully managed process, ensuring a seamless transition.

To compete with the airline industry around the world, Air Niugini is also getting on board to embrace a change in the way it conducts its business.

Air Niugini outsources ticket sales office in Kieta

General Manager, Customers and Markets Dominic Kaumu made these remarks when signing an agreement with a travel agency in Kieta last Wednesday.

He said the outsourcing of its sales office was part of the airline’s effort to streamline operations, however, its major domestic ports will not be affected.

Kaumu and Manageress of Poonang Travel Agency, Pamela Dasiona signed an agreement in Kieta to seal the handover/take over arrangement.

This brings the total number of offices outsourced so far to three in the Autonomous region of Bougainville.

Air Niugini facing tough times due to low commodity prices

Chairman of the board Sir Frederick Reiher when commending staff and stakeholders of the 43rd anniversary in Rabaul, said when industries such as mining, Oil and gas construction slow, Air Niugini will be impacted seriously.

"I want to be frank and upfront about this. These are tough and challenging times for Air Niugini.

"Passenger numbers, especially on most of our domestic routes are down, well down.

"That is despite the fact that we have not increased fares, and have sought to offer as many concessional fares for families as possible," he said.