Air Niugini

FSM Government and Air Niugini to share cost

Air Niugini will commence weekly air services twice between Port Moresby and FSM, starting on December 3.

The inaugural and test flight was done last week where the state-owned airline management and board received the Foreign Air Carrier Permit from FSM President Peter Christian.

“So that the financial risks associated with a new international service can be managed, Air Niugini has asked the FSM Government to share the risk involved in establishing this new air service,” Air Niugini chairman Sir Frederick Reiher said.   

Port Moresby grows as regional air hub

State owned airline, Air Niugini has spread its wings to the Federated States of Micronesia with an inaugural flight last week.  

Air Niugini chairman Sir Frederick Reiher, led a delegation comprising director Sir Noel Levi, CEO Simon Foo and general manager commercials Dominic Kaumu to Pohnpei for discussions with the FSM Government and the Chamber of Commerce during its inaugural flight.

Air Niugini commences services to FSM

To test the market, three special flights have been planned to operate to FSM before the scheduled passenger services commence.

The first of the three special flights operated on Thursday, Sept 1, from Port Moresby to Chuuk and later Pohnpei before returning to Port Moresby.

It took 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Chuuk and an hour across to Pohnpei before coming back to Pom.

Air Niugini unveils ‘Alotau’

This morning, Air Niugini held a naming ceremony, unveiling the name of one of its Fokker 70 aircrafts as “Alotau”.

Chairman of Air Niugini Limited, Sir Frederick Reiher, says these airplanes form a central component of the major re-fleeting and fleet upgrade program that Air Niugini is undertaking.

“When we made decisions on the fleet upgrading program, the number one priority was to service the travel needs of the eight million people of our nation,” Reiher says.

Air Niugini’s cadet pilot program graduates 80 pilots

Air Niugini chairman Sir Frederick Reiher in his speech during the naming ceremony of its fourth Fokker 70 aircraft "Alotau" said the company will continue to implement the programme and help young Papua New Guineans achieved their dreams through the programme.

"Since the first pilot cadet program in 1988 Air Niugini has fully funded the training of 80 national pilots – men and women who today serve as flight crew in all our aircraft, from Dash-8s to Boeing 767s. Our fully trained crew now include five young women pilots."

Air Niugini commences services to Federated States of Micronesia

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo made the announcement this afternoon following a meeting last week with FSM’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Aviation, Mr Massey Halbert.

Mr Foo said Air Niugini will start initially with three special flights to Chuuk and Pohnpei , two of the four states in FSM. These flights are scheduled to operate on September 01st,  07th and 10th, which coincides with a meeting of Pacific Island leaders in FSM.

Air Niugini begins planning air services to China

Chairman of Air Niugini, Sir Frederick Reiher, said the air services agreement would enable Air Niugini to introduce seasonal charters between Port Moresby and Shanghai during the Chinese New Year celebrations early in 2017 and for other holiday periods next year.

"It is our intention to introduce regular services from late 2017," he said.

Sir Frederick said the signing of the agreement paved the way for tourist travel to grow rapidly from China to Papua New Guinea.

Air Niugini receives AOC certificate

Chairman Sir Frederick Reiher continuously repeated this statement on Wednesday when receiving an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the PNG Civil Aviation Authority for a further five years.

The certificate confirms that Air Niugini has again successfully met all regulatory safety standards and requirements, set by CASA PNG and the Civil Aviation Act.

Sir Frederick said the certificate reflects the continued success of the airlines commitment to maintaining the highest possible safety standard across all the airlines operations.

Solomon Airlines, Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu tripartite codeshare launches on July 1

The new service will operate from Port Moresby to Honiara on Fridays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.                            

The Honiara the codeshare service will operate from Honiara to Port Moresby on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The codeshare also extends to a weekly Honiara-Port Vila-Honiara service into Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila, operating Honiara on Tuesdays and returning to Honiara on Wednesdays.

Airline company hosts women's meet

The luncheon was attended by one of PNG’s pioneer female engineers, Emma Waiwai , Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer , Simon Foo and 40 female staff.

The event was the first to be organized by Air Niugini as an initiative of the current CEO to motivate and empower women in the workforce.

Mrs Waiwai, who worked for 26 years in the aviation industry was the guest speaker at the event, encouraging women to strive for excellence by motivating, inspiring and empowering each other.