Air Niugini wins best SOE employer award

The national flag carrier, Air Niugini has been named the best state owned enterprise employer for 2015.

Chairman Sir Frederick Reiher, has congratulated the airline’s management, employees and unions for their hard work in securing the award.

The award was presented by the PNG Human Resource Institute at its national conference in Port Moresby last Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Sir Frederick also congratulated Air Niugini's HR General Manager, Rei Logona, on being named the best individual HR Practitioner for 2015.

He said "This is a notable professional achievement for the airlines HR Manager who has provided important professional leadership, and working with all stakeholders in a challenging period for Air Niugini.

“The ‘best employer’ award in the state owned enterprises category was a significant achievement given the major changes in awards and conditions Air Niugini has had to implement.”

Sir Frederick added:  “The fact we have been able to carry out a major restructuring of awards and conditions, as well as an overall reduction in employee numbers, without industrial disruption, and in the end in agreement with unions and associations representing the airlines employees is a source of pride to the board and management of Air Niugini,”

“Air Niugin has worked very hard to maintain good relations with all its 2,000 employees, and I appreciate the acknowledgement by the PNG Human Resource Institute by giving the airline the award.”

Sir Frederick also said as a state owned enterprise with a total customer focus, in a competitive environment, Air Niugini is proud of the commitment to the airline and the travelling public by all its employees.

He said the “on time” arrivals and departures performance of the airline has never been higher than it is today.

“On behalf of the board I congratulate all  Air Niugini employees who share in the award which the airline has been given,” Sir Frederick said.

Press statement