Air Niugini

Air Niugini spends K20m annually for training

Executive manager for Flight Operations Captain Samiu Taufa has revealed that training is a priority for Air Niugini.

He said training their staff enables them to be the biggest state entity in the country to provide such good training for them.

“Air Niugini is the national flag carrier and safety is of paramount importance to Air Niugini. Therefore we always train people to become the best in the various fields.”

He said Air Niugini have a good record of safety in the world because of so much emphasis put towards training its staff.

Young Sinesine-Yongumugl man to attend flying school

Witnessing the occasion today was local MP Kerenga Kua and Air Niugini’s Executive manager for Flights operations Captain Samiu Taufa alongside Human Resource General Manager Rei Logona.

Kua said the agreement was an important exercise for his district as it encourages young people to have bigger dreams and visions in their lives.

He said the partnership with Air Niugini to send  Daniel Jack, 26 to the flying school was to inspire younger children in the district to aspire and do more and achieve their dreams.

Air Niugini and Telikom support FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

Air Niugini in support of the event will provide kind assistance comprising of air travel discounts and other promotional activities.

Meanwhile, Telikom PNG being the leading supporter of football in PNG will provide facilities and backing FIFA for the broadcasting of the competition, which will see the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup reach over 200 million people around the world.

As a leading telecommunication company, Telikom PNG will provide phone lines and internet services for the four stadiums hosting matches throughout the three-week tournament.

SOEs do not pay enough dividends, says Pruaitch

Minister Pruaitch made this comment yesterday after the launch of the Asian Development Bank Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) report titled; Finding Balance 2016 Report on Performance of State-owned Enterprises in Pacific Island countries.

“The Government is borrowing so much to fund State-Owned Enterprises, and we need a policy on dividends payment,” he said.

Flights disruptions caused by bad weather: Air Niugini

The Airline was responding to claims that the flights were caused by shortage of pilot with the company.

“Our flight delays over the weekend were mainly due to bad weather and not pilot issue,” An Air Niugini employee who declined to be named said. 

“Two aircraft were not able to get out of Mt Hagen on Saturday as a result of bad weather. This has affected the rest of the flights (been affected) during the weekend.

“However, all the flights are now back too normal.”

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."