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Air Ni­ug­ini was re­cently named best state-owned en­ter­prise em­ployer for 2015, by the PNG Hu­man Re­source In­sti­tute.

Given the enor­mous chal­lenges the man­age­ment team, and all em­ploy­ees, of Air Ni­ug­ini have faced in re­cent times, and es­pe­cially through­out 2015, this award is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment.

As I have com­mented in ear­lier edi­tions of Par­adise, Air Ni­ug­ini has had to un­der­take a ma­jor re­struc­tur­ing of salaries and con­di­tions for all its em­ploy­ees.

There has been a re­duc­tion in over­all em­ployee num­bers, achieved al­most en­tirely through re­dun­dan­cies and vol­un­tary re­tire­ment.

Not only has Air Ni­ug­ini been ac­knowl­edged as the best SOE em­ployer dur­ing this dif­fi­cult pe­riod, the air­line has also avoided in­dus­trial ac­tion. In this re­gard, we ap­plaud our HR gen­eral man­ager, Rei Log­ona, for be­ing awarded the best in­di­vid­ual hu­man re­sources prac­ti­tioner of the year.

The board of Air Ni­ug­ini joins with me in con­grat­u­lat­ing our man­age­ment team, headed by our chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Si­mon Foo, and all our 2237 em­ploy­ees who share in this award.

We also ac­knowl­edge the co-op­er­a­tion we have re­ceived from the unions and as­so­ci­a­tions rep­re­sent­ing our em­ploy­ees dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions on re­vised awards and con­di­tions.

This recog­ni­tion has re­minded me of the con­tri­bu­tion Air Ni­ug­ini makes to­wards the train­ing and skilling of our em­ploy­ees, our flight crew and main­te­nance en­gi­neers in par­tic­u­lar.

Since the cadet pi­lot train­ing scheme was re-in­tro­duced in 1988, over 80 Pa­pua New Guineans have pro­gressed to be fully qual­i­fied pilots of our air­craft fleet right through from Dash 8 to Boe­ing 767 air­planes. So far, five fe­male pilots have grad­u­ated un­der this program, and the re­cruit­ment of more fe­males to be trained as pilots is re­ceiv­ing pri­or­ity.

In Au­gust this year, a mile­stone will be achieved when the first group of Air Ni­ug­ini air­craft main­te­nance engi­neer cadets will com­plete four years train­ing with the Air New Zealand Aviation In­sti­tute un­der a 10-year agree­ment Air Ni­ug­ini en­tered into in 2012.

There are 38 cadets un­der­go­ing train­ing un­der this program, which over the 10-year pe­riod, will cost Air Ni­ug­ini close to PGK20 mil­lion.

It rep­re­sents a very im­por­tant in­vest­ment in the train­ing of na­tional em­ploy­ees in a key area for the air­line – air­craft main­te­nance.

Air Ni­ug­ini also un­der­takes ex­ten­sive train­ing and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment pro­grams for em­ploy­ees across the air­line’s op­er­a­tions.

Our over­all com­mit­ment to the ca­reer and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of our em­ploy­ees is to­day stronger and more ef­fec­tive than it has ever been.

As the na­tional car­rier, Air Ni­ug­ini op­er­ates every day and night of the year and that means many of our em­ploy­ees have to give up be­ing with their fam­i­lies on hol­i­days and week­ends.

The loy­alty and dedication of our em­ploy­ees not only en­sure the con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of the ser­vices Air Ni­ug­ini and Link PNG of­fer, but has also en­abled us to achieve on-time de­par­tures and ar­rivals at the high­est level in our 42-year his­tory.

Re­cently we re­vi­talised our ser­vice am­bi­tions un­der an ex­ten­sive cus­tomer care program to im­prove our de­liv­ery of ser­vice to you, our val­ued cus­tomers. To that end, I thank all the em­ploy­ees of Air Ni­ug­ini, no mat­ter what their po­si­tion in the air­line, for help­ing the board and man­age­ment achieve a smooth re­struc­tur­ing of our op­er­a­tions that will se­cure the air­line’s fu­ture.

En­joy your flight.

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