A mes­sage from Air Ni­ug­ini’s chairman

Paradise - - Contents - Sir Fred­er­ick Rei­her, KCMG, KBE Chairman, Air Ni­ug­ini Limited

As I write, our newly elected 10th Na­tional Par­lia­ment has met for the first time and has un­der­taken its most im­por­tant con­sti­tu­tional duty – the elec­tion of the prime min­is­ter.

The board and man­age­ment of Air Ni­ug­ini con­grat­u­late Peter O’Neill on his re-elec­tion as prime min­is­ter and wish him and his min­is­ters every suc­cess in the five-year term of this par­lia­ment.

The prime min­is­ter has al­ways given the board of Air Ni­ug­ini strong sup­port. That sup­port has been in­valu­able dur­ing a pe­riod of sig­nif­i­cant change, as the air­line has sought to work more ef­fi­ciently and has ex­panded ser­vices home and abroad in a dif­fi­cult eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment.

The sup­port of the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to be in­valu­able as we im­ple­ment our largest fleet up­grade, and im­prove ser­vice to pas­sen­gers, and our busi­ness and com­mer­cial part­ners.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant sup­port Air Ni­ug­ini has re­ceived from the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment has been the up­grad­ing and re­de­vel­op­ment of ma­jor provin­cial air­ports. The work has in­cluded mod­ern ter­mi­nal fa­cil­i­ties, im­proved nav­i­ga­tional aids, airstrip ex­pan­sion and re­seal­ing.

The re­sult of this sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment has given Port Moresby a mod­ern, com­fort­able and pas­sen­ger-friendly in­ter­na­tional air­port that is en­abling Air Ni­ug­ini to achieve its goal of de­vel­op­ing Jack­sons Air­port as a re­gional ‘hub’ for the Pa­cific Is­lands.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of other air­port ter­mi­nals – no­tably Nadzab (Lae), Mount Ha­gen and Hoskins – has en­sured our busiest re­gional air­ports have the most mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties. Con­cur­rent with this, Air Ni­ug­ini is also in­vest­ing in busi­ness class lounges at key air­ports. New lounges have opened at Mount Ha­gen, Lae and Hoskins.

The up­grad­ing of Van­imo and Goroka air­ports will soon be com­pleted and, over the next 18 months to two years, ma­jor work will be un­der­taken at Mo­mote (Manus), Mount Ha­gen, Mendi, Gur­ney (Alotau), Kavieng, Buka, Madang and We­wak air­ports.

These air­ports will be par­tially closed dur­ing con­struc­tion, pos­si­bly caus­ing some in­con­ve­nience, but the im­prove­ments will even­tu­ally ben­e­fit pas­sen­gers.

Modernising air­port ter­mi­nals, and run­ways and nav­i­ga­tion, is costly – and Air Ni­ug­ini is grate­ful to the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment for im­ple­ment­ing the largest air­port in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram in Pa­pua New Guinea’s his­tory. In tan­dem with this in­vest­ment, Air Ni­ug­ini has been modernising its fleet. The air­line has taken de­liv­ery of nine Fokker 70 aircraft, con­nect­ing Port Moresby with our re­gional cap­i­tals of Lae, Mount Ha­gen and Rabaul. These aircraft are also serv­ing our grow­ing Pa­cific net­work, con­nect­ing Port Moresby with Cairns, Townsville, Solomon Is­lands, Van­u­atu, Fiji and the Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia.

The de­vel­op­ment of our in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions re­mains an im­por­tant project, and in the next few years our aircraft fleet will be sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded with four new Boe­ing 737-MAX aircraft.

Our mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gram is not con­fined to aircraft and ter­mi­nals. In Oc­to­ber, the switch to the Sabre So­lu­tions Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice Sys­tem will be com­pleted. This will de­liver the most mod­ern and re­li­able e-com­merce ser­vice avail­able. It will in­clude ef­fi­cient on­line book­ing, more com­pet­i­tive fare choices, as well as im­proved cus­tomer ser­vice op­tions.

While our fo­cus is on ser­vic­ing our ma­jor des­ti­na­tions, as the na­tional air­line we are not ne­glect­ing the air travel needs of the peo­ple of PNG liv­ing in more re­mote and dis­tant com­mu­ni­ties. This is prin­ci­pally de­liv­ered through our sub­sidiary air­line, Link PNG. Since its in­cep­tion, just un­der three years ago as a low-cost and no-frills air­line, Link PNG has en­joyed strong pas­sen­ger and com­mu­nity sup­port.

Air Ni­ug­ini has a proud record of sup­port­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice by sub­si­dis­ing un­prof­itable routes. Main­tain­ing these ser­vices de­pends on Air Ni­ug­ini op­er­at­ing with max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency – and with con­tin­ued pas­sen­ger and busi­ness cus­tomer sup­port.

We are ap­pre­cia­tive of your sup­port and, of course, the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment’s sup­port. Work­ing to­gether, we will con­tinue to pro­vide a high qual­ity, ef­fi­cient and safe ser­vice.

En­joy your flight.

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