A mes­sage from Air Ni­ug­ini’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

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As we ap­proach the end of the year, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you, our val­ued cus­tomers, for your pa­tron­age, to re­flect on 2019 and to look ahead to 2020.

As you know, the year’s end al­ways brings with it a tremen­dous sense of ac­com­plish­ment, as well as a time to re­flect on what can be done to con­tin­u­ously im­prove on ar­eas that need at­ten­tion and sup­port.

De­spite the chal­lenges fac­ing the econ­omy, vol­canic erup­tions, po­lit­i­cal change, and con­tin­u­ous do­mes­tic air­port run­way works un­der­aken by the Civil Avi­a­tion De­vel­op­ment In­vest­ment Pro­gram,

Air Ni­ug­ini has made sig­nif­i­cant progress this year, align­ing most of its ac­tiv­i­ties and op­er­a­tions with the four core pil­lars of the air­line’s Higher Al­ti­tudes trans­for­ma­tion pro­gram.

Our en­gi­neer­ing team suc­cess­fully com­pleted a full ser­vice on a

Dash 8 air­craft be­long­ing to Solomon Air­lines in Septem­ber, the first time Air Ni­ug­ini has un­der­taken such a check for a cus­tomer air­line. We have some of the best tal­ent in the en­gi­neer­ing space that I’ve seen in my 40 years in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, and the suc­cess of this project fur­ther ce­ments Air Ni­ug­ini’s plan to be­come a key player in re­gional air­craft ser­vic­ing.

We com­menced a new non­stop ser­vice to Nadi, Fiji, on Septem­ber 5 and have im­proved our Cairns/ Port Moresby sched­ule to give busi­ness trav­ellers from North Queens­land the op­por­tu­nity to make a same-day re­turn trip to Port Moresby.

The new sched­ule fur­ther de­vel­ops air and trade links be­tween North Queens­land and Pa­pua New Guinea and al­lows for seam­less con­nec­tions be­tween Cairns and other Air Ni­ug­ini des­ti­na­tions across Asia and the Pa­cific, via our Port Moresby hub.

From late Oc­to­ber we also added twice-weekly wide-body Boe­ing 767 ser­vices from Cairns to Hong Kong, via Port Moresby, cre­at­ing enor­mous op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­creased freight ship­ments and trade be­tween North Queens­land, PNG and the mar­kets of Asia.

On the do­mes­tic front, we have in­creased flight fre­quen­cies to Goroka, Lae, Madang, We­wak, Van­imo, Manus, Kavieng, Hoskins and Rabaul to pro­vide more seats dur­ing the peak fes­tive pe­riod.

While the Na­tional Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion’s run­way up­grade works con­tinue at Mount Ha­gen, Tari, Mendi and Wape­na­manda air­ports, our flights to these ar­eas con­tinue to be sus­pended – ex­cept for a six­times daily Dash 8 tur­bo­prop ser­vice be­tween Mount Ha­gen and Port Moresby op­er­ated by our wholly owned sub­sidiary com­pany, Link PNG.

To com­mem­o­rate PNG’s 44th year of in­de­pen­dence in Septem­ber, Air Ni­ug­ini of­fered a rev­o­lu­tion­ary ‘ flash sale’ of PGK44 per do­mes­tic sec­tor (plus taxes), giv­ing over 10,000 mainly Pa­pua New Guineans the op­por­tu­nity to travel.

Be­fore I con­clude, I would like to par­tic­u­larly wel­come par­tic­i­pants and tourists vis­it­ing the Na­tional Kenu and Kundu Fes­ti­val in Alotau, Milne Bay, from Novem­ber 1–3. I am sure you will en­joy the rich va­ri­ety of cul­tural per­for­mances.

A very merry Christ­mas and a pros­per­ous 2020 to you and your fam­i­lies. Alan Milne Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor

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