A message from Air Niugini’s CEO
Iwould like start by thanking our outgoing chairman, Sir Frederick Reiher, for his enormous contribution to Air Niugini as director and chairman over the last 13 years. His chairmanship started as Papua New Guinea’s LNG construction-driven boom was coming to an end and global commodity prices were already falling.
Against this challenging background, Sir Frederick has been instrumental in guiding the airline through turbulent times, and making necessary changes and improvements. Among these achievements are:
• The establishment of Link PNG, a wholly owned subsidiary airline servicing remote and underserviced towns. It has enabled the airline to continue delivering on its community service obligations, even in difficult economic times.
• The standardisation of the airline’s fleet to Boeing aircraft for international services, and Fokker and Dash-8 aircraft for domestic and regional operations.
• Building on the training and up-skilling of our national engineering staff, which has now enabled heavy maintenance checks on Dash8 and Fokker aircraft to be carried out at the airline’s facilities in Port Moresby – thereby reducing and eventually ending overseas maintenance work as well as building our human-resource capacity and generating savings in foreign currency.
• The enhancement of our mainline domestic services with a fleet of 13 Fokker aircraft providing customers with faster and more comfortable services, as well as the expansion of our regional and international flights including Pohnpei and Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. More frequencies have also been added to destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Honiara.
• The establishment of Jackson’s International Airport as a hub airport for Australia, Asia and the Pacific Island states.
• Standardisation of pilot contracts into a single contract for both citizen and non- citizen pilots, based on productivity.
• Implementation of a home ownership scheme for national contract staff to replace the company housing policy, which was in place since the formation of the airline. Non-contract staff are also being assisted in this vital area.
• Construction of conveniently located accommodation for foreign contract staff, including pilots, and other airline transit needs, within the Jacksons Airport precinct. It was completed in December 2017 and is now fully tenanted. This accommodation will significantly lower Air Niugini’s accommodation costs. All these achievements, and others, would not have been possible without the leadership of Sir Frederick and support of his fellow directors, and for that we once again say thankyou.
On a similar note, we now welcome the new chairman, Sir Kostas Constantinou, OBE. Sir Kostas is a prominent business figure in Papua New Guinea, holding a number of high-level public and private sector appointments. He has extensive experience in various industry sectors in PNG since his appointment as general manager and director of the Constantinou Group of Companies in 1982.
Sir Kostas is chairman of a number of companies, including Airways Hotel and Apartments Limited, Lamana Hotel Limited, Lamana Development, Alotau International Hotel, Bank of South Pacific Limited and now Air Niugini Limited.
He is director of several hotels in PNG, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand, and is also vice president of the Employers Federation of PNG, honorary consul for Greece in PNG, honorary consul for Cyprus in PNG and trade commissioner for the Solomon Islands to PNG.
In addition, Sir Kostas holds several community services roles with the Anglicare Foundation, Salvation Army Red Shield advisory board, Burnet Institute and Kokoda Foundation.
With Sir Kostas’ wealth of experience and extensive network, we look forward to working with him to continue building on the foundations laid by the former board, and to working on new opportunities to bring Air Niugini forward.
Enjoy your flight – and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.