A mes­sage from Air Ni­ug­ini’s CEO

Paradise - - Contents - Ta­hawar Dur­rani Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer – Air Ni­ug­ini Lim­ited

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.

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