Air Ni­ug­ini sets on-time records

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Air Ni­ug­ini achieved its best ever on-time per­for­mance (OTP) ear­lier this year. Sir Fred­er­ick Rei­her, the then chair­man of the air­line, said the aver­age OTP dur­ing May was 91 per cent, not just the best ever for Air Ni­ug­ini, but higher than all air­lines in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the Pa­cific re­gion.

“Even more im­pres­sive is the fact that Air Ni­ug­ini achieved 100 per cent OTP over seven days in the same four-week pe­riod,” he said.

“I am proud of this mile­stone in the history of our na­tional flag car­rier. I give full credit to our man­age­ment team, and all our em­ploy­ees.

“Sev­eral months ago we ex­pe­ri­enced a se­ries of is­sues, re­quir­ing the can­cel­la­tion and amal­ga­ma­tion of some ser­vices, prin­ci­pally brought about by a short­age of pilots for our Fokker air­craft fleet,” Sir Fred­er­ick said.

“We were not alone in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pi­lot short­ages. Qan­tas, Vir­gin, and other air­lines in our re­gion ex­pe­ri­enced the same prob­lem, and it con­tin­ues to be a chal­lenge for all air­lines as the in­ter­na­tional de­mand for jet air­craft pilots re­mains very high.

“As a re­sult of our own short­age, we took im­me­di­ate steps to re­cruit and train more pilots, and make changes to our sched­ules with­out re­duc­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ser­vice to the peo­ple of Pa­pua New Guinea,” he said.

“This has been an out­stand­ing ef­fort by our whole team. The chal­lenge now is to main­tain it and that will be the fo­cus of the board and man­age­ment, and the air­line’s 2100 em­ploy­ees.”

Sir Fred­er­ick said that given the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges with air­craft fly­ing in PNG – rugged ter­rain and re­mote ar­eas that are served – an aver­age OTP of 91 per cent is ex­cep­tional.

“I know our val­ued pas­sen­gers ap­pre­ci­ate the im­proved ser­vice we are of­fer­ing across the na­tion. It is our com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion to main­tain and build on it,” Sir Fred­er­ick said. ■

Run­ning like clock­work … Air Ni­ug­ini has been set­ting on-time per­for­mance records.

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