Air Niugini

52 women occupy airline’s top posts

This also includes those appointed to managerial positions in Air Niugini’s subsidiary companies, proving the airline’s program a success.

25 staff members from the second tier management selected to participate in the initial program last year have now progressed to permanent managerial positions within the airline.

PNG’s first female pilot to captain jet aircraft

With this achievement, it now enables Captain Pakii to be in command or captain flights on the Air Niugini domestic and international network that are operated by Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 aircraft.

Her first commercial flight was on 04th January this year on a Fokker 100 aircraft, PX106/107 flight from Port Moresby to Lae and back. With her in the flight deck was First Officer, Taylor Yama.

ICCC proposes to allow airline code-share services

The code-share services will be provided under flights operated by Air Niugini.

The code-share arrangement with Air Vanuatu will be on the Port Moresby-Port Vila route via Honiara. The code-share arrangement with Solomon Airlines will be on the Port Moresby-Honiara route.

Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Ain, said whilst both code-share agreements raise competition concerns, they are likely to continue to bring more benefits to the players in the aviation industry and contribute to the growth of economic activities associated with the aviation industry. 

Kadovar eruption: Airline reschedules Wewak flight

This follows the volcanic eruption on Kadovar Island in the Wewak district, East Sepik Province.

“Air Niugini wishes to advise the travelling public that Monday’s (08th January 2018) flight, PX126, from Port Moresby to Wewak, has been rescheduled to daylight operations on Tuesday, 9th of January.

“This is to allow for better visibility.”

However, the airline says this will be reviewed first thing in the morning to ascertain the situation.

ANG prepared for strike measures

Air Niugini, CEO Simon Foo says Air Niugini is aware of the proposed stop work by staff of the National Weather Service, which was uplifted this afternoon.

However, should the action have taken place, Air Niugini is assuring customers and stakeholders that measures in-place that would ensure they continue to provide air-services.

However, passengers may encounter delay to flight; Air Niugini has measures in-place to avoid disruptions, if and when they do happen. 

So far flights during the festive period have been operating smoothly confirmed Mr Foo.

 

PX pushes for visa-on-arrival for China

CEO Simon Foo says this will complement the ‘approved destination status’ given to PNG by the Chinese Government.

He said a team has been working for the last 18 months to make the arrangement a reality.

“The approved destination status means our country has been approved by the Chinese government and that’s a very big tick that they regard us very closely as a nation to them, and their people will take on PNG as a favourite destination for the future.

“We just need to work out the details so that we can get visas-on-arrival on a reciprocal basis,” Foo said.

Understand China to tap into tourism market

This is the consensus shared during a workshop hosted by Air Niugini and the Tourism Promotion Authority of PNG.

The 'China Ready Workshop' is a stepping stone for airlines, tour operators, hotels and other Tourism stakeholders to attain certification and accreditation as a trusted service provider for Chinese tourists.

Early this year Air Niugini announced that direct flights to China would begin in March ,2018.

ANG excess baggage rates increase

Just recently the travelling public found out that they have had to pay up to 3 times more than what they usually pay.

According to Air Niugini’s current website under the checked baggage section, the allowable weight per passenger (infants not included) is 20kg for business class, 29kg for executive club members and 16kg for economy class.

A reliable source within Air Niugini says the fees for excess baggage have now changed from the usual K7 per kg fee.

“Air Niugini is charging in zones now,” reveals the source.

ANG engineers internationally-accredited

The engineers successfully completed five years of training and received their licences in a ceremony in Port Moresby on 10th Oct, 2017.

This licence, granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, is recognised worldwide and now allows these young Papua New Guineans to be able to certify the completion of maintenance on United Kingdom registered aircraft. They could even easily convert their UK licences to an Australian or New Zealand (NZ) licence and certify for Australian or NZ aircraft.

Mendi flights suspended

“This is due to advice from National Airports Corporation that they have had to close the airport due to public intrusions onto the runway, damage to airport facilities and threats to NAC staff,” the firm said in a statement.

Flights PX 860/861 on Sunday 08th, 15th and 22nd October have been suspended while the airline closely monitors the situation.

“If the airport becomes available for operations prior to these dates, Link PNG will re-open these flights for sales.