Air Niugini

ANG taking steps to protect country: Minister

“The airline has instituted a wide range of measures to minimise the risk to the nation, and is constantly monitoring international developments to make sure its precautions are up to date and effective,” he said.

“The Ministry of State Enterprises, Kumul Consolidated Holdings and Air Niugini are liaising with other departments and agencies in the Marape Government’s fight against coronavirus (the key agency is the National Department of Health). This is a whole-of-Government exercise, and we are sparing no effort or expense to ensure the safety of Papua New Guineans.”

PX offers to fly students out of Hong Kong

In a statement issued this afternoon, the airline will uplift students studying in any provinces of China, except for those from Wuhan city or Hubei Province.

However, students must go through full health screening and quarantine checks carried out at respective airports in China and Hong Kong.

Further checks and monitoring will be carried out by health and quarantine authorities upon arrival in Port Moresby.

ANG bans PNG-bound passengers from China

This was the message from Air Niugini general manager - commercial services, Dominic Kaumu.

“As of last night, based on advice from the Health Department, Air Niugini has instructed its offices in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore,” said Kaumu.

“Further, passengers are encouraged to use the quarantine setups in these airports. The airline will do further risk assessment tomorrow on the virus.”

More updates to follow. 

(Loop file picture of the Jackson’s International Airport)

Delivery of 737 MAX jets delayed

The airline’s managing director, Alan Milne, said on Tuesday the four 737 MAX jets were ordered in 2014, and the airline had originally been due to receive its first aircraft later this year.

“This delay will give the airline more time to complete a broader review of its fleet plans, including a future replacement type for its smaller Fokker regional jets. This will then determine if the MAX is still appropriate for Air Niugini, or whether other Boeing products would better suit as a replacement for the airline’s existing Fokker, Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft types,” he stated.

ANG set to uplift firefighters to Aust

These devastating fires have so far burned over 17 million acres of land, killed at least 25 people, half a billion animals and destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of properties.

The airline’s response is in support of the PNG Government’s offer to provide firefighters and Defence Force soldiers to combat the spread of fires, and adds to relief efforts being currently coordinated by the Australian Defence Force.

PNG added to SI’s list of affected countries

In an update issued by Solomon Islands Ministry of Health on January 2, 2020, PNG was added as one of the measles “affected” countries, along with New Zealand.

The original list of affected countries comprised American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Australia and the Philippines.

The Ministry of Health advised that it is mandatory to fill in a Traveller Health Declaration Card before entering the Solomon Islands.

ANG cautions against false ad

The advertisement, which uses the Air Niugini logo and a fake email account, is false as the national airline is not aware of this.

“We appeal to the public to disregard this advertisement as it is not from Air Niugini and we strongly advise the public to be wary of such false information,” stated the airline.

“Furthermore, Air Niugini will not be liable for any commitments made by anyone in response to this advertisement.

ANG resumes Fokker services to Mt Hagen

This will cater for the high number of passengers traveling during this time.

Air Niugini services to Mt Hagen were downgraded to Dash 8 aircraft in June 2019 to cater for maintenance work on the airport by the National Airports Corporation (NAC).

The Fokker flights resumed on Sunday, 15th December, 2019, and will continue until 31st January, 2020, when the peak period ends.

After January, the service will return to Dash 8 aircraft to allow NAC to complete upgrading the airport.

Air Niugini operates a daily service to Mt Hagen.

Dangerous goods training extended

Dangerous goods are articles or substances that pose hazards to health, safety, property and environment.

Air Niugini Non-Technical Training Instructor, Martin Tugano, who conducted the training said there was positive feedback with overwhelming interests from participants.

A total of 33 participants from the Vanuatu Terminal Services (VTS), Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu (CAAV) and Aviation Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) Aviation Securities attended the training in Port Vila from November 27 to December 2, 2019.

Any strike will be illegal, says ANG

Managing Director, Alan Milne, said this in response to questions from the media about any potential strike action taken by staff during the peak period of operations.

Air Niugini and the union body representing staff, the National Airline Employees Association (NAEA), have recently made headlines regarding negotiations on terms and conditions of staff.

The issue in focus relates to the ‘Industrial Awards’ or Employment Terms and Conditions of NAEA Members.