Air Niugini

Non-profitable routes put on hold

Managing Director Alan Milne said the airline has to make tough decisions to ensure it gets back to being a profitable company.

Speaking at the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry Breakfast recently, Milne said it was unsustainable to continue to operate loss making routes.

A number of international routes have been put on hold due to the impact on the business.

PX records over K54m loss in 2018

Managing director Alan Milne said 2018 was a tough year for the national flag carrier with substantial losses at the back of softening revenue and poor performance.

Milne said among the factors affecting Air Niugini’s performance were the Dash 8 aircraft burning in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province; the P2-PXE Boeing 737-8BK crash in Chuuk; and several loss making routes.

Milne said the state company has initiated a transformation program called ‘Higher Altitudes’ which aims to control cost, enhance revenue, develop staff and operational and customer excellence.

PX orders four Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts

PX CEO, Alan Milne, said the first two will arrive before the end of 2020 and the other two in 2021.

He made the announcement at the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry Breakfast event yesterday.

The announcement by the Air Niugini CEO comes in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 aircraft crash killing all passengers and crew on board.

The incident has seen the grounding of 737 MAX 8 aircrafts by major airline companies around the world.

PNGRFL, Air Niugini extend travel sponsorship

PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) CEO Reatau Rau said the partnership covers all the SP Hunters travels to and from Queensland during the 2019 Queensland Intrust Super Cup season.

“We are grateful to our national flag carrier Air Niugini for continuing this vital partnership for the SP PNG Hunters players and staff to travel to and from Queensland to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition this season,” Rau said.

PX confirms Chuuk lawsuit

According to the brief statement from the airline, the Accident Investigation Commission investigation is on-going, therefore the specific claims made in the writ and published in the media, are yet to be proven.

Air Niugini’s management stated that since the incident, it has been in contact with all passengers to ensure they were getting the support they need, and majority of the passengers have welcomed the assistance.

Chuuk crash preliminary report published

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission has stated this when releasing its Preliminary Report on Friday October 26 with details of the aircraft which crash landed in Chuuk Lagoon.

The Preliminary reports states that the Pilots included a 52 year old Papua New Guinenan Captain with 19, 780.7 hours of flight time under his belt, and a 35 year old Australian Co-Pilot with 4, 618 hours flight time under his belt.

There were 12 crewmembers and 35 passengers on board. Six passengers were seriously injured, and one passenger fatally injured.

ANG defers Shanghai flights

In a statement, the airline said: “Air Niugini is committed to ensuring the highest quality, on time service to all passengers and will continuously review its business to improve efficiencies.

“Our partners and the airline have invested heavily in setting up operations to achieve our goal of opening the Chinese market to Papua New Guinea. It is our desire to complete this venture at the earliest possible opportunity. 

Govt focuses on domestic services

Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investments, William Duma, said this when announcing the new managing directors of Air Niugini and Kumul Telikom PNG.

Duma announced the appointments of Alan Milne as MD of Air Niugini, and Paul Hyde as MD for Telikom PNG.

Duma said improving domestic services was a high priority for both organisations.

He stated that both companies were vital mechanisms in the economic growth of the country.

Reduction in airfares on agenda

He said this was on the agenda as part of the goal to improve services.

Minister Duma said the immediate area of concern was to serve the people first.

“In the case of Air Niugini, our priority is to serve our people first and continue to provide services to our people, including some of those non-profitable domestic routes. So the preference is to providing the service that people expect.

“People also complain that the costs being charged by Air Niugini for tickets are quite expensive. We want to see an eventual reduction,” Duma stated.

Passenger’s body repatriated: Air Niugini

“On Sunday morning, at Chuuk airport a little before 04.30 local time, government representatives from the highest levels of the Federated States of Micronesia attended a solemn ceremony as the body was boarded onto Flight PX 5071 for the first part of the journey to Port Moresby, arriving at Jackson’s International Airport at little over 3 hours later,” said Air Niugini.