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   Vol. 18 No. 63
Monday October 7, 2019
Kraus Aims To Bring Air Niugini Back
Gus Kraus Aims To Bring Air Niugini Back

     When Gus Kraus first stood up at the plate for Papua-based Air New Guinea Cargo, the now veteran aviation and air cargo man in the Pacific was a mere lad.
     Today Gus can count a great reputation of more than 50 years, building a strong background in freight and airline commercial operations as he returned as GM Freight at Air Niugini, the National Carrier of Papua, New Guinea.
     Gus is a quality operator and has been posted at and helped many carriers in the Pacific to re-build their services to meet the changing demand of their customers over the past three decades.
     When Gus came back in January 2017, he said his mission was “to take Air Niugini Freight to the next level as a key logistics provider.”
     Last year Gus brought on an inventive program to stimulate local exports by offering deep discounts.
     “Air Niugini offered a 50% exporter discount “to incentivize farmers and Papua New Guinean businesses,” Gus Kraus said.
     “We see these discounts as playing an important role in supporting farmers as exporters of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, root crops including kava, as well as coconut oil and other fruits and vegetables.”
     2018 was a good year for Air Niugini Cargo and 2019 is shaping up to be solid as well.
First thing was to move Air Niugini Freight into the position of a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air Niugini Group.
     Today a complete overhaul is underway as Gus puts it “to meet the changing needs of our domestic and international freight business.
     “We are investing in upgrading our cargo transfer facility, systems, equipment and redesign, with key attention to staff retraining.
     “Looking ahead, Air Niugini is operating an ATR freighter (wet leased) serving several regional destinations to strengthen domestic feed.
     “PX is busy on all fronts, repairing aging equipment while replacements on order are delivered.
     “Recently PX opened direct flight to Nandi in Fiji adding to the carrier’s capabilities to connect POM (Port Moresby) as a gateway to the Pacific Islands.
     “POM is now connected by air to Honiara in Solomons, Truk and Ponpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, Vila in Vanuatu and Cairn and Brisbane in Queensland Australia,” Gus Kraus said.
Nalin Rodrigo
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