Our Management Team
ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – MR TAHAWAR DURRANI
Mr Tahawar Durrani has been employed by Air Niugini since July 2005. Since December 2014, he was the General Manager Airline Operations, essentially the Chief Operating Officer. He has amassed an impressive 30 years aviation experience and spent 25 of those in aviation management.
Mr Durrani is a highly qualified and suitably competent senior executive who brings to Air Niugini’s top management position total personal integrity and commitment and a vast experience in the airline industry. He holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (BE), a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Finance, and Masters of Information Technology (MIT). Mr Durrani has demonstrated great leadership capacity. He is an effective team-builder and a motivator of staff and has implemented many good initiatives.
Mr Durrani built capacity in the Engineering Department to an extent where heavy maintenance of Dash 8 and Fokker aircraft is being brought back to Port Moresby, saving not only money but foreign exchange. He is an integral part of the company’s ongoing success.
GENERAL MANAGER: CORPORATE SERVICES – MARCO MCCONNELL, ML
Marco McConnell’s 20 year aviation career spans Ground Operations, Inflight Services and Aviation Security roles. Since 2010 he has held senior executive management positions with Air Niugini and currently works as the General Manager of PNG Stations and Security. Mr. McConnell holds a Diploma in Business Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Airline Management.
GENERAL MANAGER: COMMERCIAL SERVICES – MR DOMINIC KAUMU, ML
Dominic Kaumu has over 37 years aviation experience and has spent over 25 of those years with Air Niugini. As General Manager of Customers and Markets, Mr. Kaumu has a deep understanding of Air Niugini’s varied customer base and uses his expertise to meet and exceed their expectations.
GENERAL MANAGER: FINANCE (CFO) – SAM ROMANO
Sam Romano is Air Niugini’s General Manager of Business Services. In addition to achieving a CPA and MBA degree, Mr. Romano also held Financial Controller and Senior Finance positions at organisations across Australia before making the move to Papua New Guinea and joining the Air Niugini team.
GENERAL MANAGER : HUMAN RESOURCE – MR REI LOGONA, ML
Rei Logona has 37 years aviation experience, focusing on Human Resource Management and Administration. He spent the first 27 years of his careers with Air Niugini before moving to Solomon Airlines where he worked for 5 years. He joined Air Niugini again in 2013 spending the majority of his time in management. Mr. Logona holds a Diploma in Personnel Management from Massey University, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Business (HRM) from Queensland University of Technology.
EXECUTIVE MANAGER: NETWORK & FLEET – DAVID GLOVER, ML
David Glover has worked in aviation for over 36 years. He started his career with British Airways, working in various commercial and operational roles for 12 years. He then worked for Air Niugini from 1991 to 2006, HeviLift from 2006 to 2008 and Airlines PNG from 2009 to 2014 before taking on the Executive Manager of Strategy role at Air Niugini.
GENERAL MANAGER: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION – BEN ORAKA
Ben Oraka has 21 years airline experience, working as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer on Air Niugini’s fleet of aircraft including the B767-200/300/CF6-80C2/PW4000, B737-NG/CFM-56, F100/F70/RR TAY, Dash 8 -100/200/300/PW100 and the F28-1000/4000/RR SPEY. Mr. Oraka graduated with an MBA from the University of PNG in 2014.
EXECUTIVE MANAGER: QUALITY AND SAFETY – SANDEEP TYAGI
Sandeep Tyagi is an Aeronautical Engineer (M.E.) with extensive aviation technical experience spaning over 14 years. Mostly worked in airlines environment in Safety and quality departments in Asia and Pacific region. He joined Air Niugini as Audit & Surveillance Manager in Corporate Quality & Safety in 2013; he is now Executive Manager Corporate Quality & Safety.
GENERAL MANAGER: LINKPNG – BRUCE ALABASTER
Bruce Alabaster joins Link PNG with over 20 years of experience in airline industry served in PNG and overseas. His last employer is PNG Air since 2008 and his last position before leaving was General Manager Airports and Facilities. Other positions held whilst with PNG Air were General Manager Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Mr Alabaster joined Link PNG with great wealth of airline management experience, particularly in PNG. He is also a Pilot by background and holds tertiary qualifications in Aviation where he majored in Aviation Management.
GENERAL MANAGER: CARGO – GUS KRAUS
Gus Kraus is a born and bred PNG professional that has been in the Aviation Industry since 1968. Gus re-joined Air Niugini in January 2017 to commence and develop Air Niugini Cargo Limited (ANCL) whom the parent company, Air Niugini Limited), set up as a subsidiary.
His last employer was Solomon Airlines with which he was the General Manager of Operations & Commercial from 2008-2016 inclusive.The last position he held before leaving Solomon Airlines was acting/CEO for seven months whilst the airline was seeking to engage a new CEO.He joined Talair in 1968 and followed soon after with Ansett Airlines of PNG prior to joining Air Niugini near inception commencing in February 1974 in Rabaul, his home town.
Gus has been trained in various roles not least of which by Qantas under the umbrella of Marketing training specializing in weight & balance which later became a specialty trade mark in airport handling including being a trainer for a short while.
From 1981-1984 Gus was the Airfreight Manager for Air Niugini after moving in different Management roles and later became the Regional Manager for S.E. QLD from 1984-1988.
- Instigator and founder/Vice President of Australia & PNG Society INC in 1986 in Brisbane.
- Received PNG 10th Anniversary Independence medal for contribution to Aviation and Community development
- Solomon Islands 12th Anniversary Medal for contribution to Aviation and 1988 EXPO SI development
- Developed and assisted Solomon Islands Community association based in Brisbane for all S.I./AUST related community matters.
GENERAL MANAGER : FLIGHT OPERATIONS – CAPTAIN CHRIS MILENG
EXECUTIVE MANAGER: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE – FERDINAND ALMEDA