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Air Niugini Previews New Uniforms

Air Niugini showcased its new range of cabin crew uniforms in a spectacular parade at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port Moresby on Monday September 6.

In front of an audience comprising of members of Government, the private sector, diplomatic corps and Air Niugini management the new uniforms were paraded by Air Niugini cabin crew on a catwalk that resembled a runway.

The last uniform introduced by Air Niugini was back in the early 1990s, so the latest innovation has been a welcome change.

In an address made at the event by Public Enterprise Minister Hon. Arthur Somare it was pointed out that the uniform change is “timely as it comes at the time Air Niugini is expanding its operations by acquiring new aircraft and property, entering new routes and creating more jobs”.

Meanwhile Chief Executive Officer of Air Niugini Mr Wasantha Kumarasiri said that the new range of uniforms had been developed over many months in collaboration with Air Niugini’s Board of Directors and a number of focus groups including cabin crew themselves.

“The vision and the aim of this new range of corporate clothing for Air Niugini is to utilize many aspects from the rich and vibrant Papua New Guinea heritage, culture and lifestyle depicted in varying degrees and designs on the attire” Mr Kumarasiri said.

The new range of uniforms covers both International and Domestic cabin crew and the scope of rankings from Purser, to Senior and Line Crew.

Air Niugini passengers will start seeing the uniforms in service during October 2010.

Air Niugini are also currently developing the second phase of its uniform regeneration focusing on office, sales, engineering and ground staff.

Air Niugini’s uniform regeneration project is headed New Generations, New Horizons.

Television viewers in Papua New Guinea will have the opportunity to see the new uniforms and highlights of the launch event during a 30 minute program to air on local television station EMTV on Sunday September 12 at 6.30pm.

The program will also include a video segment that was shown at the event featuring Air Niugini’s longest serving cabin crew member Esther Sapulai.

In the segment Esther tells about how she came to work as an Air Niugini hostess (as it was called in 1975) and about her early experiences with the airline.

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