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Foreign Salesmen Posted Nov 25, 2011 5:35 PM
Friday 25th November, 2011
Somare Govt forced PX to buy Dreamliner
Public Enterprise Minister Sir Mekere Morauta has revealed that the previous government forced Air Niugini to buy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The Somare Government wanted the expensive aircraft with a price tag of $US140 million to be delivered by 2012.
Sir Mekere, while making a statement in Parliament yesterday on the state of the country’s Public Enterprises, described this decision to purchase a very expensive aircraft using public money as one which made ‘no commercial sense’ at the time.
Sir Mekere said it was to be delivered in 2012 but manufacturing delays had put that back to 2014. The 787 is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes of the United States and can carry between 210 to 290 passengers,
He told Parliament that it made poor commercial sense to have a 787 in the Air Niugini fleet in 2014 so the airline was now negotiating with Boeing to delay delivery for at least a couple of years, by which time it would make commercial sense.
“While former Minister Arthur Somare dreamt of and used people’s money to buy the Falcon Jets and Dreamliners, what did he do in nine years to extend Air Niugini services to rural areas? Nil nothing,” Sir Mekere said.
Sir Mekere stated that Air Niugini was told by the Government to continue its unprofitable Japan services, in return for which it was promised a subsidy from the Government.
He said a subsidy payment of K30 million intended for Air Niugini was instead paid to the Department of National Planning from which it probably disappeared.
“Air Niugini is still waiting for the payment. We are trying to find out what happened to the money but have so far had no explanation. The MP for Pomio Paul Tiensten was the Minister at that dtime so perhaps, that money may have been diverted,” Sir Mekere told Parliament.