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Internal restructuring for Solomon Airlines

1st May 2009 - 19:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Solomon Airlines has begun a long-awaited company restructuring that will see some positional changes and streamlining of departments with immediate effect.

The airline reports that the restructure was approved through the board by Cabinet in December 2008. "[It] comes as no surprise with current events unfolding of the serious financial impact in all areas throughout the world especially aviation, and further creeping into the Solomon Islands economy," the company says.

A spokesman for the Solomon Airlines indicated, “The future of Solomon Airlines is challenging at best and in order to meet these future challenges, the CEO and the airline Board have been reviewing a number of options and are now positioned to ensure that changes are made to ensure the wellbeing of the airline into the future.”

Part of the changes being applied is the streamlining of executive management from previous five positions down to two; and with a number of revised internal changes this will eventually meet the new Civil Aviation NZ Rules and Regulations that have now been enacted for the Solomon Islands.

Compliance and accountability is at the forefront of the changes, with Napoleon Padabela being moved into corporate safety, security and audit administration reporting directly to the CEO, while Colin Sigimanu takes another key portfolio in being moved up to general manager financial administration and corporate affairs.

Gus Kraus takes on added responsibility as general manager commercial & operations, overseeing administration of flight operations and engineering, but having Trevor Palmer (chief engineer) and Gibson Galo (chief pilot), directly reporting to the CEO for compliance matters.

CEO Captain Ron Sumsum has indicated that “the challenges ahead are related to meeting and changing our internals to comply with new rules and regulations as well as begin the long task to meet IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) by the end of 2010".

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