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Old 12th Sep 2019, 06:48
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Smoother skies for Nauru Airlines

The HR Department has just announced that two senior managers have been advised (quote) that their services with Nauru Airlines are no longer required (unquote).

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Old 12th Sep 2019, 08:54
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The HR Department has just announced that two senior managers have been advised (quote) that their services with Nauru Airlines are no longer required (unquote).
Oh how the tide can turn quickly and ferociously... A win for the good guys today.

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TJ being one perchance?
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 18:01
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No, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Commercial Officer and allegedly with immediate effect.

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Old 13th Sep 2019, 08:27
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Seems there's been a development.
The Nauruan Cabinet has removed the entire board, including Trevor Jensen - now the ex-chairman, although one board member wimped out and resigned before the axe fell. Typical of the fortitude.

I expect there will be MULTIPLE celebrations around the network with this news.

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Seems there's been a development.
The Nauruan Cabinet has removed the entire board, including Trevor Jensen - now the ex-chairman, although one board member wimped out and resigned before the axe fell. typical of the fortitude.

I expect there will be MULTIPLE celebrations around the network with this news.
I guess the dinosaur now needs to find some new people to regale with his rubbish “Seven Forty Seven” or “”Seven Sixty Seven” stories. Note - nobody ever believed or wanted to hear the continual self assessment of Chuck Yeageresque tales of bravery and piloting ability we were forced to endure. My ears can now stop bleeding.

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The general feeling throughout the company is - good riddance. How do I know? Because my 'phone has all but melted down this evening once it became known the axe had fallen.

It must be demoralising to have such an inglorious end and, to boot, not one person will be sorry that they're gone. Not one! Sad pathetic end for TJ,TM and RM.

The airline has had some challenges in the past - losing their sole aircraft to the banks at one stage was just one - but the challenges this inept management have brought upon the airline are significant. Without them now, though, things will improve.

What the outgoing management failed to recognise was the dedication and loyalty that most long standing employees have to Nauru and all things Nauruan. Had they harnessed that resource then the outcome may have been different - and they'd still possibly have their jobs. But they knew best and squandered years of knowledge and expertise they could have drawn upon - poor, arrogant fools them.

Is this similar to what happened to the airline in Mynamar under jensen (lower case - he likes that, it's kitzy) or the one the former CCO was involved in in Laos. Both failures despite DJ or RM knowing best? Laughable.

But they'll survive - AA Nova can continue to offer hopeful Myanmarese locals a future as a flight attendant (at significant training costs, of course) and DK Jennings (aka RM) can offer sponsorship at aviation seminars to the benefit of, hmmm, whom?


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Smile

Here you go, facts:-

Some good people there that have,and for for a long time have had, the interests of the airline foremost. Great to see a Nauruan chairman unlike previous ones whose interests were not those necessarily aligned with the interests of Nauru.

Friday 13th, unlucky for some but otherwise for many at ON.

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I wonder who is the new Chief pilot....
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The previous Air Nauru thread was removed after receiving emails demanding user details - which were ignored - the attached document was received by email.

The odd part was that it appears the document was never served on the US based site publishers. The document was also ignored but thread removed to protect our users against possible risk.

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Old 14th Sep 2019, 22:31
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I wonder who is the new Chief pilot....
No new Chief Pilot, there was a planned succession earlier this year.

The only ones gone are the chairman, chief commercial officer and chief operating officer - all are considered responsible for the toxic atmosphere that developed and the huge staff turnover since they arrived and is why the Nauru Government took the action it did.
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Hmm, a court order - vindictive?
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Old 14th Sep 2019, 23:41
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I wonder if the upcoming forensic accounts audit will look at whose money paid for that court order. It'd be logical for it to be recovered from any applicant who used company money to pursue a personal action.

I wonder at what other spending the upcoming forensic accounts audit will look at? Fuel onsales, perhaps?

I can't imagine matters like that wouldn't be investigated - and maybe it is already underway
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I have been asked to place the following comment on behalf of Maurie Baston who was deputy chief pilot and one of the first four crews recruited during the start up of Air Nauru in the 1970's.

Quote: "I am feeling a bit ordinary but well enough to make couple of comments re the latest sad news of Air Nauru/Nauru Airlines etc..
As a founding member when we had little to nothing for support, the airline flourished operationally. We had camaraderie and respect for all involved ...Nauru folk and expats.

We all make our own reputations and Karma will always return in some way and to me it was thus predictable when one observed the happenings over the last couple of years. Of all things...”advice”..... is easy to come by but good advice is priceless.......as we see in the successes and failure of the aviation’s past. I feel for the execs who are left with the mess, some of whom were children when we first operated. However, determination, loyalty and kindness to each other will win the day. Phoenix Rises!!!
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Fuel onsales, perhaps?
Interesting, like as in a go-between buying the fuel and re-selling it to the airline? Does that happen?

Word otherwise is it that in places like Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and elsewhere, one way of supplementing your salary is to take some payments in cash and not worry about all that messy PAYG stuff. I wouldn’t expect it has happened here, that would be terrible, and no self-respecting consultant would subscribe to any “black economy”.


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I have just finished reading last week's City Beat in the Courier Mail. I like the last bit where Tony Middleton says "we've done the best we could".
If that's the case and having learned of the goings-on in the airline then I can understand why everyone is overjoyed at the departures.
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 22:05
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Todays Paper - wouldn’t imagine TJ too thrilled with this either

The whole board of Nauru Airlines has been turfed out, deepening the crisis which has engulfed the Brisbane-based carrier

The entire board of a Brisbane-based airline has been turfed, intensifying a crisis which has seen a huge exodus of staff and allegations of a corporate dysfunction over the past year.


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September 16, 2019 7:56pmNew head of Nauru Airlines board Kieren Keke.TURFED OUT

THE entire board of Nauru Airlines has been turfed out, deepening the crisis which has engulfed the Brisbane-based carrier.

The new government in Nauru approved a cabinet submission on Friday to revoke the appointments of embattled chairman Trevor Jensen, his vice-chairman and five other directors.

A sixth director, Gold Coast-based John Peterson, resigned with immediate effect.

A new six-member board, headed by politician Kieren Keke, a Queensland-trained medical doctor and former Foreign Affairs Ministers in Nauru, has filled the void and been tapped for four-year terms.

The dramatic overhaul (on a Friday the 13th no less!) follows the ouster a day earlier of chief operating officer Tony Middleton and chief commercial officer Richard Miller by acting CEO Geoff Bowmaker.New head of Nauru Airlines board Kieren Keke.Not surprisingly, the sweeping reorganisation prompted an outpouring of relief from current and former employees, who allege that Jensen, Middleton and Miller presided over a deeply dysfunctional corporate culture that prompted an exodus of talent since early last year.

They have previously denied those allegations but none of them returned calls seeking comment yesterday.

“The staff reaction has been amazing. There is now a sense of optimism that had long disappeared under the three,’’ one insider told us.


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Another staffer observed that “the general feeling throughout the company is good riddance’’.

“How do I know? Because my phone has all but melted down…once it became known the axe had fallen’’.

SPENDING AUDIT

THE arrival of a swag of new faces at loss-making Nauru Airlines is hardly the end of it.

A review panel appointed by the country’s new president, Lionel Aingimea, has launched an audit of all the spending by Jensen and other company executives.

One City Beat spy said “eye watering” amounts had been squandered on legal action by the former chairman, much of it allegedly without approval from the rest of the board or the government.

“Auditors are looking very closely at the bills to determine which should be deemed legitimate company expenses and which are personal, discretionary spending,’’ our source reports.Nauru Airlines former chairman Trevor JensenIn just one case, huge sums were committed to determine who was posting harsh criticisms of Jensen to an online pilots chat site.

This fruitless exercise included a Brisbane law firm hiring a process server in the US in a bid to track down a web company and force it to reveal IP addresses. Depend-ing on the outcome of the investigation, Jensen may have to pay back a substantial sum to the airline and, if he refuses, legal action could ensue to force the issue.

Eyebrows have also been raised about that aforementioned Brisbane law firm, where one of the partners who was tasked with defending the airline from workplace complaints was, at the same time, dating someone who had lodged a bullying claim against it.

STILL IN LIMBO

AS this big hot mess unfolds, there are plenty of players still dangling in limbo.

Among them is former CEO Peter Sheehan, who was suspended in May.

Sheehan is in the process of launching a legal challenge to his removal and declined to comment yesterday.

Things are also likely to become pretty uncomfortable for Nauru pollie David Adeang, who previously had oversight of the airline but appears to have done little to clean it up.

TAKING POTSHOTS

MEANWHILE, critics apparently sympathetic to the old regime have taken potshots at the new chairman, Dr Keke, for lacking aviation and commercial experience.

They claim he is better versed in sports thanks to his role as head of Nauru Rugby Union and have already alleged he is pondering plans to cut the workforce and trim the flight schedule.

Also coming in for criticism is Bowmaker, who they allege “brings a number of conflicts with him’’.

He disputed this as baseless yesterday.
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According to Pohnpei Surf Club - via the gram - from late Sep Nuaru Airlines will be the only carrier servicing Pohnpei from late Sep (once weekly).


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Originally Posted by Burleigh Effect View Post
According to Pohnpei Surf Club - via the gram - from late Sep Nuaru Airlines will be the only carrier servicing Pohnpei from late Sep (once weekly).

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2fYPqpntmS/?hl=en

Burleigh - I thought this sounded a bit strange, so I went and had a look.

Pohnpei Surf Club state that from late September, Nauru Airlines will NO LONGER be flying to Pohnpei, so all the load from Australia will go to Air Niugini, with its smaller aircraft...

United will still be servicing it as well.
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