First national pilot, Capt Kodor, retires

PAPUA New Guinean pilot Captain Paul Kodor retired recently after flying with Air Niugini for 34 years, leaving a legacy of training many pilots including many PNG nationals who are now flying the airline’s Boeing aircraft.
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Captain Paul Kodor with colleagues at his retirement party

Staff Reporter

He is Air Niugini's first national pilot to have retired upon reaching the age of 65, following his final flight, PX004 on the Boeing 767 from Brisbane to Port Moresby on February 2, the day he turned 65 years old, the age at which is the maximum for pilots on international flights.
 
"I leave Air Niugini on a high note, proud to have given my time in training to about half of the Boeing pilots in the fleet. Basically, I have been training all my flying career and it gives me great satisfaction to see younger pilots moving up in their careers."
 
Kodor began his career with Air Niugini in September 1986, joining from PNG Defence Force Air Transport Wing where he flew for 10 years.
 
Kodor is married with seven children and nine grandchildren.
 
"Thank you Air Niugini for giving me the privilege to serve this wonderful organisation which I leave with fond memories. To those still flying the Bird of Paradise, be a proud patriot and happy landings," he said at his retirement party.
 
 

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