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Airport Business News Alert - Asia / Pacific.

New York (USAsian Network Business & Industry - Airport Business News Asia / Pacific) Jan 15, 2012

New Asia Regional Director at Pacific Asia Travel Association The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed Ivy Chee as PATA Regional Director-Asia, effective January 16, 2012. Chee, a Malaysian national, will be responsible for promoting PATA's progressive Next Gen range of membership benefits to travel and tourism industry companies and organizations, and engineering opportunities for the association and its members in Asia (excluding Greater China). Before joining PATA, Chee was Regional Senior Business Development Manager at online travel aggregator, Wego Pte Ltd., in Singapore. At Wego, Chee worked with clients such as Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, IHG, Starwood, Hilton, Accor Hospitality, American Express, Tourism New Zealand, and Tourism Western Australia, to name a few. As Digital Ad Sales Manager at Singapore Press Holdings, she worked with clients such as Singapore Airlines, Tourism Australia, Tourism NSW, Tourism Queensland, the Korea National Tourism Organization, and Agoda, among others. "Ivy is an important hire who embodies PATA's Next Gen philosophy," said Martin Craigs, PATA CEO, "A Malaysian who studied in Australia, has worked in Singapore, with a background in the new media and online travel space, and who speaks a handful of regional languages." Chee speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and basic Japanese. She is a Bachelor of Arts graduate in professional communications from RMIT University Melbourne and has diplomas in Mass Communications from the Melbourne Institute of Business Technology and Taylor's College. She is also a Taekwondo black belt. Jan 9, 2012

Air China Air China is a member of Star Alliance and the worldOs largest airline by market capitalization, according to IATA. Its network of 264 routes extends throughout Asia to the Middle East, Europe, South and North America from its main hub at Beijing Capital International Airport. In the first half of 2011, Air China, together with its subsidiaries, carried a total of 33.65 million passengers. Air China has 80.9% stake in Air Macau, 29.99% in Cathay Pacific Airways and the controlling share of Shenzhen Airlines Company and Shandong Airlines. Jan 11, 2012

Boeing Boeing receives order for 10 787s. Boeing has received an order for 10 787s from an unidentified customer. The aircraft manufacturer has received a net of 28 orders in the first two weeks of 2012. In addition to the 787s, Boeing has recorded orders for 17 737s from Jet Airways and one narrow-body for Virgin Australia in 2012. Jan 13, 2012

Heathrow, BAA Heathrow losing out to Europe on key long-haul airline routes. The UK is losing out on airline routes to key emerging Far East destinations such as Manila, Guangzhou and Jakarta because Heathrow is full, according to the airportOs owner BAA. Heathrow operated at 99.2% of its 480,000-flight capacity during 2011 which BAA claims has stopped airlines adding services to developing destinations from the UK and has given the advantage to other major European hubs on those routes. The airport operator made its claim a day after the CAA raised similar concerns unless new runways were built in the south-east. BAA said the situation would only get worse because of the governmentOs steadfast opposition to a third runway at Heathrow although the coalition has eased its opposition to airport expansion elsewhere in the south-east of England. Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, said: OAs the UKOs only international hub airport, Heathrow is central to developing our trade links with fast-growing emerging markets. Capacity constraints are damaging the UK economy today when the country can least afford it. OA new hub airport has been proposed in the south-east, but this has a projected cost of UKP50billion and may take decades to build. During this time we would be handing over on a plate the UK's historic trade advantages to our European competitors.O BAA estimates that the UK economy is losing around UKP1.2 billion per year in lost trade because airlines are unable to add new flights to emerging destinations from Heathrow and are instead using other European hubs such as Frankfurt and Paris. The company added that these two continental airports now have 1,000 more flights per year to the three biggest Chinese cities than all of the south-eastOs airports combined. Last year Heathrow saw record passenger numbers with 69.4 million passengers passing through the airportOs terminals [ETH] surpassing the previous record of 67.9 million in 2007. Overall BAAOs six UK airports, which also include Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, served 108.5 passengers in 2011 [ETH] up by 4.4% in 2010. Although 2010 was badly affected by British AirwaysO cabin crew strikes, the volcanic ash cloud and snow disruption [ETH] passenger numbers were only up by 0.9% in 2011 when these factors are discounted. Edinburgh, which is in the process of being sold by BAA, recorded record traffic of 9.4 million in 2011 [ETH] beating the previous mark of 9 million in 2009 Jan 12, 2012

Kingfisher Airlines Debt-ridden Kingfisher considering 2,000 job cuts. In a major cost-cutting exercise, private sector air-carrier Kingfisher Airlines is believed to be considering about 2,000 job cuts and longer working hours for its staff, among various options. While e-mailed queries sent to Kingfisher Airlines in this regard remained unanswered, industry sources said the debt-ridden carrier could also abstain from any major hiring activities at least till August 2012. Sources said the carrier is looking at about 2,000 job reductions by July and the exercise could affect various positions at mid-manager level in its corporate offices and also at cabin crew and attendant levels, among others. At the same time, the airline, a part of Vijay Mallya-led UB group, could also consider increasing the working hours of staff being retained. It would pay higher incentives and allowances to the staff working longer hours, but the move could still help it cut employee expenses drastically as costs could be double for hiring fresh employees, sources said. However, the exact financial implications of these proposed initiatives could not be ascertained immediately. The airline is already said to be witnessing some attrition and recently it was reported that some of its air hostesses have left to join state-run Air India. Kingfisher's total employee cost dipped marginally by two per cent in the last fiscal 2010-11, to Rs 676 crore. Its total headcount stood at 7,317 as on March 31, 2011, down from an average of 7,681 employees in the previous year ending March 2010. The airline's employees per aircraft ratio had declined in line with its fleet rationalization programs. Jan 10, 2012

OAG OAG Reports Airline Capacity Up for Eighth Consecutive Month . The world's airlines have scheduled 2.88 percent more capacity on 1.86 percent more flights in January 2012, marking the eighth consecutive month of growth compared to the same period last year, according to the OAGOs Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics report for January. Regionally, the gap between the Asia Pacific and North America intra-region markets has further widened, with Asia Pacific now recording 39 percent more intra-region seat capacity compared to North America, On the other end, political instability in Africa contributed to the industry's worst declines, with OTo/From AfricaO shedding schedule frequency by 6.58 percent and seat capacity by 5.69 percent. Europe again recorded below-par performance, with both inter-region and intra-region schedule frequency and seat capacity development performing below the worldwide average; frequency within Europe declined by 2.11 percent, while frequency OTo/From EuropeO declined 0.57 percent. Seat capacity within Europe decreased 1.09 percent but seat capacity OTo/From EuropeO increased marginally by 0.18 percent, possibly due to the bigger aircraft operated by medium- and long-haul carriers from outside the Europe region. The Intra-North America market continued to decline after a marginal rebound in January 2011, with schedule frequency and seat capacity decreasing 3.16 percent and 2.73 percent respectively, compared to the corresponding period last year. Atlanta remained the largest airport in the world by both schedule frequency and seat capacity, although schedule frequency declined by 3.17 percent while seat capacity shed 1.51 percent compared to the same period last year. Jan 10, 2012

Seewoosagur Ramgoolan International Airport, Airports of Mauritius Mauritius airport authority seeks to acquire land for expansion. The Airports of Mauritius company is reportedly engaged in negotiations with nearby residents to acquire their land, needed to optimize security and operational safety. From information received from the island, over 20 families have received offers of compensation to give up their land and resettle somewhere else, as the expansion and modernization of the countryOs main airport, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan International Airport (SRIA), goes ahead. Offers based on market value of the properties were formally made by the end of last year and feedback is expected to be in by mid-January. Ongoing construction work has apparently prompted complaints from nearby residents, making it more urgent that resettlement and voluntary acquisition of land parcels needed is concluded with all haste. In a survey last year, SRIA declared as AfricaOs best airport, and it is clearly aiming to retain that accolade and improve facilities further to welcome a million and more visitors expected to visit Mauritius in 2012. Final arrival details and statistics from Mauritius are expected in due course for 2011. Jan 12, 2012

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