2016 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence


The CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence have recognized strategic leadership in the aviation industry since 2002. The awards are not driven by customer surveys or sponsorship. They are independently researched by CAPA and Heidrick & Struggles and selected by an independent international panel of judges.

Initially limited to Asia Pacific and the Middle East, the awards were expanded by CAPA in 2012 to include all regions. This year the Aviation Awards of Excellence were presented at two gala dinners – one for the global industry in Amsterdam and one for Asia Pacific in Singapore.

The winners are…

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China Eastern Airlines, Asia Pacific Airline of the Year
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Spring Airlines (China), CAPA Asia Pacific Low Cost Airline of the Year
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Malindo Air (Malaysia), CAPA Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year
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Philippine Airlines, CAPA Asia Pacific Airline Turnaround of the Year
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Air New Zealand, CAPA Asia Pacific Innovation of the Year Award
  • Robert Martin, BOAC Aviation CEO – CAPA Asia Pacific Chief Executive of the Year
  • Mactan Cebu International Airport (Philippines) – CAPA Asia Pacific Regional Airport of the Year 
  • Zhang Xiuzhi, Spring Airlines founder & chairwoman – CAPA Legend Award.

Airline of the Year 2016


Airlineratings.com Airline of the Year Awards:

Airline of the Year: Air New Zealand

Best Business Class: Singapore Airlines

Best Economy: Air New Zealand

Best First Class: Etihad Airways

Best Low Fare Carrier (Asia/Pacific): Scoot

Best New World Carrier: Virgin Australia

Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand

Inflight Entertainment Award: Singapore Airlines

Long Haul (Asia/Pacific): Cathay Pacific

Regional Airline Award: Silk Air

 

World’s Safest Airlines for 2015


AirlineRatings.com identified the top 10 safest airlines (legacy) in the world, in alphabetical order:

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES

Philippine Airlines , 4 Airlines Must Face Price Fixing Claims


Five international airlines, including Philippine Airlines, must face a class-action lawsuit from passengers accusing them of fixing the prices of tickets on trans-Pacific flights, a U.S. judge has ruled.

But in doing so, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco on Tuesday narrowed the suit somewhat, ruling that certain fares to the Philippines and Japan are exempt from price-fixing claims under federal law.

Christopher Lebsock, an attorney for the proposed class of passengers, said most passengers’ claims would not be affected by the ruling.

Attorneys for the airlines – Air New Zealand Ltd, Philippine Airlines Inc, Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co Ltd and Taiwan’s China Airlines Ltd and EVA Airways Corp – could not immediately be reached for comment.

The first class-action suits over alleged price-fixing of trans-Pacific fares were filed in 2007, and multiple cases were consolidated in a multi-district litigation in San Francisco in 2008. The plaintiffs claimed that airlines used alliances, trade associations and other means to fix prices.

The suit originally named 13 airlines, but eight of those have settled for a total of $39.5 million, according to Lebsock.

The remaining five airlines asked the judge to toss the case, arguing that all the passengers’ claims were pre-empted by federal regulation, which requires airlines to file certain international fares with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Breyer ruled that claims over fares that were not filed with the DOT, as well as claims over fuel surcharges, can go forward. He dismissed only claims over fares that were filed with the DOT.

The International Air Transportation Competition Act of 1979 treats countries differently depending on their trade agreements with the United States. As a result, fares to New Zealand and Taiwan are not filed with the DOT, while only non-discounted, one-way economy class fares to the Philippines are filed, according to court documents. Certain fares to Japan were filed until a change in the law 2012.

The case is In re: Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, MDL 08-1913.

Source: Brendan Pierson, Reuters

World Airline Awards 2014: World’s Top 10 Airlines


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World’s best airlines for 2014

World’s Top 10 Airlines 

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

2. Qatar Airways

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Emirates

5. Turkish Airlines

6. ANA All Nippon Airways

7. Garuda Indonesia

8. Asiana Airlines

9. Etihad Airways

10. Lufthansa

emirates

Best Inflight Entertainment

1. Emirates

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Turkish Airlines

4. Qantas

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

6. Virgin Atlantic

7. Qatar Airways

8. Air New Zealand

9. Virgin Australia

10. Etihad Airways

Garuda-Indonesia

Best Cabin Crew

1. Garuda Indonesia

2. Cathay Pacific

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Asiana Airlines

5. Malaysia Airlines

6. Qatar Airways

7. EVA Air

8. ANA All Nippon Airways

9. Thai Airways

10. Hainan Airlines

AAsia

Best Low Cost Carrier

1. AirAsia

2. Jetstar Airways

3. Virgin America

4. AirAsia X

5. Indigo

6. Norwegian

7. Jetstar Asia

8. easyJet

9. WestJet

10. Azul Airlines

Souce: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/traveller-tips/worlds-best-airline-named-at-2014-skytrax-awards-20140716-3c0a2.html#ixzz38p1MQQzk

Philippine Airlines Asked To Ban Illegal Shipment of Shark Fins


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Philippine Airlines is under renewed pressure to stop transporting shark fins to Hong Kong after a local green group found what it described as a “suspected illegal” shipment in Sheung Wan.

About 100 groups and individuals have given their support to an open letter sent to senior executives of the airline, urging them to publicly commit to ending the trade.

Overall imports of shark fins to Hong Kong fell 35 per cent last year compared with 2012, WWF-Hong Kong says.

The fall comes amid a crackdown by the central government on extravagance and corruption, and pressure by environmental groups to stamp out the trade.

The letter says the airline “directly contradicts” its commitment to sustainable development by allowing carriage of shark fins and related products on flights from Manila to Hong Kong.

It was written after a Wildlife Risk, a Hong Kong conservation group, and Fins Attached, an ocean-advocacy group based in the United States, discovered what they suspected was an illegal shipment of shark fins sent from Dubai by Philippine Airlines.

“Simply put, the tonnes of shark fins transported as cargo into Hong Kong on Philippine Airlines flights are directly leading to the endangerment of shark species and the marine environment in Asia and beyond,” the letter says.

“We need the airline’s help in cutting the supply chain of shark fin to Hong Kong,” it said, demanding that the company to set an “aggressive timetable” to stop carrying shark fins and post as pledge on its website.

The 136 bags of fins with an estimated weight of 6.5 tonnes, were delivered to dried seafood trader Global Marine in Sheung Wan. The company, which also has an office in Tsim Sha Tsui, denied the shipment was illegal.

“We have documents like import or export permits. There is nothing illegal and we have nothing to hide,” said a spokesman who identified himself as Ahamed.

However, Alex Hofford, from WildlifeRisk, said there was “a low chance” the shipment was legal.

He said Dubai was a trans-shipment centre for fins harvested from regions in Africa where enforcement of fishing regulations was ineffective.

He said Philippines Airlines was still active in transporting shark fins from the Middle East, although Emirates stopped such shipments on its route to Hong Kong last June.

“Philippine Airlines fly a lot of migrant workers, such as domestic helpers and nurses to Dubai, and often [the planes] come back empty,” Hofford said.

At least five airlines have followed Cathay Pacific’s example to ban shark fin cargoes on its flights. Korean, Asiana, Qantas and Air New Zealand enforce a blanket ban, while Fiji carrier Air Pacific allows only fins from sustainable and verified sources.

Hofford said Greenpeace activists in Philippines were furious over the shipment to Hong Kong, regarding it as a breach of trust after they met the airline’s executives in March.

Ahamed said Global Marine received regular shipments, usually two to three tonnes each, from Dubai and had used Philippine Airlines from time to time.

He said he was just a wholesaler of shark fins and the imports would be re-sold to anybody who paid for them.

Ahamed said he had no idea what shark species the fins came from.

Alex Anotoniou of FinsAttached said that the fins could be from any of three species — hammerhead, reef or silky sharks. He suspected the shipment could be small tail fins of baby sharks and it was possible that they might be mixed with scallop hammerhead which was listed as a regulated species in international trade.

Last night, the airline could not be reached to comment on the matter.

Source: Cheung Chi-fai, chifai.cheung@scmp.com, South China Morning Post

World’s Safest Airlines In 2013 Found In Asia-Pacific, Middle East


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Anyone with a fear of flying should consider this before boarding their next flight: 2013 was, by far, the safest year for air travel since the dawn of the jet age, according to new data from the Aviation Safety Network, or ASN, an independent organization based in the Netherlands.

Some 29 fatal airliner accidents resulted in a total of just 265 fatalities last year, making 2013 the safest year for number of fatalities and second-safest year for number of accidents. By comparison, the 10-year average for accidents and fatalities is 32 and 720, respectively.

“Since 1997, the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, probably for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organizations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry,” ASN president Harro Ranter noted.

The worst accident of 2013 occurred on Nov. 17 when a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on approach to Kazan, Russia, killing 50. Beyond Russia, the entire continent of Africa remained the least safe for air travel in 2013, containing one-fifth of all fatal airliner accidents and just 3 percent of all world aircraft departures.

Europe and North America remained exceedingly safe last year, despite the fact that only one of the two continents’ carriers, Virgin Atlantic, earned seven stars for safety and in-flight product in a new ranking of the world’s safest airlines by safety and product ranking website AirlineRatings.com.

With a fatality-free record in the jet era (since 1951), Australian flag-carrier Qantas once again beat out 447 global airlines to top the AirlineRatings.com list. Website editor Geoffrey Thomas noted that Qantas had amassed an “extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations” and had been a leader in introducing a host of technologies in the cockpit. “There is no question that Qantas stands alone in its safety achievements and is an industry benchmark for best practices,” he said.

Qantas was the first international airline to operate around the world service in 1958 with its Lockheed Super Constellations and the first to take delivery of the Boeing 707 outside the U.S. in 1959. Thomas said the Australian carrier was also among the first to pioneer long-range operations for twin-engine planes, use a flight data recorder to monitor performance and implement real-time monitoring of its engines using satellite communications.

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Air New Zealand joined Qantas on top of the list, as did fellow Asian airlines All Nippon, Cathay Pacific, Eva Air and Singapore Airlines. Middle Eastern carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian also received seven stars for safety and in-flight product, rounding out the top 10.

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In creating its list, AirlineRatings.com took into account a number of different factors, including audits from aviation governing bodies and lead associations, as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record. Some 137 of the 448 airlines surveyed received the top seven-star safety ranking — a testament to the industry’s stellar safety record. Yet, there remains a stark divide between the top-tier carriers and their underperforming counterparts.

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Nearly 50 airlines received safety rankings of just three stars or less. Afghan Airways (Afghanistan), Daallo Airlines (UAE), Eritrean Airlines (Eritrea), Lion Air (Indonesia), Merpati Airlines (Indonesia), Susi Air (Indonesia) and Air Bagan (Myanmar) all received just two stars, while Kam Air (Afghanistan), Scat Airlines (Kazakhstan) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname) earned the dubious title of world’s least-safe airlines with just one star apiece.

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All three one-star carriers are banned from flying within the EU. While the U.S. doesn’t blacklist individual airlines, it does issue a public list of nations that it judges to fall short of international aviation safety standards. That list includes Indonesia, Serbia and the Philippines, among others.

Source: , http://www.ibtimes.com/worlds-safest-airlines-2013-found-asia-pacific-middle-east-1534348

Top 10 Airline Liveries According to Me


Here are my top 10 airline liveries. You may (or may not) agree with me but this is just my opinion. You can holler after seeing the list. Special liveries are not included. The list is in no particular order.

1. Air New Zealand – the boldest airline to sport a black & white livery. Avant garde and strikingly beautiful.

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2. Thai Airways – timeless, classic and simply regal.

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3. Gulf Air – the only gold that stands out in the boring and drab Middle East based carrier liveries.

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4. Fiji Airways – need I say more?

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5. Air Tahiti Nui“the most refreshing airline” should be the tagline of Air Tahiti.

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6. Sri Lankan Airlines – notice the unique font of Sri Lankan Airlines.

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7. Egypt Air – King Tut must be smiling.

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8. Batik Air – new kid on the block makes a splash!

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9. American Airlines – proud & loud! Wear the flag.

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10. Pullmantur air – psychedelic & youthful

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