10 January 2010

AAPA Takes Another Body Blow - Too Much?

AAPA may need to rebrand itself. Air NZ has just joined QF in announcing its exit from the organization.

Currently there are 17 airlines in the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines comprising the following carriers:

Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Asiana Airlines ·
Cathay Pacific Airways ·
China Airlines ·
Dragonair ·
EVA Airways ·
Garuda Indonesia ·
Japan Airlines ·
Korean Air ·
Malaysia Airlines ·
Philippine Airlines ·
Qantas Airways ·
Royal Brunei Airlines ·
Singapore Airlines ·
Thai Airways International ·
Vietnam Airlines

As of now there are two defections QF and NZ meaning it can only be called Asian Airlines. With no representation from the sub-continent or China - it is not a really representative body. However its current head - Andy Herdman is a skilled operator. He also was head of Abacus for a while outside of his roles inside Swire/CX.

Let's hope that they get their house in order and bring in a more representative regional body.

It will be an uphill struggle. Politics is usually at stake here. The website states that the latest statistical data is from 2006!


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