CAPA India Aviation Summit

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Mumbai: CAPA India Aviation Summit

The CAPA India Aviation Summit will bring together all of the key stakeholders in the industry for a unique knowledge-building and networking forum that is a must-attend for any company with an exposure to Indian aviation.

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport reported (13-Dec-2017) the following traffic highlights for Nov-2017:

  • Passengers: 4.8 million, +7.8% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 1.3 million, -3.6%;
      • Klia Main: 451,000, +-25.7%;
      • Klia2: 848,000, +14.4%;
    • International: 3.5 million, +12.8%;
      • Klia Main: 1.8 million, +11.6%;
      • Klia2: 1.7 million, +14.2%;
  • Aircraft movements: 31,937, +5.9%;

Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) welcomed (13-Dec-2017) the agreement between the EU and Tunisia to improve market access for airlines and provide better connectivity. AACO expects the agreement to bring an additional 800,000 passengers over five years and increase traffic by up to 13% p/a. [more - original PR]

Ryanair announced (13-Dec-2017) plans to add 250,000 seats across 40 routes from Ireland in summer 2018. Details include:

The carrier expects to handle 15.5 million passengers to and from Ireland in 2018. [more - original PR]

European Commission and the US FAA agreed (13-Dec-2017) to expand cooperation in the areas of aviation safety and ATM modernisation. Specifically, amendments were signed to support the following legislation:

  • US/EU Aviation Safety Agreement: Amendment enables FAA and EU to finalise arrangements for reciprocal acceptance of approvals associated with Flight Simulator Training Devices and Pilot Licensing. The amendment also permits future collaboration in aircraft operations and air traffic safety oversight;
  • ATM modernisation: Collaborations to now cover the full life cycle of ATM modernisation activities, from development to deployment. FAA and EU will commit to further harmonisation of technologies, standards and procedures. [more - original PR]

AirAsia announced (13-Dec-2017) senior leadership changes, in line with the company's new digitalisation strategy, as follows:

  • AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar promoted to deputy group CEO for digital, transformation, corporate services. The new position, effective 10-Jan-2018, will focus on driving the group's non airline units, including BigPay, BIGLOYALTY, ROKKI Shoppe, ROKKI Portal, Travel360, Vidi, RedTix, AirAsiaGo, BD4H, RedCargo, RedBox and Santan. Ms Omar will also oversee large, strategic group wide initiatives and be responsible for AirAsia's digital strategy, promoting innovation throughout the company and encouraging collaboration across the group's businesses and markets. She will also continue to lead the corporate services sector for Asia Group;
  • Ms Omar will be replaced by Riad Asmat, a director for corporate planning at Naza Corp Holdings;
  • Adrian Jenkins, current group director for flight operations, was appointed COO, to be in charge of group operations, engineering, safety, QA, NMC and customer experience as well as to drive the group's OTP. He will report to AirAsia deputy group CEO for airline business Bo Lingam;
  • Rozman Omar, currently deputy group CEO for strategy and M&A, was appointed AirAsia Internationals executive director. Mr Omar will drive the consolidation exercise to place units in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines under a listed holding company to be named One AirAsia.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes noted AirAsia has been investing in artificial intelligence over the past two years to optimise operations and customise air ticket sales. "With customer data, we can sell more to our customers like what Alibaba and Amazon have done", he added. [more - original PR]

Sabre Corporation announced (13-Dec-2017) a multi year extension to its long term partnership with Fareportal, covering shopping technology and access to Sabre's exclusive inventory of travel services including air, hotels, cars and cruises. Fareportal's hybrid business model bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency by providing online booking capabilities as well as 24/7 access to live travel agents. Fareportal will be among the first customers to have access to Sabre's new technologies. [more - original PR]

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Recorded at ACTE-CAPA Global Conference Sydney

US start up, Boom, is planning a new generation carbon composite supersonic aircraft with 45 all-business seats in two single seat rows, and priced at about 10% above current business fares. It will fly at over 2,500 km an hour, or Mach 2.2, and be able to link Australia’s east coast with the US west coast in 6 hours 45 minutes.

Since the Concorde stopped operations 14 years ago, there has been no supersonic passenger travel. And today’s jet aircraft actually usually fly even more slowly than they did 50 years ago (to save on fuel).

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