CAPA announces 2006 targets, building on 2005 success

(SYDNEY: 11 January 2006) Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison, today outlined the company’s strategic plans for 2006, with highlights including the launch of a major new airport and ATC conference in Singapore later in the year, further expansion of the Centre’s information services offering and a push by the consulting unit for further airline restructuring assignments.

“2006 is a year of challenges ahead for the industry and we are well positioned to advise the industry on the best course of action through our unique range of solutions, including strategic consulting services, intelligence and data services, and niche summits for industry leaders”, said Mr Harbison.

Announcing the 2006 strategy, Mr Harbison paid tribute to the outstanding team of professionals employed by the Centre, including its expanding international network of consultants and representatives.

“We achieved rapid growth in 2005, adding new services to an expanding client and member base. 2006 will be no different, with several initiatives planned, including the expansion of our online statistical data and search capabilities, as well as new industry management reports, including a focus on emerging markets, such as the Middle East”, said Mr Harbison.

“We have consolidated our very successful office in India and expanded our consulting resources in the Singapore office. In 2006, we shall be expanding our presence more aggressively into China and Japan, giving us an unmatchable aviation presence – from the Suez Canal to the Bering Strait”.

In addition to major ongoing airline restructuring and turnaround projects, the Centre’s strategic consulting team has several significant assignments for start-up carriers, including business plan analysis for airlines in India and other markets. The Centre’s capability in airport privatisation studies and advice is expanding in line with increasing privatisation in the region as governments seek to exit airport ownership. The Centre is also developing its airport security advisory capability in 2006.

“Our core competency is that we are aviation experts – and we understand Asian Aviation. We wish all our clients and members a prosperous 2006, as we seek to fulfil our mission ‘to lead the way to the very best decisions about Asia Pacific aviation’”, concluded Mr Harbison.

2005 In Review

Our team of Management Consultants, headed by CEO, Andrew Miller (formerly COO of Air New Zealand), completed over 20 large consulting assignments, including:
  • Airline restructuring: Worked closely with two major flag carriers based in the Asia Pacific region, assisting them to restructure their operations;
  • India operations: In India, our consultants advised on business planning for new LCCs, and completed a due diligence on behalf of a Hong Kong based investor on an aviation related venture;
  • Airport planning: In New Zealand, a peer review for Christchurch International Airport’s largest terminal development;
  • Air services review: In the South Pacific, a review of air service options for Pacific Islands;
  • Tourism review: A review of the Japan market for a major National Tourist Office;
  • Legal support: In North America, provided legal support and expert witness for a large US-based firm involved in an aviation-related damages case;
  • Government reports: In Australia, provided industry reports for the Australian Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.

The Market Research and Intelligence division published hundreds of new aviation management reports, including Airport Business Daily and Asia Pacific Airline Daily and our monthly reports on China and India, while we welcomed over 50 new Gold and Platinum CAPA Members, including leading companies such as Siemens, Airbus, Fraport, Thai Airways, Macquarie Airports, Kingfisher Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Honeywell.

The Conference division held five highly successful Aviation Leadership Summits:

These Summits attracted over 1,100 delegates and the most influential leaders from the region’s prominent organisations, including:

The Centre currently has four major Aviation Leadership Summits planned in 2006:

For details, email Misty Cambray, Marketing Manager: mc@centreforaviation.com