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New York (AirGuide - Regional News Asia / Pacific) Dec 18, 2012

IATA: Global airline safety rates Obest everO Global airline safety performance has improved in all regions this year, except Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, according to IATA. OAs of the end of November, the global safety performance is at the best-ever level recorded, and [western-built hull losses] is 49% better than the same time last year,O IATA SVP-safety, operations and infrastructure Gunther Matschnigg told reporters in Geneva. IATA said that 12% of all accidents involved western-built hull losses, of which there were nine in the first 11 months of this year, compared to 17 last year. Measured by the number of hull losses per million sectors, the rate is 0.34 so far this year, versus 0.67 in the year-ago period. There were no western-built jet hull losses in Europe and North Asia. Accident rates have improved in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific and Africa while the safety rate in North America remained flat. However, the CIS had more western-built jet hull losses than in 2010. The CIS is also the notable exception when analyzing the total accident rates covering eastern and western jet and turboprop aircraft. Matschnigg said, OThe overall global accident rate [first 11 months] is [22%] better than last year and it is better in all regions, except for the CIS. There the accident rate is 55% worse than last year, with 11.07 hull losses per million departures versus 7.15 last year.O The overall global rate this year is 2.16 compared to 2.78 in 2010. In 2011, there were 75 accidents through Nov. 30 compared to 92 in the year-ago period. The number of fatalities also fell markedly, from 784 in the first 11 months of 2010 to 486 through Nov. 30 this year. Fatal accidents stand at 22. African carriers have made impressive improvements in safety this year, he noted. In 2011, the accident rate fell 63% to 6.34 per million flights compared to 17.11 last year. The accident rate of western-built jets on the continent was 3.93 per million sectors, up by more than 50%, while African IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)-registered carriers have had no accidents so far this year. Globally, IOSA carriers had an accident rate of 55% in the first 11 months of the year, better than those not on the registry. OThis 55% difference clearly indicates that IOSA is largely contributing to lower the accident rate around the world,OMatschnigg said. He also said that Russian aviation authorities had agreed to require IOSA for its commercial airlines as of next year. IOSA carriers represent 22% of all commercial carriers globally and 63% of all commercial flights Dec 16, 2011

Asian Carriers Move Away From Unlimited Data Plans Some of Asia's mobile-phone operators are moving away from offering unlimited data plans as they launch fourth-generation wireless services in an effort to increase revenue and recoup billions of dollars spent to upgrade networks. Limiting data use and charging subscribers for excessive Web browsing on mobile devices may help boost carriers' return on their investment at a time when many operators in the region have seen their earnings pressured due to falling voice revenue and hefty smartphone subsidies. With the shift to charging subscribers for extra data usage, the region's carriers are hopeful that they can boost their revenue. Dec 14, 2011

Air Austral Air Austral will launch 2X-weekly Saint Denis-Seychelles-Paris Charles de Gaulle Boeing 777-300ER service March 27. Dec 13, 2011

Air China Air China Launches Direct Rotations Beijing - Lhasa. Air China officially launched direct daily rotations between Beijing and Lhasa on December 15 , the first time that direct scheduled flights between the two cities are available. Air China uses its A319s which have been retrofitted to acclimatize to the plateau conditions on the route. The crew has rich experiences of flying over the Roof of the World. The flights are operated on a daily basis and the flight numbers are CA4125/6. One journey takes just 4 hours, which means the flight takes 2 hours less than the previous one that had to stop over in the city of Chengdu . For the time being, the service is the only non-stop flight between the two cities. In high season, Air China will use larger Airbus330 aircraft on the route. Air China has been actively involved in promoting the formation of the air transport network serving Tibet and helping further the progress of the autonomous region in areas of economy, culture and tourism. Now, Air China offers flights between Beijing , Chengdu , Chongqing and Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal ) and Tibet where Lhasa, Linzhi and Bangda are served. Factor in the direct rotations introduced on December 15 , and Air China now operates over 100 flights a week into and out of Tibet. The introduction of the new rotations gives travelers more travel options and will play an instrumental role in bringing more travelers to Tibet and promoting local economic growth. Dec 15, 2011

Air China, Dalian Airlines Air China subsidiary Dalian Airlines to launch Dec. 26. Air ChinaOs (CA) new subsidiary Dalian Airlines is expected to launch Dec. 26 on the Dalian-Shenzhen route. It received an operating certificate last week from CAAC. CA holds an 80% stake and the Dalian Baishui Zhengtong company, representing the Dalian municipal government, holds the remaining 20% stake in the carrier. The subsidiary will initially operate two Boeing 737-800s and plans to expand its fleet to five aircraft next year and to 20 by 2015. The carrier plans to launch services from Dalian to Beijing and Taiyuan-Sanya. It is seeking approval to operate routes to Japan and South Korea. Dalian is expected to face fierce competition from China Southern Airlines, which has a 40% share of the Dalian market. Dec 14, 2011

Air Tahiti Nui Air Tahiti Nui is offering travelers a free three days in Tahiti while en route to Auckland or Sydney, representing a savings of more than a 30 percent per person. The three-night complimentary stopover in Tahiti is valid when customers book roundtrip flights to Auckland or Sydney on Air Tahiti Nui. With rates beginning at $1,118 per person, visitors will save more than 30 percent on their airfare and hotel. Customers will have their choice to stay at some of the islands top properties, including the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, which also includes a complimentary automatic space available upgrade to a waterfront premium suite or duplex, or the Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort. Guests may also experience an Overwater Bungalow at Le Meridian Tahiti for $275 per person for all three nights. Upgrades to the neighboring island of Moorea are available for $200 per person for all three nights at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Rates begin at $1,118 per person to Auckland with an additional cost of $310 per ticket to extend on to Sydney. Bookings must be made and ticketed between Oct. 10 to Nov. 6 for travel between Jan. 30 to May 31. For more information, call 877-824-4846 or visit www.airtahitinui-usa.com/nzstopover2011. Dec 16, 2012

AirMedia Group AirMedia Raises Guidance for the Fourth Quarter of 2011. AirMedia Group Inc., a leading operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers, today announced that it expects total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011 to be between USD84.0 million and USD86.0 million , which represents a year-over-year increase of 18.7% to 21.5% from the same period in 2010 and quarter-over-quarter increase of 19.8% to 22.7% from the previous quarter. This compares to the previously announced total revenues guidance of USD79.0 million to USD81.0 million . "The Company is able to raise guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011 due to stronger-than-expected advertising demand in the fourth quarter and less-than-anticipated impact from the flood in Thailand . We will continue to execute our strategy to achieve profitable growth. The operating leverage in our business enables us to harvest profits from incremental revenues after breaking even," commented Herman Guo , chairman and chief executive officer of AirMedia. Dec 13, 2011

American Airlines, Samsung American Airlines Inflight Entertainment is Out of This World With Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. American Airlines customers can now have convenient access to a personal universe of movies, music and TV shows at 35,000 feet. Beginning today, customers traveling in premium class cabins will be the first to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab* 10.1 device onboard select flights. American is the first domestic airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft, giving premium customers access to a library of entertainment options inflight. The customized tablets, which feature a 10.1-inch screen, replace the current personal entertainment devices in American's First and Business Class cabins on transcontinental flights between New York 's JFK and Los Angeles , JFK and San Francisco , Miami and San Francisco , and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft. During the initial rollout, customers can choose from over 70 movies, including 30 new releases, with three titles exclusive to American from Paramount, as well as a variety of television programs and audio selections [ETH] all carefully chosen to cater to the diverse tastes of American's premium cabin customers. The tablets also feature a special touchscreen specifically designed for American that allows customers to interact with the devices in a user-friendly way. Customers can move through a custom-built experience that includes a clean and intuitive design, providing customers quick and easy access to their favorite programs throughout...

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