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ROUTES ASIA Cebu


Philippine ‘keen on alliance’


Philippine Airlines


vice-president sales Ryan Uy outlined new route considerations


Asia ‘needs slot solution’


Seattle, Chicago, Paris and Rome are all on the radar for future routes operated by Philippine Airlines. In an on-stage interview, the airline’s vice-president sales Ryan Uy said should they be given the go ahead, the new routes would be on a non-stop basis. North America and Europe are not the only regions under consideration, in India the numbers are being crunched for New Delhi and Mumbai while frequencies elsewhere in the world could be increased. Uy added: “Asia is our key market


so we are looking at routes from north Asia and south-west Asia by increasing frequencies and introducing new routes.” He said this could mean increased


frequencies on Philippine’s routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Quanzhou and Chengdu in China and added capacity on routes to Jakarta and Malaysia. Uy said such growth would


complement confirmed frequency increases to Bangkok, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, with the airline’s overall seat numbers set to grow by 30% in 2019.


Countries across the Asia Pacific region need to fully apply world slot guidelines (WSG) to ensure demand does not outstrip capacity. Speaking in a panel session on slots, Philip Ireland, IATA’s manager for worldwide airport slots, said there are about 300 congested airports globally with about 100 of the worst in Europe.


And he warned Asia’s growth He also confirmed the airline is


continuing to consider joining an alliance, adding: “Alliances work very well if you are not overlapping with everyone. Star Alliance is big but if you see the members there’s a lot of overlaps there. “Oneworld tends to look at the


strongest carrier for each general location while Skyteam has the fewest overlaps. “Right now, Philippine Airlines is obviously keen and we’d like to enter into an alliance but we’re not in a rush, we are taking our time. We know with alliances you have to be invited and you need to have a sponsor to be a part of them.”


Limited market for ultra long-haul


Ultra long-haul routes are unlikely to become a major trend due to the lack of supporting markets. Speaking on a panel debate


concerning aviation’s future in Asia, Fiji Airways general manager network planning and strategy John Checketts said the recently launched Qantas flight from Perth to London will prove to be the exception, not the rule. He added: “There’s a limited number of markets where that kind of non-stop long-haul service can work.


“Fiji is one such destination, but I don’t see a large market where people will travel for 20 hours to get there.” Checketts added the problem


was further compounded by the fact that the outbound market from


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the Pacific island is not big enough to make up the shortfall. Boeing regional director of network and fleet strategy Neil Hathni agreed, adding the only markets where they could work are the ones where the passengers are prepared to pay the premium demanded in return for the convenience of a one-stop flight.


VOX POP Vishnu Thangamani, network manager, Malindo Air


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a lot of people for the first time. We might speak a lot on email but it is good to put a face to a name, and it is easier to tell people your problems and start finding solutions.


“I’m new, so I’m here to meet ”


potential, the strongest globally, could be wasted unless a unilateral slot solution, like IATA’s Worldwide Slot Guidelines, was applied. He said: “Right now there


are a certain number of airports which are doing their own processes unilaterally.” Meanwhile Stephen Milstrey, the general manager for network planning and scheduling at Hong Kong-based HK Express, said his biggest problem was operating out of a slot-constrained airport. He added: “We have some really


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VOX POP Lee Yun Ten,


senior manager – network


from 10 to 14 aircraft, so we have a lot of capacity and new routes. We came here to find out about opportunities and incentives and we want to change some slots, so we are meeting airports to explore all this.


management, Royal Brunei Airlines “Our airline saw massive growth last year





great slots at an airport this summer season, but we had to give half of them back because we couldn’t get the required slots on the Hong Kong side to make it work.” Virgin


Australia head of network management


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