Aviation Awards Asia entries round-up

Aviation Awards Asia.

1st Mar 2011



Asia’s own aerospace industry awards

The 2011 Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress, scheduled to for 8-10 March at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong, will be the venue for the announcement of the winners of the first Aviation Awards Asia.

The Hong Kong show is the leading business-to-business commercial aerospace event in the region, covering all key sectors of the industry: airlines, manufacturing, business aviation, MRO, interiors and training. As such, it makes the perfect venue to celebratethe industry’s most exciting achievements over the past year.

The goal of the awards, co-organised by Asian Aviation and Reed Exhibitions, is to create a genuinely Asia-focused event that aims to recognise excellence in the Asian commercial aviation industry.

Manufacturers and analysts predict that the Asia-Pacific market will be a primary growth driver for aviation and aerospace over the next two decades. In the light of this, the awards will help raise the profile of the key aviation-industry players in the region, by highlighting innovation, excellence, professionalism and best business practices in every sector of the industry.
The awards will be presented against the background of a show that, in 2009 – even in the grip of the global economic slowdown – attracted 12,616 attendees and 356 exhibitors from 28 countries. The eyes of the industry will be focused on Hong Kong for the Expo, providing award winners with a valuable platform from which they will be able to draw the attention of their peers, partners and customers to their achievements.

Asian Aviation and Reed were very encouraged to receive good support for the event from the industry and the quality of the entries has ensured that the competition is intense. Awards are being handed out in five categories: Full-Service Airline; Low-Cost Carrier; Business Aviation; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; and Technology & Environment.

All candidates have had to show measurable achievements in the calendar year 2010, which had a positive effect on the Asian aviation industry. Entries are being assessed to see whether they demonstrate a superior standard of products and services and a proven track record in shaping and leading the industry in their particular field.
The event’s distinguished panel of judges is considering a range of factors in assessing the entries, including: impact on business performance, originality, effect on operational safety, customer service and contribution to aviation in the Asia-Pacific region.

The judges are: Airservices Australia Chairman David Forsyth; CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison; AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman; Edward M. Bolen, president and chief executive officer of the US National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); V K Mathews, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the India-based IT specialist IBS Group; and Aerospace Forum Asia (AFA) President Martin Craigs, who is also advisor to the Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC).

We now present details of the shortlisted candidates as we prepare to announce the final winners in each category at Asian Aerospace 2011 in Hong Kong.

Award Category: Full-Service Airline

Air New Zealand

New Zealand’s national carrier Air New Zealand, based in Auckland, operates scheduled passenger flights to 26 domestic and 24 international destinations in 15 countries throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

The company has a fleet of 98 aircraft, ranging in size from the Beechcraft 1900D twin turboprop to widebody Boeing 747-400s. The average age of the fleet is 8.4 years and the carrier has 27 more aircraft on order, including eight Boeing 787s.

The airline has undergone an US$800 million upgrade to its long-haul service, refitting its 747 fleet and adding eight new 777-200 aircraft for flights from North America. It also runs a cargo network connecting New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific with Asia, Japan, North America and Europe.

Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance, alongside 17 other carriers from around the world. Passengers travelling on one or more of the alliance’s member airlines can take advantage of one, streamlined check-in and co-ordinated schedules between flights.

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, operating an all-widebody fleet of 128 aircraft with another 64 on firm order. Types in use include Airbus A330s and A340s, as well as Boeing 777s and 747s, including 747 freighters. Outstanding orders include ten new Boeing 747-8 Freighters and 30 Airbus A350-900s.

The airline serves 141 destinations in 39 countries and territories, covering South Africa, Oceania, Asia, Europe and North and South America. Cathay operates about 130,000 departures a year, carrying almost 24.6 million passengers in 2009, along with 1.53 million tonnes of cargo and mail.

Major shareholders include Swire Pacific, which holds a 42.97 percent stake, Air China with 29.99 percent and CITIC Pacific with 1.98 percent. The airline’s wholly owned subsidiaries include regional carrier Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (which operates as Dragonair) and Hong Kong Airport Services, while the airline also owns 60 percent of all-cargo carrier Air Hong Kong and 18.43 percent of Beijing-based Air China.

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is the state-owned flag carrier of Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. The company’s route network covers South-East Asia, South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East and the so-called ‘Kangaroo Route’ between Europe and Australasia.

The carrier also operates trans-Pacific flights to Los Angeles, via Taipei, and trans-Atlantic flights to Buenos Aires, via Cape Town. The company also has two airline subsidiaries – Firefly and MASWings – and has a freighter fleet operated by MASKargo. MASCharter is another of the airline’s subsidiaries, operating charter flights using MAS aircraft.

The company has won numerous awards, including the 2010 World Travel Awards for the World’s Leading Airline to Asia, Asia’s Leading Airline and Asia’s Leading Business Class Airline.

The carrier operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including: Airbus A330-20 and -300 widebody twinjets; single-aisle Boeing 737s; widebody Boeing 777 twinjets; four-engine Boeing 747 widebodies; and Boeing 747 freighters. Outstanding orders include six Airbus A380s, the world’s largest jetliner.

MAS has long been seen as a potential member of the SkyTeam global alliance, but up to now the carrier has been maintaining codeshare agreements with individual carriers – including some from SkyTeam as well as rival airline groups Oneworld and Star Alliance.

Thai Airways International

Bangkok-based Thai Airways International is Thailand’s national carrier and the country’s largest airline, operating out of the capital’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airline operates to 71 destinations in 34 countries, with a fleet of almost 100 aircraft.

The fleet includes; ATR 72 turboprops; Airbus A300, A330 and A340 widebody models; narrowbody Boeing 737 jetliners; and twin-aisle Boeing 747 and 777 models. The carrier has outstanding orders for additional A330s and 777s, as well as six Airbus A380 very-large airliners.

The carrier is planning to phase out its oldest 747-400s, along with six A300-600s, three 737-400s and two ATR 72s by 2014 as it modernises its fleet.

The carrier owns 39 percent of Bangkok-based low-cost carrier Nok Air and recently announced plans for a low-cost joint venture with Singapore’s Tiger Airways, in which the Thai carrier will hold a 51 percent stake.

Thai Airways is a founder member of the Star Alliance of airlines, alongside 26 other member airlines from around the world, including Air Canada, Air China, All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.


Award Category: Low-Cost Carrier


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based AirAsia is Asia’s largest low-cost carrier and a pioneer of the business model in the region. Since starting operations in 1996, the airline has expanded to a network covering more than 400 destinations in 25 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The carrier has two foreign subsidiaries – Bangkok-based Thai AirAsia and Jakarta-based Indonesia AirAsia – as well as a Kuala Lumpur-based low-cost long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X.

AirAsia X was established in 2007 to provide high-frequency, point-to-point long-haul services. Cost efficiencies are derived from maintaining a simple aircraft fleet and route network based on low-cost airports, with no complex codesharing or other overheads traditionally associated with long-haul flying.

Including its affiliates, AirAsia has a fleet of about 100 aircraft, mostly single-aisle Boeing 737 and Airbus A320-family models. Long-haul services are operated using Airbus A330s and A340s, and the airline has also placed 10 firm orders, with five options, for the new A350.

The airline, which has the world’s lowest operating costs and was the first carrier in the region to introduce fully ticketless travel, won Skytrax’ world’s best low-cost airline award in 2009 and 2010. AirAsia continues to pave the way for low-cost aviation through innovative solutions, efficient processes and a passionate approach to business.

Cebu Pacific Air

Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air is based at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport and offers scheduled domestic and international services. The airline is now the country’s leading domestic carrier and operates the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines.

The carrier serves 33 domestic destinations and 16 international destinations in 10 countries in East and South-East Asia. The airline’s fleet comprises eight ATR 72 turboprops, with 15 Airbus A320s and ten, smaller A319s. Outstanding orders cover 19 more A320s and one ATR 72.

Cebu launched international operations in November 2001, and now serves cities such as Bangkok, Busan, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei.

The airline says it aims to be a pioneer in creative pricing strategies, allowing it to offer the lowest fares on every route it serves. Cebu has also been the first local airline in the Philippines to introduce e-ticketing, prepaid excess baggage and seat selection.



Qantas’s Jetstar low-cost affiliate focuses its operations on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, providing consistent, low fares to Australian, New Zealand and Asian leisure travellers.

The Melbourne-based carrier began flying in Australia on 25 May 2004 and in Asia just over six months later. The company’s Australian operation is wholly owned by Qantas, but managed separately and operates independently of its parent.

Jetstar’s intra-Asian operation is a Singapore-based partnership between: Qantas (49 percent ownership); Singapore Government investment arm Temasek Holdings (19 percent); and local businessmen Tony Chew (22 percent) and FF Wong (10 percent).

The carrier operates an extensive Australian domestic network, as well as regional and international services.

Jetstar operates a fleet of 52 single-aisle Airbus A320-family jetliners and eight A330 widebody aircraft. It has outstanding firm orders for 42 more aircraft of all types, including 15 new Boeing 787s.

In February, Jetstar became an affiliate member of the Oneworld global airline alliance, allowing passengers to book an itinerary with a fully-fledged Oneworld member airline that includes a Jetstar flight.


Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways is a Singapore-based low-cost carrier that began operations in March 2005 and is the largest LCC operating out of Singapore. The carrier is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, 33 percent-owned by Singapore Airlines.

The airline was the first to operate from Changi Airport’s dedicated Budget Terminal and models its cost structure after Ireland’s Ryanair. The carrier focuses operations on destinations within five hours’ flight time from Singapore and pursues stakes in regional carriers to overcome regulatory hurdles and expand into a pan-Asian carrier.

The carrier says its aim is to maximise profitability by creating a portfolio of routes with consistently high passenger load factors throughout Asia and Australasia, focusing on providing affordable air travel in the world’s most populous region, with the fastest-growing aviation market.

The carrier operates a single-type fleet of Airbus A320s, powered by International Aero Engines V2500 powerplants. Ten of the aircraft – which accommodate 180 passengers in a single-class cabin – are based in Singapore, with nine more in Australia.

Tiger Airways recently expanded its ‘partner airline’ programme with Philippines-based South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR), adding daily flights between Manila Clark and Hong Kong to start from 14 March. The two carriers launched the programme in November 2010 with flights between Clark and Singapore.

Award Category: Business Aviation


Airbus launched its Airbus Corporate Jetliner family of business and VIP aircraft in 1997 with its ACJ, based on the A319 single-aisle jetliner and typically accommodating 19 to 50 passengers. This aircraft is in extensive use worldwide today, operating in VIP, corporate shuttle and government service roles.

The longer A320 Prestige offers 100 square metres of cabin floor area, offering a wide variety of potential cabin layout, including the Airbus-designed Prestige cabin, accommodating 30 passengers in “unparalleled comfort”, the manufacturer says.

The newest ACJ is the A318 Elite, which offers increased levels of cabin comfort than currently available with rival business jet models. As the smallest variant in the ACJ range, the aircraft is a more affordable entry-level corporate aircraft for new operators.

Airbus has defined two cabin layouts for the A318 Elite that seat 14 and 18 passengers, with seats and settees clustered in several separate cabin zones.

The manufacturer delivered a record 15 corporate jetliners in 2010, at a list-price value of more than US$1.5 billion. The aircraft comprised 13 A318 Elites, ACJs and A320 Prestiges, as well as two VIP variants of the widebody A330/A340 jetliner family.

Asia Jet

Hong Kong-based Asia Jet is a leading private jet charter and fractional ownership company offering the most flexible and economically sound approach to private aviation. The company’s management team possesses unique aviation industry knowledge from emerging and established markets as well as extensive experience in the luxury market sector.

The company’s Asia Jet Card programme offers customers a range of private jet services to suit both regional and worldwide requirements. The company says the card has proven to be the best way to offer complete access to the benefits of private aviation “without the commitment and hassles associated with private-jet ownership, including large capital outlays and monthly maintenance costs”.

Together with its operating partner, Metrojet, Asia Jet lays claim to one of the largest charter fleets in Asia. Having to comply with Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department Part 121 regulations, the aircraft are subject to similar scrutiny and maintenance guidelines to the fleets of major airlines such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.

The fleet includes four Gulfstream G-200 aircraft, one heavy G300 and one Cessna Citation XLS+ mid-size jet. These are soon to be joined by a mid-size Gulfstream G150 and a Hawker 800XP.

Asia-Wings Aviation Service

Established in 2006, Beijing-based Asia-Wings Aviation Service is an integrated aviation services company that offers charter, aircraft management and consulting, aircraft acquisition and sales brokerage service, aviation management consulting and ground services.

The company says it tailors customized business aviation services and products through the optimisation of resources and a professional vision, regarding its clients’ satisfaction as the measure of its service quality. As one of China’s first domestic business-aviation service providers, Asia-Wings says it prides itself on honesty, reliability, diligence and discipline in all its services.
Asia-Wings offers a service programme called ‘Flight Partner’, which provides a flight manager who is specially trained to take charge of the entire range of services required by customers, saving them time, effort and worry. The flight manager will takes care of all the customer’s requirements, guaranteeing smooth travel.

The company has a fleet comprising Hawker 850 XP and Dassault Falcon 2000 business jets. Besides these aircraft, the company says it can also appropriate others from reliable partners all over the world, according to customer preferences of aircraft type and service network.


Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is part of the global Dassault Group of companies, one of the major players in the global aerospace industry. The company produces the Falcon business jet family, from the Falcon 2000 twinjet to the three-engined Falcon 7X.

The company says it draws on Dassault’s heritage as a maker of supersonic jet fighters to maintain the excellence of design, performance and efficiency in the Falcon family. “It’s one of the reasons they are known as the best designed, best built, best flying business jets at the high end of the market. And the most fuel efficient,” the manufacturer says.

The Falcon 2000LX features a range of 4,000 nautical miles with six passengers at Mach 0.8 and a climb capability to 41,000ft in 19 minutes. The manufacturer claims the model is the most fuel efficient large business jet in its class, capable of flying between Paris and Delhi, or Hong Kong and Brisbane.

The larger Falcon 900LX offers the versatility to combine short and long hops on the same mission. It can carry eight passengers 4,800 nautical miles, burning “far less fuel than anything else” and landing at smaller airports, the manufacturer says. The 900DX shares the same widebody cabin and the same flight deck as the 900LX, flying 4,100 nautical miles non-stop.

The top-of-the-range Falcon 7X “flies faster, farther and higher than any Falcon ever built”, Dassault says. The aircraft can fly eight passengers 5,950 nautical miles non-stop, allowing flights from Paris to Tokyo, New York to Dubai or Berlin to Los Angeles.


Hawker Beechcraft

Hawker Beechcraft is a leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft, designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals around the world.

Its headquarters are located in Wichita, Kansas, with operations in: Salina, Kansas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Chester, England. The company has a global network of more than 100 owned and authorised service centres.

In total, the company’s facilities cover more than five and a half million square feet and its workforce exceeds 6,000. Net sales in 2009 totalled US$3.2 billion, with 418 business and general aviation aircraft delivered.

The company’s products include its flagship Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet, constructed with a composite fuselage, which the manufacturer says is “the most advanced and luxurious in its class. The Hawker 900XP is a derivative of the best-selling mid-size Hawker 800 series with new Honeywell engines, winglets and an enhanced cabin.

Another Hawker 800 derivative, the Hawker 750 is a light-midsize business jet with “unmatched payload/range capabilities”, while the Hawker 400XP is “the preferred light jet for the fractional market and corporations worldwide” and the fastest in its class.


TAG Aviation Asia

Geneva, Switzerland-based TAG Aviation expanded to Asia in 2006 with the opening of its subsidiary in Hong Kong. The company provides aircraft management, charter and brokerage services throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

TAG’s charter fleet includes aircraft in every segment, from large, long-range business jet models such as the Bombardier Global Express and Gulfstream 550, to small business jets such as the Bombardier Learjet 45 and Learjet 40XR, the Cessna Citation Jet 3 and the Hawker 900XP.

The company offers turn-key aircraft management solutions for each client, leveraging the company’s fleet size and operational experience to deliver “exceptional value and uncompromising results”, the company says.

TAG Aviation also offers extensive private-jet maintenance capabilities, based on the same exacting return-to-service criteria and detailed budget controls the company applies to its own fleet. The company says its standards often exceed those of the manufacturer.

Awards Category: MRO

Ameco Beijing

A joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa, Ameco Beijing operates three maintenance hangars, offering seven widebody and 14 narrowbody maintenance bays. As well as providing complete maintenance services for Air China’s entire fleet, the company also has more than 40 customers in China and 26 overseas.

Services include hangar maintenance up to C-check, D-checks on some types, VIP cabin retrofits, fuel tank repair, engine condition monitoring, modifications such as TCAS and SATCOM installation, Section 41 modifications and others. Aircraft types serviced include Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and MD-11; and Airbus A310, A320 and A330/340. Engine types include CFM International CFM56, GE CF6, IAE V2500, Pratt & Whitney JT9D and Rolls-Royce RB211.

Ameco provides pre-flight, transit, after-flight and other maintenance services to more than 40 Chinese and 26 international airlines. The international customers include Asiana Airlines, Egypt Air, El Al, Lufthansa Cargo and Saudi Arabian Airlines. The company has representatives stationed in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin.

Aircraft overhaul activities take place in the company’s four-bay hangar and painting hangar. Structure, cabin interior, composite and component repairs are completed in adjacent workshops. The four-bay hangar can accommodate four Boeing 747-400s and two Boeing 747-200s at the same time. An additional Boeing 747 hangar for heavy maintenance and painting is under construction and will be put into use pretty soon, the company says.


Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company - better known as HAECO - has provided comprehensive aeronautical engineering and maintenance services to airlines and operators since 1950.

When HAECO signed a 20-year Franchise Agreement with Hong Kong's Airport Authority, it became the only full-service MRO provider at the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, offering comprehensive line to heavy maintenance packages including aircraft component overhaul support and AOG/aircraft-recovery service.

A quality-focused, customer-responsive approach is the cornerstone of HAECO's operating philosophy. Complemented by highly trained, skilled staff, this allows it to offer tailor-made, value-for-money packages to customers worldwide.

HAECO has, over the years, expanded beyond the boundaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region into other cities in China, with affiliates such as Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (TAECO) at Xiamen, Fujian province, and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO) at Jinan, Shandong province.

Recently, a new joint venture – Taikoo Sichuan Aircraft Engineering Services – has been formed in Sichuan. It also operates maintenance facilities in Singapore – Singapore (HAECO), abbreviated as SHAECO – and Bahrain. In addition, HAECO has established joint ventures with key major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in pursuit of providing ‘Total Care’ services to its customers.

Swire Pacific holds major interests in HAECO and provides management support.

Lufthansa Technik Philippines

Part of the Lufthansa Technik Group, Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is a competence centre for the maintenance and overhaul of Airbus A330-200 and -300 twinjets and four-engine A340-200, -300, -500 and -600 jetliners.
Founded in September 2000 as a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik (51 percent) and the Philippines’ MacroAsia (49 percent), LTP offers its international customers a growing portfolio of wide-ranging technical services.

The company opened its first overhaul line for Airbus long-haul aircraft in 2002. A second line became operational in January 2004. With the construction of a second hangar, boasting 8,500 square meters of floorspace, the facilities at Ninoy Aquino International Airport were increased to a total floor-space of 110,000 square meters and the number of employees rose to over 2,800.

LTP is now able to offer a full range of services, from the maintenance of aircraft and engines to extensive modifications, cabin upgrades and paintwork for the Airbus A320, A330, A340, Boeing 737 and 747-400 aircraft. With the extra capacity, it is even possible to perform two A330/A340 overhauls at the same time.

Today, LTP maintains and overhauls not only the entire fleet of Philippine Airlines, but also commercial aircraft belonging to 20 other Asian and international airlines. The company focuses especially on the rapidly growing market of A330/A340 aircraft.

Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen

Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS) is a joint venture between Germany’s Lufthansa Technik (with a 90 percent stake), Beijing Kailan Aviation Technologies (with 10 percent) and Shenzhen Investment Holding. The company offers repair, maintenance, overhaul and modification of airframe-related components such as thrust-reversers, cowlings, radomes, flight control surfaces and others. It also offers component services for more than 30,000 components of Airbus and Boeing airliners as well as regional aircraft.

The company specialises in MRO services for thrust reversers and other high-value aircraft components made from composite and bonded materials. Founded in 2000, LTS began operations in May 2002.
The company is one of three sites within the Lufthansa Technik Group that are dedicated to Airframe Related Components (ARC), the others being the workshops for composite materials in Hamburg and Tulsa, USA.

Based at the Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen, southern China, on a site covering 48,000 square metres, including 6,300 square metres of workshop space, the company’s location is one of the factors that make it an important partner for customers from the Asia-Pacific region. Some 200 staff work in the competence centre, mainly on maintenance of thrust reversers for engines such as the General Electric CF6, radomes, engine cowlings and control surfaces.

MAS Engineering & Maintenance

For the past 30 years, Malaysia Airlines’ MAS Engineering & Maintenance division has served the Kuala Lumpur-based flag carrier and more than 100 other customers, offering high-quality services at low cost.

The list of third-party customers includes major airlines such as Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Atlanta Icelandic, AirAsia, Alitalia, Air Mauritius, AWAS, Brussels Airlines, Garuda, GECAS, Jet Airways, China United Airlines, Continental Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Monarch Airlines, Nok Air, Qantas Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Spice Jet, Thai Airways International, Lufthansa and many others.

The MRO service provider offers airframe maintenance services and modifications tailored to customers’ requirements – ranging from A, B, C and D checks for aircraft types Boeing 737 Classic and Next-Generation, 747, 767 and 777 models, and Airbus A320, A330 and A340 jetliners, as well as turboprops such as the ATR 42/72 and Fokker 50.

In addition to standard heavy maintenance checks, the company also offers ageing aircraft programmes, corrosion-prevention programmes, passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversions for B737-300/-400 aircraft, blended winglet installation, VIP cabin refurbishment, lap-joint modifications, cabin and cockpit upgrades.

Since it started operations in 1972, the MRO provider has obtained maintenance approval from European, US and 12 other overseas aviation authorities. The company operates seven widebody maintenance bays, seven narrowbody bays and one regional-aircraft bay.

Engine services are offered for: General Electric CF6; Pratt & Whitney JT8D and JT9D; and Rolls-Royce RB211 and Trent 800.


MTU Maintenance Zhuhai

Located in the Zhuhai Free Trade Zone, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is a 50-50 joint venture of MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airlines, China’s largest carrier. It comes equipped with a high-tech machine pool and a highly modern test cell accommodating engines with thrust ratings up to 150,000lbf.

The location specialises in maintenance, repair and overhaul of International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-A5 and CFM International CFM56-3, -5B and -7 engines. In the Chinese market, the shop has become the market leader in V2500 and CFM56 engine repairs.

Covering an area of 156,000 square meters, the facility is located in close proximity to Hong Kong and Macau, improves MTU’s access to the booming Chinese market. For China Southern and other airlines in China and elsewhere in Asia, the shop provides access to a highly flexible provider of state-of-the-art commercial engine services, helping airlines reduce costs and shorten turnaround times.

Having started operations in January 2003, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai brings quality overhaul and repair services for V2500 and CFM56 engines to the doorstep of airlines in China and elsewhere in Asia. The maintenance shop repairs around 200 engines annually and boosts that number to 300 over time.


SIA Engineering

SIA Engineering (SIAEC), together with its 24 joint ventures and subsidiaries across nine countries, forms the SIAEC Group, offering extensive aircraft MRO capabilities to more than 85 international airlines from around the world.

With certifications from more than 20 airworthiness authorities – including those of China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the US – SIAEC's six hangars and 22 in-house workshops in Singapore provide complete MRO services to major airline customers from four continents.

Services include line and base maintenance up to D-check, major and minor airframe modifications including passenger-to-freighter conversions, cabin refurbishment, painting and non-destructive testing. The company also offers engine and component maintenance and overhaul.

The main aircraft types serviced include Airbus A300-600, A310, A319, A320, Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777. Engine types include Rolls-Royce Trent 700 and 800, Pratt & Whitney JT9D and PW4000 and IAE V2500.

The company’s 16 component, engine and modifications joint ventures, formed together with the world's leading engine and component manufacturers, further deepen its service offering.

At Singapore’s Changi Airport, SIAEC provides line maintenance services to more than 60 airlines passing through Singapore, ensuring punctuality for all its customers' flight departures. Beyond Singapore, the company’s growing network of line-maintenance support extends to airports in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.


SR Technics

SR Technics is a global provider of MRO services for aircraft, engines and components.

The company is owned by a United Arab Emirates consortium comprising Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Mubadala Development and Istithmar. Apart from its head office in Zurich, SR Technics has bases in Dublin and London Stansted, with a presence in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Shanghai among other locations, as well as sales offices in Hong Kong, Dubai and Mumbai.

SR Technics provides services to about 500 airlines worldwide, with key Asia-Pacific customers including Cathay Pacific Airways, Thai Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The company’s Zurich base alone has nine widebody and seven narrowbody maintenance bays, offering B-, C- and D-checks, modifications, interiors, components and a paint shop.

Aircraft types serviced include: Airbus A300, A320 family and A330/340; Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and MD-11; Fokker 100; and McDonnell Douglas DC-10. SR also services CFM International, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney engines.


Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering, better known as STAECO, is located at Jinan Yaoqiang Airport in China’s Shandong province. The company is one of the major MRO providers in mainland China.

STAECO offers extensive maintenance and engineering solutions for medium and small commercial aircraft. The company’s business includes cargo conversions, heavy maintenance, systems upgrades, transit checks, component overhaul, parts fabrication, technical training, engineering consulting, docking system design and manufacture, parts and spares sales, and more.

The company focuses on lean production processes to boost efficiency, as well as a philosophy of constant improvement. STAECO says it has enjoyed healthy growth in the past decade, maintaining the highest safety and quality standards while focusing on meeting customers’ needs.
The company began operations in 1999, and has approvals from aviation authorities including the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and US Federal Aviation Administration. Main aircraft types serviced include Boeing 737, Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700 and Saab 340.

STAECO is a joint venture of Shandong Aviation Group, Hongkong Aircraft Engineering (HAECO), Taikoo(Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) and Hongkong ZhongKai Aviation Consulting Service.


Awards Category: Technology & Environment



Also nominated in the low-cost carrier award category (see page 23), Kuala Lumpur based AirAsia has become well-known for operational innovation on the road to becoming Asia’s largest and most successful budget airline.

In its drive to attain the lowest cost levels, making flying accessible to all, AirAsia also strives to maintain the highest quality product, embracing technology to reduce costs and enhance service levels.

The company says it makes the low fare model possible through the implementation of the several key strategies: putting safety first, maintaining high aircraft utilization, offering a choice of customised services, streamlining operations, adopting a lean distribution system and serving a point-to-point network.

Airways New Zealand

Airways New Zealand, New Zealand’s air navigation services provider, provides a range of service efficiencies, improved procedures, and world-leading initiatives to help airlines in their quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as they fly into and over New Zealand’s 37 million square kilometres of airspace.

In 2008, Airways New Zealand was awarded the prestigious Eagle Award by the International Air Transport Association, for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement. A big part of Airways New Zealand’s commitment to its customers is based on its contribution to helping airlines using New Zealand’s airspace to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Airways’ estimate of the annual value to the New Zealand airline industry of its existing emissions-saving efforts, through efficient vectoring and flow control, stands at about NZ$20 million (US$15 million) per year.

These existing emissions savings are being realised every day in the skies over New Zealand through the professionalism and expertise New Zealand’s air traffic controllers and their commitment to finding flight efficiencies for every aircraft they control.

A number of new initiatives are playing an increasingly important role in airline fuel-economy, by focusing on flexible and efficient routing, and further promoting collaborative working practices between airline operators, airport companies and Airways New Zealand.

Among the new initiatives is the development of an online Collaborative Arrivals Manager, involving the sharing of real-time information between airlines, airport companies and Airways New Zealand, to ensure agreed scheduling during disruptive weather conditions.


Aldinger Industries Airovation

Aldinger Industries Airovation is a medium-sized enterprise specialising in plastics, which produces interior and exterior equipment for the aviation industry. The company manufactures parts for aircraft seats and cabin interior linings, using a new manufacturing process that involves finishing and converting aviation-licensed thermoplastic materials.

The special finishing technology used by the company yields benefits in the individual designable surface by preserving its whole thermoformability.


Amadeus describes itself as “the chosen technology partner for providers, sellers and buyers of travel”.

The company provides distribution, IT and point-of-sale solutions to help customers adapt, grow and succeed in the fast-changing travel industry. Customer groups include: travel providers such as airlines, as well as railway companies, lines, cruise lines, tour operators and others; travel sellers, such as travel agencies; and travel buyers – corporations and travellers. Solutions are grouped in four categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consulting.

Based in Miami, Florida, the North American Commercial Organization of Amadeus develops, markets and distributes products and services for the United States and its territories, Canada, Guam and Micronesia.

In addition, a North American customer training centre is located in the Miami office, as is marketing and sales support operations for Central America and the Caribbean. A regional office near Toronto, Ontario provides account management and support to Canadian clients. Amadeus Canada, with its head office located near Toronto and regional office in Vancouver, distributes Amadeus products and services to the Canadian market.


Global Logistics System (HK)

Global Logistics System (Hong Kong), or GLSHK, has long been regarded as a leading cargo information-management solutions provider that helps nearly a thousand freight experts around the world optimise their operating performance by offering an ultimate end-to-end e-distribution solution.

The company’s Ezysuite of solutions – comprising EzyCargo, EDMP, EzyFreight, EzyCustoms and EzyPost – provides one-stop, secure, web-based connections to enable customers’ operations staff to effectively and efficiently manage complex, high-priority shipment processes.

With a mouse click, users gain instant access to global flight schedule updates, check and reserve available cargo space with multiple carriers, and proactively track and trace cargo and mail movements. Moreover, the system allows users to generate C2K-compliance quality measurement reports, submit advanced mandatory flight manifests to multiple customs authorities, and submit validated air waybill data and consolidation lists to different groups of industry stakeholders.

The result is that operating efficiency is enhanced, regulatory compliance is met, service to customers is improved, and customers are brought a step closer to a paper-free cargo environment.


Hong Kong Aero Engine Services

Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited (HAESL) provides world-class aero engine and component repair services to many of the world’s most respected airlines that have chosen Rolls-Royce powerplants for their Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

HAESL is a joint venture company between Rolls-Royce, which holds 45 percent, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering (HAECO) with another 45 percent and 10 percent shareholder SIA Engineering (SIAEC). Combining the strength of Rolls-Royce as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and SIAEC’s and HAECO’s experience of more than 30 years repair and overhaul expertise on Rolls-Royce engines, HAESL has become one of the world’s most respected engineering names, offering the highest quality and most comprehensive engine repair and overhaul services.

HAESL has full capability to perform repair and overhaul of the Rolls-Royce RB211 and Trent family of engines, which are used extensively in many aircraft in operation today. With an annual throughput of approximately 230 engines, the company has overhauled more than 2,200 Rolls-Royce powerplants since its establishment.

The MRO provider’s extensive component repair capabilities allow it to provide these services to the Rolls-Royce engine overhaul repair network worldwide. The company’s new Phase IV workshop facility enables HAESL to further increase its engine throughput by up to 25 percent, improving workflow efficiency and increasing capacity to meet rising component-repair demand.


Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems provides consulting and IT services for selected industries and has a leading position in the global aviation industry.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, Lufthansa Systems offers its customers an entire ran

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