Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

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AAPA traces its origins to an informal meeting of Asian airline executives in 1965, which proposed establishing a forum for regional cooperation. The following year, on 30 September 1966, four Asian airlines namely Philippine Airlines, China Airlines, Korean Airlines and Malaysian Airlines, joined together to form the Orient Airlines Research Bureau. As its name implied, the primary objective was to undertake research studies, surveys, statistical comparisons and other projects, in close collaboration with its member airlines to assist in the development of the regional airline industry.

In 1996, the Association changed its name to the "Association of Asia Pacific Airlines" to better reflect the geographical spread of its membership.

The primary purpose of AAPA is to serve as a common forum for the articulation of views on matters and issues of common interest to the Asia Pacific aviation industry; to foster close cooperation with other relevant stakeholders; and to encourage the successful evolution of the travel and tourism industry as a key contributor to economic, social and cultural development.

AAPA speaks with a common voice on behalf of Asia Pacific carriers and puts forward Asian perspectives when dealing with governments, aircraft manufacturers, airport authorities and other organisations on industry issues. AAPA closely monitors political and regulatory developments, liaises with authorities, assists in filings in response to consultations and arranges meetings with senior government officials and other relevant institutions involved in the development of aviation policies.

AAPA maintains a permanent secretariat based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, led by the Director General who reports through the Executive Committee to the Assembly of Presidents.

In addition, AAPA retains access to specialised legal and aviation consultants in Brussels and Washington, a reflection of the significant impact which the profusion of US and EU regulatory developments have on all international carriers including Asia Pacific airlines.

AAPA is run as a not-for-profit association, and is fully funded through annual membership subscriptions, based on an agreed formula which reflects the relative sizes of member airlines in terms of their regional traffic volumes. Membership is open to scheduled international airlines based within the time zones between GMT+7 and GMT+12.

Today, the seventeen AAPA member airlines' standards of service have become a yardstick for the industry worldwide, as Asia Pacific aviation plays an increasingly significant role in the global aviation industry.

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