News from Hong Kong and Thailand

News from Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific will transfer 16 orders for narrow body Airbus aircraft to HK Express. The order for 32 Airbus single-aisle jets is to be divided equally between Cathay Dragon and HK Express. This is the first major strategic development for the low-cost carrier since Cathay seized control from HNA Group.

International Passenger Terminal 2, which has been in operation for 13 years will be completely shut down as part of expansion work in preparation for the third runway.

The aim of the so-called three-runway projects is to expand the existing Hong Kong International Airport to meet future aviation growth. The project consists of a series of infrastructure projects including a new concourse building and the expansion of Terminal 2, to be connected by an Automatic Passenger Mover and Baggage Handling Systems.

Ground Handling Agents’ staff turnover rate is high

It’s not unusual that over 50% of their personnel will leave the company before they have worked for one year. This leads to a challenge to provide just-in-time training effectively and get new employees onboard as quickly as possible. We are providing perfect solutions to address this challenge.

Airport College International met partners in Hong Kong

Pertti Mero and Ari Ketola with Jardine Aviation Academy and Jardine Ground Handling HR people in Hong Kong, discussing the importance of efficient training methods.

News from Thailand

Thai Airways is under pressure from low-cost carriers in the region, especially on northern routes linking to Vietnam, Hong Kong and China. The airline is now taking actions to reduce costs and it is freezing future aircraft orders and transferring six of its main routes to its low-cost-carrier subsidiary, Thai Smile. Thai Airways is one of the big premium carriers operating out of South-East Asia with a fleet of 84 aircraft, including six Airbus A380s.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Finance Chakkrit Parapuntakul has been nominated to lead the Thai Airways executive board, in the hopes of bringing the carrier out of its financial problems.

The Transport Ministry has ordered Airports of Thailand (AoT) to halve its landing and parking charges at all airports under its management in a bid to attract more charter flights for the upcoming tourist high season.

Ground Handling Agents staff turnover rate is high in Thailand too

Ground handling agents report that staff turnover rate is over 30% in Thailand. It’s a challenge to employ staff and keep current level and to meet increasing demand.

Airport College International and BAGS Ground Services sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Pertti Mero with H.E. Ambassador of Finland to Thailand Mrs. Satu Suikkari-Kleven, BAGS Managing Director Mr. Boonsom Phoungkaew with his team and Mr. Kai Tuorila participating in the signing ceremony in Bangkok.

This collaboration is aiming at organising and promoting online training to the aviation industry. We will share information and expertise regarding the development, provision and operation of training programmes to support aviation professionals in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

Do you want to know more?

Please send me an email to get more information. 

With best regards,
Pertti

Airport College International and BAGS Ground Services sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

PRESS RELEASE – AirportCollege.com – for immediate release 8th of November 2019

Bangkok, Thailand – Airport College International is excited to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Airport College Limited and BAGS Ground Services Co., Ltd., Thailand

The Parties have expressed their mutual interest in a collaboration aiming at organising and promoting aviation training to the aviation industry. Under the terms of the MoU, both companies will share information and expertise regarding the development, provision, operation of training programmes to support aviation professionals in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

“Global air traffic is expected to double in the next 20 years. The Asia-Pacific is region is expected to grow at a pace of 4.8%, resulting in an additional 2.3 billion passenger journeys by 2037”, says Bags Ground Services Managing Director Boonsom Phoungkaew.

“The aviation industry faces a huge challenge to deliver training for new workforce. The industry needs to attract new talents by providing new training methods and forward-looking career paths. At the same time, the training should be relevant, user-friendly and cost-effective. Together with BAGS and Biz Aviation we can create sustainable training solutions for the future”, says Airport College International CEO Pertti Mero.

About Airport College International

Airport College International provides a complete online training service for airlines, airport ground handling agents and logistics in safety, security and service topics. With the training service our clients can efficiently and flexibly train their staff and maintain competences required by airlines and authorities. Airport College International is a strategic partner of IATA.

About BAGS Ground Service

BAGS Ground Services has been in operation since 2008 with 99% customer retention rate. BAGS provide ground handling services at 14 airports in Thailand and employees over 2000 aviation professionals. 

Learn more about BAGS Ground Services at www.bags-groundservices.com

Further information

AirportCollege.com Media Desk
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News from the Philippines

The Sangley Airport in Cavite was on track for its scheduled operational dry run on October 29.

Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and Cebu Pacific were some of the airlines that have agreed to use the new airport upon its completion. 

Cebu Pacific also plans to use Stanley Airport as it’s turboprop cargo fleet hub.

The Clark International Airport, north of Manila runs a project for the future. The Clark International Airport Project (CIAP) aims to improve connectivity, drive economic growth, increase trade and create employment opportunities across the region.

Pertti Mero and Dino Santos with Makroasia Ground Service’s training management in Manila.

Meeting Ground Handling Agents

This week Airport College International met several Ground Handling Agents in Manila.

More passengers and cargo around the Philippines

We learned that recently established ground handling arrangements play a significant role when supporting airlines’ daily operations and future growth.

All players, including Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed that training plays an important role when Ground Handling Agents provide services for airlines.

During the week we met several companies and the people we met all found our online training service useful.

Click to watch one minute video: Airport College enters the Philippines.

Stay tuned – Next week we’ll have more news from Asia

Thank you all for reading.

Best regards,
Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com

News from Japan

More flights to Haneda airport

Seven countries including Australia, China, Finland, India, Italy, Turkey and Russia have won 26 of the 50 new international slots created at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport in the run-up to next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

International slots increase at Haneda from the current 60,000 to about 99,000 per year.

Delta Airlines will fully transfer its flights from Narita International Airport to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, bringing their operations closer to central Tokyo.

Airport College international met its clients and partners in Tokyo. Pertti Mero and Takeshi Yokoyama with WAI Western Associate’s management in their Tokyo office.

Zipair Tokyo is a new low-cost airline based in Narita Airport, owned by Japan Airlines. The airline is expected to commence operations in 2020 to Korea and Thailand.

Severe lack of personnel

Japanese companies are increasingly reporting that the lack of personnel is their biggest challenge. The problem is severe in the service sector, including airport ground handling and truck transportation.

Seven-Eleven Japan to end some 24-hour operations

Seven-Eleven Japan will end 24-hour operations at some outlets, becoming the first major convenience store operator to scale back around-the-clock hours as they are finding it increasingly difficult to staff the night shift.

Stay tuned – Next week we’ll have news from the Philippines

Next week we’ll update you with the latest news from the Philippines to where our tour will be heading next.

Thank you all for reading.Best regards,
Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com

News from Korea

Korean Air (KE) is working internally to raise employee satisfaction

The Korean flag carrier has initiated numerous programmes to guarantee employees more freedom in working-time management and better working schedules.

Korean Air recently held a “family day” event for the first time, inviting over 1,600 of their employees’ children to learn about their parents’ professions. Earlier this year KE also invited employees’ parents to a similar event.

Air Premia, a new LCC in Korea, starts operations in 2020

The low-cost carrier Air Premia is on track to begin operations by September 2020. The license was granted after the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport approved Air Premia’s business plan. The airline provides “premium economy services”, and plans to operate flights to destinations in the U.S., Canada and Vietnam.

Four bidders shortlisted in Asiana Airlines acquisition process

Four South Korean bidders have been placed on a short list. Asiana Airlines is owned by the Kumho Asiana Group, a large South Korean conglomerate.

Jeju Air and T’way Air launch new flights to China and South East Asia

Korean LCC carriers are diverting their flights from Japanese cities to other destinations in China, Vietnam and Philippines.

Safety is the number one priority

One concrete example of the safety approach is our client and representative Sharp Aviation K. Their business has shown significant growth and we are proud to continuously support this development with our online training and reporting services.

This week Airport College International held a Safety Management Reporting project meeting with Sharp Aviation K in their Incheon Airport office.

Pertti Mero with Sharp Aviation K Training and SMS team.

Stay tuned – Next week we’ll have news from Japan

Next week we’ll update you with the latest news from Japan to where our tour will be heading next.

Thank you all for reading.

Best regards,
Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com

Let us help you maintain mandatory ground handling competences

Today anyone who works in airport operations must be trained according to their job function. With our complete training service our clients can efficiently and flexibly train their staff and maintain competences required by clients and authorities.

Effective and proven online training solutions

We offer online courses, automated certificate issuance and complete training records. If you like, our courses can also be used as part of traditional classroom training where qualified instructors run the courses.

Our training content complies with the international training requirements established by governing bodies, such as the ICAO and IATA.

Available globally in many languages

Today we offer various language versions including English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and Finnish.

With more than 20 locations around the world, Airport College International is proud to offer online e-Learning courses when you want your organisation to learn. We have developed a comprehesive set of online courses together with our airline and ground handling clients, and I am sure you’ll find something interesting from our offering.

Training…training…training!

We also provide Airport Ground Handling Certificate Programmes for companies and people who want to develop their airport ground handling skills. The new programmes prepare people for handling their jobs more efficiently and improve their career prospects.

Browse the Airport College International courses (https://airportcollege.com/courses-and-services/) and check our latest courses.

If you don’t find courses you are looking for we can also tailor-make courses to suit your needs.

Do you want to know more?

Please send me an email to get more information.

With best regards,
Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com
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AirportCollege kicks off the Zero Emission Training (ZET) initiative

The carbon footprint of air travel accounts for 4 – 9% of the total climate change impact of human activity. While airlines are increasingly committed to improving the eco-efficiency of their operations, we at AirportCollege, are doing our share to make the industry greener.

Emissions down by over 90%

According to its Environmental Policy, AirportCollege is committed to developing environmentally sustainable services for its clients. Our online courses are part of this agenda and allow our clients to cut down training-related emissions by over 90%.

Tools for decision-making

We have launched a study to understand the environmental impact of training and how digital solutions can help us, and our clients reduce the carbon footprint in training development and implementation. The study aims to develop concrete tools for analysis and decision-making – so that we can map the carbon footprint of our actions and compensate training-based emissions.

Contribution for a cleaner environment and less CO2

By improving general awareness of environmental sustainability matters in corporate education it’s possible to make a significant global contribution for a cleaner environment. More updates about the ZET initiative will follow later this year.

eLearning produces great results

We can help you achieve your goals and at the same time help the environment, your people – and save money and time.

If you would like to know more about us and our solutions, please send your request by e-mail directly to me.

Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com

Get Pharma cargo online training when you need it

Pharmaceutical goods are a growing segment of air cargo and we need to ensure that products will reach the customer on-time, and in sound condition.

Ensuring the quality of a shipment requires specific equipment, storage facilities, harmonized handling procedures and proper training for all employees in the transportation chain.

Pharmaceutical Cargo Handling eLearning course

The course provides practical guidance as to properly prepare, package and handle time and temperature sensitive goods quickly and efficiently.

Cost Effective

eLearning delivers cost savings. You can save up to 80% in training related costs when compared to traditional classroom training.

Convenient – Study any time, anywhere

The course is available 24/7. Your operational people are not bound to a specific time to physically attend classroom training. Competences can be updated on demand.

Created with industry experts for you

We have created the eLearning course together with an Airline and a Ground Handling company to meet international requirements. The course content is in line with IATA’s Temperature Control Regulations. Let us help you to get your staff competent and certified.

Do you want to know more?

If you would like to know more about the Phama eLearning course, please do not hesitate to drop me an email.

Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com

MORE INFOBUY NOW

New online eLearning courses out soon

Airport College International is pleased to announce that we will soon be launching new online eLearning courses. We want to bring something new to our clients with these courses. 

The courses to be launched soon are:

  1. Schengen Area Travel Requirements
  1. Code of Conduct

These new courses will be released during Q4/2019. We will provide more details in our weekly newsletter. So, please stay tuned. 

We create more online courses according to market needs

Browse (https://airportcollege.com/courses-and-services/) to learn more about our current course offering. If you don’t find anything to match your specific training needs, we can always create tailor-made courses for you.

If you would like to know more about the new courses, please do not hesitate to drop me an email.

Pertti
pertti.mero@airportcollege.com

Cooperation agreement between Jettainer and Airport College International

PRESS RELEASE – AirportCollege.com – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19th September 2019

Montreal, Canada – Airport College International announces commercial cooperation with Jettainer.

“We believe that this cooperation provides us a unique possibility to work closely with Jettainer to promote and sell our online Unit Load Device (ULD) Operations training courses,” says Airport College International CEO Pertti Mero.

“Jettainer is delighted to enter into this agreement with Airport College International,” says Director Global Operations Frank Mühlenkamp. “Training is a vital component when raising awareness of safe handling of ULDs and reducing damages and costly repairs”.

This cooperation intends to bring training to organization levels, especially to the personnel working in daily ULD operations. Our aim is to bring the training to airlines, ground handling agents and freight forwarders. Well trained operational staff, with full support from managers and executives, can work safely, reduce damages and ensure proper handling of ULDs.

About Airport College International

Airport College International provides a complete online training service for airlines, airport ground handling agents and logistics in safety, security and service topics. With the training service our clients can efficiently and flexibly train their staff and maintain competences required by airlines and authorities. Airport College International is a strategic partner of IATA.

About Jettainer

Jettainer GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo AG. Jettainer is currently responsible for the complete management of approx. 90,000 units – so-called Unit Load Devices – for 25 airlines. This includes managing, positioning, maintaining and servicing the items. The company operates at more than 450 airports around the world at the moment.

Learn more about Jettainer at www.jettainer.com

Further information

AirportCollege.com Media Desk
+358-50-392 7447, media(at)airportcollege.com

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