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After SARS, LCCs: Asian airlines ponder the threat from low-cost carriers.(Organizing)(low cost carriers)(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome )

AT THE FIRST ANNUAL ASSOCIATION OF ASIA Pacific Airlines Assembly of Presidents since the retirement of DG Richard Stirland, attendees heard his successor, Andrew Herdman, deliver a message that might have been written by Stirland. Perhaps that's not so surprising given that Herdman, like his predecessor, is a product of the Swire/Cathay Pacific Hong Kong community, having served in a number of positions at both companies, most recently as Swire Pacific's director-corporate affairs and a director of John Swire & Sons.

And like Stirland, Herdman believes that the new batch of low-cost airlines led by AirAsia pose little threat to AAPA members' continued dominance of the region because the environment here is vastly different than in Europe and North America, where LCCs are making life miserable for network carriers. …

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