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Committees and Working Groups

Assembly of Presidents (AP)

The Assembly of Presidents is the principal organ of the AAPA, from where the powers of the AAPA are exercised, all of its affairs authorised and all of its properties controlled. Its main officers are the Chief Executives and senior-level officers of the member airlines.

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Executive Committee (EXCO)

The Executive Committee provides assistance to the Assembly of Presidents in the formulation of policies and in the facilitation of decisions. The EXCO has five members and comprises the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and three other members, each with a three-year term. The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman positions are rotated annually among the members, based on the AAPA membership cycle.

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Public Relations Managers Working Group (PRMWG)

The prime responsibility of the Public Relations Managers Working Group is to promote and publicise air travel in the Asia Pacific region on a collective basis to the media circle through awareness programmes, campaigns and press releases. The role of the working group is also to complement the aims of the AAPA as outlined in its Articles of Association. This Working Group was set-up in 2001 and reports directly to the Director General.

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Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Environmental Working Group was established to address environmental issues affecting the member airlines. It provides impetus to define common positions and develop recommendations to address environmental issues that impact their operations. The working group also acts as a focal point, representing the interests of its members and providing an Asia-Pacific perspective in the international arena.

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Security Committee (SC)

The Security Committee provides a forum to address both technical and commercial aspects of security intended to safeguard airline operations in a cost-efficient manner and against acts of unlawful interference. Under the Committee’s mandate, it provides oversight over the Cargo Security Working Group.

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Cargo Security Working Group (CSWG)

The Cargo Security Working Group undertakes the responsibility to address security matters relating to cargo operations among the AAPA members and other airlines in the region.

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Aeropolitical Committee (AC)

The prime responsibility of the Committee is to provide a forum to identify, discuss, recommend and act, as appropriate, on aeropolitical issues and concerns impacting AAPA Member Airlines. The Committee focuses on regulatory and aeropolitical matters that impact AAPA carriers' competitiveness, market access and economic performance, as a group.

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Airline Services Committee (ASC)

The ASC provides a forum for Members to be aware of industry developments and set up projects that will exploit opportunities in enhancing and/or promoting efficiencies in commercial operations of Member Airlines for passenger and cargo, and by implication, for the benefit of the consumers of air transport.

The Committee oversees the following groups:

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Crisis Management Coordination Group (CMCG)

The CMCG was setup during the SARS crisis in 2003 to monitor crises affecting the industry. It is a coordinating group that provides guidance to the Association's consolidation and release of information to the public in times of an industry crisis to ensure the accurate flow of messages. CMCG follows a crisis management plan guided by international authoritative sources such as ICAO, CDC and WHO, and industry partners such as IATA, PATA, UN-WTO. On the local front, AAPA member airlines work closely with their government authorities to provide updates and alerts to the CMCG.

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Cargo Working Group (CWG)

The prime responsibility of the Cargo Working Group is to provide a forum to identify and discuss projects that enhance and promote the efficient and safe cargo operations of Member Airlines.

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Distribution Working Group (DWG)

The Working Group defines the requirements of and issues concerning distribution in the airline industry, and undertakes projects consistent with providing high standard of customer service, through efficient and cost effective distribution channels. The issues tackled by the DWG include, but are not limited to, distribution costs, GDS and travel agency operational problems, e-ticketing, alternative distribution channels, and CRS Code of Conduct.

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Emergency Response Planning Working Group (ERPWG)

The Emergency Response Planning Working Group assists in increasing greater awareness on Emergency Response Planning among AAPA members. The working group also promotes resource pooling among members for training, and identifies best practices in the areas of mutual assistance for accidents in Member Airlines’ home bases.

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Facilitation Working Group (FWG)

The prime responsibility of the Facilitation Working Group is to provide a forum to identify, discuss, and undertake projects and activities, which promote and enhance facilitation processing, and to create an optimal travelling experience in the most efficient manner for passengers.

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Fraud Prevention Working Group (FPWG)

The FPWG undertakes projects and activities that promote and enhances fraud prevention awareness, skills and procedures among AAPA Member Airlines and their staff. The group enhances the AAPA information exchange network regarding fraud prevention matters. Together with the Secretariat and other industry stakeholders, Members strive to prevent the commission of fraud against airlines, and create a greater awareness of the modus operandi of criminal elements in committing fraud against the industry.

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North American Working Group (NAWG)

The North American Working Group provides a forum for Member Airlines to focus on those issues that have a material effect on the efficient and economic provision of air services to and through airports in North America, such as impediments to the facilitation of passenger and cargo handling, and unfair or unreasonable administrative or financial burdens, on airlines.

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Management Information Working Group (MIWG)

The Management Information Working Group supports AAPA members through the collection of data and dissemination of processed information. It provides a forum for members to discuss statistical processes and information policies.

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Technical Committee (TC)

The Technical Committee provides strategic guidance and impetus to its working groups to enhance cooperation among members to improve airline safety, reliability, economy and efficiency and provide a communication mechanism to influence industry bodies for the benefit of member airlines. Focusing on technical and operational issues that impact the AAPA members, the committee currently oversees the work of three working groups.

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Engineering and Maintenance Working Group (EMWG)

The Engineering and Maintenance Working Group is committed to enhancing cooperation amongst members to improve airline safety, reliability, economy and efficiency and to provide a communication mechanism to influence industry bodies in engineering and maintenance matters, for the benefit of member airlines.

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Flight Operations and Safety Working Group (FOSWG)

The Flight Operations and Safety Working Group undertakes the responsibility for enhancing and promoting airline safety, reliability, economy and efficiency in the region. It also provides a communication mechanism to influence industry bodies in flight operations and safety matters, for the benefit of member airlines.

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Materials Management Working Group (MMWG)

The Materials Management Working Group was established to create a forum for members airlines to exchange information and collectively liase with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and vendors to ensure they are achieving best practice, resulting in lower cost and optimum service.

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Updated on : 19 April 2007
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