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IFALPA

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DailyNews

Monday 19 November 2012


IFALPA sources the following items from a wide variety of media and they may not necessarily represent the views of the Federation. Publication in the The Daily News does not infer that IFALPA endorses the views expressed.

1. IFALPA celebrates move to Montreal, Canada 2. Johannesburg airport faces fu el contamination problems 3. Qantas buys back shares to repay debt 4. Forecast predicts Latin Ame rican airlines will need over 2,100 new aircraft by 2 03 1 5. A pie ce of aviation history IFALPA celebrates move to Montreal, Canada
On 13 November, in the presence of our partners at Montreal International and local media, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) and our President Don Wykoff officially inaugurated the newly established headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Formerly, the federattion has been a UK-based organization sin ce its inception in 1948. IFALPA is pleased tojo in associates in aviation safety, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Air Transport Association in the

city unofficially dubbed the "aviation capital of the world".


Through its 12 standing committees, IFALPA remains dedicated to providing pilots with representation, services, and support in order to promote the highest leve! of aviation safety worldwide.

ohannesburg airport faces fuel contamination problems


Africa's johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) confirmed that "off-specification" ofthe airport's main jet Al fuel supply line, between National Petroleum Refiners ofSA (NATREF) and JNB, had left 7 mili ion liters of fue! stored in two tanks unusable. The affected tanks were sequestered and fue! was sourced from other tanks in the mean time. The unexpected issue left the airport with less than a half-day's reserve of fue!. On Friday, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said that flights had not been disrupted in the fa ce of the fue! contamination. The ACSA said they were working hard to correct the situation as quickly as possible and confirmed that the airport would continue normal operations.

Qantas buys back shares to repay debt


Despite battling high fue! costs, slacking tourism spending in the face of a strong currency, and tough competition, Australia's Qantas has announced it will buy back up to AUD$100 million in shares in an effort to repay AUD$650 million (USD$675 million) of debt ahead of schedule. The airline claims the market is underestimating the business' vaiue after a decline in its share price. This is the latest announcement in busy year for the Australian airline. In addition to job eliminations, this past September, it announced its new alliance with Dubai's Emirates. Earlier this year, the carrier al so revealed it was cancelling or postponing aircraft orders and selling noncore assets to reduce operating costs.

Forecast predicts Latin American airlines will need over 2,100 new aircraft by 2031
A recently released Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) has concluded that Latn American

airlines will need to add 2,120 new aircraft to its fleet by the year 2031 in order to meet demand. This comprises nearly 10 percent of the expected 28,200 aircraft that will be required globally over the same time period. In addition to being the second most urbanized region worldwide, Latn America's GDP and middle class are among the fastest growing in the world. The forecast predicts that 10 out ofthe 92 mega-cities with more than 10,000 daily long-ha u! passengers will be in the region by 2031, resulting in a ir traffic growth of 5.3 percent per year over the next 20 years.

piece of aviation history for 19 November 196 9 - Apollo 12 lands on the Moon, allowing Charles "Pete" Conrad and AJan L. Bean to become the third and fourth humans to walk on its surface.