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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #161
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SAR Government assists immediately affected passengers of VIVA Macau
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The Macau SAR Government is concerned about VIVA Macau’s suspension of flight service due to operational problems and has taken emergency measures to assist over 300 immediately affected passengers.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was notified by the Macau International Airport that VIVA Macau, who failed to settle its fuel charge, has delayed and cancelled respectively its services to Jakarta and Tokyo today, causing over 300 passengers to be stranded at the airport. The SAR Government is very concerned about the impact this incident has on the passengers as well as the aviation and tourism sectors, and has taken immediate measures to assist the affected passengers.

Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) and CAA held a press conference regarding VIVA Macau’s suspension of flight service to announce the government’s contingency measures and the latest development of the incident to the public.

President of the Civil Aviation Authority Chan Weng Hong expressed that the SAR Government has activated the emergency response mechanism and coordinated related departments, Macau International Airport and relevant entities for urgent arrangements.

Chan Weng Hong pointed out that in order to offer timely assistance to passengers immediately affected by the incident, the SAR Government has coordinated with the fuel company to enable the flight which was scheduled to depart for Jakarta this afternoon (26) to take off at 10pm. Regarding the flight scheduled to depart for Tokyo this afternoon, the SAR Government has demanded VIVA Macau to fulfill its commercial obligation and VIVA Macau has promised to provide hotel accommodation for the stranded passengers.

The SAR Government urges all passengers holding VIVA Macau tickets who have not yet embarked on their journey to check on the latest situation before heading to the airport.

Chan expressed that the SAR Government will closely monitor the development of the situation and continue to provide assistance to affected passengers through the emergency response mechanism. If necessary, resolute measures will be taken when appropriate to assist affected passengers.

Chan emphasized that, as a responsible commercial entity, it is compulsory to cater well for its passengers. The SAR Government is deeply disappointed and expresses regret with VIVA Macau’s suspension of flight service due to operational problems having affected a large number of passengers.

Updated information about the incident will be released on Tourism Crisis Management Office’s website: www.ggct.gov.mo
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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:36 PM   #162
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New routes launched at Narita after capacity expansion
28 March 2010
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NARITA, Japan, March 28 -- Three foreign airlines launched services Sunday linking Narita International Airport with the Middle East and Macao as the airport has expanded its capacity for departures and arrivals.

The three carriers are Emirates, Etihad Airways and Air Macau. They will be joined by Qatar Airways, which will start service at the airport outside Tokyo in April.

Narita airport increased services after the extension of its second runway last October, which enabled the annual number of takeoffs and landings to rise by 20,000 to 220,000.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #163
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Asia's budget carriers running into headwinds
12 April 2010
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They may have carried millions of budget-conscious Europeans and Americans to exotic locales over the past 30 years but in this region low-cost carriers are hitting serious turbulence.

The recent failure of Viva Macau, a Macau-based budget carrier, nearly two years after the collapse of Hong Kong Oasis Airlines, has put the survival of so-called low-cost carriers in this region in question again.

A lack of demand does not seem to be the problem. A lack of an "open sky" policy and an absence of a genuine low-cost operating environment in the region are the underlying reasons the two carriers shared the same destiny, transport experts say.

The low-cost model originated in Britain in 1971 when Freddie Laker founded Skytrain, which served the transatlantic route. The model was later adopted with outstanding success by Southwest Airlines in the United States, Ryanair and EasyJet in Europe and more recently by AirAsia, a Malaysian-based carrier.

Low-cost carriers generally refer to airlines providing discounted fares and a no-frills service to passengers.

"If you think you can copy the business model of low-cost airlines used in the West to the East without any adjustment, you are meant to fail," said Zhang Wuan, an executive with Spring Airlines, a Shanghai-based budget carrier that started operation in 2005 and plans to list it shares by next year.

One of the major reasons budget airlines in Hong Kong and Macau have struggled to lower their operating costs is a lack of pilots. Asian carriers, especially those on the mainland and in India, are growing at about 10 per cent a year, meaning a shortage of qualified pilots.

That means low-cost carriers in the region are sometimes forced to offer higher salaries than other airlines to lure pilots, said Kelvin Lau, a transport analyst at Daiwa Capital Markets. Labour costs are the second-largest cost component of airlines after fuel expenses.

By contrast, budget carriers in the US and Europe can pick from a plentiful supply of pilots, giving them much more leeway to cut costs.

Another cost advantage enjoyed by low-cost carriers in other parts of the world are secondary airports, or the so-called budget terminals, which have lower operating charges than the larger hubs.

For example, Stansted Airport in London offers much lower landing fees and airport charges, providing budget airlines with a competitive edge over the full-service carriers operating out of Heathrow Airport.

But secondary airports are not popular in this region. No budget terminal is in sight for the Pearl River Delta, which is already crowded with five big airports including those in Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

"We have to distinguish low-cost carriers from low-fare carriers," Lau said. "Oasis and Viva Macau were low-fare but not genuine low-cost carriers."

Perhaps the biggest reason for the failure of low-cost carriers to take to the skies in the region is the absence of a liberalisation of air transport rights. Also known as the "open sky" policy, this has meant budget airlines cannot operate popular routes until their government allocates them air rights to do so. Even when these budget carriers do get the rights to serve popular routes, the number of flights they are allowed is much fewer than existing airlines, undermining their competitiveness.

Viva Macau, which operated under a sub-concession contract with its rival Air Macau, was not allowed to fly into the mainland. The reason was that these routes are served by Air Macau, which is backed by state-owned Air China.

Despite hard lobbying by Con Korfiatis, the former chief executive of Viva Macau, for liberalised air rights into the mainland, the airline failed to get the approval. Instead, it flew to Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne.

"It's impossible to fill up seats from the local market since Macau has a small population," said Jim Wong, a transport analyst for Nomura Securities. "The routes can't be profitable without channelling passengers from the mainland or Hong Kong."

Since Viva Macau could not fly to mainland, it was difficult to lure mainland passengers transiting Macau, he added.

Viva Macau, with three Boeing 767s, wound down its business on April 6 after the Macau government revoked its operating licence. The financially strapped carrier, which received 200 million patacas in loans from the Macau government, failed to pay its fuel bill, causing hundreds of passengers to storm its office demanding refunds at the end of last month.

However, not all budget carriers in Asia are struggling. AirAsia and Spring Airlines, which can take advantage of a strong domestic network, have been successful in overcoming the challenges.

AirAsia, which started with a handful of aircraft when it was bought out by Tony Fernandes in 2001, has now emerged as the biggest budget airline in Asia, flying 400 flights a day with more than 80 aircraft. Based in a budget terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the first of a kind in Asia, since 2006, it still holds the record as the world's lowest-cost carrier at US$3.21 per seat-kilometre.

It increased routes connecting Kuala Lumpur and other domestic cities at a breakneck speed in 2002 and registered a remarkable turnaround that year. It then expanded its network to Thailand and Indonesia in 2004 before further stretching its wings to Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, mainland China and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Spring Airlines, which is controlled by Huang Zhenghua, the founder of Spring International, a travel agency on the mainland, can benefit from the nationwide sales network of its sister company.

"The mainland market is undergoing an exponential growth," Zhang said. "China is committed to growing the number of air passengers to 1.5 billion by 2030 from 200 million at present.

"The market potential for budget airlines is huge as there are so many Chinese who cannot afford to pay for the air fares by full-service airlines."

Spring Airlines operates 17 aircraft and plans to expand the fleet to 21 planes within 12 months.

Zhang said the airline plans to operate its first international service this year to Tokyo or Seoul. He admitted that the lack of an open sky policy and budget terminal are constraints on the company's ability to expand to the international market. Which made it all the more important to fly to the destinations with secondary airports, such as Tokyo and Seoul, as their first international routes.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #164
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Macau aviation licence up for grabs: report
12 April 2010
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Foreign airlines have an opportunity to grab an air operating licence in Macau, opening the door to the world's biggest casino market in terms of revenue, a report said Monday.

Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia is among the interested parties after the city's aviation regulator withdrew Viva Macau's licence last month, the Financial Times reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Macau took the unusual step after the start-up budget airline's dispute with a fuel supplier sparked flight cancellations, stranding hundreds of passengers.

Viva Macau has challenged the watchdog's move, calling it "legally invalid," the newspaper said.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #165
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Firefly may take MAS jets to expand
21 April 2010
Business Times

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is evaluating the potential of allowing wholly-owned FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd to operate its B737-400 planes when it replaces its fleet gradually from the end of this year.

The national carrier will receive three of its B737-800 this year and the next. It will also receive five A330-300 and another five A380 next year.

Sources said that Firefly would either lease or buy up to 35 of the used MAS jets, and would use the aircraft for short-range domestic and regional routes.

The plan is expected to take off from December this year until the end of 2013 when MAS stops using the B737-400.

Business Times has learnt that Firefly may either operate the Boeings from the KL International Airport (KLIA) or the new Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

The airline is believed to have already contacted Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) about reserving slots for the additional planes at the new LCCT.

"It is likely that Firefly will opt for KLIA, which is currently under-utilised, as this will enable the airline's passengers to connect seamlessly on their onward journeys," a source said.

Firefly, which was set up by MAS three years ago, currently operates ATR 72-500 turboprops from its hubs in Subang and Penang.

Besides using the jets to add capacity and frequencies to the domestic routes it serves (and also those of MAS), Firefly is also likely to add new destinations like Macau, Jogjakarta, Haadyai, Bandung and Chiangmai, which are not served by MAS at present.

In addition, Firefly may ply routes where MAS is facing intense competition from low-cost carriers.

These include routes like Kuala Lumpur-Medan, Penang-Medan, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore and Penang-Singapore.

"As a new airline operating out of KLIA, Firefly will be entitled to many incentives from MAHB and this could result in lower operating costs which could then be transferred to even lower fares," the source said.

Firefly currently has a staff headcount of 350. If the plan to use the jets in addition to the turbo-props materialises, the airline is set to boast a headcount of 1,500 in four years.
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^ whats this got to do with Macau International Airport?
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^ whats this got to do with Macau International Airport?
Potential new route - see bold.
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Macau Woos Indian Carriers to Start Direct Flights
16 June 2010
Travel Talk - India

In a bid to attract Indian carriers flying international to initiate services to Macau, the Macau International Airport Company (CAM) has decided to offer special incentives to the first carrier which will launch a direct fight between India and Macau. The incentives include a 50 per cent rebate on the passenger fee and the landing fee, for the first two years of operations.

CAM has been exploring the Indian market for two years, and is now presenting its plans to potential Indian carriers.

In addition, we estimate that at least five landings per week are required during a lean period, example in February," said Patricia Au, manager, marketing department, Macau International Airport Company.

According to CAM, ninety-one direct flights connect different Indian cities to Hong Kong on a weekly basis. But due to lack of direct end up spending three additional hours in commuting.

"Indian arrivals to Macau in 2009 registered a 30 per cent increase over 2008. We expect the figure to rise in future. However, without direct commercial flights from India, visitors have to arrive to Macau via other cities like Hong Kong through a ferry, or by private jet or by helicopter," said Au.

Presently, CAM is looking at launching direct flights from Indian hubs like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and flights to Macau, Indian visitors Kolkata. "Macau Airport has a capacity to handle 6 million passengers annually. We are already catering to 5.25 million. Therefore, the opportunity is limited," opined Au.

With the Indian arrivals expected to grow in the coming years, the Macau sector could emerge as a lucrative option for Indian carriers flying international.
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Old August 19th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #169
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PAL increases fares in 8 routes
12 August 2010
Manila Standard

The Philippine Airlines has obtained the government’s approval to raise its fare in its eight regional routes including Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong amid the rising cost of jet fuel.

The flag carrier will raise its fuel surcharge from $35 to $42 on Manila–Bangkok flights effective Aug. 15 until Nov. 14.

“PAL is constrained to increase its fuel surcharge to enable it to partially recover the steady increase in the cost of fuel,” the airline told the Civil Aeronautics Board.

The Lucio Tan-owned airline said it was incurring “under-recovery” of fuel cost amounting to $6.36 per passenger in its Manila-Bangkok route.

It was also allowed to extend until October 12 fuel surcharges it raised from July 13 on its flights to Singapore ($29), Indonesia ($44), Hong Kong ($25), Macau ($19), Xianmen ($24), Shanghai ($44) and Beijing ($44).

For domestic flights, PAL charges P500 to P700 for fuel surcharge.

A fuel surcharge is added to each airline ticket to offset increases in jet fuel prices, which in turn make up an airline’s highest expense after labor, accounting for more than a third of its operating cost per passenger.

PAL said it was spending as much as $30 billion a year on jet fuel.

The carrier is locked in a dispute with a group of pilots and in-flight crew over issues ranging from salary to retirement age to benefits. Its ground employees are also restive over its plan to spin off three non-core units.

PAL has reduced its domestic flights after the resignation of 26 pilots operating its Airbuses.

Meanwhile, foreign carriers Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines were also allowed to increase their fuel surcharges.

Only Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines are bucking the trend and are cutting fuel surcharge.

Fuel surcharges will be as follows: Thai Airways’ Manila-Bangkok and Manila-Osaka services, $43; Malaysian Airlines’ Manila-Malaysia service, $30; Dragonair’s Manila-Hong Kong, $64.70; and Cathay Pacific’s Manila-Hong Kong service, $64.70.

Data from the International Air Transport Association showed that the price of jet fuel rose 4.3 percent to $92.40 a barrel on August 6 from a week ago.

The average price of jet fuel so far this year stood at $88.3 a barrel, and that increased the international airlines’ fuel bill by $17 billion.

Jet fuel was most expensive in Latin and Central America at $95.6 a barrel and cheapest in the Middle East and Africa at $90.20 a barrel.

Jet fuel prices in Asia stood at $92.80 a barrel on August 6, up 12.5 percent from a year ago.
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ANA and Air Macau to initiate code-sharing in July 2010
15 June 2010
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Japanese airline ANA announced today that it will begin a code-sharing and reciprocal mileage agreement with Air Macau on 1 July 2010. Under the agreement ANA will place its NH flight code on Air Mancau's Narita-Macau and Osaka-Macau services and Air Macau will place its NX code on ANA's domestic flights. Both airlines will expand their respective networks into Southern China and Japan, respectively, under the first code sharing agreement between the two airlines. Both airlines will also link their Frequent Flyer Programmes to allow Ana Mileage Club members and Air Macau's Privileges members to gain and redeem mileage on flights on the other airline's networks.
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I think that Viva Macau was actually very good for Macau tourism, as Air Macau wouldn't even consider flying the routes that ZG flew, what ZG did was create a new market for Macau, giving an awareness for tourists to come to Macau, they promoted Macau as much as they could, the government could of atleast taken over ZG. Markets such as;
MFM>MEL,CGK,SGN,HAN are now all gone
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I think that Viva Macau was actually very good for Macau tourism, as Air Macau wouldn't even consider flying the routes that ZG flew, what ZG did was create a new market for Macau, giving an awareness for tourists to come to Macau, they promoted Macau as much as they could, the government could of atleast taken over ZG. Markets such as;
MFM>MEL,CGK,SGN,HAN are now all gone
Well ... I don't see why the government needs to put taxpayer's money to bail out a local airline.
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Just booked a round trip flight from MFM - SIN on Tiger Airways for next month. Can't wait to see this airport. I wish it was on Air Macau though. Wikipedia says they fly to Singapore but their actual website does not reflect this.
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Japan-Macau Aviation Accord Takes Effect
26 July 2010

Hong Kong, July 26 (Jiji Press)--A Japan-Macau aviation accord took effect on Monday, officials at the Japanese consulate general in Hong Kong said.

The pact gives Japan and Macau a legal framework to launch regular flights between them.

Japan and Macau reached a basic agreement in May last year and signed the pact in February this year. Japanese parliament approved it on May 27.
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GDS uncertain of Viva Macau’s debt payment
31 August 2010
The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - Global distribution system firm GDS, former general sales agent of Viva Macau in Vietnam, is unsure about chances for booking agents, travel agencies and individual passengers to get their money back from the low-fared carrier ahead of a first hearing in Macau.

GDS said in a statement that it together with other booking agents and travel companies had had to deal with many losses since Viva Macau suspended services to Vietnam five months ago. But GDS does not know when the Vietnamese creditors would be able to take back their deposit money.

GDS told the Daily via email that Viva Macau still owed more than US$155,700 to booking agents, travel companies and individuals who had booked seats on flights of Viva Macau before the discount airline stopped services to Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai airports.

GDS revealed the fresh combined debt after collecting complaint files from 901 corporate and individual guests who fell victim to Viva Macau in its role as the former general sales agent of Viva Macau in Vietnam.

GDS will send an executive to the first hearing for all creditors of Viva Macau as subpoenaed by the court of Macau to get updates about the airline’s case. The two-day hearing will start at 10 a.m. on September 13, with an aim for the court to collect more information about the airline.

GDS quoted international sources as saying that Viva Macau still owed huge debts to the government, jet fuel and services providers in Macau. The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) said Viva Macau had not paid off debts for services providers at airports in this country.

Therefore, CAAV said, Viva Macau’s combined debt in Vietnam was not small if unpaid bills for services providers in Vietnam were also calculated. However, this aviation authority acknowledged that it did not know exactly how much Viva Macau still owed to guests in Vietnam.

Viva Macau operated daily service to Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC and three weekly flights to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi before it had to suspend its flights to these airports since late March 2010.
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CAAV cannot force Indochina Airlines to pay off debts
23 August 2010
The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has confirmed that it cannot force Indochina Airlines to pay off debts totaling tens of billions of dong for ticketing agents and service providers as this is a matter between the airline and its creditors.

However, CAAV will help the creditors with the steps to get their money back from the airline that has suspended services for almost 10 months because of financial woes, said Vo Huy Cuong, head of CAAV’s Air Transport Department.

Cuong explained that CAAV would only be able to inform Indochina Airlines of what the creditors requested for debt payment when the authority got the appeal from ticketing agents as the authority was not involved in the contracts signed by the first operational private carrier and the agents.

Cuong told the Daily on the phone that relevant regulations already in effect from 2006 clarified companies were not required to register with CAAV when they wanted to act as agents for a local airline. So, the agents should negotiate directly with the carrier and then take legal actions if talks between them do not bring about any good results.

Cuong said what CAAV would do in the case of Indochina Airlines was similar to the moves of Macau’s aviation regulator after the latter received CAAV’s document about the money that Viva Macau owed to ticketing agents and service providers in Vietnam. In its written reply, the foreign agency said it had told Viva Macau about its responsibility to settle debts but stressed payment would depend on legal procedures in Macau.

Viva Macau suddenly suspended its services to HCMC and Hanoi in late March this year, and has not paid money back for the already booked tickets and deposits of travel agencies, ticketing agents and passengers in Vietnam.

Viva Macau is said to owe more than US$100,000 to travel agencies, ticketing agents and passengers in this country. But, the total debts of this low-cost carrier in Vietnam are much bigger if unpaid bills of airport service providers are also calculated.


Cuong said CAAV did not know the exact debts of Indochina Airlines but put the combined amount at tens of billions of dong, with the biggest parts attributed to the jet fuel supplied by Vietnam Air Petrol Co. (Vinapco) and services providers at Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Tran Huu Phuc, director of Vinapco, said Indochina Airlines had not paid off any of the around VND20 billion (more than US$1 million) worth of jet fuel.

Phuc said Vinapco was waiting for instruction of the parent company, Vietnam Airlines Corp. and observing moves of airport services suppliers before preparing legal procedures against Indochina Airlines.

Cuong said Indochina Airlines would have been grounded for one year this October and thus having its license revoked according to the country’s civil aviation regulations.

The Ministry of Transport has not decided the fate of Indochina Airlines though Cuong said CAAV had reported the actual situation of this airline to the ministry months ago.
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Macao's ex-budget airline president vows to launch luxury charter flights
18 October 2010

MACAO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ngan In Leng, president of low-cost carrier Viva Macao that went bankrupt two months ago, planned to start his new aviation business focusing on luxury charter flights for well-heeled customers by the end of this year, the Macao Post Daily reported on Monday.

The newspaper quoted Ngan as saying that preparations for his new airline company were going "smoothly" and that he was just waiting for the planes to get his new aviation business off the ground.

According to Ngan, his new joint venture, which he said had already been approved by the government, will operate under an independent aviation license, unlike Viva Macao's sub-concession license granted by Air Macao.

Ngan, who briefed reporters about his new joint venture Saturday on the sidelines of a public function in Coloane, did not reveal any information on his joint-venture partners.

Established in 2005, Ngan's Viva Macao came to an abrupt end in March after failing to resolve payment issues with its local fuel supplier that left its fleet grounded, leading to a mass cancellation of flights.

Ngan kept mum on Viva Macao's overdue loan repayments to the government when asked about the case, adding that it was "in the courts now".
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Viva Macau bankruptcy hits 900 creditors in Vietnam
15 October 2010
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HCMC - Global distribution system firm GDS, the former general sales agent of Viva Macau in Vietnam, said Viva Macau’s bankruptcy had affected at least 900 local creditors.

Viva Macau still owes over US$150,000 to GDS, booking agents, travel agencies and passengers in Vietnam, according to GDS. However, the airline’s combined debt in Vietnam could reach around US$1 million if the unpaid bills of local service providers were included.

The company told the Daily yesterday that there was little chance of the budget airline settling the debt.

GDS said it would continue to track new developments of the Viva Macau case, but noted Viva Macau leased almost assets from offices to aircraft as reported by the bankruptcy management agency under the court of Macau.

Viva Macau reportedly owes some US$38 million to 1,983 creditors including the Macau government, aircraft leasing and service companies, its staff, general sales agents, booking agents, travel firms and passengers in and outside the Chinese territory.

The court of Macao will consider petitions from creditors and decide who will be prioritized to get compensation after the court allowed Viva Macau to go bankrupt at the first two-day hearing in Macau last month because the carrier was unable to resume services.

Viva Macau started to fly to Tan Son Nhat Airport in December 2007 and Noi Bai Airport in early 2009. The carrier operated daily service to Tan Son Nhat and three weekly flights to Noi Bai before it had to call off its flights to Hanoi on March 27 and HCMC a day later.

In Vietnam, Indochina Airlines faces legal action from booking agents after the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) said this agency did not know how to contact the private airline to tell it to pay deposit debts for over 30 agents.

An official of CAAV told the Daily that he had once attempted to phone Ha Hung Dung, chief executive officer of Indochina Airlines, informing him of the agents?calls for debt payment and order this carrier to send a report on how to settle debt, but Dung did not answer the call.

CAAV also received back a document it sent to the address of Indochina Airlines in its business license to inform the carrier of the agents?request for their deposit payment. In addition to agents, the carrier has not paid tens of billions of dong to jet fuel and service providers, including Vietnam Air Petrol Co.
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