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Qantas announces new country manager in China

first_imgQantas announces new country manager in ChinaQantas has announced the appointment of Alan Chang as Country Manager China, based in Shanghai.Alan Chang will steer the commercial, financial and operational performance for Qantas across its Chinese markets.He joins Qantas’ team in Asia at an exciting time, with the airline last week having received regulatory approval for its joint business with China Eastern. The airline is also continuing its progressive rollout of the refurbished international A330 aircraftonto key Asian routes, including between Shanghai and Sydney. The new A330 features Marc Newson designed Business Suites with the world’s first gate-to-gate recline, new model Recaro seats in Economy, and larger, more advanced screens to support Qantas’ upgraded inflight entertainment offering.Qantas’ new Economy dining experience launched on flights between Shanghai and Sydney in March, offering customers more choice, larger meals and improved service, and has since seen customer satisfaction in the Economy cabin increase month on month.In taking up the new position, Mr Chang says he is looking forward to maximising Qantas’ presence throughout China.“China is an incredibly important market for Qantas, as well as Australia’s most valuable inbound tourism market,” said Mr Chang.“Together with Qantas’ ongoing commitment to delivering outstanding product and service, our joint venture with China Eastern will also allow us to boost connectivity between China and Australia, deliver expanded services and increased frequent flyer benefits. There is certainly a lot to look forward to for Qantas customers in China.”Alan Chang brings extensive experience working internationally in Taiwan and Canada across the aviation and travel sectors. Most recently, Mr Chang was the Regional Sales Manager for Emirates in Taiwan, which included the establishment of the airline’s local office and operations and the launch of their first A380 aircraft into Taipei. Prior to that, Mr Chang served as General Manager for Holiday Tours and Travel (HTT) for five years, representing Qantas and Jetstar as General Sales Agent in Taiwan. He is an alumnus of the Royal Roads University in Canada and Aletheia University in Taiwan.Qantas operates daily return services between Shanghai and Sydney with its A330 aircraft. Together with its codeshare partners, China Eastern and China Southern, Qantas also offers customers the choice of an additional 61 flights per week between mainland China and Australia, as well as onward travel to Qantas’ extensive domestic network around Australia.Alan joins the broader Qantas team in Asia and along with Wyn Li, General Manager for Qantas in Hong Kong, will jointly manage the South China market. Wyn will meanwhile take up additional responsibility of the Taiwan market as General Manager – Hong Kong, Taiwan and South China.Wyn has more than 29 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Singapore, Australia and USA. Having worked in aviation for 20 years, Wyn was Country Director of Continental Airlines and General Manager of United Airlines in Hong Kong, area and regional managers in Singapore Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Marketing Director of Metrojet, Asia’s largest business and private jet management company. Prior to that, Wyn was Area Trade Manager and Regional MICE Manager for the Australian Tourist Commission, promoting leisure travel from Asia to Australia. Fly QantasSource = Qantaslast_img read more

We should have seen it coming The teams formula

first_imgWe should have seen it coming.The team’s formula success was something like great defense + mostly-competent offense + outstanding special teams = wins, and that was fun while it worked. But it was not sustainable. Certain areas needed to improve, and that they haven’t is now costing this team on a weekly basis.Falling from 4-0 to 4-3 would be bad in itself, but a quick glance at the schedule reveals a likelihood of the Cardinals reaching 4-6. Think about it: this team could be in the midst of its second six-game losing streak in two seasons. That’s not acceptable.A friend asked me the other day “let’s say the Cards finish 6-10, do you fire Whisenhunt and promote Horton?”The thought behind the idea is that Ray Horton, who has turned Arizona’s defense into one of the best in the league, is too valuable to watch leave for another team. And Whisenhunt, for all the good things he’s done in the Valley, would have just finished with his third-straight sub-par campaign. Do you give the head coach more time to fix things, even if it costs you one of the game’s rising stars?I didn’t have an answer for my friend, and I won’t for a little while. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Like after every game this season, I fully planned on writing about the Arizona Cardinals’ 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.I didn’t (sorry, boss).That it was Arizona’s third-consecutive loss should be cause for concern.That the Cardinals lost a game win which the opposing quarterback threw for just 58 yards should be cause for one pulling their hair out.That the Cardinals seem more likely to become the fourth team since 2008 to start a season 4-0 and miss the postseason should be reason to be upset. If anything his question is one for later down the road, if it even must be asked at all. While it may be getting easier to project this team going forward, the fact of the matter is there is still more than half a season left to be played. A lot can change. Or nothing will change. Not long ago, my colleague Dave Burns wrote if we want to love the Cardinals we’ll have to learn to live with their flaws. Problem is not only will we have to learn to live with their flaws, but accept the fact that they will ultimately be too much for this team to overcome. – / 21 But I’m not. Bummed, sure. But not upset.Guess that comes with understanding and accepting who these Cardinals are.A team with an outstanding defense, a solid special teams and an offense that even the 1994 Cardinals feel bad for. For those who don’t remember, that was Buddy Ryan’s first year in the Valley, and his team scored fewer than 15 points per game. The Cards gave up fewer than 17 points per game that season, and rode that defense to an 8-8 record.Actually, now that I think of it, the 2012 and 1994 Cardinals have a lot in common. Now all we need is Ken Whisenhunt to leave the final game of the 2013 season before it’s actually over and we’ll actually have something.Anyway, the point is it’s taken seven games, but now we have a real good idea of who and what the Arizona Cardinals are and what they are not.They are equal parts exciting and depressing, enjoyable and frustrating. They are severely flawed on offense and incredibly capable on defense. They are capable of beating anyone on any given Sunday. Yet, as of this moment it’s tough to picture this team winning another game. Until the offense starts getting out of its own way (or begins to get in a defensive lineman’s) this team will struggle to score points. As great as the defense is, it’s obvious the deficiency on the other side of the football is just too much to overcome.center_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more