INTERNATIONAL: Edelman PR Worldwide to woo air passengers in Asia

SINGAPORE: The Asian airline industry is to drive a major PR push

aimed at rebuilding passenger flight confidence following the terrorist

attacks of 11 September.



The Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has appointed Edelman PR

Worldwide for a campaign aimed at reviving Asia-Pacific passenger

traffic.



The campaign is set to launch in the next two weeks following Edelman's

appointment after a four-way competitive pitch process, understood to

have included Burson-Marsteller's regional team in the final leg.



The PR push - which hopes to reverse the steep decline that followed 11

September and the effects of the global economic slowdown - is planned

to take place alongside a major ad campaign handled by McCann-Erickson,

which won the ad work in a similar pitch.



Edelman has been briefed to oversee a media relations drive kicking off

with a press conference in Kuala Lumpur next week. The co-ordinated ad

and PR campaign will run until the end of April.



Edelman's Singapore office MD Sharolyn Choy said a series of media

round-table discussions in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Tokyo and

Bangkok would follow the initial launch.



'We will be leveraging off as many conduits as possible to reach the

audience we need to,' she said, adding that a combination of local and

international media would be targeted.



The AAPA's director general and campaign co-ordinator Richard Stirland

will act as the official campaign spokes-person.



Singapore Airlines senior public affairs manager Innes Willox has been

appointed by the AAPA as the communications link between Edelman and the

organisation.



According to Choy, a communications taskforce consisting of PR managers

from AAPA's 17 member airlines has also been established.



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