Next year will be critical for airlines in the Asia/Pacific region as many of them prepare for dramatic fleet growth in 2007, a leading regional analyst says. Peter Harbison, of the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, describes 2006 as a "make-or-break year" for airline expansion plans. "2006 will in many ways be the quiet before the storm -- a period when airlines need to consolidate and put in place the necessary foundations for a massive upgrading of fleets and route systems," ...

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