APGThe Network for Airline Services Source = APG – The Network for Airline Services EmiratesEmirates elected Airline of the Year 2015Distribution Services – has run the A.W.A.R.D. (the APG Worldwide Airline Reward for Distribution), an electronic vote throughout the global travel agent worldwide community. Over a four-month period, all Travel Agencies around the world have been requested to participate in this survey to determine, based on several criteria, which Airline deserves the label of best Company of the year, as seen by the industry.5418 Travel agencies from 85 different countries nominated 161 different Airlines and…for the second year, Emirates is recognized as “the most recommended airline to clients”, winning first place based on the overall votes. Emirates will therefore receive our « Airline of the Year » AWARD for 2015.In addition to this nomination, three Airlines which received several hundred votes:Air France/KLM, Tarom and Lufthansa will each be given an APG AWARD reflecting their quality of services offered – as recognized by the travel agent community.“Travel agents opinion is rarely sought and therefore the A.W.A.R.D. gives them the opportunity to express their choice among all global airlines, based on their (and their valued clients’) experience.” SaysSandrine de SAINT SAUVEUR – CEO – APG NetworkWinning Airlines will be presented with their AWARDs during the 7th APG World Connect Conference to be held in Marrakesh between October 28th-30th, 2015.more details : http://worldconnect.apg-ga.com/
Pictured shaking hands are James Rigney, Etihad Airways Chief Financial Officer (second left) with Rajesh Mehta, Citi’s Regional Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions Europe, Middle East and Africa, surrounded by executives from both companies.Etihad Airways signs Citi as international cash management bank partnerEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced an enhanced agreement with Citi as its international cash management bank partner.The new mandate, covering Etihad Airways’ worldwide operations outside the GCC, will enable the airline to leverage Citi’s substantial investment in financial technology to further develop its cash management operations and help reduce costs.Etihad Airways will now be able to utilise Citi’s Liquidity Management solution to achieve substantial cash optimisation and competitive market rates through automated treasury tools, resulting in significant transaction cost savings.Citi’s cash management solution rationalises account opening processes and moves Etihad Airways to a fully automated and centralised account administration, and automated account payable and account receivable management tools to achieve better control and minimise transactional risks.The enhanced partnership comes a year after the signing of an innovative Supply Chain Finance (SCF) agreement between Etihad Airways and Citi enabling the airline to unlock liquidity and pay its suppliers almost immediately through funding provided by the bank.James Rigney, Etihad Airways Chief Financial Officer, said: “We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with Citi which is designed to drive more cost benefits for our business on a global level.“As Etihad Airways continues to grow, this partnership will help bring about greater economies of scale, increased operational efficiency, enhanced financial procedures and immediate solutions to local needs across our worldwide operations.”Emre Karter, Managing Director and Regional Head – Treasury & Trade Solutions (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan & Turkey), said: “At Citi, we value our strategic alliance with Etihad Airways which is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, and we’re proud to provide global cash management services that meet the exact needs of the carrier. This is demonstrative of our ability to offer clients worldwide, local and regional solutions with global service standards.”Citi has been present in the Middle East and North Africa since 1955, and offers full scale corporate and investment banking services in Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Pakistan and Iraq. Citi’s institutional capabilities in the region include Treasury & Trade Solutions, Corporate & Investment Banking, Capital Markets Origination, Global Markets and Islamic Banking. Fly Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airways
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Vice President, UAE & GCC Commercial; Amina Taher, Head of Communications and Calum Laming, Vice President Guest Experience, representing Etihad Airways as it wins the Middle East’s Leading Airline and the Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class awards at last night’s World Travel Awards Middle EastEtihad Airways flies flag of excellence at World Travel AwardsEtihad Airways has been named The Middle East’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards Middle East, representing a decade of dominance in the category, and one of four accolades collected at a prestigious ceremony at The St. Regis Dubai last week.The national airline of the UAE also won awards for the Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class, the Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge for its First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “These awards are about excellence in the travel and tourism industry, and since winning The Middle East’s Leading Airline award for the first time in 2006, our journey of excellence has been remarkable.“This recognition demonstrates a sustained focus on delivering the very best products, service and value through innovation in a competitive marketplace. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and business partners, and, of course, the support of guests globally who have chosen to travel with us.”Etihad Airways has grown from 22 aircraft, flying to 43 destinations and supported by 4,369 staff in 2006 – to a fleet of 123 aircraft, serving 117 destinations with nearly 27,000 multi-national staff today.The Abu Dhabi-based airline has become synonymous with the highest standards in products and service, including the best First Class offering in the world. The First Apartment aboard the Airbus 380 and the First Suite on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are at the forefront of luxury air travel, building on the award-winning First Class experience on the A330, A340 and Boeing 777 fleet. The Residence, with its elite Butlers, is in a league of its own within the A380. The airline continues to be the world’s only full service carrier offering a three-room suite in the sky.Mr Baumgartner added: “It is also a major achievement to win the Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge following the opening in May of Etihad Airways’ First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport. What we now offer is quite simply the best airline hospitality experience in the world.”Inspiration for the lounge comes from the finest examples of hotels, private members’ clubs and restaurants. The facility includes an à la carte restaurant, cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, fitness room, Style & Shave barbers, nail bar and children’s play room – all to ensure guests can relax, re-energise and be immersed in entertainment ahead of their flights.While Etihad Airways boasts a modern fleet of aircraft, the airline exudes a classic elegance with its Italian-designed cabin crew uniforms. The airline’s international cabin crew are highly trained, while the warmth and friendliness they bring to the cabin environment reflect the importance of personality during recruitment. Also enhancing the experience are the Onboard Chefs, Food and Beverage Managers, Butlers and Flying Nannies.Now in its 23rd year, the World Travel Awards celebrates excellence across key sectors of the travel and tourism industry. Winners are initially selected at six regional ceremonies, including the Middle East event, before progressing to a year-end global finale. Votes are cast by travel industry executives and travel consumers. Etihad Airwaysbook flights hereSource = Etihad Airways
Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates top honorsNorwegian Cruise Line celebrates top honorsNorwegian Cruise Line has been honored with a bevy of awards including “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” for the second year in a row and the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth year by World Travel Awards. Norwegian was also awarded “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the tenth consecutive year, further exemplifying its position as a world leader in the cruise industry.“We are overjoyed to once again be honored as a leader in the travel industry by the World Travel Awards, and to especially celebrate our tenth consecutive win as “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We sincerely thank all of the industry professionals and guests who voted for us, as we continue to strive for excellence and provide an unforgettable vacation experience to each and every guest who sails with us.”The World Travel Awards has been recognizing and acknowledging excellence amongst companies involved in the global travel and tourism industries since 1993. The annual awards are voted on by thousands of travel and tourism professionals from across the globe and honor travel companies that provide outstanding products and customer service.Norwegian’s fifteen ships sail a variety of thrilling itineraries, from the Caribbean to the Panama Canal, Europe, South America and the Mediterranean, as well as Australia and the Far East. All itineraries feature Norwegian’s signature cruising experience, offering freedom and flexibility for guests to enjoy their own personal ideal vacation experience on their schedule.Norwegian’s next new ship, Norwegian Bliss, will sail to Alaska, the Caribbean and select voyages to the Mexican Riviera beginning June 2018. The line’s sixteenth ship will feature many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning views and so much more. Norwegian has several ships cruising to the Caribbean and the Bahamas from convenient homeport locations including Miami, New York, Tampa, Port Canaveral (Orlando), New Orleans and San Juan, Puerto Rico.To book an award-winning cruise with Norwegian, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.About Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 28 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 15 ships.Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the tenth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth time and “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” for the second straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian’s next new build, the highly anticipated Norwegian Bliss, will be delivered in April 2018 featuring many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning ocean and glacier views and more. Norwegian will introduce an additional new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ship in 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027.For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit www.ncl.com; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and Youtube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn.Source = Norwegian Cruise Line
Why the world’s most active, happy travellers choose QueenslandWhy the world’s most active, happy travellers choose QueenslandAmid the universal clamour of New Year’s resolutions targeting personal betterment, Queensland steps on to the global podium as just the place to be and feel your best… and perhaps also achieve a Personal Best (PB) in the process. Year-round!That’s the low-down from new research commissioned by Tourism and Events Queensland – announced today (Sunday 14 January 2018) by Queensland Government Acting Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Shannon Fentiman – revealing just what drives the world’s most active travellers to ‘bucket list’ fit-cations across the state. Click here to view Ministerial Statement.The research undertaken by Strategic Facts polled 3,695 domestic and international participants in the state’s endurance events – covering everything from triathlon to multi-sport challenges; running, mountain biking and cycling events; and idyllic year-round ocean swims.Of note, the research showed Queensland cornered a global niche in wellness/fit-cation tourism by virtue of the state’s natural assets. Notably, the unrivalled win-win of competing in bucket list destinations from the Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast and Tropical North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.Other key pluses included friendly locals; world-class, safe and accessible events; and the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.Findings include:99 per cent gave Queensland the thumbs-up as Australia’s endurance event capital, with overall experience and atmosphere meeting all expectations; rated as ‘impressive’ or ‘standout – best ever’ on a global scale.Kudos indeed from the world’s most active travellers: 94 per cent travel up to four times a year outside their home state/country, specifically to participate in endurance events.87 per cent travel in tribes to endurance events, joined by family and friends, who are not just passive companions; 58 per cent also compete.68 per cent of all respondents rated Queensland as ‘impressive’ or ‘standout – best ever’ when it came to enjoying time with family and friends, rising to 73 per cent of those from interstate and overseas.Over two thirds (69 per cent) of interstate and overseas respondents took a post-event holiday in Queensland, with 77 per cent rating their holiday as ‘family-friendly’.97 per cent underlined the win-win of competing in bucket list destinations including the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland and world-renowned beaches on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.99 per cent gave a big thumbs-up to Queensland’s climate/environment/nature while competing, with 70 per cent rating its impact on their experience as ‘impressive’ or ‘standout – best ever’ and 68 per cent going a step further to state these factors gave Queensland the edge over other global endurance event destinations.More than half (59 per cent) of overseas respondents said Queensland’s climate, sunshine, fresh air and warm water were ‘absolutely’ the driving reasons they travelled to endurance events in the state.Fit-cations, including weekend getaways to endurance events, are a part of their way of life: 96 per cent of all respondents compete for the love of it, as ‘age groupers’ not professional athletes. But they train like pros: 54 per cent train more than six times a week.Winning, however, is not their objective! It’s about personal growth and wellbeing: 81 per cent said personal goals, health and sporting achievement were ‘hugely important’ vs 29 per cent feeling the same way about competition/performance.In other significant findings (notably in answers to open-ended questions), respondents continuously stated the people in Queensland (friendly, welcoming and inclusive) gave the state the edge over other event locations, alongside safety and world-class standard of competition across ‘diverse and adventurous’ terrain.Born and raised on the Gold Coast, triathlon legend, Emma Frodeno (nee Snowsill) – the most decorated woman in international triathlon history – said the new research echoed her own life story.As a teenager, at high school, she became hooked on endurance events after joining a team in the Noosa Triathlon ‘for fun’. The rest is history. Before retiring in 2014, the three-time world champion won gold at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2008 Beijing Olympics, also taking out the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup 12 times.“I remember way back to my first experience at the Noosa Triathlon and, at the time thinking, this is very exciting,” she said. “It beat spending weeks in the pool and there was incredible atmosphere. A real community buzz and sense of belonging.“Slowly I managed to do the swim and the run the following year in the Noosa Tri and found my way in the last year of school into the schools’ triathlon at the event.”Also welcoming the findings, IRONMAN Oceania Managing Director David Beeche said there was no question Queensland ranked highly as a global leader in hosting world-class endurance events in some of the most idyllic and diverse destinations on the planet. A key reason, he said, behind the global heavyweight staging the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship in Tropical North Queensland as part of the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival.“Queensland is up there with the best destinations in the world on the global IRONMAN stage,” Mr Beeche said.“Every year we see numbers grow at annual events across the state, including the world’s biggest triathlon during the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival; the IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba, which hosted the 2016 World Championships; and ever-popular Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial held on the same course that Commonwealth Games triathletes will compete on in April.”Mr Beeche said Queensland’s idyllic and easily accessible destinations prompted IRONMAN to develop exciting new endurance events (launching in 2018) – importantly, answering participants’ hunger for family-friendly fit-cations in adventurous, bucket list destinations.They include a four-day mountain bike stage race in Tropical North Queensland called the Reef to Reef, and, on the Sunshine Coast, the Runaway Noosa Marathon – one of the group’s four new marathon series events.“Noosa really was a no-brainer,” Mr Beeche said. “It’s a destination that simply doesn’t put a foot wrong in promising so much more than just another running event – natural beauty, world-class running trails, local hospitality and drool-factor food and wine.”Professional triathlete, Olympian and four-time winner of the Noosa Triathlon, Ashleigh Gentle – currently ranked No. 2 on the ITU World Triathlon Series and selected to represent Australia at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – understands the benefits of training and competing in Queensland.The Brisbane girl, now based on the Gold Coast, said: “We are pretty blessed to have amazing conditions all year round . . . Queensland is just an awesome place to be.”Queensland’s reputation as Australia’s wellness/fit-cation capital doesn’t stop at the state’s ever-increasing line-up of endurance events.In 2018, new sweat-worthy tourism offerings traverse everything from a ‘Nature Tri’ (organised by Ride On Mary… Kayak & Bike Bush Adventures, inspired by the Noosa Triathlon – download video) covering a kayak with platypuses, mountain bike and country hike to a luxe sailing adventure complete with stand-up paddle (SUP) races between idyllic islands of the Whitsundays (organised by Whitsunday Escape), fully-catered cycling adventure from the Daintree to Cairns via Atherton Tablelands and the start-up of electric mountain bike tours of Cape Tribulation.The notion of wellness, meanwhile, has emerged as a much-needed antidote to the stresses of modern life. Even global fashion bible Vogue (US) emblazoned the word ‘Wellness’ across its January 2018 edition, taking it mainstream.According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), wellness tourism will grow from the current $563 billion to $808 billion by 2020 – with Australia ranked No. 1 in the top five growth leaders for percentage increase in wellness tourism trips. The nation recorded an 85 per cent increase in wellness trips, rocketing from 4.6 million to 8.5 million trips between 2013 and 2015.Importantly, Queensland has taken an active seat at GWI’s annual Global Wellness Summit, with Gold Coast-based Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat founder Tony de Leede last year appointed to its Advisory Board.Opened in 2006 on 200 hectares of Tallebudgera Valley, the retreat (co-owned by Hugh Jackman) has long been considered ahead of its time in wellness tourism, awarded Australia’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017 and Oceania’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017 for the third consecutive year at the World Spa Awards among many accolades.And while WELL-thy is the new wealthy, wellness/fit-cation holidays in Queensland can suit any budget and fitness level from stand-up paddle (SUP) yoga retreats (check out the video) to beginner mountain bike adventures, (check out Tropical North Queensland’s rad trails in this video), guided hikes, beach meditation and snorkelling safaris.At a glance, Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey (year ending June 2017), revealed the most popular adventures undertaken by all domestic visitors to Queensland covered:Bushwalking/rainforest walks: 2,401,000 (three-year growth trend of 7.5 percent)Exercise, gym or swimming: 1,742,000 (three-year growth trend of 21 percent)Fishing: 1,130,000 (three-year growth trend of -5.3 percent)Water activities / sports: 944,000 (three-year growth trend of 6.8 percent)Surfing: 402,000 (three-year growth trend of 1.7 percent)Snorkelling: 355,000 (three-year growth trend of 0.7 percent)Golf: 347,000 (three-year growth trend of 4.8 percent)Cycling: 288,000 (three-year growth trend of 4.6 percent)Queensland’s unrivalled reefs, islands and beaches inspired three times more snorkelling adventures than in New South Wales (97,000) and a whopping 15 times more snorkelling trips than Victoria (23,000).Best things in life are free? Swimming has emerged as a holiday activity growth trend across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, up 18 to 22 per cent over three years. To celebrate summer Queensland-style, there’s no better time to dive into some of the world’s most epic ocean swimming events from the Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef. Check out Queensland’s Top 5 Ocean Swims. Guaranteed: this video will bring out your inner mermaid/merman, from the Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef, including the chance to circumnavigate Green Island or make a splash off World No. 2 Beach, Whitehaven Beach, in the Whitsundays.Click here to discover how ocean swimming can help you live longer, look younger, burn more calories than running and football and even boost your IQ! Water, of course, has long been a symbol of renewal and using seawater for health and wellness even has a name: thalassotherapy. Developed in the seaside town of Brittany, France, in the 19th century, trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide (found in seawater), were believed to help the skin retain moisture and detoxify, in turn promoting new cell growth.Stay grounded: you don’t have to fly to France! On the 4th floor of Brisbane Marriott Hotel, the award-winning Dome Spa Retreat menu includes a detox thalasso wrap using seaweed harvested from Brittany, an invigorating six-jet Vichy shower to aid lymphatic circulation and last month’s introduction of an exciting new hydrotherapy treatment, the ‘Riverstone Rain Shower Massage’ complete with aromatic salt body scrub to smooth the skin and re-mineralise the body! *Wherever you wander in Queensland, there’s a spa escape with your name on it.But first… follow the lead of the world’s most active travelers and mark your calendars, for epic fit-cations that hero Queensland’s world-class endurance events: www.queensland.com/endurance. Everything from challenges you can totally tackle as a beginner to road-testing the same triathlon course Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games greats will conquer in April. Renowned for its feel-good vibe, the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial (25 Feburary 2018) arguably attracts as many famous faces to celebrate the life of Luke Harrop, killed in a training accident in 2002 (road accident involving a stolen car). The annual triathlon, held in his honour since 2003, draws thousands of entrants, including Olympian, Ashleigh Gentle, selected to represent Australia at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Luke’s sister, Loretta Harrop, who, inspired by her younger brother to take up triathlons, won gold at the 1999 ITU world championships and silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.Still got energy to burn? Check out Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in the best destinations, putting the spotlight on art, culture, music, food, wine, sport… and everything in between. www.queensland.com/eventsSource = Tourism and Events Queensland
British Airways celebrates a cracker of 2018British Airways celebrates a cracker of 2018With 2018 drawing to a close, British Airways is celebrating flying high in the last 12 months with additional investment for customers now totalling £6.5bn. Here’s a recap of what’s changed at British Airways over the last year.Network and new faresIn 2018 the airline offered its most extensive choice of flights in more than a decade, with more than a dozen new routes, including Marrakech, Durban, Nashville and the Seychelles. More new routes have been announced for 2019, including Charleston, Pittsburgh and Osaka.Customers travelling light were able to take advantage of the airline’s new long-haul basic fare on routes to the US and around the world, with fares from £143. They can reduce this cost even further by using their Avios.18 new aircraft for 2018For 2018 British Airways introduced 18 new fuel-efficient aircraft to its fleet of almost 300 planes – including its 30th 787, plus A320 and 21neos, and Embraer for BA CityFlyer. The airline’s 767 fleet was retired to make way for more new aircraft, arriving next year.Work continued at pace to refresh existing long-haul cabins – with all seats being equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment systems and direct access to power.TechnologyDuring 2018, British Airways began installing its industry-leading streaming WiFi on long-haul aircraft – all short-haul aircraft will be fitted with the system by next summer. This exciting development allows customers to use their own devices to live stream TV programmes and movies.The airline’s website, BA.com, received a refresh and achieved record sales. There were enhancements for the hugely popular BA app, including adding Apple’s Siri voice service on the iPhone. A new reward app was also released to help British Airways’ Executive Club members discover new ways to collect and spend Avios – including selecting seats on flights, as well as spending on flights, car hire, hotels, excursions, etc.The airline is focused on providing customers with a seamless and efficient journey through the airport. Throughout the year it continued to pioneer facial recognition airport technology. British Airways was the first airline to install biometric technology at Heathrow – enabling it to board domestic (UK) flights in half the usual time. It also began using the same technology to speedily board aircraft in Orlando, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.Departing on time is important to customers, and as such, the airline became the first to introduce remote-controlled devices to push back aircraft, helping it to maintain its status as the most punctual of the three-big short-haul carriers flying from London, and reducing pushback delays by more than 70 per cent. Trials are now underway on long-haul aircraft.Source = British Airways
AirAsia has ordered 200 additional CFM LEAP-1A engines to power 100 new Airbus A321neo. The order, which expands its LEAP engine fleet to nearly 730 engines, is valued at $2.7 billion U.S. at list price.This agreement was signed by Tassapon Bijleveld, Chief Executive Officer of Thai AirAsia representing Group CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, and Jean-Paul Ebanga, President and CEO of CFM International at Grosvernor House Hotel, witnessed by Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, AirAsia Group Head of Engineering and Chaker Chahrour, Vice President and General Manager of CFM parent company GE Aviation.Tony Fernandes, CEO, AirAsia Group said, “Choosing the right engine to power them is critical to the success of that strategy. For us, the LEAP-1A was the obvious choice. This engine has demonstrated the promised 15% fuel efficiency and we are quite familiar with the reliability inherent in CFM products and the impact that this has on our operations.”As the single largest Airbus A320 operator in the Asia-Pacific region, AirAsia operates a fleet of 170 CFM-powered Airbus A320s with 304 still to be delivered.“We believe there is no greater endorsement of the technology choices we have made for the LEAP engine than the continued confidence of an airline such as AirAsia,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, President and CEO of CFM International
TTF Kolkata, the oldest and biggest travel show network concluded on a high note today. The three-day travel show attracted excellent response from with more than 4000 travel trade visitors and over 8000 walk-in visitors conducting business with close to 430 exhibitors from 13 countries and 28 Indian states at the Netaji Indoor Stadium and Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.TTF Kolkata 2018 was inaugurated in the presence of A. K. M. Shahjahan Kamal, Minister, Department of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Bangladesh; Pramod Kumar, Minister, Department of Tourism, Government of Bihar; Atri Bhattacharya, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal; Venus Asawapoom, Deputy Consul General, Royal Thai Consulate-General, Kolkata; Eaknarayan Aryal, Consul General, Consulate General of Nepal, Kolkata; Menino D’souza, Director, Goa Tourism.While inaugurating the event, A. K. M. Shahjahan Kamal, Minister, Department of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Bangladesh said, “West Bengal and Bangladesh have a lot of similarities and shows like TTF help in bringing these cultural similarities together. I was very delighted to be a part of TTF Kolkata as it is an excellent platform to showcase tourism products. I have been to many shows earlier but TTF Kolkata is one of its kind.”Atri Bhattacharya, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal said, “I really appreciate the point that TTF Kolkata had brought together the tourism player not only from Eastern and North Eastern region but also from Bangladesh and across the country. Destinations in this part of the world can collaborate and offer joint packages to the tourists”Venus Asawapoom, Deputy Consul General, Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kolkata stated, “We have been participating at TTF Kolkata for a long time and we are happy to have an even bigger stall this time here in Kolkata. Over the years, TTF Kolkata has become an excellent show and I would like to invite everyone to the event. Thailand is one of the favourite destinations for the people of West Bengal and TTF has helped the local people to know more about Thailand. We will definitely participate in the upcoming TTFs!” She added, “Thai International’s first flight to India was to Kolkata and it’s comfortable two and a half hour distance is one of the main reasons why so many people visit Thailand.” The first half of the show was reserved for the travel trade, after which it was open to the public. The three-day travel trade show had brought together state tourism boards, national tourist offices, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators, travel agents, online travel companies, railways, and other travel marketers under one roof. A large number of travel eager Kolkatans and people from the nearby places visited the show and got a unique opportunity to explore various international and domestic destinations and book the best deals and packages for the upcoming Puja vacations.Sri Lanka had the biggest pavilion at TTF Kolkata and was the Partner Country along with Bangladesh and Nepal while Macao and Thailand were the Feature Countries. Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Singapore were few other countries represented at TTF Kolkata.Among Indian states, Uttarakhand had the largest pavilion and was also the Partner State, followed by Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Goa, Gujarat and Kerala who had set up state pavilions with their private operators. West Bengal was the Host State. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Manipur, Meghalaya were the Feature States for TTF Kolkata. Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim also set up state pavilions to lure tourists to their states.Cox and Kings and Air India are the Knowledge Partner and Partner Airlines for TTF Kolkata respectively.Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organised a talk on the Ramayan Yatra in Sri Lanka. The talk was led by Bala Sankuratri who is the author of the book ‘My Name is Ravana’. Sankuratri talked about the infamous Ramayana circuit in Sri Lanka and urged travel trade to showcase the trail as a long sacred vacation. He also talked about Ramayana spots in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and explained the connection of these spots with Valmiki’s Ramayana. Cox & Kings recently celebrated their 260th anniversary and are organising various events and workshops to mark this milestone. In coordination with Fairfest Media Ltd, Cox and Kings launched destinations Vietnam, Finland and Baltic States at TTF Kolkata. Short presentations of these destinations were showcased to the travel trade and select media along with the packages to these destinations offered by Cox and Kings to woo tourists to these countries. Karan Anand, Head – Relationships, Cox and Kings Ltd said, “Cox and Kings has one of the largest supplier networks in the world. Our strategic partnerships with tourism boards enable our trade partners to explore the destinations further and give the best value to the tourists. We are happy to have been associated with Finland Tourism, Finnair and the Embassy of Vietnam at TTF Kolkata to bring diverse products to our Indian trade partners and clientele.”“TTF Kolkata is India’s oldest and one of the busiest travel trade shows in India, started in 1989. This year is remarkable in the sense that we had a fully packed show and had to even decline some of the last minute booking requests. Footfalls too were greater than before, in terms of numbers and quality. All this point to a bumper Puja season ahead,” remarked Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman and CEO of the organisers Fairfest Media Ltd.With consistent support from the Ministry of Tourism of Government of India, State Tourism Boards, National Tourist Offices of several countries, thousands of private exhibitors and trade associations, TTF continues to be the widest platform providing opportunities for buyers and sellers from across the country to showcase their latest offerings and build long-term business ties.TTF is supported by Incredible India, TAAI, OTOAI, ATOAI, ADTOI, IATO, IAAI, SKAL INTERNATIONAL and ETAA.Just after TTF Kolkata, TTF Hyderabad will be held on July 13-14 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre and the TTF 2018 series will conclude with West India editions of TTF covering Ahmedabad (September 7-9), Surat (September 14-16), Pune (September 28-30) and Mumbai (October 5-7) in 2018. In 2019, TTF Chennai is scheduled to commence from February 8-10 and TTF Bengaluru on 15-17.
Share Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Credit Ratings Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-22 Tory Barringer in Origination, Servicing “”Fitch Ratings””:http://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp downgraded mortgage servicer ratings for Litton Loan Servicing LLP following Litton’s acquisition by “”Ocwen Financial Corp.””:http://www.ocwen.com[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The agency cut Litton’s product servicer ratings in a number of categories, dropping them from RPS1 to RPS3. In addition, Litton’s servicer rating for manufactured housing product dropped to RPS3 from RPS2, and its residential special servicer rating fell to RSS3 from RPS1. These drops illustrate a fall from Fitch’s highest standards of servicing to average.The ratings downgrade comes in light of Ocwen’s acquisition of Litton last year. Fitch said in a statement that there was “”insufficient information regarding the Litton platform being provided to Fitch to maintain the ratings following the acquisition of Litton by Ocwen.””Litton’s ratings were placed on Rating Watch Negative in June 2011 after it was announced that Ocwen would be acquiring Litton. The financial company purchased Litton from Goldman Sachs in a $263.7 million deal. Fitch Ratings Knocks Down Litton’s Servicer Ratings May 22, 2012 461 Views
eLynx to Acquire Medallion Analytics Share Cincinnati-based eLynx has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Pittsburgh-based mortgage services provider Medallion Analytics Company, the firms announced.Through the deal, which is expected to close October 31, eLynx says it hopes to enhance its own document fulfillment and data solutions offerings by tapping into Medallion’s expertise.”The best way for lenders to cost-effectively produce high quality loans, keep up with increasing regulatory demands and meet investor requirements is to be able to track documents and the data in them throughout the loan life cycle,” said Sharon Matthews, president and CEO of eLynx. “Our acquisition of Medallion provides a simple, elegant set of solutions to extract and analyze the data within documents so participants can collaborate better in the loan workflow.”The acquisition is a timely one, as lenders and settlement agents will soon have to coordinate more closely to meet the requirements of next year’s integrated mortgage disclosures. With the addition of Medallion’s assets, eLynx’s portfolio now covers both lender and title needs.”The addition of Medallion’s capabilities further enhances eLynx’s market leadership by adding to its services and expanding its customer base to include more of the title market,” said Dustin Smith, managing director at American Capital and board chair at eLynx. in Headlines, News, Technology Company News eLynx Medallion Analytics Company 2014-10-15 Tory Barringer October 15, 2014 605 Views
Federal Housing Administration mortgage originations Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School Non-Bank Lending Institutions 2015-06-01 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Study Finds that Mortgage Market is Shifting From Banks to Non-Banks June 1, 2015 613 Views Share A working paper titled “What’s Behind the Non-Bank Mortgage Boom?”, released by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School found that non-bank lending institutions have increased their market share of agency purchase mortgage originations from 27 percent in mid-2012 to 48 percent in late 2014. The study is authored by senior fellow, Marshall Lux, and research assistant, Robert Greene.The study reviews the recent history of the U.S. mortgage market, making note of the how non-depository institutions, or non-banks are re-emerging in the residential mortgage market.“Mortgages constitute a large, complex, and controversial market in the United States, shaped largely by federal policymaking,” the authors wrote. “Since 2010, the role of non-banks – a term commonly used to define firms unassociated with a depository institution – in the overall mortgage market has grown handedly.”Last year, in terms of dollar volume, non-banks accounted for over 40 percent of total originations, compared to 12 percent in 2010, the report says. Of the 40 largest servicers, 16 were non-banks, making up 20.5 percent of the market and 28 percent of outstanding top-40 servicing balances, compared to 8 percent in 2010.“Some policymakers have expressed a sense of growing alarm about non-banks’ increased participation in the mortgage market,” the authors noted. “Regulators have moved to regulate non-banks using bank-like rules to reduce counterparty risk; for example, the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA)–tasked with ensuring the safety and soundness of the housing government sponsored enterprises(GSEs) – recently proposed minimum capital standards for non-bank mortgage originators and servicers, and in May 2015, the GSEs adopted these proposed standards.”The authors found that both, regulatory and market factors are pushing the non-bank boom forward, and identify key distinctions between pre-crisis non-banks and non-banks now.“Today’s non-banks are subject to much more regulation and supervision, more active in mortgage servicing than ever before, and are using technology to transform the mortgage market. Non-bank servicers have realized equally unprecedented and drastic growth. These surges have caused alarm with politicians and policymakers, and resulted in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac changing non-bank standards on May 20th.”The higher-risk profile of non-banks was also taken into consideration by the authors. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured loans are a major factor in recent preference of non-banks. The median FICO score of an FHA-insured non-bank borrower is 667, compared to 682 for banks, and at several large non-bank originators it is below 660. Cleveland Fed research deemed this to be subprime, and found that 26 percent of recent FHA-insured loan originations were approved to borrowers that did not quite meet this mark.“In the event of a housing market downturn, an excessive proliferation of risky FHA-insured loans to non-creditworthy borrowers could result in system-wide risk by bringing about higher rates of defaults that, in turn, could bring about counterparty risk,” Lux and Greene said. “This concern should draw the focus of policymakers.”View the complete paper at: HKS.Harvard.edu
The morning also saw the Perishable Pundit’s Thought-Leader Breakfast Panel session, whose panelists traveled from four continents and a broad spectrum of the supply chain to discuss topics ranging from Brexit to consumer engagement. Panelists included: Amanda Freitag, Chef, TV Personality & Cookbook Author, as well as The London Produce Show 2019 Ambassador (US); Clare Linstead, Senior Buying Manager for Tropical, Exotic and Stonefruit at Morrisons in the UK; George Liu, CEO of Frutacloud in China; Philip Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit at Sam’s Club in the US; Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association in the US; Raj Tugnait, Group CEO of Fresh Direct Group in the UK; Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer for Freshmark in South Africa; Stephan Weist, Director Category Management for REWE Group in Germany; and Maria Wieloch, Senior Category Manager for fruit, vegetables and flowers at ICA Sweden.The LPS19 got underway in earnest Wednesday with an action-packed program featuring multiple, concurrent conferences both public and private, all taking place at Grosvenor House.The launch of The Global Grape Summit in particular was a roaring success, receiving widespread praise from attendees and drawing a large international crowd of over 300 important industry actors to analyze ways to boost grape consumption and move the industry forward. Read the initial report here.Also taking place was The Foodservice Forum 2019, sponsored by Reynolds and Fresh Direct, which highlighted the ways in which technology and trends are truly transforming the foodservice industry in the UK, and the potential to make fresh produce more prominent on plates.Keynote speaker Simon Stenning, Founder and Strategic Advisor of FutureFoodservice.com, made a bold prediction, estimating that the UK foodservice market will be worth £106 billion by 2030, up from £90bn in 2018, driven largely by population growth. This, he said, represents significant opportunities for both foodservice operators and food suppliers.Following Freshfel Europe’s annual conference during the morning of June 5, The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) rounded off the day with its Trading with the UK seminar. Here, representatives from Defra, the Food Standards Agency and Freshfel Europe provided a comprehensive picture of how to trade with the UK now, as well as the potential trading panorama post-Brexit.In particular, attendees were made aware of two key dates that will affect some traders with, and importers in the UK market. On 1 September 2019, there will be new legislation that will regulate new pests and introduce new import requirements for certain products; while later, on 14 December, a new EU plant health regulation will come into effect.The LPS19 concludes Friday with a series of industry tours that will visit all factions of the UK fresh produce industry, including: production (hosted by Chambers/The Fruitery), logistics (Halo/DP World London Gateway), wholesale (New Covent Garden Market and New Spitalfields market), foodservice (a walking tour of operators in Shoreditch) and retail. Over the coming days, PBUK will publish further in-depth reports on the various elements of the LPS19. From the pages of Produce Business UKThe 2019 edition of The London Produce Show and Conference (LPS19) welcomed a record number of attendees Thursday on the central day of the three-day event, cementing its position as a must-attend date on the international fresh produce calendar.Decision-makers from all four corners of the globe convened at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel on London’s Park Lane in the UK, to meet, share and learn ideas to drive forward the international fresh produce business. Jim Prevor, Editor-in-Chief of Produce Business, officially opened the trade show together with US chef, television presenter and cookbook author Amanda Freitag, and Simon Smits, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UK.Prior to the trade show ribbon cutting, Ambassador Smits announced the winner and runners-up of the third annual Best International Initiative For Marketing Fresh Produce To Children 2019 Award, sponsored by The Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK on behalf of the Dutch fresh fruit and vegetable sector. First place went to US-based initiative Produce for Kids in recognition of its efforts to encourage and increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among children through produce and grocery retail partner programs.. Created in 2002 by Shuman Farms, a leading grower and shipper of Vidalia sweet onions in the US state of Georgia, Produce for Kids counts on the participation of more than 17,000 children and elementary school classes, and more than 2,000 retail stores. Additionally, the initiative has donated more than US$6 million to charities that benefit children and families nationwide. Accepting the award, John Shuman said he felt honored and humbled to receive the unexpected recognition, adding that he hopes to continue educating and giving back in years to come.“If we can teach children the importance of eating a diet of healthy fruits and vegetables, just think of the impact we could have not only our businesses but on health and nutrition across the world,” Shuman said.The 2019 runners-up were Aldi UK and Veg Power’s ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign. Previous winners of the accolade are ICA Sweden in 2018 and Lidl UK in 2017. 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Comments Share “I was a little surprised,” Warner told Arizona Sports620’s Burns and Gambo.Warner, who played with Brown from 2007-2010, said it maybe a case where a coaching staff is comfortable with aplayer and still has hope he can improve.“The one thing that you notice is that as guys continue togrow and as guys watch them as coaches, they may see somethings that are improvement,” he said. “From what I heard,they were really happy with the way he played the secondhalf of last year.”That seems to fit with what others have thought, thatBrown really stepped up hisplay in the team’s final eight games.Plus, Warner added, the Cardinals could have determinedthey were not going to find anyone better than Brown, soit just made sense to keep him.“A guy that you’re familiar with, a guy that’s been inyour system, a guy that you think is improving,” he said. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ When the Cardinals released Levi Brown on March 13, manyfans were pleased.After all, the former No. 5 pick in the 2007 draft hasbeena disappointment in the NFL, always known as the guyArizonachose instead of Adrian Peterson.However, the team re-signed the tackle just a few dayslater, with many of those same fans asking one, simplequestion.Why?Former Cardinal, now NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner, whoplayed with Brown, wondered the same thing. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation – / 23 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories “Both guys are extremely talented,” said Colledge. “We think both guys can win the game and I think we’re happy with whichever one [is starting] and we’re happy to have the other one backing him up.“We want guys that want to compete and guys that want to win. We think both guys can do that.”A fairly optimistic outlook by Mr. Colledge can’t negate how much pressure is on Kolb, who performed well-below expectations after signing a five-year contract worth $63 million. Once thought to be the new franchise quarterback, Kolb went 1-6 while battling injuries throughout the 2011 season, paving the way for backup Skelton to take his place on the field. Skelton finished the season with a less than adequate 54.9% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, but he did lead the Cardinals to six wins through late-game heroics. It’s the third day of Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff, and the birds are one step closer to deciding who will top the team’s depth chart at quarterback.Unfortunately, nobody is really sure whether Kevin Kolb or John Skelton has the inside track towards landing the starting gig.Offensive lineman Daryn Colledge joined Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo to give his thoughts on the quarterback battle, saying that regardless of who starts, having both players on the team is a huge benefit.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I definitely have a role. I see myself as a mentor and a guy that’s been around longer, so I have more experience to share. I try to help out (quarterback coach) Freddie (Kitchens) — Freddie’s got a lot going with game planning and scripts and all that, he’s got a full plate. So I try to help him out and help the young guys out. Answer as many questions and quiz and just do anything I can that can help them.”Do you need to help other QBs deal with the fact that if all goes according to plan, they won’t see any snaps this season?“That’s the game. That’s the game. Everybody wants to be healthy and not give up any reps, that’s the life of a quarterback that’s not a starter, whether you’re the second, third practice squad, whatever it is. You always have to be ready. You never know when your number’s going to be called. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but at the same time you want an opportunity. Whether you’re a rookie or not, that’s something you learn from day one when you start playing quarterback. There’s only one on the field at a time.”Bruce has said he may have the starters play less in the preseason, but do you feel like you need those extra plays? “It’s a double-edge sword. There’s good and bad to it. Obviously we want to play, but we don’t want to be out there and have anything crazy happen and miss real time in the regular season. You compare this year to last year, last year we desperately needed those reps. We needed those reps against a different color uniform playing different coverages and different pressures. I think we’re a lot more comfortable and in a much better place where we may not need those reps and they may not be as vital. You keep guys fresher that way by going through live tackle situations like you do in preseason games. It’s not our decision to make, that’s a head coaching decision and an organization decision. Coach knows how to win in this league, he knows how to win championships in this league. What he says goes, and we’ll follow his lead.”What’s it like facing your secondary every day?“It’s been a great challenge, individually, because there’s some really good athletes and good cover guys. But you mix in those guys with Coach Bowles’ system and the different looks. I mean, we’ve seen every single coverage there is. There’s a couple that we couldn’t identify — it’s like he’s making some stuff up just to try it, to see how it goes. So you combine, obviously, Pat and Antonio and the speed and athleticism and the ball skills that those guys have with the multitude of looks and bluffs and pressures, it’s as good a challenge as you can have in camp.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What has it meant to add extra speed to the offense?“It’s changed our offense. We were looking for it all last year with Brittan when he came in and played in that 49er game and had a couple long plays late in the year. You look at Mike and Larry who can run, but they’re physical, they’re going to outweigh guys, they’re going to outmuscle guys. They’re possession-type receivers, and you add guys that we’ve added this offseason like Bruce has had in his offense in the past with T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace and (Emmanuel) Sanders and all these guys. You add that dimension to this offense, it’s changed our offense.” – / 37 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets with the media several times during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:Do you feel like you have a role helping young quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Ryan Lindley prepare throughout camp?
With the Arizona Cardinals on a bye in Week 4, there are plenty of players using the time to get closer to 100 percent healthy.Running back Andre Ellington, who has been bothered by a foot injury, will benefit. So will cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who dinged up his knee in last Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.You can put quarterback Carson Palmer into that category as well. The veteran has missed the last two games with a nerve issue in his right shoulder, but according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Palmer believes he’ll be back in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Palmer suffered the injury in the Cardinals’ Monday Night Football season opener against the San Diego Chargers when he was hit by safety Eric Weddle on a scramble. He finished the game, but the condition worsened and kept him out of wins against the New York Giants and San Francisco.Backup Drew Stanton has performed well in Palmer’s absence, completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 411 yards and two touchdowns. Top Stories 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer told me nerve in shoulder has improved, expects to throw this week, planning to play vs #Broncos after bye week— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 24, 2014 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
NBC’s Peter King spent the NFL Draft Combine walking through the messy smoke surrounding the Arizona Cardinals and their apparent interest in drafting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.A number of conclusions came out of it, as King wrote in his Monday column and discussed Tuesday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf.While many other reporters heard in the rumor mill that Arizona, which owns the No. 1 pick, strongly pushed the possibility of drafting a quarterback for the second time in two years, the truth is the Cardinals likely haven’t said as much. Top Stories For one, there is much more time for Arizona to complete a draft board as general manager Steve Keim has said publicly. What’s also making rumors of a decision in early March more unlikely is this: the Cardinals telling teams they would draft Murray, thus putting second-year QB Josh Rosen on the trade block, would tank their current quarterback’s value.Related LinksKyler Murray brings an attitude and edge to the 2019 NFL CombineKyler Murray’s great measurements do nothing but help Arizona CardinalsKyler Murray weighs in, helps stock at the NFL Draft CombineCardinals need to select Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick in 2019 NFL DraftAs Kyler Murray talks loom for Cards, what is Josh Rosen’s trade value?King doesn’t know whether Arizona would draft Murray. He just knows that if the Cardinals like him that much or if they have reservations about Rosen’s upside after one year playing behind the worst offensive line in the NFL, they should pull the trigger.What King did learn was there are reasons to believe in Murray as a prospect. He gave three good reasons, backed with statistics, to explain why reservations about Murray aren’t warranted.First, a reminder about the Oklahoma QB’s senior year:4,361 passing yardsCompletion percentage of 69.042 passing touchdowns7 interceptions1,001 rushing yards7.2 yards per carry12 rushing touchdownsNow, on to King’s knowledge drop with Doug & Wolf:1. Winning is what he does wellMurray went 42-0 with three state championships as a starting quarterback at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 21 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Kyler Murray posses with the Davey O’Brien football award he received in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Murray accepted the Davey O’Brien award in his first public appearance since the Heisman Trophy winner announced his plan to pursue an NFL career rather than report to spring training as a first-round pick of the Oakland A’s. (AP Photo/LM Otero) “He has always been the shortest quarterback,” King told Doug & Wolf. “The guy is a proven winner.” Old photos sometimes are the best photos: Josh Rosen’s Instagram post from 2015, when he and Kyler Murray competed at the @Elite11 with other QBs like Sam Darnold, Drew Lock and Jarrett Stidham. pic.twitter.com/Xzu45VXhFd— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 20192. Murray did fine behind an NFL-sized offensive line“He played behind an offensive line that was, in order, 6, 6, 7, 7 (and) 7 inches taller than him,” King said. “And he had five passes batted down in his senior year at Oklahoma. The 6-foot-4 kid from Ohio State, Dwayne Haskins, had eight passes batted down.”3. All that said, he’s a pocket-passer“The last thing I would say: even though he ran for 1,000 yards at Oklahoma, they were almost exclusively on designed runs,” Kings said. “He threw 89 percent of his passes from the pocket last year. He only threw 41 balls on the run last year.“I’m only making those points because … he’s not the running quarterback. This is a good pocket passer.”