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Claims Continue to Fall in Airline Sector While Airlines Look to Consolidate Their Insurance Programmes
Finds Aon's 1st Quarter 2004 Airline Insurance Market Review

London - 11 May 2004 - The first quarter of 2004 has seen the overall value of claims for the airline industry continue to drop over last year (which itself showed the lowest level of losses in history). The total amount for hull and liability claims was US$148.91 million, which compares to US$239.94 million for the same period in 2003. Aon's Airline Insurance Market Review 1st Quarter 2004 also found that the trend for premium reductions continued in this quarter although these reductions have slowed and only a small percentage of airlines renewed their insurance programmes in this period.

"The continuing fall in the value of claims for the first quarter of 2004 is very encouraging news for the airline sector, particularly on the back of 2003 which in itself represented the lowest level of losses in airline insurance history," said Steve Doyle, Manager of Aon's Aviation Global Practice Group.

"Though the first quarter represented a small percentage of the total airline insurance renewals we saw an average premium reduction of 14%, which continues the reductions of 2003, albeit at a slightly slower pace. Some airlines have achieved greater premium reductions by continuing the trend of consolidating their insurance programmes with other airlines. This could impact the market in the long term as premium volumes decline and make the sector less attractive to insurers. The financial dynamics of the market remain finely balanced with the annual renewal profile allowing for insurance market reaction to any change in circumstances." Doyle added.

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