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Old March 14th, 2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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Subang SkyPark to announce FBO, MRO operators
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KUALA LUMPUR: Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd, the developer of SkyPark Subang aviation hub, has received bids from three international players to run fixed base operations (FBO) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations.

The contenders are Jet Aviation, ExecuJet and Hawker Pacific, Subang SkyPark said in a statement yesterday. It added that the appointment of both FBO and MRO operators would be announced by end-March.

“Three international players are bidding to do the FBO and MRO businesses at Subang SkyPark with discussions reaching an advanced stage,” said Subang SkyPark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon.

“The FBO and MRO businesses are understood to be exciting for the operators who see SkyPark Subang as pivotal for their Asean market expansion given the strong performance by aviation manufacturers,” he added.

Citing the Aviation International News report, Subang SkyPark said general aviation manufacturers enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2007, with billings totalling US$21.9 billion (RM70.7 billion), up 16.5% from the previous year, and worldwide shipments reaching 4,272 airplanes, up 5.4%.

For the first time ever, shipments of executive jets exceeded the 1,000-per-year barrier, climbing to 1,138 last year, while turboprops reported growth by 11.1%, the report said.

“Given the strong performance of the manufacturers, the FBO and MRO operations are being fast tracked to ensure that the Malaysian government’s goal to make Malaysia the region’s leading general and corporate aviation hub is realised,” Ravindran said.

Among the major business jet manufacturers that reported gains in 2007 are Airbus, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus, Piper and Socata.

Last December, the government gave the nod to Subang SkyPark to undertake a RM300 million project to transform Terminal 3 at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang into a modern general and corporate aviation hub.

Earlier last month, the construction works for a corporate jet SkyLounge, the first step by Subang SkyPark in the transformation of the terminal for jet travellers flying in and out of Malaysia, had started.

The SkyLounge, a separate private enclave featuring meeting rooms, a 30-seater luxury lounge with food and beverage facilities for jet passengers, a private VVIP lounge, a cigar lounge, a bar, kitchenette, toilets, shower and changing room facilities, a gym and surau, is expected to be completed early May.

“The project is on schedule,” Ravindran said.
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Cashing in on growing demand for private jets
Published: 2008/04/10




Asia is experiencing a significant growth in demand for private jet services. Anna Maria Samsudin looks at how Malaysia aims to capture the growing number of jet-setters in the region.
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DEMAND for private jets and related services is experiencing robust growth in Asia.

What was previously a luxury that could only be afforded by dignitaries and the rich and famous, the use of private jets is now fast catching on among the region's corporate fraternity. This is mainly because of the convenience offered; it lets them travel faster, which means savings in time and cost.

Asia now accounts for some 5,000 units, or 38 per cent, of the 14,000 units of private jets operating across the globe.

The more diverse demand for air travel in the region has also contributed to the development of Asia's aviation sector.


Beneficiaries are support sectors, particularly in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), as well as fixed-based operation (FBO) areas. FBO involves having facilities like hotels, food areas and offices.

To capture the growing number of jetsetters in the region, the country has already drawn its map with the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) plan.

Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has entrusted Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd to turn Subang Airport's Terminal 3 into an ultra-modern general and corporate aviation hub.

This is expected to give existing regional players like Singapore and Hong Kong a run for their money.

Armed with a RM300 million investment and a 59-year lease, the transformation of Terminal 3, to be carried out in stages in three years, will focus on three key thrusts.

First is the upgrade of infrastructure followed by having five-star FBO facilities. Then, it will focus on creating a regional aviation centre that includes MRO facilities and developing a commercial nexus within the area.

The presence of SkyPark Subang is set to bring back life to Terminal 3, which has been regarded as a tired old airport for quite some time now.

To be sure, there are concerns of how Malaysia, a late entrant in this market, would fare against veterans like Singapore and Hong Kong that have been in the game much longer.

Subang SkyPark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon pointed out that Malaysia's edge lies on the fact that it has land for expansion.

"Land in Singapore and Hong Kong is an issue and they might have problems in expanding their operations. We hope to capitalise on this. With bigger space, we can accommodate more aircraft," he explained in an interview.

Subang SkyPark helps conceptualise, develop, manage and operate general and corporate aviation hubs.

Under the arrangement with MAHB, the airport operator will continue to manage operations at Terminal 3 serving Firefly and Berjaya Air, while Subang SkyPark will be in charge of the private jet centre.

News of the transformation of Terminal 3 or now known as SkyPark Subang has resulted in encouraging response from international players, and Swiss-based jet service provider Vista Jet is among those that have chosen Subang as their hub in Asia.

In addition, other renowned international names such as Jet Aviation, ExecuJet and Hawker Pacific have also expressed interest to set up MRO operations at Terminal 3.

They are due to announce their decision sometime this month.

Meanwhile, Aviation International News reported that general aviation manufacturers enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2007.

Billings totalled US$21.9 billion (RM70 billion), up 16.5 per cent from the previous year, and worldwide shipments were up by 5.4 per cent to 4,272 airplanes.

For the first time ever, shipments of executive jets exceeded 1,000 units a year, climbing to 1,138 last year. Turboprops were also seen as a bright spot, with growth reported to be up 11.1 per cent.

Among the major business jet manufacturers that reported increased orders last year were Airbus, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus, Piper and Socata.

In fact, corporate jet manufacturers such as Bombardier, Gulfstream and Falcon now have full orders in their books up to 2012 and 2013, reports said.

As such, it is not surprising to see international jet players rushing in to secure a spot in the region to capture a sizeable chunk of this lucrative market.

Aviation portal "JETS' RU" reported that ExecuJet has recently set up its Asian base at Singapore's Seletar Aerospace Park, while Jet Aviation, which has been around since 1995, is planning to double the size of its existing hangar there.

Newcomer Malaysia too has received favourable attention from industry players.

Apart from Vista Jet, Cirrus and Cessna have also set their sights to set up operations at the Subang airport.

The availability of more industry players in this part of the world, be it airframe or component manufacturers, MRO service providers or FBO operators, means that more jet owners in Asia would not have to travel far to service their aircraft.

On top of that, SkyPark Subang could benefit from Arab jet-setters due to good relationship between Malaysia and Middle East countries.

Such development would certainly serve as another contributing factor to the projected boom in Asia's private jet market growth.

This, in turn, would create other spin- offs such as employment opportunities and technology transfer, and even would attract more foreign investments.
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RM300m to transform Terminal 3



The proposed transformation of Terminal 3 will regain Subang airport's prominence and long-established name on the global aviation map, says Subang Skypark


SUBANG Skypark Sdn Bhd plans to pump in RM300 million to transform Terminal 3 of the Subang airport into an ultra-modern general and corporate aviation hub.


Executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said the transformation work, to be conducted in stages, is scheduled to be fully completed within three years.


Part of the Malaysian International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) project, the transformation comprises three key thrusts.


The first thrust will focus on infrastructure upgrade and five-star fixed base operation (FBO) facilities.


The second will see the creation of a regional aviation centre, including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, dedicated hangarage and corporate aviation-related industries.


In the third thrust, a commercial nexus will be created, making it a commercial and tourism-centric leisure destination.


Work on the infrastructure upgrade and five-star FBO facilities is expected to start between this month and March next year, and to be completed in six months.


"We will be able to complete the transformation work fast in this phase because Terminal 3 is already a functional terminal. The infrastructure is already there.

"The proposed redevelopment and transformation of the terminal will regain Subang's prominence and long-established name on the global aviation map," Ravindran said after signing a 59-year lease agreement, via Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, with the government for 10ha in the Subang airport in Langkawi yesterday.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy witnessed the signing.


Signing for Subang Skypark were Ravindran and director Aisamar Kadil Mydin Syed Marikiah, while Malaysia Airports was represented by its chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman and managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.


Ravindran also pointed out that the corporate aviation market, of which 60 per cent still comes from the US and Europe, is developing fast in Asia.


Currently, only Singapore and Hong Kong operate one-stop centres catering for private jets in this part of the world.


Ravindran is optimistic that Terminal 3, despite being a late entrant in the private jet market in the region, will be able to compete with Singapore and Hong Kong.


"Our competitive advantage is, we have the luxury of space.


"Land in Singapore and Hong Kong is an issue and they might have problems in expanding their operations. We hope to capitalise on this. With bigger space, we can accommodate more aircraft," he said.


Subang Skypark, jointly owned by Anggun Intelek Pvt Ltd and Ara Corp, is a concepteur, developer, manager and operator of general and corporate aviation hubs.


Under the arrangement with Malaysia Airports, the airport operator will continue to manage operations at Terminal 3 serving Firefly and Berjaya Air, while Subang Skypark will be in charge of the private jet centre.
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Subang Terminal 3 refurbishment 'in the works'


SUBANG SkyPark Sdn Bhd is expected to announce next month the award of major refurbishment works to Terminal 3 of Subang airport, currently catering to Firefly and Berjaya Air passengers.

"The terminal was last built more than 20 years ago and certainly deserves to be refurbished for our community travellers who also expect and deserve a certain level of modern comfort and convenience," Subang SkyPark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said in a statement yesterday.

Last month, the government had awarded Subang SkyPark a 59-year lease through Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd to undertake the transformation of Terminal 3 into an ultra-modern general and corporate aviation hub.

For starters, it will begin construction work on a five-star corporate executive lounge at the SkyPark Subang fixed base operation (FBO) centre, which was awarded to ArcRadius Sdn Bhd this week.

Covering 9,000 sq ft, the international standard but locally designed SkyLounge is expected to be ready by the end of March 2008.

The lounge is part of the overall design for SkyPark Subang where RM300 million in three key thrusts is being invested over the next three years to transform it into the region's largest general and corporate aviation hub.







Ravindran said the SkyLounge will cater for corporate and private jet owners who demand private luxury.

"The growing phenomenon for the world's wealthiest to fly by private jet, and to arrive in style at their own pace and schedule, has provided the impetus for this development," he said.

ArcRadius was selected from a four-corner pitch on the merits of its creative concept design, effective use of space and track record for exceptional interior design works.

The SkyLounge will feature meeting rooms, a 30-seater luxury lounge with food and beverage facilities for passengers, a private VVIP lounge, a cigar lounge, a bar, kitchenette, toilets, shower and changing room facilities, a gym and surau.
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Skypark to name operators soon




SUBANG Skypark Sdn Bhd, which is redeveloping terminal three in Subang airport into the region's largest general and corporate aviation hub, will soon announce the appointment of the operators of its fixed based operations (FBO) and maintenance repair overhaul operations (MRO), said its executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon.

He said three international bidders have been shortlisted and discussions are at the advanced stage and the appointment will be made later this month.

The contenders are two Switzerland-based business aviation groups Jet Aviation and ExecuJet as well as Australia's Hawker Pacific.

"The FBO and MRO businesses would be exciting for the operators as Subang SkyPark is expected to be pivotal for their Asean market expansion given the strong performance by aviation manufacturers," he said in a statement yesterday.

According to an Aviation International News report, general aviation manufacturers enjoyed another record-breaking year last year, with billings totalling US$21.9 billion (RM69 billion), up 16.5 per cent from the previous year, and worldwide shipments of 4,272 airplanes, up 5.4 per cent.

The report said shipments of executive jets, which exceeded the 1,000 per year barrier, increased to 1,138 last year.

"Given the strong performance of the manufacturers, the FBO and MRO operations are being fast-tracked to ensure that the government's goal to make Malaysia the region's leading general and corporate aviation hub is realised," said Ravindran.

He added that the construction of SkyLounge, which is on schedule, is expected to be ready for operations in early May this year.
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Vista Jet picks Subang to be Asian hub


The business jet service provider expects to begin operations in Skypark Subang.



BUSINESS jet service provider Vista Jet has chosen the Subang airport's Terminal 3, now know as Skypark Subang, to be its hub in Asia to capture the region's rapidly growing market.


Chairman Thomas Flohr said the company is optimistic that the upcoming ultra-modern private jet centre will be the best place for it to operate in the region.


He said that one of the reasons for choosing Subang is because of its close proximity to the city, unlike most corporate division centres in the world which are located far away.


"We have taken 18 months to do a due diligence on Skypark. We like what it has to offer.


"In addition, the commitment that we see from the operator Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian government is among the reasons why we feel that Skypark will be the perfect partner for us," Flohr told a press conference after the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Subang Skypark yesterday.


Vista Jet expects to begin operations in Skypark Subang between the end of the month and early next year. Initially, it will operate two jets, Bombardier Challenger 605 and 604, priced between US$30 million and US$60 million (RM100 million and RM200 million).


Depending on the market demand and availability of aircraft, Flohr said there are plans to park more jets.


"Although I would not be able to specifically say how many more aircraft we plan to have in Subang, there are plans to eventually increase our jets there as demand grows," he added.





Subang Skypark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said the facilities to be built in Skypark Subang will complement services provided by Vista Jet.


"Our six-star fixed base operation facility is able to provide Vista Jet clients with the services they require," he said.


The Switzerland-based Vista Jet is the fastest-growing private jet company, with over 500 passengers and at least 300 flights a month.

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SkyPark Subang to get a RM35m facelift
Published: 2008/04/18


SKYPARK Subang airport will undergo a RM35 million refurbishment with new interiors and facilities added for the comfort and convenience of travellers.

The refurbishment, which involves a four corner pitch, covers 157,000 sq ft of airport floor space and caters to travellers of FireFly and Berjaya Air.

A recent dipstick study by Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd of its travellers shows that terminal three is in dire need of upgrading, rejuvenation and modernisation, it said in a statement yesterday.

"It would be good to have proper signages, broadband WiFi, coffee cafes, fastfood restaurants, a pharmacy, ATMs in the passenger lounge and duty-free stores in the departure hall," a frequent traveller said.

The terminal upgrade includes the check-in counters brought to the forefront, a fresh entrance facade and an annexe that will house food and beverage outlets.

"It will be a major improvement to the current terminal three setting, which was built 15 years ago," said Subang SkyPark director of corporate strategy Fariz Hashim.

He added that the refurbishment is expected to be completed within six months of commissioning and community travellers will enjoy an organised approach at the airport. The refurbishment is part of the company's RM300 million privately funded initiative to make SkyPark Subang the region's largest general and corporate aviation hub.

The three-year overall design for SkyPark Subang is divided into three key thrusts. Thrust I involves upgraded infrastructure and five-star fixed-base operation facilities.

Thrust II involves creating a regional aviation centre including maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, dedicated hangarage and corporate aviation related industries. Thrust III will see the creation of a commercial nexus, a leisure mall that is tourism-centric revolving around an aviation theme.
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Subang SkyPark to refurbish airport

KUALA LUMPUR: Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd has allocated RM35mil for the refurbishment of Terminal 3 (T3) of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

The refurbishment covered about 157,000 sq ft of T3 and would see new interior design and facilities to cater to FireFly and Berjaya Air passengers, corporate strategy managing director Fariz Hashim said in a statement.

“The refurbishment is expected to be completed within six months of commissioning and passengers will, in addition to the new check-in facilities, also enjoy an organised approach in the airport,” he said in the statement.

The entire project would be privately funded, he added.

Fariz said the upgrading would see the check-in counters brought back to the forefront as well as a fresh entrance facade and an annexe housing food and beverage outlets.

“These will be the most visibly captivating points for our travellers as it will be a major improvement to T3 which was built 15 years ago,” he added.

He said the terminal's refurbishment was part of a three-year overall design fo Subang SkyPark for which RM300mil was being invested to transform it into the region's largest general and corporate aviation hub. – Bernama
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Big plans for Terminal 3
By TAN KARR WEI


LOW-cost airline passengers at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SAAS) Airport in Subang can look forward to a refurbished Terminal 3 by the end of September this year.

The terminal is currently in a dismal state with no proper signboards to direct passengers to the check-in counters located further inside the terminal building.


Future vision: An artist's impression of the refurbished terminal.

With random retail and food and beverage outlets operating inside, it looks more like a neglected shopping complex than an airport terminal.

It is a free-for-all outside the terminal currently, with cars parked along the two lanes meant for passenger drop-off and pick-up.

Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd corporate strategy director Mohd Fariz Hashim said the RM35mil upgrading works on the 15-year-old terminal would start this month.

“We want to complete it in five months.Terminal 3 operates round the clock so we can’t close it completely. The various sections would be closed in phases,” said Fariz.

The upgrading works are timely, with more travellers expected to use the airport for low-cost carriers like FireFly and Berjaya Air.


Current situation: Terminal 3 is in need of the refurbishment as more low-cost airline passengers begin using it.

Besides the refurbishment of the interior, the front of the building would also see a facade uplift to give it a more modern look.

For the convenience of passengers, check-in counters would be located at the front of the building.

There would be a separate departure lounge to accommodate the more frequent daily international flights from places like Koh Samui and Singapore.

The retail and food outlets would be placed in a more systematic manner and additional retail space would be made available.

“We’re trying to get established food outlets and cafes to operate at Terminal 3. Besides serving the passengers, we also want to attract residents in the surrounding neighbourhood to shop and dine here,” he said.


Uninviting: Terminal 3 looks before bare at the moment with few retail outlets.

In addition to extending the mezzanine floor, a new retail annexe with about 500sqm of space on each floor would be built adjacent to the existing building.

There are plans to build a commercial centre at the open-air car park opposite the terminal.

“That is still in the conceptualisation stage so for the time being, we’re going to get the car park operator to tidy up the place, put in lighting and beef up security. Many people don’t want to park there due to lack of security ,” Fariz said.

In addition to restoration works, Terminal 3 would see the construction of two MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) hangars and ten hangars for corporate and private jets.

“The ten hangars would be built in stages, depending on demand from owners of these jets,” Fariz said.

To cope with the additional traffic volume, Fariz said Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang road in front of Terminal 3 is expected to be widened and would eventually connect to Sungai Buloh.

For the first two weeks of May, the public can expect hoardings to be put up around the terminal as refurbishment works begin.


Malaysia International Aerospace Centre (MIAC)

The Terminal 3 refurbishment is part of a master plan to realise the government’s goal of being a regional player in the aerospace industry by 2015.

This National Aerospace Blueprint was launched in 1997 by the then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) corporate planning senior general manager Datuk Mahat Samah said when the airport operations moved to KLIA, they had to find another use for it.

“The facilities here are tremendous. Not many airports have a (Boeing) 747 runway and it is underutilised now. Subang has huge potential because of that,” Mahat said.

With the convergence of the different aerospace sectors (general aviation, maintenance, general aviation, helicopter centre, military and manufacturing) into one area, there are also plans to set up the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT) campus at Subang.

The campus would be the development nearest to the Ara Damansara residence (refer to map) but Mahat said it was just a training institution with no flying school so noise would not be an issue.

“The aim is to train the required human capital to service the aerospace industry at MIAC,” he said.

He said there were also plans to move the air cargo company which is currently operating from Subang to KLIA by 2012.

“Even the MAHB headquarters would be moved to KLIA so that the space they are currently occupying at Terminal 2 can make way for other operations,” Mahat said.
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Turning Subang into SkyPark
By THEAN LEE CHENG

MALAYSIA will join the likes of other countries in the region to have a private jet centre catering to the needs and requirements of private corporate jets. Currently, they are being serviced in Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park.

The development of the private jet centre will be done by Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd, which is jointly owned by Anggun Intelek Pvt Ltd and Ara Corp, a concepteur, developer, manager and operator of general and corporate aviation hubs.

To be located at Terminal 3, the private jet centre will cater to four to 12-seater light jets, which may be individually or corporately owned.


We are updating Terminal 3, says Mohd Fariz (inset).

Under the agreement, Subang SkyPark director for corporate strategy Mohd Fariz Hashim says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will continue to manage the operations of Terminal 3 which will continue to serve Firefly, the low-cost carrier of Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Berjaya Air while Subang SkyPark will take care of the facilities and needs of corporate jets. However, the responsibility to transform and upgrade the rundown Terminal 3 falls on Subang SkyPark.

In line with this, Subang SkyPark will be pumping about RM35mil to refurbish the place, which at one point, was even used as a venue for a jumble sale, to the chagrin of the Selangor royal family member.

Since then, the refurbishment programme, talked and mulled over the last few years, has been speeded up.

Says Fariz: “We are not reinventing the wheel. We are working with what is available. We are not designing a completely new airport but updating the current Terminal 3. Plans have been finalised and work is expected to begin in May.” Terminal 3 has a footprint of about 160,000 sq ft. It was built about 15 years ago to cater to 3.5 million passengers.

“We will cause as little disruption as possible but tenants will have to be moved. We will have make-shift tunnels for passengers to go through to get to the necessary points in order for them to take off,” says Fariz.

The refurbishment will see new areas to house retailers and food and beverage (F&B) outlets. Signages and facilities will be improved. These include retailers, information counters, waiting and boarding lounges. The banks will also be moved into the airport; they are now currently located outside.

“We have hired international airport consultants from Canada to help us with the refurbishment. Virtually, all that is necessary for an airport to be operational will be put in place by September,” says Fariz.

The luggage check-in points will also be brought forward at the front entrance instead of tucked behind inside the airport.

“In most airports, passengers check in their luggage, which frees them to browse in shops,” says Fariz.

In addition, there are hardly any retail offerings that owners of a private jet or those who fly in one would need, considering what is available today.

But beyond and outside this budget of RM35mil refurbishment, Subang SkyPark will also be building two maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangars and 10 parking hangars for light jet planes. The MRO hangars will be 42 metres by 47 metres while the parking hangars 36 metres x 36 metres.

They have also approached jet owners about parking their planes there. Fariz says there are currently about 30 owners, both individuals and corporations and members of the royal families. Right now, these planes are scattered around in shed-like hangars. “We will make it a more unified look,” he says.

Two of the 10 parking hangars will be completed by the end of 2009 while the MRO hangars will be completed by the end of this year. Earthworks will begin June 1 on the hangars.

The investment on the hangars, excluding the RM35mil refurbishment, will come up to between RM120mil and RM130mil.

Fariz says the company will be bringing in international operators to manage the private jet centre. They have narrowed down the operators to two. The contenders are reported to be a Switzerland-based business aviation group and Australia's Hawker Pacific.

Subang SkyPark, which is about one year old, will be working with the operator as to the type of equipment and facilities that will be needed in the hangars as well as MAHB.

“About half a million passengers are expected to use this airport by the end of 2008. By 2009 we are expecting one million.

“With this numbers, our work will not be limited to just refurbishment and building of hangers. We aim to create a hub, an airport city around here. This means other amenities like a boutique hotel and shopping facilities are needed. This will be build outside Terminal 3 as part of RM300mil budget to turn this into an aviation hub,” says Fariz.

Because Terminal 3 was build to cater to larger planes like 747s, its runway are very wide which is a real boon for the smaller planes.

“We have the advantage and privilege of space, unlike Hong Kong and Singapore. They too are using older airports as a private jet centres, but they do not have the space. We do, so there is every likelihood of Terminal 3 becoming a popular aviation hub among private jet owners,” says Fariz.

Subang SkyPark is reported to be owned by four individuals. They are Subang SkyPark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon, Datuk Jamil Bidin, who is the chief executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Aisamar Kadil Mydin Syed Marikiah and Azman Abul Hasan, both of whom are directly or indirectly related to ARA Group. The ARA group is involved in transport infrastructure business including roads, rails and airports; utilities including power generation, sewage and waste water treatment plant; buildings and installations. Ravindran and Aisamar are also the co-founders of ARA Group.
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VistaJet committed to Malaysia
Published: 2008/05/13



VistaJet's decision to make Subang a regional HQ is in line with plans to serve the Asian region on a more permanent and regular basis



THE US$60 million (US$1:RM3.21) investment in two Bombardier Challengers which will be based in Skypark Subang is a reflection of the commitment of VistaJet Holding SA to Malaysia and the Asian region.

In a statement in Kuala Lumpur today, Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd, said the European-based business jet airline’s decision to make Subang its regional headquarters was based on Malaysia’s vision and commitment to develop its business aviation industry.

"This is also in line with its plans for expansion in which it wants its aircraft to serve the Asian region on a more permanent and regular basis,” it said.

VistaJet made its maiden revenue flight out of the newly-completed Subang SkyLounge on May 1.

Located at Terminal 3 in Subang, SkyLounge is a separate, exclusive and private wing.

Among its features are meeting rooms, a luxury lounge with food and beverage facilities, a cigar lounge, a bar, kitchenette, toilets, shower and changing room facilities, a gym, surau and rest area.

Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd is the developer, manager and operator of general and corporate aviation hubs for the region. — Bernama
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Vistajet to invest RM192m in SkyPark Subang


KUALA LUMPUR: A private jet company VistaJet plans to invest US$60mil (RM192mil) in SkyPark Subang under its plan to make Kuala Lumpur its regional base for Asia.

VistaJet’s commitment to Malaysia and the Asian region involves an initial US$60mil investment where two Bombardier Challengers (the Challenger 605 and a Challenger 604) will be permanently based in Subang SkyPark.

Its decision to make Subang its regional headquarters was based on Malaysia’s vision and commitment to develop its business aviation industry, the company said in a statement.

This was also in line with the company’s plans for expansion in which it wants its aircraft to serve the Asian region on a more permanent and regular basis.

Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd Executive Director Datuk Ravindran Menon said Malaysia has enjoyed a very successful commercial aviation industry but what was missing was corporate aviation that seemed to lack focus.

“This was something we needed to kickstart and that brought us together with VistaJet, and within a span of just two months, we have successfully created a world class FBO (fixed based operations) in Subang to serve corporate and general aviation needs,” he said.

VistaJet made its maiden revenue flight out of the newly-completed Subang SkyLounge on May 1.

Located at Terminal 3 in Subang, the SkyLounge is a separate, exclusive and private wing featuring meeting rooms, a luxury lounge with food and beverage facilities for private jet passengers, a private VVIP lounge, a cigar lounge, a bar, kitchenette, toilets, shower and changing room facilities, a gym, surau as well as a crew lounge and rest area.

It also houses its own immigration, customs and quarantine (ICQ) facilities for absolute convenience. Vehicles access to the SkyLounge is also via a separate entrance for uncompromised privacy and security.

When fully operational, passengers of all private jets and aircraft, in bound to Malaysia or outbound, will embark and disembark at the SkyLounge.
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MAHB in talks to secure 140ha site in Subang
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2008/06/03




MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is in talks with the Selangor state government to secure a 140ha site adjacent to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

MAHB senior general manager for operations Datuk Azmi Murad told reporters in Subang yesterday that the company has earmarked the land as part of its expansion exercise.

"We are talking to some 10 investors who have shown interest in our Malaysia International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) project," Azmi said.

MAHB leased the land at the airport from the Federal Lands Commissioner (FLC) for a period of 60 years for the MIAC project. It pays a yearly rental of RM2.3 million for the land.



MAHB has in turn sub-leased the airport to Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd, for redevelopment.

As of November last year, MIAC had 29 tenants, comprising eight MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) companies, including Malaysia Airlines and Airod Sdn Bhd, 15 general aviation and five aviation-related companies.

Azmi accompanied Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat on the latter's working visit to the airport yesterday.

Ong said there is a proposal by a private company to connect the existing Subang KTM station to KL Sentral.

"The party has not submitted a proposal to the ministry yet. However, what I have been presented with so far has been impressive," he said.

Ong said the ministry is receptive to any project that would work to attract more passenger traffic through Subang airport.

Ong said his visit to the airport was to ascertain the true situation regarding the redevelopment of the airport and the MIAC project.

He said he is confident that all the work currently being done in Terminal 1, 2 and 3 will be completed in 2010.

Subang SkyPark is spending RM35 million to refurbish Terminal 3.

The redevelopment of Subang airport is a privately-funded initiative.

Meanwhile, Ong said Subang airport will continue to cater to only turboprop planes, and that no new airline is expected to operate there.
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Subang airport to KL Sentral rail link mulled


PETALING JAYA: A train service linking the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang and KL Sentral is one of the proposals that will be considered in redeveloping the airport, said Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat.

Whether it would be an express train, Light Rail Transit or commuter train, it needed further study, he said.

On the redevelopment of the airport, he said all three terminals are expected to function fully by 2010.

A new project, SkyPark Subang, would be a general and corporate aviation hub comprising the existing Terminal 3 building, regional aviation centre also known as the Hangarage Complex and the Commercial nexus, he added.

At Terminal 2, there will be 12 hangars in operation for repairs, while Terminal 1 has been identified as the site for maintenance, repair and overhaul.
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VistaJet to provide executive jet service
By B.K. SIDHU


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian businessman can hire an executive jet, with Switzerland-based VistaJet setting up a hub at the Subang SkyPark Terminal at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

Hiring a charter executive jet also eliminates the need for huge investments to buy an aircraft and paying the fees for keeping the plane in a hangar. It also saves on fuel costs and hiring a pilot to fly the plane.

VistaJet now has two aircraft and by year-end this will increase to 22 that can virtually fly anyone from Malaysia around the globe. VistaJet plans to capture the Asian market from its base in Subang.

Once confined to the rich and famous, the executive jet is becoming more popular among business travellers that have to fly several time zones for their meetings.

Of course the charges are a lot higher than for a commercial flight but for businessmen who have to traverse several zones, chartering an executive jet outweighs flying in a commercial aircraft where the traveller has to face long security checks, long waits in airports and a lack of direct connectivity that makes the journey even longer.

Today Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will officially launch VistaJet’s entry into Asia via the newly built SkyPark FBO Malaysia facility at Terminal 3. The launch will be witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat.
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SkyPark to bring new life to Subang airport
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2008/08/07




SKYPARK FBO Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a newly set up fixed base operator (FBO) at the Subang airport, expects to chart RM3 million to RM5 million in revenue in its first year of operation.

The company, which is part of the RM350 million redevelopment plan for Subang airport, is the result of a joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation Group and Australia's Hawker Pacific.

It offers services for private and corporate aircraft such as fuelling, repairs, parking, tie-down and hangar storage.

"The introduction of Swiss VistaJet Holding SA's charter services and the establishment of the SkyPark FBO (in Malaysia) takes us further forward in our journey towards setting up the region's first general and corporate aviation hub with world-class standard of products, services, facilities and amenities," Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at the launch of SkyPark FBO in Subang yesterday.



He said it is the aim of the government to develop the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre into a pulsating and thriving centre of private aviation, the largest and finest in Asean, if not Asia.

VistaJet is SkyPark FBO's first customer to offer private jet charter services with an initial commitment of two dedicated aircraft in Subang.

There are plans to bring in another aircraft in 2009.

"Subang has been quiet for the last 10 years and we plan to put it back on the world map," Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said.

He said the first phase of the redevelopment of Subang Airport is almost complete with the launch of SkyPark FBO and the RM35 million refurbishment of Terminal 3 which will be completed in October this year.

Work on Phase 2 of the three-part redevelopment of the terminal is to start next month. It will entail the creation of a regional aviation centre with maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, a dedicated hangar and corporate aviation-related industries.

"The FBO operations will be a significant investment for both Hawker Pacific and ExecuJet, but it will be the investment that is put into the development of the MRO facility that would be enormous," Hawker Pacific chief executive officer Alan Smith said.

He said a typical maintenance facility would involve between US$5 million and US$10 million (RM16.4 million and RM32.8 million) in investments, without taking into account the investment in training.

Hawker Pacific and ExecuJet plan to individually operate MRO hangars in their own products and services, with aircraft parking services.
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VistaJet to use Subang Skypark as regional hub


SUBANG: VistaJet SA, which is involved in executive jet services, plans to use Subang SkyPark for its regional hub as its expands its Asian network and taps into the increasing number of rich corporate clients.

VistaJet chairman Thomas Flohr said there was a huge demand for business aviation, especially the executive air charter flights in Asia.

He said the Switzerland-based company’s optimism for such services was reflected in its recent move to order 35 Bombardier business jets, including an option for an additional 25 aircraft.

“The growing number of rich corporate people in Asia like in China, India and also Malaysia shows that business is booming and they all need to move around the globe without much hassle.

“VistaJet wants to make their business trips simple yet efficient at affordable prices and in comfort,” he told reporters yesterday after the official opening of Subang SkyPark by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Also present was Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat.

Najib and Ong later witnessed the signing ceremony between Subang SkyPark owner Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd and VistaJet to officially make SkyPark the latter's Asian hub.

They also witnessed the signing between Subang SkyPark and SkyPark FBO Malaysia - a joint venture between Switzerland’s ExecuJet Aviation Group Holdings and Australia’s Hawker Pacific Asia.

The privately-held Subang SkyPark has invested RM3mil in the private jet services terminal.

It plans to invest US$91mil (nearly RM300mil) to transform the terminal into a corporate aviation hub.

Subang SkyPark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said the launch of VistaJet’s charter services via Subang would place Subang once again on the world aviation map.

VistaJets would station two of its corporate jets -- Bombardier Challenger 605 and Challenger 850 -- which would provide easy travel from Malaysia to any destination worldwide.
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VistaJet And Skypark FBO To Help Develop MIAC Into Pulsating Centre For Private Aviation


SUBANG, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- The introduction of VistaJet's charter services and the opening of SkyPark Fixed Base Operation (FB0) will take the country a step further in helping the Malaysian government realise its broader vision of developing the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) in Subang into a pulsating and thriving centre of private aviation, the largest and the finest in Asean, if not, Asia.

"We have one of the longest runways for private aircraft in the region and we have much room for expansion," said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said it was most heartening that this development in Malaysia's aviation industry was taking place now, amid a most uncertain global business climate which has affected all industries and in particular aviation.

"We are all too aware of how skyrocketing fuel prices and other escalating operational costs are pushing aviation players, especially commercial airlines, to their very limit," he said.

Najib said while commercial airlines faced greater challenges in keeping their business in the black, private aviation, however, has experienced somewhat of an upturn.

"Hence, there is now a bigger market for this niche segment of aviation, as more and more people from among the well-heeled and the corporate big-wigs shun the hassles of commercial travel in favour of simplicity, comfort and exclusivity.

"As they say, within every adversity is an opportunity," he said at the signing ceremony of charter services between Subang SkyPark and VistaJet and FBO agreement between Subang SkyPark and SkyPark FBO Malaysia, Execujet Holdings Australia and Hawker Pacific Asia, the launch of VistaJet and opening of SkyPark FBO Malaysia here today.

Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd is the concepteur, developer, manager and operator of general and corporate aviation hubs for the region.

VistaJet is a privately-owned company headquartered in Switzerland. ExecuJet Aviation Group and Hawker Pacific are two of the world's leading players in business aviation.

VistaJet will base two corporate jets worth more that US$60 million (US$1= RM3.28) in Subang, namely, the Bombardier Challenger CL605 and the Challenger CL850.

Another jet will be joining the fleet to serve Malaysia and the Asian market in 2009, which will bring the cumulative value of aircraft in excess of US$100 million. Najib said the potential for growth in the private jet sector of the aviation industry was enormous.

He said considering the astronomical costs of owning and maintaining a private corporate jet, many Malaysians would find the special revolutionary VistaJet Flight Solution Programmes attractive and practical in the long run.

"The fact of the matter is that the strong overall showing in private jet deliveries is testimony to the increasing recognition of private jets as important tools for global businesses by more and more multinational corporations and businessmen having interests around the world.

"No longer are private lets the exclusive domain of royalty and the creme de la creme of high society."

Najib said the Malaysian Government, on its part, was ready to render all the necessary support and assistance to companies interested in establishing their operations in this sector, as it has done in the case for other global brands that have invested in Malaysia.

"With the growing interest in the number of corporate jets around the world, FBO operators such as ExecuJet Aviation Group and Hawker Pacific Asia will find Subang an excellent gateway between the other continents of the world and Asia," he said.

-- BERNAMA
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Subang hab jet persendirian

Oleh ARSHAD KHAN



Najib Tun Razak menarik gear pesawat sebagai simbolik pelancaran operasi permulaan pesawat VistaJet di Malaysia dengan diperhatikan oleh Ravindran Menon (tengah) dan Thomas Flohr (kiri) di Terminal 3 Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Subang, semalam.
- Gambar RASHID MAHFO

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SUBANG 7 Ogos - Imej Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (LTSAAS) yang selama ini kelihatan terbiar akan berubah wajah berikutan penyediaan perkhidmatan tempahan jet peribadi korporat dan Operasi Pangkalan Hadapan (FBO) SkyPark di lapangan itu.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, LTSAAS akan menjadi pusat operasi penerbangan persendirian terkemuka dan terbaik di rantau ini seterusnya memastikan usaha negara untuk menjadi hab industri aeroangkasa menjelang 2015 menjadi kenyataan.

''Kita mempunyai satu daripada landasan terpanjang untuk pesawat persendirian di rantau ini dan mempunyai ruang untuk dikembangkan.

''Fungsi lapangan terbang itu sebagai Pusat Aeroangkasa Antarabangsa Malaysia (MIAC) juga akan dipertingkatkan selain industri aeroangkasa dapat dimajukan dan menarik minat banyak pihak,'' katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada majlis pemeteraian perjanjian perkhidmatan tempahan antara Subang SkyPark Sdn. Bhd. dan VistaJet Holdings serta perjanjian FBO antara Subang SkyPark dan SkyPark FBO Malaysia, Execujet Holdings Australia dan Hawker Pacific Asia, pelancaran VistaJet serta perasmian SkyPark FBO Malaysia di sini, hari ini.

Subang SkyPark diwakili oleh Pengarah Eksekutifnya, Datuk Ravindran Menon, manakala VistaJet diwakili Pengerusinya, Thomas Flohr.

Najib berkata, permintaan penerbangan persendirian mencatatkan peningkatan di sebalik tekanan yang dihadapi oleh penerbangan komersial akibat kenaikan harga bahan api.

''Apa yang paling menggembirakan ialah perkembangan ini berlaku dalam industri penerbangan negara ketika suasana perniagaan global tidak menentu yang menjejaskan semua industri terutama penerbangan.

''Oleh itu, terdapat pasaran yang lebih luas untuk diterokai dalam penerbangan ini memandangkan lebih ramai di kalangan golongan kaya dan korporat mengelak daripada menggunakan penerbangan komersial dan memilih perjalanan yang selesa dan eksklusif,'' katanya.

Pada peringkat awal, dua buah kapal terbang jenis Bombadier Challenger 605 dan Challenger 850 bernilai hampir RM190 juta akan ditempatkan di pangkalan SkyPark FBO Malaysia Terminal Subang.

Mengikut kenyataan pihak Hawker Pacific Asia, LTSAAS akan menerima peruntukan sehingga RM300 juta menjelang 2010 bagi mengubah Terminal 3 kepada hab jet korporat.
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