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Old April 20th, 2005, 12:15 PM   #341
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the train is designed for users to appreciate the beauty of KLIA, esp @ nite.

yrs from now, the airport will have 4-5 runaways, another MTB and 2 more sats.. interesting. can't wait for the LCC terminal to come up by next yr.

i can't stop wondering y some of the big boys did not resume their services to KLIA.. alliances etc aside, i blvd KLIA can generate better result if they focus more on longterm achievement..
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Jet Airways Kuala Lumpur flights from May 5

Jet Airways India Ltd on Monday said that the company proposes to commence scheduled air services to Kuala Lumpur with effect from May 05.

The departure time for daily Chennai-Kuala Lumpur flight service has been scheduled at 2300 hrs and the same would arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 0530hrs.

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Old May 1st, 2005, 10:24 AM   #343
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KLIA getting 2 new aerotrain cars...

The Star: 1st. May 2005

Partial closure of KLIA Aerotrain

SEPANG: The KL International Airport (KLIA) Aerotrain service will be partially shut down from Tuesday to May 24 for upgrading works.

Track 2 of the Aerotrain will be closed from Tuesday until May 13 for the installation of a new car.

Track 1 will operate as usual from 5am to midnight.

Track 1 will be closed from May 14 to May 24, during which time Track 2 will operate from 5am to midnight.

During the upgrading period, there will be a 24-hour shuttle bus service to transport passengers between the Contact Pier and the Satellite Building.

A one-way trip from the Contact Pier to the Satellite Building takes between five and seven minutes.

For further clarification, call the KLIA information desk at 03-8776 4386/4389/2454/0219 or the terminal duty executive at 012-280 0712.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 07:57 PM   #344
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KLIA Masterplan from Kisho Kurokawa's website...



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Old May 2nd, 2005, 05:42 PM   #345
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MAHB spends RM22m on Aerotrain expansion
By Alfean Hardy



Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd
MD & CEO Datuk Bashir Ahmad (right)
with Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd
GM Azmi Murad with the new TTS-car



Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is undertaking a RM22 million expansion exercise for its Aerotrain services, which involves the purchase of two coaches, to cater for the rising passenger traffic at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

MAHB managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid says, “(Passenger) traffic at KLIA has been increasing quite substantially. Last year we handled 21.1 million passengers and we expect traffic to grow by at least 6% this year.

“We are trying to upgrade our Aerotrain services to meet the increase in demand. We have two trains running and each train has got two coaches. Each coach can handle 80 passengers. We are talking about 160 passengers per train."

However with this expansion exercise, each Aerotrain would be able to carry 240 passengers, said Bashir on May 3.

He anticipated that the addition of the two coaches manufactured by Bombardier Transportation of the United States would allow the trains to handle 25 million passengers annually.

The two new coaches are part of the first phase of an overall programme to improve the facilities at KLIA.

“We are improving our check-in system, we are putting in new software, and we are improving our software for our gate allocation system. Both these new systems will enable us to be more efficient in handling our resources at the airport,” he said.

On KLIA's move to have an additional satellite terminal, he said talks were ongoing with the government on the matter although he hoped to have it operational by 2008. Bashir explained that another satellite was necessary should the airport want to handle more than 25 million passengers.

“The way the traffic is progressing, certainly there is a need for it and we are in discussion with the (Transport) ministry on this,” he said.

Bashir said more than 40 airlines were already using KLIA with another three expressing an interest to do so. He said MAHB's target was to see KLIA handling 100 million passengers per annum via four satellite terminals.
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TRAIN LIFTED… The latest aerotain wagon is being lifted by a crane for placing on a track at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Tuesday. The event is witnessed by employees of the Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad and media representatives after a press conference. The aerotrain will link a Contact Pier and a Satellite Building. Pix: Shaifuldin


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MAHB to repay Govt soon
Friday May 13, 2005
BY LEONG HUNG YEE





Datuk Seri Ahmad during the briefing on
KLIA's preparation for A380 aircraft.




MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects to repay the RM856.7mil it owes the Government in concession payments for operating KL International Airport by year-end, managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said.

He said the company was currently in talks with the Government on certain terms of the agreement concerning the airport and the sale of the Sepang F1 Circuit.

“Talks are going on very well and we expect it to be finalised before the end of the year,” managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said during a media briefing on Airbus 380 (A380) operation readiness in Sepang yesterday.

Under the terms of the concession agreement, MAHB is required to pay the Government RM1.3bil. In 1999, it paid RM1.75mil, and was to have paid the balance in five instalments of RM226.7mil each starting from 2000.

However, it has fallen behind the payment schedule due to low passenger movements at KLIA and the incentives given to various airlines and has proposed to sell Sepang F1 Circuit to the Government to repay the loans.

At the briefing, Bashir said MAHB would open for tenders for upgrading works at the KL International Airport to cater to the A380 from May 23 to June 23 for an undisclosed sum.

He said the upgrading works, which included the runways, would comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard Code F for runways but added that MAHB would alter some of the specifications.

“Although our runway width is according to the code’s requirement, we have to add 7.5 metres on both sides of the runway shoulders,” he said, adding that works for A380 operations were progressing as scheduled and were planned for completion by the end of 2006.

The upgrading works also include the construction of passenger amenities in the lounge area. The existing lounge area would be upgraded to 1,600 sq m from 800 sq m currently.

A new scanning machine, four escalators, and a passenger boarding bridge for the aircraft's upper deck would also be installed.

The results of the tender are expected to be announced by the end of July, with construction scheduled to begin on Aug 1.

Once ready, the airport would have five gates - three main gates and two standby gates.

The upgrading works, scheduled to be completed by September next year, would undergo a three-month test run before operations commence in 2007.

“We will be ready by Jan 1, 2007, four months before the first jumbo jet arrives,” he said.

Malaysia Airlines will commence A380 operations from April 2007.

According to Bashir, a second satellite terminal building is to be built at KLIA for operation by 2008 to cater to the growing traffic in air travel. KLIA is close to its capacity of 25 million passengers a year, thus creating the need for a new terminal.

Last year, KLIA handled 21.1 million passengers. It expects this to grow 7% to 22.5 million this year and 25 million next year.
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MAHB To Open Tender For Construction Works Related To A380
May 12, 2005 17:39 PM



SEPANG, May 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will open tenders for the construction of facilities in preparation to receive the first Airbus A380 in April 2007, said its managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.

Bashir said the call for tenders would be made on May 23, 2005 and closed a month later, while results would be announced on July 31, 2005.

He said construction works would commence Aug 1, 2005 and be completed by September 2006, and tested until Dec 31, 2006, in time for the initial A380 operation starting January 1, 2007.

The total price tag of the works would only be known after July 2005.

"The construction would be completed on time, in order to be ready to receive the first A380 here," he told a media briefing here, Thursday.

The A380 is the only aircraft with doubledecks. It would be the largest passenger aircraft in the world once it enters service next year.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is expected to take delivery of two A380s in early 2007, a third in late 2007, and the remaining three in the second half of 2008. It bought the six planes for a cost of US1.6 billion (RM6.08 billion).

Also in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard Code F for the runway, he said MAHB would alter some of the airport's specifications.

"Although our runway width is the same with the code's requirement, we have to add an additional 7.5 metres on both sides of the runway shoulders. Our taxiway width is bigger than required, but we are adding another 7.5 metres on both sides of the taxiway shoulders," he said.

Other upgrading works would include the aircraft stand, both contacts and remote, besides implementing the 50.5 metres taxilane separation.

Bashir said if at any one time all three aircraft stands were to be occupied, the airport would have another two additional stands available. However, it would be less efficient than the usual ones.

He also said the designated A380 gates at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) would be the C17, C27 and C37.

On another note, he said the low cost terminal at the airport would be ready by early next year, and that "work should start pretty soon once the government announces it".

"We have already identified the site for it," he added.

On tourist arrivals at the KLIA, which is managed by MAHB, Bashir said the company was confident of a six to seven percent increase in arrivals, although there was a decrease in January.

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Malaysia Airports bidding for Routes Forum 2008
Saturday April 30, 2005



MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has submitted its bid to host the Routes Forum 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.

It hopes its experience in organising the Routes Asia forum would be taken into consideration as the airport operator has successfully organised the Asian version for three consecutive years.

There are three other contenders for Routes 2008. They are Singapore’s Changi Airport, Bangkok and Beijing airports.

Routes is an international forum which brings global airlines and airports together every year. It is considered the most important and prestigious event in the aviation industry.

This year's event will be held in Copenhagen and next year, in Dubai. The organising committee decided last year that the event would be held out of Europe every second year.

In 2007, Routes will go back to Europe. Airports in Asia are lobbying to host 2008's forum in their own countries.

MAHB officials, comprising corporate services general manager Datuk Umar Bustamam and senior marketing manager Mohamed Salahuddin Mat Shah, were in Manchester yesterday to hand over the bid documents to the organising committee.

Speaking from Manchester, Salahuddin told StarBiz that MAHB's proposal was ‘‘very elaborate and comprehensive.’’

“It includes support from all the key stake holders such as the Transport Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Malaysia Airlines as we are keen to host this international event in Malaysia.’’

“We are here (in Manchester) and that shows our commitment to doing our best if we win the bid. We remain hopeful that the organising committee will give our bid its due consideration,’’ he said. - By B.K. Sidhu
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Are there any renderings and/or construction pics of the new budget terminal and other satellite concourse that are going in?
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Eurocopter Malaysia Expects RM200 Mln Turnover This Year
March 31, 2005 21:45 PM



PETALING JAYA, March 31 (Bernama) -- Eurocopter Malaysia, a wholly owned subsidiary of European Aeronautics Defence and Space (EADS), company which is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services target its revenue to reach RM200 million this year.

Its managing director Philippe Lubrano said last year the company's revenue stood at RM68 million.

He said this after handing over the first training helicopter to Integrated Training & Services (IT&S) Aviation Academy and signing the purchase agreement for the second and third helicopter between Eurocopter and IT&S Aviation Academy.

Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy witnessed the event.

Lubrano attributes the revenue jump to the surge of sales to the private sector especially the oil and gas industry.

He said for the past 15 months, the company had delivered 14 aircraft, which was five times more than the past years.

"Previously we sold two to three units of aircraft per year," he told Bernama here, Thursday.

He said it was a big step for the company to operate in Miri, Sarawak as well, as it addresses the market in East Malaysia.

Eurocopter's civil aircraft price ranges from RM4 million to RM70 million. It also produced military range aircraft.

Last year, 40 percent of its revenue were derived from overseas.

At the moment, 60 percent of its business is domestic.

Lubrano said that for the past two and a half years, the company had invested about RM20 million here.

"We expect it to double within the next three years which will be utilised in parts, building, training and joint-ventures," he said.

Last year the company awarded RM8 million worth of sub-contracts to Malaysian company and Lubrano said it would expand in tandem with the increase in revenue.

"The helicopter business in this region is expanding and robust. These deliveries would be a catalyst for the aviation market to grow, specifically in producing more helicopter pilots in the country and the region to support the strong demand for them," Lubrano said at the event.

He added that Eurocopter were setting up its facility in Ipoh to perform daily maintenance and logistic support of the helicopters as IT&S is based there.

Meanwhile Chan said that the government was considering of approving one more pilot training centre after the Malaysia Flying Academy, Malacca, Langkawi Aerospace Training Centre and IT&S Aviation Academy.

When asked whether the government had appointed the construction company to build the RM100 million terminal for low-cost carriers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Chan said he would announced it later.

"The project will take off around April and at the moment we are working very hard to come out with the design," Chan said.


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Eurocopter to increase investment in M'sia
19 May 2005 10:49 PM



Eurocopter president and chief executive officer
Fabrice Bregier is in Malaysia on his first visit.



Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co (EADS), which is lobbying for the Malaysian government to acquire more of its civil and military helicopters, will increase its investment in Malaysia by RM15 million this year.

The investment will be for the building of a new 1,115 sq metre Eurocopter facility in Miri, Sarawak, and a new hangar, as well as for the training of local aviation students and the building of a network of partners with local businesses.

It will bring Eurocopters total investments in the country so far to RM25 million, said Eurocopter president and chief executive officer Fabrice Bregier, on his first three-day visit to Malaysia beginning May 18.

Bregier met Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on May 19 to discuss how the company could be a strategic partner in the development of Malaysia's aviation industry.

He is scheduled to make courtesy calls on heads of Malaysian ministries and various government agencies.

We are keen on making the best possible offers on all civil and military products and services. The EC225 and Tigre are the frontrunners. We can be cheaper than our competitors, he told a media briefing in Subang yesterday.

The Tigre is an air-to-air combat military helicopter, currently used by the French, Spanish and Australian governments, while EC225 is Eurocopter's latest development in the 11-tonnes transport helicopter segment.

The EADS group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, with whom national carrier Malaysian Airline System Bhd had put in an order for six A380-800 costing RM6.2 billion.

The biggest contributor to our profits now is the civil helicopter segment but the military market is expected to grow next year as the (Malaysian) government is expected to increase security," Bregier said.

Eurocopter Malaysia has projected sales for this year to increase fourfold to RM240 million from RM60 million last year due to growing demand for its services and products in the oil and gas industry.

Its single largest revenue contributor is from Malaysian Helicopter Service, a local operator serving a multi-national oil and gas company. Eurocopter employs 82 workers in the country and has a market share of 37% representing 72 helicopters as of last year.
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MAHB: RM50mil to upgrade KLIA
BY HANIM ADNAN IN SEPANG

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will spend over RM50mil in the current year ending Dec 31 to improve services and upgrade facilities at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

Managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said this investment would be partly channelled towards upgrading the airport’s retail business.

The retail business forms part of MAHB’s commercial division, which contributes about 35% to the group’s total revenue annually.

“We expect the contribution of the commercial division to revenue to increase to 50% within the next two to three years,” he said, adding that more details on the upgrading of the retail business would be unveiled in two weeks.

Bashir said MAHB wanted KLIA to maintain its position as one of the top five airports worldwide and possibly secure the number one spot for Best Airport (15 to 25 million passengers per annum) under AETRA ratings in the near term.

AETRA, which means clear skies in Latin, is an airport customer satisfaction benchmarking programme covering 58 airports worldwide, including some of the largest and most progressive airports in London, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Dubai.

Bashir was speaking at a press conference at KLIA yesterday to announce the first Conference and Exhibition - Quality of Service at Airports to be hosted by MAHB from May 31 until June 2. The conference and exhibition is organised by ACI in collaboration with IATA and AETRA.

On June 1, MAHB will host the 2004 AETRA award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. KLIA has been placed fourth in AETRA’s Best Airport Worldwide ranking after Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok, Seoul Incheon and Singapore’s Changi.

Bashir said that last year, KLIA handled 21.1 million passengers, adding that this was expected to grow to 22.5 million this year and 25 million next year.

“For the first quarter of this year, we registered 7% passenger growth,” he added.

ACI programme development manager Andreas Schimm said AETRA helped airports worldwide to prioritise their investment so that it could make a significant difference in customer satisfaction.

KLIA has the highest ranking in terms of ambience, given its good architecture and environment.

Schimm said that (non-aeronautical) revenue at airports had shown good growth when airports improved or upgrade on their existing services and facilities.
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MAHB Hopes For An Increase In Passenger Traffic At KLIA
May 26, 2005 18:30 PM



SEPANG, May 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) hopes that the passenger traffic at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will increase further this year, said its chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman.

He said between January and April this year MAHB had recorded a 12 percent rise in passenger traffic at KLIA compared with the same period last year.

"We hope this trend will continue with the expectation of 200,000 tourists from West Asia visiting Malaysia this year," he told reporters after the company's annual general meeting (AGM), here Thursday.

Aris said KLIA handled a total of 21.1 million passengers in 2004, up by 21 percent compared with the previous year.

Its managing director and chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said MAHB was expecting one to two more new airlines to operate at KLIA soon.

However, he did not name the airlines.

At the moment, he said a total of 49 airlines were operating at KLIA.

For the financial year ended Dec 31, 2004, MAHB recorded a pre-tax profit of RM195.6 million compared with RM151.6 in the same period of 2003.

The company also achieved a revenue of RM1.0 billion against RM894.0 million previously.

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hi people this is my first post in skyscrapercity forums !!

I've used KLIA a good number of times and i find it's generally a nice airport. It has the best architecture of any airport in the world and its spaciousness is a pleasant sight after getting down from a long haul flight. believe me - the last thing u want after a tiring flight is to jostle your way out of the airport ala heathrow !!

now, we already have a world class airport, what we need now is world class services. management of klia needs to look into details and improve on service delivery. after all, today's airport biz is so diverse that ppl are treating airports as a destination by itself . go down south - take a look at changi - that is one ugly and ancient airport, by any standards - but it prevails as a great transit hub and been on top of KLIA in almost every aspect.

there are many areas that KLIA can improve on - like having more free internet points in the terminals, diverse the TV channels (having CNN, BBC, ESPN..etc will be a blast !). restructure and rebrand those duty free shops - prices are exorbitant (even compared to airports in UK/US). have cheap and reliable public transports to the city - current prices is still too high and stage buses are crappy , and for goodness sake's - pls do away with the taxi monopoly thing ! oh..and another thing , please have a nicer, professional and more functional website.

i'm sure if KLIA can improve on these services they can go top instead of being overshadowed by its regional peers. it's sad to see KLIA, with its marvellous infrastructures, only contented to stay behind the pack when it can easily be number 1.
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Monday June 6, 6:57 PM
Malaysia begins construction of terminal for budget airlines

AP - Malaysia started construction Monday on a terminal exclusively for budget airlines, saying it expects 10 million passengers to use the facility each year.

The terminal, which will cost 108 million ringgit (US$28.4 million; €23.2 million), is expected to be completed in nine months, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd., the company that operates the country's airports, said in a statement.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak officiated the ground-breaking ceremony for the terminal, which will have 30 parking bays to handle Boeing and Airbus aircraft in a location adjacent to the cargo complex of the main Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Malaysian-based AirAsia, the region's leading low-cost airline, is expected to be among the main users of the new terminal. AirAsia flew 3.4 million passengers last year.

The government decided to build the dedicated terminal earlier this year to help KLIA compete as a regional hub and counter competition from neighbors Singapore and Thailand.

Singapore is adding a third, regular terminal to its Changi airport, and is also building an additional terminal dedicated to low-cost airlines, while Thailand is building the new Suwarnabhumi airport outside Bangkok to replace the current one at Don Muang.

KLIA handled more than 20 million passengers in 2004, up 15 percent from 17.4 million in 2003.
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LCC terminal charges must go down: Air Asia
By Alfean Hardy, 06 Jun 2005 10:19 PM






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Low cost airline Air Asia Bhd hopes airport charges at the new low cost carrier (LCC) terminal, due for completion next February, will be less than the current charges being levied at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Airport charges comprise of landing fees, passenger airport tax and handling fees levied upon airlines using an airports services.

Air Asia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes indicated that the airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and other stakeholders would benefit from the spin-offs of increased passenger traffic if it lowered its charges.

“You may say that you get a smaller margin, say if airport tax was RM10 to RM15, but if you get five times the people coming in you get a lot. And then there’s the retail, the car parks, the tourism industry; this is a volume game and you can’t charge people the same.”

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ground-breaking ceremony of the LCC at Sepang yesterday, Fernandes was responding to MAHB managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad’s statement that LCC airport charges would be the same as that of KLIA.

“It’s different. We aren’t enjoying the facilities of a full service terminal (at the LCC). There are no aero bridges, people have to walk to the plane and there will be different facilities,” said Fernandes.

“Our country, our government was the first one to see the potential of a low cost carrier and I doubt that they want to lose that advantage because they are building a terminal for 10 million (while) Singapore is building one for two million,” said Fernandes.

“It’s battle between us and Singapore and we hope the government supports us in beating the Singaporeans. It’s about time we beat them.

“The (travel) hub will be here and for the hub to be successful we have to have the lowest fares and to have the lowest fares we have to have the lowest cost. It’s as simple as that,” he added.

Meanwhile, in his speech at the LCC ground-breaking ceremony, Deputy Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government had agreed to MAHB’s plan to build another terminal at KLIA, Satellite B.

“The plan is to add another 10 million (to KLIA’s) capacity. This does not include low cost carriers. We have to do it within a timeframe because of the increase in build-up in traffic,” he said.

“(Traffic at KLIA) is expected to reach 25 million by 2007. So we have to make a decision fairly soon. The planning is (being) done at the Malaysia Airports level now. Then the ministry of transport will take it up later. We are working out the plans now,” he added.
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