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Old April 18th, 2004, 10:10 PM   #21
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Hm...think the flight to Bangkok is almost confirmed, although HK and Jakarta will need approval first?
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Low-cost rivals could dent SIA yields

By VEN SREENIVASAN


LAST week, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that its overall load factor hit a record 71 per cent in March. Passenger load increased to 74 per cent, while cargo load dipped slightly to 68.5 per cent due to capacity growth.

Analysts, however, greeted the performance with mixed responses.

While DBS Vickers and UOB-Kay Hian Research enthusiastically welcomed the news and reiterated their 'buy' calls on the stock, OCBC Investment Research has a 'market perform' rating, and Merrill Lynch downgraded it from 'buy' to 'neutral'.

'Valuation for SIA remains attractive - and has arguably been oversold on a relative basis on concerns over new low-cost airlines. However, with momentum fading, and with the uncertainty over new entrants likely to linger for some time, the stock lacks an obvious catalyst for re-rating in the short term,' noted Merrill Lynch's Simon Gresham.

However, UOB-Kay Hian noted that although SIA's cargo traffic for FY04 fell below its expectations, passenger traffic and overall traffic for the year were ahead of their forecasts.

'With the stronger-than-expected traffic, there is upside potential to our projected EPS of 54.6 cents for FY04. SIA's valuation is very cheap, at 20.1x FY04 and 13.2x FY05 earnings.'

The big concern among many analysts is the competition which SIA will face on its regional routes from low-cost carriers. Valuair has already obtained its air operators' licence and is likely to challenge SIA subsidiary SilkAir on most of its regional routes in the years to come. Singapore AirAsia, Tiger Airways and a yet-to-be-named Qantas unit could be up and running within this year.

All this could have a significant impact on SIA's yields and market share on routes that are under four hours of flying time.

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April 21, 2004
Valuair plans HK all-women flight

By Zubaidah Nazeer


ONE of budget carrier Valuair’s first flights will be for women only.

The airline’s executive director Jimmy Lau told Streats that a low-cost trip to Hong Kong just for women will be one of the things he is offering for participants in his Women Only lifestyle exhibition, which takes place this weekend.

The women-only flight will take place on May 21, following the launch of Valuair. He wouldn’t reveal the ticket price just yet but said that it would be a good deal.

There will be extras such as a higher luggage allowance – just the thing for bargain-hunters on the prowl for good buys in Hong Kong. He added: “I’ll throw in perks, which can be in the form of entertainment, like music or make-up... it’s all about having fun and for the women to network.”

That’s also the theme of his Women Only event, at Meritus Marina Mandarin Hotel.

The free-admission show will have a mix of talks and product showcases split into five categories: lifestyle, fashion and beauty, health and wellness, travel and culture, and personal development.

There will be talks on fitness, nutrition, balancing career and family, pregnancy and cosmetic surgery.
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valuair annouce its first budget flights

APRIL 21, 2004
Valuair to launch flights next month
SINGAPORE - Singapore's fledgling budget carrier Valuair will launch services to Bangkok, Jakarta and Hong Kong from next month, the company said on Wednesday.

The airline, which was established by a group of businessmen including former Singapore Airlines executives, will begin twice-daily flights to Bangkok from May 5, and flights once a day each to Hong Kong from May 7 and Jakarta from May 10, said Mr Jimmy Lau, an executive director.

Round-trip fares on the Bangkok and Jakarta routes will start at S$138, he said at a press briefing. The Hong Kong route has yet to be priced.

Valuair currently has a fleet of two 162-seat AirBus A320 planes and plans to acquire two more aircraft by the end of the year.

The airline will face fierce competition from a handful of recently established no-frills carriers in the region, including Malaysia's AirAsia, Tiger Airways, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Europe's Ryanair, and an as yet unnamed joint venture between Australian carrier Qantas and the Singapore government.

It will also have to battle national flag carrier Singapore Airlines and SIA's regional arm, SilkAir, for a slice of the Southeast Asian market.

'We are prepared to be the underdog and give them a run for their money,' Mr Lau said. -- AP


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SINGAPORE : Valuair, Singapore's first budget carrier, will be launching its commercial flights next month and it has named Jakarta, Bangkok and Hong Kong as the three initial destinations it will be flying to.

For a discounted price, passengers will still get meals on board and some frills as well.

A return economy ticket for a flight from Singapore to Bangkok on a full service airline like Thai Airways costs about S$240, but no-frills AirAsia can fly you to Bangkok for as low as S$45.

For Valuair, it is offering an introductory price of S$138.

Valuair says it wants to be a budget carrier with a difference.

It aims to offer affordable travel without too much sacrifice on the creature comforts that air passengers are used to.

"We have a couple of features which include larger, better-pitched seats in leather upholstery. We will have assigned seating rather than free seating, which most other low-cost carriers do. And we will have a 20 kg baggage allowance rather than 15 kg, which other budget carriers provide. So we have several key features that are better than most other budget carriers," said Valuair executive director Jimmy Lau.

And for Valuair there will be no need to rush to book tickets way ahead of the travel date.

Valuair's ticket charges will not be based on a tiered system in which early bookings will be charged less - it will all come at a single price.

From early May Valuair will be flying twice daily to Bangkok and once a day to Jakarta and Hong Kong. - CNA
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April 22, 2004

ValuAir in codesharing negotiations
It'll start flights to Bangkok, HK and Jakarta in 2 weeks

By DONALD URQUHART


VALUAIR said yesterday it is holding codesharing talks with an eye to sharing passengers with other airlines as the budget carrier announced it will begin flying to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Jakarta in just under two weeks.

ValuAir executive director Jimmy Lau told the press yesterday that the airline's preference for using Changi Airport's Terminal 1 was based largely on its ability to undertake interlining of passengers to and from other carriers.

The onward transfer of passengers from one airline to another through code sharing or other alliance-type arrangements is not typically provided by budget carriers, which tend to focus strictly on point-to-point services.

Mr Lau also confirmed ValuAir's codesharing discussions, saying: 'We will be a neutral codesharing partner for any of the airlines that wish to codeshare with us.' He said there are 'quite a handful' of interested parties and details would be firmed up within a few months.

The budget airline announced the destinations yesterday with special promotional fares of $138 to Bangkok and Jakarta until end-May, following the granting of air rights by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

ValuAir will begin twice daily flights to Bangkok beginning May 5, with tickets going on sale from Friday, followed by daily flights to Hong Kong and Jakarta starting May 7 and May 10, respectively. It did not reveal its regular-priced fares for any of the three destinations.

Mr Lau said yesterday he was happy with the destinations ValuAir had been awarded, but would not reveal what air rights the budget carrier had sought. 'We asked for the world, obviously,' he quipped, adding ValuAir had 'got almost what we asked for'. Mr Lau said the airline will stay focused on high-density routes with no plans to expand into seasonal destinations.

On future destinations, Mr Lau said Perth was 'still on our radar screen', and with landing rights available for India, this is also in the planning phase. 'We have a model going after a certain market segment that offers the largest growth potential for us,' Mr Lau said. This includes targetting sporting events and festivals around the region for special tie-ins and packages.

The carrier will also take the bold step of scheduling a women-only shopping flight to Hong Kong on May 21, complete with extra baggage allowance and special onboard entertainment.Aiming somewhere between the bare-bones budget carriers and the full-service airlines, ValuAir will offer light meals on board, 20kg baggage allowances and 32-inch pitch leather seats, assigned seating and a fixed fare structure.

Catering services have been contracted out to Singapore Airlines' subsidiary SATS, while engineering and maintenance has been awarded to ST Aerospace. Mr Lau declined to say how many seats he needs to fill to break even, but indicated he expects ValuAir to break even by the second year.
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AirAsia’s mystery partner in S’pore
Warner Music MD is 51% stakeholder, but her involvement is downplayed by carrier

By Chua Kong Ho


MS KATHLEEN TAN Kim Lan, Warner Music Singapore’s managing director, has turned out to be the mystery Singapore partner in AirAsia’s Singapore joint venture airline. The 30-something music executive, together with AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes and AirAsia chairman Kamarudin Meranun, are directors in Singapore-incorporated AirAsia Pte Ltd.

A check with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority showed that Ms Tan holds 51 per cent of the shares in the company, with AA International, AirAsia’s investment vehicle, holding the rest. If Ms Tan is contemplating a career change, possibly as the airline’s chief executive, she wouldn’t be the first Warner Music executive to do so.

Mr Fernandes himself was Warner Music’s vice-president in charge of South-east Asia when he quit to start the Malaysia-based budget airline. He then successfully poached Warner Music Thailand’s general manager, Mr Tassapon Bijleveld, 36, to head Thai AirAsia, his joint venture airline with Shin Corp. About two-thirds of AirAsia’s marketing team, including chief communications officer Joyce Lai, are from Warner Music Malaysia.

Ms Tan, who was at the AirAsia press conference in February when the airline announced it was setting up a Singapore-based carrier, denied a possible move when asked by Streats then. She said then that she had just renewed her contract with Warner Music and had no intention of joining AirAsia. Ms Tan declined to comment when contacted yesterday.

Head-hunted from fashion company F J Benjamin to take over Warner’s sales and marketing portfolio, Ms Tan was promoted to regional marketing manager within 14 months, working out of Hong Kong. She is now into her seventh year heading Warner Music’s Singapore operations and one of only two woman managing directors in the music group.

Mr Fernandes himself downplayed Ms Tan’s role in AirAsia, saying she was holding the shares on his behalf until he can line up the necessary investors for the startup. “She’s a very dear friend. I’ve known her for more than 10 years and she’s someone I can trust to hold the shares for me,” said Mr Fernandes in February. He was Ms Tan’s boss when he was Warner Music vice-president in charge of South-east Asia.

Mr Fernandes had said in February that he hoped to raise $60 million for the Singapore startup and planned to start operations with two airplanes and 150 Singapore-based staff. So far, only DBS Bank has come out to say that it was willing to take a small stake in AirAsia Singapore.

Meanwhile, AirAsia chairman Kamarudin Meranun said yesterday that the airline has finalised plans to start flights to Macau from Bangkok, possibly by June.
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all women flight?! LOL..what a marketing gimmick! I wonder what the ladies make of this
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all women flight?! LOL..what a marketing gimmick! I wonder what the ladies make of this
They wont be able to have their hubbies helping them to carry their goods and message their legs at the end of the day!
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April 22, 2004

It’s no frills for Tiger staff, too
SIA’s budget airline does away with medical benefits, meals, expat perks

By Chua Kong Ho


No medical benefits. No housing allowance for expatriates. No on-duty meals.
And you have to pay for the uniforms as well.

Welcome to Tiger Airways. Singapore Airlines’ 49-per-cent-owned budget associate has pared down the sort of benefits and entitlements that most people have come to expect from working for airlines. But Tiger also promises that there will be no seniority system, and that foreigners and locals will be employed on equal terms and assessed on merit.

Explaining its approach, beginning with its move not to pay for its pilots’ medical bills, Mr Patrick Gan, Tiger’s chief executive, told Streats: “Our pilots will be paid a salary, and will be given the freedom to manage their income as they see fit.” The idea is to keep administration costs to a minimum.

There won’t be special allowances for expatriate pilots either. They’ll get the same pay for the same work, and won’t be given housing or education allowances. All the pilots are signed to three-year renewable contracts, which means no automatic pay increases and hence, no seniority system.

Parent SIA foots its pilots’ medical bills. Even then, management has signalled it will push for a reduction in medical benefits by asking its staff to pay part of the costs of that visit to the doctor’s. Singaporean pilots are permanent employees of the company. Expatriate pilot pay and benefits have been a sore point in management-pilot relations for a long time.

Valuair, Tiger’s cross-town rival that yesterday announced flights to Bangkok, Jakarta and Hong Kong from next month, has a health plan for its employees under which the staff pays part of the cost of their medical expenses.

There won’t be any meals provided for Tiger’s flight and cabin crew either. Instead, there’s a fridge on the airplane where they can keep their meals and drinks.

Flight and cabin crew will also have to pay for their uniforms, through deductions made over three months from their salaries. This is to “encourage” crew members to take care of their uniforms, said the airline. At SIA, female cabin crew are entitled to four new sets of the Pierre Balmain-designed sarong kebaya each year.

As for pay, Tiger’s captains can expect to earn between $14,000 and $16,000 a month inclusive of allowances, while first officers can earn between $9,000 and $11,000. This is comparable to what SilkAir and SIA 777 pilots earn, sources say, but are not strictly so because of the absence of medical benefits at Tiger. Over at Valuair, captains are paid $13,000 to $15,000 and first officers $8,000 to $9,000, executive director Jimmy Lau told Streats. But Valuair’s expatriate pilots get a housing allowance.

Despite the lack of medical benefits, there’s a long queue of applicants for Tiger jobs, says Mr Gan. “We certainly have had no shortage of applications from well-qualified and experienced pilots,” he said. “Ultimately, we’re looking for people with a passion for the business and who are committed to making our business model work.”

As for cabin crew, Tiger Airways also departs from convention by throwing out academic qualifications as a criterion, in stark contrast to SIA, which recently raised its minimum from O to A levels for cabin crew.
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this is cool ...
how much will it be to fly to singapore from hong kong???
will it fly straight to CLK or would it fly to the nearby Macau International?
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this is cool ...
how much will it be to fly to singapore from hong kong???
will it fly straight to CLK or would it fly to the nearby Macau International?
We are still awaiting ValuAir to announce the price. It should be straight to CLK, or else they would be saying they fly to Macau instead?

I hope to see prices in the S$200 range...that will be more then 50% cheaper then normal tickets!
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Business Times - 26 Apr 2004


ValuAir offers S'pore-HK return flights for $300

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based budget airline ValuAir said on Monday it will offer return tickets to Hong Kong for just $300, nearly half the price of the mainstream carriers.

ValuAir, which will become Singapore's first operational no-frills carrier when it takes to the skies next month, also announced a tie-up with Visa that will offer further discounts to passengers using the credit card.

ValuAir's three-month promotional fare of $300 to Hong Kong will go on sale on Saturday with the first daily flight on May 7.

The ticket is $200-300 cheaper than major airlines' lowest prices listed on popular travel portal zuji.com and $77 cheaper than its nearest rival, China Airlines.

The company announced last week that it will begin operations on May 5 with return flights to Bangkok that will initially cost $138. That promotional rate will last until May 21.

ValuAir will also offer return flights to Jakarta from May 10 for $138.

In a separate statement, ValuAir said it intended to tap into Visa's 26 million card holders living in the airline's three initial destinations.

'Under the ValuAir-Visa partnership, Visa cardholders will receive ValuAir's lowest fares on flights to any destinations on any day all year round,' it said.

ValuAir, started by former Singapore Airlines managing director Lim Chin Beng, has beaten a host of rivals to become the first budget airline to base itself out of Singapore.

Malaysia's AirAsia, the regional market leader, has applied for a licence to set up a base in Singapore. A Singapore Airlines-backed consortium called Tiger Airways and an as-yet unnamed no-frills carrier involving Australia's Qantas airlines also intend to operate from Singapore.

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Damn.....$300 is way over the $200 I hoped it would adopt!
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Yes, I was kinda thinking it could be S$250, sad....
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300s ... well its pretty good for high-season ... i guess
does that include tax?
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300s ... well its pretty good for high-season ... i guess
does that include tax?
The price should be excluding tax. I am not sure how much the tax is going to jack up the price...any info from the HK side?
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no not yet ... however i knew their was some promotional fares from cathay to fly to singapore round trip for around 1000HKD ... maybe that was to fend off the no-frills who knows ...

i was thinking why can't they fly to macau and than ferry to central ...
it only adds like 20 mins and the airport tax is a lot cheaper ...
the immigration and customs are also very similar well ...

anyhow i still hope they can lower it a little bit more ...
i want to come la ...

I just found a news article for valuair ...
they announced it will be at least 40% off the lowest other airlines offer ...
currently singapore airlines and cathay pacific are pricing this route at
$999HKD --->$216SGD
so forty percent off that is ...
$600HKD --->$130SGD
is this true???

星廉價航空割價四成搶客

 【本報特訊】新加坡首家廉價航空公司Valuair繼上周公布在下月7日起,正式開辦每天一班來往香港與新加坡定期航線後,該公司昨日在新加坡表示,有關票價將會較現時新加坡及國泰航空(293)的票價低四成,若以現時該兩家航空公司剛推出的新加坡優惠機票999元計算,Valuair的票價換言之就是599元,相信對現有航空公司收益率構成龐大壓力。

港星線低至599元
 Valuair昨日在新加坡舉行記者會,執行董事Jimmy Lau表示,首推出香港、曼谷及雅加達三條航線的機票定價,將較現時提供服務的航空公司最低價格再低四成。該公司強調,機上只安排便餐,機艙亦不設有電視、音響等娛樂設施,不過Jimmy Lau稱,有信心可成功取得來往兩地的商務及一般旅客。

 為了迎戰Valuair,國泰及新加坡航空早前已相繼推出來往香港至新加坡優惠計劃,新加坡航空率先推出低至999元機票優惠,國泰隨即跟隨,此優惠相較原來介乎1600至2000元的水平已便宜五成,若Valuair將票價再減多四成,相信國泰的收益率將大幅收窄。國泰主席何禮泰早前在業績會上坦言,今年收益率仍受沉重的壓力。

國泰收益率勢受壓
 在激烈競爭的航空市場,亞洲區早已醞釀一批廉價航空公司,挑戰票價相對較高的大型航空公司。除了Valuair外,同為新加坡公司的Tiger、馬來西亞Airasia及英國Qantas旗下的Qantas blue航空,已經搶灘進入亞太區市場,Airasia更在稍後推出香港航線。里昂證券早前發出報告粗略估計,廉價航空有機會奪取亞洲今年航空市場4%市佔率,而Qantas blue更成功取得澳洲本土市場三成份額。

 雖然如此,業界人士相信在香港成立廉價航空機會不大,因為香港機場降落費及停泊費均昂貴,即使國泰早前表示不排除亦會成立廉價航空,但業內認為國泰在吸收與姊妹公司港龍航空最終構成直接競爭的經驗後,就算推出相關業務亦會採取審慎態度。

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I suppose the tought of having to do the transfer might put off travellers? How much is the prevaling airport tax and other charges at HKIA? You have the figure for Macau too?

999HKD? That seems a little low when converted to SGD...perhaps it simply costs more to buy the tickets form here?

Cathay is selling the round-trip ticket at SGD388, a promotional price from a normal price of SGD500.

I did a search for SIA, and it is charging a same flight at SGD758, which if including airport taxes, will be a revolting SGD805 (3702.92HKD)! This fare for SIA is for their normal flights with relatively low restrictions.

Suddenly SGD300 seems quite cheap...hahaha! But I am hoping for the other 2-3 budget carriers to launch flights to HK by this year and hopefully, a price war ensues!
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I suppose the tought of having to do the transfer might put off travellers? How much is the prevaling airport tax and other charges at HKIA? You have the figure for Macau too?

999HKD? That seems a little low when converted to SGD...perhaps it simply costs more to buy the tickets form here?

Cathay is selling the round-trip ticket at SGD388, a promotional price from a normal price of SGD500.

I did a search for SIA, and it is charging a same flight at SGD758, which if including airport taxes, will be a revolting SGD805 (3702.92HKD)! This fare for SIA is for their normal flights with relatively low restrictions.

Suddenly SGD300 seems quite cheap...hahaha! But I am hoping for the other 2-3 budget carriers to launch flights to HK by this year and hopefully, a price war ensues!
According to the SIA flight prices we can deduce that the valuair S$300 will add up to about S$350 (300+(805-758) )....
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According to the SIA flight prices we can deduce that the valuair S$300 will add up to about S$350 (300+(805-758) )....
It seems like the airport tax is SGD47. I am not sure if this means the airport tax for both, because when I do a similar search from Cathay's site, I get the same SGD47 figure added to the Cathay flight's cost?
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