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Old November 1st, 2004, 11:27 AM   #501
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Muahahaha......the "passenger" sure looked happy........

Any pitstops for Aeroline or NICE?? Pitstop how long??
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Wah! Din know Aeroline upgraded the seats liao!

Looks so much nicer!

I think NICE coach would be good for me the next time I travel cos the difference isn't that great for the extra that you're paying on Aeroline. However I would still like to try out Aeroline's new seats

If I am travelling light I would change bus at Larkin JB and then the Causeway Link and later on the MRT. That would be slightly troublesome but it would be tremendously cheap ......plus the coaches you'll get at JB are also comfortable - 3 seats in a row!
Actually you can just get on the Singapore-JB express (cost S$2.40) and get you to bugis...... Or get on transnasional bus from KL(puduraya) direct to (lavender) Singapore for RM26(S$12)........
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Muahahaha......the "passenger" sure looked happy........

Any pitstops for Aeroline or NICE?? Pitstop how long??

Nope......no pitstop at all.......the only time we had to stop is at the CIQ
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Old November 1st, 2004, 12:23 PM   #504
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Actually you can just get on the Singapore-JB express (cost S$2.40) and get you to bugis...... Or get on transnasional bus from KL(puduraya) direct to (lavender) Singapore for RM26(S$12)........

Oh yea....forgot bout the Transnasional busses! I nearly took one of em to Singapore last time before I decide to check NiCE out
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Nope......no pitstop at all.......the only time we had to stop is at the CIQ
Wah I'm taking NICE next time i go KL......

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Oh yea....forgot bout the Transnasional busses! I nearly took one of em to Singapore last time before I decide to check NiCE out
But then hor, the RM26 Transnasional has a few pit stops(3 if I didn't remember wrongly...).......so no wonder it's cheaper........
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Walao.......that freaky photo again...gives me the creeps!
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 02:42 PM   #507
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Business Times - 02 Nov 2004

Ryanair sees profits rise despite high fuel costs

DUBLIN, Ireland - Higher passenger numbers helped Irish budget airline Ryanair increase earnings by 14.9 per cent in the latest quarter despite rising fuel costs, the company said on Tuesday.

But the carrier said outlook for the rest of the year was 'cautious' because of the high price of oil.

Ryanair Holdings PLC said net profit for the three months to Sept 30 was 147.6 million euros (S$314.1 million), up from 128.4 million euros in the same quarter last year. Earnings per ordinary share rose 15.2 per cent to 19.31 euro cents from 16.76 euro cents.

Revenue for the quarter was 418.3 million euros, up 19 per cent from the same time a year ago, when revenue was 351.218 million.

Fuel costs rose 41.7 per cent in the second quarter to 61.9 million euros, but passenger numbers during the same period rose 24 per cent to 14 million.

'These record traffic and profit figures show just how robust Ryanair's 'lowest fares' model remains even in a very difficult economic environment characterised by record fuel prices and intense price competition,' said Ryanair's chief executive, Michael O'Leary.

'Central to these record profits is Ryanair's continuing disciplined route growth,' he said.

The airline opened new bases in Barcelona and Rome and launched another 41 new routes over the summer. Ryanair operates 189 routes to 91 airports across Europe and employs some 2,300 staff.

Mr O'Leary said Ryanair would open five new destinations during the winter, with low-fare flights to Riga, Latvia; Santander, Seville and Valencia in Spain; and Porto, Portugal.

He said that the high price of oil would impact future guidance, but added that Ryanair can absorb much higher fuel prices than its competitors and still offer lower fares without imposing surcharges. He said the surcharging policy of competitors had helped Ryanair's rate of yield decline ease.

Mr O'Leary said the outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year was 'cautious', with 'significant' increases in passenger volume growth predicted but also higher fuel costs.

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Old November 2nd, 2004, 03:29 PM   #508
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Walao.......that freaky photo again...gives me the creeps!
Freaky?? Not really.......looked ok to me........
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easyJet launches 16 NEW routes - on ONE day
29 October 2004 Corporate Press Release

This weekend easyJet, Europe's leading low cost airline, launches 16 new routes with the start of its winter 2004 schedule. The new routes connect more UK bases with Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, as well as introducing Estonia to the network. easyJet is also expanding its intra-continental network with half of the new routes directly connecting popular cities in mainland Europe, providing a greater choice of routes for French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swiss passengers.

easyJet recognises the great potential in Eastern Europe and, since the 10 accession countries joined the EU earlier this year, the airline has seen a great deal of demand from both business and leisure passengers. But it's not just new countries; the airline is also making significant additions to its Spanish and Italian networks.

By the end of March 2005, easyJet will operate 189 routes across 55 cities with more planned, reflecting the vast opportunities for growth that exist all over Europe. Most of these routes will be operated by the 13 brand new Airbus A319s which are being delivered this winter.

The new routes that start on Sunday 31 October are:

* Alicante - Geneva
* Berlin - Madrid, Krakow
* Bristol - Budapest, Madrid, Rome, (Valencia also starts 3rd November)
* Budapest - Bristol, Geneva, Newcastle
* Dortmund to Krakow
* Geneva - Budapest, Alicante, Rome
* Krakow - Dortmund, Berlin
* London Gatwick to Rome and Venice
* London Luton to Basel
* London Stansted to Tallinn
* Madrid - Berlin, Bristol, Paris ORY,
* Newcastle - Budapest, Rome
* Paris (Orly ) to Madrid
* Rome - Geneva, Gatwick, Bristol, Newcastle
* Tallinn - Stansted

There are an additional four new routes also starting next week:

* Basel - Luton (1 November)
* Valencia to Bristol and London Stansted (3 November)
* London Luton to Warsaw (3 November)
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Ryanair sees profits rise 15 percent

LONDON : Ryanair, the Irish no-frills airline, said net profit rose 15 percent for the quarter to September, adding it was well-placed to combat the threat of record high oil prices and fierce competition.

The Dublin-based carrier posted net profit of 147.6 million euros (187.6 million dollars) in the second quarter of its financial year, up from 128.4 million euros in the same period of 2003.

It beat analysts' consensus forecast of 130 million euros.

Investors cheered the results, with Ryanair's shares surging 11.66 percent to 4.50 euros in early trading in Dublin.

Meanwhile, broker Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein upgraded the discount airline to 'buy' from 'hold'.

Ryanair, which operates 161 routes to 87 destinations in 17 European countries, said pre-tax profit rose 14 percent to 162.7 million euros during the second quarter compared with the same period in 2003.

Total operating revenues climbed 19 percent to 418.3 million euros.

"Our prediction of a bloodbath and airline casualties this winter may be accelerated by record high oil prices as well as irrational competition," Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement accompanying the results.

"Ryanair can absorb much higher oil prices than its competitors and still offer the lowest air fares," he added.

Despite being "cautious" in its outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year, Ryanair said it expected to achieve significant increases in passenger volume growth and increased load factors, or the percentage of seats filled.

Passenger numbers climbed by 24 percent to 14 million in the half-year to September while net profit climbed 15 percent to 201.3 million euros.

First-half yields, or average fares, fell 5.0 percent, at the lower end of the airline's guidance of a fall between 5.0 and 10 percent.

"We attribute this to a combination of slightly better peak summer yields and the initial impact of the multiple fuel surcharges imposed by many of our high-fare competitors which has increased the price differential, making Ryanair's low fares even more attractive to consumers," it said.

The airline revised upwards its guidance on yields, saying it now expected a fall of between 5.O and 10 percent in the second half versus previous guidance for a decline of between 10 and 20 percent.

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Rivals' surcharges boost Ryanair

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No-frills airline Ryanair has said fuel surcharges at rival airlines helped to push more business its way in the six months to September.

Passenger traffic increased 24%, while profits surged a forecast-beating 18%.

Net income rose to 200.1m euros (£138.9m, $255.1m) in the six months to September, ahead of analysts' expectations of 187.6m euros.

The Dublin-based airline refused to follow its rivals' ticket price rises as oil prices surged in recent months.

But, it added that if oil prices remain above $50 for the rest of the year it would add 55m euros to budgeted costs.


Forecasts revised

Despite high oil prices, the airline has held back from fuel hedging - which is normally used by airlines to protect themselves from rising oil costs.

In its statement Ryanair added the policy would continue until fuel prices returned to "normal".

Meanwhile, the firm also revised its forecasts for a dip in yields - the amount it makes per passenger - to a decline of 5-10% during the second half of the year from its previous estimates of a 10-20% drop. During the first half of the year yields fell 5%.

Ryanair said this was partly due to "the initial impact of the fuel price surcharges imposed by many of our high fare competitors".

The surcharges have "increased the price differential, making Ryanair's low fares even more attractive to consumers," the airline said.
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November 03, 2004

Indon budget carrier eyes region

JAKARTA - PT Adam SkyConnection Airlines, an Indonesian budget carrier, aims to double its fleet as it plans to fly to international destinations such as Singapore and Australia next year, chief executive Adam Adhitya Suherman said.

The carrier, known as Adam Air, will double its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft to six by the end of this year and expects to expand it to 12 next year, he said. It flies to eight cities in Indonesia and also to Penang in Malaysia from the Indonesian city of Medan.

"The domestic market is huge but we are looking to expand to Singapore and Perth," he said in an interview in Bangkok. Adam Air is partly owned by Mr Agung Laksono, the speaker of the lower house of Indonesia's parliament.

Adam Air wants a share of the air traffic to Bali, Indonesia's main tourist attraction. As many as 834,191 people visited Bali in the January-to-July period, 58 per cent more than the corresponding period of last year. Indonesia expects tourist arrivals to rise 16 per cent to 5.1 million this year.

Discount carriers such as Malaysia's AirAsia, Singapore Airlines' Tiger Airways and Indonesia's Lion Air have mushroomed in South-east Asia, a region with a population of 500 million people.

The Jakarta-based company plans to fly to Perth from Bali as well as to Singapore from Bandung by next year, Mr Suherman said.

"I see a good potential market to Denpasar, in Bali. Leisure travellers from Australia are always flying to Bali," he said. - Bloomberg

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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to September 2004:
EasyJet = 24,343,649
Ryanair = 25,758,285

Percentage increase in passengers since September 2003:
EasyJet = 25%
Ryanair = 17%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in September 2004:
EasyJet = 86.9%
Ryanair = 87%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to October 2004:
EasyJet = 24,827,915
Ryanair = 26,196,065

Percentage increase in passengers since October 2003:
EasyJet = 25%
Ryanair = 19%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in October 2004:
EasyJet = 87%
Ryanair = 87%
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Ryanair profits rise 15% to record €201m, traffic growth of 24%, net margin of 28%

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 low fares airline today (2 Nov 2004) announced record half year profits of €201.3m. Traffic grew by 24% to 14.1m passengers, yields declined by 5% and consequently total revenues rose by 21% to €721.1m. Unit costs (excluding fuel and route charges) fell by 4% and (including fuel and route charges unit costs remained flat) and as a result the profit margin after tax declined by 1% to an industry leading 28%.
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05 November 2004

Ryanair in talks to launch service to nine more Spanish airports

MADRID : Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is in talks to begin flights to an additional nine airports in Spain.

Ryanair already operates flights to eight airports in Spain, and soon will begin service to three others.

Ryanair chairman Michael O'Leary told the El Pais newspaper that the budget carrier was eyeing about 80 new airports in total in Europe, including six in Italy and 17 in Germany, as part of its expansion programme. He did not provide further detail.

"There is in fact a long queue of airports which are after our flights," O'Leary said Friday.

In Spain, Ryanair is due to begin flights to Zaragoza from December 1, to Almeria from January 19 and to Seville in February, according to the newspaper.

Iberia, the leading Spanish carrier, announced in mid-October that it may file a complaint against Ryanair at the European Commission on grounds that it has received illegal aid from regional governments in Spain. - AFP

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Easyjet in half-term travel boost
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No-frills airline Easyjet has said passenger numbers rose sharply last month, helped by the half-term school holidays in the UK.

The airline said it carried 2.4 million passengers in October, a 25% increase on the same period last year.

Easyjet's load factor - the average proportion of occupied seats per flight - rose to 87% from 85.5% in October 2003.

Easyjet chief Ray Webster described the firm's performance as "solid".

"Our low-cost business model remains robust and we continue to capitalise on it."

The passenger figures for October were also lifted by the launch of 18 new routes.

The increase in Easyjet's passenger numbers will help dispel investor concerns over rising oil prices at a time of intense price competition within the no-frills airline sector.

Last month, Easyjet's shares fell sharply after the airline warned that fares would remain under pressure into next year.

Two weeks ago, there was speculation of a takeover bid for Easyjet after Icelandic flag carrier Icelandair bought a 10% stake in the firm.

Easyjet shares were up more than 4% at 179p in early trade on Friday.
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AirAsia flies S'pore-Phuket route

8 Nov 04

(PHUKET) AirAsia is hoping to grab a greater share of the low-cost airline market with the introduction of flights between Thailand's resort island of Phuket and Singapore, the airline's chief executive announced on Saturday.


The Thai News Agency reported yesterday that Thassapol Balewelt said that the new route, which saw its inaugural flight on Saturday, would facilitate business and tourism, making it possible to fly from Phuket to Singapore without having to go via Bangkok.

With promotional fares of only 1,200 baht (S$48.60), Mr Balewelt said that the route would appeal to holidaymakers.

He also noted that the airline had achieved considerable success on its twice-daily Bangkok-Singapore route, with most flights at least 80 per cent full.

But AirAsia will be competing with Singapore-based low cost carrier Tiger Airways on this route. Tiger sells tickets for its daily flights to the Thai resort from just $30 each way.

And given that Singapore and Thailand have signed a mutual free skies agreement, industry observers reckon other players like Qantas associate Jetstar Asia and Thai Airways' associate Nok Air could also join the fray on this popular route. - Bernama
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Very interesting, although I doubt I willl go there anytime soon (I am no nature buff..haha). But what also intrigues me is why no airline is flying that route until Tiger Air did!
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Very interesting, although I doubt I willl go there anytime soon (I am no nature buff..haha). But what also intrigues me is why no airline is flying that route until Tiger Air did!
Maybe they need someone to be "guinea pig" first??
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