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Old December 6th, 2004, 10:26 PM   #621
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EasyJet to drop Paris Orly-Marseille flights - airport
6 December 2004

MARSEILLE (AFX) - EasyJet PLC is dropping its twice-daily flights between Paris Orly and Marseille, an official at Marseille-Provence airport said.

The official said the low-cost airline cited the lack of slots at Orly and the cost of security, which reaches 26 eur on a 50 eur ticket.

He accused the government of distorting competition with the railways, whose security cost is borne by the taxpayer.

The Marseille-London Gatwick link will continue.

Earlier, French railway staff protested at Paris' Gare de Lyon against a new service reserved for online ticket buyers that allows train passengers to travel from the capital to Marseille for as little as 19 eur.

Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer Francais' iDTGV service ('interactif-detente-TGV' or 'interactive-relaxation-high-speed train') was launched today and sells both first and second class seats at a heavy discount.
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With Air Polonia and Volare out of business Easyjet and Ryanair can enjoy just a little more breathing space and also have somewhere to fly all those new planes they've ordered.
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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%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2004:
EasyJet = 25,249,936
Ryanair = 26,392,361

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2003:
EasyJet = 25%
Ryanair = 10%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2004:
EasyJet = 84.6%
Ryanair = 83%
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New routes boost Easyjet traffic
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4074743.stm



Easyjet has expanded its routes


Passenger numbers at no-frills airline Easyjet hit 2.1 million in November, up 25% on the same point last year.

The low-cost carrier cited the expansion of its network in Europe, with the addition of nine new routes, as the reason for the increase.

Its load factor - how many seats it has filled on flights - was down slightly from a year ago, to 81.2% from 81.5%.

Luton-based Easyjet now flies more than 150 routes, competing with 42 low-cost rivals in the European market.


Fuel pressure

Last month, the airline thanked the "resilience" of its business model for a 21% rise in annual profits, despite the pressure of high oil prices and tough competition.

Easyjet's annual fuel bill has risen by almost 22% in a year, which accounts for 14% of spending.

However, the carrier is seeking to make savings through the use of more fuel-efficient Airbus A319s and its withdrawal from poorly-performing markets or airports which charge high landing fees.

Easyjet said last month it was braced for a challenging winter with continued strong competition leaving "limited visibility" on fares.

Shares in the airline jumped last month after Icelandair built a 10% stake in the company.
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Posted: 08 December 2004 1834 hrs

Valuair hopes Singapore could sign more open skies deals
By Thomas Cho, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Amid a growing number of budget airlines here, the battle is not just over passenger numbers but destinations and the rights to fly there.

Competition in the sector - which is already intense - is expected to heat up after Jetstar Asia starts flying next week.

And Valuair, for one, is hoping that Singapore could sign more open skies agreements with other countries so that it can expand its services.

When Valuair started flying to Perth this month, it became the first low-cost carrier from Singapore to move into the Australian market.

Valuair CEO Sim Kay Wee said: "We are blessed by the fact that we are very liberal with our traffic rights. As Singapore has concluded open skies agreement with many countries, we are not starved of traffic rights.....In that sense, we are luckier we got traffic rights to use and we hope that Singapore could sign more liberal air rights with other countries and we could fly to these countries freely without having to do what AirAsia does."

AirAsia has subsidiaries and hubs in different countries to facilitate its expansion into different markets.

Low-cost carriers are increasingly looking at flying to destinations further away so that they can grow their businesses.

And Valuair is hoping that Singapore can conclude more open skies agreement as it plans to expand into China, India, the east coast of Australia and the Middle East.

Mr Sim said: "We are looking at flying farther afield. We think the markets of India and China need more flights. So we need aircraft for that areas. We are looking at flying in the region of 5 to 8 hours. That would require aircraft that can do that type of flight lengths so that the entire region would be our market place."

To meet those targets, Valuair is looking into adding more and bigger planes into its fleet. - CNA

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Old December 9th, 2004, 04:47 PM   #626
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Business Times - 09 Dec 2004

AWAir to be re-launched as low-cost carrier

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) AirAsia's Indonesian associate PT AWAir International has taken to the skies again after being ground for over two years. It has started test-flying on domestic routes using its 148-seater Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Malaysia's AirAsia bought a 49 per cent stake in the Indonesian carrier earlier this year for a token US$2. The debt ridden airline suspended operations in March 2002.

In a statement yesterday, the airline said following yesterday's official ceremony it would be re-launched as a low-fare airline modelled after AirAsia. 'AWAir will adhere to a low-cost business model. AWAir will operate point-to-point flights within a three-hour radius. The airline will also operate on a no-frills, ticketless concept, where guests are issued with flight itineraries incorporating a unique booking number upon successful booking.'

The carrier said it will offer much lower fares than those charged by full-service carriers, but 'without compromising on safety'. The carrier's new management is headed by president-director Sendjaja Widjaja, while original shareholder Pin Harris is the president commissioner of the company.

BT understands from AirAsia that AWAir is also planning to start flights between Jakarta and Singapore during the first quarter of next year.

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December 10, 2004

Budget airline boom to push leasing rates up

HONG KONG - Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise, one of the world's largest plane lessors by fleet size, said rates for new aircraft may rise 20 per cent next year because of rising demand from low-cost airlines in South-east Asia.

Leasing rates for new single-aisle planes such as the Airbus SAS A-320 and Boeing Co's next-generation 737 models have increased about 15 per cent this year, said Mr Robert Martin, chief executive officer of Singapore Aircraft Leasing.

AirAsia, Valuair and other discount carriers in Asia are expanding their fleets and adding new routes as competition intensifies. And Jetstar Asia, the international budget unit of Qantas Airways, will start its first commercial flight on Dec 13.

"All except one of our aircraft placements this year have gone to low-cost carriers, a sign of where the demand is," Mr Martin said in an interview. Singapore Aircraft Leasing, part-owned by Singapore Airlines, owns 60 planes.

Jetstar Asia has leased three A-320 planes from Singapore Aircraft Leasing and plans to operate 20 aircraft within three years. AirAsia, South-east Asia's largest discount carrier, will decide as early as this month whether to choose Airbus or Boeing for an order for as many as 80 aircraft, the company said last month.

Singapore Aircraft Leasing says there will only be about 10 new Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737 planes available for lease next year.

The company is considering new aircraft purchases, Mr Martin said. It has 14 A-320 planes on order and all of them will be delivered by May 2006. A new A-320 plane carries a catalogue price of US$63 million (S$104 million).

Singapore Aircraft Leasing wants to lease planes to Chinese airlines, Mr Martin said. China's passenger traffic will grow 7.3 per cent annually by 2023, compared with a global average of 5.2 per cent, Boeing said earlier this year.

"We will see the emergence of the first low-cost carrier in China in the next six months," Mr Martin said. "We're actively working to place aircraft there." - Bloomberg

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Hmmm....anyone saw the recent news on possible renegotiations of airlinks with the Philippines, with particular reference to letting LCCs take advantage of this liberalisation?
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Hmmm....anyone saw the recent news on possible renegotiations of airlinks with the Philippines, with particular reference to letting LCCs take advantage of this liberalisation?
Yes.....of course......Thats even clearer when I saw your map......
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Dec 12, 2004
Tiger Airways buys 8 new planes

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

BUDGET carrier Tiger Airways is buying eight new aircraft to keep its expansion plans on track as the airline industry continues to cope with a shortage of planes and pilots.

Sources say the airline, which is co-owned by Singapore Airlines, has signed a letter of intent with European manufacturer Airbus for the single-aisle A320 planes to be delivered next year and in 2006, to meet a projected increase in business.

Tiger Airways, which started flying in September this year, now has two aircraft and goes to Bangkok, Hat Yai and Phuket. Its target is to serve up to 10 destinations by the end of its first year of operation, and 15 by the second year.

The Straits Times understands that the new planes would probably be taken on sale-and-lease-back deals arranged before delivery.

To free capital, it is common for budget airlines buying directly from the manufacturer to re-sell the planes to a bank or a leasing company, and then lease the aircraft from them.

Industry experts say Tiger's decision to go straight to the manufacturer is partly because lease prices have risen by 15 per cent in the past year, with higher interest rates and demand from budget airlines outstripping supply.

These airlines normally opt for single-aisle aircraft, which now cost about $500,000 a month to lease.

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This story was printed from TODAYonline

Valuair's new ad campaign aims for the funny bone

Tuesday • December 14, 2004

ADVERTISING can do amazing things.

It allows marketers with money to buy attention.

Buy enough attention, the thinking goes, and you can increase distribution, raise prices, and simultaneously boost market share.

Imagine how much more effective ads can be when they tickle your funny bone.

Such advertisements do not just convey a message, usually exhorting viewers to spend, they gain the audience's attention through sheer entertainment value.

Going by such criteria, Valuair's latest ads by Grey Global Group have "winner" written all over them.

The agency won the Valuair account recently in a pitch involving two other agencies.

The new brand strategy developed by Grey will position Valuair as the "smart way to fly" with a new tagline: Fly Smart. — Shobha Tsering Bhalla

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Posted: 14 December 2004 2244 hrs

2004 is the year low-cost carriers take off in Singapore
By Michael Lim, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : 2004 will go down in airline history as the year low-cost carriers took off in Singapore.

Four have set up shop here over the past 12 months alone and their presence has sparked off what is known as budget tourism.

These low-cost carriers have created quite a buzz but once the novelty dies off, the challenge is for them to survive the intense competition.

Low-cost carriers may be new but Singaporeans appear to have taken to them in a big way.

Still, there is no doubt that competition is highly intense and some industry watchers say consolidation is just a matter of time.

"I don't think its big enough for five. In the US there is only one successful carrier Southwest Airline. Later I think there will be some consolidation in the industry. In fact for airline industry economies of scale is very important. The bigger the scale is, the bigger the cost saving," said Gary Zhang, research analyst with Sun Hung Kai Research Hong Kong.

Nicholas Ionides, regional managing editor with The Flight Group agrees.

He said: "I think it is inevitable that some of them will succeed and some of them will fail. But consolidation will happen eventually. There will be a lot of little guys and then there will be a couple of big ones. That has happened in Europe."

Malaysia's AirAsia is seen as one key player in the sector.

It has been expanding aggressively, setting up associate airlines in Thailand and Indonesia.

But its rivals are also looking at spreading their wings.

Less than a year into its operations, Singapore's first budget carrier Valuair is planning to expand its fleet and services.

It's now looking at flying to destinations up to eight hours away from Singapore, and that could take them to India and China.

Sim Kay Wee, Valuair's CEO said: "We are looking at adding one to three more A320s and we are ambitiously studying possibly a wide body jet to go further afield."

With low-cost carriers in the picture, premier airliners like SIA and Cathay Pacific may be tempted to be drawn into a price war to keep their turf.

But analysts say there is room for both types of carriers to grow.

"They are not going to kill the existing airlines. That has got to be made clear, especially as they develop more into Asia in particular. You will see the lines drawn between the low-cost airline and the more traditional airline. There is room in the market for both and they will both thrive and survive," said Mr Ionides.

Valuair's CEO added: "Down the line, I see a high of seven percent to eight percent passenger growth in Asia. The market is big enough to absorb the capacity given out by low-cost carriers."

And what that means is that air travellers will have a wider choice when it comes to booking their flights. - CNA

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Ryanair criticised over adverts
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The ruling followed a complaint from its arch rival, easyJet
Low-cost airline Ryanair has been criticised by advertising watchdogs for making misleading claims


Ryanair ran newspaper adverts, which claimed it had "better punctuality" than Easyjet, citing the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in the advert.

Neither carrier is a member of the AEA and, Ryanair, whose main UK operation is based at Stansted, was told "not to misattribute statistics".

Ryanair apologised for the advert but noted the sole complainant was Easyjet.

The advert, with a headline "Why Pay More... To Arrive Later", contained a table of statistics but the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said Ryanair had "misleadingly implied" these were from an independent source.

Question of distance

In a separate ruling, the ASA has upheld complaints from two members of the public over a Ryanair advert about new routes from Luton airport.

The airline had said Spanish destinations Girona and Reus served Barcelona.

The travellers, however, believed the two destinations were considerable distances from the city, the ASA said.

The body said airlines should not claim airports served specific cities unless those airports were listed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as doing so.

Dublin-based Ryanair said the references had been published in error.

Complaints from the same two people over claims in the advert that Orio al Serio, Ciampino, Treviso and Vasteras, respectively served Milan, Rome, Venice and Stockholm, were rejected because they were included in IATA listings.
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Whoops...this reminds me of the Jakarta fiasco. They certainly need to do something about their crisis management!
Yeah I certainly hope so....especially now they are mulling those 8 hours flights.....
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Business Times - 17 Dec 2004

Star Cruises eyeing stake in Valuair?

Company's plan to unveil 'strategic investment' adds fuel to speculation

By VEN SREENIVASAN

IS Star Cruises investing in Singapore discount carrier Valuair?

Weeks of market speculation have gone into overdrive in the wake of the listed cruise liner operators' decision to send out invites to a press conference next Monday, saying that it would be announcing a 'strategic investment in a leading player in Singapore's travel and leisure sector'.

'This investment extends Star Cruises' commitment to Singapore, where it has been a major contributor to the country's cruise industry since it was launched in 1993,' the company said in its invitation.

While no details or numbers were mentioned, market sources tell BT that Star Cruises is investing US$15 million in the discount carrier.

If so, this would be the second round of capital raising for Valuair, which raised some $33 million during its initial start-up phase. Among its key investors are online travel bookings specialist Asiatravel.com, which has pumped in some US$4 million in the airline, for a total stake of 10.8 per cent.

Its other shareholders include its chairman Lim Chin Beng and its three executive directors Arthur Lim, Jimmy Lau and Natasha Foong. Also with stakes in the company are lawyer Sat Pal Khattar, Hong Kong-based Wuthelam Holdings, Credit Suisse First Boston's managing director Chan Wai Kheong and various British Virgin Islands-registered venture funds.

Valuair officials were tight-lipped when asked about the speculation of a capital injection by Star Cruises.

Star Cruises Ltd, which is quoted on Clob International in Singapore, is controlled by Resorts World. Resorts World is a subsidiary of sole Malaysian casino group Genting.

Last month, Star Cruises said third-quarter profit fell 10 per cent as expenses and finance costs increased. Net income fell to US$46.4 million, or 0.81 cent a share, from US$51.6 million, or 1.04 cents, a year earlier.

Following its takeover of Norwegian Cruise Line - which operates mainly in the Caribbean - in early 2000, Star Cruises is the third largest cruise company operating a combined fleet of 18 ships with over 23,000 lower berths.

Valuair operates three Airbus A320 aircraft to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Jakarta.

It is expected to take delivery of its fourth plane in February, just about the time it expects to announce new routes. It will take delivery of two more planes at the end of next year, and another two in 2006.

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yeah, ryanair is very good but connect small spanish cities with europe. and easyjet too, but madrid or barcelona or valencia with london or paris, with fast ticket.
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Flight review from Skytrax website......

Valuair - by Gan Yung

11 October 2004

Very friendly, cheerful and bright inflight service. Costs of snacks and refreshments are included in the fares which are slightly higher than Tiger Airways' fares but lower than Singapore Airlines' fares. Flying with Valuair is good value for money if you consider on Tiger Airways, you still have to pay for snacks and beverages even if you have paid S$280 for a return trip while Valuair removes that worry for you. Valuair's inflight magazine is an official destination guide magazine called The Real Destination in different Valuair's destination versions. Valauir provides you napkin too. However onboard Tiger Airways, you find no napkin and no inflight magazine.
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Tigerair costs as much as S$280? Anyway the only route they fly in direct competition is the Singapore-Bangkok sector right? They arent exactly competing head on yet!
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Tigerair costs as much as S$280? Anyway the only route they fly in direct competition is the Singapore-Bangkok sector right? They arent exactly competing head on yet!
I think he (the guy doing the review) must be talking about buying the ticket a week or so b4 his trip........(Tiger tickets seems more expensive than Valuair when you purchase it that way)......
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Ryanair says sorry to hundreds of travellers stranded in Paris
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December 17 2004

RYANAIR, the Irish budget airline, yesterday apologised to hundreds of Scottish customers who had been stranded in France for four days after their return flights were cancelled because of fog.

All the passengers had finally touched down at Prestwick last night, having been trapped in a backlog because extra flights were not provided during breaks in the weather.

Up to 600 people who flew to Beauvais airport on Monday were involved, with only 300 able to fly home earlier via Lille, an hour's bus drive away.

Many criticised Ryanair for failures to help find accommodation during their ordeal, and also complained of a lack of information.

As the controversy continued, the airline announced its busiest Christmas ever, with more than 1.3 million people booked on 550 daily flights on 209 routes.

A Ryanair spokesman said it had been impossible to provide extra flights because its 77-strong fleet of aircraft was in full use or grounded by airport closures due to bad weather.

Paul Fitzsimmons, head of communications, apologised to the Scottish passengers.
He said: "Our business is to get people away on schedule, not to cancel services. We really tried to do as much as we could to get people away."

He added it had proved impossible to fly more people home earlier from Lille because local coach firms had been unable to cope with the numbers at Beauvais, swelled by stranded flights from other Ryanair routes.

Of complaints from passengers left without food and to find their own accommodation, Mr Fitzsimmons said the budget airline's terms and conditions were clear: Ryanair did not pay for hotels, meals, delays or cancellations.
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