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Old May 13th, 2004, 01:37 PM   #101
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There are 489 flights to Jakarta weekly.
Wow.....thats alot!
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Make it 496 flights a week after Valuair resume their daily flights to Jakarta !


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Old May 13th, 2004, 06:35 PM   #103
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Make it 496 flights a week after Valuair resume their daily flights to Jakarta !


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Wow...this is indeed alot!!!!!!
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Old May 14th, 2004, 12:40 PM   #104
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Valuair aims to launch maiden Jakarta flight on 20 May

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Posted: 14 May 2004 1721 hrs

By Frankie Ho, NewsRadio 93.8

SINGAPORE : Singapore's first budget airline Valuair is hoping to launch its maiden flight to Jakarta next Thursday, 20 May.

The flight was supposed to have taken off on Monday, but was grounded because of an administrative hitch over landing rights in the Indonesian capital.

Passengers were given either a refund or a seat on Garuda for no extra charge, and ticket sales were temporarily suspended.

But the budget carrier says it is almost past this patch of turbulence.

Valuair executive director Jimmy Lau says the Indonesian authorities are processing the paperwork and landing rights should be granted in the next 48 hours.

But there is more good news for travellers.

Valuair says that for the next two or three months the budget carrier also has no plans of passing on higher jet fuel costs to passengers.

A number of full-fare carriers like Qantas and even budget airline Virgin Blue are imposing a fuel surcharge. - NewsRadio 93.8


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Old May 14th, 2004, 04:11 PM   #105
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Thats good news indeed, no fuel sucharging, means no ticket increase !


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Old May 15th, 2004, 10:17 AM   #106
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But I wonder how long they can endure this....it is quite scary watching them trying to establish themselves!
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:14 AM   #107
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Why so Cheap ?

One of my friend said that , the airline is postponing their schedulled-maintenance of the plane.

Is this information valid ?
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:20 AM   #108
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One of my friend said that , the airline is postponing their schedulled-maintenance of the plane.

Is this information valid ?
You talking about valuair?
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #109
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One of my friend said that , the airline is postponing their schedulled-maintenance of the plane.

Is this information valid ?
Highly impossible.....LCC planes are on high rotation(planes are used very frequently)......hence the last thing the airline would skimp is the maintainence cost......

Airasia place a high priority on maintainence, so do valuair........
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Old May 17th, 2004, 09:53 AM   #110
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Yes. Add to that, at least Valuair's planes are completely new, so from day one, they are already of a higher safety standard, then say, buying second-hand planes.
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Valuair fleets are new and their management is backup with good financial support, so i will assume their maintainance is way above people expectations about LLC. Yet, if their boss is ex SIA boss, wouldnt they copied SIA too rite?


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Old May 18th, 2004, 06:33 PM   #112
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Valuair offers women-only flight to HK

MAY 18, 2004

SINGAPORE - Budget airline Valuair said on Tuesday it is offering a women-only flight to Hong Kong this week in a bid to woo female customers.

The one-time promotional service, which departs on Friday, will feature 'women-friendly perks' such as in-flight hand massages, beauty advice and heavier baggage allowances for shopping travellers, Valuair spokesman Nilesh Pritam said.

'The flight will be made up entirely of women - except for the pilots,' said Mr Pritam.

Valuair has sold 70 per cent of the 162 seats on the flight, he said.

Return tickets cost S$300 (US$174) each, and passengers can take a regular Valuair flight back to Singapore.

The airline, which launched services this month, is expected to face fierce competition from a handful of recently established no-frills carriers in the region, including Malaysia's AirAsia and Tiger Airways, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and the founders of Europe's Ryanair. -- AP


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Old May 18th, 2004, 06:58 PM   #113
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Gee...are LCC flyers predominantly male in the first place?? Who is going to carry their huge shopping bags?
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Old May 18th, 2004, 07:06 PM   #114
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Gee...are LCC flyers predominantly male in the first place??
Haha...precisely why they need to attract more attention with the ladies.....

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Thai AirAsia brushes off threat from Singapore-based budget carriers

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Posted: 19 May 2004 2036 hrs

By Frederick Lim, Channel NewsAsia

Thai AirAsia's lucrative Singapore-Bangkok route is under threat as Valuair has started flights to Bangkok and other low cost airlines like Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia are waiting in the wings.

But Thai AirAsia brushes off competition from the Singapore-based budget carriers as it is confident it has the lowest cost structure.

And it is even looking at adding more frequencies and destinations on the Singapore-Thailand route.

Singaporeans will soon be able to fly on Thai AirAsia to Phuket.

The budget carrier says that it has received numerous requests from Singaporeans to include their favourite destination in Thailand.

It is now studying their requests and is also looking at flights from Singapore to Chiangmai and Haadyai.

In addition, it may increase the frequency of its now twice-daily flight to Bangkok.

And Thais AirAsia is also throwing down the gauntlet to competitors thinking of undercutting its prices.

Tassapon Bijleveld, Chief Executive, Thai AirAsia, said: "We can slash price much more than any other airlines because of our very low cost. To give you an example - operating out of Singapore and operating out of Bangkok, I'm sure cost of living and cost of compensation and lots of things here in Singapore are much more expensive than in Thailand. So in that respect, we do have much much lower cost. So, it would not be the key to do it. But if anyone would challenge us, we would go for it. But we would not be the one to start it. Our worst enemy is our own cost. If we can manage our own costs - enemies? friends? Cannot harm us at all! Because once we have lower costs we can offer lower fares."

Right now the load factor for its Singapore-Bangkok route is about 75 percent and rising.

And it says the entry of Valuair to the market has not made any impact on its ticket sales.

ThaiAirAsia also says it has turned profitable in the last 2 months and should recover initial losses to break even as early as July. - CNA

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hey Valuair girls are hot man... theres one looks like cecilia cheung


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Watch out Guys! starting this june Star air (another indonesian airlines) will fly to Changi and KL daily !

i got the news from cybertravel, http://cybertravel.cbn.net.id/detil....ews&newsno=824 Is indonesian, but you just figured it out by the topic


updated: they gonna use Boeing MD-83, newer and longer than lion air's md-82.


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Old May 20th, 2004, 09:51 AM   #118
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Watch out Guys! starting this june Star air (another indonesian airlines) will fly to Changi and KL daily !

i got the news from cybertravel, http://cybertravel.cbn.net.id/detil....ews&newsno=824 Is indonesian, but you just figured it out by the topic


updated: they gonna use Boeing MD-83, newer and longer than lion air's md-82.


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That's excellent news......I hope there will be more to come......
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Budget carriers unfazed by high fuel prices

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Valuair and Thai AirAsia have no plans to add surcharge as mainstream carriers have done on certain routes

By Karamjit Kaur

JET fuel prices are sky-high, but they may prove a boon for two budget airlines operating out of Singapore in the dogfight to win passengers from the big boys.

While the likes of Singapore Airlines (SIA), Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas have slapped fuel surcharges on some airfares amid the oil price hike, both Valuair and Thai AirAsia said yesterday that they have no plans to introduce the extra charge.

Thai AirAsia's chief executive officer, Mr Tassapon Bijleveld, said that while there is an 'opportunity' for his carrier to impose a surcharge as well, the airline 'will not take it up'.

And Valuair executive director Jimmy Lau told The Straits Times: 'We will continue to monitor the situation and if we do impose a charge, it will be as a last resort.'

Oil prices have soared about 28 per cent over the past 12 months, putting pressure on airlines.

The big names also face pressure from nimble, low-cost carriers setting up in the region.

Indeed, new entrant Thai AirAsia - a joint venture between Thailand's Shin Corp and Malaysia's AirAsia - said it has contractually fixed the price for 80 per cent of its fuel requirements for the rest of this year in advance.

'Fuel is about 30 per cent of our costs, and if it fluctuates 1 per cent, it will hit us,' noted Mr Tassapon, who met reporters here yesterday after a welcome ceremony for the airline organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

But he added: 'We have hedged our fees and it won't affect our costs. It won't affect our fares at all.'

Thai AirAsia's maiden flight to Singapore was in February and it now flies twice daily from here to Bangkok, with about 70 per cent of seats filled, Mr Tassapon said.

Its load has not been affected by Valuair, which started flying twice a day to Bangkok two weeks ago, he said.

Valuair has a round-trip promotion fare of $138 to the Thai capital, while Thai AirAsia has offered 10,000 one-way tickets for the same route at $45.

To break even, the Thai carrier, which flies to eight destinations including seven in Thailand, needs to fill an average of 62 per cent of its seats on all its flights.

On expansion plans, Mr Tassapon said the airline is considering flying from Phuket or Hat Yai to Singapore.

As for increasing the frequency of flights between Bangkok and Singapore, he said the plan is to wait 'a few more months' and size up the impending competition, before deciding.

By year-end, Singapore will be home to two more budget carriers - Tiger Airways, in which SIA has a stake, and an as-yet- unnamed airline backed by Qantas.

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Watch out Guys! starting this june Star air (another indonesian airlines) will fly to Changi and KL daily !

i got the news from cybertravel, http://cybertravel.cbn.net.id/detil....ews&newsno=824 Is indonesian, but you just figured it out by the topic


updated: they gonna use Boeing MD-83, newer and longer than lion air's md-82.


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Damn...the article is in Bahasa Indonesia!

Is it a LCC or a full-service carrier selling its ticket cheap like Lion air?
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