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Old June 16th, 2004, 05:06 PM   #161
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Fantastic. But I wonder how much $$$ valueair has burnt because of this fiasco?
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Fantastic. But I wonder how much $$$ valueair has burnt because of this fiasco?
More than enough to get the ball rolling..........
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Old June 17th, 2004, 08:48 AM   #163
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This story was printed from TODAYonline

Valuair flights to Jakarta set to take off by month-end

Thursday • June 17, 2004

Valuair — Singapore's only discount airline — which delayed its inaugural flight to Jakarta last month, will start flights to the Indonesian capital by the end of this month, said executive director Jimmy Lau.

It will also begin services to cities in southern China and add flights to other destinations by the end of the year.

"The market in China has high density and high traffic,'' he said. "We anticipate the yield to be much higher compared to Bangkok.''

The new destinations will help Valuair expand its operations in a region with intense competition from other budget and regular airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways.

Valuair currently flies to Bangkok twice a day and to Hong Kong daily. — Bloomberg

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Old June 18th, 2004, 10:00 AM   #164
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Business Times - 18 Jun 2004

Valuair eyeing destinations in southern China

HAVING finally got the green light to fly between Singapore and Jakarta, Singapore-based budget carrier Valuair is now eyeing destinations in southern China.

Executive director Jimmy Lau said yesterday Valuair is 'looking at a couple of cities' within five hours' flying time of Singapore. 'There's nothing concrete yet, but we're working on it,' he said.

Destinations on the cards include at least one city in India - near Bombay - and Perth.

But first, Valuair has to get more planes. Its two leased A320s are currently fully used on twice-daily flights to Bangkok, daily flights to Hong Kong and, from June 25, daily flights to Jakarta.

'We're looking at getting two more planes by year-end,' Mr Lau said.

The two current planes are leased from Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.

Valuair, which has raised $33 million from private investors so far, plans to launch an initial public offer within a few years to raise $50 million to finance the leasing of more aircraft.

Mr Lau revealed yesterday that the load factor on the Singapore-Bangkok flights is about 80 per cent, while that on the Singapore-Hong Kong flights is about 60 per cent.

The Singapore-Jakarta flights are expected to enjoy around 70 per cent loads.

To break even, Valuair needs to fill 75 per cent of seats.

Asked about the delay in the start of the Jakarta flights, Mr Lau blamed administrative hitches. The flights were due to start on May 10.

'New application procedures were introduced,' he said.

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Old June 18th, 2004, 10:07 AM   #165
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Business Times - 18 Jun 2004

Low-cost airlines set for explosive growth in Asia
Arrival of dozens of new players will stimulate overall market growth, says top analyst

(SINGAPORE) Asia is set for explosive growth in the low-cost airline business with dozens of new entrants taking to the skies and governments racing to liberalise their airspace, a leading analyst says.

The growth will push down fares, raise demand for air travel, and prompt most full-service carriers to fight back with their own low-cost arms, Peter Harbinson, managing director at Sydney's Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, yesterday.

'The growth potential is actually quite enormous. What percentage of that will low-cost airlines take? God knows. But they are going to be very important in stimulating overall market growth,' Mr Harbinson told The Associated Press in an interview.

There will be 'dozens, dozens in the next five years', he added.

No-frills air travel - where companies cut perks for travellers, slice costs, trim turnaround times, and sell more tickets through low-cost channels - emerged in the United States in the 1970s and spread to Europe in the 1990s.

The business model has made inroads in Asia in the past three years, led by companies such as Malaysia's AirAsia, Australia's Virgin Blue, and recent Singapore entrant Valuair. At least two more discount operators are set for launch in Singapore later this year: Tiger Airways, backed by full-service flag-carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA), and a rival supported by Australia's Qantas Airways.

India - home to more than a billion people - has great potential provided authorities loosen the rules on which airlines may fly which routes, both domestically and abroad, he said.

'We are working on a couple of low-cost airlines ourselves there. We know of at least a half a dozen others in the Indian domestic market, that is the scale of this. And they are popping up all over the place,' Mr Harbinson said.

Air Deccan, based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, is already offering cheap travel; Air India Express, subsidiary of flag carrier Air India, is due to start flying by year-end.

Mr Harbinson said there is growing commercial pressure on governments to ease restrictions on access to international air routes.

'The pace (of growth) will really depend on how fast the market liberalises, how quickly you can get access to new routes,' he said.

In Singapore, the entrance of low-cost players on routes to Bangkok and Hong Kong has prompted price cuts by established carriers, blurring the distinction between the industry segments.

'We aim to offer bargains whenever there are capacity opportunities,' said Wong Hong, area vice-president for Singapore at SIA.

The state-backed company now offers partially restricted return flights to Indonesia and Thailand for as little as $150, up to 25 per cent cheaper than earlier regular fares. - AP

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Old June 18th, 2004, 10:21 AM   #166
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Its about time, but can Singapore handle 4 budget carriers? if Indonesia erase departure tax this year, you will see more flights within ASEAN and that will include singapore

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Old June 18th, 2004, 11:16 AM   #167
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how much is the departure tax?
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Old June 18th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #168
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Approx 120 US dollar/1 million RP for indonesian citizen only, thats about 200 Singapore $

very expensive...


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:! that much! is that for international flights only or domestic as well?
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Old June 19th, 2004, 02:34 PM   #170
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For international only, for domestic theres airport tax but i assume all airports have airport tax too rite. Hopefully they will scrap the departure tax, at least within ASEAN.

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Old June 26th, 2004, 01:30 AM   #171
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JUNE 19, 2004

VALUED SERVICE:

I would like to commend Ms Carol Phang of Valuair on her great service.

I had a problem booking a flight via the Internet. Ms Phang, who is not even in Valuair's ticketing department but its finance section, helped me to rectify the problem.

One day before departure, she had the courtesy to call and check if my booking was okay.

HERY YUSMAN


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Old June 26th, 2004, 06:00 AM   #172
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VALUED SERVICE:

I would like to commend Ms Carol Phang of Valuair on her great service.

I had a problem booking a flight via the Internet. Ms Phang, who is not even in Valuair's ticketing department but its finance section, helped me to rectify the problem.

One day before departure, she had the courtesy to call and check if my booking was okay.

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Good value-added service from valuair??? Wow, that should "valuable" to the growth of valuair......hope they keep that up.....
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Old June 26th, 2004, 08:13 AM   #173
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JUNE 26, 2004
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AT LAST, VALUAIR GETS TO LAND IN JAKARTA

VALUAIR landed in Jakarta for the first time yesterday, more than a month after the budget airline was forced to cancel its maiden flight to the Indonesian capital.

The aircraft left Changi Airport at 8.15am less than half full but Valuair executive director Jimmy Lau, who flew to Jakarta a day earlier to make sure it was all systems go, said he was 'relieved' that there had been no operational hiccups.

He said: 'It was a light load, but in the first week or so, we just want to ensure that everything goes on smoothly. After that, we will work on filling the planes.'

The airline is working with the Singapore Tourism Board to launch a publicity campaign in Jakarta in about two weeks' time.

Without disclosing the fares, Mr Lau said: 'We will offer package deals to cover the flight and hotel accommodation, and we are banking on the Great Singapore Sale to draw visitors.'

A round-trip ticket now costs $190.

Valuair, which also flies to Bangkok and Hong Kong, was to have started flying to Jakarta on May 10. But at the last minute, all 51 passengers were taken off flight VF202 and transferred to a Garuda Indonesia flight because Valuair had not got landing rights from Jakarta in time. Approval finally came through on June 14.

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Old June 26th, 2004, 10:11 AM   #174
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Great. But they will really need lots of publicity to overcome the shaken confidence of the public?

Anyway, how does 190 compare to other airlines?
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Old June 26th, 2004, 10:26 AM   #175
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A check at www.airfares.com.sg(26/6/04)...........

Singapore-Jakarta

Airfrance- S$185

Air India-S$200

Cathay Pacific- S$190 ( max stay 14 days)

Emirates- S$194 (off peak)/ S$240 (peak season)

Garuda- S$268 (max stay 7 days)

KLM- S$195

Kuwait Airways - S$185

Lufthansa- S$240

Philippine Airlines- S$215

SIA- S$240 ( 2 person travelling, max 14 days)/ S$180 (outbound flight restricted to SQ168;inbound flight no restriction, max 14 days)/ S$210 ( 4 person travelling, max 14 days)

Thai Airways- S$180

Valuair- S$190 (min stay 2 days)

All flights allow maximun stay of 1 month unless stated otherwise; all fares stated exclude airport tax.

Hope this provide a good comparison.....

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Old June 26th, 2004, 11:39 AM   #176
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valuair seems to be not so budget!
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babystan, you forgot Lion air 280S$

Valuair is very similar with Silkair though....

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Old June 26th, 2004, 02:06 PM   #178
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babystan, you forgot Lion air 280S$

Valuair is very similar with Silkair though....

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I didn't mention it because the website I quoted never list Lion Air fares so thanks for filling in......
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EasyJet and Ryanair have also placed what I believe to be the largest orders in airline history from Boeing and Airbus. Here is a breakdown of their gigantic orders - remember these are orders only - it does not include their current fleets:

Ryanair:
150 x Boeing 737-800s confirmed (50 delivered so far)
100 x Boeing 737-800s on option
250 x Boeing 737s total

EasyJet:
120 x Airbus A319s confirmed
120 x Airbus A319s on option
240 x Airbus A319s total


In the year to March Ryanair grew by 47%.
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In terms of rolling annual total Ryanair carried 24.1 million and EasyJet 22.4 million. By the end of 2004 Ryanair is forecast to have hit 28 million pax pa.
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