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Old June 21st, 2010, 03:34 PM   #2001
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Does anybody know exactly which A330 routes has PTV/AVOD in Y class?

I'm looking to fly KIX-KUL-PER in December, and was hoping these routes would...

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Old June 21st, 2010, 05:08 PM   #2002
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MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS) MAY CANCEL ITS A380 ORDER
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PETALING JAYA (MALAYSIA), June 21 (NNN-Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is very disappointed with the prolonged delay in the delivery of the A380 super jumbo aircraft and may choose to cancel its six orders.

"We do not rule out anything," said its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Tengku Azmil Zahruddin when asked if MAS may cancel the order.

MAS Chairman, Dr Munir Majid, said the board had elaborated on the issue and was very disappointed with the numerous postponements.

In the latest development, MAS is scheduled to receive the first A380 in the second quarter of 2012.

Airbus was initially scheduled to start delivering MAS' A380s in January 2007 but the first delivery was postponed to January 2011 following delays in the aircraft maker's programme and was again deferred to August 2011.

MAS is already in discussion with Airbus on the delay, Tengku Azmil told reporters after the company's Annual General Meeting here, on Monday.

He said the delay in delivery has added pressure to the airline's planning.

"It's very difficult to plan, to make sure that our network is in the right place," said Tengku Azmil, adding that the hope was to conclude the talks by year end.

MAS had plans to let go some aircraft before the A380 comes in, and it is frustrating to plan with the delay by Airbus, he said.

Asked on compensation, Tengku Azmil said: "We are still in discussion on compensation. We need to make sure that we are not talking about a whole series of delay."

On whether MAS will swap A380 with A350, he said there were no such plans at this point of time but was "looking" at the A350 and Boeing 777.

"We just want to make sure that if we take A350 in future, that is the right aircraft for us. But not necessarily as part of the A380 package."

He said the Boeing 777-300 has the potential to replace A380.

"There are plenty other options available," said Tengku Azmil.

On another development, Tengku Azmil said it will be incorrect to say that MAS needed the compensation money from A380 to make money.

"We want to make money from operation and the target is RM100 million to RM300 million for operating profit for the current financial year. We want to achieve that or exceed," he said.

MAS is to invest RM450 million in the next five years to boost service standards and offerings.

Some RM400 million will be invested in revamping infrastructures and systems to facilitate smooth travel and to roll out e-commerce initiatives, said Tengku Azmil.

He said key initiatives to simplify passenger travel include enhancing mobile connectivity; introduction of iPad kiosks; self check-in kiosks; and transformation of call centres.

"There will be a progressive role out of new channels such as e-mails, webchat and sms which are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2011," he said after the company's annual general meeting on Monday.

MAS is also growing its network.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 05:06 AM   #2003
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Do you guys think once A380's arrive to MH, they will use them for KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE ?

It is operated with B747-400 right now
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 07:46 PM   #2004
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Definiely not as this routing won't last any longer The EZE flights will be rerouted via CPT only, KUL-JNB will be a terminator flight.
MAS intends to use their A380s to Heathrow (currently 2 daily 744s) and Sydney, maybe Amsterdam. Don't think this will leave planes for EZE (they only ordered 5 A380s), especially since EZE isn't even daily.
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Definiely not as this routing won't last any longer The EZE flights will be rerouted via CPT only, KUL-JNB will be a terminator flight.
MAS intends to use their A380s to Heathrow (currently 2 daily 744s) and Sydney, maybe Amsterdam. Don't think this will leave planes for EZE (they only ordered 5 A380s), especially since EZE isn't even daily.
^ i dont think MH is interested in having A380 in their fleet anymore...
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Malaysia Airlines to Buenos Aires with just 1 stop!

The malaysian airline will fly to Buenos Aires from Kuala Lumpur just stopping in Cape Town starting on October. Previously, the flight was: Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Buenos Aires. It will still be operated twice a week in B747 and Johannesburg will be an appart route operated with B777 3 times a week:

MH203 KUL0120 – 0600JNB 772 2-4-6
MH204 JNB1340 – 0610+1KUL 772 2-4-6

MH201 KUL0130 – 0715CPT0855 – 1330EZE 744 3-7
MH202 EZE2220 – 1100+1CPT1230+1 – 0540+2KUL 744 3-7


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This changes will reduce 2 hours the trip between Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur
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Old June 28th, 2010, 06:11 AM   #2007
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Does it matter where AirAsiaX lists?
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Yes, but the full answer may not be what AirAsiaX or you think it is

There is this perception that you get more value for a company depending on where you list it. Investment bankers, especially foreign ones, have sent out sorties to entice Malaysian companies to list overseas through this perverse logic that listing in a more developed and active market will get you better value.

But we will show that such a premise is not true. Those who fall for that fallacious argument do so at their own peril. They not only will NOT get extra value, they are likely to lose a lot of goodwill, and I am not talking accounting goodwill here.

Let’s take the example of AirAsiaX. Both its CEO Azran Osman-Rani and its prime mover and entrepreneur behind it, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, have talked about listing the infant airline overseas.

Analysts have blithely alluded to AirAsiaX obtaining better liquidity and valuations if they are listed overseas in markets such as London, Hong Kong or New York but they don’t explain how that is possible.

If they are to be believed, Bursa Malaysia is a market of little or no consequence, the markets here are illiquid, it is not open to investment by foreign funds, world markets are terribly imperfect and valuations here are generally lower than valuations overseas. But all of these are patently untrue.

Malaysia’s bourse is a small one but not insignificant and it has foreign funds invested in it. Some companies are majority owned by foreign funds and investors, and AirAsia – the low cost short-haul airline unlike its cousin AirAsiaX which is long-haul – is probably one of them.

In a world which has become virtually borderless, any fund in the world can invest anywhere and in any listed company. Bursa Malaysia is as open as any other market in the world. So there is no question that any fund will not have access to AirAsiaX if it were listed here. There is no question of liquidity.

Markets, because of their openness, reflect the value of companies listed on them. It does not matter where the companies are listed, their value depends entirely on their operations, future prospects and how they are perceived by the investing public.

In fact, studies have shown that companies better reflect their value when they are listed on their home markets simply because they are better understood and known there, more analysts are likely to follow them and there is likely to be greater interest in the companies if they are good.

Questions: Is AirAsiaX likely to be known better if it is listed in Malaysia or in New York or London or Hong Kong or even Singapore? Is anyone going to think that AirAsia X is English if it is listed in London?

No matter where AirAsiaX is listed, any analyst worth his salt, and in this day and age the better ones have to be, will look at where its operations are, how it is run and its prospects. Then the risk is priced in accordingly. You cannot change the risk of a company by switching its listing, you have to switch its operations.

And do overseas markets have better valuations? This question is irrelevant because as we have pointed out it is the business that counts and not where it is listed but let’s answer it anyway.

The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI, the key Malaysian index, trades at a P/E multiple (total market price divided by net earnings, a measure of value. The higher the P/E, the higher the valuation.) of over 17 times according to Bloomberg data. That’s higher than London’s FTSE 100 index at 13.8X, New York’s Dow Jones (14.2X), Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (15X), and Singapore Straits Times Index (13.3X).

Going by the perverse logic given by some of those roving investment bankers intent on getting AirAsiaX listed overseas, Malaysia gives the best valuation of any of these key markets, which means the company should be listed here!

Surely smart people like Azran and Fernandes are not going to be taken in by these false claims that better value is obtained by listing overseas. That means they have something else in mind when they talk about overseas listing.

If I have to have to speculate, I would say it’s a bargaining process – trying to get the best deal for AirAsiaX to list here. And the people at both AirAsia and AirAsiaX drive a very hard bargain indeed. But sometimes things can boomerang – you may get more than you bargained for.

I am willing to bet that they will NOT make the move to list overseas simply because the best value (loosely speaking that is), and importantly the best goodwill from their customers and the Government, will be obtained by listing here.

Yes, it matters where AirAsiaX lists. It will stand to gain more overall by listing here in Kuala Lumpur than anywhere else.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 01:11 PM   #2008
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MAS reinforces best practices
Published: 2010/07/02

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) (3786) has launched a three-year integrity plan to inculcate a culture of best practices in integrity and ethical behaviour among its employees.

Dubbed "MAS Integrity Plan (MIP)", emphasis is given on mitigating fraud throughout the organisation through a thorough process of education, prevention, assurance, enhancement as well as a reward and reprimand system.

It was launched by MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid yesterday, who said the MIP reaffirms the airline's commitment in strengthening its corporate governance policy to promote greater transparency, openness and respect towards its internal and external stake-holders.

Munir and MAS managing director and chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin also launched the "Fraud Risk Indicator Dashboard" to facilitate continuous auditing and monitoring of potential fraud risk areas.
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MAS expects to bring in more Indian travellers
From Rupa DamodaranPublished: 2010/07/05
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NEW DELHI: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is confident of playing its role in helping achieve the Tourism Ministry's target of attracting one million Indian visitors to Malaysia by the year-end.

Currently, 700,000 passengers travel between India and Malaysia, MAS' regional manager for South Asia, Azahar Hamid, told Malaysian journalists attending an "Experience India" programme here yesterday.

Azahar also oversees the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan markets.

The Indian tourism market, including the country's rapidly growing nouveau riche, are pushing MAS to increase the frequency of its flights here and to Chennai and Mumbai, he said.

Its busiest routes are New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

MAS flies daily to New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai, and five times a week to the other two destinations.

The New Delhi sector takes up 30 per cent of total bookings; Mumbai, 20 per cent; and Chennai, 15 per cent.

Under MAS' fleet renewal programme, new Airbus aircraft will replace the current fleet plying the New Delhi and Chennai sectors, while Mumbai will be serviced by the Boeing 777 and Hyderabad and Bangalore, the 737.

"The Indian market is huge, but consider the strength MAS has in this market. We have been serving the Kuala Lumpur-New Delhi route since the 1980s and the frequency rose by 10 times before the crisis," Azahar said.

He added that in 2007, the Indian travel numbers shot up, a reflection of the fast-changing lifestyles of the Indian middle-income bracket.

Shopping malls have sprouted at a rapid rate and travel is becoming entrenched as an annual must-do for families.

Indian travellers have been attracted to MAS' twin-city promotions, such as KL-Langkawi and KL-Penang. Others, including KL-Genting and KL-Singapore, have also drawn interest.

Advertisements and promotion programmes are heavily used to attract the Indian bargain-hunters during off-peak travel periods.

MAS provides agents with incentive schemes to spur sales volume, which enable them to issue 10,000 tickets from India annually.

Extending the International Air Transport Association's commissions to its 150 agents in India has helped in maintaining sales on Indian routes.

It is these agents who have been conscientious in driving up sales in this market, especially during the 2008/09 global credit crisis, Azahar said.

About 70 to 80 per cent of MAS' ticket sales comes from these agents as the number of direct bookings through the Internet is still relatively low in India.

Conventional print and electronic media advertisements still rank as the popular means to reach out to the public, who are also enticed by the likes of budget carriers like SpiceJet and IndiGo.

Azahar does not expect MAS to be severely affected by AirAsia's entry into India as the latter serves the lower end of the market.

AirAsia flies to Trichy, Kochi, Trivandrum, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. It will be flying to New Delhi next month.

"Also, we have our channel, the agents, who are the movers here," Azahar said.
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Booking MAS online to Europe
Published: 2010/07/05
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MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) (3786) is offering online booking facility to and from seven cities in Europe.

In a statement yesterday, the national carrier said it was already servicing the Madrid, Munich, Frankfurt, Brussels, Geneva and Athens routes via Rome through a partnership with Alitalia.

Previously, tickets to these destinations could only be bought at MAS' ticketing offices or from travel agents.
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AirAsia, Qantas changing long-haul biz
Published: 2010/07/05
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Qantas Airways Ltd and AirAsia Bhd are challenging Singapore Airlines Ltd and other full-service carriers with a low-fare, long-haul business model that has previously failed.

Qantas’s Jetstar unit will add budget long-haul flights from Singapore later this year. The carrier cuts costs by renting movies to passengers and using lightweight equipment to pare fuel usage. AirAsia X, which flew more than 1 million passengers in 2009, squeezes 35 per cent more seats onto its planes than full-service carriers to pare expenses.

The two carriers also have support from existing airlines, with AirAsia X able to access flights to about 70 cities from its Kuala Lumpur hub through cooperation with AirAsia Bhd, Asia’s largest budget carrier. These ties may help the long-haul carriers avoid the fate of standalones Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Ltd and London-based Zoom Airlines, which both folded in 2008.

“Long haul, low cost is transforming the whole aviation landscape in Asia,” said K. Ajith, an analyst at UOB-Kay Hian Research in Singapore. “Budget carriers may be a force to reckon with in the future because if they have a strong network and are viable, they can potentially lure passengers from established carriers.”

London, Australia

Long-haul discount airlines differ from Southwest Airlines Co and Ryanair Holdings Plc because they offer flights of more than five hours and have premium-class seats. AirAsia X, part- owned by AirAsia Bhd, flies twin-aisle Airbus SAS planes to London and Australia, and it’s planning services to Japan and South Korea. Jetstar intends to begin Singapore-Melbourne flights in December followed by services to Auckland in March. It’s also planning flights to European and Asian destinations.

“There seems to be a market for long-haul discount travel if prices are low enough,” said Sean Fenton, who helps manage US$740 million at Tribeca Investment Partners in Sydney. “It’s a threat to the incumbent carriers.”

AirAsia X charges from about RM1,286 (US$400) for a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Stansted Airport, 40 miles outside of central London. An economy ticket on Malaysian Airline System Bhd, the nation’s largest carrier, to Heathrow Airport costs from about RM2,104. Singapore Airlines charges from about S$1,486 (US$1,067) for a Singapore-Heathrow coach-class ticket.

Singapore Airlines serves “different market segments with different service propositions,” Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman, said in an e-mail reply to Bloomberg questions.

Malaysian Air doesn’t intend to compete directly with the lowest fares rivals are offering to safeguard margins, chief executive officer Tengku Azmil Zahruddin said in an e-mail. The airline is targeting customers who don’t make decisions based on price alone, he said.

‘Real Killer’

AirAsia X, which last year had its first annual profit since starting flights in 2007, has gained from AirAsia Bhd’s feeder traffic, said chief executive officer Azran Osman Rani. Oasis Hong Kong, which flew to London and Vancouver, and transatlantic carrier Zoom, didn’t have similar partners.

Relying on a point-to-point market “will be a real killer because there won’t be enough people flying every day,” Azran said. “That’s why the Oasis of the world really struggled.”

Jetstar, which operates domestic flights within Australia and services to Japan, has code-shares with Qantas and a partnership with Air France-KLM Group, Europe’s largest carrier.

Low-Cost Flying

AirAsia X cuts costs by using fewer attendants per flight than full-service carriers because it only loads and serves hot meals that customers have ordered, Azran said. That saves the carrier as much as US$100 per passenger, he said. Jetstar also formed a venture with AirAsia Bhd in January aimed at lowering costs for spare parts and ground-handling services.

AirAsia X’s costs were 2.8 cents per available seat kilometer last year, Azran said. Jetstar had costs of 6.8 Australian cents (5.7 US cents) in the six months ended December, said chief executive officer Bruce Buchanan. The carrier made twice as much profit as the Qantas mainline business in that period.

Costs at Singapore Airlines, including premium and economy cabins, averaged 8.7 Singapore cents (6.2 US cents) last year, according to Bloomberg calculations on figures from the carrier.

Jetstar plans to boost its fleet to about 100 aircraft by 2015 from 65 as of June. AirAsia X aims to increase its twin- aisle fleet to 20 planes from eight over the same period, as it strives to more than triple sales.

Market Share

Including short-haul routes, budget carriers may account for 30 per cent of Asia-Pacific capacity by 2015 from 20 per cent now, said Derek Sadubin, chief operating officer at the Sydney- based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Singapore Airlines may be shielded from budget competition by its reliance on premium passengers, who account for about 40 per cent of revenue, said Ng Sem Guan, an analyst at OSK Research Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur.

“There’s always demand for luxury things such as Mercedes Benz,” he said. Singapore Airlines is “a different animal” from low-cost carriers, he said.

Travelers now flying economy-class with full-service airlines may also be reluctant to give up frills just for a cheaper ticket, said Rohan Suppiah, an analyst at Kim Eng Securities Pte LTd in Singapore.

“Do you really want to sit for hours in a budget configuration?” he said. “This model will probably only appeal to customers who are very price-sensitive.”

Zoom stopped flying in August 2008 about a year after it began London-New York flights, crippled by competition and rising fuel costs. Oasis Hong Kong, which halted services after 17 months of flying, entered liquidation in June 2008 with about a HK$1 billion (US$128 million) of debts.

Stephen Miller, who was Oasis’s chief executive officer, said there is “great potential in Asia” for low-cost long-haul because of the high costs at full-service carriers.

“But it’s a tough business until you get a name, a certain percentage of the market and a critical mass of aircraft,” he said. -- Bloomberg
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MAS chairman says Asia should take firm stand on global finance
Thursday July 8, 2010
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MELBOURNE: Malaysia Airlines chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid has called on rising Asian countries to assert themselves in global finance to ensure future economic growth.

He made the call in his keynote address, Asia – Where Will It Be In The 21st Century, at the 18th biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia at the University of Adelaide in South Australia yesterday.

Munir said Asian decision-makers should stop dancing to the tune of failed regulators and so-called financial experts., who keep telling them how to manage their markets.

He said that despite the many global economic problems, Asian economies continued to do well, registering a 5.2% growth last year and were expected to grow 7.5% in 2010 and 7.3% in 2011.

“Both China and India are on track to becoming the two largest economies in the world, pushing the US to third place,” he added. — Bernama

However, he said: “The great infrastructure boom that would carry Asia forward in the next decade, requires a massive US$8.3 trillion, about US$700bil annually.

“The capital formation for this amount cannot depend on the current system of global financing alone.”

He said there were too many dependencies in the current global financial system, with a long supply line from savers to over-spending major financial centres that would then bring back, in an equally long supply line, those savings to Asian shores as “foreign” investment, attaching sovereign debt grades to Asian countries to boot.

“Asian countries must mobilise their savings better and cut these supply lines.

“They should strengthen, enlarge their banks and financial institutions while developing the financial markets. They should make an Asian bond market a reality fast,” he added.

Munir said Asian countries should understand that it was the geo-political element in global financial standards and flows that led to the continued Western desire to want to control them.

“With Western control over regulatory thought and investment decision-making, Asian countries are not fully free to realise the promise of the Asian century,” he said.

“What is emphasised to us in Asia, even after the financial and economic disasters of 2008-09, is the importance of the power of the market, as if it is some super non-human mechanism,” he said.

“On the contrary, the continued exercise of the power of the market means a continued exercise of power in the market by those who control that power, namely countries, institutions and individuals,” Munir said. Bernama
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AirAsia to launch new booking system on Sunday
By SHARIDAN M.ALI Thursday July 8, 2010

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd that has invested RM10mil for its new booking system, will see the increase of its booking capacity and more creative marketing promotions post-implementation of the new system effective July 11.

Its regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan said the new system would allow the airlines to book up to almost a million segments a day against the current capability of 480,000 segments a day or 20,000 per hour. A segment constitutes of a booking of one route for instance Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok.

“Commercially, the new system will allow us to do creative marketing for different types of targeted customers such as promotions for senior citizens, buy one free one, multi currency services and free seat log in during normal hours,” she told StarBiz.

Presently, Tan added that all booking were done in Malaysian ringgit and free seat log was normally done at midnight.

Apart from innovative sales and marketing campaigns as well as product and service offerings tailored to guests’ preferences, the new system will also enhance self-service facilities, including direct access to their credit shell accounts. The new system will be available starting 6pm (local time) on July 11.
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This is by far the best airline with the best Y seats ever (at least for short hops within Asia). The food is great and the . . . . ahem . . . the young ladies are very polite . .. and entertaining.
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MORE MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHTS TO JAPAN BY YEAR END
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 (NNN-Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will operate more flights to Japan from the east malaysian state of Sabah in Borneo, including a new destination from Kota Kinabalu to Haneda Airport, south of Tokyo, from Nov 15.

MAS will also increase its current six weekly flights to Kansai International Airport, 50km from Osaka city, to eight weekly from Jan 15 next year, comprising six weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur and twice weekly from Kota Kinabalu.

Its senior general manager (Commercial Strategy) Amin Khan said there would be three weekly flights from Kota Kinabalu to Haneda Airport -- at 4.35pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which would complement the airline's existing 11 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Narita International Airport.

We are confident that these services will be well received as the new flights into Haneda Airport will provide customers with easier and speedier access into the city of Tokyo," he said in a statement issued here Sunday.

He said the airline would be using the new, roomier interior and latest generation seats of B737-800.

Every business and economy-class seat will also be equipped with the latest inflight entertainment system offering both audio and video on demand.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 07:01 AM   #2016
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MAS in RM2.2b deal with Pratt & Whitney
By Zuraimi AbdullahPublished: 2010/07/20
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz0uBwlvWBQ

MALAYSIA Airlines (3786) is buying 34 engines for RM2.2 billion from Pratt & Whitney for its 17 new Airbus aircraft.

The 15 passenger and two freight aircraft will be powered by PW4170 Advantage70 engines, MAS said in a statement yesterday.

The national carrier has ordered up to 25 A330-300 and four A330-200F worth US$4.5 billion (RM14.5 billion) at list price, which includes the cost of the engines.

The aircraft, to be delivered between 2011 and 2015, will serve the growing markets of South Asia, China, North Asia, Australia and Middle East.
MAS has also ordered up to 55 B737-800s and six A380s.

The latest version of the A330-300 will offer MAS greater levels of economic efficiency, with lower fuel burn and maintenance costs, the airline said.

"The PW4710 Advantage70 engine contributes to this performance, making the aircraft one of the quietest, most fuel-efficient and environment-friendly planes flying today," it added.

MAS' current fleet of nine A330-300s and three A330-200s are equipped with PW4168 engines, while its 10 passenger B747-400 aircraft and two B747-400F freighters are powered by PW4056 engines.

MAS and Pratt & Whitney had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2009 to set up a joint-venture facility for engine repair in Malaysia.

The facility will become part of the Pratt & Whitney global service partner network.
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Seamless flight from KL to exotic Hokkaido
By LOH FOON FONG Thursday July 29, 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will be able to experience seamless flights to Hokkaido from December following the bold effort by a tour company to charter direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to the exotic island in Japan.

The flights will begin on Dec 13 utilising a A330-300 aircraft with a 288-passenger capacity.

The journey takes only eight hours compared with the long hours required when one transits in Narita or Haneda airport.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) haj and charter department head Capt Nik Ahmad Huzlan Nik Hussain said such direct flights removed a lot of risks and travel time.

He added that it was the first time MAS had struck a deal with a local company for chartered flights to Hokkaido.

This kind of flights, he added, was risky business but could be profitable if companies did a good job.

“Apple Vacations & Conventions is a brave operator. The contract is worth more than RM2mil.

“MAS is interested in flying to more exotic places and are open to working with operators who are keen on chartering flights to such places,” he said after signing an agreement on charter flights to Hokkaido with Apple group managing director Datuk Desmond Lee yesterday.

Lee said the direct flights to Hokkaido saved time and money by 20% compared with the current flights where passengers had to transit, incurring additional costs for lodging, food and transportation.

There would be 1,200 seats for three return flights from KL International Airport to Sapporo, and 10% of the seats had been taken up, he said.
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MAS to add flights to Sydney, Brisbane
Published: 2010/07/30
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will offer two additional direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and three new flights from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane effective Oct 31, 2010.

The two new flights to Sydney will depart Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.00am and arrive at 7.55pm.

Collectively, MAS would offer 14 weekly flights to Sydney, said the airline in a statement today.

Customers will also enjoy five weekly flights to Brisbane except for Tuesday and Thursday.

The three additional flights will depart Kuala Lumpur every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9.40am and arrive in Brisbane at 7.55pm.

Tickets are now available for purchase at www.malaysiaairlines.com

Malaysia Airlines Senior General Manager Commercial Strategy Dr Amin Khan said,"We are delighted to boost our services to Australia. Both Brisbane and Sydney have shown growth with an average load factor of 73 per cent, four per cent higher than last year."

Apart from Sydney and Brisbane, Malaysia Airlines also connects to Melbourne 14 times weekly, Perth 10 times weekly and Adelaide four times a week. -- Bernama
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More S. Koreans to visit M’sia with AirAsia X daily flights
Published: Friday July 30, 2010 MYT 4:49:00 PM
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SEOUL: Malaysia will receive more tourists from South Korea when budget long haul airline AirAsia X operates daily Seoul-Kuala Lumpur flights from November.

Tourism Malaysia deputy director Said Zulkifli Said Ahmad said flights between Incheon International Airport (IIA) and KL International Airport (KLIA) will be launched in Seoul on Aug 2.

He said the Kuala Lumpur-Seoul daily flights would increase South Korean tourist arrivals to Malaysia to 300,000 compared to 250,000 last year.

"Tourism Malaysia will campaign hard as South Koreans usually travel during the winter months of November to February," he told Malaysian reporters at his Seoul office in Hansung Building here on Friday.

Korean tourists who comprise mostly golfers, environmentalists and scuba divers love to visit Malaysia as the country has a lot of destinations to offer.

"They love Sabah for the many golf courses, rich marine life and the protected environment Tourism Malaysia is promoting the country via Korea Travel Fair (KOTFA), Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, Malaysian Food Festival and Busan Travel Fair.

Said Zulkifli said about 500 South Korean families had joined the MM2H programme. Some 90,000 Malaysians visited South Korea annually.

Malaysians captivated by TV series 'Winter Sonata' and 'Autumn In My Heart' usually visit Seoul Tower and shop at Itae Won, Dong Dae Mun and Nam Dae Mun.

He said Malaysia could market TV series to Korea now that the novel 'Nyawa di Hujung Pedang' had been translated into Korean language.

The novel written by Ahmad Murad Nasaruddin was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during his visit to South Korea which ended Thursday. - Bernama
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KUL-BNE will unfortunately be using A330

Actually, I beg to differ with "MAS to add flights to Sydney, Brisbane". What lovely press releases they like to write, when it is quite far from the truth!

At present, KUL-BNE is serviced seven days a week, with five flights as shared capacity KUL-SYD-BNE, and the other two are KUL-BNE direct.

With the new schedule, there will only be five direct flights KUL-BNE which will use an A330. This will take effect from 31-Oct-2010.

Flights will REDUCE from seven days a week to five days a week!

Business Class seats in particular will downgrade from (angled) lie-flat to the old-style recliner seats with only approximately 9" of recline.

This is not being elitist, but some of us paid a premium to fly with MH so that we could have a lie-flat bed, get some decent sleep and hit the ground running when we get to KL. An eight-hour flight departing just before midnight definitely needs to offer lie-flat seats so that premium passengers can catch some decent sleep.

This is unacceptable when AirAsia flies from OOL-KUL and offers PremiumSeats with the same (angled) lie-flat seats for 1/4 what the MH tickets cost. And AirAsia is supposed to be a low-cost airline!

MH must think that Brisbane passengers are the poor cousins of the other Australian ports. Compare the services:
* SYD uses B744 or B777 (7 x week, twice daily services respectively)
* ADL uses B777 (4 x week)
* MEL uses B777 (7 x week, twice daily services)
* PER uses A330 & B777 (3 x week & 7 x week)

I am aware that MH is opening up new destinations - read it in "The Star" on our way back to BNE this month, but "robbing" aircraft and redeploying an old configured plane is definitely not the way to court premium-paying customers.

And even with the existing lie-flat seats, these are already "old-hat" compared to other airlines offering total lie-flat seats (SQ, QF, EK etc.), with every seat offering direct aisle access. Sites such as Airlinequality, SeatGuru and others make it very clear that not all flatbeds are equal. So imagine having to downgrade to a recliner seat.

BNE-KUL is usually pretty full in Business Class, out of 35 seats in the cabin, usually 30+ seats are taken; not unusual to find all 35 occupied. So why is Brisbane made the "dumping ground" for downgraded services??

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