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Old November 5th, 2010, 07:50 AM   #2081
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Mas in contention for world travel award
Published: Friday November 5, 2010 MYT 8:22:00 AM
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...8&sec=business

DUBAI: Brands that have demonstrated the greatest strength in what has been described as a challenging year for travel and tourism are to pick up top honours at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2010 Grand Final in London on Sunday.

Malaysia Airlines is in contention for the "World's Leading Airline" award. Other contenders include Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

"The 'World's Leading Airline' award features a heavy Asian and Middle Eastern contingent, reflecting how the two regions are leading aviation out of recession," according to organisers of the ceremony to be held at London's Grosvenor House hotel.

In a statement, they said Prince Khalid Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia would pick up the "Leading Personality of the Year" award for his development of religious tourism in the holy city of Makkah, and his pioneering philanthropic work for the King Faisal Foundation.

"Our industry is under no illusions that 2010 has been one of the toughest on record. Yet these turbulent times have also seen the true leaders of travel turn adversity into opportunity," said WTA president and founder Graham Cooke.

He said winners on the night would all share their vision, entrepreneurial spirit and inner strength to succeed.

Other brands competing on the hotel category include the likes of Armani Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Versace.

WTA nominations featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners are selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online.

The WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. - BERNAMA
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MAS launches cheap fares to local and foreign destinations
Monday November 8, 2010
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Not only cheap fares, new aircraft too: Arrival of the B737-800 with the new livery from Seattle. Malaysia Airlines is proud to announce that we will be the first airline in the world to operate the B737-800 with the new Boeing Skyline Interior said Mas when the new plane arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Nov.1.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Global Sales is back with great offers to domestic and international destinations from Nov 8 to 15.

Promising to offer something for everyone, the sale kicked off with a pre-sale for Enrich members yesterday. Pre-sale tickets are only available at MAS tickets offices and call centre.

In a statement on Saturday, MAS executive vice-president Datuk Bernard Francis said the Global Sale covered all travel segments ranging from business to economy passengers.

“For the first time, the sale also includes destinations some of our codeshare partners fly to. This is an excellent opportunity for travellers to take advantage of our vast network connections to travel around the world. We are also rewarding our Enrich members with an exclusive preview a day earlier than the general public,” he said.

Business class passengers can enjoy fares from RM799 to Bangkok, Hanoi and Manila, RM999 to Taipei and Xiamen, RM3,999 to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and RM2,199 to both Dubai and Jeddah. Fares to London and Paris on business class are from RM5,999 and to Los Angeles and Buenos Aires from RM7,999.

“If you are looking for a getaway closer to home, look out for business class offers from RM299 to Penang and Langkawi, RM519 to Kuching and RM639 to Kota Kinabalu,” MAS said.

Those travelling on economy class can fly to Asean destinations such as Jakarta and Bandung from only RM199 and RM339 to Bali, while fares are from RM349 to Hong Kong, RM599 to Maldives and RM889 to Tokyo.

“Take advantage of the lower euro with European-getaway fares from RM1,599 to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and RM1,699 to Amsterdam,” it said. — Bernama

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MAS voted worlds' leading airline to Asia
Published: 2010/11/08
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Malaysia Airlines has been voted the World’s Leading Airline to Asia by World Travel Awards (WTA), which gives recognition to the very best in travel and tourism, as well as hospitality products and services.

In a statement, the airline said WTA had also named it, Asia’s Leading Airline and Asia’s Leading Business Class Airline in New Delhi last month.

Malaysia Airlines chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid said: "We are delighted to receive these awards. It shows we are doing the right things, to be so judged by over 185,000 industry professionals, in a poll conducted by WTA in over 160 countries."

Since 1993, Malaysia Airlines has flown over 17 million passengers from outside Asia to its hub in Kuala Lumpur. - Bernama
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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:15 AM   #2085
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MAS wins more awards
Tuesday November 9, 2010
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...947&sec=nation



Flying high: Munir (fifth from left) holding up the trophy with WTA President
and Founder Graham E. Cooke. Looking on are (from left) MAS Regional Senior
Vice-President (UK and Ireland) Syed Abdillah Syed Abdul Aziz and WTA
Global Sales and Marketing Director James Khan.


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines has been voted the “World’s Leading Airline to Asia” by World Travel Awards (WTA).’

The WTA gives recognition to the world’s best in travel, tourism as well as hospitality products and services

The airline was also named “Asia’s Leading Airline” and “Asia’s Leading Business Class Airline” in New Delhi last month.

MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid yesterday said he was delighted that the airline’s role in developing the market in Malaysia had been acknowledged by WTA.

“More than 185,000 industry professionals participated in the poll conducted by WTA in over 160 countries,” said Munir, adding that the achievement proved that the airline was on the right track.

“Thanks to Malaysia Airlines, those markets are now ripe for the picking which, understandably, other airlines now wish to enjoy, whether full service or low-cost,” said Munir.

He added that MAS was set on a path of growth with network expansion and enhancing passengers’ travel experience.

“We have ordered up to 55 B737-800s, 25 A330-300s and six A380s.

“We will receive three B737-800s this year and the first aircraft will commence commercial flights on Nov 15,” he said.

Besides being named “Asia’s Leading Airline” and “Asia’s Leading Business Class Airline” MAS was also accredited with the “Staff Service Excellence for Asia Award 2010” and “World’s Best Economy Class Award 2010” by Skytrax this year.

It was also recognised as the “Best Airline in South-East Asia” by GT Tested Awards, Global Traveller Magazine and ranked 7th in the Top 10 Airlines Worldwide category for Best in Travel Poll 2010 by Smart Travel Asia.

Since 1993, MAS has flown over 17 million passengers from outside Asia to its hub in Kuala Lumpur and brings in over one million people from outside Asia to Malaysia.

MAS will have one of the youngest and most environmentally-friendly fleets in the Asia Pacific by 2015.
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Source:http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/trav...109-17ls7.html

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November 9, 2010 - 4:18PM

Aircraft: AirAsia X Airbus A330-300

Route: Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur (connecting to London)

Class: Premium, seat 1A
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Seat pitch and width: 20 inches wide, 60-inch pitch expanding to 77 inches in full recline position

Seat configuration: 2-2-2 for a total of 12 seats in the premium cabin

Luggage allowance: One piece of check-in luggage up to 20 kilograms. One item of hand luggage up to seven kilograms

Scheduled flight time: Eight hours, 15 minutes

On-time performance: A headwind combined with airport congestion sees us touch down 35 minutes late, then a FedEx plane steals our parking spot creating a further delay.

Aircraft condition: AirAsia X recently refitted its interiors (including the addition of the premium seats) so the cabin is in excellent shape.

Comfort: Unbeatable for the price. The seats are more spacious than most premium economy products and better than even some airline's business class seats, reclining to a near-flat position and with enough leg room for even tall passengers (like me) to fully stretch out. For long haul, it's an exceptional bargain.

Entertainment: None, but portable entertainment screens with a variety of films and TV shows can be rented for $MYR30 ($A10). However, premium seats have a power supply, so I spend the flight watching from my own collection of TV shows on my netbook.

Service: The young crew achieves the good cabin crew trifecta: friendly, efficient and good looking. Premium passengers with pre-ordered meals can get them served when they feel like.

Food and beverage: Meal is included in premium class (hot meals start from $6 for economy passengers, but can be pre-ordered at a 20 per cent discount). The 'international' option - chicken with barbecue sauce, a smattering of green beans and one piece of potato - is hardly a substantial meal but it tastes OK. The Asian options (nasi goreng, chicken biryani) are the better choice. Premium passengers are kept hydrated with regular deliveries of bottled water. Snacks and other drinks can be purchased on board.

Amenities: Premium passengers get a decent-sized pillow and blanket. An additional amenity pack can be purchased with a neck pillow, eye mask and another blanket for $A12.

In transit: One drawback to the flight is the long waiting time (more than four hours) at the drab Low Cost Carrier Terminal – a long way from Kuala Lumpur International's main terminal and its many entertainments and comforts (the LCCT is essentially a separate airport). In addition, at the time of my flight bags could not be checked through to London, leaving me stuck with my large suitcase at the airport for a couple of hours until check-in for my connecting flight opened. The airline says it is aiming to fix this issue.

Flight frequency: AirAsia X flies to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth daily.

Price: Return premium class flights from Perth to London from $3624, Gold Coast to London from $4024, Melbourne to London from $4124. All flights go via Kuala Lumpur (prices are approximate).

Photos: AirAsia X's budget beds

Online: www.airasia.com/au/en

Tested by Craig Platt, who travelled courtesy of AirAsia X
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Old November 9th, 2010, 09:20 AM   #2087
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AirAsia to give away 1m free seats

AirAsia Bhd will give away one million free seats again for all domestic and international destinations.

In a statement today, the low-cost carrier said the offer would start from tomorrow until November 14, 2010 and was available exclusively online at www.airasia.com.

It said the travel period for the campaign was from July 1 to November 10, 2011.

Its regional head of commercial, Kathleen Tan, said the seats were at zero fare and guests only pay for airport tax.

"This time around, there are two more channels -- Blackberry and Android App -- apart from the website and mobile site for guests to grab their free seats," she said.

Tan said AirAsia had in August this year, broke the world sales record by selling more than 500,000 seats in 24 hours during its ''Mind Blowing Fare'' campaign with RM1 fares.

She said the company's holiday division, AirAsiaGo, would also offer RM1 hotel rooms in domestic and international destinations exclusively via www.airasiago.com.

"The offer is valid for the booking period of Nov 9–14 2010, and is applicable for the travel period from now till Aug 31, 2011," she said. -- Bernama
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FLYFIREFLY Sdn Bhd (Firefly), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, plans to add 30 new and bigger Boeing 737-800s to its fleet over the next five years to serve domestic and regional routes.

Its managing director Datuk Eddy Leong, said the airline's first 737-800 will arrive next month, in time for its inaugural twice-daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching scheduled for launch on January 15 next year.

"Firefly will receive the initial six 737-800s next year, including the first expected to arrive in December, followed by seven more jets in 2012, another seven in 2013, five in 2014 and the last five in 2015.

"The new fleet of 737-800s will operate from the main building of KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang)," he said in a media briefing to announce Firefly's fleet and route expansion in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

Firefly plans to fly in and out of major cities in Asean.

"In fact, the aircraft can even go to India and China but as of now, our focus will be more on capitalising the prospects in Asean countries," he said.

Firefly will maintain its existing turboprop fleet of seven ATR 72-500s, which currently operates out of Skypark Subang Airport.

For a start, the airline had secured a lease for four 737-800s and is expected to receive the first aircraft of firm orders by 2013.

"We expect to start placing orders for the aircraft by the third or fourth quarter of next year and probably receive them from 2013 or 2014," he said.

Firefly will use internal funds for pre-delivery payments.

Leong dismissed suggestions that Firefly will buy the 30 737-800s from MAS' firmed order of 35 and option of 20 for the similar aircraft.

"Those aircraft are (solely) for them. As for our plan, all will be leased in the first year. Later, we go and order separately."

He also ruled out the possibility of Firefly buying currently used 737-400s from MAS following the national carrier's purchase of the next generation 737-800s.

"No. In fact we have not been asked," he said.

Firefly is picking the 737-800 because it is more cost-efficient and has nine seats more compared with similar aircraft, namely the A320.

The airline is studying the possibility of relocating its jet operations from the KLIA main terminal to the new and permanent low-cost carrier terminal.

But it will not move from Subang as its turboprop business is profitable.
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AirAsia shrugs off Firefly expansion plan
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2010/11/10
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AirAsia is beyond worrying about what legacy airlines do, says chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes

AirAsia Bhd (5099), Malaysia's leading budget carrier, has shrugged off concerns over Firefly's expansion plans and stressed that it is the world leader when it comes to low cost.

On Monday, Firefly said it would launch its maiden Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur-Kuching flights from January 15 next year, using a bigger 737-800 aircraft.

The budget carrier will operate from the KL International Airport and add 30 B737-800s to its fleet over five years.

"We are beyond worrying about what legacy airlines do. AirAsia has grown and will continue to grow positively due to a disciplined focus on cost and short haul single class model.

"We are the lowest-cost airline operator in the world, which translates into the best low fares for our guests," AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said in a statement.

Analysts have mixed views about Firefly's ambitions.

OSK Investment Bank worries that it could cannibalise parent Malaysia Airlines' domestic and international routes.

"This is in view of Firefly's cheaper airfare and newer fleet. With MAS not cutting capacity on the same routes served by Firefly and the fierce competition with other low-cost carriers (LCCs), we see a cap on yield upside," it said.

For now, OSK is not changing its earnings forecast for MAS and continues to value it at 18 times its 2011 earnings with a target price of RM2.10.

AmResearch Sdn Bhd agrees that Firefly's plans could hurt yields for MAS but said it would help address income lost to rivals, particularly AirAsia.

Firefly would also face initial losses from the new jet aircraft routes, which typically take one or two years to break even.

But AmResearch said investors are better off with AirAsia given its far superior route network and fleet size. This enables it to better tap the growing regional demand and provides it the critical mass, in terms of passenger base and website traffic, to enable it to capitalise on ancillary initiatives.

"AirAsia trades at par to MAS in terms of forward PE, but at a 30 per cent to 40 per cent discount to LCC peers.

"We are longer term positive on MAS' LCC strategy as it enables the group to claw back some market share that was lost to AirAsia but value enhancement is not likely to materialise within the next 12 months due to initial losses expected to be incurred," it said.

Nonetheless, AmResearch said it has a "buy" call on MAS with an unchanged fair value of RM3.50 per share.
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17th World Travel Awards, voted by travel agents worldwide
The 2010 World Travel Award Winners are:




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World's Leading Airline : Etihad Airways
World's Leading Airline Alliance : Oneworld
World's Leading Airline Business Class : Virgin Atlantic Airways
World's Leading Airline Economy Class : Cathay Pacific Airways
World's Leading Airline First Class : Etihad Airways
World's Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment : Singapore Airlines
World's Leading Airline to Asia : Malaysia Airlines
Asia's Leading Airline : Malaysia Airlines
Asia's Leading Airline Business Class : Malaysia Airlines
Asia's Leading Airline Economy Class : Air India
Asia's Leading Airline First Class : Korean Air
Asia's Leading Airport : Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore




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MAS on schedule to take A380 delivery
Published: 2010/11/10
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is on schedule to take delivery of Airbus A380 despite recent engine explosion as it believes the manufacturer will take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the jumbo jet.

"At the moment, we are still on schedule. Of course, we know this kind of incident happens and it is unfortunate," managing director, MAS Aerospace Engineering Sdn Bhd (MAE), Mohd Roslan Ismail, said in Petaling Jaya today.

Mohd Roslan said this when asked whether the airline would continue the purchase of A380 following the engine problem on board a Qantas A380.

He said the airline was being updated by Rolls-Royce almost daily on the development.

"We are monitoring the situation closely and I believe Rolls-Royce will come up with a fix qualification to ensure the engine''s reliability and also certain modification to ensure the safety," he said.

Earlier, Mohd Roslan signed a 10-year component support contract with Air France Industries and KLM Engineering and Maintenance. -- Bernama



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NEW MH'S ECONOMY CLASS

MAS gets set to change course
2010/11/08 By Kang Siew Li
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/M...ourse/Article/



KUALA LUMPUR: In February 2006, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) unveiled a plan to reform the national carrier’s business.

Called the Business Turnaround Plan, its aim was to turn around the loss-making airline into a profitable venture. But to get there, MAS spent much of the last five years in a state of consolidation, cutting down its route expansion plans and cancelling flights on low-traffic routes to trim costs.

Now, MAS is about to change course and has begun an intensive effort to expand again. The airline starts taking delivery of the air planes it ordered in 2008 from Airbus and Boeing this month and will be restoring capacity on international sectors that it had withdrawn from.

For a start, three single-aisle Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s will be received this year, two this month and one in December. Another 32 will be delivered in the next four years.

In addition, 15 Airbus A330-300s are scheduled to be delivered from next year to 2015 and six A380-800 superjumbo jets, with first delivery targeted in April 2012.

MAS also holds options to buy 30 more airplanes.

“The purchase of new aircraft forms part of our overall plan to build on our current global network and increase capacity,” MAS managing director and chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin said, prior to a 737-800 pre-delivery media visit jointly organised by MAS and Boeing to Seattle recently.

These new 737-800s, A330-300s and A380-800s will replace the older 737-400s, A330-300s and 747-400s, respectively.

“It (new aircraft order) will reduce the average age of our overall fleet to
5.2 years by 2015, from 11.6 years last year,” said Tengku Azmil.

“The new aircraft will also lower our fuel consumption and maintenance costs. At the same time, the 737-800s and the A330-300s’ range, efficiency and size will enable us to further grow our network within Asia-Pacific.”

Clearly, Asia’s economies are growing more quickly than those in Europe and the United States.

According to Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior manager of market analysis Michael L. Warner, global passenger traffic should grow at 5.3 per cent a year and air cargo at 5.9 per cent a year over the next 20 years. Passenger traffic within Southeast Asia alone will grow by seven per cent a year.

On its part, MAS is eyeing markets in Asean, China, India, Japan, South Korea, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand for growth.

“The fleet of 737-800s in the five six-hour sector will help meet future demand in short-range passenger traffic in Asean and a large part of China and India,” said Tengku Azmil.

“The new A330-300s are meant to cover the rest of Asia-Pacific.”

MAS took delivery of its first 737- 800 on Tuesday.

For the first time, these new airplanes will be fitted with Boeing’s most recent cabin offerings called Boeing Sky Interior. This include modern, sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, and larger stow bins to accommodate more bags.

The Boeing Sky Interior also features light emitting diodes (LEDs), which are brighter and replace incandescent signage, attendant and halogen reading lights. LEDs last 10 times longer, thus reducing maintenance costs for airlines.

“The 737 Sky Interior shares the same philosophy as the interior on the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 Intercontinental,” said Kent Craver, Boeing regional director of passenger satisfaction and revenue marketing.

Perhaps the most noticeable feature to appear on the new airplanes is the energy-saving winglets, which also improve fuel efficiency and increase range.

Passengers out of Kota Kinabalu will be the first to experience MAS’ new 737-800s.

“The first 737-800 that we will take delivery of will be based out of Kota Kinabalu and it will support our strategy of making Kota Kinabalu our second hub (in Malaysia) after Kuala Lumpur. Kota Kinabalu is a good gateway for travel to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia,” said Tengku Azmil.

The airline will start introducing thrice weekly flights from the hub to
Haneda, Tokyo, from Nov 15 followed by twice weekly flights to Osaka.

By June next year, Kota Kinabalu will also have daily flights to Taipei and Hong Kong, and four times a week to Kaohsiung and Seoul.

It’s tempting to think that MAS’ purchase of the 737-800s, which compete with the A320s, and decision to make Kota Kinabalu as its second hub are in direct competition with the low-cost carrier AirAsia.

But Tengku Azmil reiterated that it had no intention of turning it into a low-cost carrier.

“What we intend to do with the new aircraft starting with the 737-800s is putting us firmly in the full service carrier bracket. MAS has no intention to be like a low-cost carrier.”

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MAS signs up maintenance support for B737-800s
Thursday November 11, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...8&sec=business

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines Engineering and Maintenance (MAS E&M) and Air France Industries and KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) have signed a 10-year component support contract for 35 of the carrier’s fleet of B737-800s, with an option for a further 20 aircraft.

In a statement yesterday, MAS E&M said the 737 Component Services Programme was operated in partnership with Boeing.

It said the contracts also provide AFI KLM E&M to create a component spares pool in the company’s facility to exclusively support the airline’s B737-800s.

Simultaneously, a regional component pool would be set up in Kuala Lumpur to provide services to MAS and other customers.

“These two pools will have access to AFI KLM E&M’s main component pool in Amsterdam, offering fast track procurement of essential spares while reducing inventory and repair costs,” it said.

MAS E&M executive vice-president Mohd Roslan Ismail said this was a win-win partnership with AFI KLM E&M as it provided a perfect match for the group’s requirements, both in terms of quality repairs and in building up its own maintenance capabilities.

“While the home-based pool provides us immediate access to parts for our daily operations, the regional pool will give us the advantage of having over US$15mil worth of parts at our doorstep,” he said.

Mohd Roslan said AFI KLM E&M, with its vast experience in maintaining the B737-800, would help the group build up its own B737-800 component overhaul capabilities. He said this would enable the group to gain new businesses.
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Old November 11th, 2010, 03:51 PM   #2096
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Posted: 11 November 2010 1846 hrs

SEPANG - Malaysian low cost airline AirAsia is enhancing its connectivity from Singapore with the introduction of a new route to Miri, Sarawak, and increased frequencies to Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

AirAsia will be flying four times a week - Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday - from Singapore to Miri.

To celebrate the new addition to its route network, the Malaysian budget carrier has launched promotional fares from Singapore to Miri from S$39 per way. The travel period is from 21 January 2011 - 30 June 2011.

AirAsia will also increase the frequencies of flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur will be raised to 10 times daily, effective 17 December 2010, from the current eight times a day.

For the Singapore-Penang route, with the addition of another frequency from 21 January 2011, the number of flights will increase to 3 times daily.

Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial, AirAsia, said: "AirAsia is committed to connecting people and the new addition of Singapore to Miri route as well as increased frequencies from Singapore reiterates that commitment as Singapore is our virtual hub with 401 weekly flights to 13 cities internationally.

"This new route is definitely sustainable as Singapore is an international gateway, while Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak with a significant number of expatriates and international students.

"With this new route, Singapore is now connected to six cities in Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and now Miri."

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MAS targets RM80m from Kota Kinabalu hub
Published: 2010/11/15
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aims to rake in RM60 million to RM80 million revenue a year from its new Kota Kinabalu hub, said chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid today.

The airline today officially launched the new Eastern hub in Sabah in conjunction with welcoming its new B737-800 aircraft to the state.

MAS took delivery of the first B737-800 aircraft from Seattle, the United States, two weeks ago.

With tremendous growth in tourist arrivals to Sabah, MAS chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin said the RM80 million target was achievable.

"I'm confident MAS can achieve even more than that," he said.

In the first half of this year, tourist arrivals totalled 1.1 million, a 5.2 per cent increase compared with the same period last year, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who earlier opened the new Eastern hub at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

In proving MAS' commitment to developing Sabah as its second hub after Kuala Lumpur, Dr Munir said MAS would place its first six B737-800 aircraft in Sabah.

MAS has ordered up to 55 B737-800s and will receive at least another two of the aircraft this year and another six next year.
It is also expected to receive five new A330-300s next year, with the first to arrive in April 2011.

He said MAS was leveraging on Kota Kinabalu's strategic location as an ideal gateway for tourists from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

Later today, the B737-800 aircraft will perform its first flight to the Haneda International Airport in Japan. The flight received overwhelming response with the seats almost fully booked.

The aircraft is also expected to fly thrice weekly to Perth from Jan 15, 2011 and non-stop flight to Seoul will be increased from three to four a week.

The first flight to Seoul from the Eastern Hub will take off tomorrow. By June 2011, Kota Kinabalu will have daily flights to Taipei and Hong Kong and twice weekly to Osaka.

In line with this commitment, MAS has invested RM4 million to establish a domestic and international golden lounges at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to better serve passengers.

To date, MAS has 12 lounges globally with more than 200,000 Enrich members. Enrich is a customer loyalty arm of MAS. -- Bernama

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2010/11/15


This photoshop by Lotus Racing (Fernandes' team) first appeared when they announced their bet at the start of the season.


KUALA LUMPUR: Richard Branson will serve as a “stewardess” on an Air Asia flight after losing a bet to Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes over which of their Formula One teams did better this season.

Although neither team scored a point in their debut season, Lotus slightly outperformed the Virgin.

The two had made a bet before the season that the loser must serve as a “stewardess” on the winner’s airline. Fernandes owns Air Asia and Branson runs Virgin.


Fernandes says “it’s time for Richard to start preparing himself for some hard work and the likely pain of a pair of high heels.”

The date of the Kuala Lumpur-London flight has yet to be set, but seats will be auctioned off and money given to Branson’s chosen charity.

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In the midst of the celebrations on track last night, Lotus Racing Team Principal Tony Fernandes gave Richard an AirAsia uniform and pinned an AirAsia stewardess’ badge on the Virgin Racing Team Principal and the two agreed how the bet would be settled, it said.

Tony Fernandes said: “There has been a fantastic spirit of competition between us and Virgin Racing all season, and one of the first people to come and congratulate us on the pitwall was Richard.


"We have had this great bet running all season and now it’s time for Richard to start preparing himself for some hard work and the likely pain of a pair of high heels!".

"We agreed last night that we will run an online charity auction for the seats on our Kuala Lumpur/London route to raise money for a charity of Richard’s choice and give fans of both teams the chance to be on the flight," he said.

"The date of the flight will be announced very soon and the aim is to raise as much money as we can for a good cause so the discomfort Richard will go through is worth as much as it possibly can be!" he added.

More details on the date of the flight and how to enter the charity auction to bid for a seat will be announced very soon.
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