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Old December 7th, 2010, 06:00 AM   #2141
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MAS takes luxury travel to greater heights
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EXCLUSIVE TRANSFER: Premium passengers will be given the priority
transfer invitation cards during their check-in at Row D in KLIA.


KUCHING: Malaysia Airlines’s (MAS) first class passengers and Enrich Platinum card members will experience a new level of luxury from March 15, 2011 onwards.

According to its press release, the national carrier was set to offer an exclusive transfer service to ferry its passengers in Porsche Panameras from the main terminal building to satellite building at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to catch their flights.

The service was implemented as a temporary measure due to the KLIA Aerotrain closure until March 2011 for upgrading work.

MAS’s executive vice president of managing director office Muzzaffar Othman said, “With the Aerotrain not in service until March next year, we saw a great opportunity to provide a new experience to our premium passengers. We pleased to be able to partner with Sime Darby Auto Performance to provide the Porsches for this service.

“With this luxury transfer service, customers can go directly to gate G1 at the main terminal building and gate C1 at the satellite building for pick up and drop off. The same gates are used for both outbound and inbound passengers,” he added.

In bound passengers would obtain the invitation on board the aircraft. It was also available at the regional lounge at the main terminal building, golden lounge at the satellite building as well as the airport operations assistant at Gate G1.

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Upgrading of aerotrain service at KLIA
By Jeeva Arulampalam Published: 2010/08/20
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AIRPORT operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) says its aerotrain service that shuttles between the KL International Airport's (KLIA) main terminal and satellite building will be down for about five months from November.

MAHB senior general manager of operations Datuk Azmi Murad said the Track Transit System (TTS), or aerotrains, will undergo upgrading works until March 15 next year.

As a result of the transit system shutdown, 12 shuttle buses will be stationed around the clock to transfer passengers between the contact pier at the main terminal and the satellite building.

While MAHB's dry run shows that it takes an extra eight minutes for departing passengers to commute from the check-in area to the departure gates at the satellite building using the shuttle buses, passengers travelling on international flights should allocate additional time.

"We are embarking on the KLIA Spur Line project which will see modifications to the existing 2 three-car trains and the adding of another three-car train," Azmi told reporters at a briefing at KLIA yesterday.

The project will also see the construction of a maintenance and storage facilities building, or depot, close to the satellite building. There will also be a new spur line integrated with the existing train shuttle system.

Azmi added that the project will address the future needs of the ultimate train system with the construction of the a new satellite building, which could be in three to four years.

The spur line will connect the present satellite building (A) with the future satellite (B) building.

Konsortium Bombardier-Hartasuma Sdn Bhd was given a 32-month contract to complete the project, valued at RM208.58 million. The entire project should be completed by September next year.

"The reason for carrying out this project is to facilitate maintenance for the current train operation and accommodate overhaul works of the existing and future trains," said Azmi.

The dual-lane shuttle system has one train each. One track has a recorded mileage equal to 44 trips around the world, while the other track has recorded 48 trips.

Currently, when maintenance works are carried out on either train, only one train is left to function. Therefore, an additional carriage will ensure that, in future, two trains will work at any given time.

Azmi said the shutdown of both aero-trains was a necessary precautionary measure.

"There may be flying debris due to hacking of structures, compromising passenger safety. One of the existing tracks is equipped with high-tension cables, so it puts the safety of workers at risk," he said.

He added that the shutdown period would otherwise drag to nine months.
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AirAsia X launches Japan route
Published: 2010/12/09
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Malaysian long-haul budget airline AirAsia X is to launch regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo starting on Thursday, airport officials said.

Its inauguration flight is scheduled to depart from Tokyo’s Haneda airport at 11:45 pm (1445 GMT). The carrier plans three flights a week connecting the Malaysian capital with the Tokyo airport, the officials said.

It will be the first foreign budget airline authorised to use Haneda, which began handling an expanded array of international flights in October when it opened a fourth runway and a new terminal.

Haneda is considered more practical than its sister airport Narita as it is located only 30 minutes from Tokyo, roughly half the amount of time it takes to travel to Narita, which is 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the capital.

AirAsia X plans to sell a one-way ticket for 5,000 yen (60 dollars) for an economy seat from Japan as an opening discount, compared with economy fares of more than 200,000 yen offered by current route operators.

AirAsia’s entry into the Japanese market is expected to further boost competition in a space that is set to become increasingly crowded as more budget carriers enter the fray.

In September Japan’s All Nippon Airways said it will establish a low-cost carrier by the end of the year that will eventually operate international and domestic short-haul routes, anticipating booming Asian demand.

Debt-hit Japan Airlines has also said it is also looking into the possibility of launching a low-cost carrier. Japan’s existing cheaper domestic carriers such as Skymark and Air Do have been unable to offer the kind of heavily discounted fares associated with budget airlines in the United States and Europe due to higher operating costs.

Qantas Airways’ budget Jetstar airline already flies between Australia and Japan from Osaka and Narita. -- AFP
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AirAsia X may list in Europe, Asia in 2011
Published: 2010/12/10
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AirAsia X Sdn Bhd, the long-haul affiliate of Southeast Asia’s biggest discount carrier, may sell shares in Europe and Asia as early as next year as it adds new planes.

“We could easily sell shares next year,” Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman Rani said in an interview in Tokyo today.

The European listing may be in London, while Asian shares may be sold in Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia, he said. The carrier may wait until 2012 for the offering as it has over US$100 million in cash, he said.

AirAsia X is planning to roughly triple its fleet to 35 planes over the next six years as it adds more international destinations, Osman Rani said.

The airline yesterday began flights to Tokyo from its Kuala Lumpur hub, adding to services to London and Australia.

The carrier, which flew more than 1 million passengers in 2009, is partly owned by AirAsia, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group Ltd., Manara Consortium, based in Bahrain, and Japan’s Orix Corp. - Bernama
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Old December 16th, 2010, 12:00 PM   #2146
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AirAsia injects competition in Philippines
Published: 2010/12/16
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MANILA: Southeast Asian budget carrier king Tony Fernandes today launched a joint venture airline in the Philippines, giving what he described as an underserved market a big jolt of competition.

AirAsia Philippines, in which he will hold a 40 per cent stake, should begin flight operations in August next year using either Clark or Subic — two former US military bases near Manila — as its base, the Malaysian said.

“We do expect to be profitable straight away,” Fernandes told a news conference without giving fleet, destination or capitalisation details.

He said internal funds would capitalise the joint venture, in which Filipino investors led by Antonio Cojuangco, a cousin of Philippine President Benigno Aquino, hold a combined 60 per cent, the minimum local equity stake set by law.

“Many of the routes that Air Asia Philippines will be going to are already being exploited by other Air Asia companies, so the set-up cost for Air Asia Philippines is very low,” Fernandes said.

This will allow the joint venture to offer low fares compared with its rivals, he added. Local competition includes surging budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air and loss-making flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).

“Cebu Pacific has done a fantastic job,” Fernandes said, praising its equally low-cost, no-frills model but saying there was more than enough room for the AirAsia group to grow.

“I think PAL could have, I’m sure, done a better job,” he added.

Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia has set up similar joint ventures in Thailand and Indonesia and has previously announced plans to set up a unit in Vietnam.

However, Fernandes said Thursday that AirAsia was now giving priority to the Philippine joint venture before proceeding with the Vietnam project.

The flashy 46-year-old tycoon, who also heads the Lotus Formula One team, said that just a tiny segment of the Philippine population of 95 million people were currently making use of air travel, giving the project huge potential.

Marianne Hontiveros, a Filipino music industry executive, will be the AirAsia Philippines chief executive, with Cojuangco as chairman.

“We need tourism badly in our country, and we have so much to offer,” Hontiveros told the news conference. -- AFP
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Asia's largest budget airline, Filipino partners take on local industry

By Lala Rimando, abs-cbnNEWS.com



MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Asia's largest low-cost airline, AirAsia Berhad, is out to rock the Philippine airline industry.

AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes was in Manila on Thursday to formally announce that his Malaysia-based airline has formed a joint venture with Filipino businessmen to form AirAsia Philippines, a local airline that will go head-to-head with local airlines, including Lucio Tan-led Philippine Airlines, Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific Air, and other players.

AirAsia Philippines is a joint venture among AirAsia Berhad (40% stake), and Filipino business personalities, including Antonio Cojuangco, Marianne Hontiveros, and Michael Romero. The Filipino partners will each have a 20% stake.

The new venture, Fernandes said, aims to improve access to the Philippines, an archipelago that is reached by a fraction of tourists who visit Asia.

"The Philippines is starved of connectivity," remarked Fernandes who said he had to use a spare AirAsia plane to Manila for the Thursday press conference. "It is painful to come to the Philippines. There is a massive amount of connectivity that is required here."

More players in the airline business, he said, will bring down costs, and ultimately, lower air fares. "Your OFWs will benefit, too."

The AirAsia Philippines officials said they hope to start operations in August or September 2011.

Initial plans include expanding their regional routes and increasing the number of short-haul flights, or destinations that are less than 4 hours away. Domestic flights are also in the drawing board.

Regulatory environment

AirAsia Philippines will take over the current operations of AirAsia, which is considered a foreign airline subject to strict bilateral air rights made available by the Philippine government and other destination countries.

The Malaysian airline has been operating at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga since April 2005 but has failed to expand operations due to regulatory restrictions.

Fernandes, who has envisioned that AirAsia will dominate the Asean skies, said it has taken them years to roll out their plans mainly due to regulatory restrictions.

AirAsia Philippines is the third cross-border joint venture of the budget carrier, next to Indonesia AirAsia and AirAsia Thailand.



Local partners

Aside from regulatory restrictions, Fernandes said finding the right local partners has been tough.

Talks with Cojuangco started way back in 2006. Their common denominator was Hontiveros, who previously worked in Warner Music with Fernandes and used to oversee the cultural projects of Cojuangco.

Romero, on the other hand, was a recent addition to the group. He and Cojuangco co-own the RP Patriots, a team in the ASEAN Basketball League.

Sports and music have long played a key marketing role in the making of the AirAsia brand, Fernandes noted.

Cojuangco is President Benigno Aquino's cousin. He was the former chair of Philippine Airlines (PAL), Asia's oldest airline, when it was privatized decades ago.

He used to be the chair of telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT). His last major venture was ABC Broadcasting Corp., also known as TV5. His group and a Malaysian partner sold their stakes in the broadcasting firm to the media arm of PLDT in 2009.

"I have been in businesses where the quality of our products is very good but we are not able to sell [them]... or few people know [them]... Tony (Fernandes) has brought AirAsia from the ground up pretty rapidly. They have lots of marketing gimiks. We'd like to learn them," Cojuangco said.

Romero, on the other hand, owns Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc., which operates a 15-hectare portion of Manila's port area. A previous partnership with Manuel Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT and Metro Pacific Investments Corp., to upgrade the Manila North Harbor turned sour over control and labor issues.

Romero said he realized the impact of low-cost flights in the country when the number of ferry passengers at Harbour Centre went down from 2 million a year to 1.5 million. "If we can't beat them, why not join them," he said in jest.

Hontiveros has been involved in media, music, culture and arts, among others.

"We're (AirAsia) addressing a young market. I think my experience with Warner has prepared me for this," she shared.

In AirAsia Philippines, Cojuangco will be the chairman, Romero the vice chairman, and Hontiveros the chief executive officer.

The joint venture will have $25 million as starting capital, which will be funded using internal cash, Fernandes said.

Good timing

Fernandes had glowing words about President Aquino: "You elected a great leader."

The Aquino government has made tourism a key development area, and has added airports and other infrastructure projects aimed at enhancing tourism potentials. It expects to double tourism arrivals, currently at about 3 million a year, over its 6-year term.

What more, the Aquino government has made a policy decision to adopt pocket open skies to relax aviation regulatory restrictions and attract airlines to operate more flights to and from different points in the country.

One of those eyed for the implementation of pocket open skies is Clark where AirAsia currently operates.

Clark, about 80 kilometers north of Manila, is a former US air base with a sprawling aviation facility and a low-cost terminal. It is currently being eyed by the Aquino government to become the country's main gateway if and when a long-delayed railway project that connects Clark to Manila, the capital, is finally completed.

The new AirAsia Philippines officials, however, are choosing to locate their Philippine hub in either Clark or Subic, a nearby former American naval facility with an airport that has been vacated by FedEx years ago.

"Cost is a consideration," Cojuangco explained. "A budget airline needs to operate with low cost."

Local airline industry

When asked to comment about the local carriers, Fernandes candidly said, "I think Cebu Pacific has done a fantastic job, [and] I think Philippine Airlines could have done a better job."

Homegrown Cebu Pacific popularized low-cost travel in the Philippines, eventually overtaking Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country's first airline, in the domestic market.

Cebu Pacific has plans to expand its fleet and regional route network, a business plan that goes head-to-head with AirAsia Philippines'.

Meantime, PAL, a legacy carrier that bears the Philippine flag, remains the biggest local airline in terms of assets, but it has been plagued by labor issues, pilot exodus, and the inclusion of the Philippine aviation body in blacklists of America and Europe.

Other local budget carriers include Zest Air, which is owned by a group of local businessmen, and Southeast Asian Air (Seair), which has recently inked a marketing deal with Singapore's Tiger Airways. PAL has a budget airline unit, AirPhil Express.

Fernandes said AirAsia Philippines will be bringing in "the ability to have a strong marketing presence, [develop] new routes that have never been done before, and develop airports that have never even have traffic before."

He cited the experience of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, countries that have far better share of tourists than the Philippines. "The growth has come out of low-cost [airlines]. [Legacy airlines] have focused on profitable routes instead of developing the new ones."

Then he stressed, "It's a massive playground for all of us. Accessibility is not about cannibalization."

The entry of the low-cost model in Asia, he said, allowed a "better segmentation of the market."
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MAS climbs after pact with KLM
Published: 2010/12/23
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Malaysian Airline System Bhd, the national carrier, rose for a second day in Kuala Lumpur stock trading on the signing of an agreement with Air France-KLM Group’s Dutch KLM unit to foster closer cooperation.

The Subang, Selangor state-based airline climbed 4.4 per cent to RM2.12 at 10:46 a.m. local-time, the largest advance on the benchmark index and adding to yesterday’s 5.7 per cent surge. The stock is set for its biggest two-day gain in 10 months.

The preliminary agreement signed with KLM will pave the way for greater connectivity and better schedules, Malaysian Air said during trading hours yesterday.

“We are positive on this development as it could help Malaysian Air ride on KLM’s global network and possibly drive cost efficiency,” Wong Ming Tek, an analyst at HwangDBS Vickers Research Sdn Bhd wrote in a report today.

“This could strengthen its position in the market in the face of a competitive environment.”

Malaysian Air Chief Executive Officer Tengku Azmil Zahruddin said on Sept 1 the carrier is open to joining a global airline alliance as closer cooperation with SkyTeam members would be “beneficial” as it will offer them a “major hub” in Asia. Members of the Skyteam aviation alliance include Delta Air Lines Inc and Air France-KLM.

“The deal could also benefit both parties as Malaysia is known to be an ideal transit point for visitors from Australasia and Europe,” Wong wrote in the report.

Malaysian Airline said on Nov 25 it returned to profit in the third quarter ended Sept 30, reporting net income of RM233.2 million (US$75 million) compared with a net loss of RM299.8 million a year earlier. - Bloomberg
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AirAsia boss may buy Virgin Atlantic

(Reuters) - The chief executive of Malaysia's AirAsia is considering a possible takeover bid for British airline Virgin Atlantic, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Tony Fernandes, who runs Asia's largest budget carrier by fleet size, has renewed his interest in the UK airline after previously considering and deciding against a bid, the newspaper said in an unsourced report.

Any deal could be worth up to 1 billion pounds ($1.54 billion), it said. No one at Virgin or AirAsia could immediately be reached for comment.

British billionaire Richard Branson has a 51 percent stake in the airline he founded in 1984. Singapore Airlines paid 600 million pounds for a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic in 2000.

The UK airline said earlier this month it had received several "lines of enquiry" about tie-ups with rivals after it hired Deutsche Bank to assess the aviation market.

It said the bank's review was expected to last for several months and did not name those interested in a possible tie-up.

Increased competition from low-cost airlines, weak demand and high fuel prices have combined to squeeze many carriers in recent years.

The low-margin industry has gone through a period of rapid consolidation and analysts believe larger carriers such as Virgin Atlantic need partners to stay ahead of the competition.

source: in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-53786020101226
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Behind the MAS smile
By: Anansa Jacob



Malaysia airlines takes pride in promoting the Malaysian Hospitality brand as the best there is

To give the public an idea of how the airline managed to consistently earn these accolades, MAS recently opened the doors of its primary training facility to the media to reveal the many steps taken to create the Malaysian Hospitality (MH) brand.

Several inflight service executives, all of them former cabin crew, and a few current cabin crew were on hand to explain the work that goes into instilling the MH values into a MAS cabin crewmember.

The qualities they hope to ingrain into their future cabin crew include being natural, *spontaneous, determined and willing to go beyond the call of duty to help passengers or guests.

A potential cabin crew’s journey begins at recruitment. Besides the basics of a minimum SPM qualification, fluency in written and spoken English and Bahasa Malaysia and a pleasant personality, candidates must also have a cheerful and *positive attitude, be energetic, highly motivated, and a team player.

Fluency in other languages is a plus and often means a chance to eventually specialise in a specific flight route. Mandarin speakers are normally assigned flights to Mandarin-speaking parts of Asia, while those who speak European languages get a chance to fly to Europe.

The 65-day training course is undertaken by trainers, mostly former flight staff who can use their experience to guide the new recruits.

The first part of the course involves discipline and grooming, since candidates must maintain the MAS image at all times, even when not on a flight.

Besides learning the rules and regulations, a candidate is sent to charm school at the facility for courses in grooming and deportment, which teaches them how to look and behave.

In a room filled with mirrors and a small catwalk, trainer Melanie Xavier teaches candidates how to carry themselves.

“We teach them things like the proper way to walk up and down stairs and how to sit, which for the stewardess is especially important, since the uniform has a slit and she cannot show too much leg,” said Melanie.

“We also teach them the rules of dining etiquette, European and American styles, since they must conduct themselves *appropriately at all times.”

In another room, consultant Wong Ka Won gives new recruits pointers on how to look good.



New recruits are shown how to load the inflight meal
carts during training at the mock-up cabin.


Women will learn how to apply make-up and men will be taught how to groom their facial hair, like sideburns and moustache.

According to Melanie, maintaining a smart, pleasant and attractive appearance is all part of the MAS image.

Another part of the course is communication skills and voice enrichment, which involves learning the terms to use on the flight, such as how to make in-flight announcements over the intercom and how to communicate with the captain.

They will also be taught how to speak to guests on the flight under different situations.

The next step is the introduction to aviation and the fundamentals of hospitality.

After that is Boeing 737 cabin familiarisation and service procedures as all new recruits start on the B737 aircraft. When they are promoted to the other aircraft in the fleet, such as the Airbus 330, B777 and B747, they will have to undergo familiarisation training for those aircraft as well.

The training takes place in life-size mock-ups of the actual flight cabins.

Recruits will learn basic service procedures, like how to use equipment onboard and serve meals.



These include learning how to load the meal cart for a B737.

Meanwhile, in the mock-up of the B747, inflight services controller Carol Chang demonstrates how a passenger is served in first-class.

“While procedures for economy class are similar for all flights, staff who are promoted to serve on a B747 undergo training only for first-class procedure,” she said.

Here, their training in fine dining etiquette helps. They are also taught what serving dialogue to use as well as hold practices in serving food.

They start with a dry run where they just serve empty plates and glasses. Then they move on to serving real meals, including soups and drinks, without spilling.

Basic first aid as well as safety procedures are also an important part of the cabin crew training.



Stewardess Lee Eng Hwel shows the correct
way to walk while wearing the uniform.


Inflight services executive (cabin crew department) Sagadevan Singaravelu said: “While other airlines might have the latest equipment or more planes, it’s the soft skills that you can’t buy.”

The 29-year MAS veteran added that’s where MAS try to excel and showcase Asian values like courtesy and respect.

So, the next time you take a trip on an MH flight, remember that behind the smiles of each cabin crew is a rigorous training programme designed to give you a memorable flight.
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MAS revamps fleet, adds capacity to India
Published: 2010/12/21
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Spurred by the healthy rise in air traffic this year, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (3786) plans to revamp its fleet and scale up operations to achieve 30 to 40 per cent passenger growth in the Indian sector next year.

After cooling slightly in the last two years, owing to global economic pinch, passenger volume picked up steadily this year, giving MAS an edge to better its performance than in 2009.

MAS regional senior vice-president for South Asia Azahar Hamid said over the past two years the carrier was "quite affected by the slowdown" but load factor had touched 80 to 90 per cent since last January, enjoying almost full flights daily from major Indian airports.

"For next year we are looking at 30 to 40 per cent growth rate in load. We are going very strong in India. Based on our market projections, traffic going out of India is very strong and positive," he said.

Currently, the national carrier flies to five major Indian cities namely Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai with plans in the pipeline to tap into emerging second tier Indian cities.
As part of it 2011 ambitious expansion strategy in India, the carrier would revamp its frequency to its regular destinations.

MAS would commence two daily flights (at present one daily service) to Chennai, a major gateway to Malaysian cities.

It would introduce daily morning flights to Delhi beginning April, increasing from the current five-day weekly service. This is in addition to the existing daily night flights.

Likewise, there would be daily services from Bangalore and Hyderabad to Malaysia in 2011.

In addition, MAS plans to mount daily morning flights from Mumbai, India's financial capital, to Malaysia, adding to the existing daily night flights.

"As planned, we are putting in additional 40 per cent capacity in India. Despite competition, we are mounting additional capacity because there is a steady demand for our kind of full air service carrier," added Azahar.

To meet passenger demand and tap the Indian market, with international passenger traffic growth at nearly 8 per cent in 2010, MAS is gearing to revamp its fleet as well. It will switch from the B777, used at present, and introduce the A380 aircraft to India by 2012.

"By 2015 we will be flying the youngest fleet in this region or in Asia. By 2012 the fleet of A380 and the A330 renewed version will be coming into India," said Azahar. - Bernama
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Old December 26th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #2153
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Air Asia flights to Trivandrum (TRV)

Does anyone know about the possible suspension of flights to Trivandrum from Kuala Lumpur? Earlier there was notice of suspension of flights from Jan 11 2011 but now there is no reference to this anywhere on Air Asia website?

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Old December 27th, 2010, 09:12 PM   #2154
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AirAsia-Virgin alliance unlikely, analysts say
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2010/12/28
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Analysts say AirAsia Bhd buying over full service carrier Virgin Atlantic would not be in keeping with its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes' style of doing business.

"He has been very disciplined if you notice, he's always been about serving the under-served, I do not see him going into the full service carrier business," an analyst with Maybank Investment Bank Bhd told Business Times yesterday.

An unsourced The Sunday Times report in Britain said that Fernandes had renewed an interest in the UK airline, and that the deal could be worth £1 billion (RM4.8 billion).

He, however, has since denied the rumour.

Rumours of an alliance between Virgin Atlantic and AirAsia (5099) has been going around since the start of the low-cost carrier in 2001, and periodically resurfaces.
While it is unclear what triggered this latest rumour, analysts are unanimous that such a deal would not make sense for the budget carrier.

"At STG1 billion, AirAsia is unlikely to have the financial capacity to fund it. Also, they have always maintained that they want to expand regionally (Asean) and such a move (buying over Virgin Atlantic) is against that strategy," an analyst who declined to be named said.

Another analyst with a local research firm echoed these sentiments, saying that with the listing of Indonesia AirAsia and Thai AirAsia as well its newly-announced Philippines AirAsia coming up, the low-cost carrier should have its hands full.

"It (AirAsia buying Virgin Atlantic) will never happen. It does not meet business case, it's not Fernandes' style of doing things and he doesn't have the trusted people he needs in Europe for it to happen.

"People always think he's a one-man show, but he actually has a very strong team behind him," the analyst from Maybank Investment Bank said.
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An english version:

Source:http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...517&sec=nation

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AirAsia plane skids at Kuching airport
By SHAUN HO

KUALA LUMPUR: An AirAsia flight to Kuching skidded off the runway Monday night and landed on the grass verge, leaving four passengers with minor injuries.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said flight AK5218, an Airbus A320, was carrying 124 passengers and six crew members.

"The plane was landing during a downpour and that is when it skidded," he said Tuesday.


Cranes are used to remove the plane off the runway Tuesday

Kong said the plane had landed on soft soil on the edge of the runway. AirAsia and Kuching International Airport staff are working to remove the plane for checks.

As a result of the incident, services at the airport have been was disrupted, with up to 11 flights to the airport affected.

"I expect services at the airport to resume by noon," he said after opening the National Maritime Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes tweeted: "Working hard to remove aircraft. All passengers are home."
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AP - Tuesday, January 11

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Officials say an airport on Malaysia's portion of Borneo island has been temporarily closed after an AirAsia plane skidded off a runway during a heavy downpour.

Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha says four passengers had minor injuries after the incident Monday night at the international airport in Borneo's capital, Kuching.

Malaysia Airports, the country's airport operator, says the plane belonging to Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier veered off the runway while landing during heavy rain. It was carrying 124 passengers and six crew from Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Airports said 24 flights were scrapped Tuesday because efforts to remove the plane from the soft ground had been hampered by continuous rain. The flights were to domestic destinations or neighboring Singapore.
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AirAsia introduces multiple city travel without transit visa

Kolkata, Jan 17 : Leading low cost airline AirAsia today introduced a multiple-flight travel facility for its guests from India who need not to apply for a transit visa and be able to travel through a single check-in of their original and connecting flights to their final destination.

The new facility-- called Fly-Thru-- was available to guests travelling on selected AirAsia short-haul and all AirAsia X long-haul flights transiting through Kuala Lumpur with original and forward flights having a connecting time of between 90 minutes and six hours, Airlines sources told here.

They said through 'Fly-Thru', Indian travellers would now be able to be connected to their next flight en route to their intended destination without going through the immigration clearance or a transit visa in Malaysia.

On arrival in Kuala Lumpur, they would now be given access to the transit hall, which is directly connected to the departure hall and would require to be at the departure gate only 20 minutes before their connecting flight, the sources informed.

As a result the service would eliminate the need to re-check luggage when connecting to the next flight to the final destination, the sources claimed.

Quoting AirAsia's Regional Head, Commercial Service, Kathleen Tan, the sources further stated that Fly-Thru was the result of the airline's continuous effort to innovate its service offerings and bring convenience to low-cost air travel.

The new facility would also enable Air Asia guests to position Kuala Lumpur as the gateway for travel across the ASEAN nations and beyond, added the sources.

Incidentally, AirAsia, one of the leading and low-cost carrier in Asia,run services in approximately over 130 routes covering destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe with a it fleet to 96 aircraft.
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AirAsia weighs listing in US or HK
By Presenna Nambiar

Foreign investors see the potential and AirAsia has been and continues to be undervalued, says its chief executive officer


AirAsia Bhd (5099) is contemplating a dual listing, either in the US or Hong Kong, spurred by demand for its shares here from foreign investors.

AirAsia group chief financial officer Rozman Omar is currently on the lookout for advisers for the exercise.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the forerunner for the job, it is reliably learnt.

Earlier reports stated the low-cost carrier was looking at Thailand as an option for a secondary listing, in an effort to become a full-fledged Asean airline.
Now, however, the company has set its sights on more mature markets, considering strong buying interest in AirAsia shares from investors in the US and Europe.

Last week, AirAsia told Bursa Malaysia that as at 30 December 2010, foreigners held some 51.55 per cent of its shares compared with 48.07 per cent as at the end of June last year.

Foreign ownership in AirAsia is substantially higher than the average 22 per cent foreign ownership of stocks on Bursa Malaysia.

"They (foreign investors) see the potential. AirAsia has been and continues to be undervalued. People are beginning to see the whole potential of AirAsia.

"Our valuations do not include Thailand and Indonesia, which are very profitable now," AirAsia co-founder and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes told Business Times via SMS.

According to data compiled by Bloomberg, some 30.37 per cent of AirAsia shares are held by the US investors, while the rest are mainly in the hands of investors from Europe.

The budget carrier has been quite a favourite with foreign investors, with ownership of its stock swaying between 45 per cent and 55 per cent in the last year.

An unorthodox branding strategy which has made it famous the world over, as well a relatively low price-to-earnings (PER) ratio of 9.0 times, have made it the darling of investors, especially foreigners.

Low-cost carriers appear to be the flavour of the day for foreign investors, preferring exposure to them than investment in full-fledged carriers, such as Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Another low-cost carrier that went public recently, Singapore-based Tiger Airways, for instance, also has a large following of foreign investors, at 44.6 per cent.

On the converse, the foreign shareholding in SIA is 9.81 per cent, while in MAS, it is lower still, at 2.13 per cent.

SIA is widely recognised as one of the world's most profitable airlines.
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