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Old March 24th, 2011, 02:51 PM   #2201
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AirAsia picks Clark airport as Philippine hub
Published: 2011/03/24
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THE Philippine-based AirAsia Group affiliate, AirAsia Inc, has picked Clark's Diosdado Macapagal International Airport as its hub in the country.

In a statement Thursday, AirAsia Inc chief executive, Marianne Hontiveros, said the selection underlined the airline's commitment to developing transportation and tourism hubs outside Manila.

"This is part of its plan to contribute to the development of the country as a whole," she said.

She said the company planned to make Clark the hub for flights to popular destinations including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

"The company plans to start operating international flights from the airport in the fourth quarter of this year," she said. - BERNAMA
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Old March 25th, 2011, 02:57 PM   #2202
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MAS adding more KL-Adelaide flights
Published: 2011/03/25
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MELBOURNE: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is introducing two additional weekly flights from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur from Sunday, making it six weekly non-stop flights between the two cities.

The increase in frequency will also see MAS changing its flight schedule to offer passengers arriving in Kuala Lumpur, more convenient connections to more destinations, the airline said in a statement.

There will be three weekly afternoon services departing Adelaide at 3pm and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 9pm.

Three weekly morning services leave Adelaide at 9am and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 3pm.

MAS regional senior vice president Ignatius Ong said the new services would offer better flight schedules and greatly increase connectivity to a wide range of global destinations.

The services will feature B777-200 aircraft. -– Bernama
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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:57 AM   #2203
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just keep it up all those efforts to enhance the quality of malaysia airlines..rock mas..!!
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Old March 26th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #2204
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Old March 27th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #2205
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Old March 27th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #2206
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As a recent first-time traveller with AirAsia, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Okay the seats barely reclined, but they were on time, no, early in fact. And yes, I know you get what you pay for, which was not much at all.

The best bit? The flight attendants were ******* hot!

Yup, I'll be a cheap bastard and fly with them again.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #2207
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AirAsia, Expedia to set up online travel JV
Published: 2011/03/29
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AirAsia and Expedia, Inc, have officially launched a new joint venture covering the Asia Pacific and offering a complete range of great value flights, hotels and holiday packages.

AirAsia is the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and Expedia, Inc, the world's largest online travel company.

This is the first partnership of its kind globally between a low cost carrier (LCC) and an online travel agent (OTA).

Speaking to reporters after the launch here, group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said the equal partnership between two global brands and leaders in the travel industry, comes at a time when online travel bookings are exploding in the region.

He said Asia, and its booming economy, offers a huge opportunity to develop a set of loved consumer brands.

Under the joint venture agreement, a new company will be formed to operate Expedia, Inc’s Expedia branded businesses in Japan, India, Southeast Asia and other East Asian markets, as well as AirAsia’s, AirAsiaGo and GoRooms ventures.

The new undertaking will build on AirAsia’s unique local marketing expertise, along with Expedia’s world leading technology, and both companies’ quality travel products in the region and beyond.

It will have the exclusive online third-party distribution rights in the region for AirAsia and AirAsiaX flights and travel packages meaning, with few exceptions in the region, the only place to find and book AirAsia flights online will be AirAsia.com, AirAsiaGo.com and Expedia.

Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive, Expedia, Inc, said: "By partnering with AirAsia, Expedia is taking an important step in developing our global position.

"This is particularly exciting, given Asia’s influence in the online travel marketplace."

To celebrate the union, www.AirAsiaGo.com will be offering hotel discounts of up to 80 per cent in 10 Asian cities, for three days beginning today.

Expedia will be launching its new Malaysian site www.expedia.com.my and Thai site www.expedia.co.th, with a two-week sale period, offering discounts of up to 60 per cent on South-East Asian destinations.-- BERNAMA

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Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) is an American company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington that operates several travel brands including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Egencia (formerly Expedia Corporate Travel), TripAdvisor, Expedia Local Expert, Classic Vacations and eLong. Expedia, Inc.’s companies operate more than 90 branded points of sale in more than 60 countries. Expedia also powers travel bookings for a number of airlines and hotels, consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia Affiliate Network. It is part of both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 stock market indices.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 07:13 AM   #2208
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Old March 30th, 2011, 07:33 AM   #2209
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As a recent first-time traveller with AirAsia, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Okay the seats barely reclined, but they were on time, no, early in fact. And yes, I know you get what you pay for, which was not much at all.

The best bit? The flight attendants were ******* hot!

Yup, I'll be a cheap bastard and fly with them again.
agree with u !
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Old March 31st, 2011, 08:41 AM   #2210
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AirAsia X awaits nod for Jeddah

By ZAZALI MUSA
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SINGAPORE: Malaysia's first long-haul budget carrier, AirAsia X, is in the final stages of getting the green light from the Government to fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said he was confident of getting the nod.

“We plan to start our Jeddah-Kuala Lumpur sector this year as the route is important due to the high passenger-load factor,'' he told StarBiz after the launch of a partnership between AirAsia and the world's leading online travel company, Expedia Inc, on Tuesday.


An AirAsia X aircraft at Paris’ Orly airport. The carrier is confident of getting the nod to fly to Jeddah — AFP

He said that for many years, the Saudi government was protective and unwilling to increase the number of flight frequencies between the two countries.

Previously, there were only four flights operated weekly by Malaysia Airlines but the frequencies were increased to seven times in the second half of 2010.

However, Azran said the Saudi government had reviewed its decision by increasing the landing rights for Malaysia to 28. Indonesia also has the same number of landing rights.


"We plan to recruit cabin crew from the Middle East" AIRASIA X CEO AZRAN OSMAN-RANI
“Malaysia has yet to fully utilise the new landing rights and we are ready to fill in the gap once we received the go-ahead from the Government,'' he said, adding that Indonesia had fully utilised its rights with three airlines Garuda Airlines, Lion Air and Air Batavia plying the Jakarta-Jeddah sector.

Azran said the Saudi decision had to do with changes in the global aviation industry where flying was becoming affordable. It also wanted more of its citizens to be able to fly and, at the same time, attract visitors to the country.

He said Malaysia was popular with Saudi tourists, especially during summer months. They spend an average of RM8,000 per person per trip.

On the other hand, Azran said, between 60,000 and 100,000 Malaysian Muslims performed the umrah in Makkah annually and the airline wanted to tap this segment.

He said there were also about 30,000 Malaysians who travelled to Jeddah yearly on Emirates, Saudi Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways.

He added that the airline would increase its twice-weekly flights to Teheran, which it started in 2010, to four times this year.

Bernama reported yesterday that AirAsia X was also awaiting Government approval to fly to Sydney.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 08:45 AM   #2211
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Thai AirAsia adds 10 more jets

SINGAPORE : Thai AirAsia (TAA) aims to enlarge its fleet with 10 additional jetliners to its current 40 in order to penetrate the vast burgeoning markets of India and China.
Tony Fernandes, group chief executive of AirAsia, said the Thai unit of AirAsia needs more planes to capitalise on the "massive" market potential in the world's two most populous countries.

"We can use these additional planes to fly to India where we just scratched the surface, and China too," said Mr Fernandes.

"With one billion in population, India is a huge travel market, and Indians love to come to Thailand. Look at TAA's daily flights from Bangkok to Mumbai and Delhi - they are full every day. We can potentially do three flights a day to those places. And that doesn't even include Kolkata and Amritsar, and so on."

The Malaysian executive did not give a timeframe for the additional planes, but noted the Thai unit keeps growing its revenue despite political and weather setbacks, giving him the confidence to strengthen the fleet.

TAA is still waiting to take delivery of 20 Airbus A320s of the 40 it ordered over the next five years through a lease arranged by AirAsia.

This year TAA will receive two twin-engine 180-seat A320s, one each in September and December, giving it 24 jets.

Mr Fernandes' statement about TAA came in the wake of reports that Southeast Asia's largest no-frills carrier was pondering ordering another 150 A320s from the European planemaker.

He declined to confirm that report, saying the group had orders for 175 A320s, of which 104 were delivered.

Earlier this month, AirAsia X, a long-haul carrier, ordered three more Airbus A330-200s, bringing the number of A330s on order to 28.

The additional wide-body jets, which have a total list price of US$492 million and are scheduled for delivery from 2014, are to serve its European routes.

Mr Fernandes hinted AirAsia may retain much of its stake in TAA when it lists on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in the fourth quarter this year to raise up to 6 billion baht.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 03:34 AM   #2212
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I'll finally fly Air Asia from Bangkok to Singapore. Hope it's not a bad experience. Anyone wants to share how good/bad the airline is?
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Old April 1st, 2011, 06:21 AM   #2213
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It's the World's best LCC .
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Old April 1st, 2011, 08:12 AM   #2214
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It's the World's best LCC .
I've heard a lot about it, hope it lives up to its reputation. On a slightly unrelated note, I had no idea fares in SE Asia would be so high (not AirAsia, talking generally)! I could've never guessed BKK-SIN return ticket would be, on average, around $500-$900. These airlines must make a killing on profits on these routes. I just don't understand how they can be that expensive. I was hoping to book a return ticket on a full-fare carrier for like $250 or so. How naive.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 07:35 AM   #2215
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on full carriers... the average economy fare should be $250- $400 ( estimate ) roundtrip between BKK & SIN . I think ur travelling on peak season..

I don't see any big difference between flying by Air Asia & full carriers between BKK & SIN. Both airports use aerobridge unlike KUL ( which use staircase and minutes of walking to aircraft ) .
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 08:51 PM   #2216
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Old April 5th, 2011, 05:16 AM   #2217
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MAS to get first Airbus A330-300 aircraft next week
By Adrian David Published: 2011/04/05
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SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) (3786) first of 25 Airbus A330-300 jetliners is expected to be delivered next week.

MAS director of operations Capt Mohamed Azharuddin Osman said an official unveiling ceremony for the aircraft was scheduled for April 14.

It is learnt that it will ply the Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane route.

MAS has made 15 firm orders, with options for another 10 new-generation A330-300s. The other 14 orders are due for delivery over three years to gradually replace older-generation planes.

As part of a deal clinched with Airbus last December, MAS had also placed new orders for up to four A330-200F freighters, comprising two firm orders and another two options.

Delivery of the first freighter is scheduled for September 2011.

The new A330-300 can seat 283 passengers in a high-comfort, two-class layout, and is destined to be the mainstay of the national carrier for medium-haul services across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

MASkargo will use the freighter version for sectors of up to 3,200 nautical miles, with the capability to carry payloads of almost 70 tonnes.

Azharuddin said the arrival of the A330-300 would augur well for MAS to offer more frequencies to key and new destinations.

Similarly, the new freighters will enable MAS to better serve the intra-Asian routes and offer direct services to Europe from India and Bangladesh, while strengthening its market in China.

"We hope to have one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly fleets in Asia by 2015.

"Our partnership with Airbus underscores the A330 family as the most efficient and versatile aircraft in its class," said Azharuddin during a recent media familiarisation tour of its operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
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Have found AirAsia to be very good value for money.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #2219
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AirAsia bags 3 Asian excellence awards
Published: 2011/04/06
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AirAsia has won three awards at the first Asian Excellence Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia.

The low cost airline bagged awards for the Best Investors Relations Company for Malaysia, Best Chief Executive Officer for Malaysia and Best Investor Relations Officer for Malaysia.

In a statement today, AirAsia said this is the fourth award the airline has picked up in 2011, after receiving Asia's Best Low Cost Cargo Carrier Award 2011 at the Aviation Award Asia, Fastest Growing Foreign Airline for Cargo Award from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Asiamoney's Best Managed Company Award 2010 two months ago. -- Bernama
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