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Old April 7th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #2221
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AirAsia X launches Altitude X
Published: 2011/04/07
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Long-haul low-fare airline AirAsia X today announced its partnership with 47-year-old adventurer Khoo Swee Chow by launching Altitude X.

Altitude X is a climbing expedition which takes Khoo on his quest of scaling eight of the highest peaks within AirAsia X's network namely China, United Kingdom, France, Iran, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand.

"Altitude X is the perfect project that embodies our pioneering adventurous spirit at AirAsia X," said AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani in a statement. -- Bernama
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Old April 14th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #2222
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MAS continues transformation plans, despite rising fuel prices
by Justin Yap. Posted on April 14, 2011, Thursday
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KUALA LUMPUR: National carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is continuing its transformation plans despite being hit by rising fuel prices, notably aggravated by the unrest in certain oil-producing nations in the Middle East.

Presently, New York’s main contract; the light sweet crude for delivery in May, closed at $US106.25 per barrel while in London, the Brent North Sea crude for delivery in May settled at $US120.92 a barrel.

“Fuel prices are not factors that we can control easily,” the airlines’ managing director and chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin told reporters yesterday at the sidelines of Invest Malaysia 2011 Conference here.

Tengku Azmil further underlined that MAS had been managing the increases via hedging its fuel price by 25pct of this year’s usage to US$90; and by increasing its fuel surcharges by an average of double percentage points.

“Unfortunately, we had no choice as we couldn’t afford to absorb all of the increases in fuel prices. However, we do not raise the prices immediately across the board; rather, we do it region by region. The increases are done one at a time.”

When asked whether the rising fuel prices would incur in MAS registering a loss for its first quarter of this year, Azmil responded by saying it was too premature to tell.

“The impact will definitely be there. Fuel is our single largest cost item, so the current situation will have an impact.”

On the positive side, Azmil remained optimistic towards realising the airlines’ mission towards becoming the number one carrier in Asia wihin the next few years.

“After a tough 2009, we were set for rebound last year where we registered a really strong traffic growth of 15 per cent, while passenger numbers increased by 10 per cent. Our seat factor had also expanded by over seven percentage points.

“Thus, we are building on that foundation for this year on our journey towards transforming MAS into becoming the number one airline in Asia. It’s fairly ambitious; it won’t be realised in a year or two, but it’s what we’re setting out to do,” he enthused.

Among others, MAS had been continually improving customer experience by way of direct channels. On average, MAS handles an estimated 1,500 passengers per day.

“We have check-in kiosks in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. In places like Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, more than one-third of passangers actually use these kiosks,” he added.

Additionally, Azmil also underlined that MAS would continue to serve as a full-service carrier, with its other divisions such as FireFly would serve more on the value segment. For FireFly, he said its fleet would start to expand into jets from the current turbo props;

“While still fairly new, the current two jet-propped carriers that fly the KLIA-Kuching-Kota Kinabalu routes will see the addition up to five more by the end of this year, making a total of seven jet-propped aircraft. In addition, FireFly will flying to more destinations, starting from Sandakan and Sibu this year.

“Next month, it will commence its Senai hub in Johore.”

Azmil also put forth the initialisation of its new revenue management system which, naturally, would help the airlines to manage its revenue in a more sophisticated way.

Meanwhile, MAS had also been undertaking aggressive fleet renewal initiative which according to Tengku Azmil, it had a number Boeing 737-800s delivered already. The latest aircraft, the new A330, would have its first unit launched at KLIA today.

“Newer aircraft mean higher utilisation rates, where we can push for further capacity and more flights. This commensurates with our target to reduce unit costs, barring fuel cost, by 15 per cent over the next few years,” he explained.

“The push is to enhance products to improve revenue; but at the same time, actually reducing costs. Most importantly, we strive to do all this without taking away from our customers,” Azmil reinforced his statement.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #2223
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Branson, whose Virgin group sponsors the Marussia Virgin Racing team, will finally honour his bet with AirAsia founder


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British billionaire Richard Branson will dress and serve as a stewardess on Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X on May 1 after losing a Grand Prix bet with the founder of the airline.

Branson, whose Virgin group sponsors the Marussia Virgin Racing team, will finally honour his bet with AirAsia founder and Team Lotus co-principal Tony Fernandes on whose team would finish higher at the 2010 Bahrain Formula One GP.

"Five months after the colourful evening in Abu Dhabi, the day of reckoning for Sir Richard Branson has finally arrived," the airline said in a statement Wednesday.

"(He) will don AirAsia's famous red female flight attendant uniform and strut down the aisle to offer coffee, tea or any other food or beverage to Tony Fernandes and 250 other guests on the special 13-hour KL-bound flight," it said.

AirAsia X is a long-haul affiliate of AirAsia and Branson's Virgin Group.
The airline said it was selling 160 tickets for the London to Kuala Lumpur charity flight, with passengers to also be entertained onboard by street magician Dynamo and a four-piece band featuring former Grand Prix team owner Eddie Jordan.

"We've come a full circle, Richard and I. Who would've thought my mentor will be serving as a flight attendant on AirAsia? I've got my razor ready, and I can't wait to shave his hairy legs," Fernandes said in a statement.

"Jokes aside, how we got to this charity flight is a testament that we can achieve anything if we are fuelled by passion, grit, determination and never take no for an answer," he added.

"Team Lotus, a Malaysian F1 team, supported by AirAsia, an ASEAN airline has beaten the odds on the race track and on the air, and there will be more to come."

Fernandes' Team Lotus debuted in the 2010 Formula One season and are part of the F1 this year but face a legal challenge over the use of the Lotus name.

AirAsia is Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier and along with AirAsia X, services about 150 routes covering destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe.

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Old April 14th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #2224
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Shares of AirAsia rose 11 per cent on their first trading day in Malaysia on expectations that new routes to China and Indonesia, and lower fuel prices will boost profit. The airline's shares rose 15 sen (6.5 cents) to RM1.40 yesterday. AirAsia's offering last month raised RM863 million, with institutional investors paying RM1.25 a share. Individual investors were offered its stocks at RM1.16 each. The low-fare airline plans to keep ahead of competitors by tapping East Asia's two most populous nations with routes to Kunming in western China and to Jakarta. The share sale may help chief executive Tony Fernandes to order, as early as next month, 80 new planes from Boeing or Airbus. "AirAsia has a lot of potential, it has so many routes to tap," said KLCS Asset Management chief investment officer Choo Swee Kee. "It's a very decent debut."
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Shares of AirAsia rose 11 per cent on their first trading day in Malaysia on expectations that new routes to China and Indonesia, and lower fuel prices will boost profit. The airline's shares rose 15 sen (6.5 cents) to RM1.40 yesterday. AirAsia's offering last month raised RM863 million, with institutional investors paying RM1.25 a share. Individual investors were offered its stocks at RM1.16 each. The low-fare airline plans to keep ahead of competitors by tapping East Asia's two most populous nations with routes to Kunming in western China and to Jakarta. The share sale may help chief executive Tony Fernandes to order, as early as next month, 80 new planes from Boeing or Airbus. "AirAsia has a lot of potential, it has so many routes to tap," said KLCS Asset Management chief investment officer Choo Swee Kee. "It's a very decent debut."
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Old April 15th, 2011, 02:46 AM   #2226
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AirAsia's creative solution to high fuel price
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2011/04/15
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Kuala Lumpur: AirAsia Bhd (5099) may not have imposed fuel surcharge amid a slew of increases by other carriers, but the budget carrier has recently hiked up certain ancillary charges.

On February 21, the budget airline revised upwards charges for super-size baggage, Pick A Seat and Hot Seats (seats with more leg room).

A quick survey done by Business Times showed that AirAsia had increased its super-sized baggage charges by RM15, Pick A Seat by RM1, Hot Seats by RM10, while its convenience fee (for those paying via credit card) is up by RM3.

For example, a passenger flying to Bali (return), who picks a seat and purchases the minimal baggage allowance available (0-15kg), will now pay RM12 and RM70 respectively, from RM10 and RM40 previously.

And if you pay by credit card, you will be charged a convenience fee of RM16 for each transaction per person, compared with RM10 before.
Asked if the increase was a way to deal with the high price of jet fuel, AirAsia regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan agreed that it was.

"Yes, you can say that. However, AirAsia does not impose fuel surcharge, unlike other airlines, and our ancillary products are wholly optional. Guests only need to purchase what they opt-in for," Tan said via e-mail in response to questions sent.

AirAsia X also appears to have imposed similar increases.

For example, charges for a flight to Christchurch show that a Hot Seat (one way) costs RM10 more at RM110, and a 0-20kg baggage allowance costs RM65, up from RM50 previously.

According to the International Air Transport Association's jet fuel price monitor, as at April 8, aviation jet fuel stood at US$143.1 (RM432) per barrel.

In February, AirAsia co-founder and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes told AFP that the carrier could impose a RM20 fuel surcharge if it has to begin paying US$100 (RM303) a barrel.

At AirAsia's last results briefing, Fernandes said the airline has hedged 21 per cent of its fuel requirements at US$92 (RM278) up to the second quarter of 2011.

When the airline first introduced fuel surcharge in 2005, it charged RM5 per sector for flights within Peninsular Malaysia, RM10 per sector for flights to Sabah and Sarawak and RM25 per sector for regional flights.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #2228
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Air Asia to operate direct KL-KTM flight

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Air Asia to operate direct KL-KTM flight

Air Asia based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is all set to operate direct flight in Kuala Lumpur -Kathmandu route from the first week of June.

Air Asia is known as a low-cost airline which is all set to operate direct flight to Kathmandu as most of the necessary preparation is in the final stage, according to Incentive Tours and Travels (ITT), Nepal based general agent of the airlines.

The Ministry of Transport Management and Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia has also already permitted Air Asia to operate four flights a week.

As per the Nepal based agent, the airline will operate two flights a week in the initial phase of its flight operation.

According to the company source, the airline will operate the flights from June after getting the permission from the government of Nepal.

The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu is also expected to have passengers from every social sphere including workers, tourists, students among others.

Air Asia operates 656 flights daily on 102 routes to 57 destinations in 12 countries. nepalnews.com


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Old May 15th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #2232
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AirAsia wins ACW award
Posted on May 14, 2011, Saturday
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EXEMPLARY CUSTOMER CARE: Sathis (left) receives the Best Air Cargo
Industry Customer Care award at the ACW World Air Cargo Awards 2011
awarding ceremony in Munich. AirAsia is the only low-cost airline based in
Asean to win an award at the ceremony.

KUCHING: AirAsia was named the world’s best airline for exemplary customer care for its cargo arm and received the Air Cargo Industry Customer Care Award from Air Cargo Week (ACW), a respected UK-based air cargo news publication, after emerging first in a global survey that polled industry peers and shippers.

The award ceremony was held in Munich, Germany during the transport logistic/Air Cargo Europe Exhibition, which gathered executives from the air cargo community, airports, airlines, shippers, suppliers and service providers from around the world.

AirAsia was the only low-cost airline based in Asean to win an award at the ceremony. Sathis Manoharen, regional head of Cargo of AirAsia, received the award on behalf of the airline.

Sathis said, “This award reflects how strongly the AirAsia brand has grown in cargo. We are relatively new in cargo, yet we have established leadership in many aspects of this industry”.

“We are proud to be recognised globally, and we are taking this win as a renewal of our commitment to offer high quality cargo service at very reasonable prices. We continue to innovate to better serve our markets.”

It was the second time for the airline to win an ACW World Air Cargo Award. Last year, it was named the Air Cargo Industry New Comer of the Year.

It was also the third time for AirAsia to win an award for cargo this year, having earlier won the Fastest Growing Foreign Cargo Airline award from Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou and the Asia’s Best Low Cost Cargo Carrier award from Aviation Awards Asia in Hong Kong.

AirAsia’s cargo services span across the entire Asean region and extend to East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and Europe. The carrier stated that it was strengthening cargo operations in part to protect its bottom line against fuel price increase.
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(MUNICH) Munich Airport, Germany's second largest airport, is aggressively pursuing what aviation specialists describe as its 'Look East Strategy', with its top executive declaring that it is very much interested in getting Malaysia's low-cost carrier AirAsia to start operations in Munich.

Michael Kerkloh, Munich Airport's chief executive, told Bernama that AirAsia stands to benefit a great deal by starting an operation at Munich airport.

Mr Kerkloh had just returned from a tour of four Asian countries - India, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia - and was confident that he had made the right pitch in all four countries.

Though he was unable to meet AirAsia's chief executive, Tony Fernandes, during his visit to Kuala Lumpur, Mr Kerkloh said that he had asked Mr Fernandes to visit Munich for further follow-up talks.

The Munich Airport's chief executive held 'useful talks' with AirAsia's senior management.

Mr Kerkloh, who was interviewed at the just-concluded Transport/Logistics 2011 show of Munich, just after his return from Malaysia, underscored the importance of Munich airport as an 'easy-to-use' airport.

'Munich is a first-class airport of Europe. It would be particularly suited to AirAsia which is working out a strategy for Europe and will soon take a decision,' Mr Kerkloh maintained. 'The base potential is good and stable. Besides, you also have a strong market here,' he added.

Mr Kerkloh said that efforts would be made to highlight the advantages of Munich Airport in Asia. 'We will move ahead step-by-step in Asia,' he said.

Mr Kerkloh also held talks with senior executives of Malaysia Airports in Kuala Lumpur. 'We discussed a wide range of issues, including technological cooperation and other matters. It was not a courtesy call,' he quipped.

Besides India and China, which are currently the darlings of most Western airports because of their massive size and growth potential, Munich Airport is also endeavouring to build up a strong and long-term relationship with Asean member countries which are characterised by 'strong dynamics'.

Aside from Malaysia, Munich Airport has also been quietly building up ties with Thai Airways with which Mr Kerkloh held talks during his Bangkok visit.

'We have a 'sister agreement' with Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. We discussed several issues, including the question of expanding our flight routes. Each Asian carrier has its own unique characteristics,' he said. -- Bernama
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — AirAsia Bhd is “keen” to operate in Singapore and will soon base some aircraft there in a move that may point to an AirAsia Singapore unit launch, Dow Jones reported today.

The no-frills airline’s chief executive Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said AirAsia will be “night-stopping” aircraft in Singapore to make morning flights out of the island republic and has already placed advertisements for cabin crew positions at AirAsia Singapore.

He also said AirAsia’s two 49 per cent-owned units in Thailand and Indonesia remain on track for separate initial public offerings (IPOs) later this year. The units may go public simultaneously or Thailand may go first, depending on several factors.

The IPOs came at a good time for AirAsia as they would free up the balance sheet and allow the airline to launch new units in Vietnam and the Philippines in the near term, Fernandes told Dow Jones.

He said he did not expect the same problems that caused the airline’s first foray into Vietnam to fail as the new government there was “much more receptive” to the company’s branding and website ideas, adding that Vietnam’s tourism industry was growing quickly.

Fernandes also said he was pleased by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s earlier remarks at the Invest Malaysia forum at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), in which the prime minister expressed a desire to make Malaysia the economic centre of Southeast Asia.

AirAsia did not hedge much against rising oil prices as the airline did not believe it could beat the market. AirAsia is currently about 10 per cent hedged at a cost of about US$120 (RM360) a barrel, he revealed.

The company similarly does not hedge much against currencies, he said, noting that many forecasts call for the Malaysian ringgit, which has risen sharply, to hover in the RM2.90 to RM2.95 range to the dollar, near current levels.

Fernandes hinted that the pact between long-haul international unit AirAsia X and General Electric Co’s (GE) aviation unit, to be announced on Wednesday, could involve aircraft engines, a new type of Airbus aircraft AirAsia X has not purchased before and new routes for AirAsia X to Europe.

GE lost out on a previous contract to supply AirAsia X airplane engines, and has been aggressively courting AirAsia for new business, he said, adding that GE CEO Jeff Immelt has been “a fantastic friend” of AirAsia.

Fernandes said AirAsia has some US$3 billion in market capitalisation and posted annual revenue of about US$2 billion and earnings of about US$400 million, excluding contributions from the Thailand and Indonesia units.

“We’ve proven the model,” he said of the airline that has grown from 2 two planes to around 100 planes.

He said there was “great upside” for AirAsia, even after the marked increase in its share price, as it continues to extract even more “ancillary” revenue from passengers for items like food and insurance. AirAsia now extracts US$16 of such revenue per passenger, up from US$5 previously.
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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X announced Thursday it has signed a $600 million deal with GE Aviation to supply engines for its three new Airbus A330-200s with an option for two more aircraft.

The budget carrier said in February it had ordered three A330-200s with a total list price of $492 million that are scheduled for delivery from 2014, bringing the number of A330s on order to 28.

The GE deal, which was signed in New York on Wednesday, will see the company provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines as part of a 20-year agreement, the airline said in a statement.

"AirAsia X?s acquisition of the new technologically more advanced and fuel-efficient GE engines would help us accentuate our network expansion while holding true to our business model," airline chairman Rafidah Aziz said.

GE Aviation's general manager of global sales Kevin McAllister said the engine "will help AirAsia X maintain one of the youngest and fuel efficient fleets in the sky."

AirAsia X carried 1.92 million passengers last year. Its 14 destinations include London, Tehran, Tokyo, Delhi and Melbourne.
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Malaysia’s most-recognised brand, AirAsia, will move its regional headquarters to Jakarta this year as the low-cost carrier is eyeing a major slice of the vast Indonesian market, where some 230 million people stay in 17,000 islands — nearly 10 times the population here.

The Malaysian Insider understands the relocation will not have an impact on operations here but is seen as a blow to Malaysia’s aim of being a regional aviation hub. The Najib administration had already agreed to build a new low-cost carrier terminal for AirAsia by April 2012.

“AirAsia is moving its regional headquarters to Jakarta this year. Communications chief NV Raman is already there to set up the office,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

AirAsia officials confirmed the move, saying key staff were told about the latest development in internal briefings that began this month.

Raman, a former journalist, was key in securing an endorsement as a regional carrier from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan nearly two years ago.

Sources said the move came just before no-frills airline’s chief executive Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said AirAsia will be “night-stopping” aircraft in Singapore to make morning flights out of the island republic.

“We had a town hall meeting and were told about the move which will be done quickly,” another source revealed.

It has already placed advertisements for cabin crew positions at AirAsia Singapore, Fernandes added in a dispatch from New York yesterday where he is attending a two-day investment seminar for Malaysia launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

AirAsia, which was relaunched in 2003, has been battling the Najib administration for air rights to some regional and international destinations, which are operated by sister company AirAsia X.

The budget carrier also owns 49 per cent in its subsidiaries in both Thailand and Indonesia, and remains on track for separate initial public offerings (IPOs) later this year. The units may go public simultaneously or Thailand may go first, depending on several factors.

The company has also gone into joint-ventures for its VieJjet AirAsia and AirAsia Philippines.

It now has 105 aircraft in its entire fleet with another 122 on order and 63 options. But it has been giving focus to Indonesia, the Group of 20 (G20) country which has undergone dazzling economic expansion in the past decade.

The airline reported an eight-fold increase in quarterly profit driven by growth in passenger volumes, saying it filled 82 per cent of the space available for passengers in the fourth quarter, up three percentage points from a year ago.

“Based on the current forward booking trend, the underlying passenger demand in the first and second quarters for the Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian operations remains positive,” AirAsia, Asia’s largest budget carrier by fleet size, said in a statement last January.

Net profit for October-December was at RM316.6 million, compared with a profit of RM33.8 million a year ago.

Full-year net profit came in at RM1.1 billion against RM506 million a year ago, exceeding the RM822 million net profit forecasts of 19 analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The budget carrier, which competes with Jetstar Asia Airways and Tiger Airways in the region, said it will take delivery of three A320 aircraft in the first quarter of the year, one of which will be operated in Thailand and two in Indonesia.
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AirAsia to go bigger and Fernandes says potential is 500 aircraft
Tuesday May 24, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...9&sec=business


Filepic: Datuk Dr.Tony Fernandes, group CEO of AirAsia making his donation
during the launch of "To Japan with Love" campaign in Kuala Lumpur on May
10. Looking on are Koichi Ito, minister & deputy chief of mission, embassy of
Japan (left), Kathleen Tan, regional head of commerial AirAsia (2nd left) and
Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of AirAsia Thailand (right, partly hidden).
- RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star


BARCELONA: Being No. 1 in Asia is no longer enough for low-cost airline boss Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.

Now he wants to double the size of AirAsia's fleet to catch up with industry titan Southwest Airlines.

Fernandes signalled ambitious plans for AirAsia as he closed in on a potentially massive deal to buy Airbus aircraft, which could rival a recent US$16bil, 180-plane deal as one of the world's largest.

The expansion plan reflects confidence in a fast-growing Asian transport market which continues at a blistering pace despite concerns over fuel prices.

“We have done a study (which shows) that AirAsia has a potential to have about 500 planes ... that we could be the size of Southwest airlines. That would give you some idea; we already have an order of 175 or so,” he told Reuters.

“The market is big and growing. We are in a fantastic playground, Asia Pacific,” Fernandes said.

Such a deal could make AirAsia to Airbus what Southwest is to Boeing, dominating the customer list for their respective narrowbody airliners.

Texas-based Southwest Airlines started operations after a legal battle in 1971 and has grown into the world's top low-cost airline with a fleet of 548 Boeing aircraft.

AirAsia already has the largest number of A320 aircraft on order of any airline, second only to a US-based leasing giant.

Fernandes is looking at placing a big order for A320neos, a revamped version of Airbus's best-selling, medium-haul plane.

Airbus has been under pressure to deliver on pledges to announce hundreds of sales of the A320neo at the Paris air show on June 20-26, as rival Boeing tries to persuade airlines to hold off and wait for an even bolder potential redesign of its 737.

The timing appears to favour AirAsia. “I am never one who particularly likes air shows, but aircraft manufacturers like air shows, so let us wait and see,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes was speaking to Reuters in the Team Lotus motorhome on the eve of the Spanish Grand Prix.

He has spent the past few days shuttling between the United States, Spain and France to negotiate a deal almost certain to be well over US$10bil for aircraft and engines and to indulge his passion for motor racing as principal of Team Lotus.

Wearing a bright red AirAsia-branded cap, Fernandes said the airline's links to popular Formula One had boosted its growth.

“The AirAsia brand is growing rapidly. We are only nine years old and I am talking about 500 planes.”

In a sign of the stakes involved for enginemakers as well as the plane's designers, Fernandes held talks last week with the chief executive of General Electric (GE), the co-parent of a French-US joint venture that competes to supply engines.

“I was in GE. We have been in discussions with Pratt. I flew from there to Barcelona, then Nice, so although I am running a Formula One team it has been a very productive last few days for AirAsia,” Fernandes said.

In sharp contrast with the secrecy surrounding most aircraft deals, Fernandes, an avid user of Twitter, has chatted openly about his whereabouts as he played off big-time manufacturers. - Reuters
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AirAsia wins regional value airline award
Published: 2011/06/03
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AirAsia Bhd won the Asia Pacific Value Airline of the Year award at the 2011 Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defense ceremony held in Singapore yesterday.

In a statement today, Regional Head of Commercial for AirAsia, Kathleen Tan said the airline was honoured to receive the award as it was a recognition of industry players with innovative best practices in the evolving playing field. -- Bernama
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STRONG POSITION: AirAsia is a forerunner in the industry and continues to strengthen its position as the largest low-cost carrier in the region.

SINGAPORE: AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) was named the Asia Pacific Value Airline of the Year at the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace & Defense Awards ceremony held in Singapore recently.

Regional head of commercial for AirAsia, Kathleen Tan on receiving the award on behalf of AirAsia said, “We are humbled and honoured to receive an award that recognises industry players with innovative best practices in this highly evolving playing field.”

The 2011 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace & Defense Awards recognised the outstanding performances by companies in the Airlines, Airports, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Aviation Training, Defense, General Aviation and Homeland Security segments of the Aerospace and Defense industry.

In the past year, Frost & Sullivan had identified companies outstanding industry achievements within the regional and global markets through in-depth interviews, market analysis, performance measurements, and benchmarking of market participants with the aim of bringing unique and excellent practices to the forefront.

AirAsia is a forerunner in the industry and has continued to strengthen its position as the largest low-cost carrier in the region. It has seen a phenomenal growth since its launch as a low-cost airline in 2001. Together with its low-cost long-haul affiliate AirAsia X, it has flown more than 120 million guests to date.

From its hubs in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, it flies approximately 160 routes to all the ASEAN countries, China, Hong Kong, Macau, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia. AirAsia X flies to more destinations

in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
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