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Old June 24th, 2011, 06:44 AM   #2261
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Old June 26th, 2011, 03:11 AM   #2262
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hi everyone

a couple questions for you:
-how many bags and kilos I'm allowed to carry in the cabin?
-what plane AirAsia operates the KUL-MEL and the KUL-HND routes?

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Old June 26th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #2263
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hi everyone

a couple questions for you:
-how many bags and kilos I'm allowed to carry in the cabin?
-what plane AirAsia operates the KUL-MEL and the KUL-HND routes?

thanks!

1.Normally they will allow you to bring only 1 carry bag which should not be exceeding the limit of 7kg if i am not mistaken, but from my experience they are more particular on the size rather than the actual weight. If you carry small beg, most of time they will probably allow you to carry more than 1 e.g: Laptop bag with messengerbag/handbag,etc but i couldn't guarantee on that.

2. Both KUL-MEL and KUL-HND route, they operate by using the Airbus A330-300.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #2264
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I've never in my whole life seen any airline care about carry-on baggage, neither the size nor the weight. Heck, most of the times they don't even care if you have an extra bag. This includes lo-cost airlines, incl. Air Asia.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 09:53 PM   #2265
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Old June 28th, 2011, 03:32 PM   #2266
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AirAsia, CAE to set up world-class aviation training centre
Posted on June 21, 2011, Tuesday
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SIGNED AND SEALED: AirAsia and CAE announce the setting up of Asian
Aviation Academy, a world-class aviation training centre that will offer
state-of-the-art training for airlines throughout Asia. In photo are (from right) Fernandes, Saifuddin and Roberts.


KUCHING: AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) announced yesterday that it had signed with CAE, a global leader in flight training solutions, a joint venture agreement to set up a world-class aviation training centre that would offer state-of-the-art training for airlines throughout Asia.

The signing was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The centre, to be aptly named the Asian Aviation Academy, was the initial effort and a part of the joint venture between AirAsia and CAE which formed the company Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence Sdn Bhd.

The establishment of the training centre would positively contribute to AirAsia’s vast expansion plans by providing highly skilled and certified personnel required for the airline’s fast growing fleet and operations.

The facility would provide AirAsia and other airlines training services for pilots, flight attendants, engineers, ramp handlers, guest services staff and aviation management. Pilot training programs at the centre would be available from July 1, and non-pilot training programs would commence on October 1 this year.

The training centre would be located at what is now the AirAsia Academy, a short distance from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang, Selangor in Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, group chief executive officer (CEO) of AirAsia, said, “The Asian Aviation Academy reflects AirAsia’s commitment towards developing the aviation industry in Asia.

“The new centre will offer world-class training, using the most modern modules and the latest training facilities that are on par with and far more cost effective than training in Europe or in the US. Our goal is to make the centre a prominent ‘aviation university’ and to make it the largest training centre in Asia.”

“The centre will be independently managed and shall support the growth of commercial aviation in Asia in line with our thrust of boosting travel, trade and tourism. By training personnel from other airlines, it will allow us to convert our training program into a profit generator, in line with our aim to boost revenue via ancillary channels, which in turn helps to offset rising fuel prices and keep our fares low,” he added.

The training centre would start operations with six CAE-built full-flight simulators currently located at the AirAsia Academy. These included four full-flight simulators for the Airbus 320, one for the A330/A340 and one for the Boeing 737 Classic.

All AirAsia staff requiring specialised aviation training would train at the Asian Aviation Academy once it is open. Personnel from other airlines currently training at the AirAsia Academy would also move their training to the new centre, which would also accept new trainees from other interested airlines.

Meanwhile, Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, Civil Simulation Products Training and Services, said, “Airasia and CAE have enjoyed a very productive partnership, and now is the time to take it to a new level to help meet increasing demand for well-trained aviation professionals. Our entire focus is providing the highest-quality training for safety and operational efficiency.”
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MAS to have one of the world’s youngest fleet by 2015
Posted on June 23, 2011, Thursday
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PARIS: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) anticipates that it will have one of the youngest fleet globally by 2015.

MAS managing director and chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said this after announcing the airline’s option to purchase 10 more Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget on Tuesday.

He said MAS would now look at phasing out older aircraft from its fleet.

“So you will see gradually over time, the average fleet age for Malaysia Airlines aircraft actually starts coming down. We anticipate by 2015 the average fleet age is about just over five years.”

On the decision to acquire 10 more of the new single-aisle B737-800, he said the aircraft would open up greater options for the airline.

“For example to some destinations in India like Hyderabad and Chennai, we’ve also started using it on some of the routes to China like Kunming, where we were using a bigger aircraft before. Now we can actually use a smaller aircraft with the right range and look at the possibility of increasing frequencies.

“The 737s also form a key part of the Kota Kinabalu hub that we announced last year, so it is doing flights from Kota Kinabalu into Haneda Airport (Tokyo), into Seoul and so on, which again was not possible with the 737-400s, but the 737-800s has the right range for that.”

He added that the airline has received very positive feedback from passengers regarding the narrowbody aircraft.

“The new luggage bins can actually take 50 per cent more bags than the existing 737-400s that we have in service. You saw that we have very nice leather seats with in-flight entertainment on every seat in both business and economy class, really giving passengers a fantastic full-service experience with the Boeing aircraft.

“The main question I get from customers these days is how much more quickly can we get more of the new aircraft into service, and so we thought we’d better take at least 10 more before other people start ordering them.”

The aircraft, he said, would cement MAS’ position as a premium full-service carrier. Under its initial 2008 agreement with Boeing, MAS had a firm order for 35 aircraft with another 20 purchase rights.

Following the announcement on Tuesday, the airline would still have the option to purchase another 10 aircraft.

At present, Boeing has delivered five of the 35 aircraft ordered on a firm basis and the delivery schedule goes up to 2015, while the latest option that it has exercised will be in 2016.

The order is valued at over US$800 million (over RM2.42 billion) at current list prices.

Malaysia’s 737s are the first in Asia to sport the passenger-pleasing ‘Boeing Sky Interior’ fitted with ‘blended winglets’, which improve fuel efficiency by up to four per cent, increase flying range, and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as well as takeoff noise.

The digitally-designed Next-Generation 737 is the most technologically-advanced aeroplane family in the single-aisle market.

The 737-800 – which can seat from 162 to 189 passengers – is 771 kilogrammes lighter, can fly 583 kilometres farther and 335 metres higher while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing model.

MAS, with a 64-year history as the national carrier, operates a mixed fleet of short- and long-haul aeroplanes, including 747 passenger and freighter, 777, 737-800s and Classic 737s. The airline flies nearly 45,000 passengers daily to over 100 destinations worldwide.
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AirAsia was named the World's Best Low-Cost Airline for customer Product and Service Quality at the 2011 World Airline Awards, in a ceremony held in the French Air and Space Museum at the Paris Air Show.

AirAsia is Asia's largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel in Asia. AirAsia group operates scheduled domestic and international flights to over 400 destinations spanning 25 countries. Its main hub is the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Its affiliate airlines Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia have hubs in Suvarnabhumi Airport and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport respectively.

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Or BalticAir. Very strict on size and weight of your carry-on.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 10:46 PM   #2271
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Kuala Lumpur - AirAsia has drawn up plans to buy an extra 100 Airbus A320neo jets, potentially taking its record-breaking order to 300, a source with direct knowledge of ongoing discussions said.

Such a deal would make the Malaysia-based low-cost airline one of the world’s largest carriers and could increase pressure on Boeing to clarify its strategy for countering its European rival’s plans to upgrade its A320 medium-haul jet.

AirAsia announced a deal worth $18.2bn at list prices for 200 A320neo planes at the Paris Air Show in June, setting a record for the largest number of jets in one deal.

While the additional order, if confirmed, would take the list price of the deal to $27 billion, most analysts have asssumed the airline won a discount of as much as 50 percent because of the size of the original order.

The bumper order highlighted Airbus’s growing lead over Boeing in medium-haul jets and throws the spotlight on AirAsia’s aggressive growth plans at a time when high oil prices and an uncertain economy are clouding the outlook for travel.

AirAsia’s regional head for corporate finance and treasury Aireen Omar said, “We ordered 200 and so far there are no changes.”

An Airbus spokesperson said the manufacturer would not comment on commercial discussions with customers that were confidential.

An extended order would drive AirAsia’s expansion as it competes with short-haul carriers such as Singaporean group Tiger Airways and Australian carrier Jetstar in the Asia-Pacific region, the fastest growing in the world.

“AirAsia’s last replacement order was in 2007/08. These new orders are long overdue so it is not an aggressive order,” said Kunal Sinha, an aerospace and defence expert with the Frost & Sullivan consultancy.

“AirAsia’s new fleet is to be used mostly to link Southeast Asia to India and China. By 2015, Southeast Asia will have open skies so you have to have a growth plan.”

AirAsia plans to list its operations in Indonesia and Thailand this year as it expands in those markets and is in talks to open a hub in Singapore.

Like the previous order, the additional 100 single-aisle planes would also carry CFM International engines, the source with knowledge of the deal said, declining to be identified.

AirAsia denied when announcing the order that it had placed options for 100 extra aircraft. But sources familiar with the deal said it had built in the flexibility to bump up the order by that amount without imposing an obligation on its finances.

AirAsia shares fell 0.3%, while those of Airbus parent EADS were flat. AirAsia shares have more than tripled over the past year as investors supported its rapid expansion.

To anticipate demand, airlines can acquire options giving them the right to coveted production slots with a cut-off date or negotiate ’purchase rights’, a looser commitment which avoids tying up production in advance. Manufacturers tend to be somewhat conservative about granting options in a strong market.

Growth plans

AirAsia, which flies to 63 destinations in more than 20 countries, has 90 planes currently, almost all A320s. The firm order so far for 200 A320neo aircraft would bring the current and future fleet to 375 before adjusting for retirements as new jets arrive.


Chief executive Tony Fernandes has set his sights on hitting the 500 mark.

According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) data, United Continental had the largest passenger fleet of 737 planes at the end of 2010, followed by Delta Airlines with 722, American Airlines with 618 and Lufthansa with 427.

Non-IATA member Southwest Airlines , the only low-cost carrier in the top five, has around 550 planes.

“AirAsia had the first-mover advantage and it continues to stay ahead of the game by ordering fuel-efficient planes and keeping the size growing,” said an analyst with a Malaysian bank who declined to be identified due to company policy.

“But the key risk is if expansion plans do not succeed. The Malaysian base is fairly saturated. So, if the other markets do not grow or cannot take off because of protectionism or other factors, then they will find themselves having to manage a lot of aircraft,” the analyst said.

Fernandes said the A320neo purchases would be funded by debt and cash flow as staggered deliveries begin in 2016.

The A320neo is a new version of Airbus’s best-selling 150-seat passenger jet offering fuel savings with new engines from 2015. Huge orders at the Paris Air Show have piled pressure on Boeing to come up with a newer version of its 737 workhorse.

“Later this year we will come up with an answer. But clearly with the orders that have appeared for neo at the Paris air show, we have to act fast,” said Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Boeing International and head of the company’s Indian office.

Asian budget airlines placed a record $42 billion in plane orders at Paris, signalling their high expectations for travel in the world’s fastest-growing market and also triggering worries some may not survive.

Many of the no-frills carriers such as AirAsia and Indian player Indigo aim to more than double their fleets to power rapid growth, partly at the expense of full-service airlines such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.

Worldwide passenger demand was expected to rise 4.4% over the next year with the Asia-Pacific region growing faster at 6.4%, according to IATA, which represents the majority of airlines operating in the $598bn industry.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Bhd will extend a deal with Airbus for its new A320neo jets to 300 planes, a source familiar with the matter said.

The two sides had announced a deal for 200 planes at the Paris Air show last month, shattering aviation records, but the additional order takes the list price of the contract to a staggering $27 billion.

Like the previous order, the fresh 100 planes would also carry CFM International engines, the source said.

The source, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said AirAsia would receive a discount for the entire order, but did not give further details.

Deliveries of the latest batch of the A320neo planes will be at the discretion of AirAsia, the source added.

The initial order of 200 planes will be delivered from 2016.

(Reporting by Y-Sing Liau and Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Vinu Pilakkott)


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Low-cost airline, AirAsia, is set to become one of the biggest airline groups in the world following its landmark order of 200 Airbus A320 Neos, says Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence senior consultant Kunal Sinha. He said the firm order by AirAsia validates three important trends.

Apart from the rise of AirAsia, he said the centre of air transport is shifting from North America towards Asia and the market has given a thumbs-up to the A320 Neo product.

"The AirAsia deal is the largest ever single order placed with Airbus in terms of number of aircraft.

"The AirAsia group currently operates 89 A320s and already has orders for another 86 A320s. The 200 A320 neos, which will be powered by CFM LEAP-X engines, will be delivered from 2016 to 2026," he told Bernama today.

Sinha said growth in the commercial aircraft fleet is likely to shift to new territories -- Asia Pacific, China and the Middle East.

He said it is expected to follow a different pattern that brought the North American and European markets to maturity. Narrow body aircraft are expected to form the bulk of the order instead of turboprop and regional jets.

Sinha said Boeing has recently forecast that the Asia Pacific region would require 11,450 aircraft worth US$1.51 trillion till 2030. Asia Pacific will account for about 30 per cent of the global delivery.

The A320neo offers an expected 15 per cent improvement in fuel burn compared to the current generation A320. Thus it allows airlines, particularly the LCCs, to further reduce their unit operating costs.

Sinha said ordering 200 aircraft was a necessity for AirAsia as the last order AirAsia placed was in November 2007.

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has categorically said the affiliates of AirAsia in Thailand and Indonesia would be receiving a large chunk of the 200 additional aircraft.

The company plans to utilise the upcoming initial public offering (IPO) of AirAsia Indonesia and Thailand to fund the acquisition.

Sinha said the new order, however, only gives Air Asia a fleet of 250 aircraft at the end of 2020. He said AirAsia will therefore need to significantly accelerate its current A320 and A320neo delivery schedule to meet its vision of operating at least 320 aircraft by 2020.

"Nonetheless, this order has cemented AirAsia’s position as the region’s largest low-cost airline group, making it one of the biggest airline groups in the world," he added. -- Bernama
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1.Normally they will allow you to bring only 1 carry bag which should not be exceeding the limit of 7kg if i am not mistaken, but from my experience they are more particular on the size rather than the actual weight. If you carry small beg, most of time they will probably allow you to carry more than 1 e.g: Laptop bag with messengerbag/handbag,etc but i couldn't guarantee on that.

2. Both KUL-MEL and KUL-HND route, they operate by using the Airbus A330-300.
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The Philippine unit of Malaysian giant AirAsia aims to be a major player in the country’s air travel sector by offering the lowest fares in a market dominated by budget carriers.

The airline, which will be known as AirAsia Inc., will start operations by October this year, using two Airbus A320 jets leased from its Malaysian parent. The Airbus A320 is the workhorse plane model used by local budget carriers like Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines.

“We’re applying for four new routes with the CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board),” said businessman Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, one of the airline’s three major Filipino stockholders.

Together with Cojuangco in the venture are businessman Michael Romero and Marianne Hontiveros. Each of the three will hold 20 percent of the new company while AirAsia Berhad chair Tony Fernandes will hold the remaining 40 percent. This makes him the company’s single biggest shareholder.

Cojuangco, in a chance interview with reporters last week, said that if plans push through, the airline would likely have eight to 10 planes operating international flights from its chosen hub, Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

“We will be a major player. Our plan is to offer the lowest fares in the country,” he said.
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AirAsia eyes 10 Airbus units
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AirAsia Inc., the unit of AirAsia Group in the Philippines, said over the weekend it will deploy up to 10 Airbus 320 in the first three years of its operations to serve Southeast Asian destinations.

AirAsia Philippines chairman Antonio Cojuangco told that the carrier’s maiden flight is set in October.

“We will start with two Airbus 320. We still don’t have specific routes. We still have to go through applications first,” Cojuangco said.

He said first aircraft would be delivered in August and the second in October or November. The airline, he said, had applied for four regional destinations that he did not disclose.

The carrier earlier said it wanted to launch flights from the Philippines to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong and China.

Cojuangco also said AirAsia Philippines planned to increase its fleet from just two this year to eight to 10 Airbus 320 in the next three years.

“But all these plans are subject to what we actually achieve,” he said.

“We will offer prices that are lower than market prices, lower than others. That’s our business model,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco, Marian Hontiveros and Michael Romero equally own 20 percent of AirAsia while AirAsia Berhad controls the balance.

AirAsia Philippines earlier announced it would set up base at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga province.

DMIA, which is 85 kilometers away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, is the main airport serving the immediate vicinity of the Clark Special Economic Zone.

The airport is also home to the airline’s sister company, Malaysia-based AirAsia Berhad, which has been flying from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu since 2005.

The airline earlier said it would have an initial authorized capital stock $25 million to jump-start operations. “We didn’t have to increase capitalization. We are just leasing aircraft,” Cojuangco said.

AirAsia added that it would expand its operations by putting up hubs in Cebu or Zamboanga City once it gained ground in the local market.

The Philippines, meanwhile, failed to close an air agreement with Indonesia.

“We did not finish the negotiations [on Friday]. The parties agreed to set another round of talks within the year,” Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla said in a text message late Friday.

Indonesian aviation officials visited the Philippines Thursday to meet with the local panel for a new air pact between the two countries.
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AirAsia may contest with IndiGo for flights to India
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PARIS: AirAsia Bhd plans to boost flights to India, paving the way for a contest with IndiGo after the two low-cost airlines placed record orders for Airbus SAS planes last week.

AirAsia will use its Bangkok hub as the focus for its Indian expansion, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said in a June 23 interview at the Paris Air Show, after the Sepang, Malaysia-based carrier ordered 200 A320neo planes. IndiGo, which confirmed a deal for 180 A320s a day earlier, is set to begin overseas flights, including to Bangkok, in September.

Thai AirAsia Co will likely boost its fleet to as many as 70 planes from 20 to support expansion in India and northern China, Tassapon Bijleveld, the unit's CEO, said at the show.
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Air Asia X to London will land at Gatwick airport
By Catherine Drew | Posted: 13 July 2011 2040 hrs
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LONDON: Air Asia X, the long-haul low-fare affiliate of Air Asia, announced it will move its London operations to Gatwick airport from October 24.

The airline had been operating flights six times a week from Stansted, which lies around 40 miles north of the capital.

The move comes as the airline attempts to drive up traffic by operating from the much busier Gatwick, which has flights to the rest of Europe as well as North America.

Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of Air Asia X, said: "Times are equally challenging now because of high oil prices and that affect longer haul routes and the 13-hour flight to KL is quite vulnerable.

"And, we're hoping the additional demand that Gatwick can generate can help to off set some of those higher cost challenges."

The route will be serviced by the airline's Airbus A340-300 planes, which have 327 seats, including 18 flat bed seats.

They planned to increase that number to 24.

However the fast-growing airline has no plans to expand it's presence in Europe.

Azran said: "We're planning to build on our presence in Japan, the Middle East and North Asia where those are our growth areas. There'll be nothing more in Europe in the next 12 to 24 months."

Seasoned travel experts said the move to Gatwick is an indicator of the growth of long-haul low-cost carriers and the competition they represent for full cost airlines.

Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet, said: "A lot of people are not just going to one place, they're travelling around the region.

"Really, they don't care where they start and finish. They could go to Bangkok, they could go to KL, they could go to Singapore and here's just another alternative at an attractive price."

The airline is keen to stress the move to Gatwick is a chance for passengers from South East Asia to travel to Europe and North America more efficiently, and they said, more affordably.
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AirAsia’s Indonesia Offshoot Enjoys Big Passenger Boom
Faisal Maliki Baskoro | July 12, 2011
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Budget carrier Indonesia AirAsia says it expects its passenger numbers to skyrocket 15 percent this year with the addition of new aircraft ahead of a possible listing later this year.

The local offshoot of Malaysian airline AirAsia appears on track to smash the target, reporting that it had flown 2.35 million passengers in the first half the year, up 28 percent on the same period in 2010. Total passenger numbers for last year were in turn up 13 per cent on 2009.

The Indonesian carrier has previously flagged plans to seek up to $200 million in an initial public offering later this year, in which it will
sell a 20 percent stake in itself.

“We’re optimistic that we can fly 4.5 million passengers this year because the Indonesian domestic market is expected to keep growing until 2015,” said Dharmadi, IAA’s president director.

It was last week revealed that AirAsia was purchasing 300 Airbus A320neo aircraft in a deal valued at $27 billion. Dharmadi said there were no plan to revise IAA’s expansion plan in light of its parent company’s growth.

IAA bought three aircraft in 2010, two this year, and will add another five next year, he said. IAA currently has 20 aircraft.
Dharmadi said the airline planned to open new routes, but he declined to reveal details. Currently, IAA serves 52 domestic and international routes.

The aircraft expansion has helped the airline to post a profit of Rp 474 billion ($55.5 million) last year, more than four times the 2009 figure. Revenue climbed 37 percent to Rp 2.8 trillion. Dharmadi reiterated a March prediction that revenue would rise 15 percent this year.

“There’s a huge potential for low-cost carriers in Indonesia,’’ Dharmadi said. “Last year, the number of airplane passengers was recorded at more than 50 million people, and we expect this to increase by about 60 percent to 77.6 million people in 2015.”

In order to offset fuel costs, the airline plans to hedge its purchases. It also sought a fuel surcharge in May.

IAA was increasing revenue from fees on baggage, in-flight meals, seat selection and sales from duty-free merchandise and travel packages, he said. That ancillary revenue accounted for 18 percent of IAA’s revenue in 2010 and the company hopes to boost that to 20 percent this year.

Rival airline Lion Air said it did not view IAA’s expansion as a threat. According to government data, air passenger traffic rose 22 percent last year to 53.4 million people from 2009.

“Indonesia has a huge market for air transportation,” said Edward Sirait, a director at Lion Air. “Our strategy is to focus on the domestic market by increasing frequencies. Indonesia needs 600 aircraft to meet the growing demand. Why should we worry about our competitors?”

Lion Air has 88 aircraft, consisting mostly of Boeing 737-900ERs. Its order for 129 Boeings is due for delivery by 2016. The company is planning a $1 billion initial public offering next year

National flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia is also gearing up for competition. It has placed an order for 25 aircraft for its low-cost carrier, Citilink.
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AirAsia may ink deal with Japan's ANA for low-cost airline-report
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...76E00I20110715


An AirAsia X Airbus A340 passenger jet arrives on its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris Orly Airport in this February 14, 2011 file photo.
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(Reuters) - Malaysian budget airline AirAsia (AIRA.KL) is likely to sign a deal with All Nippon Airways ANA.L (9202.T), Japan's largest carrier, to launch a low-cost airline, the Star newspaper reported, citing sources.

An announcement will be made next week that involves AirAsia setting up a low-cost carrier and a hub in Japan that serves domestic and regional markets, the report said. It made no mention of the financial value of the deal.

The Star also said AirAsia will drive operations and hold an equity share in the partnership called AirAsia Japan.

AirAsia could not be immediately reached for comment, while ANA spokesman in Tokyo Ryosei Nomura said, "ANA does not comment on market rumours."

AirAsia has drawn up plans to buy an extra 100 Airbus (EAD.PA) A320neo jets, potentially taking its record-breaking order to 300, a source with direct knowledge of ongoing discussions had told Reuters last week.

ANA's rival Japan Airlines (JALFQ.PK) signed a 10-20 billion yen joint venture agreement this month with Australia's Jetstar -- a unit of Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) -- to create a new discount airline, the Nikkei business daily had reported.

(Reporting by Niluksi Koswanage, additional reporting by James Topham in Tokyo; Editing by Vinu Pilakkott)
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