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Old July 18th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #2281
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AirAsia flies 19.6pc more passengers in June
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...htmlPublished: 2011/07/18

AirAsia Bhd, Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier, carried 19.6 per cent more passengers in June compared to a year earlier, according to an e-mailed statement today.

Its load factor rose to 80 per cent in June from 79 per cent last year, it said. In Malaysia, passenger trafic climbed 11.1 percent, 33.4 per cent in Thailand and 39.6 per cent in Indonesia, it said. The group carried 20.9 per cent more passengers in the second quarter of 2011, according to the statement. -- Bloomberg
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Old July 21st, 2011, 06:21 AM   #2284
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AirAsia named ‘Top 10 Airline’ in Passenger category Carriage category’
Posted on July 21, 2011, Thursday
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SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR: (From left) Widijastoro Nugroho, Indonesia
director of marketing and distribution; Tan, and Loganathan Velaitham,
AirAsia’s head of customer experience.


KUCHING: AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) is once again named one of the top 10 airlines in the passenger carriage category by Singapore’s Changi Airport Group. The airline first reaped the award in July, 2010.

AirAsia regional head of commercial, Kathleen Tan received the award for the airline from Lui Teck Yew, Singapore Minister of Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Lui said, “Changi Airport’s close partnership with its airline community is a valuable asset that has helped our air hub weather past storms and strengthen Changi’s position as an international air hub.

This partnership must continue to be strengthened in order for Changi and its airline partners to face the ever-increasing competitive landscape ahead.”

Tan said, “We are delighted to receive this award for the second consecutive year. We will continue our commitment to Singapore, incessantly serving guests with high quality products and services, thus providing the total ‘AirAsia Experience’ to all.”

Changi Airport is the seventh busiest international airport today and is the major hub in Asia serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 200 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.

Singapore is one of AirAsia’s most popular destinations.

AirAsia connects Singapore to 13 popular destinations which include Bandung, Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta in Indonesia; Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand; Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Miri and Penang in Malaysia.

AirAsia has approximately 550 flights to and from Singapore each week.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 06:23 AM   #2285
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Airbus A380 takes luxury travelling to new heights
18th July, 2011
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Malaysia's first Airbus A380 goes into its final assembly line
in Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France.


KUALA LUMPUR: Imagine having your feet up on a luxurious stool or getting a massage at a “five-star hotel lounge armchair” while on board a plane 38,000 ft up in the sky.

Sounds futuristic? Not really, if you have travelled on one of the 51 Airbus A380 planes presently doing their trips around the world, specifically in its first class or what has been tagged as the “beyond first class” cabin.

The luxury of space that comes with the wide-bodied, world’s largest and most advanced passenger plane for now, the A380, allows for precisely such features to make a new generation of premium air travel a current reality.

Over twelve million people are said to have already enjoyed the A380 travel experience and this figure is expected to continue to rise if the latest order for 12 of the triple-decked (including cargo/baggage hold) A380s worth US$4.5 billion at last month’s Paris Air Show is taken into account.

“The airlines using the A380 can customise their cabin and seating arrangements any way they see fit. They could expand the seating, lounging, and yes even private fine dining area whether in the first class cabin or business class as wished by them,” said James Williams, A380 Senior Marketing Analyst to Malaysian journalists during a visit of the interior of a mock Airbus 380 at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The visit was part of Malaysia Airlines Media Familiarisation Trip to France recently where MAS signed several deals at the Paris Air Show 2011 including the purchase of airplanes as part of its fleet modernisation plan.

“One airline has kept its first class cabin entirely on the upper deck complete with a lounge area while another has the mixed options of having its first class both on the main and upper deck,” Williams said, as some highly impressed journalists fiddled with the massage buttons of a seat in the business class cabin.

MAS, which will be taking delivery of its first A380 mid-next year, has said that it will introduce a new class of travel, premium economy class, on its A380. The plane is most likely to be used on the Kuala Lumpur-London route.

Commenting on the aircraft during an earlier tour of the A380 plant in Toulouse where MAS’ first A380 is undergoing the final assembly, MAS Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin, said the airline’s purchase of the A380 would cement its position as a premier airline service provider.

He also said the plane would be the best it would have on its fleet.

Just what is the technology that would give flight to a body of such enormous proportion, a question was posed to Keith Stonestreet, Director A380 Product Marketing, who provided a rundown of the A380 assembly plant in Toulouse where 10 A380s are manufactured by Airbus a month.

“It’s all in the advanced aerodynamics of Airbus,” said Stonestreet.

Besides giving the lift, the huge tail wing of the A380 which flies on a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine, also holds the technology for the intelligent storage and distribution of fuel, which contributes to the high fuel efficiency enjoyed by the airliner, he said.

The plane’s advanced aerodynamics and technologies have resulted in some of the attributes that separate the A380 from the rest. They include the reduced CO2 footprint that comes with its high fuel efficiency, a longer range of 15,300km/8,300nm, a maximum capacity of 853 passengers, the quietest cabin in the sky and a plane that would require a shorter runway to take off and land.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Loss-making Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday that its chairman Mohamed Munir Abdul Majid will leave the flag carrier as it restructures its top team in an effort to return to profit.

In a statement to the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange the airline said Munir will leave his post on July 31 when his contract expires but did not provide reasons. He joined the board in August 2004.

The chairman's departure comes almost three weeks after Bernard Francis, a senior general manager quit the airline.

Francis, who had been at the carrier for nearly six years, handed in his resignation letter on July 3 about five months ahead of the expiry of his contract.

The pair's departure comes after Malaysia Airlines posted a first quarter net loss due to rising fuel prices and a strengthening ringgit.

The Star newspaper said on July 8 that Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz, the airline's managing director had sent an e-mail to the management team informing them a restructure was in the offing.

Tengku Azmil recently told AFP that Malaysia Airlines aims to claw its way back into profit with a $8.4 billion fleet renewal plan to hold off as competition from budget and high-end rivals.

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ANA and AirAsia are to form a joint venture budget carrier under the brand AirAsia Japan, based at Tokyo Narita airport and serving domestic and international destinations from August 2012.

In a press release the carriers said that ANA had been “seeking opportunities to launch a new low-cost business based at Narita and, after analysis, has concluded that partnering with an existing low-cost carrier is the most efficient and strategically advantageous option”.

Equally Air Asia said that it has been “seeking a business partner with strong Japanese market influence to further expand its scope”.

The carriers said that Narita airport “is seeking to increase capacity with the introduction of a new terminal and is expected to attract many low-cost carriers and foreign airlines”.

This would certainly seem to be the case, with a raft of Asian carriers including SIA, Thai Airways and Japan Airlines currently planning or have already launched low-cost subsidiaries. For more information on the low-cost aviation boom in Asia, click here.

What is not clear is whether this agreement between ANA and Air Asia will have any impact on the planned launch of Peach Aviation – ANA’s own low-cost subsidiary set to commence flights from Osaka in March next year. It is understood that as part of the agreement Peach will not establish a base at Tokyo Narita.

For more information visit airasia.com, ana.co.jp.

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Old July 21st, 2011, 06:45 PM   #2288
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AirAsia, ANA form AirAsia Japan
By Vasantha Ganesan Published: 2011/07/21
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ANA president and CEO Sanichiro Ito and Air Asia's Tan Sri Tony Fernandes
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AirAsia Bhd and All Nippon Airways, Japan's largest airline, have formed a Yen 5 billion Air Asia Japan, a 51:49 venture that will be based in Narita International Airport.
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AirAsia-All Nippon Airways form low-cost carrier
By EDY SARIF and DALJIT DHESI Friday July 22, 2011
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ANA president Shinichiro Ito (left) and Tony Fernandes at the
ceremony to announce the ANA-AirAsia joint venture. — AFP


TOKYO: AirAsia Bhd and All Nippon Airways Group (ANA), Japan's largest airline, are teaming up to form a new low-cost carrier (LCC), AirAsia Japan Co Ltd.

AirAsia Japan, the first LCC to be based at Narita International Airport, will serve both domestic and international destinations when it begins operations in August 2012, subject to obtaining the relevant approvals.

The joint venture (JV) would see ANA holding 67% voting shares, with AirAsia holding the balance. It would also see ANA holding 51% on a capital basis in the partnership and AirAsia owning the remainder. AirAsia Japan will have a capitalisation of five billion yen (about RM190mil).

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes said the carrier was proud to extend its successful low-cost business model to Japan and provide more opportunities for people to fly to destinations of their dreams with low fares.

“AirAsia Japan will not only boost economic growth between Asean and East Asia by providing better access to markets around the region but also enhance links within travel, trade and tourism,” he said yesterday at a ceremony to announce the partnership.

Fernandes said the group was also proud to be identified as a low-cost carrier partner for ANA, a respected, credible and successful airline in Japan.

“This new JV is an important milestone in AirAsia's growth as ANA is the very first airline partner to form a JV with AirAsia,” he said.

He also said that AirAsia saw the JV as a platform to penetrate the US market through Tokyo.

“We might be serving flights to Honolulu in Hawaii, for example, from Narita in 2013,” he said, adding that AirAsia Japan would start with three new aircraft, with two more planes to be added later.

Having established an unmatched network, especially within the Asean region, AirAsia had been seeking a business partner with strong Japanese market influence to further expand its scope as well as contribute to strengthening bilateral ties between Asean and Japan.

ANA had been looking for opportunities to launch a new low-cost business based at Narita and, after analysis, had concluded that partnering with an existing low-cost carrier was the most efficient and strategically advantageous option.

ANA is the eighth largest airline in the world by revenue and the biggest in Japan by passenger numbers.

The formation of AirAsia Japan leverages AirAsia's successful business model and brings together the complementary strengths of the two companies, generating new demand with the aim of making affordable and quality travel available to all.

An aviation analyst with a local research house told StarBiz that the tie-up was a good move for AirAsia as it would boost the carrier's revenue stream due to ANA's high passenger yield.

The analyst said ANA's passenger yield was 3.5 times higher than AirAsia and was also higher than Singapore Airlines.

“This bodes well for AirAsia in terms of profitability as Japan is a high-income nation. With ANA's high passenger yield, coupled with AirAsia's low-cost base structure, it is possible for the JV to be profitable in its first year of operation.”

The analyst said in terms of domestic routes in Japan, the key challenges for the JV would be the existence of bullet trains in the country.

“For the JV to be successful, it should not overlap with the bullet train routes as these locomotives provide unlimited travel with cheap rates.”

MIDF Research said in a report that the JV would serve as the catalyst for AirAsia, moving forward, but cautioned that the threat of rising crude oil prices would remain a concern for all airlines.

A fund manager said the tie-up would strengthen AirAsia's footing in the region as the Japanese market was the third-largest economy with high per capita income.
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AirAsia X wins landing rights to Osaka
Published: 2011/07/22
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AirAsia X has obtained landing rights to Osaka and an announcement is expected to be made on August 10 this year.

It currently flies into Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

AirAsia X does not discount the possibility that it could also fly into Narita and eventually feed in traffic to the newly-formed AirAsia Japan.

It is also hoping to obtain landing rights for Nagoya and Fukuoka.
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AirAsia clarifies move to establish Asean base
Posted on July 26, 2011, Tuesday
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NEW REGIONAL BASE: Fernandes speaks during the announcement that AirAsia and Japan’s All Nippon Airways will form a joint venture to establish a low-cost airline ‘AirAsia Japan’ at a press conference in Tokyo. The AirAsia chief executive’s recent remark on the LCC’s move to set up a regional base in Jakarta has sparked numerous queries and requests for more details on the exercise. — AFP photo

KUCHING: AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) clarifies its stand towards establishing a Southeast Asian regional representative base in its efforts to broaden its branding as a ‘Truly Asean’ airline.

Late last week, a Jakarta-based media reported that AirAsia’s group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the low-cost carrier (LCC) would set up its regional base in South Jakarta’s Equity Building by this October.

Fernades added that the move would be slated towards taking “advantage of easy access to the Asean secretariat in advance of the ‘open skies’ agreement that will go into effect in 2015,” he was quoted as saying.

As a result, Fernandes’ statement generated numerous queries and requests for more details in the wake of the said reports regarding the establishment of a regional office in Jakarta.

“It is unfortunate that some sections of the media have reported incorrectly that we are moving our ‘corporate headquarters’ to Jakarta,” explained a statement from AirAsia released from Sepang yesterday.

“It is incorrect to say, or imply, that AirAsia is moving its ‘corporate headquarters’ from Malaysia to Indonesia. The headquarters will continue to be located where it is – the mezzanine floor of the LCC Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang.

“There are absolutely no plans, nor the inclination, to move the headquarters of this Malaysian-incorporated company out of the country.And our Malaysian-registered fleet of aircraft will continue to operate from the LCCT,” it added.

AirAsia further stated that the office in Jakarta would be called ‘AirAsia Asean’ – an entity set up under the aegis of AirAsia.

“The main goal of AirAsia Asean is to serve as a representative office for AirAsia in our efforts to broaden our branding as a ‘Truly Asean’ airline and extend our outreach to various groups in the region in regards to aviation policies within Asean.

“As AirAsia grows and expands within the region, and in keeping with our own philosophy of the Asean region as our base, we have found that it is imperative we engage with all parties interested in aviation and tourism throughout the region.

“Hence, AirAsia Asean’s mandate is to engage closely with the governments, non-governmental organisations and the media in Asean to put forward our ideas regarding the growth of the tourism industry and aviation policies in this region we all call home,” it stressed.

The airline also underlined that the decision to locate this representative office in Jakarta was based solely on this rationale, as mentioned by Fernandes in Tokyo on July 21, who remarked, “Because the Asean Secretariat is based in Jakarta, and a regional office there would help AirAsia present its ideas regarding regional aviation and tourism growth much more effectively.

“This is particularly relevant at this time given that Indonesia is currently the chairman of Asean and is firmly committed to implementing the provisions of the ‘Asean Connectivity’ initiative,” the chief executive said.

Additionally, AirAsia also noted that with Indonesia’s growth trajectory poised towards increasing its share of Asean’s gross domestic product (GDP) in years to come, the LCC would be merely moving ahead of the curve to help increase its visibility and profile in the region’s most-populated nation.

“This is particularly relevant at this time with AirAsia Indonesia heading for a listing on the Indonesian stock exchange soon. We believe that having our Asean representative office in Jakarta will also help our group coordinate more effectively with the Indonesian authorities; at the same time, interact more closely with the 240-million people in that archipelagic nation to better serve them in their increasing need for affordable and convenient air travel,” the statement said.

On the listing of its Indonesian unit, AirAsia had announced that plans would be underway towards launching the initial public offering (IPO) of AirAsia Indonesia by the end of this year, with the targeted IPO proceeds to amount between US$150 million and US$200 million (around RM446.1 million and RM594.8 million).
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AirAsia HQ stays in Malaysia
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...3&sec=business
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Fernandes: ‘The Jakarta office is just to build relationships with the Asean Secretariat.’ - AP filepic

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd headquarters will remain rooted in Malaysia though a representative office will be set up in Jakarta to drive the Asean integration agenda.

“Nothing changes. AirAsia's head office is in Malaysia and our listing is on Bursa Malaysia,'' AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said in an SMS from London yesterday.

He said the office in Jakarta was “just a regional office to build relationships with the Asean Secretariat (which is also) located in Jakarta (and) to work towards a one Asean sky and aviation authority like Europe's joint aviation authority.''

He added that Malaysian companies had to plan ahead for the Asean economic integration and the carrier just like other Malaysian companies was planning ahead (by setting up an office in Jakarta).

“The benefits to Malaysia of an Asean economic community is huge and Malaysian companies should be in the forefront of this,'' he said.

This affirmation follows “the wave of hysteria'' that was sparked after he made a statement in Tokyo on Friday that the carrier would establish “a regional office in Jakarta.''

Though he claims that “some press were just being mischievious'' in assuming his statement meant that the airline's head office would move from Malaysia to Jakarta. He and AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani were seen furiously yesterday trying to put into perspective what was said in Tokyo.

The reports, some from Indonesia, had sparked a conversation on the social networks yesterday and many people jumped to give their views via Twitter, Facebook, with some bloggers blogging about it.

The sentiment of readers were mixed some sad and hurt by the move, others felt it was a natural progression, while others joked about it.

One tweet read “ ... AirAsia is moving to Botswana and rebrand as Air Africa'' while another asked “... how come (after the rebuttal was issued by Fernandes), you previously said that AirAsia HQ would be located in Indonesia?''

Separately AirAsia said “there are absolutely no plans, nor the inclination, to move the headquarters of this Malaysian-incorporated company out of the country. And our Malaysian-registered fleet of aircraft will continue to operate from the LCCT.''

The Malaysian flag carrier on Friday in Tokyo had inked a joint venture with Japan's largest airline, All Nippon Airways to set up AirAsia Japan and it was during this event Fernandes talked about the Jakarta office.

AirAsia has joint ventures in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The AirAsia statement said “the office in Jakarta is to be called AirAsia Asean, an entity set up under the aegis of AirAsia. The main goal of AirAsia Asean is to broaden our branding as a “Truly Asean” airline and extend our outreach to various groups in the region in regards to aviation policies within Asean.''

It added that as it grew, it is imperative that it engaged with all parties interested in aviation and tourism throughout the region including governments, non-governmental organisations and the media in Asean to put forward its ideas regarding the growth of the tourism industry and aviation policies in this region that it called home.

“Indonesia's growth trajectory is set to increase its share of Asean's GDP in the years to come, and AirAsia is but merely moving ahead of the curve in locating AirAsia Asean in Jakarta to help increase our visibility and profile in the region's most-populated nation.

“This is particularly relevant at this time with AirAsia Indonesia heading for a listing on the Indonesian stock exchange. We believe that having our Asean representative office in Jakarta will also help our group coordinate more effectively with the Indonesian authorities and interact more closely with the 240 million people in that archipelagic nation to better serve them in their increasing need for affordable and convenient air travel,'' the statement said.

It added that “we are of the firm conviction that AirAsia Asean's outreach efforts from Jakarta can eventually benefit not just the aviation and tourism industries in the region, but also help AirAsia boost the economies of all Asean countries with Malaysia, in particular, gaining substantially given the increasing connectivity established by AirAsia from our LCCT hub in Sepang”.
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AirAsia to open Jakarta office by year-end
Published: 2011/07/28
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AirAsia plans to open its Asean office in Jakarta, Indonesia, by year-end to deal with Asean specific issues, said AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani.

"There are various Asean centric issues and the Asean headquarters and secretariat is in Jakarta. So, it makes lot of sense to have a small team based there," he said.

He was explaining the confusion over a reported move of the AirAsia headquarters to Jakarta recently.

Azran stressed that Malaysia will still be AirAsia's headquarters.

"This is just the Asean office, probably with about 20 people," he added.

He also said the move to switch its United Kingdom (UK) base from Stansted to Gatwick Airport from Oct 24, was based on popular demand, as well as the high departure taxes imposed by the government.

"Many people also feel comfortable using Gatwick as it is more convenient to get to Central London compared to Stansted. So, we finally got the UK government's approval to use Gatwick," he added.

Azran said the airline will commence six weekly flights to Gatwick by mid-December this year.

He said the company would not be adding anymore European destinations over the next 12 months.--Bernama
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Old July 28th, 2011, 08:33 PM   #2296
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AirAsia X to unveil new routes next month
Published: 2011/07/28
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

AirAsia X, the low-fare long-haul affiliate carrier of AirAsia, will announce new destinations next month.

Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani said the airline had been granted approvals to fly to Beijing and Shanghai in China, Osaka in Japan, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and Istanbul in Turkey.

"Well, obviously we would like to explore these destinations but we are not in a position to fly immediately because we don’t have available aircraft," he told reporters after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between
AirAsia X and the British High Commission today.

He refused to name the new destinations the company would be announcing soon.

However, he did say that the company was "now making a lot of plans to add more Asia Pacific points as that's where the big growth area is".

Asked on AirAsia X's proposed listing, Azran said the company never had a definite plan because it had to stand guided by the investment bank advisor as the capital market was quite volatile at the moment.

"It's all about timing. We really have to see the market to become a bit more stable for investors to feel comfortable to invest in new issues," he said.

Under the MoU signed today, AirAsia X will provide return flights and baggage allowances for ten Malaysian students to travel from Kuala Lumpur to London to study in top universities in the United Kingdom under the Chevening Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2011/2012.

The students' tuition fees and living expenses will be funded by the British government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Present at the signing ceremony was Acting British High Commissioner to Malaysia Ray Kyles. -- Bernama
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MAS revamps sales unit
By B.K. SIDHU Thursday July 28, 2011
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has restructured its sales unit following the departure of its senior general manager of sales and marketing Datuk Bernard Francis.

“We have restructured (the sales department) and that position does not exist (anymore),” Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin told StarBiz yesterday.

He added that “we have a strategy in place (for sales)” but he did not elaborate. Azmil is also the commercial director for the airline, a position he said he had held for the past 1 years.

“I took over after Datuk Rashid Khan retired and I have held the position since,” he said.

MAS has relocated all heads of regional sales to its headquarters in Subang to ensure better coordination and quicker response in terms of strategising.

A source said they were “mini CEOs” for their respective regions as they not only focused on selling seats but also the pricing, inventory management and traffic feeding.

“The bottomline for each region is the head's focus now. All the regional sales vice-presidents (RSVPs) report to Azmil,” the source said.

The number of RSVPs has been reduced to six from seven as the British and European regions have been merged and the head of Britain will now head the Middle Eastern region. This position is left vacant after RSVP Merina Abu Tahir moved back to Subang to be stationed at the commercial director's office. According to sources, she is assisting the commercial director in the running of the sales unit and oversees its finance, global sales, route profitability, marketing and sales support and market research sections.

MAS reported a RM242mil net loss for the first quarter of this year, and since the second quarter was traditionally a weak one for all airlines it would be no surprise if MAS reported a weak set of results, sources said.

However, the third and fourth quarters are usually better for airlines and there could be a better showing, they add.
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AirAsia X eyes new Asia-Pacific routes
Friday July 29, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...&if_height=646



Azran (left) and Kyles at the MoU signing.

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia X will not fly to additional European destinations anytime soon as it is setting its sights on new Asia-Pacific routes, said chief executive officer Azran Osman Rani.

He said an announcement would be made soon on which of the five approved routes it would be flying.

The airline, which is the long-haul affiliate of budget airlines AirAsia, received approval the Transport Ministry’s approval in June to fly to Istanbul, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka and Jeddah.

The two European destinations it flies to are London and Paris.

“We are looking at two routes for now and will probably announce one next month. It also depends on the availability of planes,” said Azran.

He was speaking to reporters yesterday after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the British High Commission to sponsor flights for 10 of the 15 Malaysian Chevening scholarship recipients who commence their studies this year.

Among the 15 recipients are The Star’s youth portal R.AGE editor Niki Cheong, who is pursuing his Masters in digital culture and society at King’s College, and former Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who will be studying Islamic studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies.

Azran said plans to move the airline’s British hub from Stanstead to Gatwick from Oct 24 were on schedule, and reiterated that AirAsia’s headquarters would remain in Malaysia despite its plans to open a small Asean office in Jakarta.

Acting British High Commissioner Ray Kyles thanked AirAsia for their support and hoped their involvement could help increase the number of scholarships awarded in the future.
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MAS picks Md Nor Md Yusof as chairman
Written by Surin Murugiah of theedgemalaysia.com
Friday, 29 July 2011 19:11
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KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BHD [] has appointed its former managing director Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof as its chairman with effect from August 1, 2011.

In a filing Friday, July 29, MAS said Md Nor was appointed as director of Khazanah Nasional Bhd on April 1, and currently serves as the chairman of its executive committee.

“He also sits on the Boards of several companies and institutions including Malaysian Agrifood Corporation Bhd, Pelaburan Hartanah Bhd and is also a Trustee of Yayasan Khazanah,’ it said.

Md Nor was appointed to the board of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd as director in June 2006 and assumed the post of chairman on July 31, 2006. He is also chairman of CIMB Group Sdn. Bhd.

Md Nor spent 18 years of his working career with the CIMB Group, and more notably as president and chief executive officer of Bank of Commerce (M) Berhad (now known as CIMB Bank).

He completed his term as executive chairman of the Securities Commission on March 31, 2006.

Prior to that appointment, he was the MAS managing director after serving a period as advisor to the Ministry of Finance.
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AirAsia X to increase flights during peak season
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Publication Date : 02-08-2011

AirAsia X will be increasing its flight frequencies to Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth in Australia and Taipei between December 1 and January 31 to meet the demand of travellers during the peak holiday season.

Its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said the decision was timely because of the high demand for its popular routes.

“Guests who are looking forward to visiting Australia during its summer season and Taipei during Chinese New Year have more flexibility in choosing their flight times and dates with more flights during the peak period,” he said.

The airline will increase flight frequencies to Melbourne from 10 flights per week to 12, Gold Coast (from five flights to six per week), Perth (from 7 flights to 10 per week) and Taipei (from 7 flights to 11 per week) during the period.

“The extra capacity will offer additional flight options for guests aiming to book our Fly-thru services to selected popular destinations from Europe, China, India, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Indochina.

“It will also provide improved connections to Japan and South Korea for the beginning of the ski season and to India when the weather is cooler,” added Azran.
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