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Old August 3rd, 2011, 09:06 PM   #2301
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AirAsia Increases Flights To Phuket, Hat Yai, Krabi, Udon Thani Celebrating more flights, starting from THB 490 per way
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AirAsia celebrates adding new flights to top destinations in Thailand, including Phuket, Hat Yai, Krabi and Udon Thani, with a special promotion of THB490 per way, inclusive of tax and fees. Book today until 7 August 2011 for travel on 1 October 2011-20 June 2012 (for travel to Hat Yai, Krabi and Udon Thani). This amazing offer is valid for travel to Phuket from 30 October 2011-20 June 2012. For more information, please visit www.AirAsia.com

“Starting in October, AirAsia will be adding more flights to our top 4 popular destinations which serve as important connecting cities for locals as well as foreign tourists. With more options, passengers will have more flexibility to travel whenever they choose. Starting in October, there will be 9 daily flights to Phuket, 6 daily flights to Hat Yai, 4 daily flights to Krabi and 3 daily flights to Udon Thani. The freedom and convenience to travel with low fares at any time will certainly suit the lifestyle and need of our passengers”, said Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia.

To celebrate the new additional flights, AirAsia is having a special sale starting from THB490 per way, inclusive of tax and fees. Take advantage of these amazing fares from today until 7 August 2011. For more information and to book, please visit www.airasia.com.

For more information, contact AirAsia Communications:
Krittiyawadee Pongpanich [email protected]
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Piyasuda Archasantisuk [email protected]
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MAS-AirAsia merger: Potential RM1b synergy
Written by Isabelle Francis
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 15:15
http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/highl...b-synergy.html

KUALA LUMPUR: A tie-up between Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd could save both airlines as much as RM1 billion a year, a local research house estimated yesterday.

Maybank Investment Bank (Maybank IB) said by realigning capacity to match market demand, both airlines can save as much as RM300 million to RM400 million.

It estimated that roughly 70% of the combined capacity of MAS and AirAsia is deployed on overlapping routes, which undermines yields, load factor and ultimately profitability.

“Unfortunately, these irrational practices are a permanent feature due to both airlines’ adamant quest for domination,” Maybank IB said, adding that there is surplus capacity on certain routes.

Maybank IB estimates the largest portion, about 40% of the synergy gains, will come from higher yields through fare alignment and inventory allocation.

“There will be no more predatory pricing (with fare alignment),” said the research house.

The other areas that can deliver profit synergies include pool ordering of planes, amalgamation of cargo operations and sharing of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

Maybank IB cited the strategic tie-up between Air France and Holland’s KLM, which saved both airlines as much as €610 million (RM2.6 billion) in 2009 as an example.

“The [KLM-France] group has become stronger, more efficient and significantly more profitable. More impressively, both airlines retain their identity and key staff members,” said the bank-backed research house.

Many see the MAS-AirAsia partnership as a way to help stop MAS from plunging further into the red. Many are also of the view that AirAsia benefits as much as the national carrier from such an alliance.

However, Maybank IB, for one, said the question of “who gets more and who gets less” is irrelevant because this partnership is “an all-or-nothing affair”.

The research house said the odds are in favour of MAS in this alliance because, for one, the counter is expected to rise significantly more, due to scarcity value compared with AirAsia.

It also expects MAS to be profitable in 2HFY11 and subsequently produce net profit of RM1 billion in FY12, which excludes the synergy gains.

However, Maybank IB warns of an initial backlash from MAS’ unions, senior executives and some resistance from AirAsia staff to the strategic tie-up given the different business cultures.

“AirAsia’s payroll is productivity linked whereas MAS is less inclined to that methodology. Furthermore, MAS places high emphasis on staff seniority whereas that is not the case at AirAsia,” it noted.

MIDF Research said there will be less restriction for AirAsia in terms of application for new routes as the government will hold a significant stake in the budget carrier following the partnership.

The research firm also noted that the tie-up will boost the domestic aviation sector, which is in tandem with falling crude oil prices.

However, MIDF warned of a conflict of interest as both are in the budget sub-sector. MAS has a foot in the low-cost sector via its subsidiary Firefly.

UOB Kay Hian believes that a merger with MAS will not benefit AirAsia’s shareholders.

Tune Air Sdn Bhd is the single largest shareholder of AirAsia with 23% equity interest and is controlled by AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and deputy Datuk Kamaruddin Meranun. MAS is 69% owned by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

UOB said the biggest losers if the partnership succeeds will be Australia’s Qantas, MAS and long-haul unit AirAsia X.

“Malaysia’s status as a hub to a lesser extent could also be impacted. Under such a circumstance, Khazanah appears to have spearheaded a move to remove competition between its two carriers and to compete with Singapore Airlines, possibly by aligning with Qantas,” it added.

Maybank IB said the MAS-AirAsia tie-up is beneficial to both companies as it promotes significant synergies, reduces irrational competition and reduces business risk.

“Therefore, we believe it will enhance the fair value immensely and it deserves a higher earnings multiple,” it said.

Maybank IB has a “hold” call for both airlines, and its target price for MAS is RM1.65 and AirAsia RM3.36 per share. With the tie-up, the house’s target price for MAS is higher at RM2.70 and RM4.10 for AirAsia. This translates into nine times FY12 price-earnings ratio for MAS and about 11 times FY12 PER for AirAsia.

This compares to MAS’ book value of RM1.05 per share and AirAsia’s RM1.31 per share, based on their FY10 ended December numbers.

In their latest quarter ended March 31, 2011, MAS posted an operating loss of RM267.4 million on the back of RM3.14 billion revenue. AirAsia recorded an operating profit of RM241.72 million, on the back of RM1.05 billion revenue.

During the quarter when jet fuel was up by over 40%, AirAsia saw a 6% increase in cost per available seat kilometre (CASK) at 12.65 sen.

MAS did not publish its CASK, but said its fuel costs were up by 32% from the previous corresponding quarter. Both airlines, however, decreased their non-fuel CASK in the quarter under review.

MAS revenue per ASK, a measure of revenue per passenger, was mostly flat at 17.3 sen while AirAsia’s increased by 12% to 16.44 sen.

However Maybank IB cautioned that the upcoming 2QFY11 ended June 30 results will be weak for both airlines due to fuel cost pressure and a soft yield environment.

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(L-R) Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Tan Sri Azman Mokthar, Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Mohd Rashdan Mohd Yusof and Datuk Sri Nazir Razak at the MAS-AirAsia signing ceremony today. — Picture by Jack Ooi
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Old August 9th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #2305
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AirAsia, MAS can enhance cooperation in airline industry
Posted on August 8, 2011, Monday
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KUCHING: AirAsia Bhd group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes looks set for a major share swap with Malaysian Airlines (MAS).

Yesterday, thesundaypost reported that MAS and AirAsia were poised to form a working partnership via a share swap.

The share swap would see Fernandes getting a 20 per cent stake in the national carrier. Tune Air, owned by Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, is expected to benefit most from the share swap as it holds 26.28 per cent of the budget carrier as of July 6 this year.

Describing the move as a good development for the local airline industry, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said Fernandes’ bid to become a shareholder of the national carrier would not only help
pull MAS out of a business slump but also enhance cooperation in the airline industry.

“Both companies can cooperate on which routes to operate in order to enhance operating costs,” he told reporters after visiting the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here yesterday.

Fernandes is expected to ink the deal sometime this week.

Kong hoped the venture would eliminate issues concerning both airlines fighting for the rights to operate desired routes.

When contacted yesterday, MAS, in a statement to The Borneo Post, declined to comment, saying it was company policy not to comment on “speculation”.

A spokesman for Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which owns about 70 per cent of MAS, also declined to comment by giving the same reason.

Meanwhile, Fernandes and his partner, in a joint statement, have denied reports that they would become the single largest shareholder in MAS, but did not elaborate further.

“As the major shareholders of AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Sdn Bhd (which operates long-haul budget flights), we are committed to increasing shareholder value in both our core investments by continuously exploring various opportunities to enhance our franchise,” they said. Meanwhile, chief economist with financial research firm RAM Holdings, Yeah Kim Leng, told AFP the venture was positive for Malaysia’s airline industry giving the growing competition globally.

“The market is a bit small to have two large carriers emerging… an agreement to work together will bring benefits to both so that they can avoid duplication and share any resources,” Yeah added.

He said the two airlines complemented each other – with AirAsia specialising in low-cost flights, while Malaysia Airlines catered to a more upmarket segment.

MAS chairman left the company last month as it restructures its top team in a bid to return to profitability.

The carrier posted a first quarter net loss due to rising fuel prices and strengthening ringgit but AirAsia’s first quarter profit was a profitable one.

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NO DENYING THE DEAL NOW... (TOP) Chairman of Malaysian Airline System (MAS) Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof (L) and group chief executive officer of AirAsia Tan Sri Tony Fernandes pose during a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur August 9, 2011. The national carrier MAS and AirAsia have agreed to set aside their rivalry and work together after signing a share swap agreement on Tuesday. Based on the terms of the agreement, AirAsia's major shareholder Tune Air, controlled by its two principal founders Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun, will buy a 20.5 percent stake in MAS from MAS' major shareholder Khazanah Nasional. (BOTTOM) This is a file picture from March 9, 2006. -- Pictures by REUTERS/ Bazuki Muhammad (TOP); and AP/ Vincent Thian (BOTTOM)
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Old August 10th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #2306
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AirAsia X to fly to Osaka
Published: 2011/08/10
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KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia X, the long-haul, low-cost affiliate of AirAsia, will begin flying to Osaka, its second destination in
Japan after Tokyo from Nov 30, 2011.

In a statement today, AirAsia said its affiliate would fly firect from Kuala Lumpur to Kansai International Airport in Osaka with four non-stop weekly services.

To mark the launch of the route, AirAsia X would offer KL-Osaka fares from as low as RM249 one-way economy, and from RM1,569 one-way on its Premium Flat Bed seats.

"The booking period runs from Aug 11-14, 2011 for travel between Nov 30, 2011 and June 20, 2012," it said.

AirAsia X chief executive officer, Azran Osman-Rani, said the new route was expected to help meet demand from business and leisure travellers between South-East Asia and Japan.

"We estimate that over 60 per cent of the passengers to and from Osaka will be first-time visitors and will contribute significantly to tourism growth.

"It will an opportunity for the airline to open up new market segments from Osaka," he said.

He said the Kansai airport would be a strong feeder for the airline's passengers to connect onwards either domestically or internationally from Osaka.

Osaka, Japan's third largest city, will be AirAsia X’s 16th international destination.

Currently, the airline flies to destinations in Australia, UK UK, France, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Iran, New Zealand and India and Tokyo. - Bernama
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MAS priority -- a new strategy
This may include a review of its routes, products and the execution team at MAS, to be followed by working out synergies with AirAsia, says a source
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2011/08/11
http://www.btimes.com.my/articles/maai2/Article/

Kuala Lumpur: The immediate priority for Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) executive committee is to outline a strategy to regain its position as a premium airline that can compete with the likes of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

According to a source, this may include a review of its routes, product and the execution team at MAS. This will be followed by working out synergies with AirAsia.

Details are still being ironed out.

On the stock market, MAS and AirAsia shares were among the most traded yesterday, with MAS gaining some 7.5 per cent to close at RM1.72 yesterday on positive sentiment on the deal.

AirAsia's shares, however, fell about 10 per cent to close 41 sen lower at RM3.54.

Some 90 million AirAsia shares were traded, while 57 million MAS shares changed hands yesterday.

Meanwhile, most analysts applauded Khazanah Nasional Bhd's master stroke in putting MAS and AirAsia together.

A common tune they sang was the upside that AirAsia and ultimately its long haul arm AirAsia X will see with the death of Firefly as a low-cost carrier.

As one analyst who declined to be named aptly said in her report, the decision to re-align MAS' Firefly to full service removes a source of competition for AirAsia in the low-cost space.

Perceived benefits to be gained from the collaboration for both airlines remain uncertain as it all depends on how effectively the joint collaborative committee works.

The collaboration agreement can be terminated by any party at any time should they not be able to find a way to work together.

A key bone of contention could be the matter of route rationalisation.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes had said in a press conference last Tuesday that he did not see route rationalisation in the scheme of things. He said the deal was about growth.

But MAS' newly-appointed executive director Mohammed Rashdan Mohd Yusof, however, told analysts a rationalisation of overlapping routes could happen with re-scheduling and re-jigging of frequencies between the two.

A route rationalisation situation in the case of reduced demand could also see MAS taking priority over AirAsia, in an effort to restore it to its former glory of the early 90s.

MAS chairman Tan Sri Mohd Nor Yusof acknowledged this, saying during the same press conference that it would be interesting to see "who will give in and who will give way".

AmResearch Sdn Bhd in its report had said that Firefly could be re-branded to be known as "Sapphire" under MAS' plan to make it a short haul full service carrier.

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By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2011/08/10
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KUALA LUMPUR: The deal struck between AirAsia Bhd and Khazanah Nasional Bhd will not see AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines cut back on neither routes nor plane orders.

AirAsia recently made an order for another 200 aircraft while MAS recently added another 10 aircraft to its ongoing fleet renewal programme.

Its order of six A380s is also part of MAS' fleet renewal programme.
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AirAsia X picks IPO adviser
By JEEVA ARULAMPALAM Thursday August 11, 2011
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SEPANG: Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X has chosen Morgan Stanley as its adviser for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) for which listing plans, targeted for next year, were underway, said AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

In an interview with StarBiz yesterday, Fernandes said he was informed that a foreign investment bank had been appointed for the IPO; he also indicated that Khazanah Nasional Bhd's proposed plan to take up a 10% stake in AirAsia X would be executed “very quickly”.

“Khazanah will be issued new shares in AirAsia X,” he added, without specifying valuation details.

Khazanah expressed interest to take up a 10% stake in AirAsia X at the signing ceremony of the landmark airline deal on Tuesday which saw Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia's major shareholders - Khazanah and Tune Air Sdn Bhd - swapping shares and signing a collaboration pact.

Tune Air, which is the investment vehicle of AirAsia founders Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, will own a 20.5% stake in MAS while Khazanah will have a 10% stake in AirAsia.

AirAsia X had sent out the request for proposals for its IPO exercise to local and international banks in May and were looking to appoint the advisers after a board meeting in June. AirAsia X Sdn Bhd CEO Azran Osman-Rani had said in April that AirAsia X's IPO could raise similar amount as its sister airline AirAsia Bhd, which had raised RM863mil through the issuance of 700.51 million new and existing shares in AirAsia's listing exercise in 2004.

Azran had said a dual listing was still a viable option, but remained undecided as to which market was suitable for the airline. Some of the suggested markets for its dual listing included Europe, the United States and Hong Kong.

The listing of AirAsia X has been on the cards since last year, following the separation of its commercial operations from AirAsia.

However, AirAsia X had deferred plans to proceed with its listing on the local bourse this year as it was unclear over its future growth, which relied heavily on route allocations. AirAsia X has lobbied relentlessly to fly selected routes that have strong passenger traffic such as KL-Sydney but had its pleas fall on deaf ears.

Without a route allocation policy by the Government, the fear was that investors would not have the clarity needed to invest in AirAsia X.

Azran said the airline needed to be able to chart its growth strategy and be certain of the routes it would be receiving before investors would pump money into the company.

With the collaboration agreement signed by MAS, AirAsia and AirAsia X, the idea was for MAS to focus on being a full-service premium carrier, AirAsia on being a regional low-cost carrier (LCC) and AirAsia X, a medium-to-long haul LCC.

Fernandes said another impediment was removed for AirAsia X, with the signing of the collaboration agreement and Khazanah looking to take a stake in AirAsia X.

“Another concern has been removed completely, as investors now have clarity and know the vision of the airline which helps tremendously in AirAsia X's listing,” he said.

The collaboration signals a changing of tides for the AirAsia group, as it can now minimise its lobbying for routes and concentrate fully on the growth of its airlines.
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AirAsia in UK tie-up talks
Published: 2011/08/12
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AirAsia Bhd, the region’s biggest listed budget carrier, will discuss a potential joint venture in London, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said.

“Closing off a new potential joint venture to submit to the board for AirAsia,” he wrote on his personal Twitter site. “Sales are kick ass,” said Fernandes, adding that he was en route to the U.K.

The Sepang, Malaysia-based airline flies to London through its long-haul arm AirAsia X Sdn Bhd. -- Bloomberg
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'Merge MAS, AirAsia to compete globally'
Published: 2011/08/13
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A merger of Malaysian Airline System (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd will enable the two entities to compete in the global arena.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said, the move should be viewed in the long term, including the co-ordination of services to face global competition, especially from Middle East nations.

"The major oil producers are giving stiff competition because their airlines can afford to offer cheaper tickets, as compared to other airlines in the world.

"We believe, based on the collective experiences of MAS and AirAsia, their strengths could then be focused on further firming up the two entities.

"Through a merger, MAS, which was burdened with escalating operational costs, could be restructured," he said after visiting a Mydin supermarket project in Kampung Manjoi in Ipoh, Perak, today.

On the national carrier's shares, Ahmad Husni said, they would not be sold to outsiders.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Husni, who is also Tambun member of parliament, said the Mydin supermarket which was being constructed at a cost of RM50 million, would change the landscape of the traditional Malay village into a modern village.

"The supermarket will provide 300 jobs for local residents and an opportunity for local entreprenuers to set up their own businesses at the shop lots provided by the owner of the building," he said. -- Bernama
Pulling out all the stops to rebuild the MAS brand
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2011/08/13
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SEPANG: The executive committee for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have agreed on two main issues - spare no cost in building back the Malaysia Airlines premium brand and focus on developing its people.

The committee met for the the first time on Thursday.

The Joint Collaboration Committee for MAS and AirAsia Bhd partnership met for the first time yesterday.

The Executive Committee and Joint Collaboration Committee have almost identical members.

Datuk Mohamed Azman Yahya, MAS executive director Mohammed Rashdan Mohd Yusof, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun are on both boards.

MAS chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof is the chairperson for the Executive Committee while Azman is the chair for the Joint Collaboration Committee.

"The board decided that while we are looking at cost savings, we will not sacrifice the brand and the product. We will not hesitate to spend to make MAS better, if not on par with all the other existing legacy carriers," Kamarudin told Business Times.

AirAsia Bhd's co-founder and group deputy chief executive officer is also MAS' newest substantial shareholder.

The board will not hesitate to review some decisions which have been made.

For example, the committees are looking at a possible revamp of the airline's seats.

"While cost is of a concern, at the same time you wouldn't want to be penny wise and pound foolish. Why not sacrifice RM10 million, if you can make it back in six months for example," said Kamarudin.

AirAsia X had done something similar with its revamp more than a year ago, when it exchanged its stiff XL seats for Flat Bed ones, which have been a hit with passengers.

On whether the airline has the necessary funds for such an exercise, Kamarudin said he was confident that action could be taken to free up enough cash to fund it.

"I don't foresee a need for a rights issue. Yes there is a need for cash, but obviously there are many ways we can streamline and get a more cost efficient operation and therefore improve cash flow," he said.

On the matter of people, the board is also exploring further enhancements to incentivise employees of MAS.

The possibility of a Voluntary Separation Scheme has not been discussed.

"We are looking at the overall organisation chart, so we can realign the people and grow it. Not shrink it. We believe there is a lot of room for MAS to grow," Kamarudin said.
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AirAsia Philippines takes delivery of A320
Published: 2011/08/15
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AirAsia Bhd’s Philippine unit will take delivery of four aircraft from this year until 2012, including an Airbus A320 that’s arriving at the Clark freeport zone today, the company said in a statement today.

The company is awaiting regulatory approval to offer flights from the Philippines to Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok and Incheon as well as in two local destinations, it said. -- Bloomberg
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AirAsia PHL takes first A320
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SUNDAY, 14 AUGUST 2011 20:34 RECTO MERCENE / REPORTER


In Photo: AirAsia Philippines CEO Ma-an Hontiveros leads the blessing of its new A320 aircraft officiated by Fr. Bonifacio Lopez VI in Toulouse, France, on Saturday. (Recto Mercene)

PENANG—After a journey of more than 14 hours, the first Airbus A320 of AirAsia Philippines touched down at this Malaysian island on Sunday morning, setting a record of sorts by conducting Sunday Mass at 39,000 feet after leaving Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, near midnight.

The small congregation was composed of Ambassador to the Holy See Mercedes Tuazon; Ma-an Hontiveros, AirAsia Philippines CEO; members of the media, mechanics and engineers, four AirAsia pilots and check pilots from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Fr. Bonifacio Lopez of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish conducted the Mass while cruising over the Arabian Peninsula.

Normally, priests are not allowed to conduct Mass in areas where they do not belong.

“But at 39,000 feet, I am freed from that burden, there’s no parish priest anywhere at this altitude,” Fr. Lopez said, adding that the congregation should literally feel closer to God, flying at such high altitude.

The group set up a temporary altar behind the pilot’s cockpit from stacks of boxes of airplane food, wrapped with a white tablecloth.

Earlier, before taking off from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, on Saturday, Fr. Lopez officiated in the blessing of the aircraft. The Airbus staff watched from a distance, as the priest led a short prayer, followed by the sprinkling of holy water onthe airplane’s exterior.

“This is the first time such a religious activity was done here, where holy water was sprinkled prior to the release of an aircraft,” Stephanie Henrion, Airbus media relations manager, said, adding she was intrigued by the proceedings but found the affair very moving and interesting.
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AIR ASIA PHILIPPINES COMES. Cabin crew of AirAsia Philippines pose for photos next to an Airbus A320 shortly after arriving from Toulose, France, at the former US military Clark air base in Angeles City, north of Manila on August 15, 2011. Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Inc. launched its new hub in the Philippines with the arrival of the Airbus A320-200 at the Clark freeport. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

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MAS to review fleet

In line with focus to become a full-service premium carrier

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will review its entire fleet requirement, including the interiors for the A380 superjumbo and A330-300 aircraft, in line with the strategic shift to focus on being a full-service premium carrier.

According to a source, given the competitive landscape, MAS needed to ensure that its product was far more compelling than its rivals in the similar league, namely Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

Only yesterday, Australia's Qantas said it would set up a premium airline in Asia to take advantage of growth in the region with its CEO Alan Joyce looking at either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore as the base.


Rashdan: ‘Turnaround plans undoubtedly saved the airline.’
The new airline, which will come with a “new name, feel and look,'' will begin flying next year and will crank up the competition in the segment.

Noteworthy is that Qantas is also the sponsor for MAS' entry into the oneworld alliance.

MAS' newly-appointed executive director Mohammed Rashdan Yusof told StarBiz recently that the possibility of working with Qantas had always been there since the oneworld alliance announcement and that the executive committee would look into that possibility.

MAS saw a major board and management shakeup last week to help lift its waning operations.

Whether there is a need to speed up delivery of its aircraft order is unclear but a source did not rule out the possibility of the A380 aircraft “having horizontal beds and a lounge in the skies to match the offerings of other carriers with similar aircraft type.''

The source said MAS would also review its requirement for freighter planes given the weakening global economic outlook and may ground its B747 sooner than later.

One of MAS' biggest woes is its aging fleet with an average age range of 11 to 12 years. Had the previous management not taken steps to modernise the fleet, it would have been impossible for the airline to have half its fleet consisting of new aircraft by 2012.

“MAS is fortunate that it is where it is today. Our current position could not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our leaders such as Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Dahlan, Datuk Seri Idris Jala and Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin,” Rashdan said.

“All the turnaround plans put in place undoubtedly saved the airline from insolvency then, and their further work to re-equip our fleet with state-of-the-art product such as the new 737-800s, the new A330-300s and our flagship A380s will surely put our airline on a stronger footing.

“The only reason we can now see far ahead is because we are standing on their shoulders.''


MAS has ordered six A380 aircraft, 45 B737-800, 15 A330-300 and four freighters. If all goes as planned, by end-2012, MAS will have taken delivery of five A380, 14 B737-800, eight A330-300 and the four freighters.

The new-generation aircraft are expected to cut its fuel bill by 10%-15%. The first delivery of the A380 is expected in May next year and will likely be deployed for plying cities such as Sydney, London and Amsterdam.

However, a detailed study that takes yields and demand into consideration and a route network revamp is also on the cards.

source: http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...0&sec=business
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