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Old August 17th, 2011, 08:55 AM   #2321
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AirAsia Philippines' first aircraft arrived at the Diosdado Macapagal



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Old August 18th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #2322
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Japan has room for carriers, says Fernandes
By B.K. SIDHU Thursday August 18, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...&if_height=896

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is unperturbed by Jetstar's entry into Japan's domestic market to rival AirAsia Japan as he feels the market is big enough for all players.

“No issue, the market is huge but Jetstar has many things to sort out in Asia, so it will be stretched,” Fernandes said.

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in a report that low-cost carriers (LCCs) still only operates around 2.7% of the 3,000 weekly international services to and from Japan currently.

It said LCC penetration within Japan was low at 9.1% but still higher than 6.8% for intra North Asia, which includes South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

“The new LCCs will only enter progressively but just the knowledge that they are on the way will dramatically shift the very cautious mindset that has kept Japan's aviation system the most expensive and under-exploited in the world,” it said, adding that the “sky is the limit for growth upsides.”

Jetstar group chief executive officer Bruce Buchanan remains bullish about the prospects and said earlier that the carrier did not see any problems in filling its 24 aircraft as Japan was an underserved market.

Jetstar's announcement comes hot on the heels of AirAsia's partnership in July with Japan's largest carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA). The pact is split 49% for AirAsia in terms of revenue and 33% in terms of voting rights.

Separately, ANA has another LCC, Peach Aviation, which will compete head on with Jetstar Japan and AirAsia Japan. Peach takes off in March from Kansai airport.

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Old August 29th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #2323
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CAB issues temporary permit to AirAsia Phils
By Mary Ann LL. Reyes, The Philippine Star
Posted at 08/29/2011
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/...-airasia-phils


MANILA, Philippines - All systems are go for AirAsia Philippines, the joint venture company between a local group led by Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco and port operator Michael Romero, and international budget airline giant AirAsia.

Company officials told The STAR that the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has finally issued a temporary operating permit to AirAsia Philippines, that will allow the latter to finally proceed with the start of its regular commercial flights from Clark beginning next month.

The TOP will serve as AirAsia Philippines’ provisional authority in the meantime that it is seeking the issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) also by the CAB.

AirAsia Philippines plans to increase its fleet size to 14 to 15 aircraft in three to five years.

Company part-owner and vice-chairman Michael Romero following the arrival of AirAsia Phils.’ first Airbus 320 aircraft from Toulouse, France recently, said that one more A320 will be arriving in November and another in January 2012.

All of the 14-15 planes will be under lease-to-own arrangement with Airbus. The lease of one plan costs around $50 million.

Romero said that plans are for AirAsia Phils. to have flights from Clark in Pampanga to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau initially.

AirAsia Phils. is 60 percent owned by Romero, businessman Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, and Marianne Hontiveros in equal shares, and 40 percent by AirAsia Berhad through its wholly owned subsidiary AirAsia International.

The Philippine subsidiary is the fifth member of AirAsia Group, which now counts AirAsia Berhad (AirAsia Malaysia), AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Indonesia, and AirAsia Japan.

AirAsia Phils. president Hontiveros emphasized that the Philippines has great potential in tourism, as the country has so much to offer. “With AirAsia Phils., we hope to increase the number of tourist arrivals. This is good for the community in Clark as well as Nortthern and Central Luzon as they can beenfit in various areas including hospitality, retail and entertainment,” she said.

The aircraft which landed last Aug. 15 is the first among four aircraft that will be delivered to AirAsia Phils. in its first year of operation. It plans to use the first aircraft to fly to Singapore, Macau, and Hong Kong, while the second one will ply the routes to Bangkok, Incheon, Kalibo near Boracay, and Puerto Princesa.

Meanwhile, Romero said he expects big things from their partnership with AirAsia Intl. “In fact, we expect that our five-year targets can be achievable in two or two and a half years,” he emphasized.

He also stressed that flying through AirAsia Phils can connect passengers to 65 different destinations across the world via AirAsia’s vast international network.

Hontiveros for her part said that the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark could become a jump-off point for passengers from other countries who might want to fly to other destinations within the range of the Philippines.

She likewise revealed that the company also aims to turn the DMIA into a hub for long-haul flights to destinations such as Europe and the United States.

AirAsia Philippines’ sister company, AirAsia X, has direct flights to London and Paris.

Romero said the Philippine unit was not ruling out the possibility of mounting long-haul flights of its own, particularly to the US.

Clark International Airport Corp. president and CEO Victor Luciano said AirAsia Philippines was expected to be one of the biggest players in the country’s competitive airline industry. “We want (AirAsia) to propel Clark to new heights in years to come,” Luciano said.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 02:49 PM   #2326
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AirAsia offers 20 per cent off for all seats on all flights
Posted on September 7, 2011, Wednesday
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FLIGHT SEATS PROMOTION:
AirAsia is offering 20 per cent off for all seats on all flights stretching across 22 countries.


KUCHING: AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) is offering 20 per cent off for all seats to all domestic and international destinations exclusively via its website, www.airasia.com.

Booking period for this promotion starts from Sept 7 to 11 for the travel period of September 12 to November 26. The promotion is available from all AirAsia hubs in Malaysia and Indonesia, stretching across 22 countries to over 160 routes.

This 20 per cent off promotion is applicable for economy and premium fly flatbeds on all AirAsia X destinations.

AirAsia regional head of commercial, Kathleen Tan said, “Through this ‘20 per cent off for All Seats, All flights promotion’, guests can treat themselves to even lower fares and fly to various AirAsia destinations.”

“We are pleased with the demand received on similar promotional campaigns in the past and anticipate a surge in tourist traffic into Malaysia and across South East Asia and beyond. The immediate travel period of the promotion allows last minute travellers to grab this chance to travel at a discounted fare across our network,” said the chief executive officer of AirAsia X, Azran Osman-Rani.

In conjunction with the sale, AirAsiaGo is also offering a ‘Stay Pay’ promotion whereby guests who made hotel bookings with the stipulated minimum nights will get a free night stay.

The minimum required nights vary according to the hotels chosen. Guests can choose hotels from a array of destinations. For information can be found at www.airasiago.com

Guests are able to receive real-time updates on the latest promotions and interact with AirAsia via facebook.com/AirAsia and twitter.com/AirAsia.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #2327
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Six A380-800 planes due to be flown in next year
By LIM CHIA YING Tuesday September 13, 2011
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EXCITING times are ahead for Malaysia Airlines when it receives its batch of A380 aircraft between April and June next year.

There will be six A380-800 planes to be delivered, which are being assembled in Toulouse, France and are almost completed. It is upon the completion of tests, installation and the assembling that the aircraft will be flown to Hamburg, Germany, to receive its cabin and painted with the MAS livery.

The A380 is considered to be the largest passenger plane in the world and only an elite league of airline operators are currently flying this aircraft.

Media members were recently treated to a rare experience of the A380 flight simulator at the flight simulator building, MAS Complex A in Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang.



Step by step: Norshid in the flight device equipment room where MAS pilots
need to complete 11 sessions at the Airbus Procedure Trainer before
proceeding to the full-flight simulator.


Being the most advanced in terms of technology, the A380 simulator is among the first to use a hybrid system (which is a cost-saving feature) and uses satellite imaginary visual system for scenery and actual world terrain database.

The flight simulator itself is said to cost a whopping US$17mil (RM51,127mil).

Flight operations manager (airplane projects and development) Captain Norshid Ali, who briefed the media prior to the flight simulator experience, said the A380 is a huge aircraft to operate.

“Our pilots will also have to be given a longer training period of about seven weeks in order to operate it,” said Norshid.

“Already, 10 captains have been trained to use the simulator with another 10 are undergoing training.

“Every one of them has to undergo 11 sessions in the Airbus procedure trainer and 12 in a full-flight simulator.

“They also need to clock in an additional 12 to 20 hours of training in the actual aircraft,” he said.

It is learnt that some 100 pilots will be given simulator training in anticipation of the A380 arrivals next year.

During the simulator experience, each media member was given a 20-minute sit-in to watch how Norshid and other pilots were manoeuvring the plane under all weather scenarios and emergency situations.

The simulator is installed with the revolutionary Thales ultra-efficient motion system that uses about a third less power than the most efficient current motion systems.

“This motion system has higher environmental benefits as it utilises low quantity of biodegradable vegetabled-based oil,” said Norshid.

The simulator is also fitted with an Evans & Sunderland EP1000 visual system that exceeds the current performances of existing visual systems and reduces life-cycle costs.

Currently, other airlines that are operating the A380 aircraft are Singapore Airlines, the Emirates, and Qantas.

Meanwhile, for those interested in getting a feel of the cockpit area and a simulator experience via the MH Flight Simulator, email: [email protected]. There are fees charged.
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MASKargo to Start A330-200 Freighter Service from 26SEP11

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MASKargo yesterday (15SEP11) its First 70-tonned Airbus A330-200 Freighter. The airline will introduce A330-200F on following routes from 26SEP11 to 29OCT11, according to the airline’s special A330-200F webpage.

1 weekly Kuala Lumpur – Hong Kong
2 weekly Kuala Lumpur – Osaka Kansai – Penang – Kuala Lumpur
2 weekly Kuala Lumpur – Tokyo Narita – Penang – Kuala Lumpur
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Old September 28th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #2329
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AirAsia invests RM3.14m in management system
Published: 2011/09/28
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

Low cost airline AirAsia has invested over US$1 million (US$1 = RM3.14) in a cutting-edge airline management system, merlot.aero, to improve its operational efficiency.

Chief Operating Officer Bo Lingam said the system would optimise AirAsia’s aircraft and crew utilisation, making it possible for the airline to further
improve its on-time performance and minimise costs.

"With the new system in place, AirAsia will be able to boost the on-time performance of our flights and maximise the use of our aircraft to serve more

routes and increase frequency," he said in a statement today.

The system, commencing rollout in November with full implementation expected by mid next year, will be used by the entire AirAsia group throughout the region and by its affiliate company, AirAsia X.

New Zealand-based merlot.aero has more than 50 years collectively in designing, developing and delivering innovative software to the aviation sector. -- Bernama
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By EDY SARIF Tuesday September 27, 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are discussing various issues for collaboration that could see the former utilising MAS maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to make Malaysia the region's premier aircraft servicing hub.

AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said if that happened, a mega MRO between MAS and AirAsia could challenge Singapore's MRO.

“If you put the volume of MAS and AirAsia, it becomes a mega MRO that can become a real competitor to Singapore's MRO,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2011.

Apart from MRO collaboration, both parties could also become big players in the area of training using the training capacity of both airlines.

“Malaysia can become Asia's biggest trainer of pilots by harnessing the strengths of both airlines which have excellent records of pilot and engineering quality,” he said.

He added that AirAsia was also looking at other areas of collaboration with MAS, such as in cargo and catering to help cut costs and maximise revenue for both airlines.

“AirAsia does not use LSG (Germany-based LSG Sky Chef is an in-flight service provider) for catering but together, we may get a much better deal from LSG and better quality. So, these are the revenue, cost and new business opportunity ideas,” he said.

Fernandes said more details on cost and revenue joint ventures with MAS would be announced soon.

Reiterating the need for branding. he said both parties needed to ensure MAS and AirAsia were globally recognised.

He was very optimistic about the collaboration (between the airlines) becoming successful despite receiving some sceptical comments from certain parties.

The collaboration came about after Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the major shareholder of MAS, announced that it would take up 10% stake in AirAsia while Tune Air Sdn Bhd, the investment vehicle of Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, would own a 20.5% stake in MAS under a share-swap deal.

Both Khazanah and Tune Air have agreed not to sell their shares for a period of 30 months under the share-swap deal.

On top of the share swap, a collaboration agreement was signed simultaneously by MAS, AirAsia and AirAsia X, which would effectively see MAS concentrate 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.
Details of AirAsia-MAS business plan out next month
By Adeline Paul Raj Published: 2011/09/27
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Pitting the academies of MAS and AirAsia together could create one of the world's biggest training academies amid a surge in demand for pilots, says Fernandes
Kuala Lumpur: Details on how Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd can work together to boost revenue, cut costs and create new business opportunities are likely to be revealed next month, said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

"A lot of it is subject to legal requirements in terms of anti-competitiveness, and so that has to be cleared by lawyers. But I would imagine within the next month or so," Fernandes, AirAsia's chief executive officer, told reporters when asked when more details on the two airlines' collaboration would be unveiled.

Fernandes was speaking on the sidelines of the Khazanah Megatrends Forum here yesterday.

The major shareholders of MAS and AirAsia last month agreed to a share swap deal in a bid to collaborate as competition in the airline industry heats up.

The two can collaborate in areas such as training, cargo, sales and distribution, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), catering and logistics, Fernandes said.

"If you put the volumes of MAS and AirAsia together, it becomes a mega MRO that, in partnership with someone else, could become a real competitor to Singapore's MRO. I think in the next few months you'll see some very exciting announcements," he remarked.

Pitting the academies of MAS and AirAsia together could also create one of the world's biggest training academies amid a surge in demand for pilots, he noted.

"Malaysia could become the biggest trainer of pilots in Asia, if not the world, when you put the strengths of MAS and AirAsia academies together. Both airlines have had excellent records of pilot quality, engineering quality ... so this could be a hub," he said.

The two airlines could also cut costs in terms of catering. "We don't use LSG, but maybe together we can get a much better deal from LSG and better quality," he said.

He was referring to LSG Sky Chef, MAS' caterer.

Fernandes said he was optimistic on the MAS-AirAsia collaboration and urged sceptics to give them time to flourish.

"The energy between the two airlines is something I never believed I'd see. It's fantastic.

"I think we're going to give a lot of airlines a run for their money," he said.

The share swap deal will see MAS' biggest shareholder Khazanah Nasional Bhd taking up a 10 per cent stake in AirAsia, and Tune Air Sdn Bhd - the investment arm of Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun - getting a 20.5 per cent stake in MAS.

On the stock market yesterday, MAS shed 3 sen to RM1.28, while AirAsia eased 6 sen to RM2.76.
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AirAsia X may open hubs in Japan, Australia
Published: 2011/09/29
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AirAsia X Sdn Bhd, the long-haul affiliate of Asia’s biggest discount carrier, may add at least 60 more aircraft to support possible hubs in Japan and Australia.

The carrier, which has a backlog of 30 Airbus SAS planes, “could triple our orders,” Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman Rani said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. “The existing orders are conservative.” He declined to give specific details on how many planes the carrier may add or when.

Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia X may open a base in Japan to work with affiliate AirAsia Bhd’s planned venture in the country, Rani said. The long-haul carrier and Qantas Airways Ltd.’s Jetstar have won passengers from full-service carriers in Asia with low fares, prompting Singapore Airlines Ltd. to draw up plans for its own budget long-haul unit.

AirAsia X may eventually operate flights to Guam and Honolulu from Japan on behalf of AirAsia Bhd’s venture with All Nippon Airways Co, Rani said. The long-haul carrier, which currently flies to cities including London from Malaysia, may also open a base in Australia.

“A unit in Australia is definitely a possibility,” Rani said. Still, it will probably take at least two years before this happens, he said.

AirAsia X’s plans to hold an initial public offering have been delayed by talks to sell a 10 percent stake to Khazanah Nasional Bhd, Malaysia’s state-controlled investment company, Rani said.

The sale is part of a wider deal that also included the purchase of a stake in Malaysian Airline System Bhd by Tony Fernandes and other AirAsia Bhd shareholders.

AirAsia X is currently owned by AirAsia Bhd, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group Ltd, Manara Consortium, based in Bahrain, and ORIX Corp, based in Japan. - Bloomberg
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Malaysia Airlines' first A380 makes maiden flight
Updated: Friday October 21, 2011 MYT 4:47:56 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) took off on its maiden flight yesterday upon completion of the final assembly and system tests in Toulouse, France.

In a statement here, Airbus said that after a successful flight of five hours, the aircraft returned to Toulouse to be prepared for its next journey to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany, for cabin installation and painting.

Powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the aircraft is the first of six A380s ordered by MAS, scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2012, it said.
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Published: 25/10/2011 - Filed under: News »

Malaysian low-cost carrier Air Asia X has completed its switch from London Stansted to Gatwick airport ahead of its scheduled increase to six times weekly services between London and Kuala Lumpur from December 14 (see online news July 12).

Flights have commenced from Gatwick South Terminal to Kuala Lumpur and will operate three times weekly during November, before increasing to five times weekly from December 2 and eventually six flights from December 14, before returning to five from January 27 until March 24 2012. For the full flight schedule see below.

The route is being served by the carrier’s Airbus A340-300, which has 327 seats including 18 Premium Fly Flat bed seats. Air Asia X’s Premium Fly Flat beds have a 20” width, 60” pitch and extend to 77” in full recline position. Premium seat guests also benefit from complimentary seat selection, priority check-in, priority boarding, baggage allowance and a meal.



Long-haul routes to South-East Asia have not been served out of Gatwick for some time but customers will now be able to fly direct to Kuala Lumpur and connect onto Air Asia’s South East Asian network. Vietnam Airlines is also about to serve the region with the launch of its twice weekly flights from Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, commencing December 9.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s commercial director said: “South-East Asia is an important destination for UK business and leisure travellers and so we are excited that Air Asia X has chosen to operate the popular London-KL route from Gatwick and enable us to meet growing passenger demand for travel to this region.”

The route is now available for purchase at airasia.com and at the time of writing return fares for the end of November were £566 in economy and £2101 in Premium. Flights throughout February are currently as low as £358 return on a promotional fare, £584 in economy and £1683 in premium.

For more information visit airasia.com and gatwickairport.com
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AirAsia X in competitive mode, upgrading offering
By B.K. SIDHU Wednesday November 2, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...0&sec=business



Campbell Wilson, CEO and new team members pose for the press after
announcing a new low cost airline to be called Scoot in Singapore, yesterday.
Starting in mid 2012, Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, a new budget
airline will offer no-frills service on medium to long haul routes to and from
Singapore. - EPA


PETALING JAYA: AirAsia X (AAX) will ramp up its products and services and review its network to defend the airline's leadership position in the long haul, low cost carrier business in Asia after Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched its own similar frills-free service named Scoot.

Scoot will take to the skies in the middle of next year but AAX wants to improve its customer service to be at par with that of full service carriers like Cathay Pacific and SIA, and is contemplating investing more money to defend its lead position.

“We are using this opportunity to upgrade our offering. We have a headstart, the fleet and diverse route network. We are definitely expanding and will keep flying popular routes that would be strategically beneficial for Malaysia,'' said AAX chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani.

He said “we are trying to improve every aspect of the model and to have the same customer services standards like Cathay Pacific and SIA in how we deal with the customers. We will invest more and upgrade and that is how we will compete. Our value proposition is cheaper fares and the same reliability as full service carriers.''

“Scoot is entering a segment that we have a lead in and we want to make sure we remain in the lead. Operationally, we have the lowest cost unit and we want to remain low cost to compete. The completion of KLIA2 is also critical to us and if it gets delayed, we will be at a disadvantage,'' he said.

Azran added that the airline's model allowed it to offer 30%-50% lower fares (compared with full service airline fares).

“We have the same level of on-time performance and reliability of full service carriers like Cathay and SIA.

“This year it is 90% on-time performance, which is better than Cathay's published numbers. We are definitely the best in class for engineering reliability,'' he said.

Azran said the airline was reviewing its network but would not make drastic changes.

The airline has 11 aircraft currently, flying to 14 destinations and will take delivery of two new aircraft in 2012.

The entry of Scoot, although only to begin in the middle of next year, will certainly change the dynamics of the long haul, low cost game. The fight for customers is not just between AAX and Scoot but also AirAsia and Jetstar, which is also operating from Singapore.

Even the full service carriers will feel the heat with one new player in the playground since there are signs of an economic slowdow and going by the 2008 slowdown, many companies have opted to fly low cost to keep their cost down.

During a press conference in Singapore yesterday, Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said the airline would use four B777-400 aircraft initially to fly to four or more cities in Australia and China. The focus is on destinations that are five to 10 hours from Singapore. The airline intends to charge 40% less for tickets than full service carriers.

Azran said he was not too worried about Scoot, “for the same reasons, we do not worry like the way Tiger Airways entered the marketplace years ago. But competition does push us to become better and leaner. We do not run away from competition,'' Azran said.

It did not take long after Wilson's media briefing for the tweeting community to poke fun at the choice of the name Scoot. Some say it was short for Scooter, others said another airline should be formed to be called Ves, short for Vespa.

And the boss of AirAsia Tan Sri Tony Fernandes also took to poking fun at Scoot by tweeting, “they (are) copying Azran and have to play catch-up. SIA has no creativity. A confused puppy as an airline. Confused. Trying to do too much. Great for AirAsia.''

Wilson had this explanation for Scoot - “we chose the name Scoot' for many reasons, not least because its different.

“Rather than the tried and tired airlines' this, airways' that or air' yawn, it's short, sharp and snappy. It stands out. It's geographically independent, and can be a verb or a noun.

“Besides difference, it conveys spontaneity, movement, informality and a touch of quirkiness - all attributes we intend this company to be known for.''
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AirAsia Japan to add long-haul flights in 2013
Published: 2011/11/02
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AirAsia Japan Co, the start-up airline backed by the region’s biggest low-cost carrier, will add long-distance flights in 2013 as it seeks to lure holidaymakers and budget travelers with cheap flights.

The airline may offer services to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore after introducing widebody Airbus SAS A330 planes, Chief Executive Officer Kazuyuki Iwakata said in interview yesterday. The company will begin short-haul routes from Tokyo’s Narita airport in August with single-aisle A320s.

AirAsia Japan may order the A330s with part-owner AirAsia Bhd. to help win lower prices, Iwakata said without elaboration. The Japanese carrier is also counting on AirAsia’s regionwide operations and marketing to help it carry 10 million passengers annually within five years.

“We don’t view our competitors as ANA and JAL as much as resorts such as Tokyo Disney Resort,” Iwakata said, referring to full-service carriers All Nippon Airways Co and Japan Airlines Co. “We’re aiming at families who want to enjoy the weekend or people who play Pachinko -- we want them to be able to think about taking a flight as easily as they would hop on a bus.”

The new airline, part-owned by ANA, intends to lure passengers with fares as much as two-thirds cheaper than traditional carriers. It will compete with Skymark Airlines Inc, Japan’s biggest budget carrier, and Jetstar Japan, a low- cost venture being set up by JAL and Qantas Airways Ltd.’s budget unit. ANA is also backing Peach Aviation Ltd, another planned no-frills carrier that will serve western Japan.

Separately, Singapore Airlines Ltd also yesterday detailed plans for a new long-haul discount carrier, Scoot, which will begin flights next year. -- Bloomberg
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Prospective Oneworld member Malaysia Airlines will begin A380 flights to London from July next year, as flagged up by industry website airlineroute.net.

The site confirmed that GDS and timetable displays show MAS operating its superjumbo between Kuala Lumpur and London Heathrow from July 2, 2012, and a quick look at the carrier’s website shows A380 reservations are now live.

MAS will initially operate the superjumbo three times-weekly on flights MH002 from KL, and MH003 from London, increasing to daily from August 15 next year.

It’s not yet clear whether this will be the launch route for the carrier’s A380 aircraft – recent reports have suggested MAS will take delivery of its first superjumbo in early 2012. The airline has a close relationship with Dutch carrier KLM, and it has been reported that MAS might launch its superjumbo on the KL-Amsterdam route.

But KLM is a Skyteam member, and the recent announcement that Malaysia Airlines is to join Oneworld (of which BA is a founding member) may have influenced the decision to launch A380 flights to London ahead of the Olympic Games.

MAS also competes with Air Asia X between London and KL, and the presence of the superjumbo will give the carrier added kudos on the route.

For more information visit malaysiaairlines.com.

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I heard that Air Asia X wants to fly to Africa, any infos ??
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