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Old August 30th, 2005, 06:04 PM   #221
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Malaysian Air Cargo Arm Hikes Fuel Surcharge By Up To 20%

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysian Airline System Bhd.'s (3786.KU) cargo unit, Maskargo, will hike fuel surcharges by up to 20% from Sept. 8 due to higher fuel prices, the airline said on its Web site.

The hike in surcharges is the fifth this year, and follows the airline's MYR280.7 million loss in the three months to June 30, its worst quarterly performance in four years. Malaysian Airline blamed a jump in operating and fuel costs for the poor results.

Surcharges for cargo to the Americas, Middle East, Africa, and Europe will rise 11% to MYR1.90 a kilogram, the airline said.

Surcharges for cargo to Australia, New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent will increase 20% to MYR1.20 a kilogram.

For cargo to Asian destinations, the surcharge will rise 13% to 90 sen a kilogram while that for the transportation of fruit and vegetables to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia will climb 11% to 72 sen a kilogram, Malaysian Airline said.

Malaysian Airline last raised fuel surcharges for cargo on July 15.
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Malaysian airline is still one of the best in d world when talkin about service. impressive staffs too!
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Malaysia's AirAsia: July Passenger Traffic Up 35% On Yr
2 September 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) Friday said passenger traffic in July grew a robust 35% on year due to contributions from its newly-acquired Indonesian associate.

AirAsia's 49%-owned PT AWAir associate carried 56,256 passengers in July, more than seven months after the Malaysian low-cost carrier bought a stake in the Indonesian airline.

AirAsia is Southeast Asia's biggest low-cost carrier in terms of fleet size, and its only publicly-listed one.

The airline's Malaysian operations showed a 25% on-year rise in passengers to 395,667 in July. Its 49%-owned Thai AirAsia associate reported a 16% rise in traffic to 148,953 passengers that month, AirAsia said in an e-mailed statement.

Total passenger traffic in July for the entire company stood at 600,876, AirAsia said.

The strong traffic rise isn't surprising as AirAsia more than doubled the number of passengers it carried in the year ended June 30 to 6.29 million, analysts said.
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Malaysia's AirAsia secures loans to buy 33 Airbus A320 aircraft: official

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 (AFP) - Southeast Asia's leading low-cost carrier AirAsia, the single largest buyer of the A320-200 in the Asia Pacific region, said Tuesday it has secured loans at attractive rates to finance 33 of the 60 aircraft it has ordered from Europe's Airbus.

"We secured attractive rates for the 33 aircraft that will delivered to us in the next two years starting December 2005," Kamarudin Meranum, AirAsia's executive director told AFP. He declined to elaborate.

The budget airline has ordered 60 Airbus A320s with an option for another 40 aircraft which will completely replace its current fleet of 28 single-aisle, 148-seat Boeing 737-300s.

Kamarudin said the financing of the remaining 27 aircraft to be delivered in 2008 and 2009 will be confirmed at the end of next year.

"All loans are for a tenure of 12 years starting on the delivery date of each aircraft," AirAsia said.

AirAsia last month said its inaugural annual net profit was 30.2 percent lower than forecast due to higher fuel prices and an aircraft shortage.

It posted a net profit for the year to June of 111.63 million ringgit (29.6 million dollars), well below the 159.9 million ringgit set in its initial public offering (IPO) prospectus of October 2004.

AirAsia was launched as a budget carrier in December 2001 with just two aircraft and has since become a significant regional player, with its business model now imitated by startled national carriers along with a host of new low-cost entrants.
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Malaysia's AirAsia says new Airbus fleet will cut cost in long-run
7 September 2005

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The purchase of 100 fuel-efficient Airbus A320s will help cut costs of AirAsia, Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier, as it strives to keep fares low amid soaring oil prices, the company's chief said Wednesday.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said it is more cost-effective for the company to buy, rather than lease, its planes. The financial strain is minimum because it has hedged against increases in interest rates for the next 15 years, he said.

The Malaysian-based AirAsia, which plans to phase out its current Boeing 737-300 fleet, signed an order in March to buy 60 Airbus A320-200 aircraft for 14.4 billion ringgit (US$3.8 billion; euro3.16 billion), and the right to buy another 40 of the same aircraft.

"Buying Airbus is actually a huge advantage for us ... it uses a lot less fuel. We have huge cost savings with this new technology," he said in a speech at a global leadership conference here.

Soaring fuel costs and tight supply of Boeing 737-300 planes available for lease had dragged down earnings in AirAsia, which last month released its first full-year results as a publicly listed company.

The carrier posted a net profit of 111.6 million ringgit (US$29.7 million, euro24.7 million), 30 percent below the 160 million ringgit that it predicted during its initial share offer last year.

Fernandes said that by buying planes, the airline's cash-flow will increase. He said the company has an "amazing financial scheme, plus we have taken interest rate swaps for the next 15 years."

"Even though the swap rate is higher than the borrowing rates at the moment, we'd rather pay a premium and know that our risk is dealt with," he said.

Fernandes said the airline remains focused on the Southeast Asian market and regional expansion is on track, although Singapore remains difficult to enter.

"The goal of AirAsia is to create an ASEAN brand ... if we get it right, we got a market of 500 million people," he added.

AirAsia currently serves routes in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Macau. Its joint venture with Thailand's Shin Corp., Thai AirAsia, began flying between Bangkok and Xiamen, China, last year, making it the first foreign low-cost carrier to fly to mainland China.

It is planning flights to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia by mid-2006.
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Malaysia Airlines enhances safety standards
Updated : 14-09-2005
Media : Business Times
Story By : ROZIANA HAMSAWI





MALAYSIA Airlines will keep investing time and money to enhance its safety standards despite no annual budget for such a purpose.

Executive director Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said such investment could not be measured in ringgit and sen as the integral part of the aviation business is safety.

We acknowledge that the priority must always be given to safety before profits, he said.

Tengku Azmil said over the years, the airline has invested a substantial amount of resources in terms of finances, time and manpower in flight safety programmes.

He said this at the third International Civil Aviation Organisation/International Air Transport Association/Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA)/Threat and Error Management Conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Asked how much has been spent to date to enhance the airlines safety standard, Tengku Azmil said whatever the cost was is not important.

We do not look at the money spent ... prevention and ways to reduce mishaps are more important. There is no annual budget for this purpose ... it is all in our operations, he said.

Civil Aviation Malaysia director general Datuk Kok Soo Choo said the department requires that Malaysia Airlines implements continuous safety programmes.

He said the investments have been worth every single sen as ¡§the safety record of Malaysia Airlines is impeccable.

Kok was present yesterday in place of Transport Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy who was scheduled to officiate the conference.

Tengku Zamil said the airlines flight operations division last year engaged the LOSA Collaborative of the University of Texas to conduct its first line operations safety audit.

¡§The overall results showed that we fared favourably when benchmarked against six LOSA archive comparison airlines in the Asia Pacific region, he said.

Excluding some other costs, about RM800,000 was spent on this first LOSA programme.

Globally, 25 airlines have conducted LOSA, a methodology that uses trained observers riding in cockpit jump seats to evaluate several aspects of crew performance.

In-flight observers record the various threats encountered by aircrew, the types of errors committed, and most importantly, they record how flight crews manage these situations to maintain safety.

These combined data provide the airline conducting the LOSA with a diagnostic snapshot of safety strengths and weaknesses in normal flight operations.
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AirAsia says sponsorship deal with Man United paying off

KUALA LUMPUR - AirAsia, Southeast Asia's pioneering low-cost carrier, said on Wednesday its recent sponsorship deal with Manchester United is already proving its worth in attracting business.

'Its already paying off. The trend is there. We are now seeing customers from Europe who have changed their holiday plans to come to Malaysia instead,' Kamarudin Meranun, executive director with AirAsia, told AFP.

AirAsia signed its one-year, low-fare carrier sponsorship deal with Sir Alex Ferguson's team in July in Hong Kong during the Red Devils' Asian Tour.

MR Kamarudin declined to reveal the cost of the deal which comes with an additional one-year option but said it was a 'win-win agreement' for both AirAsia and Manchester United.

'The sponsorship deal gives AirAsia greater visibility in the global market. United's games are beamed all over the world, including to destinations that we fly and plan to fly like China.

'So when a game is played at Old Trafford, AirAsia's logo and name will be on the electronic (advertising) board and shown across the world to millions of people,' he said.

The agreement, among other things, allows AirAsia to paint its aircraft in the colours of the world's best supported team and sell United's merchandise on its flights.

'It is a partnership to build awareness and encourage potential tourists from Europe to (come to) Asia and fly AirAsia,' Mr Kamarudin said, adding: 'We are confident it will bolster our bottomline.'

Mr Kamarudin said AirAsia is also seeking an alliance with an international carrier, possibly Malaysian Airlines, to fly in European tourists.

'(These) passengers can then use AirAsia to fly local and regional routes. We hope we can work with national carrier Malaysia Airlines,' he said.

Earlier this year the possibility of such a tie-up with Malaysia Airlines was raised by both government and company officials in the face of soaring fuel bills.

AirAsia was the first regional low-cost carrier. It now operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 737-300s and flies to 52 destinations in Malaysia and six internationally. It plans new routes to Brunei, Cambodia, China and Vietnam in the near future.

In the financial year to June, AirAsia carried 4.4 million passengers, up 55 per cent. It recently ordered 100 Airbus A320 aircraft which will completely replace its current fleet of Boeing aircraft.

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MAS in tie-up with National Geographic
Updated : 15-09-2005
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MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is collaborating with National Geographic Channel (NGC) to present a series of global theme week documentaries to raise awareness among television viewers of MAS as one of the world's top airlines.

MAS is the presenting sponsor of Megacities Week produced by Base Productions and which will be aired on the National Geographic Channel from Sept 18 to 24.

MAS advertising, promotions and branding assistant general manager Yazid Mohamed said this at a press launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The partnership is aimed at raising awareness of the global destinations that MAS serves and to give viewers an insight into the world's modern metropolises.

Yazid said the partnership is in synergy of both brands.

Our relationship with NGC has been good as we have collaborated for the past three to four years. The content of programmes produced by NGC is excellent and this is what MAS wants, he said.

He added that the partnership with NGC is part of MAS' communication strategy.

MAS flies to over 110 destinations across six continents.

Through these documentaries, viewers are informed of some of the destinations featured and the uniqueness of the destinations, he said.

Yazid declined to reveal the sponsorship value but said it was a significant amount¡¨.

In Asia, MAS sponsorship will be boosted through an integrated marketing communications involving on-ground promotions, radio contests in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore, and print advertising in Asia.

MAS is also supporting a global contest during this period. The grand prize winner will win a pair of return business class air tickets to one of the megacities destinations served by the airline.
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AirAsia Sees Traffic Up, To Exercise Plane Options
Updated : 15-09-2005
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AMSTERDAM (Dow Jones)--Malaysia-based budget airline AirAsia Berhad (5099.KU) expects to see a strong rise in passenger traffic this year and intends to exercise all options it has for new Airbus (ABI.YY) planes, its chief executive said Thursday.

CEO Tony Fernandes said in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires that the airline is on course to carry over 8 million passengers in the financial year through June 30, 2006. In the previous fiscal year it carried about 6.3 million passengers, Fernandes said.

AirAsia now operates 53 routes around Asia and is likely to add about 10 over the next year, Fernandes said. He said the main focus at present is on increasing frequency on existing routes.

For its expansion, AirAsia has ordered 60 Airbus A320 planes and has options on another 40 of the short-to-medium haul aircraft. We'll exercise all of these, Fernandes said, adding that two of the options have already been converted to firm orders.

He said the current Airbus order will meet the airline's requirements for the next six to seven years.

The first two A320s are due to be delivered in December. The new Airbus planes will eventually replace the carrier's older Boeing (BA) 737 planes.

Fernandes was speaking on the sidelines of the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in Amsterdam.
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MAS Ten's Rugby Invitation Championship 2005 (MASTRIC 2005)
22 Sep, 2005



Kelana Jaya, 22 September 2005. Malaysia Airlines Rugby Club, in collaboration with Kelab Sukan MAS (KSM) and the Melaka State Government, is organizing MASTRIC 2005 in Malacca.

This is the third year the 10-A Side rugby tournament is being organised, after the first two that were held in Langkawi and Kuantan during 2002 and 2003 respectively.

The two-day tournament to be held on 1st and 2nd October 2005 at Stadium Hang Tuah, Malacca will be declared open by Malaysia Airlines’ Chairman Dato' Dr Mohamed Munir Bin Abdul Majid.

A total of 12 teams from 6 countries will battle for the Championship title of this tournament.

The participating teams are:

1. Air New Zealand TSAR, New Zealand
2. Air New Zealand Jumbo, New Zealand
3. Servisair GlobeGround, Manchester, United Kingdom
4. Nordam Europe, Wales
5. Bliss Fox, Sydney Australia
6. Air Caraibe Atlantique, France
7. Nomads, Sydney, Australia
8. Transmile, Malaysia
9. MAS Cougers ‘A’, Malaysia Airlines.
10. MAS Cougers ‘B’, Malaysia Airlines.
11. Melaka High School Old Boy Malaysia.
12. Babarians

Malaysia Airlines and Canterbury Asia Sdn Bhd are the official sponsors of this tournament.

Entrance to all games at Stadium Hang Tuah is FREE. Spectators for the two-day event also stand to win airline tickets to domestic and regional Malaysia Airlines’ destinations. In addition there will be other prizes also up for grabs for spectators.

In announcing the details of the tournament, Organising Chairman Encik Noorazhar Abdul Halim said, “We selected Malacca as the venue for MASTRIC 2005 considering its tourism and historic attractions. These attractions will appeal to the tournament participants and supporters from overseas, thus promoting Malaysia as a choice holiday destination”.

“The event is also yet another active support of Malaysia Airlines towards sports tourism in the country and to also provide a platform to promote social rugby tournament among the international airline fraternity as well as amongst Malaysians,” he added.
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MAS & AirAsia To Reduce Scheduled Capacity In Domestic Sector
Updated : 26-09-2005
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd will jointly reduce their scheduled capacity in the domestic sector to avoid excess capacity and wastage of resources during a period of low demand.

In what is to be the first move towards a healthier cooperation between the country's premier and low-fare airlines, both have for the first time synergised to address low traffic demand.

The move will be during the Ramadan period, covering two weeks from Oct 1.

It is intended to provide better efficiencies and coordination between MAS and AirAsia to combat spiralling jet fuel prices while enabling them to achieve each other's objectives.

'As the owner of the domestic business operated by MAS, we are pleased to see a joint coordinated effort between the country's two national airlines in a move to conserve resources and energy during a period of exceptional low demand,' said Nasution Mohamed, managing director of Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB), in a statement, Monday.

'The joint exercise to reduce capacity and promote a better utilisation of assets during Ramadan, is a welcome move that would benefit Malaysia's aviation industry, especially during such turbulent times as faced by all airlines in the world,' said Nasution who is also chief executive officer (CEO) of PMB.

MAS' executive director Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said both airlines have agreed to a joint effort to address the low demand during Ramadan period while conserving fuel resources.

'Despite the limited cutback on MAS and AirAsia domestic routes, we believe that the move will not materially affect the convenience of passengers carried on both airlines,' he said.

AirAsia's group CEO, Datuk Tony Fernandes, hoped that the move was a start for greater cooperation which would mutually benefit both airlines in reaching their respective objectives.

'This is regarded as a historic day for our country's aviation industry, and one of the happiest moments for AirAsia since our inception,' he said.

'We applaud PMB and MAS for taking the first step towards a healthy and responsible cooperation to resolve excess capacity and unproductive competition during a period of exceptionally low traffic demand,' he added.
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10 October 2005

Malaysia Airlines hikes fuel surcharge for international flights

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia Airlines, which has been hard-hit by record oil prices, said Monday that it will raise its fuel surcharge by up to 12.3 percent, in its second hike in less than a month.

"With fuel prices continuing to escalate, Malaysia Airlines is compelled to revise the fuel surcharge rates with effect from October 15 2005," it said in statement.

The national carrier said it will raise its fuel surcharge to 137 ringgit (36 dollars) or 12.3 percent, from 122 ringgit for travel between Malaysia and Europe, Australia and New Zealand, North and South America, the Middle East and Africa.

The fuel surcharge for travel between Malaysia and Asia would be increased to 68 ringgit, or 11.5 percent, from 61 ringgit.

Surcharges on tickets sold outside Malaysia and on domestic routes will remain unchanged, it said.

"Malaysia Airlines continues to monitor the fuel price situation and will take further measures to review the surcharge if necessary," it said.

The airline recently announced one of its worst ever quarterly losses at 280.66 million ringgit in the three months to June after a profit of 26.58 million ringgit a year earlier.

After posting the disappointing result quarterly result, Malaysia Airlines announced an ambitious five-year plan to boost profits by up to 1.0 billion ringgit, which included a management shake up.

It last raised its fuel surcharge on September 21. - AFP /ls

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TO BALI, WITH LOVE

Kuala Lumpur – AirAsia – Asia’s leading low fare airline is giving away 5000 free seats* to Bali from 10 th – 14 th Oct, 2005.

“ Bali is one of destinations that bring AirAsia to where we are today. This is small contribution from us to give back to the innocent Balinese whose lives were affected in the recent bombing. We are still maintaining our 2 daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bali and we certainly do not intend to cut them despite the incident. The sentiment is made up by our desire to help up our friendly and peace loving Balinese to get back on her feet again. We feel many Malaysians share the same sentiment and we hope our fellow Malaysians will come forward and lend a helping hand too.”
- Dato’ Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia Berhad

The 5000 free seats are available for booking at www.airasia.com or via mobile at mobile.airasia.com. The booking period is from October 10 th to 14 th 2005. Traveling date is from October 17 th to December 31 st 2005. 3 days advance booking is required.
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AirAsia says fuel costs hedged to June 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (AFP) - Budget carrier AirAsia, which recently introduced surcharges to combat spiralling fuel costs, said it has hedged all its fuel requirements for the second half of the financial year to June 2006.

"Prior to this transaction, AirAsia had 50 percent of its second half fuel requirement hedged. With the new fuel-hedge in place, AirAsias fuel requirement for (financial 2006) is effectively fully hedged," it said in a statement late Monday.

AirAsia said it has hedged its fuel costs based on a price of 48 dollars per barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, the benchmark US product, if market prices stay within a band of 48-60 dollars.

"In the event WTI exceeds 60 dollars per barrel, AirAsia will receive a 12 dollars per barrel discount to the WTI market price," it said.

AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said fuel was the single largest expense for the business, accounting for about 60 percent of total operating costs.

"It is crucial to mitigate and manage fuel price volatility in order to successfully operate the business. We took advantage of the recent dip in oil prices, in light that there might be more risk on the downside going forward," he said.

AirAsia announced in August that its net profit for the year to June was 30.2 percent lower than forecast at 111.63 million ringgit (29.6 million dollars) due to higher fuel prices and an aircraft shortage.

In July it announced it would introduce a fuel surcharge on its flights for the first time as part of efforts to combat spiraling fuel costs.

Shares in AirAsia rose sharply in early trade on the Malaysian stock exchange on the back of the announcement, rising 0.05 ringgit or 3.31 percent to 1.56 ringgit.

Early Tuesday, oil was trading at 60.30 dollars per barrel.
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Malaysia's AirAsia says gets 5-year tax break

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd said on Tuesday it had received an investment-allowance incentive from the government.

The incentive contitutes income tax exemption equating to 60 percent on capital expenditure incurred within 5 years from July 1, 2004, it said in a statement.
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CEO: AirAsia to reach more Asian cities soon
Updated : 25-10-2005
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Story By : NG SI HOOI IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND


AIRASIA aims to offer more flights to different destinations in Asian countries in the near future, chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said.

The next AirAsia destination would be Phnom Penh, for which daily flights would start on Nov 1.

'We want to bring people in Asia closer by offering cheap air fares so that more people can afford to fly with us,' he said.

He was speaking to reporters after a welcome ceremony with Chiang Mai vice-governor Thongchai Wonglianthong and Thai Tourism Authority director Junnapong Sarakna to mark the first flight from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai here last Thursday.

Fernandes said AirAsia offered daily fights to Chiang Mai, which is popularly known as Rose of the North.

'We have sold over 12,000 seats for the route since the tickets went on sale two weeks ago,' he said, adding that the first fight to Chiang Mai had a passenger load of 90%.

Besides Chiang Mai, AirAsia also offers daily flights to Bangkok, Phuket and Hat Yai from KL International Airport.

Junnapong said with the launch of the new route, more people from northern Thailand would have the opportunity to visit Malaysia and vice versa.

“It's good news for us as it will boost the tourism industry in both countries," he added.
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MALAYSIA PRESS : AirAsia To Take Half LCC Terminal Capacity
26 October 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) has sought half of the 10 million passenger annual capacity at the new terminal for budget airlines being built at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the New Straits Times reports, citing Bashir Ahmad, chief executive of Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd. (5014.KU).

AirAsia will occupy 24 of the 30 bays available at the terminal, which starts operations next year, he said, according to the report. The terminal is expected to reach its maximum annual capacity of 10 million passengers "within five to six years," he added.
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Malaysia's AirAsia Sep Passenger Traffic +38.7% On Year
27 October 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) Thursday said it carried 38.7% more passengers on year in September.

AirAsia carried 617,906 passengers in the month, with its Malaysian operations enjoying a 23.2% on-year increase in traffic, while its Thai associate handled 23.4% more travelers.

AirAsia is Southeast Asia's only publicly listed low-cost carrier and the region's biggest such airline. [ 27-10-05 0656GMT ]

Its newly-started 49%-owned Indonesian associate, PT AWAir, carried 68,739 passengers in September, AirAsia said in a statement. AirAsia also holds 49% of the Thai operations, Thai AirAsia.

For the fiscal first quarter to Sept. 30, traffic at AirAsia surged 33.7% on year to 1.81 million passengers.

Traffic at the Malaysian operations rose 21.1% in the quarter, while the Thai operations handled 20.6% more passengers, AirAsia said.

The Indonesian associate carried 172,655 passengers in that period, the company added.

AirAsia didn't explain the data but the rise in passenger traffic comes at a time of strong growth in tourist arrivals to Malaysia and robust travel demand from Malaysians.

Separately, AirAsia said it expects to get its first Airbus 320 plane in early December. The airline has a firm order for 60 180-passenger A320 planes and an option to buy another 40 of the single-aisle planes.
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AirAsia to start operating at Batu Berendam airport by 2008

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ASIA’s leading low-budget airline is poised to start operating at the Batu Berendam Airport as soon as the airport’s expansion project is completed by the end of 2008.
Describing the airport as “nice and simple”, AirAsia Bhd group chief executive Datuk Tony Fernandes said Indonesia would be the main destination the airline would serve from Batu Berendam.

“But the routes we will take have not been finalised yet. Everything’s still in the planning stages.”

Fernandes said the airline, which focuses on the Asean and China markets, is also in talks to secure landing rights in Myanmar and Laos.
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