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Old October 11th, 2016, 12:54 PM   #2721
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LFC signs global partnership with Malaysia Airlines
http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/anno...aysia-airlines

Liverpool FC has signed a three-year global partnership with Malaysia Airlines, who will become the club's official global airline partner.

Through the partnership, the club aims to bring Anfield a little closer to its huge fanbase of loyal and passionate supporters in this part of the world.

Billy Hogan, chief commercial officer of LFC, said: “Liverpool and Malaysia have always shared a special passion for football – when we visited Malaysia on our pre-season tour in 2011 and 2015, the reception was incredible.

“The partnership is a reflection of this bond and we are very much looking forward to a bright future working with Malaysia Airlines.”

Peter Bellew, chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Liverpool FC to the Malaysia Airlines family.

“Both brands have a long and illustrious history with similar cultures rooted around a sense of family. Liverpool FC is one of the most followed clubs in the world, including around 100million followers in South East Asia and 40million in China, our key markets.

“Additionally, Liverpool FC will go a long way in strengthening our brand in the UK, our gateway to Europe.”

Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, was established nearly 80 years ago when the Liverpool-based Ocean Steamship Company partnered with the Straits Steamship Company and now flies 40,000 guests to more than 1,000 destinations every day.

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Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2016: Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) today struck a deal with Liverpool Football club to become the Official Global Airline Partner. The deal brings together 2 major international brands: Malaysia Airlines and Liverpool FC, 18 League titles and 5 times champions of Europe.

Under the partnership, Malaysia Airlines will be exclusively designated as the “Official Global Airline Partner of Liverpool Football Club” providing Malaysia Airlines numerous benefits including: LED and static board brand exposure at each home game at Anfield stadium, and exposure on the Liverpool FC website, publications and Facebook page, besides co-branding opportunities in merchandising rights and customer engagement via experiential experiences, such as pitch side access, in Liverpool with players and legends. The airline will also have access to players to be featured as ambassadors and in all related communication materials.

Record winner of 8 League Cups, Liverpool FC is one of the best-supported clubs worldwide and allows Malaysia Airlines to reach an international audience of more than one billion. This is especially so in key markets such as China where Liverpool has around 40 million followers.

Additionally, Malaysia Airlines will benefit from football clinics with Club International Academy coaches delivering coaching and coach education programmes both on and off the pitch. This enables the airline to provide exposure to young Malaysian players, providing them access to both the best coaching environment and coaching expertise possible, following the same curriculum that is delivered to Liverpool stars.

Peter Bellew, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines said, "We are delighted to welcome Liverpool FC to the Malaysia Airlines family. Both brands have a long and illustrious history with similar cultures rooted around a sense of family. Liverpool FC is one of the most followed clubs in the world, including around 100 million in South East Asia and 40 million in China, our key markets. Additionally, the partnership will go a long way in increasing awareness of Malaysia, as a tourist destination, to a huge global audience”

Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC said: “Liverpool and Malaysia have always shared a special passion for football; when we visited Malaysia on our pre-season tour in 2011 and 2015, the reception was incredible. The partnership is a reflection of this bond and we are very much looking forward to a bright future working with Malaysia Airlines.”

Malaysia Airlines will be offering a special sale to celebrate the partnership announcement with flights from RM2,499 all-in return from Kuala Lumpur to London and GBP399 all-in return from London to

Kuala Lumpur, both on Economy Class. The sale period for Malaysia starts now until 17 October 2016, for travel from 13 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.

The sale will also be available in China to London, from CNY4,657 all-in return. Malaysia Airlines is looking forward to bringing our Asian fans closer to Liverpool FC with these irresistible deals via the airline’s daily and weekly flights between major Chinese cities and London

These great fares come with 30kg complimentary checked-in baggage and meals.

To enjoy this promotion, guests can book their tickets at Malaysia Airlines’ participating travel agents or visit Malaysia Airlines’ website at www.malaysiaairlines.com

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Old October 14th, 2016, 11:59 AM   #2723
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Follow me. It very nice livery, thumbs up for MAS. with the new equipments ordered and to be delivered in the coming years along with the improvement in its domestic/regional sector, I think the 5 star status on skytrax is acceptable.
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Old November 6th, 2016, 07:07 AM   #2724
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Malaysia Airlines launches rapid expansion into China
November 5, 2016, Saturday
http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/11...on-into-china/

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines yesterday launched a rapid expansion into China, which will see the flag carrier serving eight new destinations and 11 new routes with 35 additional frequencies between Malaysia and China beginning early 2017.

This was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is currently in China for a six-day official visit starting Monday.

Najib said the new routes were to attract more Chinese tourists.

Following the announcement, Malaysia Airlines’ CEO, Peter Bellew, in a separate statement, said the airline has huge confidence in China.

“Malaysia Airlines plans to triple our Chinese business over the next five years.

“I see potential for direct flights to 20 Chinese cities from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by 2019,” he said.

He said the improved connectivity will foster deeper business links between the two nations.

Malaysians relished the business opportunities and tourism experience in China.

“The Chinese tourist market to Malaysia is growing rapidly due to the shared food, language and cultural connections,” he said.

In addition to this initial growth, the airline would promote tourism in Malaysia and China through seasonal or ad-hoc services to key leisure markets such as Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

“Six of our new Chinese cities have never been served directly by Malaysian Airlines,” Bellew added.

Malaysia Airlines’ new routes will be KL-Haikou, KL-Nanjing, KL-Fuzhou, KL-Wuhan, KL-Chengdu, KL-Chongqing, Kota Kinabalu-Tianjin, Penang-Shenzhen and Penang-Shanghai.

The airline will also add a second daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai subject to slots in April 2017.


This follows the airline’s recent announcement on the service upgrade to its morning Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong sector from the Boeing 737 to the Airbus 330, he said. — Bernama
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More information regarding the China expansion:
http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/e...e&mobile=false
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Old November 7th, 2016, 05:37 AM   #2726
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Malaysia Airlines launches rapid expansion into China
November 5, 2016, Saturday
http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/11...on-into-china/

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines yesterday launched a rapid expansion into China, which will see the flag carrier serving eight new destinations and 11 new routes with 35 additional frequencies between Malaysia and China beginning early 2017.

This was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is currently in China for a six-day official visit starting Monday.

Najib said the new routes were to attract more Chinese tourists.

Following the announcement, Malaysia Airlines’ CEO, Peter Bellew, in a separate statement, said the airline has huge confidence in China.

“Malaysia Airlines plans to triple our Chinese business over the next five years.

“I see potential for direct flights to 20 Chinese cities from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by 2019,” he said.

He said the improved connectivity will foster deeper business links between the two nations.

Malaysians relished the business opportunities and tourism experience in China.

“The Chinese tourist market to Malaysia is growing rapidly due to the shared food, language and cultural connections,” he said.

In addition to this initial growth, the airline would promote tourism in Malaysia and China through seasonal or ad-hoc services to key leisure markets such as Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

“Six of our new Chinese cities have never been served directly by Malaysian Airlines,” Bellew added.

Malaysia Airlines’ new routes will be KL-Haikou, KL-Nanjing, KL-Fuzhou, KL-Wuhan, KL-Chengdu, KL-Chongqing, Kota Kinabalu-Tianjin, Penang-Shenzhen and Penang-Shanghai.

The airline will also add a second daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai subject to slots in April 2017.


This follows the airline’s recent announcement on the service upgrade to its morning Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong sector from the Boeing 737 to the Airbus 330, he said. — Bernama
Kota Kinabalu-Tianjin and Penang-Shenzhen seems pretty random, aren't there other markets with more O&D demand from Penang and Kota Kinabalu?
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Old November 18th, 2016, 01:58 PM   #2727
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Malindo Air named Regional Airline of the Year
November 17, 2016, Thursday
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malindo Air was voted the Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year at the 2016 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards of Excellence held last night in Singapore in conjunction with the CAPA Asia Pacific Summit.

Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the significant award is validation of the Malindo Air team’s dedication throughout the region, which ensures it remains competitive in the industry.

“We take pride in our product and services and relentlessly motivate ourselves to exceed expectations.

“With a rapid expanding network through the continents of Asia and Australia, we are receiving global recognition for the indisputable comfort and premium in-flight services offered with economical flight rates,” he said in a statement.

The airline previously bagged the Airline of the Year (Passenger) award at the KLIA Awards 2014 and Top Performing Airline 2015 by Travelport.

To celebrate the significant milestone, Malindo Air now offers one million promotional seats,with air fares starting from only RM69 one way all-inclusive, for economy class KLIA/Subang to selected domestic destinations.

The promotion is available for purchases from now until Nov 27, 2016 for the travel period between Jan 1 to Sept 30, 2017. — Bernama
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AirAsia bags Gold at 30th International ARC Awards in New York City
BY B. SURESH RAM - 18 NOVEMBER 2016 @ 9:41 AM
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/11/1...-new-york-city

SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd’s 2015 annual report themed ‘Discover More with AirAsia’ won the prestigious Gold Award under the ‘Grand Award – Best of Asia Pacific’ category at the 30th International ARC Awards.

The winners were feted at the Pearl Anniversary Gala, held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in Oct.

The Company also received the Gold Award for ‘Best Non-Traditional Annual Report: Airlines’ category.

The ARC Awards honours excellence in annual reports and is considered the most respected and prestigious competition in the industry.

Winning an ARC prize is highly coveted due to the impartiality of the judging organisation, which boasts global representation. On top of that, Grand Awards are given only to the top 2 per cent of all the Gold winning annual reports.

This year’s awards saw a total of 2,124 competing entries from 32 countries.

Established by MerComm Inc. in 1987, the Annual Report Competition (ARC) Awards aims to encourage noteworthy and vital writing, as well as imaginative and original design.

Preliminary and final judges represent top-level investor relations executives, financial executives, writers, designers, and photographers from over 50 different agencies and corporations. They hail from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States. Criteria used to choose winners included Cover Design, Chairman’s Letter, Writing, Interior Design, Financial Presentation, and, overall, how well the spirit of the company is reflected in the annual report.

Air Asia’s Head of Investor Relations, Elina Effendi, said the award is a recognition of the efforts by a team of passionate people who have worked tirelessly to put the publication together, with the help of Allstars (AirAsia employees) from across the AirAsia Group.

“We are proud to be honoured with this prestigious award recognising the creative input to our 2015 annual report.

She said Airasia’s annual reports have become collectable items and they have been receiving requests for copies from corporations and individuals not just in Malaysia but all over the world.

“With such high expectations given, every year, we challenge ourselves to improve the quality of our annual report as it is a representation of the AirAsia Allstars and the work they have done during the year”, she added.

Elaborating on the theme of the annual report, she said, "Our annual reports are all about our people. We feature different Allstars every year based on the theme of the annual report for the year. For this publication in particular, the theme was 'Discover More with AirAsia.'

She said apart from promoting new and interesting destinations with AirAsia, the annual report also has sections such as 'Discovering Your Purpose', which highlights the #AirAsiaMAKNA campaign and the story of employees who were personally affected by cancer.

Elina said another section was on 'Discovering Your Ambitions', where the company talked about empowering Airasia’s people to achieve their dreams.

This included the likes of Kugan Tangiisuran from Malaysia, who was a dispatch boy but is now a pilot; a Thai AirAsia Allstar, Pinkaew Sujanakobkul, who was a ramp agent but is now an ICT Supervisor; and Tantu Agung Suharto, the Head of Corporate Quality and Assurance in Indonesia AirAsia, who started his career with the company as a guest service assistant."

AirAsia’s award-winning annual reports can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.airasia.com/my/en/about-u...l-reports.page. Nova Fusion Sdn Bhd is the Malaysian-based creative agency commissioned by AirAsia Berhad for the creative execution and the publication of the 2015 annual report.



The 2015 annual report of AirAsia Bhd won Gold Award under the ‘Grand Award –
Best of Asia Pacific’ category at the 30th International ARC Awards in New York. Pix by MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN.
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RUAG Aviation opens region's first aviation component repair centre in M'sia
BY BILQIS BAHARI - 17 NOVEMBER 2016 @ 7:15 PM
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SUBANG JAYA: Swiss aviation company RUAG Aviation (RUAG) is keen to tap into the US$500 million (RM2.1 billion) aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business in Southeast Asia.

RUAG Aviation Malaysia Sdn Bhd (RAM) general manager David Jones said out of the US$500 million, RAM aims to capture US$160 million as it opens the first component repair centre in the region here.

The decision to open a service centre in Malaysia is based on the increasing number of military aircraft operated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), as well as the growing demand for fixed-wing and rotary-wing airplanes in Southeast Asia, said Jones.

He said there are over 400 civil helicopters and some 380 fixed-wing aircraft in the region, which RAM is currently eyeing.

“We are seeing very positive MRO growth in this region. By us having a footprint here (Malaysia), it shows that we are confident with the market,” Jones told reporters at a media briefing here today.

RUAG’s service centre in Malaysia will provide MRO services for aircraft components, particularly turboprop and helicopters, to local customers as well as those in the broader region.

The company has worked with RMAF previously, as it partnered with Airod Sdn Bhd to carry out an extensive upgrade on RMAF’s Falcon 900 aircraft last year.

RUAG is also an authorised service centre for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) such as Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Bombardier, Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica (AgustaWestland), Piaggio, Sikorsky, Pilatus, Piper and Mooney.

RUAG Switzerland Ltd director of marketing and communication, Pirmin Berger, said the company’s service centre in Malaysia is closely positioned near customers in Southeast Asia.

“It gives them a much shorter turnaround time as compared to when they send the components to Europe,” he added.

Currently, RAM has a total of 10 employees and it plans to add five technicians by end-2017.



Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Chua Tee Yong (center) during
grand opening RUAG Aviation Malaysia at Malaysia International Aerospace Center, Subang. With him,
Ambassador of Swiss Confederation, Michael Winzap (left) and Chief Executive Officer of RUAG Aviation, Philip Berner (right).
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AirAsia X Cleared to Fly to the USA
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MIAMI — AirAsia X has received the approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly to operate scheduled passenger flights to any city in the United States.

The long-haul low-cost carrier is the first Asian airline of its type to gain this approval, and is now considering to start flights to several destinations, including Hawaii, as part of its route expansion plans.

“Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia Pacific,” Group Chief Executive Officer Kamarudin Meranun said in a statement.

The announcement comes a day after Emirates launched a new route to the United States, linking Newark and Dubai via Athens under the fifth freedom of air, enabling the Emirati carrier to transport passengers between Greece and the United States.

AirAsia X also announced that its is considering to resume its London service, which was dropped in 2012 after high tax charges.

“We are also looking to resume our very popular London route, and are working towards securing the necessary approvals,” Meranun said.

In 2016, AirAsia X resumed its Kuala Lumpur – Delhi service and returned to New Zealand in March with a flight to Auckland service, via Gold Coast. The carrier also resumed flights to Tehran last June.

To date, AirAsia X has a fleet of 19 Airbus A330-300 widebodies, and plans to take delivery of 10 Airbus A350-900 and 66 A330-900 aircraft on order.
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Old January 26th, 2017, 02:57 PM   #2731
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i know. Which MH routes (beside KUL-LHR) are currently operated internet hà nội by A380? Or did they strore/ground some aircrafts due to lack of demand?
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Malindo Air in March 2017 is adding 2 new scheduled service between Kuala Lumpur and China, as the airline plans scheduled service to Guangzhou and Haikou. Guangzhou is now available for reservation on the airline’s website.

Planned operation as follow.

eff 15MAR17 Kuala Lumpur – Guangzhou 1 daily (Following schedule effective 26MAR17)
OD612 KUL2205 – 0225+1CAN 738 D
OD613 CAN0325 – 0740KUL 738 D

eff 28MAR17 Kuala Lumpur – Haikou 2 weekly (Reservation currently not available)
OD614 KUL1300 – 1620HAK 738 26
OD615 HAK1710 – 2035KUL 738 26

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/...s-in-mar-2017/
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AirAsia’s new Shenzhen route expected to boost arrivals to Langkawi
Thursday, 23 March 2017



Launched: Liow (with plane logo) officiating at the launch of the Langkawi-Shenzen route in conjunction with Lima 2017 at Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre in Langkawi. With him are Aireen and Langkawi Development Authority CEO Datuk Azizan Noordin (third from left)

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LANGKAWI: AirAsia Bhd’s third route to Shenzhen from Langkawi is expected to boost tourist arrivals on the island.

The new flight is scheduled to commence operations on July 16 with three weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

AirAsia chief executive officer Aireen Omar said that AirAsia had always expanded in markets in which it operated, and Langkawi was no exception.

“The number of passengers flown year on year into Langkawi has increased by 30% from 2015 to 2016,” she said.

Aireen announced the new flight at Lima 2017, which was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Aireen said there was so much potential for Langkawi, and with the resources and marketing initiatives in place, AirAsia could expand the market demand for Langkawi from Shenzhen.

“AirAsia looks forward to working with all parties, especially from the tourism industry on both ends to ensure that we optimise on this new route,” she added.

Langkawi was AirAsia’s first route to be operated in 2001 and it currently serves five routes from the island of Langkawi with 106 flights to two international destinations (Singapore and Guangzhou), and three domestic flights (Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru).

Meanwhile, Liow who launched the new route, described it as very important as it would increase the number of tourists to Langkawi.

“We will continue to enhance the capability and capacity of the airport. We are not experiencing full capacity of 2.5 million to 2.7 million passengers yearly.

“AirAsia alone contributed 1.7 million passengers to Langkawi last year. We will continue to expand the Langkawi airport so that it can cater for 5 million passengers and I hope there will be more airlines coming into Langkawi,” he said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/business/b...0EiJwesVBzZ.99
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MAS upbeat on China market, set to add 8 new routes there by Oct
By MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING and OOI TEE CHING - March 18, 2017 @ 12:45pm



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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) is opening up eight new routes to China, adding to the existing 17, says chief executive officer Peter Bellew.

The new routes are to Chengdu, Wuhan, Nanjing, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Haikou and Tianjin.

“That’s the largest number of new routes that the company has started in the history of Malaysia Airlines,” he told the New Straits Times and Berita Harian yesterday.

“We’ve never done anything like that before. So it’s a huge expansion for us. I think China is going to be a massive growth market for tourism,” he said.

Bellew said the new routes would not just fly out from Kuala Lumpur. Some will be from Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang.

The first two new routes had already started, the third would start by end of this month, and the others were scheduled between now and October, he said during a visit to The New Straits Times Press Bhd (NSTP) at the Balai Berita, here, yesterday.

Bellew and his team also met with Media Prima Bhd group managing director Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin, NSTP chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and Harian Metro group editor Datuk Mustapa Omar.

“I’m​ a huge believer in print advertising. We’ve run a number of campaigns with Media Prima and it was a huge boost to Malaysia Airlines.

“Old-fashioned print advertising works extremely well in the country. People still read newspapers. We’ll be investing millions of ringgit in the next twelve months with Media Prima,” said Bellew.

It has been three years since the national carrier was delisted from Bursa Malaysia by parent Khazanah Nasional and supplanted by MAS.

Bellew, who is on a three-year contract, said his main task is to make the national carrier profitable by next year, ahead of a planned relisting in 2019.

In reinstating more routes for MAS, Bellew is on a mission to get new aircraft.

“We are looking at Airbus A330 and Boeing 787. Ideally, if we can get some more wide-body aircraft next year, that would give Malaysia Airlines a boost, making it more luxurious and giving it a more premium feel.”

“Malaysia Airlines was the pride of the nation previously and we were accorded five stars from Skytrax World Airline Rating for eight or nine years before 2013.

We’re going to work very hard for the next 12 months to get that back. That’s the goal I’ve set myself,” Bellew added.
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Malaysia Airlines will soon be able to track aircraft real time, globally
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 | MYT 11:45 AM

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SINGAPORE: All Malaysia Airlines aircraft will soon have access to minute-by-minute, 100% global, flight tracking data, delivered by SITAONAIR's AIRCOM FlightTracker.

Malaysia Airlines will be the first SITAONAIR airline customer to benefit from a revolutionary flight tracking partnership between SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware.

"Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community," said Malaysia Airlines chief operating officer Captain Izham Ismail in a statement here.

"We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution using space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data as part of SITAONAIR's AIRCOM FlightTracker," he said.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has mandated that airlines track their aircraft at least every 15 minutes globally from November 2018.

This solution will enhance SITAONAIR's AIRCOM FlightTracker by adding Aireon's space-based ADS-B data to the existing data available from FlightAware's multiple global sources.

It complements active Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) Future Air Navigation System (FANS) activity data.

By incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines' aircraft operations centre will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally.

"With access to up-to-the-minute reporting, Malaysia Airlines will know the location, heading, speed and altitude of all aircraft in its fleet, at all times, and be alerted to any exceptions," said Paul Gibson, portfolio director of AIRCOM at SITAONAIR.

Aireon's space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance.

No new avionics or modifications are needed for the aircraft to take advantage of this new service.

FlightAware's chief executive officer Daniel Baker said Malaysia Airlines will seamlessly gain real-time flight tracking ability of its fleet, even in areas where regional Air Navigation Service Providers do not have full surveillance.

"The result will be that Malaysia Airlines will have greater visibility of their aircraft's exact location," he added.

Meanwhile, Aireon's chief executive officer Don Thoma, said Malaysia Airlines has taken a lead role in the industry since the tragic events of 2014.

"Real-time, global flight tracking, anywhere on the planet will further safety goals, by allowing Malaysia Airlines to track their aircraft anytime, anywhere," he said.

In November 2016, Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR announced a new partnership to deliver Aireon data via FlightAware to SITAONAIR customers.

Once the Aireon system is operational, expected in 2018, airlines already using SITAONAIR's AIRCOM FlightTracker will automatically begin seeing the new Aireon data appear in their systems without the need for costly modifications. - Bernama
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UPDATE:
As of March 2017, the Malaysia Airlines fleet (excluding their cargo aircraft) consists of the following aircraft:

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Aircraft	                Total	
Airbus A330-300	  15   Two in Oneworld Livery; All fitted with new Business Class interior.
Airbus A380-800            6   To be reconfigured with 650-700 seats to transport Hajj pilgrimage passengers.
Boeing 737-800	          54   One in Oneworld livery and one in retro livery.
                                         Four aircraft will retired during summer season with 
                                         the expiration of several lease agreements
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Aircraft                    Orders
Airbus A350-900            6   To be sourced from Air Lease Corporation; Estimated delivery from October 2017
Boeing 737 MAX	          25   Deliveries from 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malays...et#cite_note-1

Airbus A330-300

Malaysia Airlines A330 leaving Adelaide International Airport by Mertie ., on Flickr

Airbus A380-800


https://www.flickr.com/photos/markp51/31714057541/

Boeing 737-800

1020816 Oneworld (Malaysia Airlines) Boeing 737-8H6 9M-MXC by tomin1226, on Flickr

Airbus A350-900 (coming soon)

Airbus A350-900 - F-WXWB by Chris Jilli, on Flickr
A350-900_Airbus_F-WXWB_cn0001 by Ragnarok31, on Flickr

Boeing 737 MAX (coming soon)

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickch...r/32444367502/
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Malaysia Airlines is first airline to track planes with satellites
Bloomberg April 18, 2017 23:36 pm MYT

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WASHINGTON (April 18): Malaysia Airlines Bhd, which lost a wide-body jet with 239 people aboard three years ago in one of history’s most enduring aviation mysteries, has become the first airline to sign an agreement for space-based flight tracking of its aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines reached a deal with Aireon LLC, SITAONAIR and FlightAware LLC to enable it to monitor the flight paths of its aircraft anywhere in the world including over the polar regions and the most remote oceans, according to an e-mailed press release from Aireon.

Aireon is launching a new satellite network with Iridium Communications Inc that will allow it to monitor air traffic around the globe. It’s projected to be completed in 2018. Most international flights are already transmitting their position with technology known as ADS-B and the signals can be tracked from the ground or space. The US Federal Aviation Administration has already installed a ground-based tracking system for ADS-B.

“Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community,” Malaysia Airlines chief operating officer Captain Izham Ismail said in the release. “We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution."

MH370 was on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, when it turned around, flew back across Malaysia and then turned toward the remote reaches of the southern Indian Ocean. While debris from the plane has been found washed ashore on African beaches, the main wreckage was never located despite years of searching.

Whether the Aireon tracking system would have made a difference in Flight 370 isn’t clear. The plane’s location transmitter went dead, possibly because it was intentionally shut off, and the aircraft would not have been visible to the satellite network.
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AirAsia enters Europe's leasing arena
By NST Business - August 4, 2017 @ 6:25pm

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KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd has incorporated Asia Aviation Capital (Ireland) Ltd to have a leasing platform and marketing presence in Europe.

AirAsia said Asia Aviation Capital will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Aviation Capital Ltd, a unit under AirAsia.

“The issued share capital of the Subsidiary is EUR100. The subsidiary is not expected to have any immediate effect on the issued and paid-up share capital or substantial shareholders’ shareholding in AirAsia,” it said.

The establishment of the subsidiary is also not subject to the approval of shareholders of the Company and any other regulatory authorities in Malaysia, it added.
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Malindo Air, All Nippon Airways announce interline partnership
By Bernama - August 21, 2017 @ 4:02pm

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malindo Air has teamed up with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and only five-star airline, to offer passengers seamless travel and greater connectivity when travelling between ASEAN and over 200 routes on the latter’s network.

Malindo Air Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline was delighted to partner ANA and take passengers beyond the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“With ANA, our passengers will be connected to more than 200 global and domestic destinations through its hubs in Narita and Haneda,” he said in a statement today.

Chandran said via the interline partnership, both parties are also connecting travellers from a larger network to visit Malaysia.

“At the same time, this will increase the number of transit passengers at KLIA. Our extensive route network provides better options for passengers who travel for both the business and leisure segments,” he added.

ANA is the fifth addition to Malindo Air’s interline partners, after Turkish Airline, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Oman Air.

Malindo Air currently serves over 46 cities across 16 countries, including 13 major airports in Malaysia. -- Bernama
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MAS opts for Dreamliner - mulling flying to US, Europe cities again
Thursday, 14 Sep 2017



Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak shaking hands with Boeing Chief Executive Officer Kevin McAllister (right) at the Memorandum of Understanding Exchange Ceremony between Boeing and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) today. Also present MAB Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew (center)

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines Bhd is mulling flying the United States-Malaysia route again and expanding into European cities once it gets delivery of the eight new ultra-long B787-9 Dreamliner jets and eight B737-MAX it just ordered from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

Earlier, it was in talks with European jet maker Airbus to buy more aircraft, but opted for the Dreamliner instead. Some of the new jets will be used to replace its existing fleet, especially since it will be using the six A380 aircraft for Haj charter flights and others to enter new markets. It had earlier ordered several A350 aircraft.

The deal for the 16 aircraft was signed on Tuesday and is worth US$4.86bil, and that includes maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

“It is a normal thing to (order planes).


Other than the KL-London route, the airline had axed all its long-haul routes, including its only US link via Los Angeles, some years ago to turn into an Asian-centric carrier in a major transformation exercise to revive the airline. “There are nine different very long-distance routes that we are looking at right now, and certainly the west coast of the US and as far as New York. We will be assessing and investigating as to the market size. We are also looking at Amsterdam, Paris, and expansion into Japan and South Korea,” Malaysia Airlines managing director and chief executive officer Peter Bellew told Malaysian journalists in Washington.

“We expect to use the aircraft to fly some new routes with longer distance than we are currently operating. This gives us the flexibility of having the long-distance A350 and ultra-long B787 aircraft, and we will be able to go back to markets where we were in the past, and into new markets not served before,” Bellew added.

While the airline is still assessing if the US is a viable connection, some analysts are not so keen for it to move in that direction so fast.

“Ultra-long-haul flights don’t really work. Via eastwards it is too challenging geographically, and there is too much capacity from Cathay Pacific, Japanese, Taiwanese and now Chinese carriers. Going eastward is also equally challenging, with too much of competition from the Middle-Eastern carriers. But flying to Japan and South Korea would be no issue,” said Mohshin.

CAPA Centre for Aviation analyst Brendan Sobie added that “it’s way too early for the airline to even consider flying again to North America. The South-East Asian-North American market has become extremely competitive and challenging. The 787 gives them some flexibility in future, but I would be shocked if Malaysia Airlines flies to the US this decade”.

The airline is fully aware of all the challenges it will face and that is why Bellew said it would need to investigate before finally making a decision.

“The US is a fascinating proposition. The plane can easily and technically reach the west coast; both Los Angeles and San Francisco are prospects. Technically, New York non-stop is more difficult at certain times of the year due to winds.

“As for the business case for US direct flights, we are just starting on it. The planes were not acquired to do that mission, although it is now possible.

“A lot of negotiations are required with our airline partners, handlers, agents and airports in the US to make it economically feasible,” Bellew said in reply to queries from StarBiz.

However, he added that “it is important to remember that all these routes lost a lot of money for Malaysia Airlines in the past. I don’t want to repeat that. This aircraft (B787) has very strong economics, but we need to get partnerships in place to fill the planes from new destinations with attractive yields. With our new reservation system, we have a real chance of selling connecting traffic on our own, and easily on to our partner networks for the fist time in a simple way,” Bellew said.

As for Amsterdam, where it has a longstanding relationship with KLM which it can rely on, Bellew said, “Amsterdam has the best quick connections all across the United Kingdom and Europe and we have good relations with KLM.”

On the possiblity of flying into Paris, he said: “I also have had two meetings in Paris. It is not off the table, but much more difficult financially.” He said the fittings of the aircraft would be luxurious, with a high proportion of Business Class seats with full flat beds. It is even considering adding First Class seating.

“It is really a move to distance ourselves from the low-cost carriers and to be a premier five-star carrier,” Bellew explained.

Malaysia Airlines and Boeing signed a memorandum of understanding for the planes that was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a visit to the White House on Tuesday, where he told US President Donald Trump that Malaysia Airlines would buy 25 Boeing 737 jets and eight 787 Dreamliners.

The eight 787-9s were converted from a prior 737 MAX order, while Malaysia Airlines also added eight purchase rights over 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing said.

The 16 aircraft would cost the airline US$3.63bil at list prices and without the customary discounts. Apart from that, Boeing will collaborate with the airline on a new MRO facility to specialise in the 787, MAX and Boeing new-generation (NG) aircraft.

Bellew said it would use the existing hangar at Sepang for the MRO services, and MRO services to other airlines with the Dreamliner, MAX and Boeing NG aircraft.

The MRO deal for the 16 aircraft is worth US$1.23bil for 12 years of the life of the planes, and when combined with the purchase of 16 aircraft, the total deal to the airline is worth US$4.86bil. Najib added that the airline would probably add another 25 737s in the near future, a deal he said would be worth more than US$10bil (RM42bil) within five years.

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