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Old November 26th, 2005, 10:59 AM   #281
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AirAsia takes delivery of Airbus A320 on Dec 5
25 Nov 2005 11:08 AM




Budget carrier AirAsia Bhd will be taking delivery of its first Airbus A320 in Toulouse, France on Dec 5.

AirAsia chairman Datuk Pahamin Rajab will be there to take delivery of the aircraft from Airbus with another to be delivered in the same month.

Thereafter Airbus will deliver the rest of the A320, which has a price tag of US$64 million (RM240.38 million), at the rate of one a month until the year 2011.

Last December, AirAsia sealed a deal with Airbus to purchase 40 Airbus A320 with an option to purchase another 40 planes. It then increased its order by another 20 planes, making it a total of 100 planes.

"(Group CEO) Tony Fernandes will be on hand to welcome the A320 when it lands at KLIA on Dec 8," said AirAsia spokesperson Jeamie Lee.

Various parts of the A320 were manufactured and fitted by Airbus' various plants in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and France before their final assembly in France.

The new single-aisle A320s, which has a seating capacity of 150-180 passengers, will replace AirAsia's entire fleet of Boeing 737-300s.

AirAsia will be the single largest customer of the A320 in the Asia-Pacific region after full delivery of its first order.
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AirAsia to dramatically expand on wings of new Airbus planes

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 (AFP) - Budget carrier AirAsia is embarking on a major expansion plan in China and Southeast Asia on the wings of 100 brand-new Airbus A320 planes that will quadruple the size of its fleet and shave down costs.

The Malaysia-based airline, which dominates the crowded Southeast Asian low-cost sector, wants to ride the travel boom not only in its home region of half-a-billion people, but also in the emerging China and India markets.

The order for the medium-sized A320 planes, worth some 6.4 billion dollars at catalogue price and due to start arriving next month, are expected to make AirAsia the largest budget carrier in Asia by 2011 when they are all in service.

The new aircraft are expected to lift profits by lowering operating costs and boosting passenger load and confidence, AirAsia officials and analysts said.

"The A320s will take us to new heights. These brand-new aircraft will spur more people to travel. We will have the biggest and youngest fleet in Asia," AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told AFP.

"This will improve our bottom line as the A320 planes have a bigger capacity and we will be able to offer more cheap tickets," he said.

The 180-seater A320 planes will completely replace AirAsia's current fleet of 28 148-seat Boeing 737-300s, which will be deployed in its joint-venture operations in Thailand and Indonesia.

AirAsia director Timothy Ross said the new aircraft will boost confidence in the no-frills carrier among those who were wary of boarding the well-used Boeings.

"Before we had people who did not want to fly with us because we had old aircraft. Now with these brand-new A320s, we are confident it will be a crowd puller," he said.

Fernandes said 2006 promised to be an exciting year for the pioneering airline thanks to strong growth in Asia's travel industry despite the threat of terrorism, rising fuel costs and the bird flu crisis.

AirAsia reported annual profits of 29.6 million dollars in June, while budget airline Tiger Airways, a unit of the state-owned Singapore Airlines, and JetStar Asia, in which the government has a stake, reportedly remain unprofitable.

However, the results for the financial year to June were 30 percent below the target set in its October 2004 initial public offering (IPO) prospectus, due to higher fuel prices and an aircraft shortage.

The carrier is due to announce its first quarter results for financial year 2006 on Monday and analysts expect to see a healthier bottom line.

Fernandes said AirAsia was now cushioned from the impact of high oil prices by its twin policy of hedging and insurance.

"The A320 planes will also see reduction of fuel costs by about 12 percent," he said, adding that fuel represents about half of overall operating costs.

The ebullient chief executive said that by the time the new budget airline terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) starts operations in July, at least eight of the new planes will have arrived.

The new terminal is being built at a cost of 108 million ringgit (28 million dollars) and Malaysia hopes it will boost KLIA's standing as a regional transport hub to rival neighbouring Singapore.

Fernandes said the new routes will probably be in southern China and in other Southeast Asian countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myannmar and Vietnam.

Other AirAsia officials said the company will fly to five more destinations in China and will also secure landing rights in India.

Am Securities aviation analyst Nigel Foo said there was a huge potential for AirAsia in China, India and Southeast Asia.

"The future is very bright for this discount carrier. When they have some 20 to 30 A320 planes, their fuel costs will come down and this will translate into gains for the company," he said.

Foo said that compared to AirAsia, which has a strong domestic market coupled with low operating costs, it would be difficult for other budget carriers, especially those in Singapore, to compete.

"The only challenge will be rising fuel costs and the host of uncertainties facing the industry," he said in reference to last year's tsunami tragedy and the September 11 attacks on the United States, which hurt the travel industry.

AirAsia was launched in December 2001 with just two aircraft and has since become a significant regional player, with its business model increasingly imitated by national carriers and a host of new low-cost entrants.
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Old November 28th, 2005, 06:38 PM   #283
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Malaysia's AirAsia says net profit rises 11 percent in quarterly
28 November 2005

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd., Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier, said Monday its net profit rose 11 percent from a year ago in the July-September quarter because of higher passenger traffic.

Net profit for the first quarter of the company's fiscal year was 11.7 million ringgit (US$3.1 million; euro2.6 million), up from 10.5 million ringgit (US$2.8 million; euro2.4 million) in the same period the previous year, said AirAsia.

Revenue increased 50 percent on-year to 186.3 million ringgit (US$49.3 million; euro42.1 million) as the number of passengers flown jumped 34 percent to 1.81 million people, AirAsia said.

"The first (quarter) is seasonally the weakest quarter for the year, but nonetheless AirAsia managed to achieve an encouraging performance relative to the industry," AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said in a statement. "AirAsia is one of only a handful of Asia Pacific airlines to achieve double digit growth at both the revenue and net profit level."
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Old November 28th, 2005, 06:40 PM   #284
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Malaysian Air Drops Plan To Replace B737s
28 November 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) has shelved plans to replace 39 Boeing 737-400s with new planes as it trims costs to regain profitability, an industry source told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.

"There is overcapacity and there are more plans to trim routes," the source told Dow Jones Newswires on condition of anonymity. The airline was expected to make a decision by the end of this year.

The move not to replace the jets could be a minor blow for Boeing Co. (BA) and rival Airbus (ABI.YY), but it allows the national airline and its Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd. parent to defer costly capital expenses amid rising oil prices and plans to trim the airline's overseas and local routes.

Malaysian Air was said to be mulling Airbus' 320 planes and newer versions of Boeing's 737 aircraft for the replacement program.

The planes have catalog prices ranging from $64 million to $70 million each, and 39 of them would cost about $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion.

Airbus and Boeing executives were not immediately available for comment.

An MAS spokesman said the airline will discuss the fleet replacement and other issues Wednesday when it announces earnings for the September quarter.

The decision not to replace the jets is also related to talks between the national airline and rival AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) to carve up domestic routes, a move that will allow MAS to focus on international routes and the budget airline to serve more domestic customers.

Late Monday, AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said the low-cost carrier may lease some of Malaysian Air's existing Boeing 737 planes to help expand its domestic routes.

"MAS has indicated to us that they might want to dispose some of their 737s and we might be the lessor for those," Fernandes said on a conference call with investors after announcing first-quarter net profit of MYR11.7 million, up 13% on year.

Fernandes declined to elaborate, but said the parceling out of Malaysia's domestic routes between his carrier and Malaysian Air is "imminent".

"Until they get the domestic (routes) rationalization ironed out, they will really have a problem if they get those (new) planes in but don't know what to do with them," said an analyst at a local brokerage.

MAS operates one of Southeast Asia's biggest passenger plane fleets, with about 100 aircraft, most of which are leased from Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd., a state-owned company that owns most of the airline's assets. The 39 737-400s to be replaced are on average 13 years old.

AirAsia, Asia's No. 1 budget airline by fleet size, in March ordered 60 Airbus A320-200 aircraft, with the rights to buy another 40 to replace its Boeing 737-300 fleet.

A decision to shelve MAS's fleet replacement isn't surprising, analysts said, given the airline's emphasis on returning to profitability

The airline lost MYR280.7 million ($74.3 million) in the June quarter and losses are expected to widen to between MYR300 million to MYR400 million in the September quarter, analysts estimate.

Since its first-quarter loss, MAS has raised fuel surcharges aggressively, bringing them roughly in line with those of its regional rivals.

From Oct. 30, MAS also began restructuring its routes to maximize yields and improve profits. It deferred indefinitely plans to fly to a total of six new Indian and Chinese destinations, citing efforts "to contain its cost growth and improve performance."

Already, both MAS and AirAsia have jointly cut scheduled capacity in the domestic sector from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 02:07 PM   #288
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Old December 1st, 2005, 02:19 PM   #289
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as of today, AWAIR a subsidiary of Air Asia is changing their name into Indonesia Air Asia (PT Air Asia Indonesia).

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Friday December 2, 8:11 AM
MALAYSIA PRESS: Ex-British Airways Man Joins MAS

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Former British Airways Plc (BAB) top executive Peter Read has been appointed by Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) to its newly created position of director of operations, effective Jan 9, 2006, as the loss-making national carrier aims to make a quick recovery, online newspaper The Edgedaily.com reports.

Read is the first foreigner to be appointed to a key post in Malaysian Airline after the announcement of Idris Jala as the airline's managing director in September. Idris started work at Malaysian Airline Thursday.

Read, who spent 32 years with British Airways, was its director of operations where he was responsible for resource management and the deployment, control, planning and operations of a fleet of over 250 aircraft from 2002 to April this year.

As a key member of the management team, Read would be responsible for all activities relating to the operational safety and efficiency of the airline, Malaysian Airline said.

The airline said Read would be a vital part of the plan to turn around its financial performance.

Newspaper web site: http://www.theedgedaily.com.my
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Old December 2nd, 2005, 05:18 AM   #291
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Airline Awair International Changes Name to Indonesia Airasia

JAKARTA, Dec 2 Asia Pulse - An Indonesian private airlines, Awair, on Wednesday announced it has changed its company's name from PT Awair International into PT Indonesia Airasia to increase the service quality.

A company's statement made available here on Wednesday said the change of the company's logo has also been approved by the office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights on September 9.

It said it has also reported the change to the Investment Coordinating Board and been registered to the Directorate General for Air Transportation.

The company has operated four Boeing 737-300s that serve seven routes comprising six domestic routes and one international route.

Some 49 percent of the stakes are controlled by AirAsia II Group, a-Malaysian based low-tariff airlines.

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AirAsia To Launch Direct Flights To Solo And Balikpapan
Updated : 02-12-2005
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- AirAsia Bhd will introduce two new Indonesian destinations to its lineup this month.

Beginning Dec 20, the leading low fare airline in the region would offer daily service to Balikpapan, while the flight to Solo will commence on Dec 27.

All flights would depart from the KL International Airport, Air Asia said in a statement.

Its fares start from RM49.99 one-way for the Kuala Lumpur-Balikpapan route and RM99.00 for the flight to Solo, one-way.

The fares exclude airport taxes, surcharges and fees, it said.

Bookings can be also done through the airline's website at: www.airasia.com.

Balikpapan and Solo marks the 7th and 8th major Indonesian cities served by AirAsia from its hub in Kuala Lumpur after the commencement of Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Bali, Padang and Medan since 2004.

"We are pleased to strengthen our Indonesian network by introducing two new destinations which would effectively allow us to tap into a wider Indonesian market segment," said Datuk Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's group chief executive officer.

"AirAsia would be the first low fare airline to operate direct flights to Balikpapan and Solo out of Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur -Balikpapan route would allow us to gain access into Kalimantan," he said.

Solo is a convenient and affordable gateway to Yogyakarta and Semarang, the heart of Javanese culture, he said.
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Friday December 2, 8:11 AM
MALAYSIA PRESS: Ex-British Airways Man Joins MAS

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Former British Airways Plc (BAB) top executive Peter Read has been appointed by Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) to its newly created position of director of operations, effective Jan 9, 2006, as the loss-making national carrier aims to make a quick recovery, online newspaper The Edgedaily.com reports.

Read is the first foreigner to be appointed to a key post in Malaysian Airline after the announcement of Idris Jala as the airline's managing director in September. Idris started work at Malaysian Airline Thursday.

Read, who spent 32 years with British Airways, was its director of operations where he was responsible for resource management and the deployment, control, planning and operations of a fleet of over 250 aircraft from 2002 to April this year.

As a key member of the management team, Read would be responsible for all activities relating to the operational safety and efficiency of the airline, Malaysian Airline said.

The airline said Read would be a vital part of the plan to turn around its financial performance.

Newspaper web site: http://www.theedgedaily.com.my
good! there is a chance to bring MAS company to achieve higher level and profitable
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Malaysia Airlines posts another loss on high fuel prices

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 (AFP) - National carrier Malaysia Airlines on Wednesday announced a second straight quarterly loss due to high fuel prices.

Malaysia Airlines said it had a net loss of 367.7 million ringgit (98 million dollars) for the second quarter ended September due to a sharp rise in fuel costs, reversing a profit of 132.70 million ringgit a year earlier as fuel costs rose to 1.159 billion ringgit from 799 million ringgit.

The carrier's chairman Munir Majid said the airline would implement a turnaround programme to address the financial and operational shortfalls.

For the three months to June, the airline had a net loss of 280.66 million ringgit compared with the year earlier net profit of 26.58 million ringgit.

Malaysia Airlines has announced an ambitious five-year plan to boost the carrier's profit by up to one billion ringgit, including shaking up the management and restructuring the organisation to enhance its bottom line.
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Airasia To Be Asked To Fly Direct To China
Updated : 05-12-2005
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked the Tourism Ministry to talk to budget airline AirAsia about having direct flights to destinations in China to bring in more Chinese tourists.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Prime Minister suggested one of the destinations could be Urumqi in Xinjiang province which has more than 10 million Muslims and some of them have the means to travel overseas.

"We will also discuss with two Chinese airlines, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, on the possibility of extending their service to Malaysia," he said at a news conference Monday.

Ahmad Zahid will leave for China Monday night to join a Malaysian delegation headed by Home Affairs Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid which left earlier.

Azmi was ordered to go to China by the Prime Minister to reassure the Chinese that Malaysia continues to welcome Chinese tourists and businessmen and is a safe country to visit.

It came following a series of negative incidents involving Chinese nationals, including the now notorious case of a Chinese-looking woman who was forced to do ear squats in the nude while in police custody, which led to an official protest by Beijing.

The number of Chinese tourist arrivals in Malaysia has also fallen by 48 per cent in the first nine months of this year from the same period last year.

Ahmad Zahid said his ministry would also ask Malaysia Airlines to increase its flights to China or launch charter flights using bigger aircraft.

One more measure to lure Chinese tourists is the offer of prizes worth US$1 million (RM3.75 million) under the "Jutaria" package created by tourism companies in Malaysia.

Under the package, Chinese tourists can buy coupons priced at US$10 each which give them a chance to win the prizes.
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Took Airasia to KL from Senai, overall impression not bad, just that I don't like the slight delays and transfer (the plane is late for about 20 mins)

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The Airasia I took Flight. It arrive just 10 mins before the actual boarding time.....



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15 mins of flying and there was annoucement that the plane is going to land....... The flight from Senai to KL including takeoff etc took about 45 mins in total.....and so here I am, at KLIA express platform, on my way to KL sentral...



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AirAsia Drops Bid To Fly To Singapore,Won't Tap India Mkt
6 December 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (AP)--Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd (5099.KU) has dropped bids to fly from Kuala Lumpur to neighboring Singapore for now and has no plans yet to tap the booming Indian market, its chief executive said Tuesday.

AirAsia did not submit any new applications after failing several times to secure landing rights in Singapore and doesn't intend to submit new applications, Tony Fernandes said.

"We don't want to go to Singapore right now. There are plenty of better places to go to. It's got first to be completely transparent and it's got to be open competition on all fronts," he told reporters on the sidelines of a regional aviation conference here.

AirAsia, Southeast Asia's biggest and only publicly listed low-cost carrier, has long accused the Singapore government of blocking it from servicing the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route to protect its own Singapore Airlines.

In January, Singapore authorities withdrew approval for its Indonesian unit, PT AWAir, to fly from Jakarta to Singapore on grounds that the carrier did not provide sufficient documents. AirAsia, however, flies to Singapore from its Bangkok hub.

Fernandes said India does not feature on AirAsia's regional expansion program at the moment, as the country still has strict regulations on aviation despite recent moves to liberalize the sector.

"We don't have any plans for India...we have our hands full at the moment," he said, adding that the carrier will focus on pursuing its expansion in Southeast Asia to penetrate the regional market of 500 million people.

Earlier, Fernandes told the conference that mergers and joint-ventures with other regional carriers is the way forward if airlines want to overcome domestic restrictions and expand regionally.

Fernandes won the Aviation Executive of the Year Award for a second straight year, conferred by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation during the conference.

In a separate statement, AirAsia announced it will give away for free 2 million airline seats for all one-way domestic and regional flights to mark its fourth anniversary from Wednesday. Bookings must be made online, it said.

AirAsia now serves routes between Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Macau. It is also the first foreign budget carrier to fly to mainland China from its Bangkok hub.

The airline, which in March signed a pact to acquire up to 100 fuel-efficient Airbus A320s as part of its fleet expansion, is expected to take delivery of its first aircraft Thursday, officials said.
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Wednesday December 7, 9:18 AM
MALAYSIA PRESS:AirAsia Wants To Run Bulk Of Local Flights

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) has proposed to fly all but three domestic routes now operated by Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU), the New Straits Times daily reports.

If AirAsia operates the bulk of domestic flights, "MAS will be free to focus on medium- and long-haul flights, without government subsidies," Tony Fernandes, chief executive of the low-cost carrier AirAsia, is quoted as saying.

His comments come amid a delay in the government's decision on how it wants to parcel out domestic routes between AirAsia and unprofitable Malaysian Air.

Fernandes also suggested the government offer to the lowest bidder the three routes AirAsia can't serve. The three routes use landing strips that are too small for AirAsia's fleet.

Offering the three routes to the lowest bidders could cost the government MYR15 million to MYR20 million in annual subsidies, rather than MYR400 million yearly for all domestic routes now, the paper quotes him as saying.

Fernandes' comments come at a time when Malaysian Air's newly-appointed managing director, Idris Jala, is trying to tack together a detailed turnaround plan by mid-February.

Among other issues, the plan is likely to address domestic routes, which Malaysian Air operates on behalf of the government in return for a fee.

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