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Old December 7th, 2005, 06:15 AM   #301
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nice photo trip report ! ...frankly, i don't think there's anything to complain abt that 20 min delay.
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nice photo trip report ! ...frankly, i don't think there's anything to complain abt that 20 min delay.
Considering the price, no complain. But then I think like all other flights, punctuality is a must.......
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AirAsia Offers 2 Million Free Seats in Big Marketing Push
6 December 2005
Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency

AirAsia Bhd will give away two million airline seats in a "no holds barred" regional marketing campaign to mark its fourth anniversary beginning tomorrow.

The two million free seats are available for all domestic and regional flights departing from AirAsia's hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Senai, Bangkok and Jakarta.

The campaign will be launched simultaneously in the eight countries where the budget airline operates over 100 domestic and regional flights -- Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia.

"This is the first time AirAsia has launched a major regional marketing campaign of such magnitude and it will be the biggest online free seats campaign ever offered in Asia," its executive vice president (commercial), Kathleen Tan, said today.

AirAsia has so far carried 15 million passengers in the region.

To be eligible for the free seats, bookings must be completed online at www.airasia.com or via mobile.airasia.com between Dec 7 and Dec 28, 2005 for travel from Feb 7 2006 to Oct 10, 2006.

The free seat offer excludes airport taxes and fees, fuel surcharges, and is applicable for one way travel only.

Tan also disclosed that AirAsia's Internet bookings at www.airasia.com had increased by 65 percent in the last four years, making it one of the most successful distribution channels to date.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 01:45 AM   #304
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AirAsia aims for a fleet of 400 planes to serve region
8 December 2005
The Nation (Thailand)

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes foresees the day when his airline will operate a fleet of more than 400 aircraft.

Speaking at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation's (CAPA) "Outlook 2006 Summit" in Kuala Lumpur this week, Fernandes said AirAsia could grow as big as the US low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines. So far, the company has more than 100 planes and continues ordering new aircraft to achieve its expansion plans.

Its role model, Southwest Airlines, began business with three aircraft and it now operates a fleet of more than 400. While Southwest Airlines focuses only on the US market, AirAsia has a wider, regional field of operation, Fernandes said.

The AirAsia chief executive was recently named CAPA's aviation executive of the year, a distinction he has held for two consecutive years.

He said that the past two years have been a time of investment in AirAsia's network, and it is expected to begin paying off soon.

The airline recently signed an agreement to buy 60 Airbus A320 aircraft, the first of which will be delivered to Kuala Lumpur today. The aircraft are expected to reduce AirAsia's costs by 12 per cent - mainly through more efficient use of fuel - while offering better service to its customers.

The Malaysian carrier and its international joint ventures in Thailand and Indonesia are profitable operations, he said. This is the first year that all three operations have seen positive cash flow.

"It's a great time to be in the airline business if you've got the right business model," Fernandes said.
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MAS Plane Overshoots Runway; Passengers And Crew Safe

December 08, 2005 00:16 AM

MAS Plane Overshoots Runway; Passengers And Crew Safe

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 (Bernama) -- A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Twin Otter aircraft overshot the runway at Miri airport Wednesday but the 19 passengers and two pilots were unhurt.

MAS Corporate Communications Department said in a statement the incident occurred at 3pm while the twin-engines turbo prop plane was trying to land after a flight from Limbang.

It said all the passengers and crew were safely transferred to the terminal while the airport was temporarily closed for the subsequent removal of the aircraft away from the runway.

Initial inspection of the aircraft showed no damage but it has been grounded for further checks, the statement added.

Following the incident, MAS re-timed the arrival of three incoming flights to Miri and one flight departure from Miri during the airport closure between 3.05pm and 4.43pm.

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MAS Willing To Look To AirAsia For Ways To Improve Performance

December 07, 2005 21:13 PM

MAS Willing To Look To AirAsia For Ways To Improve Performance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- MAS is prepared to look at how AirAsia cope with rising costs while increasing the low fare carrier's profit for ways to put the national airline back on its feet, the Dewan Negara was told Wednesday.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said new MAS Managing Director Idris Jala would study the reasons for AirAsia's success while MAS, on the other hand, continued to make losses.

"We acknowledge that AirAsia is being run very well. We should give the new MAS Managing Director time to carry out his task (to turn around the airline)," she said in reply to Senator Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir.

Dr Ng said Jala would prepare a turnaround plan covering three phases to be submitted to the government in February.

She said the first phase would focus on lowering fuel costs, the second on enhancing earnings and improving the performance of employees and the third on the overhaul of company policies.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim told the Senate that a "land bank" might be set up to raise agricultural output.

Replying to Senator Datuk Ratnam Muthiah, she said the plan was to provide farmers with more suitable land to increase their productivity.

She said the ministry was working with state governments to identify land that would be set aside permanently for food production.

On the proposal to revive the Green Book method to boost food production, Rohani said an action plan was being prepared before launching the campaign early next year to encourage people to cultivate their idle land, especially for vegetables.

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Old December 8th, 2005, 06:35 PM   #307
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AirAsia's 1st Newly Re-fitted A320 Aircraft Touches Down At KLIA
Updated : 08-12-2005
Media : Bernama


SEPANG, Dec 8 (Bernama) -- The first out of the total of 60 Airbus A320 aircraft ordered by AirAsia for delivery from this year until 2010 arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here Thursday.

The aircraft, which carried 20 crew on board, touched down at 3.25 p.m.

The newly re-fitted aircraft departed from Airbus manufacturing sites in Toulouse, France, at 1800 GMT (midnight in local time).

Bearing registration number 9M-AFA, the aircraft, powered by CFN International's CFM56-5B engine, is scheduled to join the low-cost frills airline's fleet soon.

The 180-seater aircraft is fitted, among other things, with AirAsia's signature leather seats and red carpets offering wider aisles and larger cabin overhead space.

The aircraft's cabin is also equipped with a state-of-the-art touch screen management system which allows the crew to monitor the cabin environment including lighting, sound system, and maintenance data.

AirAsia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for 40 firm orders and another 40 purchase rights of the A320 aircraft in December 2004.

Last March the company increased its firm order to 60 A320s, and 40 purchase rights, bringing the total number to 100 A320s.

Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to witness the official handing over ceremony of the aircraft from Airbus to AirAsia Friday at the Langkawi International Maritime Air show in Langkawi.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 09:16 PM   #308
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AirAsia welcomes arrival of Airbus
Friday December 9, 2005




NEW ADDITION: AirAsia chairman Datuk Pahamin A. Rajab (third from left),
Fernandes (fifth from left) and AirAsia management and board of directors
posing in front of the Airbus A320 during the ceremony to receive it at the
KLIA yesterday.



SEPANG: AirAsia received the first of its 100 new Airbus A320 yesterday.

On hand to receive the plane at the KL International Airport was chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes and AirAsia staff from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

A 24-member drum troupe from SRJK (C) Naam Kheung whipped up a fervent drum roll as the plane came to a slow stop.

Water cannons from one of the airport's fire engines also heralded its arrival.

The plane departed from Toulouse in France on Wednesday for the 19-hour flight with 20 crew members on board.

Besides the AirAsia signature leather seats, the new aircraft will have plush red carpeting, wider aisles and larger overhead compartments.
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AirAsia boss calls for region-wide aviation body

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (AFP) - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia on Sunday urged ASEAN countries to speed up deregulation in the aviation industry, saying such a move would lower costs and spur growth.

Chief executive Tony Fernandes said the 10-nation bloc had to harmonise regulatory requirements if it wanted to achieve the goal of a common market with open skies, and called for a European-style joint aviation authority.

"If you look at Europe, if Irish carrier Ryanair has a problem with an aircraft in France, they can deploy another plane from London. But I can't do that here," Fernandes told reporters.

"Engineers from one country can sign documents to certify an aircraft was air-worthy in another country. This is cost saving for the company," he said.

"I am sure that goes across all other industries. For us to have a common market, we must have a common standard across the industry. Otherwise the cost of business will go up for us," he said.

Fernandes said AirAsia was already talking with authorities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand where it already has business units to map out a common standard in the industry.

ASEAN hopes to establish a common market by 2020.

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.

It has ordered 100 new Airbus A320 planes, due to start arriving this month, which are expected to make AirAsia the largest budget carrier in Asia by 2011.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 06:15 PM   #310
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AirAsia Fully Prepared To Service All Domestic Routes
12-12-2005


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- South-East Asia's largest discount carrier, AirAsia Bhd, is fully prepared to service all the domestic routes it has proposed to take over from Malaysia Airlines (MAS), says its group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes.

He had recently said that AirAsia could operate all domestic routes, except for Lahad Datu, Limbang and Mulu in East Malaysia which are being operated by MAS' De Havilland DHC6 Twin Otter aircraft.

"We have ordered 100 Airbus aircraft. We can speed up (delivery)," he told reporters at the 2005 Asean Business and Investment Summit 2005 here Sunday.

He was asked whether AirAsia could serve the routes if the government decided to pass the bulk of them under the rationalisation of domestic routes.

MAS, the national carrier, will submit a turnaround plan, which may cover its domestic routes, to the government by February next year.

AirAsia had made a firm order for 60 Airbus A320s and 40 purchase rights of the same aircraft.

It took delivery of its first Airbus A320 on Dec 8 and is scheduled to receive its second A320 on Dec 25, 2005.

Fernandes was also asked about the five hour-long meeting he had recently with MAS newly-appointed managing director, Idris Jala.

"The five hours was more than what I had with MAS in the last four years," he said but he declined to provide details of the meeting.
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Friday December 16, 11:28 AM
MALAYSIA PRESS: Malaysian Air To Raise Fares In Jan

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) will again raise fares from Jan. 1, 2006, to offset rising fuel costs, the daily Star reports citing unnamed sources.

The fares will rise between 5% and 14%, depending on destination and time of travel and the new prices will be effective for one year beginning Jan. 1, 2006, the daily adds.

But the national carrier won't raise fares to certain price-sensitive destinations like Chennai, the Star says.

The airline last raised fares on Nov. 1 when it increased ticket prices to the United States by between 48% and 167%.

Officials of Malaysian Airline weren't immediately available for comment on the report.

The report said the revision is part of the airline's new management strategy to get it back into the black.

On Dec. 2, Malaysian Airline reported its second straight quarterly loss of MYR367.7 million in the quarter through September, a sharp reversal from a net profit of MYR132.7 million in the same period a year earlier.

The government owns 69% of the airline, which analysts said has been hit by poor management, escalating operating and fuel costs and stiff competition in the region

Newspaper web site: http://www.thestar.com.my
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Old December 19th, 2005, 03:26 PM   #312
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Business Times - 19 Dec 2005

AirAsia plans strong growth in SE Asia with new A320 jets


KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's AirAsia, the No. 1 budget airline in South-east Asia by revenue, plans to rapidly expand services in the region next year as it takes delivery of new Airbus A320 jets, chief executive Tony Fernandes says.

The airline has ordered 60 of the 182-seater A320s with the option to buy another 40. It took delivery of its first A320 earlier this month, with the rest to be delivered over five years.

AirAsia has grown rapidly in recent years, tempting many first-time and budget air travellers in the region with cheap seats to popular destinations throughout Asia. The purchase of the new jets would make the upstart airline the region's largest budget carrier by fleet size.

In a recent interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Mr Fernandes said that the new A320s will allow the Malaysian airline to overcome capacity constrains and focus on developing a strong regional network to stay above growing competition, including Singapore Airlines spinoff Tiger Air and Thai Airways' Nok Air.

By June 2006, AirAsia's fleet will grow to 41 planes including seven A320s, up from 35 now, allowing it to beef up the operations of its Thai and Indonesian affiliates, he said. -- AP

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INTERVIEW: AirAsia Seeks Aggressive Growth With New Jets
By Carolyn Lim
19 December 2005
Dow Jones International News

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) is targeting an aggressive expansion in Southeast Asia, including growth at the budget airline's Thai and Indonesian affiliates as well as eyeing domestic routes in Malaysia.

AirAsia's order of 60 Airbus A320 jets, along with the right to purchase another 40, to be delivered over five years, will allow the Malaysian airline to focus on developing a Southeast Asian network that will rival those operated by national airlines in the region, Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said in a recent interview with Dow Jones Newswires.

The new jets will make AirAsia, already Southeast Asia's No. 1 low-cost carrier by revenue, into one of the region's biggest airlines by fleet size. AirAsia expects to have 41 planes by June 2006, up from current 35. Of the 41, seven will be the new A320s, Fernandes said.

The delivery, from Dec. 8, of the new jets means the airline won't face the capacity limits experienced in the year ended June 30, says Fernandes.

"Thailand's domestic (routes) for example are doing well, so we're pumping that up," he says, adding "the inter-ASEAN market is where our focus is going to be."

In 2006, AirAsia plans to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and to Myanmar and Laos. These new routes will be in addition to the three - Indonesia's Balikpapan and Solo, and Cambodia's Siem Reap - planned for late December to early January.

"I want to push my capacity as much as possible into this market," he said.

As for China, AirAsia will be looking at new destinations from Thailand and East Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu, only after June 2006, he said.

AirAsia's 49%-owned Thai AirAsia associate now flies to southern China's Xiamen from Bangkok.

In Indonesia, AirAsia's 49%-owned PT Indonesia AirAsia associate plans to double passenger traffic to 1.3 million-1.4 million in 2006 by adding planes and routes, Fernandes said, without elaborating.

AirAsia expects to have capacity of 40,446 seats a day by June 30, up 22% from 33,110 currently, Fernandes added.

"For the first time in AirAsia's history, we know exactly when planes are coming, which is fantastic to know (and to) plan (for). It takes an immense stress off the organization," Fernandes said.

Previously, AirAsia had leased its planes, but the startup of a slew of low-cost carriers throughout the region had made leasing expensive and planes scarce.

AirAsia is using a combination of Export Credit Agency-backed loans, commercial loans and Islamic-structured loans totaling $1.2 billion to finance 33 of the 60 jets, to be delivered from Dec. 2005 to Dec. 2007. AirAsia's balance sheet, which currently has no debt, will reflect the loans in the Dec. 31 release expected by the end of February.

Reiterates Ready To Takeover Local Routes

In addition to its regional expansion plans, AirAsia is also looking to tap growth within its Malaysian base by taking over any domestic route dropped by Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU), the country's unprofitable government-controlled carrier.

"I'm optimistic the restructuring of (Malaysian Air's) domestic network is on the cards," Fernandes says. "It's very tough (for Malaysian Air) to do a domestic network and have (Airbus) 380s. If we can take one chunk of the network off their hands, they can focus (on medium- to long-haul routes)."

The government has asked Malaysian Air and AirAsia to discuss sharing domestic routes to help the national airline return to profit.

Although Malaysian Air operates domestic routes on behalf of the government in return for a fee, many analysts and industry players say the local flights continue to be drag on the airline's bottom-line.

AirAsia has previously said its lower cost base will allow it to turn a profit on Malaysian Air's domestic routes. AirAsia's current domestic routes are profitable.

Fernandes believes that if Malaysian Air exits the domestic business, it can reduce its eclectic 103-plane fleet and become more efficient.

Malaysian Air operates planes that range from 19-passenger Twin Otters to the 386-seater Boeing 747-400. It will also begin flying the gigantic 555-passenger Airbus 380 planes in 2007.
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AirAsia Offers Extra Flights For Chinese New Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 (Bernama) -- AirAsia will be offering extra flights to meet demand during the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities.

"These extra flights are applicable from Jan 24 to Feb 5, 2006, and will cater to all AirAsia destinations served from Johor; Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang, Miri and Sibu," Asia's leading low fare airline said in a statement Wednesday.

During the period, AirAsia would be operating two daily flights from Johor to Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang making it 14 flights a week from the normal seven flights a week.

Flights to both Sibu and Miri would be increased to seven flights a week or one flight a day from the usual schedule of three times a week to Sibu, and four times a week to Miri from Johor Baharu.

"We are pleased to announce that our scheduled capacity for flights out of Johor during Chinese New year has been 100 percent sold out since two weeks ago," AirAsia executive vice president Commercial, Kathleen Tan said.

Due to the overwhelming response, the airline has decided to reroute an additional aircraft to Johor in order to operate extra flights. she said.

Senai International Airport, strategically located at the southern most state of Peninsula Malaysia, is AirAsia's second hub in Malaysia after the KL International Airport.

Since December 2003, AirAsia has transformed Senai International Airport as a hub for low cost travel and diligently promoted Johor as a gateway to East Malaysia and Singapore.
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Malaysian Air may sell bonds or take loan -source

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Loss-making state carrier Malaysian Airline System Bhd. may sell bonds or take a bank loan to raise about 1.5 billion ringgit ($397 million) as part of a plan to raise 3.0 billion ringgit to turn around its finances, a source involved with the plan said on Thursday.

The state-controlled airline was also considering other options, including using equity instruments such as convertibles and rights issues to raise the funds, said the source who asked for anonymity.

The remaining 1.5 billion ringgit would come from the sale of the company's assets, the source added.

The carrier declined to comment.

Malaysian Airline was in talks with foreign and local lenders including Malaysia's top merchant bank CIMB Bhd. to see how it would raise the money, the source said.

Malaysian Airline reported a second-quarter net loss of 368 million ringgit last month and has said it was likely to continue losing money for a third-straight quarter.

The company, led by its new chief executive, was working on a turnaround plan which would address its revenues, costs and human resources. The plan will be submitted to the government for review by February.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said this month the government was ready to support the carrier with a loan and might consider selling down its stake but it would not bail out the carrier.

The government, through various state entities, owns about 92 percent of Malaysian Airline, which includes a 69.3 percent stake held indirectly by state investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

Malaysian Airline's parent, Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd., in October deferred a $1 billion bond sale, citing a legal snag and market conditions.

The offering, which would have been the country's biggest dollar bond sale this year, was intended to raise money to fund the purchase of aircraft, debt refinancing and for working capital for Malaysian Airline.

Shares of Malaysian Airline were untraded as of 0153 GMT. They ended down 0.35 percent at 2.88 ringgit on Wednesday.
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Malaysia Airlines chairman warns of legal action over alleged smears

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 (AFP) - Malaysia Airlines chairman Munir Majid Friday said he was taking legal action against allegations made over his conduct at the carrier and denied claims of excessive spending under his tenure.

Munir said allegations were defamatory and intended to destroy his reputation after he became chairman in August 2004.

"I have sought legal advice and I am now in the process of taking action against the persons I believe are responsible for the said allegations," he said in a statement.

"For those of you who read these articles and are perpetuating the allegations, I would like to caution you against doing so. I will not hesitate to take legal action against such persons who spread such allegations."

Munir has been at the centre of a storm over alleged extravagances at the embattled airline, which recently posted a second, quarterly loss.

Malaysian senators have called for Munir's resignation after reportedly accusing the chairman's spending for contributing to the losses, including the purchase of three paintings worth 1.55 million ringgit (400,000 dollars).

Senators also called for an explanation over claims Munir was benefiting from frequent and free flights and had unnecessarily renovated his office.

"Actually the decision to make the renovations was before my time. They were only implemented at the time I was chairman," he said.

"Furthermore, the renovations were made to the entire corporate floor at level 34 of the airline's headquarters, and not the chairman's office alone."

He said the flights were "an absolute lie" and in regards to the paintings added: "These were corporate investments made in high quality works of art. They are assets of the company. They do not hang in the chairman's office."
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Airasia's Second Airbus Up And Flying

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 (Bernama) -- AirAsia Bhd which took delivery of its second Airbus A320 on Christmas Day, has already put it on service, flying the Kuching and Kota Kinabalu routes, its group chief executive officer, Tony Fernandes said.

"The second Airbus is already flying," he said in response to Bernama when asked if AirAsia had taken delivery of its second Airbus.

The delivery was on schedule, which was on Dec 25, and it started flying on Dec 27, he said.

AirAsia had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus in December 2004 for 40 firm orders, and another 40 purchase rights for the A320 aircraft. It then increased its firm order by another 20 planes making it a total of 100.

The new aircraft are expected to gradually replace AirAsia's Boeing 737-300s.

The third Airbus is expected to be delivered during the first week of February this year and it will be painted with images of the English Premier League club, Manchester United's (MU) logo and players.

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

The move was expected to further boost the airline's penetration into the Asian market.

AirAsia, Southeast Asia's largest low-fare airline, operates domestic and international daily flights in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and even further in China and Macau.
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....at the Old Trafford for the signing of AirAsia as Manchester United's Official Low Cost Carrier

They can sponsor the greatest football team.
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i believe this will be their MAN UTD livery..taken from their site..

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