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Old February 2nd, 2006, 04:33 PM   #341
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MU colours for AirAsia aircraft
By Alfean Hardy, 02 Feb 2006 8:29 PM




Fernandes (3rd from right) and deputy group chief executive officer
Kamarudin Meranun pose in front of the newly arrived Airbus A320, which
spots a unique livery in conjunction with AirAsia's partnership with
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AirAsia Bhd, the official low-fare airline for Manchester United, has taken delivery of an Airbus A320 aircraft painted in the colours of the football club.

The aircraft bearing the call-sign 9M-AFC, dubbed fondly by AirAsia as the Red Devil Airbus, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 10.30am on Feb 2 from Toulouse, France. It is the third airbus delivery for the low- cost carrier in two months.

The 180-seater plane is emblazoned in the football club's signature red and is adorned with images of MU manager Sir Alex Ferguson and players Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Smith, Rio Ferdinand and Park Ji Sung.

The Red Devil Airbus will serve the Penang and Kota Kinabalu routes and the Surabaya route in Indonesia as of Feb 3.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said: MU has one of the biggest following in Asia. As the official low-cost carrier, AirAsia hopes to create opportunities and exciting avenues to reach out and connect with MU's loyal fan base in Asia.

MU marketing manager Peter Draper said: We are delighted to be the first football club in the world to own our very own aircraft livery. The AirAsia Red Devil Airbus is an epitome of how a dynamic sponsor like AirAsia can creatively blend art and function into their everyday business.

The plane will certainly ensure we're the most well travelled team in Asia, he added.
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mas implements auto TTL on int'l flights

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines' automated ticketing time limit (Auto TTL), currently imposed on domestic flights, will now be extended to international flights effective Feb 7, 2006.

The airline said the move was to ensure the genuine travelling public have a better chance of travelling on Malaysia Airlines.

In a statement here today, the airline said the system required passengers holding confirmed bookings on Malaysia Airlines international flights to get their tickets issued within the stipulated timeline, failing which their bookings would be cancelled automatically by the system.

The Auto TTL would also facilitate in weeding out non-genuine bookings such as duplicate bookings.

The seats that are released back into the inventory due to non-ticketing would enable passengers who are on waiting list to have better chances of getting confirmation on their travel with Malaysia Airlines.

The airline said this would be especially crucial during peak seasons where flights are heavily booked and more people wishing to travel.

The system would also ensure regular and consistent monitoring of the airline's seats globally on a daily basis, thereby minimising wastage, the airline said.

It also reminded passengers to take note of their ticketing time limit once they have secured confirmed travel.

For more information on the Auto TTL, passengers can call the Malaysia Airlines 24-hour call centre 1-300-88-3000 (within Malaysia) or 603-7846-3000 (outside Malaysia) or visit the nearest Malaysia Airlines office.

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Your prime minister isn’t seriously called Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is he?

And your flight attendants don’t really wear headscarfs do they?
I hope you are not someone who posseess a eurocentric view of asian countries. For your information, wearing of headscrafs have never been compulsory in Malaysia regardless of whether the woman is Muslim or not. Malaysia is one of the very few Islamic countries where a sizable number of Muslim women dont wear the headscraf. Muslims are only a small majority in Malaysia anyway(58% of the population) Flight attendents in Malaysia do not wear headscrafs except on flights to Saudi Arabia coz wearing of headscrafs compulsory in that nation. I dont think the airline allows the FA to wear the headscraf either. I've never seen a female Muslim employee wear the headscraf in hotels in Malaysia either. There are certain establishments in Malaysia that does not encourage the wearing of headscraf.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 05:16 PM   #344
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Malaysia's AirAsia says no plans to reduce stake in Thai unit
10 February 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia has no plans to dilute its 49 percent stake in its Thai unit, the company's chief executive, Tony Fernandes, said Friday.

"I can confirm very categorically that AirAsia will remain 49 percent shareholder," Fernandes was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama.

Questions have been raised about Thai AirAsia's future since Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's family sold their controlling stake in Shin Corp. -- which holds a 50 percent stake in Thai AirAsia -- to Singapore's state-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings.

Under Thai law, Thai AirAsia must be controlled by a Thai entity. But Temasek's entry into telecommunications conglomerate Shin Corp. has raised uncertainties over the airline's ultimate ownership.

"What has to be done will be done at the Shin Corp. level," Fernandes added. He did not elaborate and AirAsia officials could not be reached for comments.

AirAsia, which is the region's biggest low cost carrier in terms of fleet size and the only publicly listed one, has subsidiaries in Thailand and Indonesia. The carrier now serves routes between Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Macau.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 05:46 AM   #345
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MAS Temptations grabs top award
By Isabelle Francis, 10 Feb 2006 10:50 PM


Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) in-flight shopping arm —Temptations--was awarded “Highly Commended Frontier Award for Innovation” for the second consecutive year.

Temptations is an in-flight shopping catalogue managed by Golden Boutique Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MAS.

MAS said on Feb 10 that Temptations posted record profits in the inflight sales of over RM5 million on the back of RM32 million turnover for the nine-month period ending Dec 31, 2005.

The presentation of the Frontier Award was in recognition of Temptations' overall business performance including innovation, profitability, creative execution, promotions and operations.

Two key factors for its success was the right mix including Temptations-branded items which appealed to a global customer profile and also the multi-ethnic creative treatment of the catalogue design.

Out of 19 product categories in Temptations, 13 shown double-digit growth in sales.

Its fragrance, being 5% to 10% cheaper than on-the-ground retail outlets, grew 20% in sales, contributing the largest share of revenue. Cosmetics came in second largest contributor, of which saw a 32% growth in sales. Skin care products grew 35%.

Assistant general Marketing Support Raja Nordiana Zainal Shah attributed its improved sales to better performance of business partners and employees as well as cross-selling activities among MAS’ “auxiliary” brands such as Enrich, Golden Holidays and GRADS.

It added that the award, described as "Oscars" of the travel retail industry, was given recognition of Temptations’ overall business performance such as innovation, profitability, creative execution, promotions and operations.
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Old February 12th, 2006, 05:39 PM   #346
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AirAsia to keep Thai stake at 49 percent: official

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12, 2006 (AFP) - Top Malaysia-based budget airline AirAsia will not dilute its 49 percent stake in its Thai unit, the company's executive director Kamarudin Meranun said Sunday.

"AirAsia will remain a 49 percent shareholder in Thai AirAsia," Kamarudin told AFP.

"We have come to an agreement that our shareholdings will not be diluted and our rights in the existing agreement will remain in force," he said.

"As far as the restructuring is concerned, what needs to be done will be done at the Shin Corp. level," he added.

Thailand's AirAsia said Tuesday it would find new partners in order to comply with foreign ownership rules after the sale of its stakeholder Shin Corp to Singapore's Temasek.

The budget carrier is a joint venture between Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd which holds 49 percent and Thai telecommunications giant Shin Corp, founded by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, which owns 50 percent.

His family's 1.9 billion-dollar sale of the business to Singapore's state-owned investment firm Temasek has caused AirAsia to fall foul of rules which state Thai-registered airlines must be at least 51 percent Thai-owned.

The Shin Corp sale has unleashed a furore and calls for Thaksin's resignation, with critics saying it puts strategic telecommunications assets in foreign hands.

Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said he had asked the Department of Aviation to review the foreign shareholder structure of Thai AirAsia after Temasek became the largest shareholder in Shin Corp.

He warned that Thai AirAsia could lose its licence if it has more foreign ownership than Thai ownership, or breaches the 51 percent level.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 02:45 PM   #347
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Wow, the rule of foreign ownership in Thailand is the same with Indonesia. Air Asia Indonesia is 49% owned by Malaysia AirAsia, while the rest is owned by AWAir and if they try to get more from its 49% ownership, the Indonesian authority will de-issue the license.

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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #348
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Luggage fee catches the attention of AirAsia chief
17 February 2006
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The head of Malaysia's Air-Asia, south-east Asia's largest budget airline, has said charging passengers for checking in bags made "a lot of sense" and the practice could be introduced on its routes if it proves successful in Europe.

Tony Fernandes also told the FT that he expected a steep slide in the price of oil over the next 18 months to beneath the USDollars 40 a barrel, a 50 per cent drop from today's level.

Britain's Flybe recently introduced a Pounds 2 (Dollars 3.48) charge per checked bag, while bigger rival Ryanair has said that from March 16 its passengers will have to pay Euros 3.50 (Dollars 4.17) per item carried in the hold.

The new pricing policy is the most significant amendment to the low-fare business model in years.

Low-cost airlines say the approach will save them money, allowing them to offer lower fares for those who do not travel with checked luggage. They add the policy removes the unfairness of charging passengers with no luggage the same as those who are laden.

Mr Fernandes said: "I think that of all the things that I have seen recently that (charging for) checked baggage makes a lot of sense."

He added: "The passenger who brings less baggage actually costs the airline less, and those who bring more bags cost the airline more, and so there shouldbe some punitive element."

Should AirAsia adopt a policy of charging for bags it could encourage other regional low-cost carriers to follow suit. The Malaysian company has, since 2001, set the pace in the fast-growing industry in Asia.

Mr Fernandes said he was watching Ireland's Ryanair closely. AirAsia takes much of its inspiration from the Irish group; senior AirAsia adviser and shareholder Conor McCarthy spent four years at Ryanair as director of operations.

"I am sure that when someone out there said'We are going to chargefor food,' everyone said 'That's crazy!' And now that is the accepted norm," he said.

AirAsia has an extensive domestic network in Malaysia plus a growing web of international routes. The company has affiliates in Thailand and Indonesia.

Mr Fernandes said AirAsia had managed to adjust to lofty fuel prices, but these were destined to drop below USDollars 40 a barrel in the coming months. The bold prediction runs counter to many industry analysts who foresee prices remaining above USDollars 50.

"My gut feeling is that oil will come down to USDollars 40 (a barrel) within the next year and a half," he said.

Singapore-traded jet fuel - which trades at a premium to crude oil - averaged USDollars 72 a barrel in the second half of last year. It reached a peak of USDollars 85.36 in early October.
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Malaysia Airlines implements auto TTL on international flights
Feb 2006

Kuala Lumpur, 06 February 2006: Malaysia Airlines’ Automated Ticketing Time Limit, commonly known as Auto TTL, which is currently imposed on domestic flights will now be extended to international flights effective 07 February 2006 to ensure the genuine travelling public have a better chance of travelling on Malaysia Airlines.

The Auto TTL requires passengers holding confirmed bookings on Malaysia Airlines international flights to effect ticket issuance within the stipulated timeline, failing which their booking will be cancelled automatically by the system. The Auto TTL will also facilitate in weeding out non-genuine bookings such as duplicate bookings. The seats that are released back into the inventory due to non-ticketing will enable passengers who are wait-listed or who are partially wait-listed to have better chances for confirmation to travel with Malaysia Airlines.

This is especially crucial during peak seasons i.e. festive and holiday periods where flights are heavily booked and there are more passengers who wish to travel on Malaysia Airlines. In essence, this enhancement ensures regular and consistent monitoring of the airline’s seats globally on a daily basis, thereby minimising seat wastage.

It is hoped that by implementing this stringent monitoring system, Malaysia Airlines is able to better serve the needs of genuine passengers wanting to fly international sectors. Passengers are reminded to take note of their auto ticketing time limit (Auto TTL) once they have secured confirmed travel. For more information on the Auto TTL, passengers can call the Malaysia Airlines 24 hour Call Centre 1-300-88-3000 (within Malaysia) or 603-7846 3000 (outside Malaysia) or the nearest Malaysia Airlines office.
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Malaysia Airlines aircraft gets stuck in mud

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19, 2006 (AFP) - A Malaysian Airlines jet went off the runway at Kuching International Airport Sunday in Malaysia's eastern Sarawak state and got stuck, a company official said Sunday.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound Airbus A330 was preparing to depart for Kuala Lumpur when its front tyre got stuck in the soil at the end of the runway whilst making a U-turn.

"During the taxiing the nosewheel overshot the taxi-way by around 10 feet," the company spokesman said.

The runway was closed for five hours and several flights were delayed, he said, adding that there were no injuries.

Passengers and crew disembarked through the emergency doors after several failed attempts to dislodge the tyre.
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 03:48 PM   #351
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PT AirAsia expands international route
By Ashwin Raman, 22 Feb 2006 6:22 PM


AirAsia Bhd's associate PT Indonesia AirAsia is expanding its international route offering by introducing daily flights between Medan - Penang and Surabaya - Kuala Lumpur starting March 10.

In a statement on Feb 22, it said the Penang “Medan sector was a well travelled route and was currently only operated by a five-hour 30 minutes ferry ride.

It said the introduction of Indonesia AirAsia flights for this sector with an approximate flying time of one hour and with fares from as low as RM9.99 would provide travelers with an affordable and alternate means of commuting conveniently between the two cities.

As for the Surabaya “ Kuala Lumpur route, fares would start from RM79.99 one way. Tickets for both routes can be purchased from Feb 13 to March 15 for travel from March 10 to Oct 28.

In addition, it said Indonesia AirAsia would commence domestic flights between Balikpapan and Surabaya as well as increasing frequency between Jakarta and Surabaya due to the recent addition of a fifth Boeing 737-300.

The airline presently operates three daily Jakarta “Surabaya flights, totaling 21 flights per week. The latest addition would boost frequencies between Jakarta and Surabaya to 28 flights, it said.

Indonesia AirAsia president Sendjaja Widjaja said the airline had progressed and grown since its inception in December 2004 and was now serving seven destinations from its hub in Jakarta. To date, the airline has carried more than 840,000 passengers.
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Malaysia AirAsia 2Q Net Pft +20%; Wary On Outlook
24 February 2006

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU) Friday said its second-quarter net profit rose 20% on year, on higher airfares and passenger traffic, but warned the rest of the year may be less rosy.

Net profit for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2005, was MYR53.4 million, the company's highest quarterly earnings since it was listed in November 2004, and higher than the MYR44.4 million posted a year earlier, AirAsia said in an exchange filing. AirAsia is Southeast Asia's biggest low-cost carrier in terms of fleet size.

Revenue surged 26% to MYR225.9 million as passenger traffic jumped 19%, AirAsia said. Average fares rose to MYR156 from MYR153 a year earlier. Regarding costs, the only data disclosed was for jet fuel, which surged 46% on year to MYR166.4 million in the first six months.

On its prospects for the rest of the year, AirAsia said it is still concerned about the high price of fuel.

"The board does not anticipate fuel prices falling significantly and is of the view that they will remain at high levels in the short term," AirAsia said. It reiterated that it has hedged all its fuel needs for the year ending June 30.

AirAsia is also looking to hedge fuel needs for the next financial year, Chief Financial Officer Raja Azmi Raja Razali said on a conference call after the carrier released its results.

"At this point in time, (fuel hedging for the next financial year) is not that far away. We will do a fuel hedge soon," he said, but declined to elaborate.

Other concerns of AirAsia include "increased competitive pressures, the unpredictability of fuel prices, and the possible spread of bird flu in the region", it said in its statement.

The company was loath to provide guidance for earnings in the rest of the year. "Given the increased level of challenges, the directors believe it is difficult to make an accurate forecast of results for the second half of the current financial year," the company said, noting that it remains "positive" on its long-term outlook.

However, on the conference call, Corporate Affairs Director Timothy Ross, warned: "It's fair to say we are budgeting for more muted (earnings before depreciation, tax and amortization) margins (for the rest of the year)."

In addition, "yields might drop (as) we are putting on a lot of new capacity," Ross said. AirAsia often tries to fill seats for new routes by offering rock-bottom fares that can be as low as a few ringgit one-way.

Seventeen analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect full-year net profit to average MYR160.6 million, up 44%.

For the first half, net profit rose 19% on year to MYR65.0 million, AirAsia said, while revenue rose 36% to MYR412.2 million.

Load factor in the second quarter - or the proportion of seats sold - edged up to 76% from 75% a year earlier, even though capacity surged 22% to 2.01 billion available seat kilometers, AirAsia said. The carrier had 23 aircraft as of Dec. 31, up from 19 a year earlier.

AirAsia's 49%-owned Thai AirAsia associate contributed MYR4.9 million to its profits in the quarter. Another 49%-owned associate, PT Indonesia AirAsia, suffered MYR2.1 million in losses, an improvement from the loss of MYR3 million a quarter earlier, AirAsia said.

AirAsia isn't paying any dividend for the quarter.

AirAsia may consider raising fresh capital to strengthen its balance sheet, Deputy Chief Executive Kamarudin Meranun said, but didn't give a timeframe for the exercise or say how much funds it may raise.

As AirAsia's foreign share ownership is "very high" at about 43% - almost equivalent to its public float - the carrier may sell shares to local funds, he said.

"If there's any placement, it will probably have to be with local institutions, primarily government institutions," Kamarudin said.
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MAS to unveil turnaround plans
By Fauziah Ismail and Anna Maria Samsudin


Malaysia Airlines is expected to announce its much-awaited turnaround plans on Monday that may see it ceasing to fly to as many as 15 of 76 unprofitable international routes. Industry analysts said among the routes that may be cancelled are Buenos Aires, Manchester, Stockholm, Munich and Frankfurt.

Also expected to be axed are some key destinations in India which have seen losses, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad.

An analyst from a foreign-based research house said it was inevitable that MAS would have to reduce routes and cut back on frequencies to prevent further losses.

"We expect this to be done in phases as MAS will have to get the nod from the Government first.

"We believe they (MAS) will get the approval as they should be allowed to restructure the business accordingly," the analyst said.

An analyst from a local stockbroking house expects to see a significant restructuring of MAS’ Asian routes, especially to destinations in India.

He foresees a reduction in frequencies to India as MAS would not be able to compete with the stiff competition from India-based airlines such as Jet Airways.

"The presence of airlines such as Jet Airways will kill MAS. They (MAS) simply cannot compete in terms of pricing.

"The best thing to do is to restrategise their move and pull back (flights)," he added.

While MAS enjoys a high load factor on most international routes, it is generating very low yield.

This means that it is not getting as much revenue per passenger per kilometre as it should.

MAS has not been successful in getting its strategy right: to sell the right seat to the right type of customer at the right time and for the right price, analysts observed.

The key is to find a balance between selling discounted tickets in order to fill up a plane with many revenue-generating passengers and selling higher-priced, full-fare tickets but only filling up a portion of a plane.

MAS posted a net loss of RM280.7 million in its first quarter and RM368 million in the second quarter of 2005, bringing the total loss suffered by the national carrier to a whopping RM648 million in the first six months of its current financial year.

The airline is expected to hit the critical threshold in its cash crisis by March this year, resulting in a RM1.2 billion loss this year.

MAS managing director Idris Jala will announce details of the turnaround plans on Monday. He will brief MAS staff the next day.

Meanwhile, Singapore-based Standard & Poor’s aviation analyst Shukor Yusof said the MAS’ turnaround plan will have to be a full-scale restructuring if the national carrier wants to make it work.

For that, MAS must drastically trim its staff, undertake fleet replacement, embark on new jet fuel policies, alliances and partnerships, and maintain a moderate financial regiment.

Asset disposals and reductions in working capital would also help MAS improve its cashflow but it would only be a stopgap measure, he told Business Times.

"As a full-service carrier, MAS must address the need to find the right balance between high revenue generation (from a better mix and yield, entailing higher costs) and a cost structure that is able to resist the rising commoditisation of air travel and an increasingly price-sensitive customer base," he said.

Shukor also said it was imperative that MAS replaced its aging airplanes (A330-200/300s and 737-400s) with new, fuel-efficient aircraft to reduce costs and streamline its fleet.

"The arrival of the first A380 into MAS’ fleet in 2007 (MAS has six on order) will fully test the airline’s financial and operational capabilities under the new management," Shukor said.

MAS also has to address its staff strength of some 21,000, which is too large compared to its more profitable peers such as Singapore Airlines (14,000) and Cathay Pacific (15,000), he added.
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so, how will MH deploy their planes to EWR??? Stockholm is going to be cut
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Malaysia Airlines is expected to announce its much-awaited turnaround plans on Monday that may see it ceasing to fly to as many as 15 of 76 unprofitable international routes. Industry analysts said among the routes that may be cancelled are Buenos Aires, Manchester, Stockholm, Munich and Frankfurt.

Also expected to be axed are some key destinations in India which have seen losses, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad.

An analyst from a foreign-based research house said it was inevitable that MAS would have to reduce routes and cut back on frequencies to prevent further losses.

"We expect this to be done in phases as MAS will have to get the nod from the Government first.

"We believe they (MAS) will get the approval as they should be allowed to restructure the business accordingly," the analyst said.

An analyst from a local stockbroking house expects to see a significant restructuring of MAS’ Asian routes, especially to destinations in India.

He foresees a reduction in frequencies to India as MAS would not be able to compete with the stiff competition from India-based airlines such as Jet Airways.

"The presence of airlines such as Jet Airways will kill MAS. They (MAS) simply cannot compete in terms of pricing.

"The best thing to do is to restrategise their move and pull back (flights)," he added.

While MAS enjoys a high load factor on most international routes, it is generating very low yield.

This means that it is not getting as much revenue per passenger per kilometre as it should.

MAS has not been successful in getting its strategy right: to sell the right seat to the right type of customer at the right time and for the right price, analysts observed.

The key is to find a balance between selling discounted tickets in order to fill up a plane with many revenue-generating passengers and selling higher-priced, full-fare tickets but only filling up a portion of a plane.

MAS posted a net loss of RM280.7 million in its first quarter and RM368 million in the second quarter of 2005, bringing the total loss suffered by the national carrier to a whopping RM648 million in the first six months of its current financial year.

The airline is expected to hit the critical threshold in its cash crisis by March this year, resulting in a RM1.2 billion loss this year.

MAS managing director Idris Jala will announce details of the turnaround plans on Monday. He will brief MAS staff the next day.

Meanwhile, Singapore-based Standard & Poor’s aviation analyst Shukor Yusof said the MAS’ turnaround plan will have to be a full-scale restructuring if the national carrier wants to make it work.

For that, MAS must drastically trim its staff, undertake fleet replacement, embark on new jet fuel policies, alliances and partnerships, and maintain a moderate financial regiment.

Asset disposals and reductions in working capital would also help MAS improve its cashflow but it would only be a stopgap measure, he told Business Times.

"As a full-service carrier, MAS must address the need to find the right balance between high revenue generation (from a better mix and yield, entailing higher costs) and a cost structure that is able to resist the rising commoditisation of air travel and an increasingly price-sensitive customer base," he said.

Shukor also said it was imperative that MAS replaced its aging airplanes (A330-200/300s and 737-400s) with new, fuel-efficient aircraft to reduce costs and streamline its fleet.

"The arrival of the first A380 into MAS’ fleet in 2007 (MAS has six on order) will fully test the airline’s financial and operational capabilities under the new management," Shukor said.

MAS also has to address its staff strength of some 21,000, which is too large compared to its more profitable peers such as Singapore Airlines (14,000) and Cathay Pacific (15,000), he added.
MAS doesnt fly to Munich. Lufthansa does fly to Munich from KL but with a stopover in Bangkok. I dont think Zurich is any more profitable than Frankfurt. If Frankfurt is making losses why are they flying there on a daily basis?
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yes, globocentric, this is a piece of bad journalism ! and it happens all the time - in malaysia. reporters aren't well informed, and they not bothered to check on facts before writing.
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suprised to see Indian's cities making losses, all this while i thought this route brings profit for MAS
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yes, globocentric, this is a piece of bad journalism ! and it happens all the time - in malaysia. reporters aren't well informed, and they not bothered to check on facts before writing.
yeah you're right and there are some people who still dont understand the meaning of code share. MH and TG codes do appear on all flights between KUL/PEN to BKK but it doenst mean that MAS is using their aircraft. The MH code does appear on the KL - Munich via BKK flight but all flights are using Lufthansa aircraft. maybe the reporters still dont understand the meaning of code share or they just cant be bothered checking which aircraft is used.
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suprised to see Indian's cities making losses, all this while i thought this route brings profit for MAS
I am surprised as well but Indian carrers are notorious for their low fares and it is very difficult for MAS to compete against them. I know australians who rather fly Air India to London due to the cheaper fare. The demand for the Indian routes is there but unfortunately MAS fails to get their business formula right. SIA has cheaper fares than MAS on certain routes but MAS profit margin is still lower. One thing i dont like about MAS is that they are not capable of making money on lucrative routes when there is competition from other airlines. For example, SIA can easily filled up their B777 for their PEN - SIN flights and MAS cant even manage 30% occupancy in their 737.
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I am surprised as well but Indian carrers are notorious for their low fares and it is very difficult for MAS to compete against them. I know australians who rather fly Air India to London due to the cheaper fare. The demand for the Indian routes is there but unfortunately MAS fails to get their business formula right. SIA has cheaper fares than MAS on certain routes but MAS profit margin is still lower. One thing i dont like about MAS is that they are not capable of making money on lucrative routes when there is competition from other airlines. For example, SIA can easily filled up their B777 for their PEN - SIN flights and MAS cant even manage 30% occupancy in their 737.
all boils down to business models and business practices in both countries. it is obvious that the merit society thrives while those playing favouritism, corruption, ....etc are shooting themselves on the foot. mas will never see light at the end of the tunnel if they can't get the right person for the job...and why the heck they're still keeping so many staff when it's obvious that they are a burden to the company ?
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