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Old May 17th, 2006, 02:17 PM   #461
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Malaysia Air sees VN as key ASEAN market
13:50' 17/05/2006 (GMT+7)

Malaysia Airlines has put Vietnam in its top three regional markets in terms of growth.

Regional manager for ASEAN Syed Abdillah Aziz told the Daily in HCMC that the country was the third ASEAN growth market for Malaysia Airlines after Indonesia and Thailand.

Aziz did not reveal the growth rate but said, "It is a double-digit increase in passenger transport." He added the demand for cargo transport of the airline was huge.

To meet the increasing travel demand, Malaysia Airlines will add two flights between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur this August. There are currently 14 weekly flights between HCMC and Kuala Lumpur, and seven between Hanoi and the Malaysian capital.

Malaysia Airlines charges US$265 for the economy class round trip between HCMC and Kuala Lumpur and US$310 for the other route.

Aziz was in Vietnam to announce a cooperation deal between Malaysia Airlines and India Tourism to promote Indian tourist attractions and help local travel agencies to organize more tours there.

Kaushlesh Narayan Thakur of India's tourism authority told reporters last week that India Tourism would help local travel agencies arrange tours and provide them with information and contacts with their Indian counterparts.

Some local tour operators have launched tours to India; East Sea Travel & Air Service in HCMC has an 11-day tour to old cities, temples and Buddhist sites at a cost of US$ 1,300 per person.

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Old May 17th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #462
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May 17, 2006 16:33 PM

MAS No Autonomous Powers To Restructure - Tengku Azlan

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) management has no autonomous powers to restructure the airline, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar told the Dewan Negara Wednesday.

He said the Government did not give autonomous powers to MAS to restructure to become a profitable entity.

Instead, all decisions made by MAS management must be referred to the Government before a final decision was made, he said.

This include the Mutual Separation Scheme (MSS) to be offered by MAS to more than 6,500 of its employees who would be retrenched as part of the plan to turnaround the national carrier, he said when replying to Senator Tan Bon You.

"In this rationalisation process as announced by the government, MAS has been asked to study and negotiate with the MAS Employees' Union (Maseu) the proposed retrenchment of employees to reduce the negative effects from the exercise," he said when replying to Senator Dr Mohd Fuad Zarkashi.

Following a meeting between MAS and Maseu, Tengku Azlan said MAS management had taken note of the union's proposals in deciding the MSS.

"MAS will submit its proposals on the MSS to the government after the MSS offer was accepted and agreed by both sides as the MSS exercise needs financial assistance from the government," he added.

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May 17, 2006 14:32 PM
AirAsia To Launch Bangkok-Langkawi Service

LANGKAWI, May 17 (Bernama) -- AirAsia will offer direct flights between Bangkok and Langkawi soon, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said.

He said Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had agreed to allow the low-cost carrier to offer the service after a meeting with the AirAsia management recently.

AirAsia was expected to be operate three flights per week for the route to enable foreign tourists in Bangkok to come to Langkawi directly, he said.

"We hope AirAsia will also offer Medan-Langkawi or Aceh-Langkawi service in the future," he told reporters after meeting tour operators and local community leaders here last night.

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AirAsia To Launch Bangkok-Langkawi Service

LANGKAWI, May 17 (Bernama) -- AirAsia will offer direct flights between Bangkok and Langkawi soon, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said.

He said Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had agreed to allow the low-cost carrier to offer the service after a meeting with the AirAsia management recently.

AirAsia was expected to be operate three flights per week for the route to enable foreign tourists in Bangkok to come to Langkawi directly, he said.

"We hope AirAsia will also offer Medan-Langkawi or Aceh-Langkawi service in the future," he told reporters after meeting tour operators and local community leaders here last night.

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doesnt sound like a viable route at all. Langkawi can barely do Langkawi - Singapore
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 04:24 AM   #466
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Monday May 22, 2006

MAS to launch biggest separation scheme today

By B.K. SIDHU

ONE of Malaysia’s biggest mutual separation scheme (MSS) for employees will be launched by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today, to shed about 6,000 employees from its stable of 23,000 employees.

It is learnt that it would cost the airline about RM600mil, which the airline could fund from its coffers.

It will be an attractive package where each employee will receive about one to three months’ salary for every year of service with no cap on the number of years.

This is the biggest MSS in corporate Malaysia as no other organisation has carried out a scheme to shed so many workers.

Sources told StarBiz that MAS managing director Idris Jala would launch the MSS today and employees had two weeks to revert to the management of their decision.

The management will decide the MSS candidates in two weeks.


Ifdris Jala

The final date for employees under the MSS to leave the organisation is July 31.

All MAS employees who are Malaysians, confirmed and permanent staff of the airline (including those with the airline’s domestic operations, which is being rationalised) are eligible for the MSS.

Contract workers and foreigners under MAS’ payroll are not included in the scheme.

Sources said part of the package also included a one-off medical payment, one-off long service loyalty payment and one return ticket to any destination that MAS flew to. However, employees nearing the retirement age who opt for the MSS would not be eligible for the MAS retirement package, the sources said.

MAS had earlier launched a business turnaround plan to return the airline to profitability, and it is on a drive to manage costs, rationalise its operations and improve efficiency.

For the financial year ended Dec 31, 2005 (nine months as the airline is changing its year-end from March 31 to Dec 31), MAS reported a loss of RM1.26bil on revenue of RM9.08bil.
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MAS teams up with Boeing for optimal flight operations
By Jimmy Yeow, 26 May 2006 5:03 PM
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will implement a revised flight-operating pattern effective Aug 1 using the Boeing’s Schedule Optimisation and Airline Revenue Systems (SOARS) that will enhance connectivity and interlining at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

In a statement on May 26, Malaysia Airlines senior general manager (Network Revenue Management) Bernard Francis said the adoption of SOARS would also improve its aircraft utilisation and market competitiveness.

“When travellers plan their trips, flight schedule play a critical role in selecting the airline on which they wish to travel. The new network schedule will enhance our position as the carrier of choice for a full service airline such as Malaysia Airlines,” he said.

Boeing’s regional director marketing airline analysis John S Schubert said: “The analysis of the new Malaysia Airlines schedule shows significant improvement that will help drive profitability.

"The schedule includes rationalising routes and increasing frequencies in key regional markets and will increase load factors through improved connectivity via KLIA.”

“Malaysia Airlines is the first airline in Southeast Asia to partner Boeing using the SOARS tool. It was used to validate the network schedule and measure profitability improvements,” he said.

Malaysia Airlines said in line with its “hub-and-spoke” concept, the initiative would involve the introduction of “four-waves” of flight departures and arrivals daily at the KLIA.

The morning and night waves cater to mainly for Malaysia Airlines long-haul flights while its regional flights will be scheduled for operations in the two mid-day waves.

Malaysia Airlines said in conceptualising the four waves pattern, both parties took into consideration the current and future challenges in getting choice slots for both departures and arrivals at KLIA, which is fast becoming one of the busiest airports in the region.

The project was initiated in line with the “Flying to Win Customers” thrust of the Malaysia Airlines’ Business Turnaround and Domestic Rationalisation exercise.

It focusses on the airline’s commercial network and schedule opportunities to achieve the goal of cost-savings and domestic route rationalisation efforts towards profitability.
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Malaysian Airline reports loss in first quarter
29 May 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Flag carrier Malaysian Airline System Bhd. on Monday reported a loss of 321 million ringgit (US$89.4 million; €74.5 million) in the first quarter, pulled down by higher fuel costs.

MAS Chief Executive Idris Jala told reporters the airline doesn't expect much good news in the second quarter either.

"The second quarter is (seasonally) the lowest season of the year but (sales) should still pick up in the third and fourth quarter," he said.

High oil prices and fuel surcharges "could exert a negative impact on travel demand," the airline, also known as Malaysia Airlines, said in a statement.

The airline has already forecast a loss of 620 million ringgit (US$172 million; €143 million) for the full year.

Idris declined to say whether the loss will be reduced, even though the latest quarter loss is lower than its forecast of 349 million ringgit (US$97.2 million; €81 million).

The airline said its total operating revenue increased to 2.97 billion ringgit (US$827 million; €689 million) from 2.96 billion ringgit (US$824 million; €687 million).

Passenger revenue rose to 2.15 billion ringgit (US$ 598 million; €499 million) in the quarter from 2.09 billion ringgit (US$582 million; €485 million) a year earlier as it raised prices and surcharges.

However, operating costs rose 9 percent to 3.3 billion ringgit (US$919 million; €766 million) from 3.06 billion ringgit (US$852 million; €710 million) because of higher fuel costs, the airline said.

But it said it has hedged 70 percent of its fuel requirement for 2006 at an average crude oil price of US$57 (€47.5) per barrel.

As for its turnaround plan, which targets returning to the black by 2007, Idris said "we are on the road to recovery but we have to keep doing what we're doing to get there."
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MAS on road to recovery (Updated)

By Doreen Leong


Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is on track to recovery, delivering a profit of RM7 million in March with the implementation of the business turnaround plan (BTP), MAS managing director Idris Jala said.

MAS made a monthly loss of RM404 million in December 2005 but reduced the losses to RM184 million in January and RM143 million in February, he said.

For the first quarter (1Q) ended March 31, 2006, it made a net loss of RM321 million against a net profit of RM111 million a year earlier. Operating revenue was RM2.97 billion compared with RM2.96 billion previously, while overall revenue fell slightly to RM3.03 billion from RM3.15 billion a year earlier.

“I have no doubt that we are on the right track to recovery,” Idris told a press conference in Petaling Jaya on May 29.

He said it had beaten the loss target of RM349 million via a number of initiatives, including improving yield, restructuring its network and increasing productivity through to manpower “right-sizing”. However, Idris cautioned that despite the positive early signs, MAS still had a long way to go and it would be two years of "real hard work" to turn around the business.

He said 2Q from April to June would be the lowest season but sales should pick up in the second half while fuel prices would remain volatile. MAS’ hedging for crude oil is 70% of its requirement at US$57 (RM206.97) per barrel.

He said MAS hoped to turn around 15 of the 19 routes by 2007; the other four are profitable.

On passenger revenue, including fuel surcharge, administration fees and excess baggage charge, he said it had increased from RM2.1 billion in 1Q05 to RM2.15 billion in 1Q of this year despite a capacity reduction of 5%.

He said the increase was due to a 14% yield improvement from 19.8 sen per revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) in 1Q05 to 22.6 sen per RPK.

Since passenger load was reduced by 10%, Idris said MAS had made the right trade-off between yield improvement and load factor.

Operating costs in 1Q increased by 9% or RM284 million resulting in a cumulative total of RM3.3 billion due to higher fuel expenditure.

Idris said by stopping new corporate advertising and sponsorship, the airline reduced cost by RM74 million in 1Q, while staff cost was reduced by RM80 million via tighter control of overtime, reduced discretionary training, one-off provisions for bonus and unutilised leave for 2005.

Idris said in flight costs, including catering, was reduced by RM11 million in 1Q via wastage cuts and renegotiations of contracts, while maintenance cost was reduced by RM54 million.

He said month-on-month expenditure showed a reduction to RM1 billion in March, from RM1.1 billion in February and RM1.2 billion in January.

On the domestic network restructuring, Idris said MAS would fly the 19 routes by Aug 1.

“The network changes will reduce our losses significantly and add directly to our bottom line by about RM300 million next year. It will only have a small impact this year due to the phased implementation,” he said.

Idris said is MAS on schedule to take delivery of the first Airbus A380 by August next year.
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Malaysia's AirAsia says net profit plunged 44 percent in latest quarter
30 May 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia said Tuesday its net profit plunged 44 percent in the quarter through March from a year ago, hurt by steep fare cuts and intense competition.

The Malaysian-based airline posted a net profit of 22.8 million ringgit (US$6.3 million, €5.3 million) in the company's fiscal third quarter, down from 40.7 million ringgit (US$11.3 million, €9.5 million) in the same period a year earlier.

Its revenue, however, rose 23 percent on-year to 201.7 million ringgit (US$56 million, €47 million). AirAsia, the region's biggest low-cost carrier in fleet size, said it had 24 planes as of the end of March after receiving four of 60 new Airbus 320 planes it ordered.

"The decrease in profit was mainly due to lower average fares arising from our aggressive promotions, competitive pressures and heavy maintenance checks due to the induction of the last batch of Boeing 737 aircraft," it said in a statement.

Although traffic for its Malaysian operations surged 42 percent to 1.56 million passengers in the March quarter, AirAsia said average fare fell 14 percent on-year to 123 ringgit (US$34 million, €28.7 million).

Its yield, a measure of profitability, dipped to 0.11 ringgit (US$0.03, €0.025) a passenger per kilometer, down from 0.138 ringgit (US$0.04, €0.03) a year earlier.

Still, AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes is upbeat about prospects for the current quarter.

Although the carrier faces a number of "uncertainties" including high fuel prices, he said competition has become more "sensible" as fare rivalry between AirAsia and flag carrier Malaysia Airlines for domestic routes has ceased.

AirAsia will in August take over most of domestic routes currently served by money-losing Malaysia Airlines under a revamp of domestic services.

For the full year to June 30, 2006, AirAsia expects to "achieve modest growth or least match those achieved in the 2005 financial year," Fernandes said. The carrier logged a net profit of 111.6 million ringgit (US$31 million, €26 million) in its previous fiscal year.

For the nine months ended March 31, AirAsia's net profit fell 8 percent on-year to 87.8 million ringgit (US$24 million, €20 million) but revenue jumped 32 percent to 613.9 million ringgit (US$170.5 million, €143 million).

AirAsia doesn't consolidate passenger traffic nor earnings of its associates -- Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia -- into its financial statements as they are both 49 percent-owned by the airline.

AirAsia, which has fully hedged its fuel needs for the current fiscal year, plans to extend its fuel hedge for the second half of 2006, Fernades added.
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AirAsia to launch new hubs in Sabah, Sarawak



Asia's largest low-fare airline, AirAsia, on June 1 announced its expansion plans to develop Kota Kinabalu and Kuching airports into fully operational hubs by July 2006.

It said low-fare travel for East Malaysians would be further enhanced with affordable intra-state travel opportunities between Sabah and Sarawak as well as to the Asean region.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the airline would have four hubs based in the country following the establishment of Kota Kinabalu and Kuching as hubs in East Malaysia.

"The development of these two new hubs strategically places East Malaysia at the forefront to stimulate and encourage more travel between Peninsular, and enhances Malaysia's connectivity that appeals to the international market."

"AirAsia will revolutionise travel to/from East Malaysia, bringing to East Malaysians a whole new travel experience which Malaysians in Peninsular have enjoyed. East Malaysians will now have access to more low-cost alternatives and new routes to travel between states, and to the region," he said.

"Most importantly AirAsia's low fares will bring a positive impact to tourism and travel-related industries, and further contribute to the economies of Sabah and Sarawak," said Fernandes.

He added that following the domestic rationalisation, the public could look forward to a seamless and affordable travel experience with enhanced connectivity and frequencies and the introduction of new routes and destinations.

AirAsia will commence daily direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Miri and Tawau starting this July 11, and Bintulu, Sibu, Miri, Kota Kinabalu from Kuching, beginning July 25.

The airline said bookings for these new flights, which will be operated with Boeing 737-300 aircraft, could be made at all AirAsia's distribution channels from June 2.

AirAsia said it would steadily strengthen its route network connecting Peninsular with East Malaysia by boosting flight frequencies from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

Flights from Johor to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu would be increased to twice daily and Miri and Sibu would commence seven times weekly operations from July 3.

AirAsia, who has revolutionised travel to Sandakan and Tawau by introducing direct flights to connect these cities with Kuala Lumpur, will enhance its schedule with two daily flights (14 flights weekly).
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Transfer of local routes may lead to massive tourist cancellations

By STEPHEN THEN



MIRI: The handover of 99 local routes to AirAsia by Malaysia Airlines from Aug 1 has put many travel agents here in a bind as up to 18,000 foreign tourists, who have confirmed their trip to the Mulu National Park, are threatening to cancel their bookings.

The tourists want confirmed air tickets but local agents here, the gateway to Mulu, are unable to do so because MAS

has instructed them to cancel their bookings as the national carrier was handing over its rural flight services to AirAsia.

However, AirAsia will only be able to handle bookings on July 1 at the earliest, provided the new airline it had contracted to operate the rural air services gets the regulatory approval.

If the Mulu-bound tourists cancel their bookings, the country stands to lose more than RM34mil in foreign exchange. Each tourist to Malaysia is estimated to spend about RM1,900 per trip per person.

The travel agents here convened an emergency meeting with Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Gracie Geikie, seeking the board's help to avert what could be a blow to the state's tourism industry.

Tourists, about 80% of them foreigners, had given notices to travel agents, saying that they would have to cancel their bookings if the agents could not issue them confirmed flight tickets soon.

“STB has contacted AirAsia's management and was informed that the budget airline is still in the process of working out the arrangements.

“These tourists cannot wait because they are long-haul passengers and they need to confirm their travel plan months ahead,” said Geikie after the meeting.

She said the STB had highlighted the problem to the state government and the two airlines,

“We are not just talking about Mulu. These foreigners coming to Mulu will come through KLIA or Kuching or Kota Kinabalu, and then fly from Miri to Mulu. They usually will visit other destinations in Malaysia before or after they come to Mulu,” she said.

Another popular eco-tourism spot that could be affected by the same problem is the Danum Valley in Sabah as the flight to Lahad Datu from Kota Kinabalu will also be handed over to AirAsia.

Besides the Danum Valley, Lahad Datu is also the gateway to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, which is home to the Borneo pigmy elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros and orang-utan. It is also a popular tourist destination.

An AirAsia spokesman appealed to all tour operators and travel agents to hold on to their bookings.

She said AirAsia had announced that it had subcontracted the rural air service to a new airline – Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) and was now obtaining regulatory approval to commence operations on Aug 1.

“The decision by MAS to close these bookings at such short notice before the new airline is ready to begin sales has affected many parties.

“There will be minimal changes to the new flight schedules for pending bookings for the rural air services,” she said, adding that tourists with confirmed bookings must not cancel their bookings but wait until July 1 so that FAX can open its seats for sale.

MAS said the airline needed to give early notice to travel agents so that the passengers could make alternative plans as the change of routes affected the whole country.

From Aug 1, MAS will only fly to 19 local destinations deemed trunk routes while AirAsia will fly to 99 others, including Mulu.

“All bookings for travel on the 99 non-trunk domestic routes on and after Aug 1 will be cancelled,” MAS said, adding that the airline's Mulu, Limbang and Lahad Datu stations would also be closed.

As at mid-May, 33,280 bookings have been made and a total of 13,085 tickets have been issued on these non-trunk routes for travel beyond Aug 1.

FLORENCE A. SAMY reports that Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim has assured that foreign tourists would get flight tickets to local destinations during the transition period.

Lim said the Government would ensure that tourists would not be left in the lurch during the transition and would come up with a solution soon.

“Even if these tourists can't get online flight tickets during the transition, we will make sure they get paper tickets so that they can fly here,” he said.


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Second 747-400 freighter for MAS
June 10 2006
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MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) took delivery of its second and final 747-400 freighter (747-400F) it has on order from Boeing last week.

The first one was delivered in March this year.

The addition of the two new freighters to its fleet is expected to boost the national carrier's cargo division's aggressive push to provide additional capacity to key markets.

It will also help Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) to reduce costs, improve capacity and have a higher rotational cycle.

"The second 747-400F will help lift our capability and reliability. It will eventually help improve our bottom line as it is more cost-efficient. This in turn will help us develop our routes and expand our network," said MAS senior general manager (cargo) Datuk Ong Jyh Jong in a statement yesterday.

"In the future, MASkargo looks forward to converting more (of MAS' ageing) passenger planes into freighters to help grow the cargo business," he added.

With the addition of the latest 747-400F, MASkargo will be able to operate triangular flights such as Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Amsterdam and related sectors, which will result in savings in landing costs.

The official handing-over of the new freighter was held at Boeing's Commercial Airplanes delivery centre in Seattle, the US, following the signing of documents by representatives from both MAS and Boeing.
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Malaysian Stocks Rise; AirAsia Gains, Rashid Hussain Declines
12-06-2006
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June 12 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysian stocks rose, snapping a four-day slide. AirAsia Bhd., Southeast Asia's biggest discount carrier, gained after a newspaper reported that the company is raising funds to buy new aircraft.

Rashid Hussain Bhd., which controls the nation's No. 4 lender, RHB Capital Bhd., dropped after the Edge weekly reported Eon Capital Bhd. is considering a merger with the group.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index rose 2.23, or 0.2 percent, to 917.63 at 10:30 a.m. local time, set to halt a four-day, 1.8 percent loss. The Second Board Index of smaller companies slid 0.2 percent to 89.77, while the all-share Emas index added 0.1 percent to 210.74.

AirAsia gained 3 sen, or 2 percent, to 1.53 ringgit. The carrier plans to sell bonds or obtain loans to finance the purchase of 27 Airbus A320 aircraft, the Business Times reported, citing AirAsia Deputy Chief Executive Kamarudin Meranun. The planes will cost about $1 billion, the report said, attributing the figure to ``officials'' it didn't identify.

Rashid Hussain slid 0.5 sen, or 0.6 percent, to 87 sen. Eon Capital, the nation's seventh-largest lender, is looking at a possible merger with Rashid Hussain, the Edge weekly reported, citing people it didn't name.

An application to Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank, to start negotiations between EON and Rashid Hussain will be submitted ``soon,'' the report said.

RHB Capital dropped 1 sen, or 0.4 percent, to 2.66 ringgit, while Eon Capital slipped 5 sen, or 0.8 percent, to 5.85 ringgit.
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MAS ups fuel surcharge again

By WONG SAI WAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines will again raise fuel surcharges by US$10 (RM37) from Friday but this time for flights to the Americas, Britain, Europe and South Africa.

Travel agents were informed last week of the impending increase, with rising cost of aviation fuel given as the reason for the rise.

The new surcharge for these routes is now US$60 (RM222), one way. MAS flies to seven destinations in Europe, two each in the United States and South Africa, and one in South America.

This is the second time this year that the national carrier has increased the surcharge.

The last increase announced for international routes was in January when a levy of US$50 (RM185) for travel between Malaysia, and South and North Asia was announced.

Last month, the Government approved an increase in surcharge for domestic routes.

MAS has already announced various changes in its fare structure, administrative charges for tickets, as well as ticket-less domestic travel as part of efforts to increase revenue.

Part of the airline's turnaround plan also includes discontinuing several destinations and the handing-over of 99 domestic routes to AirAsia next month.

Last month, the airline announced a fare increase for its KL-Singapore route of more than 55% for first class passengers and almost 20% for economy travellers.

This is the third fare increase announced by MAS since the new management took over last year.

On Jan 1, the airline raised its ticket prices by between 5% and 14%.

Two months earlier MAS increased its first class and business class fares to the United States by between 48% and 167%.

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Malaysia Airline's workers union wants purchase of Airbus A380 jets scrapped
16 June 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia Airline's labor union on Friday urged the carrier's parent company to scrap its planned purchase of six A380 superjumbos following delivery delays announced by Airbus.

The Malaysian Airline System Employees Union, which represents some 9,000 of the carrier's 23,000 staff, said that the funds saved could be used to boost the money-losing airline's cash flow and finance the upkeep of existing aircraft.

Even if Airbus compensates Malaysia Airlines for the delay, the carrier must bear the cost of maintaining the A380s and sending pilots and engineers to train in Airbus' base in Toulouse, France, the union said in a statement carried by the national news agency, Bernama.

Airbus earlier this week announced it will postpone its delivery schedule for the world's largest passenger aircraft by six to seven months, blaming production-line bottlenecks for the delays. It is the second time production of the A380 has been held up.

Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday that Penerbangan Malaysia was reviewing the terms of a 2003 agreement with Airbus to buy the double-decker jets after Airbus advised the carrier that only nine of the double-decker jets would be delivered in 2007 to its various launch customers.

In September 2005, Malaysia Airlines said it had been informed by Airbus that the first A380 jetliner it ordered would be delivered in July 2007, six months later than planned.

The airline is struggling to revamp its operations as part of efforts to cut losses. The carrier last month reported a loss of 321 million ringgit (US$89 million; €74 million) in the first quarter to March, pulled down by higher fuel costs.

Under a plan to return to profitability in 2007, Malaysia Airlines plans to give up its near-monopoly on domestic routes, sell its headquarters and lay off up to 5,000 employees.

Malaysia Airlines operates one of Southeast Asia's biggest passenger plane fleets with about 100 aircraft, most of which are leased from its holding company, Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd., a state-run firm that owns most of the airline's assets.
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Please don't do that..I want to see A380 in KLIA.
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^ at the expense of the co's financial situation??
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Do MAS have a plan to change their livery?
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