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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:20 PM   #41
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Malaysia to approve low-cost hub at main KL airport
By Jalil Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Malaysia will this week give the go-ahead to build a dedicated terminal for low-cost carriers at Kuala Lumpur's international airport, in a bid to raise its status as a regional hub rivalling Singapore and Bangkok, officials said.

At a weekly meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's cabinet is likely to approve building the terminal at the cavernous airport in Sepang, about 70 km (44 miles) from the capital, transport ministry officials said.

The move will be a blow, though, for Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd, which has lobbied hard for the terminal to be sited at the old airport in Subang, about 25 km (16 miles) from Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia has argued that Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is congested, and the airline would be better off at Subang where it could turn around flights more promptly.

"Pending last-minute surprises, we heard we have lost our bid," an AirAsia official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. "It upset our plans."

Malaysia wants to develop KLIA, the fastest-growing facility in the Asia-Pacific region, into a major regional hub in the face of growing competition from more established neighbours Singapore and Bangkok.

AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said the new terminal would probably cost about 100 million ringgit ($26.3 million).

"We are neutral. Either way, it will be good news for AirAsia. My view (is that) probably we will end up in KLIA, but I don't know which way it will go," he told reporters at a briefing on the firm's quarterly earnings.

Singapore is already building Asia's first low-cost airport terminal. The $15 million facility promises the same no-frills style of service synonymous with budget airlines. Travellers, for example, will walk about 15-20 metres (50-65 ft) in the island's tropical heat between their aircraft and the terminal.

Singapore, Asia's sixth-biggest air hub, already has two airport terminals and is building a third at a cost of S$1.75 billion and scheduled for completion in 2008. The low-cost terminal will be in addition to the other three.

Low-cost airlines have mushroomed across Asia, sparking price wars and putting further pressure on main carriers to cut costs.

AirAsia hopes to emulate the success of European low-cost carriers such as Ireland's Ryanair Holdings Plc. and Britain's EasyJet Plc.

Asian rivals include Tiger Airways, owned by Singapore Airlines and Ryanair's founder, Valuair, India's Air Deccan and Jetstar, majority-owned by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd.

INTENSE DEBATE

While Singapore pushed ahead with its low-cost terminal, Malaysia dragged its feet because of an intense debate within its aviation industry on whether to reopen Subang.

AirAsia, which helped pioneer the low-cost airline model in Asia and aims to become the region's leading no-frills carrier, wants Malaysia to do away with Kuala Lumpur's "one-airport" policy and set up a dedicated budget airline hub in Subang.

But its bigger rival, Malaysian Airline System Bhd, which is 85 percent government-held, objected, saying a Subang hub could hurt the main airport.

Malaysia Airlines Chairman Munir Majid said Subang should not become another "confusing hub" in the interest of the nation and the national carrier.

Fernandes had argued his airline should be allowed to quit the expensive main airport and move to Subang to help cut operating costs by up to 20 percent.

Subang, which opened in 1965, ceased operations in 1998 when the ultra-modern KLIA was opened.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, which runs KLIA, will build the dedicated terminal for low-fare carriers as part of the next phase of its KLIA expansion programme, due to begin in the second quarter of this year.

For now, the second-phase project is set to include a second satellite building with 37 gates and 42 parking bays, which should be ready in early 2007. Passenger capacity will be doubled to 50 million a year.

KLIA handled more than 20 million passengers in 2004, up 15 percent from 2003's 17.4 million.

AirAsia shares closed down 4.5 percent at 1.70 ringgit after the airline said it could not say whether it would meet its 2005 profit forecast of 160 million ringgit. The main index ended off just 0.3 percent. ($1=3.8 ringgit).
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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:25 PM   #42
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Malaysia's AirAsia cautious on FY profit forecast

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Malaysia's budget carrier AirAsia Bhd said on Monday it was unable to determine if it could meet its 2005 full year profit forecast as travel had been hit by last year's tsunami, and it faced delays in getting new planes.

The firm, which listed in November, made a net profit of 54.84 million ringgit for the first six months ending December 31, 2004, which is just over a third of its full year forecast of 160 million ringgit ($42 million).

"Looking ahead, we face several challenges, some of which may impact the results for the remaining period of the current financial year," Chief Executive Tony Fernandes told reporters at a briefing.

"Our biggest challenge has been securing attractively priced reliable second hand aircraft on time. This delay may have an impact on our profit forecast."

AirAsia has a fleet of 28 airplanes and it has signed letters of intent to lease 12 more. The firm expects to get these second-hand planes in August, due to delays in deliveries.

More than 300,000 people are either dead or missing from the the Asian tsunami that hit countries like Thailand and Indonesia. Fernandes said the drop in business in Thailand prompted AirAsia to redeploy some planes to Malaysia and Indonesia.

However, Fernandes was still optimistic the firm could meet its earnings target despite a challenging business outlook.

"At Q3 we will have a clearer idea. I still believe that it can be achieved," he said.

AirAsia shares closed 4.5 percent down at 1.70 ringgit. (US$1=3.8 ringgit).
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 01:02 PM   #43
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Government 'no' to reopening Subang airport



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PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has decided not to turn Subang Airport into a low cost carrier terminal, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

Chan said a terminal for low-cost carrier would be built at KL International Airport instead. It is expected to cost RM100mil and scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.

He was speaking to reporters during his ministry's Chinese New Year open house here this afternoon.
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Malaysia to build low-cost hub at KL airport

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia has decided to build a dedicated terminal for low-cost carriers at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport at a cost of $26 million, Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy said on Wednesday.

The terminal at the cavernous airport in Sepang, about 70 km (44 miles) from the capital, will be managed by state-run Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd , and will be operational in the first half of 2006, he said.

"It's a very strategic move to help Malaysia, and AirAsia and other low-cost carriers in the country," Chan told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting at which the decision was made.

Malaysia wants to develop KLIA, the fastest-growing facility in the Asia-Pacific region, into a major regional hub in the face of growing competition from more established neighbours Singapore and Bangkok.

The government would spend 100 million ringgit ($26 million) to build the terminal, Chan added.

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd had lobbied hard for the terminal to be sited at the old airport in Subang, about 25 km (16 miles) from Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia had argued that Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was congested, and the airline would be better off at Subang, where it could turn around flights more promptly.

Chan said it would cost 280 million to 300 million ringgit to build a similar facility in Subang.

He said the new facility, the second dedicated low-cost carrier terminal in Asia after Singapore, would be able to handle 10 million to 12 million passengers a year, and ensure a quick aircraft turnaround of 20 minutes. Several Singapore-based low-cost carriers have indicated interest in flying into KLIA, Chan said, but added there were no serious talks yet.

Chan said AirAsia is expected to fly a total of 7.5 million to 8.0 million passengers this year, against 3.4 million in 2004.

Low-cost airlines have mushroomed across Asia, sparking price wars and putting further pressure on main carriers to cut costs.

AirAsia hopes to emulate the success of European low-cost carriers such as Ireland's Ryanair Holdings Plc. and Britain's EasyJet Plc. . ($1=3.8 ringgit)

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AirAsia targets KLIA's low-cost terminal as rival to S'pore



Despite losing the Subang bid, it will still work on the new terminal



By VEN SREENIVASAN

HAVING lost its bid to clinch Subang, AirAsia wants to make the proposed low-cost terminal in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) into an efficient centre for low-cost travel to rival Singapore.

The Malaysian budget carrier said this in response to Malaysian Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy's remarks yesterday that the government would build a US$26 million terminal exclusively for low-cost airlines at the modern airport at Sepang.

The move was a big blow to AirAsia, which had lobbied hard for Subang to be reopened as a low-cost airport.

AirAsia's chief executive Tony Fernandes had insisted that his airline would enjoy cost savings of 30 per cent if it operates out of Subang.


But in a statement yesterday, Mr Fernandes said that despite losing the battle to get Subang, his budget carrier would work closely with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to develop the country's first dedicated low-cost terminal.

'We are pleased that Malaysia Airports have delivered a blue print of KLIA that will almost mimic Subang in KLIA, even down to the low-cost transport to the terminal. Although AirAsia did not get Subang, our staff should be proud of the recognition received, as the creation of a new terminal would primarily benefit AirAsia.'

Subang airport, which is barely 15 km from Kuala Lumpur's city centre, was Malaysia's main airport until 1998 when it was replaced as the country's leading international airport by KLIA, which is about 70 km from the city.

Mr Fernandes said Subang would now be a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for AirAsia.

'AirAsia, who works closely with GE Engine Services Malaysia to maintain our aircraft engines, hopes to be able to contribute further to the development of the MRO to secure Malaysia as the leader in MRO and focus on strengthening its growth to rival Singapore.'

The KLIA low cost terminal is expected to be ready by the first half of 2006, shortly after Singapore's S$45 million low-cost terminal at Changi is ready during the first quarter of next year. So will it pose a serious threat to Singapore? Not really, said Shukor Yusof, aviation analyst at Standard & Poor's MarketScope. 'To be a serious threat, the parent airport has to be a serious contender in international aviation,' he said. 'KLIA still has some way to go before it can catch up with either Singapore or Bangkok.'

KLIA handled 20 million passengers last year - comprising a significant portion of domestic traffic - compared to more than 30 million international travellers handled at Changi.

But Malaysia's Transport Minister Mr Chan said that the decision to maintain KLIA for both legacy and low-cost carriers would enable Malaysia to counter competition from its two immediate neighbours.

'This is a strategic measure to ensure that the Malaysian aviation industry continues to achieve rapid growth and the government's decision to develop as a regional hub is achieved,' he said.

But Mr Fernandes disagrees. 'We firmly believe that Subang is the right choice to maintain Malaysia's huge lead in the LCC market over Singapore.'

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Fog forces AirAsia to make its debut in HK
Russell Barling
25 February 2005
South China Morning Post

AirAsia, the region's biggest low-cost carrier, made its inaugural flight to Hong Kong yesterday - albeit unscheduled.

The Malaysian budget airline's flight AK50 from Kuala Lumpur to Macau was diverted to Chek Lap Kok yesterday when the airport at the former Portuguese enclave was engulfed in a thick blanket of fog, making landing risky.

The 114 passengers, some of whom were destined for Hong Kong via Macau, were not allowed to disembark due to "immigration requirements", according to the airline.

The aircraft sat on the tarmac at the airport for 3½ hours waiting for the fog to clear in Macau before taking off for the 15-minute flight.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes was critical of the Airport Authority in April last year for not lowering its landing and terminal fees to capitalise on the low-cost carrier phenomenon.

"Our talks with them never got off the ground. They took the point of view of a monopoly and were not willing to adjust," Mr Fernandes told the South China Morning Post at the time. "They apparently don't feel the need to go out and get business. We believe the right option is the cheaper airport."

The detour would have cost AirAsia a $5,000 landing fee yesterday, and it gave the authority the final word, for now.

"It shows Hong Kong is an all-weather airport, one which can operate in all conditions," a spokesperson said. "You get what you pay for."
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AirAsia: Online sales have eclipsed offline sales





PETALING JAYA: About 55% of AirAsia Bhd's ticket sales is generated online and this is predicted to grow to 65% by year-end, said its regional director of information technology, Lau Kin Choy.

Lau told In.Tech that since the budget airline's “humble beginnings” in January, 2002, its online ticket sales have skyrocketed from 5% to a current 55% of total sales.

Tickets in Malaysia are also sold via AirAsia's 16 ticketing counters at various airports and city centres, through 13 select travel agents and via its callcentre at 1300-88-9933.

[B]AirAsia launched its website (www.airasia.com) in April, 2002, and has invested less than RM1mil in it so far. The website is available in four different languages: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil.[/B]

“In Malaysia, over 150,000 seats are sold online per month. As a group, we sell about 500,000 seats per month,” Lau said.

He estimates online ticket sales to be worth about RM30mil per month.

The group includes Thai AirAsia and AWAIR, an Indonesian private airline purchased by AirAsia and its Indonesian partners. Their websites include local language versions as well.

“Our cheapest seats and promotions will always be over the Internet,” said Lau, adding that AirAsia's cheapest seats available online can be up to 80% lower than the airline’s regular, published rates.

The company just concluded in mid-February a promotional campaign offering free seats to lucky surfers who logged on to its website.

A total of 50,000 free seats were up for grabs.

Some of AirAsia's fares are cheaper than airport taxes. Rates are lower when tickets are bought online, which was why most travellers preferred it to the offline method, said Lau.

Online ticketing eliminates administrative costs and cuts away the “middleman markup” that travel agents earn.


“Significant savings are recorded, which are eventually passed back to consumers,” Lau said, without giving any figures.

A Wall Street Journal Europe report in 2003 estimated that distribution or ticketing costs generally run to 15% to 17% of an airline's budget. This is an expense that can be significantly reduced by online ticket sales.

Reshaping consumer behaviour

According to the 11th Malaysia Internet User Survey conducted by AC Nielsen Consult last April, about 14% of online shoppers bought airline tickets. The other most popular online shopping activities were accommodations (10%) and books (8%).

The most popular website for online shoppers was AirAsia.com, with more than 30% of respondents having bought tickets there at one time or another.

The survey respondents were young (about 50% between the ages of 20 and 29), well-educated (nearly half had a bachelor’s degree or better), and had money to spend (about 40% had gross monthly household incomes of at least RM6,000).

AirAsia was not able to provide a profile of its own online customers.

There is no question that AirAsia believes in the potential of the Internet – why else would it use its planes as “flying billboards” for its website?
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AirAsia spreads wings to Manila


KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia on Monday said it would spread its wings to the Philippines next month, further expanding its reach in the region to stay ahead of growing competition.

From April 5, it said daily flights would be launched simultaneously from two Malaysian points -- the capital Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state -- to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, formerly Clark Angeles Airport, in northern Luzon.

In a statement, AirAsia's chief executive Tony Fernandes said: 'We aim to provide more connections for the people of the Philippines to visit Malaysia and to enhance the hub status of Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

'By connecting Clark to Malaysia and linking it to our network of flights serving Thailand, Indonesia and Macau, AirAsia is indirectly bringing the people of Asean closer and thus one step nearer to achieve a borderless Asean policy.'

A former US military air base, the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport is about two-hours drive north of Manila. AirAsia said arrangements have been made for buses to shuttle passengers to the Philippine capital.

Seats are already available for sale on-line, with a regular round-trip flight priced from around RM260 ringgit (US$68.40) onwards.

Launched in December 2001 with just two aircraft, AirAsia now operates over 100 domestic and international flights with a fleet of 28 Boeing 737-300s from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Senai International Airport in Malaysia, the Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok and at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

The airline, which will also become the first no-frills foreign airline to fly to China next month with daily services between Bangkok and the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen, has announced it would buy an additional 20 new Airbus aircraft -- raising a previous order to 100.

Its success has sparked a slew of other low-cost airlines, notably in Singapore where privately-owned Valuair, Qantas-backed Jetstar and Singapore Airlines' 49 per cent-owned Tiger Airlines operate.

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AirAsia to Fly to Clark

CLARKFIELD, Pampanga --Malaysia's second-largest commercial airline will commence two flights a day to and from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) starting April 5.

Clark Development Corp. executive vice president Victor Jose Luciano said the regular flights to be mounted by Air Asia is a manifestation of increased tourist and investment potentials of the economic zone.

The scheduled regular flights of Air Asia was an offshoot of the success of Asiana Airlines of South Korea since it mounted regular flights between Incheon and Clark last October 2003. Asiana is the second-largest Korean flag carrier.

Luciano said Air Asia flights would have two routes coming from Malayasia via Kuala Lumpur to Macau to Clark, and Kota Kinabalu to Clark.

Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu are the two of the most frequented tourist destinations in Malaysia.

Air Asia, which provides the lowest airline fares, operates a fleet of modern Boeing 373-300 jets. The airline said that they only concentrate on one type of aircraft in order to focus on and maintain efficient operations.

Air Asia aircraft are maintained by international world-class partners such as GE Engine Services for engine maintenance; Volvo-Aero for aircraft engine and aircraft frame parts; and ST Aero for heavy maintenance and engineering components.

The airline's fleet fully meets the conditions of international aviation safety standard and is regulated by the international reputed Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia and is overseen by the Department of Civil Aviation Thailand.

Joyce Lai, regional director for Marketing and Communications of Air Asia, assured Filipinos who are planning to visit Malaysia that the airline would provide the lowest airfare so that more people would be enticed to fly Air Asia.

Lai said that although Air Asia is the second-largest Malaysian airline, but it is very aggressive with its fare pricing which is why it was dubbed as the Ryan Air or Easy Jet of Malaysia.

Air Asia flies all over the peninsular Malaysia and also has routes to Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo.

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#AK/D7/FY/MH | Malaysia-Based Carriers: AirAsia/AirAsia X/Firefly/Malaysia Airlines

It is high-time that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to have its own thread here!

To start this thread off.......here's a large graphic of a recent MAS ad on Airbus' A380:

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Malaysian Airlines Launches New Cabin
By Lyna Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur - More than 100 invited foreign media representatives have witnessed the launching of Malaysia Airlines' "An Experience Redefined" held at Hangar 4, MAS Complex of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor.

Present to officiate the event was Dato' Seri Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Also in attendance at the event were Dato' Sri Chan Kong Choy, Malaysia's Transport Minister, and Dato' Dr Munir Abdul Majid, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines.

The airline's "An Experience Redefined" is a comprehensive aircraft cabin that has been upgraded completely with a new total in-flight delivery service designed to capture a greater segment of the premium travelling market.

The airline is spending RM700 million to upgrade its B777-200 and B747-400 aircraft over a two-year period.

As the airline forges ahead, it will fulfill its corporate social responsibility by building up the skills and competencies of its workforce, said the prime minister in his address.

In addition, it is also in line with the government's aims to develop human capital and create a knowledge-based economy.

"Such efforts will also make strides towards building the capacity of Malaysia to be an aviation centre of excellence," he said.

He also highlighted that to further its corporate social responsibility agenda, the airlines should utilise local products and services and make it as a platform in showcasing Malaysian products so that the country's charm and identity can be portrayed throughout the globe.

They must constantly adapt to remain attractive to its existing and potential air travellers where feedback and interaction with its customers are crucial to spot changing trends, while taking into account the products and services offered by the other major competitors.

They must also keep abreast of the latest technologies so that it will constantly be at the technological frontier.

He noted that utilising the best technologies will be costly but coupled with proper timing and implementation; such investments should yield optimal returns in the longer run.

Customer satisfaction is key in any business but in the airline business it is highly critical and a key success factor which cannot be maximised without the human touch, as world class technology must be supported by a world class workforce.

He underscored that an impressive new cabin would be meaningless without the warmth, passion and dedication of cabin staff since human dimension plays the most pivotal role in ensuring the success of the cabin upgrade programme.

The launching was followed by a tour of one of the B747-400 refurbished cabin to take a closer look and get a feel of the facelift.

The cabin of its 17 Boeing 777-200 and 17 Boeing 747-400 are refurbished with the latest technology, futuristic style and innovative design in cabin comfort which also includes the training of its cabin staff to further enhance in-flight service delivery. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
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Fleet Status


Malaysia Airlines' aircraft fleet as at February 2, 2005:

Aircraft type - No. of aircraft


B747-400 (Passenger) - 17
B747-200 (Freighter) - 8
B777-200 - 17
A330-200 - 5
A330-300 - 11
B737-400 - 39
F50 - 9
DHC6 Twin Otter - 5


Total number of aircraft = 111
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Strive to be world No.1, Abdullah tells MAS
Malaysian PM sees national flag carrier as platform to showcase country

PETALING JAYA - MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) must strive to be the world's top airline, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has said.

The airline's success would enhance Malaysia's image as it is the country's premier brand, he said on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister urged MAS staff to work hard to attain this goal, reminding them that they were working for the national flag carrier.

'It must maintain and enhance itself further as the national flag carrier.

'The success of MAS will enhance the image of the nation and will have a positive effect on the country's tourism industry and other related sectors,' he said before launching MAS' newly refurbished first and business class cabins.

The upgrading of the cabins, which included luxury seats and in-flight services, is part of the airline's An Experience Redefined campaign, which is designed to attract premium passengers.

Datuk Seri Abdullah said that customer tastes were ever changing and the airline must adapt constantly to stay attractive to air travellers.

He also said that the airline should utilise Malaysian products and services as much as possible, as it would be a platform to showcase Malaysian products, especially for in-flight products and services such as meals and shopping.

'The Malaysian charm and identity can be portrayed throughout the globe through these efforts,' he said before unveiling the brightly painted red Boeing 747-400 on Wednesday night.

Airline chairman Munir Majid said the concept of An Experience Redefined was all about creating an entirely new experience for their premium passengers, from providing seat luxury and comfort to high-end in-flight entertainment and fine dining.

'All these within a cabin ambience created to appeal to the senses and delivered by cabin crew who have done us proud by being rated the world's best year by year.

'It is also about added levels of enjoyment for the economy class passengers, as they, too, will be spoilt for choice, with more than 350 entertainment options from a most advanced in-flight entertainment system,' he said.

MAS managing director Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan said that the airline's comprehensive cabin upgrade programme, costing RM700 million (S$303 million), started last year.

'We decided on a two-class configuration of Business and Economy for our B777-200, taking into account market trends and increasing demand for business class travel on medium haul routes,' he said. \-- THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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HISTORY of Malaysia Airlines


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Malaysia Airlines' humble origins began in the golden age of travel. A joint initiative of the Ocean Steamship Company of Liverpool, the Straits Steamship Company of Singapore and Imperial Airways led to a proposal to the government of the Colonial Straits Settlement to run an air service between Penang and Singapore. The result was the incorporation of Malayan Airways Limited (MAL) on October 12, 1937.

On April 2, 1947, the first fare paying passengers boarded an MAL Airspeed Consul plane in Singapore that was bound for Kuala Lumpur. By the end of 1947, Malayan Airways had engaged in an expansion exercise to cater to the growing needs of a growing nation. Within three months, MAL broke the borders of domestic service to offer flights to Jakarta, Medan, Palembang and Saigon. A dynamic team of visionaries saw the need for expansion for such a young airline. The era of international travel was coming to Asia and MAL was to be a pioneer in providing regional flight services.

Then, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC - now British Airways), a technology pioneer and a majority shareholder of MAL, provided technical services such as repairs, spares and training, even initiating training for local crew members in the United Kingdom. The presence of BOAC also facilitated MAL's entry as a member of IATA.

Meeting the needs of regional travel also meant expanding the fleet and providing for passenger comfort. Services on the five-seater Airspeed Consul were further enhanced by the acquisition of a 21-seater DC3. The DC3 also heralded the advent of in-flight service in MAL.

A year after the Independence of Malaya in 1957, MAL took the next step in becoming part of the new corporate scene in Malaysia. The participation of BOAC, QANTAS, the government of the Federation of Malaya, Singapore and the Territory of North Borneo launched MAL as a public limited company.

By 1958, the resources that were accumulated from being a public corporation allowed MAL to acquire five more Beaver aircraft and a new Douglas DC4 Skymaster, which went on to pioneer a route to Hong Kong. This was MAL's first flight beyond Southeast Asia.

The process of fleet expansion followed in 1959 when MAL entered the jet age with the purchase of the Vickers Viscount aircraft. The jet age brought about speed and new levels of comfort for travellers. By 1960, MAL had taken possession of a Lockheed Super Constellation, which propelled MAL into other far-flung regions of Asia.

The acquisition of an 82-seater Briston Britania in 1960 made mass transport by air a reality. This led to the first international non-stop service for MAL, which operated directly between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
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The sixties was a period of change for the world and for MAL. The formation of Malaysia in 1963 was the catalyst for our company to change its name to Malaysian Airlines Limited (MAL). The formation of a new nation also saw the need for MAL as a national carrier to integrate and connect the far corners of Malaysia.

The governments of Borneo and the Peninsular saw a need for more integration of the nation's transport system. This led to the amalgamation of Borneo Airways with MAL that same year. This resulted in closer ties being forged, and also further fleet expansion with the acquisition of five F27 aircraft.

In 1966, following Singapore's independence, the Governments of Malaysia and Singapore became the majority shareholders in the national carrier. Within 20 years, MAL had grown from a single aircraft operator into a company with 2,400 employees and a fleet operator using the latest Comet IV jet aircraft, six F27s, eight DCs and two Twin Pioneers. In 1967, a new branding exercise saw MAL changing its name to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA). That proved to be a watershed year -- apart from expanding its international routes to Manila, Perth, Sydney and Taipei, MSA also took delivery of three pioneering Boeing 707s and two F27s to service these new routes and finally set up its new corporate headquarters in Robinson Road, Singapore.

In the late 1960s, MSA strove to keep expanding its reach to even more destinations. MSA made its first flight to Tokyo in 1968 and started serving the route to Bali in 1969. Within a year, Madras and Colombo were also added to the list of international destinations catered to by MSA.

In 1971, the partnership between Malaysia and Singapore was dissolved and Malaysia Airlines Berhad was incorporated in April that same year. With an authorised capital of RM100 million, the company made a final revision to its name in November 1971 and Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) was born.
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By 1972, Malaysian Airline System was already servicing 34 domestic routes and six international destinations. In November 1972, Malaysian Airline System became a member of the Orient Airlines Association (OAA) after the 13th Presidential Assembly of the OAA in Sydney, Australia.

By May 1973, the company's rapid growth saw it carrying its one millionth passenger and, bolstered by development in air travel, Malaysian Airline System carried its two millionth passenger by the end of that year. Due to the early forces of globalisation, Malaysian Airline System started to service even more international routes. Popular business destinations including Tokyo, London, Madras, Manila and Sydney were soon introduced while services were added to Amman, Hat Yai, Jeddah, Perth and Taipei. In 1975, the in-flight magazine, Wings of Gold, made its debut on all Malaysian Airline System services.

In 1976, Malaysian Airline System entered the information age with the computerisation of its whole operation. The delivery of its first wide-bodied DC10 aircraft allowed Malaysian Airline System to offer new and exciting international destinations. The expansion of the European sector opened a corridor for Malaysian Airline System -- with new services to Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris, the passage to the East offered travellers and tourists a new dimension in travel.

In the 1980s, Malaysian Airline System became the first major government agency to be privatised. In 1985, Malaysian Airline System entered the corporate sector by offering 70 million shares for sale. This exercise raised Malaysian Airline System's paid-up capital to RM350 million and brought reserves up to RM227 million.

Previously a government agency, Malaysian Airline System embarked on a system of corporate governance that would ensure the fulfilment of its role not only as a national carrier but also as a corporate citizen centred on being responsible to its shareholders. However, this change in business practice did not change the company's focus on being customer-driven.

As part of its modernisation and expansion drive, Malaysian Airline System also invested in a new maintenance hangar facility and the extension of its catering facilities in Subang. The final stage of the restructuring exercise saw Malaysian Airline System move into its new corporate headquarters on Jalan Sultan Ismail, located right in the heart of the central business district of Kuala Lumpur. The 36-storey building, which cost RM88 million to build, would become the hub of the company's future activities.
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In 1986, Malaysian Airline System offered its first flight service to the United States. The service, which ran twice a week to Los Angeles via Tokyo, also saw its first deployment of the brand new Boeing 747-300 Combi aircraft with stretched upper deck. By the end of 1987, Malaysian Airline System had established itself as an international carrier of choice, offering 34 domestic routes and 27 international destinations.

Malaysian Airline System has always been a customer-driven organisation. The introduction of its Esteemed Traveller loyalty programme in September 1987 demonstrated Malaysian Airline System's commitment to customer relationship management. A month later, Malaysian Airline System (MAS) changed its corporate identity and became known as Malaysia Airlines. This reflected its new objectives to create greater awareness of Malaysia and went in line with the government's efforts to make Malaysia an internationally acclaimed travel destination and trading nation.

By 1990, Malaysia Airlines extended its global reach to include more destinations including Guangzhou, Ho Chih Min City, Fukuoka and Pontianak. Flights were added to its London and Tokyo routes to cater to the increased passenger traffic.

In 1991, as part of its fleet modernisation programme, Malaysia Airlines invested RM9.6 billion to expand its fleet of aircraft.

On January 9, 1996, as part of its rationalisation programme, Malaysia Airlines announced the purchase of ten B777-200s, five B777-300s and ten B747-400s from Boeing Aircraft Company at an estimated RM10 billion. The B777s were powered by Roll Royce engines and the B747s by Pratt & Whitney engines.

On April 2, 1997, a new flight was launched to mark the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia Airlines. The newly acquired B777-200 broke two world records; one for the longest non-stop flight from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, and another for the speed recorded for the journey. This aircraft was named 'Super Ranger'. On April 27, 1997, this aircraft was ferry flighted to Kuala Lumpur.

As of July 30, 2004, Malaysia Airlines has a fleet of 100 aircraft in its network. Currently, with its extensive list of over 100 destinations, passengers can be assured that their travel needs will be catered for when they are abroad. East or West, Malaysia Airlines is there for you.
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Breaking the barriers of the new millennium, our fleet of nearly 100 aircraft serves more than 100 destinations around the world. As a pioneer in the industry in more ways than one, we are able to demonstrate our commitment to our customers and partners.

In April 2001, Malaysia Airlines became the first airline in the world to pilot a twin-engine commercial jet through the newly opened polar routes, passing through the inhospitable regions of Russia and North Alaska. Malaysia Airlines' Managing Director, Dato' Mohd Nor Yusof, together with a team of representatives from Boeing and Rolls Royce, two Russian Air Traffic Control management staff and senior officials from the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, journeyed on this historic flight.

These newly chartered routes provide a significant time-saving advantage for passengers who no longer have to travel east to west. Malaysia Airlines takes pride in being the first Asian airline to accomplish such a feat.

As part of our expansion, we have recently allied ourselves with Cathay Pacific to provide a code-sharing agreement to enable more weekly flights to Hong Kong.

In a time when collaboration and partnership prevail, Malaysia Airlines has forged many agreements with regional and international airlines to provide various services including catering, maintenance and inter-airline passenger transfers. Malaysia Airlines' efforts have also received awards from various institutions including the Asian Institute of Management and the Boeing Aircraft Company.

Malaysia's former Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Ismail once echoed the need for Malaysia Airlines to become the foremost airline in the region at the official launch of the first Malaysia Airlines flight in 1972. Today, Malaysia Airlines has clearly established itself as a carrier of international standing. Its Managing Director, Dato' Ahmad Fuaad bin Mohd Dahalan, now leads the Moving Forward initiative and with the theme Going Beyond Expectations being Malaysia Airlines' way of life.

In this new age of technology, Malaysia Airlines is committed to being a carrier as well as a responsible corporate citizen in the global economy. Apart from being a carrier, Malaysia Airlines has diversified its operations into human resource development, training, catering, property consultancy and technical ground support for aircrafts. Sharing its limelight with the ultra modern Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia Airlines also provides world-class cargo management facilities to meet the needs of our partners.

With more than 50 years of experience behind us, we seek to cater to the ever growing needs of travellers. As our passengers, you are also our customers, and we seek to bring to you the best service that air travel has to offer. From sophisticated in-flight entertainment to the simple things in life like our world-class cuisine, we redefine the standards in passenger comfort and services. At Malaysia Airlines, we've got your ticket to travel.
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