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Old November 28th, 2006, 10:39 AM   #581
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I think kan, Air Asia must expand its route network from Kuala Lumpur to:

Dubai -- many Emiratis visiting malaysia
Doha --many Qataris too
Fukuoka -- suspended by MAS
Pusan
Bahrain
Riyadh
Muscat
Ahmedabad
Amritsar
Calcutta
Dhaka
Chittagong
Tiruchi
Cochin
Coimbatore
Wuhan
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Chongqing
Kathmandu
Chiang Rai
Karachi
Lahore
Sanaa
Pune
Coimbatore
Madurai
Jaipur
at the moment..AirAsia will only tap the Indian and the Chinese market...the Chinese market will be from their ThaiAirAsia hub, BKK ...and from BKI too...all 3hr flying range from the hub....

flying to the middle east? AK will at least need a medium range aircraft then..ie A330..wont be seeing that in these 1-2 yrs though...
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Old November 28th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #582
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I thought the concept of low cost and no frills airline only works for 3 hours flying time ? how long from bangkok or Kl to Dubai btw?

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Old December 1st, 2006, 10:43 AM   #583
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AirAsia Q1 revenue up 29% to RM240mil

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PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd's revenue grew 29% to RM239.6mil for the first quarter ended Sept 30 compared with the previous corresponding quarter but net profit slid more than 50% to RM5.7mil. Chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the company recorded a 63% increase in passengers carried and 28% decline in average fares.
The lower fares spurred strong traffic, reflected by a nine percentage point improvement in load factor despite adding capacity by 39%.
?Our capacity growth reflects new routes introduced. Our unit cost improved 9% to 2.2 US cents per available seat kilometre despite higher oil prices.
?Our lower average fare was also due to the first quarter coinciding with Ramadan and the opening of two new bases in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu,? he said in a conference call yesterday.
Fernandes said the addition of more Airbus A320s to its fleet had mitigated the impact of high fuel prices due to their better economics and higher fuel efficiency.
AirAsia is currently purchasing fuel on the spot market.
?We are looking for opportunities to hedge outstanding amount and hedge further into the future. We are looking at partial hedge next year: 54% of volume to cover the first half of 2007 and 45% of volume to cover from July to Sept 30, 2007.
?We are actively looking to hedge our higher requirement for the current financial year, and at the right time, we will take further hedge against upside movement in prices for ensuing quarters,? he added.
As for the reduction in airport charges, Fernandes said AirAsia was still in negotiation with Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd.
?Nothing is definite as talks are still in progress,? he said.
Its Thai unit recorded strong passenger growth of 67% and steady load factor in the quarter under review despite the military coup d'etat.
Its Indonesian unit, meanwhile, achieved a turnaround as its ability to advertise fares significantly improved operations and fuel surcharge provided significant cost recoveries.
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Old December 11th, 2006, 07:08 AM   #584
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Bangkok-Langkawi flights soon
Sunday December 10, 2006


LANGKAWI: Thai AirAsia will introduce four times a week Bangkok-Langkawi direct flights from next month, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said yesterday.

He said the airline would be making more announcements on this at the end of this month.

“For the Kedah Gover-nment, we support and welcome this direct flight service as it will help to increase tourist arrivals to Langkawi island,” he told reporters after presenting wings to 23 cadet pilots of HM Aerospace Sdn Bhd’s flying course 03/2005 here.

Mahdzir said the airline had requested for a one year landing fee subsidy at the Langkawi International Air-port in Padang Matsirat for introducing the direct flight service.

He said the state government and the Langkawi Development Authority had agreed to bear half the cost of extending the subsidy, and had requested the Tou-rism Ministry to pay the remainder.

“We are still waiting for the ministry's agreement on the subsidy,” he said.

To attract more tourists to Langkawi, airlines like Malaysia Airlines should in-crease their flight frequencies to the island, Mahdzir said, adding that in Thailand, the frequency of flights from Bangkok to Phuket was every hour. – Bernama
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Old December 11th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #585
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When and where did this happen?
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This happened at the Kota Kinabalu INtl Airport. I forgot was it last year or the year before that
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Old December 11th, 2006, 03:15 PM   #586
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I will be flying Malaysian Air in Mid Jan 07, quiet looking forward to any plesant surprises during my flight. =) From Mel->Shanghai Btw
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Old December 12th, 2006, 07:07 AM   #587
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To attract more tourists to Langkawi, airlines like Malaysia Airlines should in-crease their flight frequencies to the island, Mahdzir said, adding that in Thailand, the frequency of flights from Bangkok to Phuket was every hour. – Bernama
another example of Malaysian minister who only know how to talk...
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Old December 12th, 2006, 07:25 AM   #588
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Fairul, but it will happen right, BKK-LGK ?
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Old December 12th, 2006, 09:39 AM   #589
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Fairul, but it will happen right, BKK-LGK ?
it will happen for sure...dont worry...but the every hour freq..dont think so..
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Old December 12th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #590
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I flied with MAS from KL -> Amsterdam last month. Overall i was quite satisfied ! especially they have an individual small TV screen for each seat in their Boeing 747-400.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 11:06 AM   #591
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MAS keeps New York route for VMY 2007
Thursday November 9, 2006
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines is retaining its Kuala Lumpur-Stockholm-Newark (New York) sector to support Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

MAS managing director Idris Jala said the national carrier would continue operating the Monday, Thursday and Saturday flights using a 282-seater Boeing B777-200 aircraft.

MAS had earlier announced that it would stop operating the route effective Jan 15.

“Our earlier decision was guided by the initial findings from our route profitability exercise. However, in response to a call from the Government to reconsider our decision, we reviewed this route,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“We have now teamed up with Tourism Malaysia to aggressively market Visit Malaysia Year 2007 in these two markets, and we now have very encouraging forward booking enquiries.”

Idris said there was a 16.8% increase in tourist arrivals here from the United States and a 20.8% increase from the Scandinavian region up to July.

“Based on this trend, tourist arrivals from these two markets are expected to further increase during VMY 2007,” he said.

Great news from MAS for a long time. Their restructuring program has so far been disgraceful.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 03:06 PM   #592
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AirAsia takes option on 60 GE engines

Rapidly expanding budget airline AirAsia has taken options on 60 GE Aviation engines with a total list price of around US$360 million (RM1.28 billion), officials of both companies said on Dec 14.

AirAsia has taken an option on GE's CFM56-5B engines to power 30 A320 aircraft that are under option from European plane-maker Airbus, AirAsia spokesman Mohshin Aziz and GE Aviation's Malaysian sales director Amin Zakaria told Reuters.

AirAsia had already chosen GE Aviation to power its recent order of 40 A320s. "This is an extension," Mohshin said. - Reuters
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Old December 15th, 2006, 08:01 AM   #593
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AirAsia signs RM5.3b deals
By Alfean Hardy, 15 Dec 2006 10:44 AM
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AirAsia Bhd has on Dec 15 signed two deals worth an estimated US$1.5 billion (RM5.3 billion) for the purchase of engines for the Airbus A320 aircraft and also a service and maintenance agreement.

The budget airline had chosen CFM 56-5B engines to power its 40 confirmed and 30 optional A320 aircraft. Each aircraft will be powered by two CFM 56-5B engines.

The engine deals covers 80 engines plus six spares for the confirmed orders valued at US$500 million. CFM International is a 50:50 company between General Electric Company and Snecma.

AirAsia also signed an agreement with General Electric Company for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of the 86 engines. The 20-year deal is worth US$1.1 billion.

AirAsia has ordered a total of 100 A320s. It took delivery of the first A320 in December last year.

Once the 100 aircraft have been delivered, AirAsia will become the single largest Airbus A320 operator in the Asia Pacific region by 2012. It would also be the youngest and most modern fleet in the region.

A total of 1,700 CFM engines have been delivered to date.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 08:03 AM   #594
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MAS concludes IT deal with Mercator
By Isabelle Francis, 14 Dec 2006 10:48 PM
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Commemorating the history-making agreement between Mercator and MAS
are (from left) Mercator manager of regional accounts and sales Mahesh Shastry, Hopkins, Tengku Azmil and MAS GM of business support services
Zulaifah Abdul Ghani



Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) has concluded a multi-million ringgit outsourcing deal with Emirates Group’s IT unit Mercator for the latter's airline revenue accounting solutions for both its passenger and cargo operations.

“MAS has outsourced its passenger revenue accounting operation to Mercator, and will now send all passenger data on its used ticket coupons to Mercator’s data centres in Dubai for analysis and processing,” Mercator said in a statement on Dec 14.

The contract is Mercator's largest deal ever and will further boost its customer base in the region, which already sees carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines and Philippine Airlines using Mercator systems.

“More than 18 million coupons will be processed each year, generating a stream of invaluable management and strategic information.

"Benefits include enhanced revenue through accurate billing and verification, reduced accounting costs, boosted productivity and the elimination of training costs,” it added.

MAS executive director and chief financial officer Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Aziz, said: "Mercator's passenger revenue accounting solutions have already proved themselves within Malaysia Airlines over the past two years, giving us the full confidence to outsource this process to Mercator.

"We will now be able to concentrate on our core areas of operation, and on providing maximum value to our customers.”

Emirates Airline executive vice president service departments Nigel Hopkins said the latest deal offered a “real breakthrough” in MAS’ revenue accounting.

MAS currently operates 110 aircraft to 69 destinations spread throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and America. Last year, 18 million people flew on the airline’s network.

MAS’ cargo division, MASkargo, has selected a licensed version of Mercator’s cargo revenue accounting solution, RAPID, that provides the tools to control more effectively their complex cargo operations, by giving a clear view of how their business is performing.

MasKargo’s senior general manager J J Ong said this was yet another milestone in its effort towards improving the financial management of MASkargo.
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AirAsia exercises option for another 86 engines

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AirAsia Bhd has exercised all its options to purchase 86 CFM 56-5B/P engines for its Airbus A320-200 aircraft with options to acquire up to another 65 engines.

The company had also signed an engine service arrangement with General Electric Company for the firm 86 engine orders.

“The engine purchase agreement for the firm order of 86 engines is at approximately US$500 million (RM1.77 billion).

“The engine service agreement is worth approximately US$1.1 billion. Under the agreement, GE will provide maintenance, overhaul and repair for the firm 86 firm engine order for 20 years,” it said.

AirAsia said the 86 engines were meant for its Airbus A320-300 aircraft on order, which were meant to meet its rapid expansion plan and to replace its Boeing 737-300 aircraft that are to be returned to its lessor upon expiry of the leases.

Funding of the engine purchase would be from part of the funding required for its aircraft acquisition. It said it was considering various sources of funding, which included but was not limited to export credit guaranteed borrowings, commercial bank borrowings, and sale and leaseback transactions.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 06:19 AM   #596
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Fernandes: Realise your dreams
Tuesday December 19, 2006
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KUALA LUMPUR: “If you don't dream, you'll never get there” – this is AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes' message to young entrepreneurs.

And it is perhaps this maxim that helped him win the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Malaysia 2006 Award.

Fernandes also feels that Malaysia is a unique country, where “a nobody can go out there and do something.”

“I was selling records five years ago, and was given a chance to restart an airline, competing against a national airline.

“I don't think many countries allow you to do that,” he said last night after receiving the award from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Fernandes, who is also the recipient of the Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award, will be representing the country at Monte Carlo in May for the 7th Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In his speech, Najib said entrepreneurs were the pulse and lifeblood of the economy as they had a remarkable ability to identify business opportunities.

The other winners at the event were Kenny Goh and Henry Goh of Macro Kiosk Bhd, who were named Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year; Simon Loh of e-pay (M), named Technology Entrepreneur of the Year; and Nafisah Radin of NR Architect, named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
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AirAsia to add third daily flight to Macau
December 19 2006
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AirAsia will offer a promotional fare starting from RM49.99 for the new flight, excluding airport taxes, fuel surcharges and fees, and are applicable for one-way travel only

BUDGET airline AirAsia Bhd will add a third daily flight between Macau and Kuala Lumpur beginning December 26, due to high demand for the route.

The airline is currently recording an average 98 per cent load factor for both its daily flights on the route.

It is dedicating A320s for the Kuala Lumpur- Macau route, which has a bigger capacity than the B737s.

An A320 has 180 seats, an additional 32 seats compared with a B737. The airline is currently in the progress of phasing out its B737s and replacing them with an all-new A320 fleet.

AirAsia will introduce a promotional fare starting from RM49.99 for the new flight. This excludes airport taxes, fuel surcharges and fees, and are applicable for one-way travel only.

This special fare is open from now to December 22 2006 for travel between December 26 2006 and March 24 2007.

AirAsia first started its flights to Macau in March last year. Within the same year, the airline added its second frequency in December.
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December 19, 2006 14:04 PM

MAS Expects 18 Pct Hike In Passengers For Zurich-KL Route


By Mikhail Raj Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines expects passenger load from the Swiss market to increase by 18 percent to 62,000 next year through a combination of cheaper air fares, attractive travel packages and aggressive promotional campaigns ahead of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

"MAS is offering promotional fares lower than normal which will enable tour operators to offer more attractive packages via their direct distribution channels and sub-agents," says Hamid Kamizi, MAS Area Manager for Switzerland.

He told Bernama in an interview in Zurich recently that Swiss tour operators could take advantage of lower fares available between Dec 12, 2006 to June 23 next year to offer attractive packages.

This could stimulate demand even during off peak seasons, he said.

"People might let go of travelling during peak periods. The Swiss travel out if their weather is bad and warmer countries benefit," Hamid, who is based in Zurich, said when outlining the national carrier's role in boosting tourist arrivals into Malaysia in conjunction with VMY 2007.

Hamid, who took over the Zurich office last June, said for the thrice-weekly Zurich-Kuala Lumpur route, the economy class seats were 76 percent full and business class 80 percent full which was considered "quite high."

The major players on this route comprise the Swiss (70 percent), Malaysians (20) and Australians (10).

"This shows that the Zurich-Kuala Lumpur route is popular," he said.

It started operating on June 19, 1989.

"When we talk to customers, we show them our network and where we fly to and we are positioning ourselves as one of the best carriers to fly to South-east Asia," he said.

"Historically, we are one of the preferred carriers in Europe for South-east Asia and destinations beyond," he said.

Among other initiatives by MAS were window displays featuring Malaysian destinations all over Switzerland for the whole of next year and strengthening the traditionally high demand holiday destinations such as Bali and Phuket with attractive stopovers in Malaysia.

Another is maximising MAS' excellent network in South-east Asia and be a part of the growing popularity of tourism in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.

He also said MAS would endeavour to maintain its position as one of the preferred carriers to Australia and New Zealand.

He said MAS was one of the most competitive airlines in the market.

"It would be an advantage for passengers flying out of Zurich to opt for MAS as we fly non-stop rather than having to transit for example in Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Amsterdam or Frankfurt that eventually will make the journey longer," he said.

Hamid said MAS was also working closely with the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board on joint promotional efforts in travel fairs in Zurich.

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Why don't start flying to HK? or Shanghai?
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