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Old March 30th, 2007, 01:44 PM   #701
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Old March 31st, 2007, 03:05 AM   #703
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Air Asia X to buy long haul Airbus jets
By John Burton in Singapore
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Updated: 10:40 a.m. ET March 30, 2007


AirAsia X, the new Malaysian long-haul low-cost airline, is expected to announce next month that it will buy up to 15 Airbus A330-300 aircraft, according to people familiar with the order.

AirAsia X is also planning to start service in the fourth quarter of 2007 by leasing several aircraft until it takes delivery of the new Airbus aircraft.

The new carrier is being launched by Tony Fernandes, the founder and chief executive of AirAsia, Asia's biggest budget carrier.

AirAsia X is owned separately by Fly Asian Xpress, which operates on domestic routes in Malaysia and is majority controlled by Mr Fernandes. However, AirAsia is considering taking an equity stake later. AirAsia X is paying a licence fee to AirAsia to use its brandname.

The selection of Airbus for the long-haul fleet is not a surprise since AirAsia has ordered up to 100 Airbus A320s, which ensures compatibility between the two airlines in terms of maintenance and servicing.

The bulk order with Airbus also means that AirAsia and AirAsia X are likely to buy the aircraft at a discount. The A330-300 lists for about $170m, putting the potential value of the new order at $2.63bn.

Mr Fernandes is seeking to revive the concept of long-haul discount service pioneered by Freddy Laker with his trans-Atlantic SkyTrain in the 1970s.

AirAsia X will initially fly to Birmingham or Manchester in the UK and Tianjin or Hangzhou in China before adding other routes later to China, India, the Middle East, Australia and the US.

There are suggestions that AirAsia X may seek alliances with other carriers, with Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada both being mentioned as possible partners. Malaysia has supported the launch of AirAsia X as it seeks to establish Kuala Lumpur International Airport as a regional hub for low-cost carriers in competition against Singapore and Bangkok.

AirAsia X's launch of long-haul discount flight service between Asia and Europe would follow the launch last year of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, which operates two Boeing 747-400 aircraft to fly to London. Viva Macau, another startup, also plans to launch European routes.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 08:02 AM   #704
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AirAsia plans flights to Aceh


April 2 2007


ASIA'S top budget carrier AirAsia is planning four return flights a week to Indonesia's Aceh province from June, the airline's chief said yesterday.


"We have a social obligation to help new economies grow. We want to help the people in Aceh to get back on their feet," chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said in Kuala Lumpur.


The flights from Kuala Lumpur to the province's capital Banda Aceh will be AirAsia's 10th destination in Indonesia.


Fernandes said he is confident the route would be a success as the carrier was a low-cost operator. - AFP
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Old April 4th, 2007, 06:42 PM   #705
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MAS maintains 5-star airline status
By Joseph Chin, 04 Apr 2007 8:50 PM
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has maintained its five-star airline status for 2007, according to Skytrax’s latest Cost-Value-Satisfaction (QCVS) audit.

The national carrier said on April 4 it was assessed by Skytrax’s QCVS audit, conducted between November and December 2006.

The focus was on service quality and product delivery as well as customer service on long-haul and regional routes.

The QCVS audit covered a number of assessment categories such as seat comfort, in-flight entertainment as well as onboard catering and the general efficiency and quality of staff service.

Skytrax Group chief executive officer Edward Plaisted said based on its latest round of global Star Ranking reviews for the airline industry, MAS had maintained its five-star airline status for 2007.

It was the most exclusive quality award for an airline since only three other airlines in the world had achieved this status.

The star ranking awards were based upon the “total” travel experience an airline delivers to its customers.

Plaisted said ranking was not about whether caviar was served in first class, or in-flight entertainment offering 100 different channels. Instead, it was based on the service experience.

“The star ranking awards are based upon the ‘total’ travel experience an airline delivers to its customers,” he said.

“The friendliness or efficiency of staff on the ground and on-board flights are major elements behind good service... but in a five-star ranking we look for service standards that you can describe as being truly special.

“It is in this service delivery area where we found MAS has a competitive edge - with staff providing service that goes beyond customer expectations,” he said.

MAS managing director and chief executive officer Idris Jala said the award was a timely recognition of the employees’ continuous commitment towards maintaining superior standards in product and services delivery to the customers, both in-flight and on ground.”

He said while the first year of business turnaround for 2006 was focussed on financial survival, 2007 was on profit generation while 2008 and beyond was on profitable growth.

Idris said although the national carrier was out of financial crisis, there was no room for complacency among the staff.

“The competition in the airline industry will continue to intensify. Therefore it is imperative that MAS maintains its high level of product and service quality so that MAS continues to retain its premium customer business,” he said.
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Old April 5th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #706
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MAS seeks to complete hub-and-spoke network

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Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) expects to seal code-share agreements with China and India airlines this year that will virtually complete its hub-and-spoke network globally.

MAS managing director Idris Jala said the national carrier hoped to conclude the negotiations with the airlines in China and India this year.

“Once we’ve done that, we would have practically covered the map that I desire to see and we would have covered most of the points. We would achieve that in terms of continental reach," he said.

The hub-and-spoke model is part of its two-year business turnaround plan. Idris said a carrier needed to strike partnerships with others to enhance its connectivity.

“The airline business is like a tribe, if you don’t belong to the tribe and run it solo, you cannot succeed in this highly competitive environment of connectivity,” he told reporters in Petaling Jaya on April 5 after the signing of a code-share agreement between MAS and Alitalia.

Since Idris’ appointment to MAS in December 2005, MAS has signed several code-share agreements, the latest being Alitalia and prior to that, was with South African Airways (SAA).

MAS also signed one with Virgin Blue last August which gave MAS customers access to 22 points in Australia, the first such tie-up between a low-cost carrier and a full-service airline.

Idris said airlines typically saw a 5% rise in passenger volume in the collective routes via such agreements. “It also depends on the fit. If it’s a much better hub-and-spoke, it could be more.”

Alitalia director of network agreements Aureliano Cicala said such code-share deals would generally see an 8% to 10% increase in passenger volume.

MAS’ commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said the business between Italy and Southeast Asia and Australia was estimated to be about US$650 million (RM2.24 billion) annually.

“With this code-sharing agreement, we hope both the airlines would be able to garner strong market share because of our brands. We (MAS and Alitalia) are now getting 9% market share and will grow beyond that,” he said.

The deal would allow the two airlines to gain access to each other’s networks between Malaysia and Australia and the southern part of Europe.

Starting June 1, 2007, Alitalia will have access to MAS’ seat inventory for flights between Kuala Lumpur and Rome as well as between Kuala Lumpur and Penang and market them under its designator code “AZ”.

In addition, Alitalia’s customers will also be able to travel from Malaysia to MAS’ three Australian gateways of Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

MAS’ customers have the option of services to Italian destinations served by Alitalia from Rome and Milan as well as five destinations in southern Europe – Barcelona, Athens, Geneva, Frankfurt and Madrid.

The two airlines said they were also looking at enhancing the agreement to enable their frequent flyer members to earn and redeem miles while travelling on each other’s flights.

Idris said it would not increase its frequencies in Italy. “I’m happy with what we are doing in Italy. That is why we would not be increasing our frequencies."

MAS now serves seven points in Europe namely Frankfurt, Rome, London, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Zurich.
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MAS and KLIA is struggling to become the best...and they need malaysian's support to go further....

sadly malaysian, especially those who already moved to other country keeps condemning....

F**k these guys!
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Old April 8th, 2007, 05:42 AM   #708
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You are right, those whose upset with their ability to compete in own country, decided to migrate and keeps condemning the government policy of certain issues. They are mostly promoting the country with untrue and bad story and expose the rumours to the word. Sadly, a few countries took advantage to use these rumour as a source to prevent Malaysia to be more competitive and ensure their country always leading Malaysia.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #709
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MAS, Alitalia seal codeshare agreement
05-04-2007


Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Alitalia have sealed a code-share agreement that will allow the two airlines to gain access to each other’s networks between Malaysia and Australia and the southern part of Europe.

Starting June 1, 2007, Alitalia will have access to MAS’s seat inventory for flights between Kuala Lumpur and Rome as well as between Kuala Lumpur and Penang and market them under its designator code “AZ”.

In addition, Alitalia’s customers will also be able to travel from Malaysia to MAS’s three Australian gateways of Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

MAS’s customers have the option of services to Italian destinations served by Alitalia from Rome and Milan as well as five destinations in southern Europe – Barcelona, Athens, Geneva, Frankfurt and Madrid.

The two airlines sealed the agreement at a ceremony in Petaling Jaya on April 5.

In a joint statement, the two airlines said they were also looking at enhancing the agreement to enable their frequent flyer members to earn and redeem miles while traveling on each other’s flights.

They said moving forward, they were planning to expand their network reach that would enable both to gain more access to destinations in Malaysia and Italy.

MAS’s commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan: “This agreement is timely to our key business activities this year as we have launched 125 initiatives under our customer value proposition that provide more quality choices for our customers as well as flexible and convenient flight scheduling.”

“This strategic partnership accelerates our focus to heighten our market presence in the European key regions, through a hub-and-spoke network model. This agreement is also an extension of our government’s vision and goal to promote Malaysia in other parts of the world with the hope of bringing more tourists into Malaysia.”

Alitalia director of network agreement, Aureliano Cicala, said: “The agreement will integrate the collective networks in order to improve the offer to customers and bring more traffic to Malaysia, a country that is meeting more and more the favour of Italians.”
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MAS to look into replacing B737-400s
By Anna Maria Samsudin
April 7 2007


AFTER being put on hold for several years, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will relook plans to replace all 39 units of its ageing B737-400 aircraft.

The move is in line with the airline's overall aircraft revamp exercise, aimed at further improving the efficiency of its operations and services.

"We will replace these ageing aircraft. Initially the idea was put on hold because the airline has no money. I think, now, we can look into this matter," managing director Idris Jala told a group of Malaysian reporters during a recent visit to South Africa.

Although the airline has identified the aircraft model to replace the 737, he was not willing to disclose the information.

"We basically know what we want. However, we would not disclose this information as we want both Boeing and Airbus to compete," he said.

MAS, in 2004, announced plans to replace the ageing B737s with newer and more efficient aircraft,

With an estimated cost of RM4 billion, the exercise had to be put on hold as MAS attempted to revive its financial health.

To date, MAS has a total of 97 aircraft, comprising 17 units of B777s, 17 units B747s, 39 B737s and 16 A330s.

Under its aircraft renewal plans, the airline had also announced plans to acquire long range narrow-body aircraft to support its network expansion in the region.

These new planes, either owned or leased, are expected to boost the national carrier's capacity by 20 per cent by 2011.

Idris said under plan, MAS aims to own at least 30 per cent of its fleet of aircraft, which would be used to serve its core routes, namely in the Asia-Pacific area.

To date, more than 90 per cent of its aircraft are owned by parent company Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB).

He explained that owning its own aircraft would enable the airline to manage its cost better.

"Leasing is expensive. We are currently paying around RM2 billion a year. Successful airlines such as SIA are more in control over their cost because they own their aircraft.

"When you own your aircraft, it would be easier for you not only in controlling cost but also in replacing the aircraft with a more efficient one," he added.

MAS, under its five-year plan aims to capitalise on high-growth travel regions through a more connected network.

The 2007-2011 network masterplan will see the national carrier expanding its core network in Asia-Pacific, while strengthening its hub and spoke connectivity in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
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Old April 10th, 2007, 03:35 AM   #712
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Penang, MAS in talks on direct charter flights to foreign cities
By Marina Emmanuel
April 10 2007


THE Penang State Government has commenced talks with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to operate direct charter flights to Japan, India and Europe from Penang.

State Tourism Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the island state is proposing that these flights be seasonally operated to coincide with the peak tourist season of the selected destinations.

"We are mindful that it is not economically viable for the national carrier to embark on direct scheduled flights if the (passenger) load is not there. That's why we are suggesting that the flights be seasonal," he told Business Times yesterday.

Teng said the request for direct charter flights to cities such as Osaka and Chennai was based on industry feedback that there will be demand for such services.

"However, it was made clear to us by MAS managing director and chief executive officer Idris Jala that the routes will only be considered if they were to provide good yields to MAS," he added.

Teng and travel trade representatives in Penang last week had a dialogue session with Jala.

It is learnt that among the proposals raised included for MAS to use Penang as a point for flights it operates along the "Kangaroo route".

The Kangaroo route is a term to denote passenger airline flights between Europe, Australia and New Zealand, via the Eastern Hemisphere.
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Miri-Kota Kinabalu-Hong Kong Flight To Take Off On May 3
Updated : 21-04-2007


MIRI, April 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will start a four times a week flight from here to Hong Kong with a transit in Kota Kinabalu starting May 3, Sarawak Assistant Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Lee Kim Shin said today.

He said although the new route would not be a direct flight it would at least serve as a first step for Miri to become a popular tourist destination, especially for visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting to discuss MAS Golden Holidays packages with MAS' commercial team here, he said MAS would also offer promotional fares for the new flight and local tourism players were also expected to carry out tourism products promotion in Hong Kong.

He said the MAS commercial team had agreed to put the Miri-Kota Kinabalu-Hong Kong flight under their Golden Holidays package after the city had been left out from the list of destinations under the packages introduced earlier this year.

Lee, who is also a Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) member and had been fighting for MAS to start such a flight, said the airline's previous arguments that it did not serve a flight to Mulu and that Miri was a non-capital city could not be accepted as reasons for the city to be left out from the package of destinations.

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AirAsia X, aims to list in five years
Updated : 20-04-2007
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KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia X, Malaysia's first long-haul budget airline, hopes to begin commercial operations by the year-end and aims to sell shares to the public within five years, a senior executive said Friday.

Chief Executive Raja Mohamad Azmi also said the airline will ink an agreement Monday to purchase 15 wide-bodied aircraft, with deliveries starting in September 2008, but he declined to give details on the type of aircraft or the price.

Industry sources said AirAsia X is expected to buy 15 Airbus A-330 aircraft, which will cost around US$2.5 billion (euro2.1 billion) at list price.

Raja Azmi said he hopes commercial operations could begin before the end of the year if the airline could lease at least one aircraft at the right price.

The carrier was originally scheduled to start flying to destinations in Britain and China from July with a handful of leased aircraft.

But the cost of leasing such aircraft is too high and it has said it may wait until late 2008 when it operates its own planes.

Raja Azmi said he expects AirAsia X to be profitable from the first year.

Malaysian regulations require companies seeking to sell shares to the public to be profitable for three years.

"Under our five-year plan, we hope to list AirAsia X,'' he told Dow Jones Newswires in a phone interview.

AirAsia X is the biggest bet made by the founders of Asia's most successful budget airline, AirAsia Bhd.

It is owned by Fly Asian Express, a company controlled by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes, and has a 30-year license to use the AirAsia brand and facilities.

The new airline is seen as a test of whether the highly successful low-cost airline model can be profitable on long-haul flights, which are dominated by full-service airlines.

To keep costs low, AirAsia X will fly to secondary airports in high-density cities across Europe and China and will use its aircraft for as long as 16 hours per day, Raja Azmi said. It hopes to carry some 500,000 passengers in the first year.

AirAsia sold shares to the public in November 2004, three years after launching operations.

The airline has 52 aircraft but the fleet will more than double as it continues to take delivery from a firm order of 100 Airbus A320s.

The airline already flies some 9 million passengers annually to more than 40 destinations across Asia. - AP
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i will starve to death on the long haul flights if I kedekut to buy onboard food
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Malaysia's FAX sees first flights in Sept '07

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Reuters) - Fly Asian Xpress, owner of Malaysia's new long-haul budget airline AirAsia X, expects its first flight out of Kuala Lumpur in September 2007, Chief Executive Raja Mohamad Azmi said on Monday.

The company earlier on Monday announced orders for 10 new Airbus A330-300 planes and options on five more. Delivery is slated from the fourth quarter of 2008.

In the meantime, the company is firming up an interim fleet.
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FAX to acquire 15 Airbus A330s for RM9b
By Tamimi Omar, 23 Apr 2007 9:32 PM
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Raja Azmi (right) exchanging documents with Airbus chief operating officer
John Leahy after signing an MoU to buy 10 A330 aircraft, with an option to
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Choy (centre), Fernandes (back left) and Fly Asian Xpress chairman Datuk
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Fly Asian Express Sdn Bhd (FAX) is acquiring 15 Airbus A330s aircraft for its long-haul operations for a total of US$2.63 billion (RM8.99 billion) to be fully delivered by 2011.

FAX on April 23 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to buy 10 A330 aircraft, with an option to acquire five more for FAX’s new long-haul low-cost carrier service, AirAsia Long Haul.

Each aircraft carries a price tag of US$175 million.

FAX chief executive officer Raja Mohd Azmi Raja Razali said the long-haul budget airline aimed to begin operations from the low-cost carrier terminal in Sepang in September this year.

Speaking to reporters after the MoU signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on April 23, he said FAX would fund the acquisition through bank borrowings and injection of cash via issuance of equity to private investors.

Raja Azmi added that AirAsia Long Haul, which was initially branded as AirAsia X, would lease three A330s for its initial flights until the first plane was delivered in September 2008.

To a question, he said FAX was considering listing on Bursa Malaysia in the next five years.

FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes said the acquisition of the A330 aircraft marked a very important milestone for the company to become the world’s first and most successful long-haul low-cost airline.

“We believe this venture will be important for Malaysia as we will strive to make Malaysia the world’s biggest low-cost hub, and are confident the route network of AirAsia’s domestic, regional and long-haul operations will complement each other to drive passenger traffic from both long- haul and regional destinations into and from Malaysia,” he said.

“We have one aircraft to be used and would lease two more. In five years, we would have 25 aircraft and see 7.5 million passengers travel,” Fernandes said.

He said the destinations would include China, India, Australia, Japan, Korea, Europe and the Middle East.
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Airbus to compensate MAS for late delivery
By Tamimi Omar, 23 Apr 2007 9:37 PM
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Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) will be compensated by Airbus for the late delivery of the Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft it ordered in 2003, said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy.

“We will compensate MAS and other customers for late delivery. For MAS, the delivery is 22 months late,” he told reporters after Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding with Fly Asia Xpress in Kuala Lumpur on April 23.

Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd, the parent company of MAS, bought six A380 aircraft for RM1.6 billion.

Leahy said Airbus was finalising the details of the compensation with MAS and will set new dates for the deliveries.

“I don’t see any indication that they (MAS) would not be taking the aircraft. We just need to put in the dates,” he added.

Bernama quoted MAS as confirming that the discussions with Airbus was on-going.

"We are having on-going discussions with Airbus on the compensation and the new delivery date. No decision has been made yet," MAS said.
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AirAsia offering 600,000 seats from RM1
24-04-2007
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AirAsia Bhd is celebrating its partnership agreement with the AT&T Williams Formula One racing team by offering 600,000 seats with fares as low as RM1 via its Fast & Furious campaign.

The tickets are available online only at www.airasia.com, and guests can start making their bookings from midnight April 23 to April 29 for flights between Oct 1, 2007, and March 2008.

One-way tickets to Penang, Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Kelantan and Kuala Terengganu start from as low as RM1.

Fares for international destinations start from as low as RM11. A flight to Macau (Hong Kong) starts from RM61, and Chiang Mai from RM41.

A flight to Palembang, Jakarta or Padang starts from RM11 and Bandung from RM21. Fares to Phuket start from RM21 and Hanoi from RM51.

All prices exclude airport taxes and fees, and fuel surcharges and are applicable for one-way travel only.

In a statement on April 24, AirAsia executive vice president, commercial, Kathleen Tan said: “We want to keep the momentum going. As fast as the Formula One cars go, we want to do the same with our low fares, offering unbeatable low fares that no other airline can beat.”

“Looking at how fast our seats were instantly grabbed in the past with similar promotions and campaigns, we encourage guests to book early for this deal as seats will be snapped up fast and furious as the travelling period is during the holiday and festive season.

“Our aim is simple, offer low fares to stimulate travel. We want more people to take AirAsia as their preferred way of travel and allow our guests to experience flying by bringing families and friends together while offering great new business opportunities to the people regionally,” she added.
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MAS asks Airbus, Boeing to bid for 55-aircraft deal
By Fauziah Ismail and Anna Maria Samsudin
April 26 2007
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AIRFRAME makers Airbus and Boeing Co confirmed that they have been asked to bid for a contract to sell up to 55 single-aisle aircraft to Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS).

The new planes are to replace the national carrier's 39 ageing B737-300s.

Sources said Airbus will submit a proposal for either the A320s or A321s while Boeing is expected to propose to MAS its B737-800 or B737-900ER.

Both companies are expected to submit their proposals before a June deadline.

The aircraft upgrade exercise could cost MAS between US$3.3 billion (RM11.3 billion) and US$4.43 billion (RM15.2 billion), based on the catalogue price of the planes.

Business Times understands that MAS wants to take delivery of the first plane as early as at the end of next year.

However, due to the large orders for single-aisle planes around the world, it would probably receive its first aircraft the earliest by 2011.

Airbus chief operating officer (customer) John J. Leahy confirmed in a Business Times interview on Monday that manufacturers have received the request for proposals (RFP).

"All I can say right now is that we have received the RFPs from MAS for our single-aisle aircraft about a week ago. I can't go into details on the matter," he said.

Leahy was in Kuala Lumpur for the agreement signing ceremony with FLY Asian Xpress (FAX). FAX is buying 10 A330-300 aircraft, with the option to buy five more.

Sources said Boeing too is commencing response to MAS' RFP.

The US airframe maker could expect tough competition from Airbus, which may offer huge discounts on the single-aisle planes as a sweetener for MAS to keep the A380s orders.

MAS had as early as 2004 announced plans to replace the ageing B737s with newer and more efficient aircraft.

With an estimated cost of RM4 billion, the exercise had to be put on hold as MAS attempted to revive its financial health.

So far, MAS has a total of 97 aircraft comprising 17 units of B777s, 17 units of B747s, six units of B747 freighters, 39 B737s and 16 A330s and two Fokker 50s which are currently used by its subsidiary community airline Firefly.

Under its aircraft renewal plans, the airline had also announced plans to buy long-range narrow-body aircraft to support its network expansion in the region.
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