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Old June 14th, 2007, 08:14 AM   #741
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AirAsia to begin flights to Shenzhen from July 15
Thursday June 14, 2007


PETALING JAYA: AirAsia will start daily flights to Shenzhen, China, from July 15 from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

The low-cost carrier announced yesterday that airfares would start from RM68.88 for flights from Kuala Lumpur and 388 baht (about RM38) from Bangkok.

Its executive vice-president (commercial) Kathleen Tan said: “Shenzhen is the fourth busiest airport in China and this will allow us (AirAsia) to tap into the passenger traffic and facilitate travellers to other Asean destinations that we fly to.

“We are very confident that this route will open more opportunities to enhance both of our hubs with greater international links in the region, especially with Shenzhen being the gateway to southern China and Hong Kong,” she said in the statement.

Shenzhen is AirAsia's third destination in China, after Macau and Xiamen.

AirAsia has seven daily flights to Macau from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Bangkok and one daily flight to Xiamen from Bangkok.

Thai AirAsia chief executive officer Tassapon Bijleveld said the Shenzhen route would be Thai AirAsia's 10th international destination.

“We trust that it will further establish our position as the main market player in Thailand as well as establishing new growth opportunities,” he said.

Shenzhen is located in the southern part of Guangdong province and is the fastest growing city in China for the past 30 years.

It is famous for its coastal view, theme parks, historical attractions and world-class golf courses and is known as a shopping paradise.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 08:36 AM   #742
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If they launch service to Africa, i think they will pick Lagos or Nairobi.
i really doubt it...it will be Cairo...
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Old June 15th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #743
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Cairo - i don't think so. More likely Jo'burg and yes, Lagos.

Future routes:
KUL - DXB - Lagos
KUL - JNB
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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:26 PM   #744
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Several commercial airline routes are still off-limits to twinjets because of ETOPS regulations. a330 is certified up to ETOPS 180/207.

Is KUL-JNB can be served under current ETOPS regulation without refuel stopover?

Which jet does MAS use for KUL-JNB?
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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:46 PM   #745
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Lagos, you guyz out of your mind. That's purely oil routes, and most ppl fly out/to there go thru europe or the farthest Dubai. Most dun pay their own ticket to oil destinations, and the payer dun choose LCC that's 4 sure. SA or Cairo iz the best since MH pulled out, but Egypt air will come to KUL thou....
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Old June 16th, 2007, 06:45 AM   #746
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SriLankan, MAS Among Asia's Best, Say UK Luxury Travellers
14-06-2007


KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) -- A survey of 10,000 readers of UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper on their experiences in luxury travel has placed SriLankan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines among the finest of Asia's airlines.

They are among four runners-up in the category of Best Asian Airline, SriLankan Airlines said in a statement today.

"It is gratifying to note that in these days of intense competition, SriLankan continues to rub shoulders with the best in the airline industry in terms of standards in both our products and services," its chief executive officer Peter Hill said.

The "Ultratravel 100" survey was carried out by the Daily Telegraph, whose readership is known to consist mostly of up-market people in UK society.

The survey quizzed readers' personal experiences with regard to tour operators, cruise liners, hotels, airlines, airports and destinations.

Sri Lanka's national carrier flies to 51 destinations in 28 countries.

It is a favourite among travellers to and from India, where it is the foreign airline with the most number of frequencies - 95 a week to 10 cities - providing one-stop rapid connections to Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Far East.
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^ You obviously haven't been to Asia. The streets of Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are teeming with small-time Nigerian traders...they're certainly not the fat-cat oil types you're talking about. Thru-traffic with Asia X will compliment the services provided by Kenya Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates to Lagos quite nicely.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #748
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Several commercial airline routes are still off-limits to twinjets because of ETOPS regulations. a330 is certified up to ETOPS 180/207.

Is KUL-JNB can be served under current ETOPS regulation without refuel stopover?

Which jet does MAS use for KUL-JNB?
yes..well said about the ETOPS thingy..

mix between 744 and 772 ER
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Old June 17th, 2007, 03:11 AM   #749
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^ You obviously haven't been to Asia. The streets of Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are teeming with small-time Nigerian traders...they're certainly not the fat-cat oil types you're talking about. Thru-traffic with Asia X will compliment the services provided by Kenya Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates to Lagos quite nicely.
you'll be suprise to know that White_sox is more aware of Malaysian aviation industry than most Malaysian...
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^ You obviously haven't been to Asia. The streets of Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are teeming with small-time Nigerian traders...they're certainly not the fat-cat oil types you're talking about. Thru-traffic with Asia X will compliment the services provided by Kenya Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates to Lagos quite nicely.
Traders? Right.......ask them if they fly LCC? Try ask the Nigerian overseas/foreigners in nigeria whose paying for their tickets? I've been to all main cities in Asia sir, including the one you included above, yeah been to Asia, I also saw numbers of Mongolian in KL b4, so I think Air Asia X should fly to Ulan Baatar. Not a fat oil? Nigeria? Haha man u need to open books, they are the top exporter in the world, recently my visit there, I witnessed the biggest offshore gas platform in the world, if you go to Port Harcourt, the place are just huge! anyway, 15 aircraft they required are not enough to even go there, so.........

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Old June 18th, 2007, 09:30 AM   #751
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richard branson wont waste his money in Virgin Nigeria if the business is not good
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Old June 18th, 2007, 01:08 PM   #752
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richard branson wont waste his money in Virgin Nigeria if the business is not good
Business is good down there, but do know that Virgin Nigeria is not a LCC. They operate LON flight to feed Virgin Atlantic pax, competing with their European rival, BA, AF, KL etc. Ever wonder how they fill up those A343? There's no doubt they love to fly direct to USA main cities especially NYC/Houston but the US denied. If you smart enough to relate Houston and Lagos, you get the whole point. Continental and Delta from Houston and Atlanta respectively happy to fly to that city. Let's not talk about Lagos as AK destination, it just non-sense.
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yes i think Lagos will just dont make sense. How will AK fill the plane? Tourism? I havent been to Nigeria but i often read in the news about rig workers especially Filipinos often kidnapped by the rebels. Who wants to go to Nigeria if the kidnappings keep happening?
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Old June 20th, 2007, 07:28 AM   #754
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MAS tickets starting from RM1 in 'Let's Fly M'sia' campaign
By Gan Yen Kuan
19-06-2007:


Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is offering 200,000 air tickets from as low as RM1 in its three-month "Let's Fly Malaysia" campaign for those booking online from 9am tomorrow until 11am on Friday.

The campaign is MAS' biggest promotion of the year, held in conjunction with the country's 50 years of independence and the national carrier's 60th anniversary.

The 200,000 tickets are for one-way travel, with fares starting from RM1, excluding airport taxes, fuel surcharges and other fees, and will be offered during MAS' "50-hour Open House" online promotion.

Fares from RM1 will be for travel within Peninsular Malaysia, while travel between Kuala Lumpur and East Malaysia, and to five Asean destinations, namely Bangkok, Phuket, Cebu, Jakarta and Phnom Penh will start from RM10. The travel period is from Sept 3 to 30. These tickets are offered exclusively at www.malaysiaairlines.com.

MAS chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid said it expected to rake in sales of over RM30 million from the "Let's Fly Malaysia" campaign that would offer about one million seats under 50 types of packages for domestic and international travel. The campaign will be held from June 20 to Sept 19
"This is a great campaign we are embarking on in conjunction with Merdeka, and most of all, to reward our customers who have been faithful supporters of Malaysia Airlines all these years, through thick and thin," he told reporters after the launch of the campaign here yesterday.

Munir said there would be more promotions nearer to Aug 31, including heavily discounted "Golden Holidays" travel packages, "Supersavers", "Global Sale" and business class initiatives.

He added that MAS would also offer one-way tickets with fares starting from RM109 to Asean destinations, and from RM2,200 to Europe, all excluding taxes and surcharges.

These tickets are available online, via ticketing agents, and at the Malaysia International Travel Mart to be held at Putra World Trade Centre from Friday to Sunday. The travel period are from June 25 to Aug 16, Aug 27 to Oct 11, and Oct 22 to Dec 10.

Children are charged 85% of adult's fare, and infants 10%.

Meanwhile, OSK Research transport analyst Chris Eng told The Edge Financial Daily that MAS' move to offer tickets at historic low fares could help it regain some of its market share in the domestic routes sector.

"Their domestic market share was quite eroded after the rationalisation of domestic routes. This ("Let's Fly Malaysia" campaign) will help to get back some domestic market share," he said.
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MAS, China airline may sign code-share deal
June 21 2007


MALAYSIA Airlines may be close to signing a code-share deal with one of the top-three China-based airlines, says an Aseambankers' research report.

Analyst Khair Mirza in a report on Monday quoted sources saying that a China airline will announce a deal by the end of September this year.

He named Air China Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Southern and China Eastern to be the most likely candidate for the code-share deal.

Code-sharing, a typical practice in the airline industry, is where airlines sell space on each other's flights.

"This would be a significant development for MAS at a time when competitors have resorted to buying minority stakes for better access into China."

"We view such a move from MAS as being lower risk but equally beneficial," Khair said.

He also said that there is a 50 per cent chance that one of the current alliances may invite MAS to be a member by 2008.

Such a move could potentially catapult MAS closer to its peers Cathay Pacific and Singapore Air (SIA).

Aseambankers now values MAS stock at RM7.50 apiece. The shares closed 2 per cent up to RM6.10 yesterday, its highest in 10 years.
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AirAsia signs MoU with OnAir for inflight GSM/GPRS services
By Gan Yen Kuan, 21 Jun 2007 2:56 PM


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swiss firm OnAir Switzerland Sarl to provide inflight GSM/GPRS services on AirAsia’s fleet of Airbus A320.

AirAsia said yesterday the services would enable passengers onboard AirAsia aircraft to use mobile phones and smartphones to make and receive voice calls, send and receive text messages and access email during a flight.

“The voice, SMS and GPRS-based services will be supported via an international roaming arrangement with OnAir’s mobile telecommunications service provider.

“The introduction of the passenger services is part of AirAsia’s continuing efforts to increase and enhance its service offerings to passengers,” it added.

OnAir was incorporated in February 2005, and is a joint venture between SITA, the world’s leading provider of IT business solutions and communication services to the air transport industry, and aircraft manufacturer Airbus, according to its website.
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Mobile service on AirAsia flights
Sunday June 24, 2007


PETALING JAYA: Low-cost carrier AirAsia is poised to be the first airline in Asia to provide in-flight mobile communications.

The service will be deployed across AirAsia's entire fleet beginning early 2009, following a signing of a memorandum of understanding recently between it and mobile service provider OnAir at the Paris Air Show.

In addition, AirAsia's new fleet of 150 Airbus A320s are also expected to be fully equipped with the service by 2013.

While further details and call charges remain unconfirmed, an AirAsia spokesman said the service would allow passengers to use their mobile phones to make and receive calls and also to send and receive text messages.

"Users of the service will also be able to send e-mail via their Blackberry devices or smartphones during flights," said the spokesman.

A statement from the airline also quoted its deputy chief executive, Kamarudin Meranun, as firmly believing in the importance of providing the ability to communicate during flight.

"It is vital to offer our clients this service in the era of information technology," he said.
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Virgin's Branson to buy 20 pct stake in Malaysia's AirAsia - report
24 June 2007

KUALA LUMPUR (XFN-ASIA) - British billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Group is touted to be taking a stake in Malaysia's new AirAsia long-haul budget airline, the Star newspaper reported.

Branson will take a 20 pct stake in Fly Asian Express (FAX), teaming up with Asia's aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes to run flights from Malaysia to China, Europe and Australia, the newspaper reported, citing sources familiar with the negotiations.

It said AirAsia chief executive Fernandes and his deputy Kamarudin Meranum will sell 20 pct of their stake to Branson, the founder of Virgin Group.

Fernandes has a 50 pct stake in FAX, while Kamarudin owns 30 pct.

Although Fernandes had previously denied Branson's involvement, he admitted that the two parties are in discussions, the newspaper reported.

'I won't hide the fact that we're talking, we're always exchanging ideas, but it is not settled,' Fernandes was quoted as saying by the newspaper in a separate interview.

FAX recently signed a contract for 15 wide-body A330-300 airliners from Airbus, with the first new A330 to be delivered in the third-quarter of 2008.

Each aircraft costs 175 mln usd and the purchase will be funded with a combination of' borrowings and equity.

FAX is scheduled to begin its long-haul flights to China and Australia from Sept 8, using three leased planes from the low-cost carrier terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
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AirAsia plans to order 25 more Airbus A320s'

July 3 2007

SINGAPORE: AirAsia Bhd, South-East Asia's largest budget carrier, plans to place an order for 25 single-aisle planes, valued at US$1.8 billion (US$1 = RM3.45) from Airbus SAS, two people with direct knowledge of the deal said yesterday.

AirAsia is converting options for A320 planes that were part of an order placed in January, said the people, who declined to be identified before details are made public.

The deal will raise AirAsia's total orders for A320s to 175, as chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes bets that regional governments will agree to allow airlines to add more routes by 2008.

Economic growth is also boosting air travel in South-East Asia, home to more than 500 million people.

"There isn't any low-cost carrier in the region that's in the same position as AirAsia in terms of fleet size and ability to tap the rising demand," said Raymond Yap, an analyst at CIMB Bhd, who has an "outperform" rating for the stock.

"If you are betting that restrictions are lifted between countries, then those planes aren't too many."


The Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) is seeking to loosen air restrictions in the region by the end of 2008 to spur tourism and business travel.

Asean, as the 10-member grouping is called, plans to turn to the heads of governments to accelerate what it calls "slow progress" in achieving its goal, Secretary General Ong Keng Yong said in an interview on June 24.


Greater access would allow AirAsia to start flights between Kuala Lumpur and neighbouring Singapore. The route is currently dominated by Singapore Airlines Ltd and Malaysian Airline System Bhd.

Air travel demand between Asian cities in a fully liberalised market could generate as many as 1,600 low-cost routes by 2015, according to estimates by Airbus.

Asia's budget airlines will have a combined fleet of 1,300 single-aisle aircraft by 2025 from 236 planes currently, Airbus said.

Fernandes, 43, has boosted AirAsia's profit fivefold since 2003.

The latest contract will bring the total value of his A320 orders to almost US$13 billion. The carrier will also take new options for another 25 aircraft of the same type, taking the total to 50.

The single-aisle jet costs an average of US$72.9 million each at list prices. Airlines typically receive discounts on large orders.

AirAsia operates a fleet of 20 Airbus A320 and 34 Boeing aircraft as at the end of May, its Web site said. - Bloomberg
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