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Old September 27th, 2007, 08:57 AM   #881
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rumour is they're going to dry lease A345. So by the time they got their a345, there will be two pool of pilots. One is Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ) with a330, with another group CCQ with a340. That's one advantage of airbus, they do offer their customer chances to maximize flight crew utilization, which boeing dont. I believe tony is just playing his bargain card when he said about the possibilities of acquiring b787 because he wants airbus to speed up the production of a350. By the time all booked a320 and a330 arrived in 2013, a350 will enter service which is timely for them to start refleeting exercise to get rid of a330. I dont see any b787 arrive although they have years of advantage ahead of a350.If they booked 787 anyway, it will still took them years to get the planes, which, at the same timeframe, 787 delivery will be redundant with a330. Air asia is not going to jeopardize their business structure which is operating with single brand aircraft.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 07:29 AM   #882
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eh travellator, betul la 7mils.. skyprince + arab frens + bangladeshis that he knows + another 2-3000 stranded bangladeshis kat KLIA (his future frens)... congak2 can come up to 7mils wat..
please, do not stoop this low, even if thease are meant in a light vein. be humans first .it only exemplifies your poor taste and thoughts. also looking back at history can sometimes be a humbling experience and it might also tell you that many societies and generations got stranded some place, some point in time - malysia including and it could repeat in itself again. Look, boundaries are collapsing faster than we think or you like it and there is a resurgence of sort all across the world .. It is Malaysia and KL today, but tomorrow it would be Bangladesh and Dhaka - and both will need each other in this new ecosystem that is fast emerging.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 07:44 AM   #883
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he just make a joke, so don't take it too serious. yes, we (malaysian and bangladeshi) need each other, but do it legally, enter with pride...not once entered and soon disappeared.....malaysian police and custom got a lot of things to do.....
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Old September 28th, 2007, 08:24 AM   #884
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he just make a joke, so don't take it too serious. yes, we (malaysian and bangladeshi) need each other, but do it legally, enter with pride...not once entered and soon disappeared.....malaysian police and custom got a lot of things to do.....
First of all, these so called "jokes" are out of context - people are discussing Air Asia - and secondly, people with any amount of refinement in their thoughts will not present some rumblings with racial connotations as "jokes". In any case Malaysia has certain amount of jingoism deep entrenched in its social fabric and sadly reinforced through government sponsored policies and compounded by a closed society with limited freedom of expression - no wonder why some folks are able to "joke" about such things without any scruples. Once upon a time Malaysians were at the receiving end as a society and then they badly needed pride and self confidence in themselves, and Abdul Rehman and Mahatir brought about a new found confidence among Malaysians through a massive rebuilding exercise - but the same rebuilding has not yet happened in the minds apparently

Anyway, I have no business to do with Malaysia and I am out of here..
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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:31 AM   #885
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AirAsia X to fly to GOld Coast on Nov 2
September 28 2007


SYDNEY: AirAsia X, a Malaysian budget long-haul carrier, said today it will launch its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland state on Nov. 2.

The carrier initially planned four return flights to Australia a week, and would add China as a second destination in mid-December, said AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani.

“As we get more planes, hopefully in the second half of next year, we will start our second Australian destination,” Osman-Rani said, adding that it would most likely be in the southern state of Victoria.

Osman-Rani said the carrier would later consider flights from Malaysia to Britain, either direct or via the Middle East.

Malaysia’s AirAsia owns a 20 per cent stake in AirAsia X, which has ordered 25 Airbus A350 planes.

Britain’s Virgin Group, led by billionaire Richard Branson, also has 20 per cent.

AirAsia X, which aims to fly 10 million passengers a year within five years, expects to list its shares on the Malaysian stock exchange by 2010. - Reuters
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Old September 28th, 2007, 12:53 PM   #886
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AirAsia upgrades fleet as part of CSR
by Yantoultra Ngui Yichen, 28 Sep 2007 2:24 PM


SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd has recently upgraded its fleet with the purchase of its firm 150 Airbus A320 plus 50 options earlier this year as part of its continuous effort towards delivering sustainable value to society via its various corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and practices.

The airline said that the brand new fleet of A320s was selected based on its improved design, which employs fuel-saving aerodynamic design resulting in an environmentally responsible aircraft in offering the lowest fuel-burn, emissions and noise in its class.

Moreover, the company has also begun a programme of attachment through employee involvement with Formula One Team AT&T Williams recently to bring the airlines closer to the technology of Formula One.

Through the programme, AirAsia said that it was looking into making transport more environmentally friendly in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and noise, while still responding to today’s global economic need for transport.

“We observed the need for us to undertake human capital development in our own hands at a very early stage, back then when we only had seven aircraft. It was then we built the AirAsia Academy.

“Now, putting this initiative under our CSR practices, we are proud to develop sustainable human resources to take the airlines to the next level,” said its group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes in a statement yesterday.

He added that the company’s rationale to sponsor AT&T Williams was to associate its AirAsia brand with Formula One as it was the epitome of technology.

“We share the same values as Williams F1, namely quality of product, technological precision, world-class performance and efficiency. I am delighted that we have begun to proactively learn from the sport with the view to improving our technology,” he said.

Meanwhile, the airlines had also won recognition as one of the rising stars of good corporate governance from The Asset Magazine earlier this year in a voting by institutional investors.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #887
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MAS spending RM200m to smoothen travel
September 29 2007


MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is investing RM200 million over the next three years in its passenger services system to simplify passenger travel.
This includes rolling out the national carrier's electronic ticketing (e-ticketing) by the end of next month (October) with the completion of several key system cut-overs.

The cut-overs included that for technical compatibility with all 10 global distribution systems comprising Abacus, Amadeus, Worldspan, Topas, Axess, Galileo, Infini, Sabre, Travelsky and Apollo, which will enable travel agents worldwide to issue electronic tickets for MAS.

In a statement issued yesterday, MAS said the cut-over of all 16 domestic stations and 27 of 40 international stations to the new Sita departure control system has also been completed, with plans to roll out e-ticketing to all MAS' ticketing offices worldwide on October 28.

"This will provide customers with the ease of printing their own tickets, and the option of making changes to their travel itinerary themselves - doing away with visits to the ticketing office or travel agent," said MAS senior general manager of transition management, Dr Amin Khan.

"Check-in will also be made easier as passengers will just have to show their e-ticket number and a form of identification.

"In addition, once e-ticketing is completed, there will be cost savings of RM20 per ticket for MAS as we will do away with the physical tickets," he added.

MAS has also completed 23 out of the 36 interline e-ticketing agreements with carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

This allows customers to check-in all the way to their final destinations with just one ticket even if they are flying with different airlines on another leg of their journey.

"By November this year, e-ticketed passengers will have two check-in options, either via the self-service check-in kiosks located at the KL International Airport or the normal check-in counters.

"These kiosks will be progressively introduced to airports in Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu," Amin said.

By March 2008, customers will be able to do online check-in through MAS' website.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #888
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MAS to offer healthy box meals
Saturday September 29, 2007


KUALA LUMPUR: Starting on Monday, Malaysia Airlines will replace the current conventional economy class meals on its regional short-haul flights with meal boxes of more wholesome and healthy food.

In-flight services assistant general manager Azman Ahmad said the airline was responding to customer requests based on a survey which showed that a large proportion of passengers preferred light meals.

The meal boxes can be filled with the top five food items passengers choose, he said in a statement.

The menu will feature sandwiches, fruit yoghurt, fresh fruits, crunchy snacks or muffins, depending on the time of the day. Children’s meals and special meals will also be offered. – Bernama
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Old September 29th, 2007, 10:34 AM   #889
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MAS to introduce eTicketing by end-October
By Yong Yen Nie, 28 Sep 2007 10:59 PM


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) will introduce its electronic ticketing (eTicketing) by end of October, following the completion of its key system cutovers.

MAS said on Sept 28 the technical cutover for compatibility with all 10 global distribution systems -- including Abacus, Amadeus, Worldspan, Topas, Axess, Galileo, Infini, Sabre, Travel Sky and Apollo -- would enable travel agents worldwide to issue electronic tickets for MAS.

"The cutover of all 16 Malaysia domestic stations and 27 out of 40 international stations to the new SITA Departure Control System has also been completed, with plans to roll out eTicketing to all MAS ticketing offices worldwide by Oct 28," it said.

MAS senior general manager Amin Khan said: “Check-in will be easier as passengers will just have to show their e-ticket number and a form of identification. There will be no more problems associated with misplaced, damaged or forgotten tickets.

“Once eTicketing is completed, there will be cost savings of RM20 per ticket for the airline as we will do away with the physical tickets,” he said.

Additionally, e-ticketed passengers would have two check-in options, either via self service check-in kiosks located in the KL International Airport or normal check-in counters by November, which would subsequently be introduced in Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Customers would also be able to check-in online through MAS’s website by March next year. The website will allow customers to search available flights, check seat availability, print out e-ticket for local and international travel, make itinerary changes and indicate meal preferences.

MAS said it was investing RM200 million over the next three years into its passenger services system to simplify passenger travel.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 05:02 AM   #890
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AirAsia to begin flights from Bangladesh

AirAsia to begin flights from Bangladesh

Published: Tuesday, 2 October, 2007, 02:13 AM Doha Time

DHAKA: Budget airline AirAsia will begin operating from Bangladesh this month after the authorities adopted a three-month “open sky” policy allowing foreign airlines more flights, an official said yesterday.

From October 1 to December 31, Bangladesh hopes to clear a backlog of 150,000 people who have jobs waiting abroad but no flights to get them there.

“AirAsia has availed the opportunity and we have allowed them to fly five flights a week from the port city of Chittagong to Kuala Lumpur,” Bangladesh civil aviation authority chief Shakeb Iqbal Khan Majlish said.

“They said they would operate Airbus A330 aircraft with a capacity of 312 passengers. They would start flights from the middle of October,” he said.
The airline had also been given permission to continue flights after December 31, he added.

AirAsia will be the second budget airline to operate from Chittagong, the country’s second biggest city with a population of around 5mn.

Sharjah-based Air Arabia was the first to operate budget flights six months ago and they have gradually increased their weekly flights from three to seven.

AirAsia, which was launched as a budget carrier in December 2001 with just two aircraft, has become a significant player in the industry and been imitated by national carriers along with a host of new low-cost entrants.
AirAsia operates from a dedicated low-cost terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and boasts South East Asia’s biggest low-cost fleet. It also operates in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and China.

Majlish said the entry of AirAsia into the market would help clear the backlog. Some 150,000 people who have found jobs in Malaysia and the Middle East have been unable to fly because of a shortage of flights.

Money sent home by Bangladeshi expatriate workers underpin the economy of the impoverished nation of 144mn people.

The government’s manpower export department pleaded for the open sky policy for a limited period to meet demand after a record 520,000 people went abroad for work in the first eight months of 2007, a 123% increase over the same period a year earlier.

At the same time many found themselves without flights after the loss-making state-run carrier Biman scrapped all but three domestic flights and most of its international routes earlier this year.

In the year ending June 2007, Bangladeshis sent home a record $5.98bn through official channels, a 25% increase on the previous year and about 9% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. – AFP
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 07:50 AM   #891
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 07:54 PM   #892
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Once Air Asia connects with Europe, then KL can be a huge budget hub for European travellers to Asia/Australia. Quite a huge market possibility that is!
Potentially yes. It could cause a big headache for the leisure segment of Singapore Airlines and also Qantas, BA, Virgin etc on their kangaroo routes. However I think the big problem with Air Asia X's strategy is their proposed stopover in Dubai. That would make two stops if you were going from, say, London to Bangkok. Tourists and leisure travellers don't mind a single stop as it helps to break up long journeys, but, throw in two stops, and I think they start to look at other options costing a bit more.

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Old October 2nd, 2007, 09:00 PM   #893
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they are looking at the possibility of leasing A345 for Europe routes. They dont want to stop at Sharjah anymore. The A345 are going to be dry leased. So expect non stop flight to Stansted from Kuala Lumpur on A345.
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^ That's a huge improvement.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:13 AM   #895
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Foreign funds eyeing MAS
Wednesday October 3, 2007
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PETALING JAYA: Foreign funds may be eyeing Malaysian Airline System Bhd's (MAS) shares as the company gears up for record profits for the financial year ending Dec 31.

Shares in MAS surged 78 sen, or 17%, to a month high of RM5.30 yesterday on speculation that foreign funds were buying the stock.

It was the day's second biggest gainer.

Chief executive officer Datuk Idris Jala told Bloomberg via e-mail yesterday that fund managers had shown confidence and expressed interest in MAS after seeing the results of the company's successful turnaround.

A MAS investor relations officer told the news agency the company had held presentations to investors in New York, Hong Kong and London over the past two weeks.

“We believe there is foreign interest in the stock as MAS has just completed a roadshow around the world,” OSK Investment Bank senior analyst Chris Eng told StarBiz.

Investors could also have been drawn to the stock as selling pressure on MAS eased ahead of today's exclusion date for its rights issue.

Eng said MAS had hedged some 60% of its fuel requirements for this year and 18% for 2008.

“Their hedge for 2007 is at West Texas Intermediate US$60 per barrel, which should cushion them from recent high oil prices,” he said.

He added that OSK was maintaining its “buy” call on MAS although the run up in its share price had eroded the potential upside to its fair value.

The stock's bullish performance yesterday was also underpinned by a CIMB Research report, which maintained an “outperform” call on MAS but with an upward revision in target price to RM13 from RM8.40 previously.

CIMB said yield improvements on the underlying seat (excluding surcharges) were expected to play a key role in buffering MAS from higher jet fuel costs.

“Restructuring of yield and inventory management have led to strong enhancements in booking data yields.

“Based on first half 2007 data, MAS claims to have improved yields by 5% to 18% year-on-year across various geographies,” it added.

The brokerage said MAS' ability to pass on surcharges was improving as load factors rose above 75% on increased tourist arrivals and higher sales.

“If it continues to succeed in boosting demand and raising its load factor, MAS will be in a better competitive position to pass on higher fuel costs via revised surcharges,” it said.

It added that the share price catalyst for MAS would be a set of strong second half results.
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MAS adds flights to south India
October 5 2007


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AS WINTER approaches, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has decided to add more flights to the major south Indian cities of Bangalore and Chennai because of an anticipated rise in tourist traffic to Kuala Lumpur during the holiday season.

From the Chennai gateway, the national carrier plans to add two weekly flights to the existing seven flights per week under its new winter schedule, while from Bangalore the flight capacity will be increased to four weekly flights from the present three.

To cater to holiday-makers, MAS Airbus 330-300 and Airbus 330-200 will fly these additional routes, increasing the seat capacity from the current 2,920 to 3,607.

The additional Chennai flights will be operational from October 28 onwards, slated for Thursday and Sunday.

The additional Bangalore flights will start from November 3, scheduled for Saturday.

MAS regional manager for South Asia, Christopher Yek, said Bangalore and Chennai were among the prominent growing gateways for the airline in the region.

"With these flight enhancements, operational as per the northern winter schedule, the airline is optimistic on increasing passengers yields from the south Indian gateways," Yek said.

"This enhanced capacity will efficiently be able to meet the approaching Indian festivities and year-end holiday season," he said.

With these additional flights, MAS will operate 30 weekly flights from the pre-sent five gateways in India.

The airline operates daily flights from New Delhi and Mumbai, thrice weekly trips from Hyderabad, nine weekly services from Chennai and four weekly flights from Bangalore. - Bernama
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KL-Macau fare from RM99
Sunday October 7, 2007


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines is offering one-way promotional fares from as low as RM99 (excluding taxes and other charges) for its new Kuala Lumpur-Macau route which starts from Nov 10.

The promotional fare is valid from today until Oct 14 for travel between Nov 10 and Dec 31 this year.

The offer is available through its website at www.malaysiaairlines.com, its nationwide ticket offices, appointed travel agents and 24-hour toll-free call centre at 1-300-88-3000.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said the new link with Macau was in line with MAS’ continued efforts to further strengthen its market presence in China.

“We see great potential in Macau, especially during the year-end holiday season.

“We already have a strong market presence in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and Xiamen.

“Together with the four times weekly flight to Macau, we will operate 63 weekly frequencies between Malaysia and the seven cities in China offering a total of 31,818 seats in both directions,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The four weekly direct flights would leave Kuala Lumpur at 8.15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It departs from Macau at 1am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and would arrive back here at 4.50am.
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I am a regular communter to KL LCCT Airport.

It is no point for Air Asia to expand more flights with the current LCCT Airport situation. The current LCCT Airport was so congested, and it is just like a refugee camp, after a civil war, people sleep here and there. Everything were so packed and messy at the airport from the makan place, baggage scanning counter and the checking in counter.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:01 PM   #899
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Yup, I agree about the LCCT. I think they are going to build a brand new LCCT. Hope it will be a nice place to transit.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #900
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I am a regular communter to KL LCCT Airport.

It is no point for Air Asia to expand more flights with the current LCCT Airport situation. The current LCCT Airport was so congested, and it is just like a refugee camp, after a civil war, people sleep here and there. Everything were so packed and messy at the airport from the makan place, baggage scanning counter and the checking in counter.
That's why I like LCCT more than KLIA. Well, you have to understand that many of the low-cost travellers are those who love adventure trip like me
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