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Old November 17th, 2007, 05:38 PM   #941
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Old November 20th, 2007, 07:03 AM   #943
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Old November 20th, 2007, 08:06 PM   #944
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AirAsia plans more intl flights from Kuching

By SHARON LING

KUCHING: Budget carrier AirAsia plans to add more international destinations from Kuching, starting with Jakarta and Singapore, following the introduction of its Kuching-Macau flight.

AirAsia chief executive Datuk Tony Fernandes said the Kuching-Jakarta route was the first on its list of new destinations, followed by Kuching-Singapore.

"We have made our representations to the Ministry of Transport and it looks like it'll be (introduced) in the first quarter (of next year). These are our two priorities," he told reporters during the launch of the Kuching-Macau flight by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Kuching International Airport on Tuesday.

Fernandes said AirAsia was also looking at introducing flights to Shenzhen and Guangzhou in China, thanks to the positive response from Chinese passengers to the Kuching-Macau flight.

"The Macau response has been much bigger than we expected. Many Chinese from Zhuhai and Guangzhou are coming and Kuching has struck a chord with them," he said.

In addition, AirAsia X could be flying the Kuching-Perth route in about eight months' time.

"For Perth we would like to use a bigger plane, the A330, and we're a bit short of those planes at the moment," Fernandes said.

He said the introduction of the new destinations was in line with AirAsia's route expansion plans besides developing Kuching as an international hub.

With its Macau route, AirAsia is currently the only airline to serve an international destination from the city.

"We started five years ago with two flights to Sarawak, now we have 200 flights a week. Looking at the next five years we believe we'll have 560 flights in Sarawak, moving almost four million people," Fernandes said.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:38 AM   #945
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:57 AM   #946
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November 21, 2007 14:33 PM

MAS Offers Football Travel Packages In Thailand


By D. Arul Rajoo

BANGKOK, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has joined Krungthai Card plc (KTC), Thailand's leading credit card and consumer finance company, to offer travel packages to watch English Premier League (EPL) with 10-month flexi payments and low interest.

MAS area manager for Thailand, A. Vijayakumaran, said the packages, starting from 61,900 baht (100 baht = RM9.85) would allow football fans to select any of the 13 matches on offer, involving league leader Manchester United, arch rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as Manchester City which has just signed three Thai players.

"KTC is the first credit card to offer football packages. We sold 50 packages in the last season without much publicity and we are confident of increasing the number with this cooperation," he said at the launch here Wednesday.

Vijayakumaran said MAS was also planning to extend the promotion for the European Championship which would be jointly organised by Austria and Switzerland in June next year.

KTC's senior executive vice president (leisue marketing), Staporn Sirisinha, said under the package, KTC, which has 1.6 million card holders, would offer installment payments at 0.69 percent interest for up to 10 months or from 6,630 baht per month.

Staporn said the package would also help football fans travelling to Britain from being cheated by people offering fake tickets, adding that KTC and MAS were working together with VisitBritain and EPL official ticket agent, AKA, to offer the package.

Vijayakumaran said the first 20 purchasers of the package who bought two or more tickets would also be entitled to a two-day test drive of Mini Cooper.

He said 15 travel agents were taking part in the promotion and more matches would be made available if requested by the fans.

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Old November 21st, 2007, 06:41 PM   #947
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Malaysia Needs Bigger LCCT To Become Regional Low-cost Hub

SEPANG, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysia needs a bigger low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) soon to accommodate increasing passengers if it wants to become the regional hub for low-cost travel.

Air Asia X chairman, Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan, said the RM108 million terminal, which could fit only 10 million people, was "already bursting at the seams" with the presence of both Air Asia and the long-haul budget airline's passengers.

"We need a new LCCT so that Malaysia can be the regional hub. Unfortunately, things are progressing slowly," he said after signing an agreement here today with Tourism Queensland to collaborate promotions globally.

"We are moving fast. The real issue is the infrastructure, we won't have the capacity to meet increased arrival and that is the biggest problem," he said.

It was reported earlier that while the government planned to build a new LCCT near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to accommodate 30 million passengers, the present LCCT would also undergo an expansion.

"We need the extension (a bigger LCCT). I think it (lack of space in the LCCT) is a serious threat for us in becoming a low-cost hub," he said.

Asked if the low-cost carrier was still pushing for the Subang Airport to be its hub, Kalimullah said the former international airport could contain only up to 20 million passengers by 2015 while the low-cost passengers are already on the rise.

"The idea is to have it (LCCT) here (in Sepang). Subang is an alternative as it would not be able to meet demand," he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, when contacted, declined to comment on the new LCCT, but said that the government would make an announcement soon.

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Old November 23rd, 2007, 02:42 PM   #948
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Malaysia Airlines in codeshare deal with China Southern

KUALA LUMPUR: National carrier Malaysia Airlines announced on Friday that it had signed a codeshare deal with China Southern Airlines, China's largest carrier by fleet size.

Idris Jala, Malaysia Airlines' managing director, said the agreement, which starts from Tuesday, would enable the carrier to strengthen its presence in China.

"This will further ... enable us to leverage on the strong growth of Chinese outbound travellers. We expect to see a seven percent growth in passenger volume on our China-Malaysia bound flights," he said.

Malaysia Airlines flies to Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Xiamen and Hong Kong.

He Zongkai, China Southern Airlines vice-president, said the agreement gave passengers greater flexibility.

Analysts said the deal could allow the carriers to save money with high fuel prices eating into airline industry profits.
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Old November 24th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #949
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MAS plane lands safely

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines airplane with 245 passengers onboard was forced to circle several times before landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport following problems with its landing gear.
The Airbus A330-300 from Guangzhou touched down safely later after the crew managed to lower the wheels manually.

MAS operations director Datuk Tajuden Abu Bakar said the plane made a normal landing, although he did not deny that MH0377 encountered difficulties on its final approach.

In a statement, he said the flight captain informed the ground crew to be on standby for towing assistance after the plane landed as the aircraft's steering system could be weak.

"The captain had not declared any emergency landing and passengers disembarked normally," said Tajuden.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad corporate communications general manager Norliza Kamarudin said the plane landed on Runway 2, which later had to be closed for 80 minutes to "facilitate flushing of spillage".

She said the closure did not cause any flight delay
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Old November 24th, 2007, 08:26 AM   #950
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AirAsia can reap profit from Singapore-KL route within a year

FROM Feb 1, 2008 low-cost carriers (LCCs) from Singapore and Malaysia will be able to operate a total of four daily flights on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route.

The Singapore government also announced yesterday that carriers from both countries would be able to operate an unlimited number of flights on the route starting from Dec 1, 2008.

When contacted by StarBiz, AirAsia Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said: “Of course, I like more (flights). I would imagine it is two each (for a Malaysian and a Singaporean LCC).”

OSK Research senior vice-president Chris Eng also assumes that it is two flights a day for AirAsia and the same number for its Singaporean counterpart.

As for the liberalisation of air access between the two countries from Dec 1, 2008, a reliable source said that this was just one month before implementation of the Asean Open Sky Policy on Jan 1, 2009, “so it’s no big deal”.

As for the impact on Malaysia Airlines (MAS), the liberalisation is not expected to affect the national carrier.

MAS’ low-cost carrier FireFly, is still building up its fleet and is still not ready to serve the route. Analysts feel that it would probably ply the Singapore-KL route in 2009.

Since the Malaysian Cabinet gave AirAsia the nod to fly the lucrative route last month, Fernandes had been quoted as saying that the LCC would begin flights in December.

Yesterday, Fernandes said: “We have to apply for the route. Singapore needs three months for us to clear that we are a safe airline and vice-versa, Singaporean LCCs need to apply to the Malaysian government. It is a normal process for starting an airline.

“My enthusiasm, after having to wait for five years, has gotten the better of me, but this is normal and February is fine for us, in time for Chinese New Year.”

What does the new route mean to AirAsia in financial terms though?

Eng said: “If it is two flights a day for AirAsia as we assumed earlier, then even if it is during non peak-hours, based on the load factor we can expect the route to be profitable within a year.

“However, AirAsia won’t be capturing much of the business traffic.”

OSK, in its report last month after the Cabinet granted approval to AirAsia, had expected a 0.2% drop in yields for MAS. This would reduce the net profit forecast for MAS by about RM10mil.

Meanwhile, the research house estimates the profitability of the Singapore-KL route in the range of RM20mil to RM30mil per annum for AirAsia.

At present, MAS flies on average seven times daily to Singapore, while Singapore Airlines flies six times daily.

However, OSK said: “Despite the negative short-term impact on MAS, we do not discount the carrier bouncing back with flights mounted by FireFly between Subang and Seletar airport in Singapore.”

AirAsia in a statement yesterday said: “We are thankful to our government for giving us the chance to be a regional champion and that we hope in time, we will have a truly level playing field so we can truly be global champions and bring pride to Malaysia.”

As for the Singaporean counterpart that will take on the Singapore-KL route, Tiger Airways is widely expected to be the candidate.
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Old November 24th, 2007, 01:39 PM   #951
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More foreign routes for Indonesia AirAsia

BANGKOK: AirAsia Bhd, Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier, plans to add eight overseas destinations at its Indonesian unit next year, as it gets more planes.


PT Indonesia AirAsia will expand the fleet to 16 planes from the 10 it has now, Sendjaja Widjaja, president director of the airline, said here yesterday.


The fleet will comprise five Airbus SAS A320 planes and 11 Boeing Co. 737-300s.


"By 2011 we will have no more Boeing planes," Widjaja said. The carrier will have 24 A320 planes in the fleet then.


Carriers in Southeast Asia are ordering and leasing more planes as leisure travel demand grows in the region. The number of passengers in Southeast Asia's biggest economy more than quadrupled to 34 million since 2000, according to Indonesia's National Air Carriers Association.


Indonesia AirAsia currently flies to six international cities. Widjaja said that the new destinations next year include Perth, Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.


The carrier plans to increase ticket surcharges to counter higher jet-fuel prices, he said.


"Of course we will raise it. But we will do it gradually as we want to attract customers while we are introducing new routes," Widjaja said. The Indonesian unit has already increased the surcharge by 30 per cent this year. - Bloomberg
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Old November 25th, 2007, 07:02 AM   #952
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AirAsia exercises option to buy 25 more A320s
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AIRASIA Bhd has agreed to buy another 25 Airbus A320 planes for some US$1.63 billion (RM5.49 billion), bringing its total firm orders to 175 aircraft.

"The additional firm orders will enable AirAsia to guarantee capacity growth up to 2014," it said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

The company exercised an option to buy the 25 additional planes from an existing purchase option of 50 planes.

It also made a fresh option for another 25 aircraft, bringing the total purchase option to 50.

This means that the total aircraft order for AirAsia stands at 225, comprising 175 firm orders and 50 options.

As for the new purchases, Airbus will provide extensive support functions to AirAsia.

"The delivery for this aircraft order will commence in January 2013, with the 175th aircraft to be delivered by October 2014," it said.

With the extra orders, AirAsia could guarantee capacity growth of 24 planes a year from 2013 to 2014.

It will fund the new orders with a combination of borrowings, internal funds and cash from its operations.
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Old November 25th, 2007, 08:30 AM   #953
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There are going to be alot of A320's buzzing around Southeast Asia.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 03:57 PM   #956
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Malaysia's AirAsia increases A320 order to 175 planes

AFP - Monday, November 26KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - - AirAsia, Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier by fleet size, said Sunday it has agreed to buy 175 new fuel efficient A320 Airbus aircraft for at least 10.5 billion dollars.

"We have placed a new order of an additional 25 A320s with Airbus," Tony Fernandes, group chief executive told AFP. AirAsia had previously ordered 150 aircraft.

Each A320 aircraft carries a catalogue price of 60 million dollars.

The announcement comes on the back of the carrier being allowed to fly the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

AirAsia Friday said its fiscal first quarter net profit had risen by more than 150 percent on higher passenger volume.

The carrier said net profit in the quarter ended September 30 rose to 180 million ringgit (53 million dollars), up 157.1 percent from 70 million ringgit a year earlier.

Fernandes said AirAsia had to acquire more aircraft to meet it ambitious route expansion and liberalisation of air links among Southeast Asian countries.

"Our business is also growing at a strong pace," he said.

Fernandes said AirAsia was confident it could weather the current high fuel prices, adding the "high fuel price is sustainable" and the A320s are fuel efficient.

AirAsia has already received at least 50 A320s from Airbus.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #957
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MAS Invites AirAsia To Serve Unprofitable Routes

PETALING JAYA, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) believes that AirAsia can serve its previously unprofitable routes instead of both airlines competing on the same routes.

"If they can make it work, that's good," MAS managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala said after announcing the airline's results for its third quarter ended Sept 30, 2007, here today.

"I think the way we can work together is where we could not make money (such as) flying to Manchester, then I think AirAsia can fly to Manchester," he said.

According to Jala, another route that AirAsia should consider is Cairo.

"There is scope for collaboration. There is always scope for competition," he said.

"So let's work together. Those areas that we have agreed to work, we can work together, but then we also agree on the areas where we compete."

With regard to AirAsia Bhd, Jala said the two airlines could do things together from training to repairing aircraft.

"In fact, AirAsia X A330 aircraft was down and they sent it (to us) just a few weeks ago and we repaired it for them. And they sent a complimentary letter to say thank you very much, it was a great job. And they paid us and it was good," he said.

"(If) they didn't send it to us, they will send it to Singapore."

Jala said that there was nothing personal in the competition between MAS and AirAsia.

"This is all about business. I do believe that is the way it should be," he said.

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MAS Invites AirAsia To Serve Unprofitable Routes

PETALING JAYA, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) believes that AirAsia can serve its previously unprofitable routes instead of both airlines competing on the same routes.

"If they can make it work, that's good," MAS managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala said after announcing the airline's results for its third quarter ended Sept 30, 2007, here today.

"I think the way we can work together is where we could not make money (such as) flying to Manchester, then I think AirAsia can fly to Manchester," he said.

According to Jala, another route that AirAsia should consider is Cairo.

"There is scope for collaboration. There is always scope for competition," he said.

"So let's work together. Those areas that we have agreed to work, we can work together, but then we also agree on the areas where we compete."

With regard to AirAsia Bhd, Jala said the two airlines could do things together from training to repairing aircraft.

"In fact, AirAsia X A330 aircraft was down and they sent it (to us) just a few weeks ago and we repaired it for them. And they sent a complimentary letter to say thank you very much, it was a great job. And they paid us and it was good," he said.

"(If) they didn't send it to us, they will send it to Singapore."

Jala said that there was nothing personal in the competition between MAS and AirAsia.

"This is all about business. I do believe that is the way it should be," he said.

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MAS earnings soar
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NATIONAL carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has made a record net profit as it flew more passengers and achieved better ticket sales.

For the nine months to September 30, MAS posted a net profit of RM610 million, its best ever in its 60-year history.

"This is indeed a very encouraging development as we have now achieved our BTP (business turnaround plan) target one year earlier than originally scheduled," said MAS managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala (pic).

MAS previously said that it could make a net profit of RM500 million in 2008. Although it initially targeted RM50 million net profit in 2007, it had also said that it could make as much as RM700 million in the same year.

Revenue for the period under review increased by 18 per cent to RM11.48 billion.

However, Idris was tight-lipped on expectations of MAS' full-year results due to soaring oil prices.

"The fourth quarter is seasonally the strongest and we are already experiencing very strong bookings. However, our performance will be dampened by the impact of higher oil prices, like for all other airlines," he said.

MAS has hedged 61 per cent of its fuel needs. It is also confident of improving load factor and yields, or the revenue it makes per passenger.

"In addition, there are other ways to deal with jet fuel increase, such as imposing fuel surcharges, further cost reduction as well as adopting best practices proposed by the International Air Transport Association to conserve fuel," Idris said.

Passenger revenue for the nine-month period increased 14 per cent, while yield rose 11 per cent. Load factor was up two per cent to 71.7 per cent.
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