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Old November 27th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #961
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ATR at the "Lima Air Show" (December 4-8 in Malaysia)

Toulouse, France - Two important signing ceremonies will take place
(WAPA) - "ATR will attend the LIMA Air Show, Langkawi (Malaysia), -8 December 2007.

ATR will be present as exhibitor: stand 2C08.

On the occasion of the Air Show, ATR will hold 2 contract-signing ceremonies in its stand on Tuesday 4th December:

• At 12:40 pm: Signing ceremony with Malaysia Airlines in the presence of The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

• At 3:00 pm: Signing ceremony with Berjaya Corporation.

ATR is well established in the Asia Pacific area with some 160 aircraft operated by some 30 carriers, and over 100 aircraft still to be delivered. The strong presence of ATR in the area includes also Sales Offices in Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok and Sydney, Support centres in Bangalore and Singapore, Training centres in Bangkok and Bangalore, and Warehouses in New Delhi, Singapore and Auckland.

Since the beginning of the year, ATR has received orders for 88 new aircraft, some of them not yet unveiled. Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 925 aircraft (414 ATR-42s and 511 ATR-72s) and has delivered 746 (396 ATR-42s and 350 ATR-72s), thus posting a current backlog of 179 aircraft". (Avionews)
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Old November 30th, 2007, 06:32 AM   #962
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More Malaysia-Singapore flights
Friday November 30, 2007
By LOONG MENG YEE


PETALING JAYA: More airlines, including AirAsia, may be allowed to fly between other Malaysian cities and the island republic as part of the early liberalisation of air routes.

At present, only Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines are allowed to operate from limited Malaysian cities other than Kuala Lumpur to Changi airport.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy revealed that officials from both countries are to meet early next year when further liberalisation of air routes may be discussed.

“The next round of talks between the transport officials from both countries are scheduled for early next year.

“I do not exclude the possibility of airlines from Singapore and Malaysia flying to secondary cities being brought up for discussion,” Chan told reporters after launching the new logo for the Port Klang Free Zone yesterday.

However, he did not elaborate and declined to answer which cities had been picked for consideration.

This move comes just weeks after the two governments agreed to allow AirAsia and Tiger Airways to start low-cost operations between KLIA and Changi from Feb 1.

Chan said there would be four flights daily, two by AirAsia and two by Singapore’s low-cost carrier Tiger Airways.

The two countries only needed to allow other airlines to operate the capital-to-capital route under the Asean Open Skies agreement in 2009.

MAS now flies to Singapore daily from Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu while SIA has a daily flight to Penang but its subsidary Silk Air operate flights to Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu from the republic.

It was reported that AirAsia was also keen to fly on these routes to Singapore.

The two countries are not obligated to open such routes under the agreement until 2011 when all airlines from both countries will be able to operate unlimited number of flights between the two destinations.
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Sigh. This is rather amusing... Singapore and Malaysia are doing everything to open links to each other, but stop short of signing an open skies deal..
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Old November 30th, 2007, 05:06 PM   #964
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MAS, ANA Expand Code-share Cooperation

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will extend their code-sharing agreement to include domestic sectors within both countries from tomorrow.

Under the expansion pact, ANA will carry MAS' flight code, MH, on flights between Tokyo and Fukuoka, and Tokyo and Nagoya, while MAS will carry the ANA's flight code, NH, on flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian destinations of Langkawi, Kuching, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

MAS and ANA signed their first code-share agreement in February 2004 on routes between Japan and Malaysia on a "block seat" arrangement basis where a pre-determined passenger seat inventory of MAS was marketed by ANA.

"ANA passengers will have the convenience of travelling to even more destinations in Malaysia -- including the ever popular resorts of Penang and Langkawi -- using just ANA's flight code and a single e-ticket," said ANA executive vice president (international relations), Keisuke Okada, in a joint MAS-ANA statement here today.

MAS managing director/chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, said the further enhancement of the code share agreement would strengthen the airline's hub-and-spoke business strategy to allow its customers access to many destinations in Japan.

"As both carriers provide seamless passenger connections to more domestic destinations in Japan and Malaysia, we are optimistic that our load factor on the Malaysia-Japan return routes will further improve and contribute to our bottom line," said Jala.

He said the strategy of developing hub-and-spoke was a crucial part of the national carrier Business Turnaround Plan.

"To date, we are seeing yield and load factor improvements on routes which we do hub-and-spoke," he said.

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Old December 1st, 2007, 07:37 AM   #965
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M’sia, S’pore to discuss LCC flights to other cities
by Basil Foo & Lim Yu Min, 30 Nov 2007 10:45 AM
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SUBANG JAYA: The Malaysian and Singapore governments will now consider allowing low-cost carriers to fly between the island republic and destinations here other than Kuala Lumpur, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said bilateral talks would most likely take place early next year.

“We have agreed to another round of negotiations early next year. I don’t exclude from this negotiation the possibility of allowing airlines (from Singapore) to operate to other secondary cities (in Malaysia),” he said after launching Port Klang Free Zone’s new logo.

Both governments recently decided to allow low-cost carriers (LCCs) from both countries to operate a total of two daily flights each on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route.

“Both parties have agreed for LCCs to operate beginning February 2008 from each side. Malaysia has appointed AirAsia while we haven’t received an official notification from Singapore,” he added.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 12:25 PM   #966
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I hope that Air Asia will start flying from KL to Kuantan , and straight to Lahad Datu
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 08:17 PM   #967
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Budget airline sells 30,00 Coast tickets

Budget airline sells 30,00 Coast tickets
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AIRASIA X has sold more than 30,000 tickets to the Gold Coast in its first two months.

The budget airline is now set to take a roadshow to countries across southeast Asia aimed at selling flights to Australia's tourist capital.

The astronomical figures have prompted the company to look at increasing flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast from four a week to daily.

The airline is now looking for more aircraft to meet the demand.

AirAsia X chief executive officer, Azran Osman-Rani, said he was thrilled with the Gold Coast operation and said he would increase services as soon as possible.

"We have had over 30,000 confirmed bookings to the Gold Coast in less than two months," he said.

The 30,000 ticket spending bonanza began when tickets went on sale on September 29 and was calculated to the end of last week.

Tourism heavyweights said the flights had opened the Gold Coast to all of Asia.

AirAsia X recently took one booking of 50 Indians who will fly from Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur before heading to the Gold Coast.

Mr Osman-Rani said the airline's marketing strategy included taking roadshows to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China to sell flights to the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Tourism chief executive officer, Pavan Bhatia, said local teams had conducted marketing workshops with Asian authorities to devise strategies to keep the market strong.

Early flight statistics show 60 per cent of passengers were from Asia with the remainder from Australia.

Mr Bhatia said he was surprised how quickly AirAsia X had taken off.

"Extremely, we thought it would take a longer time ... this is just the start," he said.

He said the city would continue to work hard to keep the airlines based on the Gold Coast.

"Airlines are not like hotels. Airlines have an option everyday 'do I take it elsewhere'," he said.

"It is very important that our teams keep focussed."

Mr Bhatia said it was important local authorities joined forces with their international counterparts saying it was ' a new era of joint marketing'.

In recent months a war between the major domestic and international airlines has begun to claim supremacy in the air over the Gold Coast.

AirAsia X was joined by Tiger Airways which prompted Jetstar to increase the number of flights in and out of the city and also look at beginning flights to Europe in a bid to get the jump on other airlines.

Mr Bhatia said increased financial investment from local government had increased the airlines' confidence in investing in the city.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 08:40 AM   #968
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MAS to add more destinations in China - starting with Macau
4 December 2007
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(KUALA LUMPUR) Malaysia Airlines will spread its wings to more destinations in China, starting with the revival of the Macau route, reports the StarBiz, quoting managing director Idris Jala.

Currently, MAS flies to six places in China - Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and Xiamen. Macau is the latest addition to the list, starting off with four weekly direct flights. In total, MAS operates 63 flights to China.

Mr Idris said recently in Sepang: 'It is never easy to just fly into any destination but a thorough study must be carried out first like what we did in Macau.

'Another integral part is to ensure we have proper logistics to support our business expansion,' he said, adding that MAS had ordered 20 new aircraft to cater to its subsidiaries, Firefly and MasWings.

The plan to serve more destinations in China and India is part of MAS' overall aim to boost its position as one of Asia's premier airlines. Apart from China, India will be the next big market it is focusing on. Currently, MAS flies to Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Basically, the airline will adopt a two-pronged strategy in tackling these large markets; operating its own flights and through code share agreements.

In China, it code shares with Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur/Hong Kong-Penang) and Dragon Air (Hong Kong-Kota Kinabalu). Its recent agreement with China Southern Airlines gives improved connectivity to domestic destinations in China.

In India, MAS has an existing code share with Air India.

On Nov 10, MAS launched its first direct flight into Macau with some 120 passengers on board including several media representatives.
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Airbus expects firm A380 orders from MAS soon
Published: 2007/12/05

PLANE maker Airbus expects to firm up orders for its A380 aircraft from Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) within 30-60 days, chief operating officer John Leahy said today.

There had been speculation earlier this year that Malaysia Airlines might cancel its orders for six A380s after delays by Airbus in delivering the superjumbo to clients. - Reuters
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MAS adding flights to 3 Aussie destinations
Published: 2007/12/04


MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is adding flights to three destinations in Australia from now to February next year, due to strong demand.

The national carrier will add two direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane, and one flight to Perth and Adelaide.

The carrier also flies to Sydney and Melbourne.

The additional flights will bring the carrier's weekly flights to Brisbane to nine, Perth to 10, Adelaide to five, while maintaining 14 flights each into Sydney and Melbourne.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said: "Australia is one of our key markets and we already fly to five destinations there - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide."

The extra flights underline the airline's continuing commitment to fulfil customer demand during this peak season, he added.
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Published: 2007/12/05

PLANE maker Airbus expects to firm up orders for its A380 aircraft from Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) within 30-60 days, chief operating officer John Leahy said today.

There had been speculation earlier this year that Malaysia Airlines might cancel its orders for six A380s after delays by Airbus in delivering the superjumbo to clients. - Reuters
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AirAsia Set To Be World's Largest A320 Operator


LANGKAWI, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- The largest low cost carrier in Southeast Asia, AirAsia Bhd, Wednesday ordered an additional 25 Airbus A320 aircraft, with an option for a further 25, at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2007 exhibition.

The order will place the group - Malaysia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia & Indonesia AirAsia - as the largest A320 operator in the world, with 175 firm orders and 50 purchase options, group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said.

"This purchase is an important step for AirAsia as it signifies our future aggressive route expansion plans in tandem with our expected traffic growth over the next decades," he said.

"The addition of the aircraft will be used to add frequency across the route network, introduce new routes and gradually replace the current fleet of Boeing 737 in Thailand and Indonesia."

He and Airbus chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy signed the contract witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.

Fernandes said the delivery under the new order will be after 2013.

AirAsia placed its original order for 60 A320s in March 2005, with re-orders for an additional 40 aircraft in July 2006 and for another 50 aircraft in January this year.

The first Airbus was delivered to AirAsia in December 2005 and currently it operates 31 A320s for both domestic and regional markets.



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More AirAsia routes to China, India

LANGKAWI: Budget airline AirAsia will fly to India and more destinations in China from May.

It is expected to launch its service to Quangzhou, Hainan, Guilin and Hangzhou in China, and Tirchur in southern India.

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandez told The Star the daily flights would will be direct from Kuala Lumpur.

“We will increase the frequency, depending on the popularity and demand for the routes,” he said.

“We are also looking at venturing with Vietnam and Philippines partners to service their domestic routes as well as flying to and from Kuala Lumpur.”

Fernandez said AirAsia was targeting to carry some 80 million passengers in Asia by 2013.

Yesterday it signed a contract with Airbus at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition to buy another 25 A320 aircraft for its fleet. The AirAsia group, which consists of AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Thai and AirAsia Indonesia, has already ordered a total of 175 A320s.

Currently, AirAsia has 31 A320s to ply the domestic and regional routes. The airline has a combined fleet of 64 aircraft.

Fernandez said the new order would replace the entire Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia fleet of Boeing 737s by 2008.

“The purchase is important to AirAsia in view of its aggressive route expansion plan in tandem with an expectation of the traffic growth over the next decade.”

AirAsia X also signed a deal with the Thales Group to supply avionic components, satellite communications system and in-flight system for its new fleet of 15 Airbus 330-300s, due for delivery at the end of next year.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy witnessed the signing ceremony.
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Airbus in talks to sell more A380s to MAS

AIRBUS SAS, the world's biggest commercial planemaker, is in talks to sell more A380 superjumbo jets to Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS), Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said yesterday.

Airbus expects MAS to confirm an existing order of six A380s in 30 to 60 days, Leahy told reporters in Langkawi.

The agreement will include compensation to MAS for delays in the delivery of the plane, he said. - Bloomberg
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AirAsia to be largest airline customer for A320
06 Dec 2007 11:49 AM

LANGKAWI: Air Asia Bhd has ordered an additional 25 A320s, bringing its total to 175 A320 aircraft and making the airline group one of the largest customers for the particular aircraft in the world.

“This purchase is an important step for us at AirAsia as it signifies our future aggressive route expansion plans in tandem to our expected traffic growth over the next decade. It also demonstrates our commitment to enhance AirAsia’s position on our networks by incorporating the most modern and efficient aircraft in the market.

“The additional aircraft will be used to add frequency across the route network and introduce new routes. AirAsia’s introduction to the aviation industry as an innovator has grown to the extent that it is now a leader that sets the benchmark to others,” said AirAsia group chief executive officer, Datuk Tony Fernandes.

The contract was sealed here yesterday at the Langkawi Airshow by Fernandes and Airbus chief operating officer (customers) John Leahy.

AirAsia placed its original order for 60 A320s in March 2005, with re-orders for an additional 40 aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2006 and another 50 aircraft in Jan 2007. The first aircraft was delivered to AirAsia in Dec 2005, with the airline currently operating 31 A320s.

AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur hub is fully operated with A320s and the aircraft is expected to completely replace Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia’s old generation of Boeing 737s by 2008.

“We are extremely proud to be part of AirAsia’s outstanding success and delighted that the confidence in the A320 has resulted in the airline now becoming the largest airline customer for this aircraft in the world.

“With its unbeatable economics and enormous passenger appeal, I am confident that the large A320 fleet is destined to propel AirAsia to the forefront of industry in the years ahead,” said Leahy.

The A320 family includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share unique cockpit commonality across the range.

Over 5,500 Airbus A320 family have been sold and over 3,200 delivered to more than 200 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world’s best selling commercial jetliner ever.

Uniquely, the A320 family offers a containerised cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system. Airbus is an EADS company.
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I'm wondering why Malaysia Airlines passenger review page in SKYTRAX has no overall points unlike Cathay and SIA's passenger comment page? can anyone explain?
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Malaysia Airlines raises India flights to 32 a week

New Delhi, Dec 12 - Malaysia Airlines will operate two additional flights a week between Delhi and Kuala Lumpur from next month to take to 32 the number of flights it operates from India.

The new flights are effective Jan 7 and will raise to nine the number of flights the airline operates from the Indian capital.

The new flights will be operational every Monday and Saturday at 12.15 pm, a Malaysia Airline release said.

With this addition, the total seat capacity from New Delhi will be 2,549 from the earlier 2,030, comprising 378 seats in business class and 2,171 in economy class.

The additional flights will be serviced by Airbus A-330-300 and A-330-200 aircraft.

'Malaysia Airlines is steadily augmenting its India market operations,' Christopher Yek, its regional manager for South Asia, said.

'Delhi is the third successive gateway from where the airline has scaled its operation in immediate progression. This flight enhancement is in sync with the growing passenger demands, with Delhi being the main gateway catering to the other feeder markets of north India.

'Strategically, the airline is enhancing its presence in India market under its business turnaround plan. The year 2008 will foresee more positive developments with new tactical campaigns and on-line initiatives,' Yek added.

Malaysia Airlines has already increased its flight frequency from the south Indian gateways of Chennai and Bangalore.

The airline has also launched its travel arm Golden Holidays. Targeting the India leisure travel segment, Golden Holidays is being promoted and marketed by Kuoni Holidays.

Apart from the enhanced flights from New Delhi, the airline also offers nine flights a week from Chennai, seven from Mumbai, four from Bangalore and three from Hyderabad.

Boosted by strong passenger demand and sustained yield improvement, Malaysia Airlines, under its business turnaround plan, reported a record net profit of 364 million ringits ($110 million or Rs.4.3 billion) for the third quarter of the current fiscal, up by 52 percent over the previous year
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Skyteam and MH

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MAS most likely will not join any alliance for the moment according to one article i read. It is expanding its codeshare agreements that is similar to alliance. Similar to Emirates which shows no interest in joining any alliance at the moment. Most likely MH is also using the same strategy. Furthermore, according to Airliners.net, it says Air France is blocking MH from joining into Skyteam as Air France has extensive codeshare agreement with oneworld's Qantas for kangaroo route via SIN. Allowing MH to join in to Skyteam will hurt Air France's kangaroo route traffic. However, it would be a waste if Air France is barring MH from joinning Skyteam as Skyteam has a big gap in South East Asia and Australasia. Even Air France's partner company, KLM code shares with MH for Australia bound flights via KUL. Very little Skyteam members has extensive coverage in Asia. Just take Skyteam's only Asia carrier, Korean Air, would you fly from Paris to Incheon and fly to Brisbane, it's waste of time. No doubt that MH fits Skyteam perfectly. But MH still couldn't join Skyteam, then my opinion for MH is to join Star Alliance.
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Thai AirAsia debuts an artistic A320



Thai AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Bangkok) on December 12 took delivery of its third new Airbus A320. However A320-216 HS-ABC (msn 3338) is a different machine. The airliner bears a striking Thai design. It was created by Chiang Mai University fine arts major, Ekawich Ariyawong Sanukul, who won a contest to decorate this aircraft. It is the first aircraft to wear a design created by a Thai student. By the front door, a poem written by Thai national poet, Naovarat Pongpaiboon, is also painted on the aircraft. The aircraft will go into service on Monday (December 17) and will be operated on routes connecting Bangkok with Hat Yai, Macau and Shenzhen.
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MAS to fly to all major airportsby 2008
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SUBANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plans to fly to all the major airports in the world and increase its destinations from 500 to 800 by end-2008, its senior general manager for network and revenue management Bernard Francis said.

“Currently, we fly to about 75% of major airports around the world. With our hub and spoke network, we are confident of gaining access to almost all the major global airports by end-2008,” he said.

Francis said MAS was also in talks to reach a code-share agreement with a Turkish airline that would further open its routes in Europe and Asia sometime next year.

He said the national carrier was concentrating on growing its services in China, south and north Asia, and the Asean region, and was also in talks with African and Middle Eastern airlines to expand its presence there.

“Our code-share agreement with China Southern Airline has given MAS a total of 128 destinations in China alone,” he said in a recent interview with The Edge Financial Daily.

“Code sharing, and flying through a hub and spoke arrangement is how this business has evolved. Many airlines have been doing this partnership method effectively. Last year, we grew 7% of our services via code-sharing,” he said.

Francis said MAS now has more than 20 airline partners and in 2006, it carried 15.47 million passengers, or an average load factor of 70%.

He said by code-sharing, airlines could exercise better asset management and have higher cost controls, which was key to profitability.

When asked if MAS was considering joining an alliance, Francis said if the company could realise the full potential of code-sharing networks, there would be no need for an alliance that entailed laborious processes and changes including replacing IT systems, facilities and even fare structures.

“We want to have the strength of an alliance without being in an alliance, and we believe it can be achieved through effective code-sharing partnerships,” he said.

Premier airline group Star Alliance has 19 member carriers operating 17,000 daily flights to 897 destinations in 160 countries.

Francis said under its business turnaround plan, network management was to be carried out in three phases, first, making KLIA its main hub and second, review unprofitable routes with a view to discontinuing them.

“Phase three was the domestic route rationalisation as well realignment of services to certain other hubs. Removing networks that do not bring in revenue is a sound business practice, but is not easy to achieve as we have to consider our position as the carrier that brings visitors to Malaysia,” he said.

“That is another reason we have to work in collaboration with code-sharing partners and enter special pro-rate agreements with other airlines.”

Reflecting on MAS’ 60 years in aviation, Francis said since its inception as Malayan Airways Ltd in 1937 (it started flying in 1947), the airline has placed national interest above everything else. It became a state-run stock corporation in 1957.

“Even now, if one looks at our network expansion plan, it is clear we want to serve Malaysians better domestically. We have low-cost community airline Firefly for Peninsular Malaysia (which also flies to Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand) and MASWings that serves rural Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

Francis said MAS’ domestic routes have been profitable for a full year since the rationalisation of routes.

He also said the restructuring of its domestic and international networks and routes were not to reduce the number of flights, but to improve connectivity and frequency on targeted routes.

When asked what was airline’s biggest milestone, Francis said: “There are 240 airlines registered under the International Air Transport Association, and only five have five-star rating. MAS is one of them. I think that speaks volumes.”
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