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Old March 25th, 2005, 07:04 PM   #81
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Old March 25th, 2005, 07:22 PM   #82
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AirAsia Signs Purchase Order For 60 Airbus A320 Aircraft
25 March 2005

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Jet maker Airbus (ABI.YY) said Friday that Southeast Asian budget airline AirAsia BHD (5099.KU) has signed a purchase order for 60 A320 aircraft and taken options to buy a further 40 of the planes.

In a statement, Toulouse-based Airbus, which is 80%-owned by European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (5370.FR), said the purchase order is for 20 more jets than originally covered by a memorandum of understanding signed by AirAsia and Airbus in December last year. [ 25-03-05 1117GMT ]

Airbus said in its statement that the A320 order and option commitment makes AirAsia the single biggest customer for the jets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Deliveries of the planes will begin late this year and continue until 2011, Airbus said.

Terms of the contract weren't disclosed, but on the basis of a catalog price of $63 million for one A320, the deal is potentially worth nearly $6.3 billion including both the firm orders and options. However, aircraft manufacturers typically offer substantial discounts for bulk deals.
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Wowwwwwwww, the new the Special Hibiscus livery is very very beautiful....
Are they going to apply the special Hibiscus livery to all the aircraft???
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Old March 25th, 2005, 10:48 PM   #84
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AirAsia Signs Purchase Order For 60 Airbus A320 Aircraft
25 March 2005

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Jet maker Airbus (ABI.YY) said Friday that Southeast Asian budget airline AirAsia BHD (5099.KU) has signed a purchase order for 60 A320 aircraft and taken options to buy a further 40 of the planes.

In a statement, Toulouse-based Airbus, which is 80%-owned by European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (5370.FR), said the purchase order is for 20 more jets than originally covered by a memorandum of understanding signed by AirAsia and Airbus in December last year. [ 25-03-05 1117GMT ]

Airbus said in its statement that the A320 order and option commitment makes AirAsia the single biggest customer for the jets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Deliveries of the planes will begin late this year and continue until 2011, Airbus said.

Terms of the contract weren't disclosed, but on the basis of a catalog price of $63 million for one A320, the deal is potentially worth nearly $6.3 billion including both the firm orders and options. However, aircraft manufacturers typically offer substantial discounts for bulk deals.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! AirAsia should have gotten 737-800's with winglets!!! I thought AirAsia was a 737 only airline. I'm not gonna like AirAsia as much anymore because A320's are fugly ass planes.

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Old March 26th, 2005, 04:35 AM   #85
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^ No.....this would probably be one of the few aircraft with this livery as this is a special livery. (they could do just one but I dun think so) But it wouldn't hurt to see at least a couple more hehehe Just hope they dun do this to all its aircrafts
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Old March 26th, 2005, 04:54 AM   #86
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MAS plane a flying billboard





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PETALING JAYA: The latest crimson red scheme to adorn one of Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 747-400 is meant to make heads turn wherever it goes.

“It is a statement in the sky, a flying billboard to promote the country’s national airline,” MAS engineering and maintenance general manager Mohd Roslan Ismail said.

More than 550 litres of paint, enough to coat 40 houses, was used to brighten up the aircraft.

It took almost five months to piece together the new look, featuring the hibiscus theme, at the MAS hangar in Subang. The new look accompanies the refurbishment of the aircraft.

MAS technical services manager Rashidi Saidin said besides the paint and artwork, everything else was “Made-in- Malaysia”.











The new Malaysia Airlines refurbished plane featuring the hibiscus theme.








“We had two dimensional drawings as our starting point in November last year.

“Translating this onto the body of the aircraft, which is curved, was the major challenge for the team,” he said.

Rashidi said the team engaged overseas consultants to design the template based on the conceptual design furnished.

“It was like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.

“We had to ensure that the designs were symmetrical on both sides of the plane and this was tough,” he said.

He said they needed a month for the physical work of getting the plane painted. Pantone paint was ordered from overseas and mixed locally to meet the colour requirements.

“The paint we used can withstand the weather and prevent corrosion to the structure of the plane,” he added.

Before painting began, one week was spent sanding the surfaces and then an entire day on washing the plane. The surface was sprayed with primer and then painted white.

The elaborate red design with its flowing motifs took two weeks to complete. Each of those tasks required teams of between 12 and 18 workers.

Mohd Roslan feels it was worth the effort. “The whole aircraft looks and feels good.”

He said MAS could offer their newly-acquired skills in cabin upgrades and painting to other airlines if approached.

Work on another MAS aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, is to start soon with a similar theme.
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! AirAsia should have gotten 737-800's with winglets!!! I thought AirAsia was a 737 only airline. I'm not gonna like AirAsia as much anymore because A320's are fugly ass planes.

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i dont know wht difference does one feel when flying in b737 & a320 plane, they are all the same, takeoff and landing, crusing flight, turbulence, airpocket etc you all feel the same on these planes
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27 March 2005

Malaysia's AirAsia inks Airbus deal to stay ahead of competition

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia has inked a contract to buy 60 new Airbus aircraft, with an option to purchase another 40 A320 jets as part of its regional expansion, a report said.

With the order and option commitment, AirAsia in a statement to Bernama news agency said it had become the single largest customer for Airbus in the Asia-Pacific region.

The airline in December said it would buy 40 Airbus aircraft and exercise an option to buy another 40 A320 jets to maintain its position as Asia's leading budget airline. In February, it said it would buy an additional 20 new aircraft.

AirAsia said it decided to increase the Airbus order after the rollout and the success of its Indonesian operations, AWAIR International (AWAIR).

"Within three months of its operations, AWAIR has carried over 120,000 guests and introduced flights to five domestic destinations in Indonesia," it said.

The new A320 jet will completely replace its current fleet of 28 single aisle, 148-seat Boeing 737-300s. Delivery of the first A320 aircraft will begin late this year and continue through until 2011, the company said.

It will operate a mixed fleet during the transition period, it added.

Launched as a budget carrier in December 2001 with just two aircraft, AirAsia has defied the sceptics to become a significant player in the air industry and has been imitated by startled national carriers along with a host of new low-cost entrants.

AirAsia currently operates in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Macau. It will become the first no-frills foreign airline to fly to China next month with daily services between Bangkok and the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.- AFP

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AirAsia gets KK-Darwin route offer
29 March 2005
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AUSTRALIA's Northern Territory is inviting Malaysia's low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd to service the Kota Kinabalu-Darwin route.

Northern Territory's international trade director, Quentin Kilian, said his team would like to meet AirAsia's chief executive officer, Tony Fernandes, to extend the invitation.

Met on the sidelines of the International CEOs Conference yesterday he said the service is needed to meet demand of its travellers, especially businessmen.

"At present, there is no direct access between Kota Kinabalu and Darwin and this makes it difficult for our businessmen and the public to get to North Borneo, especially Sabah," Kilian said.

He said the Northern Territory has no preference as to which type of airline - full service or low-cost-carrier - it wants to service the sector. "First come, first served," he said.

He does not dismiss the possibility of discussing the idea with Malaysia Airlines, as Northern Territory prefers the flights to be operated by a Malaysian airline. He did not say why.

The proposed direct flights, he said, would be line with Northern Territory's rapid development process.

Meanwhile, when contacted, AirAsia executive director Kamarudin Meranun said the airline feels honoured by Kilian's offer.

However, he said it is crucial for the airline to study the feasibility of starting the Kota Kinabalu-Darwin service first. This is mainly to determine the market size and demand for the route, the operation cost involved and opportunities to fly to other potential destinations in Australia.

"AirAsia is always eager to fly to new destinations. Whether or not we will take up the offer will depend entirely on the findings of our study," he told Business Times in a telephone interview from Cambodia.
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Malaysia Air wants South India on its radar
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31 March 2005
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KUALA LUMPUR: After expanding its footprint in Australia and Europe, Malaysia Airlines has now trained its sights on South India. The carrier plans to introduce flights to Kochi, Madurai, Trichy and Amritsar over the next three years, as well as increase the frequency of its flights to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata.

"India has a lot of potential for growth. The government of India has been very pragmatic and supportive. Hence, we plan to increase the number of destinations on the India-Malaysia route and upgrade our flights on various sectors," Malaysia Airlines' managing director, Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan, told ET.

Apart from ferrying passengers from Malaysia to India and back, the carrier is targeting Indian travellers to New York, Los Angeles, London and Australia via Malaysia, according to Rashid Khan, senior general manager (sales, distribution & marketing), MAS.

Mr Dahlan was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of Malaysia Airlines' 'An Experience Redefined' - a comprehensive refurbishment of 17 Boeing 777-200 and 17 Boeing 747-400 aircraft - in Kuala Lumpur on March 23, '05. The upgrade involves refurbishing the B777 and B747 with the latest technology and innovative design in cabin comfort, complete with a new in-flight delivery service to capture a greater segment of the premium market.

For the B777-200, the reconfiguration involves converting the three classes (first, business and economy) to just two classes - business (42 seats) and economy (247 seats). The B747-400 will continue to have three classes, but fewer seats to enhance passenger comfort.

It will have 12 first, 41 business and 306 economy class seats. MAS is also offering an advanced in-flight entertainment system with more than 350 entertainment options accessible via personal digital touch-screens.

"It's all about creating an entirely new experience for our premium passengers, from seat luxury and comfort, to high-end in-flight entertainment and fine dining," added Mr Dahlan. Malaysia's PM Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the first refurbished B747-400, which will service the Kuala Lumpur-London route.

Malaysia Airlines is spending RM 700m (approximately $184m) to upgrade its aircraft over a two-year period. Since December '04, four of its upgraded B777-200 have gone into service, flying to Tokyo, Zurich, Sydney, London, Shanghai, Brisbane, Rome, Adelaide, Auckland and Frankfurt.

"An overwhelming majority of our customers have expressed satisfaction with the new features introduced in our upgraded B777-200s," Mr Khan said. Customer satisfaction from seat comfort has risen from 83% to 90%, while leg-room rating has increased from 86% to 92%, according to an MAS survey.

Malaysia Airlines plans to upgrade one aircraft per month; the entire upgrade process is likely to be completed by July '06, Azmil Hashim, assistant GM, product development & services, MAS, told ET. The upgraded aircraft will service long-haul routes like Australia, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

MAS also plans to invest in the development of its crew. "Over the next two years, more than 3,000 crew members will be trained under this programme. New service-delivery modules will focus on increased interaction with passengers," Mr Dahlan said.

It will contribute to its bottomline.

The carrier may hike its fare structure and be more selective in offering discounts. MAS plans to offer the Airbus A380 from '07 to take on increased competition from rivals. "Such efforts will help to maintain MAS' premium position and make Malaysia the airline capital of the world," Mr Badawi said.
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Malaysia's AirAsia says Australia within its sights, if opportunities arise
By SEAN YOONG
31 March 2005

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's AirAsia, the region's biggest budget carrier, might fly to Australia if offered profitable routes but wants to focus on new aircraft purchases and flights within Asia for now, a company executive said Thursday.

"We will not rule out Australia," AirAsia Executive Director Kamaruddin Meranum told The Associated Press. "If there's an attractive offer for commercially viable flights that fit with our regional expansion plans, we will not miss out on any opportunities."

Kamaruddin was commenting on Malaysian media reports that Australia's Northern Territory authorities have informally invited AirAsia to fly between the port city of Darwin and Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state on Borneo island.

Such flights would take slightly more than three hours, which AirAsia is able to fly, but it was "still premature" to confirm whether the airline was interested because Australian officials have not directly approached it with the offer, Kamaruddin said.

"Right now, we're quite tight," Kamaruddin said. "Our main focus for this year is on aircraft financing and the consolidation of our other routes that we're operating."

AirAsia, Southeast Asia's only listed no-frills carrier and the biggest by fleet size, has been aggressively expanding to fend off competition from rivals such as Thailand's Nok Air, Singapore's privately owned Valuair, Singapore Airlines' unit Tiger Airways, and Jetstar Asia, an offshoot of Australia's Qantas Airways.

Northern Territory International Trade Director Quentin Kilian reportedly said during a meeting of international CEOs in Sabah on Monday that there was no direct access between Darwin and Kota Kinabalu, which is the main entry point into northern Borneo.

Kilian was quoted as saying he hopes to speak with AirAsia's chief executive officer, Tony Fernandes, who was not present at the meeting, to invite the carrier to fly to Darwin.

AirAsia currently serves Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Macau. It will fly to the Philippines in April, with new routes to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia expected by March 2006.

Thai AirAsia -- a joint venture between AirAsia and Thailand's Shin Corp. -- will fly between Bangkok and Xiamen from April 25, making it the first foreign low-cost carrier to fly to China.

As part of its expansion plans, AirAsia's Fernandes said earlier this month the company plans to increase its firm orders for new Airbus A320 planes to 60 from 40 previously, and will retain its option for another 40 new planes.

AirAsia flew about 3.2 million passengers in 2004, and expects 6 million travelers in 2005.
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Malaysian Air sees revenue gain from new IT system

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Reuters) - Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MASM.KL) said on Friday it expects a revenue gain of up to 100 million ringgit ($26 million) a year after acquiring a new accounting system.

"It could be as much as 50 to 100 million a year," Malaysian Airline Chief Financial Officer Low Chee Teng told a news conference.

The state-controlled carrier had just bought a new revenue accounting system for a total cost of 20 million ringgit.

Low said the revenue gain would go to the airline's bottomline. ($1=3.8 ringgit).
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Malaysian budget airline plans flights to Mindanao
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Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia is already looking at more flight destinations in the country even before its maiden flight to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga on April 5.

AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Toni Fernandes yesterday said the airline would also like to fly directly to Davao, Cebu and Zamboanga from Kuala Lumpur and possibly Kota Kinabalu in six months.

Its one-way ticket to Clark from Kuala Lumpur costs P1,949, and from Kota Kinabalu, P1,799. A round trip, including travel taxes, insurance and administration fees, cost at least P5,000.

"Our direct investment here is $200,000. If we fly new destinations, we will need two additional planes, each costing about $30 million," Mr. Fernandes said.

He also said his company was not bothered by security concerns in Mindanao. AirAsia is the only budget carrier flying to Narathiwat, a Muslim province in Thailand.

As a new market, AirAsia expects Philippine flights to contribute at least 3% of total revenues. It also expects flights to be 80% full, with passengers averaging 200,000 to 300,000 annually.

"We want to bring Malaysians, Thais and Indonesians here. Many foreign tourists from Europe and America who use us to go to Phuket and Bali can also now go to the Philippines. There is tremendous potential for growth in the airline industry to be unlocked with low fares," Mr. Fernandes said.

AirAsia is just one of several no-frills carriers taking advantage of the country's "liberalized charter program," which aims to boost tourism, cheapen air travel for Filipinos overseas, and drive activity in airports outside Metro Manila.

Tiger Airways will launch daily flights to Clark from Singapore on April 4, while Thai Air Asia plans to run flights to Clark from Bangkok.

The government has prioritized airports in Clark and Subic for the charter program, but Civil Aeronautics Board Executive Director Tomas Manalac said international airports in Davao and Cebu could also be involved.

AirAsia will use only one aircraft for its daily flights to Clark. A 148-seater Boeing 737 will leave Kuala Lumpur at 7:20 a.m. and arrive in Clark at 11:15 a.m. The same aircraft will leave for Kota Kinabalu at 11:40 a.m. The 2:05 p.m. flight from Kota Kinabalu will arrive in Clark at 4:05 p.m., where it will again load passengers bound for Kuala Lumpur.

As much as 50% of all the seats on its first week of flying are already reserved.

Booking from the Philippines is done online, but Mr. Fernandes said the airline was in talk with mobile operators Smart Communications and Globe Telecom for SMS flight reservations - an option already offered in Malaysia.

Despite its low prices, Mr. Fernandes said AirAsia profits well from flying to more than 100 destinations in Asia. Sales also involve cargo services, in-flight advertising, and food sales on board aircrafts.

AirAsia is a subsidiary of Tune Air Sdn Bhd, with hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Senai Airport in Malaysia, Bangkok International Airport in Thailand, and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia.
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Business Times - 06 Apr 2005

AirAsia suspends Bangkok-Johor Baru service

Move attributed to plane shortage, but analysts think otherwise

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(SINGAPORE) Leading Malaysian budget airline Air Asia has quietly scrapped its service between Bangkok and the southern city of Johor Baru, which is located near to the regional air hub in Singapore.

When contacted yesterday, company officials confirmed that the budget carrier suspended the JB-Bangkok service in December last year. The airline has retained its schedule of flights between Singapore and Bangkok.

'We will restart JB-Bangkok. We stopped because of shortage of planes,' airline owner Tony Fernandes told BT.

Another AirAsia executive denied that the decision was taken due to the proximity of Senai to the busy international airport at Changi in Singapore. She said AirAsia re-routed one aircraft to Kuala Lumpur International Airport due to lack of planes at the main international airport in Malaysia.

Industry observers are not entirely convinced that the suspension of the JB-Bangkok service was a simple case of aircraft re-deployment. They feel that the service could have suffered as a result of the proximity of Senai Airport to Changi.

Another complication: Singapore has disallowed a direct bus service between Senai and Singapore. The absence of a direct bus service has made it cumbersome for travellers in Singapore to go to Senai.

One analyst said the most important factor could be the growing number of budget airlines in Singapore.

In less than one year, three Singapore-based budget carriers - Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Valuair - have grown rapidly to rival AirAsia.

'It doesn't always make sense for a Singapore passenger to travel to Senai to catch a flight to Bangkok or elsewhere. Sometimes, it's cheaper to fly out of Singapore,' said a budget-conscious traveller.

But the cancellation of the JB-Bangkok service won't hurt AirAsia much, analysts said.

AirAsia recently started flights to Macau, China and the Philippines.

AirAsia's rivals are facing problems in their regional expansion as well.

Jetstar, the budget arm of Australia's Qantas Airways, was unable to start flights to Surabaya and Jakarta in Indonesia, and Shanghai in China. It also lost out Ho Chi Minh City to rival Tiger, and was forced to cancel its loss-making daily Pattaya flights.

And Tiger, which is an associate of Singapore Airlines, was reportedly suffering from plummeting traffic on its Hatyai route amid the recent wave of separatist violence in southern Thailand.

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300,000 people a year on Manila run: AirAsia

(MANILA) AirAsia Bhd, South-east Asia's biggest discount carrier, said its flights to the Philippines, which started yesterday, will service 300,000 passengers annually.

'We want to bring Malaysians, Thais, Indonesians here,' AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told reporters yesterday in Clark Field as the airline started its Clark Field-Malaysia route. Clark is a former American airbase, 77 kilometres north of Manila.

Discount carriers such as AirAsia and its rivals Valuair Ltd, Singapore Airlines Ltd's partly owned Tiger Airways Pte, and Qantas Airways Ltd's Jetstar Asia are adding destinations in South-east Asia as competition mounts among the 10 budget carriers in the region.

AirAsia was the second budget carrier to get landing rights to the Philippines after Tiger Airways.

Mr Fernandes said the Philippines-Malaysia route will provide as much as 4 per cent of the airline's annual sales.

The airline, which will fly between Clark Field and Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur, made RM392.7 million (S$171.9 million) in sales for the year ending June 30, 2004.

Thai AirAsia Ltd, a unit of AirAsia, will provide flights between Clark Field and Bangkok later this year, Mr Fernandes said.

Tiger Airways, which also started yesterday its maiden flight from Clark Field to Singapore, said the route will service at least 100,000 passengers a year once the airline is permitted to fly daily by Philippine authorities.

'A lot of Singaporeans would go to the Philippines for golf and leisure,' Tiger Airways chief executive Tony Davis said. 'Golf is very expensive in Singapore. At the same time, we hope to bring in more Filipinos to the Lion City.'

Tiger Airways started its thrice-weekly flights to Singapore with an introductory one-way ticket price of US$16. Mr Davis said Tiger Air will raise its flights to five times a week in June, then to seven days a week in the third quarter. - Bloomberg

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I guess competition from Changi Airport and all the measures must have made the JB-Bangkok route less optimal than expected.
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Malaysia Airlines Moves into Technology of the Future with Aviation Partners Boeing
4 Apr, 2005





04 April 2005: Malaysia Airlines is all set to install winglets for the next generation of Boeing 737 series and Boeing 737 Classic series in the Asia-Pacific region.

This follows the signing of an agreement between Malaysia Airlines Engineering and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) to set up the first approved Blended Winglet Installation Center in Southeast Asia for APB.

The agreement today signifies yet another milestone in the national carrier’s acquisition of technology of the future and applying it not only for itself but other aviation operators.

A Blended Winglet Performance Enhanced Boeing aircraft saves about 5% in block fuel burn with improved range; better climb performance and dramatic reductions in engine emissions. Typical annual fuel savings for Blended Winglet Equipped aircraft range from 100,000 gallons per year per Next Generation (NG) B737 to over 250,000 gallons per year per B757-200.

It is estimated that if all Boeing aircraft on the planet were retrofitted with Blended Winglet Systems fuel savings would be close to 1.8 billion gallons each year.

Within the Asia Pacific region, APB currently has three modification centres through HAECO in Hong Kong, TAECO in Xiamen and Air New Zealand in Auckland.

Encik Tajuden Abu Bakar, Malaysia Airlines’ Senior General Manager, Technical and Ground Operations, said: “Boeing’s confidence in Malaysia Airlines as the first regional modification centre reflects strongly on Malaysia’s capacity for new technology,”

He said: “It represents a significant leap forward in making the Subang Aerospace Park the recognised regional hub for maintenance, repairs and overhaul.” The Subang Aerospace Park is home to Malaysia Airlines’ engineering division.



Encik Tajuden added: “We are very pleased to collaborate with APB in Blended Winglet Modification and are confident that this will promote technology transfer as well as enhance MAS-APB’s market presence in this region.”

Efforts are currently underway to develop Blended Winglets for Boeing 767 and B777 series aircraft. Malaysia Airlines expects business potential for the modification center to increase when the certifications for the installation of these aircraft are completed.

Signing on behalf of their respective organisations were Encik Tajuden and Mr Mike Marino, the Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Partners Boeing.

Mr Marino said: “The strategic location of the MAS modification center will further boost our market presence and growth in the Asia-Pacific region, which is experiencing spectacular sales growth. We are optimistic Malaysia Airlines, with its exceptional engineering capabilities, will add value to our network and the center will benefit airline operators in the region.”

APB Sales Director, Mr Craig McCallum, who was present, said: “The positive experience of investing in Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Technology starts with the installation. Partnering with Malaysia Airlines is a strong assurance to customers in Asia Pacific that they are in good hands.”

Also present was Malaysia Airlines Engineering General Manager, En Roslan Ismail, who said: “It is a testimony of our superior quality, well -developed capability and proven reliability especially given the competitive MRO environment in this region.”

Aviation Partners Boeing Chairman, Mr Joe Clark, said: “Anytime you can enhance the productivity of an existing asset, we feel it’s a wise business investment.”

Malaysia Airlines Engineering provides complete engineering services, ranging from airframe maintenance, component repair and overhaul, major modification, cabin upgrade, aircraft “boutique” painting and passenger-to-freighter conversion as well as technical personnel training services.


Issued by Media Relations/Corporate Communications Department Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur
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First Winglet Installation Centre In South East Asia


KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Engineering Monday signed a partnership agreement with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) for the set up of the first winglet installation centre in South East Asia.

Malaysia Airlines' Senior general manager, technical and ground operations, Tajuden Abu Bakar, said MAS Engineering was confident of attaining between RM3 million and RM4 million in revenue within the next three to four months for installation of winglets at its facility in Subang.

All facilities have been put in place at the centre and Malaysia Airlines is currently talking to potential clients.

Tajuden said the winglet installation, which could save aircraft block fuel burn of about five percent was an addition to MAS Engineering overall engineering capability.

"With the soaring price of oil putting pressure on the cost structure of most regional airlines, we anticipate more airlines will opt for winglet installation," he said after the signing here today with APB, a joint venture between Aviation Partners Inc. and the Boeing Company.

The new installation centre would see MAS providing the engineering support services while APB will supply the winglet.

Within the Asia Pacific region, APB already has three such centres, located in Hong Kong and Xiamen, China and New Zealand.

Tajuden said the winglet support services in Subang will only need a small amount of investment as most of the infrastructure have already been put in place.

"We have been training our staff to install and provide support engineering services for the winglets," Tajuden said.

President of APB, Mike Marino meanwhile emphasized that in addition to fuel saving capability, the winglet technology improved aircraft performance by providing better climb performance and dramatic reductions in engine emissions.

"Typical annual fuel savings for Blended Winglet equipped aircraft range from 100,000 gallons per year per Next Generation (NG) B737 to over 250,000 gallons per year per B757-200," Marino said.

Marino said with the centre, MAS Engineering was ready to install winglets for the next generation of Boeing 737 series and Boeing 737 Classic series in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tajuden said efforts were currently underway to develop Blended Winglets for Boeing 767 and B777 series aircraft.

"MAS Engineering expects business potential for the modification centre to increase when the certifications for the installation of these aircraft are completed," Tajuden said.

Marino pointed that the strategic location of the MAS modification centre will further boost APB's market presence and growth in the Asia-Pacific region, which is experiencing spectacular growth.

Tajuden said that the technical centre represented a significant leap forward in making the Subang Aerospace Park the recognised regional hub for maintenance, repairs and overhaul.

The Subang Aerospace Park is home to MAS Engineering division.

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