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Old January 4th, 2008, 04:00 PM   #1001
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MAS need a touchup of their livery. Any suggestions?
I think they can adopt the Thai Int Airways style or Gulf's new livery, where there is some colourings at the tail of the aircraft or front end..rather than the plane is almost entirely white.

But frankly speaking, do you think MAS will touch up their livery where currently cutting down cost?

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AirAsia To Fly To Yogyakarta From Jan 30


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- AirAsia Bhd will commence direct flights to Yogyakarta, Indonesia from Kuala Lumpur beginning this January 30.

The low-cost airline will begin with four flights per week to Yogyakarta departing from LCC Terminal, Kuala Lumpur on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The airline's new 180-seater Airbus A320 will be deployed for the route, said AirAsia in a statement here, today.

It said guests can book online through www.airasia.com from today to January 20, to enjoy special launch fares starting from MYR49.99 or IDR139,999 one-way, excluding airport taxes, fuel surcharges and fees. The travel period will be from January 30 to October 25 this year.

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Old January 8th, 2008, 05:32 AM   #1006
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MAS offers low fares from RM39 one-way
Published: 2008/01/07

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MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is offering low fares for bookings now until January 23 via its call centre, ticket offices and online.

In a statement today, MAS said customers could enjoy the fares for travel from January 14-March 31 on domestic routes and from January 9-March 15 for regional sectors.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said the fares would start from as low as RM39 for Malaysian domestic travel, RM79 for Asean destinations, RM199 to China and RM399 to the Indian sub-continent.

“Local domestic travellers also have the opportunity to grab one-way fares like RM39 to Penang and Johor Baru, RM49 to Alor Star, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan as well as RM69 to Kota Baru and RM89 to Langkawi valid for travel from Mondays through to Thursdays.

“One-way economy class travel from KL International Airport to Kuching starts at RM79, RM129 to Sibu and Bintulu, RM139 to Miri and RM169 to Kota Kinabalu, valid for travel from Tuesdays through to Thursdays,” he said.

He said the domestic promotional fares would not be available during certain blackout periods in February and March.

Rashid said for destinations in Asean countries, fares would start from RM79 to Medan, RM99 to Yogyakarta, RM119 to Phuket, RM179 to Surabaya, RM219 to Jakarta, RM229 to Surabaya and Cebu, RM249 to Ho Chih Minh City, RM319 to Bandar Seri Begawan and RM349 to Yangoon.

“Orient destination fares begin from as low as RM199 to Macau, RM329 to Hong Kong, RM489 to Xiamen and RM599 to Shanghai,” he said.

He said for destinations in the Indian sub-continent, the offers would start from RM399 to Chennai and Colombo, RM469 for flights to Hyderabad, RM499 to New Delhi and RM549 to Mumbai.

Rashid said all the promotional airfares were for one-way economy class travel and excluded fuel and other applicable surcharges. — Bernama

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are you sure? for me i must put the safety of machine (worth millions mind you) and man first before my ego. Thank goodness i never knew any colleague who has the ego to do such things in the video you posted
I agree with you but it would be better if Human lives first then Machines, there is nothing wrong with diverting airplane in difficult or necessary circumtances....

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Old January 10th, 2008, 04:08 PM   #1008
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AirAsia set for maiden KL-Singapore flight
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SINGAPORE: Low cost carrier AirAsia Bhd is set to start its inaugural route to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur with two daily flights beginning February 1 this year.

Its group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the airline will offer fares starting from RM29.90 to RM150 for one way travel to Singapore from KLIA’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal.

To celebrate the opening up of this route to AirAsia, Fernandes said AirAsia will be giving away 30,000 free seats to its guests.

The free seats will be made available from today at 12pm to January 13 for travel period from February 1 to October 25 this year, he said at a press conference to announce the inaugural flight dates for the route here today.

Fernandes said AirAsia expects to carry out about 500,000 passengers for the KL-Singapore route within six months.

He is also confident that the number will grow to five to seven million in five years after the Asean Open Sky Policy comes into effect in January 2009.

“The projection is based on huge demand for this route which is still under-served. It’s a huge market,” he said.

The airline is looking at 20 flights a day to Singapore once the policy takes effect, he added. — Bernama
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AirAsia flies to S'pore from Feb 1, offers 30,000 free seats

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SINGAPORE: Budget carrier AirAsia Bhd will begin operating the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route on Feb 1, offering a one-way airfare for as low as RM29.99, which is cheaper than a taxi ride between the two cities.
It is also throwing in 30,000 free seats to passengers who book between Jan 10 and 13.

Offering twice daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the carrier is confident of carrying between 250,000 and 500,000 passengers per year, based on present flight frequencies.

He said pending the government's approval, the carrier plans to ramp up its frequency between the two cities to 20 daily flights within the next five years, when it takes full delivery of its new aircraft. By then, it expects to carry 5 to 10 million passengers per year.

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route had been monopolised by Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines for over three decades. However, last October, the Malaysian government agreed to let AirAsia fly the route, the fourth busiest in Asia, ahead of liberalisation of air travel between the two countries.
Last month, Singapore-based Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia were granted the right.

"We have been trying to get this route for the past 51/2 years. We feel that it was AirAsia's persistence that opened up the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

"We are excited about this. We view this latest development as a major milestone in the aviation sector for both countries. This will further boost tourism and economic growth between the two countries," he said after the official announcement of AirAsia's Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route here yesterday.

AirAsia, to date, has carried over 40 million passengers, with more than 86 regional connections.

Looking at its extensive network, Fernandes said he was optimistic that the new service would be able to reel in long-haul passengers from Singapore to its long-haul budget carrier, AirAsia X.

Fernandes added that he is hopeful that the Malaysian government will give the nod to expand the current air service agreement between Malaysia and Singapore from the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route to include other major domestic destinations, such as Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by this year.

Looking at the ties between Malaysia and Singapore, he was optimistic that there would be huge demand for the flights.

"With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (Asean) move (in removing restrictions on passenger flights between Asean capitals by December), we are expecting to see more liberalisation between the member countries.

"I hope that the government will allow us to operate flights from other cities in Malaysia to Singapore. I think it is possible that it could happen this year.

"In addition, I hope to see more liberalisation for the Singapore-Indonesia route so that we would be able to operate a Singapore-Jakarta service. Gauging by the huge demand, this is another lucrative route that we should look into."
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Old January 11th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #1010
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MAS opens up Enrich to more agencies
by Lim Yu Min, 09 Jan 2008 3:43 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Airline System Bhd’s (MAS) is reviewing its direct marketing agency relationship for its “Loyalty and Frequent Flyer” programme or “Enrich” by inviting more agencies to pitch for the account.

MAS said yesterday the first round of the review would involve direct marketing agencies responding to MAS’ Request For Information (RFI). “The RFI will ensure that a larger number of agencies is able to participate in this pitch process prior to the short-listing process,” it said.

Interested agencies must submit their proposals comprising credentials and one-case study pertaining to a recent project by Jan 14, 2008.

The airline said short-listed agencies would be notified by end-January and invited to a briefing followed by a final presentation to the MAS management in early February. The final selection is expected to be announced in early March.

Enrich had gone through tremendous amount of change over the past one year. The Enrich team has a number of key initiatives lined up for this year and beyond. A rescoping of services was timely in view of this and we felt it was best to open this up for a pitch,” said MAS senior general manager (communications) Indira Nair.

“The agency-client relationship is an important one and we will obviously be looking for a partner who has the experience, expertise and ability to meet the challenges ahead of us, and our demanding requirements,” she added.
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AirAsia targets 7m passengers on KL-S’pore route by 2013
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SINGAPORE: Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd, which is scheduled to operate the KL-S’pore route from Feb 1, targets to carry some seven million passengers over the next five years, its group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said.

“For our first two flights, we hope to do about 250,000 passengers this year, and grow that to 500,000 very quickly. The projection is based on huge demand for this route which is still under-served. It is a huge market.

“It is a fairly large number and that is what we are doing to impress both the Malaysian and Singapore airport authorities that 25% of new passengers will be a contribution (to Changi and KLIA),” Fernandes told a media briefing to announce AirAsia’s inaugural flight here yesterday.

Asked if the low-cost carrier would soon be allowed to fly from other cities such as Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, to Singapore, Fernandes said: “KL-S’pore was the Trojan horse, once this is done, the rest would be quite simple and I do not believe it would take a longer time for that to happen.”

Once the Asean Open Sky Policy comes into effect in January 2009, the airline targets to operate 20 flights daily to Singapore.

AirAsia is also looking to launch more air routes to destinations in Indonesia and to operate an air route to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“We have got the planes, it is a matter of where to put them,” Fernandes said, adding that 175 Airbus A320s were ordered and would be delivered by 2013.

To celebrate the liberalisation of the coveted route, AirAsia announced it was giving away 30,000 free seats which was made available for reservation yesterday till Jan 13 for the travel period of Feb 1 to Oct 25, 2008.

Beginning Feb 1, its two daily flights to Singapore will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 10am and 7.50pm, while flights from Singapore will depart at 11.30am and 9.40pm.

To date, AirAsia has carried over 40 million passengers and has grown from a two-aircraft fleet to 65. It also has the most extensive low-cost network in the region serving on over 86 routes.
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It really looks like AirAsia is the "Southwest" and "Ryanair" of southeast Asia.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #1015
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MAS 'attractive' even with oil price hitting US$100

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MALAYSIAN Airline System Bhd (MAS) remains an attractive stock despite oil prices touching US$100 (RM327) a barrel.

"Our estimates incorporate oil at an effective price of US$87 (RM284) per barrel for (MAS') financial year ending December 31 2008. As such, given MAS' 29 per cent hedge at an oil cost of US$79 (RM258) per barrel, our earnings (estimate) can still hold up to US$100 per barrel oil as long as this situation is not prolonged," OSK Research Sdn Bhd's senior vice-president, Chris Eng, said in a report on Monday.

He said the local research house will revisit its earnings forecast for MAS if oil still hovers above US$95 (RM311) by the middle of next month.

"Based on November operating statistics, international passenger traffic was below our expectation, but cargo traffic was above, indicating that MAS is still able to grow its cargo business despite the high fuel surcharges turning away some customers," he added.

Eng also reckons that the national carrier's withdrawal of its commission to local travel agencies, effective this month, will have minimal impact on its earnings as the move has already been factored in.

"This had previously been announced, but there is now a service charge from the travel agents as well as at MAS ticket centres to balance off the lost revenue for the agents. With this zero commission, we see Malaysian travel agents evolving into more of travel advisers rather than just ticket printers," he said.

Eng also noted the slight delay in the airline's Business Transformation Plan, which the research house had expected to be announced early this month.

"It appears that the announcement of the Business Transformation Plan by MAS may be delayed slightly to end-January or February.

"We do not view this as a cause for concern, but rather that MAS wants to ensure that its plan is watertight before announcing it," he said, maintaining his "Buy" call on the stock at a fair value of RM6.40.
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AirAsia has no plans to go private, says CEO

SEPANG: Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd has no plans to be privatised, according to group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes.

“We have no plans to privatise. It’s not something that I am aware of,” Fernandes said yesterday.

He said this after a launch event which AirAsia co-hosted with CAE, a global provider of simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces.

Asked on the firm’s share price, which has plunged more than 20% since October, he said: “I do think the market needs to understand AirAsia better.”

The airline has seen strong selling of its shares by foreign shareholders of late. The drop was “related to AirAsia’s fuel-hedging policy, which some parties considered excessively speculative,” OSK Research said last week. AirAsia shares closed 6 sen lower at RM1.52 yesterday in a generally weak market.


Datuk Tony Fernandes (left) exchanging documents with Jeff Roberts. Looking on is Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy


Separately, Fernandes said he was “happy” with the response for AirAsia’s Singapore-Kuala Lumpur services, which will start Feb 1.

“We are very happy with the response, business is very strong,” he said, adding that to-date, about 10,000 seats worth some RM1mil had been sold.

Meanwhile, at yesterday’s event, which was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Sri Chan Kong Choy, CAE announced that it had selected Kuala Lumpur as the location for its South-East Asian training hub.

The announcement follows CAE contract sealed in November to manage AirAsia’s Type Rating Training Organisation at the AirAsia Academy to provide training for AirAsia pilots.

The academy, which had so far seen an investment of RM200mil, was set to undergo further expansion, Fernandes said. “The second phase of the academy will be operational by June,” he said, adding that this would cost about RM40mil.

The academy now has three simulators – two CAE-built Airbus A320s belonging to AirAsia, and a Boeing 737-300 owned by CAE – and can train about 400 pilots a year.

CAE group president, innovation and civil training and services, Jeff Roberts said CAE would add an Airbus A320 simulator and an Airbus A330 simulator over the next one year.
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AirAsia on track with pilot training target
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SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd is expanding its training centre, which will involve an additional investment of RM40 million, and the addition of more simulators in a move to train more than 5,000 pilots a year.

AirAsia Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said yesterday the company was investing RM40 million in the second phase of the academy which would include a swimming pool for water drills.

The expansion to the academy would be ready by June this year, he said after the signing ceremony between Canadian flight simulator provider CAE and AirAsia. It was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

CAE group president for innovation and civil training and services, Jeff Roberts, said yesterday it picked Malaysia as its regional hub and teamed up with AirAsia Academy in Sepang for the training centre.

“Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing markets in the aviation world and we chose Malaysia due to the government’s speed and support,” he said.


“The partnership between CAE and AirAsia would ensure the highest quality in aviation training and would also address the growing pilot shortage we are facing,” Chan said.

CAE targets to train 1,000 pilots a year and would increase the target to 5,000 pilots, Roberts said. He hopes to see the region’s contribution to its group revenue, now about 7% to 8%, to double within the next five years.

Last November, CAE agreed to manage AirAsia’s Type Rating Training Organisation (TRTO) to train AirAsia’s pilots over the next 10 years beginning this year. The contract is valued at more than RM175 million.

The TRTO has three simulators consisting of two Airbus A320s belonging to AirAsia and a Boeing 737-300 belonging to CAE. Two more simulators will be added by CAE within the year.

Fernandes said one of the simulators would be for the Airbus A320 and the other for the Airbus A330.

On speculation that there were plans to take AirAsia private, he replied: “We have no plans to privatise. It’s not something that I am aware of.”

He was asked to comment on the decline in its share price, which had fallen about 9.6% since the announcement of its first-quarter results at the end of November. OSK Investment Research said the airline had seen strong selling of its shares by foreign shareholders of late.
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Air Asia to open second base in Indonesia in Bali

Air Asia to open second base in Indonesia in Bali

DENPASAR, 13 January 2008 - Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) has announced their intention to open an additional operational base in Bali as the next step to establishing a regional presence for the Carrier. The Chief Officer of IAA, Dharmadi, told Bisnis Indonesia that the new Bali home base will commence operations in late March 2008, serving as a turn around point for new flights planned to Darwin and Perth in Australia.

The new Australian destinations are expected to start operating in September-October 2008, six months after the new home base becomes operational. The new Australian service are expected to be served by Indonesia AirAsia's fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The Bali base is also expected to offer direct flight connections to Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kinabalu.
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AirAsiaX flies to Hangzhou from Feb 4
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PETALING JAYA: AirAsiaX, the country’s first low-cost, long-haul airline will fly to Hangzhou in China beginning Feb 4.

Early birds will be able to set off to the destination from RM99.99 one way from Kuala Lumpur, excluding airport taxes, surcharges and fees.

Guests can book online at www.airasia.com to enjoy the special promotion fare that will be available until Jan 20 for travel between Feb 4 and March 28.

There will be five direct flights a week from Kuala Lumpur to Hangzhou.

AirAsiaX chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said in a press statement that the latest service was the airline’s second long-haul destination after Gold Coast in Australia launched in November last year.

“The new service to Hangzhou, the capital of the Zhejiang province is part of AirAsia’s ongoing strategy to create and serve an extended network of cities in China,” he said.

“The launch also coincides with the Chinese New Year and offers the opportunity for people to renew social ties between families and friends during the festive period.”
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AirAsia sees 130,000 travellers a year on KL-Guangzhou route


By Zurinna Raja Adam Published: 2008/01/16

GUANGZHOU: Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd expects to carry about 130,000 passengers a year on its Kuala Lumpur-Guangzhou route, which was officially launched yesterday.

Since the soft launch in December 19 last year, the direct daily flight has sold 25,000 seats in three weeks, of which about 60 per cent of the passengers are business travellers.

With the Olympic fever building up in China, regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan said, the airline believes its low fares will grant more Chinese and Malaysians the freedom to further enhance tourism of both countries.

"Guangzhou is an interesting route for us. Besides being the third largest airport in China, the city is a global manufacturing centre and a lot of people are investing here," she said here yesterday.

Tan said while bosses still prefer to travel via full-service airlines, other company staff can travel through AirAsia to minimise costs. Depending on the demand, the airline might consider increasing its flight frequency from once a day in future.

"Customers appreciate the prices AirAsia offers, and we would try hard to keep it that way," she said when asked about possible fare increases due to rising fuel prices.

Tan said AirAsia hopes to balance the group's income by encouraging growth from other avenues like website advertising, insurance and credit card business and its holiday packages.

"We will work hard to accelerate these businesses so we won't have to pass down the oil price factor to customers," she said.

Guangzhou is AirAsia's fourth destination in mainland China after Shenzhen, Xiamen and Macau. The group hopes to fly to two more destinations, namely Hainan by March and Gueiling by April this year and is in talks to fly to Hong Kong by first half this year.

Tourist arrivals from China has increased more than 20 per cent over the last three years or about 550,000 tourists during the third quarter last year.
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