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Old February 25th, 2008, 04:49 PM   #1081
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Malaysian Airline returns to profit in 2007, exceeds financial targets
02.25.08, 7:10 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Financial) - Malaysian Airline System (MAS) said Monday it returned to profit in 2007 and even managed to exceed all its financial targets after reporting a net loss the previous year.

The national airline said fourth-quarter net profit rose to 242 million ringgit from 122 million a year earlier on improved yields and strong passenger demand.

Full-year net profit jumped to 851 million ringgit from a net loss of 136 million ringgit in 2006.

Consensus estimates had put MAS' net profit at 592 million ringgit for 2007.

The national airline also declared a dividend of 2.5 sen a share.

MAS' fourth quarter revenue rose 8 percent from a year earlier to 4.07 billion ringgit after passenger revenue grew 14 percent.

For the full year, revenue was up 13 percent at 15.3 billion ringgit on strong passenger demand and sustained yield improvements.

Operating profit improved to 798 million ringgit from a loss of 296 million ringgit previously, on a robust 71.5 percent passenger load factor and yield which rose 12 percent to 27 sen per revenue passenger kilometer.

'We have come a long way from our 1.3 billion ringgit losses and near bankruptcy in 2005 to achieve this record profit in just two years,'' the company said in a statement. 'We also have money in the bank, a healthy cash position of 5.3 billion ringgit which we will use to grow MAS.''

'We have exceeded all our financial targets and surpassed our 2007 stretch (or maximum) target of 300 million ringgit by 184 percent,'' it said.

'We will utilize the cash surplus (of 5.3 billion ringgit) for aircraft purchases. Quite a bit of the cash will be set aside for that, and some of the money will be used to automate a lot of our processes and to improve our customer services and to reduce costs,'' said chief financial officer Tengku Azmil.

Azmil said the airline is also in the midst of formulating a new dividend policy but he ruled out the possibility of paying a one-off cash return.

'I can't give you the details until we have finalized the numbers. We will look at a very holistic capital management policy.''

The dividend policy will be announced sometime this year.

'MAS is well positioned to grow organically and when the (M&A) opportunity arises, we will be able to grab the occasion too,'' said Idris Jala, chief executive of MAS, when asked about the airline's merger and acquisition activities.

Recent media reports have said the government is open to the idea of cutting its stake in the company to enable MAS to establish a strategic partnership with other airlines.

Idris said he expects challenging times ahead despite the swing to profit in 2007.

'With the record profits, we are not declaring victory. The world is going to get relatively hard in the next few years (and) with a tough and competitive environment, we could lose a lot of money.''

He said barring any exceptional circumstances, the airline aspires to achieve its stretch profit target of 1 billion ringgit in 2008.

The outlook for the cargo business looks good despite the 2 percent drop in cargo revenue in the fourth quarter due to stiff competition, said Idris.

The national airline's cargo unit, MasKargo, has entered into a global partnership with the world's largest freight forwarder, DHL Global Forward, and with DB Schenker.

The MAS chief said the potential revenue of the two partnerships can surpass 350 million ringgit annually.

On the impact of high oil prices, Idris said an increase of 1-5 US dollars per barrel will have a 50-250 million ringgit impact on its bottom line.

'MAS will diligently mitigate the impact via an increase in fuel surcharge hedging and fuel efficiency,'' he said.

On the status of MAS' orders for six Airbus A380 aircraft, chief financial officer Azmil said talks are in their final stages but nothing has been confirmed. MAS has asked for compensation for delays in the delivery of the aircraft.

'We are continuing our discussion with Airbus. We have made some decent progress over the last few weeks but we are still talking and we have not finalized anything yet,'' said Azmil.
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AirAsia is still the largest LLC in Asia when you look at their operation base and fleets, Lion air is considering themselves as full airline , especially they have business class seating nowadays. In the past, yes they're being considered as LLCC, but its not anymore, their ticket is now pretty much expensive, compare to AirAsia.

AirAsia Indonesia alone has 10 Boeing 733 fleets and might expand to 40 Airbus in the near future for capitalizing the Indonesian domestic market.

Btw, Lion air's LCC is Wings Air, with MD-90 and MD-83 fleets.

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Old February 25th, 2008, 05:27 PM   #1083
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Gald to hear that! However, if you pay attention to their financial report, we can see that the selling of aircraft and properties contribute huge amount of profits. That means that MAS still have lots more to do before the aviation sector in ASEAN is fully liberated.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 07:10 AM   #1084
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AirAsia aims to be region's biggest carrier



Group chief executive officer is confident of achieving the target of 70 million passengers a year from 2014 as set out in the airline's six-year business plan


BUDGET airline AirAsia Bhd has drawn up a six-year business plan that will see it carry 70 million passengers a year from 2014, which will make it Asia's biggest carrier.

The figure is 3.5 times higher than this year's target of 20 million passengers.

Group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes is optimistic of achieving the target, which will in turn make the low-cost carrier terminal at the KL International Airport the regional hub for budget travel, given the foundation laid out over the past six years.

Factors going for the airline include its extensive regional network comprising 90 routes and its huge order of 175 Airbus A320s.

"Six years going forward, I think things will look rosy and optimistic. This is mainly because we have worked hard to build the necessary foundation for the airline, namely in terms of network and the brand, and we have already acquired the aircraft to support our growth," Fernandes told Business Times in an interview.

"With the recent inclusion of Singapore in our network, we are basically connected to all points within the region; and what we are going to do now is to further develop each of these existing routes. We are indeed in a strong position now, stronger than we have ever been," he said.

From an unknown airline which started operations in 2001 with RM40 million debt inherited from its previous owner, DRB-HICOM, AirAsia has evolved into the region's largest budget carrier.

The airline, which carried more than 15 million passengers annually in its five years of operation, has been recognised as the fastest-growing low-cost carrier in history - faster than the US' Southwest Airline and Europe's Ryanair, which only breached the 10-million passenger mark after operating for more than a decade.

After taking delivery of some of its new A320s, the airline has achieved 95 per cent on-time performance.

Fernandes said the airline will not just strive to provide affordable airfares, but will also improve its inflight services, including promoting Malaysian hospitality and the huge varieties of local food.

"To date, AirAsia's inflight meal has an interesting selection of local favourites such as roti canai, nasi lemak and nasi briyani. Of course, when we started the airline six years ago this was not in our plan.

"Now, we want our passengers to be able to enjoy some of Malaysia's popular food and hospitality onboard our flights as well," he said.

"We will also continue to improve other services, such as our Internet and mobile bookings.

"We are now in the midst of completing our mobile and Web check-in system. We hope to introduce this in March."

Despite the airline's enthusiasm to improve the quality of its services, Fernandes stressed that AirAsia will remain as a budget airline.

"AirAsia is successful because we are very focused in our business model, which is providing affordable airline service.

"The other improvements that we are doing are basically to improve passengers' experience when flying with us. We want to be an LCC offering five-star service," he said.

Fernandes also said that AirAsia will continue to look out for potential joint-venture opportunities with symbiotic benefits for the parties involved.

It is in the process of establishing a potential joint venture in the Philippines and Vietnam.

In addition, the airline plans to introduce more routes, add frequencies and develop the existing ones.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 03:09 PM   #1085
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MAS flying above expectations
27 Feb 2008 2:53 PM


MALAYSIAN Airline System Bhd (MAS) financial results for the year ended Dec 31, 2007 beat industry expectations, confirming its turnaround and showing that the airline is well and truly profit making, said analysts.

Aseambankers Research said MAS’ 2007 core net profit of RM830.2 million was 8.9% above its expectations and 47.6% above consensus forecasts, driven by better revenues and earnings before interest and tax margins.

It said the new contracts MAS secured from the Royal Malaysian Army and express courier firm DHL would further boost revenue by up to RM433 million annually.

Aseambankers Research reiterated its buy recommendation on MAS at RM4.38 and raised its target price to RM6.15 from RM6, and said it continued to like the airline for its deep and sustained earnings growth being realised.

“At 9.5 times 2009 fully diluted earnings per share and target price RM6.15, MAS is at a slight discount to regional peers. We raised 2008 and 2009 earnings by 8.4% and 6.6% respectively, with a further upside bias.”

“We have imputed US$90 (RM293.40) per barrel crude fuel cost in 2008, whilst MAS’ hedge and current prices translate into US$94,” it said.

Aseambankers Research said MAS’ 2007 core net profit came from more efficient and market-driven operations and pricing, and highlighted that although passenger capacity contracted 4.8% year-on-year, MAS’ 12.6% increase in revenue and cost controls proved to be decisive.

“MAS also generated net cash of about RM2.7 billion in 2007 (excluding drawdown of borrowings), allowing it to declare a surprise dividend of 2.5 sen per share, putting MAS closer in line with regional peers,” it said.

On the contracts the airline secured, Aseambankers Research said these contracts represent incremental revenues on routes and frequencies that MAS already operates.

“Our first cut estimate is that MAS may chalk up RM150 million in revenue in 2008, before rising to as much as RM433 million in 2010.”

“This assumes MAS gradually and carefully takes on business from DHL, given the recent history of DHL’s local cargo airline partner recognising losses from its long-haul tie-up with DHL,” it said.

The research house said it had not imputed the DHL contract into its forecasts pending further details.

Meanwhile, OSK Investment Research maintained its buy recommendation on MAS at RM4.38 with a target price of RM6.40 and said that MAS would be one of the survivors in the upcoming challenging aviation environment, provided the key management team is retained.

“Our forecasts are largely unchanged due to concern on oil prices but even so, our fair value gives 46% upside. Our forecasts were already 28% and 16% above FY08 and FY09 consensus forecasts respectively.”

“If the shareholders retain the current management team, we believe MAS can indeed achieve its base case business turnaround plan 2 (BTP2) target of RM1.5 billion net profit by 2010,” it said.

The research house said MAS net profit for 2007 confirmed the airline’s turnaround based on its strategy of yield enhancement and cost control.

OSK Research said the impact from the liberation of the aviation sector would not be a major one on MAS, explaining that while MAS had reduced its capacity on the KL-Singapore route by 30% since it was opened to low cost carriers in February, this was offset by MAS’ load factor increasing by 10 percentage points and constant yields.

“Going forward, MAS expects minimal impact to profitability. This should help its shareholders breathe a sigh of relief as a major concern had been the potential negative impact of impending liberalisation on MAS’ Asean routes.”

“Now, we need to watch out for how its China routes may be impacted by AirAsia X,” it said.

MAS fell 12 sen to close at RM4.26 yesterday with 220,700 shares changing hands.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 06:42 PM   #1086
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Asia’s low-fare upstarts launch airline revolution

Asia’s low-fare upstarts launch airline revolution
By K.K. Chadha

February 19, 2008
Air Transport and Cargo


Asia accounts for 25 percent of the world’s air traffic, a figure expected to grow to more than 30 percent in three years, largely thanks to the proliferation of low-cost carriers. With cheap fares, easy online bookings and direct connections to previously sleepy backwaters, budget carriers are bringing air travel to the masses in this part of the world.

The emergence of these upstarts has forced incumbent legacy carriers to offer better and more competitive products. The net effect of all this has been a huge surge in demand for air travel in Asia over the past five years, fueling the ambitions of low-cost carriers.

During the past three years, Malaysia-based AirAsia has placed firm orders for 175 medium-range Airbus A320s and taken options on another 50. This prolific fleet-expansion program will make the airline Asia’s largest low-cost carrier and the world’s biggest A320 operator by 2015.

The carrier, launched with two leased aircraft in 2001, took delivery of its first aircraft in December 2005 and now operates 31 A320s on a rapidly expanding domestic and regional network. According to founder and CEO Tony Fernandes, AirAsia expects to be the largest airline in the region in terms of passengers carried by 2013 or 2014. Its passenger load factor this year, or in 2009, could even be larger than those of established major players Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. And this year, AirAsia will become an A320-only operator as it retires the 737 Classics flown by its Thai and Indonesian affiliates.

AirAsia X, its long-haul, low-cost subsidiary (in which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has a 20-percent stake) started flying from Kuala Lumpur to Australia’s wealthy Gold Coast in November, offering four weekly flights with a leased A330. This part of the network is operated by Fernandes’ Fly Asian Express company, which has ordered 15 A330-300s, the first scheduled to be delivered this August. The company, set up in January 2007, is also considering possible new orders for up to 20 Boeing 787s or Airbus 350s.

Fernandes has said he expects the airline to carry 500,000 passengers this year after flights begin to China, Japan and South Korea. The lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, which had been monopolized by Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines for over three decades, opened up for AirAsia last October.

AirAsia X may now be poised for a restructuring of its capital base. According to financial press reports, the company is contemplating the sale of a 10-percent stake to Orix Corp., Japan’s largest non-bank finance company, for approximately $37.5 million. Bahrain’s private equity fund Perigon Capital may also take a 10-percent stake.

However, AirAsia’s plan to start a low-cost carrier in Vietnam has been rejected by the government following objections from domestic carriers Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines. The plan was to set up Vina AirAsia in a joint venture with the state-owned Vinashin Group to fly to destinations in southern China from its hub in Hanoi.

Developments Down Under
In November, Australia’s Qantas Airways placed firm orders for 68 A320s or the 20-percent larger A321 for its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways, to be delivered by early 2014. According to Jetstar chief executive Alan Joyce, the carrier would need new aircraft in 2009 to support domestic and offshore growth. In March 2007, Qantas ordered nine Airbus A320s for Jetstar, deliveries of which are under way. In early 2009, Jetstar–set up in 2004–will start receiving the first of 65 Boeing 787 Dreamliners Qantas has ordered to service long-haul routes.

Joyce said Jetstar is considering taking equity stakes in more Asian airlines, similar to its deal in April 2007 to acquire a 30-percent interest in Vietnam’s Pacific Airlines. The Australian carrier has also revealed plans for a possible franchise deal with Southeast Asian carriers when the region’s airline markets are deregulated.

Qantas is looking to invest in airlines in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, which would be allowed to adopt the Jetstar brand. Jetstar faces stiff competition from Singapore Airlines’ low-fare subsidiary Tiger Airways, which plans to launch a new domestic service in Australia. Its affiliate Tiger Australia began operations late last year and will start four more routes this year to Adelaide, Newcastle, Canberra and Hobart.

Tiger Airways has ordered 50 Airbus A320s to grow its fleet to 70 Airbus aircraft by 2016 from the current 12, making it one of the region’s largest and fastest growing low-fare airlines. The operator has formed a joint venture with South Korea’s Incheon city government to launch Incheon Tiger Airways, which is expected to take wing by the end of this year or early 2009.

The Scene in Hong Kong
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s long-haul budget carrier Oasis Hong Kong has also come a long way since its canceled first flight in October 2006. It was named the leading new airline at the World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, in December. Oasis beat Air Asia X, Silverjet, Virgin America, VivaAerobus and other new airlines to receive the award at a gala event at the Turks and Caicos resort islands in the Caribbean.

Oasis got off to a bad start when its debut flight to London on Oct. 25, 2006, was canceled at the last minute because it lacked permission to fly over Russia. About 280 passengers on the chartered jumbo were sent home or to hotels after waiting on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport for more than five hours. The company said the Russian authorities had suddenly revoked its permission to fly over the country. But the carrier now sells more than 25,000 tickets a month and employs more than 600 staff.

Hong Kong fund manager Value Partners is to take a $30 million stake in Oasis to help fund the carrier’s fleet expansion by 2011. Oasis is also to receive a $25 million cash injection from existing shareholders.

Oasis operates London and Vancouver direct services using three used aircraft and is scheduled to have a fourth delivered soon. By 2011, it plans to operate 14 Boeing 747s on eight routes. Chairman Raymond Lee said Oasis will go public in three to five years when 15 to 16 aircraft are in service.

Unlike other low-cost carriers, Oasis provides business and economy class with movies and other kinds of onboard entertainment. The airline already has secured licenses from the Hong Kong government to fly to San Francisco, Cologne, Melbourne, Sydney, Milan and Berlin.

Other than Oasis, two independent airlines in Hong Kong–Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express–plan to go public this year. But Indonesia’s Lion Air is facing difficulties in its bid to acquire stakes in airlines in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Company president Rusdi Kirana said the obstacles include regulations on ownership by foreign investors and manpower problems. He said regulations in Australia, Thailand and Bangladesh limit foreign ownership to 49 percent, while Lion Air wished for controlling stakes of more than 50 percent. With regard to manpower, he said regional airlines generally have personnel not considered suitable for Lion Air’s strategy, which will be based on low-cost market.

“For the time being, I cannot disclose the names of the regional airline companies that we will try to take over, but I predict that in the first quarter of 2008 the acquisition will cover two regional airline companies of two countries,” Kirana commented. He said the strategy to take over regional airlines is preparatory to entering the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) free market in 2010.

To bolster its position in the local and regional business, Lion Air ordered 22 Boeing 737-900ERs at December’s Langkawi Air Show in Malaysia.

From modest beginnings as a one-plane airline in 2000, Lion Air now operates 37 jets, flying to Indonesia’s major cities as well Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Last month, Lion Air confirmed plans to launch new subsidiaries in both Australia and Indonesia. It will base six of its Boeing 737-900s in Australia and two in Indonesia.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #1087
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AirAsia’s 3-month net profit soars to RM246m
by Sharmila Ganapathy, 28 Feb 2008 4:33 PM

Kuala Lumpur: Air Asia Bhd’s net profit for the three months to Dec 31, 2007 rose 73% to RM246 million on the back of a 43% increase in revenue to RM632.8 million compared to the previous corresponding quarter.

The leading low-cost carrier, which has changed its financial year end to December, said profit for the six months doubled to RM425.7 million against RM212.1 million a year earlier, while revenue jumped 41.2% to RM1.09 billion from RM774.9 million.

Demand for low fares remained strong with load factors at high levels despite significant capacity addition of 40%, Air Asia said in a statement yesterday.

It said higher yields and contained unit costs contributed to the net profit increase.

Yields were up 11% year-on-year during the quarter, boosted up by higher average fares and ancillary income. Passenger volume grew 21%, average ticket prices were 17% higher and ancillary income rose 49% to RM42 million, Air Asia said.

However, unit costs were 7% higher during the quarter due to a 31% increase in unit fuel price to US$101 a barrel. “Our fuel hedge has partially mitigated the impact of rising fuel prices with a net contribution of RM17 million in the quarter,” it added.

The carrier said it would continue striving for cost improvements with the induction of the Airbus A320 aircraft into its fleet.

Air Asia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said: “This has indeed been a fantastic year for our airline, highlighted by robust growth, record profits, industry leading performance and award winning standards. Our humble beginnings took flight six years ago, and after 24 consecutive profitable quarters later, we are now the highest profit margin airline in the world.”

According to data provided by Air Asia, its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation and rent (EBITDAR) margins were 34.9%, the highest of ten major low cost carriers worldwide last year.

The second most profitable was Air Arabia, with EBITDAR margins of 20.5%, followed by West Jet at 27.5%.

Commenting on its future prospects, Air Asia said it was forecasting passenger growth of 20% in 2008, with the bulk of new capacity injected into international routes. Yields were expected to remain flat this year as some routes were expected to mature, coupled with strong ancillary income contribution, it said.

It added that escalating fuel costs remained a key challenge going forward and said it was ‘looking for suitable structures’ to hedge remaining fuel requirements.

On its overseas operations, Air Asia said it expected the Thai operations would return to profitability this year, boosted by higher passenger flow and yields from the introduction of the Airbus A320 aircraft.

It added that its Indonesian operation was also showing signs of recovery due to improved on time performance and the route network reorganisation, which had resulted in higher yields and load factor.
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will AirAsia X ever consider to buy the A380? imagine a budget airline flying the world's bigget aircraft...
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AirAsia is still the largest LLC in Asia when you look at their operation base and fleets, Lion air is considering themselves as full airline , especially they have business class seating nowadays. In the past, yes they're being considered as LLCC, but its not anymore, their ticket is now pretty much expensive, compare to AirAsia.

AirAsia Indonesia alone has 10 Boeing 733 fleets and might expand to 40 Airbus in the near future for capitalizing the Indonesian domestic market.

Btw, Lion air's LCC is Wings Air, with MD-90 and MD-83 fleets.

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How many aircrafts Air Asia currently fly? India's largest LCC - Air Deccan already has got 43.
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will AirAsia X ever consider to buy the A380? imagine a budget airline flying the world's bigget aircraft...
It's possible, but it's up to the management.

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How many aircrafts Air Asia currently fly? India's largest LCC - Air Deccan already has got 43.
It's so hard to keep with latest figure as they received at least 1 a320 per month. Currently, maybe 36 a320s, and another 20 ++ b734
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Crikey Arkdriver... Up to now I have considered your contributions to be very informative, helpful, knowledgeable and professional. However, your post #622 (and others in this thread) surprise me. I understand your frustration with certain individuals goading you into a retort but the language you use in your aforementioned reply only succeeds in making you come across as childish. I had you down for someone more intelligent, polished and professional than that.

I sincerely hope for the sake of your credibility you are not one of the figures included in the photo posted in submission #623.
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Air Asia upbeat after profits
Thursday, 28 February 2008
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AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost carrier, said Wednesday the outlook for 2008 was bright despite volatile oil prices after posting a 73 per cent profits surge in the quarter ending December 2007.

Tony Fernandes, group chief executive officer, said passenger volume was expected to grow by 20 per cent in 2008 on the back of lower operating costs with the introduction of new efficient Airbus A320 aircraft.

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AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost carrier, said Wednesday the outlook for 2008 was bright despite volatile oil prices after posting a 73 per cent profits surge in the quarter ending December 2007.

Tony Fernandes, group chief executive officer, said passenger volume was expected to grow by 20 per cent in 2008 on the back of lower operating costs with the introduction of new efficient Airbus A320 aircraft.

'Cost items excluding fuel is expected to reduce further due to the induction of cost efficient Airbus A320 aircraft into the fleet,' he said.

AirAsia said its profits soared to 246 million ringgit ($77m) for the three-month period ended December 31, 2007 after 24 consecutive profitable quarters.
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Crikey Arkdriver... Up to now I have considered your contributions to be very informative, helpful, knowledgeable and professional. However, your post #622 (and others in this thread) surprise me. I understand your frustration with certain individuals goading you into a retort but the language you use in your aforementioned reply only succeeds in making you come across as childish. I had you down for someone more intelligent, polished and professional than that.

I sincerely hope for the sake of your credibility you are not one of the figures included in the photo posted in submission #623.
What are you trying to prove? That you're more professional than me?
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No, I'm not trying to prove anything. I don't fly for a living. I'm saying that considering you have an association with a very well-regarded airline and because your picture appears to be online, your recent response was surprisingly immature and unprofessional. Someone was quite obviously looking to get in a cheap shot and you fell for it hook, line and sinker; bringing yourself down in the process.
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i want to put this to an end. Whether i have association with any airline, any comment be it good or bad is my responsibility entirely. I do contribute voluntarily here without any pay, just to share infos and experience. And i have friends working in this company, going to the same academy like me, graduate together and still in contact with them. Judge me profesional or not, you have no authority to do that. The company does not pay me to be profesional here. And i guess you must understand pilots have emotions too. I may took the bait, but why gives a shit? Does my comment bothers you or make you think twice to be a pilot? I may not be as cool as Mr Fusion, but heck i know what i'm talking about. I dont know why you have problems with that. My arguments are with icracked, not with you. If you are surprise with my attitide, be prepared when you enter airline world, you'll met others that are fiercer, no-heart captain with years of experience, they're just "worse" (to your term as profesional) than me. And they are real captain, not a wannabee.

f you're going to pull these stunts, humiliating me, at least have the common fecking sense to be ashamed, and not announce it to the world. We can have profesional attitude class in PMs
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Whether or not you do or don't get paid to be professional here, it'd be nice to think for the good of your own reputation (esp. as your photo has been made public), the airline you work for and for your profession in general that you try to be a little more adult.

I don't have problems with you knowing your stuff; obviously you do and that is very commendable. But I don't see why you need to then make childish remarks. It serves only to degrade other people, as well as yourself.

I mix with and know plenty of pilots. Do I find any of these pilots, be they private, commercial, SO's, FO's or Captains fierce?! No. Nor would I if I worked in the industry. Just because people have a wealth of experience and may be crabby at times (like some pilots I know), does that make them fierce? No. They're just people to be respected for their depth of knowledge, not feared because they might get shitty with you from time to time.

FYI, I won't be entering the airline world; it's not a type of flying that personally appeals to me. That said, I certainly respect people that do this for a living. I just don't expect them to act the way you did.

BTW, I'm not a wannabe Captain as you say. Just someone who enjoys his flying that chose a moniker with a bit of humor.

Lastly, all I have done is to merely point out that your demeanor was disappointing and childlike for someone of your profession and obvious ability.

I haven't once humiliated you; you did a great job of that all by yourself.

And please, can we have less of the chest-beating, I'm a pilot not just an aviation fan and I know better than you stuff, huh?

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AirAsia sees strong load in KL-Singapore route
by Gan Yen Kuan, 05 Mar 2008 11:25 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd saw passenger loads of more than 85% in February for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route that was opened for the operations of low-cost carriers beginning Feb 1.

Bookings for both March and April had surpassed the 50% load mark, and it was on track to achieve its target of over 85% load for the sector, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

“AirAsia bookings to date have shown strong demand for this 55-minute route since its introduction, a reflection of AirAsia being the preferred airline to travel for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

“From the overall bookings to date, including flights from/to Kuala Lumpur, over 63% of the guests travel for business, while over 37% travel for leisure, mostly in small groups of two to four. Malaysians made up a total of 59% of the passengers and 41% comprise Singaporeans,” it said.

AirAsia services the KL-Singapore route using its new Airbus A320 with a seating capacity of 180. Its current fares for a one-way trip start from RM9.99, excluding taxes and fuel surcharges.

AirAsia’s regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan said it was working closely with the Singapore Tourism Board to promote places of interest in the island state.

“We have pursued this route for six years and finally, we are quite ecstatic to see our efforts pay off with such strong load for both ways... we are now able to offer unique Singapore experience to our guests flying in from Asean, Australia and China with AirAsia X, and the rest of the world.”
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another 20 ++ b734
Maybe what you mean is B733, AirAsia doesnt have B734. Most of their 733s are now operating in Indonesia AirAsia.

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Maybe what you mean is B733, AirAsia doesnt have B734. Most of their 733s are now operating in Indonesia AirAsia.

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