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Old March 6th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #1101
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AirAsia to fly to Jakarta, Medan from Penang
Published: 2008/03/06

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FROM March 30, AirAsia will start flying to Jakarta and Medan in Indonesia from Penang, its second and third international flights respectively from the island, after Bangkok.

AirAsia group chief executive Officer Datuk Tony Fernandes announced the new routes today as well as the company’s intention to gain rights to fly from Penang to China, Singapore and India the moment Penang builds a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT).

“Penang has been on the tourist route-map for decades. And we are confident that the state tourism board would help us promote this route. We would be investing around RM250 million in the next two years,” Tony told a press conference at the Penang International Airport today.

He also added that the airline company plans to make Penang its fourth and final hub within the country once it has a LCCT airport.

Meanwhile, Air Asia Indonesian marketing and distribution director Widijastoro Nugroho said Indonesians are very interested in medical tourism.

Thus, it has become the intention of AirAsia to boost medical tourism by ensuring Indonesians visit Penang, he said.

“We have done our calculations and by far, Penang has some of the best infrastructures and products for medical tourism within Southeast Asia. It has a great atmosphere, good medical facilities, great hotels and let’s not forget the superb food,” said Widijastoro.

Penang state exco for Tourism, Development and Environment Teng Chang Yeow, meanwhile, said that the new routes and AirAsia’s plans for the near future would open a new chapter in Penang’s tourism.

“Greater air accessibility makes traveling easy, cheap and convenient. The Penang Tourism Action Council fully supports AirAsia and we will help promote them. We have already approved the land for the LCCT but now it lies in the hands of the other government agencies such as the Transport Department,” said Teng. — Bernama
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will AirAsia X ever consider to buy the A380? imagine a budget airline flying the world's bigget aircraft...
Probably not. A380 will require longer runway and compatible set of aerobridges. This will add up the cost for the airline.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd expects to open a new route to India by October this year, its chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said.

“We are in the final process of applying to the Indian government. We received the rights from the Malaysian government,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a political ceramah in Bangsar.

Fernandes said while AirAsia X would focus on flying to Amritsar in Punjab, AirAsia would be looking at a new route to South India but it had not decided on the exact destination.

“It’s our final frontier. I am sounding like Star Trek. The first plan was Malaysia. Second plan was Asean, which we kind of dominated. Then, we went into China, which we are growing, and finally India. With that our mission will be completed,” he added.
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AirAsia X expects fair seat distribution

Published: 2008/03/07

LONG haul, low cost carrier AirAsia X hopes the 8,500 extra flight seats to be made available between Australia and Malaysia will be distributed fairly between it and national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

Its chief executive officer, Azran Osman-Rani, said this is because AirAsia X offers a different kind of service compared with MAS, which takes up all the 15,000 seats available.

“We expect an equal distribution of seats with the national carrier because we offer a different kind of service. We are expecting most of the new rides to come to us,” he said.

Australia and Malaysia have agreed to expand the number of seats available on flights between the two nations, enabling carriers to operate another 5,000 seats a week to the major gateway airports of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth from March.

In a report yesterday, Australia’s Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said an additional 3,500 seats will also be made available from March 2009, adding that the agreement is likely to help boost the growth of low-cost airlines such as AirAsia X and Tiger.

With the additional offering, seats between both countries will increase to 20,000 by March this year and 23,500 by March next year, as opposed to the previous arrangement which restricted capacity to 15,000 seats a week for Malaysian carriers.

The new one-off arrangement also provides unlimited access to and from airports other than the four major gateway airports.

According to Azran, the additional seats will also act as a stepping stone for the Malaysia-Australia Open Sky Agreement which has yet to take place.

“Australia definitely remains a core route for us,” he said.

Azran pointed out that only four months into operation, the airline’s Kuala Lumpur-Queensland route has already grown by 72 per cent, adding that AirAsia X aims to be in major Australian cities by 2011, with the exception of the Northern Territory.

“This is because we bring first-timers to Australia and also Australian first-timers into Asia,” he added.

AirAsia X now flies from Kuala Lumpur to Australia’s Gold Coast and to Hangzhou in China using leased aircraft, but it has ordered 15 wide-bodied A330s, two of which will be delivered this year and another two in 2009.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #1105
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Fernandes named among Asia's 10 rising leaders
Published: 2008/03/10

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AIRASIA Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes has been named one of Asia's 10 rising leaders by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).

SIIA, in collaboration with AXN Asia, described the leaders as influential movers and shakers who were selected for, among others, their contribution to the Asian community in the last 10 years.

"It is a humble experience but it feels nice to be recognised, not just me but for all the staff at AirAsia, and it is good for Malaysia," he said when contacted in Singapore last night.

The other leaders recognised were Asean secretary general Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, India's Infosys Technologies Ltd chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy, Hong Kong's Hang Lung Group Ltd chairman Ronnie C. Chan, 2006 Nobel Prize winner Mohammad Yunus from Grameen Bank Bangladesh, Philippines' Ayalah Corporation chairman Jamie Augusto Zobel de Ayalah, China Exploration & Research Society founder Wong How Man, Hyflux Group founder Olivia Lum, and Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire co-creater Somaly Mam.


Fernandes said he believed AirAsia's success in bringing the Asian countries closer through his budget carrier was one of the factors that contributed to him being selected.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #1106
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AirAsia to start flying to three new destinations
Wednesday March 12, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh and Haikou are the three new destinations for AirAsia as part of its expansion of its Asian network.

The budget carrier will fly to the Vietnamese city on April 15 with fares starting from RM49.99.

AirAsia will start it much-awaited Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong route on May 15 with fares starting from RM49.99.

The airline had obtained approval for this route earlier but had waited for an opportune time to launch it.

According to an airline statement, AirAsia will fly to Haikou on May 22 with introductory fares starting from RM29.99.

This city is located on the north of the Hainan island and AirAsia hopes to tap into a market of 400,000 Hainanese in Malaysia.

The airline will operate daily flights to all three destinations.

“With our current 140 weekly flights to China including AirAsia X flights, the three new routes will certainly boost our connectivity into China and vice versa, making AirAsia as the preferred choice of travel to China.

“The launch of this campaign will further strengthen our network to boost tourism in the country as well as place Kuala Lumpur as the gateway to our extensive route network of over 93 destinations in Asia,” the airline’s regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan said.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 04:20 PM   #1107
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AirAsia not keen on Virgin Blue
by Doreen Leong, 13 Mar 2008 1:10 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Differences in operating models is the main reason why AirAsia Bhd is not keen on a joint venture with Australian-listed budget carrier Virgin Blue, despite reports indicating otherwise.

“Virgin Blue is not truly low-cost…Virgin is like a full service carrier,” AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes told The Edge.

“We don’t want to be stretched too thin like what is happening to some of the regional budget carriers. AirAsia is strong in Southeast Asia and we want (its associate budget long-haul airline) AirAsia X to be strong in Australia and elsewhere,” he added.

Fernandes also added there are no plans for AirAsia to take up a stake in Virgin Blue.

Last month, a foreign news wire reported that AirAsia was mulling a joint venture with Virgin Blue provided the 62.7% stake held by logistics group Toll Holdings changed hands. The second largest investor in Virgin Blue is Sir Richard Branson, with a 25.5% stake. The report added that AirAsia would only be keen to do a deal with Virgin Blue if Branson took control again of Virgin Blue.

Toll was said to be keen to offload its holding in Virgin Blue. But when asked, Fernandes said AirAsia had not been approached by Virgin Blue’s major shareholder to acquire a block in the latter.

In May 2006, Toll acquired Patrick Corporation, the majority owner of Virgin Blue, at what was seen as an inflated price.

Assuming AirAsia were to take up the 62.7% stake in Virgin Blue at a market price of about A$1.23 per share, it needs to fork out some A$810.8 million. The share price of Virgin Blue closed at a high of A$2.40 on Sept 19, 2007 against a low of A$1.23 on March 7.

Virgin Blue is Australia’s second biggest airline and is said to be the third most profitable airline in the world. It adopts a similar formula pioneered by airlines such as Southwest Airlines and Ryanair, cutting costs such as in-flight meals and printed tickets in favour of selling food on-board and using telephone and internet booking systems.

This model, employed by Virgin Blue is no different from AirAsia’s but the Australian carrier in 2006 introduced premium economy services on all its domestic flights, something AirAsia does not offer.

That said, AirAsia’s associate long haul budget carrier AirAsia X offers “extra large” seats on its flights. AirAsia X is also affiliated with the Virgin group, which assists in management, expertise, and infrastructure.

Branson, who owns 20% in AirAsia X, had previously said that there was a possibility of formal links between Virgin Blue and AirAsia X in the future, in areas such as codesharing and frequent flyer programmes.
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AirAsia to fly daily to Yogyakarta from Apr 15
Published: 2008/03/13

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AIRASIA Bhd will begin daily direct flights to Yogyakarta from April 15 from four per week.

In a statement today, AirAsia said it has already recorded an average of 75 per cent load factor within a month after commencing its direct flights since January 30 to the city.

“Yogyakarta is our 13th entry into Indonesia alongside with other cities such as Bali, Balikpapan, Banda Acheh, Bandung, Batam, Jakarta, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekan Baru, Solo and Surabaya,” it said.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the airline was proud of its load factor.


“The soaring load factor has allowed AirAsia to operate daily flights to Yogyakarta and guests may start booking online for our daily flight from March 13-23 to enjoy the promotion fare of RM29 for travel period beginning April 15 to May 15,” he said. — Bernama
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Expanding his AirAsia service to Hong Kong is next in Tony Fernandes' grand plan

11 March 2008
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When he was six, Tony Fernandes didn't share young boys' dreams of becoming a pilot. "I told my father that one day I would own my own airline," he recalls. Four decades later, the Malaysian entrepreneur has become known for pioneering budget travel in Southeast Asia, setting up not only a low-cost airline but also a no-frills hotel chain.

Now the AirAsia chief executive is bringing his service to Hong Kong. From May 15, his low-cost airline will operate daily flights to Kuala Lumpur for an average of M$200 (HK$490) excluding taxes and surcharges.

That's good news for frequent travellers and holidaymakers. The existing low-cost route between Hong Kong and Malaysia is via Macau. Although costly landing fees mean the Hong Kong service can't compare with Macau on pricing, Fernandes reckons some travellers will pay a bit more for direct access.

"The biggest thrill for me is seeing the [low-cost terminal in Kuala Lumpur] packed with travellers and how we've changed people's lives," says the 44-year-old.

"Just recently, I was walking around the airport and a lady came up to me and thanked me for making the fares so cheap that she could afford to fly to her hometown in Kota Kinabalu [in Sabah, East Malaysia] more often," he says.

It's typical of Fernandes to wander around the terminal talking to passengers and employees. A believer in accessible management, he takes time to meet his staff and bounce ideas around with them. His office at AirAsia's base in the Kuala Lumpur budget terminal is little bigger than a cubicle, in keeping with its open-plan concept. His staff often walk in for an impromptu chat and the boss is happy to accommodate.

Fernandes showed the determination and drive early on that would help him carve his empire. He graduated from the London School of Economics and worked as an auditor for Virgin Records before returning to Kuala Lumpur to make a mark in the music business.

At 27, he became the youngest managing director of Warner Music in Malaysia, and was later made vice-president for the Asean region.

But the politicking that spilled over from the AOL-Time Warner merger was disheartening and in 2001 he cashed in his share options to realise his childhood dream of creating his own low-cost carrier.

He had to secure more capital, but the bigger problem was that he couldn't secure an operating licence. A meeting with then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad brought a solution: the leader offered him a chance to take over an ailing government-owned domestic carrier.

Fernandes set up a company with three partners and acquired AirAsia for a nominal M$1 - along with M$40 million of debt. Many didn't think the carrier, which was relaunched in 2002 with just two planes, would survive. "We were, after all, four guys from the music industry," he concedes.

Despite his lack of experience in the airline industry, he finds the basics in music and aviation are the same. "At the end of the day business is business," he says. And managing an airline has some things in common with being a record company executive: "Pilots and music artistes are the same {hellip} prima donnas."

Having just celebrated its sixth birthday, AirAsia now has a fleet of 70 aircraft, carrying 23 million passengers annually on its 90 routes in Southeast Asia. The rapid growth has surprised even Fernandes.

"I've always had a grand vision for AirAsia, but it has surpassed even my grandest vision," he says.

The budget carrier has already established itself on lucrative mainland routes, with services to Xiamen, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and plans to add Haikou, Guilin and Tianjin before long.

Fernandes took the low-cost model to hotels and finance last year, establishing the no-frills Tune Hotels chain and Tune Money, a Web-based financial services portal.

His flair for business may be in the genes. His late mother, Ena, is credited with having introduced the Tupperware franchise to Malaysia. "My mother was an entrepreneur. She was an amazing woman, she could sell ice to an Eskimo," he says.

A fighting spirit helps, too, when trying to get a fledgling business off the ground.

"I rarely give up and I have a huge propensity for pain. I know I irritate a lot of people, but if I believe in something I don't give up," says Fernandes.

The timing for AirAsia's launch certainly seemed inauspicious. "It was depressing; we've had to deal with bird flu, Sars, the Singapore government and Malaysia Airlines," he says, referring to the discount carrier's sometimes fractious relations with the latter two.

Fernandes' varied business interests and casual style inevitably gives rise to comparisons with Virgin boss Richard Branson, who has a stake in Fernandes' recently launched long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X.

The AirAsia founder takes the comparison in good spirit. "We both like to have fun," he says. "We're not afraid to take on the Goliaths of this world. We're both outspoken and down to earth."

But that's where the similarities end. Fernandes says that, unlike Branson, who enjoys setting up new ventures but leaves the running of his many interests to professional managers, he truly enjoys running AirAsia. "I have a stake in the other businesses, but I play a more godfather kind of role and leave the day-to-day running to the people in charge.

"I have no aspirations to go on a hot air balloon or fly to the moon," he says. "I'm quite happy to be on the ground in KL."

Besides, Fernandes has his hands full running his budget airline. "The airline business is such that it never sleeps, so I don't really unwind. I'm always thinking of work," he says.

The self-confessed workaholic is tight-lipped about his private life but says he tries to fit in some sports such as squash or soccer. "I love watching sports," says the West Ham United supporter.

Not surprisingly, the former Warner executive has an impressive music collection of 7,000 CDs. "Music is a huge part of my life," he says. Apart from a dislike of country and western, his taste is varied so it's an eclectic collection including bands such as Linkin Park and R&B singer Mary J. Blige.

But his first love is the business he's built. Fernandes acknowledges that there will come a time when he'll have to ease out of AirAsia - "a good leader always leaves with a good succession plan" - and questions about his plans inevitably comes back to his ambitions for the airline.

"In five years, we'll have 175 planes and we'll be carrying 80 million passengers a year."

Fernandes is still the boy who saw his future in the skies.
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AirAsia gives away 50,000 domestic flight seats
19 Mar 2008 12:02 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd is giving away 50,000 free seats for all its domestic destinations from its four hubs under its free seats campaign for the travel period between June 11 and Sept 25.

In a statement yesterday, AirAsia regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan said: “The free seats campaign is part of our anticipation towards achieving the 50 million guests flown to date by June this year.”

She added the airline had grown to have a fleet of 67 aircraft, servicing 93 routes across 11 countries, compared to when it started flying 200,000 passengers, with two aircraft six years ago.

The low-cost carrier said it would offer seats to 14 points including Bintulu, Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu from its low-cost carrier terminal hub in Kuala Lumpur, while its Johor Bahru hub would offer free seats on flights to Miri, Penang, Sibu and Kota Kinabalu.

The free seats, available via online booking only, are available for the booking period from March 18 to March 21.
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AirAsia X to fly to London by year-end
March 21st, 2008
By EUGENE MAHALINGAM

SEPANG: AirAsia X Sdn Bhd, the long-haul low-cost carrier and sister company of AirAsia Bhd, is targeting flights to London by year-end.

Chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said it hoped to have flights to London in time for Christmas. The time frame was to accommodate delivery of a long-haul aircraft that it hoped to secure within six months.

“We need to get a plane that is capable of accommodating direct flights. Right now, we do not have the plane but over the next six months, we hope to get at least one, if not two,” he said prior to the unveiling of AirAsia’s AT&T Williams Formula One A320 aircraft yesterday.

“If we use our existing fleet, we would need to stop in between. That would not bode well when competing against the more aggressive Middle Eastern airlines.”

AirAsia X, which covers flights that are longer than four hours, began flying passengers last November. Its first destination was Australia’s Gold Coast, which had already registered over 100,000 bookings to date, according to Azran.

He also said having flights to London would be a significant boost to the group.

“It is going to be huge. For our flights to the Gold Coast for instance, travellers from Britain were the third highest number of passengers after Malaysians and Australians,” he said.

“This means that (British) travellers are actually coming to Malaysia to fly to Australia. Today, people travelling to and from Britain and Australia are paying a fortune for tickets and we can offer similar trips at a fraction of the cost,” Azran added.

Meanwhile, AirAsia is now flying an A320 aircraft bearing the colours of the AT&T Williams Formula One racing car.

The unveiling of the aircraft yesterday was held to coincide with the 10th edition of the F1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix this Sunday.

The unveiling also marks the group’s extended three-year partnership with the AT&T Williams Formula One team. Drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima were present at the event.
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Ex-Air Canada CEO takes stake in AirAsia X
By Anna Maria Samsudin Published: 2008/03/25
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AIR Canada's former chairman and chief executive officer, Robert Milton, has joined the list of AirAsia X's prominent international shareholders after acquiring a stake in parent company Aero Ventures Sdn Bhd.

His less than five per cent share in Aero Ventures, which owns 48 per cent of the long-haul budget airline, is estimated to be worth some RM28 million, based on the airline's current value of RM1.2 billion.

AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said that having Milton on board will contribute to its business as it can capitalise on the latter's vast expertise and knowledge of the industry.

Milton's participation will also serve as recognition of foreign investors' growing confidence in AirAsia X's business model, he added.


"Robert brings us the credibility and experience. This is indeed valuable for a start-up company like AirAsia X as it will give financiers more confidence in our business," Azran told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Aero Ventures is a holding company founded by Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan, AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes and deputy chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, and Lim Kian Onn to invest in aviation ventures.

Other shareholders in AirAsia X include Sir Richard Branson's Virgin group (16 per cent), AirAsia (16 per cent), Manara Consortium (10 per cent) and Orix Corp (10 per cent).

Milton said he was excited to be part of an airline that will revolutionise air travel.

"What attracted me to this proposition was the fact that AirAsia X is the first truly low-cost long-haul carrier, with its base in Malaysia and focused on the Asia-Pacific region, that holds great promise and to which I have strong personal ties," he added.

Milton is the chairman and chief executive officer of ACE Aviation Holdings, which owns 75 per cent of Air Canada. It also holds stakes in publicly-listed Aeroplan, a loyalty management company, and Jazz, Canada's second largest airline.

ACE Aviation also has an interest in ACTS - an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisation - in partnership with KKR and Sageview.

Milton, regarded as one of the world's most experienced aviation executives, is best known for his successful restructuring of Air Canada.

On AirAsia X's listing plans, Azran said it expects to undertake the exercise within two to three years, adding that it would prefer to list in Malaysia.

"We would prefer to be listed on Bursa Malaysia. I believe that the investment climate in Malaysia has matured," he said.
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Malaysia's AirAsia X buys 10 more Airbus planes: official

Malaysian long-haul budget airline pioneer AirAsia X said Tuesday it will buy 10 more Airbus A330-300 aircraft for 2.1 billion dollars, bringing its fleet to a total of 25 aircraft.

The carrier had previously signed an order with Airbus for 15 of the aircraft.

Azran Osman Rani, chief executive officer of AirAsia X, told AFP that a signing ceremony to confirm the purchase of the 10 additional A330s would be held on Thursday.

"The list price for the 10 new aircraft is 2.1 billion dollars. With this firm order, the total number of A330 aircraft in our fleet will be 25," he said.

On future fleet expansion plans, Azran said the airline was eyeing the "next generation aircraft of Airbus 350-900 and the Boeing 787-9."

AirAsia X has began flying to Australia's Gold Coast and to China using a leased A330.

It has plans to launch flights to Britain in the fourth quarter of 2008 after acquiring additional aircraft and will eventually extend to Europe, Japan and the Middle East, with fares on average 50 percent lower than full-service carriers.

AirAsia X, an affiliate of AirAsia and Virgin Blue, was launched in January 2007. AirAsia and AirAsia X share common shareholders, including AirAsia founder and chief Tony Fernandes.

Richard Branson's Virgin Group has taken a 20 percent stake in the airline and the British billionaire has vowed to ensure that the project turns a profit.
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Airbus confident on Malaysia Airlines delayed A380s order
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 27, 2008 (AFP) - Airbus on Thursday expressed confidence that Malaysia Airlines will not cancel its order for six A380 super-jumbos despite long delays in supplying the aircraft.


"No, we are not discussing a cancellation at this point," Airbus chief operating officer for customers, John Leahy, told reporters.

"We don't want to comment on ongoing discussions and negotiations but I'll be hopeful that we'll have something to announce in the not too distant future," he said.

Deliveries of the A380, the world's largest commercial airliner and the cornerstone in Airbus efforts to catch up with Boeing, are now three years behind schedule because of production problems.

Malaysia Airlines has said however that delivery delays will not hurt its recovery plan under which it has broken back into the black in recent years.

Airbus has said that the carrier will be compensated for the delay in the delivery of the aircraft.

Leahy also said that Airbus had submitted an updated proposal to supply the national carrier with about 50 narrow-bodied aircrafts -- A320s and A321s -- as replacements to its existing fleet.

"They told us today they'll be making a decision very shortly on their narrow-bodied replacements," he said.
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AIRASIA X: PLANS TO FLY TO UK THIS YEAR WILL DEPEND ON AIRCRAFT AVAILABILITY

Bernama - 2 hours 19 minutes ago

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (Bernama) -- Long haul budget carrier AirAsia X's plans to fly to UK this year will depend on the availability of aircraft, its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said. "We are looking at the possibility of getting long range aircraft such as Airbus' A340 to enable us to go to UK. At the very least, we will need two aircraft," he said, adding that the carrier is open to the option of acquiring or leasing them. AirAsia X has received approvals from the authorities for the UK flight and now just needs the aircraft, he said at a press conference following the signing of an agreement here today between AirAsia X and Airbus. The airline is acquiring an additional 10 A330 aircraft to be delivered in the next five years. The deal is worth US$2 billion. AirAsia X earlier this year announced its plans to fly to UK this year. Azran said AirAsia X had been offered the A340 previously but it was not taken up as the price was too high. AirAsia X has also ordered 15 wide-bodied A330s, two of which will be delivered this year and another two in 2009. It now flies from Kuala Lumpur to Australia's Gold Coast and to Hangzhou in China using leased aircraft. The airline also hopes to add 50 extra-wide body A350 or Boeing 787-10 jetliners to its fleet as it expands routes to China, Britain, India, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East over the next few years.-- BERNAMA KI MSL SD
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Hope MAS screw Airbus and go for B787 and B747-8.

Anyway, here's a nice video of MAS.Love the background music.

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AirAsia X: Plans to fly to UK hinge on plane availability
Published: 2008/03/27

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AirAsia X has received approvals from the authorities for the UK flight and now just needs the aircraft, says its chief executive officer
LONG haul budget carrier AirAsia X’s plans to fly to UK this year will depend on the availability of aircraft, its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said.

“We are looking at the possibility of getting long range aircraft such as Airbus A340 to enable us to go to UK. At the very least, we will need two aircraft,” he said, adding that the carrier is open to the option of acquiring or leasing them.

AirAsia X has received approvals from the authorities for the UK flight and now just needs the aircraft, he said at a press conference following the signing of an agreement today between AirAsia X and Airbus.

The airline is acquiring an additional 10 A330 aircraft to be delivered in the next five years. The deal is worth US$2 billion.


AirAsia X earlier this year announced its plans to fly to UK this year.

Azran said AirAsia X had been offered the A340 previously but it was not taken up as the price was too high.

AirAsia X has also ordered 15 wide-bodied A330s, two of which will be delivered this year and another two in 2009.

It now flies from Kuala Lumpur to Australia’s Gold Coast and to Hangzhou in China using leased aircraft.

The airline also hopes to add 50 extra-wide body A350 or Boeing 787-10 jetliners to its fleet as it expands routes to China, Britain, India, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East over the next few years.— Bernama
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AirAsia aims to fly to Japan by end-2009
Published: 2008/03/27

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There are three airports in Japan which have shown interest, says AirAsia X chief executive officer

LONG haul budget carrier AirAsia X expects to begin flying to Japan by the end of next year or middle 2010, said its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani.

“So far, there are three airports in Japan which have been very proactive ... and positive with their level of interest in our products.

“At the earliest, by the end of 2009 or middle of 2010, we will look at our first Japanese destination,” he told reporters after an agreement signing between AirAsia X and Airbus today for the purchase of 10 additional A330-300s aircraft.

He also added that with the deliveries of new aircraft expected by the fourth quarter this year, they will expand more in Australia and China, while looking at the possibility of commencing services in India.


Asked on the possible destinations for India, Azran replied: “Not Mumbai and Delhi, we will go for some other options. For example, Amritsar as alternative to Mumbai, Jaipur as alternative to Delhi, Amhedabad, Poona and Calcutta.”

AirAsia X is operating its low-cost long-haul service with a leased A330 which will be joined by the first of the newly ordered aircraft in October this year. All aircraft will be configured in a 392-seat configuration.

It flies four times weekly to Gold Coast, Australia and five times weekly to Hangzhou, China. — Bernama
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