daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old June 11th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #1181
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

MAS launches new website
10 Jun 2008 12:09 PM, THEEDGEDAILY


SUBANG JAYA: Malaysia Airlines hopes its new website www.malaysiaairlines.com will help increase its Internet penetration to 60% by 2010.

In a statement yesterday, the national carrier said the new website was launched in line with its business transformation plan (BTP 2).

“The Everyday Low Fares product offering has helped to spring board the penetration to 30%. These additional features and enhanced infrastructure are timely as everything is now in place for the subsequent waves of Everyday Low Fares,” said its senior general manager of transition management, Amin Khan.

By September, the website will be available in additional languages such as Malay, simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French as well as German, so that it would be accessible from all 22 country sites.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old June 11th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #1182
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 13th, 2008, 05:57 AM   #1183
hetfield85
Metallica Band Member
 
hetfield85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kuantan | Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 644
Likes (Received): 25

http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/bnm/2...a-ceeeaba.html

AIRASIA'S KL-HAIKOU ROUTE GETS GOOD RESPONSE

By Yai Ban King Bernama - Friday, June 13

HAIKOU (Hainan Island), June 12 -- The response to AirAsia Bhd's latest route, Kuala Lumpur-Haikou, has exceeded expectations since it was inaugurated on May 22.

AirAsia group executive officer, Datuk Tony Fernandes, said the low-cost budget carrier sold more than 35,000 seats, both ways, since it started receiving bookings over the Internet about two months ago.

"AirAsia recorded an amazing 100 per cent load factor for the inaugural flight," Tony said.

"It is also noteworthy that AirAsia's load factor for this route in May was 78 per cent which is quite strong for a new sector not previously served by any airline" he told reporters after the launch of the route by Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat today.

The promotional fare for a one-way flight from KL to Haikou begins at RM32 or RMB68.

AirAsia is the first airline to offer daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur.

Tony said a reason why AirAsia started the daily direct flight to Hainan island was because of strong families ties between the people there and in Malaysia.

Speaking to reporters later, Ong who is also a Hainanese, welcomed the new route to Haikou.

"It used to take a whole day to get to Haikou with connecting flights from Hong Kong, Macau or Shenzhen.

"But now with the direct flight, it takes only about three hours," he said. -- BERNAMA YBK THS AS
hetfield85 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 13th, 2008, 07:48 AM   #1184
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

East Malaysia top pick under MAS' cheap fares campaign
By Doreen Wan, 12 Jun 2008 9:25 AM
THEEDGEDALY

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines’ “Everyday Low Fares” campaign saw most of the tickets sold were for travels to East Malaysia.

In a statement yesterday, the national carrier said its customers, who purchased the first wave of zero and low fares campaign to domestic destinations, started travelling on June 10. There were more than 100,000 passengers who booked through the website between May 5 and 19.

Recently, its managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala said Malaysia Airlines made a net profit of RM23 million from the sale of tickets during the first wave of the campaign.

The third wave of the campaign is currently on offer online until June 22 for domestic routes, Asean and selected routes between Malaysia and China, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 14th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #1185
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

MAS to raise fuel surcharge in two weeks
By Doreen Leong, 13 Jun 2008 3:18 PM
THEEDGEDAILY

SUBANG: Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) will raise its fuel surcharge significantly in the next two weeks to cope with escalating fuel prices.

Its managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the airline, which has raised its fuel surcharge at least five times since last year, would continue to do so along with its competitors but still remain competitive.

“We will be making some increases (in fuel surcharge) two weeks from now on a route-by-route basis. The quantum of increase will depend on our competitors. I would expect the increment to be quite high simply because some of the airlines have moved their surcharges to quite high.

“Over the last year, we have already increased our fuel surcharges five or six times. When our competitors who are key players on that particular route raise their fuel surcharge, we will match them. Where we are the key player on a particular route, we will decide on the fuel surcharge,” he added.

Speaking to reporters after the launch of MAS’ 2nd Quality Assurance Conference yesterday, he said MAS has to be mindful of competition and would not increase fuel surcharge beyond its competitors’ as this might render itself uncompetitive.

The cost of light, sweet crude for July delivery rose as high as US$138.30 (RM456.39) per barrel on news of an unexpectedly large drop in crude stocks over the last week.

MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Majid said the oil price to a certain extent was driven by speculation. “To discourage speculation, something has to happen fast.”

Despite the high oil prices, Jala said MAS was still sticking to its annual profit targets of at least RM1.5 billion by 2012 as outlined in its business transformation plan (BTP2).

“Targets do not change. We will be declaring a new target for 2009 by year-end. The overall target for 2012 is there with different scenarios,” he added.

To mitigate the impact of rising fuel, Jala said MAS would continue to find ways to increase revenue, cut cost, cut capacity and innovate.

He expected a shift in travel patterns with the current fuel scenario. “Corporations may downgrade to economic class travel for those who have been travelling on business class. For discretionary travellers, they may opt for shorter-haul destinations instead of more expensive long-haul destinations.”

Meanwhile, on its latest quality assurance initiative “Business Assurance and Control Assessment (BACA)”, Munir said the initiative would help strengthen the airline’s corporate governance practices.

“Self-assessment is de rigueur in corporate governance today. With BACA, we aim to strengthen our risk and control culture and move towards a mature control environment that will support and drive us to achieve BTP2,” he said.

The initiative will see 16 assurance functions collaborating to provide reasonable assurance and enhance the internal control system, risk management and overall corporate governance in the airline.

According to a survey by Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group, MAS ranks at 23rd in terms of best corporate governance practices.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 16th, 2008, 08:13 AM   #1186
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

MASkargo bullish on China operations
By Azlan Abu Bakar Published: 2008/06/15, BusinessTimes



Quote:
MAS' cargo arm sees its Shanghai station remaining its biggest contributor in terms of revenue although it plans to reduce the number of flights but carry more cargo there

MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo arm of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), expects its operations in China to continue to show growth this year, despite soaring fuel prices and the less favourable global economy climate.

Managing director Shahari Sulaiman said the bullish outlook is largely attributable to its freight network, which is servicing lucrative trade lanes, namely Asia to Europe, Europe to Asia as well as Europe to Australia.

"We are serving the right markets. We are big in China, Europe and Australia," he told reporters covering Air Cargo China 2008.

"Furthermore, since the end of February, we have diverted 70 per cent of our flights into Europe to Uzbekistan. This has allowed us to serve the same market at a much reduced cost."



Air Cargo China 2008, which starts in Shanghai tomorrow, is dubbed as one of the largest gatherings of the international air cargo community. It is expected to be attended by more than 10,000 executives from the airlines, airports, freight forwarders, shippers, suppliers and service providers from all over the world.

Shahari said MASkargo saw a 10 per cent year-on-year growth in cargo throughput at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang for the first two months of this year and is optimistic that the trend will sustain for the medium term.

On its Chinese operations, its station in Shanghai will remain its biggest contributor in terms of revenue and expects the margin to expand although MASkargo plans to reduce the number of flights but carry more cargo there due to rising fuel cost.

Fuel makes up about 40 per cent of its total operating cost.

"We have reduced our capacity (flights) by about seven per cent in the first quarter this year. This has resulted in an improvement in yields and profits," Shahari said.

Another factor that would contribute to growth would come from the new cargo building located near the Pudong International Airport which is near completion.

"The new cargo building will be able to accommodate one million tonnes of freight and there will be more parking bays for freighters," he said, noting that Pudong is leading growth in cargo by more than 10 per cent.

The company also plans to look for more strategic partnerships with other airlines that would improve its operations.

MASkargo operates four B747-200 and two B747-400 freighters. It also offers belly space capacity on MAS' passenger fleet, servicing almost 100 destinations worldwide.

The company more than doubled its operating profit to RM38 million last year, from RM18 million in 2006.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 16th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #1187
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

AirAsia presses ahead with new routes
Published: 2008/06/16

AIRASIA, the region's largest low-cost carrier, said yesterday that despite surging fuel prices it will not scale back growth plans and will press ahead with an ambitious route expansion programme.

"We will continue to put on new routes. As long as we can make a profit from our operations, we will not hold back our growth plans," chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said.

"I am taking a contrarian view. There is a limit to how much I can cut costs. If I cut my routes, where is my growth going to come from? In our case, we still can make money from our routes," he said.

Airlines worldwide including Virgin Blue, Qantas Airways and US Airways have cut back their growth plans and axed loss-making routes to weather spiralling fuel prices.

AirAsia recently launched three new routes - one to Kuantan in Pahang, and to Haikou (China) and to Hong Kong.

"By year-end, we will fly to south India, new destinations in India and mount more flights to Singapore," the aviation tycoon said.

Fernandes also said the carrier's new A320 Airbus jets were more efficient.

"Our operational costs have come down due to the Airbus's better fuel burn," he said.

The c arrier's fuel cost represents 50 per cent of total operational costs.

He said AirAsia has frozen the hiring of new staff who are not related to fleet growth, but that it would not reschedule the delivery of the A320 Airbus aircraft.

The carrier has to date received about 67 A320s and is phasing out its old Boeing 737s. It has agreed to buy a total of 175 aircraft.

Fernandes remained upbeat about the carrier's performance amid economic uncertainties due to escalating food and fuel prices worldwide.

"We are seeing a slight increase in passenger volume. Our business is still good. I expect our revenue to be better than budgeted in 2008," he said. - AFP
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 17th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #1188
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

AirAsia going after the five-star market now
By Rupinder Singh Published: 2008/06/17, BusinessTimes

BUDGET carrier AirAsia Bhd says the number of corporate passengers using its no-frills service has increased by 300 per cent in the last three months, taking a chunk of the premium market largely served by full-service carriers like Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

In yet another show to compete directly with MAS, group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said AirAsia is taking initiatives to improve its five-star services - in both products and services - to add more value to its low-fare airline tag.

With the introduction of new aircraft and increased connectivity between regional destinations, he said, the corporate sector, mindful of escalating prices, has been starting to use the budget carrier.

"The five-star market isn't exclusive. Just as the same way the zero fare market (referring to MAS zero fare campaign) isn't exclusive. We are now going after the five-star market," Fernandes told a news briefing to introduce its "AirAsia On Time Guarantee" programme in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Fernandes said he got the "inspiration" to market the top-end business as he foresaw MAS zero fare campaign neglecting its full-service paying passengers.

Fernandes also said that surging fuel prices will force the global aviation industry to consolidate whereby some carriers will merge and some others go into bankruptcy.

On AirAsia's part, it has been approached by other airlines about tie-ups and operating deals, but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, AirAsia plans to beat the fuel price pressure by expanding routes, increasing flight frequency and accelerating the delivery of the remainder of its 175 new A320s.

On the "AirAsia on Time Guarantee" programme, Fernandes said passengers whose flights are delayed for more than three hours from the scheduled time of flight departure will be entitled to a RM200 AirAsia e-gift voucher.

The e-gift voucher is valid for a three-month period and can only be used for a one-time payment for one booking only.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 18th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #1189
killerk
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 3,519
Likes (Received): 1120

Quote:
Originally Posted by nazrey View Post
MAS to code share with Etihad
by Doreen Leong, 22 May 2008 11:20 AM, THEEDGEDAILY

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is expected to sign a code share agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways today that will pave the way for the national carrier to create a hub in the Middle East, said sources.

Similarly, Etihad would be able to sell tickets to points such as Penang and other final destinations that MAS services in the region. At the moment, Etihad’s only destination of sales in Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.

Yesterday, MAS said in a press invite that it planned to sign a partnership agreement with Etihad but did not provide more details.

The tie-up with Etihad will add to the existing 25 airline partners that MAS currently has code share agreements.

The latest addition to MAS’ code share partner list would help the airline achieve incremental revenue of between RM70 million and RM100 million per annum.

MAS’ ties with Etihad chief executive officer James Hogan goes back to two years ago when Hogan was the president and chief executive officer of Gulf Air. MAS had then entered into a code share agreement with Gulf Air.

Not long after the code share pact, Hogan resigned from Gulf Air and took up the position of CEO at rival airline Etihad.

Etihad, established only five years ago, is the fastest growing airline in the commercial aviation industry, currently serving 46 destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. The airline launched flights to Beijing in March and it would be flying to Kozhikode (Calicut) and Chennai (Madras) soon.

Etihad aims to carry six million passengers by end of the year. It has carried 1.4 million passengers during the first quarter of the year, compared with one million a year ago.

The airline’s average seat factor was 75% in the first three months of the year. This has increased by 7% year-on-year as the airline continues to expand its capacity.

Etihad operates one of the youngest and most environmentally-efficient fleets in the world. Its fleet size is expected to grow to 40 by year end and 52 by end 2011.
In spite of the huge Malaysian community in Abu Dhabi, there is no direct flight by a Malaysian carrier between KL and Abu Dhabi. I think MAS wanted to fly to AUH but because of losses decided to code share with Etihad instead; they are the world's fastest growing airline after all.....
killerk no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 18th, 2008, 08:17 AM   #1190
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

MASkargo Shanghai unit to see flat revenue growth
From Azlan Abu Bakar Published: 2008/06/18, BusinessTimes



SHANGHAI: Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo arm of Malaysia Airlines, expects revenue growth for its Shanghai unit in 2008 to be flat due to increasing fuel prices and a less favourable business climate.

Its Shanghai unit posted revenue of RM600 million last year.

MASkargo country manager for China Northern Region, Jackie Song, said several measures have been implemented to ensure the company continues to show growth, including improving its cargo movements and efficiency, increasing flight load and reviewing its fuel surcharge from time to time.

Fuel makes up some 40 per cent of MASkargo's operational costs.

"With the global economy slowing down, it would be difficult for us to forecast higher revenue this year, but we are optimistic of maintaining the figures achieved in 2007," Song told Malaysian reporters covering the Air Cargo China 2008 here yesterday.

So far this year, MASkargo has revised its fuel surcharge up to five times.

Song said last year MASkargo handled 93,000 tonnes of cargo, representing a five per cent share of the total cargo tonnage of 2.2 million coming in and out of Shanghai.

The bulk of the cargo comprise information and communication technology products that are destined to Australia and countries in Southeast Asia and Europe.

Its major clients include Dell, Hewlett Packard, Sony and Toshiba.

"Although the fuel hike has caused a number of companies turning to sea freight as an alternative to reduce costs, we expect it would not affect our business with the attractive services and packages we have to offer to customers with 13 flights per week," Song said.

Meanwhile, the Air Cargo China 2008, which ends on tomorrow, is dubbed as one of the largest gatherings of the international air cargo community.

It is attended by more than 10,000 executives from the airlines, airports, freight forwarders, shippers, suppliers and service providers from all over the world.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 20th, 2008, 06:05 AM   #1191
bootluy
BANNED
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 101
Likes (Received): 0

Malaysia Airlines to Hong Kong

Do you know what type of airbus they flying from Hong Kong? It is A330-300 or 200. Are them equipped with in-flight entertainment?
bootluy no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 20th, 2008, 08:09 AM   #1192
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

MAS: We offer wider choice for civil servants
by Tony C H Goh, 19 Jun 2008 12:25 PM
THEEDGEDAILY

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines issued a statement yesterday stating that the national carrier remained the premier air transport group for government officials.

This follows a news report that AirAsia Bhd is targeting one million civil servants to fly the low-cost carrier (LCC) instead.

MAS said the group, including its subsidiaries Firefly and MASwings, offered a wider choice of domestic and international routes to government officials.

The Edge Fnancial Daily reported yesterday that AirAsia planned to announce this week an agreement with the government that would allow the more than one million civil servants to fly with the budget carrier.

Its chief executive officer, Datuk Tony Fernandes, said adding the large pool of potential customers was a “big step” for the company as there had been an “unwritten rule “ that government servants could only fly with MAS for work-related travel.

MAS said it had partnered the government since it took to the skies on Oct 1, 1972 and had transported many civil servants within the country and overseas on Government of Malaysia (GOM) travel, providing them vital connectivity for their official duties.

The national flag-carrier said the government had, in 1998, allowed its officials on GOM travel to use Malaysia-based LCCs — Pelangi Airways, Berjaya Air and Transmile Air — in addition to the airline, for domestic travel. It said the government had also approved international sectors GOM travel on Malaysian LCCs from Feb 1, 2008.

“We welcome the increased travel options for our civil servants. Since our business turnaround plan (BTP1) in 2006, our passenger uplift for this GOM traffic rose from around 450,000 in 2006 to more than 500,000 last year, representing an increase of 11%,” MAS commercial director Datuk Abdul Rashid Khan said.

“Whilst we remain the preferred air carrier for GOM business, we also assist our subsidiaries and code-sharing partners by directing this business to them when we do not operate the specific destination or on days GOM travel is required to provide a wider global reach for our GOM customers,” he said.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 20th, 2008, 08:18 AM   #1193
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

AirAsia in deal to fly Malaysian civil servants
By Jeeva Arulampalam Published: 2008/06/20, BusinessTimes



MALAYSIAN civil servants on official duties can now opt to fly either Malaysia Airlines (MAS) or budget carrier AirAsia to destinations plied by the two airlines.

This comes in the wake of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's announcement last week on austerity measures to save public spending amounting to RM2 billion annually.

Previously, civil servants were allowed to fly only on the national carrier as a means of supporting the government, said Bumiputra Travel and Tours Association of Malaysia (Bumitra Malaysia) president Syed Mohd Razif Syed Yasin.

AirAsia Bhd chairman Datuk Aziz Bakar said it hopes to secure half of the RM500 million spent per year for flight tickets by civil servants on work-related travel.

"They can travel (with AirAsia) at fares 20 per cent to 30 per cent lower than the published fares offered by other airlines," he told reporters after signing a memorandum of understanding with Bumitra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Aziz said the special fare for government officials include an in-flight meal, priority boarding and complimentary checked baggage handling fee for one bag.

He added that civil servants will soon be able to use long-haul budget airline AirAsia X for work-related travel as it finalises discussions by the end of the third quarter.

"It is a cost-efficient decision as government officials can enjoy low fares. It also seals the government's dedication in keeping costs at a minimum," he said.

The number of domestic and international trips made by civil servants amount to 250,000 per year.

AirAsia is said to have access to a new group of one million civil servants.

Bumitra Malaysia has 250 agents nationwide facilitating the booking of tickets for all government officials using the airline as a mode of transport for official duties through AirAsia's warrant booking system.

The programme, made available since January, was not fully implemented due to technical issues but has since been rectified.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2008, 04:05 PM   #1194
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Malaysia gets 2 more landing rights in France
by Doreen Leong, 23 Jun 2008 11:21 AM, THEEDGEDAILY

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has secured extra landing rights on two secondary airports in France following the conclusion of talks between the governments recently, said sources.

This means that national carrier Malaysia Airlines and budget carrier AirAsia X are able to fly to Lyon airport and Nice airport in France starting next year.

“Malaysian carriers are given three times weekly slot for next year and this will increase to five times weekly in 2010,” said a source.

An announcement on the matter is expected to be made this week by the Ministry of Transport.

However, another source said Malaysia Airlines might not be keen to fly to the two secondary airports as it was already operating daily flights to Paris DeGaulle Airport.

Initially, Malaysia Airlines had wanted to cut this loss-making route from its network when it underwent a network rationalisation exercise but decided to keep the route after the airlines managed to find ways to salvage it.

It was unclear if budget long-haul carrier AirAsia X would want to fly to the two airports in France.

For Malaysia Airlines, it could tap into Air France-KLM’s network in the country if the two airlines agree to code-share. According to a source, Malaysia Airlines is in talks with Air France-KLM to explore code share arrangements.

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, the total revenue of Air France-KLM amounted to €24.11 billion (RM122.5 billion), with a net profit of €748 million, a net profit decrease of 16% compared to the previous year’s.

Air France-KLM is one of the most profitable companies in Europe. The airline is the world leader in terms of international passenger traffic; and its cargo activity (not including integrators) is one of the world’s major maintenance service providers.

Passenger transport is Air France-KLM’s main business, accounting for 80% of turnover in FY2008, with 74.8 million passengers carried, a fleet in operation of 607 aircraft, and 258 destinations worldwide.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2008, 04:37 AM   #1195
hetfield85
Metallica Band Member
 
hetfield85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kuantan | Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 644
Likes (Received): 25

http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited...fx5142133.html

Thomson Financial News
Malaysia Airlines announces new round of cost-cutting
06.23.08, 7:13 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Financial) - Malaysia Airlines said Monday it would reduce flight frequencies and impose a hiring freeze as it resorts to a new round of cost-cuts and a fuel surcharge hike to battle soaring energy prices.

'The oil price is rising at levels never seen by mankind,' the national carrier's managing director Idris Jala told reporters, adding that he may also cancel an option to purchase new aircraft.

Jala said the airline would impose a 'freeze on recruitment, defer spending, adjust fares and review routes and flights which are losing money,' in a bid to maintain its profit forecast.

'We are reducing about 6 percent of our capacity,' he said, adding that the airline would announce the new fuel surcharge on Friday.

'The focus is predominantly on cutting costs. I would not discount cutting routes if oil goes to 200 dollars a barrel,' he said.

Airlines worldwide including Virgin Blue, Qantas Airways and US Airways (nyse: LCC - news - people ) have cut back their growth plans and axed loss-making routes to weather spiralling fuel prices.

Jala said that while the airline will pursue its firm plan to buy 35 narrow-body 737-800 aircraft from U.S.-based Boeing (nyse: BA - news - people ) as part of its fleet upgrading plan, it may not exercise the option to purchase another 20 aircraft.

'We may not even exercise the option. We will continue to treat it as an option,' he said. The total cost of the 55 aircraft is $4.2 billion at list prices.

Malaysia Airlines hopes to achieve record profits under its recovery plan after it broke back into the black last year.

It posted an all-time record profit of 851 million ringgit for the 2007 financial year, ending a series of disastrous losses.

But in May it announced that its profits in the first quarter slipped 9.8 percent from a year earlier to 120 million ringgit ($37 million).

The carrier hopes to post profit of between 400 million and 1.0 billion ringgit this year.

The return to profits was the culmination of a sweeping transformation plan, which saw the airline slash staff and routes and sell non-core assets after suffering losses of 1.3 billion ringgit in the first nine months of 2005.


afp
hetfield85 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2008, 09:19 AM   #1196
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

One million MAS seats at zero or nominal fare
Tuesday June 24, 2008, TheStar

MORE than one million seats at zero or nominal fee are up for grabs during Malaysia Airlines' 'Never Before Asean' promotion covering its Asean destinations and selected routtes between Malaysia and China.

MAS northern region area manager Wan Mohd Ebrahem said the promotion was for travels between July 1 and Dec 14 booked online.

“Instead of wasting unsold seats, we are offering them at zero or low fares so that customers who would normally not fly would now have an opportunity to do so,” he said.

Ebrahem said passengers who reserved tickets under this promotion would be entitled to the same in-flight benefits as regular fare- passengers.

“It’s a value-added opportunity and passengers get good return for their money,” he added.

The destinations covered under this promotion are Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok, Brisbane, Cebu, Denpasar, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Karachi, Manila, Medan, Perth, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

Retired senior manager Ng Choo Hee said he would be taking ad-vantage of the promotion by brin-ging forward his travel plans for next year to this year.

Flight reservations must be made at least 30 days before departure. For enquiries, visit http://www.malaysiaairlines.com or call their 24-hour centre at 1-300-88-3000.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 25th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #1197
hetfield85
Metallica Band Member
 
hetfield85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kuantan | Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 644
Likes (Received): 25

AIRASIA GIVING 15,000 FREE SEATS FOR NEW KL-MAKASSAR ROUTE

Bernama - Tuesday, June 24

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd is handing out 15,000 free seats for its newly launched Kuala Lumpur-Makassar route.

Makassar is AirAsia's 14th Indonesian destination and it is the first international airline to fly the route.

The service is expected to provide AirAsia with greater access to new traffic from Manado, Ambon, Maluku and other neighbouring islands in Indonesia.

"Makassar is the regional hub for other destinations in Indonesia," AirAsia said in a statement today.

The free seats will be available for the June 25 to 29, 2008, period and the July 25, 2008, to April 30, 2009, period, the airline said.

The offer is available exclusively via online at AirAsia’s website and all fares quoted exclude airport taxes, surcharges and fees, and applicable for one-way travel only. -- BERNAMA
hetfield85 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 26th, 2008, 03:48 AM   #1198
hetfield85
Metallica Band Member
 
hetfield85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kuantan | Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 644
Likes (Received): 25

AIRASIA HITS 50 MILLIONTH PASSENGER MARK

By Yai Ban King Bernama - Thursday, June 26

SEPANG, June 25 (Bernama) -- Budget airline AirAsia Bhd celebrated its 50 millionth passenger mark today after six years of operation.ADVERTISEMENT


Leading the celebration was the carrier's guest star Miss Wendy Ng Tze Wee, a 34-year-old boutique owner from Kuching, who was picked as AirAsia's 50 millionth guest.

Speaking to reporters here, Ng said AirAsia's low fares made it possible for her to travel frequently without hurting her budget.

"The carrier's has vast domestic and regional network, affording good connectivity for business trips. Hence, choosing AirAsia is not only a smart business decision but also a great way to travel with family and friends to various interesting holiday destinations, both domestic and around the region," she said.

Ng flies twice a month for business purposes to places like Shenzhen, Macau, Jakarta and Thailand.

AirAsia's group chief executive Officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said that the low-cost carrier has once again proved its sceptics wrong.

"When we first started, many people thought it was a crazy idea to offer low fares as it was not economically viable. Especially with an airline with high aspirations like us, we were expected to fail," he said.

"However, with strong persistence and the right strategies, we persevered and we are now the leading and largest low-ocst carrier in Asia with many awards and accolades received. And today we are celebrating our 50 millionth guest carried. It feels good to prove the sceptics wrong," he added.

Also present at the event was Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman who gave away the prize to the lucky winner.

For Ng, she was treated to a VIP reception, chauffeured in a limousine from her hotel to the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) for the event. She was presented with 50 free seats valid for use on any AirAsia routes for one year and exclusive AirAsia freebies. -- BERNAMA
hetfield85 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2008, 04:03 PM   #1199
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

AirAsia X to rake in RM1b revenue next year
by Doreen Leong, 30 Jun 2008 1:20 PM, THEEDGEDAILY


KUALA LUMPUR: Long haul low cost carrier, AirAsia X is expected to post RM1 billion revenue next year as it expands its network after taking delivery of two new planes this year.

“We are already doing about RM200 million sales and by next year, with three planes we are going to be a billion ringgit company,” its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani told The Edge Financial Daily.

He added that this year’s revenue target would be US$100 million (RM330 million) and it aimed to be profitable by 2010. Only then will AirAsia X consider listing on the local stock exchange.

However, Azran said it was more important to be cash positive than to merely look at profits. “In April and May, we were already RM25 million cash positive. For the five-month period, net cash was about RM15 million. What is more important is that we are adding to our cash reserves of about RM10 million to RM15 million a month,” he added.

To facilitate its expansion plans, AirAsia X has recently firmed up orders of 25 Airbus 330 planes to be delivered from October 2008. It currently operates a single aircraft on an operating lease.

“The new planes will start coming in October and December. We will immediately get 24% reduction in terms of cost per seat. Our total cost remains the same but our unit cost will be lower as we will get more seats on our new planes,” Azran said.

He added that currently, AirAsia X’s cost per available seat per kilometre (ASK) was four US cents, which is lower than other low cost carriers (LCCs).

Despite views that long haul low cost carriers would find difficulties in surviving in a high fuel cost environment, Azran believed that AirAsia X would succeed as its strategy was to ride on creating volume.

“Airlines are now increasing fares and cutting capacity. But there is another way to cope with high fuel cost. For instance, Ryanair is also expanding. The strategy here is volume. When other airlines retreat from a certain route, that’s where we will go,” he said.

Azran said AirAsia X would start flying to Perth, Australia, in November this year and start adding frequencies in China and Australia once it takes delivery of its planes. Next year, it would go to Stansted, Essex (UK), India and either Japan or Korea.

While demand for the travel industry may slow down due to economic uncertainties, Azran said its products would become more competitive as other airlines start raising prices.

Also, critics said in general, LCCs may find it tough to reduce costs further as its fuel costs could account for as high as 70% of its total costs.

However, Azran said even though fuel accounts for half of its total cost, in absolute term, it was still lower than that of full service carriers (FSCs).

For example, AirAsia X’s total cost per ASK is four US cents, of which about two US cents per ASK is fuel cost. But for FSCs such as Malaysia Airlines, its total cost per ASK is 17.5 sen (5.4 US cents), of which about 40% or seven sen (2.16 US cents) is fuel cost.

Azran said when fuel price increased, AirAsia X had advantage over its FSC peers due to its new planes, which were more fuel-efficient and had more seats.

“We are flying new planes. In comparison, for airlines flying to London using old Boeing 747-400s planes, they are 12% less fuel-efficient and 18% more costly to maintain. Every dollar hike in fuel, the planes will see higher fuel burn rate.

“We also have more seats than 747s, we will have 390 seats on the A340 while MAS has 349 seats. In terms of incremental fuel cost per seat, they will suffer more because they are spread over fewer seats,” he added.

Azran admitted that AirAsia X would fail if it operated on a standalone basis, like Oasis Hong Kong Airlines. He said AirAsia X depended on the strong branding of its parent company AirAsia and support of its shareholders to pull through.

“For instance, 70% of our Gold Coast-KL passengers don’t make KL their final destination. They will get on AirAsia flights to go to Bangkok and other destinations. It is the network that we provide. That connectivity is important,” he said.

Meanwhile, AirAsia share price, which fell to its low of 79 sen last Tuesday, recovered to close at 86.5 sen last Friday after huge off-market transactions. Data compiled on Bloomberg showed some 162.9 million shares or 6.86% changed hands in block trades between 79 sen and 88 sen on June 26.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:35 PM   #1200
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Budget airline Airasia launches variety in-flight menu
TheStar



Hot meals: Artists like Norman of KRU (second from left) and Afdlin Shauki
(squatting) as well as chef Ismail were on board to be a part of AirAsia’s
launch of its in-flight food experience.


AIRASIA, showcased a vast selection of hot meals, available onboard recently.

The “In-Flight Food Experience” event was held at the Borneo Baruk Club in Kuala Lumpur, graced by the presence of local celebrities in the likes of Afdlin Shauki, Camelia, Norman KRU, Noryn Aziz and celebrated food expert chef Ismail unveiling wider choices of hot meals made available on AirAsia flights.

To add to the excitement, AirAsia also showcased new merchandise and memorabilia such as caps, T-shirts, keychains and other exclusive items.

The regional menu offers a wide range of Malaysian and Asian delicacies. Served hot and fresh, the menu provide choices that are guaranteed to satisfy the guests.

Guests can choose from a selection of hot sellers, like Pak Nasser’s nasi lemak and popular 1901 hotdogs.

Sri Melur Jaya’s nasi briyani with chicken curry, roti canai and roti jala are also available, all prepared fresh from the best ingredients available.

For dessert, guests will be spoilt for choice by the selection of local fruits, handpicked to ensure freshness and quality.

The new dishes soon to be available are chicken rice, and Indonesian fried rice with satay.

Its chairman, Datuk Aziz Bakar, said: “There is nothing better than a good selection of hot meals onboard.

“The best thing is, you can have it at 30,000ft.

“We have a new Airbus fleet, supple leather seats, spacious cabins and the new on time guarantee which makes perfect air travel a dream come true.

“Among the delicacies available on our Thai flights are roasted chicken in French bread, crabstick and ebiko sandwich, chicken fried rice, rice with chicken krapro with healthy drinks; lemon, lemongrass and ginger juices.

Guests onboard Indonesia flights can have a choice of nasi kuning, chicken, beef and tuna sandwiches. Passengers may pre-book their meals online at www.airasia.com when buying their tickets.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
malaysia, oneworld, southeast asian airlines

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium