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Old April 15th, 2005, 11:08 AM   #121
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MPs debate air hostess uniforms

LUSTFUL men and body-hugging outfits worn by Malaysia Airlines hostesses split legislators along gender lines as both came under fire in parliament, local media reported Friday.

Male lawmaker Idris Haron complained that "such a tight body-hugging outfit would result in male passengers sexually harassing the stewardess".

Female legislator Rozaiday Talib, a doctor, responded by blaming boozy men for sexual harassment on aircraft, the Sun reported.

"When a person is slightly intoxicated, he becomes bolder and his desires and libido become stronger," she said.

Rozaiday was supported by another woman parliamentarian, Tan Liam Hoe, who said: "When the male passengers board a plane, all they tend to look at are the stewardesses' breasts. This shows that they do not have strong values."

Another man, Salahudin Ayub, called for the national carrier in this mainly Muslim country to replace the stewardesses' elegant, full-length but shapely "kebaya" with "loose-fitting and sober" dresses.
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Malaysia Airline's pilots demand sharp pay rise

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airline pilots are demanding a pay rise of up to 60 per cent, warning the national carrier it may lose pilots if it fails to comply, reports said on Friday.

The Malaysia Airlines Pilots Association (Mapa), which has some 1,200 members, rejected the airline's offer of a 25 per cent hike in salary during a special meeting on Thursday, the Malay Mail newspaper said.

The pilots are seeking between 40 and 60 per cent increases in basic pay, a 100 per cent increase in productivity pay and better perks, the daily said.

A spokesman for the airline declined to comment, saying negotiations were ongoing. Mapa officials could not be reached for comments.

The newspaper quoted sources as saying that Mapa unanimously rejected the 25 per cent salary increase offer as it came with several conditions, including downgrading an annual first-class free flight and hotel stay for captains and their families.

'The pilots are not willing to forego what little perks they enjoy just for a nominal pay increase which still cannot match what the other airlines are offering,' a source said.

Since November 2003, the carrier has lost 81 pilots, including 50 captains, the daily said, putting a strain on remaining staff who are now hitting the maximum flying hours permitted.

'As a result, flights are being delayed almost every day. The situation will get worse if more pilots start leaving,' the source said.

The New Straits Times said Malaysian pilots earn between RM9,000 and RM20,000 (US$2,368 and US$5,263) a month. It said some Middle Eastern airlines were recently luring pilots from the region with monthly salaries of up to RM40,000.

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Old April 19th, 2005, 01:48 AM   #123
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Malaysia Airlines used to fly to Madrid-5 years ago- but they cancelled the route, even though I've been told that it had a good occupation rate.

At first,the route was Kuala Lumpur-Zurich-Madrid and then it switched to Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Instanbul-Madrid.

I hope that Malaysia Airlines comes back to Spain someday
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Old April 20th, 2005, 09:21 AM   #124
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Malaysia Airports launches KLIA e-timetable in Madrid
Tuesday September 28, 2004
BY B.K. SIDHU IN MADRID




MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) launched the KLIA e-timetable in Madrid on Sunday evening, the first airport in Asia to offer air travellers such a facility.

The e-timetable, accessible at www.klia.com.my, will enable people to plan their air travel into and out of, or via, Kuala Lumpur; and to ensure seamless connections to almost any destination in the world.

It offers details on 69,384 flights, 523 airports, and 42 carriers; and linkages to specific airlines so travellers can book flights online.

MAHB managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad said the launch was “another step by MAHB towards improving its services to its customers besides promoting Malaysia as a good travel destination.’’

The launch was held in conjunction with the three-day 10th World Routes Development Forum which opened in Madrid on Sunday.

While most e-timetables can be downloaded onto laptops or desktop computers, the KLIA e-timetable is unique in that it can also be downloaded to personal digital assistants and pocket PCs. The file does not require a large memory space, and many users can log on at any one time.




Datuk Bashir Ahmad


Bashir declined to disclose how much it cost MAHB to provide the facility.
“It is a question of whether we want to do it or not. What we are offering is a facility that allows travellers to plan in advance, and make informed decisions based on the itineraries they can access at their fingertips,’’ he said.

The e-timetable is the first step. MAHB is also looking at partnerships with hotels and Express Rail Link to include hotel accommodation and rail passes.

Steve Brown, the key account manager of Innovata, the company commissioned by MAHB to maintain the website, said: “This is the best technology produced so far for airports.’’

Innovata also manages e-timetable websites for seven airports in Britain including Heathrow and Gatwick, about 20 airports in the US, and the airports in Bahrain, and Hamburg.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the forum have decided that Routes will be held out of Europe in either 2006 or 2007.

“Our strategy is to move the forum once every three years to Asia or the US,’’ said managing director Mike Howarth

MAHB was keen on the forum to be held in Malaysia, Bashir said. “We would be happy to support it.’’

At this year’s event, some 1,200 delegates representing airports and airlines are expected to hold 11,000 meetings. This year also sees representation from the US and China in attendance for the first time.
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Old April 20th, 2005, 09:24 AM   #125
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MAS Teams Up With Leading Edge Aviation Service For Aircraft Painting
April 18, 2005 14:26 PM





KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has teamed up with Leading Edge Aviation Services of the United States to provide "boutique" world class painting services to major carriers, said its senior general manager Technical and Ground Operations, Tajuden Abu Bakar.

This highly specialised service is part of MAS programme to boost the government's plan to make the Subang International Aerospace Park the regional hub for maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft.

In fact, the "Hibiscus B747 aircraft" unveiled recently by the Prime Minister on March 23, that was painted with a dazzling array of colours, was an example of the superior quality of aircraft exterior finishes now available at MAS.

"The external appearance of an aircraft reflects the quality and personality of an airline," Tajuden told reporters after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between MAS and Leading Edge in specialised aircraft "boutique" painting here Monday.

He said MAS, which had recently signed an agreement with Aviation Partners Boeing to set up the region's first modification centre for the installation of blended winglets, would now be able to offer world class third party aircraft maintenance in addition to the highest quality aircraft finishes.

The MAS Engineering MRO facilities would be the first in the region to offer these specialised and focused services, he said.

Leading Edge is the world's most established aircraft painting company with over 1,600 aircraft painted since 1989 and it currently operates five paint hangars at Amarillo International Airport in the US.

For record, its president Micheal Manclark said the company had been able to paint about 15 aircraft in a week.

He said the company had wanted to expand its business in Asia following the numerous requests received from the region and had found MAS to be the right partner to get its exclusive contract.

"The partnership with MAS and the focus of our product, will promote technology transfer to the national carrier and enhance MAS market presence in the region, without doubt," he said.

The two companies would work together marketing the MRO facilities at MAS to expand the customer base at Subang.

At present, the facilities would accommodate painting between six to 10 days per aircraft.

MAS has 111 aircraft, of which between nine to 11 aircraft are on the ground at any one time for maintenance purposes.

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Business Times - 20 Apr 2005

MAS to raise fuel surcharge over rising oil prices

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Airline System, the state-owned carrier, will raise its fuel surcharges for all flights by at least 52 per cent from May 1, the national Bernama news agency said on Wednesday.

It quoted Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy as saying that the Cabinet has agreed to a request for the increase by MAS and its holding company Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd.

It said the surcharge for long haul international flights would go up from RM50 (US$13) to RM76 (US$20). For regional flights the surcharge will more than double from RM15 to RM38, Bernama said.

'The request by MAS and Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd regarding the charges was agreed upon by the Cabinet today due to the increase in fuel prices,' Mr Chan was quoted as saying. Government-owned Penerbangan Malaysia holds 69 per cent of Malaysian Airlines.

The fuel surcharge was imposed by the airline on May 26, 2004 to ease the burden caused by high global oil prices.

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Low-cost Air Asia achieves 3 Stars
http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/AK.htm

Rankings are based on an airline's front-line Product & Staff Service standards - they do not assess frequent flyer Programmes, fares, schedules or route networks.
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Air Asia chief backs Qantas on LA route
By Scott Rochfort
January 25, 2005




The head of Asia's largest low-cost airline has accused Singapore Airlines of double standards in its long-fought campaign to gain access to Qantas's lucrative Sydney-Los Angeles route.

With Singapore Air protesting it does not enjoy the same rights to fly on certain routes out of Australia as Qantas has to fly out of Singapore, AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said the Singaporean authorities had hindered his airline's access into the island state.

"I support [Qantas chief executive] Geoff Dixon 250 per cent," he said. "Singapore would give them what Singapore wants to give them."

With AirAsia's 49 per cent Indonesian subsidiary AWAIR being forced to refund thousands of airline tickets in the past week after failing to gain its air operator's certificate to fly into Singapore, Mr Fernandes questioned Singapore Air's claims of being anti-protectionist.

"On one side they criticise the Australian Government for not allowing them [access to the Australia-US route] but twice we have been slammed."

Mr Fernandes also noted AirAsia's frustration in being blocked from operating a bus shuttle from the Malaysian Airport of Senai across the causeway into Singapore, which he said would represent competition to Singapore Airlines.

AWAIR is considering legal action against the Singapore government over not being granted access into Singapore in time for its first scheduled flight last Wednesday.

The airline said it opened tickets for the route "on the understanding that all necessary documentation including all flight-related and safety compliance certification has been submitted to CAAS [Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore]".

Mr Fernandes said the Singapore authorities had only raised their objections to granting AWAIR a licence at the eleventh hour, after three months of talks with the airline.

The Singapore Transport Minister, Yeo Cheow Tong, however, had earlier told the Aviation and Tourism Outlook conference in Singapore that he was willing to give Qantas "whatever they want".

With Qantas complaining that Singapore Air's push to enter the US route would create an uneven playing field, Mr Yeo said: "We are very happy to sign open skies agreements with any country, and especially Australia.

"After all, we have economic ties, we've got very strong relationships that go back many many decades. Who else [is] better to have an open skies agreement with than Australia?"

The minister said he believed there were few "remaining limitations" on where Qantas could fly out of Singapore, "as can be seen with the setting up of Jetstar Asia in Singapore ... it will benefit Qantas to a huge extent."

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despite all that.. does any1 knows how the LCC at KLIA going to look like?
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Malaysian Air: Fuel Charge Temporary; Driven By Oil Price
25 April 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (3786.KU) Monday said its planned hike in fuel surcharges from May 1 is temporary.

"The surcharge is specific to the price of jet fuel and will not be permanent," the company said in a press release.

"When (jet fuel) prices reduce to $37.72 per barrel, and (are) sustained for 30 days, the surcharge will be removed," it added.

The remarks from Malaysian Airline - owner of Southeast Asia's biggest passenger plane fleet - come at a time when the airline is trying to improve fuel efficiency, including replacing its aging single-aisle planes with new aircraft.

In February, Malaysian Airline blamed high fuel prices for a 75% year-on-year drop in third-quarter net profit to MYR57.1 million. Malaysian Airline operates the national carrier Malaysia Airlines.

Monday, the company said, "The increase and the new fuel surcharges are inevitable because fuel prices continue to escalate rapidly and unabated, from US$37.72 per barrel in May 2004 to US$71.50 as at 22 April 2005."

The government, which owns 69% of the company, April 20 approved a hike of at least 52% in fuel surcharges from their May 2004 levels. For the first time, surcharges were also imposed on domestic flights.
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AirAsia Seeking Malaysia Govt Nod For Fuel Surcharge
25 April 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU), Southeast Asia's biggest low-cost carrier, Monday said it is seeking approval from the Malaysian government to add fuel surcharges to its airfares.

"Once approvals have been granted, the airline would reevaluate the situation and decide on the next course of action," AirAsia said in an e-mailed statement.

AirAsia's move follows Malaysian Airline System Bhd.'s (3786.KU) move to raise fuel surcharges at least 52% from May 1.

In addition, Malaysian Airline is also imposing for the first time surcharges on airfares for domestic routes.

AirAsia - the region's only listed low-cost airline - also said it "has no immediate plans" to impose surcharges.

Jet fuel prices have risen more than 60% in the past one year, AirAsia said.

Nevertheless, "being a new airline with many immature routes, a fuel surcharge will have no impact on demand especially as airlines in the region have put in surcharges between $5-$20," Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said in the statement.

The statement also noted that Thai AirAsia, a 51-49 joint venture between Thailand's Shin Corp. and AirAsia, has already announced plans for surcharges on domestic airfares. However, AirAsia didn't say when or whether the Thai AirAsia surcharges have been implemented.

Company officials couldn't immediately comment on the surcharges.
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AirAsia focus on 'good job for Xiamen'
Danny Chung
25 April 2005
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Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia is looking to take things slowly and carefully in China as it starts its service between Bangkok and Xiamen today.

Executive vice-president Kathleen Tan said despite the attraction of the mainland aviation market, the first foreign low-cost carrier to fly to China aims to keep expansion plans under control.

She said the airline wants to focus on "doing a good job for Xiamen first'' before offering another route because of the danger of expanding too fast.

"If you can't do a good job, then you will find you start cutting flights,'' she said.

Tan said the airline, which also serves the Bangkok-Macau route, has received a good response from potential customers since it began selling tickets with people asking where to buy them and how to obtain visas.

But ticket distribution is a problem, she said, as well as educating Chinese about the low-cost carrier concept.

However, the firm is working with Thai tourism authorities to set up a hotline in China to deal with this.

Tan remains bullish on prospects.

"There is a big FIT [fully independent traveller] market in China because you are dealing with a new generation of Chinese who are surfing the Net,'' Tan said.

Xiamen from Bangkok is just under the three hours' flying time, which she said is the limit for a budget airline, and which the airline would be reluctant to exceed.

Asked about future plans, she said: "Long term, we may look, but not now, at operating a hub in China or we will establish a `China AirAsia.' Then we can look to flying to more points.''

As to the location of the hub, she said it would concentrate on flying out of Bangkok to southern China cities within a three-hour radius. She dismissed suggestions that operating a hub would go against point-to-point principles of budget carriers by saying that if there was a hub in Guangzhou, it would be able to serve the nine provinces south of the Yangtze.

Xiamen airport came in for praise, with Tan saying that it is "willing to do anything to support us.''

This included the airport chairman going as far as undertaking a fact-finding trip to inspect a few low-cost European airports.

She refused to comment on whether Xiamen has offered concessions on airport charges but said it helped by agreeing to cut out use of air bridges and tow trucks as well as educating immigration officials to help the airline achieve a 25-minute turnaround.

Meanwhile, Patee Sarasin, chief executive at Thai startup Nok Air is also looking to start services to Macau.

He let slip that the carrier is planning to fly in October but quickly corrected himself to the "second half.''
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AirAsia joins ranks of excellent airlines
08-03-2005



AirAsia Bhd has captured the prestigious Market Leadership Award 2005 at the recent Air Transport World Magazine’s 2005 Airline Achievement Awards, one of the most coveted annual events to recognise excellence in the airline industry.

Other notable winners this year were Air France-KLM Group (ATW Airline of the Year) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (Passenger Service Award).

“AirAsia’s triumph at the awards has placed it among the crème de la crème of the aviation industry… joining an alumnus of luminaries such as Virgin (1998), Ryan Air (2000), and Jet Blue (2002), which were all previous winners of the ATW Market Leadership Award,” AirAsia said in a statement on March 8.

“Of all the awards that we have won in the past, this award means the most to us. It is a testament that AirAsia has successfully pioneered low-cost travel in Asia.

“Despite defying market sentiments that LCCs [low-cost carriers] will not take off and encountering numerous uphill battles, we have persisted and persevered,” said AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes.
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AirAsia plans S'pore-M'sia border bus service
06-04-2004


No-frills carrier AirAsia Sdn Bhd is planning to offer bus services from the Malaysian border to carry Singaporean passengers to the Senai Airport in Johor.

AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said it planned to appoint two independent bus operators, one each in Singapore and Johor Bahru, to carry passengers from the republic to Senai.

He was speaking to reporters on April 5 after the launch of the DBS-AirAsia MasterCard in Singapore.

Fernandes said AirAsia would introduce its RHB-AirAsia MasterCard in Malaysia by June, while its Thai counterpart would also be launching the Thai version of the credit card in October.

Fernandes said the project in Thailand would involve OK Capital, a joint venture between Shin Corp and a local Thai bank, to issue the AirAsia MasterCard.

For the Singapore project with DBS Bank Ltd, Fernandes said they would be looking at a sign-up rate of over 30,000 in six months.

All versions of its credit cards would allow users to accumulate AirAsia dollar (AA$) cash rebates, which can be used to redeem air tickets or merchandises from the issuing bank’s partners.

He said the AA$, which resembles a mileage programme, enabled AirAsia travellers to redeem flights at lower redemption points than that of other frequent flyer programmes.
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Nazrey > Old news already. The bus services was cancelled
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Malaysia AirAsia in talks to raise $3.8 bln -paper

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Reuters) - Malaysia's budget carrier AirAsia Bhd is in talks with five international lenders to raise 14.4 billion ringgit, or $3.8 billion, to buy 60 new Airbus A320 aircraft, the Business Times said.

The five lenders are U.S.-owned Citigroup Inc , HSBC Holdings Plc , Germany's Deutsche Bank AG, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Calyon, the corporate and investment banking arm of France's Credit Agricole SA .

"Nothing has been finalised at this moment," the newspaper quoted AirAsia Chief Executive Tony Fernandes as saying. "We are still looking at the available options."

Airbus announced in March that AirAsia had raised orders for the A320 to 60 units from a previously confirmed 40. ($1=3.8 ringgit)
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Business Times - 11 May 2005

AirAsia flies to Sibu from May 24


SENAI - AirAsia, the no frills airline in Southeast Asia, announced that it would commence direct flights between Johor Bahru and Sibu, in Sarawak beginning May 24, 2005.

The new Johor Bahru-Sibu service would be operated three times a week on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

A one way trip starts from RM49.99 (US$13.15).

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Thai AirAsia To Get License For Vietnam Ops - Official
11 May 2005

HANOI (AP)--Budget airline Thai AirAsia is expected to receive a license to begin flights to Vietnam next month, an official said Wednesday.

"It's just a matter of time," said Ho Quoc Cuong of Vietnam's Civil Aviation Administration. He said the low-cost carrier plans to begin services between Hanoi and Bangkok on June 15.

The Thailand-based airline will offer seven flights a week between the two cities, but it is unclear what rates will be charged.

The Thai carrier is a subsidiary of Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU), the region's biggest budget carrier. AirAsia owns 49% of Thai AirAsia, while Thailand's Shin Corp. (SHIN.TH) holds the remaining 51%.
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15 May 2005

AirAsia chooses CFM engines for its new A320 Airbus aircraft: report

KUALA LUMPUR : AirAsia, the region's top budget carrier, has reportedly selected engines made by CFM International to power the 60 Airbus A320 aircraft it has ordered.

The deal for the CFM56-586/P engines, each of which has a catalogue price of 36 million ringgit (9.47 million dollars), would be signed at the Paris Air Show next month, the Business Times newspaper said Saturday.

But the head of AirAsia on Sunday declined comment on the report.

"No comment. We will make an announcement (at the) end of the month," chief executive officer Tony Fernandes told AFP.

CFM International was formed in 1971 by General Electric of the United States and the French state-owned aerospace group Snecma.

Other low cost carriers that have chosen CFM engines include Irish low-cost airline Ryanair.

AirAsia is the single largest buyer of the A320 in the Asia Pacific region.

The budget airline has ordered the 60 Airbus A320s with an option for another 40 aircraft which will completely replace its current fleet of 28 single-aisle, 148-seat Boeing 737-300s.

Delivery of the first A320 will begin late this year and continue through until 2011, the company said.

Launched as a budget carrier in December 2001 with just two aircraft, AirAsia has defied the sceptics to become a significant regional player, with its business model now imitated by startled national carriers along with a host of new low-cost entrants.- AFP/ir

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Which operation has more international flights?
Thai Air Asia (operating out of BKK)
Air Asia (operating out of KLIA)
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