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Old May 15th, 2005, 07:38 PM   #141
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AirAsia (Malaysia)
From/To Kuala Lumpur International Airport
14 flights a week to Alor Star, Kedah
14 flights a week to Bali, Indonesia
7 flights a week to Bandung, Indonesia
21 flights a week to Bangkok, Thailand
7 flights a week to Bintulu, Sarawak
7 flights a week to Hat Yai, Thailand
21 flights a week to Jakarta, Indonesia
14 flights a week to Johor Bahru, Johor
56 flights a week to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
21 flights a week to Kota Bharu, Kelantan
21 flights a week to Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
56 flights a week to Kuching, Sarawak
14 flights a week to Labuan
21 flights a week to Langkawi, Kedah
7 flights a week to Macau
7 flights a week to Manila (Clark), Philippines
14 flights a week to Medan, Indonesia
21 flights a week to Miri, Sarawak
7 flights a week to Padang, Indonesia
21 flights a week to Penang
14 flights a week to Phuket, Thailand
14 flights a week to Sandakan, Sabah
14 flights a week to Sibu, Sarawak
14 flights a week to Surabaya, Indonesia
14 flights a week to Tawau, Sabah

Thai AirAsia
From/To Don Muang Airport (Bangkok International Airport)
21 flights a week to Chiang Mai, Thailand
14 flights a week to Chiang Rai, Thailand
18 flights a week to Hat Yai, Thailand
7 flights a week to Khon Kaen, Thailand
3 flights a week to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
7 flights a week to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14 flights a week to Macau
3 flights a week to Narathiwat, Thailand
14 flights a week to Penang, Malaysia
21 flights a week to Phuket, Thailand
21 flights a week to Singapore
7 flights a week to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
14 flights a week to Udon Thani, Thailand
7 flights a week to Xiamen, China
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Old May 17th, 2005, 05:55 PM   #142
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MASkargo Aims To Be Prominent Global Cargo Carrier
May 16, 2005 17:37 PM



KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) -- MASkargo, Malaysia's national cargo carrier, is building on its capacity to become a prominent global cargo carrier with state-of-the-art facility for the transshipment of goods and animals.

Malaysia Airlines senior general manager (cargo), Datuk J.J. Ong, said despite the prevailing high oil prices, MASkargo's cost-cutting strategy and measures to boost efficiency would enable it to maintain its leading position.

He added that MASkargo is also facing tough competition from regional cargo players.

"MASkargo is looking at substantial investments in its facility at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to support more sophisticated infrastructure and higher traffic volume," he said during the launch of MASkargo liveried KL Monorail train.

To celebrate the experience, 28 children from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Banting, a home for the underprivileged children, as well as key agents and business partners were invited for the inaugural journey through Kuala Lumpur.

Ong said MASkargo is also on a marketing campaign to aggressively promote its animal cargo division, with the prospects of the division becoming a huge contribution to MASkargo's revenue in the near future.

"Currently, there are not many animal cargo carriers globally, putting us in third position after Frankfurt and Amsterdam. The demand for animal cargo is also growing rapidly, especially for large animals like dolphins, elephants and sharks," he said.

Ong said with its brand-building marketing campaign and investments in the KLIA facility, MASkargo is expecting a strong growth in revenue this year.

"We have to efficiently manage our costs and part of this exercise involves selling our two existing cargo freight planes," he added.

He said the disposal of the two cargo freight planes, which have both passenger and cargo freight features, was necessary in view of MASkargo's plans for more planes that exclusively transport cargo goods or animals.

This, he explained, would enable MASkargo to scale down its aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) expenses. Ong said KLIA would continue to be an important hub for MASkargo in view of the growing number of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.

MASkargo freighter services currently cover KLIA, Penang, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Osaka, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Bangalore, Bangkok, Dubai, Taipei, Sydney and Tokyo.

In Europe, the MASkargo destinations include Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Manchester and Basel.

It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines' passenger fleet serving almost 100 destinations worldwide.

"We will be engaging a consultant to determine the exact amount of investment required to double the capacity at KLIA from 650,000 tonnes to about 1.5 million tonnes as well as the high technology features that are necessary to cope with the increasing traffic demand," Ong said.

He added that last year, MASKargo handled 640,000 tonnes, reaching almost its capacity level.

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MALAYSIA AIRLINES INTRODUCES ROOIBOS TEA ON ITS PREMIUM CLASSES
13 Apr, 2005



Malaysia Airlines today announced that effective this month, the infamous Rooibos tea would be introduced progressively on First and Business class of its newly retrofitted Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines Food & Beverage Manager, Azman Ahmad announced this today at a media conference in Kimberley, South Africa.

This on-board hospitality enhancement is an initiative of Malaysia Airlines’ “Project Relish”, commenced in March 2004, to revitalize and improve the total inflight food and beverage experience of its customers as part of its `Going Beyond Expectations’ campaign.

Rooibos tea has been acknowledged for its superior quality, freshness and taste. It is also reputed for its various health benefits, and these fine qualities best serve the airline’s quest to provide the finest and most original to its premier customers.

“We have selected Rooibos tea not only for its antioxidant benefits, caffeine-free properties and distinctive taste but more so for its originality that comes with a blend of flavours that appeal to the premier class passengers,” said Azman at the media conference.

“The uniqueness of Rooibos tea creates an added selection for our customers to enjoy while traveling with Malaysia Airlines,” he added.

Malaysia Airlines Area Manager for Central & Southern Africa, Faisal Ibrahim, said that South Africa is well known for its premium agro-based products.

“The relationship between South Africa through its Northern Cape Region and Malaysia Airlines on the Rooibos tea project is timely, highly beneficial as it will be part of our overall objective of becoming a global airline offering the best of inflight experience by the world’s best cabin crew,” explained Faisal.

Apart from the Rooibos announcement, the Project Relish delegation was also in South Africa to research and gather more information on South Africa’s ‘HALAL’ meat, seafood, agro-based produce and 100 per-cent pure sparkling grape juice.

Malaysia Airlines currently operates three times weekly into Johannesburg and Cape Town, with two of its services extending beyond to Buenos Aires utilizing the B747-400 aircraft. The airline has recently unveiled its upgrading programme for 34 B747-400s and B777-200s in its fleet where the First and Business Class cabin and the inflight entertainment system, will be entirely revamped to introduce cutting-edge style and design, providing the ultimate in contemporary global air travel.
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MALAYSIA AIRLINES’ COMMISSIONS ITS LATEST B747-400 FULL FLIGHT SIMULATOR
7 Apr, 2005



7th April 2005. Malaysia Airlines today commissioned its latest Boeing B747-400 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for operations.

The FFS, acquired from Thales Training and Simulation (TT & S) Limited, was commissioned by Malaysia Airlines’ Managing Director, Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan at the national airline’s Flight Crew Training Centre in Subang.

The Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is the latest in simulation technology using TT&S' C2000X architecture and has been designed specifically to meet the exacting requirements for the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR) Standard 1A and United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Level D, the highest internationally recognised level of flight simulation.

It is the 7th FFS purchased by Malaysia Airlines from Thales, equipped with specific airport familiarization tools, the latest Thales debrief system and the Evans and Sutherland state-of-the-art EP1000 visual system.

Speaking at the commissioning of the simulator, Dato' Ahmad Fuaad said, “Whilst we are focused on all the frills towards the expansion of the national airline, we recognise that our operations hinges primarily on the expertise of pilots and cabin crew. To this end we have acquired simulators and set up our own centres for training our technical crew and cabin staff. A simulator for the A380 will also be purchased in our preparations for the twin-deck aircraft that will join our fleet by February 2007.”

“Our relationship with Thales Training & Simulation spans over a few decades and we are pleased with this latest state-of-the-art acquisition” he added.

Mr Mark Rowson, Sales Director of Thales Training & Simulation who represented his company at the occasion said, “Thales is very proud to be associated with the commissioning of Malaysia Airlines’ latest B747-400 Flight Simulator. This product features state-of-the-art technology with increased features that will improve training of the technical crew whilst improving the reliability of the simulator. We believe Malaysia Airlines has full capabilities to offer the best simulator training in the region and it is an honour for us that the new Thales B747-400 Full Flight Simulator will play a major role in the Malaysia Airlines’ Flight Training Centre expansion."

Malaysia Airlines installed its first simulator (Fokker F27) at its then Training School in Subang on 17 May 1975. It now operates a full fledged Flight Simulator Training Centre with a simulator fleet of B747-400, B777-200, A330-300, two B737-400, and one Fokker F50, providing training for not only its own staff but also to technical crew of other airlines.

Thales is an international electronics and systems group, serving defense, aerospace and security markets. The group employs 62,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of 10.6 billion euros in 2003.
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MALAYSIA AIRLINES AND GRS NETWORK SYNERGISE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
5 May, 2005



Kuala Lumpur, 05 May 05: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is partnering with an Internet-based solutions provider to give travelers, holidaymakers and its authorized agents greater and faster access to its products worldwide.

The Internet-based distribution-networking tie-up with GRS Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd and its US-based principal, GRSNetwork Inc, widens the national carrier’s distribution base. This is because Malaysia Airlines products and its travel-related products will now be marketed and distributed through the GRSNetwork’s suite of travel-related solution.

It enables a customer speedier access to information critical to their traveling needs and decision to use Malaysia Airlines products or associate products, including air tickets, partner resorts and hotels, holiday tour packages and cruises.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the Malaysia Airlines head office here today. The signatories were Dato’ Rashid Khan, Senior General Manager Sales, Distribution and Marketing of Malaysia Airlines; Dato’ Liew Hoong, Chief Executive Officer of GRS Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd; and Mr Gregory Lykiardopoulos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GRSNetwork Inc.

Under the terms of the agreement, effective today, Malaysia Airlines will allow GRS USA access to suitable MAS inventory to be made available for sale through the GRSNetwork’s distribution network.

GRSNetwork will distribute Malaysia Airlines products as well as its associated products such as Malaysian hotels, resorts, tours, cruises, holiday packages and other travel related products worldwide to both travel agents and end customers.

The MoU is a significant milestone in the travel industry in Malaysia because it marks the entry of a new lower cost travel distribution network in Malaysia.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dato Rashid Khan said: “Malaysia Airlines sees GRSNetwork as an alternative channel of distributing its products through a network that is more cost effective due to the use of internet technology. The Use of internet opens a far wider worldwide accessibility to MAS inventory.”

Dato’ Rashid said: “The booking engine provided by GRSNetwork is accessible by travel agents and suppliers and also end customers worldwide. This will compliment and strengthen MAS online presence. The new network is one of many innovations by Malaysia Airlines to continue serving Going Beyond Expectation ”

Mr Lykiardopoulos said: “We anticipate that GRS technology will cut airline’s distribution costs by more than fifty percent over the conventional channel. In addition, it will greatly enhance overall productivity level of travel agents who use the Internet to access and book inventory.”

Lykiardopoulos also said: ”GRSNetwork will provide the technology solutions consisting powerful suite of internet based, point and click solutions to the travel industry and the necessary infrastructure on which the solutions will run. The multi-language capability of the GRSNetwork suite of solution makes it very attractive for worldwide deployment. “

GRSNetwork will work with Malaysia Airlines to further enhance the solutions for specific segments of the travel industry e.g. Corporate Travel, Government Travel etc.

Malaysia Airlines and GRSNetwork will jointly conduct marketing campaigns to promote the distribution of MAS products in the GRSNetwork distribution network to travel agents or any other related party.


About GRS

GRSNetwork is a fast expanding international business-to-business (B2B) internet infrastructure technology company for travel suppliers, traditional and online travel agencies. After successes in their home base USA, GRSNetwork has made significant inroads in China where they now distribute the largest Chinese domestic inventory to the world outside of China.

GRSNetwork's products are available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Malay, Japanese, French, German, Dutch, Latin Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.

For more information about GRSNetwork, visit www.grsnetwork.com
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Malaysia Airlines increases flight to Maldives
28 Mar, 2005



Kuala Lumpur, 28 March 2005: From today Malaysia Airlines will fly thrice weekly to Maldives, the tropical paradise hit by tsunami last December.

The additional Kuala Lumpur-Male-Colombo-Kuala Lumpur frequency is expected to help boost Maldives’ tourism sector, which suffered a setback following the tsunami.

Malaysia Airlines’ General Manager Sales, Mr Nick Phang said: “As Malaysia Airlines expands its route network in China to strengthen its market presence, we find that Maldives is becoming increasingly popular among holidaymakers from China. With direct flights from eight cities in China, Kuala Lumpur can serve as a hub by flying these holidaymakers to Malaysia and onwards to the Maldives. “

Mr Phang added: “This is a fine example of the connectivity that the national carrier is always seeking, which will promote the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as the regional aviation hub.”

Presently, Malaysia Airlines fly twice weekly on the Kuala Lumpur- Male-Colombo-Kuala Lumpur sector. With the introduction of the third flight, the new flight schedule is as follows:

·MH189 leaves Kuala Lumpur for Male at 2005hrs to arrive at 2110 local time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

·The turnaround flight, MH188, continues from Male to Colombo, departing at 2220hrs the same day and arriving at 0045 local time the next day. It leaves Colombo for Kuala Lumpur at 0215hrs on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays to arrive at 0740hrs the same day.

With the new schedule, the Kuala Lumpur-Colombo sector is rerouted as Kuala Lumpur-Male-Colombo-Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airlines is deploying the Airbus 330-300 with 42 Business Class seats and 250 Economy Class seats.

In 1996, Malaysia Airlines started flying to Male, the capital of Maldives, which is popular as a tropical paradise with sandy beaches and coral reefs. Tourism is a top revenue earner for Maldives, which has developed more than 70 islands to attract the top end of the tourist market. Scuba divers are attracted to the abundant marine life in the surrounding waters.

Issued by Media Relations/Corporate Communications Department Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur
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since when the airlines fly from KUL to Hatyai?

AA shud fly to more destinations ex Johor Bahru.. places like Padang, Medan, Ujung Pandang.. and obviously Jakarta and HKG. Dragonair ceases HKG/Jhor Bahru rite??
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Emirates To Introduce Additional Flights From September
May 18, 2005 17:47 PM



KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- Emirates Airline which currently flies Dubai-KL seven times weekly, will have its additional six flights introduced from September to October 2005.

Country manager Alban Lee told Bernama that the additional flights were part of the Airline's expansion plan for the Far East whereby six out of the 13 flights would be direct turnaround flights from Dubai-KL-Dubai.

It was reported recently that the additional frequencies were to cater for the increasing demand from West Asian travellers who considered Malaysia to be their preferred holiday destination.

As the Airline was focused on the increased flight frequencies between the Dubai-KL route, Lee said there was no plans to add more flights connecting to Australia at this point of time.

As to whether Emirates would need another hub in Malaysia, he said the Airline might consider Kota Kinabalu as an option in East Malaysia but there was no plans made for this at this juncture.

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19 May 2005

Thai AirAsia budget airline wins licence to fly Hanoi-Bangkok route

HANOI : Thai AirAsia, a subsidiary of Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia, has won a licence to offer flights between Hanoi and Bangkok.

"The licence was granted yesterday (May 18)," said an official of the air transport department of the Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration.

In Bangkok last week, a Thai AirAsia spokeswoman said the carrier planned to operate the route within three months as it expanded its services.

The carrier will operate seven flights a week between the two capitals.

Malaysia-based AirAsia owns 49 percent of Thai AirAsia, with Thailand's Shin Corp. holding 51 percent.

Singapore-based Tiger Airways was the first low-cost airline to begin operating flights to Vietnam on April 1.

In March, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai approved a consolidation plan for Vietnamese company Pacific Airlines, including acquisition of 30 percent stake by Singapore state investment arm Temasek Holdings.

Temasek, which said the negotiations were ongoing with the government, wants to make Pacific Airlines the third low cost carrier in the country.

More than 20 international airlines operate in the Vietnamese market so far.

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Microsoft Solutions For Budget Airlines In Asia-pacific
May 20, 2005 15:28 PM


KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Bernama) -- Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) has gained increased customer momentum with five low-cost airlines in the Asia-Pacific -- Tiger Airways, NokAir, ValuAir, AirAsia and Jetstar Asia -- coming on board.

These airlines have deployed the solutions to increase profitability by keeping costs down and improving customer engagement processes, Microsoft said in a statement Friday.

It added that deployment of the solutions by the top five low-cost airlines in the region is testimony to the profit advantage and return on investment (ROI) that Microsoft drives, especially in an industry that operates on tight margins.

Tiger Airways, a well known low-fare carrier in the region, is one of the airlines that turned to MBS to boost business efficiency and visibility.

NokAir, another fast-growing budget airline in Thailand, was keen to adopt MBS to improve competitive advantage.

Working with SoftControl, a Microsoft Business Solutions partner, NokAir implemented MBS to integrate and run its operations, distribution, customer relationship management (CRM), frequent flyer membership programme and their multi-channel outlets.

Malaysia's AirAsia opted for a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution implemented by Avanade, a Microsoft Business Solutions partner.

"With this solution, AirAsia has been able to succesfully maintain process integrity, reduce our financial month-end closing processing times, as well as speed up reporting and data retrieval processes," said its regional director of information technology, Lau Kin Choy.

With the low-cost travel market heating up, time to market and responsiveness are two key factors that can differentiate players from their competition, Microsoft said.

It added that Jetstar Asia, together with Imperium Solutions, a Microsoft Business Solutions partner, rolled out solutions to achieve just that.

Microsoft said in the past six months, MBS has added hundreds of new customer wins in the small and mid-size segment in the Asia-Pacific and also launched 40 industry solutions with more than 340 partners in the region.

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Malaysia's AirAsia says annual profit to miss target

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 (Reuters) - Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd unveiled a third-quarter net profit of 40.69 million ringgit ($10.7 million) on Wednesday and said annual earnings would be lower than forecast at the time of its initial public offering (IPO) last year

The company gave no comparative figures for the January-March quarter in 2004.

Net profit for the nine months to end-March stood at 95.53 million ringgit. The budget carrier forecast a full-year profit of 160 million in its share sale prospectus issued last October, prior to its listing in November.

AirAsia said its performance had been hit by delays in aircraft deployment due to the tightening of the used Boeing 737-300 lease market.

High fuel costs, the Dec. 26 tsunami and losses due to start-up costs at its Indonesian operations were also factors.

"In the light of the above factors, the directors expect the results for the full financial year to be lower than the IPO forecast. Despite this, the directors remain positive about the future growth prospects for the group," it said in a statement.

AirAsia's share price closed up 0.66 percent at 1.52 ringgit on Wednesday. It has fallen about 9 percent in the past three months but is still higher than the IPO price for institutions of 1.25 ringgit.

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AirAsia gets nod to fly to 6 more China cities

(HONG KONG) AirAsia Bhd, South-east Asia's biggest discount airline, said it received approval to fly to six more cities in southern China as it seeks to take advantage of the country's growing demand for air travel.

'China is the focus,' chief executive Tony Fernandes said in an interview at a conference in Tokyo yesterday.

'Xiamen is doing very well and we've got approval for six more destinations,' he revealed, declining to name the additional destinations.

AirAsia, based outside Kuala Lumpur, began flying to China in April with Singapore-based Valuair Ltd, as the country's growth in passenger traffic is forecast to exceed the global average each year until 2023. Thai AirAsia Co, AirAsia's venture with Thailand's Shin Corp, now flies to Xiamen in southeastern China.

AirAsia has no urgent need for a fuel surcharge, Mr Fernandes said. The airline has hedged 63 per cent of its fuel purchases for the next fiscal year ending in June 2006, he said on May 25.

'With our hedging in place right now, there's less of an urgency,' Mr Fernandes said yesterday.

Global airlines may be unprofitable for a fifth year in 2005, with combined loss widening 25 per cent to a record US$6 billion, caused by surging costs of jet fuel and wages, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said yesterday.

The price of jet fuel traded in Singapore fell 1.1 per cent to US$62 on Friday, and has gained 28 per cent this year.- Bloomberg

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Malaysia Airlines reports lower profit, secures new routes to China, India

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (AFP) - Flag carrier Malaysia Airlines on Tuesday said net profits fell by 29 percent to 326.1 million ringgit (86 million dollars) in the year to March due to higher fuel prices and despite record international traffic growth.

The airline's managing director Ahmad Fuaad Dahalan said fuel costs rose to 3.8 billion ringgit from 2.3 billion ringgit previously due to higher prices and network expansion.

Malaysia Airlines last year posted net profits of 461.1 million ringgit.

"Taking into circumstances a very difficult year, we think we have done reasonably well," he told reporters.

"We have achieved our third consecutive year of profit ... strong revenue growth offset the effect of higher fuel costs on our bottom line."

Malaysia Airlines would continue its expansion drive, he said. "We have not retarded any of our growth expansion. We are continuing to grow."

Ahmad Fuaad said the fast-growing economies of China and India were part of the carrier's "grand design" and it would continue to find new routes to the two countries, in addition to the eight established this year.

Total revenue for the full year rose 29.4 percent to 11.36 billion ringgit on a record jump of 24 percent in international passenger traffic to 8.6 million passengers and a 21 percent increase in cargo tonnage.

International passenger revenue grew by 29 percent to 7.9 billion ringgit, while cargo revenue increased by 44 percent to 2.4 billion.

Total operating expenditure grew by 29 percent to 11 billion ringgit primarily on an 1.5 billion ringgit increase in fuel costs.

Malaysia Airlines is to fly to some 10 new destinations this year including Shengyang, Chongqing, Fuchou and Haikou in China and Amritsar, Cochin, Trivandrum and Trichi in India.

"Within China and India, our expansion strategy is designed to ensure we reach the various lucrative points," Ahmad Fuaad said, adding that "our network expansion strategy is focused on strengthening our regional connectivity to feed our international network."

The airline will also boost capacity into Guangzhou, Hyderabad, New York and Stockholm, and increase flights to neighbouring Singapore, he said.

Malaysia Airlines currently flies to 88 international and 32 domestic destinations.

Competition will remain strong as airlines continue to expand their fleets, it said adding it would face greater competition from British, European and North American carriers after China and India granted them expanded traffic rights.

The International Air Transport Association has reported that traffic demand is expected to remain buoyant in Asia Pacific and that growth of more than six percent is forecast for 2005 despite slightly lower economic growth and capacity expansion.
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MAS studies proposal to boost frequency of flights to S. Africa
By KANG SIEW LI
25 May 2005
Business Times

CAPE TOWN, Tues: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is looking at increasing the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburg-Cape Town service from three to four times a week over the next two years to keep up with increasing demand.

"I have already submitted my proposal (for the additional frequency) to (MAS) headquarters and they are seriously looking into it. "While a daily flight will be ideal, knowing our constraints, we will move progressively and begin with four times a week first," MAS area manager for central and southern Africa, Faisal Ibrahim, told a group of Malaysian journalists here today.

MAS currently operates a 747-400 service three times a week from Kuala Lumpur to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, with two of its services extending beyond South Africa into Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The idea of mounting an additional frequency from Kuala Lumpur to Johannesburg and Cape Town was proposed by Faisal as an opportunity to tap into the growing passenger traffic between the two countries.

"With the strong South African rand, there has been a lot of demand from South Africans wanting to travel, especially to Asia.

"And while Europe and the US remain the South Africans' number one choice of destinations, MAS and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board are working hard to promote Malaysia as a preferred destination. That's because South Africans are one of Malaysia's biggest spenders in terms of value," said Faisal.

Also, the airline needs additional flights for its growing cargo business in South Africa.

"Our passenger load factor (the percentage of available seats filled by paying passengers) averages 80 per cent, while our cargo payload is in the high 80s," said Faisal.

Nonetheless, MAS will need to wait at least two years before it can increase its flights from Kuala Lumpur to South Africa.

Faisal said one of the constraints that prevents the airline from mounting the additional frequency immediately is that it is currently undergoing a retrofitting exercise systemwide, where at least every month one of its 747s will be on the ground to undergo retrofitting of services and heavy maintenance.

"Another constraint is that MAS' focus right now is to expand into China and India, where traffic demand is growing rapidly," he added.

But Faisal expects the additional frequency to come in the latest by 2007, when the airline pulls out its 747s currently being used on its Kuala Lumpur-London route and replaces them with the new superjumbo A380 passenger jets.

"Thus, we will have resources for the 747s, which can be used for the South Africa route," he added.

Fanie van Rooyen, sales manager (cargo) at Aireps Ltd, the general sales agent for Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) in South Africa, said the cargo operations contributed 25 per cent of MAS' total revenue in South Africa for the financial year 2003-2004.

"But we had much more space to sell then (as MAS was using the bigger 747 Combi). Now with the smaller 747-400 passenger aircraft, we are focusing on transporting only high-yield cargo such as marine produce like lobsters, abalone, oysters and live animals (to generate more revenue)," he said.

Rooyen said MASkargo has no plans yet to extend its freighter network to South Africa.

"The reason is that the export volume out of South Africa is not huge and consists of mainly perishable products. Thus, shippers would rather have more flight frequencies out of South Africa than bigger space capacity," he added.

MASkargo currently provides freighter services to Penang, Hong Kong, Osaka, Shanghai, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dubai, Bangalore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Manchester, Basel and Malpensa.
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Malaysia Airlines is awarded 5 Star Airline status
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Malaysia Airlines has joined an exclusive "club" of just 4 airlines across the world, allocated a 5 Star Quality Ranking. Ranking reflects very high staff service standards, as well as enhanced product levels being offered by the airline in 2005. MAS Star Ranking
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MALAYSIA AIRLINES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES ITS FIRST HEAVY MAINTENANCE ON VIP BUSINESS JET AIRCRAFT
25 May, 2005



Vision Air Sees Malaysia Airlines Engineering Potentials In VIP & Corporate Jet Maintenance Repair and Overhaul.

25 May 2005, Subang: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today officially handed a Boeing 737 VIP & Corporate jet aircraft to Vision Air after successfully completing heavy maintenance on the aircraft in a record time of 45 days.

Encik Tajuden Abu Bakar, MAS Senior General Manager (Technical & Ground Operations) and Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, in his capacity as Board Member of Vision Air signed the acceptance for the handover at a ceremony in Subang. Also present at the ceremony was Mr. William Acor, the President of Vision Air.

The heavy maintenance check, including the aircraft’s interior cabin refurbishment, was done at the MAS Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center in Subang. The maintenance work also covered Corrosion Prevention and Control Program (CPCP), Structural Inspection and Avionics System Upgrade and Modifications. Test flights were performed at the end of the program to ensure flight performance was at optimum standards.

The handover today signals MAS fast establishing its reputation as a reliable, affordable and competitive aviation Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO), supporting the Malaysian Government’s vision to turn Subang into an International Aerospace Park.

Towards realisation of this vision, MAS has embarked on heavy aircraft maintenance at its Engineering complex in Subang. The successful completion of Vision Air’s B737 VIP & Corporate jet heavy maintenance check showcases the national carrier’s latest product as a maintenance service provider to Business Jets.

VIP & Corporate Business Jet owners and operators based within the vast and growing Asia Pacific marketplace now have a new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center available in MAS Engineering Complex in Subang.

Speaking after the handover ceremony, Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew said “I chose MAS because of its world class facilities and superb workmanship, thus ensuring me of best of quality. I am extremely happy that I made the right decision, as the end product speaks for itself. Our customers demand the pinnacle of comfort and safety. I am confident that MAS’ capabilities in VIP jet maintenance will open doors to other owners the world over. This will definitely bring about enhancement towards our government’s effort in promoting Subang International Aerospace Park”.

“Having a premier MRO center like MAS, strategically located in Subang, offering an extremely high quality product, is a real plus for us,” said Vision Air President Mr. William Acor. “Growth in VIP Jet charter business around the world has raised the need for supply of high quality and reliable maintenance service provider to the operators and owners of these VIP Corporate Jets. MAS Engineering has fully demonstrated its strength in this and we are very pleased with the end product. We will now spread the word around our circle of VIP Jet owners and operators of this great facility”, he added.

Encik Tajuden Abu Bakar said, “We are very pleased to have served Vision Air. In line with the national aspiration to further develop the aviation industry, we are positive that this latest VIP & Corporate Jet maintenance Service provided by MAS Engineering will promote the national airline’s market presence in this segment of business.”

MAS Engineering General Manager, En Roslan Ismail added, “We are proud to have added this capability, tapping into a new niche market segment of VIP & Corporate Jet maintenance. It is a further testimony of our superior quality, well -developed capability and proven reliability being recognized by our customers amidst the competitive MRO environment in this region.”

The MAS Engineering Division in Subang started operations in 1972 when the national airline took to the skies. Its core function is to carryout maintenance work on the aircraft in the airline’s fleet. In addition, MAS Engineering also performs maintenance and component repair and overhaul services for other airlines. With its well equipped and advanced facility, coupled with well trained and highly experience personnel, MAS Engineering is scaling new heights with this achievement in VIP & Corporate Jet Heavy Maintenance.

Vision Air is a business and tour charter operator based at Las Vegas. Its fleet of 16 plus aircraft boasts the most modern fleet in the Grand Canyon tour business marketplace
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MAS cabin crews are exceptionally nice and friendly !
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they are, aren't they... i would also go for SriLanka Airlines crew members..
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MAS to increase flights to China, India

KUALA LUMPUR - Flag carrier Malaysia Airlines plans to add four more flights to China and three to India by early next year in an effort to tap the economic boom in the two countries, an official said on Friday.

The national airline will fly to Shenyang, Chongqing, Guilin and Shenzhen in China by the end of this year and to Amritsar, Cochin and Trivandrum in India by early next year, MAS general manager for sales and marketing, Rashid Khan, told a news conference.

He said the airline is also hoping to increase its flight frequency to Xi'an in China, a destination it started flying to three months ago.

MAS now flies twice weekly to Xi'an from Kuala Lumpur using A330-200 aircraft, and plans to use five long-range, narrow body planes for the new destinations. The new aircraft will be delivered later this year.

The wide-body planes currently being used for China will fly to Indian destinations. The airline sees the two countries as the main engine of growth for business because of their expanding economies.

On Wednesday, Malaysia Airlines announced three additional direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi during the winter season, increasing the frequency of flights to daily from four flights a week.

With the three additional destinations next year, Malaysia Airlines would be flying 100 flights a week to various destinations in India. At present, it flies to seven key cities in India apart from Karachi in Pakistan, Male in the Maldives and Colombo in Sri Lanka.

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7 Jun, 2005
MALAYSIA AIRLINES ENTERS INTO 3RD HAJ CHARTER SERVICES CONTRACT
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Kuala Lumpur, 07 June 2005: Malaysia Airlines today signed its third agreement with Lembaga Tabung Haji to operate Hajj Charter flights between Malaysia and Jeddah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia for the year 2005/2006 or 1426 Hijrah. Over the last two years the airline has successfully completed the Hajj operations for 1424 and 1425 Hijrah.

Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan, Managing Director, signed on behalf of Malaysia Airlines while Tabung Haji was represented by its Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Dato Haji Mohd Bakke bin Salleh. Signing as witnesses were Dato’ Dr. Haji Azmi bin Haji Ahmad, Senior General Manager ‘Hajj’ and Captain Nik Ahmad Huzlan Nik Hussain, Assistant General Manager Hajj & Charter Services.

Malaysia Airlines will operate a total of 126 flights involving 26,300 passengers between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia in two phases. For this new season, Malaysia Airlines will increase its services into and out of Madinah, thereby providing pilgrims better travel arrangements and greater convenience.

Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan said, “The Hajj operations are unique, specialised, highly regulated and time critical. With our experience since 1974 in handling the Hajj services, pilgrims can be assured of efficient ground and inflight services. ”

The national airline will use two specially leased B747-300 aircraft that has a seating capacity of 470 for single class flights to and from Jeddah and Madinah. A B747-400 aircraft with a capacity of 380 will be used for multi-class flights. Among the inflight services provided are personal TV screens, special menu and dedicated audio programmes ranging from classical instrumentals and Nasyid selections to Quranic versus during the flight.

Malaysia Airlines began its first Hajj flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah on 01 April 1974, using leased B707 aircraft. By 1981 due to increased demand, the airline switched to a DC-10 aircraft and in the following year, leased another two B747 aircraft for this service.

Issued by Media Relations/Corporate Communications Department Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur
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