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Old July 10th, 2009, 07:19 AM   #1701
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Surprised that Malaysian is pulling out of NY. Wow. Such a great airline. MH still the best airline I have ever flown beating CX and OZ, which I have also flown.
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Ministry open to proposals on KL-New York route
Published: 2009/07/10

THE Transport Ministry is ready to consider proposals from airlines like AirAsia to serve the Kuala Lumpur-Stockholm-New York route, which Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will cease to operate from October.

In a statement to Bernama yesterday, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said that the offer was subject to agreement from all relevant authorities.

Currently, AirAsia unit, AirAsia X, offers long-haul flights to London, Melbourne, Perth and Taipei.

On Monday, MAS announced that it will stop its flights to Stockholm and New York, but will retain its offices in the two cities and offer its services to customers through code-share partner KLM, which flies to Stockholm via Amsterdam.

On another note, Abdul Rahim said the global economic slowdown was among the reasons for MAS' weaker first quarter performance.

"For the first quarter, MAS is reported to have registered losses amounting to RM698 million.

"The number of passengers using MAS services in the January-April period went down 11 per cent compared to the same period last year," he said.

He noted, however, that it was a trend experienced by a majority of airlines amid the current challenges.

MAS has taken various measures to boost sales, including online offers and aggressive media promotions. - Bernama
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AirAsia: Plane delivery to be partly deferred
Tuesday July 14, 2009
By B.K. SIDHU



An AirAsia aircraft is being pulled at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s low-
cost carrier terminal in Sepang. With the deferment, AirAsia is expected to
push most of its new aircraft to its associated in Indonesia and Thailand. - AP


AirAsia to hold back on eight aircraft each in 2010 and 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd plans to defer taking delivery of eight Airbus A320 aircraft for 2010 and may opt to do the same for another eight aircraft the following year, said its group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.

“We are negotiating with Airbus SAS to push the orders to the back end. Our focus next year is to consolidate our aircraft type to all A320s and return the 13 B737 that we have leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS),” he told StarBiz in an interview.

AirAsia became the largest customer of the Airbus A320-200 in December 2007 after it placed a firm order for a total of 175 aircraft, with an option for 50 more. Deliveries are expected to run until 2014. For 2010 and 2011, the airline is slated to take delivery of 24 aircraft each year.

As at end-June, the budget airline had 61 aircraft of which 48 are for its Malaysian operations, and the rest for Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia.

Besides that, it also has a fleet of 16 B737, of which three are its own and 13 leased from GECAS.

With the deferment, AirAsia is expected to push most of it new aircraft to its associates in Indonesia and Thailand, leaving very few new aircraft for its Malaysian operations, thus limiting its growth potential going forward although the two units will be able to expand more aggressively.

“Deferring the delivery of these aircraft is an opportunity lost to AirAsia as it would mean forgoing an attractive 12-year aircraft financing package which is close to LIBOR (rates) negotiated just prior to the economic crisis. (But issues arising from) the uncertainty of the new LCCT to be completed by July 2011 far outweighs the opportunity lost in this attractive financing (package),’’ said Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, the deputy CEO of AirAsia.

Fernandes denied that the plan to defer aircraft deliveries had to do with raising funds for the purchase of the aircraft, saying “the funding for this and next year is in order.’’

In February this year, AirAsia mandated Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays PLC, to finance 15 of its new Airbus A320.

“We are in negotiations with the supplier for all aircraft to have minimal or zero cash outlay and that will not put a strain on our cash.

“We are not delaying the deliveries because of cashflow, we need the planes for our operations but there is an infrastructure risk out there that we cannot afford to take,’’ Fernandes said.

All airlines had been hurt by the economic crisis, Fernandes pointed out, but “our cashflow is very healthy. In fact, we are working towards having RM1bil cashflow by the first quarter of 2011.’’

AirAsia had RM224mil cash and RM6.93bil debts in its books at the end of March 31, most of it for aircraft financing.

But for this year, Fernandes said “there will be no delays in taking the aircraft deliveries.’’

AirAsia has taken delivery of five of 14 aircraft scheduled for this year.

AirAsia has been expanding routes and frequencies when many airlines globally are cutting back, with the budget carrier aiming to expand to places like India, Middle East and North America.

“Expansion is necessary but we will never stretch ourselves. Imagine this, if we were to slow down we could have been crushed by our competitors from Singapore. We believe in growing but in a sensible manner,’’ Fernandes said.

AirAsia was only one of a handful of airlines to post a profit in the first quarter.

AirAsia’s earnings in its March quarter rose 26% to RM203.2mil from a year earlier due to higher passenger numbers from additional routes.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #1709
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AirAsia launches two new routes
Tuesday July 14, 2009

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has launched two new flights from Miri and Tawau to Singapore.

AirAsia will be offering all-in fare from Tawau to Singapore from RM79 (S$42); and Miri to Singapore from RM59 (S$32) from July 14 to 19 — for travel period from Sept 9 this year till end of April next year.

Bookings can be made exclusively on line via www.airasia.com and mobile.airasia.com.

AirAsia through its holiday division Goholiday, is also offering guests free rooms when tourists book at the airline’s partner hotels in Singapore. The promotion is only valid via online at goholiday.airasia.com.

Promotional seats and free rooms are limited and are only available on first come, first serve basis.

The airline’s first East Malaysia connection with Singapore was from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching which started last November.

To date, AirAsia has 406 weekly flights to and Singapore.

The new route will draw more in-bound tourist traffic from Singapore into Sabah and Sarawak through AirAsia’s X’s long haul network.
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Malaysia Airlines Offers Irresistible Fares From Dubai
July 14, 2009 23:09 PM

DUBAI, July 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines is offering lower all-inclusive fares to several destinations from Dubai.

In a statement, the carrier said a one-way ticket from Dubai to Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, would cost from 1,020 dirhams (about RM1,000), Dubai-Karachi (from 395 dirhams) and Dubai-Beirut (from 915 dirhams).

A one-way fare from Dubai to Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta or Bangkok can be had from 1,185 dirhams and Dubai-Manila from 1,245 dirhams.

Tickets can be booked at www.malaysiaairlines.com.

Booking period is from July 13 to July 17 for travel period from Aug 13 to Dec 15, 2009.

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Hot competition on KL-Chennai air route
Wednesday July 15, 2009
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PETALING JAYA: With four airlines competing in the Kuala Lumpur-Chennai route, passengers are benefiting from the increasingly attractive fares.

After the KL-Delhi route, the KL-Chennai route is said to be the busiest for point to point travel from KL to India. Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the fifth largest city in India and capital of Tamil Nadu state.

“The KL to India routes are high traffic routes as the countries have strong business, education, cultural and religious ties,’’ Malaysia Airlines (MAS) senior general manager sales and marketing Datuk Bernard Francis said in an e-mail reply to StarBiz queries.

MAS, Jet Airways, Indian Airlines and Air-India Express offer direct services. Flights originating from KL to Chennai via Singapore (Singapore Airlines and Tiger Airways), Bangkok (Thai Airways) and Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines) are also popular. Most of the carriers offer daily flights to Chennai, an almost four-hour journey direct from KL.

Jet Airways regional general manager for Malaysia and Thailand Kavin Martinus said fares on the KL-Chennai route had dropped by 20% to 30% over the past two months.

“Fares on this sector can fluctuate depending on season and demand but even in a competitive environment, the carriers that ply direct enjoy an average passenger load factor of 65% to 70%,’’ he said from Bangkok.

MAS’ Francis said for the national carrier, the “load factors are high and hitting above 85%.’’

These days, one can get a return all-inclusive economy-class airfare for just over RM800 online provided you book early. But the cheapest fare thus far is from Sri Lankan Airlines at RM788 for an all-inclusive return airfare if you book direct with the airline. This fare is available till Aug 30.

Sri Lankan Airlines flies via Colombo which means you spend three hours waiting for your connection to Chennai. But if you travel on Sunday, you have to spend a night in Colombo at your own cost. However, from a traveller’s perspective, it is visiting two destinations for the price of one as you have about 16 hours before your connection to Chennai. You arrive after 3pm in Colombo on Sunday and leave for Chennai only at 7.25am on Monday.

A random check on online fares for a one-week trip from Aug 15 to 22 shows that Tiger Airways offers the best deal at an all-inclusive fare of RM807, followed by MAS at RM828. SIA’s return all-inclusive airfare for the KL-Singapore-Chennai sector is pricey at RM2,083. There was no seat availability on the dates for Indian Airlines and the offer is for business class at RM2,360 all-inclusive return airfare.

Travel agents have their own fares and those obtained from World Discovery Travel Sdn Bhd via its representative Kumari Mannathu show that Jet Airways’ RM988 all-inclusive return airfare is the lowest for the dates specified.

Fares may be competitive now but would they go down further?

“It depends on market conditions. Our (MAS) aim is to ensure that our fares remain competitive,’’ Francis said.

India’s Kingfisher Airlines was to start plying this route last year but up to now, the airline has yet to get into the act. However, it is learnt that it would begin plying the Colombo-Bangkok route next month. Hopefully, after Bangkok, it will consider the Chennai-KL connection to spice up the competition.
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AirAsia to launch Flights from Singapore to Miri and Tawau
Tuesday, 14 July 2009

AirAsia is to launch two new flights between Singapore and East Malasyia. The new Singapore - Miri and Singapore - Tawau sectors, which begin 9 September, will help draw more inbound international tourist traffic arriving from Singapore into Sabah and Sarawak.

To celebrate the introduction of the new routes, AirAsia is offering all-in-fare for Tawau- Singapore from RM79 (Sin$42) and Miri- Singapore from RM59 (Sin$32).

Both promotional fares open for sale from 14 July to 19 July 2009 for travel between 9 September 2009 and 30 April 2010. Promotional seats are limited and available on first-come, first-served basis.

AirAsia’s first connection between East Malaysia and Singapore was from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, which commenced last November. Other existing routes include Kuala Lumpur - Singapore, Langkawi- Singapore and Penang- Singapore.

Apart from Malaysia, AirAsia currently flies between Singapore and the Indonesian provinces which include Bali (2 daily flights), Jakarta (4 daily flights), Pekanbaru (3 flights weekly), Yogyakarta (1 daily flight) and Bandung (2 daily flights). In addition to that, AirAsia also flies to Bangkok (4 daily flights) and Phuket (1 daily flight) in Thailand.

AirAsia currently has a total of 406 weekly flights to and from Singapore.

Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial AirAsia, said “We are proud to open-up new market as these sectors are not served. Students, families and foreign workers can now take advantage of our low fares and renew their social ties more frequently or even indulge in leisure holidays to both countries. There are countless attractions in East Malaysia and Singapore as it entails a wonderful journey of discovery into its culture, heritage and adventure. Our recent initiative to remove the administration fee reiterates AirAsia’s commitment to offer big value so everyone can fly following our move to abolish fuel surcharge last year.”

Miri is the second largest city and the most popular tourist destination in Sarawak. It is famous for its national parks, heritage sites and adventure destinations for the most spellbinding experiences in Sarawak. For instance the Gunung Mulu National Park, is home to the world’s largest cave system, the world’s largest cave passage and the largest natural rock chamber in the world. Miri is also a bustling commercial centre and boasts as the home of Sarawak’s oil industry.

Tawau is located at the northern tip of Sabah Borneo and is the gateway to the world class diving paradise Sipadan Island and many neighboring island resorts. Through Tawau tourists will also gain access to a few oldest virgin forests in the world, for instance Danum Valley, Tabin Wildlife, Maliau Basin, and Tawau Hill Park.
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There's one particular reason I really like about traveling with MAS.

It's when you fly back to Malaysia on a long-haul you will be greeted with 'Malaysia Airlines menyambut kepulangan anda' which means 'To all Malaysians, welcome home!'. Almost brought me to tears when I went back for the first time after several years abroad.
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There's one particular reason I really like about traveling with MAS.

It's when you fly back to Malaysia on a long-haul you will be greeted with 'Malaysia Airlines menyambut kepulangan anda' which means 'To all Malaysians, welcome home!'. Almost brought me to tears when I went back for the first time after several years abroad.
the same with singapore airlines, shortly after touch down on changi's runway the FA will greet "to all singaporeans and singapore residence, a warm welcome home"
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MAS Online Bookings Up 30 Per Cent With Akamai Solution
July 15 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) said its online booking increased by 30 percent since it started using Akamai Technologies's Web Application Accelerator solution.

"We have noticed a significant performance improvement on our website since being on the Akamai platform, combined with our competitive promotions," MAS said in statement Wednesday.

MAS Senior General Manager of Network and Revenue Management, Dr Amin Khan said its main website, www.malaysiaairlines.com performance also improved by 50 percent with the solution.

"Improved website and booking engine performance are key business benefits we are quickly realising, and this is enhancing our competitive advantage," he added.

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MAS jumble sale raises RM11,000 for charity
Friday July 17, 2009

THE Malaysia Airlines’ employees came together for their second MH Charity Jumble Sale and raised more than RM11,000 for three organisations — Women’s Aid Organisation, Rumah Kebajikan Anak Yatim dan Miskin, Al Munirah, Klang and Tenaganita recently.

Six divisions within the airlines contributed various items for the sale.

The items included exercise equipment, electronic goods, household items, clothes and accessories, cosmetics and fragrances, foods, vitamins and personal care products.

Employees based at the MAS headquarters in Subang thronged the sale, and some of the popular items sold were MAS Golden Boutique products.

Items such as treadmills, laptops and PlayStation were also auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Malaysia Airlines senior general manager of Communications Indira Nair said the jumble sale was meant to bring different divisions together and encourage everyone to collaborate actively as one team.

“In the midst of the gloom and doom, we need to be reminded that there are many out there who are more unfortunate, and who need help,” she said, adding that more sales of this nature will be held in the future.
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Premium Passenger Volume For Airlines Down In May
July 16 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) -- The number of passenger travelling on business or first class fares continued to decline in May 2009, falling 23.6 percent from a year earlier.

This followed a 22 percent decline in April 2009 and a 19.2 percent drop during the first quarter, according to the report on premium traffic by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Premium travel numbers have been in decline now for 12 consecutive months, the association said.

Premium passengers are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of passenger revenues but only seven to 10 percent of numbers, so total passenger travel is shaped mainly by movements in economy ticket numbers, it said.

Passengers travelling on economy tickets also fell at a faster pace in May 2009, down 7.6 percent on a year earlier, having grown marginally by 0.3 percent in April.

Total passenger numbers on international markets fell 9.2 percent in May, compared to a fall of two percent in the previous month, IATA said.

Although passenger numbers were down 9.3 percent in March, that decline was exaggerated by the timing of Easter, it said.

"In fact, once these distortions are accounted for, the 9.2 percent fall in passenger numbers on international markets in May was the largest decline seen so far this year," the association said.

Passenger travel numbers in May 2009 cast doubt on the view that a bottom to the travel decline has been reached, according to IATA.

The stabilisation seen earlier in passenger kilometres flown now appears to have been due to a small rise in the average distance flown, due to the geographical pattern of changing travel markets, and not to a stabilisation of passenger numbers, it said.

"Comprehensive fare data on international markets is released with a lag, but we know that premium fares were falling at an accelerating rate through April to a level around 20 percent lower than last year," IATA said.

Moreover, premium seats are being discounted on average much more than economy seats, despite the latter usually being the more price-sensitive segment of the market, it said.

"This is likely a sign that airlines are seeking to generate any cash they can by filling these seats," it added.

IATA said US airlines saw their overall passenger yields down at a faster pace in May 2009 than the previous month, with a yield decline of 24 percent on Atlantic markets and around 18 percent on the Pacific.

"This is a combination of lower average fares and fewer premium paying passengers," the association said.

"Nonetheless it is consistent with a further 20 percent decline in average premium fares on international markets in May and a 40 to 45 percent fall in premium revenues," it said.

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Airasia to resume JB-Bangkok route
Published: 2009/07/17

Low cost carrier AirAsia is resuming it's Johor Baru-Bangkok flight beginning July 21, three weeks after it stopped the service.

And the resumption of the two-hour long flight from the Senai airport here has met with approval from the State tourism authority and travel agents alike.

But the question which still trouble them is whether AirAsia would commit themselves to continue servicing the route or put a stop to it like the previous two occasions where they decided that the JB-Bangkok route would no longer be part of their operations.

The AirAsia JB-Bangkok flight was first introduced in 2005 but it was stopped a year later, and in February 2008 the flight resumed only to be stopped again in the beginning of July this year.

Johor executive councillor in charge of tourism Hoo Seong Chang welcomed AirAsia's latest decision but he cautioned against the disruption of the service in future.

"It's the state goverment's policy to make the Senai airport into a passenger hub and therefore we welcome any airlines which want to fly or land here.

"AirAsia has been supportive but I can also understand the situation they are caught in sometimes. They told us that the low load factor is one reason why they sometimes stop certain flight.

"Maybe the situation now with the spread of the HIN1 virus is preventing people from travelling but I urge AirAsia to be more patient. When the situation improves more people will travel," said Hoo.

The resumption of the flight has also been welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) which sees the JB-Bangkok flight as very convenient for travellers from Johor.

In fact, Thailand or rather Bangkok in particular remains a favourite holiday destination for Malaysians with arrival at 1.82 million for the year 2008, an increase of 18 per cent from the previous year's arrival of 1.54 million.

"The figures are encouraging but at the same time, to go on a holiday to Thailand also means value for money," said Richard Lim, the TAT marketing manager for Malaysia and Brunei. -- BERNAMA
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MAS among top three carriers in 2009
Published: 2009/07/17
Source: http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

MALAYSIA Airlines has been identified as among the top three mainline carriers for 2009 after Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa by Aviation Week's Top-Performing Companies (TPC) study of the global airline industry.

Air Arabia tops the low-cost/niche carrier category while FedEx is the highest-ranked freight carrier and Australia's Regional Express is the top regional carrier, it said.

Aviation Week's TPC study of the global airline industry is the industry's leading annual rankings and competitive analysis.

It said, a follow-up to last month's TPC Aerospace and Defense rankings, this year's airline analysis shows the effects of the recession on the industry -- few airline business models are immune.

"The recession has grabbed hold of the airline industry, and survival is still the name of the game," said Aviation Week and Space Technology editor-in-chief Anthony L. Velocci, Jr.

"This year's TPC review of airlines places liquidity and financial health as the top indicators for weathering further volatility in the economy and rising fuel prices.

"We are seeing sharp drops in scores across the board, in all regions, but with the TPC rankings, we can identify those airlines that are doing things right," he said.

Launched in 1996, Aviation Week's TPC study identifies relative strengths and weaknesses in companies'' operational performance and evaluates how well they are executing business strategies.

Proprietary metrics have been refined over the past 13 years with input from industry leaders to include scores in five performance categories: Liquidity, Financial Health, Earnings Performance, Fuel Cost Management, and Asset Utilization.

The benchmarking tool and micro site are produced in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers. - Bernama
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