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Old February 11th, 2010, 10:57 AM   #1921
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #1922
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MAS sees 50% higher flown revenue via card
Thursday February 11, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is confident of achieving at least 50% growth in Enrich flown revenue this year.

General manager corporate marketing and loyalty programme Raja Datuk Nordiana Zainal Shah said last year the carrier raked in RM1.89bil flown revenue via its Enrich loyalty card programme, a 45% growth from RM1.3bil achieved in 2008.

“Enrich membership has grown more than 10% year-on-year to 1.65 million to date,” she said at Enrich’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Nordiana said MAS hoped to increase awareness of its loyalty programme in the five key markets of Malaysia, Australia, Britain, the United States and Singapore.

MAS was also looking to increase efficacy of strategic alliances with more banks for the programme, she said, without elaborating.

She said its aim was to grow its membership base to two million by year-end.

“Frequent flyers programmes in Malaysia are not quite mature compared with countries like the United States; thus we see great potential in the future of Enrich as its own entity as well as significant contributor to MAS’ overall revenue,” Nordiana said.

Enrich currently has four tiers of membership – blue tier for entry level while Silver, Gold and Platinum make up the elite tiers.

Despite MAS’ passenger traffic having dropped from 14.8 million in 2008 to 13 million in 2009, the flown revenue for Enrich saw growth.

Nordiana said the focus now was to constantly improve the offerings to customers and increase the number of touch points for them.

She also announced 10 enhanced features for the loyalty programme, including bonus points of credit card transfer to Enrich miles, ease of redemption, online Enrich miles claim and new mileage accrual opportunities.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:06 PM   #1923
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AirAsia is British MotoGP's title sponsor
Published: 2010/02/11

LOW-COST carrier AirAsia on Wednesday became the title sponsor for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) in a three-year deal starting this year.

Its chief executive officer (CEO), Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, said the British MotoGP would be held at the prestigious Silverstone circuit in June.

He, however, did not want to disclose the allocation for the sponsorship.

"I decided to sponsor the Silverstone circuit because it was a special comeback for the circuit since 1986 (last race held at the circuit), thus it was available for us to approach.

"For AirAsia, this sponsorship will bring a lot of attention from all over the world and we must admit that Malaysia is closea with England compared with other European countries," he told reporters here.

Fernandes earlier signed the agreements between AirAsia and Dorna Sports S.L. at the British Racing Drivers Club at the Silverstone circuit.

Dorna Sports S.L. CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta signed on behalf of the company which was established in 1988 as an international sports management and marketing company.

Dorna Sports S.L. has been the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights of the MotoGP since 1992.

The 2010 MotoGP World Championship calendars will kick off in April as the action at the Silverstone circuit is scheduled for June 18-20.

"It's a huge thing for me and it's great that we have a brand, AirAsia, from Malaysia that Dorna S.L. wants to cooperate with," he said.

Fernandes said it was a dream comes true and a big step for him because at the Sepang circuit last year two Malaysia riders representing AirAsia racing team made their debut by wildcards.

"We had our first taste when we sponsored the entries of Elly Idzlianizar Ilias and Mohd Zulfahimi Khairuddin. It was a magnificent experience.

"The boys did Malaysia proud and we were thrilled to have helped make their dream a reality. We are proud and excited to be back in the MotoGP this year, with a bigger role by being the title sponsor," he said.

Fernandes said it had always been his dreams to establish a MotoGP team from Malaysia and although it was a long journey, it is must start from now.

"Maybe five or 10 years from now we can dream to have our own Valentino Rossi (the eight-time world champion)," he added. - BERNAMA
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MAS upbeat on better performance
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2010/02/11



MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) (3786) hopes to do better this year, helped in part by new routes in Asia, the arrival of new planes and higher income from its loyalty programme.

MAS should get three new aircraft by December, managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said.

"We are positive on the outlook. Next year, we will be taking delivery of more B737s, which will contribute to a better performance," he said.

Tengku Azmil was speaking to Business Times yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, after a media briefing on its Enrich loyalty programme by MAS general manager for corporate marketing and loyalty programme, Datuk Raja Nordiana Zainal Shah.
In 2008, MAS ordered 35 Boeing 737-800s, with a total list price of US$2.6 billion (RM8.9 billion). They will start coming from 2010 onwards.

For the nine months to September 30 2009, MAS posted a loss of RM119.5 million, versus a profit of RM198 million in the same period in 2008.

Meanwhile, Nordiana said MAS is targeting to grow its Enrich flown revenue by more than 50 per cent this year, to exceed RM2.5 billion.

Enrich flown revenue is contribution of income derived from ticket sales to Enrich members. MAS has 1.65 million Enrich members currently.

Last year, the revenue was RM1.89 billion, 45 per cent growth over 2008. The business contributes some 10 per cent to MAS' total group turnover.

"There was growth last year despite the economic downturn as Enrich customers continued to fly with MAS because of the promotions we gave. We also did a lot of bonus miles," Nordiana said.

MAS is targeting two million Enrich members by the end of this year, with increased presence in Malaysia, Australia, the UK, the US and Singapore.
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MAS MD says well-poised for turnaround
Friday February 12 2010

DUBAI, Feb 12 — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) managing director and chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin said the carrier has earned the “licence to grow” after taking what he described as painful measures over the past few years to reverse its fortunes.

He said MAS was now in a good starting position as it began to enter a growth phase from 2011/2012 onwards, with a fleet of new state-of-the-art aircraft worth billions of dollars and exciting products being lined up to tempt customers to fly with the Malaysian flag carrier.

The airline boss reckoned many carriers had flown into turbulence trying to grow themselves out of trouble and “as far as I know none of them have succeeded in doing that because if you don’t improve your efficiency and you try to grow, the inefficiency will grow as well”.

“So we feel that we’ve done a lot of the painful things that many other airlines have not done, and having done the difficult stuff we’ve earned the licence to grow,” Tengku Azmil said in an interview.

He reflected, among others, on MAS’s fleet replacement, growth strategies as well competition in the aviation business.

Tengku Azmil also said MAS did well when it ordered new aircraft during the economic downturn in contrast to many other airlines.

“Most other airlines actually placed orders for aircraft when the economy was at its peak and they probably had to pay quite a lot for them,” he said, adding that airlines had to talk about delivery deferments when the economic slowdown and financial crisis struck.

“Fortunately for us, we didn’t have any jets coming in last year or the year before. So we’re not in that difficult position,” he said.

MAS had the foresight of predicting the industry would get into very tough times, Tengku Azmil said, recalling that some industry players in Asia Pacific had chided MAS over its pessimistic outlook.

“And they were all ordering aircraft but we said no, we will wait. We think that we’ve been quite fortunate in that we’ve been able to take advantage of the downturn,” said the CEO.

MAS’s new fleet will comprise up to 55 B737-800s, 25 A330-300s and six A380s. It will start taking delivery of several B737-800s at the end of the year.

Tengku Azmil said the 25 A330-300s cost around US$5 billion (RM17 billion) at list prices “but we’re getting a discount, so we’ll be paying less than US$5 billion”.

“We think that it’s a deal that works for us. It’s a decent enough discount to make us buy,” he said of the A330s, declining to disclose the actual amount.

At list prices, MAS’s six A380s cost US$1.8 billion while the B737-800 costs US$70 million each. Also, joining the MAS fleet are 17 ATR aircraft at US$19 million apiece.

The carrier recently received shareholders’ approval for a proposed rights issue to raise an expected RM2.67 billion to fund its future fleet growth and expansion.

“We’re really making a commitment in terms of replacing existing fleet as well as growing into the market,” Tengku Azmil said, adding that MAS would own at least a third of the fleet and lease the rest.

The new aircraft would fit in with MAS’s targeted growth areas that include India, the Middle East, China, North Asia, South Asia, Japan, Australia as well as Southeast Asia.

All these areas could be reached by the new A330-300s and the B737-800 would basically cover all of Asean, parts of India and China, he said.

“Combined with our existing B777s and the new A380s, the fleet basically allows us to cover our entire network,” Tengku Azmil observed.

To a question, he said growth in Europe as well as the United States by all accounts had been negative in recent times. “With Malaysia Airlines being pretty much in the middle of Asia, we don’t see why we should look very far afield when the exciting areas are all around us,” he said.

He said the carrier was also studying the possibility of adding other Middle East destinations to its network.

Tengku Azmil added competition was not something new to the national carrier which had collected numerous industry awards and accolades over the years, including Skytrax’s World 5-Star Airline for 2009/2010.

“It’s something that we’ve had to live with for a long time. As you may know, the Malaysian government has a fairly liberal competition policy.

“But what’s important for us is competition is done in a fair and orderly manner. As long as everyone has a level playing field than you can’t say no to competition,” he said.

MAS mounts some 110,000 flights per year to more than 2,000 destinations, including code share and special priority agreement arrangements. — Bernama
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AirAsia X: Seoul, Sydney routes crucial to business model
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2010/02/18



BUDGET airline AirAsia X Sdn Bhd (5099) needs to win rights to fly to high traffic destinations such as Seoul and Sydney because it is crucial for its long-haul business model.

"It is critical for our own business, for us to sustain our business model. We are committing huge amount of capital - and we do need the routes," AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani told Business Times recently.

AirAsia X has equal share of profitable and non-profitable routes now.

As an airline that grows through the introduction of new routes, it is crucial that it also has established routes which help "subsidise" the investments made into new routes.
Azran said the break-even point of new routes varies, with some needing a surprisingly short time, while others need longer.

"Taipei exceeded our expectations, in barely six months it broke even. London, for example, will probably need between 12 and 18 months," Azran said.

In July last year, it was reported that the government was putting the award of rights for Seoul and Sydney to AirAsia X on hold, in a move to get its sister company AirAsia Bhd to pay around RM110 million owed to government-linked company Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd for services rendered.

After settling the bill late last year, however, it is understood that the rights are further delayed by a need to appease the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which is currently servicing the routes.

Azran is confident, however, that the carrier will eventually be given the rights to fly into the two cities.

"I am confident that the government will see that it's in the national interest for us (Malaysia) to have more flights (into Sydney and Seoul)," Azran said.

He said government studies and methodology show that the country is losing RM1 billion in opportunity cost from each route alone.

The amount includes potential spending by tourists on airlines and hotels.

Azran said currently the gap of flights to the two city-states between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Bangkok are huge.

MAS is doing 14 flights to Sydney, while Singapore is doing 52. For Seoul, MAS is doing less than half that of the other airlines.

"If the country wants the KL International Airport to be a priority, we need more flights. The number of flights a country has is proportionate with the tourists it has, that's a proven fact. We do not have enough direct flights and this is of grave critical importance," Azran said.
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More MAS flights to Johannesburg
Published: 2010/02/25

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) will launch two new weekly non-stop flights from the South African city of Johannesburg to Kuala Lumpur from March 30, bringing the total number to four weekly schedules.

The two additional flights will be on Tuesday and Friday, in addition to existing flights on Monday and Thursday.

The new services will use a Boeing 777-200 with 245 economy and 35 business class seats, providing a total weekly capacity of 560 seats in each direction.
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MAS records higher pre-tax profit of RM461.9 million
23rd February, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Airline System Bhd’s (MAS) pre-tax profit rose to RM461.990 million for the year ended Dec 31, 2009 from RM264.661 million in 2008.

Its turnover, however, slipped to RM11.574 billion from RM15.501 billion.

“The outlook for the first quarter 2010 continues to be challenging. While passenger and cargo traffic continue to improve, yield would remain under pressure,” the company told Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

MAS’ business strategy is to accelerate its Business Transformation Plan by focusing on three core areas, namely enhancing customer satisfaction, generating revenue and intensifying structural cost reduction.

For the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2009, MAS posted a pre-tax profit of RM568.733 million, a rebound from losses reported in the third quarter of 2009.

Last year, MAS’ derivative gain stood at RM1.15 billion while operating cost reduced by 20 per cent. Fuel cost also reduced by 46 per cent.

Its passenger traffic increased by 12 per cent while load factor at 68.8 per cent also increased.

MAS Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Tengku Azmil Zahruddin said the company expected to complete the rights issue of at least RM2.67 billion by end of first quarter of 2010.

“In the first quarter, we also expect to complete aircraft acquisitions of six undelivered Airbus A380 and bundling of four Boeing aircraft from Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd,” he told a press conference.

“We plan to phase out older aircraft in favour of newer aircraft models which have better fuel efficiencies and lower operating costs,” he said.

Azmil said MAS planned to eventually phase out the B747 for A380 for high density routes such as London and Sydney.

He said MAS expected the delivery of six A380 aircraft, 25 A330-300 aircraft and 35 B737-800 aircraft by 2016.

The new aircraft delivery from 2010 to 2016, he said, would grow MAS’ capacity and optimise its yield.

“We plan additional flight frequencies for Asean cities, India, New Zealand and Europe. We are also evaluating new destinations,” Azmil said.

“Commencing March 28, MAS will be increasing frequencies to Jakarta, Bangkok, Saigon and Bangalore. There will also be additional flights to Perth, Auckland, Paris and Johannesburg,” he said.

Overall, MAS expected better business outlook this year with operating profit targets of between RM100 million to RM325 million. The 2010 prospects, he said, were also bright for MASkargo and the maintenance, repair and overhaul business.

“With a rebound in cargo demand in the fourth quarter of 2009 led by the Asia Pacific region, MASkargo is looking at growing its capacity by more than 10 per cent in 2010,” he said.

With the aggressive domestic and global sales campaign, the national carrier achieved a record number in passenger traffic of 3.4 million in the fourth quarter, the highest since the first quarter of 2008.
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AirAsia urged to continue Tawau-Singapore sector
February 27, 2010, Saturday

TAWAU: The decision by AirAsia to discontinue its direct flight from Tawau to Singapore end of this month has made many passengers here unhappy.Tawau member of parliament Datuk Chua Soon Bui said the low-cost airline would lose its credibility if it continued to cancel its routes with prepaid bookings until the second half of the year.

Chua said she had received many complaints from the public who were not dissatisfied with the cancellation of the Tawau-Singapore route as they had already bought their tickets.

AirAsia launched the direct flight at the beginning of September last year.

Chua said AirAsia had not given any reason for discontinuing the flight but she hoped the airline could work closely with the Sabah Tourism Ministry and the tourism industry players to relaunch it.

A former senior reporter, Thong Lee Fun, said the least AirAsia could do was to reduce the number of weekly flights rather than stopping them altogether.

Another alternative is to re-route passengers through Kota Kinabalu at no extra cost.

“AirAsia should ‘by default’ absorb whatever extra cost incurred.

“These passengers bought their tickers early at an offered cheap choice by AirAsia and should not be penalised as ‘early birds’.

“When AirAsia started its new destination, it should at least sustain certain risk factors for a year and not close the route once it faced low passenger load.

“Otherwise, AirAsia will surely lose its credibility. The slogan that ‘Now everyone can fly’ might become ‘Now everyone can fly if it flies’,” she pointed out.

Thong also hoped the Sabah Tourism Ministry and Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation would focus on promoting the east coast of Sabah, especially Tawau.
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Rolls-Royce to provide TotalCare service for MAS engines
Published: 2010/03/01

Rolls-Royce Plc, a British manufacturer of aircraft engines and power systems, has signed a long term TotalCare service agreement to support engines that power Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) (3786) fleet of 17 Boeing 777.

The agreement, which covers Trent 800 engines, is the first time that MAS operations will be supported by TotalCare support.

In a statement issued last week, Rolls-Royce said TotalCare long-term service agreements were designed to minimise customer financial risk and improve operational performance and reliability, allowing operators to concentrate on their core business.

Such agreements are now in place or being finalised for 100 per cent of Trent engines in service in Southeast Asia. Globally, more than 2,600 Trent engines in service and on order are covered by TotalCare.

"Our contract with Rolls-Royce provides us with greater ability to predict and manage our engine maintenance and overhaul costs," MAS chief executive officer and managing director Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin said.
In 2005, MAS ordered Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 engines for its six superjumbo A380 that are due to enter service next year.
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MAS’ better earnings hints at better times ahead
Corporate Portrait - By LEONG HUNG YEE Monday March 1, 2010



MALAYSIA Airlines appears to have piloted its way out of the turbulence that has rattled the aviation industry judging from the better earnings performance disclosed last week.

It posted a net profit of RM609.7mil after including a derivative gain of RM581.7mil for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31 compared with RM46.6mil a year ago.

The national carrier also reported a small operating profit of RM3.8mil for the quarter under review. Revenue stood at RM3.3bil while earnings per share (EPS) jumped to 36.49 sen from 2.76 sen previously.

For the full year (FY09), its net profit jumped to RM490.2mil, or 29.33 sen per share, compared with RM244.3mil, or 14.62 sen per share, mainly due to derivative mark-to-market on fuel gains of RM1.15bil.

Revenue was lower at RM11.6bil against RM15.5mil in FY08. As at Dec 31, MAS’ cash and negotiable deposit balance stood at about RM2.95bil.

MAS has set a target of between RM100mil and RM325mil in operating profit for 2010.

“The figures speak for themselves. The recovery in the airline industry, which had been severely affected by the recent financial crisis, is evidenced by the better earnings announced by airline companies,” a bank-backed analyst said.

He added that the next few years would be exciting for MAS as the carrier would be expanding its routes and capacity again after years of consolidation. “This is the clearest indication yet of where the airline is headed.”

The airline carried 3.4 million passengers in the fourth quarter, the most since the first quarter of 2008. However, analysts said the increased load factor was at the expense of its yields.

MIDF Research said MAS’ latest results marked a turnaround and that its Business Transformation Plan 2 was working.

“The operating profit might not seem significant, but taken in context of the whole year, it is an encouraging development given that the previous three quarters posted huge operating losses,” it said in a report.

However, revenue yield remained under pressure in the final quarter, declining to 23.1 sen (excluding Firefly and MASWings) from 29.2 sen in the third quarter of 2009. Year-on-year, yields were down by 30%.

HwangDBS Vickers Research believed MAS would be able to pass on part of its jet fuel costs through higher fares and fuel surcharge as demand picked up while improving its load factor after a few years of capacity cuts.

“We raised FY11 forecast earnings by 113% to RM418.2mil after raising our passenger yield assumptions close to pre-crisis level (that is from 20.1 sen to 23.3 sen) and load factor (from 72% to 76%). We have also imputed the latest fuel hedging position of 40% at US$100 per barrel of crude oil (from 88% at US$100 a barrel),” it said.

Nevertheless, the research house believed FY10 would remain a challenging year due to pressures on yield.

AmResearch viewed MAS as a clear laggard play in the aviation sector. Following the bottoming of passenger traffic, which is now a clear case for almost all regional airlines, valuations of regional aviation stocks have recovered and converged to their historical averages.

However, it said MAS was still trading at 46% discount to its historical average valuation of 1.8 times price-to-book value.

MAS’ share price rose the most since Aug 14, 2008 following the release of its results. It closed 23 sen higher at RM2.13, its biggest one-day gain, on Tuesday.

In an interview with StarBizWeek earlier, senior general manager (network and revenue management) Dr Amin Khan said MAS would be embarking on a fleet modernisation and capacity expansion plan to stay ahead of its competitors.

“We aim to own a third of our fleet to lower our costs. It’s definitely cheaper to own the aircraft than to lease it,’’ Amin said.

MAS currently leases all its 81 aircraft from Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd.

Under its fleet renewal exercise, MAS could potentially own 56 aircraft by 2016 excluding options for 20 B737-800s and 10 A330-300s. The aircraft deliveries are scheduled from this year up to 2015.

Chief executive officer/managing director Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin had earlier said that when the airline began taking delivery of the A330-300s in 2011, there should be an increase in revenue, besides cost savings of RM649mil from FY10 to FY12. When all the A330s were delivered by 2015, MAS expected additional annual savings of RM300mil, he was reported to have said.

An analyst said it would be interesting to see how MAS would configure its A380 given that it would be MAS’ flagship aircraft type, featuring four classes.

At a briefing last week, Azmil said MAS’ new fleet would comprise up to 17 ATR-72-500s, 55 B737-800s, 25 A330-300s and six A380s.

When all the aircraft ordered are delivered, MAS expects to have one of the youngest, most fuel efficient and environmental-friendly fleets in Asia.

Last month, MAS received shareholders’ approval for a one-for-one rights offering to raise some RM2.67bil to help pay for new aircraft to replace its ageing fleet.

Azmil said MAS would be increasing frequencies to Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangalore from March 28. It will also add flights on routes to Perth, Auckland, Paris and Johannesburg and commence direct flights to Brisbane.

“All this capital-raising, fleet refreshing programme, continuous investment in new systems and infrastructure position us in high gear for expansion and growth. I am looking forward to exciting times ahead,” Azmil said.
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Published: 2010/03/01

Malaysian Airline System Bhd, the national carrier, may introduce “premium economy” seats in its double-decker Airbus SAS A380s as tighter corporate travel budgets damp demand for business-class seating.

“A premium-economy cabin in our A380s would provide another option for our passengers,” Amin Khan, the carrier’s senior general manager for network and revenue management, said in an e-mailed reply to Bloomberg questions today. It would serve “those organizations that maintain economy-class travel policy for their employees, even after the recession.”

The carrier may include premium-economy class in its six on-order A380s to lure travelers seeking more comfort than is available in coach at prices lower than in business class. Corporate travelers forced to fly coach during the recession may never return to business-class cabins, as companies seek permanent reductions in spending on travel, the International Air Transport Association said last month.

Passenger yield, or the average price a traveler pays to fly one kilometer, won’t return to pre-crisis levels “just yet” even though business travel has begun to recover, Amin said. “During the recession we observed a shift down from business to economy,” he said.

Malaysian Air may spend RM460 million to furnish its A380s, a Daily reported in January, citing a circular to shareholders.

The carrier gained as much as 8.2 per cent to RM2.25 at noon break. Of 16 analysts tracked by Bloomberg data over the past 12 months, two recommended investors buy the stock, eight had “sell” ratings, while the remainder said hold. -- Bloomberg
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MAS links Destinasi Bajet with MAStraveller.com
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SUBANG: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has launched its MAStraveller.com online travel portal with an exclusive run of Destinasi Bajet Jom MAS! Travelogue on its website, where users can share information and travel experiences.

Its general manager communications Indira Nair said the website was linked to the MAS website "so customers can easily hop over to malaysiaairlines.com and check out great deals, buy ticket and vice versa".

The travel portal is divided into three main sections — Home, Destinations and What's New — and has garnered 11,300 registered members.

"We are really encouraged by the response to MAStraveller.com and decided it was time to take it to a bigger audience. So when Destinasi Bajet came about — proving that everyone can travel, even on a tight budget, we felt that we had found the perfect fit for MAStraveller.com." Nair said.

"(However) MAStraveller.com is not necessarily for budget travellers, we're just inviting people to travel," she added.

MAS is also running a contest starting March 8, where participants are required to answer a question based on one destination featured on Destinasi Bajet Jom MAS! and submit their own travel tip. A ticket to any Asean or domestic destination will be given weekly throughout the entire season of Destinasi Bajet Jom MAS!
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MAS offers non-stop daily service to Paris
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SUBANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be offering additional two non-stop daily services to its existing five times weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Paris, starting this March 28.

In a statement on March 7, the carrier said the new flights would depart Kuala Lumpur at 11.35pm (local time) and arrive in Paris at 6.40am (local time) every day.

MAS senior general manager, network and revenue management, Dr Amin Khan, said: “We have seen an increase in demand and as a result, forward bookings are also much healthier compared to last year.”

“Our load factor is strong at about 80% and thus, we want to take this opportunity to cater for this growth.

“This daily non-stop flight to Paris is suitable for both leisure and business travellers. Passengers will arrive early in the morning, giving them ample time to maximise their stay in Paris. Alternatively, they can catch the earliest connecting flight to other parts of France, Europe and the UK. Bottom line, passengers will have more flexibility in their travels,” he said.
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MAS eyes 5pc more passengers to Australia
Published: 2010/03/09

Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which carried 3.5 million passengers from Kuala Lumpur to destinations in Australia last year, expects a five per cent growth this year.

Its assistant general manager of sales, Malaysia and Brunei, Azman Ahmad, said MAS would introduce two new weekly direct flights to Brisbane from March 28.

"The flights on Fridays and Sundays will complement our current five weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane via Sydney," he told a press conference after the launch of "Only in Oz Holidays" campaign here today.

Azman said MAS would also increase its flights to Perth to 10 weekly.

Currently, MAS flies 52 times a week between Kuala Lumpur and Australia. It also collaborates with Virgin Blue to connect to another 21 Australian cities.

Last year, a total of 211,500 Malaysians visited Australia, up 24 per cent from the previous year. In conjunction with the "Only in Oz Holidays" campaign, MAS would offer one-way ticket from as low as RM649 to Australia.

The campaign, organised by Tourism Australia in partnership with MAS, will see the promotion of MAS' special fares to Australia as well as exclusive land packages and bonus offers that include a range of "Only in Oz Holidays" experiences. -- Bernama
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MAS, TATA sign 5-year IT pact
Published: 2010/03/15

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) and TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) have sealed a five-year contract for information technology (IT) infrastructure services.

"The partnership is part of MAS'' strategic outsourcing programme to transform its IT operations.

"This is in line with Business Transformation Plan to align the role of IT to the airline’s profit and loss," MAS chief information officer, Faridah Abdul Rahman, said in a statement here today.

The contract was signed by Faridah and TCS head of Asia Pacific, Vish Iyer.

Faridah said one of the key initiatives included fine-tuning MAS' IT ousourcing strategy to deliver the required business results at lower cost.

"We will also continue to work with our key vendors to maximise service delivery and to proactively address other business requirements," she said.

TCS will undertake IT infrastructure management of MAS’ data centres, IT networks and IT security. -- Bernama
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