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Old February 27th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #1981
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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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More KL-Taipeh AirAsia flights

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia is increasing its Kuala Lumpur-Taipeh flights from seven a week to nine beginning April 15.

AirAsia is also introducing all-in-fares from as low as RM99 (TWD990) from Kuala Lumpur to Taipeh, AirAsia regional commercial head Kathleen Tan said in a statement.

Prices are for one-way travel only.

Booking period is from March 1 to March 5, while the travel period is from April 15 to Oct 30.

Promotional seats are available on a first-come first-served basis and exclusively on its website.
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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.
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AIRASIA is offering one-way tickets from as low as RM9 across its extensive network in conjunction with its 'Big Sale' promotion.

The sale runs for one week from March 3 to March 7 for the travel period from Sept 25, 2010 to Feb 13, 2011 via its website www.airasia.com or mobile.airasia.com, the airline said in a statement today.

Travellers, it said can get the low-fare bargains from as low as RM9 one-way to Johor Baharu, Kota Baharu, Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Terengganu.

For international routes, it is offering as low as RM29 for one-way travel, with Australian routes such as Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth available from RM149.

In addition, other bargains include RM131 for travel to Hong Kong and RM699 to London.

The airline is also concurrently running "March Mardness" campaign online within the same booking period of March 3 to March 7 for guests to enjoy immediate travel between March 23 and May 31. -- BERNAMA
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Old March 5th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #1986
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It’s about time AirAsia X flies to Sydney, Seoul
Friday Reflections - By B.K. Sidhu



SYDNEY and Seoul are two hot routes that AirAsia X (AAX) is raring to fly to by mid-year.

Can it do it?

The chances are slim as up to now there is no nod from the Government to land in the two cities and it needs time to plan, open the flights for booking and do the rest of the stuff before it can begin flying.

It has been waiting for about a year for a decision to be made on this, negotiations are under way and it will be good if competition is introduced on the Sydney route.

The Sydney route is currently monopolised by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) that operates 12 weekly flights. The last time there was any competition on this route was in 2008 when Australia’s Jetstar mounted flights on the Sydney-KL-Sydney route. Then round trips only cost RM1,000.

Unfortunately, Jetstar had to abruptly halt flights as it needed the aircraft to fly to Tokyo. Despite its short stay it did shake up the market a bit with its one-way fares of RM88 and round trip inclusive of taxes and surcharges at RM996.27.

Twelve flights per week pales in comparison with the 45 and 42 weekly flights from neighbouring Singapore and Bangkok respectively to Sydney.

From the republic to Sydney, Singapore Airlines operates 21 flights, Qantas 17 and British Airways seven.

Thai Airways International mounts 21 weekly Bangkok-Sydney-Bangkok flights, and seven each are operated by Qantas, British Airways and Emirates.

MAS and Korean Air ply the KL-Seoul-KL route with 12 weekly flights each. In contrast, 58 weekly flights are mounted by four carriers on the Bangkok-Seoul-Bangkok route, and on the Singapore-Seoul-Singapore route, three carriers ply 31 weekly flights.

The question to ask is should travellers in Malaysia be at a disadvantage as there is virtually no competition on the Sydney route when the traffic volumes are said to be high? Are we allowing passengers who could potentially land in Malaysia to go to Singapore and Bangkok due to the lack of linkages?

Some people are of the view that the Government should encourage competition and not block one airline to protect the other, be it AirAsia or MAS or vice versa. A point to remember is that both the airlines cater to different market segments as one is a low-cost carrier, the other a full-service airline.

Both should be given equal chances to operate any route that they want so that they can work towards building Malaysia as a hub, bringing in tourists and tourism dollars instead of allowing Bangkok and Singapore to get the better of us with their wider linkages.

The irony of it all is that Malaysia goes all out to get foreign carriers to fly out of KL International Airport and that means our carriers, be it MAS, AirAsia or AAX, have to compete with these carriers but here AAX is still struggling to get core routes and has to be satisfied with secondary points.

In all the major aviation hubs such as in South Korea, Japan, Britain or even Australia, there are more than one national long-haul carriers and route overlap among the two is high. But why is AAX still struggling to get core routes and has to operate more on secondary routes?

The decision on routes has wider implications on the Malaysian economy, the aviation sector and consumers and it should be based on what’s best for the country. It is time to make that hard decision so that travellers can enjoy better fares on these routes.


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AirAsia unveils concert ticketing website

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has launched its new online global ticketing service, AirAsiaRedTix, by being the exclusive ticketing agent for Malaysian singing sensation Zee Avi’s March 20 concert.

There will also be an instant 50% discount for tickets purchased online.

According to a press statement yesterday, it said the website was aimed at providing the smartest new way to discover and book tickets to an international line-up of world-class concerts and more.

The venue of the Zee Avi Live concert is at KL Live, Life Centre in Kuala Lumpur and begins at 8pm.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased via AirAsiaRedTix.com from now till midnight of March 18.

The online concert tickets are priced at RM55 for main hall and RM105 for upper deck while tickets sold at KL Live from March 18 to March 20 are priced at RM105 and RM205 respectively.

Online bookings through the website are processed instantly, using the same secure payment gateway as AirAsia to process online credit card payments, and electronic tickets are sent to customers via e-mail.
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Air Asia of Malaysia has moved to establish a new Vietnamese low-cost airline. The new carrier, which will be branded as VietJet AirAsia and is due to be launched in May 2010. AirAsia has acquired a 30% equity stake in VietJet Aviation JSC (VietJet Air) to create a Vietnam-based joint venture low-fare airline named VietJet AirAsia which will operate under the AirAsia brand.

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AirAsia Miri-S’pore flight to be restored next week
by Georgette Tan March 18, 2010, Thursday
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KUCHING: AirAsia has agreed to reinstate the Miri-Singapore flight by next week, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan said yesterday.Dr Chan, who is also Tourism and Heritage Minister, disclosed this after a discussion with AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandez over the route, which was suspended earlier this month.

“People are used to the route. Employees of oil companies are used to travelling on that flight,” he said during a press conference at Kuching International Airport VIP lounge upon his return from Kuala Lumpur.

“I promised Fernandez that we will do our part in promoting Sarawak to Singaporeans,” he said.

Dr Chan added that he would be embarking on a roadshow to promote Sarawak in Singapore either end of this month or early April.

“On my part, I want to sell Sarawak to Singaporeans and get more people to come.

“People should know about the good tourism products available in Sarawak. We must work on a win-win situation. Tour operators can also help by getting as many people as possible to visit,” he added.

The status of other suspended international routes, like the Kuching-Jakarta flight, remains unchanged.

Dr Chan said Fernandez asked him to speak to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAB) about offering the low-cost carrier a lower rate for airport charges.

“I hope MAB will be able to help us there, until we build up a volume where the low-cost carrier can absorb a higher cost.”

He said Sarawak tourism was behind when compared to Sabah, Penang and Melaka, and appealed for MAB to reconsider its charges.
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AirAsia expects 27m passengers this year
By Jeeva ArulampalamPublished: 2010/03/20



LOW-COST carrier (LCC) AirAsia Group (5099) expects to carry some 27 million passengers this year, up from the 24 million passengers achieved last year.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said AirAsia, together with its long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X will be able to achieve 27 million passengers as load factors remain strong and signs of economic recovery are underway.

"We will use the new plane deliveries this year to continue driving our initiative of becoming a full-fledged Asean carrier this year," Fernandes told reporters at an AirAsia event in Sepang, Selangor, yesterday.

Despite AirAsia deferring the delivery of eight new A320s this year, it will still be taking in 16 new A320s, with most planes being utilised by its associates, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia.
Fernandes also said that flights to Thailand are continuing as per normal with healthy load factors despite the current political turbulence in Bangkok.

"We've not cancelled any of our flights. I think people have become used to (the ongoing political disputes) there," he said.

AirAsia is also working on increasing its ancillary revenue base by promoting local events such as upcoming concerts by artists Zee Avi and Lionel Richie, as well as international concerts.

Meanwhile, AirAsia paid tribute yesterday to two individuals who have contributed to the airline's growth and propagated the AirAsia AllStar culture by unveiling two aircraft with special liveries bearing images of both individuals.

Both brand new Airbus A320 planes bear images of the former AirAsia chairman Datuk Pahamin Ab. Rajab and AirAsia chief operating officer Bo Lingam's imagery.

"The aircraft with the special liveries shows our gratitude to their contributions in growing the airline from a fledgling Malaysian LCC to the Asean airline that it is now," said Fernandes before unveiling the planes in Sepang.

Both Pahamin and Bo joined AirAsia in 2001 and were instrumental in the development of the low-cost carrier into an internationally recognised brand.
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Anugerah yang amat bermakna - Tony Fernandes

JOHOR BAHRU 27 Mac - Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan Air Asia Bhd (AirAsia), Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes menganggap Ijazah Kehormat Doktor Inovasi Perniagaan yang dianugerahkan kepadanya sempena Konvokesyen ke-44 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) hari ini sebagai anugerah paling bermakna dalam kerjayanya.

Menurut beliau, penganugerahan itu secara tidak langsung memberi impak besar dan akan membantunya merencanakan lembaran baru untuk syarikat penerbangan tambang murah itu.

"Melalui penganugerahan tersebut, kita akan terus meningkatkan inovasi dalam bidang perniagaan bagi membolehkan syarikat ini terus berkembang pada masa akan datang," katanya pada sidang akhbar di Dewan Sultan Iskandar, UTM Skudai dekat sini hari ini.

Anugerah tersebut disampaikan oleh Pro Canselor UTM, Raja Zarith Sofiah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris.

Tony berkata, kejayaan AirAsia juga banyak bergantung kepada tenaga mahir tempatan yang kebanyakannya terdiri daripada lulusan UTM.

Beliau berkata, lulusan UTM kebanyakannya mempunyai kemahiran dan kebolehan setaraf dengan tenaga profesional dari luar negara.

"UTM memiliki ramai pelajar cemerlang yang berkebolehan dan mempunyai kreativiti serta inovasi tersendiri dalam bidang masing-masing.

"Selain itu UTM juga sering melakukan sesuatu yang berbeza dan menggunakan teknologi terkini dan secara tidak langsung ia mendorong pihak saya untuk melatih lebih ramai pelajar tempatan," katanya.

Pengasas pasukan lumba kereta formula satu negara Lotus F1 Racing itu berkata, sejajar dengan itu pihaknya akan mengambil lebih ramai pelatih dan tenaga kerja di kalangan UTM.

Beliau berkata, sebelum ini banyak pihak beranggapan pelajar lulusan universiti tempatan tidak mempunyai kemahiran setanding dengan pelajar lulusan luar negara.

"Pelajar UTM merupakan pemikir yang kreatif dan berinovasi. Sebagai bukti UTM berjaya menghasilkan terowong angin bagi menguji kereta F1 yang bertaraf dunia.

"Saya ingin membuktikan kepada dunia bahawa pelajar Malaysia juga mempunyai kemahiran serta kreativiti tersendiri dan mereka berkebolehan untuk bersaing di peringkat antarabangsa," katanya.

p/s : Tahniah Datuk
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AirAsia X to expand flights
By Presenna Nambiar
Published: 2010/04/06

Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X will focus on growing flight frequencies to existing destinations in India, Melbourne and Perth this year.

"It has been challenging, (trying to get) new routes, so we are adding even more flights to destinations such as Melbourne and Perth," AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said.

AirAsia X has been lobbying for the Sydney and Seoul routes for more than a year now.

According to a news report, the low-cost carrier (LCC)'s plan to fly to both capitals by June this year were dashed when it did not get a formal word on the issue from the government.

"We have asked for the rights to fly to Jeddah too, due to demands by our customers, but that has also been held back," Azran said.

AirAsia X, which will accept delivery of three more A330s this year, will deploy them to the two Australian cities, with the absence of the new routes.

One of the airline's top priorities this year will be to get more rights to fly into Mumbai.

"In order for it to make economic sense, we need at least daily flights to Mumbai. We will wait for the next bilateral meeting to bring the matter up with the Indian government," Azran said.

AirAsia X will start flying to Mumbai in May, and is allowed to fly four times a week.

Azran was speaking after launching AirAsia X's new seat configuration for its aircraft, which involves the introduction of flatbed premium seats, which is said to be a first for a low-cost carrier.

AirAsia X will spend RM10 million for the refurbishment of each plane. The refurbishment will allow the airline's A330 to have a seat configuration of 12 flatbed premium and 365 economy seats.

The new configurations for the airline's A340 is 18 flatbed seats and 309 economy seats. The airline currently owns eight Airbus aircraft.

In conjunction with the launch, AirAsia X is offering a "Premium Seat Promotion" to all Citibank credit card holders in Malaysia.

On offer are flights from Kuala Lumpur to Perth, from RM999 one way, and Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne from RM1,499 one way.

The offer is available exclusively online for booking from April 6 to April 8 2010, for the travel period between April 12 2010 and February 13 2011.
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AirAsia tawar laluan baru

SEPANG 7 April - AirAsia, syarikat penerbangan tambang murah, akan memperkenalkan laluan baru dari Pulau Pinang ke Langkawi mulai 13 Mei ini.

Dengan laluan terbaru itu, AirAsia menawarkan tambang serendah RM9.

AirAsia dalam kenyataannya di sini berkata, tawaran bagi tempoh empat hari mulai 8 hingga 11 April itu, hanya boleh dibeli secara eksklusif dalam talian www.airasia.com bagi penerbangan mulai 13 Mei hingga 13 Februari 2011.

Sebagai tambahan, airasiago.com turut menawarkan hotel dari serendah RM100 semalam untuk hotel bertaraf tiga hingga lima bintang yang mengambil bahagian dalam promosi berkenaan.

Hotel-hotel tersebut adalah Hotel Eagle Bay, Hotel Grand Continental Langkawi, Bayview Hotel Langkawi dan Rebak Island Resort Langkawi.

Buat masa ini, Pulau Pinang menerima 123 penerbangan domestik dan antarabangsa seminggu termasuk dari negeri itu ke Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu dan Johor Bahru.

Manakala penerbangan antarabangsa pula Bangkok, Jakarta, Medan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapura dan Chennai.
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AirAsia to start Vietnam flights in August
Published: 2010/04/08




AirAsia Bhd, Southeast Asia’s biggest discount carrier, plans to operate its first flights in Vietnam in August with three planes, chief executive officer Tony Fernandes told reporters in Hanoi today.

Vietnam’s market of almost 90 million people has “huge tourist potential,” he told reporters. The company said information on destinations was not yet available. -- Bloomberg
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[QUOTE=rizalhakim;54755593]AirAsia tawar laluan baru

SEPANG 7 April - AirAsia, syarikat penerbangan tambang murah, akan memperkenalkan laluan baru dari Pulau Pinang ke Langkawi mulai 13 Mei ini.

Dengan laluan terbaru itu, AirAsia menawarkan tambang serendah RM9.

But why???Remember they cancelled Kota kinabalu to labuan!Infact i think firefly should be doing this sector doing the island hoping from penang to langkawi then phuket or kok samui.The ATRss perfect aircraft for this route not the A320 wear and tear for a short trip or may be it a good for the training pilots to do take off and landing practise ha.
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AirAsia X tipped to get Seoul rights soon
By Jeeva ArulampalamPublished: 2010/04/15

AirAsia X chief executive officer says the long-haul budget carrier can help redress the shrinkage of tourist arrivals from Seoul into Malaysia

Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X (5099) is tipped to receive the rights to fly the Kuala Lumpur-Seoul route soon.

A source indicated that the airline had been given a verbal approval by the government last week.

When contacted by Business Times on Tuesday, AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said he had not received a written approval from the Malaysian Transport Ministry but welcomed the news.

"We can help to redress the shrinkage of tourist arrivals from Seoul into Malaysia, which shrank by some 15 per cent last year over 2008," he said in a phone interview.
The airline has requested daily flights to Seoul and will look to utilise one of its brand new Airbus A330s to ply the route.

As AirAsia X looks forward to expanding to South Korea, Azran said it was equally important for the airline to receive approval for other trunk routes such as KL-Sydney and KL-Jeddah to build its network.

It is seeking daily flights to Sydney, while the Saudi government is willing to grant between five and six flights per week for the KL-Jeddah route, said Azran.

"We are continuing to take new aircraft (three A330s this year), with another 17 coming in from 2011 to 2015, but don't have the right places to deploy them," he said.

He added that neighbouring governments such as Singapore and Indonesia have expressed their support for the airline to use their airports to widen its network.

Although the airline has not received an official notification on why there has been a delay in receiving approvals for these trunk routes, several suggestions have been floated to the airline.

"One of the reasons cited was since MAS (Malaysia Airlines) was asked to buy the A380 (superjumbo) jets by the government, they need the Sydney route to be protected," said Azran.

MAS, which will start receiving the first of its six A380s starting August next year, has said that it will use two of these planes for its KL-Sydney route.

Concerns have been raised previously by aviation analysts that MAS may not be able to fully maximise the yields on its A380, as A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines has struggled to do so.

"Allegedly, we are also only bringing in transit passengers. However, tourist arrivals from Australia grew by 25 per cent last year in comparison to the previous year based on the Tourism Ministry data.

"MAS did not add a single flight into Australia last year but instead cut capacity. So how do you get such a stellar growth?" said Azran.

He also said comments made that AirAsia X could fly to 34 other cities, of which it received some approvals, would not see the same amount of tourist arrivals in Malaysia.

Among the destinations suggested include Zurich in Switzerland, Vienna in Austria, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Peshawar in Pakistan.

For instance, if AirAsia X were to fly to either Zurich or Vienna, it could do flights three times a week bringing in some 44,000 passengers per destination yearly.

In comparison, daily flights to Sydney would bring in 110,000 passengers yearly, said Azran.

"This also results in the poor use of aircraft capacity when you fly to a destination with limited tourist appeal," he said, adding that it takes roughly one to one-and-a-half years for AirAsia X to turn a route profitable.

Azran also claimed that with AirAsia X not flying into Sydney and Seoul, the country was losing some RM3 billion in revenues based on the aviation sector multiplier effect of 12 times to the overall national economy.

When asked why AirAsia X did not redeploy its A330s to routes it has already received approvals such as Manchester, Azran said the planes are unsuitable for long-haul routes.

"The plan is to do Europe when the A350s start arriving in 2015," said Azran.
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