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Old March 5th, 2009, 08:08 PM   #321
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MAS, Firefly in code-sharing strategy
Written by Gan Yen Kuan
Thursday, 05 March 2009 13:24



Leong (right) and Ngiam together with
Firefly's cabin crew. Photo by Gan Yen Kuan


SUBANG: Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and its wholly-owned budget airline Firefly will launch code-share partnership in two to three weeks as both airlines have completed the integration of technology platforms, according to Firefly managing director Eddy Leong.

"We are now working actively with the regional offices in Europe, Australia and China to connect people via KLIA to the secondary destinations," Leong said.

He was speaking to reporters here on March 5 after a joint media briefing with Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA).

Leong said Firefly targets to carry 1.5 million passengers this year, now that it operates with five 72-seater ATR72-500 aircraft and flies to more destinations. Last year, it carried about 500,000 passengers with three Fokker 50 aircraft.

He said it was hopeful of improving its load factor this year with a more comprehensive network structure. Its current load factor averages at 60% to 70%.

Firefly would take delivery of two ATR72-500, one each in April and May, he said, adding that it may delay the time to take delivery of the remaining three aircraft, depending on market condition.

Declining to give a figure, he said Firefly made losses last year due to fuel hedge losses.

"If it's not for the fuel hedging, yes (we started making money). But it's not a big loss," he said.

"This year, we are going to be realistic. The economic crisis is just unfolding, and it will not be prudent of me to start saying that we will be making money. This year, the key is survival. Judging from the way we are doing, we won't be making big losses, or we will probably break even or see a little bit of profit," he added.

On network expansion, Leong said the imminent three new destinations Firefly would fly to are Subang-Kuantan, which will start on March 29, Subang-Alor Setar (March 29) and Subang-Phuket (May 1).

He said it was awaiting the approval of Transport Ministry to fly to Singapore from eight secondary airports, namely Ipoh, Terengganu, Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Alor Setar, Kerteh, Melaka and Subang.

"We are hopeful that we will soon be given the approval to fly. We have been in active conversations with the Ministry of Transport. We are confident that we will start the services soon," he said.

For the Subang-Singapore route, Firefly was looking at operating four flights a day, he said.

Meanwhile, during the MATTA Fair to be held from March 13 to 15, Firefly will give away prizes worth a total of RM250,000, including free MAS tickets to Rome, London, New York and other long-haul destinations.

MATTA president Ngiam Foon said there would be 873 booths at the upcoming fair, slightly less than the 877 booths in the last fair in September, indicating that such optimism of the industry players was significant in times of economic slowdown.

He said the upcoming MATTA Fair targetted to generate sales of some RM80 million
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MASwings to increase its flight frequencies
Thursday March 5, 2009
By JACK WONG

KUCHING: MASwings will increase its flight frequencies and provide better connectivity when it takes delivery of another six French-made ATR 72 aircraft this year.

Managing director Mohd Salleh Tabrani said MASwings would receive its second and third ATR aircraft in the next two months.

“By the end of 2009, we will operate seven ATR aircraft which will expand our total capacity by 150%.

“This means an increase in frequency and better connectivity, and meeting the future demand in air travel within Sabah and Sarawak,” he added at a Chinese New Year dinner gathering at Kuching Hilton on Wednesday.

Mohd Salleh said passengers would enjoy a better travel experience with the 68-seater ATR aircraft.

Kuching resident Theresa Ipau anak Kapit became MASwings’ one-millionth passenger.

She was rewarded with two complimentary Kuching-Kota Kinabalu return air tickets at the event.

MASwings, which started its operations on Oct 1,2007, now operates a fleet of seven 50-seater Fokker 50 aircraft, four Twin-Otter and one ATR.

It offered 660 weekly flights and serves a network of 22 destinations in Sabah, Sarawak and Federal Terrority of Labuan.

Mohd Salleh said MASwings had provided regular and reliable services, and established its role in the tourism industry in east Malaysia.

He has recently declared 2009 as a “Safety and Security Year” for MASwings.
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Fly direct to Macau
Monday March 2, 2009

PENANG and Macau have various similarities in terms of heritage and sports, and the Penang Government is tapping into the market to ensure mutual benefits are attained.

Penang Tourism Development chairman Danny Law said AirAsia’s four weekly flights from Penang to Macau, which started yesterday, would help boost tourism in both cities.

While Penang was a former colony of the British, he said, Macau was under Portugese rule and had attained its Unesco World Heritage status in 2005.

“So, there are a lot of heritage sites for tourists from both cities to see and compare.

“Macau is also a popular destination for motor sports just as we are famous for our dragon boat race,’’ he told reporters at the Penang International Airport yesterday before embarking on his personal trip to Macau on AirAsia’s maiden flight.

He said ten of his friends were accompanying him as tickets for two including hotel stay only cost them RM1,300.

Law said during his three-day trip, he would also take the initiative to promote Penang especially touching on its year-round cultural and religious activities.

He said religious events like the Hungry Ghost Festival and Nine-Emperor Gods that were no longer held in China could be found in Penang.

Law, however, said it was important that flights to both destinations be full to avoid the fate of the Penang-Xiamen direct flight which was terminated as there were not enough passengers.

“The state is also planning to increase its tourist arrivals by promoting Penang to those in India and China,” he added.
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Airport gets four LCD TV sets to promote tourism
Thursday March 5, 2009

FOUR Sharp Aquos 42-inch LCD television sets have been set up at separate locations at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas to showcase the state’s tourism spots and cultural activities.

The screens show a 3.5-minute promotional video clip which the state Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said had received good response from tourists.

He said Sharp-Roxy Sales & Service Company (M) Sdn Bhd sponsored the television sets, each complete with a DVD player, at a cost of RM30,000.

Law said the sets were recently installed at various locations at the airport’s departure and arrival halls and the positive response prompted Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd to identify six more potential locations for the sets to be put up.

“At the moment, the screens are only showing the same video clip interspersed with Sharp advertisements,” he told a press conference at the airport.

“We are in the process of coming up with more DVDs of cultural activities like the recent Thaipusam and Chap Goh Meh celebrations in the state,” Law added.

The state, he said, would like to put up similar television sets to promote Penang at other entry points such as the Swettenham Pier and the Butterworth railway station, as well as at various popular tourism spots.
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MMC agrees in principle
By Adeline Paul RajPublished: 2009/03/05



MMC Corp Bhd (2194) has agreed in principle to get a second opinion on the value of its proposed acquisition of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS), says Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG).

"MMC has agreed in principle, subject to their board's approval, to obtain a second valuation by a reputable independent valuer to give comfort to the minority shareholders," MSWG chief executive officer Rita Benoy Bushon said after meeting with MMC's management yesterday.

She said the board's approval was needed as it would be a costly exercise for MMC to appoint another valuer.

If approved, the new valuation would take into consideration the current market situation.

MMC's plan to buy the loss-making SATS for RM1.7 billion is controversial as it is a related-party transaction.
Institutional and minority shareholders are worried as to whether MMC, a conglomerate owned by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, is paying a fair price for SATS, which is also owned by Syed Mokhtar.

The first valuation, by IPC Island Property Consultants Sdn Bhd, tagged SATS at RM2.23 billion, but minorities argued that the sum did not reflect the current market situation and have been insisting on another independent valuation.

MMC, meanwhile, said yesterday that it would address all concerns over the SATS deal in a circular to shareholders sometime this month.

It is targeting to hold an extraordinary general meeting, at which shareholders can vote on the deal, by the end of the month.

"All their concerns will be addressed in the circular, which has been submitted to Bursa Malaysia for approval," senior general manager of corporate services Azlan Shahrim told Business Times yesterday.

The circular will provide sufficient information for shareholders to make an informed decision and determine whether the deal is earnings-accretive to MMC, Azlan said.

MMC's management had an hour-long meeting with MSWG yesterday afternoon to discuss the SATS deal.

MMC took note of MSWG's views, including concern, over the valuation process, Azlan added.

According to Bushon, MMC had said that borrowings for the deal would be minimal and that the credit line was available.

Minorities had been concerned that MMC's cash funds of RM3.8 billion would be reduced after the proposed acquisition. It already has large long-term borrowings of almost RM20 billion.
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Firefly Confident Of Getting Singapore Route
March 05, 2009 21:31 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 (Bernama) -- Community airline, Firefly remains upbeat about securing the Singapore route despite the fact that it has yet to secure the green light from the Ministry of Transport.

Its managing director, Eddy Leong, said the airline had also requested four flights daily from eight secondary routes.

Among the routes are Terengganu-Singapore, Kuantan-Singapore and Melaka-Singapore.

"I think the liberalisation of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector has been in place since last year. Many carriers have received the benefits and we do not see ourselves being left out," he told a media conference Thursday.

Leong said while awaiting approval, Firefly will fly new routes from Subang to Alor Star and Kuantan, starting March 29.

He said the Subang-Alor Setar and Subang-Kuantan routes will see more business travelers and visiting friends and relatives (VFRs) commute between the two states on a daily basis.

He added Firefly will acquire five new ATR72-500 aircrafts this year.

"We are taking two aircrafts first, which will be delivered in April and May. The remaining three, we will review it. We may adjust the delivery time," he said.

Asked whether the airline was expecting higher profit this year due to the additional aircrafts, he said, "Judging by the way we are doing, we will not make big losses but we will probably break even."

The company might just have "a little bit profit," he added.

Leong said the airline also expects to carry 1.5 million passengers by year-end.

On its participation in Matta Fair this year, Leong said the airline aimed to rake in RM5-RM6 million in ticket sales over three days.

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Intense dogfight seen for short-haul traffic
Published: 2009/03/06

Malaysia's two passenger airlines face a near future of intense competition for the remaining consumers who continue to spend on travel, says MIDF Research.

"Regional airlines (including Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia) are expected to compete intensely for short-haul traffic between developing countries. These countries have populations with a growing desire for holidays in regional countries because air fares are lower," it wrote in a report yesterday.

While consumers may be downgrading from full-service carriers to low-cost ones, that does not ensure profitability for low-cost carriers (LCCs).

"Competition between LCCs is likely to be highly intense with razor thin margins on base fares," it added.

The research firm said the recently concluded fourth-quarter results of both MAS and AirAsia came in below its expectations as the airline sector felt the effects of a worse-than-anticipated economic slowdown and bad bets on fuel prices.

"Nonetheless, we are expecting a reprieve in 2009, especially on the costs structure, that is, fuel hedging that would ease some pressure on operating margins," it said.

It is maintaining a "neutral" view on the airline sector, underpinned by rising risks that could impede an economic recovery that is crucial to the resumption of healthy air traffic.

Meanwhile, MIDF Research expects regional airports to reduce fees because governments will want more traffic passing through their airports.

"Billions have already been spent in tourism infrastructure and a significant amount of many nations' gross domestic product is derived from tourism and its spillover effects.

"It makes more sense to assist the millions of jobs involved in tourism than to look after the profitability of a few airport operators," it said.
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Maxis services on MAS flights with AeroMobile
Published: 2009/03/06



MAXIS Communications Bhd has teamed up with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AeroMobile to enable its post-paid customers to use mobile phones and BlackBerry-type devices while flying on MAS aircraft equipped with the AeroMobile system.

Maxis post-paid subscribers will be able to use their mobile communications services available include voice calls, SMS, email and GPRS services, the three parties said in a joint statement yesterday.

"The ultimate aim of this partnership is for Maxis, MAS and AeroMobile - all leaders in their respective industries - to leverage on each other's strengths to bring more value to our customers," said Maxis chief marketing officer Matthew Willsher.

Willsher said post-paid customers will also be able to make and receive voice calls at RM15 per minute, send or receive data at RM100 per MB and SMSes sent are charged at RM3 per SMS, while receiving SMSes is free of charge.

As an introductory promotion, Maxis is offering SMS at RM2 per SMS from now until April 15, he said. - Bernama
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Aircraft boost for MASwings
2009/03/07



MASwings managing director Salleh Tabrani (left) receiving an ATR 72-500
replica from ATR chief executive officer Stephane Mayer, symbolising the
delivery of the new aircraft. At centre is Sabah Tourism, Culture and
Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.


AIR links between towns in Sabah and Sarawak have been given a boost with the delivery of MASwings' second ATR 72-500 aircraft.

JONISTON BANGKUAI - Reporting From Toulouse

MASwings managing director Salleh Tabrani received the brand new 68-seater aircraft from ATR chief executive officer Stephane Mayer at the Blagnac international airport here yesterday.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun who witnessed the handover said the delivery of the new aircraft was a reflection of MASwings' relentless efforts to ensure connectivity to the smaller towns in the two states.

He said the deployment of the ATR 72, which was known as a "green aircraft", would further establish Sabah's commitment to sustainable tourism development.

The new aircraft is the second of seven ATR 72s ordered by MASwings last year at a cost of US$128.1 million (RM476.3 million).

The remaining aircraft will be delivered in stages this year and be deployed in Sabah and Sarawak.

Salleh said MASwings had recorded a 24 per cent growth rate in passenger load over the last few months and the delivery of the second ATR 72 would further improve the quality and reliability of its services.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, MASwings began operations in October 2007 and welcomed its one millionth passenger last month.

"Over the last 16 months MASwings covered 37,000 sectors recording between 50,000 and 62,000 passengers every month," Salleh said, adding that it was on time 95 per cent of the time.

He said the four-hour range capability of the aircraft would allow MASwings to expand its services beyond the two states and penetrate into the East Asean Growth Area region.

"With the complete delivery of the ATR 72 aircraft this year, we can look forward to expanding our network, increasing flight frequencies and covering new destinations."

The deployment of the new aircraft will enable MASwings to expand its capacity by 150 per cent, meeting future demand in air travel within the two states.

MASwings' deployment of the ATR 72 is also intended to eventually phase out its Fokker 50 services.
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Firefly Still Hiring, Says MD
March 07, 2009 18:14 PM

PETALING JAYA, March 7 (Bernama) -- Community airline, Firefly, is still hiring and not cutting jobs despite the global economic slowdown, said FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong today.

"The airline will hire more people to meet its expansion route network," he told reporters after launching Wing Commanderz 2009, a specially-constructed ATR (Firefly's aircraft) simulator, here today.

The event was officiated by Malaysia's first astronaut, Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.

"We need more people as we will take delivery of another five new ATR 72-500 planes this year and fly to other new routes planned for this year," he said.

The new routes include Subang-Phuket, Subang-Krabi, Penang-Huahin and Subang-Alor Setar.

He said the airline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, also hoped to operate the Subang-Singapore route this year.

Leong said Firefly was keen to work with Dr Sheikh Muszaphar to further promote the aviation industry as well as encourage young generation to become pilots.

Wing Commanderz 2009 will be making its first public appearance at the MATTA fair from March 13-15. Firefly will be holding the Wing Commanderz 2009 Top Gun Pilot Challenge for MATTA visitors.

Meanwhile, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar said there was a lack of interest in aviation industry due to fewer opportunities, programmes and support.

He urged private companies to educate the public in order to promote the science and technology part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

-- BERNAMA
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Some Changes To Firefly Flight Schedule
March 09, 2009 00:16 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Bernama) -- Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines that operates out of Penang and Subang airport, has announced changes to its flight schedule from March 10 to 28.

"Flights from Penang to Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bahru, Ko Samui and Kuantan are now temporary suspended," said Firefly managing director Eddy Leong in a statement here tonight.

He said that flights from Penang to Langkawi, Phuket, Medan and Banda Aceh had been re-timed, together with some flights out of Subang Airport, as well.

Leong said passengers were being notified of alternative flight arrangements, adding that these changes were part of its planned network rationalisation, in view of the current economic environment and maintenance requirements on one of its aircraft.

"We are taking the necessary initiatives to reduce the impact on our passengers. We apologise to all passengers for any inconvenience," he added.

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Moves to get turboprops flying into Skypark Subang
By Presenna NambiarPublished: 2009/03/09

THE government is in talks with two airlines operating turboprops, Riau Airlines and Bangkok Airways, to fly to Skypark Subang.

The developer of Skypark Subang, formerly Terminal 3 of the Subang airport, said there were many turboprop operators in the region and it was keen to bring them here.

"We are facilitating the talks because they are more of a government-to-government issue dealing with landing rights," Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Ravindran Menon told Business Times.

He said the government has been supportive of Skypark Subang and has indicated that there will be more routes given out to Firefly and Berjaya Air, the two main airlines using the airport currently.

Ravindran said, however, that the operator would not be depending on passenger traffic alone to bring life to Skypark Subang.

"The goal is to make Skypark Subang not just an airport, but a destination for the surrounding community. A place for meetings or just to sit and chat," he said.

Skypark Subang is part of a three-phase initiative to develop the area.

The first phase, which includes the redevelopment of Terminal 3, is almost complete, with only some work left to be done on the facade. It is expected to be completed by the end of next month.

Phase 2 of the redevelopment will start soon as tenders have been called.

It will entail the creation of a regional aviation centre with two maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, and 10 hangars, run by the Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation Group and Australia's Hawker Pacific.

The 4.5ha commercial nexus, part of the third phase, is close to finalising the design.

It will feature a hotel, retail outlets, an aviation museum and a state-of-the-art multi-purpose hall.

Subang Skypark plans to spend RM350 million over the next two years to develop the terminal into an airport city.

Ravindran said the company expects to recoup its investment in 10 years.
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SATS to unveil mega Senai project in Q2
Monday March 9, 2009
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The multi-billion ringgit development features residential, commercial properties, medical centres and high-tech park

SENAI Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) will be launching the multi-billion ringgit Senai Aviation & Airport City mixed development project in the second quarter of the year.

Sited on 1,133.11ha beside the Senai International Airport, the project would be undertaken by SATS’ wholly-owned subsidiary Enigma Harmoni Sdn Bhd and comprise three main components, said deputy chief executive officer Shahrull Allam Abdul Halim.

Residential, commercial and hospitality amenities will be featured in the first component spanning 323.74ha while an air cargo logistics centre and high-tech park will occupy 404.68ha each.

The entire development would take about 10 years to complete.

Enigma Harmoni has received planning approval from the Kulai Municipal Council for the project which also includes a Customs Inspection Quarantine Complex (CIQ).

“We will launch the high-tech park first as this is a vital component of the entire development,’’ Shahrull said in an interview with StarBiz.

It will be the second high-tech park in the country after Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah.

He said the investment in infrastructure was estimated at about RM1.2bil.

Other facilities will include private medical centres, international schools, premium hotels and duty-free shopping centres.

The high-tech park aims to attract investments in the avionics/aeronautics industry, information and communications technology industry including integrated circuit design, high-tech manufacturing, bio-medical and bio-technology, solar industry, food and agri-technology and environment including renewable energy.

He said among the companies and investors targeted were those in the pharmaceutical industry from Austria, Germany and Switzerland; oil and gas, and solar energy sectors in the United States; and Japan’s motor vehicle sector.

“It is a pre-requisite for companies operating in our park to have research and development (R&D) elements,’’ added Shahrull.

He said there would be a flagship building known as the knowledge centre where most of the R&D activities would be undertaken.

The building will incorporate collapsible office and laboratory incubator concepts where higher learning institutions could bring their undergraduates to undertake R&D studies or programmes with the companies or the industries.

Shahrull said it would collaborate with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia main campus in Skudai, Johor to participate in the university-industry R&D programmes.

He said SATS was looking at participation from China companies in the development and construction of Senai Aviation & Airport City.

Shahrull said it would collaborate with established high-tech park operators in China’s Pearl River Delta region to market the Senai park.

“Ours will probably be the first integrated high-tech park in the world connected to the airport. Similar parks like the ones in Frankfurt and Dubai are located several kilometres from the airport,’’ he said.

Opened in 1974, Senai Airport is managed by SATS which took over the operations of the airport from Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd in 2003.
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Aero Mall to open by year-end
Monday March 9, 2009

AERO Mall, the first stand-alone and external airport mall in Malaysia currently under construction at Senai Airport, is scheduled to open by year-end.

The RM70mil mall offers 3,716.12 sq m of retail space.

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd general manager finance and retail development Chan Kwai Yew said the mall would be positioned and marketed as the new lifestyle hub in the area.

“Shopping, dining and entertaining at airports is getting popular as airports are no longer just places for air travellers or well-wishers to send off airborne passengers,’’ he said in an interview.

Chan said Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 was the best example of this as it had successfully attracted non-air travellers and residents from nearby areas to shop and dine there.

SATS is targeting the business community, executives and senior managers working in the nearby industrial estates and the 192,000 population (2005 figure) in the Senai-Kulai area.

Chan said Aero Mall would also complement the Senai Aviation & Airport City to be launched in the second quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, Plaza Premium Management Ltd has chosen Senai airport for its third Plaza Premium Lounge in the country after KL International Airport and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal.

Plaza Premium Lounge is the world’s first commercial VIP lounge open to airport users irrespective of airlines, travel class, air miles or membership programme.

“We have invested RM500,000 for the Senai lounge and see good prospects as Senai-Kulai is located within the Iskandar Malaysia growth corridor,’’ said chief financial officer Clarence Chiu.
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