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Old April 20th, 2009, 06:29 AM   #381
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MAHB set to provide longer leases at aerospace centre
By Presenna NambiarPublished: 2009/04/20

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014), operator of the 39 airports in the country, plans to provide longer land leases at the Malaysian International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) in Subang as part of its post-November restructuring.

"With the signing of the 60-year land lease with the government, we will now be able to give out longer lease periods based on the company's business model," MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad told Business Times.

Prior to this, MAHB could only rent out the land, resulting in a shorter tenure.

Some 484ha at the Subang airport have been designated as land for the development of the MIAC, of which around 70 per cent is already in use for runways, among other things.
Of the 161ha still available, only 117ha can be used for the development of infrastructure.

Indeed, the shorter tenure is seen as an Achilles' heel in developing the MIAC, an industry player said.

Dnest Aviation Services Sdn Bhd, the country's largest general aviation fixed-base operator (FBO), for example, has a mere three-year land lease despite pumping in some RM18 million of its own resources to set up infrastructure there.

Dnest, which services 80 per cent of the more than 30 corporate jets in Malaysia, posted RM9 million revenue last year.

"When I decided to go ahead and build on this land, everybody called me crazy. A three-year lease is just not bankable," Dnest managing director Captain Earnest K. said.

"What has happened in Malaysia is that the authorities are promoting Subang as an aviation hub, but if you want more aviation industry players to set up shop here, you need longer lease tenures for land."

Earnest said that given its 12,000ft-long runway, the Subang airport was underutilised.

"Subang airport can easily be the home of five FBOs with that kind of runway," Earnest said.
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Firefly takes off for Singapore in June
By Rupinder SinghPublished: 2009/04/22

FLYFIREFLY Sdn Bhd will fly from six local destinations to Singapore as early as June this year, its top executive said.

"We just got the approval today (yesterday) from the Transport Ministry," said Firefly managing director Eddy Leong.

Firefly will fly to Singapore from Subang (28 times weekly), Penang (14 times weekly), Ipoh (four times weekly), Terengganu (three times weekly), Kuantan (three times weekly) and Malacca (four times weekly).

Leong said the flights from Subang and Penang to Singapore will take off in June, followed by the Terengganu-Singapore, Kuantan-Singapore and Ipoh-Singapore routes in July.

The Malacca-Singapore route is slated for take-off in September.

"It should go ahead in June," said Leong, adding that the actual flight date will depend on how fast the airline and the relevant parties work together.

Leong was speaking to reporters after launching WOW Bargains, the promotional tickets and packages to the airline's newly launched routes and destinations in Subang yesterday.

The Singapore flights are expected to land in Changi's main terminal or the low-cost terminal.

Leong said Firefly's seven ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft will be enough to serve the new routes.

Currently, Firefly has five ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft and it expects to receive two more new planes this year, he said.

With the global economic crisis, Firefly is delaying purchasing three more planes this year until year-end or early next year .

Nevertheless, Leong is positive that Firefly will benefit from the recently announced mini-budget which should improve the local tourism industry.

He said the airline may consider putting back certain flights it had cancelled last month following its rationalising plan.

Firefly may restart flights from Penang to Kuantan, Terengganu and Kota Baru by end October this year or March next year.

On WOW Bargains, customers stand to win airline tickets to MAS destinations, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

At the event, Firefly also gave away prizes to top spenders at the recent Matta Fair.

On the Matta Fair, Leong said sales increased by two-and-a-half times from last year and also contributed to record-breaking sales in March for Firefly since the airline was set up in April 2007.
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Old April 25th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #384
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Works on airport terminal extension to start soon
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
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By Raymond Tan

SIBU: Works on the extension of Sibu Airport terminal costing RM150 million will start soon.

Revealing this at the installation of Sibu SUPP Town Service Centre at Kingwood Hotel on Monday, Second Finance Minister and Minister of Public Health and Environment Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said this was a project that had been planned by the Sibu Visionary development Team led by him.

He said the team had listed out 10 construction projects and 32 other projects to upgrade the town, and the airport terminal extension was one of them.

“While most of the others have been accomplished, the airport extension is one of the few that we are still working on.”

He said the extension project, once completed, would be a pride of the town.

“The extended airport will be larger than those in Miri and Bintulu. It will have environment and community user-friendly features.”

He said his team members, particularly Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Robert Lau and Lanang MP Datuk Tiong Thai King, had lobbied hard for the project.

On the eight-bridge road to Tanjung Manis, he said this was another harder-to-come-by project they had been working on.

“Works have already begun.”

He said as more development projects were accomplished, the people have begun to see further and demand for more.

“This is a good thing because we all look for better life and high living standard.”

Wong said the people’s three wishes here were the settlement of their land lease renewal, flood mitigation and education for their children.

“The land problem has been partially solved. We are still working on the rest.”

For flood mitigation plan, he said the Department of Drainage and Irrigation was working on it too.

“They cannot immediately solve the problems, but they have identified the need to improve the 11 major drains in the town to flush out extra water during heavy downpour.”

He said they had also identified certain problems in the works, like water in low-lying areas, which was lower than the level of the river water, and therefore not easy to drain out.

Wong said they would also start raising the roads as one of the immediate flood mitigation plans.

For the Chinese education, he said more fund would be channeled to the sector.

He said he would meet the management board members of Chinese schools to look into their needs.

“The people must see the fair challenges of all Malaysians, and never to fall into the trap of the opposition parties.”

He said SUPP would not get themselves caught in their war of words because if they did, they would too fall into their trap.

“We shall instead spend our time working with the people to accomplish their wishes.”

He said what the opposition did was just making statements, “but, for us, we want action done”.

He said his visionary development team also wanted to create more job and economic opportunities for the people and this town.

“That is why we are aggressively promoting tourism by launching Visit Sibu Year.”

He was happy that their efforts had attracted the Pandaw Cruise in carrying out the Rejang River Cruise.

“I have just received an e-mail from the Scottish company, saying response to their tour launch was so overwhelming that 1,400 tourists made up mainly of Americans and Europeans had signed up for the adventure package. The river cruise will begin on July 1.”

He said tourism was one of the best investments during economic hard times because it would help to create job and economic opportunities for the people.
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88,000 free seats to mark Jetstar Asia’s Penang route
Monday April 27, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Jetstar Asia is offering 88,000 free seats for travel between July 1 to March 25 from Singapore to four local destinations. This offer to celebrate the launch of its Penang service ends on Wednesday.

The Singapore-based low-cost carrier will be starting daily flights from the republic to Penang from July 1, marking the airline’s 17th destination and fourth Malaysian

route. The other three routes are from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

Jetstar offers flights to 17 destinations in 10 countries within five hours from the Lion City.

With a new Airbus A320 to be purchased in October, Jetstar would also double the number of its Singapore-Penang flights, chief executive officer Chong Phit Lian said in a statement yesterday.

The free-seat promotion excludes airport taxes, administrative and insurance charges.

For enquiries, call 800-6167-017 (24-hour call centre) or visit www.jetstar.com.
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MASkargo lifts Best Air Cargo Carrier in Asia award
Published: 2009/04/27



MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) has been named Best Air Cargo Carrier in Asia by readers of Cargonews Asia.

MASkargo general manager of revenue management Jamaluddin Ismail received the award at the 23rd annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2009(AFSCA) in Hong Kong recently.

"Winning the award against major players like Cathay Pacific Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo is a testament of the efficiency and world-class handling service provided by MASkargo.

"The implementation of various service enhancement projects at our facility has helped in ensuring high-quality service to our customers and that is a key factor which has contributed to our outstanding performance," Jamaluddin said in a statement.

MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman, meanwhile, said the award would serve as a morale booster for the company, especially during the current economic turbulence.

"More and more people are using MASkargo to fly their consignment as they believe in the brand and know that their cargo is in good hands.

"They are sure that their cargo will reach its destination safely and soundly because we walk the talk when we say that we 'keep business moving'," he said.

Overall, Malaysia did well in the AFSCAs. KTM Malaysia won the Best Rail Operator beating Canadian National Railway and Far Eastern Transport Group; Northport Malaysia won the Best Container Terminal in Asia, beating Asia Container Terminal HKG and Shanghai Container Terminals; while the Malaysian International Shipping Corp Bhd (MISC) sailed home with the Best Shipping Line (Intra Asia) award.

Penang International Airport won the Best Emerging Airport (Asia) award and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) won the Best Green Service Provider (Airport) award.

MASkargo is the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines. It operates four B747-200F, two B747-400F and one A300-600F covering the world's major cargo hubs. It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines passenger fleet, serving almost 100 destinations worldwide.
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Firefly in due process with Singapore authority
By Marina EmmanuelPublished: 2009/04/29

NATIONAL turboprop operator Firefly, which was granted rights to fly from six destinations in the country to Singapore, is set to commence its first two services from Subang and Ipoh in July and September, respectively.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said it is now undergoing the due process needed with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

"This due process is standard upon granting of traffic rights and will usually take up to three months.

"This is why we have not pinned down the exact implementation sequence of all Singapore routes," he told Business Times.

Leong said priority is being accorded to the four times a week flights between Subang and Singapore for commercial reasons, and four times weekly flights between Ipoh and Singapore due to a commitment given by Firefly to the Perak state government.

So far, Firefly has only begun commercial sales of its Subang-Singapore route from July 1.

"Our focus is to serve routes which are not already served by others. So, direct competition with other carriers will be limited," he said.

Apart from the Subang and Ipoh routes, Firefly has also received the nod to fly the Penang-Singapore, the Terengganu-Singapore, the Kuantan-Singapore and the Malacca-Singapore routes.

Asked if the Singapore authorities are giving Firefly any incentives such as marketing funds to promote the island state via its flight to and from Singapore, Leong said: "We have not finalised any discussion on incentives with the Changi Airport (authorities). But if there is any, it will be based on connectivity of Malaysian cities to and via Singapore, rather than promoting Singapore solely.

"Our Singapore routes are meant more for direct inbound flights to places like Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Terengganu, Kuantan and Malacca."
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AirAsia partners Scicom
Published: 2009/04/29

AIRASIA Bhd (5099) has tied up with outsource contact centre operator Scicom (MSC) Bhd to service passengers worldwide.

The collaboration streamlines and fully integrates AirAsia's customer service and contact centre operations.

The two companies have equal partnership in the joint-venture company, Asian Contact Centres Sdn Bhd, located in Kuala Lumpur.

Asian Contact Centres, which began operation on February 16, serves AirAsia's customers from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia and the UK.

Operations will soon expand to serve customers in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, the Middle East and India.

The centre can manage more than five million transactions a year in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Indonesia.
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Tuesday April 28, 2009

MUKAH: Mukah will get a new airport as part of a long-term plan to develop its infrastrucure.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the Federal Government had approved the project and given a RM200mil grant to initiate the airport.

He was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony for a new state administrative centre here that will house the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) headquarters.

Taib said the airport, which would accommodate Boeing 737 aircraft, would be built by Juara Cahaya Sdn Bhd, a bumiputra building and civil engineering contractor.

He said that Score would need RM60bil in capital investments for the necessary infrastructure facilities over the next 20 years.

“We can, in turn, attract more than RM300bil in private investments to exploit Score’s natural resources, which will otherwise not be exploited because of uncoordinated development,” he said.

The Chief Minister also disclosed plans to build four pulp and paper factories in Baram, Balleh, Mukah and Betong to utilise the resources of 100,000ha of planted forests. — Bernama
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Firefly's Subang-Singapore flights from July 1
By Presenna NambiarPublished: 2009/05/02



FIREFLY will start flying from Subang to Singapore from July 1, kicking it off with three flights a day.

The community airline plans to increase it to four flights a day, one to two weeks post the launch, Firefly head of marketing and communications Angelina Fernandez told reporters after welcoming media and tourism delegates from Thailand on the airline's inaugural flight from Subang to Phuket.

The delegation will participate in a full four day programme, which started yesterday, hosted by Tourism Selangor and Tourism Malaysia.

Angelina said the airline was also looking at flying to southern destinations in Thailand such as Krabi and Huahin.

"We are still doing our research on the route to gauge the level of demand for our services. Of course with the current economy situation we have to be prudent with our expansion plans," she said.

According to Tourism Malaysia director in Thailand Iskanda Mirza, some 110,000 Thais fly to Malaysia in a month.

"We are confident with the entry of a third airline, other than Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia, the numbers will increase," he said.

Firefly will bring the number of flights that service the Thai sector up to 42 flights a week from 35. Firefly will fly daily on the Subang-Phuket route.

Angelina said she is confident that the Subang-Phuket route will perform better than the Penang-Phuket route which it started in 2007 itself.

The Penang-Phuket route records an average load factor of 70 per cent.

"We are really targeting the expatriates in Phuket who do their visa runs. We hope that they will use the opportunity to renew their visas in Kuala Lumpur and also take the opportunity to visit other states in Malaysia," Angelina said.

She also announced that the airline now flies three times a day to Johor Baru from Subang.

Today will see the airline start its Subang-Batam route, at three times a week, while on May 15th, it will start four times a week flights to Padang in Indonesia.

Firefly is running an introductory price for Subang-Phuket flights from RM88 per way. The fares are available for booking for travel period from now till October 24 2009.
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Works on Senai hi-tech park in June
14 April 2009 , New Straits Time



THE country's second high-tech industrial park in Senai is expected to begin construction in June.

The RM3.3 billion project, which also includes a Free Trade Zone, would spur development and boost the standard of living in Kulaijaya.

Kulaijaya Municipal Council president Ismail Karim said the project would become a major attraction for investors in the district, which is part of Iskandar Malaysia.

Ismail said that the hi-tech park would become a big money-earner for Kulaijaya and its people.

"The future looks bright for Kulaijaya with the airport expansion and nearby Free Trade Zone at the hi-tech park.

"It would provide opportunities for large-scale manufacturers. It would also facilitate the trading of products as they are tax-exempted," said Ismail after a full council meeting on March 30.

Developed by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the park would be built on a 1,120ha site adjacent to the Sultan Ismail Airport in Senai.

It is expected to be built in three phases in the next 10 to 12 years.

Ismail said Johor Corporation was planning another multi-million ringgit industrial area for mid-range manufacturers in Sedenak, about 31km north of Senai.

"The Sedenak industrial area would be an alternative base for manufacturers as most industrial areas in Skudai and Senai are already operating at full capacity," said Ismail.
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Pak Lah made MAS adviser
Tuesday May 5, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been appointed as Malaysia Airlines (MAS) adviser effective May 1.

MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid said the airline’s board welcomed Abdullah, with his wide experience and extensive contacts, to the non-executive appointment.

“We look forward to a beneficial association with him,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Abdullah stepped down as the fifth Prime Minister on April 3 after helming the Government for six years. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took over the reins in a smooth transition.
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AirAsia signs 10-year cyber deal
Tuesday May 5, 2009

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has signed a 10-year deal with a global Internet content and application delivery company to boost its online performance and reliability.

The low-cost carrier signed the deal with Akamai Technologies Inc under the company’s first 10-year agreement with an airline.

In a statement yesterday, AirAsia said its website would now be powered by Akamai’s Dynamic Site Acceleration solutions which delivers faster website performance.

AirAsia Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said their partnership with Akamai would enable them to provide passengers with the best online performance and enhance their market share.

“AirAsia’s website enjoys an average of one million unique visitors a month.

“With our promotional deals and free-seat regional campaigns, the number of hits increases dramatically, so we need a solution to ensure our guests have a speedier, more reliable and uninterrupted online experience,” he added.

Meanwhile, Akamai’s Asia-Pacific managing director Stuart Spiteri said AirAsia’s commitment to Akamai underscored its goal to deliver a best-of-class online experience for its global customers.
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Penang Airport to have new thermal scanner
Tuesday May 5, 2009
REPORTS BY LEE YUK PENG, SIRA HABIBU, NG CHENG YEE AND CHRISTINA CHIN

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang International Airport will deploy another thermal scanner next week to facilitate the screening of passengers for the A (H1N1) influenza virus.

Penang Health Department director Dr Teh Leh Choo said the scanner, which was ordered by the Health Ministry, was expected to be placed at the airport by the end of next week. It currently has one thermal scanner.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the state had two thermal scanners which were obtained during the SARS outbreak in 2003.

“Only one is being used at the airport as the other one is down,” he said, adding that 8,799 passengers had been screened from last Tuesday until 5pm yesterday.

He also said 16 health officials were stationed at the airport and working on shifts. A passenger who arrived in Penang from Singapore on Sunday night said some 400 people had to wait in line to be manually scanned.

“The line was long because flights from Singapore and Hong Kong had landed at the same time,” he said.

On Monday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai announced that thermal scanners would be placed at airports in Sabah, Sarawak and Penang.

A thermal scanner is able to detect travellers who are having a fever.
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Bayan Lepas airport upgrade ready in 2 years
Published: 2009/05/06

THE RM250 million project to upgrade Penang's Bayan Lepas International Airport (BLIA) will begin at the year end and is expected to be completed in two years.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the project, to be carried out in stages, included expanding and upgrading the airport's passenger terminal, building a multi-storey car park and improving the security aspects.

"The expansion and upgrading of the airport is necessary as it cannot cater to more flights which have already seen an increase," he said after visiting the airport today.

Lim said BLIA handled more than 3.4 million passengers, 193,000 tonnes of cargo and 39,798 flights last year.

He said BLIAS also recorded a profit of RM493.3 million between 2000 and 2008 or about 23 per cent made by Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad.

Lim also repeated his call for a low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) to be built in Penang due to the increased demand for air travel and to make Penang an important low-air fare travel hub in the region.

He said that according to AirAsia's forecast, about 1.7 million people would use Penang for low-cost air travel in 2009 and the number was expected to increase to 3.8 million in 2013.

Lim hoped the federal government would consider building an LCCT in Penang in recognition of the need for it and the state's contribution to the national economy. - Bernama
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