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Old May 30th, 2009, 12:21 PM   #421
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Melaka Airport's New Terminal Creates Another History For The Historical City
May/05/2009



BATU BERENDAM – Melaka, the 'Historical City' chalks up another history when the airport relocates to a brand new terminal which starts operations today.

The total project cost was RM131.5 million, funded by the Federal Government and the project management consultant was KLIA Consultancy Services Sdn. Bhd. (KLIA Consult) while the contractor was Uni-Integrated Sdn. Bhd. The project started in April 2007 and completed in April 2009. The airport is now known as Melaka Airport instead of Batu Berendam Airport.

Member of the media witnessed the first landing at the airport today when Riau Airlines touches down at 9.15 am and the passengers were greeted and presented souvenirs by Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam, Chief Minister of Melaka. Members of the media were also given a tour of the new terminal.

The old terminal ceased operations with the departure of Riau Airlines to Pekan Baru at 10.00am yesterday.

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "This is our commitment to further enhance the airport users' experience when using the airport. The new terminal will offer better services and facilities, in line with the increasing expectations of customers."

Compared to the old terminal which could only handle 0.3 million passengers per annum, the new terminal can accommodate up to 1.5 million passengers per annum. It has six check-in counters for international and domestic flights.

The new terminal has two parking bays capabale of accommodating B734/A320 and four parking bays for GAA. The terminal building is capable of handling 300 passengers per peak hour compared to 100 previously. Passenger comfort level has also been elevated, from 20 sq. m to 24.5 sq. m.

While the old terminal had only three immigration counters for both arrival and departure, the new terminal has four counters to handle departure and six to handle arrival. Three baggage carousels have been installed to handle baggage for departure and arrival flights.

Commercial activities are offered with outlets for F&B and a duty free shop. Car park lots totalling 90 are available for the public, while 20 are allocated for staff, 10 for taxis and 10 for buses.

The terminal is configured with 38 CCTV cameras for security monitoring. The public can also enjoy ample seating at the airport with 370 seats available. Currently, Riau Airlines is operating from this airport. The airport operates from 7.00am to 7.00pm daily. The new telephone number for the terminal is 06-3191707.

For the year 2008, Melaka airport processed a total of 23,751 passenger movements, handled 178,618 kg cargo shipments and 700 aircraft movements.

The Batu Berendam Airport was officially opened on Oct 1952 by the Duchess of Kent. It is located 10 kilometres from Malacca town. Under the Japanese Occupation during the Second World War, the airport saw little improvement. Further construction only took place under the British from 1948 onwards.
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Silk Air to market Penang
Published: 2009/06/02

SILK Air, Singapore Airline's (SIA) regional carrier, is set to promote Penang as a favourite travel destination, following the commencement of its flights between Singapore and Penang yesterday.

Apart from Penang, it also flies to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Silk Air chief executive officer Chin Yau Seng said that Penang will be marketed to all destinations that SIA and Silk Air currently serve.

"We are working with Penang Global Tourism Sdn Bhd to offer either travel packages or just air tickets to Penang," he told reporters after welcoming passengers on the inaugural Singapore-Penang flight in Penang yesterday.

Penang Global Tourism is the state government tourism promotion agency.

Chin said about 60 per cent of Silk Air's passengers are made up of the business and leisure segments, and the remaining 40 per cent are from long-haul travellers of SIA.

In joining its parent SIA to fly a total of 21 times per week between Singapore and Penang, Silk Air will also join code-share partner Malaysia Airlines to increase flight frequencies to 28 times per week.

"We intend to leverage on our Singapore-Kuala Lumpur model. When we first started flying last October, it was twice weekly," said Chin.

"By December it was increased to 30 times weekly," he said, adding that Silk Air's plan now is not to add new destinations in Malaysia but to work on increasing the frequency of flights from existing destinations.

Chin said Silk Air's entry into Penang emphasises the value and importance of tourism, trade and business links between Penang and Singapore. - By Marina Emmanuel
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The inaugural MI356 from Singapore to Penang, receiving the water canon salute while taxiing into Bay 9. Of course, which aircraft other than 9V-SLK to grace the occasion? 9V-SLK is the newest in the fleet and SLK happens to also be the ICAO 3-letter designation for SilkAir.

Welcome to Penang!

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M’sia ready for IATA e-freight service
Monday June 1, 2009

MALAYSIA’s airfreight industry has received recognition from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a site ready for the IATA e-freight service.

The Malaysia IATA e-freight implementation team, led by Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), started work in February and delivered the IATA e-freight on schedule.

Also involved were Royal Malaysian Customs, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, KLM, DHL Global Forwarding, DB Schenker, the Airfreight Forwarders Association of Malaysia, Penang Freight Forwarders Association, Federation of Malaysia Freight Forwarders, Kuala Lumpur Airport Services and Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd – KLIA Free Zone Authority.

IATA e-freight became operational between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai on May 26, with further expansion planned in the coming months to South Korea and The Netherlands.

Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities.

IATA e-freight effectively eliminates the need to send paper documents with air-cargo shipments, thereby streamlining processes, improving speed and reliability and cutting costs.

Over the past year IATA has assessed the readiness of 148 locations worldwide in addition to the original six e-freight sites.

Of these, 44 countries, representing approximately 80% of global air-freight volumes, have the appropriate international treaties and high level customs framework in place to qualify for IATA e-freight.

Malaysia is the 20th e-freight location worldwide to deliver paper-free cargo documents.

MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman said the implementation of the e-freight programme would lift their status to be on par with established industry players.

“The e-freight programme that MASkargo is embarking on will bring tangible benefits by simplifying the business, reducing costs and improving opportunities in the industry’s ever-changing and complex environment,” he said.
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RM60m Tawau aviation radar ready next year
Published on: Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Tawau: The construction of the aviation radar here, costing over RM60 million, is now 60 per cent complete, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.

He said the radar, which would be fully operational in August 2010, would give an added value to the civil aviation system and services in the east coast of Sabah.

"The Ministry, through the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), has awarded the contract for the supply and installation of the radar to Select Integrated System.

"This is part of the two contracts given to the company, worth about RM130 million, including one in Sibu, Sarawak," he told reporters after visiting the Tawau Airport and DCA office, here, Tuesday.

He said Select Integrated System was the same company appointed to build the aviation radar at the Subang and Kota Kinabalu airports 14 years ago.

Abdul Rahim said the radar's construction was vital to ensure the safety of civil aviation in the country, both for local and foreign airlines.

"With the radar, we can identify the air planes that have entered and flown through our air space.

This kind of information is vital to enable us to take the necessary follow-up actions," he said.

The Deputy Minister also reiterated that Tawau Airport which had been operational since 2001, had a vast potential to be further developed in line with the rise of the economic and tourism sectors in Tawau and Semporna.

With an annual capacity of 1.4 million, he said the airport had done well by managing 700,000 passengers last year alone.

At present, the Tawau Airport is offering landing facility to various aircraft including the Airbus A320.
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Airlines set to fly past US$4.7b loss forecast
By Jeeva ArulampalamPublished: 2009/06/05
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AIRLINE losses this year are expected to surpass the US$4.7 billion (US$1 = RM3.50) forecast in March, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said yesterday.

In the first quarter of the year, net losses reported by 50 airlines listed on stock markets stood at US$3.3 billion.

IATA is scheduled to release its latest forecast next Monday, during its three-day annual general meeting (AGM) and World Transport Summit event, which will held in Kuala Lumpur from June 7-9.

"The economy has not started to move and yields are going down, due to lower passenger numbers and lower fares," IATA director-general and chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In April alone, global passenger movement slid 7.5 per cent while passenger movement in Asia saw a steeper decline at 11.2 per cent.

Bisignani said the airline industry is not expected to recover its losses within the next three years.

"After the Sept 11 (2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre), we lost seven per cent of our revenue and it took three years to recover it," he said.

Bisignani added that the influenza A (H1N1) virus had limited impact on the aviation industry, as air travel within the Mexican region accounts for only 2 per cent of overall industry revenue.

On the cargo side, Bisignani said there are signs of improvements.

"We see signs of improvement in the cargo movement as it seems to have stabilised. It has improved by 1 per cent so we believe it has reached its bottom," said Bisignani.

Air freight accounts for 38 per cent of the total value of freights carried globally. Global cargo movement fell 22.2 per cent while Asia slipped 24.7 per cent for the same month.

Meanwhile, IATA's AGM will see over 500 delegates, including some 150 airline chiefs gather here, to discuss various issues including safety, security, environment, technology and liberalisation.

Confirmed speakers at the AGM include chiefs of Air New Zealand, Etihad, Swiss, Jet Airways, JetBlue, SAS, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Qatar Airways among others.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will also be present at the opening ceremony while Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew will hold a special dialogue session with delegates on Monday.

IATA represents some 226 airlines that collectively encompass 93 per cent of scheduled international air traffic.
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MAHB completes Astana stint
Written by Surin Murugiah
Friday, 05 June 2009 11:39

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and JSC International Airport Astana have agreed to mutually terminate their two-year-old trust management agreement (TMA) for Kazakhstan’s Astana International Airport (AIA) with effect from June 4, 2009.

In a statement yesterday, MAHB said AIA had garnered the expertise, knowledge and experience from working with it, enabling AIA to manage and operate the airport independently.

”During this period of two years under the TMA, Astana International Airport, the second-largest international airport in Kazakhstan, has significantly improved its performance. The airport’s passenger traffic of 1,316,945 in 2008 increased by 12.7% from 2007. Cargo movement recorded a growth of 10.34% in 2008 to 5,217 tonnes, while aircraft movements showed an increase of 2.25% to 21,839,” MAHB said.

MAHB entered into the TMA through its unit Malaysia Airports Management & Technical Services (Labuan) Pte Ltd to carry out the operation, management and maintenance of AIA in April 2007.

Currently, MAHB’s other overseas ventures comprise the operations and management of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkey.
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Firefly is a low cost airline and a full subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. It claims to be the first community airline in Malaysia. Its base of operations and hub is now in Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, Selangor. This replaces Penang International Airport which is now becoming the secondary airport for Firefly. The airline's first flight was on April 3, 2007 from Penang to Kota Bharu.
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Firefly To Carry 1.2 Mln Passengers This Year
June 05, 2009 16:03 PM
By Alan Ting

SUBANG, June 5 (Bernama) -- Firefly Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), expects to carry 1.2 million passengers this year with seven new Avion de Transport Regional (ATR)-72-500 aircraft to service the routes.

Firefly managing dierctor, Eddy Leong, said the community airline, which operated out of Subang and Penang, carried about 300,000 passengers from January to May this year.

"We expect that by the third, or fourth quarter, the traffic will be much higher with the flights to Singapore.

"Last year, with only three Fokker aircraft, we managed to carry 390,000 passengers," he told Bernama in a interview.

Leong said Firefly would stick to its role as a feeder airline to fly the secondary routes that were not well-served or not being served by other airlines.

Currently, Firefly flies to Penang, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Johor Bahru, Alor Setar, Kuantan, Kerteh, Langkawi, Phuket, Koh Samui (Thailand), Medan, Banda Aceh, Pekan Baru, Padang and Batam (Indonesia).

He said said Firefly also planned to add new routes to southern Thailand such as Hatyai and Krabi and the beach resort town of Hua Hin once the political situation in Thailand was stable.

From July 1, it would fly to Singapore from Subang four times daily.

On July 12, it would start the Ipoh-Singapore flight, Kuala Terengganu-Singapore (July 14), Kuantan-Singapore (July 22) and Melaka-Singapore (Sept 1).

Leong said the domestic operations were profitable.

"Basically we are okay and our sales pick up during the festive and school holidays.

"Most of our passengers are young executives, professionals and businessmen who preferred the convenience of Subang airport," he said.

On its plan for expansion, Leong said the Firefly would re-start the Penang-Kota Bharu route soon following requests from the travellers and local community leaders.

Firefly suspended its flights from Penang to Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bahru, Koh Samui and Kuantan in March this year.

He said the airline, however, has no plan to operate the Penang-Singapore route as it was fully-served by the other airlines.

"Instead, we are thinking about Alor Setar-Singapore and Kota Bharu-Singapore.

"From Subang, we plan to fly to Palembang, Jambi, Bengkulu and Pangkal Pinang.

"The flights will start next year after we receive another three new ATR-72s. The planes were scheduled for delivery this year but were deferred to next year due to economic slowdown," he said.

He said Firefly planned to provide an hourly shuttle flight service to destinations such as Penang and Singapore from next April next year when it had 10 aircraft in operation.

"We plan to have the hourly shuttle flights from Subang to Penang, Subang-Singapore and Subang-Kota Baru during peak hours," he said, adding that the airline might have eight flights daily for each destination.

"For example, between 7am and 10am, noon and 4pm onwards, we are thinking of several flights for the destinations," he said.

Leong said Firefly planned to roll out a loyalty programme for frequent flyers based on the concept of guaranteed redemption.

"We have thought about it. We will be offering something different from Enrich (MAS' loyalty and frequent flyer programmes)" he said.

-- BERNAMA
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M’sia committed to liberalising regional air services
Updated: Monday June 8, 2009 MYT 3:05:54 PM
By IZATUN SHAARI



International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Executive Giovanni
Bisignani, right, walks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the
65th IATA Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. - AP


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is committed to the Asean roadmap for liberalisation of air services operated in the region.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Asean roadmap would fully liberalise air services arrangements in the region by 2015.

He said Malaysia was also working closely with other Asean member countries to look into the possibility of a single aviation market along the line of the European Union.

“This will probably be some distance away in the future, but it an exciting possibility nonetheless,” he said in his keynote address at the 65th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting here Monday.

Najib said Malaysia was also helping airlines to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions through revised air traffic control procedures as well as the implementation of Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) for aircraft landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The trial, he said currently involved Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Singapore Airlines and would eventually be expanded to include other carriers.

“We are also proud that KLIA will be the first stop in Asia to exhibit IATA’s Environment Booth which showcases the industry’s efforts in curbing and reducing carbon emissions,” he said adding that these were some major initiatives that Malaysia was undertaking to strengthen the aviation industry in the long term.

He also said Malaysia was committed to working with the industry to reduce air travel costs as well as improving efficiency and facilitation of passenger and freight movements at its airports.

Najib also that the industry itself needed to make the necessary changes to prepare itself for an uncertain future.

In order to survive the fuel price volatility, the global recession and the threat of outbreak of diseases, he said the air transport industry and governments must work hand in hand to find solutions to map the way forward.

“Together we must address ways to facilitate trade and revive economies, manage climate change, prepare for the possibility of a pandemic, secure our borders, and liberalise air services arrangements between countries.

“Together, the industry must continue to provide safe, reliable, secure and economical air services for the benefit of global consumers,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the ultimate aim of the entire industry must be long-term sustainability.

“The challenges we face today will likely resurface time and again in the future. We must find a way to insulate the industry so that future stocks in the system can be well absorbed without too much impact or damage to the players in the aviation game,” he added.

Najib said the Government was fully supportive of aviation as a key sector of business and commerce.

“Recognising the difficulties faced by the airline industry, we are firmly committed to playing our part in ensuring, not just the survival, but the continued strengthening of our aviation industry.”
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Malaysia Airports wins 'best airport' award
Published: 2009/06/08

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) won the Eagle Award in the best airport category from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Commenting on the achievement, MAHB managing director, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, said the award was a recognition of the efforts by the government, MAHB and Malaysia Airlines to ensure a successful aviation industry in Malaysia.

"This recognition is for providing outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement," he told a media briefing at the 65th Iata annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur today.

On whether MAHB would able to maintain the airport charges, Bashir said: "We will try to do it because we need to support the airline industry as they are our biggest partner." - Bernama
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OSK maintains neutral on MAHB
by Financial Daily
Monday, 08 June 2009 11:22

OSK Research is maintaining its neutral call on Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) after the airport operator announced it was terminating its Trust Management Agreement (TMA) with JSC International Airport Astana last week.

While the mutual termination would not have a significant financial implication on MAHB, the research firm said its share price was fully valued.

“Amid slowing passenger numbers and increasing down-trading to low-yielding low-cost carriers, we maintain our fair value at RM3.60, which implies a 12.4 times FY10 price-earnings ratio (PER),” it said. The stock rose six sen to RM3.72 last Friday.

OSK Research cited MAHB’s general manager of operations Datuk Azmi Murad as saying that the company could not execute the TMA effectively and efficiently because its role was reduced after the recent change in the airport’s president.

“We think the termination represents the fastest way out to resolve the dispute, and hence maintain the company’s good reputation. Furthermore, both parties confirmed that there are no outstanding debts, liabilities, demands, obligations, costs and expenses, action or cause of action against each other,” the research house said.

While MAHB said the agreement was expected to have an effect on the company’s earnings for FY09, OSK Research said the impact might be nominal as there had been minimal contribution from the TMA since the agreement was inked.

MAHB entered into a TMA with State Institution, Department of Finance of the Astana Akimat, representing Akimat of the city of Astana in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Akimat) on March 31, 2007.

Under the TMA, MAHB agreed to provide assistance in auditing Astana’s financial system and controls to determine areas of improvement.

However, it was reported that Kazakh Transport Minister Abelgazy Kusainov said the authorities were considering unspecified action against MAHB allegedly for ineffective management of its airport. MAHB had denied the claims.

MAHB disclosed that during the two years under the TMA, Astana, which was the second largest international airport in Kazakhstan, had showed significant improvement in its performance. Astana’s passenger traffic was 1.3 million in 2008, up 12.7% from 2007.

Cargo movement grew 10.34% in 2008 to 5,217 tonnes, while aircraft movement rose 2.25% to 21,839. Astana also won the Best Airport of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2007 for the category of passenger traffic of more than one million passengers per year.
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Malaysia Committed To Ensuring Survival Of Aviation Industry


KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is committed to playing a part in ensuring not just the survival but the continued strengthening of the aviation industry, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.

He said the country's experience had shown that with sound policies, coupled with flexibility and agility in responding to changing circumstances, the aviation industry could survive and even thrive in spite of an unforgiving economic climate.

"Clearly, the aviation industry is far too important for governments to ignore or let fall by the wayside. The Malaysian government is fully supportive of the aviation industry as a key sector of business and commerce," he said in his opening address at the 65th International Air Transport Association (IATA), Annual General Meeting (AGM) here.

Among the initiatives taken by Malaysia to strengthen the aviation industry, especially for the long term, is to work closely with other Asean member countries to look into the possibility of a single aviation market, as in the European Union.

"This will probably be some distance in the future, but it is an exciting possibility, none the less," he said.

The Asean Roadmap is to fully liberalise air services in the region by 2015, he added.

Other efforts undertaken by the Malaysian government includes helping airlines to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions through revised air traffic control procedures, as well as the implementation of a Continuous Descent Approach, for aircraft landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport(KLIA).

He said the trial currently involves Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Singapore Airlines and would eventually be expanded to include other carriers.

Najib added that Malaysia was also committed to working with the industry in not only reducing air travel costs but also improve efficiency and facilitation of passenger and freight movements at its airports.

On a broader level, he said Malaysia had responded to a "mayday" call from airlines' by announcing a 50 percent rebate on aircraft landing fees at the KLIA as part of the two-year stimulus package, starting last April.

This is expected to benefit the airlines flying into Malaysia to the tune of RM200 million.

However, Najib also urged the industry itself to look inward and reflect on the way it has evolved, the changes that must now take place in order to prepare for a future fraught with risks and uncertainties and beyond the role played by governments.

"I am certain that other governments too are looking into every possible means of ensuring the industry survives this global economic crisis and gains greater resilience for the future," he said.

He added that the air transport industry together with governments must work hand in hand to find solutions to map the way forward.

"As the the challenges today, would likely resurface time and again, the industry must find a way to insulate itself so that future shocks could be well absorbed without too much impact or damage to the aviation players," he said.

In Malaysia, Najib said the national aviation sector had a high multiplier affect of 12.5 times to the overall economy in terms of tourism, infrastructure and logistics development.

Meanwhile, the aviation industry's global economic impact is estimated at US$3.5 trillion or 7.5 percent of the world's gross domestic product annually.
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The IATA Eagle Awards are presented annually to recognise Airports and Air Navigation Service Providers who provide quality service and value for money to their airline customers.

Organisations eligible for consideration are Air Navigation Service Providers and Airports handling a minimum of 5 million passengers annually.

Award winners are selected by a neutral and independent Panel of experienced individuals from the aviation industry. An important criterion is the application of the basic policies established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for airport and air navigation charges. The criteria serve as guidelines to the Panel, who interpret these policies and assess the relative importance of each aspect cited.

The Eagle Award winners are announced at the IATA Annual General Meeting each year.

IATA coordinates with the winning organisation(s) to capitalise on the public relations opportunity created by the presentation.

Source: http://www.iata.org/events/agm/eagle_award.htm
MAHB bags Eagle award
Published: 2009/06/09

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) has been awarded the world's best airport under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Eagle award series 2009.

The Eagle Awards honour air navigation service providers and airports for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost-efficiency and continuous improvement. They are based on the recommendations of the independent Eagle Awards Panel.

"This is a recognition for the high level of services that we provide, in addition to the measures we have taken to help airlines during these trying times," MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad told reporters after receiving the award in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In March, MAHB spearheaded an effort to halve landing charges for airlines using the country's airports for a period of two years, effective April 1.
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IATA Announces Eagle Winners
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Kuala Lumpur - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recognized the outstanding achievements of Vietnam Air Navigation Services Corporation, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Geneva International Airport and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad with IATA’s prestigious Eagle Awards.

Eagle Awards honor air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airports for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement. They are based on the recommendations of the independent Eagle Awards Panel.

The awards were presented by Dr. Assad Kotaite, Chairman of the Eagle Awards Panel, in front of 500 top industry leaders gathered for the 65th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

“Eagle Awards are highly-prized recognitions of airports and ANSPs who strive for excellent service, better cost efficiency and continuous improvement. All parts of the aviation value chain must play their part in meeting the intense challenges of this economic crisis,” said Kotaite. He noted that the panel paid special attention not only to good performance but also to proactive responses to the economic downturn.

"All four winners today have gone beyond the strict and challenging criteria of the Eagle Awards for high service standards and cost efficiency. They have also responded effectively and innovatively to the needs of their airline customers at this time of unprecedented financial turmoil. They put the customer first and delivered value for money. I congratulate all four of this year’s winners for their great achievements. These industry partners are role models for all infrastructure providers," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO.

Most Improved ANSP – Vietnam Air Navigation Services Corporation (VANSCORP)
VANSCORP has invested in modern technology in line with the ICAO Roadmap for Air Traffic Communication, Navigation and Surveillance. “VANSCORP has improved greatly in its 15 year history characterized by a strong culture of reliability, efficiency and customer orientation. In addition to maintaining strong relationships with its airline customers, VANSCORP also takes an active role in regional initiatives,” said Bisignani.

Best ANSP – Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
CAAS is widely recognized as a global leader in the efficient implementation and reliable delivery of air traffic control procedures and technologies. It actively engages its customers to understand better the needs of each airline as well as industry trends. “CAAS plays a key leadership role in regional and global air traffic management initiatives by sharing its expertise. It is acknowledged across the industry for its contributions to enhancing safety and efficiency,” said Bisignani.

Most Improved Airport – Geneva International Airport (AIG)
AIG’s sustainable commercial activities have enabled it to maintain reasonable airport charges even as it invested in expansion projects and adapted to new security requirements. AIG found a constructive and fair way of helping airlines during the economic downturn with a US$2.5 million cash back contribution shared among airlines in proportion to their 2008 traffic. “AIG’s commitment to cost-conscious management and partnership with its airline customers makes it a role model for other airports on both a regional and global scale,” said Bisignani.

Best Airport – Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB)
Since opening in 1998, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the flagship airport of MAHB, has been a leader in service levels, industry and environmental initiatives, operational improvements and cost efficiency with a strong customer focus. “Sustained by strong commercial revenues, MAHB has maintained some of the lowest aeronautical charges in the world. MAHB responded to the global economic meltdown with a 50% discount on landing charges for two years. This is a magnificent contribution from a great industry partner,” said Bisignani.

Honorable Mentions: The independent panel gave an honorable mention to BULATSA, Bulgaria’s air navigation service provider for its continued improvement in the areas of charges, cost efficiency, service quality and consultation. BULATSA agreed to a five-year pricing plan with significant reductions in en-route charges. In response to the economic crisis, BULATSA reduced en-route charges by 5.5%, which was beyond its original commitment. BULATSA has also made progress in operational areas such as route optimization.

"Congratulations to all the Eagle Award winners. You continue to lead the way in setting the standards for performance, cost efficiency and continuous improvements for others to strive for," said Bisignani.
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Firefly to fly Ipoh to Singapore on July 12
Tuesday June 9, 2009



New routes: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (second from
left) shaking hands with Leong at the State Secretariat in Ipoh yesterday.
With them are (from left) adviser to the Mentri Besar on Chinese affairs Datuk
Chang Ko Youn, state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and
adviser of Indian affairs Datuk S. Veerasingam.



IPOH: Firefly, which billed itself as “Your Community Airline”, will fly the Ipoh-Singapore route starting July 12.

The all-inclusive promotional fare is RM88 one way.

However the fare can go up to RM300 depending on the time of booking.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the route would open up Ipoh to the world.

The 80-minute flight will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

It departs Ipoh 4.45pm, arriving at the Changi budget terminal at 6.05pm.

From Singapore, the new 72-seater aircraft takes off at 2.50pm and lands at the Sultan Azlan Shah airport here at 4.10pm.

“We have been in discussion with the Perak Government since 2007 to provide accessibility to exploit the untapped and hidden treasures of Perak,” Leong said after a briefing with the state officials, tour agents and hotel operators yesterday.

Leong said Firefly would provide free refreshments and snacks, assigned seats and free 20kg baggage allowance for check-in baggage.

The RM88 promotion is available for booking (www.fireflyz.com.my or call 03-7845 4543) from now until Oct 24.
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