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Old June 11th, 2009, 06:31 AM   #441
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Tourism boost seen with new Firefly service
NST Online » Local News 2009/06/11
By : Ridzwan Fernandez

KUALA TERENGGANU: Tere-ngganu expects more tourists from Singapore now that budget airline Firefly had added the Kuala Terengganu-Singapore route to its network.

Terengganu's natural attractions such as Lake Kenyir and islands off the South China Sea are popular leisure destinations for Singaporeans.

Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said believes Firefly's direct service from the state capital would bring in more tourists from the republic.

"We can expect a boost in arrivals due to this service. It will attract not only Singaporeans but other international tourists who are already there as well."

Speaking at a briefing by Firefly officials on its new service route, Ahmad said an increase in arrivals would also help boost the tourism industry in the mainland and generate further spin-offs for local businessmen.

The timing of the flights was such that visitors were most likely to spend a night here before heading off to the islands or Kenyir the next day.

"This means more business for the local hotels here, besides giving tourists ample time to shop around for local products such as our famous batik and dried keropok (fish crackers)."

Firefly has scheduled July 14 for its first flight to Singapore from here and will fly the route three times a week.

The flights depart from the Sultan Mahmud International airport here at 3.30pm and arrive at the Changi budget terminal at 4.45pm.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the new route reflected the airline's commitment to help spur Terengganu's tourism industry and attract investments.

Besides the current twice-a- day flights to Subang from here, Firefly also flies from Subang to Kerteh, mostly catering to those in the oil and gas industry.

Firefly will add four other new routes to its network soon, beginning with flights from Subang to Singapore, followed by Ipoh-Singapore, Kuantan-Singapore and Ma-lacca-Singapore.

On its suspended Kuala Terengganu-Penang service, Leong said the airline hoped to revive the route once there were positive signs of an economic turnaround and when it had added more aircraft to its fleet of six new ATR72-500 planes.

"We are hoping to revive this sector by the year-end or early next year," he said.
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Firefly Expects High Load Factor For Subang-Singapore Route
June 11

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) -- Community airline Firefly Sdn Bhd expects a high load factor of 75 to 76 percent for its Subang-Singapore route which will start early next month, managing director Eddy Leong said Thursday.

"Bookings for the route are especially from corporate travellers as most of the corporate headquarters and branches are located in Singapore," he told reporters at a cocktail event here in conjunction with the launch of its latest Subang-Singapore route.

Firefly will make its entry into Singapore skies on July 1, departing from the SkyPark Subang terminal at 7.50am and arriving at Singapore's Changi Budget Terminal at 9.05am.

"This is much anticipated moment for Firefly. Our new route from Singapore into Malaysia further strengthens Firefly's network, focusing on business and leisure travellers," Leong said.

"It also completes our promotion of 'one' destination 'four' countries, pairing countries together to co-support tourism," he said.

He also said that Firefly will start a shuttle flight service for the Subang-Singapore route next year, adding that the airline also planned to operate the Kota Baharu-Singapore and Alor Setar-Singapore routes by end of this year.

Asked about the sales target for this year, Leong said: "Firefly is 72-seater. If we have 40 person per flight, we make money already."

In addition to the Subang-Singapore route, Firefly will begin operating other routes in stages next month, such as Ipoh-Singapore, Kuala Terengganu-Singapore and Kuantan-Singapore.

According to him, the response to these routes has been encouraging, especially for the Ipoh-Singapore route which has already seen 40 percent load factor.

On the airline's plans this year, Leong said: "This year Firefly will more focus on Peninsular routes and increase frequency to Indonesia and Singapore."

Currently, the airline flies to Penang, Kota Baharu, Kuala Terengganu, Johor Baharu, Alor Setar, Kuantan, Kerteh, Langkawi, Phuket, Koh Samui, Medan, Banda Aceh, Pekan Baru, Padang and Batam.

On regional expansion, Leong said Firefly planned to fly to Palembang, Jambi, Bengkulu and Pangkal Pinang next year on expectation of the economy showing signs of recovery.

The airline also planned to operate routes in southern Thailand such as Hatyai, Krabi and Hua Hin, depending on the political situation in Thailand, he said, adding that Firefly was now monitoring the situation carefully.
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Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (IATA: KBR, ICAO: WMKC) is an airport that serves Kota Bharu, a city in the state of Kelantan in Malaysia. Opened in September 2002, the new 12,000 m² airport terminal with three aircraft stands, three aerobridges is able to handle 1.4 million passengers. The new terminal is equipped with facilities and services to cater to the increasing inflow of tourists to Kelantan. In 2005, the airport handled 635,397 passengers, with 8,765 aircraft movements.
RM50mil to extend airport runway
Saturday June 13, 2009

KOTA BARU: A RM50mil fund has been allocated to extend the Sultan Ismail Petra airport runway at Pengkalan Chepa to accommodate bigger and more aircraft, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

He said ministry studies showed that the airport was the busiest in the east coast and recorded the highest number of passengers.

The upgrading, he said, was needed to accommodate future expansion of flights to Kota Baru and direct flights from Singapore.

Thirteen towns, except for Kota Baru, have direct flights to Singapore, Ong said, adding that the Government would not neglect Kelantan despite it being under the control of the Opposition.

The MCA president said this in his speech to Kelantan MCA leaders on Thursday night in conjunction with the party’s 60th anniversary.

Ong said since Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu had direct flights to Singapore, it was only fair to upgrade the airport there.

He, however, did not say when the project would start, adding that plans were afoot to have flights from Thailand and other neighbouring countries from the airport.

Such plans, he said, would help increase tourism activities in Kelantan and enable the people secure jobs to enhance their standard of living.

Ong also advised MCA members in the state to carry on the struggle to help the Chinese community despite living in an opposition state.

He said PAS would not rule Kelantan forever and that members must keep the party’s presence alive.
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Sultan Mahmud Airport (IATA: TGG, ICAO: WMKN) is an airport that serves Kuala Terengganu, a city in the state of Terengganu in Malaysia. The airport is located 15km from town. In 2005, the airport handled 419,475 passengers with 4,623 aircraft movements.

In January 2008, Malaysian government had approved RM200 million to upgrade the airport to become an international airport. This is include to extend the runway and upgrade the terminal of the airport.

Sultan Mahmud Airport will become an international airport after upgrading work is finished. It maybe will start international flights to Singapore, Kunming, Hong Kong and others. Malaysia Airlines had agreed with Tabung Haji that it will also bring passengers to the Holy Land Mecca via Jeddah and Medina.

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Tourism in Terengganu set to soar
Saturday June 13, 2009
By SHAHRIL CHE WAN

KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu’s tourism industry will get a boost when the low-cost carrier Firefly from Changi touches down at the Sultan Mahmud Airport on July 14. The maiden Terengganu flight will be carrying Singaporean tourists.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said Firefly will serve directs flights from here to Changi Airport beginning July 14 with three flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

With direct international flights, the state government anticipates the arrival of more Singaporean tourists to make stopovers in Kuala Terengganu before going to the islands or lakes.

“This means more money will be spent and local traders and hoteliers will profit,” he said after a briefing by Firefly Sdn Bhd’s managing director Eddy Leong here on Wednesday.

Ahmad said the 20 minute flight could carry 70 passengers and costs RM88 one way.

He said the state government would waive passenger tax, landing tax and parking tax for the carrier in a move to encourage more carriers to utilise Sultan Mahmud airport as their regional hub.

“Apart from Singapore, we also have plans for Terengganu-Guangzhou and Taiwan flights,” he added.

Meanwhile, Leong said to enjoy the cheap fares, passengers have to make 30 days advance bookings.

The normal Kuala Terengganu-Singapore fare was priced between RM120 and RM130, he said. Leong said the new route was an addition to FireFly’s current direct services from Subang Jaya Airport to Kerteh and Kuala Terengganu.

In 2008, Terengganu welcomed 3.5 million tourists, most of them Singaporeans.
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Our aircraft are safe, assure MAS and AirAsia

PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia have assured passengers that all their aircraft are safe as they are well-maintained.

The airlines were responding to the move by Air France to replace the airspeed sensors or pitot tubes on its Airbus A330 planes after one crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, killing all 228 passengers.

It was speculated that the sensors may have frozen during a storm at high altitude and recorded inaccurate airspeed data.


MAS engineering and maintenance senior general manager Mohd Roslan Ismail said the pitot probes in all its A330-200 planes had been replaced with the latest model as recommended by Airbus since September last year.

'We have upgraded the Thales -AA to the Thales -BA pitot probe as recommended by Airbus,' he said in a statement yesterday.

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said its A330 planes met all the requirements of the various air safety authorities.

'The A330 is a very mature aircraft with hundreds flying daily throughout the world, providing a safe and efficient service,' he said.

Fernandes added that there have not been any concerns expressed by passengers or the crew about the safety of the aircraft.
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Kuching International Airport (KIA) (IATA: KCH, ICAO: WBGG) is Sarawak's main international airport and is situated 11 km (6NM) south of the city of Kuching. The airport is also an airbase for the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the newly renovated terminal complex is capable of handling 5 million passengers per annum and it is the third largest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. KIA has grown rapidly with an increasing number of passengers and aircraft movement. In the year of 2006, KIA handled 3,196,352 passengers with a corresponding volume of 40,292 flights. In the same year, 29,716 metric tonnes of cargo were handled. Kuching International Airport is the secondary hub for Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia and has been growing rapidly to tackle the demand of the travellers in the East Malaysia region.



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All set for B747 historic landing
Tuesday June 16, 2009

KUCHING: A B747 aircraft with a full load of passengers onboard will make a historic landing at the Kuching International Airport here tomorrow. The jumbo jet, from Kuala Lumpur, is expected to touch down at 4.40pm, shortly after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has toured the extended airport runway.

“The runway, measuring 3,800m, is the longest in Borneo,” Global Upline Sdn Bhd adviser Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing said yesterday.

Global Upline is the turnkey contractor of the RM850mil extension project. The airport terminal building has earlier been upgraded and extended.

“The runway can now take the Airbus 380,” Ting said, adding that Najib would receive a certificate from the Department of Civil Aviation to mark the event.

The certificate will then be handed over to acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Ting said Najib would also open Global Upline’s Four Points by Sheraton Hotel near the airport.

On the RM760mil extension and upgrading project for the Kota Kinabalu Airport runway and terminal two building, Ting said it would be completed in 10 months.

Global Upline is also the contractor for a similar project at the Labuan Airport.

The RM360mil project is also nearing completion.
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KIA runway extension marks new era for city
By Lee Ya Yun

KUCHING: The city is now open to more opportunities following the completion of Borneo’s longest airport runway here.

Global Upline Sdn Bhd advisor Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing yesterday announced the completion of the runway extension at Kuching International Airport (KIA) and said it marked a new era for the city.

“Kuching has a very bright tourism future now. The completion marks Kuching’s international standard as a tourist destination because any flight from any country can land at KIA,” he said.

He pointed out that the extension which took four years to build was something that Sarawakians should be proud of.

“The 3,800-metre-long runway is the longest in Borneo. It is even longer than Brunei’s. The runway allows the landing of Airbus 380,” he said.

He added that the company is constructing the extension of the runway at Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

The length of the runway before the extension was 2,400 metres. The total cost of the construction including terminal building and runway is RM800 million.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will officiate at the opening of the runway extension on June 17, said Ting in a press conference held at Four Points by Sheraton Kuching here.

“The PM will tour the runway on June 17. We want to let him see how grand the runway extension is,” he said.

He explained that as the area used to be swampy, the construction was even more complicated.

“We need to ensure that the runway won’t sink and is safe to use,” he said.

He added that the runway was already tested and fixed for several aircraft to land.

Najib is expected to arrive at the KIA at 4pm next Wednesday to declare the runway open.

He will then proceed to Four Points for the grand opening of the hotel.

On another matter, Ting advised road users to be patient when the construction of the flyover at the Jalan Tun Jugah - Jalan Song junction begins.

“Motorists are advised to avoid using the Jalan Tun Jugah - Jalan Song especially during the peak hours. There are many alternative ways,” he said.

He said when the construction begins, trees along the road would be cut.

The flyover was scheduled to be completed in six months, he pointed out.

Also present at the press conference were Global Upline assistant managing director Bobby Ting and Kuching South City mayor James Chan.
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Upswing for MASwings
Published on: Wednesday, June 17, 2009



Kota Kinabalu: MASwings - the Sabah and Sarawak service arm of the national carrier - has been registering 25 per cent growth in terms of passengers during the first six month this year despite the global economic downturn.

Its Managing Director, Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani, said in February this year, MASwings registered one million passengers after only 17 months of operation.

Speaking at a media briefing on MASwings' current developments, Tuesday, he said since its launch in October 2007, MASwings had flown more than 60,000 passengers a month on average and operate approximately 700 flights a week.

"We are operating in 22 airports with 16 of them in Sarawak, five in Sabah and one in the Federal Territory of Labuan," he said. In terms of routes MASwings has 26 in Sarawak, four in Sabah and eight between Sabah and Sarawak.

He said MASwings was also open to the idea of operating flights within Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

"The matter will be discussed if there are instructions from the Transport Ministry to operate routes between Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines," he said.

Mohd Salleh also disclosed that MASwings' would be phasing out its remaining eight Fokker 50 aircraft with 10 ATR 72-500 planes by April next year.

The Fokker 50s belonged to Penerbangan Nasional Berhad (PNB), which is a subsidiary of the Transport Ministry and MASwings would be returning it one by one.

At present, four of the ATR 72-500 aircraft made in Toulouse, France, were already operational, servicing routes within and between Sabah and Sarawak.

"We are expecting the fifth to be delivered some time at the end of August or in early September. The sixth will be delivered at the end of September and the seventh by December.

"The three remaining aircraft are expected to arrive in February and March next year and we will complete our fleet of 15 turboprop aircraft by April."

The other four aircraft still in operation with MASWings are the Twin Otters. Another Twin Otter will be delivered by April next year.

According to Mohd Salleh, the F50s were no longer viable in servicing MASwings' 38 routes in the two states, which includes rural destinations.

The maintenance cost for the aircraft is also high, he added.

"MASwings is the largest unit of Malaysia Airlines' Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. We have been entrusted by the Government to also service routes in the rural areas.

"That is why we are offering the lowest fares to our passengers to ensure everyone can afford to fly to destinations where most other airlines do not," he said.

On an average, Mohd Salleh said MASwings was offering fares from as low as RM59. On top of that, he said the On-Time Performance was at 92 per cent.

MASwings' vision was to become a five-star value carrier and consistently reliable and safe apart from cost efficient. "Because we are partially subsidised by the Government we need to ensure we don't exceed the subsidy allocated to us," he said, adding that MASwings must also make sure that it would be affordable for the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

Mohd Salleh said they wanted to make sure that they play a positive role in enhancing the social economic development and integration within Sabah and Sarawak.
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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 defers delivery of 3 new aircraft
By Marina Emmanuel
Published: 2009/06/18

FIREFLY, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS)(3786), has deferred delivery of three new planes to next year, because of the economic downturn.

The national turboprop operator was initially expected to take delivery of 10 ATR 72-500s by the end of this year, but will now receive seven.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the move is to better pace the carrier's expansion in tandem with the economic recovery.

"The seven new ATRs will be adequate to operate all our Singapore routes for now," he told Business Times.

In 2007, Firefly and MASWings, another subsidiary of MAS, had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Avions de Transport Regional, GIE for the purchase of 20 ATR 72-500s.

"Both Firefly and MASWings signed the aircraft purchase contract subsequent to the MoU, where Firefly signed a firm contract to buy 10 planes with an option for 10 more, and MASWings signed an order for five planes and an option for five," Leong said.

"MASWings eventually confirmed two of its options, making a total of seven firm orders with three remaining options," he said, adding that the aircraft's list price was US$18.5 million (RM65 million) based on delivery in 2008.

On the Singapore routes, Leong said the Ipoh-Singapore and the Malacca-Singapore sectors will serve as a start for Firefly.

The airline will start its flights to Singapore from Subang on July 1.

"Firefly has already obtained approval to fly into Singapore from Alor Star, Kota Baru and Kerteh," Leong said.

"We will devise more plans once we have actual experience of the potential of Ipoh and Malacca, such as Ipoh-Medan and Malacca-Pekan Baru," he added.

On whether Firefly has plans to join rivals AirAsia and Silk Air which had on June 1 introduced the Penang-Singapore route, Leong said: "Penang-Singapore is well-served and we do not have any plans for now as we prefer to focus on secondary routes."

Meanwhile, the carrier is monitoring the situation before resuming some of its flights out of Penang including Kota Baru, Terengganu, Malacca and Kuantan, which were temporarily suspended earlier this year.

"We are looking out for clearer signs of economic recovery," he added.

In looking at new routes to operate, Leong said Firefly is currently in a good position with its network footprint sprawling Peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand, Sumatra and Singapore.
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More airline catering deals on AYS' radar
By Hamisah Hamid
Published: 2009/06/18



AYS Sdn Bhd, which makes microwaveable halal frozen ready-to-eat Malaysian meals under the brand "Sri Kulai", expects the airline industry to contribute significantly to its revenue in the medium term.

The company is currently in talks with two airline caterers to supply Sri Kulai meals to them.

"We will complement their catering business. If they outsource to us, they can reduce their manpower (and) free up their investment in additional facilities," AYS Signatures Sdn Bhd chief executive officerLiow Ren Jan told Business Times in an interview.

He said since it started operation in July last year, the company has supplied eight items of microwaveable frozen meals to low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd.

AYS manufactures and markets Sri Kulai meals, while AYS Signatures handles the licensing of the outlets that sell the products.

Liow said the company's 4,000-sq-ft factory in Bandar Sri Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, which is running at a 20 per cent capacity, will be able to meet demand from the airline industry and Sri Kulai outlets.

The company has invested RM3 million in its business so far, including its factory, equipment, know-how, working capital and brand building.

Sri Kulai has 89 halal certificate meals under its belt and the list is growing.

Besides the airline industry, AYS also supplies Sri Kulai meals to retailers like Jusco.

On Sri Kulai outlets, Liow said they are based on a lifestyle concept, where people can buy the meals for take-away or have the meals at the outlets where they can heat the meals in the microwaves provided there.

"It (Sri Kulai restaurant) is a channel that talks about our products. At the same time, we create entrepreneurship among Malaysians (through licensing)," he said.

AYS is targeting 10 Sri Kulai outlets for its next financial year ending June 30 2010, of which eight outlets would be under licence and two outlets would be owned by AYS Signatures.

Within five years, the number is expected to increase to 100 outlets located in major towns in the country.

The target customers would be single and married women, especially working women who have families.

"At this stage, we are targeting urban people, where the use of microwaves is widespread," he added.

It also plans to export Sri Kulai meals to Indonesia, the UK, Australia and the Middle East.

Sri Kulai's best-selling products are its Dim Sum Combo, followed by nasi lemak and sambal prawn. The three items contribute 60 per cent to its total sales.
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Upgraded Kuching airport set to bring in more visitors
Thursday June 18, 2009

KUCHING: The upgraded Kuching International Airport, with its newly-extended runway, will signal a new era in air travel and connectivity for Sarawak, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said he was optimistic that with enhanced connectivity, tourist arrivals in Sarawak would increase by leaps and bounds if the state was promoted in a big way.

“Sarawak has many unique attractions,’’ he said after launching the 3.8km-long runway yesterday.

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet with a full passenger load landed shortly after Najib was taken on a tour of the extended runway in a convoy of cars.

The runway, which can also take an Airbus 380, was part of a RM800mil project to upgrade the airport.

The project’s turnkey operator was Global Upline Sdn Bhd.

Najib also officially opened the 420-room Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, built and owned by Global Upline.

He said with the new hotel, Sarawak could promote itself as a centre for international conferences and seminars, and an eco-tourism destination.

He said the total RM1bil investment in the airport and hotel had given the state’s economy a big boost.

Earlier, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the upgraded airport would better position Sarawak in the global tourism map.

He commended Global Upline for its investment in the hotel, adding that previous major hotels built mostly involved public investments.

Global Upline advisor Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing said the four-star Four Points by Sheraton Hotel provided five-star service.
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A flying start for Kuching airport's new runway
NST Online » Local News 2009/06/18



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KUCHING: A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 747 aircraft with a full load of passengers made a historic landing at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) here today.

The jumbo jet from Kuala Lumpur, piloted by MAS Senior General Manager of Flight Operations, Captain Datuk Ahmad Zuraidi Dahalan, touched down at 5.05pm on the newly completed extended runway of KIA.

The runway, extended from 2,454 metres to 3,780 metres, is now the longest in Borneo and the fourth in Southeast Asia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Singapore's Changi Airport and Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

It can now take the Airbus 380.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who toured the runway earlier, declared open the extended runway.

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin A. Rahman handed over the certificate of Operational Readiness of Runway Extension to Najib.

Also present was Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

With a pavement width of 60 metres, the runway is to cater for the Boeing 747 aircraft, having a frequency of 1,200 annual departures.

The runway complies with the International Civil Aviation Organisation requirements, and has visual aids such as glide path, localiser, precision approach lights, runway and taxiway lighting and signs.

The extension of the runway is the final stage of the redevelopment of KIA, costing nearly RM800 million. The terminal building's upgrading and extension was completed earlier.

Global Upline Sdn Bhd was the turnkey contractor and it took four years to complete.

In his message in the souvenir book, Taib said the completion of the extended runway was of great significance to the economic development of Sarawak, particularly since it would be able to handle the unhindered operations of Boeing 747-500 or even the Airbus 380.

He said the bigger cargo load would provide greater efficiency for the operations of industries around here.

"The project is yet another contribution and a continuing show of support of the Federal Government to the economic growth of the peoples and the state of Sarawak," he said. -- Bernama
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MAS unit in JV with Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica
Thursday June 18, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) says its subsidiary, MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE), has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Alenia Aeronautica for the provision of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for turboprop commercial aircraft.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia, MAS said MAE managing director Mohd Roslan Ismail and Giovanni Bertolone, chief executive officer of the largest Italian aeronautic player, Alenia Aeronautica, sealed the agreement at the 48th Le Bourget Air Show in Paris.

The new company, MAS-Alenia Aeronautica Aerospace Engineering (MAAE), is 51% owned by MAE and 49% by Alenia Aeronautica. The company’s headquarters would be in Malaysia, MAS said in a statement.

It said the agreement was related to the earlier order of 20 ATR 72-500s, plus an option of seven by Firefly and MASwings. These two airlines are wholly owned by MAS.

“MAAE aims to offer MRO services for ATR aircraft within Asean and the Indian sub-continent with plans to offer these services to other countries in the near future,” it said.

Roslan said in the same statement that the lack of MRO maintenance for turboprop aircraft in Asia would position MAAE to become a key MRO provider for turboprop. “In the second stage, the joint venture will develop additional business opportunities in the cargo conversions and specialised activities,” he said.
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Airport @ Redang island, Terengganu



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Airport @ Layang Layang island, Sabah
The only Spratly Islands in Malaysia



Off the mystical island of Borneo lies a little gem, a sparkle within the deep blue sea. Like a mariner’s dream, it stands all alone, a striking haven in the wide ocean awaiting a visitor.

This is the intriguing island of Layang Layang, a coral-blessed, deep sea atoll off the coast of Borneo, Malaysia. Also known as Swallow Island, it is an uninhabited oceanic atoll located in the Spratly Islands situated approximately 300 km northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in Malaysia.

Swallow Reef lies in 2,000 m of ocean and due partly to the depth, this atoll has become famous for sightings of large pelagic species and for wall diving. The naval base has also had an important indirect contribution to the quality of scuba diving in the area in that it has protected the island from the more destructive fishing practices witnessed elsewhere in the region. It’s a refuge where a kaleidoscopic underwater world like no other exists. This marine heritage is a geographical wonder as well, with the atoll rising from the deep blue depth of 2,000m, hardly breaching the surface.

Also known as ‘The Jewel of the Borneo Banks’, Layang Layang has created for itself a calm lagoon which teems with wildlife. As many as 13 coral reefs have formed here, creating a magnetic underwater scenery. Diving is the pinnacle of Layang Layang’s beautiful experience – expect a vacation like no other on this isolated atoll.

The resort can also cater to seminars, meetings, conferences and incentive group functions. There are adequate conference and banqueting facilities, with the ability to host up to 200 persons.

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Airport @ Layang Layang island, Sabah

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Layang Layang Aerospace
Layang Layang Aerospace is a regional airline based in Sabah, Malaysia. It is formed to provide air services to a popular Malaysia dive site, Layang Layang Island, which is in the South China Sea 300 km northwest off the west coast of Sabah. It also provides cargo services.

The airline has been appointed the official implementer of the cross-border Air Alliance Scheme which will service the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

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Subang Skypark

On the next day, VistaJet, a business jet service provider, has announced that it will use the airport as a base of operations in Malaysia. It has chosen Terminal 3, which is being operated by Subang Skypark to be the hub in Asia.

The operator announce that construction works for a 9000 square feet, five star executive lounge begins in February 2008. The construction works was awarded to ArcRadius Sdn Bhd. It is expected that the lounge works will be done by end of March 2008. The transformation plans also calls for a construction of two 42 meters by 47 meters maintenance, repair and overhaul hangars and ten 36 meter by 36 meter parking hangars. The construction of the MRO hangars will complete by end of 2008 while two of the ten parking hangars will complete by end of 2009.

On August 8, 2008, VistaJet Holding SA started operations from the airport. It provides private jet travel from Malaysia to anywhere in the world!
More Infos > http://www.subangskypark.com/





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Internet Booking Facility kiosks to be set up at Skypark Subang Terminal
Friday June 19, 2009



Convenient: Passengers at the KLIA Ekspres counter in KL Sentral.

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) plans to set up six Internet Booking Facility (IBF) kiosks at Skypark Subang Terminal by the end of the year to enable passengers to enjoy greater convenience in buying tickets at anytime.

It is a “self-ticketing” system, very much like the ATM or payment machines where tickets can be bought as early at 6.30am or as late as midnight,

MAS assistant general manager (Distribution) Abdul Mutalib Ishak said there was no need to rush to the ticket office, especially during peak hours and wait for long to book their tickets now.



Showing the way: Abdul Mutalib demonstrating
how to use the Internet to book tickets.


He said so far the response from passengers had been good.

Meanwhile, MAS has also introduced the MH-smart Mobile system on a big scale.

Passengers will now be able to book their tickets, check-in, choose the seat and check on departure time through their handphone.
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Kuching International Airport Set For B747 And A380 Landing
June 17, 2009 21:28 PM

KUCHING, June 17 (Bernama) - A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 747 aircraft with a full load of passengers made a historic landing at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) here Wednesday.

The jumbo jet from Kuala Lumpur, piloted by MAS Senior General Manager of Flight Operations Division, Datuk Captain Ahamd Zuraidi Dahalan, touched down at 5.05pm on the newly completed extended runway of KIA.

The extended runway, from 2,454m previously to 3,780m now, has also made it the longest in Borneo and the fourth in South East Asia after the KL International Airport, Singapore's Changi Airport and Bangkok's airport.

It can now take the Airbus 380.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who toured the runway earlier, declared open the extended runway.

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin A.Rahman handed over the certificate of Operational Readiness of Runway Extension to Najib.

Also present was Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

With a pavement width of 60m, the runway is to cater for the Boeing 747 aircraft having a frequency of 1,200 annual departures.

The runway fully complies with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirements, include visuals aids such as glide path, localizer, Precision Approach Light (PAL), runway and taxiway lighting and signs.

The extension of the runway is the final stage of the redevelopment of KIA valued at nearly RM800 million. The terminal building's upgrading and extension was completed earlier.

Global Upline Sdn Bhd was the turnkey contractor and it took four years to complete.

In his message in the souvenir book, Taib said the completion of the extended runway was of great significance to the economic development of Sarawak particularly since it would be able to handle the unhindered operations of Boeing 747-500 or even the Airbus 380.

He said the bigger cargo load would provide greater efficiency for the operations of industries around Kuching.

"The project is yet another contribution and a continuing show of support of the federal government to the economic growth of the peoples and the state of Sarawak," he said.



-- BERNAMA
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KUCHING, June 17 (Bernama)

........The extended runway, from 2,454m previously to 3,780m now, has also made it the longest in Borneo and the fourth in South East Asia after the KL International Airport, Singapore's Changi Airport and Bangkok's airport..........

-- BERNAMA
have they considered BTH on batam island? the 1995 built airport has a 4000 m runway, currently Indonesia's longest runway
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