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Old June 26th, 2009, 05:07 AM   #481
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Airline wants Malaysia Airports to recommend reduction in airport tax at LCCT
Thursday, June 25th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Low cost carrier AirAsia Bhd, wants Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to recommend a reduction in airport tax to the government for international passengers, at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

Its group chairman Datuk Aziz Bakar said yesterday that the current rate of RM51 charged for international travellers was unfair, and should be reduced to RM10, as the LCCT did not have advantages such as aerobridges when compared to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“Malaysia Airports should be recommending to the government to lower the charge as it is the entity operating the airport,” he told reporters on the sidelines of AirAsia’s Major Tariff Adjustment launch here.

“The Minister of Finance, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will have to consider this. We have invested a lot and are always expanding and lowering cost. We want to make Kuala Lumpur a hub for travellers,” he added.

Aziz said AirAsia had helped bring about the multiplier effect to the country’s economy through its passengers.

“If Malaysia Airports look at the bigger picture of the economy, what is a few ringgit in service charges?” he asked.

He said this when asked to comment on the issue of the RM65 million in airport tax owed by AirAsia to Malaysia Airports and which was brought up in parliament on Tuesday.

“We have been paying the charges. But the RM65 million is part of the payment we are holding back, until we resolve this issue,” he explained. — Bernama
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Old June 26th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #482
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MAS To Offer Over 70 Travel Fairs Globally
June 22

PETALING JAYA, June 22 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) will offer more than 70 travel fairs globally until 2010, its senior general manager, sales, Datuk Bernard Francis, said Monday.

The airline will continue to aggressively push sales in the Asean region, South Asia, North Asia, Australia, the Middle East, the Americas, and South Africa, he said.

"These are targeted campaigns which are matched with the different consumer segments and their buying behaviour," he told reporters at the launch of the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF) and Global Low Fares Campaign, offering "Great Deals For Everyone".

Bernard said a free ticket would be given to every 500th customer booking their tickets online at the malaysiaairlines.com website.

"One of the more attractive MATF offerings is that customers can travel immediately as the travel period is from June 29 until December 15," he said.

The all-inclusive one-way fare for MATF, which started today and will end on July 5, begins from RM118 to Singapore, RM198 to Asean countries, RM428 to South Asia, RM488 to Australia and RM898 to Europe.

Concurrently, MAS is offering attractive deals globally in Asean, South Asia, North Asia, Australia, the Middle East, the Americas and South Africa for five days from today until June 26.

The company secured RM100 million in sales during the previous MATF held in February this year, Bernard said.

According to him, the global low fares campaign has increased sales by 100 percent and the MATF held in the United Kingdom raised the number of passengers carried by 50 percent in the past six months.

"We only offer low price for non-peak flights and we believe this is the right thing to do," said MAS managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala when asked how the airline could offer low fares despite the high cost in providing service.

As of yesterday, MAS' passenger load factor increased by 65.9 percent despite the current economic situation as a result of its effort to stimulate demand, he said.

-- BERNAMA
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Major Airports in Malaysia
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(Malaysia) 4,124m Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Serves: Kuala Lumpur



(Malaysia) 3,810m Langkawi International Airport
Serves: Langkawi Island, Kedah

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(Malaysia) 3,780m Kuching International Airport
Serves: Kuching, Sarawak



(Malaysia) 3,780m Subang International Airport
Serves: Kuala Lumpur (U/C)

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(Malaysia) 3,430m Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Serves: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (U/C)



(Malaysia) 3,354m Senai International Airport
Serves: Johor Bahru, Johor

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(Malaysia) 3,352m Penang International Airport
Serves: Penang

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(Malaysia) 2,800m Sultan Mahmud International Airport
Serves: Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

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(Malaysia) 2,200m Malacca International Airport
Serves: Malacca City, Malacca

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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Langkawi International Airport, Kedah

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Kuching International Airport, Sarawak

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Subang International Airport, KL
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Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah

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Senai International Airport



Penang International Airport, Penang



Sultan Mahmud International Airport, Terengganu

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Old June 27th, 2009, 06:32 AM   #485
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S’wak rural air services for upgrading
By Zora Chan
Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MASwings to introduce in stages new flight route to Mulu, increased frequencies to Mukah, Limbang

KUCHING: In a bid to boost rural air services in Sarawak, MASwings Sdn Bhd will soon introduce new flight route to Mulu and increase existing flight frequencies to Mukah and Limbang.

Besides, airports in far-flung rural destinations like Bario, Ba Kelalan, Long Akah, Long Seridan, Long Lellang and Long Banga will be upgraded with the latest telecommunication equipment to replace the current manual ticketing operations.

Revealing this yesterday, MASwings managing director Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said the airline company would be launching its direct flight between Kuching and Mulu on Sept 15.

“The direct flight from Kuching to Mulu will be three times weekly and it will be leaving for Mulu from Kuching between 11am and 12 noon to enable passengers from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur arriving in Kuching to catch the connecting flight immediately.

“MASwings will be using Fokker 50 and a new ATR 72 aircraft for this route. This will increase the number of tourists to Mulu,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at Wisma Bapa Malaysia to brief the latter on the airline’s plans in Sarawak.

Also present were MASwings senior general manager for external relations Datuk Captain Mohd Nawawi Awang and Maswings regional manager for Sarawak and head of security Suffian Malik.

Salleh said MASwings would also increase flight frequencies from Kuching to Mukah from 14 times weekly to 20 times weekly gradually this year.

“Currently, we fly to Mukah from Kuching twice daily. We’ll add three more flights starting Aug 3 and another three flights starting Oct 25 to make it 20 times per week,” he said.

MASwings also planned to add three more flights for Miri-Limbang route starting Sept 15, increasing flight frequency from 14 times weekly to 17 times.

Besides, he said starting July 1, MASwings would be screening promotional videos on Sarawak and Sabah tourism on board the ATR 68-seat aircraft.

“The ATR aircrafts are equipped with in-flight video screen and we plan to screen promotional videos with help of tourism boards from Sarawak and Sabah,” he said.

Salleh said MASwings currently owned four ATR aircraft to service Sarawak and Sabah and the fifth aircraft was expected to be delivered and operated by August.

Each ATR aircraft had been named Kuching, Kinabalu, Mulu and Sandakan, he said, adding that Taib had named the fifth aircraft as Mukah.

He disclosed that MASwings had actually placed an order for 10 ATR aircraft, out of which four had been delivered and currently in operation.

“We expect to get the sixth and seventh aircraft by September and December, while the eighth, ninth and tenth aircraft by February and March next year. So by April next year, we’ll have 10 ATR aircraft in Sarawak and Sabah,” he said.

Salleh announced that as part of the company’s corporate social (CSR) responsibility to Sarawak, it would install satellite communication and introduce computerisation at all STOL airports (short take off and landing) namely Bario, Ba Kelalan, Long Seridan, Long Akah, Long Lellang and Long Banga.

Presently, all ticketing work and operation at these airports were done manually.

“All these will be changed by August,” he said.

“With IT facility, we’ll be able to introduce Internet at all six STOL airports and provide Internet facility to the local community. There will be compli-mentary wi-fi within the 50-metre radius of these airports,” he said.

Declining to reveal the cost of this CSR project, Salleh said it would be a “substantial amount of investment” by MASwings because it involved installation of satellite dishes, solar panels, computers, printers and battery packs.

“All these projects will definitely benefit the rural community and will be implemented in stages,” he said.
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Singapore-KL route: Sky’s the limit, say airlines
Sunday June 28 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 – From Wednesday, Malaysian low-cost airline Firefly will join six other Malaysian and Singapore carriers already flying the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route.

Firefly, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), will head to Subang Airport near the Malaysian capital three times daily, and add one flight from July 15.

The route, once dominated by MAS and Singapore Airlines (SIA), has been progressively opened up to other players in recent times.

Firefly’s entry brings the tally of weekly flights between the two cities to more than 200.

Angelina Fernandez, Firefly’s head of marketing and communications, said bookings are “going well”, with 40 per cent of tickets for the first two weeks already sold.

One trump card that Firefly has, she noted, is that its planes land in Subang, which is only a 25-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city.

Flights by its rivals – MAS, AirAsia, SIA, SilkAir, Jetstar and Tiger Airways – end up in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang or the low-cost terminal near the main airport.

It may take more than an hour to reach the city from either venue, depending on the choice of transport.

Firefly uses the 72-seat turboprop ATR 72-500 aircraft to serve its network of many small towns that may not be viably served by bigger planes.

It is also launching flights from Singapore to other Malaysian towns such as Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan next month, and Malacca in September.

But in the hotly contested Singapore-Kuala Lumpur sector, is the market big enough for all?

Matt Hobbs, Tiger’s head of corporate communications, is confident of its chances, noting that the “variety of choices now has encouraged many more to fly” rather than take buses.

Over at AirAsia, Kathleen Tan, its regional commercial head, said the airline is not worried about Firefly.

“The market is big enough for all. We’re confident about our product because we boast an incredible international network.”

She noted that during “our sales from June 24 to 28, we sold some 180,000 tickets in the first two days in spite of the H1N1 flu”.

Travel agents in Singapore agree that the greater number of flights has encouraged people to switch from coaches.

Depending on the day of travel, a one-way bus ticket to Kuala Lumpur may cost more than $40 (RM88).

“We saw a double-digit spike in the number of airline bookings for the Singapore-KL route in June,” said Ruth Lim, marketing and communications manager for SA Tours, who noted that full-service airlines SIA and MAS are also offering very attractive fares of just above $100.

“Many people are willing to pay a little more to fly with them too,” she added. – Straits Times
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AirAsia to sponsor NFL Oakland Raiders
By Presenna Nambiar
Published: 2009/06/27

AirAsia (5099) will sponsor National Football League (NFL) Oakland Raiders for "multiple years" in a move to boost its brand recognition in America.

While the scope of the sponsorship has not been fully finalised, AirAsia has marked the start of the sponsorship by painting one its Airbus A340s, plying the Kuala Lumpur-London route, with the Oakland Raiders livery.

"This is not about flying to America, its really about the millions of Americans who travel through Southeast Asia, and we want them to remember the AirAsia brand," AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said in Sepang yesterday.

He attributed AirAsia X's success in filling up flights from London, for example, to its sponsorship of Manchester United. In 2005, AirAsia signed a deal to be the football club's official low-cost carrier.

AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said the trans-continental aircraft painted in Oakland Raiders livery, signifies the airline's ambition to open up the North American market as its future growth area. American destinations on the radar include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hawaii.
On a recent report which criticised AirAsia for sponsoring the American team instead of a Malaysian one, Fernandes said in terms of sponsorships, the airline is one of the top supporters of Malaysian sports.

"Sponsorship is not charity. We have a responsibility to our shareholders to deliver value (for everything we do)," he said.

Meanwhile in a separate press conference, AirAsia chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar clarified that the airline has been making monthly payments to Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB).

"However, there is a disputed amount of about RM100 million which is still outstanding (which we believe we are being overcharged), pending a decision of AirAsia's requests for MAHB to review its charging mechanism," he said.

He said this in response to statements made in the Parliament recently that the company has not paid MAHB since 2002.
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MAS is KLIA airline of the year again
Published: 2009/06/29

NATIONAL carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (3786) was named airline of the year for third consecutive year at the annual KLIA Award in Sepang on Saturday.

AirAsia won the low-cost airline of the year award, while AirAsia Indonesia was given foreign airline of the year award.

For cargo category, MASkargo won airline of the year award and Korean Air received foreign airline of the year award.

The KLIA award, organised by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, offers recognition to 15 different categories of airline and service providers operating at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. - Bernama
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MASkargo's 747-400 may take to the air again by Q4
By Presenna Nambiar
Published: 2009/06/29



MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, is working towards bringing its grounded 747-400 freighter back into operations by the fourth quarter of this year.

It had grounded the plane in March when capacity proved to be too much for demand. The move saves MASkargo over RM1 million a month.

"The utilisation of our aircraft has increased, but we want it to increase further before we bring the grounded aircraft back into service," MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman told Business Times last week.

The carrier has cut 40 per cent capacity off its scheduled operations and re-deployed two freighters for charter services in the last few months, in a move to maintain its load factor.

The strategy has so far worked, considering that the average load factor remains at the same level as last year, at 65 per cent.

"We are getting the load factors, but of course for the yields to improve significantly, the market must also improve significantly. Otherwise you won't see yield improvements," Shahari said.

So far, it has seen yields dropping 17 per cent.

Shahari said the issue with yields is that it relies heavily on China, which is still the most important market for cargo players.

"If China starts to improve, then the general health of the industry will improve.

"But there is no sign of a significant recovery as yet, but it is going in the right direction. I don't see any need to cut capacity further," Shahari said.

Besides realigning its operations, MASkargo has also used the opportunity to diversify its services, upgrading itself to be able to accommodate specialised shipments like perishables and pharmaceuticals.

A recently signed air services agreement between Malaysia and Indonesia has also opened new doors for MASkargo, Shahari said, as it opens up points of sale for the carrier, allowing it to fully capitalise on the Jakarta-Australia route.

The amendment on the air traffic rights allows freighters to carry cargo from its home country and a foreign one, and for it to go even further on to a third country; known as third, fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for freighter services.

MASkargo has one flight on the Jakarta-Australia route, which has been recording 80 per cent load factor in the last month.

"Indonesia is also one of the few countries that still sees growth. So we see this new development (on the air services agreement) as something very encouraging for us," Shahari said.

Cargo volumes out of Indonesia have increased 15 per cent year-on-year, despite the global economic crisis.

Shahari said opportunities are also there for MASkargo to right-size itself should there be a need, because of the pending expiry of a wet lease of five freighters next year.

"In terms of cost exposure, we can right-size our operations. For example, if (the situation) does not pick up, we can give back a couple of the aircraft ... whatever that makes sense to us," he said.
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Easier access to National Park
Monday June 29, 2009

KUCHING: It will soon be easier for foreign tourists to get to Mulu National Park, Unesco’s world heritage site in northern Sarawak, when MASWings launches its direct flight from here.

The rural air operator has scheduled the inaugural Kuching-Mulu flight on Sept 15, said its managing director Mohd Salleh Tabrani.

He said the thrice weekly flight departing around noon would enable tourists arriving from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to get immediate connection to Mulu.

Visitors from Singapore to Sarawak has increased significantly as five airlines are now serving the Singapore-Kuching route. Low-cost carriers Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia launched their Singapore-Kuching services last November and March this year respectively. Also serving the same route are SilkAir, AirAsia and Malaysia Airline.
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Maswings To Start Kuching-Mulu Flight Sept 15
June 26, 2009 23:04 PM

KUCHING, June 26 (Bernama) -- MASwings Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), will start direct flights from here to Mulu from Sept 15 to boost the tourist arrivals in Sarawak.

Its managing director, Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani, said MASwings would provide three direct flights a week using ATR 72-500 and Fokker 50 (F-50) to Mulu, dubbed the 'Crown Jewel of Sarawak'.

"The flights will be between 11am and noon to enable passengers arriving here to take an immediate connection flight to Mulu.

"MASwings hopes they will boost tourist arrivals in Mulu and other destinations in Sarawak," he told a media briefing after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Sarawak Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud here Friday.

Mohd Salleh said MASwings would also increase its Miri-Limbang weekly flight frequencies from 14 to 17 flights a week on F-50, effective Sept 15.

MASwings, Malaysia's first commuter airline, provides air travel to meet the needs of Sarawak and Sabah.

The airline, which commenced operations on Oct 1, 2007, offers more than 660 weekly flights, serving a network of 22 destinations in Sarawak and Sabah as well as the Federal Territory of Labuan.

Meanwhile, Mohd Salleh said MASwings was committed to promote tourism in Sarawak and Sabah, via its in flight video screen in its ATR 72-500 flights, starting July 1.

"It is a collaboration between MASwings, Sarawak Tourism Board and Sabah Tourism Board to promote the top tourist spots in both states," he said.

MASwings has put in a firm order for seven ATR 72s valued at US$128.1 million (US$1=RM3.49) with options for an additional three aircraft valued at US$54.9 million.

Mohd Salleh said MASwings would take delivery of one ATR 72 in August, two in September and three by February next year.



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RM150mil to upgrade Sibu airport terminal
Published: Monday June 29, 2009 MYT 1:22:00 PM

SIBU: Visitors arriving at the Sibu Airport two years from now will enjoy a bigger, fully airconditioned new terminal building and better facilties.

Sarawak Minister of Environment and Public Health Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh told reporters here Monday that the building and its facilities would be upgraded at a cost of RM150mil under the second economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently.

The federal government was in the final stage of calling for tenders for the works.

The terminal would have, among others, three aerobridges so that passengers need not walk for long distances to and from the aircraft, he said.

Wong said the runway, which was extended to 2,745m from the original 1,981m under the Seventh Malaysian Plan, could now accommodate the Airbus aircraft.

According to Malaysian Airports Berhad, the terminal building when upgraded would be bigger than those at the Bintulu and Miri Airports. - Bernama
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First Firefly aircraft lands in Ipoh after test flight
Sunday June 28, 2009
By CHRISTINA KOH



Safety briefing: Firefly head of engineering department Ismail Taib (left)
briefing Malaysia Airports Berhad Fire and Rescue personnel on safety aspects
of the aircraft after the test flight at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh
yesterday.


IPOH: The first Firefly aircraft to arrive here landed safely at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport after a smooth 45-minute flight.

The 72-seater aircraft, flown by Captains Jalil Md Dom and Mahir Effendy, arrived at 10.55am yesterday after taking off from the Skypark Subang terminal.

The community airline is scheduled to begin its much-anticipated Ipoh-Singapore route on July 12.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd media relations executive Herman Mizar Azmi said the test flight was merely a procedural requirement by the Department of Civil Aviation.

“The flight went smoothly. There was no problem because other airlines have served Ipoh before,” he said.

The 80-minute flight between Ipoh and Singapore will be available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

It departs Ipoh at 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.

Herman Mizar clarified that the all-inclusive promotional fare is currently RM88 one way for those who book between June 24 and July 24.

The promotion covers all routes, he said, including those covering Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu to Singapore. The travel period must be within July 1-31.

“Ipoh is the most popular among the routes, with 70% of seats taken,” said Herman Mizar.

For bookings, check out www.fireflyz.com.my or call 03-7845 4543.
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MAS, Firefly to extend code-share deal
Published: 2009/06/30

Budget carrier Firefly will extend its code-share partnership with parent company Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) to include its latest Singapore route by mid-July, managing director Eddy Leong said today.

Currently, Firefly has a code-share partnership with MAS for the Subang-Kerteh, Subang-Koh Samui, Penang-Banda Aceh, Penang-Medan and Penang-Phuket routes.
"We hope by mid-July we will be able to extend the code-share partnership with MAS for all Singapore routes, either from Subang or Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan and later Melaka, Kota Baru and Alor Star," he said here.

Firefly will begin its thrice daily flights from Subang to Singapore tomorrow.

It plans to increase its Subang-Singapore frequency to four flights a day from middle of next month as the airline is also set to begin flights to Singapore from Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan.

Asked about the response to the Subang-Singapore route, Leong said that sales had been good despite stiff competition.

According to him, Firefly has a slight edge over competitors by operating from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang which is nearer to the city.

"One thing is for sure, we are not flying empty. Our promotion of RM88 is all inclusive, including airport tax, insurance surcharge and administration fees, and will continue, provided you book seven days in advance," he said.

Leong said the only problem the airline was facing now was that it could not carry a full load of passengers for flights on certain routes due to the lack of refuelling facilties at some secondary routes like Ipoh, Kota Baru, Alor Setar and Kuala Terengganu.

"Without these refuelling facilities, we can't carry the maximum number of passengers on our flights. That's why we are engaging the state governments to assist us on this," he said.

Firefly has targeted to carry 1.5 million passengers this year as it is now operating seven 72-seater ATR72-500 aircraft. Last year, it carried about 500,000 passengers with just three Fokker 50 aircraft. -- BERNAMA
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MAS expects new aircraft in time for global up-turn
Monday June 29 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to receive its new aircraft in tandem with the recovery in global economy, its executive director/chief financial officer Datuk Tengku Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said.

He said now was not a good time to take delivery of the aircraft.

“The B737-800 aircraft is expected at end-2010 and the A380 by 2011. So we are expecting to get the aircraft at about the time we are hoping the economy will then start to recover,” he told Bernama at the Annual KLIA Awards ceremony in Sepang last Friday.

At the event, MAS was named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the third consecutive year.

AirAsia won the ‘Low-cost Airline of the Year’ award and AirAsia Indonesia ‘Foreign Airline of the Year’ award.

For cargo category, Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd won ‘Airline of the Year’ award and Korean Air received ‘Foreign Airline of the Year’ award.

KLIA Awards, organised by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, offers recognition to 15 different categories of airline and service providers operating in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The winners received the award either based on passenger movement, strong growth, good sales performance, international recognition as well as service performance – all based on 2008 performance.

The awards were presented by Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew.

Tengku Azmil said all the airline’s plans it had announced earlier were in place.

MAS has launched its global low-fare campaign which would see it selling some six million seats at low fares to stimulate travel demand.

The low fares were only made available for lean flights, in line with the airline’s dual-pricing strategy.

MAS would also hold more than 70 travel fairs globally until 2010 and that the airline’s Stimulus Package, launched earlier this year, has seen sales increased by up to 30 per cent.

On whether the airline will cut its routes, he said: “We haven’t cut routes for a while, (but) we have reduced capacity.

“I think MAS is not the odd one out. Airlines worldwide are reducing capacity.”

He said globally, the capacity cut was about seven to eight per cent although that would be less than the reduction in passenger numbers.

Tengku Azmil said during times like this, MAS wanted to make sure it would remain viable.

“What we are doing is not much different from what other airlines are doing.

“Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cut its flight capacity further due to a fall in demand for air travel,” he said.

Recently, SIA announced it planned to cancel more than 200 flights before year-end, especially in the premium segment. – Bernama
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MASwings launches in-flight video promotion for states
Thursday July 2, 2009

KUCHING: MASwings has given a boost to tourism promotions in Sabah and Sarawak with the launch of its in-flight entertainment programme.

The in-flight video, which showcases various tourist attractions in the two states, will be screened on the airline’s newly-acquired ATR 72-500 series aircraft.

MASwings regional manager Mohamed Suffian Abdul Malik said the five-minute video on Sarawak was produced in collaboration with the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), while the video on Sabah was produced with the help of the Sabah Tourism Board.

“The ATR 72 aircraft is equipped with 20 LCD coloured screens spread throughout the cabin and spaced every two rows along both sides of the passenger cabin.

“The TV screens operate via a drop-down mechanism, and do not require earphones as the audio comes through the overhead speakers,’’ Mohamed Suffian told reporters at the in-flight video launch at the STB office here yesterday.

He said the proposed extended version of the video would be 20 minutes.

STB marketing manager Mary Wan Mering said the video would create greater awareness among foreigners and locals on the many tourism attractions in the Land of the Hornbills.

Mohamed Suffian said MASwings operated four ATR 72 aircrafts, and the number would be increased to 10 by March next year.

The new 68-seater aircraft will gradually replace the existing seven Fokker 50 planes. MASwings also operates four Twin-Otter aircraft.

MASwings, which started operations in October 2007, now offers 700 weekly flights serving a network of 22 destinations in Sabah and Sarawak as well as Labuan. The airline transports some 62,000 passengers a month.
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Singapore- Subang air link on again
Thursday July 2, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Flights between Subang and Singapore have resumed 11 years after the closure of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAAS).

The inaugural Firefly flight from Singapore landed at the SkyPark Subang Terminal here at 10.30am yesterday. Flights between the two destinations ceased when SAAS Airport closed in 1998.

Firefly is operating three flights daily on the route, with another daily flight being introduced on July 12.

Firefly managing director Eddy Leong said Subang airport’s location, which is just half an hour from Kuala Lumpur was very convenient for businessmen and other travellers.

“Our new routes into Singapore further strengthens Firefly’s network, focusing on commuters for business and leisure.”

Meanwhile Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd launched its inaugural direct flight between Singapore and Penang yesterday.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the current once daily flight would be increased to twice daily from October, bringing the number of flights between the two cities to 49 weekly.

“As of today, we have 42 Singapore-Penang flights weekly with 14 operated by Silk Air and seven each by Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines and Jetstar.

“The Government has given the green light for carriers to increase the total flight frequency to 84 times weekly by next March,” Lim said at the Penang International Airport.

Jetstar head of flying operations Chan Choy Kee said Penang was the airline’s 17th destination from Singapore and fourth Malaysian city the airline was flying to.

“Jetstar also operates to Kuala Lumpur up to three times daily, Kuching once daily and Kota Kinabalu four times weekly from Singapore,” Chan said.
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Firefly Begin Subang-singapore Flight Today
July 1 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's first community airline, Firefly, Wednesday officially commenced its Singapore-Subang and return flight.

The airline in a statement said the commencement of the thrice-daily flights, signifies its commitment to providing direct access by air to other states in Malaysia.

It said the route, which had three flights daily will have an additional frequency, making it four times daily, effective July 12.

"Our new routes into Singapore further strengthens Firefly's network while focusing on travellers for business and leisure.

"It also completes our promotion of "One Destination, Four Countries"," managing director Eddie Leong said.

He said the carrier was offering an introductory promotional all-inclusive one way fare at RM88.00 nett for the Singapore-Subang flight.
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MASwings ATRs to show destination videos
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

KUCHING: MASwings ATR 72 aircraft passengers will get to view five-minute des-tination footage, which will enlighten them on the state’s various tourist attractions.

MASwings Sarawak regional manager Mohamed Suffian Abdul Malik believed that the in-flight entertainment (IFE) videos would help to further pro-mote the state’s destination offerings to both local and international tourists.

“The five-minute destination footage can mean a lot and will be able to provide information for our passengers including the locals.

“Some Sarawakians may not have been to the Mulu National Park and the video can help create awareness on what Sarawak has to offer,” he told a news conference following the launch of MASwings’ IFE system on ATR 72 aircraft yesterday.

Suffian said the IFE facility would not only be a tool to offer information for travellers but also help promote the state in line with the airline’s promise to connect the world to Sarawak and Sabah.

MASwings currently has four ATR 72 aircraft.

Each of them is equipped with 20 LCD coloured screens throughout the 68-seater cabin.

The LCD screens are shared by every two seats on both sides of the cabin.

The screens operate on a drop down mechanism, which does not require ear-phones as the audio comes through overhead speakers.

Suffian pointed out that the destination footage would be reviewed from time to time while some other entertainment such as short features might be introduced in the near future.

“We will think of something else later, maybe short features or a longer video,” he said.

He added that MASwings would receive its fifth ATR 72 aircraft next month and by the first quarter of next year would have a total of 10 ATR to eventually replace the Fokker.

“Replacing Fokker with ATR 72 is a way to enhance our services to provide flights to Mukah, Bario, Ba Kelalan, Marudi and other interior places in Sarawak,” he said.

MASwings’ ATR network serves 11 towns and cities within and between Sarawak and Sabah, with more than 504 flights a week on 14 routes.

Last year, it operated some 700 flights a week between Sarawak and Sabah, covering a network of 22 destinations and flying 62,000 passengers a month.
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MASwings, STB to boost Sabah’s tourism
2nd July, 2009

KOTA KINABALU: MASwings and Sabah Tourism Board (STB) forged collaboration to promote Sabah as an ultimate tourist destination with the launching of the in-flight entertainment (IFE) channel, beginning yesterday.

This is in line with MASwings objective to revitalise the local economy and tourism industry, and delivering its promise to connect the world to Sabah and Sarawak, MASwings regional head for Sabah, Shauqi Ahmad said.

“This is also in line with our interest and involvement in providing the highest standards of comfort and convenience to our passengers,” he added.

He said since the induction of the ATR 72 into MASwings’ fleet in September last year, their turboprop aircrafts were more comfortable with spacious cabin, fitted with leather seats and equipped with 20-inch LCD coloured screens spread throughout the cabin.

The screens are placed every two-seat rows, along both sides of the cabin. They operate on a drop down mechanism that does not require earphones as the audio comes from the overhead speakers.

Shauqi said the IFE channel would feature Sabah and Sarawak tourism board destinations footage as well as other useful information to travelling public, be they local or international tourists.

“Beginning today, both the Sabah and Sarawak tourism footages will be aired in MASwings ATR 72 aircrafts. Currently, we have four ATR in operations and will receive our fifth similar aircraft in September. By the end of 2009, MASwings will operate with seven ATRs.

“MASwings network covers 22 destinations within the two states, which among others include Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Sandakan, Labuan, Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Mulu.

“We operate 700 flights a week and uplift an average of 62,000 passengers a month. MASwings operates 38 routes within Sabah and Sarawak,” Shauqi said.

He said this during a joint press conference at STB meeting room yesterday. STB was represented by deputy chairman Datuk Sari Suhut.

The ATR or Avion Transportation Regional network serves 11 towns and cities within and between both states, serving more than 504 flights on 14 routes. The 68-seater (including six business class rows) ATR 72 aircraft, the latest version manufactured by Airbus, is set to replace Fokker 50.

Commenting on the collaboration, Sari said the success of the promotion would depend on the role of everyone involved.

“All of us, including the media, need to play a role in promoting tourism. We need to create awareness to lure visitors to come, as tourism is an important industry that has contributed 40 per cent to the country’s GDP,” he said.
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