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Old July 2nd, 2009, 06:30 PM   #501
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Jetstar to fly direct to Penang
Published: 2009/07/02

JETSTAR Asia today launched a daily direct service to Penang, marking its 17th destination from Singapore and the fourth Malaysian city now served through its expanding intra-Asian network.

In a statement today, Jetstar said with the new route its weekly flights between Singapore and Malaysia would be increased to 88.

Jetstar also operates to Kuala Lumpur three times daily, Kuching daily and Kota Kinabalu four times weekly from Singapore.

From October 1, 2009 Jetstar services on the Singapore-Penang route would be expanded to double daily, or 14 times, weekly services, it said. - Bernama
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AirAsia launches daily KK to Brunei flights
Written by The Edge Financial Daily
Thursday, 02 July 2009 23:59

SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd has launched another international route, this time from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei.

In a statement yesterday, the low-cost carrier said the new service would be its sixth international service from Kota Kinabalu and second international service from Brunei.

The daily flight from KK to Brunei opens for sale for the booking period July 3 to July 12, 2009 for the travel period Sept 9, 2009, to April 30, 2010. In conjunction with this launch, AirAsia will be offering all-in-fare from RM29 one way.
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MAHB looking at more rebates for airlines
Published: 2009/07/03

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is looking at the prospect of further incentives for airport charges, says chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman.

Aris said MAHB submitted the proposal to the government earlier this year and is waiting for an announcement.

"We are looking at rebates and benefits for airlines based on passenger growth," he told reporters after the graduation of 178 airport fire and rescue services staff.

Aris said there are already incentives to attract airlines, adding that "foreign airlines enjoy free landing and parking for three years since 2002.

"In April this year, we introduced 50 per cent discount for landing charges until 2011 for all airlines," he said.

"Our airport charges are the lowest in the region," he said.

He said MAHB also monitored incentives by regional airports to remain competitive.

Of the 39 airports managed and operated by MAHB, Aris said nine of them are profitable, including five international airports -- KL International Airport (KLIA), Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

As to the impact of H1N1 virus, he said for the period between January and June this year, passengers at KLIA recorded a 16 per cent drop in passenger volume while the low-cost carrier terminal registered 29 per cent increase. -- Bernama
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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.
Mulu Airport, Miri Division, Sarawak
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Firefly sees growth from Singapore routes
Published: 2009/07/03

Community airline Firefly, which launched its Subang-Singapore flight this week, is confident of growth from all its routes to Singapore based on a 70 to 75 per cent load factor target set for each route.

"This year we are not projecting extraordinary profit or unusually high growth. I can say it will be in line with what we plan for," said managing director Eddy Leong.

"And it's a positive number and I think the fact that we are being allowed to continue taking new aircraft next year is a strong sign of how strong our business model is," he said at a press conference in Singapore in conjunction with the launch of Firefly's flight from Subang to Singapore.

The airline, with four daily flights to Singapore, planned to increase the frequency to six by end of this year due to the encouraging response, Leong said.

"Sometimes it's good to operate routes that people don't do. We like this kind of route," he said.

Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS), will focus on expanding the frequency of existing routes rather than look for new routes, Leong said.

He said the airline will launch its Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan to Singapore routes later this month, followed by Malacca in September and Alor Setar and Kota Baru in October.

On the code-share partnership with MAS, Leong said it could help the airline to further strengthen its position in the lucrative Malaysia-Singapore route.

"International travellers, be it business or leisure from all states in Malaysia, will now have the convenience of point-to-point connection into Singapore," he said.

At the press conference, Tourism Malaysia's acting director-general Datuk Amirrudin Abu said the number of tourists coming to Malaysia is expected to grow steadily this year with the launch of Firefly's Malaysia-Singapore route.

Last year, 11 million Singaporeans came to Malaysia, with only three per cent of them using air transport, he said.

"For this year, we expect to see 20 million Singaporeans coming to our country. Firefly's efforts will help increase the number of air passengers to Malaysia," Amirrudin said.

He said for the first six months of this year, more than nine million Singaporean visited Malaysia despite the H1N1 flu outbreak and economic downturn.

Changi Airport Group's chief executive officer Lee Seow Hiang said between January and May 2009, the total passenger movement between both countries at Changi Airport stood at 1.3 million, a 20 per cent growth compared with the same period last year.

"Given the strong traffic potential on the Singapore-Malaysia routes and the extensive air network of Changi Airport, I am confident Firefly will find many new business opportunities at Changi," Lee said.

"I therefore encourage Firefly to further expand its operation at Changi Airport, and add new services from other Malaysian cities to Singapore," he said. -- BERNAMA
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Jetstar to fly direct to Penang
Published: 2009/07/02

JETSTAR Asia today launched a daily direct service to Penang, marking its 17th destination from Singapore and the fourth Malaysian city now served through its expanding intra-Asian network.

In a statement today, Jetstar said with the new route its weekly flights between Singapore and Malaysia would be increased to 88.

Jetstar also operates to Kuala Lumpur three times daily, Kuching daily and Kota Kinabalu four times weekly from Singapore.

From October 1, 2009 Jetstar services on the Singapore-Penang route would be expanded to double daily, or 14 times, weekly services, it said. - Bernama
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MASkargo handles first charter of live animals into Kuching
Published: 2009/07/06

MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo arm of Malaysia Airlines, handled its first charter of live goats and sheep into Kuching last Tuesday.

In a statement issued last week, the carrier said the special charter of 11 pallets contained about 1,000 head of goats and sheep from Sydney. The total amount of payload was some 40 tonnes. The shipment was transported using a B747-200 freighter.

A separate shipment of 12 pallets containing 36 tonnes of goats and sheep was bound for Kuala Lumpur.

Two grooms were on board to monitor the various breeds - Boer Goat, Dorper Sheep and Damara Sheep - which were headed to a breeding farm, while the Feral Goats were meant for the slaughter house.

MASkargo manager of sales planning and charter unit, Che Adenan Che Wan, said he and his team had spent a lot of time planning the unique charter to ensure that the live shipment was flown without any hiccup.

"This charter was one-of-a-kind as it was the first time that we were transporting goats directly from Sydney into Kuching.

"Handling live animals is quite a challenge as we have to be careful as not to stress the animals when loading them into the aircraft," said Adenan.

MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman said this kind of charter occurs between three and four flights per year.
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AirAsia: 20pc stake may go to single fund
Published: 2009/07/07

AIRASIA Bhd (5099), the Southeast Asian airline planning to issue 20 per cent more shares, said it's considering selling the entire stake to a single institutional fund or a strategic investor as part of a plan to reduce debt.

"Some funds have come to us and want to take the whole 20 per cent," chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said in an interview by phone yesterday. "We may do a placement to a strategic investor or a fund."

AirAsia said in May it planned to raise about RM500 million in the Malaysian company's biggest share sale since listing in 2004.

The airline is seeking funds to cut its ratio of debt to equity, a measure also known as gearing. - Bloomberg
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MASkargo MD named TIACA director
Published: 2009/07/07

SHAHARI Sulaiman, managing director of Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), has been appointed as director of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) with immediate effect.

An aerospace engineer by training, Shahari has been heading MASKargo since September 1 2007.

MASkargo’s involvement in TIACA will allow the airline to expand its network and explore new ways of doing business, he said in a statement.
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AirAsia establishes Penang as a hub with direct flight to Hong Kong
Written by The Edge Financial Daily
Monday, 06 July 2009 21:05
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SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd is establishing Penang as its eighth hub with the inclusion of another international flight from the state to Hong Kong starting July 31, 2009.

In a statement today, AirAsia said the new service was its sixth international service from Penang after Singapore, Bangkok, Medan, Jakarta, Macau and the third international service from Hong Kong after Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

Its other hubs are Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Bandung, Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok and a "virtual hub" in Singapore.

AirAsia said the new sector to Hong Kong and the introduction of the second frequency to Singapore, opened for sale for the booking period from July 7-12 for the travel period from July 31, 2009, to April 30, 2010.

AirAsia will be offering an all-in-fare from RM99 to Hong Kong and RM51 to Singapore to mark the launch of these sectors.

AirAsia regional head of commercial Kathleen Tan said: "At a time when some airlines are cutting routes and downsizing capacity, AirAsia is breaking the trend with our aggressive expansion plans, increasing frequencies where there is proven demand, which there certainly is for the Penang-Hong Kong and Penang-Singapore routes."
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Airbus A340 mystery solved: Oakland Raiders and Air Asia X set to announce Commitment to Excellence

The Oakland Raiders have come to agreement with Air Asia X, which is a low-budget long-haul airliner that primarily serves Asia. This is not, as rumored, indicative of Air Asia X opening service to the United States, as according to Trask that is not in their immediate plans. It is instead a chace for the Raiders to enhance their brand globally.

This agreement with Air Asia X is not an indication that the Raiders are dropping their long-time partner Hawaiian Airlines. Trask joked, "We can dominate the airlines. If you buy a plane you can paint it in Raider colors." She said that the Raiders will continue their terrific relationship with Hawaiian, and there would be no conflict because both airliners cover different routes and territory.

The speculation had the plane with the name Autumn Wind 1, but with Air Asia X having a tradition of all of their planes carry an X as part of their name, it will be named instead "Commitment to Excellence."

Neither side were preparered to announce the joint venture, but as Trask said, "It is impossible to hide an A340." The Raider Shield on the tailfin was only the beginning. The entire "Commitment to Excellence" plane will be outfitted with full Raider regalia combined with Air Asia X livery. There will be pictures of Raiderettes, Raider scenes, Raider jerseys, as well as logos in other areas.

Trask said that this deal was "a first," as other planes painted in team logos and colors are from airlines that are carriers of the team or have some other affiliation. Trask said this is an "Exciting, fun, terrific relationship with Air Asia X" whom she called a "bodacious airline."

What makes this combination most unusual is that not only is Air Asia X not the carrier that the Raiders use for their away games, they don't even serve the United States, nor do they have plans to do so in the immediate future. They serve Malaysia, London, and Australia. Trask does expect that "Commitment to Excellence" will be flown in to Oakland for at least one game day.
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Firefly buzzing with new routes from Malaysia to Singapore
4 Jul 2009

SINGAPORE: Firefly will begin services from Kota Baru and Alor Setar to Singapore from Oct 25 and 27 respectively.

This comes after five new routes are opened, in stages, between Malaysia and Singapore.

Managing director Eddy Leong said following the commencement of flights between Subang and Singapore on Wednesday, the airline would also start operating between Ipoh and Singapore on July 12.

The other services are Kuala Terengganu-Singapore (July 14), Kuantan-Singapore (July 22) and Malacca-Singapore (Sept 1).

Leong said: “The Subang-Singapore is very much targeted at the business community while the other destinations are mainly for leisure travellers.”

He said the routes offered were popular tourists destinations, adding that the airline would continue to concentrate on areas which were not well-served by other carriers.

“We are focused on Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and southern Thailand,” he said.

Singapore, he said, was an important hub as it received 36 million tourists a year.

Tourism Malaysia acting director-general Datuk Amirrudin Abu said the additional routes could ease land traffic congestion as they catered to different locations in the country.

Changi Airport Group chief executive officer Lee Seow Hiang said the new flights would add to the rapidly growing air travel market between the two countries.

“Between January and May, there was almost 1.3 million passenger movement between the two countries,” he said, adding that this was a 20% growth compared to the same period last year
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Firefly To Add Three More Aircraft Next Year
July 08, 2009 17:07 PM

KUANTAN, July 8 (Bernama) -- FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd (Firefly), a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), will recieve three more ATR72-500 turbo-propeller aircraft next year.

Firefly's managing director, Eddie Leong said the aircraft which cost US$18 million each, will boost the company's plan for network expansion and passengers.

"Currently, Firely operates with seven ATR 72-500 planes with each flight carrying 72 passengers," he told reporters after announcing the commencement of the Kuantan-Singapore route here, Wednesday.

Firefly's maiden flight into Singapore is slated for departure from the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport here on July 22.

Eddie said the four times weekly flights will further strenghten its network while focusing on commuters for business and leisure.

"Singapore is an important hub for Firefly to tap into.Our target market will now expand to not only include Singaporeans but also Malaysians working in the country, the expatriate community and transit passengers," he said.

He said the route also reflects Firefly's commitment to help spur tourism in Pahang.

The carrier is offering an introductory promotional all inclusive one way fare of RM88 for the Kuantan-Singapore flight.

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Malaysia Airports appoints COO, CFO
Published: 2009/07/08

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has appointed Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali as chief operating officer (COO) and Faizal Mansor as chief financial officer (CFO) effective July 1.

In a statement in Kuala Lumpur today, MAHB's managing director, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, said the appointments would enhance the company's strength to achieve its strategic thrust.

"The new structure has been benchmarked against other international airports so that we remain competitive," he said.

Abdul Hamid will oversee operations, technical, security and safety matters of airports managed and operated by the company.

Prior to the appointment, Abdul Hamid was MAHB's senior general manager of technical services.

Faizal was senior general manager of finance services prior to his appointment. - Bernama
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Shuttle buses from Subang SkyPark to KLIA, city soon
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Published: 2009/07/09

PASSENGERS on Firefly landing at the Subang SkyPark will soon be able to enjoy shuttle bus services into the city and Sepang.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said following the positive response received from the community airline's bus collaboration with Rapid Penang since May, Firefly is looking at more value-for-money options for its passengers.

"We are in active arrangement with Subang Skypark to introduce shuttle bus services to KL Sentral and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport," he told Business Times.

Leong said Firefly's collaboration with Rapid Penang is based on cross-marketing.

"Passengers buying our tickets are informed on their booking itinerary that they are entitled to this special service and we also make announcements on board.

"This is especially good for Indonesian passengers who need not worry about 'negotiating' bus or taxi charges when they land in Penang," he added.

The Rapid shuttle bus service takes passengers to Weld Quay in George Town from the airport.

From its hubs in Subang and Penang, Firefly offers flights within Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

Firefly is also considering developing a loyalty programme to reward its individual and corporate customers.

"This is still at a very early stage and the idea is to offer something that is drastically different from other airlines."
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Tioman Island Airport, Pahang
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Tioman Airport is an airport serving Tioman Island.

The island is served by ferries from the Malaysian mainland, and a propeller plane service by Berjaya Air from the Seletar Airport in Singapore and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Kuala Lumpur.
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Additional aircraft to boost Firefly’s plans to grow
Thursday July 9, 2009
By SIMON KHOO

KUANTAN: FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd will take delivery of three more ATR72-500 turbo-propeller aircraft, costing over RM60mil each, next year.

The additional aircraft would boost the low-cost carrier’s plan for network expansion and growing its passenger volume, managing director Eddie Leong said at a briefing on Firefly’s operations yesterday.

The airline currently had seven of the French-made ATR72-500 aircraft which cost a total RM500mil, and had a seating capacity of 72 passengers each, he said.

“The number of aircraft is not an issue here; it’s the manner in which we are able to fully utilise them to service all the routes.

“In this aspect, we will work closely with the state governments to promote their tourism products in a win-win situation,” he said, citing examples of eco and nature getaway packages to renowned sites such as Tioman and Taman Negara in Pahang.

Firefly will commence direct flights four times a week from Kuantan to Singapore from July 22.

“Despite the grim outlook for most airlines, we are opening all our new routes to Singapore at a frantic pace. These new routes will further strengthen Firefly’s network focusing on business and leisure travellers.

“Our target market will now expand to not only Singaporeans but also Malaysians working in Singapore, the expatriate community and transit passengers,” Leong said.

Leong said for a start, Firefly was targeting 25,000 passengers annually for the Kuantan-Singapore route and was prepared to sustain some losses in the initial stages.

“Other direct flights to Singapore such as from Ipoh, Malacca, Kota Baru and Alor Setar will be opened in stages.

“Overall, we are confident of hitting the target of 1.3 million passengers this year,” he said, adding that Firefly had already achieved 600,000 passengers to date.
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2009/07/08

THOSE travelling to the Sultan Ismail Airport are advised to be careful because the road from Senai to the airport is closed for upgrading works.

Motorists who need to turn into the airport heading to the terminals will have to make a U-turn near the old toll plaza about one kilometre away.

Motorists are advised to use alternative roads to avoid traffic jams.
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Recognition for airport outlets
By CHARLES FERNANDEZ
Published: 2009/07/09



Proud moment: A Pan Pacific KLIA representative (second from right)
receiving the Chairman’s Award from Lau (centre). Looking on are (from left)
Bashir, Aris and KLIA senior operations manager Azmi Murad (right).


THE McDonald LCCT-KLIA outlet was voted the F&B outlet of the year for the second time in a row while Pan Pacific KLIA won the Chairman’s Award at the KLIA Awards 2008 ceremony held at the Pan Pacific KLIA hotel in Sepang recently.

A total of 15 awards were up for grabs for all airline and service providers operating at the KL International Airport.

The ceremony was the fourth edition of the awards, for which the winners are given recognition based on passenger movements, strong growth, good sales performance, international recognition as well as service performance. The recent awards were all based on 2008 performance.

The awards come in the shape of a specially constructed 1.5 kg pewter trophy, which takes after the KLIA columns supporting the terminal building, resembling an oil palm.

The KLIA Awards was introduced in 2006 and is the only award in the country that pays tribute to the best performers in the aviation industry.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Robert Lau, who gave away the awards, said the secret of KLIA’s success lay in the synergy of the dedicated people who worked hand in hand to make what the airport what it is today.

“I truly appreciate the commitment and support of every one who has contributed to KLIA’s success throughout the year,” Lau said.

Malaysia Airports managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said the KLIA Awards was a medium to acknowledge those within the KLIA community who had consistently improved themselves and enhanced their presence at the airport with their excellent service extended to all airport users.

“This year, 2009, has been a trying time for the aviation industry but the existing cooperation among all airport operators and partners will ensure KLIA ends the year on a positive note,” Bashir said.

He said the KLIA was internationally recognised and thus it was imperative to keep an excellent track record on performance in line with the vision to be a “world-class airport business’’.

Also present at the Awards presentation was Malaysia Airports chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman.

More than 500 guests attended the event, at which the multi-talented Leonard Tan provided entertainment.

The 2008 Award winners:

Airline – Malaysian Airlines; Low Cost Airline – AirAsia; Foreign Airline – AirAsia Indonesia; Promising New Foreign Airline – Tiger Airways; Foreign Airline (Cargo) – Korean Air; Airline of the Year (Cargo) – MASKargo, South-East Asia sector – Singapore Airlines, North East Asia – Cathay Pacific Airways; Europe – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; South Asia – SriLankan Airlines; Middle East – Emirates; F&B outlet – McDonald’s LCCT-KLIA; Retail Outlet (Overall) – The Zon; and Retail Outlet of the Year (Yield Performance) – Cigar Shop.
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AirAsia eyes RM30m revenue from new courier service
Written by Gan Yen Kuan
Thursday, 09 July 2009 16:24

KUALA LUMPUR: The European Union (EU), under its executive arm the European Commission, has awarded almost 10,000 grants to be funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme for the academic year 2009-2010.

The grants were awarded to 8,385 students and academics from around the world who will study or teach in Europe, and 1,561 Europeans who will spend periods at partner institutions in countries outside Europe.

The Erasmus programme was first introduced in July 2001 with the aim of strengthening the cooperation between EU and non-EU countries in the area of higher education.

"Erasmus Mundus is going from strength to strength in the years since 2004," said Ján Figel’, the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth in a statement yesterday. On the Malaysian front, Vincent Piket, ambassador and head of delegation of the European Commission to Malaysia, said the programme contributed in terms of academics and cultural exposure.

This year, 19 Malaysians have received scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus programme. They will leave for Europe in August to pursue the masters course of their choice. To date, over 100 Malaysians have benefited from the Erasmus Mundus masters programme.

Under the Erasmus programme, the EU is also partnering with a number of universities, including Universiti Sains Malaysia which has recently been selected as a beneficiary of the programme.

In total, 1,833 students from 105 countries will receive scholarships to study in the masters programme and 489 academics from 75 countries with outstanding academic track records will travel to Europe for shorter periods to teach, research or tutor within one of the masters courses.

Under the Erasmus programme, the EU is also partnering with a number of European and non-European universities, including Universiti Sains Malaysia which has recently been selected as a beneficiary of the Erasmus Mundus Programme.
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