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Old July 9th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #521
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Ministry open to proposals on KL-New York route
Published: 2009/07/10

THE Transport Ministry is ready to consider proposals from airlines like AirAsia to serve the Kuala Lumpur-Stockholm-New York route, which Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will cease to operate from October.

In a statement to Bernama yesterday, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said that the offer was subject to agreement from all relevant authorities.

Currently, AirAsia unit, AirAsia X, offers long-haul flights to London, Melbourne, Perth and Taipei.

On Monday, MAS announced that it will stop its flights to Stockholm and New York, but will retain its offices in the two cities and offer its services to customers through code-share partner KLM, which flies to Stockholm via Amsterdam.

On another note, Abdul Rahim said the global economic slowdown was among the reasons for MAS' weaker first quarter performance.

"For the first quarter, MAS is reported to have registered losses amounting to RM698 million.

"The number of passengers using MAS services in the January-April period went down 11 per cent compared to the same period last year," he said.

He noted, however, that it was a trend experienced by a majority of airlines amid the current challenges.

MAS has taken various measures to boost sales, including online offers and aggressive media promotions. - Bernama
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AirAsia eyes RM30m revenue from new courier
Written by Gan Yen Kuan
Friday, 10 July 2009 10:40



AND NOW, LOW-COST COURIER... From left: AirAsia Bhd group CEO Datuk
Seri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman and Mail Box Etc (MBE)
Malaysia managing director Brian Chow at the launch of Redbox, AirAsia’s
low-cost courier, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Photo by Suhaimi Yusuf


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd expects its newly launched low-cost courier, Redbox, to contribute RM25 million to RM30 million revenue to the group next year.

Its group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said the courier service, which offers on average 50% lower shipment rates than the market’s, was targeted at small- and medium-sized enterprises and individual customers.

“I honestly think it’s a massive market. I think that many people would like to use a courier service but it’s just too expensive. The market is huge because we are not looking at the existing market. We are looking at growing the pie.

“Obviously with our network, we are also providing courier service to places which would have been hard to get to before,” he told reporters after the launch of Redbox here yesterday.

Redbox’s low-cost model was made possible as it would leverage on AirAsia’s existing network and infrastructure, such as online transactions, Fernandes said. He added that 11% of AirAsia’s total aircraft belly space was used for cargo.

“Our tie-up with DHL and MBE (Mail Box Etc) also means that we can utilise other people’s infrastructure as opposed to setting up our own new infrastructure,” he said.

For a start, Redbox offers services between the central region of Peninsular Malaysia, namely Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and selected parts of Negri Sembilan, and the East Malaysian cities of Kuching, Miri, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan and Sandakan.

Redbox delivers parcels weighing between 5kg and 25kg, with shipment rates ranging from RM47 to RM192 per parcel.

In the partnership, DHL provides the “first mile” and “last mile” services, namely the pick-up and delivery. Customers could also drop off their parcels at any MBE outlets in the central region and the six East Malaysian cities.

Meanwhile, the DMSBT Group, a Google Enterprise Partner, provides online parcel tracking services using the Google Maps interface.

Fernandes said Redbox would expand to all the other destinations that AirAsia and AirAsia X fly to early next year.

Commenting on news reports that AirAsia was looking at merging with its sister airline AirAsia X, Fernandes said the plan was his idea and the matter had not even been discussed at the board level.

“I have mentioned before that it is logical for us to do but it’s not my decision. It’s for the board of the company to decide,” he said.
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Some Chartered Flight in Penang International Airport

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Some Chartered Flight in Penang International Airport

By T.Y.Bob LEE
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FinAir

CorsairFly

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Eva Air

Cosmic Air


mumbo jumbo by Mohd Nizam
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Penang International Airport

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Passenger Airlines operating in Penang International Airport

By T.Y. Bob LEE
Thai Airways International

China Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Malaysia Airlines

Sriwijaya Airlines

Air Asia

Lion Air

Cathay Pacific


Silk Air

Kartika Airlines

Jetstar


by Loh Wolson
Firefly


China Southern Airlines


Cargo Airlines operating in Penang International Airport

By T.Y. Bob LEE

MAS Cargo

Asiana Cargo

Air Hong Kong

Korean Air Cargo

ULS Cargo


By Loh Wilson
FedEx Express

KLM Cargo


By Yusoff
Cathay Pacific Cargo

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Random In Aviation : FireFlyz ATR 72-500
Early bird in Kerteh Airport. F
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China tourists to surge with Shenzhen Airlines
Published on: Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kota Kinabalu: The new Shenzhen-Kota Kinabalu route by Shenzhen Airlines is expected to bring in more China tourists to Sabah and contribute to achieving the State's target of 1.2 million international tourists this year.

Sabah Tourism Malaysia Director Mohd Roslan Abdullah said Sabah had recorded an annual growth in tourist arrivals from China, from 61,567 tourists in 2006 to 77,475 tourist arrivals in 2007 and 87,175 in 2008.

"This shows there is a healthy growth in terms of tourist arrivals from that country. With the recent addition of China's carrier Shenzhen Airlines making its way to Sabah, we hope for more tourists from China," he said at a welcoming dinner after Shenzhen Airlines' inaugural flight to Sabah.

The airline launched the new route Friday night, with the inaugural flight leaving Shenzhen at 11.50pm with 163 passengers, including invited guests and members of the media, arriving at 2.30am Saturday. A batch of Sabah media members flew out to Shenzhen at 4.30am as part of its familiarisation programme.

Shenzhen Airlines sales department General Manager Liu Zhen said it will fly to Kota Kinabalu twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays with a capacity of 164 seats and although it is currently operating chartered flights the airline hoped to operate scheduled flights soon.

"Despite the current economic climate and global health scare, Shenzhen Airlines chose to continue its plan to fly to KK, as we have been working on it for a year in our efforts to enter the market.

"Our aim is to make Shenzhen as a hub, passengers from Malaysia especially from Sabah will fly to other cities in China via Shenzhen, and vice versa those from China will go to Sabah through Shenzhen," he said, adding that Shenzhen also connected to a network of 24 other cities in China.

He added that only this year they introduced flights to Bangkok in April and will start flying to Phnom Penh in September, so Sabah was the second international destination launched so far.

Shenzhen Airlines is already flying to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). At present Malaysia's low cost carrier, AirAsia, is also servicing the Shenzhen-KK route.

Liu said also in the pipeline were plans to introduce four new routes to Japan and other cities in South East Asia.

Shenzhen Airlines is a Shenzhen-based airline founded in November 1992 and started service in September 1993 as an airline specialised in passengers, cargo and mail transportation.

Its total assets at present are worth 20 billion yuan (RM10.45 billion), it has over 15,000 employees, owns over 130 passenger and cargo planes, does over 280 domestic and international flight routes, and is among the five largest airlines in China.
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Firefly makes maiden Ipoh-S'pore flight
2009/07/13



Passengers arriving from Singapore on the maiden Firefly
flight at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh yesterday.


IPOH: Sultan Azlan Shah airport was a hive of activity when Firefly's ATR 72-500 flew in from Singapore yesterday.

The flight marked the airline's first flight between Ipoh and the island republic.

The flight from the republic, with 57 passengers on board, landed at the airport at 4.45pm to a welcoming ceremony which included traditional dances and a band from Sekolah Menengah Anderson Ipoh.

They were also screened for influenza A H1N1 by a medical team before they were allowed into the arrival hall.

They were received by state Industry, Investment, Entreprenuer Development, ICT, Tourism and Women Affairs committee chairman Datuk Hamidah Osman who represented Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

They were garlanded and given state tourism goodie bags.

Hamidah later launched the flight from Ipoh to Singapore with 71 passengers, including 21 Perak media representatives, which took off at 5.20pm. The delegation was led by state Health, Local Government, Consumer Affairs, Environment, Public Transport and Non-Islamic Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Mah Hang Soon.

In her speech, Hamidah said the air link was expected to "open up opportunities in the tourism and industrial sectors which would eventually contribute to the growth of the economy of the state".

Firefly operates four flights a week to Singapore.

The airport was previously used by Riau Airlines for its Medan-Ipoh service, with the last flight in March.

It is currently used by a flying academy for training purposes.

AirAsia operated the Ipoh-Senai route for nine months before it suspended the service in September 2006.

Firefly managing director Eddy Leong, who was present at the event, said the airline might increase the frequencies if there were demand for it.

The airline was also talking to travel agents to reopen the Ipoh-Medan routes.
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More Singaporeans visit Malaysia as flights increase
Tuesday July 14 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 — Tourist arrivals from Singapore have risen sharply since the open skies agreement went into force on Jan1, with new direct flights to various parts of Malaysia.

There were about 4.9 million arrivals from the start of the year until the end of May, 1.3 million or 36 per cent more than the arrivals in the same period last year, Malaysia’s Tourism Ministry said.

Visitors arriving from Singapore account for almost half of total tourist arrivals.

“Singapore has always been our major market, and that is due to the easy accessibility of Malaysia,” Tourism Malaysia chairman Victor Wee told The Straits Times.

“But the recent competitive airfares, which are very hard to resist, are definitely one of the factors encouraging Singaporeans to visit Malaysia.’

Flights between Singapore and Malaysia were previously monopolised by Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

There are currently seven airlines with direct flights to seven cities, including Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in east Malaysia.

Other cities served by flights from Singapore are Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Langkawi and Kuala Terengganu.

Firefly, which added an Ipoh-Singapore route to its existing KL flight two days back, will also start servicing Alor Star in Kedah and Kota Baru in Kelantan from Oct 25.

Budget airline AirAsia also said yesterday it would start two new routes, servicing Tawau in Sabah and Miri in Sarawak, starting on Sept 6.

Singaporean Matthew Goh, 35, who travels to Malaysia at least two to three times a year for short weekend getaways, is among those looking forward to a greater choice of destinations.

“I will definitely be going to the more ‘out of the way’ places since there are now flights to places like Terengganu and Kelantan,” he said.

But analyst Lee Heng Guie of CIMB, Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider, believes there is a more complex range of factors behind the increase in visitor arrivals from Singapore than simply cheaper fares and greater choice.

“It could be the global downturn, so people tend to travel within the region instead of long haul,” he said. “It could also have been triggered by Thailand’s political instability when Bangkok closed its airport last year. Now, with the A(H1N1) flu, people likely prefer to travel to less-affected countries.”

State governments are also supporting the services, as more visitors means bigger revenues.

Indeed, two Perak government officials flew to Singapore to meet their counterparts and tourism industry players when Firefly launched its latest flight two days ago. — The Straits Times
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Maskargo sees turnaround in 2010
Published: 2009/07/14

MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (Maskargo) sees a turnaround of its cargo volume in the second half of 2010 in line with the recovery of global economic conditions.

Its general manager of business development and sales (cargo), Mohd Yunus Idris, said the company saw a 28 per cent contraction in cargo volume in the first half year of 2009 against the same period last year.

Demand from its main market, China, fell by more than 30 per cent, he said.

"We see a light at the end of the tunnel. We see some flattening at the bottom. There is not really a jump yet but we''ve seen the bottom flattened," he told a group of reporters at the Bintulu Airport in Bintulu today.

Maskargo, the air cargo division of Malaysian Airlines, was now looking into aggressively marketing its charter services, Mohd Yunus said.

He said the company was currently receiving at least 12 enquiries per day globally.

"They (the enquiries) come as far as Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires but we don't fly there," Mohd Yunus said.

"The one we are working very hard on is originating from Australia and we also have enquiries from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. And then we have enquiries from Bintulu. That's why we are focusing on Bintulu," he said.
On another development, Mohd Yunus said that Maskargo had secured a fifth freedom flight to Indonesia.

"What actually happened is that we are allowed to uplift cargo from Australia and discharge them in Jakarta and at the same time, we uplift cargo from Jakarta. This goes together with the passengers," he said.

Maskargo today successfully transported two out of six motor ball valves weighing 22 tonnes each from Frankfurt, Germany, to Bintulu.

The two motor ball valves were flown from Frankfurt directly into Bintulu using a B747-400 freighter aircraft.

The remaining four valves will be flown using Maskargo's B747-400F aircraft on August 4 and 11 subsequently.

The motor ball valves were developed by Franz Schuck GmbH Ltd and are mainly used in pipeline stations and offshore platforms as shut-off devices for gas, oil, water and other products.

The motor ball valves were transported by trucks by Air Marine Cargo Agency Sdn Bhd to the Petronas oil and gas processing factory in Bintulu.

Maskargo operates four B747-200F, two B747-400F and one A300-600F aircraft, covering the world''s major cargo hubs.

It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines passenger fleet, serving almost 100 destinations worldwide. - Bernama
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Reduced gearing for AirAsia
Wednesday July 15, 2009
By LEONG HUNG YEE

Move to part-defer taking delivery of aircraft in 2010 should lower debt obligations

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Bhd’s decision to defer taking delivery of eight Airbus A320 aircraft next year is expected to bring its gearing level down, say analysts.

AmResearch views the development positively, saying AirAsia would manage to avoid building up significant capital and finance costs in its books over a soft phase in passenger demand cycle.

The research house said the move would also lift the market’s previous concerns on AirAsia’s aggressive expansion plan amid a weak demand environment, which could have resulted in a mismatch between slowing earnings growth and escalating costs.

“Assuming the deferral were to materialise, we will lower our net gearing forecast to 2.7 times from 3.1 times in 2010 and 2.8 times from 3.6 times in 2011 – extending out the gearing up cycle over AirAsia’s growth phase.

“Due to earlier assumptions of poor load factors, the elimination of depreciation and finance charges actually raise our net profit forecast by 9% to 16% to RM537mil in financial year ending Dec 31, 2010,” AmResearch said.

On Monday, AirAsia said it was planning to defer taking delivery of eight A320s for 2010 and may defer taking delivery of another eight aircraft in 2011.

The low-cost carrier was originally scheduled to take delivery of 24 aircraft next year and another 24 in 2011.

OSK Research analyst Ng Sem Guan said the deferment could help the airline lower its “relatively high” gearing level.

“Although AirAsia announced a proposed private placement recently, its gearing remains a concern,” he said, adding that the deferment reflected the less-than-exciting outlook for the carrier.

“We think the deferment suggests that the outlook for the carrier is tougher than expected. The rebound in crude oil price and the fact that the company has unwound all its fuel hedge positions may pressure operating costs. This prompts us to revise downwards our FY10 earnings by 15.5%,” he said.

However, Ng said AirAsia’s on-going fund raising exercise might provide some excitement for its share price performance.

ECM Libra Investment Research said although the deferment of delivery of the eight aircraft next year might cap earnings for 2010, it would help lighten the the group’s debt obligations.

“AirAsia’s gearing level is expected to be five times in FY10. However, the deferment of the aircraft delivery will reduce it a little to a gearing level of about 4.3 times. We also expect its cash balances to improve in FY10 as a result,” it said.

The research house said it was less concerned about the earnings opportunity cost and was more positive about the effects the deferment would have on AirAsia’s balance sheet.
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MASkargo sees turnaround in cargo volume next year
Published: 2009/07/15

MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) sees a turnaround of its cargo volume in the second half of 2010 in line with the recovery of global economic conditions.

Its general manager of business development and sales (cargo), Mohd Yunus Idris, said the company saw a 28 per cent contraction in cargo volume in the first half of 2009 against the same period last year.

Demand from its main market, China, fell by more than 30 per cent, he said.

"We see a light at the end of the tunnel. We see some flattening at the bottom. There is not really a jump yet but we've seen the bottom flattened," he told a group of reporters at the Bintulu Airport in Bintulu, Sarawak, yesterday.

MASkargo, the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, is now looking into aggressively marketing its charter services, Mohd Yunus said.

He said the company receives at least 12 enquiries per day globally.

"They (the enquiries) come as far as Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires but we don't fly there," Mohd Yunus said.

"The one we are working hard on originates from Australia and we also have enquiries from the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. And we have enquiries from Bintulu. That's why we are focusing on Bintulu," he said.

On another development, Mohd Yunus said MASkargo has secured a fifth freedom flight to Indonesia.

"What actually happened is that we are allowed to uplift cargo from Australia and discharge it in Jakarta and at the same time, we uplift cargo from Jakarta. This goes together with the passengers," he said.

MASkargo yesterday successfully transported two out of six motor ball valves weighing 22 tonnes each from Frankfurt, Germany, to Bintulu.

The two motor ball valves were flown from Frankfurt directly into Bintulu using a B747-400 freighter aircraft.

The remaining four valves will be flown using MASkargo's B747-400F aircraft on August 4 and 11 subsequently.

The motor ball valves are developed by Franz Schuck GmbH Ltd and are mainly used in pipeline stations and offshore platforms as shut-off devices for gas, oil, water and other products.

The motor ball valves were transported by trucks by Air Marine Cargo Agency Sdn Bhd to the Petronas oil and gas processing factory in Bintulu.

MASkargo operates four B747-200F, two B747-400F and one A300-600F aircraft, covering the world's major cargo hubs.

It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines passenger fleet, serving almost 100 destinations worldwide. - Bernama
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Firefly Ipoh-Singapore Flights Can Boost Perak Tourism, Economy
July 15, 2009 21:51 PM

SINGAPORE, July 15 (Bernama) -- The Ipoh-Singapore route serviced by local community airline Firefly Sdn Bhd can help boost tourism, investment and the economy in Perak.

State Health, Local Government, Consumer Affairs and Public Transportation Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said Firefly would operate daily flights for the route soon due to overwhelming response from the public since the service began last Sunday.

"We are happy with the response to the Ipoh-Singapore route served by Firefly. We understand that 85 per cent of the tickets have been booked for flights until November," he told reporters after leading a delegation on a state government technical working visit to Singapore.

Also in the delegation were state Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology Committee chairman Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid and the Menteri Besar's advisor on Indian community affairs Datuk S. Veerasingam.

Dr Mah said the flight tickets for the first two months since the service began were fully booked.

He said the service would bring in more tourists to Perak from Singapore as it would take them only one hour and 20 minutes to reach Ipoh compared to more than five hours by road.

Dr Mah said with the good response, the state government hoped that more airlines would operate at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport for routes from Ipoh and also for cargo service.

"The state government is confident of drawing more tourists to the state than the three million recorded last year and more investment, especially from Singapore, with the new service by Firefly.

"The state government will also negotiate with other airlines to reintroduce flights to a number of destinations like Medan and Padang in Indonesia and Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand," he said.

During their three-day visit which ended yesterday, the delegation attended briefings and had discussions and dialogues with the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority and Land Transport Authority, and met with Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, S.Iswaran.

"This has been a meaningful and productive visit as we learned from Singapore's experience in developing the island republic, including the policies and plans," Dr Mah said.

He said in the economic sector, 18 per cent (RM540 million) of the RM3 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year that went to Perak came from Singapore investors.

Investors could benefit from such economic sectors as the metal and shoe industries and products for the ICT industry, he said.

Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Md Hussin Nayan, said the Ipoh-Singapore air route operated by Firefly should provide a good opportunity for Perak to diversify activities in the tourism and economic sectors.

"We are proud and happy that airlines like Firefly, MAS, AirAsia and Singapore Airlines are increasing flights from or to major towns in Malaysia. With this, we hope the relevant authorities would provide better facilities for tourists and investors coming to Malaysia," he said.

-- BERNAMA
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Direct flights from S’pore to Kuantan
Thursday July 16, 2009

KUANTAN: Singaporeans will have direct access to Kuantan from this month via flights operated by FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd, its managing director Eddy Leong said.

Leong said the first flight would depart from Sultan Ahmad Shah airport and arrive at Singapore Changi budget terminal on July 22.

“We started selling the tickets more than a month ago and the response has been quite encouraging.

“Pahang is a well-known holiday destination among Singaporeans, for its pristine beaches and a whole range of sea activities.

“This route reflects our commitment to the Pahang government to help spur the tourism sector and increase tourist arrival,” he said at a briefing of its operations attended by travel agents, hoteliers, corporations and business associations here recently.

Leong said besides the four times a week flights to Kuantan, other direct flights to Singapore from Ipoh, Malacca, Kota Baru and Alor Star will be introduced in stages this year.

He said these routes were part of their strategies to de-urbanise flying within the Klang Valley and play a role in terms of social integration.

Leong said for a start, they had set a target of 25,000 passengers annually for the Kuantan-Singapore route.

He said since the Kuantan-Singapore route was a new route, Firefly was prepared to sustain some losses in the initial stages.

“Overall, we are confident of hitting the target of 1.3 million passenger load for this year,” he said, adding that Firefly had already achieved 600,000 passenger load for the first six months of the year.

Leong said the airline would work closely with the respective state governments to promote their tourism products, such as Tioman Island and Taman Negara in Pahang.

“We will need to come up with programmes and arrangements during the monsoon season so that we can operate our flights throughout the year,” he said.

He said Firefly would also discuss with the Federal Government to find ways of making flying more affordable, including lowering airport taxes and easing the airline’s burden on parking and rental charges.

“Of course, all airlines are facing problems, namely the global economic downturn, rising fuel prices and the influenza outbreak.

“However, the trend in people choosing to fly is picking up and we are looking at reviving the Penang-Kuantan route next year,” he said, adding that the route was given up earlier due to losses.

Presently, Firefly is operating with seven ATR72-500 turbo-propeller aircraft imported from Toulouse, France with a seating capacity of 72 passengers each.

The airline has placed an order for three additional aircraft scheduled for delivery some time next year.
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Perak aims for a 'slice' of S'pore
2009/07/16

IPOH: Tourist attractions in Perak will be more aggressively promoted in Singapore now that travel time to the state capital has been reduced to a mere 80-minute flight.

Ipoh will be highlighted as a food haven, Pangkor as the destination for island adventure, and Royal Belum State Park as the ideal holiday venue for nature lovers.

"Singaporeans know about Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands and Johor, but Perak, states on the east coast, Sabah and Sarawak are less popular.

"Since Firefly is starting its Singapore-Ipoh flights, we will have more opportunity to promote Perak," said a top Tourism Malaysia official during a working visit by Perak executive councillors to the island republic recently.

It is understood that Singapore-Ipoh flights are fully booked for the next two months and that Firefly will increase its flights from the current four times a week.

Perak Health, Local Government, Consumer Affairs, Environment, Public Transport and Non-Islamic Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who headed the delegation, said the state government was hopeful of attracting 20 per cent of Singaporean visitors to Malaysia.

Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Hussin Nayan praised Firefly and other carriers for increasing services to the major towns.
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Airlines tighten baggage rules to help trim costs
By YEOW POOI LING
Friday July 17, 2009



IATA says every 1% improvement in fuel efficiency across industry can cut fuel costs by US$700mil annually

PETALING JAYA: Most airlines, in trying to mitigate the impact of fuel price volatility, have resorted to stringent baggage restrictions as part of measures to achieve better fuel efficiency.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), every 1% improvement in fuel efficiency across the aviation industry can lower fuel costs by US$700mil annually. This is unsurprising since fuel cost is the second-largest cost for airlines after labour.

Passengers on AirAsia flights are encouraged to travel light, like using carry-on luggage, to minimise checked-in baggage. They are allowed to have one carry-on luggage of up to 7kg, plus free 15kg allowance for checked-in baggage.


In comparison, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) allows for hand luggage to have a maximum combined weight of 5kg and free 20kg allowance for checked-in luggage for economy class (see table).

MAS general manager for corporate safety, security, health and environment, Ooi Teong Siew, said reducing weight was one of the static techniques, which include ensuring aircraft are well trimmed and engines cleaned regularly.

Dynamic techniques, meanwhile, are factors that have an impact on the flight path like direct routings, economical speeds, continuous descents and optimum altitudes.

“These efforts, without compromising on safety and quality, have reduced our fuel burnt rate and enabled us to contribute to cost reduction of RM2.3bil from 2006 to 2008,” Ooi said in an e-mail reply to StarBiz.

AirAsia Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes noted that for every flight hour, an additional 1,000kg of take-off weight would burn up 90kg fuel.

AirAsia also achieved greater fuel efficiency with its new fleet of A320 planes, as they offered higher unit fuel consumption per flight while high dispatch ability and operational efficiency contributed to lower maintenance expenses, Fernandes said.

“We adhere to a quick turnaround of 25 minutes, which leads to high aircraft utilisation, lower costs as well as greater airline and staff productivity. Fuel consumption-wise, the quick turnaround means less time spent by an aircraft idling on the ground, which reduces unnecessary fuel consumption and harmful emissions,” he said.

Such practices kept costs down and ensured minimum aircraft weight, Fernandes said, adding that savings and benefits would translate into low fares for passengers.

Ooi said MAS also minimised the use of auxiliary power unit on ground, ensured faster connection of ground power, chose the best flight profile as well as adopted a continuous descent approach at applicable airports, and regular airframe and engine maintenance.

“Other examples include replacing the heavy unit loading devices with those which are 40kg lighter and using nearer alternate airports.”

MAS is anticipated to achieve greater fuel efficiency when it takes delivery of 35 B738 late next year and the A380 in 2011.

Meanwhile, FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the airline did not practise overzealous efforts in enforcing one hand luggage and checked baggage limits.

“Firefly’s business model was designed to be light from the beginning because we chose a very fuel efficient and modern ATR72-500 aircraft,” he said.

The focus then is on eliminating hassles, enriching the travel experience and optimising costs.

“For example, our full complimentary food and beverage on board includes serving muffins on paper cups and ensuring that we cater exactly to the passenger count. Any extras would be given to passengers.

“In the end, there is no waste to offload, no wastage to worry about. Our ultimate gain is in the revenue side and loyalty from passengers,” Leong added.

Emirates Airlines, in contrast, increased the free baggage allowance across its network effective May 4, with the exception of countries that apply one-piece concept for checked-in luggage.

Economy class travellers are now given 30kg from 20kg previously.

An analyst with a local brokerage said the impact of strict baggage terms was unlikely to have a huge impact on bottomline.

Airlines also tried to carry the correct amount of jetfuel and to power planes by ground power units during waiting periods instead of jetfuel to achieve better fuel efficiency, he said.

IATA, on its website, indicated efforts being taken with air navigation service providers, air traffic controllers, airlines and other key stakeholders to save one minute per flight via better airspace design, procedures and management.

“If successful, this initiative could reduce total industry operating costs by over US$1bil a year and significantly reduce environmental emissions,” the association said, noting that on average, airlines spent US$100 per minute per flight in total operating costs.
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MASkargo makes unique 'airport to door' delivery
Published: 2009/07/20

Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, transported two out of six motor ball valves, weighing 22 tonnes each, from Frankfurt to Kuching last Tuesday.

The remaining four valves will be flown in on August 4 and 11.

This shipment is unique due to the fact that this is MASkargo's first attempt at transporting cargo from airport-to-door as per its conventional way of airport-to-airport.

Its charters and planning manager Che Adenan Che Wan said the motor ball valves are used by Air Marine Cargo Agency Sdn Bhd for the Petronas oil and gas processing factory in Bintulu.

The valves are used mainly in pipeline stations and offshore platforms as a shut-off device for gas, oil, water and other aggressive products.

The two motor ball valves were flown in from Germany directly to Sarawak using its Boeing 747-400 freighter.

With a maximum takeoff weight of 396,900kg, the standard 747-400F can carry 124 tonnes of cargo up to 4,450 nautical miles.

"Transporting the motor ball valves via air is definitely more efficient and less time consuming as compared to sending it by sea," said Persafe Engineering Sdn Bhd managing director Felix George Ukab in a statement last Tuesday.

"As a delay in delivering the valves to the plant can cause operational costs to increase, we decided to use MASkargo as they take cargo handling into a new dimension of security, speed and efficiency," he added.

Persafe is actively involved in the oil and gas and petrochemical sector in areas of mechanical and civil engineering works, scaffolding services, fabrication, blasting and painting, plant shutdowns and manpower supply.

This is the first time a wide-body aircraft is landing at the Bintulu airport.

In 2005, MASkargo handled a similar charter of about 100 tonnes for Shell MDS using the smaller 747-200F.
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MASkargo moves outsized cargo
Monday July 20, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) successfully transported outsized cargo – two motor ball valves weighing 22 tonnes each – from Frankfurt to Kuching last week.

Charters and planning manager Che Adenan Che Wan said in a statement that the B747-400 freighter departed from Frankfurt International Airport at 8.10pm local time on Sunday and arrived at Bintulu Airport at 6.50am on Tuesday.

The motor ball valves were then trucked by Air Marine Cargo Agency Sdn Bhd to the Petronas oil and gas processing factory in Bintulu.

MASkargo will also transport similar valves using its B747-400F on Aug 4 and 11.

With a maximum takeoff weight of 396,900kg, the standard 747-400 freighter can carry 113,000kg of cargo up to 4,450 nautical miles (8,240km).

Also, the 747 freighter is the only aircraft that has both a large side-cargo and a nose-cargo door. This unique combination not only provides operators with the flexibility to carry outsized (extremely tall or long), higher-yield cargo, but also shortens loading time for all shipments.

“Transporting the motor ball valves via air is definitely more efficient and less time consuming as compared to sending them by sea.

“As a delay in delivering the valves to the plant can cause operational costs to increase, we decided to use MASkargo as it takes cargo handling to a new dimension of security, speed and efficiency,” said Persafe Engineering Sdn Bhd managing director Felix George Ukab.
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UTM Producing Aviation Experts, Says VC
July 18, 2009 23:10 PM

JOHOR BAHARU, July 18 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) can fulfil the needs of the country's aviation industry as it has the relevant expertise and facilities, including an aeronautics laboratory worth over RM300 million.

Its Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Prof Dr Zaini Ujang said UTM had produced over 600 first-degree graduates and over 400 diploma-holders in aeronautical mechanical engineering and the figure was increasing with time.

"The first-degree graduates we produce since 1988 have the skill to design systems and aircraft including helicopters, enabling them to work in the aircraft maintenance and refurbishment industry," Zaini said in a media statement Saturday.

He was commenting on the statement by Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on the shortage of some 15,000 engineers and technicians to fill the need of the country's aviation industry by 2012 in Dengkil, yesterday.

Diploma holders from UTM comprise pilots serving the Royal Malaysian Air Force through a joint programme in the Air Force Military College in Alor Setar since 1995.

UTM has also been entrusted by the Rolls-Royce aircraft engine supply company to conduct research on alternative fuel for aircraft beginning last year.

"The RM4.9 million research which is expected to be completed by 2011 will enable aircraft to use palm oil as fuel and this can help increase the price of the commodity," he said.

Another research team from the university is also working with the Malaysian Space Agency to develop software for the simulation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The same team is also working on a research that allows communication between a rocket and an earth-based control centre.

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KL to announce Sibu Airport tender: Wong
Monday, July 20th, 2009 By Conny Banji

SIBU: The result of the tender for the Sibu Airport terminal extension project will be announced by the Prime Minister’s office, said Second Minister of Finance and Minister of Environment and Public Health Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

“Now we are waiting for the Prime Minister’s office to announce the result,” he said when met after he launched the Health and Cleaning Campaign held at Rumah Stanley Geramong in Sungai Engkalat here, yesterday.

Asked if he knew when the announcement would be made, Wong said all he knew was that the RM150 million federal-funded project was in the tender process.

He went on to say that the project was approved under the stimulus package issued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, rightly therefore, the tender process had to be done by Kuala Lumpur.

The campaign yesterday was jointly organised by the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC), Sibu Divisional Health Office and Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) of Rumah Stanley Geramong.

Among those attending the function were SMC senior assistant secretary Yong Ing Chu, Sibu Divisional Health Office’s senior officer Abdul Taib, organising chairman councillor Sempurai Petrus Ngelai and Tuai Rumah Stanley Geramong.

Earlier in his speech, Wong called for the commitment of the public in helping to make Sibu the cleanest and most beautiful town in the state.

He said this would be achievable if there was deter-mination and commitment from all sides including SMC and locals. “It is our obligation to look after and maintain the clean liness of our town and surrounding,” he said.

Wong, who is also Bawang Assan assemblyman, pledged to tar-seal an empty space in front of the longhouse by Gawai Dayak next year.

Later, he joined the villagers to do a ‘poco-poco’ dance before visiting a mini exhibition and a health screening campaign held in the longhouse.
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