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Old August 10th, 2009, 09:43 AM   #561
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Does anyone know how are the passenger numbers adding up on the sudden step-up of flights to SIN?
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Old August 12th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #562
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MASwings, AirAsia in dogfight
By Ting Tieng Hee Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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KUCHING: MASwings yesterday broke its silence over the claim that it was forcing AirAsia out of the Sibu-Kota Kinabalu route, bringing in a new twist to the airline saga.

Not only did MASwings vehemently deny the claim, it also said AirAsia was more heavily subsidised by the government when its subsidiary, Fly Asian Express (FAX), was operating the Rural Air Service (RAS) in 2006 compared to MASwings.

“There is absolutely no truth to AirAsia’s allegation that we forced them out of the Kota Kinabalu-Sibu route,” said MASwings managing director Mohd Salleh Tabrani in a statement.

He said the route was exclusive to the operator of the RAS because AirAsia had requested for route exclusivity when FAX operated the RAS.

“We are merely following the RAS agreement that is in place. For AirAsia to fly on the route is a breach of the agreement, the same privilege enjoyed by FAX,” he said.

AirAsia chief operating officer Datuk Tony Fernandes in a report front-paged in The Borneo Post on Aug 1 confirmed that the budget airline would terminate the route on Oct 25 this year, indicating that MASwings had forced his company out.

When asked why the low-cost airline was stopping the operation of the route, he said: “Because MAS protested. Only MASwings can do it.”

Salleh yesterday pointed out that the RAS agreement covered exclusivity of the routes in Sabah and Sarawak whereby the airline operating the routes was given the first right of refusal in the event the government wanted to open up additional routes in East Malaysia.

“AirAsia was given the choice to operate in 2006; they got more subsidy than MASwings for the same scope of service, but they quickly surrendered the RAS back to MAS when they realised how unprofitable the routes were and have now decided they want to cherry pick and operate only on profitable routes.

“This is not acceptable as taxpayers’ money is involved. We cross-subsidise profitable routes such as the KK-Sibu route with other unprofitable routes. By doing so, we save the taxpayers’ money as MASwings’ profit and loss is borne by the government,” Salleh added.

Salleh said in the event that changes were made to the agreement, MASwings would need to review the commitment it had given to the government.

“The current commitment is an annual subsidy of well below 50 per cent of what was paid to FAX. In the event of the removal of selected routes from RAS agreement, a higher subsidy may have to be paid to MASwings,” he said.

He said AirAsia, through FAX, took over RAS from MAS in 2006.

Just 13 months later, MAS was asked to take back RAS operations and has since been operating these routes under MASwings.

Salleh said initially, RAS in the context of MAS was designated for air services using Twin Otter aircraft.

He said when the government gave RAS to AirAsia, it was with an expanded scope and covered all ‘propeller operated services’.

The separation was done on Aug 1, 2006.

As a result, MAS had to retrench hundreds of long-serving staff in Sabah and Sarawak under a mutual separation scheme.

Salleh said MAS handed over seven Fokker 50 and five Twin Otter aircraft to FAX in excellent flying conditions.

“When MASwings resumed the RAS operations in October 2007, 50 per cent of the seven Fokker 50 and six Twin Otter aircraft were not airworthy.

“As a result, we had to spend about RM36 million to restore these aircraft back to operational condition,” he said. When contacted via telephone yesterday, Fernandes said he could not understand why Salleh would react that way.

“What are they talking about? We are saving government’s money. MASwings is a fully subsidised service,” he said, when asked for his reaction to Salleh’s claim that he was ‘cherry picking’.

On Sunday, Bernama quoted Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat as saying his ministry would review the decision to scrap AirAsia’s Kota Kinabalu-Sibu route.

He said two groups - the Foochow Association in Kota Kinabalu and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce from Sibu - had personally met him on the matter.

He had promised them that he would come up with an announcement soon.

“I told them that it involved an agreement between the government and MASwings and that it came into being before I took over the (transport minister) portfolio. So I have to look into the delicate points contained in the agreement because that might involve perhaps, not just one sector, but we must always bear in mind, ‘people first’,” said Ong.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #563
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Ministry to restudy rural air service deal
11th August, 2009

SIBU: The contract to provide rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak between national carrier Malaysia Airlines and the Ministry of Transport will be restudied.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew said yesterday he had discussed with Minister Datuk Seri Ong Kee Teat who had directed the department in charge of airlines to look into the matter.

Lau said this to reporters when asked on the appeal by the Federation of United Chinese Associations of Sarawak which wanted the government to allow budget carrier AirAsia to keep its Sibu/Kota Kinabalu flight service.

A recent complaint by national carrier MAS will see the popular service stopped by next month after coming into operation in March this year. The delegation led by its secretary-general Kong Sieng King said frequent travellers between the two destinations were very happy with the current service due to its low cost and reliability.

Lau said he would personally appeal on behalf of the people in the two states to keep it.

“At the same time I will tell the government too of the need to adopt an open sky policy to enhance the tourism and investment sectors in the two states which have opened up their respective regional development corridors,” he said.

A contract signed between MAS and the ministry in October 2007 had given the national carrier the rights to all seven routes in the two states, some of which would be exclusive to it.

“The contract is for 10 years. The government will also provide an annual subsidy of RM8 million to MAS,” he said.

Every year MAS and AirAsia have to send their proposed flight schedules to the ministry for approval.

“Recently when it did so, AirAsia also slipped in its application to serve the Sibu/Kota Kinabalu route and which was approved,” Lau said.

When MAS, which is serving the route through its MASWing discovered this, it lodged a complaint to the ministry.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #564
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Govt agrees to upgrade Ipoh airport
Friday August 14 2009

IPOH, Aug 13 - The government has agreed to upgrade the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here, at a cost of about RM120 million, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said.

He said the upgrading works would cover the terminal building, extension of runway to 2km from the existing 1.8km and the construction of another taxiway.

"The government agrees to upgrade the airport and I hope that it can be implemented as soon as possible," he told reporters after attending a closed-door briefing by airport officials here today.

The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, and the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, as well as Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir also attended the briefing.

Ong said the decision to upgrade the airport showed the commitment on the part of the government which had earlier given approvals to Malaysia and Singapore airlines to operate the Ipoh-Singapore sector.

Apart from Malaysia's budget carriers of Firefly and AirAsia, Singapore's budget carriers, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways, would also operate the route.

He said the upgrading would not involve the relocation of residents in several housing areas near the airport. - Bernama
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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #565
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Firefly puts flights from 3 states to Singapore on hold
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2009/08/14

NATIONAL turboprop operator Firefly has put two more flights to Singapore on hold after postponing the Malacca-Singapore route due to technical issues, among others.

It is postponing Singapore flights from Kota Baru, Kelantan, and Alor Star, Kedah, due to the absence of refuelling activities at the airports.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the Malacca flights have been postponed as it needed to re-strategise to meet the request by the Malacca state authorities for Indonesian routes, rather than into Singapore.

"Malacca Airport also currently has no ground handler and refuelling facilities, which we would need to address in order to activate the airport in a significant manner," he told Business Times.

Last week, Bernama reported that Firefly had aborted plans to fly the Malacca-Singapore route.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the airline had withdrawn and put the blame on the state government for failure to promote the Malacca-Singapore sector.

"Firefly also expects a RM70 incentive from the state government on seats not sold," he had said, adding that the amount to be absorbed by the state authorities was unreasonable.

Leong, however, has clarified that Firefly does not operate on a subsidised basis and said the chief minister was misinformed.

"When we operate new secondary routes where traffic is thin and a lot of developmental efforts are involved, we request that stakeholders such as the state government, hoteliers and tourism operators contribute in marketing support to drive passenger traffic," he said.

In most cases, hotels and travel agents will offer lower rates and combined with Firefly's fares, they would create attractive packages.

"On our part, we will invest significantly in advertisement, promotion and marketing activities. Where the initial cost is significant, we seek the support of state governments to ease the burden."

Firefly plans to meet the chief minister to table a new proposal where it plans to fly to many points in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, from Malacca.

Leong said Firefly's collaboration with the Perak Government on the Ipoh-Singapore flights which began last month is progressing well.

"We are now planning to increase the frequency of our four times a week to daily flights from September 1 and this is now pending approval from the relevant authorities," he said.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #566
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Old August 15th, 2009, 02:20 PM   #567
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Start Kuching-Pontianak route
By Ting Tieng Hee August 15, 2009

Malaysia Airlines urged to help bring in more Indonesian tourists through direct route

SERIAN: The Urban Development and Tourism Ministry is now “fighting” for a direct air link between Kuching and Pontianak to be operated by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) using its new ATR-72 aircraft.

Its minister Datuk Michael Manyin is confident that the direct flight would bring in more tourists from Indonesia.

“We are now fighting for MAS to fly from Kuching to Pontianak and vice-versa three times a week because it is cheaper for Indonesians to fly to Kuching as they do not have to pay exit tax,” he told reporters after presenting compassionate fund to flood victims at the community hall here yesterday.

Manyin said presently Indonesian travellers flying from Jakarta to Kuching would have to pay 1.5 million rupiah (RM500) per person as exit tax.

The minister said he had already met officials of the Ministry of Transport and written a letter to the Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat to allow MAS to fly to Pontianak.

“We are also fighting for AirAsia or Jetstar Asia to fly Singapore-Sibu and Singapore-Miri routes,” he said.

Apart from that, he said his ministry was also negotiating with South Korea to get chartered flights from South Korea into Sarawak.

“The challenge for us is to have enough passenger loads for both ways,” he said.

Manyin, meanwhile, was optimistic that Sarawak would record an increase in tourist arrivals this year.

The optimism stems from the fact that in the first three months of the year tourist arrivals had increased by 10.5 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

“We have actually anticipated a drop in tourist arrivals this year, but fortunately in the three months as mentioned by the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, we have registered an increase of 10.5 per cent.

“And if you have gone around Kuching in the past two weeks, I think you would have found most of the hotels full,” he added.

The minister said the number of tourist arrivals was 3.4 million people last year and the state was targetting 3.4 or 3.5 million tourist arrivals this year.

“Hopefully it can reach 3.6 million.

“It seems that we are not affected by the global economic downturn and the Influenza A (H1N1) disease,” he added.

Manyin said the good hotel occupancy was a very good indication of increased tourist arrivals, adding that good air connectivity especially from Singapore was a reason for the increase in visitors.

To a question, Manyin said the post of the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sarawak Tourism Board had not been filled.

Asked on the possibility of a former permanent secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism Akip Sebli filling the post, he replied: “STB is still vacant. We have not made any decision yet to appoint anyone to the post.”

He said anybody could be the CEO as long as he or she was qualified and he felt that Akip had the qualification as he had been involved in the tourism sector for many years.
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Incentives for airlines
By Kang Siew Li Published: 2009/08/17

It is understood that Malaysia Airports will offer new perks for airlines this week, including rewarding those that bring in additional passenger traffic to Malaysia

Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) is expected to announce this week a new set of financial incentives for airlines that fly out of the 39 airports it operates in the country, which will include rewarding those that show growth in passenger numbers.

This was revealed by MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad at a Board of Airline Representatives (BAR-Malaysia) meeting on Friday, according to several sources.

BAR-Malaysia represents the majority of airlines operating at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

"At the meeting, he (Bashir) said the company will announce a new incentive programme for airlines this week, but did not give details," an airline source told Business Times.
The expected incentive programme is long overdue and will replace the current scheme, which expired in May 2007 but has since been extended.

According to industry sources, new foreign airlines and existing airlines that add new destinations or frequencies to KLIA and other airports in the country will continue to enjoy a waiver on landing fees under the new incentive programme.

"However, the duration of the waiver, whether it is three years or five years, is still being deliberated on, after which discounts on landing fees will be given ," one source said.

The current full waiver on parking fees will also likely to be withdrawn.

"Parking will be free for the first three hours, after which airlines will be charged based on the amount of time that their planes spend waiting to take off," the source added.

And for the first time, it is understood that MAHB will offer a new incentive to existing airlines to keep them operating through its airports.

"This new incentive will be available to all airlines, regardless of whether they are low-cost carriers or legacy carriers, and will be given to those that bring in additional passenger traffic to the country," another source said.

MAHB was earlier reported to have proposed that airlines get rebates on airport tax or passenger service charge for certain percentage growth they achieve in passenger load factor year-on-year.

"Any incentive is definitely welcome, but the proposed growth incentive scheme is not expected to ease the financial plight of airlines much as most are struggling to fill their planes today due to the global economic slowdown and the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. But it should benefit carriers like AirAsia, which recorded higher passenger volume recently," the same airline source said.

In its filing to Bursa Malaysia on Wednesday, AirAsia had said that the group continues to expand market share as more people switch from full-service carriers to the low-cost carrier.

It saw its passenger volume rise 24 per cent in the second quarter of 2009 from the same period last year.

It was reported that for 2009, MAHB expects passenger numbers passing through its airports in the country to fall by up to 5 per cent from 47.45 million last year.
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Firefly swings it with AGS
Published: 2009/08/18

FIREFLY today launched the brand new AGS-Firefly Golf Membership card at Green Canopy, Setia Eco-Park in collaboration with the Advantage Golfing Solution (AGS).

The AGS-Firefly Golf Card offers an array of convenient golfing avenues nationwide, with almost 50 associated golf clubs and resorts to choose from, and unlimited rounds of golf at discounted rates throughout the year, said Firefly and AGS in a statement.

Head of Marketing & Communications for Firefly, Ms Angelina Fernandez said the collaboration with AGS was proof of the company''s support for golfers.

She said Firefly's departure point at Skypark Subang Terminal was an undisputable convenience.

Additionally, the airline is also offering a discounted golf baggage handling fee; the standard international baggage allowance of 20kg; assigned seating; and complimentary beverage and snacks.

On the other hand, Shima Taha, Director of Sales for AGS, said with more than 6,000 active cardholders today, AGS was a choice card for golfers.

Boutique golf courses and resorts that AGS offer to its members are located in exotic destinations like Batam, Pekanbaru, Medan and Koh Samui, which are destinations that Firefly flies to. - Bernama
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MAS Aerospace Engineering To Acquire Transmile's E&M Unit
August 19, 2009 20:52 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- MAS Aerospace Engineering Sdn Bhd (MAE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has signed a letter of intent to purchase Transmile Group Bhd's engineering & maintenance unit.

The proposed acquisition involves the purchase of Transmile's base maintenance and engineering capabilities including two hangars, equipment, and employment of its skilled manpower at its Subang base.

The transaction also includes MAE providing ongoing heavy maintenance services to Transmile's fleet of 16 freighter aircraft, the companies said in a joint statement Wednesday.

MAE managing director Mohd Roslan Ismail said that upon completion of the acquisition, MAE was expected to be the largest airframe MRO (maintainance, repair and overhaul) in Asia Pacific with eight hangars and the capacity to accommodate 28 wide body and narrow body aircraft at any one time.

"This 15 percent increase in additional capacity will serve us well in our growth plans and give us better economies of scale," he said.

The additional capacity would serve MAE well as it aggressively pursues third party MRO businesses with a target revenue of RM500 million this year, he said.

MAE currently has more than 80 customer airlines including Air Atlanta, Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Jet Airways, Delta and GECAS, one of the world's largest fleet owners and lessors.

Roslan said: "We will have a multi-year contract to perform heavy maintenance on Transmile's fleet. This will improve their efficiency as they will benefit from our large scale and broad capabilities. Future collaboration may include passenger to freighter aircraft conversions that will replace Transmile's fleet over time."

Transmile managing director Liu Tai Shin said the transaction was another step in the company's business restructuring programme aimed at focusing on core processes in its air cargo business.

"We continue to make headway in realigning our assets and capabilities on our main business of flying express cargo in the Asia Pacific region.

"The agreement ensures us that we will have access to top quality heavy engineering services that will in turn allow us to focus on our air cargo business," he said.
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New Low Cost Carrier, Silverfly To Fly Ipoh-Medan Route
August 21, 2009 15:28 PM

IPOH, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Another new low cost carrier, Silverfly Sdn Bhd with the cooperation of Riau Airlines is expected to make its maiden flight serving the Ipoh-Medan-Ipoh route beginning this September 9.

Datuk Bandar of Ipoh, Datuk Roshidi Hashim in announcing this, said that the air service was a proactive move taken by the state government to bring about benefits and facilities to the people in the state.

"The Silverfly air services will certainly bring a lot of benefits for the people as it involves three flights weekly, namely Monday, Friday and Sunday," he told reporters after officiating the MATTA Perak Travel Fair 2009 here Friday.

He earlier witnessed the signing of a joint flight service agreement between Silverfly and Riau Airlines.

Roshidi said the the flights will also activate the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here and promote tourism activities between the two countries.

Meanwhile the Regional Manager of Silverfly Sdn Bhd, Eddy Azuan Sidik, said that the flights will cost RM369 for a two-way trip and RM259 for one way travel.

The airline will be using the Fokker-50 which has a 48-passenger capacity, while the flight from Ipoh to Medan has been scheduled at 12.30 pm.

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Extension to benefit rural travellers
By Anthony Joseph Thursday, August 27th, 2009
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MIRI: The elderly and sick travellers can look forward to more comfort with the extension of parking aprons and terminal building for the rural air service at Miri Airport.

Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin said that with the extension the rural air service would have a dedicated departure and arrival halls.

The extended infrastructure will also cater for passengers bound for Labuan and Kota Kinabalu flying on MASwings.

The project was expected to start in October said Lee after being briefed by managing director of Miri Airport Kamaruzzaman Razali.

Earlier, Lee, together with Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia and Resident Dr Ngenang Jangu visited the airport, where representatives from Malaysia Airlines, MASwings and Air Asia also briefed them on their operations.

“With the extension work all operations will be done on the ground floor. This would bring much convenience to the passengers. Now, passengers have to walk up and down a long passage way,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lee urged Malaysia Airport to look into the possibility of building an additional aerobridge because of the anticipated increase in the flight frequency of low-cost carriers and chartered flights to Miri.

He noted that aerobridges were not fully utilised, particularly by AirAsia, although it cost only RM85 per usage.

The aerobridge would bring much convenience to the elderly and the handicapped.

On another matter, Lee said he fully supported the direct Miri-Singapore flight because it would help to enhance the local tourism industry in the long run.
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MAHB pre-tax profit rises to RM86m in Q2
Published: 2009/08/27

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) pre-tax profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009, rose to RM85.55 million from RM84.55 million in the same quarter of 2008.

Turnover increased to RM392.86 million from RM360.28 million previously.

For the first half of the year ended June 30, 2009, its pre-tax profit increased to RM210.82 million from RM192.71 million in the same period of 2008.

Turnover rose to RM782.89 million from RM715.51 million previously.

In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, MAHB said the better result was due to higher revenue and cost-saving initiatives undertaken by the group. -- Bernama
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MAHB confident of hitting high end of KPI target
By Presenna Nambiar
Published: 2009/08/28

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) expects to hit the high end of its key performance indicator (KPI) target of RM631 million in earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) this year, as it saw better-than-expected passenger numbers during the first half.

Passenger volume at the 39 airports it operates in the country grew 2 per cent to 23.55 million in the January-June 2009 period.

MAHB group managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said while it is difficult to predict passenger numbers for the rest of the year due to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, the traffic is traditionally higher in the second half.

The airport operator had earlier predicted passenger numbers at its Malaysian airports to grow by 1.5 per cent to 4 per cent this year.
"With regard to the outbreak of H1N1, the group has not seen a negative impact on the passenger movements in the first half of 2009," Bashir told a news conference to announce the group's second-quarter financial results in Subang yesterday.

He also said that the group is in se-rious talks with parties in the Middle East and Africa to manage airports there. It currently manages three airports overseas.

MAHB saw a 7.5 per cent dip in net profit for the second quarter ended June 30 2009 to RM61.6 million, from RM66.6 million a year ago, due to higher operating and tax expenses.

This was despite revenue growing by 9 per cent to RM392.9 million, compared with RM360.3 million in the same period the year before.

The improved revenue was due to a 12.2 per cent growth in airport operations, which was mainly derived from an 18 per cent growth in aeronautical revenue arising from growth in both domestic and international passenger movements.
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MASwings Launches Second Phase Of In-Flight Entertainment
2 September 2009

KUCHING, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- MASwings launched the second phase of its in-flight entertaiment on the ATR 72 aircraft with additional information on Sabah and Sarawak travel and tourism-related information beginning on Tuesday.

MASwings Sarawak regional manager Mohamed Suffian Abdul Malik said among the information available are inbound and outbound travel agents, convention facilities, hotels, transportations and other related services for tourists.

"The ATR 72 is equipped with 20 LCD coloured screens spread throughout the cabin. The LCD video screens are spaced every two-seat row along both sides of the passenger cabin and the television screens operate on a drop-down mechanism, which does not require earphones as the audio comes through the overhead speakers," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

MASwings launched the first phase of its in-flight entertainment on July 1 this year together with the Sarawak Tourism Board and Sabah Tourism Board providing basic information on both states.

Main aim of the in-flight entertainment was to create tourism destination awareness for domestic and foreign tourists on board of the aircraft.

-- BERNAMA
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Garuda to increase KL-Jakarta flights
Published: 2009/09/03

SINGAPORE: Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, plans to increase the current daily flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta to twice daily in November.

In a statement, Garuda said this was part of a plan to expand its services across South-East Asia by increasing its frequency and capacity to Jakarta and Bali from key regional markets.

It said in Thailand, the airline would increase its flights from thrice-weekly to a daily service from Oct 25, operating non-stop from Bangkok to Jakarta on Boeing 737NG aircraft.

The Singapore-Jakarta route will also see an increase in frequency to nine flights a day from the current seven, it said.

The airline said in February next year, it would start a daily service from Hong Kong to Bali from its current four weekly flights and daily from Hong Kong to Surabaya from its current three weekly flights.

"This expansion is in line with Garuda's five-year ''Quantum Leap'' strategy to increase the number of international departures by more than 300 percent to 1,222 a week by 2014," said Iswandi Said, the airline's senior general manager for Asia, Europe & Middle East.

He said the airline recently introduced a new service concept, the ''Garuda Indonesia experience'' on its regional flights which combined Indonesian hospitality with quality service that emphasised safety and comfort.

The airline also said beginning this month, it would operate its new 222-seater A330-200 aircraft from Singapore and Hong Kong to Jakarta which featured the airline's new ''Nature’s Wing'' livery, signature interior and upgraded on-board service. –- BERNAMA
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Direct Freighter Service From Senai Airport To Narita
September 06, 2009 15:11 PM

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- As part of its efforts to boost its aircargo connectivity, Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) signed an agreement with MASkargo on Saturday to provide direct cargo services between Johor and Narita, Japan.

The first flight departed Senai Airport, Johor Bahru on Sunday, Sept 6, 2009 at 0215 and arrived in Narita, Japan at 0955 later the same morning.

For now, MASkargo will fly the 130 tonne B747-400F frieghter once weekly from Kuala Lumpur every Saturday on MH6190 and from Narita every Sunday on MH6191, SATS said in a statement here.

Among the cargo transported are electronic equipment and gadgets, garments as well as perishable items such as flowers and tuna fish.

Managing Director of MASkargo, En Shahari Sulaiman said the new service out of Johor will help strengthen MASkargo's position as one of Asia's best air cargo carrier.

"We have added this new route to meet the growing demand for cargo in the southern region. We see Johor Bahru as having vast potential growth for business and we are assisting the Iskandar Development Region to develop the Southern Economic Corridor."

"This service is expected to complement Singapore Changi while simultaneously tapping into the potential of Batam and Riau," he said.

"Batam is one of the largest islands in the Riau Archipelago, and a major center of international trade, industry and commerce with it being located strategically close to the Malacca Straits" he said.

"As the development of Iskandar Malaysia is envisaged to attract more manufacturers and industries to the area, MASkargo looks forward to working closely with SATS to develop an efficient air logistics hub for Iskandar Malaysia," he added.

He said that MASkargo was also working hand-in-hand with freight forwarders who were previously looking for an avenue to uplift cargo out of Johor Bahru.

"MASkargo hopes to expand the logistics growth in Johor as there has been a leakage of cargo movement via neighbouring countries," said.

At present, MASkargo operates daily truck flights in and out of Singapore by its subsidiary, MASkargo Logistics Sdn Bhd.

The introduction of this KUL-JHB-NRT will allow MASkargo to have a wider presence globally especially in the Orient region. MASkargo is now able to offer customers more direct services and competitive advantage over the other cargo operators of Johor," said Shahari.

The agreement was signed by Shahari representing MASkargo while SATS was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman.

Mohd Sidik said that the demand for air freight services in Johor was projected to grow even further with the dvelopments taking place in Iskandar Malaysia.

He said this was partly due to the potential shown by Johor and Iskandar Malaysia's industrial and manufacturing export sectors.

Mohd Sidik also said that in order to meet the increased demand for reliable air freight services in Johor, SATS would play its part to develop itself into an efficient logistics and regional cargo hub.

"Among others, the development includes the extension of the runway to 3,800 meters, a parallel taxiway and associated high-speed turn-off taxiways to increase runway capacity; and developing a well-equipped cargo terminal capable of handling up to 80,000 tones of cargo per annum," he said.

-- BERNAMA
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Senai Airport to break even in 2013/2014
Published: 2009/09/08

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) will only break even in 2013/2014 despite new deals and plans, OSK Research says.

SATS is a unit of MMC Corp Bhd which has secured a deal with MASkargo Sdn Bhd to launch a new weekly freighter service to Narita, Japan, and received a notification last week from the International Trade and Industry Ministry to proceed with the development of the country's second high-tech park, namely Senai High Tech Park.

"In both cases, there are no changes to our forecasts and we continue to see SATS only breaking even in 2013/2014," said OSK in its research report today.

Beside the deals, OSK said, the SATS management had also indicated that it was in talks with Japan Airlines as well as Qatar Airways for other freight routes to the Far East and the Middle East.

"These partnerships are part of a programme, where funding from the government is provided to secure space on the cargo airlines to promote connectivity to Senai," it said. -- Bernama
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