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Old December 22nd, 2009, 07:04 AM   #641
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Dhaka-Based United Airways Starts Kuala Lumpur Operations
By P. Vijian Published: 2009/12/22

NEW DELHI, Dec 21 (Bernama) -- Another optimistic Bangladeshi private carrier, United Airways (BD) Limited, is launching its inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur Monday, hoping to capture the workers and tourists traffic flow between both countries.

The carrier, which started operations in 2007 and largely owned by the Bangladeshi expatriate community, has added Kuala Lumpur as its new international destination following its flights to Dubai and London earlier this year.

"After completing about 100 flights, we have now decided to operate the designated Kuala Lumpur sector twice a week," United's chairman and managing director Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury told Bernama.

"We are optimistic of this sector as there is a good amount of passenger response and we are looking at about 70 per cent load factor," he said.

The airline is deploying its 155-seater MD-83 aircraft for the Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur-Dhaka route, which is flying every Monday and Friday.

Choudhury is confident that United, which controls about 50 per cent of the domestic passenger market and 25 per cent of the international traffic from Dhaka, can gradually break into the overseas market by targeting the large Bangladeshi expatriate community.

"Bangladesh is a US$5 billion airline market and its annual growth is about 6.35 per cent. We strongly believe we can capitalise on this if our flights are on time and with good services," he said.

United will eventually introduce the Katmandu-Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur flight, where a high density of passenger traffic is available.

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MAS suspended pending announcement
Published: 2009/12/22

TRADING in the shares of Malaysia Airlines was suspended pending an announcement on material transactions, the company said in a filing with the stock exchange today.

The transactions involve a fund-raising exercise and a related party transaction which the percentage ratio is equal to or exceed 25 per cent, the company said.- Bernama
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Bashir heads airports body
Published: 2009/12/22



AIRPORTS Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has appointed Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad as acting president of ACI Asia-Pacific Region effective January 1 2010.

He replaces Max Moore-Wilton, chairman of Sydney Airport, who will assume the role of chairman of ACI World.

ACI represents over 1,650 airports around the world.

The ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Board is composed of 24 aviation business leaders across the region.
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Airlines plan to restart flights
Tuesday December 22, 2009 By B.K. SIDHU

PETALING JAYA: Some airlines are planning to restore flights discontinued during the economic downturn so that they can benefit from the rebound of the industry.

“It is a global trend but we reckon the capacity restoration will be in single digit,” said an analyst.

Yesterday, Australia’s Qantas announced that it would add capacity to its domestic operations by March and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said it would also raise capacity next year.

Last week, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced it would change its route network, add extra flights on several routes and suspend some other flights.

“Optimism is the word. Airlines are bullish about a recovery and they do not want to be left out of an economic rebound,” an industry observer said. “They have seen capacity erosion; now demand for air travel is picking up and they just want to benefit from the upturn.”

MAS cut capacity by nearly 13% last year. It will increase flights next year after adding some capacity back to the system since September.

SIA is cutting off Pakistan and Nanjing as part of its network realignment. From January, the Kuala Lumpur sector will have 17 flights a week instead of 24. However, the overall SIA group flight frequency on the Singapore-KL route will be the same, at 54 a week, as SilkAir will be taking over one of SIA’s daily services. SIA pulled out of the Penang route but the service is now operated by SilkAir.

When legacy carriers were cutting capacity, AirAsia expanded aggressively and the airline has made it clear it will continue to expand next year to India, the Middle East, Asean, China, Europe, Australia and even the United States.

But will people switch from low-cost carriers to legacy airlines in an economic upturn?

“Globally, an increase in capacity is warranted but domestically there is an over-supply. If local airlines want to add more capacity they really need to be very creative,” an analyst said.

“In an economic rebound there is normally an increase in demand as people will travel for work or as a result of higher disposal incomes where they travel for leisure. But it is too early to say if people will shift from low-cost carriers to legacy carriers so soon,” the analyst said.

Airlines might want to benefit from an upswing in the economy but analysts reckon the yield would still come under pressure. It was not likely to improve for a while, an analyst said.

The International Air Travel Association said airlines globally might post US$11bil in losses this year. The losses might shrink by half to about US$5.6bil next year. Passenger demand, after a decline of 4.1% in 2009, might grow by 4.5% in 2010 as the industry rebounded from the recession, IATA said recently.
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Miri Airport (Template:Malay: Lapangan Terbang Miri) (IATA: MYY, ICAO: WBGR) is an airport serving Miri, a city in the state of Sarawak in East Malaysia.

The airport is also one of the country's top five airports in terms of passenger movements. Miri airport is a major hub for MASWings which took over most of the mainly rural domestic services from FlyAsianXpress. Miri's location in the middle of Malaysian Borneo and close to the border of Brunei Darussalam makes it a suitable hub for rural air services and an important gateway to Sarawak.

In 2007, there were 1,454,167 passenger movements, and 35,502 aircraft movements in the airport.
Miri City (Capital of Miri Division), Sarawak
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Korea’s East Star keen in Miri direct flight
By Anthony Joseph Thursday, December 24th, 2009
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MIRI: Sarawak, particularly Miri, is likely to receive more Korean tourists and visitors next year as Korean airline East Star is showing interest to operate a direct flight to Miri.“East Star recently indicated its interest to fly directly from Seoul to Miri some time in March next year. If this happens, we will be getting another interna-tional direct flight,” said Miri City Incorporated Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Lee, who is Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication, urged tourism players to be ready to receive Koreans who are keen in golfing.

“If possible, come out with attractive packages such as golfing package which ties with Mulu and other attractions in Miri including Brunei,” Lee said, urging all tour and travel agents and hoteliers including operators of golf courses to cooperate in coming up with attractive packages.

On AirAsia’s Singapore-Miri direct flight, he said it is important to ensure the route continues to grow.

In this context, Lee suggested that inbound and outbound tour operators come up with special packages selling Miri and Singapore.

Based on feedback from Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the direct flight received good response with around 90 per cent passenger load.

Lee said the committee is keen to work closely with AirAsia to ensure the sustainability of the route.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is also Minister of Tourism and Heritage, will be leading a delegation of industry key players in Miri to Singapore to match businesses with their counterparts in the republic.

The committee also feels it is high time Miri Airport is upgraded by renaming it ‘Miri International Airport’ in view of the direct Singapore flight.

This will boost confidence in Miri, Lee said.

On Tuesday, Miri City Council wrote a letter on this proposal to Malaysia Airport Berhad.

Miri will also go all out to promote the city as a tourist destination next year. Among the efforts would be hosting Miss Tourism Interconti-nential Beauty Peagent also in conjunction with the 5th anniversary of Miri as a city.

“There will be 32 countries including Malaysia taking part in the pageant. It will help raise the profile of Miri and Sarawak as a tourist destination. This will become the highlight of the 5th anniversary of Miri as a resort city,” he added.

Mulu may be the jewel in the state tourism industry yet many locals are yet to visit it.

“This is because it is costly for them to fly to Mulu. It is about RM150 for a short 25-minute flight. This is only one-way flight. In this context, we would like Maswings to look into the possibility of reviewing the fare,” he said, adding that it would be hard to promote Mulu as a tourist destination if it is costly to get there.

On another matter, the committee requested Sarawak Forestry to look into the possibility of waiving the entrance fee for foreign tourist guides.

“They should not be charged like ordinary tourists as they are helping us and making our job much easier. They are the interpreters. Charging them the entrance fee will be bad for our image,” he said.

Also present was Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai.
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Malaysia Airports Aims RM620 Million In EBITDA Under 2010 KPI
December 31, 2009 20:40 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has set the target of RM620 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) under its key performance indicators for 2010.

MAHB, in a statement to Bursa Malaysia on Thursday said the company also expected a decline in return on equity (ROE) to 6.57 per cent next year with the adoption of FRS 139 from 9.22 per cent without FRS 139.

The airport operator said it expected to achieve an overall growth of three to four per cent in passenger movements in financial year 2010 despite the challenges and difficulties being faced by the airline industry.

Much of this growth is expected to come from the KLIA LCC Terminal, which imposes lower passenger service charge (PST).

The passenger movements at the KLIA main terminal building which has a higher PST, is estimated to record a decline.

Despite the expected decline in ROE, MAHB hopes to maintain its past record of dividend payments to its shareholders.

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MAHB sets RM620mil earnings target
Friday January 1, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has set the target of RM620mil in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation under its key performance indicators for 2010.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, MAHB said the company also expected a decline in return on equity to 6.57% this year with the adoption of the FRS 139 financial reporting standard from 9.22% without the FRS 139.

The airport operator said it expected to achieve an overall growth of 3% to 4% in passenger movements in financial year 2010 despite the challenges and difficulties being faced by the airline industry.

Much of this growth is expected to come from the KL International Airport LCC Terminal, which imposes lower passenger service charge. — Bernama
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Firefly may take delivery of 3 new planes this year
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2010/01/06

COMMUNITY airline Firefly may take delivery of three new planes this year as demand for travel could recover.

The three planes were supposed to arrive last year but were deferred as a recession took its toll on business.

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Eddy Leong said the airline will make a decision by the end of February.

"Subject to the delivery of the three additional aircraft, we will review the reinstatement of some suspended flights such as Kota Baru-Penang," he told Business Times yesterday.

Last year, Firefly announced the suspension of several flights operating out of the Penang International Airport.

They included flights from Penang to Kuala Terengganu, Kota Baru, Koh Samui and Kuantan. Firefly had also suspended its Subang-Phuket flight.

Firefly now has seven ATR 72-500s.

"We are also looking at introducing the Subang-Hatyai route," he said, adding that Firefly has not initiated any traffic right applications to fly the proposed route and is currently at market research stage.

On plans for more flights into Singapore this year, Leong said: "We continue to work with the Kedah and Kelantan state governments to commence direct flights to Singapore, and much of which depends on refuelling facilities at the Alor Setar and Kota Baru airports".

Firefly also plans to start a second daily flight from Ipoh to Singapore.

When asked on the outlook of the aviation industry this year and how Firefly is expected to fare, Leong said: "Most industry players and observers expect 2010 to be more stable than 2009, although we may not necessarily see a drastic upswing.

"This is due to fuel cost which has been steadily rising since the last vertical dip to record lows, and we are viewing this with caution".

Firefly will continue to strengthen its position as a community airline, focusing on commuter traffic and connecting secondary cities and towns.

"Our inbound marketing efforts via code-share with MAS are beginning to show very positive results and we will push our yield and seat factor higher this year."
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AirAsia-Jet Star in world’s first budget airline tie-up
By B.K. SIDHU Published: 2010/01/07

SYDNEY: The world’s first budget airline alliance was forged yesterday between AirAsia and Australia’s Jetstar to pool resources and expertise, procure new aircraft and revenue-sharing deals which could lead to cost savings of between A$200mil and A$300mil annually.

It will initially take 16 months from the signing of the agreement to see these savings but that figure is achievable every year thereon. The immediate cost savings will be in fuel purchases, maintenance, sharing of aircraft engine spare parts and ground handling in the Asian markets both carriers operate.

“As we speak, our people are negotiating on how we can procure fuel in bulk for the needs of both carriers in markets that we operate in and this will lead to significant savings for us. We have also begun sharing spare parts and that is a big (area for cost savings),’’ AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said at a media conference in Sydney.

Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan added that the agreement was an important first step which would help save hundreds of millions of dollars over many years.


From left: Bruce Buchanan, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and Alan Joyce embrace after announcing the alliance in Sydney on Wednesday. — AFP
After a year of talks, the parties forged an alliance never seen before in the low-cost carrier (LCC) industry to reduce cost and pool resources aimed at making fares cheaper. Both parties could not say how low fares could drop with the alliance.

A key component of the agreement is its ability to influence aircraft makers to manufacture robust planes that suit the LCC specifications as most planes made today are more suited for full service carriers and remodification costs a lot more.

Qantas Airways Ltd CEO Alan Joyce, who was at the press conference, said the parties “have the purchasing power to influence aircraft makers’’ to design the next generaton of narrow body aircraft for the LCC industry.

Joint procurement of airplanes will help the parties save and Fernandes said AirAsia “will modify the current aircraft deliveries.’’

The parties have yet to tell the plane makers of the idea but Buchanan said they “will be doing so soon.’’

Qantas owns Jetstar group which has operations in Australia and joint ventures in Singapore (Jetstar Asia) and Vietnam. AirAsia has operations in Thailand and Indonesia and owns a stake in AirAsia X.

“This is a historic alliance and the world’s first and we hope to lead the way. This is the foundation to a beginning of a relationship that will lead to joint ventures and huge cost savings. This will reinforce Qantas group’s position in Asia as we continue to focus on Asia,’’ Joyce added.

He side-stepped worries of job cuts and said the alliance would have no impact on maintenance of the Qantas/Jetstar group aircraft. He stressed that it was a non-equity alliance and did not forsee Qantas taking a stake in AirAsia even in the longer term.

Jetstar is looking at building a new engineering facility in Asia but no details were disclosed.

The next step for the partners would be to look at joint venture on routes and other commercial actitivies including joint procurement of hotel inventory for holiday packages.

Joyce said both airlines would look at cooperating on routes but would bear in mind all the regulatory issues.

Asked if there would be other alliances, Fernandes said: “Let’s keep it simple and involve two partners; there is enough size.’’

Buchanan and Joyce echoed his view.

Fernandes also did not discount the parties forming a new leasing company for older Airbus A320 aircraft but did not elaborate
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Garuda aims to reinstate flights from KL to Denpasar, Medan
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2009/12/21



Indonesia's national carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to reinstate its flights from Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar in Bali and Medan by September 2010, six years after the service was halted.

Joseph Tendean, general manager for Malaysia, said Garuda will use its new 737-800 aircraft to fly daily from Kuala Lumpur to the two destinations.

"We have the landing rights and will apply for a time slot in mid-2010," he said in an interview with Business Times in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Garuda stopped air travel from KL to Denpasar and Medan in 2004 due to poor traffic mainly due to the Bali bombings.

Tendean said Garuda is looking to grow its Malaysian business, which contributes around 3-5 per cent to group net profit and revenue.

Garuda, which made an operating revenue of RM7 billion last year, currently operates one daily flight for its KL-Jakarta-Lombok-Jakarta-KL route.

"Our load factor for the KL-Jakarta-KL route is around 70 per cent. This is an amazing increase from 45 per cent last year when it first started," Tendean said.

The flight to Lombok was introduced on November 1 this year. Garuda is using its 737-300 aircraft for the service but will switch to 737-800 in May 2010.

The carrier's fleet, which now consists of 63 aircraft, will double by 2014. It is buying new Boeing 777s, 737s and Airbus A330-200s.

"We have a few plans here. We know that Denpasar, Medan and Lombok are popular among Malaysians. Flight frequencies may increase in the near future." he added.

Garuda has code share agreements with more than seven airlines in Asia Pacific, including Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to help it strengthen its business.

Its partnership with MAS was inked six years ago, when it stopped flights to Bali and Medan.

"The partnership with the airlines is important to help Garuda grow. Competition is stiffer due to excess capacity led by weaker demand for travel.

"We are competing with Merpati Air and Lion Air for traffic here, which is why we developed the Lombok route," Tendean said.

Tendean said he expects the business from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok to be positive thanks to Malaysian companies like Sime Darby, Tabung Haji, Felcra and Felda hiring workers from the region.

He said there are some 50,000 people from Lombok employed in Malaysia and that is set to grow.
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'Qantas, Malaysia Airlines to boost AirAsia-Jetstar tie-up'
By Karen Flores, abs-cbnNEWS.com | Jan 8, 2010 10:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The recently-announced Jetstar-AirAsia alliance is seen as a formidable low cost carrier (LCC) combination in Asia.

Add Australia's Qantas, Jetstar's parent firm, and Malaysia Airlines (MAS), and it would be an airline "model for the future," according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

In a report released Thursday, CAPA said Qantas has already "signalled its keenness" to be part of the alliance. The group added that it would also be good for MAS to join the tie-up given its relatively poor performance alongside AirAsia.

"A 3-way (or even 4-way) tie-up between Qantas/Jetstar/AirAsia/MAS, albeit apparently unlikely at this stage, could really be a killer combination, with major benefits for all concerned," CAPA said.

"Great for consumers, great for the respective airports and airlines, a great trade link between the 2 countries (Malaysia and Australia) and a massive opportunity to plunder the growing Asian market," it added.

The brands Qantas and Jetstar have preserved the Qantas group's position both domestically and internationally as full-service airline and as LCC, respectively.

CAPA noted that a similar matching of resources, particularly between AirAsia and MAS, could work quite well in the Malaysian market.

"As (AirAsia) CEO Tony Fernandes frequently suggests, the future of the international airline marketplace will be similar to the domestic one, one which focuses on premium travelers and the other which largets the low cost, discretionary travel end. He obviously sees AirAsia as the latter of these, with MAS providing the other limb, not dissimilar from Qantas/Jetstar," CAPA said.

"So, just as the symmetry between Qantas and Jetstar has been remarkable, why not a MAS/AirAsia parallel?," it added.

On Wednesday, Jetstar and AirAsia unveiled plans to slash costs and ticket prices by pooling some resources, taking the first step in an alliance that could transform the Asian budget airline market.

Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan has said that the non-equity arrangement, which he described as a world first between LCCs, was expected to save hundreds of millions of dollars in costs.

Under the deal, Jetstar will share parts and ground and passenger handling services with AirAsia, which is Asia's biggest budget airline.

They will also investigate jointly on procuring new aircraft, cooperate on buying engineering and maintenance supplies, and will carry each other's passengers stranded by breakdowns and other disruptions.

-- Karen Flores, abs-cbnNEWS.com, with a report from Agence France-Presse
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Firefly Adds Fifth Daily Flight To Singapore
January 15, 2010 11:59 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (Bernama)--Firefly, which touts itself as a community airline, is increasing the frequency of its daily flights from Subang to Singapore, to cater to the current high demand.

A fifth flight is now open for sale and the service will commence from March 28, Firefly said in a statement today.

"High loads and strong demand for this route have encouraged us to add the fifth frequency flight," said Firefly's head of Marketing and Communications, Angelina Fernandez.

To celebrate the added frequency, firefly is offering a promotional fare from as low as RM100.

The current promotion also covers flights to all destinations from as low as RM50 and RM100 for domestic and international travel respectively.

The special fare offer runs from now until Jan 21 for the travel period from Jan 21 to Oct 30 this year.

Promotional seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, and bookings made exclusively online via www.fireflyz.com.

Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, expects to carry 1.3 million passengers by the end of this year.

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MASKargo eyes 15pc growth via alliances
Published: 2010/01/18

Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASKargo) aims to post 10-15 per cent growth this year by growing its network via smart alliances and building on its capacity, managing director Shahari Sulaiman said today.

He said this could also lead to a 20 per cent revenue contribution to the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) group for 2010 from the current 17-18 per cent.

"We are looking to expand our presence overseas with smart alliances. We feel that the worst is behind us and we can focus on doing business and expanding our freighters," he said.

"Although the business environment still remains challenging, we in the industry are expecting 2010 to be less volatile with moderate growth forecast," he told reporters at a briefing in Kuala Lumpur today.

Shahari also said cargo performance in the last quarter of 2009 was "abnormal" as the increased demand caught them by surprise.

"A lot of other freighters were still parked at that time (following the global crisis), but because of this unexpected surge, our yield improved by 20 per cent and load factor was at 75 per cent when the industry's average was only between 50 and 55 per cent," he said.

As more than 70 per cent of its businesses are from overseas, Shahari said MASKargo had signed a strategic cooperation deal with the Hainan Group to provide better connectivity to domestic destinations in China and increase feeder traffic from Chinese domestic points to MAS routes.

"We are working closely and hope to start a major initiative with them by May 2010," he said.

The collaboration would include increasing MASKargo's frequency to Shanghai up to eight times, as it is the centre for the hi-tech industry. -- Bernama
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MASkargo in RM100m system upgrade
Tuesday January 19, 2010

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) will invest RM100mil to upgrade its warehouse material-handling cargo system in line with the expected upturn of the air cargo industry.

Managing director Shahari Sulaiman said the upgrade would commence in mid-year for completion in four years.

“This is to mitigate the risk of technology obsolescence and hardware scarcity. The move will sustain our system capabilities for another 10 years.

“This also supports our aim to increase annual handling capabilities from the current 650,000 tonnes to a million tonnes,” he said yesterday.

He said this after the company’s briefing on growth for 2010 and its long-term sustainability initiatives.

After a challenging 2009, Shahari said air cargo demand was expected to grow by 7% this year to 37.7 million tonnes.

“This is stronger than the 5% forecast last September. Air cargo demand contracted by 13% in 2009 year-on-year,” he said.

He said cargo demand was rising faster than the world trade volume as depleted inventories were being refilled.

“Once the inventory cycle completes, growth is expected to fall back in line with the world trade volume,” he said.

Shahari said for MASkargo, the demand increase was seen in the fourth quarter last year. This was due to activities in the Asia-Pacific, mainly led by demand out of China.

“MASkargo managed to benefit from the upturn for this period (fourth quarter) with increases in revenue, load factor and yields compared with the previous three quarters,” he said.
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Firefly to announce phase 2 route expansion
Published: 2010/01/21

FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines System Bhd, is set to announce its second phase of route network expansion by end of the first quarter this year.

FlyFirefly, operator of Firefly, the community airline, completed its first phase of route expansion last year.

It currently serves 16 cities in four countries, said Firefly Head of Marketing and Communications Angelina Fernandez.

Details of the second phase expansion and delivery of three ATR72-500 aircraft would be announced by Managing Director Datuk Eddy Leong, she told reporters after launching Firefly's new booking channel, Firefly Mobile Application.

Firefly planned to have 10 ATR72-500 aircraft and had already received seven such planes. However, the airline has delayed the delivery of three aircraft to this year due to the global economic crisis.

The Firefly Mobile Application is a convenient option for air travellers to book flights via mobile phone. It is an additional channel besides the website, call centre, ticketing offices and travel agents.

Angelina said Firefly expects a five per cent sales growth via website from 70 per cent currently by the first quarter of this year driven by increased website usage.

She said the Firefly Mobile was just the beginning and more features would be introduced this year like flight change details, flight check-in and expanding the services to travel agents.

Firefly Mobile Application is a free application that will work with most of the mobile phone supporting Java application and Blackberry and with WAP, GPRS, EDGE or 3G data connections.

Angelina said iPhone and Windows Mobile versions would be available soon. This system is jointly developed by Firefly and Second Wind Sdn Bhd.

To register and download the application, customers can visit http://www.fireflyz.com.my/mobile.

In conjunction with the launch, Firefly is offering RM1 fare for all flight bookings through mobile phone from today till Jan 28.- Bernama
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Senai International Airport
by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS)
Johor Bahru, Johor



Senai International Airport, officially known as Sultan Ismail International Airport, is located in one of Malaysia's strategic development zones. This development zone includes a structured highway and a proposed railway network.

The airport is emerging as a gateway to the major cities of Asia, realising greater connectivity with China, and granting easy access to the modern port facilities of the Tanjung Pelepas Port, Johor Port and Singapore.
Senai Departures Lounge





- Senai International Airport offers customised solutions to logistics providers.
- The multimodal connectivity of Senai International Airport stretches the span of Peninsula Malaysia.
- Senai International Airport features a range of aviation, cargo, logistics and passenger facilities.
SATS expects Senai Airport traffic to grow significantly
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2010/01/25

Passenger and cargo traffic through the Senai International Airport in Johor is expected to grow significantly this year, driven by new airline services and projected new investments in Johor's Iskandar region.

Last year, the number of passengers using the airport fell 10 per cent to 1.47 million, while cargo volume dropped sharply to 5,200 tonnes due to the global economic crisis.

"A successful economic region like Iskandar will need good air and sea connectivity to facilitate the import of raw materials and export of finished goods.

"(As such,) additional cargo connectivity will not only further increase the air cargo volume at Senai Airport, but complement Iskandar's effort to transform the region into an integrated logistics and tourism hub," Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) deputy chief executive officer Shahrull Allam Shah Abdul Halim told Business Times in an interview.

SATS, a unit of MMC Corp, has a 50-year concession to maintain, operate and develop the Senai Airport.

Currently, airlines operating out of the airport comprise Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Firefly, while cargo airlines include MASkargo and Qatar Airways Cargo.

Senai Airport has a handling capacity of 4.5 million passengers and 100,000 tonnes of cargo per year.

"We have plans to grow the airport and attract new airlines and freighters. We are looking at regional cargo to increase our air cargo volumes," Shahrull said.

The airport operator expects passenger traffic to increase to 1.6 million by 2014, taking into account projected population growth within the Iskandar region from 1.4 million in 2005 to three million by 2025.

Cargo volume, meanwhile, will grow to 40,000 tonnes a year, spurred by existing and new services from foreign freighters.

SATS has a 20-year master-plan for developing the airport. The masterplan, from 2003 to 2023, will be developed in phases.

Under the first phase, which has been duly completed, and the second phase, which is expected to complete by mid-2010, SATS will enhance passenger and cargo facilities and set up a logistics and aviation park within the airport.

The third phase, commencing in the current quarter, is to develop a free zone, cargo and logistics hub, high-tech industry park and a mixed development. Dubbed "Senai Airport City", these developments will cost over RM5 billion.

Shahrull said activities from the Senai Airport City are expected to help develop critical mass for Senai Airport.

Once completed, Senai Airport will not just be a passenger airport to cater for the southern states of Malaysia, it will also offer a complete air cargo logistics, industrial and high tech facility within the Airport City.

SATS, together with Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) and Johor Port will form an integrated logistics hub and provide the sea-air connectivity to facilitate the movement of goods in and out of Johor and south of Malaysia.
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