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Old August 16th, 2010, 10:47 AM   #721
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MASkargo's air freight revenue jumps by 60pc in H1
Published: 2010/08/16
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz0wkjsTyG8

MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo unit of Malaysia Airlines, grew air freight revenue by 60 per cent, for the first half of the year, compared with last year, thanks to a general recovery in the air freight business.

The bulk of the recovery in the air freight business came from emerging economies; India and China.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport also benefited from the recovery, seeing an increase in total throughput of 30 per cent for the first half of the year, compared with the previous year.

The higher traffic revenue was supported by increased yields, as MASkargo managed to bring it up by 12 per cent for the first half of the year.

"Yields have been brought up to levels seen before the crisis. Its the best we have seen over the last two years," MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman told Business Times recently.

According to the International Air Transport Association, yields were down by about 17 per cent last year.

"The environment looks quite stable for the year - at least until the end of the year. Most people are cautious about next year however, because the economic recovery has been volatile, and we are not sure of the long term impact of it and how it will affect businesses," Shahari said.

Overall capacity for the cargo business grew by 15 per cent for the first half of the year, while cargo uplift grew at a much higher rate of 23 per cent.

Its freighter operations make up about 50 per cent of total capacity now, up from just 35 per cent during the crisis in 2009.

Load factor was also above 75 per cent for the first half, a 16.5 per cent increase from last year.

MASkargo's operations in China and Hong Kong, remains the single largest contributor to revenue, making up about 30 per cent of revenue.

Contribution from both passenger flights and freighters to revenue, are also split evenly.

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Old August 16th, 2010, 10:48 AM   #722
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MASkargo plans flights to US in Sept
By Presenna NambiarPublished: 2010/08/16
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MALAYSIA Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) plans to start flights to the United States (US) via Europe, in the second week of September.

The cargo arm of the country's national carrier - Malaysia Airlines, expects to start out with two flights a week between Amsterdam and New York's JFK airport.

Should demand be strong, MASkargo would look to increase its flights to three times a week.

"The demand into the US is predicted to be stronger towards the end of the year. We also expect higher yields by routing flights from Europe, as this will also open up capacity to China and Asean countries," MASkargo managing director Shahari Sulaiman said.

In June, imports into the US grew by 3 per cent.

The surge in consumer imports, showed higher shipments of a wide variety of goods, from cell phones and household appliances to television and clothing.

The expansion of its freighter operations into the US, will see MASkargo exercise its option for a fifth Boeing 747 freighter aircraft from US-based leasing company Southern Air Inc.

Currently it is already operating four aircraft from Southern Air.

Shahari said, MASkargo will also look at starting charter operations between the Far East into the US and Europe, with the added capacity.

He said the company managed to grow its charter business by 50 per cent in the first half of this year.

"We have managed to develop a very good live stock business out of Australia to various parts of the world," Shahari said.

MASkargo controls about 80 per cent market share of the livestock business that comes out of Australia.

Meanwhile on the upgrade of the Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC), Shahari said, he expects to award the contract for it in the next few months.

The project involves upgrading the Material Handling Cargo System used in the warehouse complex, at an estimated cost of RM100 million over the next four years.

The new system implemented will ensure smoother handling cargo and increase the capacity from 650 thousand tons to one million tons per annum.

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Malaysia Airports to raise up to RM3.1b bond
Published: 2010/08/17
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Malaysia Airports Holding Ltd will use CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and Citigroup Inc. as lead arrangers for a bond issue to raise as much as RM3.1 billion ($981 million), Chief Financial Officer Faizal Mansor told reporters in Selangor today.

The issue will be ringgit-denominated and the funds used to finance expansion including a low-cost carrier terminal outside Kuala Lumpur, he said. The company didn’t say when the size of the bond will be fixed and priced. - Bloomberg

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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:42 AM   #724
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Big Tree moves into airports
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2010/08/23
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BIG Tree, a leader in outdoor advertising, is now moving into the space in key airports to expand beyond its strength in roads and public transportation.

It recently secured the rights to develop advertising in Kuching International Airport and August 1 marked its official entry into the airport scene.

"After Kuching, we are looking at few others such as Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the low-cost carrier terminal," Big Tree chief executive officer Mohammad Azlan Abdullah said in an interview recently.

The latest venture will be called Big Fly, to complement the company's existing portfolio which includes Big Drive, Big Ride and Big Buy.

"In essence, what we are trying to achieve is an integrated outdoor advertising position to our clients - everything outdoor we can provide and not just billboards which is offered by others too," Mohammad Azlan said.

Big Fly would probably contribute significantly to the company's business in the next financial year. Currently Big Drive, or roads, is the main revenue earner, garnering 60 per cent of the revenue, followed by its advertising on public transportation or Big Ride (30 per cent), Big Buy which covers retail space (10 per cent) and Big Fly (2 per cent).

Big Tree controls about 43 per cent of the market share of the industry in Malaysia, which has about 80 players mostly delving in billboards.

It has 7,600 advertising panels to its name now, from the smallest advertisement on board a LRT train to the largest billboard arch across highways.

While "location, location and location" is the company's main mantra to seek fresh areas of growth, creativity is another talent which it uses to the maximum to transform the areas where it has advertising space.

This includes turning Sentral into an advertising space, Mohammad Azlan said.

Big Tree's latest product is about going digital at the Curve and it plans to roll out about 30 units in Suria KLCC in October.

Mohammad Azlan also stressed the importance of defining areas as advertising space.

Its KitKat seats won an award from Hong Kong for the best category for utilisation of public space.

Wrapping pillars or even a water tank as it has done in Damansara, are some of the propositions which have appealed to advertisers now, he said.

Mohammad Azlan expects business to bounce back this year on the back of a feel good factor and improved economic activities. The momentum has picked up since the last quarter of 2009.

Interestingly, Big Tree's calender of "active events" and advertising promotion starts from the Merdeka celebrations, followed through with the various festivities (till the Lunar New Year).

"We're filled to the brim by the advertisers during the balik kampung period as they take advantage of the high traffic volume plying the 848km length of the North-South Expressway."

Big Tree contributed about 7 per cent of Media Prima's group turnover during the last financial year.

Mohammad Azlan, who is also the president of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Malaysia (OAAM), said efforts are also underway to consolidate the industry, which has no less than 80 players.

The landscape has become more competitive now, he said.

"Advertisers are now more tactical in their approach, preferring short-term campaigns, but that also gives us a higher turnaround time for advertising space."

Unlike the print and electronic advertising scene, outdoor advertising market is sizeably smaller, chalking about RM330 million per annum.

The biggest billboard across a highway could provide about RM700,000 in earnings per year while advertisements on unit poles along the Federal or Sprint highways fetch about RM300,000 each per year - which is about half of what it used to cost in the past decades, he added.

He also allayed views by critics of the billboard industry.

"Being 100 per cent-owned by a public-listed company like Media Prima, it is imperative that companies like Big Tree follow the guidelines of the state and local authorities.

"We also adhere to the strict guidelines of the highway concessionaires and national highway authority."
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MASkargo adds 4 freighters to aircraft line-up
Published: 2010/08/24
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Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) will take delivery of four freighters in order to build a strong network especially within Asian countries.

Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman said the first A330 Airbus was scheduled to arrive in September and the second unit in November.

"The two aircrafts will allow us to build on our strong Asian network and we hope to secure another two units next year," he told reporters here after hosting a breaking of fast with the media and clients last night.

He said MASkargo was enjoying good business this year as demand for its services had seen a vast improvement since the beginning of the year.


"The global economic recovery has had a better impact on the cargo industry than for the passenger travel industry.

"The growth has been aggressive and this is evident from the 65 per cent increase in revenue between January and August this year," he said.

Shahari said strong demand, especially from the United States, was expected to continue until year-end and the company hoped to develop the market further with its good service.

On MASKargo's warehouse, he said the company would invest about RM100 million, over the next three years, to upgrade the current facility into a fully automated warehouse.

"We will also increase the warehouse's capacity to one million tonnes a year from 650,000 tonnes at present," he said.

MASkargo is the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines Bhd. It operates four B747s-200F, two B747s-400F and one A300-600F 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 embarks on 5-year expansion drive
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2010/08/24
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FIREFLY, the low-cost carrier owned by Malaysia Airlines, appears to have revealed its ambition to fly as far as China, India and Taiwan.

On Saturday, it put out a full-page advertisement in an English daily to fill positions for pilots with ATR and Boeing 737 experience to be based at Subang Airport and KLIA.

It was also looking for flight and ground operations staff as well as those in engineering, commercial and support services.

"Having been in operation for several years, we are now embarking on a very aggressive expansion plan over the next five years," the advertisement read.

"We provide exclusive routes to various points within Peninsula Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

"Our future destinations include Sabah and Sarawak, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, China, India, Taiwan and many more."

Although Firefly did not identify itself in the ad, the advertiser described itself as a leading regional airline wholly-owned by a public-listed company with a majority shareholding by the government.

Meanwhile, Firefly yesterday said it has submitted its application to relevant authorities for the expansion of its operations.

"We will furnish more information once the approvals are obtained," FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Eddy Leong told Business Times.

He was responding to questions following a Business Times report that parent company MAS is set to allow Firefly to operate its B737-400 aircraft to Sabah by the end of this year.

Firefly is also in talks with Sabah tourism authorities.

MAS has 36 B737-400 aircraft, which are due to exit from service by 2014.

Firefly now operates the ATR 72-500 turbopropeller servicing routes in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia from its two hubs at the Penang and Subang airports.

Sources said that both Firefly and MAS will operate the Sabah routes, with Firefly flying out of the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

It is now learnt that Sarawak is also likely to be on Firefly's radar as talks have started this week in Kuching between Firefly staff and the local tourism officials.
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Firefly Purchases Three ATR72-500s
August 24, 2010 16:51 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 (Bernama) -- Firefly will increase its present turboprop fleet with the purchase of three additional ATR72-500s, two of which will be delivered in December 2010 and the third in January 2011.

In a statement here Tuesday, Firefly said this will bring its turboprop fleet size to 10.

It said the new aircraft will be used to strengthen Firefly's current network footprint through increased frequency for the high demand sectors.

Moreover, it will reinstate some Penang based routes that were previously suspended due to the prevailing unfavourable economic condition last year.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd said 11,200 packs of dates and biscuits will be distributed to all Firefly passengers for breaking fast starting today until end of Ramadan.

Since the beginning of Ramadan, the bank has been distributing 1,000 packs of dates and biscuits everyday at different locations in and around Kuala Lumpur.

"This is our second corporate social responsibility (programme) with Firefly as the first initiative was to help victims of the Padang earthquake in October 2009," said Nik Ahmad Fauzan Nik Mohamed, Acting Head of Corporate Communications for Bank Muamalat.

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Fuel depot facilities to be built at Malacca International Airport
BY CINDY TAN Thursday August 26, 2010
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MALACCA: Efforts to fully utilise the Malacca International Airport in Batu Berendam received a much-needed boost following plans to build fuel depot facilities at the airport.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said work on the depot is scheduled to begin next month and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“The State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has started a joint venture through Malacca Oil and Gas Sdn Bhd to oversee the completion of the project,” he said after officiating the Melaka Maju 2010 Seminar at MITC in Ayer Keroh.

He added that at the moment, the airport can only cater to the refuelling of smaller planes such as Fokkers and ATR aircrafts capable of transporting 40 and 72 passengers.

“We hope that with the completion of the refuelling depot we can see the arrival of larger aircrafts such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 and more international flights,” he said, adding that he hoped that Eastern China Airlines could introduce chartered flights to China five times a month.

Earlier, Mohd Ali had proposed for the Eastern China Airlines to ply their route here from September but the plan had hit a snag as there were no refuelling facilities for larger airplanes.

“We hope the airlines can start as soon as the refuelling depot is completed,” he said.

The airport had undergone a RM131mil project to extend the runway with a second extension and upgrading works carried out to enable it to cater to Boeing 737A and Airbus 320A.

Covering and area of 7,000sq m, the Batu Berendam airport’s new terminal has facilities for domestic and international flights and can handle about 1.5 million passengers annually.
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Virgin's Branson to address KL forum
Published: 2010/09/01
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FOUNDER and chairman of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson will be in Kuala Lumpur to participate in the "Dawn of the New Decade - Alternative Investments in Asia" forum.

The event is being staged by the venerable International Herald Tribune in association with the London Speaker Bureau.

The forum is the first of its kind to be staged in Asia and it will feature more than 15 leading luminaries in the field of finance and investment.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be delivering the official keynote speech at the event which takes place on September 27 and 28 at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Branson requires little introduction as few people are as internationally well known, fewer still as universally liked and respected.

His entrepreneural skills, inspiring business leadership and fearless adventure spirit makes Branson an ambassador for the "can do" attitude.

Branson will be giving his eagerly anticipated special keynote speech on the opening day of the forum.

The billionaire is expected to outline his thoughts on the current investment landscape and on the growing importance of Asia.

As the head of Virgin Atlantic Airways, he has a particularly relevant perspective on the airline industry, however, as the owner of 360 other companies the depth and breadth of his experience is virtually peerless.

Recently turned 60, Branson began his life in business at the tender age of 16 launching a magazine called Student. By twenty two, he had a chain of successful record stores.

Then came the airline, the mobile phone operator, a railway, a healthcare company and even a space tourism company. He is now worth an estimated US$4 billion (RM12.6 billion). His philanthropy is as famed as his trans-continental balloon voyages.

Attending the two-day forum will be over 1,000 delegates from across the region including some leading bankers, investors and fund managers.

They will be hearing not just from Branson but also from Mary Buffet, daughter-in-law of Warren Buffet, arguably the world's most successful investor. The other speakers include Anil Gupta, renowned expert on strategy and globalisation; Dr Fang Gang one of China's most influential economists and Augusto Lopez-Claros, chief economist with the World Economic Forum.

Being a regional event, the forum will be heavily publicised throughout the IHT and worthy of further note is that Malaysia was selected as host above some strong competition.

More information about the forum is available at www.invest2010.asia
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Sibu Airport RM136mil expansion now on
By TIENG KING MIO Friday September 24, 2010
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On paper: The plan for expansion works on Sibu Airport.
St Thomas to hold parish sale to raise money.


EXPANSION work, costing RM136.88mil to the Sibu Airport will be implemented soon.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh said the handing over of the site to the successful bidder Musyati Sdn Bhd, a local company, was performed on Sept 13.

“Currently, the contractor is in the midst of constructing its office at the site,” he told a press conference in Sibu yesterday.

Wong, also Environment and Public Utilities Minister, said the project would be in two packages and implemented simultaneously.

Package 1 will consist of the extension works on existing passenger terminal building, central utilities building and associated works, costing RM84,444 while package 2 comprised works on airside and landside works, the DCA building and associated works, costing RM52,444, he added.

He said the whole project, funded by the Ministry of Transport, was expected to be completed in 24 months’.

Apart from the expansion works, he added Sibu Airport had earlier also undergone extension works on its tracks, costing RM70mil which was completed two years ago.

As a result, the airport could now accommodate bigger aircraft such as Airbus, he added.
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Maxis, airlines to offer in-flight connectivity
Published: 2010/09/24
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Maxis Bhd has teamed up with AirAsia Bhd and Swiss-based OnAir, to offer in-flight connectivity to enable their customers to make calls in the air.

The three companies will invest US$1.8 million (US$1=RM3.06) to set up the connectivity systems on six AirAsia aircraft by year-end.

"We are striving for 50 per cent of mobile revenue from our non-voice operations from 36.6 per cent currently, and the tie-up will certainly push our data revenue," Maxis chief operating officer Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke told reporters today.

AirAsia chairman, Datuk Aziz Bakar, said four aircraft had been equipped with the system.

"We will see how it goes during this trial period.

"It is actually a very heavy investment and we really need to be sure of the results before embarking and expanding the service to the rest of our 96 aircrafts in operation currently," he said at the launch of the service.

He said AirAsia was looking at innovative products to add on to its ancillary income.

"It is about 15 per cent currently, and we are striving to achieve 20 per cent with initiatives like this," he said.

Azis said the response from the customers on the four operating aircraft was promising. -- BERNAMA
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AirAsia shares top MAS for first time
By Francis Fernandez Published: 2010/10/15
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AIRASIA Bhd's (5099) shares have topped that of Malaysian Airlines (MAS) for the first time since the budget airline was listed on the local stock exchange on November 2004.

AirAsia shares ended yesterday at RM2.35, up by 17 sen. It was among the top ten biggest gainers of the day. In contrast, MAS ended flat at RM2.27.

In terms of market capitalisation, MAS still has an upper hand, with RM7.5 billion against AirAsia's RM6.4 billion.

MAS, however, has a larger paid-up capital base than AirAsia.

The national carrier has a paid-up capital of 3.34 billion shares against AirAsia's 2.76 billion shares.
Shares of AirAsia have appreciated by more than 68 per cent so far this year, while MAS shares have increased by a fraction less than 3 per cent.

Analysts said the budget carrier's plans to list its 49 per cent-owned Thai AirAsia by the third quarter of next year was the driving catalyst yesterday.

"AirAsia has a number of other subsidiaries and associate companies overseas, which could also be sold to the public in time, and that will drive interest in the longer term," said an analyst.

Another analyst, who covers the stock with a fair value of RM3 a share, said the share price difference between AirAsia and MAS may widen further.

He said this is because AirAsia's business prospects are much better than that of MAS. Additionally, the budget airline model seems to be working much better than the conventional one.

He also said that MAS needed time to turn around itself, and until the market sees improvements in its balance sheet, investors are going to place their money on the AirAsia basket at its expense.

For the second quarter ended June 2010, AirAsia posted a net income of RM198.93 million, while MAS suffered a net loss of RM532.73 million.
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MAHB signs joint deal on Maldives airport
Friday October 29, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...4&sec=business

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) yesterday signed a joint-venture agreement with GMR Infrastructure Ltd and GMR Male International Airport Ltd (GMIAL) for the rehabilitation, expansion, modernisation, operation and maintenance of Male International Airport, Maldives.

MAHB told Bursa Malaysia yesterday that it was based on a build-operate-transfer model.

The tenure of the concession is 25 years starting from the handover date and may be extended by another 10 years subject to mutual terms and conditions between the relevant parties.

Based on the expected construction cost of US$373mil, the cost attributable to MAHB (by way of equity contribution and/or contingent liabilities for shareholder’s support and/or corporate guarantees, if required) is about US$86mil.

MAHB and GMR Infrastructure will subscribe for shares in GMIAL based on the shareholding percentages of 23% and 77%, respectively.
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by Jane Moh. Posted on October 30, 2010, Saturday
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SIBU: The Sibu Airport extension project, which commenced a month ago, is expected to be completed ahead of schedule.

According to project director from KLIA Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, Dr Shafie Karimin, the project is expected to be completed two months earlier than projected.

“The project is two per cent completed and it is progressing very smoothly according to schedule,” he enthused.

Giving a briefing on the project at the airport yesterday, he said it consisted of two packages.

The first package involves expansion of terminal building, utility centre building and other related works.

The new 15,240 sq metre terminal building would be fully air-conditioned and consists of 18 check-in counters compared to current eight, four aerobridges and two luggage reclaim belts.

The package also includes instalment of electrical and mechanical services, computerized building management system and work on information technologies and communications.

Safety Control Building, Engineering Office and Workshop are under Package 1 as well.

The second package involves airside civil works and landside, the upgrading work of the DCA and other related work.

There would be an extension and upgrading of DCA management building, road construction, extension of the car park and construction of safety gates and landscaping.

Dr Shafie revealed that Sibu Airport carried 809,995 passengers in 2007 and passenger volume is expected to increase once the new airport is completed.

The figure was based on the National Airport Master Plan Study, which was completed in 2008 under the Ministry of Transport.

“Based on the study, in 2016, Sibu Airport is expected to carry 1.06 million passengers per annum, in 2031 – 1.414 million, and in 2050 – 1.79 million,” he revealed.

Second Finance Minister and Minister of Environment and Public Health, Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King, Pelawan assemblyman Vincent Goh, Nangka assemblyman Datuk Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, SMC deputy chairman Daniel Ngieng and Dudong assemblyman Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck were present during the briefing.
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By B.K. SIDHU Thursday November 4, 2010
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PETALING JAYA: Firefly, which now operates turboprops from Subang, will begin flying jets on several domestic routes from the KL International Airport (KLIA) as early as January or February.

The idea is to beat competition with a low-cost model rather than a full service one and Firefly will take over some of the B737-400 aircraft from parent Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to ply the domestic routes.

“It will have four to six B737-400 aircraft to begin with and more will be added to the system over time. Firefly is likely to do more of the cross-over flights to Sabah and Sarawak,’’ said a source.

Firefly is slated to make an announcement on its expansion plans on Monday.

It could not be confirmed if the jets will take off from KLIA or the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang but, given the need to connect passengers from domestic to international routes, it would it easier to fly out of KLIA.

Certainly the jets would not fly from Subang, a source said.

He added that Firefly was also to fly to Asean destinations using the jets but the airline had to first get the necessary approvals from the authorities.

Firefly’s operations in Subang would continue as usual. The airline currently operates seven ATR 75-200s for domestic routes, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. It will take delivery of two ATRs by the year-end and a third by January.

Firefly is able to take over some of the B737-400 aircraft from MAS as the latter has ordered 55 new B737-800. On Monday, MAS took delivery of the first such aircraft,which came with a roomier interior, higher ceiling and mood lighting.

Even the economy class is fitted with personal screens for in-flight entertainment and the aircraft can fly 5½ hours non-stop. The new interior done by Boeing is part of a package of improvements to the 737 family, which include a 2% fuel burn improvement and the updated CFM56-7BE engine, thus bringing down maintenance cost for the airline.

Meanwhile, MAS is to take delivery of two B737-400 before the year is out. The national carrier will use the first aircraft, which is a 160-seater, for the KL-Kota Kinabalu-Haneda route to be launched on Nov 15.

The aircraft is powered by engines from Pratt & Whitney. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton witnessed the signing of a sale and purchase agreement for the purchase of 50 engines by MAS from Pratt & Whitney.

Yesterday, at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, where MAS showcased its new B737-800, Clinton said the “partnership between MAS and Boeing, Pratt & Whitney and General Electric is a win-win relationship which would create high paying skill jobs in both countries.’’

Also present at the event was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and MAS senior team. Besides the 737-800, the airline has ordered 25 A330-300 and six A380.
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Firefly's new B737-800 to operate from KLIA in January

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B738 does look good in FY Livery

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Naz, why not make a thread for firefly. just a suggetion
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Old November 8th, 2010, 01:56 PM   #740
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Let our Firefly stay here only bcoz if we let them out..I'm afraid that they will fly away
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