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Old September 17th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #81
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Kuching Airport Needs A LCCT
by Ozgur Tore ( Thursday, 07 August 2008 )
Source: Bernama

The Kuching International Airport needs a Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in view of the increased number of passengers using AirAsia, an official with the airline said today. AirAsia Manager for Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei Shanmugam Nathan said the terminal such as that in the KL International Airport (KLIA) and Terminal 2 in Kota Kinabalu would serve not only AirAsia but also other current and future low cost airlines which will operate in the country.

It is not a want from AirAsia but more of what is needed in view of the increasing number of passengers, he told reporters here after presenting sponsored AirAsia tickets here for the National Conference of Secretaries to be held in Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu end of this month and early May.

Shanmugam said in a day AirAsia offered 10 return flights for the Kuching- Kuala Lumpur route as well as three return flights for the Kuching-Johor Baharu route and one flight daily to Penang, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.

AirAsia also launched direct flights to Macau, Jakarta and Bali from Kuching this month.

It also plans to fly the Kuching-Singapore route this year and the Kuching-Bandar Seri Begawan route this June.

Shanmugam said AirAsia hoped that the Sarawak state government would consider establishing a LCCT at the Kuching airport in line with its plans to make Kuching a hub for the operations of low cost carriers in the future.
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MASwings flies the 'green' skies with new aircraft
NST Online » 2008/09/18



Traditional dancers admiring the new low-emission ATR 72 on
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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia Airlines' subsidiary, MAS-wings, affirmed its role in providing greener travel options when its new low-emission aircraft, the 68-seater ATR 72, took to the skies yesterday.

The use of the aircraft also fitted in with Sabah's focus on eco-friendly tourism.

The aircraft consumes 10 per cent less fuel than the smaller Fokker 50, which the airline currently flies to destinations in Sabah and Sarawak. It emits 50 per cent less carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre compared with other new generation jets.

Malaysia Airlines chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid said once all the seven ATR 72 on order arrived in about a year, the airline would phase out the Fokker 50 which carried 40 per cent fewer passengers.

"The new aircraft will add capacity for expansion, including for regional destinations.

"This is something which is on our minds, as Kota Kinabalu has the second busiest airport in Malaysia," he said.

The US$18 million (RM62 million) ATR 72 will be used for the twice daily scheduled flights between Kota Kinabalu and Lahad Datu, and once daily flights each between the city and Tawau and Miri in Sarawak.

MASwings managing director Dr Amin Khan said the new aircraft would help the company meet future demands and connect more passengers worldwide to business and tourism destinations in the two states.

"We are also using environmentally friendly meal boxes made from non-coloured, non-bleached palm pulp which is biodegradable. It can be thrown into your garden and will turn into compost."

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said MASwings' decision to introduce a larger aircraft would help boost tourism.

"We will work together to see how we can chart the future of Sabah's tourism by selling more destinations in the state, especially nature destinations.

"We need a reliable air service in order to do this," he said after inspecting the aircraft before it took off for its inaugural flight to Lahad Datu at 12.30pm.
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Firefly to replace fleet
Wednesday August 20, 2008
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FIREFLY passengers will get to enjoy bigger leather seats with wider leg space with the airlines’ newly launched ATR 72-500 aircraft.

The plane, which departed from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang at 6.50am yesterday, arrived at the Penang International Airport at 9.30am after a brief stopover in Kota Baru.

At the runway, the bright orange aircraft was greeted with a water salutation by the airport’s fire brigade while its passengers received a warm and colourful welcome from a kompang troupe.

Firefly managing director Eddy Leong said the new aircraft was more fuel-efficient and had a more comfortable cabin interior compared to the Fokker 50-seater planes.

He said the company planned to replace all its Fokker-50 aircrafts with 10 new ATR 72-500 planes by next August.

Leong said the airline’s cheap airfares, flight experience and direct flight services made it a premium airline.

“We don’t require lengthy check-ins because we are smaller in size. We will also be introducing complimentary in-flight refreshments in November,” he said, adding that Firefly passengers now received a generous 20kg baggage allowance.

Among the special guests on board the inaugural flight were 14 pupils and four teachers from SRJK Sabak in Kota Baru and journalists from Kuala Lumpur.

“Today’s the most exciting day of my life! I woke up very early in the morning as I couldn’t wait to get up the plane,” said 12-year-old Anumi Nur Afifah, who was flying for the first time.

Penang Tourism Action Council (PTAC) chairman Datuk Kee Phaik Cheen, who was at the airport to welcome the passengers said as Firefly was flying in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMTGT) region, Penang had a tourist catchment of 70 million.

The airline currently operates flights from Penang to Subang, Langkawi, Kuantan, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Phuket, Koh Samui, Medan, Bandar Aceh and soon to Sumatra.
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Govt Approves Firefly's Flights From Subang To Ipoh
July 14, 2007 17:31 PM

IPOH, July 14 (Bernama) -- The government has approved the application of Firefly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), to service the Senai-Ipoh and Subang-Ipoh air routes.

Announcing this today, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said that Firefly will be using turbo prop aircraft which was suitable for the short flights ranging from two to two-and-half hours.

"Firefly is currently using the Fokker aircraft which made Penang a hub but it is acquiring ATR 72 from Italy and we are confident that with the aircraft, Firefly will be able to have more flights between Ipoh and Subang and Ipoh and Senai.

"The ministry hopes that Firefly will start operations as soon as they take delivery of the first batch of the aircraft," he told reporters after the launch of the International Skydive Visit Malaysia Year 2007 here today.

Firefly is expected to take receipt of the first batch of ATR 72 in September next year.

In June, MAS and ATR (Avion de Transport Regional) signed the agreement in Rome, Italy for the purchase of 20 ATR turbo prop 72-500s.

The contract worth US$360 million was for the purchase of each aircraft at US$18.3 million per unit.

Firefly flies twice a week from Penang to Langkawi, Kota Baharu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Phuket and Koh Samui. It started the domestic operations on April 3, and its international operations 10 days later using two Fokker Friendship aircraft.

In June, the government allowed Firefly to operate from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport as its second hub after Penang. It was to facilitate flights from the airport to all its domestic destinations and also to Indonesia and Thailand.

On the project to expand the runway at the Sultan Azlan Shah airport here, Chan said a meeting will be held next week involving representatives from his ministry and the Ministry of Finance, the Economic Planning Unit, Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd and the Perak State Government to come up with the working paper on the upgrading of the airport.

A proposal will be made to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi once the working paper is ready.

The proposal will cover not only the runway expansion but also other facilities such as the terminal and the Department of Civil Aviation tower building.

The state government and various parties especially from the tourism industry of Perak had in the past called for the upgrading of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in order to facilitate the landing of larger aircraft. The transport ministry had also previously proposed making the airport a Low Cost Carrier hub in the northern region of the peninsular.

The state government meanwhile has expressed its readiness to spend RM40 million on the airport on the guarantee that flights both domestic and international will be operated from the airport.

-- BERNAMA
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Firefly plans code-share talks with regional carriers
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2008/07/05 BusinessTimes



FIREFLY, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), is looking to start code-share discussions with several regional carriers flying into Penang International Airport.

Firefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong said the move is in preparation for the arrival of Firefly's first ATR 72-500 turbo propeller aircraft which will be delivered next month.

"We hope to initiate talks soon with Cathay Pacific and China Airlines for potential code-share and inter-line arrangements," he told Business Times on the sidelines of the Matta Fair Penang 2008 at the Penang International Sports Arena yesterday.

Leong said the move is in line with Firefly's efforts in positioning Penang as the international gateway within the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT).

"Penang has always served as a hub for Firefly and with the arrival of the new planes, we will be better positioned to add more frequencies and destinations from Penang," Leong said.

MAS has purchased 10 ATR 72-500s for Firefly, of which five are expected to be delivered by year-end.

Firefly's 72-500s, configured with 72 seats and featuring the "Elegance Cabin", are intended for the expansion of its network as the airline establishes its hubs in Subang, Penang, Johor Baru and Kota Kinabalu while progressively replacing its Fokker 50s.

Leong said Firefly's active participation in promoting travel between the IMT-GT is meant to boost trade, medical tourism and education.

He said Firefly is also keen to promote inter-line agreements for international passengers flying into Penang to use Firefly local and regional destinations which the airline serves.

It is also learnt that Tourism Malaysia is in talks with Firefly about buying advertising space on the new ATR planes.

Meanwhile, Penang Tourism Action Council chairman Datuk Kee Phaik Cheen has already begun working with Firefly in promoting Penang locally and in the region.

"I will be leading a delegation of travel trade buyers on a sales mission next week sponsored by Tourism Malaysia to destinations serviced by Firefly such as Phuket, Ko Samui, Medan, Banda Acheh, Langkawi, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Baru," she said.

Kee, who is also a member of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, said Penang wants to tap into the 70 million combined population of Sumatera, southern Thailand and the local destinations Firefly goes to.
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Penang plans to fly high
Monday July 7, 2008 TheStar

FIREFLY, Tourism Malaysia and the Penang Tourism Action Council (PTAC) will embark on a roadshow to promote the state as a tourist destination and northern region air hub for low cost carriers.

The Penang Travel Trade Members Roadshow for inbound and outbound air travel, scheduled from July 9 to July 30, was announced by PTAC chairman Datuk Kee Phaik Cheen recently.

“Penang’s location is very strategic and Firefly will position the state as a gateway to the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT). With the arrival of five new ATR72-500 Firefly aircrafts, Penang will soon be connected to Medan and Acheh,” she said.

“We want to promote the state as an air traffic hub. We will be out to establish smart partner-ships with other tour operators in the region to develop packages and marketing strategies,” she said.

The roadshow will be held in Phuket and Koh Samui (Thailand), Medan and Acheh (Indonesia), and Langkawi, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur.

“This roadshow is aimed at providing tourism industry players with the opportunity to network and develop their businesses with their counterparts around the region.

“There will be seminars, presentations and a travel mart on the state with 100 participants from travel agencies, hotels, tour operators and educational institutions. I am sure this can help to boost tourist arrivals to the state,” she said.

Kee said that for Penang to be successful, the state must also be promoted alongside other popular tourist destinations in the region.

“We must be pragmatic. Penang can no longer stand on her own. We want more connectivity but can we sustain the passenger load?

“That is why I want to promote closer cooperation with other countries and come up with joint packages that add value for visitors,” she said.
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12 of September herald a new era of air travel for the people of Sabah and Sarawak. The brand new ATR72-500, 9M-MWA made her debut at the Hornbill Skyways’ Hangar, Kuching International Airport.
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AgustaWestland makes Malaysia service hub
Thursday September 18, 2008, TheStar



SabahAir CEO Affendi Tun Fuad Stephen receiving
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SabahAir will provide maintenance for its helicopters in the region

KUALA LUMPUR: SabahAir Aviation Sdn Bhd has been appointed authorised service centre operator in east Malaysia by world-renowned helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland to maintain and service its helicopters in South-East Asia.

SabahAir chief executive officer Affendi Tun Fuad Stephens said the appointment would allow the company to gain further engineering expertise in helicopter service and maintenance, as the contract included AgustaWestland providing support.

“We now have over 40 engineers to provide helicopter maintenance and service (M&S) but the technical support from AgustaWestland would further strengthen our M&S division,” he told reporters after the appointment signing ceremony yesterday.

Affendi said with the support, the company was targeting to grow its helicopter M&S revenue division substantially in time.

“Currently, the M&S division’s contribution to revenue is very small but hopefully, in three to five years, it can hit 15%,” he said.

Currently, 50% of SabahAir’s revenue is derived from aerial survey services, while transportation and heavy lifting of building materials and timber contributes 20%. The rest comes from private charter for corporate VIPs, tourism as well as offshore oil and gas support activities.

“We purchased one VIP passenger helicopter (A109) from AugustaWestland in June for about US$6mil and plan to purchase two offshore oil and gas helicopters (A139s) in 2009 and 2010 for US$6mil each,” Affendi said.

SabahAir now has 10 helicopters in its stable.

AgustaWestland maintenance engineering and service centre manager Luciano Stoppa said SabahAir was appointed because of its good reputation and vast experience in the field.

“To date in Malaysia, we have sold 21 Agusta helicopters and over 100 in South-East Asia,” Stoppa said, adding that SabahAir’s helicopter service centre in east Malaysia would complement its existing service operation in Subang.
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Rising costs spell gloom for regional airlines
Thursday August 7, 2008 News analysia by B.K. SidhuTheStar



MAS and AirAsia aircraft sit parked at KL International Airport -AFP.
MAS hedges 43% of its oil for 2008 and an analyst estimates that
it will report between RM20mil and RM50mil profit for the second quarter.


Analyst says MAS, AirAsia are stronger than many of them

CATHAY Pacific Airways Ltd - Asia’s third largest carrier by market value - raised enough red flags over the past few months over the tough times it was facing due to rising fuel cost and would report a loss in the first half of 2008. But what it announced yesterday caught many by surprise; it was its first loss in five years.

Much of the loss was due to higher fuel prices as “Cathay had not hedged enough and fuel cost just went up higher.” The carrier also had to make a HK$468mil provision for a fine in the US to resolve an investigation into price fixing by air cargo carriers in June.

Cathay reported first half loss of HK$663mil (US$85mil) versus a net income of HK$2.58bil in 2007. This may be its first loss in five years but it is only half of HK$1.24bil the airline lost in 2003 following the outbreak of SARS.

This time around Cathay did not raise airfares as much as other global carriers despite doubling its fuel surcharges for long haul travel. Cathay only had 30% of its fuel requirements hedged.

In comparison, Asia’s most profitable airline, Singapore Airlines (SIA), hedged 60% of its fuel. Yet SIA also reported lower earnings. Its net profit was 15% lower to S$358mil for second quarter ended June 2008. That was also the second consecutive decline in quarterly profit.

The drop in profit is understandable as the airline industry is in turmoil due to a slowing global economy, higher fuel prices and low demand for air travel.

Cathay chairman Christopher Pratt believes “the industry will not survive in its current form,’’ given the higher fuel cost and slowing demand. He said “global aviation was making a painful adjustment to the new reality of 100-plus US dollar oil.’’

Crude oil prices fell to below US$120 a barrel yesterday after a record high of US$147 in July. Jet fuel is down from its high of US$181 a barrel on July 3.

The International Air Transport Association on Monday said passenger demand grew at is slowest pace in five years in June and warned the situation could get worse with consumer and business confidence falling amid persistently higher oil prices.

Cathay is not the first carrier to have reported a loss and it won't be the last. In fact, 25 airlines have gone bankrupt since the beginning of this year, and more casualties and losses can be expected.

But amid all the gloom, a Malaysian analyst is pretty confident Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd will do better than many airlines in the region.

MAS has 43% of its oil hedged for 2008 and the analyst estimates that MAS will report a small profit of between RM20mil and RM50mil for the second quarter.

As for AirAsia, the analyst said the airline may be facing tough times operationally but “they could beef up their P&L (profit and loss) and could recognise the proceeds of an aircraft disposal. This could strengthen their P&L.’’

“We believe MAS and AirAsia are stronger than some carriers in the region.’’
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MAHB passenger traffic rises in July
19 Sep 2008 12:35 PM THEEDGEDAILY

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said passenger traffic at its airports rose 6.2% in July to 4.18 million passengers compared with 3.93 million a year earlier.

At its flagship Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), passenger numbers grew 6.6% to 2.46 million from 2.3 million, the company told Bursa Malaysia.

However, KLIA saw a 8.5% decline in international cargo movements to 48 million kg from 52.4 million, while its domestic cargo movements increased 7.9% to 4.93 million kg from 4.56 million. MAHB is considered a defensive stock for investors as it has limited exposure to the volatility in commodity prices.

“It has nothing to do with the fuel hike. There was just a decline in cargo operators,” said a research analyst, adding that changes in cargo and aircraft movements from May till July this year were due mainly seasonal fluctuations.
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Bashir to speak at airport execs conference
From Hamisah Hamid Published: 2008/09/20 BusinessTimes



BOSTON: Some 2,500 airport executives have converged here to deliberate on current issues facing airports at the Airports Council International (ACI) - World/North America Conference and Exhibition.

The conference, which starts tomorrow, will look into among others, airlines information technology strategies, congestion management, airport ownership models, airline consolidation, climate change, airport safety and security.

New ideas for industry collaboration as well as best practices are expected to be shared among participants, that would help shape future strategies for ACI members, which in turn will benefit travellers globally.

The Malaysian delegation to the event is headed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, who is also ACI Asia Pacific executive committee member.

Bashir will be one of the speakers at a session on "Changing for Climate Change", which will feature perspectives on how the industry is changing around the world to minimise the greenhouse emissions and what more can be done to further reduce the industry's impact on climate change.

Other speakers in that session include Massachusetts Port Authority chief executive officer and executive director Thomas J. Kinton Jr, Environmental Disease Fund corporate engagement director Kyle Cahill and Boeing environmental strategy managing director Billy Glover.

Aviation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change is expected to increase with the projected growth in air traffic.

During the four-day event, which ends on Wednesday, airport executives will take part in educational seminars and plenary sessions. There will also be an aviation industry trade show that includes business suppliers and airports consultants.

Government officials, senior airline management representatives and airport business partners will join the executives to discuss emerging industry trends and exchange ideas on how to support the dynamic communities that airports serve.

Themed "Making Global Connections", the annual event is jointly hosted by ACI-North America and the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Before the conference ends, there will be a handing over ceremony from this year's host to MAHB, which will host the ACI World and Regional Assemblies 2009 in Kuala Lumpur next year.

MAHB won the bid to host the 19th World and Regional Assemblies 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, which was announced in Cape Town, South Africa during ACI 16th World Annual General Assembly in 2006.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, ACI focuses primarily on international aviation issues while at the same time, supporting the services and programmes of the members in each of its five regions.

Established in 1991, ACI - a voice of all airports around the world - represents 580 airports operating over 1,640 airports in 175 countries and territories.
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GOF to take over security at four international airports
Sunday September 21, 2008 MYT 9:37:57 PM

KUCHING: The General Operations Force (GOF) will take over security control at four international airports from the middle and end of October.

Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Hussin Ismail said GOF would station its members at the Kuching Internatonal Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport from Oct 15, and at the Bayan Lepas International Airport and Langkawi International Airport at the end of October.

”As had been decided by the cabinet in 2007, GOF will take over security control at all the country’s airports, beginning with the international airports and then the domestic airports,” he told reporters Sunday after the breaking of fast at the Sarawak GOF brigade headquarters, here.

He said two GOF companies would be stationed at each airport.

GOF had commenced security control at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on May 12, and had also been given the task of overseeing security operations at the CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine) complexes at the northern enty/exit points in Peninsular Malaysia.

Hussin said GOF’s role was also to coordinate security operations at the border areas, besides helping other agencies operating at the CIQ complexes to curb smuggling, crossborder crime and other threats.

”For Sabah and Sarawak, GOF is expected to take over security control at the Tebedu border post before operating at the other entry/exit points in the near future,” he said. - Bernama
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Firefly aglow with growth plans
By Adeline Paul Raj Published: 2008/09/22 BusinessTimes

The airline is open (to considering strategic investors) ... but it all depends on whether it fits MAS' Business Transformation Plan 2 strategy, says FlyFirefly

FIREFLY, a low-fare community airline wholly owned by Malaysia Airlines (MAS), said it is open to strategic investors as it looks to grow.

"It could either be other airlines (taking a stake in us) or it could be MAS itself using us more strategically," FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd managing director Eddy Leong told Business Times in an interview.

Leong said there have been some casual enquiries by interested parties.

"We are open (to considering strategic investors). We never say no, but it all depends on whether it fits MAS' Business Transformation Plan 2 (BTP2) strategy.

"If it does, then yes, we would do it, provided Khazanah (Khazanah Nasional Bhd, MAS' biggest shareholder) says yes," he said.

BTP2, a follow-up to an earlier business plan that successfully turned around MAS, outlines plans to transform MAS into the world's five-star value carrier with a competitive cost structure.

"To be honest, we probably don't need one (a partner) right now ... (but) that is one of the potentials that we are getting ready for," said Leong.

He added that Firefly may not look very attractive now as just a turboprop operator but if used for "other more strategic uses", it could become very attractive.

"We don't really need foreign investors. It's a (matter of) strategic partner, or a strategic usage ... when we actually use Firefly for strategic reasons," he said.

MAS, for example, can use Firefly for multiple strategic purposes, depending on the situation. It may not use Firefly the same way as it does today, Leong hinted.

As an example, he said, if MAS were to form a joint venture with another party to set up an airline in an Asean country, it would probably be easier to use Firefly as the vehicle, rather than MAS.

Alternatively, if MAS were to go into a strategic partnership with other smaller airlines, Firefly might be the more suitable party for this, he added.

"Currently, every new flight route is taken by MAS. But in the future it may not be that way. My cost structure is a lot less than theirs and I'm a bit more nimble ... if you want to start a flight next month, I can," he remarked.

Meanwhile, Firefly is already expanding its own fleet. It recently took delivery of the second of 10 ATR 72-500s it ordered, and expects to have three more by year-end, to replace its ageing Fokker 50 fleet.

This allows it to increase routes from its two hubs, Penang and Subang, and propel the number of passengers it carries to the half-million mark by the end of the year, he said.

With the delivery of the remaining five ATRs by August next year, it expects to cross the one-million-passenger mark by the end of that year.

Leong expects to start a hub in Johor Baru next year, and another in Kota Kinabalu in 2010.

Firefly should be able to start contributing positively to MAS' bottom line in the second quarter of next year, he said.

Asked if Firefly is considering getting publicly listed, Leong said there are no such plans for now, but did not rule out the prospect completely.
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SkyPark set to inject new life into Subang Terminal 3
By Azlan Abu Bakar Published: 2008/09/22 BusinessTimes



SKYPARK Subang Terminal will be a dominating landmark at the refurbished Terminal 3 of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor, when it rolls out a new frontage that accentuates the airport as a modern and contemporary icon.

Armed with an overall investment of RM300 million and a 59-year lease, the transformation of Terminal 3 is carried out in stages over three years.

The first phase of the redevelopment of Terminal 3 is almost complete, with the launch of SkyPark fixed-base operation and the RM40 million refurbishment of Terminal 3, which will be completed in October this year.

Work on Phase 2 of the redevelopment will start soon. It will entail the creation of a regional aviation centre with maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, a dedicated hangar and corporate aviation-related industries.

Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Janardhanan Gopala Krishnan said SkyPark Subang will bring back life to Terminal 3, which has long been regarded as a tired old airport after all passenger jet operations shifted to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

"Subang has been quiet for the last 10 years, but we plan to put it back on the world aviation map," he told Business Times in Kuala Lumpur recently.

He said once completed, SkyPark Subang Terminal will not only be utilised by air travellers, but people around the area as a shopping haven.

The entire set-up of the facility is aimed at creating a trend-setting destination that is tourism lifestyle-centric and a distinction for today's discerning travellers and consumers alike.

Elaborating on the whole scheme concept of the new terminal, Arcradius Sdn Bhd project director Kamal Hussin Abdul Hamid said the company had developed a scheme to retain the existing fabric enclosure of the 110,000 sq ft terminal - by building "boxes in a box", while transforming the interior.

In the main terminal, spaces are rearranged by consolidating and creating new mezzanine planes opening into a well-lighted two-storey single-volume atrium with internal garden conservatory.

On the one-million-sq-ft commercial nexus to be located opposite the terminal, HL Design Group director Martin Haeger said it will house world-class facilities such as a boutique hotel, an aviation-themed park, gourmet restaurants and cafes, food court, and retail and service outlets.

"We will link the terminal with the commercial nexus via an elevated bridge. Elevated car parks with 1,600 parking bays are also provided to enable passengers and customers enjoy a seamless shopping experience," he said.
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AirAsia X: Japan plans on track despite hurdles
Published: 2008/09/22 BusinessTimes



LONG-HAUL budget carrier AirAsia X said yesterday its plans to fly to Japan were on track despite hurdles, including high airport charges and strict visa rules.

The carrier hopes to launch flights to Tokyo and major cities, including Osaka and Kukuoka, chief executive Azran Osman Rani said.

"We are still optimistic and on track with our plans to fly to Japan next year, but it is subject to so many things being fulfilled," he said.

"We see a lot of potential and it is a market worth pursuing, but it depends on factors like a good airport deal or some progress on the visa rule," he said.

Azran said it was difficult for Malaysians to get a Japanese visa.

"They require air tickets as part of the documents needed to process the visa and our tickets are non-refundable, so it is a setback for us," he said.

AirAsia X was launched in January 2007 and is an affiliate of regional low-cost carrier AirAsia and Virgin Group. AirAsia and AirAsia X share common shareholders, including AirAsia founder and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group has taken a 20 per cent stake in the airline.

Azran said the airline was gearing up to fly to Britain early next year.

"We are looking forward to the Britain route which everyone is talking about," he said. - AFP
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