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Old September 22nd, 2008, 06:23 PM   #101
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Malaysia Plans Bigger Global Airport Operators' Gathering Next Year
September 22, 2008 20:52 PM

BOSTON, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, which will host the Airport Council International (ACI) World Conference and Exhibition next year, plans to make it a bigger event while promoting the country as a tourist destination.

Its managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said based on the feedback from attendees at this year's event from Sept 21-24 here, many have expressed an interest to be in Malaysia.

He stated that next year's ACI conference and exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in November, will also be bigger as it is scheduled to be staged together with the Asia-Pacific ACI regional general assembly.

Bashir, who is also a member of the ACI governing council and the ACI's Asia-Pacific regional board member, said preparations towards organising the 2009 ACI World Conference and Exhibition, had already started.

"We are disseminating a lot of information on it at this year's event, including through our booth here. We have also received good support from the government, especially the transport and tourism ministries," he said in an interview.

"We are also using this opportunity to showcase airports in Malaysia worldwide and to promote the country as a tourist destination," he added.

According to Bashir, Malaysia Airports is also highlighting its efforts to make the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), environmentally friendly at the conference.

The company, he said, planned to continue investing in such efforts and also extend it to cover the other airports it is managing.

Bashir said this year's ACI conference and exhibition, with the theme, "Making Global Connections", enabled airport operators from around the world to discuss current issues of common interest.

"The meetings, discussions and sharing of views ranging from matters concerning development to the level of services, has helped members plan the way forward," he said.

In view of the state of the world economy and its impact on aviation, especially airports globally, the ACI is expected to pass a resolution on the issue tomorrow.

The current conference has eight sessions covering issues in airport management and operations such as information technology strategies, airport ownership, congestion, industry consolidation, environment, safety and security.

Bashir is a speaker at the session on "Changing for Climate Change", which will discuss how the industry is working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and what could be done to minimise the industry's impact on climate change.

Held in conjunction with the conference, is an industry trade show featuring 250 exhibitors, including business suppliers and airport consultants.

The ACI is an international body that highlights airport interests and promotes professional excellence in airport management and operations. Its members comprise 1,640 airports in 178 countries.

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 05:28 PM   #105
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MAHB aiming for bigger event
Tuesday September 23, 2008

BOSTON: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), which will host the Airport Council International (ACI) World Conference and Exhibition next year, plans to make it a bigger event while promoting the country as a tourist destination.

Its managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said based on the feedback from attendees at this year’s event, held from Sept 21 to 24 in Boston, many had expressed an interest to be in Malaysia.

He stated that next year’s ACI conference and exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in November would also be bigger as it was scheduled to be staged together with the Asia-Pacific ACI regional general assembly.

Bashir, who is also a member of the ACI governing council and the ACI’s Asia-Pacific regional board member, said preparations towards organising the 2009 ACI World Conference and Exhibition, had already started.

”We are disseminating a lot of information on it at this year’s event, including through our booth here. We have also received good support from the Government, especially the transport and tourism ministries,” he said in an interview.

”We are also using this opportunity to showcase airports in Malaysia worldwide and to promote the country as a tourist destination,” he added.

According to Bashir, MAHB is also highlighting its efforts to make the KL International Airport (KLIA) environmentally friendly at the conference.

The company, he said, planned to continue investing in such efforts and also extend it to cover the other airports under its management.

Bashir said this year’s ACI conference and exhibition, with the theme Making Global Connections, enabled airport operators from around the world to discuss current issues of common interest.

”The meetings, discussions and sharing of views. ranging from matters concerning development to the level of services, have helped members plan the way forward,” he said.

In view of the state of the world economy and its impact on aviation, especially airports globally, the ACI is expected to pass a resolution on the issue today.

Bashir is a speaker at the session on Changing for Climate Change, which will discuss how the industry is working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and what could be done to minimise the industry’s impact on climate change.

Held in conjunction with the conference is an industry trade show featuring 250 exhibitors, including business suppliers and airport consultants.

The ACI is an international body that highlights airport interests and promotes professional excellence in airport management and operations. Its members comprise 1,640 airports in 178 countries. - Bernama
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Air passenger growth to pick up in 2010
From Hamisah Hamid Published: 2008/09/24 BusinessTimes

BOSTON: The growth in air passengers will slow over the next two years due to economic uncertainties but this is due to pick up in 2010, a global body of airport operators said.

"Global passenger volumes are predicted to surpass the five billion mark by 2009, reaching 11 billion - or 30 million passengers per day - by 2027," said Angela Gittens, director-general of Airports International Council (ACI).

In the past few years, the aviation industry has steadily resumed its pre-September 11 recovery.

Demand for international travel was strong last year as airports reported record traffic. Globally, they handled 4.8 billion passengers and 88.5 million tonnes of cargo.

"However, 2008 saw a slowing trend in consumer demand," she said. This was due to a general economic slowdown, high fuel prices, ageing fleets and growing customer dissatisfaction with delays at congested hubs, among others.

The ACI, representing 580 airport operators managing over 1,640 airports in 175 countries, said the present challenge will not be overcome with superficial or short-term measures.

"The effects of the deteriorating business environment are diverse and complex and one-size-fits-all solutions are neither applicable nor adequate to mitigate the challenges faced by airports and their stakeholders," ACI said in its resolutions adopted at the 18th World annual general assembly here on Monday.

Gittens said many airports around the world have been affected by airlines modifying their routes, consolidating services and retiring aircraft.

However, airports must maintain their commitment and provide the infrastructure that is critical to their business to meet current and future needs of airlines.

At the same time, airports must also ensure that their partners understand their constraints and horizons.

"As we have seen with past extraordinary economic pressures that had challenged this industry, long-term demand for air service has proven to be resilient.

"The aviation industry will have high and low points depending on a host of global for-ces; airlines will come and go.

"Airports are the community's infrastructure and economic engine, no matter who owns or operates the facilities," Gittens said.
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GOF to keep all Malaysian airports secure
Wednesday September 24, 2008 TheStar

KUCHING: The General Operations Force (GOF) will take over security at four international airports next month.

Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Hussin Ismail said the GOF would station personnel at Kuching International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport from Oct 15.

Bayan Lepas International Airport and Langkawi International Airport will see the deployment of GOF personnel at the end of October.

“The Cabinet decided in 2007 that the GOF will take over security at all airports beginning with international airports,” he told reporters after breaking fast at the Sarawak GOF Brigade Headquarters here.

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

The GOF commenced security control at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on May 12.

It was also given the task of overseeing security at CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine) complexes at northern entry and exit points in Peninsular Malaysia.

Hussin said, besides helping agencies at the CIQ complexes to curb smuggling, cross-border crime and other threats, the GOF coordinated security in border areas.

“In Sabah and Sarawak, the GOF is expected to control security at the Tebedu border post before operating at other entry and exit points,” he said. €” Bernama
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Malaysia Airports To Make KLIA More Environment-Friendly
September 24, 2008 16:47 PM
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BOSTON (USA), Sept 24 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is taking the next step to make the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) more environment-friendly by targeting carbon neutrality.

Its managing director, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, said the process had already started with strategies implemented to cut down greenhouse gas emissions, including programmes to manage waste and reduce the use of vehicles.

With the worldwide concern over global warning, adopting the "green" approach made good business sense, he said, adding that energy efficiency could also help to reduce costs.

Bashir said MAHB also gained non-airport revenue through the planting of oil palm in about 3,200 hectares around the KLIA area, with the subsidiary involved recording a profit of RM20 million last year.

"We are still expecting some profit this year though the prices of palm oil have gone down," he said in an interview after making a presentation on "Built to be Green: The KLIA experience" at the Airports Council International (ACI) general assembly, world conference and exhibition being held here from Sept 21 to 24.

Bashir, a member of the ACI governing council, said KLIA has continuously been awarded the Green Globe certification since 2004 and it remained the first and only airport in the world to be certified.

Green Globe, an international benchmarking and performance improvement system, requires high standards which not many airports are able to qualify, he said.

Other initiatives taken include Project Green Planet to promote environmental responsibility among local and foreign travellers at KLIA, and launch of the KLIA Green Park, an educational research area based on the varieties of plants available.

For its business, MAHB expects a growth of 5.5 percent in passenger volume for this year, which will still be higher than the industry average of four percent, according to Bashir.

"We saw good growth in the first seven months of this year but after that, there was less growth," he said, adding that the company, which is managing 39 airports, also expected to experience growth next year.

Bashir remained optimistic about the outlook of the global airport industry, saying that airports generally have not been too badly affected by the current economic difficulties.

"Confidence is still there in the industry, especially for the long term," he said.

MAHB has been chosen to host the 2009 ACI general assembly, world conference and exhibition which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 2 to 5.

"This is a recognition from the world airport community, which will further promote Malaysia as a tourist destination," he said.

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Penang airport next to go 'green'
Published: 2008/09/25 BusinessTimes

BOSTON: The Penang International Airport will be the second airport after the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang to be recognised as a "green" airport, says Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.

The airport operator is currently taking steps to make all airports under its management environmentally-friendly.

"We will start with the international airports. It is going to be slightly harder (with the other domestic airports) as they are not designed to be environmentally-friendly," he said.

Bashir also said that KLIA has embarked on an initiative to be carbon-neutral. However, there is no target date set for the airport to be carbon-neutral.

"It will be based on what we can control because we cannot control aircraft emission," he added.

Earlier, Bashir presented a talk on "KLIA: Built to be Green" at a session on Changing for Climate Change.

He said one of the green initiatives that generates revenue to MAHB is the planting of oil palm plantation around KLIA to reduce noise pollution.

Meanwhile, Boeing managing director (environmental strategy) Billy Glover said the planemakeris focusing on technology, fuel and efficiency to reduce carbon emission by airplanes.

"Seventy-five per cent of our research and development has some environmental outcome associated with it," he said.
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MAS to allow web check-ins for overseas travel
NST Online » Local News 2008/09/25

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines customers in Malay-sia will be able to check-in via the worldwide web and self-serve kiosks for international travel by the end of the year.

In a statement here today, senior general manager (transition management) Dr Amin Khan said international customers would be able to do web check-ins by next year.

"They can also select their preferred seats online 24 hours before flight departure and print their boarding passes."

Amin said customers doing web and kiosk check-ins could also drop off their luggage, if any, at designated airport counters.

He said MAS customers on flights to Association of Southeast Asian Nations destinations could now bypass the queues by checking in via the web or kiosks located at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"These check-in services are available for travel to 16 cities including Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Phnom Penh, in addition to all destinations in Malaysia." -- Bernama

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MAHB’s valuations undemanding
By Doreen Leong, 25 Sep 2008 11:48 AM THEEDGEDAILY

PETALING JAYA: Despite an expected slower passenger traffic growth, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) remains to be an attractive stock due to its undemanding valuations and appealing net dividend yield.

HwangDBS research said in its note that its valuation on the stock implied a 12.5 times calendar year (CY) 2009 earnings per share (EPS), which was consistent with MAHB’s three-year average historical forward (one-year) price earnings.

“We maintain a buy with RM3.90 target price based on 1.3 times CY2009 price over net tangible asset. Current valuations are undemanding and below peer multiples at 7.5 times CY2009 EPS and price over book value of 0.8 times. MAHB also offers an appealing net dividend yield of 6.7%,” it said.

The research house cut its passenger traffic growth forecasts to 5% each year from 8%-9% in FY2008 until FY2010 due to anticipated softening travel demand amid high inflation and slower economic growth. Passenger traffic growth slowed since June this year to 6%-7% from 8%-9% in the January to May period.

“While we expect domestic passenger volume to continue to increase given AirAsia’s growing capacity and competitive rates offered by local airlines, international passenger traffic could ease, in view of possible shift in travellers’ preference to cheaper flights and shorter routes,” it added.

HwangDBS has revised its earnings forecasts downwards by 1.1% to RM342.8 million in FY2009 and 4.5% to RM369 million in FY2010 on the back of lower contribution from aircraft landing revenue, retail sales and palm oil.

However, it expected reduced forecasts for depreciation, provision of doubtful debts and staff costs, based on 1H2008 figures, to cushion the effect.

“We expect retail floor space expansion and MAHB’s aggressive cost management initiatives to be the key driver for FY2008 to FY2010 earnings,” the research house said.

It expected retail floor space to expand by 40% in FY2009 and 19% in FY2010, which could enhance rental revenue by 34% in FY2009 and 27% in FY2010. Rental revenue is MAHB’s third largest source of revenue accounting for 18% of its total revenue in FY2007.

HwangDBS said the long-drawn restructuring plan was expected to match MAHB’s cash flow with its annual lease rental charges payable to the government. “Hence we do not rule out possible increase in certain regulated charges such as passenger service charges. A RM1 increase in passenger service charge across the board could lift FY2008 to FY2010 earnings by between 4% and 5%.”

Also, while the research house was positive on the development of some 1,092 hectares of land near KLIA with an estimated gross development value of RM3.9 billion as it could provide long-term earnings contribution, it has yet to impute any potential contribution from the project pending further details and confirmations.

“Potential revenue could be derived from land lease, leasing of properties and royalties from business tenants,” it added.
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AirAsia X wins 'Best Newcomer' award
Published: 2008/09/26

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AIRASIA X, the low-cost, long-haul affiliate of AirAsia, has made Malaysia proud after being named the winner of the “Best Newcomer” Award at the prestigious 2008 Budgie World Low Cost Airline Awards held last night at the London Queen Elizabeth II Centre.

AirAsia X, whose shareholders include the Virgin Group, was commended for its ground-breaking new business model and excellence in launching its services across Asia Pacific.

AirAsia X beat British Airways subsidiary airline, Open Skies, as well as Jin Air and K-Rabi, to the “Best Newcomer” accolade.

It also received the highest number of nominations among all entries. In total, AirAsia Group was shortlisted in four categories, including “Best Low Cost Airline”, “Best Low Cost Airline: Asia Pacific” and “CEO of the Year”.

Since its inaugural flight to Australia's Gold Coast in November 2007, AirAsia X has announced daily flights to Hangzhou, China, Melbourne and Perth, with plans to launch services to London as early as next year.

At the ceremony to receive the award, Azran Osman-Rani, CEO AirAsia X, said: “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and be in the same peer group with other winners such as Southwest Airlines, EasyJet and Virgin Blue.

“The recognition of our pioneering model proves that Malaysian companies can succeed in the global marketplace. We're proud to keep the Jalur Gemilang flying high,” he said in a statement from London.

Azran said despite tough market conditions in 2008, AirAsia X has provided its guests with lowest fares to long-haul destinations, alongside an enhanced travel experience, including comfortable leather seats and a newly launched “5 star” menu.

“The result has been tremendous and we have already recorded load factors of over 300,000 passengers since inception,” he said.

Present was Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO and founder of AirAsia X.

The Budgie World Low Cost Airline Awards recognises leaders, innovators and pioneers in the global low-cost aviation industry.

This year's awards were judged by renowned industry consultants including John Hanlon, secretary-general of European Low Fare Airline Association, John Strickland, CEO of JLS Consulting, Jay Sorensen, CEO of IdeaWorks and Peter Harbison, Executive Director of Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. — Bernama
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SilkAir to ply KL-Singapore sector
Published: 2008/10/01 BusinessTimes

SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) has extended its cooperation with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to include its sister airline, SilkAir, in its code-share arrangement.

"(With the new code-share), SilkAir customers will enjoy ... up to 15 flights a day between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from December 1 2008," SIA Marketing and The Regions executive vice-president Huan Cheng Eng said in a statement yesterday.

The code-share agreement coincides with the opening up of the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air sector on December 1 under the Asean open skies roadmap.

SilkAir will commence twice daily flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from October 26 2008, while SIA will operate five daily flights.

But from December 1, SIA and SilkAir will operate four flights each.

MAS, meanwhile, will maintain its flight frequency of seven times a day on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route come December.

Together with MAS, the three carriers will offer up to 15 flights a day.

SilkAir chief executive Chin Yau Seng said this would be the first time SilkAir is flying to Kuala Lumpur.

"We are excited about the prospects for this new route," Chin said.
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Emirates Offers More Capacity To Malaysians
September 30, 2008 20:43 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Bernama) -- In response to an increasing demand from business and leisure travellers, Emirates Airlines is increasing its capacity on the Kuala Lumpur to Dubai route by over 20 percent.

In a statement, Emirates said starting tomorrow, it will de-link Jakarta from its current Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta - Dubai routing and instead operate dedicated non-stop flights between Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.

From Dec 1 onwards, the carrier will also add three extra flights per week to Dubai from Kuala Lumpur.

The additional flights will boost Emirates services from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai to twelve flights per week.

Emirates Country Manager, Alban Lee said the additional capacity satisfies the increasing demand for flights among its discerning business and leisure travellers from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai and vice versa.

"It also further strengthens the airline's commitment to this market and in supporting Malaysia's efforts to position itself as an ideal tourism and business destination," he said.

The additional flights between Kuala Lumpur and Dubai will be operated using an Airbus A330-200.

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Malaysia gains from Asia Pacific air passenger growth
Published: 2008/10/04

THE Asia Pacific is recording the fastest growth in air passenger volumes worldwide with Malaysia among the countries in the region gaining from the trend.

According to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, booming markets like India, China and Macau will make Asia Pacific the world's largest aviation market in the coming years.

"More passengers are travelling in this region and this has also contributed to Malaysia's tourism market," he said in an interview after attending the four-day Airports Council International (ACI) general assembly and world conference and exhibition which ended in Boston last week.

Bashir, a member of the ACI governing council, said though the current economic difficulties affected airport operators worldwide, those in the Asia Pacific were still doing better than their counterparts in other regions.

Malaysia Airports, he said, expects to record a growth of 5.5 per cent in passenger volume this year, higher than the industry average of 4.2 per cent.

He also said that the airports managed by the company recorded good passenger growth in the first seven months of this year and this was expected to slow down in the remaining months.

At the conference, ACI Asia Pacific president Max Moore-Wilton said Asia Pacific is expected to overtake North America and Europe to become the world's largest regional market in the next 10 years.

"This is being driven by the growing economies of India and China, and the region will see the development of new high quality airports," he said.

Asia Pacific, he added, already has five of the world's top 30 airports in terms of international passengers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.

In its forecast report, the ACI said Asia Pacific will lead the other regions with its passenger volume growing at a rate of 6.3 per cent annually over the next 20 years with India and China recording growth of 9.2 per cent and 9.1 per cent respectively.

The fastest growing routes will be between Asia Pacific and the Middle East, it added.

In freight operations, Asia Pacific is expected to post the fastest growth in freight tonnage with 6.6 per cent, compared to the industry average of 5.1 per cent, annually over the next 20 years, the ACI said.

At the general assembly attended by over 2,000 representatives from the global airport industry, a ceremony was held to recognise Malaysia Airports as the host of next year's ACI general assembly and world conference and exhibition which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from November 2 to 5.

Randall Walker, chairman of ACI North America, the current host, presented to Bashir an antique clock to mark the countdown to the 2009 event.

ACI is an international body that campaigns for airport interests and promotes professional excellence in airport management and operators.

Its members manage 1,650 airports in 65 countries. - Bernama
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