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Old July 21st, 2009, 09:50 AM   #1
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SZB | Subang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

Subang International Airport
KUALA LUMPUR (The first International Airport in Malaysia: 1965)

Operator: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Serves: Kuala Lumpur
Location: Subang, Selangor, Malaysia



Subang International Airport is official known as Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, often called Subang Airport, is an airport located in Subang, Malaysia, and primarily serves general aviation and some turboprop domestic flights. Although plans existed to convert the airport into a low-cost carrier hub, the change was opposed by Subang Jaya residents. Until the 1998 opening of the KL International Airport in Sepang, the (then) Subang International Airport served as Kuala Lumpur's primary airport. Subang Airport is currently the hub for Berjaya Air and Firefly commercial turboprop services.

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The airport officially was opened to traffic on August 30, 1965, and had the longest runway (3.7 km long, 45m wide - runway 15 - 33) in Southeast Asia, replacing Sungai Besi Airport. By the 1990s, the airport had three terminals - Terminal 1 for international flights, Terminal 2 for Singapore - KL shuttle flights by Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, and Terminal 3 for domestic flights. Toward the end of service, the airport suffered at least two major fires that forced traffic to be diverted to other airports. By the end of 1997, Subang Airport handled 15.8 million passengers.

In July 2002, AirAsia began flying from KLIA, and in 2004, AirAsia considered utilising the airport as a primary hub in Malaysia. However, the plan was rejected and the Malaysian government now plans to turn the airport into an international conference centre.. Since Firefly started operations in the airport, AirAsia has been lobbying the government to allow AirAsia to use Subang Airport. As of December 2007, the government still maintains its policy of only allowing general aviation and turbo-prop flights out of Subang Airport.

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The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is to receive a US$91 million injection of funds to transform its Terminal 3 into a corporate jet hub, a redevelopment project being undertaken by Subang Skypark, an independent company, and which also involves the construction of dedicated MRO and aircraft parking hangars. Work is scheduled for completion by 2010. On August 8, 2008, VistaJet Holding SA started operations from the airport. It provides private jet travel from Malaysia to anywhere in the world.
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On 4 December 2007, Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd announce a RM 300 million plan to transform the Terminal 3 building into an ultra-modern general and corporate aviation hub. The plan includes upgrading the terminal, creation of regional aviation center and finally the establishment of a commercial nexus. Under an agreement with Malaysia Airports, Subang Skypark will serve private aviation while Malaysia Airports will serve Berjaya Air and Firefly Airlines. Subang Skypark recently signed a lease agreement with Malaysia Airports for the land in the Airport in Langkawi.

On the next day, VistaJet, a business jet service provider, has announced that it will use the airport as a base of operations in Malaysia. It has chosen Terminal 3, which is being operated by Subang Skypark to be the hub in Asia.

The operator announce that construction works for a 9000 square feet, five star executive lounge begins in February 2008. The construction works was awarded to ArcRadius Sdn Bhd. It is expected that the lounge works will be done by end of March 2008. The transformation plans also calls for a construction of two 42 meters by 47 meters maintenance, repair and overhaul hangars and ten 36 meter by 36 meter parking hangars. The construction of the MRO hangars will complete by end of 2008 while two of the ten parking hangars will complete by end of 2009.







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Subang airport to become aerospace park



PUTRAJAYA: The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang will be turned into an International Aerospace Park (IAP) in a move to propel Malaysia in the aviation industry.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the Department of Civil Aviation would be ordered to control development in the area.

“We believe that as an IAP, the airport will provide ample job opportunities for residents in the area. Flights and noise pollution will also be kept to the minimum.

“The Cabinet has agreed to this proposal, which was originally based on a study by Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology with help from Malaysia Airports and our ministry,” he announced yesterday.

The ministry, he said, would still need to source for funding to develop the infrastructure for the project.

The proposed IAP, added Chan, would focus on six core activities,including aircraft maintenance and overhaul for civilian as well as military aircraft, acting as a general aviation centre for chartered flights and corporate jets, regional sales centre for helicopter manufacturers, facilities for flight training and the manufacturing of aircraft parts and avionics.
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Aerospace hub in the making

By Anna Maria Samsudin BusinessTimes

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THE Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang has taken a backseat since commercial air flight operations moved to the KL International Airport in Sepang in 1998. But the old airport will soon reclaim its spotlight in the global aviation industry as the country’s international aerospace centre.
ONE may be forgiven for thinking that the Government has abandoned plans to turn the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAASA) in Subang into a global aerospace hub.

After all, the Terminal One building has remained vacant since it was torn down to make way for the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) project.

Terminal Two has also been turned into an office for the Immigration Department and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) headquarters, while Terminal Three is used by small charter operators.

It has also been more than a year since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the MIAC project.

However, MAHB and Malaysian Industry-Government Group on High Technology (Might), the custodians of the MIAC project, said plans to turn Subang into an aerospace hub by 2015 remain intact.

Indeed, they have been busy attending to enquiries as well as applications from those interested to be part of the MIAC community.

It is understood that two multinational aircraft component manufacturers, from the US and Canada respectively, have confirmed participation in MIAC - bringing in investments to the tune of some RM500 million.

The two companies are expected to commence operations by the end of this year.

MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad declined to provide details on the matter, but said the MIAC project has received overwhelming response from the aerospace fraternity, both locally and abroad.

"It is true that the aerospace centre has received positive response from industry players. All the applications received are being seriously considered and evaluated," he told Business Times via a phone interview.

Might president and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ahmad Tasir Lope Pihie said on its part, it is figuring out ways to best accommodate all the companies participating in MIAC within a limited space of the Subang airport.

"We have received many applications. What we are trying to do now is to make sure that we are able to accomodate all the participating companies. We are also talking to the Government on possibilities to expand the area (in Subang)," he said.

Launched in August 2005, MIAC is a recommendation out of a report by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, commissioned by MAHB, as well as the National Aerospace Blueprint, drawn up by Might.

Under the MIAC plans, it will have six major components - a maintenance repair and overhaul centre, a helicopter centre, a general aviation centre, an aerospace training centre of excellence, an aerospace technology centre and a commercial centre.

Ahmad Tasir said in addition to MRO services for engine and aircraft airframe, the aerospace centre also aims to venture into more critical and lucrative areas namely in passenger-to-freighter (PTF) aircraft conversion, landing gear centre as well as component manufacturing.

He explained that by venturing into these new areas, MIAC will eventually need to have other supporting sub-sectors, namely in avionics (aviation electronic) such as communications, navigation and the display and management of multiple systems.

"When clients send over aircraft for conversion work, they would prefer to have all the work done, be it in terms of refurbishment or avionics, all in one place.

"That is why we need to carefully plan this so that the centre would comprise of players that are able to compliment each other. We need to really understand the industry so that it won't be a half-baked initiative," Ahmad Tasir said.

On plans to venture into PTF conversion, Ahmad Tasir said Might has identified several local companies and industry players to be the anchor players in this business.

They include Airod Sdn Bhd, Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd, SME Aerospace Sdn Bhd and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

However, the only obstacle is that none of the local players has the necessary certifications to perform PTF conversion work.

"In order to market the service globally, the players involved need to obtain internationally-recognised certification from bodies such as the US-based Federal Aviation Administration. However, none of the local players have this sort of certification.

"That is why we are talking to potential partners, including big plane makers like Boeing and Airbus to participate in this project," he added.
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Malaysia Hub For Flying Hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 (Bernama) -- The United Nations recognises the Subang Airport as a humanitarian airport.

It will soon be transformed into a hub for Global Flying Hospitals aircraft, to bring humanitarian medical aid and support to over 100 developing countries, says Neil Newton, founder and chairman of the non-profit international body.

Apart from established infrastructures, he said, Malaysia's strategic location in central Asia and its economic and political stability are the key factors for the country to be picked as the flying hub.

"We choose Malaysia as our hub to fly our aircraft and Jordan will be our operational hub," he told Bernama in an interview.

Newton was among the panellists at the Medical Relief for Palestine symposium hosted by the Orthopaedic Department of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Newton said Global Flying Hospitals planned to have a fleet of 10 aircraft, comprising four Boeing 747s, which have been converted into high-tech surgical hospitals and six Hercules C-130 transport aircraft.

The fleet would be utilised as "field hospitals" and "clinics" to send medical supplies and paramedics, mostly volunteers, to meet the medical and health needs of victims during emergencies and disasters, he said.

"Our mission is to extend free medical aid and treatment to people in need. We intend to start our operations after we take delivery of the first aircraft, a Hercules C-130, within the next six months.

"We will have about 30 staff from Malaysia and 200 people worldwide," he said.

Newton said Global Flying Hospitals needs the support and cooperation from across the globe to buy aircraft and funding for humanitarian medical operations.

Early this year, Mercy Malaysia, actively involved in extending humanitarian and medical aid to disaster victims, signed a memorandum of understanding with Global Flying Hospitals to use the flying hospital service for free for a year.

The Malaysia-incorporated Global Flying Hospitals aims to supply humanitarian and medical support to developing nations via self-contained in-flight surgical operating suites that are specially designed to function in city airports and remote airstrips.

About two billion or one-third of the world population are in need of medical attention, especially in developing and war-torn countries.
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SkyPark set to inject new life into Subang Terminal 3
By Azlan Abu Bakar BusinessTimes



Modern: The refurbished Skypark Subang Terminal.

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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Investors seek space at Malaysia's planned aerospace hub



For convenience: The Skypark Subang Terminal has new
check-in counters for Firefly and Berjaya Air passengers.


Malaysia Airports has received overwhelming response - 21 applications with a total potential investment of US$100 million

THE Malaysian International Aerospace Centre (MIAC) at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor, is not as quiet as it seems as potential investors are rushing in applications to secure spots in the planned aerospace hub.

Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has received 21 applications, with a total potential investment of US$100 million (RM337 million) and requiring some 159ha, from both local and foreign companies interested in setting up operations at the centre.

Given the overwhelming response and limited space available, MAHB has had to carefully go through each application and look for more land. It has raised issues concerning the land scarcity with the government.

When it was first planned, the MIAC was to have six major components: maintenance repair and overhaul centre (MRO), helicopter centre, general aviation centre, aerospace training centre of excellence, aerospace technology centre and commercial centre.

The MIAC currently has 29 tenants, comprising eight MRO companies, including Malaysia Airlines and Airod Sdn Bhd, 15 general aviation and five aviation-related companies.

The latest tenants are Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) - the world's largest supplier of commercial airplane assembly and components - which is said to be taking up some 49ha at the old Terminal 1, and the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology, which will build its training centre on 20ha in the MIAC area.

The MIAC is also developing a commercial centre in Terminal 3 to complement the jet facility there.

To be managed by a private company, construction works on the commercial centre - which will comprise a hotel as well as entertainment, retail, and food and beverage outlets - will take place early next year.

Terminal 3 is currently being used by Berjaya Air and community airline Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.

As ownership of private jets looks to be a rising trend worldwide, including in Asia, there is urgent need to set up a general aviation centre to cater for demand.

The centre, to be built on the remaining part of Terminal 3, will need to be of equivalent standard to others around the world.

MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, when contacted, said the centre is expected to increase its earnings substantially as a result of the increased rental income and share of the commercial revenue.

"However, more importantly, the government expects MIAC to focus on developing the Subang airport into a regional MRO and general aviation hub and put Malaysia in the forefront as envisaged by its aerospace master plan," he said.
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Vista Jet picks Subang to be Asian hub
Skypark Subang

The business jet service provider expects to begin operations in Skypark Subang between the end of the month and early next year

BUSINESS jet service provider Vista Jet has chosen the Subang airport's Terminal 3, now know as Skypark Subang, to be its hub in Asia to capture the region's rapidly growing market.

Chairman Thomas Flohr said the company is optimistic that the upcoming ultra-modern private jet centre will be the best place for it to operate in the region.

He said that one of the reasons for choosing Subang is because of its close proximity to the city, unlike most corporate division centres in the world which are located far away.

"We have taken 18 months to do a due diligence on Skypark. We like what it has to offer.

"In addition, the commitment that we see from the operator Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian government is among the reasons why we feel that Skypark will be the perfect partner for us," Flohr told a press conference after the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Subang Skypark yesterday.

Vista Jet expects to begin operations in Skypark Subang between the end of the month and early next year. Initially, it will operate two jets, Bombardier Challenger 605 and 604, priced between US$30 million and US$60 million (RM100 million and RM200 million).

Depending on the market demand and availability of aircraft, Flohr said there are plans to park more jets.

"Although I would not be able to specifically say how many more aircraft we plan to have in Subang, there are plans to eventually increase our jets there as demand grows," he added.

Subang Skypark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said the facilities to be built in Skypark Subang will complement services provided by Vista Jet.

"Our six-star fixed base operation facility is able to provide Vista Jet clients with the services they require," he said.

The Switzerland-based Vista Jet is the fastest-growing private jet company, with over 500 passengers and at least 300 flights a month.
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Internet Booking Facility kiosks to be set up at Skypark Subang Terminal
Friday June 19, 2009

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) plans to set up six Internet Booking Facility (IBF) kiosks at Skypark Subang Terminal by the end of the year to enable passengers to enjoy greater convenience in buying tickets at anytime.

It is a “self-ticketing” system, very much like the ATM or payment machines where tickets can be bought as early at 6.30am or as late as midnight,

MAS assistant general manager (Distribution) Abdul Mutalib Ishak said there was no need to rush to the ticket office, especially during peak hours and wait for long to book their tickets now.

He said so far the response from passengers had been good.

Meanwhile, MAS has also introduced the MH-smart Mobile system on a big scale.

Passengers will now be able to book their tickets, check-in, choose the seat and check on departure time through their handphone.
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Subang SkyPark to refurbish airport
Terminal 3

KUALA LUMPUR: Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd has allocated RM35mil for the refurbishment of Terminal 3 (T3) of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

The refurbishment covered about 157,000 sq ft of T3 and would see new interior design and facilities to cater to FireFly and Berjaya Air passengers, corporate strategy managing director Fariz Hashim said in a statement.

“The refurbishment is expected to be completed within six months of commissioning and passengers will, in addition to the new check-in facilities, also enjoy an organised approach in the airport,” he said in the statement.

The entire project would be privately funded, he added.

Fariz said the upgrading would see the check-in counters brought back to the forefront as well as a fresh entrance facade and an annexe housing food and beverage outlets.

“These will be the most visibly captivating points for our travellers as it will be a major improvement to T3 which was built 15 years ago,” he added.

He said the terminal's refurbishment was part of a three-year overall design fo Subang SkyPark for which RM300mil was being invested to transform it into the region's largest general and corporate aviation hub. – Bernama
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SkyPark to bring new life to Subang airport
By Presenna Nambiar BusinessTimes



Ghost town: The terminal is now a far cry from its bustling heyday.

SKYPARK FBO Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a newly set up fixed base operator (FBO) at the Subang airport, expects to chart RM3 million to RM5 million in revenue in its first year of operation.

The company, which is part of the RM350 million redevelopment plan for Subang airport, is the result of a joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation Group and Australia's Hawker Pacific.

It offers services for private and corporate aircraft such as fuelling, repairs, parking, tie-down and hangar storage.

"The introduction of Swiss VistaJet Holding SA's charter services and the establishment of the SkyPark FBO (in Malaysia) takes us further forward in our journey towards setting up the region's first general and corporate aviation hub with world-class standard of products, services, facilities and amenities," Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at the launch of SkyPark FBO in Subang yesterday.

He said it is the aim of the government to develop the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre into a pulsating and thriving centre of private aviation, the largest and finest in Asean, if not Asia.

VistaJet is SkyPark FBO's first customer to offer private jet charter services with an initial commitment of two dedicated aircraft in Subang.

There are plans to bring in another aircraft in 2009.

"Subang has been quiet for the last 10 years and we plan to put it back on the world map," Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon said.

He said the first phase of the redevelopment of Subang Airport is almost complete with the launch of SkyPark FBO and the RM35 million refurbishment of Terminal 3 which will be completed in October this year.

Work on Phase 2 of the three-part redevelopment of the terminal is to start next month. It will entail the creation of a regional aviation centre with maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, a dedicated hangar and corporate aviation-related industries.

"The FBO operations will be a significant investment for both Hawker Pacific and ExecuJet, but it will be the investment that is put into the development of the MRO facility that would be enormous," Hawker Pacific chief executive officer Alan Smith said.

He said a typical maintenance facility would involve between US$5 million and US$10 million (RM16.4 million and RM32.8 million) in investments, without taking into account the investment in training.

Hawker Pacific and ExecuJet plan to individually operate MRO hangars in their own products and services, with aircraft parking services.
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The four lanes at the SkyPark Subang Terminal. (Inset) A huge
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SUBANG JAYA: Moving around the newly refurbished RM40 million SkyPark Subang Terminal (formerly known as Terminal 3) is now easier with the completion of the four dedicated lanes which guide motorists to the airport.

Each of the four lanes has been installed with directory signs, including a huge outdoor directory signboard to facilitate traffic movement to the airport terminal.

Lane 1, the nearest to the airport building’s entrances, has been designated for passenger drop-off and pick-up while Lane 2 is for waiting taxis and valet parking service. Lane 3 is dedicated for coaches and delivery vehicles while Lane 4 provides quick access to the SkyPark FBO that caters to private and business jet travels.

There is also a new open-air carpark directly opposite the airport terminal. It can accommodate up to 750 vehicles at a time, said a statement by Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd yesterday.


To get to the carpark, motorists need to make a U-turn located 600 metres immediately after the airport terminal under the bridge of the main road (on the right side for those approaching from Subang Jaya). There is also another U-turn at the opposite end for motorists coming from Sungai Buloh.

For access to the airport terminal, visitors can use the overhead pedestrian bridge connecting the carpark and the airport terminal.

To ensure smooth traffic flow, the Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd has enforced a clamping zone with a RM100 penalty on vehicles parked at the four lanes.

Spanning over 13,500 sq metres, the refurbished airport terminal now features new check-in counters, flight visual directories, broadband wifi, retail stores and more food and beverage outlets.

The refurbishment of the terminal building is part of a three-year overall design for SkyPark Subang where RM400 million is being invested to transform it into the region’s largest general and corporate aviation hub.
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Turning Subang into SkyPark
By THEAN LEE CHENG



MALAYSIA will join the likes of other countries in the region to have a private jet centre catering to the needs and requirements of private corporate jets. Currently, they are being serviced in Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park.

The development of the private jet centre will be done by Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd, which is jointly owned by Anggun Intelek Pvt Ltd and Ara Corp, a concepteur, developer, manager and operator of general and corporate aviation hubs.

To be located at Terminal 3, the private jet centre will cater to four to 12-seater light jets, which may be individually or corporately owned.

Under the agreement, Subang SkyPark director for corporate strategy Mohd Fariz Hashim says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) will continue to manage the operations of Terminal 3 which will continue to serve Firefly, the low-cost carrier of Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Berjaya Air while Subang SkyPark will take care of the facilities and needs of corporate jets. However, the responsibility to transform and upgrade the rundown Terminal 3 falls on Subang SkyPark.

In line with this, Subang SkyPark will be pumping about RM35mil to refurbish the place, which at one point, was even used as a venue for a jumble sale, to the chagrin of the Selangor royal family member.

Since then, the refurbishment programme, talked and mulled over the last few years, has been speeded up.

Says Fariz: “We are not reinventing the wheel. We are working with what is available. We are not designing a completely new airport but updating the current Terminal 3. Plans have been finalised and work is expected to begin in May.” Terminal 3 has a footprint of about 160,000 sq ft. It was built about 15 years ago to cater to 3.5 million passengers.

“We will cause as little disruption as possible but tenants will have to be moved. We will have make-shift tunnels for passengers to go through to get to the necessary points in order for them to take off,” says Fariz.

The refurbishment will see new areas to house retailers and food and beverage (F&B) outlets. Signages and facilities will be improved. These include retailers, information counters, waiting and boarding lounges. The banks will also be moved into the airport; they are now currently located outside.

“We have hired international airport consultants from Canada to help us with the refurbishment. Virtually, all that is necessary for an airport to be operational will be put in place by September,” says Fariz.

The luggage check-in points will also be brought forward at the front entrance instead of tucked behind inside the airport.

“In most airports, passengers check in their luggage, which frees them to browse in shops,” says Fariz.

In addition, there are hardly any retail offerings that owners of a private jet or those who fly in one would need, considering what is available today.

But beyond and outside this budget of RM35mil refurbishment, Subang SkyPark will also be building two maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangars and 10 parking hangars for light jet planes. The MRO hangars will be 42 metres by 47 metres while the parking hangars 36 metres x 36 metres.

They have also approached jet owners about parking their planes there. Fariz says there are currently about 30 owners, both individuals and corporations and members of the royal families. Right now, these planes are scattered around in shed-like hangars. “We will make it a more unified look,” he says.

Two of the 10 parking hangars will be completed by the end of 2009 while the MRO hangars will be completed by the end of this year. Earthworks will begin June 1 on the hangars.

The investment on the hangars, excluding the RM35mil refurbishment, will come up to between RM120mil and RM130mil.

Fariz says the company will be bringing in international operators to manage the private jet centre. They have narrowed down the operators to two. The contenders are reported to be a Switzerland-based business aviation group and Australia's Hawker Pacific.

Subang SkyPark, which is about one year old, will be working with the operator as to the type of equipment and facilities that will be needed in the hangars as well as MAHB.

“About half a million passengers are expected to use this airport by the end of 2008. By 2009 we are expecting one million.

“With this numbers, our work will not be limited to just refurbishment and building of hangers. We aim to create a hub, an airport city around here. This means other amenities like a boutique hotel and shopping facilities are needed. This will be build outside Terminal 3 as part of RM300mil budget to turn this into an aviation hub,” says Fariz.

Because Terminal 3 was build to cater to larger planes like 747s, its runway are very wide which is a real boon for the smaller planes.

“We have the advantage and privilege of space, unlike Hong Kong and Singapore. They too are using older airports as a private jet centres, but they do not have the space. We do, so there is every likelihood of Terminal 3 becoming a popular aviation hub among private jet owners,” says Fariz.

Subang SkyPark is reported to be owned by four individuals. They are Subang SkyPark executive director Datuk Ravindran Menon, Datuk Jamil Bidin, who is the chief executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Aisamar Kadil Mydin Syed Marikiah and Azman Abul Hasan, both of whom are directly or indirectly related to ARA Group. The ARA group is involved in transport infrastructure business including roads, rails and airports; utilities including power generation, sewage and waste water treatment plant; buildings and installations. Ravindran and Aisamar are also the co-founders of ARA Group.
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VistaJet sees big jump in revenue



From left: VistaJet vice-president (Asia-Pacific sales) Adrien Chazottes, Eric Weisskopf and
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SUBANG: Business jet service provider VistaJet International expects a 70% growth in revenue for its Malaysian operations by the end of next year, after adding a third jet to its Asia-Pacific fleet.

“We expect the Malaysian market to continue to grow as we continue to see demand especially for short haul flights within Asean,” chief commercial officer Eric Weisskopf told reporters after a media test flight onboard the Learjet 60XR yesterday.

He said VistaJet was aiming to generate about 2,600 flight hours from the Malaysian market next year.

The business jet provider, which stationed its Asia-Pacific fleet in SkyPark Subang Terminal, has two other aircraft stationed there - the Bombadier Challenger 605 and Challenger 850, both collectively worth some US$59.9mil.

Executive vice-president and head of global charter Dr Gerald Wissel said: “In view of the current economic slowdown where airlines are reducing their routes, we offer businessmen the flexibility to travel in economical and efficient business jets.”

Weisskopf said VistaJet had invested about US$13.6mil in the new Learjet 60 XR and would be investing some US$350mil on 12 aircraft to the group’s total fleet of 22 aircraft next year due to strong demand.
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