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Topic: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 09:52:20 and read 24062 times.

Selamat Datang to the fourth instalment of the Malaysian Aviation Thread.

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Some of the major highlights in the previous threads:

New Carriers:

  • FAX's AirAsia X was scrapped and is now will be known as AirAsia Long Haul. FAX is in the final stages of firming up its interim fleet as it aims to start operations in September 2007.
  • MAS-BE Airlines Sdn Bhd was initiated as an aviation arm of Malaysian-Beijing Group of Companies to operate chartered flights. MAS-BE Airlines has direct scheduled chartered flights to Haikou and Chongqing, it planned to have more direct routes to Chengdu, Kunming, Xian, Shantou, Nanning, Zhangzhou and other major cities in China.


New Routes/Service:

  • Firefly started serving Koh Samui on 16 April 2007.
  • AirAsia will start serving Shenzen on 15 July 2007 from KUL and BKK.
  • AirAsia is adding a second flight daily to Hanoi from KUL LCCT with effect from 19 June 2007 to cope with the high demand and strong load.
  • Malaysia Airlines is mounting an additional six flights which will transit in Dubai to cater for the increased demand from West Asian tourists wanting to holiday in Malaysia during the peak summer holiday period from July to August this year. The additional flights comprised 3 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Kuwait and 3 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Bahrain, all using Boeing 777s with a total of 1,680 seats.
  • MASkargo has quit Beirut, Milan and Manchester.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Vientiane will resume direct air links after almost 10 years. Beginning July, AirAsia will fly direct to the capital of Laos.


Online Facilities:

  • Firefly to offer travel packages on its website www.fireflyz.com.my.
  • MH is on track to roll out eTicketing on 21 September 2007. This would allow the 15 airlines including Jet Airways, Royal Brunei and Kuwait Airways, which are served by MAS as the ground handling agent, to check in eTicket passengers along with paper ticket passengers.
  • For the first time in history, online check in services is now available in Malaysia. AirAsia is the first carrier to introduce such service from their website.
  • MH and SQ have successfully rolled out their joint interline electronic ticketing (eTicketing) initiative that would see MH becoming eTicketing capable by this September 2007.
  • AK introduces yet another online facility to its customer - Xpress Boarding. AirAsia offers option to choose seat for MYR 20 via its website. This new service provides passengers the opportunity to be amongst the first to board and have the greatest choice of seats, ahead of the general boarding group.
  • MH recently made some cosmetic changes to its website. Check it out at www.malaysiaairlines.com.


Price Wars:

  • AirAsia AirAsia is celebrating its partnership agreement with the AT&T Williams Formula One racing team by offering 600,000 seats with fares as low as RM1 via its Fast & Furious campaign. The tickets were available online only at www.airasia.com, and guests can start making their bookings from midnight April 23 to April 29 for flights between Oct 1, 2007, and March 2008.
  • MH’ cheap fares fall under its SuperSavers promotion with 500,000 tickets allocated over six days for domestic locations only. The sales period was from April 23 to 28 for travel between May 7 and May 22, and, June 14 and June 30.


Crashes/Mishap:

  • A Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) Fokker F50 aircraft which carried Miri police chief and several members of the media caused a scare when one of its tyres burst after landing at the airport. However, no casualty was reported.
  • A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Hawk 208 jet crashed after take-off at the Kuantan airbase. The pilot managed to eject to safety.
  • The Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu (TGG) was closed for 2 days because of runway lights malfunctioning. The closure affected six commercial flights (MAS, AirAsia and Firefly), the King's (Sultan Mizan) special flight and some 335 passengers were stranded on the first day. MAHB had taken all measures to keep the airlines abreast of the development at the airport.


The opening of the KUL-SIN route:

  • YTL Corporation is still positive about their plan and introduced the train model that they are going to use for their Kuala Lumpur-Singapore track, the Velaro E Train by Siemen AG.
  • DPM Najib Razak said that the KUL-SIN route is unlikely to be opened up any earlier than 2008, when the planned ASEAN air agreement comes into effect.


Plane delivery/movement/order:

  • AK has received their 18th A320, 9M-AFR on 13 March 2007.
  • FAX orders 10 Airbus 330-300 with 5 option for its long haul LCC operation. Each aircraft carries a price tag of US$175 million. FAX said the first 10 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2008 and to be fully delivered by 2011.
  • MH will proceed with the purchase of 6 A388s. Airbus to compensate MH for late delivery. Airbus COO, John Leahy said, “We will compensate MAS and other customers for late delivery. For MAS, the delivery is 22 months late.” Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd, the parent company of MAS, bought six A380 aircraft for RM1.6 billion. Leahy said Airbus was finalising the details of the compensation with MAS and will set new dates for the deliveries. “I don’t see any indication that they (MAS) would not be taking the aircraft. We just need to put in the dates,” he added. Bernama quoted MAS as confirming that the discussions with Airbus was on-going. "We are having on-going discussions with Airbus on the compensation and the new delivery date. No decision has been made yet," MAS said.
  • MH has invited Boeing and Airbus to quote for 55 aircrafts as a replacement to its 39 B734s.
  • Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB) is offering interested parties an opportunity to bid for eighteen B737-400 aircraft with leases attached. PMB said in a notice posted on its website on Monday that the aircraft sale would be divided into two lots of nine planes each. Bids could be offered for one lot or both. The 18 aircraft are currently leased to national carrier MH. After the sale, they will be leased to MH by the buyers on identical operating lease agreements.
  • 9M-MPA, which is now N718BA is currently sitting in TPE ready to be cut up for the LCF programme.


Government/NGO interferences in airlines' businesses:

  • MH has been directed by the government to take back the rural air services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak from Fly Asian Express (FAX), which was awarded the duty following the 1 August 2006 domestic air rationalisation decided to give it up to focus on its long haul LCC operation.
  • Sarawak State Government and Sarawak Tourism Board are fully supporting the government's decision of returning the RAS to MH (through Firefly).


Bilateral Disagreement:

  • Malaysia vs India over landing rights. India claimed that Malaysia did not granted landing rights for Air Sahara and Air India Express in favour of protecting MH. India threatened to ban all MH flights into India.
  • MH is facing arbitration at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, after Air Maldives Ltd alleged that MAS had failed to perform its duties under a management agreement signed on Jan 16, 1996.


Visa/Entry Requirement:

  • No more visas on arrival for South Indian travellers at KUL.
  • Malaysians are to fill in a special form when they leave the country as the Tourism Ministry wants to know why they go overseas and what do they do there. So far it has yet to be implemented.


Others:

  • Captain Mohd Fairuz Mohd Sakirin will be flying solo around the world in a French single engine TBM-700 aircraft from Eurocopter. He will undergo training in Los Angeles, Europe and Australia, which is scheduled in late April. He plans to cover 150 countries across seven continents in 120 days. Fairuz will also be on a peace mission in countries along his flying route.
  • Blind aviator Miles Hilton-Barber, who is attempting to fly half-way around the globe in a microlight plane, made a brief stopover in Penang to spread the message that blindness is not a barrier.
  • Etihad Holidays, the tour operator of UAE's Etihad Airways, has named Malaysia as its top-selling tourist destination. The airline said Malaysia emerged as the most popular destination among European and Middle Eastern travellers, beating perennial favourite Thailand, which was the top choice in 2006.
  • Malaysia is vying to be elected into the 36-member Council of the ICAO. Malaysia, an ordinary member in ICAO since 1958, is vying for a Council position (under category III - related to its geographical location). Singapore is already a council member (under category II).
  • A Malaysian entrepreneur, Song Hoi See is the proud CEO of 'economy class' lounge, The Plaza Premium Lounges in seven international airports in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Vancouver.
  • Malaysia's premier air (and maritime) show, LIMA 2007 is back, scheduled for Dec 4 to 8, 2007. 800 exhibitors are expected to show up.
  • Malaysia has won an award as this year’s top choice summer holiday destination for United Arab Emirates (UAE) residents from renowned tourism magazine Asfaar. The magazine’s 3,000 UAE residents picked Malaysia as their worldwide favourite because of the reasonable cost and the respect given to Arab and Islamic tradition and culture.



MALAYSIA AIRLINES

  • MH will offer Employee Share Option Scheme (ESOS) to its employees.
  • MASkargo, the air cargo division of MAS, managed to maintain its position as one of the top three air cargo carriers in Asia for the fifth consecutive year in the annual Air Freight and Supply Chain Awards or AFSCA ceremony.
  • Air France and All Nippon Airways are now MH's partner airlines, where passengers can earn Enrich miles when flying with them.
  • MH won't risk its business turnaround plan by taking over the RAS.
  • MH has selected SunGard’s Kiodex to help it better manage earnings volatility due to changes in fuel prices.
  • Effective 1 May 2007, flight MH 8 for Kuala Lumpur/London has been renumbered and rescheduled. It is now MH 4, departing KUL at 12:00 and arriving LHR at 18:10 daily on B744.
  • MH and the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy) have renewed their collaboration in disaster relief initiatives following their successful partnership for the past year. The partnership includes special fares to assist deployment of teams during disasters and excess luggage allowance, fundraising and promotion activities and training for MH staff in humanitarian work and skills in emergency situations.
  • A woman from India who boarded a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang threatened to “hijack” the plane during the flight. According to sources, the 35-year-old woman boarded the plane with two children, aged one and three. She later claimed that she was only joking.
  • MH is refurbishing its A333s. As revealed by Isz1:

    9M-MKF, 9M-MKS, 9M-MKR are now with "new" GCC seats w/o PTV. Making its debut soon, the 8 inch AVOD Portable Media Player (PMP) aka eVU Mobile Entertainment Device to be offered onboard MAS A333... if iam not mistaken they also add 2 more seats in that zone.

    For EY, they removed the main screen and replaced it with drop down LCD monitor... more or less for every 4 rows. 4 more seats in zone C and removed the main screen divider and doghouse. Slimmer EY seats compared to the older ones.

    GCC In flight services onboard MAS A333 to be upgraded to RNSD (Revised New Service Delivery) sytle aka MAS B772 and B744 inflight services... as more and more A333 crew rostered for A333 RNSD Classes. New dining ware etc... phasing out old dining ware etc. All these are temp solution until the arrival of "brand new" "replacement" aircraft... first A333 RNSD flight... september. more and more MAS A333 to be retrofitted into this new confi.


  • B734 product enhancement. As revealed by Isz1:

    Other than that, our hardworking and very sporting AIC ex-KUL might dress EY seats with new headrest cover... white/light grey as opposed to the current one... blue. i think it looks great as it brighten up the cabin interior. MQO is the only MAS B737 with dark brown interior carpet.



AIRASIA

  • US-based Wellington Management Company LLP has emerged as a substantial shareholder in AirAsia Bhd after it acquired 129.64 million shares or a 5.5% stake.


AirAsia's Tune Hotels:

  • Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur opened on 27 April 2007. The hotel offers 173 single and double rooms, where guests are given an option for add-on amenities like soap, towel and air-conditioner. Automated teller machine services, an Internet room and currency exchange services will also be made available.
  • Tune Hotels to open 2 more hotels in Penang.
  • Tune Hotels would launch a hotel in Kota Kinabalu. The 168-room budget hotel in Kota Kinabalu will be opened in January next year at 1 Borneo Lifestyle Hypermall is to be called Tune Hotels.Com 1 Borneo.



MALAYSIA AIRPORTS

Airport performances:

  • Passengers can now go to/from KUL LCCT from Subang Parade shopping mall with the introduction of Star Shuttle busses. The journey costs MYR 9 one way.
  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is extending its existing range of incentives for airlines, which ends in May 2007, until year-end and is reviewing a new set of incentives that will go into effect in 2008. MAHB was finalising a new scheme of incentives for carriers to fly into KL International Airport (KLIA).
  • Effective 21 May 2007, liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs) in airline passengers’ hand luggage will be limited to 100ml per item on all international flights departing from Malaysia. LAGs carried in containers larger than 100ml will not be allowed, even if the container is partially filled and these containers must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter.
  • MAHB was awarded the 10-year deal to manage Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan, its third overseas deal after Hyderabad and New Delhi in India. MAHB is also waiting for the outcome of the bids for airport management in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman.
  • Allegations that a man succumbed to an asthma attack due to the lack of medical emergency facilities at KUL L LCCT will be investigated. This is in response to a report in a Chinese daily claiming that the man, who was a passenger flying in from Tawau, died at the LCCT early Tuesday morning because there was no emergency room to treat him at the terminal. Last July, actor and Roda Impian (Malaysia's Wheel of Fortune) host Hani Mohsin Hanafi, 43, died of a heart attack after collapsing at the AirAsia counter at the terminal while he was preparing to take a flight to Langkawi, with his daughter.


Airports' constructions:

  • SULTAN Ismail International Airport (JHB) is going to be expaned as it will be part of Johor’s comprehensive logistic infrastructure plan in the Iskandar Development Region. Under the plan, the airport will be connected with the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Gelang Patah, Johor Port in Pasir Gudang and Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTMB). Also, under the airport city plan, Sultan Ismail International Airport will be transformed into a “Transit Mall”; a lifestyle mall with appealing services, products and facilities. Renovation at the airport has started in April 2007.
  • Freighter services in Senai (JHB) to start in August 2007. The government wants the freighter services at the airport to start despite the potential losses to the airport operator due to the possibility of a price war with Singapore's Changi Airport.
  • KUL LCCT is now equipped with free WiFi internet facility, making it the second airport in the country to offer such facility after KUL. MAHB was targeting to equip all its airports with WiFi technology within three years.
  • The proposed expansion of the KUL LCCT to cater for AirAsia Long Haul has yet to commence. MAHB was awaiting the government’s decision on the matter.
  • AirAsia will set up and operate a Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in PEN. Penang Chief Minister said the state had approved in principle the LCCT to be located on a piece of land near the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas.
  • Negri Sembilan has agreed to the extension of the airport express rail line between Kuala Lumpur and KLIA to Seremban and Port Dickson. Mentri Besar said a committee was preparing a report on the matter, which would be submitted to the Cabinet when completed.
  • KUL new facilities. As revealed by Isz1:

    KUL A380 gates and boarding lounges are completed and partially operational (2nd floor still close). Installion of the Muhibbah Airlines Support Industries Sdn Bhd Ipoh Mali Aerobridge last month... it can be stretch up to 30m long

    MAS New Hangar in KUL taken shape.

    Apron for the hangar made of PQC and can withstand very huge load from big planes.

    Runway 2 upgrade completed. Now... grooved already to reduce the potential for hydroplaning. it comply to the ANNEX 14 requirement for the new large aircraft. Runway 2 completed, runway 1 next.



New carrier/additional frequency/upgrade/downgrade/movement to KUL:

  • Jetstar of Australia will be flying into KUL LCCT in September 2007.
  • EgyptAir will add a third weekly (Monday) frequency from 2 July 2007, a month after its first service to KUL on 2 June 2007. The route will be served by Airbus 330-200 via Mumbai.
  • Malaysia and Kenya was in talk about possible air link.
  • Bangladeshi GMG Airlines is adding two more flights to its presently three flights per week between Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka from May 15, 2007. The flights will be 5 times per week from Kuala Lumpur at 4am every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and scheduled to reach Dhaka by 6am. From Dhaka, the flight to Kuala Lumpur will depart at 9pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and scheduled to reach Kuala Lumpur by 4am the next day.
  • Gulf Air will be increasing its flights to Kuala Lumpur starting this July to cater to demand from tourists during the summer season in the Gulf states. Gulf Air has three direct flights weekly to Kuala Lumpur and this is expected to be increased to one flight daily by July.
  • Possible direct air link between Astana in Kazakhstan and Kuala Lumpur.



The previous Malaysia Aviation Threads can be found here:
Malaysian Aviation Thread (by 9MMAR Dec 29 2006 in Civil Aviation)
Malaysian Aviation Thread 2 (by 9MMAR Feb 10 2007 in Civil Aviation)
Malaysian Aviation Thread 3 (by 9MMAR Apr 6 2007 in Civil Aviation)#1


Lets get started!  bouncy 

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 10:48:06 and read 24029 times.

We kick off with more news on the open of KUL-SIN route.

Open skies the way to go
The Star

By WONG CHAY NEE
of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)


WHEN talks emerged last year about expanding the air services agreement (ASA) between Malaysia and Singapore, industry observers took this as a sign that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route would be finally made available to other airlines.

This would put an end to the “duopoly” long held by Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Singapore Airline (SIA).

Aviation analysts say that it is about time that Malaysia and Singapore open up the much-guarded route. The existing ASA was last reviewed nearly 30 years ago. Since then, all air traffic rights for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector have been fully used up. As a result, new carriers are unable to service this route.

Budget airlines have been lobbying for the decades-old agreement to be dismantled, arguing that low-cost carriers (LCCs) will promote healthy competition, maximise efficiency, and ultimately pass on gains to travellers through lower airfares.

For travellers, this is indeed terrific news. Especially, when they have to fork out over RM800 for a round-trip ticket, inclusive of fees and taxes, for a mere 40-minute ride.

Many would agree that freeing up the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route would be good for the country. Given that the Malaysian tourism sector is the second largest foreign exchange earner, garnering some RM36.3bil in receipts last year, there is much for the industry to gain should the two governments reach an agreement to open the route to budget airlines.

Singapore is an important market for Malaysia. Tourists from Singapore currently account for the largest portion, about 55% (or RM19.9bil in tourist receipts) of the total inbound travellers to Malaysia.

But growth has been stagnant of late. Annual figures from Tourism Malaysia showed a mere 0.2% growth in total arrivals from Singapore in 2006 from the previous year.

This means that fewer Singaporeans are opting for a holiday in Malaysia. One key reason could be due to the far cheaper airfare offered by LCCs to neighbouring countries like Thailand and Indonesia, and thus, Singaporean holidaymakers are giving Malaysia a miss.

This is indeed worrying as Singapore is an important market for Malaysia, especially since authorities estimate that tourists from Singapore will account for half of the targeted 20.1 million tourist arrivals for the Visit Malaysia Year.

That being the case, allowing budget carriers to join in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore action is certainly a step in the right direction to bring Singaporean holidaymakers back to our shores.

Malaysia’s pioneer budget carrier, AirAsia, made no secret of its desire for a slice of this lucrative pie. Since its launch in December 2001, AirAsia has been lobbying for rights to fly into the Lion City but to no avail. Then, the budget carrier announced that it was no longer interested in this short-haul route.

But in an apparent change of heart, the airline’s CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes once again made an aggressive push for the Government to free up the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air route. This came soon after the industry un- derwent a major overhaul last year.

Across the border, Tiger Airways (a budget carrier co-owned by SIA) has already made known its desire to be part of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore action.

Media reports suggest that both governments are working to liberalise the air route between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore ahead of the deadline set by Asean. While no-frills airlines applaud this move, the reaction from Malaysia’s national carrier suggests otherwise.

One can understand why MAS is reluctant to let go of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route. It is said to be one of Asia’s busiest routes and is believed to be one of the national carrier’s most profitable routes. And MAS, unfortunately, does not have many money-making ventures.

The airline introduced its business turnaround plan in February last year in order to trim cost and enhance revenue. Therefore, it is unsurprising that MAS is against freeing up this route before 2008. An early liberalisation, the airline argued, will only jeopardise plans to turn its operations around.

But with Asean capitals moving towards open skies by end-2008, the clock is ticking. It is only a matter of time before the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route will be thrown open, and ready or not, MAS will have to compete as an equal player.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 10:56:34 and read 24026 times.

AirAsia's bright future as profit increases although Indonesian unit failed to live up to expectation.

AirAsia set to soar even higher
The Star


  • ANALYSTS strongly favour AirAsia as they see good upside to the stock, going forward. The budget carrier has continued to deliver in terms of financial performance, despite facing tough times in a competitive industry.

  • The region's largest low-cost carrier is one of the most widely covered stocks on Bursa Malaysia. Analysts are generally positive about its future performance, going by its sound management, business model and current form. A local analyst said the airline's nine-month results were within expectations, buoyed by foreign exchange gains, which helped offset losses from its Indonesian operations.

  • The air accidents in Indonesia recently, including the Adam Air crash in January and the Garuda accident in March, led to concerns over air travel which resulted in AirAsia's Indonesian unit making an RM8.5mil loss last quarter. “However, overall, AirAsia managed to post a six-fold increase in its third-quarter net profit, placing the airline on track for a double-digit growth for its financial year ending June 30, 2007,” he said.

  • For the nine-month period ended March 31, 2007, AirAsia's net profit swelled to RM86.9mil from RM14.1mil in the corresponding period a year ago. The analyst said AirAsia's recent results showed that the low-cost carrier's business model was a success. He said AirAsia's revenue for the third quarter rose 53% to RM396mil compared with RM259mil in the corresponding period in 2006, with average fare rising to RM171 per passenger compared with RM123 previously.

  • According to him, management had attributed the strong earnings to a 39% jump in the number of passengers in the third quarter to 2.16 million compared with the same quarter in 2006, after AirAsia offered more promotions and added flights. “Moreover, the airline's third-quarter net profit received a substantial boost from a tax adjustment of RM45.1mil,” said the analyst.

  • Going forward, he said, the continued delivery of A320s would boost capacity while the new services and lower low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) taxes announced by the Government recently should ensure high load factors. Airport taxes at Malaysia's LCCTs in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu will be reduced for domestic and international travels effective June 1. For LCCTs in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu, the airport tax for domestic travel would drop to RM6 from RM9, while for international travel, to RM25 from RM41.

  • Another analyst said AirAsia's recent results gave analysts greater confidence that growth was sustainable. He said AirAsia's reported annualised pre-tax profit was within the broking house's estimates, although 15.5% above consensus and was achieved despite its Indonesian unit's losses.

  • He said floods in Jakarta hit AirAsia's Indonesian operations in February, causing cancelled flights, and the recent airline crash in Indonesia also dampened travel demand. However, on a year-on-year basis, AirAsia's growth was spectacular, he said, adding that it managed to add nine planes to its Malaysian fleet.

  • He said AirAsia had pursued a load factor strategy and that revenue per passenger per km grew by 50.7% year-to-date. “The airline also increased fuel surcharge and ancillary income-boosting revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA),” said Eng, adding that despite increased finance and depreciation charges from the 19 A320s, the increased EBITDA led to a 96% jump in pre-tax profit.

  • He said new services rolled out such as Web check-in and Xpress boarding services also would improve yield and save time, while lower LCCT taxes would help maintain the attractiveness of AirAsia’s flights. “These improvements, coupled with strong fleet growth over time, lead us to estimate a 33% compounded annual growth rate for AirAsia's pre-tax profit for the next three years,” he said.

  • He said a research house evaluated AirAsia based on its pre-tax profit rather than net profit due to the large deferred tax assets in the books. “AirAsia managed to report fair numbers even as its Indonesian operations were hit by floods and other airline disasters, as the stronger ringgit allowed the airline to record a foreign exchange gain of RM77mil for the nine months.

  • “Investors should note that AirAsia has restated its revenues, other income and costs such that insurance revenues and administration charges are now booked under revenue rather than offset against costs,” he said, adding that the airline had to record losses from its Indonesian associate above its equity investment as per Financial Reporting Standards 128.

  • On AirAsia's long-haul services, he said: “While the potential from the airline's long haul looks exciting, we feel that it is still too early to impute anything into AirAsia's earnings as yet. With the airline only scheduled to take off in July 2007, the revenue from the franchising of AirAsia’s brand should be minimal for now.”

  • As for AirAsia’s stake in Fly Asian Xpress, a research house understands that it will be structured probably in the form of irredeemable convertible unsecured loan stocks, which would protect the carrier from any start-up losses incurred by its long-haul services. “As such, although the airline's long haul might add spice to the AirAsia story, we feel that it would be too early to adjust our earnings for now,” he said.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:04:30 and read 24015 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AirAsia will start serving Shenzen on 15 July 2007 from KUL and BKK.

Official announcement and AK's Chinese invasion plan.

AirAsia to start flights to Chinese city from July 15
The Star


  • AirAsia will finally be flying to China starting with daily flights to Shenzhen from July 15. The low-cost airline's commercial executive vice-president said: “For the first time, we will be flying to one destination from two of our hubs – Bangkok and the KLIA LCCT – on the same day.

  • “Shenzhen will act as our initial gateway to the mainland. At present, our only China destination is Macau which has proven to be very popular,” she said in an interview. She said the airline would also be flying to Guilin, Xiamen, Haikou and Kunming. Previously, AirAsia had been operating charter flights to some Chinese cities like Guilin.

  • She expected the flights to Xiamen to start in the next three months. AirAsia is considering a four-times-a-week schedule for this flight from Kota Kinabalu. At present, the only international destination for the airline from Kota Kinabalu is Macau, on a daily basis.

  • As for the other cities, she said AirAsia expected to start services there by the end of the year. “We are quite used to Guilin and Haikou because of the charter flights. The Kunming sector will probably start in the last quarter of the year,” she added.

  • Tan said that, at the moment, AirAsia was still looking at Chinese cities within four to four-and-a-half hour flight time. “We will have quite an extensive network in China when our long-haul operations under AirAsia Long Haul rolls out later this year. Then we will look at cities all over China including Tianjin, Hangzhou, Chengdu and even Chongqing,” she added. Tianjin is a city about two hours from Beijing while Hangzhou is about an hour from Shanghai.

  • AirAsia Long Haul, which is expected to start operations in September, is a franchise of AirAsia that is to be operated by FAX. The two airlines share common directors.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:09:56 and read 24014 times.

Blame Canada?

Canada to stay strict on visas, says D-G
The Star


  • Canada, which maintains one of the most stringent visa regimes, is not about to ease its tedious vetting processes. Malaysia is among the 147 nations included in Canada’s visa requirement list.

  • Director-General (International Organisations Bureau) at the Department of Foreign Affairs Ferry de Kerckhove said there were several reasons why Canada chose to adopt a strict visa vetting system “over and beyond 9/11”, referring to the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept 11, 2001.

  • One reason, he explained, was to ensure that Canadian authorities did not harass bona-fide visitors. “Once you get a visa and enter Canada, nobody is going to control you,” he said. Malaysia’s inclusion in Canada’s visa list in Sept 2002 sparked off protests from Wisma Putra as it affected tourists, business travellers and transit visitors to Canada.

  • Visa applicants here complained that there were many “irrelevant” questions to answer. The Canadian Immigration Office here issued 7,953 temporary resident visas to Malaysians last year, with 7,966 and 7,117 visas issued in 2006 and 2005 respectively.

  • He said his country had to strictly vet visa applications as there were people who tried to exploit Canada’s immigration programme. “There have been many people coming into Canada and then asking for refugee status. That is why we want you to prove that you are coming to Canada in good faith.”

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:16:59 and read 24008 times.

A proceed from the recent airport tax lowering.

AirAsia to refund airport tax on unused tickets
The Star


  • AirAsia passengers who did not board their flights will be refunded on airport tax but not on fuel surcharge. “AirAsia is a low-cost airline and the bulk of its ticket sales are purchased online, some for even 11 months ahead of the travelling date. Due to the high volume of passengers, it is not easy for us to track the number of no-show passengers,” said its executive vice-president (commercial) in a reply via e-mail.

  • The airline advises passengers who want to claim any refund to contact its guest support team at 603 8660 4388 (from 9am to 6pm daily) or by e-mailing to guestsupport@airasia.com. “But our policy on no-refund on the fuel surcharge remains unchanged,'' she added.

  • On the reduced airport tax, she said AirAsia's online booking would reflect the new rates from June 1. “We are happy with the reduced airport tax. However, we believe that it could be lower. As we do not want to burden our passengers, we hope that cost will be exempted totally,” she added.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Swissgabe
Posted 2007-05-28 11:23:28 and read 24006 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
This would put an end to the "duopoly" long held by Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Singapore Airline (SIA).

The "duopoly" is only affecting airlines from Malaysia and Singapore, right? Why can airlines such as UL, JL, AI and others operate between KUL and SIN and/or vv.? Why aren't they affected by the non existing open-sky between Singapore and Malaysia. Why couldn't Air Asia Indonesia or Air Asia Thailand operate services between those two countries as well?

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:24:39 and read 24006 times.

All tuned up for no-frills model
The Star

by CHAN CHING TH


TRAVELLERS on a shoestring budget have reason to rejoice.

Where air tickets and hotel accommodation usually take up the bulk of a holidaymaker's expenditure, these days the equation has changed a fair bit.

For the average wanderlust Malaysian income earner – and an increasingly number of Asians – travelling has become a less costly affair since Datuk Tony Fernandes introduced a no-frills business model in the form of low-cost carrier and budget hotels.

AirAsia took to the skies five years ago while Tune Hotels.Com was officially launched this week. And both tie in nicely to cater to the tourism industry.

Malaysia certainly does not lack budget hotels but Tune Hotels will probably raise the benchmark as to how it can and should be operated. Since its soft launch on April 27, it has registered an average of 85% occupancy rate.

It is still too early to tell, but if the numbers are any indication, Tune Hotels.Com definitely serves a market in which travellers want rooms that are simple, reasonably priced and the option to add on amenities should these be needed.

Using the demand-based pricing and booking system, guests can make reservations with prices ranging from RM9.99 to RM59.99.

For a minimal fee, guests can select additional amenities such as air-conditioning in the room, toiletries kit and towels as request for breakfast while booking online.

Now this truly allows guests to tailor their stay as they wish and pay only for what they really need.

Barely a month in operation, Tune Hotels.Com will make further improvement based on guests' feedback.

From next month, all rooms will be equipped with LCD television sets and wall-mounted writing desks. Tiles will cover cement floors.

Obviously, Tune Hotels.Com leverages on the volume game, similar to the model adopted by AirAsia, which relies on passenger volume by offering the lowest price and doing away with all the frills.

The opening of Tune Hotels.Com is another feather in Fernandes' famous red cap.

Fernandes has said it was a natural decision to create a seamless “no-frills travel experience for everyone” but this remains to be seen as bookings are now done through two different websites.

In addition, while AirAsia operates an extensive route covering South-East Asia and Southern China, there are many more destinations it does not cover.

Having proved sceptics wrong on AirAsia, Fernandes could well make Tune Hotels the place among travellers in a very short time.

While no-frills means less income, Fernandes found other ways to keep the cash register ringing. Food is served on board at a price and just recently, AirAsia offered Xpress Boarding, which enables passengers to board aircraft first and choose a seat of their liking, at RM20 per person.

To improve services, it introduced online check-in this year. Upcoming initiatives include self check-in counters at the airport and overbooking on some flights, which could enhance load factor and yields.

Taking what has become a successful concept a step further, Fernandes will offer Tune Money, a no-frills online financial service, by year-end.

Sometimes, less is more.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:31:09 and read 24001 times.

AK's wish granted!

New airport tax apply to tickets issued after June 1
The Star


  • The reduced airport tax for flights from low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) will only apply to tickets issued from June 1. Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) senior general manager (operations) said the new rates did not apply to those who had bought tickets in advance for travel on or after that date.

  • Transport Minister said on Wednesday that for the LCCTs in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu, the airport tax for domestic travel would be reduced from RM9 to RM6. For international travel, the tax will be reduced to RM25.

  • On queries from The Star readers who said that the current airport tax was the same as the new rate of RM6, he clarified that at present the rates for domestic and international flights were broken down into passenger service charge (or airport tax) and security charge.

  • The new rates lump both charges as one charge under passenger service charge without any breakdown but inclusive of the security charge, he said. “The rates are now standard and will be applicable to all future LCCTs in the country,” he said, adding that the charges would be remitted to the MAB through airline tickets.

  • On statements by the Transport Minister and Tourism Ministry that airlines should refund the airport tax and fuel surcharges to passengers who did not board their flights, he said it was up to the airlines to make such refunds. He explained that MAB did not know who pays the charges because the airlines only submit the names of passengers who board the planes.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:34:29 and read 23998 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Malaysia vs India over landing rights. India claimed that Malaysia did not granted landing rights for Air Sahara and Air India Express in favour of protecting MH. India threatened to ban all MH flights into India.

India ready to discuss frequencies of MAS flights
The Star


  • INDIA is ready to hold discussions with Malaysia to clarify the frequency of MH flights to Indian cities under its open skies policies, reported a Tamil daily.

  • An official from India’s Civil Aviation Ministry said the country did not impose any ban on MH flights as reported in the papers lately but admitted that India was unhappy with Kuala Lumpur’s decision not to give landing rights to two of its carriers.

  • Last week, leading local newspapers in India had reported that the Indian Civil Aviation Department had issued a ban warning to MH as retaliation to Malaysia’s decision not to allow Air Sahara and the Air India Express to fly to Kuala Lumpur. India had nominated the two carriers to operate the Malaysian route and Air Sahara had started its Delhi-Kuala Lumpur operations last March. The official said the ministry was ready to discuss the matter and was in the process of preparing a letter for the Malaysian authorities.

  • India’s move shocked airlines and tourism industry observers, who feared such a ban or even the idea to limit number of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi would harm the booming Malaysian tourism sector, which attracted about 280,000 Indian visitors last year.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:43:54 and read 23994 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 8):
New airport tax apply to tickets issued after June 1

More details on the new LCCT airport tax's structure.

Cut in airport taxes from June
The Star


  • Airport taxes at the country's low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu will be slashed, for both domestic and international travels, from June 1.

  • For both the LCCTs in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu, the airport tax for domestic travel will be reduced from RM9 to RM6. For international travel, the airport tax will be reduced to RM25 from RM41 (at the LCCT in Sepang) and from RM51 (Kota Kinabalu).

  • Airport charges at the KLIA main terminal and other airports in the country would remain at RM9 for domestic passengers and RM51 for international passengers.

  • Transport Minister said the new rate would be applicable to other LCCTs the Government will build in the future. He said the move would enhance Malaysia’s potential as a hub for low-cost carriers in Asia, as it would make airfares and flights more affordable.

  • “This new airport tax – also known as passenger service charge – will be inclusive of security charges. I believe the move will make Malaysia’s LCCTs the cheapest in the region,” he added.

  • He said the new rate would make it more on par with the level of facilities and services currently offered at the LCCTs now. “For instance, the LCCT does not offer the services of aerobridge for passengers boarding planes, which can be inconvenient when it rains.” The Government, he said, was confident that the new rate would translate into an increase in the volume of passengers using the LCCT.

  • On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that there would be significant reduction in airport tax for international flights flying from LCCTs in the country. Najib had said the move was to make the LCCT “a separate cost centre.”

  • On the possibility of reduction in the parking and landing charges for airlines, he believed AirAsia, which flies mainly from the LCCT in Sepang, had put in a request to the Malaysia Airports Berhad. “At present, there is no change to both the parking and landing charges. The ministry is encouraging them to discuss the matter before they refer it to the ministry,” he said.

  • He declined to comment on a statement by Tourism Minister that Firefly would be allowed to operate from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang (SZB).

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 11:55:22 and read 23984 times.

Although their wish was fulfilled by the government, AK still wants the airport tax to be reduced further. Also, AK's announced its 3Q financial result.

AirAsia hopes airport tax is reduced further
The Star


  • Although thrilled that the Government has slashed airport tax for passengers of the KUL LCCT and Kota Kinabalu International Airport, AirAsia Bhd hopes the charges could be reduced further.

  • Hailing the reduction as a “huge victory” for AirAsia, CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes, however, said: “I believe we can go lower. I want it to be zero. Hopefully we can work with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd on other ways to generate income, and then we can lower the charges,” he told a conference call after announcing the company’s third quarter results.

  • For the third quarter ended March 31, AirAsia’s revenue grew 53% to RM396mil compared with the previous corresponding period. Pre-tax profit jumped almost 200% to RM43mil. Net profit increased to RM86.9mil from RM14.1mil year-on-year as the company recognised deferred tax arising from the investment allowance.

  • “Load factor decreased three percentage points to 77% due to our rapid capacity addition and a large number of new routes. Average fare was 10% higher than last year due to a benign competitive environment and effective capacity management. The strong performance of average fares, load factor and ancillary income translated into 17% rise in yield,” Fernandes said in a statement.

  • He said Thai AirAsia performed well despite going through increased unrest in South Thailand and prevailing political uncertainty. Net profit for the quarter was 60 million baht (RM6.5mil), a 43% growth from a year ago with net profit margins of 4%.

  • As for Indonesia AirAsia, the floods in Jakarta in February and the aircraft crashes in Indonesia dented sentiment to travel. The unit posted a net loss of 49 billion rupiah (RM19mil) attributable to the average fare being 9% lower and 7% higher cost.

  • Ancillary income grew 66% to RM26mil, which was significantly faster than passenger growth due to higher passenger spend and increased service penetration. Fernandes said the group continued to offer new products to generate more revenue and enhance customer service, with the latest being Xpress boarding and online check-in.

  • Fuel price volatility remains the company’s top concern. “We continuously look for opportunities to hedge our fuel requirement and take risk out of the system. With the current volatile fuel price, we believe unit cost will increase between 3% and 6% for the full financial year,” he added.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:09:02 and read 23971 times.

AirAsia Long Haul first destination will NOT be Manchester or London Stansted.

First FAX destination could be in Asia-Pacific
The Star


  • Long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia Long Haul has rescheduled its inaugural flight from July to September and is targeting a city in Asia-Pacific instead of the much-publicised London destination. “Instead of this year, London may come early next year with possibly a stop in the Middle East,” said a source.

  • The team at Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX), the operating company for AirAsia Long Haul, is working feverishly to complete talks on landing rights for the inaugural flight before launching its website for travellers to make their bookings.

  • In a related development, FAX yesterday named Azran Osman-Rani as its new CEO effective July 2. Azran is the second senior executive from Astro All Asia Networks plc to join FAX after Senthil Balan was appointed to the new carrier's senior management team over a month ago.

  • Besides that, Gareth Lim, formerly from Morgan Stanley, and US-based Jet Blue Airlines’ Tim Claydon are also now with FAX. AirAsia Bhd has also seen some employees crossing over to FAX, its sister company. And in the coming weeks, it would be no surprise if some senior executives from rival Malaysia Airlines (MAS) walk over to FAX.

  • “Some senior executives at MAS have indicated interest to join FAX. The airline is evaluating several of the applications,” said the source. FAX currently has a team of 20 people, including the senior management team who number less than 10. FAX said Azran was senior director of business affairs at Astro and he succeeds Raja Mohd Azmi, who has been appointed FAX director.

  • While FAX readies itself for AirAsia Long Haul to get off the ground in September, its rivals are not sitting idle. In fact, they are just waiting for a clue to drop prices to match FAX’s much promised “very low fares.” Neither MAS nor Singapore Airlines is going to let its market share slip in any of the destinations that AirAsia Long Haul would be plying in the future.

  • Long-haul airfares are certainly going to drop but the quantum will pretty much depend on the intensity of competition. In his new role, Azran will have to ensure that the sectors AirAsia Long haul decides to ply would offer better value than the incumbent players. Azran, according to the source, not only has to implement a business plan but also be involved in the negotiations for landing rights in a very tight timeframe.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:15:12 and read 23966 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Effective 21 May 2007, liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs) in airline passengers’ hand luggage will be limited to 100ml per item on all international flights departing from Malaysia.

New LAGs ruling won’t hit duty-free shopping
LAGs ruling not for domestic flights
The Star


  • Duty-free shoppers will not be affected by the ruling on liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs) in aircraft and the Government will not enforce the new ruling involving liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs) for domestic flights, said Transport Minister. However, he said the Government would review the decision when the need arose, adding that it would follow closely the development set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

  • “The ICAO has not called for the ruling to be implemented on domestic flights and we don’t think it is necessary now as our domestic flights are well under control,” he said at a press conference on “50 Years of Nation Building” National Photography Competition here yesterday.

  • Effective from Monday, LAGs in passengers’ hand luggage are limited to 100ml per item on all international flights leaving Malaysia. LAGs carried in containers larger than 100ml are not allowed, even if the container is only partially filled. The containers must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with maximum capacity of one litre.

  • LAGs purchased at duty free shops or on board the aircraft are exempted from the new 100ml ruling, but the items must be packed in a sealed, clear plastic bag with the receipt attached.

  • A Malaysia Airports Bhd (MAB) spokesman said the ruling was not new for retailers in airports, as many other countries such as the United States and several European countries had implemented such regulations for safety reasons.

  • MAB was asked to comment on an article published by an online news site eTurboNews,which stated that duty-free shopping wasn’t as hassle-free as it used to be. The article also said Asia’s much vaunted duty-free haven tag may be under peril as the region’s airports adhere to the new ruling that limits LAGs in passengers’ hand luggage to 100ml per item on all international flights.

  • LAGs carried in containers larger than 100ml will not be allowed, even if the container is only partially filled. These containers must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one litre. The MAB spokesman said that duty-free retailing would continue to thrive once travellers were confident and comfortable with the regulations.

  • Travellers can log on to www.klia.com.my for information pertaining to the new security measures.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:21:51 and read 23960 times.

Other news during the announcement of the reduced airport tax at Malaysian LCCTs.


  • Deputy Prime Minister was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of agreement between AirAsia Berhad’s CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes and Sepang Aircraft Engineering Sdn Bhd CEO Syed Budriz Putra. The agreement was for the independent local aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider to carry out airframe maintenance for AirAsia’s Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 fleet. On another matter, Najib said the Government would maintain the present oil price despite rising global oil prices.

  • On the reduced airport tax, AirAsia Berhad CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes said it was “very encouraging news” and was the first step in recognising low-cost business as different from servicing premium airlines. “I have been campaigning for it for the best part of five years and this is a huge step forward. Airport charges will correspondingly come down. With that (advantage) we will go out and kill. There is no way anyone can touch us. This is the last piece of my jigsaw puzzle,” he said.

  • On Firefly flying out from Subang, Fernandes said he did not believe this would happen as AirAsia was clearly made to believe the airport was not going to be an international airport and had been closed to commercial flights. He added that the only reason to stop the budget airline's plans to fly to Singapore was Malaysia Airlines’ reluctance.

  • Deputy Tourism Minister said the coming reduction in airport tax for LCCTs was appropriate and be a big boost to the tourism industry. “It is appropriate because international airports like KLIA offer many more services compared to the LCCTs. For LCCTs, the fares are low so the tax should be proportionate to what is offered,” he added. The slashing of the tax would be good for Visit Malaysia Year, which had been extended till next year, and for the Government to achieve 25 million tourist arrivals by 2010.

  • Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents president said the move would be good overall for the travelling public. “Over the years, we have seen more and more travel agents booking low-cost flights for clients. So less tax will be a boost.”

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:26:21 and read 23955 times.

AirAsia wants to be listed abroad.

AirAsia may seek dual listing
The Star


  • AirAsia will consider a dual listing in the United States or Europe in the future, but quashed speculation that such a move was in the works. Group CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes said that while there were options for dual listing, “I don’t know if there is a time line.”

  • Giving a rationale for a possible listing abroad, Fernandes said many overseas investors, for example in the United States, would like to buy equity (in AirAsia) but were unable to do so due to certain restrictions. “Analysts overseas also understand our potential, and we want to be covered by those analysts,” he said after the signing of a memorandum of agreement between AirAsia and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Sepang Aircraft Engineering Sdn Bhd (SAE).

  • Fernandes said a second listing, however, would mean “huge costs for the company and we cannot achieve that right now.” Asked if he was considering listing long-haul budget airline AirAsia Long Haul, he said the company was looking at options, including a possible reverse takeover. He denied earlier reports that the company was in talks with ECM Libra Avenue Bhd for the takeover.

  • “If I were to raise capital, there are options like debt, private equity and listing. We can’t go for a listing directly because we don’t have a track record. However, if we feel there is a company with the cash which wants to enter the business that say, Tune is in, it's something that the board and management of the companies will look at,” he said.

  • Under the agreement signed yesterday, AirAsia will employ SAE’s services to repair and overhaul its Airbus A320s and Boeing B737s. Fernandes expects AirAsia will bring SAE about US$40mil in business. By using SAE's services, the budget carrier would save 15% to 20% in maintenance costs, as its aircraft need only be ferried to SAE's repair hangars in Sepang instead of being flown to Singapore. SAE’s MRO services include working on both wide and narrow-bodied aircraft, like the Boeing 737, 747, 777 series and Airbus A320 and A330 series.

  • Fernandes said with oil prices rising again, AirAsia would consider reviewing its fuel surcharge. “I don’t see anything major there, as we’ve been tweaking it a little. But it is something we won’t rule out, although we will only change for a few (international) routes, as the current demand and our load factors are fantastic,” he added. Fernandes said he was still optimistic of working on a route to fly to Singapore.

  • SAE chief executive officer Syed Budriz Putra said the company would court other low-cost airlines, particularly, six or seven carriers from India which use the Airbus A320. “With AirAsia as our anchor, we’ll able to service 150 Airbus A320s in the future, and we are capitalising on the volume we are able to do,” he said. SAE is building a RM60mil hangar in Sepang, which also includes an additional RM20mil in maintenance.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:36:32 and read 23949 times.

How was the first day of LAG's implementation goes in Malaysia?

LAG ruling implemented
The Star


  • Liquids of more than 100ml have to be checked in unless approved, or will be confiscated at the boarding gate. However, passengers can still buy LAG materials at airport stores after passing the boarding gates. These items will be put in a sealed tamper-evident plastic bag and allowed to be taken on board.

  • Regardless of the item’s worth, be it expensive perfume or liquor, MAB will not compromise or hesitate to instantly dispose of it upon confiscation. “It is the same procedure for airports in other countries, and we are adopting similar steps to ensure everything runs smoothly. Of course, the process of destroying such products will be carried out with environmental precautions in mind,” he said, expressing his satisfaction with the smooth passenger check-ins on the ruling’s first day of implementation yesterday. He attributed the successful hassle-free transition to MAB’s efforts in informing the public.

  • He said all 45 international flights by Malaysian Airlines went smoothly as of noon yesterday, with only three flights delayed by between 15 and 20 minutes. “The delays were caused by several passengers who refused to give up their LAGs, and some even tried to sneak their water bottles past security checkpoints, despite having been earlier briefed by MAB staff. It also comes as no surprise that a small number of passengers were ignorant of the new ruling, as such is human nature. Other airports, like in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, also experienced such problems when they first implemented the ruling,” he said.

  • He added that frequent travellers had no problems, as they were more sensitive to such issues. A total of 120 “ambassadors” were also stationed around check-in areas and security checkpoints to help explain the LAG rules to passengers.

  • As at noon yesterday, KLIA and LCCT had 11,404 passengers, while airports in Kota Kinabalu, Penang and Kuching had about 3,000 passengers. “We distributed about 10,000 resealable plastic bags to passengers and 3,000 sealed tamper-evident plastic bags,” he said. He added that shops operating in KLIA did not report a decline in sales.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:38:39 and read 23948 times.

The school holiday is coming.

More MAS flights to meet holiday demand
The Star


  • MH will be adding 39 domestic flights to meet the increase in demand to travel during the coming mid-year school holidays.

  • The additional flights will operate from May 25 until June 10 and will cover popular legs such as Kuala Lumpur-Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur-Kuching, Kuala Lumpur-Sibu, Kuala Lumpur-Miri and Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu.

  • It said in a statement that the extra flights would add a total of 5,616 seats to its existing capacity. For more information please call MAS’s toll-free number 1-300-88-3000 for reservations and enquiries.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 12:48:13 and read 23945 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
A woman from India who boarded a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang threatened to “hijack” the plane during the flight. According to sources, the 35-year-old woman boarded the plane with two children, aged one and three. She later claimed that she was only joking.

More such incident happened.

Only a joke but airline not taking it lightly
The Star


  • A MAN landed in the soup for a joke he made while boarding a plane at the Kuching International Airport. A Chinese daily reported that the man, who hand-carried a heavy box containing car parts, had told an air stewardess in jest that it was a “bomb.”

  • Although he explained that it was a joke, the stewardess reported the incident to the flight captain, who summoned the security guards to escort the man out of the plane. The man was to board the 3.20pm plane from Kuching to Sibu. He was, however, detained by police for questioning.

  • On a separate incident, a Chinese daily reported that a female passenger's claim about “owning dangerous items” caused a two-and-a-half hour flight delay for 282 passengers in Singapore Changi Airport on Saturday evening.

  • The woman was said to have told a stewardess that she had brought along some dangerous items before the plane took off for Kuala Lumpur.

  • To ensure the safety of passengers, the airline decided to conduct another security check on all passengers and crew members before taking off.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Airbus A380
Posted 2007-05-28 14:24:22 and read 23913 times.

MH looking to order 55 narrowbody airplanes (either Airbus A320, Bombardier C series or Boeing 737).

Also looking to order 55 widebody airplanes (either A350 or B787).

Part of a 7-year plan to overhaul its entire fleet.

More details here ---> http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/070528/3/48vc6.html

Datuk Tony Fernandez also said last week he's optimistic that the SIN-KUL route will be opened up by September 2007. Does he know something that the rest of us don't?

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: PanAm_DC10
Posted 2007-05-28 14:30:41 and read 23910 times.

An update on MHs fleet plans. Not only are they looking to replace their 737-400s with 55 frames but they are also looking to add 55 widebody planes and roll their entire fleet by 2014.

The following is a limited fair use excerpt from a subscriber only service

- Chief Executive Officer Idris Jala spoke to reporters today about their expected results. They could see their highest profit in 18 years

- He mentioned that they would take back Rural flights from Fly Asia Express by October 1st

*MALAYSIAN AIR TO TAKE BACK ROUTES STARTING OCT. 1, 2007
*MALAYSIAN AIR TO TAKE BACK ROUTES FROM FLY ASIAN XPRESS
*MALAYSIAN AIR TO SET UP UNIT TO OPERATE RURAL FLIGHTS


- He mentioned that they will RFP for 55 narrowbody frames and are in talks with Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier

*MALAYSIA IN TALKS WITH AIRBUS, BOEING, BOMBARDIER FOR PLANES

- Most surprisingly he also mentioned that they are looking to purchase 55 widebodies for a total order of 110 frames split between NB and WB

Malaysian Air is in talks with Airbus SAS, Boeing Co. and Bombardier Inc. of Canada to replace 55 Boeing 737-400 aircraft, Jala said today. It may also order another 55 widebody planes, he added.

[END - Fair use excerpt from http://www.bloomberg,com ]

A full updated article will appear shortly at the following link

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...conews&tkr=EAD:FP&sid=aAR70dfG.qSQ

So very interesting to see them take back Rural routes and with BBD in the picture that could bode well for the Q series. Though of most note to me is their statement on 55 widebodies. Looks like they intend to go head to head with Air Asia. Very interesting developments

Regards, PanAm_DC10

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-28 15:06:32 and read 23900 times.

Indeed, the 8 pm TV3's Buletin Utama also revealed the same news:


  • MH's 1Q2007 financial results shows that the carrier recorded a net profit of MYR 133 million compared to a loss of more than MYR 300 million during the same corresponding period in 2006. The net profit is MH 3rd consecutive quarters.

  • During the event, MH is also revealed that they are looking at 55 widebodies and 55 narrow body aircrafts (to replace its 39 B734s).

  • Also reported that AK will discontinue KUL-Pekanbaru in Riau, Indonesia.

More details is expected in a few hours time.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MH1402
Posted 2007-05-28 23:02:06 and read 23726 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 21):
MH's 1Q2007 financial results shows that the carrier recorded a net profit of MYR 133 million

Hmm that means MH has already surpass their initial target for FY2007 when the CEO first introduced BTP a year ago. IIRC MH target for FY2007 is MYR 50Mil.

Way to go MH...

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-05-29 03:12:02 and read 23662 times.

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 22):
IIRC MH target for FY2007 is MYR 50Mil.

Yes, but remember when they posted their second consecutive quarter net profit, which resulted in a very much narrowed net loss for FY2006 from earlier prediction, they have the net profit for FY2007 upped to MYR 500 - MYR 700 million.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 21):
MH's 1Q2007 financial results

The full report.

MAS posts higher profit, load factor and yield
The Star


  • Malaysia Airlines reported a sustained turnaround with a net profit of RM133.1mil for its first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of RM319.9mil in the year-earlier quarter.

  • The net profit was derived from a group operating profit of RM129mil, comprising RM107mil from international operations and RM22mil from domestic services. Besides that, there was a gain of RM17.7mil from the sale of properties.

  • CEO Idris Jala said the improved operating results were due to a 21% increase in revenue, while expenditure, excluding domestic operations, decreased. The first-quarter results included the profit-and-loss account of domestic operations while it had not included that yet in the equivalent quarter last year.

  • Jala said MH had conditionally agreed to take back rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak that were earlier transferred to Fly Asian Xpress. MH agreed to this subject to the aircraft being returned in good condition and losses from such services could be recovered through a subsidy from the Government. The Government agreed with the arrangements a couple of weeks ago, he added.

  • On the first-quarter operating results, Jala told the media yesterday the airline's load factor improved to 71% from 68.6% in corresponding three months last year, while yield – the average fare per kilometre – rose 15% to 26.1 sen from 22.6 sen.

  • At the same time, the airline's workforce was trimmed by 15%, or 3,000, to 19,700. The employees left through a separation scheme, retirement and expiry of contract. MH CFO said this was an ongoing process and that this year the workforce was projected to be reduced further by about 650 people through similar means.

  • The results were also helped by the stronger ringgit, Jala said, as a lot of costs, such as fuel and aircraft leases, were paid in US dollars while much of its revenue was in ringgit.

  • The airline is starting to plan for its next phase – expansion – by replacing its older planes with new aircraft. It has invited proposals from Airbus, Boeing and Canada's Bombardier. The plan is to acquire up to 55 narrow-bodied planes for regional routes and about the same number of wide-bodied aircraft for long haul. There would be a combination of purchases and leases, and it would be a prudent programme, Jala said.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MAS777
Posted 2007-05-29 04:56:00 and read 23637 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
An official from India’s Civil Aviation Ministry said the country did not impose any ban on MH flights as reported in the papers lately but admitted that India was unhappy with Kuala Lumpur’s decision not to give landing rights to two of its carriers.


Last week, leading local newspapers in India had reported that the Indian Civil Aviation Department had issued a ban warning to MH as retaliation to Malaysia’s decision not to allow Air Sahara and the Air India Express to fly to Kuala Lumpur. India had nominated the two carriers to operate the Malaysian route and Air Sahara had started its Delhi-Kuala Lumpur operations last March. The official said the ministry was ready to discuss the matter and was in the process of preparing a letter for the Malaysian authorities.

This whole fiasco makes little sense... as according to the reports, Malaysia had not allowed Air Sahara and AI Express into KUL, but in reality - both carriers ALREADY operate into KUL - or have I missed something here.
Seems to me the Indian government is forcing Malaysia to accept its airlines into KUL whilst MAS is limited in its operations into India. hmm...

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Nimish
Posted 2007-05-29 11:50:14 and read 23485 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
# No more visas on arrival for South Indian travellers at KUL.



Quoting MAS777 (Reply 24):
Malaysia had not allowed Air Sahara and AI Express into KUL, but in reality - both carriers ALREADY operate into KUL - or have I missed something here

The Indian aviation thread said that AIX is not allowed to operate to KUL, hence it currently operates under an AI flight number. AI is allowed to fly to KUL, but not AIX.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: XA744
Posted 2007-05-29 15:54:23 and read 23383 times.

Oh, Azizul, can´t thank you enough for keeping me so updated and in touch with Malaysian aviation with crystal clear detail.

No doubt about it, you are nowadays the most knowledgeable soul on Malaysian aviation out there.

Welcome to my RUL for the second time !!!

Best regards

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: PanAm_DC10
Posted 2007-05-29 16:12:00 and read 23368 times.

Mr Tony Fernandes has today confirmed that AirAsiaX will exercise 5 x A333 options "very soon" and that they are in discussions for a further 10.

By Chan Sue Ling and Andrea Rothman
May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Fly Asian Xpress, a Malaysian airline that's starting a long-haul budget carrier, plans a $980 million purchase of five widebody Airbus SAS planes after deciding an order placed last month may not be enough to meet demand.

AirAsia X, as the new long-haul unit is known, plans to covert options for five A330-300 planes that were part of a 10- aircraft contract for the same model signed in April, Fly Asian Xpress co-founder Tony Fernandes said in an interview today. AirAsia X is also in talks on buying another 10 A330-300s.

''We're just discussing it right now, but we're confirmed that we're going to take them. We are also discussing about 10 extra aircraft. It will be of the same model.''


[END - Fair use excerpt http://www.bloomberg.com Navigate to the story from the home page under EAD FP news]

Regards, PanAm_DC10

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-01 07:02:04 and read 23148 times.

Another attempt to enhance the BTP.

MAS revamps CFO’s office
The Star


  • Malaysia Airlines announced yesterday the reorganisation of the office of executive director and chief financial officer under the leadership of Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin to enhance the airline's efficiency in implementing its business turnaround plan (BTP).

  • The finance division would oversee, from today, the operations of the treasury and investment, group reporting control and budget, standards and procedures and finance support services departments. These departments will report to a senior general manager who will be appointed to head this finance division. Previously, these departments reported directly to Azmil. The senior general manager of the finance division, in the revamped structure, will report to Azmil.

  • Four other finance departments, comprising strategic procurement, property, aircraft trading and corporate services, will continue to report directly to Azmil.

  • In line with the airline's BTP, the central procurement department will be reorganised into a strategic procurement function. This will allow the business to be more closely aligned with the BTP objectives, and to the Red Book on best practice procurement processes and procedures issued by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-01 07:08:15 and read 23146 times.

An additional news on the recently lowered airport tax at LCCTs, some information about the new incentives to airlines flying to KUL and also MAHB's financial result.

MAHB: Lower airport tax not a worry
The Star


  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is not worried that the Government’s decision to reduce airport tax for low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) passengers will generate lower revenue. In fact, it accepted the Government’s decision and believed that the move would spur even more travellers in the low-cost segment, said its chairman.

  • “We are told that over time, because of this reduction, there will be more people travelling. So, to that extent, the loss we experience in margins in the immediate term will be compensated or offset by the volume of passengers,” he told reporters after the company’s AGM yesterday.

  • Just last week, the Government announced the new rates effective for tickets issued from today. The passenger service charges, applicable at the LCCT in KL International Airport (KLIA) and Kota Kinabalu International Airport, will be reduced to RM25 for international flights and RM6 for domestic travel. All other airports in the country will continue to impose the current rates of RM51 and RM9 respectively.

  • Managing director and chief executive officer said that it was difficult to forecast the volume of passengers. “The international low-cost travel has been growing by 30% to 40% a year, which is healthy growth. We want to surpass that,” he said.

  • On the incentive scheme for airlines, Bashir said it had been extended to Dec 31. MAHB might come up with a new scheme “before the end of the year,” he added.

  • During the AGM, shareholders also raised the issue of the company’s proposed corporate and financial restructuring plan. He hoped the matter “would be settled some time this year.” MAHB had had discussions with the Government and was waiting for a decision on this. “We want an agreement that is long lasting. We do not mind waiting provided the agreement is a good one for everybody concerned,” he said.

  • Meanwhile, in a Bursa Malaysia filing, the airport operator reported a 17% increase in net profit for the first quarter ended March 31 of RM71.3mil against RM61mil a year earlier. Sales improved to RM332mil compared with RM313.8mil before.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-02 07:13:34 and read 23006 times.

Malaysian with heroin held at Perth airport
The Star


  • A Malaysian man has been held at Perth airport after 2kg of heroin was allegedly found in his luggage. The bags of the 32-year-old man were X-rayed after he arrived overnight on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Australian Customs said.

  • Customs officers drilled into the bottom of one bag after the X-ray showed inconsistencies in the base of two bags. The officers allegedly discovered about 2kg of heroin in the bags, the largest amount of the drug seized at the airport so far this year.

  • The man is to appear at the Perth Magistrate’s Court, charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug. The offence carries a maximum penalty of A$550,000 (RM1.54mil) and 25 years' jail. – Bernama

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Paparadzi
Posted 2007-06-02 07:40:29 and read 22997 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 30):
The man is to appear at the Perth Magistrate’s Court, charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug. The offence carries a maximum penalty of A$550,000 (RM1.54mil) and 25 years' jail. –

Lucky guy. If he was caught before departure, he'll be seeing the hangman.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-02 08:39:16 and read 22977 times.

Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 31):
If he was caught before departure, he'll be seeing the hangman.

And eventually be the hang-ed man.  tongue 

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: BigTom
Posted 2007-06-02 09:28:20 and read 22955 times.

Have a question about no visas on arrival for South Indians visitors to Malaysia. I remember reading somewhere that it applied only to holders of Indian passports issued in Chennai. But now South India means the entire populations of four major Indian states. Would anyone have any idea about how this is being interpreted? For eg I hold an Indian passport issued from Dubai and am resident in the UAE, but my place of birth is located in South India and mentioned in my passport, would I now qualify for visa on arrival in Malaysia? Can anyone throw some light on this?

cheers

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-02 09:46:05 and read 22948 times.

Quoting BigTom (Reply 33):
Have a question about no visas on arrival for South Indians visitors to Malaysia.

BigTom, the following is the newspaper articles about it. Not quite much details to answer your queries I am afraid. Perhaps you can extend the query to the Malaysian Immigration Department, www.imi.gov.my.

No more visas on arrival for South Indian travellers
The Star, 20 April 2007


  • MALAYSIA has stopped issuing the visa-on-arrival to travellers from southern India since December after discovering that a large number of visitors had abused the visa, Tamil Nesan reported.

  • Last year, the Cabinet approved the visas on arrival to ease travel for those arriving from the sub-continent but later withdrew approval for applications from southern India, as many of the visitors were overstaying in the country.

  • Chennai-based Malaysian Consul-General Rosli Ismail told Bernama that Malaysia might review the decision with some changes as it was affecting other genuine travellers from southern India, mainly businessmen and holiday-makers who travel frequently to Malaysia.

  • He said that in recent years Chennai had become a busy gateway both for Malaysian and Indian businessmen and travellers. More than 70,000 visitors from southern India visited Malaysia last year while in the first three months of this year at least 20,000 travellers landed at KLIA.

  • Visitors from northern India could still apply for the visa-on-arrival at the KLIA.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: BigTom
Posted 2007-06-02 09:55:42 and read 22942 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 34):

Hey thanks for that.

Cheers  Smile

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: GFFgold
Posted 2007-06-02 10:40:02 and read 22929 times.

Can anyone tell me what the situatio is at Melaka these days? Last I heard Riau were operating a daily flight to PKU in Sumatera, but I read recently that the terminal is being/has been rebuilt.

I'd love to be able to get to Melaka more easily - my favourite city in Malaysia.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-02 10:52:37 and read 22927 times.

Quoting GFFgold (Reply 36):
Can anyone tell me what the situatio is at Melaka these days?

Although I spent quite sometimes growing up in Malacca, I was not aware about the Batu Berendam Airport's development. What I know is that the airport is the base of a well renowned flying academy in Malaysia.

Quoting GFFgold (Reply 36):
I'd love to be able to get to Melaka more easily - my favourite city in Malaysia.

I second that. I think Malacca deserves something like Firefly and flies to maybe Singapore and Penang (linking back all 3 former British Crown Colonies in the Malay Peninsula) and maybe MES. If I could recall, after the demise of Pelangi Airways, commercial flights out of Batu Berendam Airport were hardly seen. Another point to consider is the close distance between the state of Malacca and KUL. But as I said, a small commercial start up like Firefly might works. I can assure that the Malacca State Government will support this proposal should someone has the guts to do it.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MAS777
Posted 2007-06-02 14:48:55 and read 22885 times.

Is there not a nice bus that travels between Malacca and KUL... if not - that's certainly a good niche for someone to do so.

Transit tours of Malacca would be SO MUCH better than the current one taking visitors to Putrajaya (???)...

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Swissgabe
Posted 2007-06-02 16:13:54 and read 22860 times.

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 6):
Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
This would put an end to the "duopoly" long held by Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Singapore Airline (SIA).

The "duopoly" is only affecting airlines from Malaysia and Singapore, right? Why can airlines such as UL, JL, AI and others operate between KUL and SIN and/or vv.? Why aren't they affected by the non existing open-sky between Singapore and Malaysia. Why couldn't Air Asia Indonesia or Air Asia Thailand operate services between those two countries as well?

Anyone? Question go lost easily between all those Press postings.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-02 16:17:28 and read 22860 times.

Quoting MAS777 (Reply 38):
Is there not a nice bus that travels between Malacca and KUL

There's no bus operator that run between Malacca and KUL.

Quoting MAS777 (Reply 38):
Transit tours of Malacca would be SO MUCH better than the current one taking visitors to Putrajaya (???)...

Agreed. Malacca offers some world class historical attractions BUT the land journey might be too far for (airport) side trips. Malacca is about 2.5 to 3 hours drive south of Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya on the other hand, is situated in the vicinity of KUL, on the way to Kuala Lumpur.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-02 16:21:41 and read 22856 times.

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 6):
Why couldn't Air Asia Indonesia or Air Asia Thailand operate services between those two countries as well?

Indonesia AirAsia applied to serve SIN from CGK but it was rejected by the Singaporean authorities in the interest of their home carriers.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-05 07:59:40 and read 22673 times.

MH's Idris Jala is now one of IATA's Board or Governors. Congratulation!

MAS boss elected to global airline body
The Star


  • Malaysia Airlines managing director Idris Jala became the first Malaysian to be elected to the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Governors.

  • “My election shows that MAS is gaining recognition and respect for the work we are doing in turning around our airline. This is an excellent opportunity for the airline to be involved in the key decisions impacting the airline industry as a whole. I would like to pay tribute to all Malaysia Airlines staff for their full and continued support of our business turnaround programme," Jala said.

  • IATA’s Board of Governor’s new chairman, Fernando Pinto, chief executive officer of TAP Portugal, welcomed Jala’s election to the board. "Malaysia Airlines under Jala has made great progress in turning the corner. We are delighted to have him with us, and trust that his experience and invaluable insights would further strengthen the board," he said.

  • IATA is a trade association representing some 250 member airlines accounting for some 94% of the world’s air traffic.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-05 08:07:04 and read 22668 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MH has been directed by the government to take back the rural air services (RAS)

First step for MH in taking back the RAS, conditions to the Government, Firefly not to serve the RAS and the creation of a new airline, MASWings. A very good move by Jala!

MAS wants audit on planes
The Star


  • Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has asked for an independent audit on the 12 planes currently used by FAX to operate the Rural Air Services before it takes over the routes on Oct 1, its managing director Datuk Idris Jala said. Idris said the audit was to ensure that the planes – seven Fokker F50s and five Twin Otters – were “in the same operational condition” as when MAS handed them over to FAX in August last year.

  • He pointed out that while MAS had already agreed to take over the rural air service routes, the national carrier had laid down two conditions to the Government. Besides the independent audit, the other condition was that the Government pay fully the subsidies for operating the services, so that the operations would not affect the airline’s profit and loss accounts.

  • Idris said it was important for the aircraft to be fully operational so that the routes could be fully serviced. “When we handed the aircraft to FAX in August last year, we had to pay for the repairs to some of them to ensure the services were not disrupted. Now the people operating these planes must also do the same,” he added.

  • In April, FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes announced that FAX wanted to give up the Rural Air Services to MAS because it wanted to concentrate on its budget airline business and the rollout of its proposed long-haul AirAsia X operations. He made these comments soon after MAS launched its Firefly airline.

  • A month later, the Government agreed that MAS should take back the rural air service operations. Idris revealed that the Rural Air Services would be operated by a new subsidiary – MASWings – and not Firefly. “We decided to do this because it would be easier for us to show the profits and losses in our operations. This will also allow us to be very transparent about everything,” he added.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-05 08:11:28 and read 22663 times.

A warning to all travellers in KUL!

Robbers in guise of cab drivers at KLIA
The Star


  • Beware of “taxi drivers” who claim that they had been sent by your family members to pick you up at the KLIA. They may be robbers.

  • Police have received several reports about such “taxi drivers” who robbed their victims of cash and passports after taking them on a terror ride. A 20-year-old man from Sri Lanka was the latest victim on Tuesday. The man, who declined to be named, said he was waiting for his aunt after landing at KLIA when a man asked him who he was waiting for.

  • “When I said that I was waiting for my aunt, he said that she had sent him to pick me up. I hesitated but was persuaded after he called someone on his mobile phone and said that he had just spoken to my aunt. When I got into the taxi, he asked me to hand him my passport and cash claiming that it would be easier for him to deal with the authorities in case there was a roadblock. Halfway through the journey, three men got into the taxi,” he said, adding that he felt intimidated as they looked like thugs. The driver dropped me off at KL Sentral and sped off with my passport and cash,” he added.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: GFFgold
Posted 2007-06-05 12:21:05 and read 22601 times.

Just maybe, the authorities at KUL will finally do something about the swarms of touts that pester everyone at arrivals. It is the only thing that spoils what is otherwise one of the best airports in the world.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-05 17:31:44 and read 22530 times.

Quoting GFFgold (Reply 45):
It is the only thing that spoils

There's another BIG issue in KUL, theft among the airport workers. After reading about it all this while, it finally happened to me on 25 May 2007. My check in luggage was broke in, a document folder was torn apart and several compartments' zippers inside the bag was left open. I was shocked! Nevertheless, no item missing as there was no valuable item inside the bag.  no 

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-05 17:48:17 and read 22519 times.

Indonesia's Metro News just now reported about thick haze in Pekanbaru, Riau. Has the hazy season started? How is the air condition in Malaysia and Singapore? Nice Indonesia, sabotages our Visit Malaysia campaign!  Angry

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MH1402
Posted 2007-06-05 22:54:56 and read 22473 times.

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 39):

The "duopoly" is only affecting airlines from Malaysia and Singapore, right? Why can airlines such as UL, JL, AI and others operate between KUL and SIN and/or vv.? Why aren't they affected by the non existing open-sky between Singapore and Malaysia. Why couldn't Air Asia Indonesia or Air Asia Thailand operate services between those two countries as well?

Hmm If I am not mistaken, UL, JL, AI and others operate on KUL-SIN route are not allowed to take passengers in KUL or in SIN... they only have the passengers that already on board from the first point of travel.

Due the duopoly of MH and SQ..

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Pe@rson
Posted 2007-06-05 23:20:10 and read 22466 times.

It's a shame that AirAsia Long Haul's first destination won't be in the UK.

Any idea when its tickets will go on sale?

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MH1402
Posted 2007-06-05 23:27:53 and read 22466 times.

In a recent news about MH codesharing with AZ... the news stated that the codesharing will be effective from 1. June 2007. which MH passengers can book MH flight to FCO and connecting to BCN, FRA and 3 others.
I am interested on FRA AZ(MH) FCO MH KUL

I have log on to Alitalia website. Can't even get FCO-KUL...
Log on to MH website. Only offering MH05 direct flight FRA MH KUL.

Is there something in the water?

I thought with this codesharing MH will have like two flight a day into FRA 1 with own metal.. and 1 with AZ metal...
I guess I am wrong...

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 6thfreedom
Posted 2007-06-06 00:09:41 and read 22458 times.

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 50):
In a recent news about MH codesharing with AZ...

Will AZ also extend its code on to MH flights from KUL to Australia?

There's a large Italian community, and the additional pax would be good for MH.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-06 05:07:10 and read 22405 times.

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 50):
I thought with this codesharing MH will have like two flight a day into FRA 1 with own metal.. and 1 with AZ metal...

Still only 1 flight. AZ won't send their metal to KUL. They are just selling their seats on MH's metal.

AK started a cargo operation.

AirAsia cargo ops get a lift
The Star


  • AirAsia Bhd expects RM15mil in annual revenue from its cargo division via an agreement with cargo management firm, Leisure Cargo GmbH. Under the two-year agreement, Leisure Cargo will serve as the budget airline’s air cargo provider on the latter’s regional routes from the Kuala Lumpur hub.

  • AirAsia deputy group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the deal guaranteed a fixed monthly revenue of RM1mil in cargo value. Should the income exceed RM1mil, AirAsia and Leisure Cargo would share the profits on a ratio of 60:40, he told a press conference after the signing ceremony yesterday.

  • Kamarudin said under this deal, the cost to AirAsia was nominal, possibly about RM500,000. “We are supposed to provide the ramp services and some of the warehouse services at the airport. We are trying to optimise revenue on our belly space without additional cost,” he said.

  • Under the agreement, Leisure Cargo would manage 124 tonnes of cargo on 56 AirAsia flights daily, said ancillary income regional director Abdul Nasser Abu Kassim. The agreement, effective May 1, allows the no-frills airline to boost its cargo business, which is considered small. Revenue from this business for its financial year ended June 30, 2006, was about RM20mil. Kamarudin also said the agreement currently covered flights out of the Kuala Lumpur hub, but there were plans to expand it to its other hubs in the country.

  • He also said AirAsia could manage its own cargo but it would be a “distraction” from its current business. “With such an arrangement, we are able to get additional revenue and leave it (cargo management) to the experts. We will learn from them and who knows in the future, we can form a joint venture,” he pointed out.

  • Leisure Cargo managing director Ralf Auslaender said the firm, which does not own aircraft, managed cargo for its partner airlines. He said Leisure Cargo would consider expanding to other airlines that had routes that complemented each another to prevent conflict of interest. Leisure Cargo Asia regional director Zainal Abidin said there was a possibility of investing in aircraft to set up a freight operation under the AirAsia banner. To this, Kamarudin said AirAsia would have to study the proposal before making any decisions.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-06 05:41:02 and read 22391 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Government/NGO interferences in airlines' businesses:

Transport Minister wants MH to serve more flights to China. In the past, MH has withdrawn Chengdu, Xian, Guilin, Wuhan and Macau due to unprofitability of the said routes.

Have more flights to China
The Star


  • With the increasing number of Chinese tourists, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been urged to fully utilise its landing rights in China. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said there were more than 90 flights between the two countries per week at the moment and the Government expected the number to increase to 100 by the end of the year.

  • Under Malaysia's aviation agreement with China, carriers from both countries could have 150 flights per week. “Under the agreement, there is no limitation to the destinations and aircraft types that travel between the two countries,” Chan said at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between MAS and Yangtze Cruise & Tour Sdn Bhd here yesterday. “I firmly believe that we should operate more flights to China and we hope that MAS, which is currently undergoing the consolidating process, can come back strong in the Chinese market after turning around,” he added.

  • Chan said the tourism industry would be affected if there were a shortage of flights. “It will enhance the development of trade and the tourism industry if the number of destinations and flights between the two countries can be increased,” he added.

  • At the ceremony, MAS and Yangtze Cruise & Tour renewed their decade-long partnership to operate 29 chartered flights between Kuala Lumpur and 10 cities in China as well as Pyongyang in North Korea from August to December. MAS Haj and Charter Department head and Yangtze Cruise & Tour group executive chairman signed the MoU on behalf of the organisations. MAS chairman said the charter market was important to the carrier in more ways than one and that the airline also valued mass market movements such as the haj and the tourist market.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-06 05:47:09 and read 22388 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MH is on track to roll out eTicketing on 21 September 2007.

MAS set to move fully into e-ticketing
The Star


  • Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be able to move into e-ticketing completely now that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has postponed the deadline for its members to go completely electronic. MAS managing director Datuk Idris Jala said the airline was not able to migrate to e-ticketing completely because some of its 83 partner airlines were not ready.

  • “We have more than 220 interlining agreements and some of them have some issues about issuing e-tickets,” he told reporters at the 63rd International Air Transport Association meeting here yesterday. At present MAS issues e-tickets for domestic routes for purchases from its offices.

  • The national carrier has spent over RM200mil for a passenger services system for the purpose of e-ticketing. This would not only reduce fraud but also give the airline a substantial savings of about RM190mil. Idris, during a briefing on Sunday, said that it cost the airline RM19 for every paper ticket issued and MAS sells about 10 million tickets a year.

  • The resolution to postpone the Dec 31 deadline for all IATA members to implement e-ticketing was passed during the organisation’s opening discussion to enable all members to comply after representation from smaller airlines. The new deadline is May 31, 2008.

  • Idris also took part in the CEO forum where he spoke about MAS’ business turnaround plan. When discussing the issue of environment, Idris warned that airlines should not depend on technology to help them reduce pollution problems. “As a former oil and gas man, I tell you that the technology will not be there to help us achieve zero emissions. However, I am sure that as we become more efficient, we will get very close to that figure,” he said.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-06 05:52:32 and read 22384 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 42):
MH's Idris Jala is now one of IATA's Board or Governors.

More information about the news.

Idris first Malaysian elected to IATA board
The Star


  • Idris is the first Malaysian elected to the IATA board in its 63-year history. “My election shows that MAS is gaining recognition and respect for the work we are doing in turning around our airline,” said Jala, who will sit on the board until 2010.

  • Aseambankers Research transport analyst said Idris' willingness to accept the nomination and election to a post that would stretch till 2010 indicated that he was willing to stay on past his contract which would end in 2008. “It is also good for MAS as this shows that there will be continuity and also that IATA has confidence in Idris’s leadership,” he added.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-06 05:57:28 and read 22382 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 43):
MAS wants audit on planes

Concern over ageing Fokkers
The Star


  • There is an urgent need to replace the “aged” aircraft in Sarawak's rural air service, said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) CEO Gracie Geikie. There are just too many technical problems and breakdowns plaguing the existing fleet, especially the 50-seater Fokkers, she said.

  • ”There are too many disruptions. This is bad for tourism and has created a great deal of inconvenience for rural folk who depend on these flights. There is no point for the rural service sector to change hands between airlines but the problem of technical breakdowns keeps on happening,” she said when asked to comment on a planned review by Malaysia Airlines of the condition of the aircraft fleet belonging to Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), the current rural air service operator.

  • FAX is in the process of handing back the rural air service to MAS to focus on long-haul destinations. Sources told The Star that out of the seven Fokkers – serving Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Mukah, Limbang, Lawas and Kota Kinabalu – only one is in flying condition.

  • In Kuala Lumpur, Transport Minister said that it was necessary to have an independent audit on the planes being used by FAX to operate the rural air service before they are handed over to MASWings, a new subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines. “There are details to be sorted before MAS can take over the service and, hopefully, by October, everything can be sorted out,” he said. MAS chairman said the most critical thing in the handing-over process was to ensure all planes were operationally efficient and safe.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MH1402
Posted 2007-06-06 07:00:49 and read 22365 times.

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 50):
I thought with this codesharing MH will have like two flight a day into FRA 1 with own metal.. and 1 with AZ metal...



Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 52):
Still only 1 flight. AZ won't send their metal to KUL. They are just selling their seats on MH's metal.

Hmm What I mean is that there will be a morning flight from FRA on AZ to FCO and connecting to KUL with MH metal. But It seems I can't buy any MH-AZ codeshare ticket through their website. I wonder what happen...

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Airbus A380
Posted 2007-06-06 14:42:31 and read 22283 times.

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 48):
Hmm If I am not mistaken, UL, JL, AI and others operate on KUL-SIN route are not allowed to take passengers in KUL or in SIN... they only have the passengers that already on board from the first point of travel.

Due the duopoly of MH and SQ..

Local travel agents in Singapore offers air tickets to KL from SIN on other carriers, the most prominent one in my opinion is JL.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: MAS777
Posted 2007-06-06 19:15:49 and read 22239 times.

Quoting Airbus A380 (Reply 58):

You can purchase tickets KL-SIN or v.v on expedia if you want to book JL.
I think for other carriers, you need to book through a local agent due to the odd flight timings.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Ryanair!!!
Posted 2007-06-07 03:27:45 and read 22183 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 40):
Malacca is about 2.5 to 3 hours drive south of Kuala Lumpur.

Err... I normally complete that journey in an hour frm Ayer Keroh to Sungei Besi. Melaka to KL is not THAT far. Nilai, where the exit to KLIA is, is only 40 mins from the former. Unless you are taking a very very slow "express" bus...

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 48):
Hmm If I am not mistaken, UL, JL, AI and others operate on KUL-SIN route are not allowed to take passengers in KUL or in SIN... they only have the passengers that already on board from the first point of travel.

I have flown SIN-KUL vv on a JL MD11. A very cheap fare considering what you pay on SQ/MH, S$150 versus S$370 before taxes.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: Paparadzi
Posted 2007-06-07 05:33:59 and read 22159 times.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 60):
Err... I normally complete that journey in an hour frm Ayer Keroh to Sungei Besi

You are definitely driving above the 110 km/h speed limit. Not to mention the traffic jam around Seremban. 2 hours is more achieveable.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 56):
Concern over ageing Fokkers

There is an urgent need to replace the “aged” aircraft in Sarawak's rural air service, said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) CEO Gracie Geikie. There are just too many technical problems and breakdowns plaguing the existing fleet, especially the 50-seater Fokkers, she said

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/2118/mgalo2.jpg

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-07 05:40:57 and read 22158 times.

Malaysia's Prime Minister, Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be getting (re) married this Saturday, 9 June 2007. All newspapers published wishes from politicians and businessmen, among others,

AirAsia CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes hoped Abdullah would have a great life together with his future wife.

However, there was no congratulatory notes from MH.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-07 05:50:12 and read 22156 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Kuala Lumpur and Vientiane will resume direct air links after almost 10 years.

More news on AK's flight to Vientiane and the soon to be launched Banda Acheh in Indonesia, Ho Chi Minh City and NEWCASTLE, Australia! (Is this referring to AK or AirAsia Long Haul?)

AirAsia's next stop: Vientiane
The Star


  • AirAsia will complete its Asean circuit when it flies to Vientiane soon. The Laos capital will be among the new destinations the budget airline has targeted, which include another city in China. “We are soon going to Vientiane and this will be the last country among our Asean destinations,” AirAsia CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes said.

  • He said there would also be other new destinations in the Asean region, including Aceh in Indonesia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Fernandes said the airline, which has flights to Macau, will also fly to Shenzhen, the second Chinese city served by the airline after Xiamen.

  • On Aceh, he said there has never been a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Aceh. ”Our effort is even more significant after the tsunami,'' he added. Asked about possible flights to Sydney in Australia, Fernandes said this was not in their plan although he was looking at flying to Newcastle, which is two hours from Sydney.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-07 06:12:30 and read 22146 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MH has been directed by the government to take back the rural air services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak from Fly Asian Express (FAX), which was awarded the duty following the 1 August 2006 domestic air rationalisation decided to give it up to focus on its long haul LCC operation.

Do you agree with the theory of the writer?


The saga of rural air services
COMMENT BY B.K.SIDHU, The Star

The operation of rural air services (RAS) has been passed around and is finally going back where it belongs - with Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Now that the issue is settled, which party is going to have the last laugh - Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX), MAS or the users of the service?

RAS forms an integral part of transportation for connectivity to the rural areas that are not easily accessible in Sabah and Sarawak.

For decades, MAS, being predominantly government-owned, had provided RAS, which was one of the factors contributing to the red ink in its books. At the turn of the decade, under a widespread asset unbundling exercise, the Government took over RAS and contracted it out to MAS for a fee so that the national carrier need not bear the losses of operating RAS.

Years later, AirAsia Bhd claimed it could bring costs down in serving the domestic sector, including RAS, if given a chance, by adopting the low-cost carrier (LCC) model.

On Aug 1, 2006, the Government handed over 96 domestic routes and a fee to AirAsia to operate RAS. FAX, which shares common shareholders with AirAsia, managed RAS and got a fleet of seven Fokker 50 and five Twin Otters from the Government to service 22 routes with 104 flights daily within Sabah and Sarawak.

At that point, some experts had wondered if FAX had done the right thing by taking on RAS as operating it was different from running a LCC. The quick turnaround model was not feasible, FAX was not able to provide the interlining needed for international connectivity, and lacked accessibility to a global distribution system for global booking.

The experts were certain RAS would one day return to MAS. And it only took FAX eight months before declaring it was ready to hand the baby back to MAS. Come Oct 1, MAS will, via MAS Wings Sdn Bhd, take on RAS.

Of the 12 operating planes, a third needs to be fixed. MAS has requested an audit on the planes before it takes them back.

The aircraft are more than 20 years old and getting the spares takes time, which could explain why they are grounded. But that should not be used as an excuse for the flight delays and cancellations that politicians from Sabah and Sarawak often complain about.

In any business, economic viability is key. Decision makers should not be so gullible as to hand down contracts without checking the capability of companies or persons to deliver. Moreover a gentleman%u2019s agreement on domestic rationalisation should be honoured as MAS and AirAsia got what they wanted then.

So why is FAX giving up RAS when it was getting paid by the Government? It has to do with the emergence of Firefly that MAS created recently. Simply put, MAS is no longer just a full service carrier but would be competing head-on with AirAsia in the LCC arena. By giving up RAS, could AirAsia be retaliating against the emergence of Firefly?

The question now is: who will have the last laugh?

MAS, for getting RAS back, more domestic routes than it bargained for under the domestic air services rationalisation plan and for getting a toehold in the LCC world? Or AirAsia and FAX, for unloading the seemingly cumbersome RAS to focus on long haul flights. Or the politicians in Sabah and Sarawak for having their wish come true with MAS taking back RAS, which has served them for decades?

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-07 15:05:41 and read 22071 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MAHB was awarded the 10-year deal to manage Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan, its third overseas deal after Hyderabad and New Delhi in India. MAHB is also waiting for the outcome of the bids for airport management in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman.

Malaysia Airport Berhad is to manage an airport in Iran. More news is expected soon.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-08 06:04:23 and read 21992 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 63):
and NEWCASTLE, Australia!

More on AK's plan to serve Newcastle, Australia.

A Chinese daily reported that AirAsia was planning its new route to Newcastle Airport, Australia, in September. Its CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes said the airport was about two hours from Sydney.

Speaking at the World Tourism Conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, he said flying to Newcastle Airport was cheaper than to Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney.

He added that five airports in the Middle East had been identified as transit stations for the company’s long-distance flights.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-09 04:56:37 and read 21890 times.

Malaysia's tourism campaign is now known as, "Malaysia, Heart of Asia", no more "Malaysia Truly Asia".

Tourism Munister said the achievement would go well with the ministry’s change in strategy to market Malaysia to the world, adding that the promotional tagline from now is 'Malaysia, Heart of Asia.'

“It used to be 'Malaysia Truly Asia', where we sold Malaysia as a whole destination,” he said.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-09 05:00:07 and read 21888 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Price Wars:

MH's latest offers.

MAS offers 250 packages for Asean tourists
The Star


  • Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has introduced some 250 travel packages for people from Asean countries to come to the country, in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2007. The initiative, a collaboration by MAS, the Tourism Ministry and selected Asean tour agencies, is aimed at promoting Malaysia as a value-for-money destination, said MAS commercial director.

  • He said MAS has made available more than 2.5 million seats until year's end to accommodate the anticipated surge in tourists as a result of the attractive new packages. “Starting from as low as US$108 (RM380), the packages offer a discounted rate of 10% to 15% from the usual prices to entice more tourist arrivals from Asean countries, and even tourists from China, India and South Korea. These offers will enable more foreigners to better plan their travel to Malaysia and improve the turnover for tourism-related services in Malaysia,” he said.

  • Customised packages include a three-day/two-night Malaysian experience to popular attractions such as Genting Highlands, Penang and Langkawi and include accommodation, meals and return flight tickets. He said MAS had been aggressively marketing the packages, investing more than RM6mil in TV and print commercials in Asean countries. “Selected print media in Asean countries are also carrying advertisements of our new packages. We are confident of attracting at least 1.7 million tourist arrivals this year from this exercise,” he said yesterday.

  • For more information, log on to www.malaysiaairlines.com.

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-09 05:07:32 and read 21886 times.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 56):
”There are too many disruptions. This is bad for tourism and has created a great deal of inconvenience for rural folk who depend on these flights. There is no point for the rural service sector to change hands between airlines but the problem of technical breakdowns keeps on happening,” she said when asked to comment on a planned review by Malaysia Airlines of the condition of the aircraft fleet belonging to Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), the current rural air service operator.

FAX sucks!  no 

FAX sorry for flight disruptions
The Star


  • Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) has blamed the “culmination of unexpected and periodical maintenance” of its planes for flight disruptions in the past 72 hours. “We apologise to our passengers affected by the serious disruptions,” it said in a statement which was e-mailed to The Star yesterday.

  • The apology came from the operator of Sabah and Sarawak's rural air services after passengers complained about abrupt cancellations and poor treatment at the airport. Flights cancelled were those serving Kota Kinabalu, Sibu and Lahad Datu. “The disruptions were caused by a culmination of unexpected and periodical maintenance repairs to FAX’s Fokker 50 fleet,” the statement added.

  • It said FAX had implemented a service recovery plan for 10 days starting June 2, which included special flights on AirAsia to shuttle FAX passengers between Kota Kinabalu, Bintulu and Sibu. It added that a similar arrangement could not be done for Lahad Datu because the airport was unable to cope with the bigger aircraft used by AirAsia.

  • As a result, it said FAX had organised land transportation to transfer passengers to Tawau and Sandakan and was working with AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines to connect passengers to Kota Kinabalu and vice versa. It added that FAX provided meals, overnight accommodation for outstation passengers and land transfers where necessary at no cost to the passengers. It said FAX was also looking at a long-term and viable solution including revising its schedule to adequately service its routes and meet the on-time performance.

  • Stranded passengers, however, have been complaining of poor ground handling, including being given little information or assistance. At terminal two of the Kota Kinabalu Airport yesterday, teacher Lyister Majroy of SK Nangatutus in Sibu said no meals or assistance had been given. He was accompanying seven Year Six pupils from the school to a national environment camp in Tuaran. Majroy said they had been waiting for the flight to Bintulu since 7am. He said he did not get anything, including meal vouchers. At 5pm, he said: “I have been paying for the children’s food. So far, there is no word on our flight. The children are tired and homesick. We don’t know what to do or where to go.”

Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
Username: 9MMAR
Posted 2007-06-09 10:33:32 and read 21845 times.

AK will be launching the followings soon:

  • KUL - Krabi, Thailand
  • Johor Bahru - Macau
  • Johor Bahru - Palembang, Indonesia

    Also KUL - Sibu will be served 3x daily now.

    AK will also relaunch its credit card with 'better' rewards as they claimed it. They will be also a new service 'Kiosk Check in', the first of its kind in Malaysia! We'll see soon.

  • Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-10 06:14:43 and read 21747 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 69):
    FAX sucks!

    More revealed.

    Masidi: FAX failed Sabah, Sarawak
    The Star


    • Sabah wants Fly Asian Xpress to take immediate measures to effectively overcome the poor domestic service for Sabah and Sarawak. Local tourism was being jeopardised and passengers left stranded, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

    • He lamented that FAX did not care for the rural services especially when flights were delayed or abruptly cancelled. “It has affected passenger confidence as well as tourism efforts in both Sabah and Sarawak,” Masidi said, commenting on the spate of flight cancellations and delays that affected travellers to and from Lahad Datu, Bintulu, Sibu and here over the last four days. Passengers had complained of being stranded for nearly 24 hours with little help from FAX ground staff.

    • FAX in a statement on Friday apologised for the cancellations and blamed it on unscheduled maintenance of its Fokker 50 aircraft. The airline had said that it was trying to get service back to normal by Tuesday. “As we see it, FAX has not been efficient and cancellations and delays are occurring nearly every day,” Masidi said. He said Malaysia Airlines should take back the services as they had a better track record.

    • Masidi said domestic tourism could only grow if there is an efficient and reliable air transport service and if FAX does not improve then the objectives of Visit Malaysia 2007 might not be achieved. According to news reports quoting Transport Minister, a new subsidiary of MAS – MAS Wings Sdn Bhd – will take over the Sabah and Sarawak rural air service in stages from Oct 1. MAS Wings will use existing turboprop or propeller-driven aircraft currently operated by FAX.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-10 06:26:03 and read 21741 times.

    A plan for a new PEN, replacing the existing one?

    Ministry taking steps to promote Penang airport
    The Star


    • The Transport Ministry is working with Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Firefly to promote Penang as a regional and international aviation hub. “With AirAsia’s long-haul flights kicking off in September and the on-going talks with the other airlines, we can look forward to new routes being introduced to and from Penang in the next one to two years,” Transport Minister told reporters.

    • He said there was no urgent need to expand Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas as it had yet to reach its maximum passenger handling capacity of five million. Last year, the airport handled nearly three million passengers.

    • Asked about a report on the potential development of a new airport in Penang mooted by Equine Capital, he said he was not aware of the proposal. The report in The Star stated that Equine Capital is proposing to build a new airport at a cost of RM1.2bil in Batu Kawan and take over the land where the current airport is sited.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-10 12:08:54 and read 21693 times.

    MAS sees RM20m revenue from VMY packages
    Bussiness Times


    • MALAYSIA Airlines expects more than two-thirds of the 2.5 million seats available under its Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007 packages for the South-East Asian region to be taken up, generating about RM20 million revenue.

    • The national carrier is offering VMY packages from as low as US$108 (RM372.6) for twin-share to a maximum of US$1,129 (RM3,895) single supplement.

    • The packages are 10-15 per cent lower than the usual package prices MAS marketed in the region, its commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said.

    • MAS is spending US$1.8 million (RM6.2 million) to promote the packages via ESPN, Star Sports and National Geographic satellite TV channels from now till August 31, Rashid said.

    • The US$1.8 million is part of a RM50 million budget this year set aside by MAS on various "tactical initiatives" to boost passenger loads, he added.


    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: GFFgold
    Posted 2007-06-10 14:08:18 and read 21659 times.

    I must admit that Malaysia is becoming a lot more switched-on regards tourism than many of its neighbours - especially niche markets. I'm impressed by the 'Malaysia my Second Home' scheme whereby retirees are encouraged to move to Malaysia long-term and spend their pensions there. Medical tourism is also picking up after a slow start (in the shadow of Singapore) but if I were a businessman I would start up a posh dental clinic in a nice location! The standard of dentistry in Malaysia is world class and if people realised that they could effectively get a free holiday out of the savings gained from having complex dental work done in MY rather than the US or UK I'm sure it would catch on.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-06-10 14:14:51 and read 21659 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 72):
    The report in The Star stated that Equine Capital is proposing to build a new airport at a cost of RM1.2bil in Batu Kawan and take over the land where the current airport is sited.


    Batu Kawan is situated on the mainland, next to where the second bridge is to be build. It will also be located exactly on the approach path of runway 36 of Butterworth Air Base. Not the best location to build a replacement for Penang International Airport.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 71):
    Masidi: FAX failed Sabah, Sarawak

    The biggest problem is that FAX, or whoever are behind it, was never sincere in operating the RAS. It was just a ploy to get the AOC so that FAX can operate long-haul. As why they don't use Air Asia for long haul, there must be a business trick behind it; something that we will see only in the faraway future. As FAX was never sincerely operated, they just let the condition deteriorates waiting to hand it over back to MAS.

    [Edited 2007-06-10 14:16:28]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-11 03:53:14 and read 21562 times.

    Quoting GFFgold (Reply 74):
    I must admit that Malaysia is becoming a lot more switched-on regards tourism than many of its neighbours - especially niche markets. I'm impressed by the 'Malaysia my Second Home' scheme whereby retirees are encouraged to move to Malaysia long-term and spend their pensions there. Medical tourism is also picking up after a slow start (in the shadow of Singapore) but if I were a businessman I would start up a posh dental clinic in a nice location! The standard of dentistry in Malaysia is world class and if people realised that they could effectively get a free holiday out of the savings gained from having complex dental work done in MY rather than the US or UK I'm sure it would catch on.

    Don't you think it is better for you to switch the Indonesian flag with the Malaysian one?  tongue 

    Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 75):
    Batu Kawan is situated on the mainland, next to where the second bridge is to be build. It will also be located exactly on the approach path of runway 36 of Butterworth Air Base. Not the best location to build a replacement for Penang International Airport.

    Based on the fact that PEN is running under capacity (handling of just 3 million passengers out of 5 million) and a piece of land near the airport has been allocated for a LCCT, the news may just a rumour. Unless, the Prime Minister (who are originating from the mainland Penang) wants the airport to be moved to Batu Kawan. Even Batu Kawan itself (with modern housing complexes, State Sport Center etc) came into the map after his premiership.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-11 04:02:12 and read 21557 times.

    Not the aircraft purchases, just spare parts vendors with a lot of indications that MH will operates the A388s.

    MAS shortlists three vendors
    The Star


    • MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) has short-listed at least three vendors to replace its 20-year-old spares inventory system with a more modern ‘’enterprise-wide system’’ capable of tracking all work functions at the engineering and maintenance (E&M) unit. The new system, which would provide greater efficiency, was estimated to cost the airline up to RM70mil and would be fully implemented within two to three years, said MAS director of operations Peter Read.

    • “Internally, we have approved the expenditure and are in negotiations with suppliers that were short-listed. It is a complex system that could track everything – from spares inventory to – every aspect of work that is done at the E&M unit. The forward planning feature allows for advance maintenance and spares planning and this should reduce our spares holding in the longer term,’’ Read said in an interview.

    • MAS senior general manager (engineering and maintenance) Mohd Roslan Ismail added that the “current system works fine, but it is more labour-intensive. What we need is a system that provides us economies of scale.’’ They did not name the short-listed companies. A decision on the vendor that would deploy the new system is expected to be announced later this year. This new information technology platform is separate from the US$100mil passenger services system that is being deployed at MAS.

    • An aircraft is made of “tens of thousands of components’’ and airlines are required by regulations to hold a minimum quantity of spares and engines that make up 40% of the cost of an aircraft. Roslan said MAS had spares worth RM1.3bil in its inventory but the book value due to depreciation was RM600mil. Given the huge volume of spares that airlines need to keep, outsourcing is seen as a growing trend as it relieves airlines from holding a huge spares inventory.

    • Read said Air Canada was an example of an airline that had successfully outsourced its entire spares inventory that could result in better savings. Apart from spares, some airlines outsource their maintenance works as maintaining an E&M unit can be costly. MAS does outsource some of its works, in particular engines, but most of the E&M work is done in-house. The airline is also a third party E&M operator for other airlines, and Roslan said MAS clients, among others, included Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Jet Airways and Garuda International Airlines.

    • “We do most of our maintenance work, but there are proposals that we are looking at to outsource some parts of our work,’’ Read added. The move is not unique, and outsourcing and collaboration among airlines, aircraft makers and third party E&M contractors would heighten when the A380 begins flying commercially. The spares list will just swell up, given the size of the super jumbo, and it would be meaningless for airlines to hold too much inventory when they could possibly share the load with others. One example of the collaboration is that of Lufthansa and Air France, as both airlines are collaborating on spares to minimise duplication.

    • Providing E&M services or maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) works for MAS is a growing business. Last year, the airline raked in RM200mil in revenue, up from RM100mil the previous year. MAS managing director Idris Jala expects the revenue to rise to RM300mil this year. Roslan said MAS had also been commended for the high quality of aircraft maintenance for Lufthansa and that recognition placed MAS' engineering and maintenance team in good stead as an MRO player.

    • Malaysia is positioning itself to be an MRO centre for the region and intends to tap 5% of the global market. It was reported that the growth in Asia-Pacific for MRO was expected to grow to US$15bil by 2016, given the robust demand in air travel in Asia.

    • Besides MAS, other MRO players include Airod Sdn Bhd, Dinet, Eurocopter Sdn Bhd, AAR Landing Gear Services Sdn Bhd, Satang Jaya Holdings Bhd, and Sepang Aircraft Engineering Sdn Bhd. “MRO players have to be competitive on turnaround time, and for that, we need to identify the work in advance and order the spares well before we get the aircraft so that when the carrier arrives for repairs, we can do it within the specified time. We are working well, but we believe there is still a fair way to go (to achieve the standards we have set for ourselves internally),’’ Read said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-11 04:29:36 and read 21551 times.

    Some insights on aircraft's maintenance.

    Safety a core issue at MAS
    The Star


    • THE year 2006 was declared the safest in the airline industry with one accident occurring for every 1.5 million flights. The accident rate globally has fallen to half from what it was a decade ago. More and more airlines around the world comply with international standards on safety so that they can keep flying passengers. The International Air Transport Association – a grouping of airlines – continues to raise the bar on safety standards.

    • Modern aircraft are also built with a high degree of redundancies to tolerate a level of failure and defects are minimised by periodic checks undertaken by carriers. It would take too many defects unfixed and a multitude of other factors for an aircraft to blow up mid-air. “Modern jet engines are very reliable and they rarely fail, and it takes a lot of contributing factors such as bad weather, system failure and misheard air traffic control commands to cause accidents. Very few are related to maintenance accidents,’’ said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) director of operations Peter Read, who was a pilot for over 25 years.

    • Read said MAS fleet was well maintained and safety standards were not compromised just because the airline had to re-align its cost as part of the company’s business turnaround plan. “We did not cut cost but rather optimised our cost, and our aircraft are so reliable. We operate well within the boundaries of safety,’’ added senior general manager of engineering and maintenance Mohd Roslan Ismail. Nonetheless, when there is a defect, it needs to be attended to, and no airline would leave a defect unattended for long or a failure to persist. Fixing it up means the airline can fly the plane, as keeping it on the ground simply means loss of revenue.

    • On cost cutting, the airline did sell spares as it was deemed to be holding too many when the new managing director, Datuk Idris Jala, took over the helm of the airline 18 months ago. “We did sell, but they were obsolete and we phased out items of older models of aircraft such as the DC 10 and B737-200. There were an engine and several seats. We did not have a large stock of engines and we did not sell any engines except one. We did make some gains from the disposal but it was not too much,’’ Read said.

    • Given that an aircraft is made of “tens of thousands of components,’’ an airline has to keep stock of certain spares. Roslan said there were three categories of spares – active, slow moving and non-moving. The active spares are the fast-moving spares and an airline needs to keep 95% stock of this category of spares. Ninety-two per cent of items that are not used frequently or slow moving must be held by airlines. The non-moving are those disposable spares and an airline needs to keep 90% of this category. Spares aside, Roslan said, the daily routine of checking aircraft was done rigorously.

    • Maintenance checks constitute A-to-D checks. The A check is conducted when the airline clocks in 600 hours, which can be every 24 hours or a few days, and this is done to check for any defects. Check B is done when the airline clocks in 1,200 hours, that is, within the 3-6 months' timeframe. A C check is when the airline clocks in 3,000 flying hours, which is normally after a year. D is the biggest check, which involves overhaul of every part and component, and the plane is stripped off everything and re-fixed after every part is overhauled or replaced. This is done every four to five years.

    • Roslan said the lifespan of a short-haul aircraft was 15-20 years and the long-haul carrier could be used for more than 20 years, but the latest B777 could go on for nearly 30 years before they had to be grounded for good. “There could be one or two aircraft across our fleet that may have a defect or two, but that is well within what the industry standards allow for,’’ Read said.

    • Checking goes beyond the daily, weekly, monthly or yearly routines. In fact, every time a plane takes off, it is monitored by the MAS engineering team by the second. The next day meetings are convened to study the pattern of each flying aircraft for any potential problems. “So safety is taken very seriously by an airline. Or else it would be mocking itself, for when disaster happens, it is not just the confidence level in an airline that erodes but regaining that confidence can take a while and airlines depend on passengers for their survival,’’ said an industry official.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-12 07:13:11 and read 21415 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    FAX's AirAsia X was scrapped and is now will be known as AirAsia Long Haul.

    First, they reversed back the name from AirAsia Long Haul to AirAsia X.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    FAX orders 10 Airbus 330-300 with 5 option for its long haul LCC operation.

    And now they are looking for engine supplier and the winner will be announced at the Paris Air Show.

    Two aircraft engine makers vie for billion-ringgit supply contract
    The Star


    • Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Rolls-Royce (RR) are the frontrunners for the billion-ringgit contract to supply engines to Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX)'s fleet of 15 aircraft but engine maker General Electric Co is out of the race. It is understood the deal could be worth US$1.5bil, including the engine and a long-term maintenance support plan, based on catalogue prices.

    • “We are about to make the engine selection and have shortlisted P&W and RR but GE has been removed (from the selection process). This would be the first (time that) we would not be working with GE. We have asked for the best offer from P&W and RR and these should reach us by Wednesday (tomorrow) for us to decide on the engine supplier by Friday. We should announce the winner at the forthcoming Paris Air Show,” FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes told StarBiz. Fernandes is also group chief executive of AirAsia Bhd, a sister company of FAX.

    • GE is supplying the engines for the more than 100 aircraft that AirAsia would eventually have in its fleet. The Paris Air Show will be held in Le Bourget from June 18 to 24. Asked why GE was not in the running, Fernandes said: “The other two offered us a better deal. It would be good to have our engine of choice and the two are also quite excited to work with us on the low-cost model.”

    • In April, FAX ordered 15 A330-300 from aircraft frame maker Airbus for US$2.63bil (excluding engine cost). It is also looking at ordering 10 more planes for its low-cost, long-haul service, slated to start later this year and to serve markets within a flying range of six to 13 hours. AirAsia X is keen to serve cities in Australia, China, India, Europe and the Middle East.

    • Asked if an Australian city could be the first destination to be served by AirAsia X, Fernandes said: “We have yet to decide where to fly to first but have received requests from many airports that want us to fly into their cities. “The requests are from countries in the Middle East, Scandinavia, parts of Europe, including Vienna, and India and China. “Even the governments (officials) of these countries are asking us to fly into their cities. The response is nothing short of phenomenal and we are working out the details on our first stop. We are a point-to-point carrier and would not be working on a code-share arrangement.”

    • Since the first batch of 15 aircraft would be delivered only from September 2008 to 2011, FAX has leased one aircraft to begin service this year. Fernandes said FAX was looking to buy seats to fit the leased aircraft and that a lot of work was being done to ensure the long-haul service took off on schedule.

    • He said FAX would stick to the AirAsia X brand for its long-haul service, instead of AirAsia Long Haul, and that the team at FAX was mulling over the need to have a separate logo from AirAsia. “It is by popular demand that we are changing the name back to AirAsia X,” he said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-12 07:26:37 and read 21413 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    to be served by AirAsia X, Fernandes said: “We have yet to decide where to fly to first but have received requests from many airports that want us to fly into their cities. “The requests are from countries in the Middle East, Scandinavia, parts of Europe

    Prague waits eagerly for AirAsia service
    The Star

    The Czech Republic hopes that budget airline AirAsia can finalise negotiations to fly to Prague by December. Ambassador Dana Hunatova said there was much expectation that AirAsia would be granted landing rights to fly to the capital. With direct air links, both countries could boost ties in tourism, trade, investments, culture and education, she said after a visit to Kelantan.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: VHVXB
    Posted 2007-06-12 07:30:18 and read 21408 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 66):
    More on AK's plan to serve Newcastle, Australia.

    Not a wise choice in my opinion. With continous traffic problems between Sydney and Newcastle it sometimes take in excess of 4hours to get to Sydney from Newcastle. Rail transportation can become unrealiable as well during certain periods of the year and not mention if there are extesive delays

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 67):
    Malaysia's tourism campaign is now known as, "Malaysia, Heart of Asia", no more "Malaysia Truly Asia".

    Sad I really like those Truly Asia adverts

    Malaysia Airlines fined for serving meat

    A Malaysian court has ordered national flag carrier Malaysia Airlines to pay an Indian man 20,000 ringgit ($A6,800) in damages for serving him meat after he asked for a vegetarian meal.

    Arvind Sharma, 44, said he vomited after he was served chicken on a flight from Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur in March 2003, the New Straits Times said.
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/WORLD/Mal...meat/2007/06/09/1181089379939.html
    I guess not everyone like's MH's satay stick :P

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: United Airline
    Posted 2007-06-12 19:18:34 and read 21309 times.

    What's up with 9M-MPG? Will it return to service?

    Also how much did MH make last year??

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-13 05:12:30 and read 21256 times.

    In transit at KUL? Why not spend a few hours in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Find out more at the bright orange 'Transit Tours' counter at the Satellite Terminal, KUL.

    Short KL tour for KLIA transit passengers
    The Star


    • Passengers who are on transit at KLIA will have the chance to experience Kuala Lumpur despite their short stay. Now, those who are on transit for at least four hours will able to take a quick tour of the city as part of many ongoing efforts by KLIA and its partners to attract more tourists and visitors to the country.

    • Under the Discover Kuala Lumpur programme, visitors will be whisked away on the high-speed KLIA express train to KL Sentral before they visit the many interesting places within the city. There is also a special package to Menara KL, which includes a guided tour, nature walks and meals.

    • Tourism Malaysia director-general described the programme as a positive way of getting visitors on transit to experience the sights and sounds of Kuala Lumpur. He also lauded the effort, saying there was tremendous potential in “transit visitors,” whose number was constantly growing.

    • “No matter how much has been explained to tourists abroad about Malaysia, particularly what Kuala Lumpur is and has to offer, the metropolis never ceases to amaze visitors. Tourists still get pleasantly surprised by how beautiful Kuala Lumpur is. Getting visitors on transit to sample a small part of what the city has to offer promises great returns as I am confident tourists will want to return for more,” he said at the launching of Discover Kuala Lumpur at KLIA yesterday.

    • Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad senior general manager (operations) said the service would be tapping a new market segment and further enhance the facilities offered at KLIA.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-13 05:24:31 and read 21252 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 69):
    FAX sucks!

    More woes revealed.

    Brunei transit for travellers
    The Star


    • Travellers from Brunei have been known to cross into Sarawak to fly elsewhere because of the currency exchange rate. These days, desperate travellers from Sarawak are coming here by land and using exit points in Brunei to get to their intended destinations in Malaysia. It is not a cheap journey for these travellers, who are affected by the on-going air connection woes in northern Sarawak.

    • For example, Sarawakians who want to go to Labuan, but cannot do so due to the grounding of Fokker-50 aircrafts in Miri, have to go to Brunei to fly to Labuan or use speedboats from ports in the sultanate. Those in Miri who want to go to Limbang and affected by the same flight problems use the land route by cutting through the two Brunei border checkpoints. A three-hour taxi ride here from Miri costs at least RM280.

    • Taxi driver Ling Tek Siong told The Star he received a call at 3.45am from an offshore worker in Miri who was desperate to go to Labuan Island. “The flights from Miri to Labuan are affected by the air-connection problems. This man wanted me to pick him up at 5am and send him to Brunei so that he could get a speedboat from Muara (port in Brunei) to Labuan,” he said. Malaysian taxis are only allowed up to the Brunei immigration complex and not beyond. From there, travellers must use Brunei-registered taxis or vehicles to reach their destination.

    • Fokker flights to many parts of northern Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu are suspended because out of the seven Fokkers operated by Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), only one is fully functional. The rest are affected by technical problems and undergoing urgent repairs. FAX sources said the airline expected to get another two Fokkers flying in the next few days.

    • In Miri, it is learned that many passengers who want to go to other parts of the state cannot get seats on board Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia because the airlines are booked solid. Travellers affected by the FAX woes are using these two airlines to get to destinations nearest to the ones served by the Fokkers, so that they can use land and river routes to reach their intended points.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-13 11:27:49 and read 21206 times.

    Looking at the way FAX handle RAS...

    I am now questioning their integrity to serve long haul.. At least with sabah and sarawak fiasco it still considered domestic and only FAX's image torn to pieces.

    When they go long haul.... Malaysia's Image is in jeopardy too...

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-13 12:14:29 and read 21193 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 85):
    Looking at the way FAX handle RAS...

    Maybe not as the long haul LCC service is their baby. RAS on the other hand is like their unwanted 'stepchild'.

    With the long haul LCC, it's about their own financing 15 spanking new Airbus 330-300 while with RAS, it's just about aging ex-MH F50s which are owned by PMB.

    [Edited 2007-06-13 12:17:55]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: LIPZ
    Posted 2007-06-13 12:39:11 and read 21185 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 50):
    In a recent news about MH codesharing with AZ... the news stated that the codesharing will be effective from 1. June 2007. which MH passengers can book MH flight to FCO and connecting to BCN, FRA and 3 others.
    I am interested on FRA AZ(MH) FCO MH KUL

    I have log on to Alitalia website. Can't even get FCO-KUL...
    Log on to MH website. Only offering MH05 direct flight FRA MH KUL.

    Is there something in the water?

    I thought with this codesharing MH will have like two flight a day into FRA 1 with own metal.. and 1 with AZ metal...
    I guess I am wrong...

    Here you find all MH codeshare european flights operated by AZ available through FCO.

    Athens (MH 9337 ATH FCO 0705 0810 // MH 9338 FCO ATH 0905 1205)
    Barcelona (MH 9331 BCN FCO 0635 0815 // MH 9330 FCO BCN 0855 1040)
    Geneva (MH 9335 GVA FCO 0655 0820 // MH 9334 FCO GVA 0855 1025)
    Frankfurt (MH 9333 FRA FCO 0640 0830 // MH 9332 FCO FRA 0920 1125)
    Madrid (MH 9329 MAD FCO 0635 0900 // MH 9328 FCO MAD 0915 1140)
    Milan (MH 9339 MXP FCO 1030 1145 // MH 9342 FCO MXP 0755 0910)


    source : Aeroporti di Roma website www.adr.it/Default.asp?L=3&

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-14 04:26:45 and read 21083 times.

    Something that makes AK  Angry Firefly can operate from SZB!

    Firefly can operate from Subang airport
    The Star


    • Low-cost carrier Firefly has received the green light to operate from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang but will only be permitted to fly domestic routes currently not serviced by AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines. Transport Minister said that in a decision by the Cabinet “a few weeks ago”, Firefly, which currently flies out of the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas, could move to Subang anytime.

    • “For example, Firefly can operate flights on turbo-prop aircraft from Subang to Ipoh or Malacca, which are at present not serviced by AirAsia or MAS. It’s up to Firefly to decide. The ministry will not force any destination on Firefly as this is entirely a business consideration. However, any proposal from Firefly will have to be approved by the ministry,” he told reporters after presenting excellence service awards to staff members at the ministry here yesterday.

    • Firefly, which is a subsidiary of MAS, currently flies from Penang to Langkawi, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan as well as Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand. It operates two 50-seater Fokker aircraft. He had said earlier that the ministry was considering allowing Firefly to operate out of Subang in response to a call by Tourism Minister that the low-cost carrier be allowed to do so as one way of spurring domestic tourism. “Firefly has also put in a proposal to operate out of the Senai and the Kota Kinabalu airports, which we are still looking into,” he said.

    • Firefly’s managing director Eddy Leong said: “Firefly is delighted with the Government’s approval for it to operate from Subang. Although the current restrictions mean that it can only fly to Ipoh, Maalcca and Kerteh from Subang, Firefly will continue to engage the Government for approvals to operate more domestic and regional routes that will benefit the community it serves.

    • “MAS is confident that Firefly will obtain such approvals in view of its continuous support of the Government’s efforts to improve air links, especially in East Malaysia where MAS is now in the process of taking over the Rural Air Service operations from FAX despite the poor conditions of the aircraft and operations. Operating from Penang, Subang and Johor Baru will complete Firefly's objective of being Malaysia’s first community airline providing safe, affordable and comfortable air links for the communities it serves.”

    • Group chief executive officer of AirAsia Datuk Tony Fernandes said: “We have no objections on Firefly flying from Subang. These will be propeller-based aircraft only and will service destinations not served by AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines. This is good for communities that are not served by the national premium airline and the national low cost airline. “We support the move by the Government. It is good now that there is a national turboprop operator that can serve communities that jet aircraft can’t.”

    • The Government has also decided to invite private jet operators to set up base at Subang’s Terminal 3 or make it their transit point in Asia in an effort to turn the terminal into a general aviation hub. “Malaysia’s edge over other countries in the region is that it is centrally located, and that Terminal 3 has very good runway and support facilities.”

    • He said the demand for private jet operations and chartered flights in the region was rising. “We are talking to a few private jet operators in the United States, Europe and Australia for them to come to Subang or make it their transit point for fuel, logistic purposes and maintenance. At the same time, we will be carrying out some upgrading work at Terminal 3 to make it more conducive, with more facilities,” he said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-14 04:32:26 and read 21082 times.

    Another win for consumers.

    New insurance plan to protect travellers if trip is called off
    The Star


    • Local travellers will soon be able to get tour fare protection under a new insurance scheme endorsed by the Tourism Ministry. This comes about five weeks after a tour company, Excellence Holidays Sdn Bhd, went bust, causing 336 travellers to lose RM2.4mil in total.

    • Those instrumental in creating the new scheme said the tour fare protection would cover travellers against services not rendered. “This is not coverage against a company going bust. It will cover the traveller for up to RM10,000 if the tour package is not carried out for whatever reason,” said a source.

    • Apart from the tour fare protection, the scheme – which will cost RM15 per person – would also provide insurance against accidental death and permanent disablement (RM25,000), medical expenses (RM5,000), outpatient treatment (RM1,000), repatriation (RM15,000) and personal liability (RM100,000).

    • “The amount of coverage for the other components is not as high as other insurance packages but travellers are free to top up with any other travel insurance on offer,” the source said. It is understood that scheme is targeted to be implemented by July 1, initially syndicated across four insurance companies.

    • Apart from protecting outbound travellers, the scheme would also protect foreign inbound travellers in the same manner with the insured amounts being slightly higher and the premium at US$15 (RM52).

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-14 04:41:32 and read 21077 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    AirAsia will start serving Shenzen on 15 July 2007 from KUL and BKK.

    More updates.

    AirAsia to begin flights to Shenzhen from July 15
    The Star


    • AirAsia will start daily flights to Shenzhen, China, from July 15 from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The low-cost carrier announced yesterday that airfares would start from RM68.88 for flights from Kuala Lumpur and 388 baht (about RM38) from Bangkok.

    • Its executive vice-president (commercial) said: “Shenzhen is the fourth busiest airport in China and this will allow us (AirAsia) to tap into the passenger traffic and facilitate travellers to other Asean destinations that we fly to. We are very confident that this route will open more opportunities to enhance both of our hubs with greater international links in the region, especially with Shenzhen being the gateway to southern China and Hong Kong,” she said in the statement.

    • Shenzhen is AirAsia's third destination in China, after Macau and Xiamen. AirAsia has seven daily flights to Macau from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Bangkok and one daily flight to Xiamen from Bangkok.

    • Thai AirAsia chief executive officer Tassapon Bijleveld said the Shenzhen route would be Thai AirAsia's 10th international destination. “We trust that it will further establish our position as the main market player in Thailand as well as establishing new growth opportunities,” he said.

    • Shenzhen is located in the southern part of Guangdong province and is the fastest growing city in China for the past 30 years. It is famous for its coastal view, theme parks, historical attractions and world-class golf courses and is known as a shopping paradise.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: QatarA340
    Posted 2007-06-14 11:43:02 and read 21014 times.

    Quote:
    Qatar Airways increases KL-Doha flights


    QATAR Airways has announced that it will offer an additional three flights for the Kuala Lumpur-Middle East routes due to strong customer demand.

    The new flights are effective today.

    In support of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007, the new flight plan between Kuala Lumpur and Doha is expected to cater to holiday makers from the Middle East coming to Malaysia starting this month to September, said Alan Chua, Qatar Airways’ area manager for Malaysia.

    “To date, we have recorded healthy advanced bookings to Kuala Lumpur, particularly from Middle Easterners who are planning to travel on leisure this season,” said Chua in a statement.

    With the additional three flights, the airline is now able to increase its seats capacity by 40 per cent, bringing it to 2,500 seats weekly.

    Under its global expansion plan, the airline is also set to expand its network by including New York from June 26 via New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington DC, beginning July 19. — Bernama

    Especially with the increase of Qatari tourists to KL, flights are usually overbooked throughout the months of July and August. This is a welcome move. Hopefully in the future, they can upgrade the flight to an A330-300... if only.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-06-14 15:58:40 and read 20961 times.

    SZB - KTE should be well received. There are a lot of resorts that are near to KTE instead of KUA or TGG. And maybe PEN - IPH - SZB?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-14 21:15:28 and read 20916 times.

    SriLankan, MAS Among Asia's Best, Say UK Luxury Travellers
    Bernama

    A survey of 10,000 readers of UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper on their experiences in luxury travel has placed SriLankan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines among the finest of Asia's airlines. They are among four runners-up in the category of Best Asian Airline. Behind a clear favourite; Singapore Airlines


    Ultratravel 100
    ASIAN AIRLINE
    Winner – Singapore Airlines

    Runners-up
    Cathay Pacific
    Malaysia AirLINES
    Sri Lankan AirLINES
    Thai Airways

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 777way
    Posted 2007-06-14 21:21:14 and read 20912 times.

    DO MH still upgrade DXB-BEY to 747 in summer?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-14 23:44:09 and read 20883 times.

    Quoting 777way (Reply 94):
    DO MH still upgrade DXB-BEY to 747 in summer?

    It seems they did to DXB.. but not sure if it will continue to BEY
    http://www.airliners.net/discussions...eneral_aviation/read.main/3458107/

    Note MH7091

    [Edited 2007-06-14 23:45:33]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-15 09:05:27 and read 20818 times.

    After over 5 years...

    Five admit to armed robbery in airport coach
    The Star


    • Five men who have been in remand for the past five years since their arrest pleaded guilty to committing armed robbery in an airport coach they commandeered in 2002. However, another two – including the gang's purported leader – maintained their plea of innocence when their case was mentioned at the Ampang Sessions Court near here yesterday. They pleaded guilty to all nine charges of armed gang robbery.

    • They admitted to committing the offences while armed with parangs, knives, sickles and axes on Feb 22, 2002 between the 302nd and 265th kilometre of the North-South Expressway in Bangi against nine local travellers who were bound for the KL International Airport. The victims suffered total losses of about RM50,000 after the gang took all their money, cellphones, wallets, jewellery, ATM and credit cards, cheque books, identity cards, plane tickets and even books, among others.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-15 09:10:08 and read 20815 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 89):
    New insurance plan to protect travellers if trip is called off

    It's now compulsory!

    Ministry makes it mandatory for tour agencies to provide insurance
    The Star


    • The Tourism Ministry has agreed to make it mandatory for all licensed travel agencies to provide insurance which protects travellers against tour packages not being carried out for any reason.

    • It was reported that the ministry had endorsed a new insurance scheme that had tour fare protection and following a meeting between the ministry and industry stakeholders yesterday, the decision to make such protection mandatory was reached.

    • Sources said the RM15 premium for the coverage would be rolled into the cost of the tour package. “However, consumers will be given the right to refuse if they choose to do so,” the source said. Apart from the RM10,000 tour fare protection, the scheme also insures against accidental death and permanent disablement (RM25,000), medical expenses (RM5,000), outpatient treatment (RM1,000), repatriation (RM15,000) and personal liability (RM100,000).

    • The scheme would also be extended to cover domestic travel. As for how the scheme would be implemented among the travel agencies, it was in the process of being finalised, but added that it would be syndicated across four insurance companies initially. Apart from protecting outbound travellers, the scheme will also protect foreign inbound travellers in the same manner.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: TreeHillRavens
    Posted 2007-06-15 11:16:38 and read 20782 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    MH is refurbishing its A333s. As revealed by Isz1:

    9M-MKF, 9M-MKS, 9M-MKR are now with "new" GCC seats w/o PTV. Making its debut soon, the 8 inch AVOD Portable Media Player (PMP) aka eVU Mobile Entertainment Device to be offered onboard MAS A333... if iam not mistaken they also add 2 more seats in that zone.

    For EY, they removed the main screen and replaced it with drop down LCD monitor... more or less for every 4 rows. 4 more seats in zone C and removed the main screen divider and doghouse. Slimmer EY seats compared to the older ones.

    Any of MAS 333 with these enhancements in service now ? Thanks for all the very detailed news, by the way.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-15 15:57:47 and read 20729 times.

    Monday: 1 AK A320 returned to KUL due to engine failure & PAN declared.
    Thursday: 1 AK A320 returned to KUL due to "OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS", but when ATC asked about the "operational requirements", the crew declined to say, so ATC responded "OK, emergency services are waiting for you and want to know what is happening"...

    ------------

    Quote:
    So why is FAX giving up RAS when it was getting paid by the Government? It has to do with the emergence of Firefly that MAS created recently.

    It had nothing to do with Firefly... FAX's creation was to obtain a "free" and extra AOC for AK group to play with... they never were serious on taking RAS for real.

    Quote:
    “It used to be 'Malaysia Truly Asia'

    Well, it still was that until 0900 Malaysia time today... with Malaysia Truly Asia banners allover and none of "Heart of Asia"... But hey, who am I kidding... it'll take time for the change... right?

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 69):
    FAX sorry for flight disruptions



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 71):
    FAX in a statement on Friday apologised for the cancellations and blamed it on unscheduled maintenance of its Fokker 50 aircraft.

    LOL! it should be "FAX sorry for misleading people".

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 84):
    Fokker flights to many parts of northern Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu are suspended because out of the seven Fokkers operated by Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), only one is fully functional. The rest are affected by technical problems and undergoing urgent repairs. FAX sources said the airline expected to get another two Fokkers flying in the next few days.



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 86):
    With the long haul LCC, it's about their own financing 15 spanking new Airbus 330-300 while with RAS, it's just about aging ex-MH F50s which are owned by PMB.



    Quote:
    Of the 12 operating planes, a third needs to be fixed. MAS has requested an audit on the planes before it takes them back

    MH has basically replied, "Sure, we'd take the F50s back, but we'll do an audit and we want them in the same condition as when we gave it to you."

    Well, MAS never had such a dismal serviceability rate in recent years on the F50 have they? Has FAX really screwed up the Maintenance that badly? If FAX can't do with the F50 for maintenance, then I don't wanna know how they'll do with the A330s (unless, there are huge warranty supports from Airbus).

    Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 75):
    The biggest problem is that FAX, or whoever are behind it, was never sincere in operating the RAS. It was just a ploy to get the AOC so that FAX can operate long-haul.

    INDEED! Glad someone else is writing that. And now, what next? Trying to make Subang into Air Asia group's airport? LOL, I wouldn't be surprised if they try!

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 79):
    First, they reversed back the name from AirAsia Long Haul to AirAsia X.

    This is just getting funnier by the day...

    Quoting VHVXB (Reply 81):
    A Malaysian court has ordered national flag carrier Malaysia Airlines to pay an Indian man 20,000 ringgit ($A6,800) in damages for serving him meat after he asked for a vegetarian meal.

    I wonder if it's a similar case to today, an Indian pax asked for a veggie meal on board today, the F/A asked if the pax had ordered a veggie meal... answer: No... The F/A could only give the pax the omellette and said, "if it's OK for you then you can have the omellette while I look if there is a spare vegetarian meal onboard, but only eat it if it doesn't make you sick." The pax ate it anyway and didn't say anything afterwards... Now if they ended up sick, and sued the airline, MH, put me as a witness! LOL

    Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 98):
    Any of MAS 333 with these enhancements in service now ?

    Not on MKE... was just on it today...

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-16 14:27:14 and read 20611 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 85):
    Looking at the way FAX handle RAS...

    FAX explained.

    FAX: No choice but to ground Fokkers
    The Star


    • It is better to be safe than to be popular. Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) CEO Raja Mohd Azmi Razali said this in response to the rural air connection woes faced by travellers in northern Sarawak and Sabah. The problem arose because the sectors served by its Fokker planes are ageing and are being subjected to “extra-intensive and extra-stringent repairs and checks from head to tail.” Raja Azmi told The Star that the airline's top management decided to ground the Fokkers and subject each of the planes to detailed check-ups even though it knows this would cause massive air-connection problems.

    • “We have no choice but to ground these aircraft so that we can put each of them through extra-intensive checkups and repairs. When we took over these aircraft from Malaysia Airlines last August, the Fokkers were already old,” said Raja Azmi. "Yes, they were in good working condition. However, of the 10 Fokkers that MAS used to serve northern Sarawak and Sabah, they only gave us seven. FAX had to use these seven Fokkers to serve the destinations that were served by the 10 Fokkers. We had to fly to more sectors, make more rounds and carry more load due to the decrease in the number of Fokkers. This super-heavy-duty usage has taken its toil on the seven Fokkers.”

    • He said FAX would ensure that things would be back to normal by today. This is the first time that FAX has given a detailed explanation on the reasons behind the grounding of the Fokkers. Of the seven, only one is in flying condition. There are some 22 rural destinations spanning central and northern Sarawak and Sabah that rely on the 50-seater Fokker aircraft every day.

    • The grounding of the aircraft had caused uproar among some people, notably those among the business and tourism sectors as well as rural folk who had no other means of swift transportation to the outside world. The Fokkers are used to serve – among others, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Mukah, Miri, Limbang, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan – an area equal to about 70% of peninsular Malaysia in size.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-16 17:37:16 and read 20580 times.

    They thought they could play MH into their trap... but looks like MH got the better of them regarding the F50s...
    The explanation by FAX CEO is no excuse.

    However, of the 10 Fokkers that MAS used to serve northern Sarawak and Sabah, they only gave us seven. FAX had to use these seven Fokkers to serve the destinations that were served by the 10 Fokkers. We had to fly to more sectors, make more rounds and carry more load due to the decrease in the number of Fokkers. This super-heavy-duty usage has taken its toil on the seven Fokkers.

    This tells of FAX's poor planning in terms of maintenance... Over optimistic aircraft scheduling (An F50 ain't a 733, well, even AK needs to learn than those A320s can't be banged like the 733s).
    More rounds or not, when the hours and cycles are up, they're due for the overhaul... no excuses... Using the "more rounds" make them sound unprofessional and very naive in planning.

    More loads? Well, can't go over MLW, Max Payload or MTOW anyways... so dunno what he means by "more load", unless, he's trying to blame it all on having 3 less planes forcing them to cut corners...

    Maybe it's a good time for the Malaysian DCA to investigate how FAX got screwed up with the F50s, and perhaps, found some things and perhaps, even find serious deficiencies... (Airbus won't be happy! LOL)

    Mandala499

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-16 18:45:28 and read 20557 times.

    Good analysis Manndala499...

    but for a lay-man I can see the blame now shift a little bit to MH for giving FAX only 7 aircrafts instead of 10 following the explaination.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 100):
    The problem arose because the sectors served by its Fokker planes are ageing and are being subjected to “extra-intensive and extra-stringent repairs and checks from head to tail

    Somehow I wonder.. if the aircrafts actually going frequent schedule maintanence check and being repaired back to the maximum level. How is it possible they are in such deteriorate state? After all they get it from MH not even a year (Just like a car: I believe someone somewhere in Malaysia still drive a 1990s Proton Saga. and still going. Why? I believe the owner frequently send it for checks)

    Assuming MH given FAX the F50 at 100% conditon. and the grounded limit is 50%.. The aircraft is deteriorating at (50%/10 month) 5% per month. Hmm that's a lot. So the maintenance work should restore the plane to more than 5% per month as the deteriorating speed should be bigger as they are old.

    But they end up with grounded aircraft eventually... It shows their maintenances work is not enough, isn't it?

    [Edited 2007-06-16 18:55:13]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: ThaiA345
    Posted 2007-06-16 18:49:09 and read 20557 times.

    Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 101):
    hey thought they could play MH into their trap... but looks like MH got the better of them regarding the F50s...

    Basically IMHO, its way time for M'sia to change all the F5-'s to the ATR-42's .....sorry guys, for some reason I prefer being a passenger in the ATR42 than the Dash8 ...dunno why though ...just from personal experience

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-17 08:13:06 and read 20482 times.

    Speaking of small aircraft, anyone would like to try this package?

    Culinary delight takes flight
    The Star


    • The Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is offering “The Most Expensive Chicken Rice in the World,” featuring a private plane trip to Ipoh, the birthplace of chicken rice and the adventure of a lifetime. The luxurious package for two also includes a two-night stay in their executive suite, a tour of Ipoh Old Town and a good portion of authentic Ipoh chicken rice.

    • Following an airplane wing breakfast on the tarmac, guests on board a Trinidad four-seater aircraft will have with them a personal captain, under whose supervision they have the thrill of flying the aircraft themselves. Passengers fly by Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers before setting course over 200km of Malaysian tropical countryside to Ipoh.

    • Also included in the package is access to the Traders Club lounge, Subang International Airport transfers, complimentary late check-out and complimentary breakfast, beverages and evening cocktails, suit pressing, shoe shine and unlimited broadband Internet access. The package, which ends on Dec 30, is subject to availability and is priced at RM5,888.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-06-17 14:33:28 and read 20414 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 100):
    However, of the 10 Fokkers that MAS used to serve northern Sarawak and Sabah, they only gave us seven. FAX had to use these seven Fokkers to serve the destinations that were served by the 10 Fokkers. We had to fly to more sectors, make more rounds and carry more load due to the decrease in the number of Fokkers.

    More sectors? Bluff. MAS had KCH as a Fokker base. FAX Fokkers don't even visit KCH.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 100):
    There are some 22 rural destinations spanning central and northern Sarawak and Sabah that rely on the 50-seater Fokker aircraft every day.

    Those 22 destinations are for both he Fokkers and the Twin Otters.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 100):
    The Fokkers are used to serve – among others, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Mukah, Miri, Limbang, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan

    Kapit? Mukah? These are Twin Otter fields.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 6thfreedom
    Posted 2007-06-18 06:00:41 and read 20282 times.

    FIREFLY to Koh Samui.

    Can someone explain to me under what grounds Firefly were granted access to Koh Samui?
    I thought the airport was owned and operated by Bangkok Airways, and no one else was allowed in?
    How did Firefly manage it?

    Also, is Koh Samui able to handle A319/A320 aircraft?
    I know the ops now are mostly B717/ATR

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: ThaiA345
    Posted 2007-06-18 08:43:10 and read 20238 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 104):
    Culinary delight takes flight

    I am a chicken rice freak plus I also hold a PPL ..so it all sounds good to me, where can I read more on this yah? Any website?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-18 11:33:44 and read 20188 times.

    Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 106):
    I thought the airport was owned and operated by Bangkok Airways, and no one else was allowed in?

    Malaysia's Berjaya Air has been flying to USM for years.

    Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 107):
    I am a chicken rice freak plus I also hold a PPL ..so it all sounds good to me, where can I read more on this yah? Any website?

    Mr. Kwee, there's a link to 'The Most Expensive Chicken Rice' in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur's website. http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/kualalumpur/traders

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-18 12:43:23 and read 20160 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 100):
    We have no choice but to ground these aircraft so that we can put each of them through extra-intensive checkups and repairs. When we took over these aircraft from Malaysia Airlines last August, the Fokkers were already old,� said Raja Azmi. "Yes, they were in good working condition. However, of the 10 Fokkers that MAS used to serve northern Sarawak and Sabah, they only gave us seven. FAX had to use these seven Fokkers to serve the destinations that were served by the 10 Fokkers. We had to fly to more sectors, make more rounds and carry more load due to the decrease in the number of Fokkers. This super-heavy-duty usage has taken its toil on the seven Fokkers.�

    To a question regarding FAX's comment about MAS having given only seven out of the 10 Fokkers used to serve Sabah and Sarawak to FAX, Jala said MAS had returned all 10 Fokker 50s used to serve the rural routes to Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB) upon the domestic rationalisation exercise on August 1, 2006.

    And then MH CEO reply: "To our knowledge, all 10 F50s were made available to FAX to service the rural routes. We understand that FAX chose to operate only seven F50s," he said.

    The three F50s not used by FAX were with PMB until March 2007.

    "In March, Firefly purchased two of the three F50s which were with PMB to service new routes from its hub in Penang," Jala said, adding that there was still one F50 with PMB.


    Hmm wonder how FAX going to respond to this...

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-18 12:59:53 and read 20147 times.

    MAS hedges nearly two-thirds of 2007 fuel needs
    The Star


    • Malaysian Airline System Bhd., operator of the country's national airline, has hedged 61 percent of its 2007 fuel needs at an assumed price of US$60 (euro44.84) per barrel of crude oil to protect itself against volatile jet fuel prices, a company executive said Monday.

    • The company has also hedged 18 percent of its needs for 2008 at US$62 (euro46.32) a barrel, Chief Financial Officer Azmil Zahruddin said after the company's annual shareholders' meeting.

    • A company 'hedges' when it takes an offsetting position in a market to guard against price swings that would adversely affect the company.

    • In Malaysian Airlines' case, it would be hedging against higher prices for jet fuel. "We are not hedging beyond current levels for now because fuel prices are likely to be choppy (going forward),'' Azmil said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-18 19:06:26 and read 20069 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 109):
    Hmm wonder how FAX going to respond to this...

    More lousy reasoning will be given to us.

    On the other hand,

    Cheaper MAS tickets under 'Let's Fly Malaysia' campaign
    The Star


    • Malaysian Airline System Bhd, which will be launching its Let's Fly Malaysia campaign on Wednesday, expects the campaign to bring in RM30mil. Chairman said the three-month campaign was held in conjunction with the nation's 50th Merdeka celebrations.

    • "We will be offering fares from as low as RM1 for domestic travel and RM10 for international destinations. MAS will offer low fares to about 100 destinations we fly to, in addition to many attractive travel packages and customer promotions," he said after the company's AGM on Monday.

    • A total of 200,000 seats with fares starting from RM1 will be offered under the "50-hour Open House" online promotion starting from 9am on June 20 until 11am on June 22. Fares would start from RM1 for flights within Peninsular, and RM10 for travel between Kuala Lumpur and East Malaysia, and to five Asean destinations namely Bangkok, Phuket, Cebu, Jakarta and Phnom Penh. The traveling period is the online promotion is from Sept 3 to Sept 30.

    • He said MAS would also be offering other promotions such as "Supersavers" and "Global Sale" nearer to August 31. The airline would also complement its the low fares promotion by discounted Golden Holidays travel packages, business class initiatives and customer focused events. All fares quoted exclude airports taxes, fuel surcharges and other fees, and are applicable for one-way travel only.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-18 19:10:00 and read 20068 times.

    Additional news on MH's plan to purchase 110 new aircrafts, from The Star.


    • Separately, Malaysian Airline Managing Director Idris Jala said the company is "still evaluating'' a proposed purchase of new aircraft.

    • Last month, Idris had said the carrier was considering buying as many as 110 planes, including 55 narrow-body aircraft and 55 wide-body aircraft. The company is expected to seek proposals in one or two months. - AP

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-18 19:13:44 and read 20064 times.

    The future of Firefly.

    Firefly hopes to operate more domestic routes
    The Star


    • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) subsidiary, Firefly, which received the green light from the Government to operate from Subang airport (SZB) last week, hopes to ply more domestic routes. Managing director and CEO Datuk Idris Jala said was currently in talks with the Government to operate more domestic routes from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

    • "Following the go-ahead from the Government, Firefly will be flying to Kerteh, Malacca and Ipoh from Subang. However, the current routes allocation for flights out of Subang is a bit too restrictive," he said after the company AGM on Monday. He added that Firefly had also proposed to operate out of Senai airport.

    • Firefly flies daily to Langkawi, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan, as well as Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand. The low-cost carrier is currently based in Penang and operates two 50-seater Fokker Friendship aircraft.

    • MAS, which is in the process of taking over the Rural Air Service (RAS) operations from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), would be using the existing 12 turbo-prop aircraft operated by FAX to service the RAS routes.

    • "The original intention was to take over the RAS operations on Jan 1, 2008, but due to requests from the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak as well as passengers, we will start operation from Oct 1," Idris said, adding that RAS would be undertaken by new subsidiary MASWings Sdn Bhd.

    • "The details need to be sorted before MAS can take over the service and, hopefully, by October, everything can be sorted out. We need to make sure all the aircraft are in operational condition and the auditing process is ongoing,” Jala said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-18 19:24:39 and read 20057 times.

    Up close and personal with MH's managing director and CEO, Datuk Idris Jala.

    Getting right man for the job
    The Star

    Having reduced Malaysia Airlines' losses tremendously in the past six months, managing director Datuk Idris Jala is now focusing on inspiring the more than 19,000 staff members by coming out with a new human resources development.

    By WONG SAI WAN


    THERE is a line in Hotel California, the famous song by the Eagles, which goes “You can check-out anytime you like but you can never leave” and this has become the theme for Datuk Idris Jala when giving out tasks to his staff. “This line in Hotel California has become a favourite of mine because this is what we need to do to turn MAS around,” he said during a briefing for foreign and Malaysian journalists at the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association AGM in Vancouver last week.

    He explained that one of his projects was for his staff to brainstorm their way out of problems that were before them. “We have them cooped up in a room for hours where they have to find the formulae and solution to a real-life problem affecting MAS. It is a pressure cooker situation and I tell them that they have a limited time to find the answers. I also remind them of the line in Hotel California. Almost all of them came out with the answers after being put into a live laboratory situation,” Idris said, adding that there had been 50 live laboratories held so far.

    He revealed that the new airline Firefly was a live laboratory for MAS. “Whatever we learn from this community airline on reducing cost, we will apply to it at MAS,” he said. Getting the people to think outside of the box and to reinvent the way they do things to improve efficiency, reduce cost and improve service is the heart of Idris’ talent-unleashing plan. “Causing people to do the impossible and not fearing to fail is important,” Idris stressed several times in the interview.

    Idris was one of the most sought-after airline CEOs during the AGM. Everyone, from fellow CEOs to journalists, wanted to hear how he could turn around MAS from RM1.3bil losses in 2005 to just RM136mil in the red last year. Instead of just re-telling what he and his new management team had done, this ex-oil and gas executive revealed the next phase of his plan.

    “Unleashing the talents within MAS is a priority under the BTP (Business Turnaround Plan). We have set out to create 100 top people to lead the airline into the future. These are the level two or three leaders,” Idris said. “These are the guys who will move and shake the company,” said Idris, who is bent on “making them understand the vision of the BTP. It is like the case of a bicycle. MAS has been stuck on second gear for too long. We want to train everyone on how to change gears and move up until the fifth gear.”

    While saying that he was committed to “making do with what we have” as far as staff was concerned, Idris said he recognised the need for the airline to also recruit the very best talents. He identified four types of recruitment, which MAS was already undertaking. They involve cadet pilots, engineers and technical staff, specific experts and management trainees.

    Idris revealed that to overcome possible future shortage of pilots, he was “flooding” the three pilot training schools in Malaysia with cadets. “We will send in between 100 and 200 cadets a year at the schools in Langkawi, Kelantan and Malacca. Pilots are very marketable and many of them have moved to the Middle East. By flooding the schools, MAS need not worry of any more such situation, as we would have the feedstock to replace those who leave,” he added.

    As for technical staff and engineers, Idris said the BTP called for Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) to be a profit centre. Thus the airline has to ensure there is only adequate staff but also the correct people. He said 50 management trainees, who are possible future leaders of the company, were recruited last year. Other than these groups, Idris has decided that there should be a moratorium on hiring other types of staff.

    Besides the acronym BTP, a catchphrase that has become part of the MAS vocabulary nowadays is “Current Estimated Performance” or the CEP, which is a method to gauge a person’s potential but it is done in advance. This is another management technique that Idris has brought over from Shell where he had served in various capacities since 1982.

    “The CEP identifies the person’s strength and weaknesses. It also enable us to know in advance what is the potential of a certain staff and how high he or she can go. “It is just a simple report cardand the supervisor must complete it in just four sentences,” Idris said.

    Knowing a person’s strength is also key to Idris’ style of management. As an example of how he had applied this to MAS was the appointment of Eddie Leong as the Firefly managing director. “I chose him because he is a single-minded person and not because he knows everything about running an airline. His strength is his focus on a specific project and I am playing up to his strength. He is very lethal. I don’t want an all-round fellow. I wanted someone who will cut down the costs and I have seen him in action when the Four Seasons Hotel was being constructed in Langkawi,” said Idris, adding that there were many who questioned his choice.

    Leong, an accountant by training, was the project manager for the Four Seasons project and is credited with having the hotel complex completed within cost. Idris said every leader must stay focused and state their personal stand “as this says a lot about their character. To be a leader in a business turnaround one must make it a moral obligation. It is very obsessive and will even consume your life.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 05:44:52 and read 19990 times.

    Additional news on MH's 6 A380-800s and its MRO division.
    The Star


    • Jala said MAS was still in talks with Airbus SAS on the late delivery of the Airbus A380, ordered in 2003. “We are still exploring various options. It could be compensation for MAS for the delay in delivery of the A380 aircraft or replacing it with a different model, depending on the pricing,” he said.

    • He said the national carrier would continue to strengthen its hub-and-spoke connectivity. Jala said the airline had been in discussion with potential partners and was expected to sign an agreement with a China-based airline this year.

    • He is also confident that MAS' maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business would continue to grow this year. The airline expects its MRO revenue to rise to RM300mil this year. Last year, the MRO business brought in about RM200mil in revenue, up from RM100mil the previous year.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 05:51:16 and read 19986 times.

    Woes on FAX caused Sarawak State Governments couldn't wait for MH to take over.

    ‘Take over FAX flights immediately’
    The Star


    • The Sarawak Government wants rural air services to be handed over to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) subsidiary MASWing immediately.

    • The state government feels that the Oct 1 date fixed by the Federal Cabinet for MASWing to take over from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) was “too far away” and would cause more economic losses to the state and suffering for its rural population, said Sarawak Tourism Minister.

    • He, who is also State Second Finance Minister, said the state Cabinet had appealed to the Transport Ministry to fix an earlier date for the handover so that Sarawak’s tourism industry could be healed sooner and air-link woes for some 800,000 rural folk could be resolved.

    • “We have lost a lot of ground in our tourism industry and economic sectors due to the air connection problems, and our people have suffered enough. We have already lost 27% of tourist arrivals so far this year compared with the corresponding period last year because long-haul tourists are bypassing us due to the flight problems. A huge amount of income has been lost.

    • To wait until Oct 1, which is more than three months away, means that our tourism industry will suffer even greater losses. We will lose more ground in our promotional efforts and it will take us longer to repair the damage. We cannot wait that long. We were informed by the ministry that the plan was for MASWing to take over the booking system first from FAX, followed by ground arrangements in the airports before MASWing took control of the aircraft. We want a complete takeover in one-go and the takeover date to be carried forward. We want the hand-over to be immediate if possible,” he said when interviewed.

    • The state government had also asked the Transport Ministry to ensure that all rural villages and towns were reinstated onto the flight routes to be served by MASWing. A number of rural sectors were left out of FAX’s daily flight schedules after it took over from MAS last August, he said. “The air connection woes must be resolved once and for all. This issue is not just about tourism dollars. This is also about the Government’s responsibility to the rakyat,” he added.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-19 05:58:13 and read 19983 times.

    FAX should be stamped a failure and its AOC revoked... *evil grin*
    Perhaps the Sabah and Sarawak governments should place a lawsuit... oh hang on... it's Malaysia, not USA... the flag's similar but totally different culture...

    I wonder who Datuk Idris is going to put at the helm of MASwings... (the guy from Firefly?)

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 07:08:58 and read 19967 times.

    Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 117):
    I wonder who Datuk Idris is going to put at the helm of MASwings... (the guy from Firefly?)

    Maybe not but perhaps another guy with strong finance background education (Firefly's Eddie Leong is an accountant by training). Managing MASWings (financially) should be an easy task as all costs will be bourne by the government. Ideally, the subsidiary should not incurred any losses at all and should gain a little income from fee for performing the RAS on behalf of the government.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-06-19 10:48:53 and read 19922 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 116):


    “We have lost a lot of ground in our tourism industry and economic sectors due to the air connection problems, and our people have suffered enough. We have already lost 27% of tourist arrivals so far this year compared with the corresponding period last year because long-haul tourists are bypassing us due to the flight problems. A huge amount of income has been lost

    Ha ha ha. Last year you are so willing to give the routes to FAX. Now you reap what you sow.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: ThaiA345
    Posted 2007-06-19 15:01:22 and read 19867 times.

    Like I said b4, the key here is nto so much FAX, but its high time the turboprops get changed. Like I said, ATR-42's pls !!!

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-19 15:22:36 and read 19858 times.

    Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 120):
    Like I said b4, the key here is nto so much FAX, but its high time the turboprops get changed. Like I said, ATR-42's pls !!!

    Oh God! There's a bit of a backlog for the ATRs... even if they're ordered, it'll be a while till it arrives.

    Isn't MH considering the CRJs now? There was talk of not replacing the F50s with props but changing them with small jets...

    The previous 734/F50 replacement RFPs and "bids" were a total mess... 738s w/ Dash 8s vs A32X with ATRs... then somewhere down the line, Airbus thought it would be a good idea to push for the 318s, dump ATR from their proposal and called ATR to bid against the A318s but still put the A32X for the 734 replacement under ATR's bid...

    *bangs head on table* Those guys at ATR weren't too happy with their Toulouse neighbour for a few weeks!

    Mandala499

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-19 15:49:51 and read 19850 times.

    Seeking Confirmation:
    KI112 CGKMES 1400 1615
    2000 local: Reported missing
    2030 local: Adam Air declared aircraft diverted to PEN, citing "excessive wind" as reason.

    Any info from Penang?

    Mandala499

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 15:56:12 and read 19850 times.

    Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 120):
    Like I said b4, the key here is nto so much FAX, but its high time the turboprops get changed. Like I said, ATR-42's pls !!!



    Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 121):
    Isn't MH considering the CRJs now? There was talk of not replacing the F50s with props but changing them with small jets...

    There was a talk about it back in February 2007. There's a summary of the news in reply 189 in the Malaysian Aviation Thread (by 9MMAR Dec 29 2006 in Civil Aviation)#1 But I guess, since FAX messed up, it won't be materialised unless PMB taking it seriously.


    FAX is going to replace F50s it inherited from MH with brand new French-Italian ATR 42/72 Model and Canadian Bombardier Q300/400. A surprise news! - 8 February 2007


    • Malaysia’s third airline - Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) - is to carry out an aircraft fleet revamp exercise that may cost the airline up to RM950 million. It wants to buy up to 10 new aircraft from Europe and Canada, each of which may cost up to US$25 million (RM95 million).

    • FAX is now seeking approval from the Government to acquire these new aircraft. FAX wants to replace the old Fokker aircraft that were inherited from Malaysia Airlines. “We are looking at French-Italian ATR 42 or 72 Model and Canadian Bombardier Q300 or Q400 that can carry 49 and 70 passengers. Each of these new planes would cost between US$20 million to US$25 million. This is part of our plan to improve and expand our services in the country and in the region,” according to FAX's CEO.

    • FAX has been in operation for six months and had already served up to 400,000 passengers in almost 14,000 flights. It was time to make some drastic improvement in passenger and flight services, adding that replacing the old aircraft was a key priority as the aged planes had caused a lot of technical and maintenance woes.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 17:10:10 and read 19829 times.

    From the Airbus press center:
    http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...items/07_06_19_fly_asian_a330.html

    Fly Asian Express (FAX) has signed a contract for the purchase of 15 A330-300s, increasing its initial commitment by five aircraft. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for 10 A330s in April 2007. The first new A330 will be delivered to FAX, the operating company for AirAsiaX, the world’s newest long haul, low cost airline during the third quarter of 2008.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 17:28:00 and read 19821 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 79):
    Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Rolls-Royce (RR) are the frontrunners for the billion-ringgit contract to supply engines to Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX)'s fleet of 15 aircraft. It is understood the deal could be worth US$1.5bil, including the engine and a long-term maintenance support plan, based on catalogue prices. We should announce the winner at the forthcoming Paris Air Show,” FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes told.

    And the winner is... Rolls-Royce!

    From the Rolls-Royce's media room:
    http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/showPR.jsp?PR_ID=40500

    Airasia X selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700 package worth $1.3 billion to launch A330 long-haul start-up operation
    19 June 2007


    • AirAsia X, the long-haul low cost start-up airline, has selected the Trent 700 to power its new fleet of 15 Airbus A330-300s. The deal, worth over $1 billion at list prices, also includes a TotalCare long term service agreement.

    • Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, said: “The Trent 700 is the best engine choice for us on a number of levels. It will give us the widest choice of routes and the greatest revenue-earning opportunities. For a low-cost operation such as ours, supporting the engine with TotalCare also gives us the ability to have a predictable cost base which is crucial for us to be competitive. We are pleased and proud to be working with Rolls-Royce as we launch our new, long-range services.”

    • Mark King, Chief Commercial Officer – Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce, added: "It’s incredibly exciting to be involved in this ambitious new airline from the very beginning. We’re confident that AirAsia X can emulate the success that has been demonstrated by its short-haul relative. I am convinced that the Trent 700, as the most environmentally friendly engine on the A330 and the market leader, will perform a key role in Air Asia X's growth plans.”

    • Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia X (operated by AirAsia subsidiary Fly Asia Express) is set to formally launch medium and long haul operations in September 2008.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 17:34:15 and read 19818 times.

    Not sure if this news is also part of the Paris Air Show extravaganza but it is a very pleasant one.

    Berjaya Air orders four new aircraft from France
    The Edge


    • Berjaya Air Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Berjaya Corp Bhd, signed a US$74 million (RM253.29 million) contract yesterday with French aircraft manufacturer Avions De Transport Regional (ATR) for four new ATR 72-500 aircraft to replace its existing fleet of 48-seater Dash 7 aircraft.

    • In a press release yesterday, the new twin prop aircraft, powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada PW 127F engines, will be delivered in 2009 and 2010, and have a 72-seat configuration equipped with a new "Elegance Cabin" and the newest technological innovations in the field of communications and navigation aid tools.

    • The new ATR aircraft would allow Berjaya Air to expand its reach to other parts of the Asean region and improve its financial performance in terms of lower maintenance cost and increase in seating capacity.

    • Commenting on the new aircraft, Berjaya Corp chairman and CEO Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: "These new aircraft will enable Berjaya Air to offer faster and quieter flights to its tourist destinations of Redang Island, Koh Samui and later on to Tioman Island, as well as to increase its passenger capacity and number of flights. "It will also enable Berjaya Air to operate more economically and therefore lower its air fares."

    • ATR is seeking to build a long-term strategic partnership with Malaysia, and sees a potential for up to 100 ATR 42/72-500s in the BIMP-EAGA markets (Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines) to serve mostly the rural areas and tourist destinations.

    • The ATR aircraft have been labelled the most fuel efficient aircraft in their category with its high technology engines, propeller efficiency and high reliability. As at May 2007, ATR has delivered 331 ATR 72s out of 462 ordered. The ATR aircraft are presently used by, amongst others, American Airlines, British Airways, Bangkok Airways, Air New Zealand, KLM and Air France.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 17:45:53 and read 19814 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 109):
    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 100):
    We have no choice but to ground these aircraft so that we can put each of them through extra-intensive checkups and repairs. When we took over these aircraft from Malaysia Airlines last August, the Fokkers were already old,� said Raja Azmi. "Yes, they were in good working condition. However, of the 10 Fokkers that MAS used to serve northern Sarawak and Sabah, they only gave us seven. FAX had to use these seven Fokkers to serve the destinations that were served by the 10 Fokkers. We had to fly to more sectors, make more rounds and carry more load due to the decrease in the number of Fokkers. This super-heavy-duty usage has taken its toil on the seven Fokkers.�

    To a question regarding FAX's comment about MAS having given only seven out of the 10 Fokkers used to serve Sabah and Sarawak to FAX, Jala said MAS had returned all 10 Fokker 50s used to serve the rural routes to Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB) upon the domestic rationalisation exercise on August 1, 2006.

    And then MH CEO reply: "To our knowledge, all 10 F50s were made available to FAX to service the rural routes. We understand that FAX chose to operate only seven F50s," he said.

    The three F50s not used by FAX were with PMB until March 2007.

    "In March, Firefly purchased two of the three F50s which were with PMB to service new routes from its hub in Penang," Jala said, adding that there was still one F50 with PMB.


    Hmm wonder how FAX going to respond to this...

    Indeed. The full news. Love FAX's lousy blaming game. Can't wait to read the audit findings.  tongue 

    Idris: We did return all 10 aircraft
    The Edge


    • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) returned all the 10 Fokker aircraft used for the rural air service (RAS) to Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB) when it handed over the RAS to Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) last August. MAS managing director and CEO Datuk Idris Jala said MAS had returned the entire fleet of RAS aircraft leased from PMB with the commencement of the domestic routes rationalisation on Aug 1, 2006.

    • "At that time, all 10 aircraft were returned by us to PMB. They (FAX) could have gone for eight. They could have gone for nine. They could have gone for 10. But they decided, for commercial reasons, to take up the seven," he told reporters after the company's AGM here yesterday.

    • Idris was responding to a news report last Saturday that quoted FAX CEO Raja Mohd Azmi Razali as saying that MAS had only given seven aircraft to FAX, resulting in the latter's difficulty in operating the RAS. "We have those three additional aircraft sitting there, basically doing nothing, until MAS set up Firefly. We asked (PMB) whether we could purchase those aircraft. We have purchased two of the aircraft (for Firefly), and there's still one sitting there with PMB today," he said.

    • In April, the government ordered MAS to take over the RAS from FAX after the latter requested to focus on its low-cost long-haul services. MAS is slated to take over the RAS on Oct 1, if all conditions laid out by MAS are fulfilled. These include a compensation or subsidy scheme fully agreed by both the government and MAS, and the operational ability of all aircraft.

    • Idris said Fokker Services are expected to complete the audit of the entire fleet of RAS aircraft under the care of FAX in two weeks. He added that Fokker Services' findings would be "independent" and "unbiased". "Whatever comes out from the audit, because it's independent, it will remove all the arguments about the findings of the audit. The audit work will become instructive with regard to how those aircraft will be put into operations," he said. Should there be costs arising from possible restoration of the planes, Idris said FAX should be the one bearing the costs. "It is between them (FAX) and PMB."

    • Asked how many aircraft would MAS need to operate the RAS, Idris said it was discussing with the government with regard to the flight schedule it would be required to run. "Once we agree with the government about the cost and implication of doing that, then we will determine how many aircraft we will require," he said.

    • On MAS' low-cost carrier Firefly that was recently given the green light to operate from Subang, Idris said: "We are starting small with only two aircraft covering six destinations. So far, it has been working just as we have expected. Operationally, they are doing extremely well." He added that MAS was in talks with the government for Firefly to also operate from Senai apart from Penang and Subang. "We are looking at the entire footprint," he said, adding that there was a possibility for Firefly to fly routes currently operated by MAS and AirAsia.

    • On more code-sharing arrangements, Idris said MAS was also close to signing agreements with airlines in China and India, and had started initial discussion with a US airline for such an agreement. He was confident that the China deal could materialise this year, while on the India deal, the governments of both countries were sorting out issues to remove "some impediments". "Once we sorted out India and China, we cover pretty much of the map," he said.

    • He added that MAS' earnings in financial year 2007 (FY07) would be boosted by further revenue increment and cost reduction. It has a targeted FY07 net profit of between RM300 million and RM700 million.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-19 19:01:54 and read 19792 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 126):
    Not sure if this news is also part of the Paris Air Show extravaganza

    After further checking, it is part of the extravaganza.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 127):
    MAS was also close to signing agreements with airlines in China and India, and had started initial discussion with a US airline for such an agreement.

    Both the Chinese and Indian carriers have been identified (China Southern Airlines and Jet Airways) but I wonder which US airline the news is referring to? MH has a close tie with NW (at the moment NW is MH's FFP partner airline) but considering MH as a candidate of future SkyTeam member, it may be CO or DL too.

    Considering MH's network in the US, which are only restricted to LAX and EWR, CO may be the one (hub in EWR). DL too but LAX is their secondary hub.

    [Edited 2007-06-19 19:08:47]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 12:06:54 and read 19729 times.

    Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 117):
    I wonder who Datuk Idris is going to put at the helm of MASwings... (the guy from Firefly?)

    The man has been chosen.

    MAS announces changes to management team
    The Edge


    • Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has announced changes to its management team with an emphasis on meritocracy as the company enters into the second phase of its business turnaround plan. In a statement yesterday, MAS said the changes were in line with its goal of becoming a "five-star airline with low cost", promoting new talents within the organisation and achieving higher profitability by setting up new subsidiaries.

    • Among the changes to the MAS management line-up include the appointment of Tajuden Abu Bakar as its director of operations. Tajuden, who is a senior general manager for operations control, will replace Peter Read, who will return to the UK. Its managing director and CEO Datuk Idris Jala said MAS must strive to reduce cost in view of intensifying competition and eroding margins over the next few years given the air liberalisation after December 2008.

    • As such, it would continue to reduce manpower through natural attrition such as retirement and expiry of contracts, he added. "Only in highly exceptional cases, where there is a shortage of specialist expertise within the company and succession issues, will extensions be granted to high- performing individuals," Idris said.

    • On questions why he chose to fill in most of the key management roles from the pool of staff in MAS instead of recruiting, Idris said: "The reason is that I believe there are a lot of capable and talented people in MAS, whom we need to unleash. I am confident that these 'hidden talents (people)' can be unleashed if they are put into the appropriate leadership positions." Idris also said that he wanted to send the signal to the middle management team that there was plenty of opportunities for career progression for those who performed well. "This is meritocracy," he added.

    • MAS is also setting up two new subsidiaries — Malaysian Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Sdn Bhd and MASWings Sdn Bhd — to allow these companies to concentrate on their core businesses. Like MAS, subsidiaries such as MAE, MASkargo and Firefly would have clear profit targets and would be responsible to deliver these targets. "The managing directors (of these subsidiaries) will have very clear key performance indicators and their performance will be closely monitored," Idris said.

    • Meanwhile, Mohd Roslan Ismail and Dr Amin Khan have been appointed as managing directors of MAE and MASWings, respectively. MASkargo will also have a new managing director in Shahari Sulaiman, who is currently the general manager for cargo operations. Its current managing director Datuk Ong Jyh Jong will be taking the helm of another organisation.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 12:39:29 and read 19719 times.

    More flights to Paris soon. But I wonder the additional 7 rights will be given to MH or AirAsia X? MH's SkyTeam entry related?

    Malaysia-France talks on more flights to Paris
    The Star


    • The Malaysian and French governments will begin formal talks in October on Malaysia’s request for more landing rights in Paris. Transport Minister said that during bilateral talks with his French counterpart Dominique Busserreau on Tuesday on cooperation in the areas of transportation and maritime affairs, he had requested that Malaysia’s seven times weekly flights to Paris be doubled to 14 weekly in view of the increasing load factor between the two cities.

    • The minister said in the first four months of this year alone, the passenger load factor on flights departing Kuala Lumpur for Paris reached a high of 81%, which was significantly higher than the 60% to 70% annual load factor recorded in the past few years. He said Malaysia Airlines, which started flying daily to Paris since October last year, had fully utilised the rights, adding that increasing landing rights would be a boost to tourism and investments.

    • On whether the additional landing rights would be to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, he said it could be to another airport but did not name it. He also said no timeframe was set for conclusion of the talks, but it is understood that the airport could be Orly Airport, less than an hour from the city centre. An observer said the additional rights would be a boon to AirAsiaX, which is mounting medium and long haul low cost flights in a big way to Europe, among other destinations, from next year.

    • During his stint in this city, he had officiated at a reception on Sunday night to promote the upcoming Langkawi Air Show (Lima 07) from Dec 4 to 8. “The turnout from the major aviation players was overwhelming. We can expect strong participation for Lima this year,” he added.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 12:42:15 and read 19718 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 111):
    Cheaper MAS tickets under 'Let's Fly Malaysia' campaign

    Yet another price war has started.

    Air Asia offers extra low fares for sale carnival
    The Star


    • Low-cost carrier AirAsia has unveiled extra low fares in conjunction with the Mega Sale Carnival. Travellers can enjoy lots of savings from fares as low as RM6.99 one way to Miri via the Kota Kinabalu hub or other popular routes like Langkawi, Penang or Johor Baru from RM9.99.

    • Tickets from the Kuala Lumpur hub to Bangkok will cost from RM39.99 while it will cost from RM29.99 to fly to Phuket and from RM69.90 to Bandung. Other popular routes included in the mega sale are to Clark, Bali, Jakarta and even newly- launched destination Shenzhen in China.

    • AirAsia executive vice-president (commercial) said: “This is our gesture to make holidays more affordable. The booking period is between June 19 and July 1, while the travel period is between July 3 and Sept 30. For further information, log on to www.airasia.com.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 12:51:29 and read 19716 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 116):
    Woes on FAX caused Sarawak State Governments couldn't wait for MH to take over.

    ‘Take over FAX flights immediately’

    Not improving their services, FAX instead cuts more flights.  Confused

    FAX cuts flight frequency
    The Star


    • Rural air service provider Fly Asia Xpress (FAX) has revised its timetable, with reduced flight frequency to certain locations. This comes in the wake of criticisms against the airline, whose services have been described as unreliable and affected rural travel and tourism in Sabah and Sarawak.

    • In a statement here, the company said the new schedule took effect from June 16 and would be in force until Aug 31. Malaysia Airlines subsidiary MASWings is due to take over the rural air service from Oct 1. However, MAS had said that it first wants all the Fokker 50 aircraft used in the service to be in proper condition before it takes over. It was reported recently that FAX has a fleet of seven planes but only one was in flying condition.

    • FAX CEO Raja Mohd Azmi Razali had said the problems arose because the fleet serving the rural sector was ageing, and the aircraft had to undergo “extra intensive and extra stringent repairs.” The airline said yesterday that its revised schedule would make use of three Fokker 50 aircraft, with one kept as a spare.

    • It would see a reduction of frequency to certain rural routes covering Sibu, Labuan, Mulu and Lahad Datu. However, FAX said the new schedule would minimise disruptions. It reiterated that the severe disruptions since early this month were triggered by heavy and periodical maintenance requirements on the fleet. FAX said its Twin Otter fleet of five aircraft would be subjected to a similar maintenance review.

    • For enquiries, call the FAX customer service hotline at 085-612-442 or the carrier's sales offices. Online information on the routes is available at www.flyasianxpress.com.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-20 13:09:39 and read 19708 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 132):
    Rural air service provider Fly Asia Xpress (FAX) has revised its timetable, with reduced flight frequency to certain locations. This comes in the wake of criticisms against the airline, whose services have been described as unreliable and affected rural travel and tourism in Sabah and Sarawak.

    I guess the revision came a bit too late for some...

    Here's an example... although I do not know the extent of the truth in this picture...


    Pax bought ticket 1 month ago, with this, the refund will take about 30 - 60 days... and in the mean time, pax can only bite his finger in the meantime... *sigh*

    Yikes...

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 13:13:04 and read 19704 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 125):
    Airasia X selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700 package worth $1.3 billion to launch A330 long-haul start-up operation

    Additional news from The Star.


    • The US$1.3bil deal involving the purchase of 34 Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, including spares and a 20-year maintenance contract. Fernandes said AirAsiaX opted for Rolls-Royce because it saw the "fierce determination and passion'' in the company's key people and also for their belief in the low cost airline, which he added was something "money can't buy.'' "The economics of the engine are also fantastic. Rolls-Royce really put their money where their mouth is,'' he said.

    • Hours earlier, FAX chairman signed an agreement with Airbus for 15 firm orders for the A330-300 worth US$2.6bil, with the option of purchasing 10 more. Previously, AirAsiaX had ordered 10 aircraft, with the option of purchasing five more. Fernandes said the target was for AirAsiaX to have a fleet of 25 A330-300 in five years and carrying 10 million passengers a year.

    • This combination, he said, would also help bring down fares by as much as 60% -- for example, he claimed the return fare between London’s Stanstad,and Kuala Lumpur could be as low as US$300 (RM1,050). On the airline's destinations, Fernandes said these had been narrowed down to Europe, China and Australia, with possible technical stops in the Middle East.

    • AirAsiaX will begin operation in September on a leased aircraft. The new A330s will be delivered from September next year up to 2013. Fernandes said there would be about 400 seats on the A330, which would set a new benchmark for seat cost per km, bringing it down further to 1.9 sen, the lowest in the market.


    [Edited 2007-06-20 13:17:17]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 13:32:16 and read 19694 times.

    Abacus performance in Malaysia.

    Abacus counting on better year
    The Star


    • Abacus Distribution Systems (M) Sdn Bhd expects to perform better this year with new products and services. Abacus provides hardware and software to link its customers -- largely travel agencies -- to airline systems for immediate bookings.

    • General manager said the company expects between a 5% and 7% increase in bookings this year compared with last year. “We have about 840 travel agents using our system," he said. Abacus is supported by 10,000 agency locations and over 26,000 terminals in 20 countries. About 70% of travel agencies in Malaysia use the Abacus system.

    • The company recently introduced its 3G Wiz Mobile service, which allows travel agencies to place their bookings while on the move. Its Internet service that allows travel agencies' customers to book tickets themselves, currently available only in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, would be rolled out other states "soon".

    • Abacus Distribution is 80% owned by Malaysia Airlines System Bhd. Telekom Malaysia Bhd has a 10% stake, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agencies and Abacus International own 5% each.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 16:28:04 and read 19641 times.

    The TV3's 8 pm news revealed that AK has purchased an additional 20 A320s for their operation in South East Asia. The business deal was regarded as very 'spontaneous' and only took about 15 minutes to be agreed upon.  eyepopping 

    And that just bring AK's future A320 fleet to 120 aircrafts.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Pe@rson
    Posted 2007-06-20 16:38:00 and read 19636 times.

    Any news about AirAsia/AirAsia Long Haul/whatever it's now called? Have they agreed upon a first route? I've read that it might well be KUL-AVV (for MEL), but can anyone confirm this? Any idea when tickets will go on sale for whatever route they first start? Their first route is meant to begin on the 8th Sept., which is 2 1/2 months away. I guess tickets should go on sale in a couple of weeks.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-20 18:38:46 and read 19588 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 136):
    The TV3's 8 pm news revealed that AK has purchased an additional 20 A320s for their operation in South East Asia. The business deal was regarded as very 'spontaneous' and only took about 15 minutes to be agreed upon. eyepopping

    And that just bring AK's future A320 fleet to 120 aircrafts.

    LOL, it took 15 minutes to decide to get 20 additional aircraft from the factory instead of loosing the "mass introduction award" to Lion Air! LOL... I wouldn't be surprised if the decision to approve/negotiate was nothing more than A vs B, AK vs JT and with the bankers laughing all the way...

    Mandala499

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: KL577
    Posted 2007-06-20 18:57:59 and read 19585 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 126):


    Berjaya Air Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Berjaya Corp Bhd, signed a US$74 million (RM253.29 million) contract yesterday with French aircraft manufacturer Avions De Transport Regional (ATR) for four new ATR 72-500 aircraft to replace its existing fleet of 48-seater Dash 7 aircraft.



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 126):
    Commenting on the new aircraft, Berjaya Corp chairman and CEO Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: "These new aircraft will enable Berjaya Air to offer faster and quieter flights to its tourist destinations of Redang Island, Koh Samui and later on to Tioman Island, as well as to increase its passenger capacity and number of flights. "It will also enable Berjaya Air to operate more economically and therefore lower its air fares."

    Is the runway at Pulau Tioman long enough for an ATR-72. With the replacement of the DHC-7's, where does this leave services to Pulau Pangkor? The runway at Pangkor cannot sustain ATR-72 if I am correct?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-20 20:29:02 and read 19569 times.

    Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 137):
    Any news about AirAsia/AirAsia Long Haul/whatever it's now called? Have they agreed upon a first route? I've read that it might well be KUL-AVV (for MEL), but can anyone confirm this?

    So far no information but rumours are spreading that it is going to be Australia, because they are so determine to topped up Jetstar's inaugural service from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur. Here is yet another updated version of AirAsia X's route map.

    Big version: Width: 597 Height: 422 File size: 123kb
    AirAsia X's Route Map

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: OdiE
    Posted 2007-06-20 21:22:02 and read 19553 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 140):
    Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 137): Here is yet another updated version of AirAsia X's route map.

    AirAsia X's Route Map

    A little too optimistic don't you think? I can't imagine flying 24 hours from Miami to KUL in a sardine can.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-21 19:18:30 and read 19435 times.

    Cellphone enable soon onboard AK.

    AirAsia signs MoU with OnAir for inflight GSM/GPRS services
    The Edge


    • AirAsia Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swiss firm OnAir Switzerland Sarl to provide inflight GSM/GPRS services on AirAsia’s fleet of Airbus A320. AirAsia said yesterday the services would enable passengers onboard AirAsia aircraft to use mobile phones and smartphones to make and receive voice calls, send and receive text messages and access email during a flight.

    • “The voice, SMS and GPRS-based services will be supported via an international roaming arrangement with OnAir’s mobile telecommunications service provider. The introduction of the passenger services is part of AirAsia’s continuing efforts to increase and enhance its service offerings to passengers,” it added.

    • OnAir was incorporated in February 2005, and is a joint venture between SITA, the world’s leading provider of IT business solutions and communication services to the air transport industry, and aircraft manufacturer Airbus, according to its website.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-21 19:31:58 and read 19431 times.

    Former flying school operator charged with cheating  no 
    The Star


    • A former flying school operator was charged Thursday with cheating three individuals into believing that the Department of Civil Aviation had issued a license to his company to train would be pilots.

    • In the first charge, Suresh Shannon Cyril Xavier, 31, allegedly cheated Kelvin Mohan Thambiduray 20, into believing that the Youth and Sports Ministry would sponsor RM100,000 for each student who wished to pursue PPL, CPL and ATPL courses at his school known as Youth and Sports Experimental Aircraft Association (YSEAA). He allegedly committed the offence between July 6, 2005 and Jan 12, 2006 at No 135 Jalan UTL 4, Bandar Universiti Teknologi Lagenda in Mantin.

    • In the second charge, he allegedly deceived J.Kalaiselvam 24, at the same place between June 24, 2005 and Nov 21, 2005 into believing the same. In the third charge, Shannon allegedly misled Kong Kok Ling 21, into believing the same at Lot 4937, Seremban Parade along Jalan Yam Tuan. The offence was allegedly committed between March 2005 and Nov 23, 2005.

    • Shannon had apparently received RM15,445 from Kelvin, RM13,300 (Kalaiselvam) and RM23,300 (Kong) in accommodation and study fees. Shannon, who was arrested in Labuan on Monday, pleaded not guilty to all three charges. The case was heard before Sessions Court judge Alaudeen Ismail.

    • Deputy Public Prosecutor Anas Ahmad Zakie urged the court to impose a bail of RM25,000 for each of the charges and ask the accused to surrendered his travel documents. “We have received not three but 20 reports on this case. This is a serious case,” he said. However, defence counsel Jason R Gomez appealed to the court to impose a lesser bail.

    • Alaudden then fixed RM30,000 bail and ordered Shannon to surrender his travel documents to the court. He fixed Aug 21 to decide if the three cases would be heard together. If found guilty, Shannon can be jailed between one and 10 years, whipped and fined.

    • After posting bail, Shannon was rearrested outside the court for using a false identity card to transfer the ownership of a motorcycle bearing registration plate WDB 8111 in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur. The alleged offence was committed on July 12, 2005. He will be charged in Kuala Lumpur later.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-22 07:09:22 and read 19369 times.

    AK's new venture after Tune Hotels.

    Tune Money gets Bank Negara nod for prepaid cards
    The Star


    • Tune Money Sdn Bhd, which is due to launch its no-frills online financial services by the fourth quarter, has received its first regulatory approval from Bank Negara to issue prepaid cards – credit cards without debt – in Malaysia.

    • It also received the central bank's approval to perform international remittances, meaning that Tune Money prepaid cardholders would be able to transfer funds overseas using their cards.

    • CEO Tengku Zafrul Aziz said in a statement that the two approvals meant Tune Money could go ahead to launch its personalised prepaid card later this year. Tune Money has also become a member of global payment card company Visa International.

    • This would enable it to launch the prepaid Visa, which will allow prepaid cardholders access to the numerous benefits that come with the Visa brand.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-22 07:16:38 and read 19367 times.

    Annual travel fair promises great deals
    The Star


    • Pack your bags and put your travelling shoes on – the Greatest Tourism Carnival 2007 has in store some fantastic travel offers. The annual mid-year event kicks off today at the Putra World Trade Centre, offering a potpourri of holiday packages for both local and international destinations.

    • There are more than 380 booths set up by 100 exhibitor firms, which include airlines, hotels and resorts, tour operators and travel agents. Jointly organised by the Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association (MCTA) and Asia Pacific Tourism Events (APTE), visitors to the event also stand to win cash and other prizes worth more than RM300,000 in early bird surprises as well as the visitors, buyers and pavilion contests.

    • “Coupled with the support of Tourism Malaysia and the ongoing Visit Malaysia 2007, the event will definitely be nothing short of a carnival-charged atmosphere of excitement, entertainment and merriment. Simply put, as our theme goes, we are enticing travellers to 'Explore the World ... Like Never Before!' In addition to this, Hong Kong actress-singer Karen Mok will be lending her star appeal to the event.”

    • Mok, 37, who is also the ambassador for Hong Kong Tourism, is expected to grace the launch of the programme at the Putra World Trade Centre at 8.30pm tonight. The three-day event opens from 10am to 9pm today while over the weekend, it will be open from 9.30am to 9.30pm. Entrance fee for adults is RM3 while admission for children is free.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-22 07:19:41 and read 19365 times.

    A new airport near PEN and AOR planned.

    Kulim to have LRT system and airport by 2020
    The Star


    • Kulim is poised to be a Smart City by 2020 complete with a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system and a regional airport. The proposals for such mega projects are included in the Kulim Local Plan draft dubbed Kulim 2020, drawn up by the Town and Country Planning Department.

    • A regional airport for light and medium aircraft has been proposed in Padang Meha, he said. “The proposed airport will not create air traffic conflict because it is located 50km away from the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas and 100km away from the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Star. “It will cater for private jets, community airline services such as Malaysia Airlines' FireFly and medium-sized cargo planes,” he said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-22 12:33:13 and read 19303 times.

    Something which I gathered from the Indonesia Aviation Thread.

    Air Asia Malaysia will pull out in October when they take out one more 733 out with the A320, which cannot land in BDO... Indonesia Air Asia will take over the route with the 733 until talks of runway resurfacing & restrengthening becomes more "concrete".

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-23 18:07:27 and read 19181 times.

    An annual event to challenge Berlin’s Internationale Tourisme Bourse, London’s World Travel Mart and The Arabic Travel Mart in Dubai is being planned in Malaysia.

    Malaysia plans Asia travel mart
    The Star


    • Malaysia will invite travel agents from all over Asia for the first travel mart for them here next year. Deputy Tourism Minister said the event would not only introduce Asian countries to the world but also bring more visitors to Malaysia. He said that although numerous travel fairs are held every year in the country, some lacked the involvement of international travel agents, especially those from the Asian region.

    • “There is Berlin’s Internationale Tourisme Bourse and London’s World Travel Mart that cater to the European countries. The Arabic Travel Mart in Dubai is for those in the West Asian countries. But in Asia, we still do not have an annual travel fair that gathers all the travel agents from the region and which allows international players to meet with their suppliers in this part of the world,” he told a press conference after opening the Malaysia International Travel Mart, dubbed the Greatest Tourism Carnival, here yesterday.

    • He also launched the “VMY 2007 Domestic Holiday Packages” and “VMY 2007 Special Hotel Packages” free booklets, which feature travel deals and hotel offers selected by Tourism Malaysia. He said Tourism Minister had agreed to have the travel mart in Malaysia, although the date had yet to be set. He added that the travel mart would not affect the existing travel fairs that are held annually in the country.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-24 05:32:50 and read 19113 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 142):
    AirAsia signs MoU with OnAir for inflight GSM/GPRS services

    More on the news.

    Mobile service on AirAsia flights
    The Star


    • Low-cost carrier AirAsia is poised to be the first airline in Asia to provide in-flight mobile communications. The service will be deployed across AirAsia's entire fleet beginning early 2009, following a signing of a memorandum of understanding recently between it and mobile service provider OnAir at the Paris Air Show. In addition, AirAsia's new fleet of 150 Airbus A320s are also expected to be fully equipped with the service by 2013.

    • While further details and call charges remain unconfirmed, an AirAsia spokesman said the service would allow passengers to use their mobile phones to make and receive calls and also to send and receive text messages. “Users of the service will also be able to send e-mail via their Blackberry devices or smartphones during flights,” said the spokesman.

    • A statement from the airline also quoted its deputy chief executive, as firmly believing in the importance of providing the ability to communicate during flight. “It is vital to offer our clients this service in the era of information technology,” he said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-25 07:58:01 and read 18966 times.

    I got this from someone in AK/QZ...

    AK 966/ AK 967 KUL-BDO-KUL re-open for sale until September 2007, nest period waiting of the AirAsia Group Management Decision...

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-25 14:07:47 and read 18875 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 128):
    Both the Chinese and Indian carriers have been identified (China Southern Airlines and Jet Airways)

    And it is now materialised.

    MAS to ink code-share with China airline
    The Edge


    • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is likely to conclude a code-share agreement with Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines (CSA) in the next three months, giving the former access to potentially 120 destinations throughout China. According to sources, MAS is on the verge of signing the agreement with its Chinese counterpart.

    • "Both parties have already shaken hands on it. The commercial agreement will be signed once issues on the modalities of the systems are resolved. This is to make sure their systems work," the source told. "If everything goes well, the agreement will be inked around September," the source added.

    • Operating domestic, regional and international services, CSA is Asia's largest airline in terms of fleet size and the largest in China in terms of passengers carried. It is a member of SkyTeam, one of the world's largest airline alliances. Among CSA's code-share partners are Air France, Delta Airlines,Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air and Pakistan International Airlines.

    • Last year, CSA carried 49.21 million passengers and is ranked as the largest airline in China for 28 consecutive years — based on annual passenger traffic volume. Its main operation hubs are Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport. CSA is also accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IOSA (IATA Operations Safety Audit) for its safety practices.

    • Currently, CSA operates more than 300 modern Boeing and Airbus aircraft and 300 jet aircraft serving more than 600 domestic and international routes with destinations to 142 cities throughout China, regionally and the world. The airline has formed an extensive network, with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs, covering all of China with convenient connections to Australia, Europe and the US.

    • CSA has 13 branches located throughout China, including Beijing, Dalian, Guangxi, Hainan, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Heilongjiang and Jilin. It also has 43 international offices in major metropolitan markets, including Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo.

    • Recently, MAS CEO Datuk Idris Jala told reporters that MAS was close to signing agreements with airlines in China and India, and had started initial discussion with a US airline for such an agreement. He said the China deal could materialise this year, while the India deal is rather "tricky" as the governments of both countries are sorting out issues to remove "some impediments".

    • However, Idris expected both governments to resolve the issues by the end of the year or early next year. "Once we sort out India and China, we cover pretty much of the map," he said, adding that those code-share agreements would open the door for MAS for a "nice" hub-and-spoke network.

    • In line with MAS' plans to adopt a hub-and-spoke strategy for its network, the airline has signed code-share agreements with South African Airways, and Virgin Blue, a low-cost carrier, Alitalia and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The national carrier is using the hub-and-spoke model to improve the efficiency of its network by cutting down on its point-to-point destinations and connecting to other points by tying up with other airlines.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-25 14:17:03 and read 18868 times.

    Virgin's Sir Richard Branson wants 20% stake in AirAsia X.

    Richard Branson in talks to buy stake in AirAsia X parent company
    The Star


    • The company operating AirAsia X, Malaysia's first long-haul budget airline, could sign a deal as early as next month to sell a 20 percent stake to Virgin Atlantic's chairman, Sir Richard Branson, for US$6.9 million (euro5.1 million), industry officials said Monday. Branson may buy the stake from Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranum, the founders of the company, Fly Asian Express.

    • The two men own a combined 60 percent of Fly Asian Express, which plans to launch low-cost flights from Malaysia to India, China and Europe later this year. "We have been in talks and he may take a 20 percent stake,'' one official familiar with the issue told Dow Jones Newswires. "The talks are continuing though there still are things to iron out,'' he said.

    • The official declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. Another official said a possible deal could be signed as early as next month and could cost Branson US$6.9 million. Fernandes and Kamarudin founded Asia's most successful budget airline, AirAsia Bhd.

    • Fly Asian Express has a 30-year license to use the AirAsia brand and facilities. Its new airline is seen as a test of whether the highly successful low-cost airline model can be profitable on long-haul flights, which are dominated by full-service airlines. - AP

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-25 14:30:52 and read 18854 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 132):
    Not improving their services, FAX instead cuts more flights.

    Another lousy reasoning by FAX blew up.

    Audit does not require planes to be grounded, says Jala
    The Star


    • The audit on the Fokker 50s and Twin Otter aircraft used for the rural air services (RAS) does not require any plane to be grounded, said Malaysia Airlines managing director Datuk Idris Jala. “The inspection by Fokker Services, an independent party, is conducted when the aircraft is on the ground either during night stops or in the hangar. So there is no need to ground the aircraft.”

    • Jala, who is also the CEO, was responding to a news report on Friday which claimed that the aircraft audit had resulted in FAX grounding six of its seven Fokker aircraft, resulting in massive delays. The report also alleged that the audit was necessary due to the ageing planes.

    • “When we were asked to take back the RAS, we said one of the conditions was that the aircraft must be in good operating condition. The audit is needed to verify the amount of work required to restore the aircraft. This is critical to ensuring that MAS Wings can provide reliable air services in Sabah and Sarawak come Oct 1,” he said, adding that the audit report was expected to be ready by July 9. Jala also said that the disruption to FAX's current service was due to the lack of serviceable aircraft.

    • When the national carrier was requested to take over the RAS, the airline noted that four of the seven FAX Fokkers and one of its five Twin Otters were grounded. The Department of Civil Aviation had also informed MAS that there were massive delays in the RAS operations with about 70 to 100 flights cancelled per week.

    • “Since the aircraft were already grounded, we offered to help repair them. We have since restored two Fokkers and one Twin Otter and returned the aircraft to FAX for its operations. We are doing our best to assist FAX. We are tying to keep to the Oct 1 timeline to take over the RAS. Of late, however, another two Fokkers have been grounded, one for maintenance and another due to an airworthiness directive,” added Jala.

    • He also said that there were now three Fokkers on the ground, one of which had been grounded since early February. Two more Twin Otters have also been grounded.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: ThaiA345
    Posted 2007-06-25 14:39:35 and read 18849 times.

    News Just in:

    Mh will be ordering 10 ATR 72's to replace the F50's. Great choice in my opinion. I prefer the ATR to Dash's! Like how I prefer Airbus to Boeing ehehheh :P

    More news on this topic will be followed up by 9MMAR

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-25 17:31:53 and read 18792 times.

    Yes, that's right. A surprise post Le Bourget news and the 10+10 ATR 72-500s are for Firefly's expansion. Bravo!

    From ATR's website:
    http://www.atr.fr/public/atr/html/press/releases-details.php?aid=775

    ATR announces sale to Malaysia Airlines and reaches 900th aircraft ordered
    25th June 2007


    • ATR disclosed today the decision by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to acquire a fleet of 10 ATR 72-500s plus options for 10 additional aircraft. The contract, valued at US $ 183 million, has been inked in the presence of His Excellence Abdullah Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Romano Prodi, the Italian Prime Minister.

    • The aircraft are intended for the expansion of Firefly - subsidiary airline 100 % owned by MAS - which will establish its hubs in Penang, Subang, Johoar Bahru, and Kota Kinabalu. The ATR aicraft will progressively replace the current Fokker 50 aircraft fleet of the airline.

    • These 72-seat aircraft will be equipped with the "Elegance" cabin, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) as well as the newest technological innovations in passenger comfort, communications and navigation tools. Deliveries will start in 2008.

    • With this deal, ATR reaches its 900th new aircraft sold (416 ATR 42s and 484 ATR 72s) since the beginning of the programme. This order also marks an outstanding year to-date, with 63 new aircraft sold in the first half of 2007. In six months, ATR has already reached the same quantity of total orders posted during 2006, which was also an outstanding performance for ATR. Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has delivered 730 aircraft (394 ATR 42s and 336 ATR 72s), and posts a current backlog of 170 aircraft.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: TreeHillRavens
    Posted 2007-06-25 18:33:03 and read 18771 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 151):
    and had started initial discussion with a US airline for such an agreement

    I hope it's NW or CO.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: OdiE
    Posted 2007-06-25 18:44:50 and read 18765 times.

    Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 156):
    I hope it's NW or CO.

    NW does not have a huge presence in MH’s US gateways (LAX and EWR). Most of NW’s flights at LAX/EWR connects to its hub at DTW, MSP, MEM, and HNL at LAX. CO on the other hand has great connections available at EWR (to which MH has 3 flights weekly), but their operations at LAX is limited (to which MH has one daily flight).

    DL makes a lot more sense as they are trying to expand its LAX operations and they have a huge presence at JFK (and DL will make an excellent partner only if MH switches from EWR to JFK).

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: TreeHillRavens
    Posted 2007-06-25 18:53:12 and read 18758 times.

    Quoting OdiE (Reply 157):
    NW does not have a huge presence in MH’s US gateways (LAX and EWR). Most of NW’s flights at LAX/EWR connects to its hub at DTW, MSP, MEM, and HNL at LAX. CO on the other hand has great connections available at EWR (to which MH has 3 flights weekly), but their operations at LAX is limited (to which MH has one daily flight).

    DL makes a lot more sense as they are trying to expand its LAX operations and they have a huge presence at JFK (and DL will make an excellent partner only if MH switches from EWR to JFK).

    Back in the late 90s MAS got this extensive code-share agreement with NWA but what happened after 911 i am not sure.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-25 19:51:03 and read 18744 times.

    Congratulations Mr. CP of ATR Asia Pacific... Finally a deal with MH (albeit for firefly)...

    Mandala499

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-25 20:25:21 and read 18729 times.

    Quoting OdiE (Reply 157):
    MH switches from EWR to JFK)

    I think MH fly to EWR because EWR is the Skyteam hub. MH is longing to join Skyteam.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Mandala499
    Posted 2007-06-25 21:40:47 and read 18712 times.

    Quoting OdiE (Reply 157):
    NW does not have a huge presence in MH’s US gateways (LAX and EWR). Most of NW’s flights at LAX/EWR connects to its hub at DTW, MSP, MEM, and HNL at LAX. CO on the other hand has great connections available at EWR (to which MH has 3 flights weekly), but their operations at LAX is limited (to which MH has one daily flight).

    DL makes a lot more sense as they are trying to expand its LAX operations and they have a huge presence at JFK (and DL will make an excellent partner only if MH switches from EWR to JFK).

    A lot of the LAX bound pax would be O&D LAX... plus cargo. Now there's nothing wrong for MH to operate into EWR instead of JFK.... It'll likely be CO (for EWR) and DL (for LAX)... that is, if MH continues to head for Skyteam (No reasons not to at the moment AFAIK)...

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Odie
    Posted 2007-06-25 22:37:13 and read 18702 times.

    Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 161):
    It'll likely be CO (for EWR) and DL (for LAX)...

    That will be the ideal situation if MH is pursuing 2 code-share partners in the US. However, news report has indicated that MH is only talking to one US partner.

    Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 161):
    there's nothing wrong for MH to operate into EWR instead of JFK.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong for MH to operate into EWR iso JFK...but again, if MH chooses only one partner (if and only if, it's DL) then it will be better for MH to switch to JFK.

    Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 158):
    Back in the late 90s MAS got this extensive code-share agreement with NWA but what happened after 911 i am not sure.

    MH did not have an extensive code-share agreement with NW. However, MH and NW did gain anti-trust immunity from the DOT - the first between an Asian and an American carrier. They have yet to utilize this ATI though. MH didn't even code-share with NW when the latter operated DTW-KIX-KUL.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-26 03:15:53 and read 18663 times.

    As far as I concerned, NW is no more than MH's FFP partner airline, where Enrich members can collect miles onboard NW's flight. I place my bet on CO.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: VHVXB
    Posted 2007-06-26 03:31:30 and read 18657 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 160):
    I think MH fly to EWR because EWR is the Skyteam hub. MH is longing to join Skyteam.

    What is stopping them from joining SkyTeam?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: ThaiA345
    Posted 2007-06-26 05:33:44 and read 18623 times.

    Quoting VHVXB (Reply 164):
    What is stopping them from joining SkyTeam?

    Well, according to several sources, AF is actually stopping them, but for what reason, I don't really know.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MAS777
    Posted 2007-06-26 14:25:33 and read 18536 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 163):
    As far as I concerned, NW is no more than MH's FFP partner airline, where Enrich members can collect miles onboard NW's flight. I place my bet on CO.

    would be interesting since CO started an ARN-EWR service just as MH switched its EWR service from DXB in order to compete.

    Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 165):
    Quoting VHVXB (Reply 164):
    What is stopping them from joining SkyTeam?

    Well, according to several sources, AF is actually stopping them, but for what reason, I don't really

    Think you can google that and find that it came from Idris Jala himself on a trip to Paris when MAS went to 'enquire' about MH's entry into Skyteam and was told point-blank by AF 'Non!'

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: TreeHillRavens
    Posted 2007-06-26 19:37:12 and read 18471 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 163):
    As far as I concerned, NW is no more than MH's FFP partner airline, where Enrich members can collect miles onboard NW's flight. I place my bet on CO.

    No. NW is still MH FFP partner airlines. I am however, not sure if there is any restriction on mileage accrual on NW flights. Back in year 2000, we can earn 100% NWA WorldPerks miles for flying MAS Y/C (all booking class). But the program changed in mid-2003 and we can no longer earn NWA WorldPerks miles on MAS domestic flights ever since. I hope it is NWA and they will sign a new FFP agreement that will enable NWA WorldPerks mileage accrual on MAS domestic flights again.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-27 03:05:07 and read 18421 times.

    Bid to resume Urumqi-KL flights for tourists
    The Star


    • Tourism Malaysia is working with travel agents in China and Malaysia to resume chartered flights between Urumqi and Kuala Lumpur. Such flights were established last year between the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and Malaysia's capital through cooperation between Malaysia-Beijing Travel Services Sdn Bhd and a travel agency in Xinjiang. However, they were discontinued due to low loads.

    • The region's vice-governor Kurexi Maihesuti said Malaysia remained an important destination for tourists from Xinjiang. “According to statistics from the local tourism administration, 80,000 people (from Xinjiang) travel abroad for holidays,” he said.

    • He said the authorities here would encourage the local people to choose Malaysia as their holiday destination. Tourism Minister said Tourism Malaysia was working towards having more people from the Chinese region to visit Malaysia and vice versa. – Bernama

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-28 04:58:51 and read 18303 times.

    Cheaper airfares from MAS and AirAsia for all undergrads
    The Star


    • The Higher Education Ministry has clarified that the special airfare rebate of 50% on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights is open to private university students as well. The Minister said yesterday that the offer is given in conjunction with the start of the new academic term in June and July.

    • He added that it was open to students at both public and private universities as well as those studying in polytechnics and community colleges. The rebate is until July 31 for all domestic destinations. “To receive the rebate, students must make their reservations early, at least five days before their expected flight date,” he said in a statement.

    • AirAsia is also having a special fare for students departing from Kuala Lumpur or Johor Baru to Sabah and Sarawak. The fare is between RM69 and RM99, not including taxes, surcharges and other fees. “For those flying AirAsia, they must make their reservations between June 21 and July 9 and fly between June 29 and July 16. They must also purchase their tickets at least seven days before their flight dates.”

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-28 05:07:04 and read 18298 times.

    After a 3 years absent due to rising fuel price, Royal Brunei Airlines will return to Kuching.

    Royal Brunei set to fly to Sarawak
    The Star


    • Royal Brunei Airlines will start flying to Sarawak in November, raising expectations of increased tourist arrivals to the state, particularly from Australia and northern Asia.

    • Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) marketing manager said the airline would fly thrice weekly from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching beginning Nov 1. “We regard Bandar Seri Begawan as an important hub for us because Royal Brunei flies a lot to South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong.”

    • STB would team up with Royal Brunei to market the new flights at the airline’s various destinations, starting with Australia. Sarawak currently received about 20,000 tourists from Australia.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Ryanair!!!
    Posted 2007-06-28 15:19:55 and read 18211 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 170):
    Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) marketing manager said the airline would fly thrice weekly from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching beginning Nov 1. ?We regard Bandar Seri Begawan as an important hub for us because Royal Brunei flies a lot to South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong.?

    Wouldn't it be more feasible for the flight to be a daily affair? BWN - KUC isn't exactly that far away and if BI is smart enough to bring tourist from northern asia into Borneo, this is what they should do (although this input is from an armchair CEO like me... hee hee).

    What are their schedules like into BKI?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-28 16:47:20 and read 18190 times.

    Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 171):
    Wouldn't it be more feasible for the flight to be a daily affair? BWN - KUC isn't exactly that far away

    Or maybe MH can fill in the gap, offering flights on the other 4 days. At the moment, it is such a hassle to get to BWN from KCH. One have to either fly KCH-BKI and then backtrack BKI-BWN or fly KCH-MYY and then take land road to Brunei.

    BI serves BKI daily on Friday and Monday, twice daily on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-28 22:07:25 and read 18155 times.

    More people try to influence MH decision. Now Travel Agencies from Spain

    Spain Wants MAS To Revive KL-Madrid Direct Flight
    Bernama


    • Travel agencies in Spain want Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to revive its direct flight between Kuala Lumpur and Madrid to make it easier for Spanish tourists to visit Malaysia, said Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor.

    • "They want MAS to restore the KL-Madrid direct flight, but I told them that we have to look at the yield and load factor. Although MAS no longer fly to Spain, they have a code-sharing arrangement with KLM. [Actually with Alitalia , my dear Minister.. but a good response since no directive order for MH to resumes KUL-MAD]

    • MAS stopped its KL-Madrid flight last year as part of its restructuring exercise to restore the company's financial position. At present, tourists from Spain coming to Malaysia have to transit in major cities like Paris, Rome, Munich, Zurich and London which take longer hours, besides sometimes face the problem of limited seats.

    • Tengku Adnan said Tourism Malaysia was collaborating with other airlines like Singapore Airlines (SIA), which has direct flights between Singapore and Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, to make it easier for tourists from Spain to come to Malaysia.

    • In another development, he said the Spanish Federation of Journalists and Writers of Tourism would hold its annual conference in Malaysia between Sept 23 and 30.


    [Edited 2007-06-28 22:09:23]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-28 22:20:31 and read 18151 times.

    It's about time! It just the right think to do after FAX fiasco. Hopefully AK will not be caught napping like this

    Govt Urged To Monitor AirAsia's Flight Safety
    Bernama


    • A government backbencher today expressed doubt over the safety of AirAsia flights and urged the government to monitor the situation.

    • In making the call, Datuk Ronald Kiandee (BN-Beluran) said he was concerned over the safety of the low-cost carrier's flights especially in servicing the rural areas. Recently, a plane from the same company en-route to Kota Kinabalu, had to turn back, he said when debating the Carriage By Air (Amendment) Bill 2007 in the Dewan Rakyat.

    • In reply, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar said the ministry viewed the matter seriously and would make recommendations to tackle it. "The ministry has to deeply study the proposal to ensure that in the future, airline operators in the country can afford to handle their flight systems well both domestically and internationally," he said when winding up the debate.

    • On the 1999 Montreal Convention raised by Datuk Razali Ismail (BN-Kuala Terengganu), he said Malaysia adopted the convention to create a uniformity in air transport service and to improve the compensation claim system.

    • The Dewan Rakyat later passed the Bill. Also passed was the Pathology Laboratory Bill 2007.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-06-28 22:27:58 and read 18148 times.

    Big round of applause for MH Cabin Crew. No wonder they always received the Best Cabin Crew awards.

    MAS cabin crew and local artistes to hold fund-raising show
    New Straits Times

    Malaysia Airlines cabin staff and local artistes will take to the stage on July 21 to raise funds for six organisations at a charity dinner in Putrajaya.

    The guest of honour will be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who will hand over proceeds raised from the “Journey of Dreams” gala night to the organisations.

    The event will be held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. Dinner table packages are available from RM2,000 to RM10,000 for groups of 10.

    Those interested can call 03-7840 4820 or 78403892.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-29 04:07:06 and read 18125 times.

    Quoting MH1402 (Reply 173):
    MAS stopped its KL-Madrid flight last year as part of its restructuring exercise to restore the company's financial position.

    MAD was terminated in 2001.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: VHVXB
    Posted 2007-06-29 04:14:49 and read 18124 times.

    MAS expands Perth-Kuala Lumpur service

    Malaysian Airlines has just announced extra Perth-Kuala Lumpur services for the peak season with an expansion of the MH126/127 weekly flights.

    From the 5th of December, 2007 until the 7th of February, 2008, MH126 Perth-Kuala Lumpur, and returning flight MH127 will increase frequency to three times a week.

    In a statement, Malaysian Airlines said, “By increasing our MH126 flights from Perth, we create a greater choice for our business and leisure customers as our connections increase to a number of destinations.”

    The additions will be an extra Thursday departure for the MH126, and an additional Wednesday departure for the MH127.
    http://www.etravelblackboard.com/index.asp?nav=2&id=66276

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: TreeHillRavens
    Posted 2007-06-29 04:47:28 and read 18113 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 170):
    Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) marketing manager said the airline would fly thrice weekly from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching beginning Nov 1. �We regard Bandar Seri Begawan as an important hub for us because Royal Brunei flies a lot to South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong.�

    Funny. BI does not fly to either South Korea or Japan. Just PVG in China & HKG. And there are more flights between BKI/HKG (2x daily). There are also non-stop flights between BKI/ICN (10x weekly).

    Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 171):
    What are their schedules like into BKI?



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 172):
    BI serves BKI daily on Friday and Monday, twice daily on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    The RBA manager in BKI told the press that they will increase their flights to 2x daily later this year.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-06-30 14:56:58 and read 17971 times.

    IPH resurrections from The Star.


    • Transport Minister was asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's announcement on Friday that travellers could look forward to a bigger airport in Ipoh and a fast commuter train service from Penang. "I am happy with the announcements made by the Prime Minister as this will bring a positive impact to the development in Kinta valley,'' he added.

    • On the expansion of the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Chan said it was good news, as prior to that, Air Asia had stopped flights from Ipoh to Senai due to the runway being too short for its aircraft. "I am happy that with the expansion, bigger aircraft such as the A320 Airbus can land at the airport,'' he added.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-01 07:06:05 and read 17879 times.

    The latest government interference! I never expect the very humble looking Perak Menteri Besar to make such announcement. He lost my respect.  no 


    It’s for the people, airlines told
    The Star


    • Forget about profits and treat commercial flights to the city here as a social project for travellers, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said.

    • Urging Malaysia Airlines (MAS), its subsidiary Firefly and low-cost carrier AirAsia to help revive the under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here, Tajol Rosli said: “MAS and AirAsia must forget about whether the flights are viable. Flights to Ipoh must be seen as a social project. Be more considerate and forget about profits. After a while, I am sure they will be able to do well by flying here,” he said after launching the state Farmers Market Carnival yesterday.

    • Tajol Rosli’s call followed an announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that the airport here would be expanded and improved. The Mentri Besar also pointed out that there were still many rich people here who travelled to other parts of the world.

    • He said it would be good for those travelling abroad if Firefly could fly from here to Subang and KL International Airport (KLIA) in the mornings using its turbo-propeller aircraft. He noted that the turbo-propeller aircraft, only requires a short take-off and landing strip.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-01 13:40:27 and read 17822 times.

    Why is 9M-MPG 'Kuala Terengganu' being stored at SZB? D check? Paint job... 3rd Hibiscus perhaps?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-03 04:20:30 and read 17686 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 179):
    IPH resurrections from The Star



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 180):
    Urging Malaysia Airlines (MAS), its subsidiary Firefly and low-cost carrier AirAsia to help revive the under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here, Tajol Rosli said: “MAS and AirAsia must forget about whether the flights are viable.

    Reverse statement?

    No extension if airport underused
    The Star


    • The state government may not use the RM40mil allocation from the Federal Government to extend the runway of the Sultan Azlan Airport in Ipoh if the airport remains underused. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali said there was no point in spending the allocation, which was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during his visit to Ipoh last Friday.

    • “The extension of the runway should be reciprocated with flights by AirAsia and Firefly to and from the airport. There is no meaning (for the runway extension) if there are no flights by Firefly or AirAsia,” he said. If the airport is under-utilised, it would be better to use the allocation for other purposes as this is the people’s money,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony for Northgate, a new growth centre located at the Perak- Thailand border near here yesterday.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-03 04:27:30 and read 17681 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 89):
    New insurance plan to protect travellers if trip is called off



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 97):
    Ministry makes it mandatory for tour agencies to provide insurance

    It is now implemented.

    Insurance for travellers now
    The Star


    • It is now mandatory for all licensed travel and tour agencies to offer travel insurance for local and outbound travel. Announcing this, Tourism Minister said it was necessary to ensure travellers were protected against unforeseen circumstances such as the Excellence Holidays debacle, which caused 336 travellers to lose RM2.4mil. “However, travellers will have the right to refuse such protection,” he said after launching Tahan Insurance Malaysia Bhd's Basic Travel Protection Plan yesterday.

    • As for how this would be implemented, he said it was the ministry that provided the licences for tour and travel agents to operate. “We will tell them that they have to offer such insurance when existing agents come to renew licences or when new companies apply for licences. They must offer it and it is left to the customer to purchase or not. But they must explain that it is available.”

    • He said the Basic Travel Protection Plan, which had been endorsed by the ministry, provided tour fare protection of up to RM10,000, apart from basic medical, repatriation, accidental death, permanent disablement and personal liability coverage. Tour fare protection covers the traveller against cancellations and the travel or tour agency closing as a result of financial collapse or default.

    • The premium is RM15 per person (local and outbound) and the plan also covers inbound travellers at US$15 per person (RM51). So far, 24 travel agencies have signed up to offer the insurance. The plan will be managed by Pempena Sdn Bhd, which is fully owned by the Tourism Ministry, and Timeless Vacation Sdn Bhd and underwritten by seven insurance companies including Tahan Insurance. He also urged consumers to exercise discretion when buying tour packages as there were companies which were out to cheat.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-07-04 22:17:51 and read 17526 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 182):
    The state government may not use the RM40mil allocation from the Federal Government to extend the runway of the Sultan Azlan Airport in Ipoh if the airport remains underused.

    Hmm seems like an ultimatum to me. But if it were true then it's good to know that Perak MB have some common sense.

    But for me personally Government need not to extend the airport. Ipoh-KL can be reach just within 2hrs by rail in very near future. There's no need Airport extension. An Ipoh-Penang will be connected about the same time after the double tracking project completed.

    Since IPH is relatively in the middle of KUL and PEN with the completion on the railway projects, I don't see any viable route out of IPH.

    After all paying MYR50 for 2.5hrs train ride is more convenient for me than paying MYR300 for 45min plane ride. With MH check-in facilities in XKL, it is convenient for travelers from Ipoh.

    Suddenly it make me think. why extend the High Speed Train From KL to SIN when KL Ipoh has more potential, due to absent Air Route absence?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 777way
    Posted 2007-07-05 17:53:50 and read 17413 times.

    PIA reroute KUL as KHI-KUL-KHI with A310 and 743, previously this service was routed as LHE-KHI-KUL-SIN and ISB-KHI-SIN-KUL with A310 only, Singapore has been dropped from network.

    MH allowed Lahore rights http://www.historyofpia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9260

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-05 20:33:16 and read 17388 times.

    So MH will be flying to Lahore soon? Will it be continuing to DXB, like MH's present 3 times weekly KUL-KHI-DXB on A333?

    [Edited 2007-07-05 20:36:12]

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MH1402
    Posted 2007-07-05 22:27:48 and read 17368 times.

    If the Malaysian Government allows it probably 7 times weekly for MH and 7 times weekly AKX.

    But if the government really protecting MH, then we can see 7 times weekly LHE and 7 times weekly KHI.

    The question still open is that... would MH have enough plane to operate LHE and KHI 14 times weekly? I hope so..

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-06 12:44:30 and read 17293 times.

    Newest AK's destination.

    AirAsia to fly to Krabi from August
    The Star


    • AirAsia will offer direct return flights from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi in southern Thailand beginning Aug 21 with promotional launch fares as low as RM39.90. The low-cost carrier will serve three Airbus flights weekly to the beach paradise along the coast of the Andaman Sea.

    • “We are thrilled to be adding yet another route to our extensive network in the Asean region. Krabi, being a holiday destination, is clearly our way of offering more choices for the holiday makers and will certainly appeal to young urbanites and families,” AirAsia executive vice president (commercial) said in a statement yesterday.

    • Guests can book through www.airasia.comto enjoy the promotional launch fares. The booking period is from July 9 to July 13, 2007 while the travel period is from Aug 21, 2007 to March 29, 2008.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-07-06 14:25:38 and read 17255 times.

    Quoting 777way (Reply 185):
    PIA reroute KUL as KHI-KUL-KHI with A310 and 743,

    Interesting. Any timing?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 777way
    Posted 2007-07-07 15:29:15 and read 17141 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 186):
    So MH will be flying to Lahore soon? Will it be continuing to DXB, like MH's present 3 times weekly KUL-KHI-DXB on A333?

    Only if they find a market there, most likely KUL-LHE-KUL.

    Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 189):
    Quoting 777way (Reply 185):
    PIA reroute KUL as KHI-KUL-KHI with A310 and 743,

    Interesting. Any timing?

    Sorry for the misinformation earlier, but 743 will only be used for one flight on 10 July(Tuesday):

    PK 896 Dep KHI 06.30 Arr KUL 15.30
    PK 897 Dep KUL 16.45 Arr KHI 19.40

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Isz1
    Posted 2007-07-07 20:43:00 and read 17105 times.

    Under the bilateral Air Services Agreement, designated Malaysia Airlines ...given a total of fourteen weekly frequencies, seven each to KHI and LHE. While designated airlines of Pakistan will operate equal number of frequencies to KUL and other points in Malaysia. So AKX is out of the picture at the moment.

    Anyway,
    - Idris Jala and MAS are trying to re-align cabin crew rest hours and flight time limitation (flt). savings from this can improve productivity, improving future remuneration packages, better base salary etc etc.
    - retirement age of female cabin crew... proposal has been prepared. waiting for the recommendations from HR.
    - coming 31st August, MAS will participate in the Merdeka Parade.. about 100 staff from various department will wear Malayan Airways uniform...as they will march under Tunku Abdul Rahman era (Malayan Airways-MSA).

    Quoting MAS777 (Reply 166):
    Think you can google that and find that it came from Idris Jala himself on a trip to Paris when MAS went to 'enquire' about MH's entry into Skyteam and was told point-blank by AF 'Non!'

    ???? I tot he went there last year and received Air France KLM's nod to upgrade their code-sharing agreement into an alliance. Things are a bit different since the formation of AF/KL.

    MAS Forges Alliance with Air France KLM
    17 Mar 2006, The Star
    By SABRY TAHIR.

    SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has received Air France KLM's nod to upgrade their code-sharing agreement into an alliance, MAS managing director Idris Jala said.

    However, he said no timeframe had been set for the alliance.

    "We are also working towards improving bilateral code-sharing agreements and joining alliances with other airlines," Jala said after the launch of the upgraded Animal Hotel at the KL International Airport yesterday.

    Jala is believed to have met top executives of Air France KLM earlier this month to seek support for the national carrier's entry into the SkyTeam group, one of the three main global air alliances, which has a network of 684 destinations in 133 countries.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-10 19:42:12 and read 16938 times.

    Malaysia's involvement in Istanbul's new airport (terminal).

    MAHB JV secures RM8.9b Istanbul airport project, shares up
    The Edge


    • A consortium of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), India's GMR Infrastructure and Turkey's Limak clinched the rights to Istanbul's second airport on July 9 with a 1.9 billion-euro (RM8.9 billion) bid. The winning bid - which does not include 18% value added tax - beat offers from four other consortiums of foreign and local players in a tender lasting more than 12 hours, said Mete Arslan, chairman of Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) in Ankara.

    • The deal brings welcome foreign direct investment to fast-growing EU candidate Turkey and is good news for the ruling AK Party less than two weeks before a general election. The consortium will build a new international terminal at the Sabiha Gokcen airport on Istanbul's Asian side and run the airport for 20 years. It will expand annual capacity to 13.5 million air passengers from about 3.5 million now. Sabiha Gokcen opened in 2001 and hosts domestic Turkish flights and low-cost airline easyJet Plc, among others.

    • Last to withdraw from the bidding was a consortium including Germany's Fraport and Turkey's IC Construction, which in April clinched the rights to Antalya airport in Turkey's tourist hub for US$3.2 billion. The Asian and Turkish consortium also beat a partnership of newly listed Turkish airport operator TAV and Turkish airline owner Esas Holding, which was the first the leave the tender when the bidding was about 1.5 billion euros.

    • TAV operates airports in Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul's main Ataturk airport. Early on Monday, auction officials said airport services firm Celebi Hava Servisi was not bidding, surprising investors as it had purchased tender documents. Shares of Celebi, which had no immediate comment on the tender, fell 2.6%. Other bidders were one consortium that included Turkey's Cukurova, Austria's Julius Meinl Investment and Venice Airport/Save SpA; and another made up of Turkey's Mak-Yol Construction, Eti Bakir and U.S-based Airport Property Management. – Reuters

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-10 19:50:12 and read 16934 times.

    Outperform on MAS
    The Edge


    • It continued to like MAS for the on-going restructuring initiatives, and the management had proven itself to be ruthless and determined. "With MAS now shifting its gaze to fundamental cost restructuring, the bottom line will benefit from the combined impact of yield enhancement and cost mitigation measures."

    • CIMB Research said it had highlighted that the cost of jet fuel had been moving higher in the past few months, but MAS had been tackling this by selectively raising fuel surcharges. "Its share price should re-rate to our target gradually as confidence in the turnaround increases. MAS is hosting its third investor day on July 19, where we expect more information on the company's restructuring measures. MAS' past two investor days have been strong catalysts to its share price," it said.

    • The research house made the comments following MAS managing director Datuk Idris Jala's interview with The Edge weekly where he made four important points. Firstly, MAS will focus more intensely on costs going forward, with a view to bring them down further while the second point is the focus on improving yield and the customer flying experience with MAS will continue.

    • Thirdly, capacity and network expansion would take a back-seat until revenue enhancement and cost reduction initiatives are substantially in place. Fourthly, MAS needs to be prepared for possible future industry-wide overcapacity, due to the large numbers of aircraft orders being placed currently.

    • MAS' cost reduction would be undertaken by enhancing employee productivity and tightening procurement procedures, which may save RM200 million. Other initiatives were to improve third-party revenue for cost centres such as engineering and maintenance to help enhance overall unit costs; reducing the lease rates on some of its planes; cutting out unnecessary call centre infrastructure and increase Internet-based sales at the expense of travel agents to reduce distribution costs.

    • On Idris' concerns about overcapacity in the coming years, driven by huge aircraft orders, the research house said it was not overly concerned for the next two to three years because global economic growth was generating a boom in travel demand. The frenetic pace of the Indian and Chinese economic growth will create a large pool of middle-class families, eager for overseas tourist travels.

    • It pointed out that global economic outsourcing to India and China had created substantial business travel demand, which looked set to continue. Economic growth in Japan, the European Union, and the Middle East was also strong, while CIMB's economics team expected the US to recover in the second half of 2007. It added that carriers like Singapore Airlines were already enjoying very high passenger load factors, over the past few months. In the current environment, capacity from the new aircraft orders should be easily absorbed.

    • "We also think that the nature of MAS' operations will make it relatively less exposed to competition from additions to Middle East airlines' capacity," it said. It also said in the future, MAS would re-weight its portfolio of routes into the growth markets of Asean, China and India, where it believed travel demand growth would be the strongest.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: United Airline
    Posted 2007-07-10 19:55:07 and read 16933 times.

    Wonder if they will order the B 747-8 as part of the 55 widebody deal

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-10 20:09:15 and read 16927 times.

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    YTL Corporation is still positive about their plan and introduced the train model that they are going to use for their Kuala Lumpur-Singapore track, the Velaro E Train by Siemen AG.

    The latest development.

    EPU studying YTL bullet train proposal
    The Star


    • The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) is in the final stages of studying YTL Corp Bhd’s proposal for a bullet train service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, said Transport Minister. He said the EPU of the Prime Minister's Department was also assessing the social impact study completed by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

    • “Our ministry has been asked to provide input, especially in the technical point of view. I understand that once this is completed, the Government will be briefed in full before making a final decision,” he said. As for when the EPU would complete its study so that a decision could be made by the Government, he said all the problems had to be thrashed out and no hasty decision would be made.

    • “This is a very big infrastructure project so we have to look into all aspects very carefully before a final decision is made,” he said.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-10 20:15:34 and read 16925 times.

    Flight to BKI down due to airport reconstruction, (the possibilities of) Singapore's Tiger Airways to serve BKI and Firefly to set up a hub, also in BKI. BKI news extravaganza!

    Chartered flights to Sabah cancelled
    The Star


    • About 60 international chartered flights to Sabah have been cancelled because the international airport here is being upgraded. Tourism Minister said that there was nothing much they could do about it but wait for the upgrading of the KKIA project to be completed by 2009. “Most of the chartered flights bringing tourists prefer to land late at night but they cannot do so now because of work at the airport,” he said.

    • The minister, who spent a day in a dialogue with hoteliers, tour operators and tour guides separately, to hear their problems, said that he was informed that the flights were mainly from China, Japan and West Asian countries. He said that he held discussions with the Singapore-based Tiger Airways and several operators in Japan and China to consider including Kota Kinabalu, described as a top eco-tourism destination in the region, in their itinerary.

    • He was also trying to persuade Malaysia Airlines subsidiary Fire Fly to consider making Kota Kinabalu a regional hub to cover the East Asean Growth Area encompassing Sabah, Sarawak, southern Philippines, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-10 20:23:28 and read 16920 times.

    Airport taxis and limos woe in PEN.

    Taxi pirates make a killing at Penang airport
    The Star


    • Pirated taxies are having a field day at the Penang International Airport after the Road Transport Department (JPJ) stopped its enforcement operations there. Limousine drivers at the airport claimed that their earnings had dropped by 40% with the presence of such taxis.

    • Penang Airport Limousine Drivers Association chairman said enforcement action had stopped for the past five days. He said the enforcement was stopped after a statement by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Penang chapter that their limousine drivers had been wrongly summoned by the JPJ. The chapter’s transport committee chairman had, on June 29, called on the JPJ not to summon Matta limousine drivers for picking up tourists at the airport and sending them to their hotels.

    • He told a press conference yesterday that if Matta limousine drivers could pick up passengers at the airport, then airport limousine drivers should also be allowed to pick up tourists from other bases such as hotels. His secretary asked: “What’s the point of getting a licence to pick up passengers from the airport when other parties can do it without one?”

    • He was also upset with State Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow for siding Matta. Teng said the airport drivers must understand that Matta’s intention was to protect the state’s tourism industry. He said the federal government should review the public transportation system to and from the airport. Penang JPJ director said enforcement would resume after his headquarters in Kuala Lumpur gave the green light.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: United Airline
    Posted 2007-07-10 20:50:22 and read 16914 times.

    I understand that MH B 747-400s fly to Hong Kong over a period every year. When will they come this year?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: MAS777
    Posted 2007-07-11 00:52:30 and read 16894 times.

    Quoting Isz1 (Reply 191):
    Quoting MAS777 (Reply 166):
    Think you can google that and find that it came from Idris Jala himself on a trip to Paris when MAS went to 'enquire' about MH's entry into Skyteam and was told point-blank by AF 'Non!'

    ???? I tot he went there last year and received Air France KLM's nod to upgrade their code-sharing agreement into an alliance. Things are a bit different since the formation of AF/KL.

    MAS Forges Alliance with Air France KLM
    17 Mar 2006, The Star
    By SABRY TAHIR.

    SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has received Air France KLM's nod to upgrade their code-sharing agreement into an alliance, MAS managing director Idris Jala said.

    However, he said no timeframe had been set for the alliance.

    "We are also working towards improving bilateral code-sharing agreements and joining alliances with other airlines," Jala said after the launch of the upgraded Animal Hotel at the KL International Airport yesterday.

    Jala is believed to have met top executives of Air France KLM earlier this month to seek support for the national carrier's entry into the SkyTeam group, one of the three main global air alliances, which has a network of 684 destinations in 133 countries.

    yes - but that is only exclusive between MAS and KLM - the 'alliance' does not extend to membership into Skyteam... in short it was a 'no'.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-11 03:09:33 and read 16875 times.

    Quoting United Airline (Reply 198):
    I understand that MH B 747-400s fly to Hong Kong over a period every year. When will they come this year?

    I think it is quite difficult to tell as they will send the B744 to HKG when the load is there, as and when required. Maybe we could place our bet on during the Chinese New Year time, or during any festive events in China and also during high travel season from Malaysia to Hong Kong and vice versa.

    Quoting 777way (Reply 185):
    MH allowed Lahore rights



    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 193):
    following MAS managing director Datuk Idris Jala's interview with The Edge weekly

    In the same interview, Datuk Idris Jala also indicated that MH won't be adding any new destination until 2009 (the growth period). So Lahore won't be coming into picture soon.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: United Airline
    Posted 2007-07-11 05:46:02 and read 16851 times.

    MAS is one of the airlines which asked Boeing to build the b 747-8 so I bet they will place a large order. Fingers crossed.

    Wonder when will they expand again

    I suppose MAS is posting a net profit right?

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-11 07:16:11 and read 16834 times.

    Another MATTA Fair planned and this time all the packages sell will be insured.

    Matta Fair packages to come with insurance this year
    The Star


    • Those still feel insecure about buying travel packages from the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agencies (Matta) Fair, following recent events that left some travellers in the lurch, have been assured that there will be no glitches of any kind in the coming fair. Matta president said: “What we want is consumer and public confidence. So in the coming fair, we have included a number of new features to enhance the quality of the fair, amongst them, the Matta Medi Evac Insurance scheme.”

    • He said that protection for travellers had become an urgent concern following the recent collapse of tour company Excellence Holiday Sdn Bhd which caused scores of travellers to lose money they had paid in advance for tour packages. The Medi Evac scheme, underwritten by Kurnia Insurance and RHB Insurance, was a very attractive package.

    • Medi Evac is a cashless insurance scheme that provides medical and hospitalisation coverage, as well as coverage for insolvency and absconding. “What ‘cashless’ means is that if a traveller falls sick during a trip overseas and needs the attention of a doctor, he does not need to carry cash with him to seek treatment. All he needs to do is make a phone call and the insurance company will handle the rest. It is that simple.”

    • Medi Evac provides medical and hospitalisation coverage of up to RM100,000, emergency medical evacuation/repatriation of up to RM100,000, accidental death or permanent disablement during travel of up to RM100,000, and compassionate visitation benefit of up to RM20,000, which pays for additional costs incurred for accommodation and flying two relatives or friends to the place of hospitalisation or death overseas.

    • The Government now requires all travel agents to sell an insurance package to consumers. The Medi Evac scheme costs only RM7.50 for a minimum of three days' coverage, and RM2.50 a day for each additional day. “For that little money, you get coverage of up to RM320,000,” he said. He added that the scheme also provided for reimbursement of deposits or full payment of air tickets or tour packages of up to RM5,000 for each insured person. “So if a travel agent goes bust, you will get your refund,” he said.

    • The Matta Fair will be held at Halls 1,2 and 3 of Putra World Trade Centre here from Sept 7 to 9. Entrance fee is RM3 per entry for adults and free for children under 12.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Isz1
    Posted 2007-07-11 13:27:13 and read 16775 times.

    Quoting MAS777 (Reply 199):
    yes - but that is only exclusive between MAS and KLM - the 'alliance' does not extend to membership into Skyteam... in short it was a 'no'.

    Media released by MAS Corp. Communication said otherwise. + few months ago, Idris Jala met several executive members of AF and KL at his office at SZB.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Econojetter
    Posted 2007-07-11 17:59:17 and read 16717 times.

    Quoting Isz1 (Reply 203):
    Media released by MAS Corp. Communication said otherwise. + few months ago, Idris Jala met several executive members of AF and KL at his office at SZB.

    The term "alliance" in this case is rather vague. To this date, Flying Blue still excludes KUL-CDG from any type of mileage accrual.

    Do you mean AF/KL executives as a general term or did the delegation specifically include representatives from AF operations?

    If you do have more details on the current status of the negotiations and would be willing to share, I believe a number of us here would be very grateful.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Isz1
    Posted 2007-07-11 18:48:36 and read 16702 times.

    AF and KL. Yes, both representatives from Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

    As for more details, I can tell you that MAS IOSA did the trick.. so did the Dutch. Status of the neg.? I don’t want to speculate anything at this stage as we have been told by Idris Jala there is no timeframe given by AF/KL. BTW, BTP clearly stated the period/phase of “joining an alliance”. Anyway, 19 July ... 7 days left...  Wink

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-07-12 15:01:31 and read 16619 times.

    This morning the aerobridge at bay A2 of KUL collapsed, shearing off the L1 door of 9M-MKE.

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: 9MMAR
    Posted 2007-07-12 15:18:51 and read 16616 times.

    Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 206):
    This morning the aerobridge at bay A2 of KUL collapsed, shearing off the L1 door of 9M-MKE.

    Any injuries? How bad is the damage to 9M-MKE? My, my I was on it 3 days ago.  Sad

    Topic: RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4
    Username: Paparadzi
    Posted 2007-07-12 15:51:34 and read 16601 times.

    Don't think there are any injuries. As for damage, the door was completely sheared off. Can someone with engineering experience tell us how bad it is?


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