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Malaysian Aviation Thread 4  
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 26901 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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 

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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 26868 times:

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

Open skies the way to go
The Star

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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 26865 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 26854 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 26853 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.”

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26847 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.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26845 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?

Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
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Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26845 times:

All tuned up for no-frills model
The Star


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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26840 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26837 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26833 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).

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26823 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26810 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 26805 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 26799 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.”

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 26794 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 26788 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 26787 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.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 26784 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.

User currently offlineAirbus A380 From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 26752 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?

User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4288 posts, RR: 83
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 26749 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


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


- 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


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

Ask the impossible to achieve the best possible
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 26739 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.

User currently offlineMH1402 From Malaysia, joined Jun 2006, 123 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 26565 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...

For the King and country...
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 26501 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.

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Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 26476 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...

25 Nimish : 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 fl
26 XA744 : 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 a
27 Post contains links PanAm_DC10 : 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 C
28 9MMAR : Another attempt to enhance the BTP. MAS revamps CFO’s office The Star Malaysia Airlines announced yesterday the reorganisation of the office of exec
29 9MMAR : 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 f
30 9MMAR : 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 lug
31 Paparadzi : Lucky guy. If he was caught before departure, he'll be seeing the hangman.
32 Post contains images 9MMAR : And eventually be the hang-ed man.
33 BigTom : 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 Indi
34 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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
35 Post contains images BigTom : Hey thanks for that. Cheers
36 GFFgold : 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
37 9MMAR : 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 airpor
38 MAS777 : 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
39 Swissgabe : Anyone? Question go lost easily between all those Press postings.
40 9MMAR : There's no bus operator that run between Malacca and KUL. Agreed. Malacca offers some world class historical attractions BUT the land journey might b
41 9MMAR : Indonesia AirAsia applied to serve SIN from CGK but it was rejected by the Singaporean authorities in the interest of their home carriers.
42 9MMAR : 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 d
43 9MMAR : 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 v
44 9MMAR : 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
45 GFFgold : 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 spo
46 Post contains images 9MMAR : 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. M
47 Post contains images 9MMAR : 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 Si
48 MH1402 : 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 pa
49 Pe@rson : 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?
50 MH1402 : 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 boo
51 6thfreedom : 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.
52 9MMAR : 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 o
53 9MMAR : Transport Minister wants MH to serve more flights to China. In the past, MH has withdrawn Chengdu, Xian, Guilin, Wuhan and Macau due to unprofitabili
54 9MMAR : 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 A
55 9MMAR : 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 6
56 9MMAR : 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
57 MH1402 : 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
58 Airbus A380 : Local travel agents in Singapore offers air tickets to KL from SIN on other carriers, the most prominent one in my opinion is JL.
59 MAS777 : 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 t
60 Ryanair!!! : 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
61 Post contains links and images Paparadzi : You are definitely driving above the 110 km/h speed limit. Not to mention the traffic jam around Seremban. 2 hours is more achieveable.
62 9MMAR : Malaysia's Prime Minister, Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be getting (re) married this Saturday, 9 June 2007. All newspapers published wishes fr
63 9MMAR : 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 refer
64 9MMAR : 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) h
65 9MMAR : Malaysia Airport Berhad is to manage an airport in Iran. More news is expected soon.
66 9MMAR : 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
67 9MMAR : Malaysia's tourism campaign is now known as, "Malaysia, Heart of Asia", no more "Malaysia Truly Asia". Tourism Munister said the achievement would go
68 Post contains links 9MMAR : MH's latest offers. MAS offers 250 packages for Asean tourists The Star Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has introduced some 250 travel packages for people fr
69 Post contains images 9MMAR : FAX sucks! FAX sorry for flight disruptions The Star Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) has blamed the “culmination of unexpected and periodical maintenance”
70 9MMAR : AK will be launching the followings soon: KUL - Krabi, Thailand Johor Bahru - Macau Johor Bahru - Palembang, Indonesia Also KUL - Sibu will be served
71 9MMAR : More revealed. Masidi: FAX failed Sabah, Sarawak The Star Sabah wants Fly Asian Xpress to take immediate measures to effectively overcome the poor do
72 9MMAR : 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 Mala
73 Post contains links MH1402 : 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 V
74 GFFgold : 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
75 Paparadzi : 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 runwa
76 Post contains images 9MMAR : Don't you think it is better for you to switch the Indonesian flag with the Malaysian one? Based on the fact that PEN is running under capacity (hand
77 9MMAR : 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
78 9MMAR : 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 ac
79 9MMAR : First, they reversed back the name from AirAsia Long Haul to AirAsia X. And now they are looking for engine supplier and the winner will be announced
80 9MMAR : Prague waits eagerly for AirAsia service The Star The Czech Republic hopes that budget airline AirAsia can finalise negotiations to fly to Prague by
81 Post contains links VHVXB : 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
82 United Airline : What's up with 9M-MPG? Will it return to service? Also how much did MH make last year??
83 9MMAR : 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 Ter
84 9MMAR : More woes revealed. Brunei transit for travellers The Star Travellers from Brunei have been known to cross into Sarawak to fly elsewhere because of t
85 MH1402 : 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 conside
86 9MMAR : 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 th
87 Post contains links LIPZ : 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)
88 Post contains images 9MMAR : Something that makes AK Firefly can operate from SZB! Firefly can operate from Subang airport The Star Low-cost carrier Firefly has received the green
89 9MMAR : 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
90 9MMAR : 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
91 QatarA340 : Especially with the increase of Qatari tourists to KL, flights are usually overbooked throughout the months of July and August. This is a welcome mov
92 Paparadzi : 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?
93 Post contains links MH1402 : 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
94 777way : DO MH still upgrade DXB-BEY to 747 in summer?
95 Post contains links MH1402 : 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 MH7
96 9MMAR : 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 arres
97 9MMAR : 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
98 TreeHillRavens : Any of MAS 333 with these enhancements in service now ? Thanks for all the very detailed news, by the way.
99 Mandala499 : 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 whe
100 9MMAR : 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 Ra
101 Mandala499 : 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 exc
102 MH1402 : 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 followin
103 ThaiA345 : 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 ATR
104 9MMAR : Speaking of small aircraft, anyone would like to try this package? Culinary delight takes flight The Star The Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is offering
105 Paparadzi : More sectors? Bluff. MAS had KCH as a Fokker base. FAX Fokkers don't even visit KCH. Those 22 destinations are for both he Fokkers and the Twin Otter
106 6thfreedom : 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 opera
107 ThaiA345 : 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?
108 Post contains links 9MMAR : Malaysia's Berjaya Air has been flying to USM for years. Mr. Kwee, there's a link to 'The Most Expensive Chicken Rice' in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur'
109 MH1402 : 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 h
110 Post contains links MH1402 : 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 perc
111 9MMAR : 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 Syste
112 9MMAR : Additional news on MH's plan to purchase 110 new aircrafts, from The Star. Separately, Malaysian Airline Managing Director Idris Jala said the company
113 9MMAR : The future of Firefly. Firefly hopes to operate more domestic routes The Star Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) subsidiary, Firefly, which received t
114 9MMAR : 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'
115 9MMAR : 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
116 9MMAR : Woes on FAX caused Sarawak State Governments couldn't wait for MH to take over. ‘Take over FAX flights immediately’ The Star The Sarawak Governmen
117 Mandala499 : 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... i
118 9MMAR : Maybe not but perhaps another guy with strong finance background education (Firefly's Eddie Leong is an accountant by training). Managing MASWings (f
119 Paparadzi : Ha ha ha. Last year you are so willing to give the routes to FAX. Now you reap what you sow.
120 ThaiA345 : 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 !!!
121 Mandala499 : 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? Ther
122 Mandala499 : Seeking Confirmation: KI112 CGKMES 1400 1615 2000 local: Reported missing 2030 local: Adam Air declared aircraft diverted to PEN, citing "excessive wi
123 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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
124 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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
125 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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-
126 9MMAR : 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
127 Post contains images 9MMAR : Indeed. The full news. Love FAX's lousy blaming game. Can't wait to read the audit findings. Idris: We did return all 10 aircraft The Edge Malaysian
128 9MMAR : After further checking, it is part of the extravaganza. Both the Chinese and Indian carriers have been identified (China Southern Airlines and Jet Ai
129 9MMAR : The man has been chosen. MAS announces changes to management team The Edge Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has announced changes to its management team w
130 9MMAR : 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 o
131 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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 i
132 Post contains links and images 9MMAR : Not improving their services, FAX instead cuts more flights. FAX cuts flight frequency The Star Rural air service provider Fly Asia Xpress (FAX) has
133 Post contains images Mandala499 : 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 bough
134 9MMAR : 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 maintena
135 9MMAR : Abacus performance in Malaysia. Abacus counting on better year The Star Abacus Distribution Systems (M) Sdn Bhd expects to perform better this year wi
136 Post contains images 9MMAR : 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 ve
137 Pe@rson : 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 M
138 Mandala499 : 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...
139 KL577 : 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 ru
140 Post contains images 9MMAR : 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 serv
141 OdiE : A little too optimistic don't you think? I can't imagine flying 24 hours from Miami to KUL in a sardine can.
142 9MMAR : Cellphone enable soon onboard AK. AirAsia signs MoU with OnAir for inflight GSM/GPRS services The Edge AirAsia Bhd has signed a memorandum of understa
143 Post contains images 9MMAR : Former flying school operator charged with cheating The Star A former flying school operator was charged Thursday with cheating three individuals into
144 9MMAR : 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-frill
145 9MMAR : 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 s
146 9MMAR : 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
147 9MMAR : 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
148 9MMAR : An annual event to challenge Berlin’s Internationale Tourisme Bourse, London’s World Travel Mart and The Arabic Travel Mart in Dubai is being plan
149 9MMAR : 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
150 Mandala499 : 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 Managem
151 9MMAR : 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 a
152 9MMAR : 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 oper
153 9MMAR : 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 a
154 ThaiA345 : 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 t
155 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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
156 TreeHillRavens : I hope it's NW or CO.
157 OdiE : 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
158 TreeHillRavens : Back in the late 90s MAS got this extensive code-share agreement with NWA but what happened after 911 i am not sure.
159 Mandala499 : Congratulations Mr. CP of ATR Asia Pacific... Finally a deal with MH (albeit for firefly)... Mandala499
160 MH1402 : I think MH fly to EWR because EWR is the Skyteam hub. MH is longing to join Skyteam.
161 Mandala499 : 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
162 Odie : 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
163 9MMAR : 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.
164 VHVXB : What is stopping them from joining SkyTeam?
165 ThaiA345 : Well, according to several sources, AF is actually stopping them, but for what reason, I don't really know.
166 MAS777 : would be interesting since CO started an ARN-EWR service just as MH switched its EWR service from DXB in order to compete. Think you can google that
167 TreeHillRavens : 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 c
168 9MMAR : 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
169 9MMAR : Cheaper airfares from MAS and AirAsia for all undergrads The Star The Higher Education Ministry has clarified that the special airfare rebate of 50% o
170 9MMAR : 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 Brune
171 Ryanair!!! : 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 fr
172 9MMAR : 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
173 Post contains links MH1402 : 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
174 Post contains links MH1402 : 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 Fli
175 Post contains links MH1402 : 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-rai
176 9MMAR : MAD was terminated in 2001.
177 Post contains links VHVXB : MAS expands Perth-Kuala Lumpur service Malaysian Airlines has just announced extra Perth-Kuala Lumpur services for the peak season with an expansion o
178 TreeHillRavens : 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
179 9MMAR : IPH resurrections from The Star. Transport Minister was asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's announcement on Friday t
180 Post contains images 9MMAR : The latest government interference! I never expect the very humble looking Perak Menteri Besar to make such announcement. He lost my respect. It’s f
181 9MMAR : Why is 9M-MPG 'Kuala Terengganu' being stored at SZB? D check? Paint job... 3rd Hibiscus perhaps?
182 9MMAR : Reverse statement? No extension if airport underused The Star The state government may not use the RM40mil allocation from the Federal Government to
183 9MMAR : 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
184 MH1402 : 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
185 Post contains links 777way : 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
186 9MMAR : 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]
187 MH1402 : 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 s
188 Post contains links 9MMAR : 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
189 Paparadzi : Interesting. Any timing?
190 777way : Only if they find a market there, most likely KUL-LHE-KUL. Sorry for the misinformation earlier, but 743 will only be used for one flight on 10 July(
191 Isz1 : Under the bilateral Air Services Agreement, designated Malaysia Airlines ...given a total of fourteen weekly frequencies, seven each to KHI and LHE. W
192 9MMAR : Malaysia's involvement in Istanbul's new airport (terminal). MAHB JV secures RM8.9b Istanbul airport project, shares up The Edge A consortium of Malay
193 9MMAR : 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 an
194 United Airline : Wonder if they will order the B 747-8 as part of the 55 widebody deal
195 9MMAR : 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
196 9MMAR : 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 B
197 9MMAR : 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 Interna
198 United Airline : I understand that MH B 747-400s fly to Hong Kong over a period every year. When will they come this year?
199 MAS777 : 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'.
200 9MMAR : 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
201 United Airline : 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 expa
202 9MMAR : 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 st
203 Isz1 : 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 SZ
204 Econojetter : 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/K
205 Post contains images Isz1 : 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.. s
206 Paparadzi : This morning the aerobridge at bay A2 of KUL collapsed, shearing off the L1 door of 9M-MKE.
207 Post contains images 9MMAR : Any injuries? How bad is the damage to 9M-MKE? My, my I was on it 3 days ago.
208 Paparadzi : 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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