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Malaysian Aviation Thread 6  
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 34131 times:

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


Source: Skyscrapercity.com


Some of the major events in the previous threads:

Awards


  • Skytrax's World Airline Awards 2007

    Malaysia Airlines
    Airline of the Year - 6th (2006 - 9th)
    Best Cabin Staff - Winner (2006 - 3rd)
    Best Catering: Economy Class - 3rd (2006 - 9th)
    Best First Class Lounge: KUL - 6th
    Best Business Class Lounge: KUL - 6th
    Best First Class - 4th
    Best Business Class - 4th
    Best Economy Class - 2nd (2006 - Winner)

    AirAsia
    Best Low Cost Airline: Asia - Winner
    Best Low Cost Airline: South East Asia - Winner

  • Skytrax's World Airport Awards 2007

    Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    Airport of the Year 2007 - 5th (2006 - 6th)
    Best Immigration Service - 2nd

  • AirAsia Academy was awarded the "Airline Human Capital Development Strategy Award" at the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Industrial Technologies Awards in Singapore. The award was presented to the low-cost carrier in recognition of its achievement in improving its human capital development and training quality in the airline industry. The academy started operations in April 2005.

Bilateral Disagreement:

  • India and Malaysia finally signed a revised air service agreement that ended what seemed like a mild diplomatic row that was brewing between the two countries. The dispute was put to rest after a two-day high-level meeting between ministerial officials in Malaysia. Last May, India’s Civil Aviation Authority warned of an impending ban on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) if Indian domestic carriers, Air India Express and Air Sahara, were not permitted to land in Malaysia. While Air Sahara still has the landing rights, it is not clear when or if the carrier will start flying to Malaysia.

Crashes/Mishap:

  • RMAF's Nuri helicopter with 6 on board crashed on a flight to Kuantan. All 6 died. The Government will soon call for an international public tender to purchase new aircraft for the Royal Malaysian Air Force to replace its fleet of 30 Nuri helicopters. American helicopter manufacturers are favoured for the said soon to be released RFPs. Deputy Prime Minister said the Cabinet had given the nod to initiate the tender process. Starting this year, Nuri helicopters will be phased out in stages until 2012.

  • An unmanned aerobridge, which was docked to an aircraft (9M-MKE), caused damage to the aircraft door when it suddenly shifted downwards at KUL. No passengers were involved in the incident. The cause has yet to be ascertained. The aircraft for flight MH378 was scheduled to depart from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. All the passengers bound for the flight were then in the holding lounge and were transferred to another aircraft to depart for their destination.

  • A 33-year-old MH's pilot fell to his death from the seventh floor of a condominium block in Damansara. Alvin Goh Huey Peng was found sprawled on the ground of the condominium by residents.It is learnt that Goh left a suicide note to his parents and girlfriend.

Financial Performance:

  • Malaysia Airlines reported a net profit of RM113 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2007, improving its performance by RM290 million from RM177 million in losses a year earlier. This marks the airline’s 4th successive quarter of net profit since the launch of its Business Turnaround Plan (BTP) in February 2006, and tracks well for Malaysia Airlines to achieve its stretch profit target of RM300 to RM700 million this year.

  • AirAsia recorded net profit of RM185.05mil on revenue of RM432.15mil in its fourth quarter ended June 30, compared with RM130.77mil and RM313.73mil respectively in the previous corresponding period. Earnings per share rose to 7.9 sen from 5.6 sen previously. The growth was attributed to higher passenger volume, which grew 45% year-on-year.

  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) net profit for the second quarter (2Q) ended June 30, 2007 surged 79% to RM55.85 million from RM31.21 million a year earlier, mainly due to higher revenues achieved by most of its divisions. MAHB had cash reserves of RM782mil at the end of last year. It reported RM169mil in net profit for financial year ended Dec 31, 2006. For the first half ended June 30, 2007, MAHB recorded RM127mil in net profit and RM673mil in revenue.

Government/NGO interferences in aviation businesses:

  • The Senators’ Club has called for the sacking of MH managing director Datuk Idris Jala to prevent further “sliding of services” by the national carrier stating the government-linked MAS was fast losing its credibility and its services was regressing from “bad to worse.”

  • The International Air Transport Association criticised Malaysia's move to cut departure tax at its two budget airline terminals, saying it was discriminatory to other carriers and warning it could hurt tourism in the country. In June, departure tax for international passengers at the Low Cost Carrier Terminals, or LCCT, in Kuala Lumpur and in Kota Kinabalu was dropped by up to 51 percent to RM25 (US$7.40; euro5.40).

  • The Transport Ministry will not interfere in the internal operations of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), including the management of its financial affairs and staff. The ministry would keep watch on the company's On-Time Performance (OTP) index and ensure that its aircrafts’ safety standards were maintained at a high level.

  • Malacca Chief Minister will step in and try to save the historical air control tower at the Batu Berendam airport. The airport, built in 1952, is undergoing a RM131mil expansion to accommodate Boeing 737-400 and Airbus A320 aircraft and the tower is slated for demolition.

New/Additional Routes/Service/Carrier/Frequency/Upgrade/Downgrade/Movement to Malaysia:

  • MH will add an additional weekly flight to Adelaide, Colombo, and Male for Northern Winter 2007/2008 schedules. ADL will be served 5 weekly (all B772) while the KUL-MLE-CMB-KUL triangle route will be served 4 times weekly (all A333).

  • AirAsia
    Coming Soon:
    Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Vientiane (Laos)
    Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Banda Aceh (Indonesia)
    Johor Bahru (JHB) - Jakarta (CGK) on 28 September 2007.

    New:
    Johor Bahru (JHB) - Macau (MFM) starts 24 August 2007.
    Johor Banru (JHB) - Palembang, Indonesia (PLM) starts 25 August 2007.
    Kota Kinabalu (BKI) - Shenzhen

    Added Frequencies:
    Kuala Lumpur - Solo (2x Daily)
    Kuala Lumpur - Shenzhen (2x Daily)
    Kuala Lumpur - Kota Kinabalu (10x Daily)

  • Firefly's is serving PEN-LGK 3 times daily.

  • Singapore Airlines is increasing the fuel surcharge on tickets issued on or after Aug 2 for both Singapore Airlines and Silkair flights to all destinations. For flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the surcharge will be increased by US$2 to US$22. For other flights, the surcharge has been raised US$5 to US$63.

  • Garuda Indonesia is to cancel all code share flights with MH effective October 28, the start of the northern winter schedule. The codeshare agreement covers the joint Indonesia to Malaysia routes as well as the codeshare services beyond the airlines' individual hubs.

  • Emirates flies from Venice to Kuala Lumpur daily.

  • Gulf Air is rumored to quit KUL.

  • Kuwait Airways, recently introduced Jakarta as its latest outbound destination from Malaysia, is confident the “value-for-money” holiday package will attract more Malaysians travellers.

  • Qatar Airways Cargo starting flights to Johor Bahru (JHB).

  • PIA new routing KHI-KUL-KHI-Peshawar, PEW is capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) bordering Afghanistan.

  • India's Jet Airways is to upgrade KUL from B738 to A330 by January 2008. BOM - KUL planned as well.

  • Air India Express plans to start to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai by October in the first phase and expand later to Trichy in southern India and to other Indian destinations.

  • Direct flights between Johor Bahru (JHB) and Chennai could start by next year with India and Malaysia practising the open skies concept, including in air cargo.

  • Australia's Jetstar has launched the first low-cost direct long-haul flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney on Sept 9 with a special web-only offer from RM88 upwards for a one-way ticket. The offer is for two travel periods spanning Sept 9-20 this year and Feb 3-28 next year. The standard economy fare at other periods would be RM488, excluding surcharges and taxes.

    The arrival of the first Jetstar flight last night of Flight JQ65 from Sydney marked the first time any aircraft from the Qantas group had touched down in KUL on a commercial flight since the late 1990s. Jetstar plans to tackle Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia X on their home turf. Jetstar will at first fly three times a week but plans to ramp up the new service to a daily frequency. Qantas is also considering using KUL as a hub for one-stop flights between Australia and Europe.

Online Facilities/New Product:

  • MH will offer online check in via its website by March 2008.

  • AirAsia offers meals self collection via web booking system. Passengers who pre-order their meals can pick them up from a retail outlet operated by AirAsia in KUL before boarding their flights.

  • Web check in for AK's flight are now available outside KUL. Passengers in JHB, KCH, BKI and PEN may do so as well.

  • 12 self service kiosks are now ready in KUL. KLM is the first to offer such service, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Emirates to join before year end.

  • Emirates Airline will soon offer check-in services for its passengers at Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Beginning July 30, passengers flying Emirates can check in at the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KLCAT). Initially check-in counters at KLCAT will service Dubai-bound travellers. The first passenger who checked in at its counter at KL sentral would receive an exclusive Emirates’ gift. The counters will be open five hours before each departing flight and will close two hours prior to departure. Its counter at KL Sentral will be operated by DRB-Hicom Bhd subsidiary KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd.

People:

  • A 34-year-old man acted as if he was an important businessman returning home from a working trip. He was wearing a coat and a tie and was flying Business Class. But Customs officers saw through his bluff and arrested him when he arrived at KUL, and seized 2kg of syabu on him.

  • On May 8, a 56-year-old local man going abroad was detained on suspicion of carrying heroin. However, he swallowed the 475g of heroin before the custom could seize it. Adding that subsequent X-ray test on the man revealed the drug in his stomach. The case is still under investigation.

  • The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has warned Malaysians to be wary of Hong Kong travel companies that ask for personal data such as bank account numbers. The tourism board said it had received several enquiries from Malaysians who were called by representatives of certain Hong Kong travel companies claiming to have organised lucky draws in collaboration with HKTB.

Plane delivery/movement/order:

  • MH's B744 fleet are shrinking. From 17 aircrafts owned, now only 11 in active fleet. Former 'Kuala Terengganu' is now wearing Oasis Hong Kong livery.

  • AK has received its 26th A320 and completing the registration series from A to Z.

  • MASWings will purchase 5 new Twin Otters 400 aircrafts as part of expansion plan.

Price Wars:

  • Malaysia Airlines is offering travellers super low airfares for bookings till Aug 15, 2007, during its World Online Celebration. Customers booking these offers through www.malaysiaairlines.com can enjoy up to 75% discount on airfares for all its international destinations, except Australia, for travel from Jan 16 to May 22, 2008.

  • Firefly is offering Malaysians the chance to celebrate Merdeka in the air - by flying to destinations for as low as 50sen. Booking can be made at www.fireflyz.com.my

Travel Fair:

  • To attract more Muslim visitors from Malaysia, HKTB would launch in October a guide book for Muslim travelers in Hong Kong. The book contains information and addresses of all the halal-certified restaurants in Hong Kong. It also contains information of the interesting tourism sites in Hong Kong. The guidebook would be made available at travel agents and airline companies in the South and Southeast Asia region. HKTB also organised a workshop to address the religious and dietary need of Muslim travelers in Hong Kong. It is also to update travel agents' product knowledge and enable them to better understand what Hong Kong can offer to Muslims visitors.

  • Pakistan will hosting its coveted film and fashion awards in Genting Highlands, which has been the venue for India’s glittering Oscar awards-like shows. The stage is set for a “Bollywood versus Lollywood” comparison here. The Pakistani film industry is referred to as Lollywood, a portmanteau of Lahore and Hollywood. About 400 of Pakistan’s leading film, fashion, TV and music personalities will converge here for the annual Citigold Lux Style Awards 2007.

  • MAS had launched the “Get Spotted” campaign to reward its Enrich frequent flyer members. As part of its “Let’s Fly Malaysia!” campaign, Enrich members will receive special edition luggage tags custom-designed for Malaysia Airlines by Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid or better known as Lat. Overall, 50,000 luggage tags would be distributed, and an average of four winners would be selected daily during the campaign period. Each winner will receive 10,000 Enrich miles and RM50 ‘temptations’ inflight shopping vouchers. Winners who are spotted on Aug 31 will receive a 3-day/2-night Golden Holidays package for two persons, either to Phuket, Denpasar, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or Bangkok.

  • Malaysia's largest travel fair, MATTA Fair was held from 7-9 Sep and it has its own (Visa) Matta credit card program issued by EON Bank. Privilledge includes lounge service at KUL and SIN. MH is offering attractive domestic and international flight packages and airfares at the fair.

  • The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Perak held its fourth travel fair at Stadium Indera Mulia from Sept 7 – 9. The fair would have over 70 booths and was expected to attract at least 30,000 people.

  • India’s Jet Airways will host its own travel fair just two days after the three-day Matta Fair ends on Sept 9. The fair, from Sept 11 to 13 at the Bangsar Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur, will give discounts on packages and tickets to India and beyond. Part of the attraction is six free tickets to be given away during that period.

  • Effective July 1, it is compulsory for all licensed travel and tour agents to offer travel insurance to the local and overseas travellers, and customers are advised to accept such coverage.

Visa/Entry Requirement:

  • US Embassy offers service center for visa application. It offers the type of assistance the embassy could not offer before. It will prepare applicants for interviews at the embassy. The centre is located at 19th floor, Wisma MCA, 163 Jalan Ampang. Operating hours are 8am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm on Mondays to Fridays. The centre is closed on Malaysian and US holidays. For details, call 03-2166-6550, e-mail infomalaysia@vfs-usa-my.com or visit www.vfs-usa-my.com.

  • The Indian High Commission here has outsourced the processing of visas to a local travel agency, which has set up offices here, in Penang and in Johor Baru. Indian High Commissioner said Grandlotus Travel Agencies Sdn Bhd would collect visa applications from those intending to visit India, and submit them to the high commission for vetting and affixing of visa stamps in the passports.

  • Single visa for ASEAN planned. Malaysia is pursuing the facilitation of a single visa entry among Asean member countries to boost tourism in the region, which is forecast to receive 30% of the projected one billion tourists globally by 2010. Tourists coming to Malaysia did not encounter problems getting a visa on arrival or for a two-week stay at present.

  • Malaysians have been advised to refrain from travelling to Pakistan in view of the recent wave of violence and bomb attacks in the southern part of the country.




MALAYSIA AIRLINES

  • Under the terms of an agreement, which in the airline jargon is known as the Special Prorate Agreement (SPA), MH and Continental will provide reciprocal service to each other's customers flying from anywhere in Malaysia to any destination in the United States and, conversely, from anywhere in the United States to any destination in Malaysia.

  • By September 2007, MH will be electronic ticketing (eTicketing)-capable, providing customers with the ease of printing their own tickets and option of making changes to their travel itinerary themselves, thus doing away with visits to the ticketing offices or travel agents.

  • MH flew out Manchester United Football Team yesterday from MAN on the United Tour of Asia. Aircraft used was 9M-MPM.

  • There have apparently been service disruptions possibly aggravated by a suspected slowdown by workers silently protesting the new performance evaluation system which resulting in massive flight delays. A task force had been set up to resolve any dissatisfactiona and later on all employees of Malaysia Airlines will receive a special bonus payment of half month salary or RM1,000, whichever is higher. The payment was recommended by its Special Task Force (STF) on Performance-based Remuneration. The company said to qualify for the bonus, employees must fulfill certain criterias set out by STF.

    Earlier, the company awarded SESOS (Selective Employee Share Option Scheme) and performance-based bonus to about 10% of the staff, supposedly based on their performance. However the assessment was either never done, or not done properly, and there was no transparency on how the SESOS and bonus were awarded. The remaining 90% of the workforce, feeling left out, went on "who cares" work attitude resulting in some record delays. The STF was set up to address this and the half month bonus is their immediate response. Heard that this issue will become a what-not-to-do in management class in years to come.

  • MH does not want the Government to bring forward the timeframe for the Asean Open Skies for fear that Singapore will benefit more than Malaysia. However, MH's budget airline Firefly is keen to fly to Singapore and Indonesia.

  • MH Engineering & Maintenance will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to PT Eka Sari Lorena Airlines' (Lorena Air) new fleet of six Boeing 737 Aircraft from 2007 to 2010 for some US$48 million (RM165.69 million).

  • MH organised a Premier Charity Gala for beneficiaries such as Malaysian Association for the Blind, National Cancer Foundation, Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation, Yayasan Budi Penyayang, Persatuan Bagi Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Terencat Akal Sarawak and the Sabah Children Welfare Foundation.

  • MH has filed a US$35.55 million (RM122.65 million) lawsuit against Air Maldives Ltd alleging its failure to make payments on the lease of aircraft to the latter. Its solicitors had filed affidavits of service in the Kuala Lumpur High Court in respect of its claims against Air Maldives for US$35.55 million. A MH spokesman said the bulk of the lawsuit was for Air Maldives’ alleged failure to make the lease payments in the 1990s, as well as all other charges related to the lease.

  • MH wants to learn from AirAsia and other low-cost carriers (LCCs) as a constructive step to be more competitive in the regional and global airline industry. However, MH would leave its primary premium airline strategy and objective intact towards meeting the needs of customers. MH wanted to be more proactive in reducing costs to reflect higher profitability and increased efficiency, and adopt such strategies as that deployed by LCCs. A lot of airlines have been customer-driven in the past. MH used to give the customers more, without justifying how these costs met with the revenue. Now, MH want to understand what our customers want and what they are willing to pay for.

  • MH has announced the appointment of Captain George Snyder as senior technical consultant, safety and security. Snyder, who will join the board’s safety and security committee, has extensive experience in the area.

  • MH to strenghten presence in ASEAN, India, China and Middle East. Disposal of some B734s are being finalised but not the widebodies. MH want SZB to be a leading turbo propeller aircraft's airport and wants no restriction (for Firefly) on the routes flown and carriers serving from there (even AK) as long as it is using a turbo propeller aircrafts.

  • A new business plan to steer MH ahead and beyond is going to be unveiled in January 2008 following the expiration of BTP in 2008. MH needs new strategies to face the ASEAN open skies policy beginning 1 January 2009, which Dato Idris Jala described as 'the Olympics for the airlines in the region'. MH is preparing itself and wants to win. Firefly may join the regional competition using larger aircrafts and MH's plan to revamp its existing fleets (both narrowbodies and widebodies) is confirmed.

  • MH has completed the filming of their newest Safety Video.

MASEU

  • Malaysia Airlines’ unions and associations have urged the Transport Ministry to abide by the Asean Open Skies roadmap, and only open the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route when total liberalisation of flights between capital cities starts in January 2009. The eight unions and associations said the premature opening of the route, even to limited flights, would have negative nationalistic and economic impact on the country. They represent 95% of the 18,000 workforce. “We are open to competition but it must be done in a proper and timely manner. The Asean roadmap has been agreed by all Asean countries, and we must stick to the fixed timeline,” it added.

  • A minimum of RM900 – that’s what the Malaysian Airline System Employees’ Union Peninsular Malaysia (Maseu) is asking for. At the next collective agreement (CA) negotiation with the management due in July next year, Maseu will include a request for a minimum pay of RM900 for the lower grade workers in MAS, including office boys, traffic hands, clerks, tarmac workers and cleaners.

FIREFLY

  • The government has approved the application of Firefly to service the Senai-Ipoh and Subang-Ipoh air routes.

  • Firefly opened its headquarters in Komtar Penang.

MASWings

  • MASWings is still in dispute with FAX over the cost of repairing the turboprops, which were cannibalised by FAX. The government has yet to decide on who should bear the cost, which is estimated up to RM40 million. Earlier, MH demanded a thorough audit to be conducted by Singapore’s Fokker Services Asia Pte Ltd before MASWings can resume the Rural Air Service (RAS) from FAX, which is scheduled to start on Oct 1.

  • MASWings is on track to take to the skies as scheduled on Oct 1 and expects to be fully operational by Dec 1, when it will have a fleet of 13 aircraft providing almost 200 weekly flights in Sabah and Sarawak. All preparatory work was on schedule and the new airline would be ready to take over turboprop operations from FlyAsianXpress (FAX) on Oct 1. MASWings flights are now open for booking through the MAS call centre 1-300-88-3000.

  • MASWings will initially commence operations with 4 Fokker-50 and 4 Twin Otter aircraft to serve a network of 23 destinations in Sarawak and Sabah as well as the Federal Territory of Labuan. Another 3 Fokker-50 and 1 Twin Otter aircraft will join MASWings effective 28 October 2007 and by 1 December 2007 the new airline will have a fleet of 8 Fokker-50 and 5 Twin Otter aircraft to provide an average of 113 weekly F50 flights and 80 weekly Twin Otter flights. MASWings' flights will use the Malaysia Airlines prefix MH followed by a four-digit flight number. A blue tail and engines livery was unveiled.

  • MASWings will be structured into two divisions - Operations and Support Services. General Manager, Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Ishak was named head of operations. Serena Ho will take the role of chief financial officer and will double-hat as assistant general manager of transition management. Meanwhile, the business development and human resources division will be led by Norsalela Md Din and Nor Aida Othman respectively.MAS, which is in the process of taking back the RAS which it handed over to Fly Asian Xpress last August, will commence services in Sabah and Sarawak beginning October 1, 2007 from their main base in Miri, Sarawak.

  • International tour operators in Britain have started reinstating Sarawak and world heritage site Mulu National Park into their holiday packages – after a hiatus of almost a year due to uncertainties over availability of local flights. The move by MASWings to take over the rural air service from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) has already sparked hopes of a revival for the tour industry in the state, said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

AIRASIA

  • AK lunched its new co branded Citibank Credit Card. The former co branded credit card with RHB Bank was terminated.

  • AK's subsidiary, Tune Money will rolling out insurance products in September 2007.

  • AK have been ordered to thrash out their problems to ensure the disabled community could use the airline with ease. More than 20 disabled and wheelchair-bound members of the Barrier-Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group (BEAT) held a protest against AirAsia for its refusal to take passengers who were completely immobile. AK in response stated that they will provide wheelchairs for FREE and hire disabled staff.

  • AirAsia and FAX have signed an agreement for the latter to use AirAsia's brand for its long haul operation. The suggested brand is AirAsia X. AirAsia will waive the fee for the first year of FAX's AirAsia X operation. On the following years, FAX is subjected to an annual fee of MYR 680,000 (USD 200,000) payable to AirAsia. However, if AirAsia X's turnover for one particular year exceeded MYR 136 million (USD 40 million), a fee of 0.5% from the total turnover is payable to AirAsia instead. The agreement is for a period of 5 years and can be extended to another 5 consecutive terms, each term is 5 years.

  • AK CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes believes Malaysia has more to gain than Singapore if the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air sector is open to competition. He was refuting Malaysia Airlines' argument that Singapore would win and Malaysia would lose out if the KL-Singapore route was liberalised. Why does AirAsia need the two daily flights into Singapore? “If they don’t give us KL-Singapore (route), I will buy Singapore Airlines. If they do give us, we will be in Changi and terrorise the Singaporeans", said Tony Fernandes. AK wants to serve SIN twice a day for beginning.

  • AK unveiled its newly enhanced website at www.airasia.com.

  • AK is expected to fly to Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur by January 2008, three years after it chose Macau for its first destination in China, instead of Hong Kong, due to lower airport charges.

  • AK is now having its own inflight magazine called 'Travel3sixty'.

  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is keen to partner with no-frills Tune Hotels.com to build more Tune Hotels in the vicinity of low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs). Tune Hotels.com will build a hotel near the KL International Airport’s (KLIA) LCCT on a parcel of leased land. Malaysia will have the world's first budget hotel housed in an international airport when Tune Hotels.com – the hotel chain of budget airline AirAsia – opens in the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KL International Airport next year.

    The move will see Tune Hotels.com adding yet another hotel to its fast-growing chain, which already includes hotels in Danga Bay Johor Bahru, Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. The hotel would offer a five-star sleeping experience at one-star price for the 20 million-odd passengers who transit at the LCCT each year.

  • AK signed a letter of intent with Shipbuilding Industry Group with a view to establishing a joint venture low-cost airline in Vietnam. The proposed partnership would focus on securing the licence to operate a new Vietnamese airline that would serve domestic, regional and international routes. The new airline will be built on the successful low-cost model pioneered by AirAsia in this region. The airline would carry the name VINA AIRASIA. Hanoi is to become hub, 9 aircrafts are planned within 2 years.

  • AK will explore the possibility of expanding to the lucrative China air travel market. AK also planned to set up two more affiliate carriers in the region but declined to elaborate.

FLY ASIAN XPRESS

  • FAX's Rural Air Service was badly effected after the audit report by Singapore’s Fokker Services Asia Pte Ltd about them canniballising the turboprops were revealed. It is learnt that FAX expensed about RM60 million to run the state-subsidised RAS between last August and March this year. Coupled with the repairs of the grounded aircraft, it may cost the treasury some RM100 million for contracting FAX to operate the RAS. Half of the aircraft which Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) used to operate for rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak were not airworthy. Reports of Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) cannibalising parts from one aircraft for use in another are causing concern in Sarawak. In fact, some seasoned travellers are so worried they are afraid to board FAX flights now.

  • FAX introduced its new CEO Azran Osman-Rani to helm AirAsia X. The former CEO who was mostly in-charged of RAS has been silently withdrawn.

  • AirAsia X is set to fly into Amritsar early next year since it has won “unlimited rights” to land at the capital of Punjab in India. AirAsia X is glad to have got unlimited landing rights to Amritsar and are planning to schedule their second destination to Amritsar.

  • CIMB Bhd will be financing Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd's (FAX) purchase of 15 A330-300 aircraft with a list price of US$2.3 billion (RM7.93 billion). Both parties have signed a term sheet on the deal, which will be formalised with an agreement. This marks CIMB's entry into the aircraft financing sector — the first for a local bank.

  • AirAsia and FAX have signed an agreement for the latter to use AirAsia's brand for its long haul operation. The suggested brand is AirAsia X. AirAsia will waive the fee for the first year of FAX's AirAsia X operation. On the following years, FAX is subjected to an annual fee of MYR 680,000 (USD 200,000) payable to AirAsia. However, if AirAsia X's turnover for one particular year exceeded MYR 136 million (USD 40 million), a fee of 0.5% from the total turnover is payable to AirAsia instead.The agreement is for a period of 5 years and can be extended to another 5 consecutive terms, each term is 5 years.

  • British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group took a 20% stake on Aug 10 in a new Malaysian airline that has ambitions to become the world's top long-haul budget carrier. Branson and AirAsia X, founded by former Virgin executive Datuk Tony Fernandes, did not immediately give a price for the deal, which is rumoured to be tiny, but the real value of the transaction is in the longer-term alliance of the two businesses.

  • AirAsia X has secured rights to fly to Stansted airport, a major UK hub for European low-cost flights, as well as to Australia's Gold Coast tourist mecca and to Avalon airport near Melbourne. The Australian flights are due to begin by the end of next month. AirAsia X's parent firm, Fly Asian Xpress, has ordered 15 new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the first to be delivered in time for the September launch. It has options on 10 more.

  • Gold Coast is AirAsia X's first destination; Hangzhou, Tianjin and Melbourne Avalon before year end. Amritsar's 'Punjabi Express' will follow in early 2008. Birmingham and Manchester are on the radar. FAX to be renamed AirAsia X and will be listed on Bursa Malaysia in 3 years. Virgin Atlantic - AirAsia X - Virgin Blue linkage planned. Sir Branson would be happy to buy back 49% shares in Singapore Airlines.

  • AirAsia X's first leased A330 is now readily painted and now being refurbished.

MASkargo

  • MASkargo have dropped Basel and Bangkok freighter aircraft services but continues to serve Milan.

  • MASkargo is in talks with Air Uzbekistan to create a formal silk route, which will enable MASkargo to leverage on Air Uzbekistan to fly its cargo to CIS countries and it in turn will fly Air Uzbekistan’s cargo to Europe. The two parties were finalising a formal partnership, which was expected to be completed by year-end. MASkargo to drop Dubai and flies to Tashkent instead.

  • MASkargo is now a member of TIACA and Malaysia to host Air Cargo Forum 2008, the largest air cargo event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Nov 4 to 6, 2008.

MALAYSIA AIRPORTS

Airport performances:

  • KUL will have 10 new check-in desks at the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT) at KL Sentral by July 23. This will extend from three to 43 the number of airlines based at KUL's main terminal which can offer the same check-in facilities at the city centre.

  • A consortium made up of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), India's GMR Infrastructure Ltd and Turkey's Limak Group has won the rights to operate the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SGIA) in Istanbul, Turkey, with a concession fee of €1.93 billion (RM9.07 billion). The consortium, led by Limak, secured the concession from the government of Turkey, which currently operates the airport through the Under Secretariat for Defence Industries.

  • MAHB would upgrade its wireless Internet service at all terminals in stages as part of improving the quality of its services.

  • MAHB has been ordered to thrash out their problems to ensure the disabled community could use the airport (KUL LCCT) with ease. Upgrading of facilities at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) had taken place gradually, such as the construction of covered walkways.

  • After 4 years waiting, MAHB finally gets the nod to dispose off F1 business. The government has undertaken a crucial initiative towards the restructuring of MAHB financials by transferring the latter’s roles in the Formula 1 championship to the former’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

  • Passenger service charges to be increased and major renovation works at KUL will start in 2008.

Airports' constructions:

  • Ipoh (IPH)

    Earlier, it was announced that the under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport’s terminal building will be upgraded and the runway lengthened so that the airport can service low-cost carriers, particularly A320 aircrafts.

    Then the Menteri Besar has asked for feedback from the people on what should be done to the airport by offering Perakians two choices - lengthen the runway or relocate the airport to Seri Iskandar.

    Then the plan to upgrade the terminal building and lengthen the runway of the airport is off because the state government was concerned that money spent on the project might not generate the growth needed to boost economic activities in Ipoh and Perak.

    Then the Perak government has decided to build a new RM301mil airport in Seri Iskandar, a new township some 40km from Ipoh city center but is concerned it may turn into a white elephant.

    Confusion reigns over the airport issue – whether to upgrade the present Sultan Azlan Shah Airport or build a new one in Seri Iskandar continues. Infrastructure and Public Utilities Committee chairman said the state was looking at four options, including lengthening the runway of the present airport.


  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

    Malaysia's second largest gateway is progressing well with a brand new ATC is almost completed and the new terminal building taking shape.


  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

    Retail outlets will be expanded, the second satellite building to be built and land around KUL to be developed. Most works will start after the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign ended on 31 December 2007.

    Under the original master plan for KLIA, there should be ample land bank to house four satellite buildings, two terminal structures and five runways. If all the buildings are constructed, KUL should be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.


  • KUL LCCT

    The present Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KUL was never meant to be a permanent terminal. The Government announced last week that a new LCCT, that could cater up to 30 million passengers a year, would be built close to KUL at an undisclosed amount.

    It is learnt that MAHB would not only just manage the airport but would also be involved in the construction by way of preparing all the ground work – from design to issuing out tenders – for the various jobs. Unlike the existing LCCT, where linkages are only by road and air, the new LCCT will also be linked by rail as the KLIA Express Rail Link from KUL and KL Sentral will be extended. The two airports will also be linked by a sky train.

    A recent report stated that BOTH the expansion of the existing KUL LCCT and a construction of a new LCCT in KUL will take place.


  • Kuala Terengganu (TGG)

    A recent report stated that Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu to be rebuilt in larger scale.


  • Kuching (KCH)

    A LCCT is rumuored to be constructed in Kuching.


  • Malacca

    The historical ATC at Batu Berendam Airport in Malacca is to be demolished, which sparks some protests due to its relation with Malaysia's Independence Day back in 1957. The airport is currently being expanded to accommodate B734s and A320s. Commercial flights will be back to Malacca.


  • Penang (PEN)

    During the unveiling of Nothern Region Economic Region (NCER), it was announced that Penang International Airport will be expanded. Penang and Langkawi airports to be promoted as hubs for budget carriers and small jets. There will also be an expansion of regional and international air links to bring more visitors to NCER in Sumatra, Phuket and Myanmar.

    However recently, there were news reports a new international airport in Penang was mooted by Equine Capital. Equine is said to have proposed to build the airport at Batu Kawan at a cost of RM1.2 billion, and in return will take over the existing airport land in Bayan Lepas. The reports stated MRCB would be the contractor. The Bayan Lepas Airport will be made the premier air cargo hub in the IMT-GT and will handle high-quality perishable food items. A new passenger and cargo terminal and additional runways will be built to cater for increasing air traffic.

    Then, there was a panel looking into formation of Penang LCCT. A technical report on the proposed low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in the state will be ready soon. A technical committee, formed to look into the setting up of the LCCT, is working on the report. However, the Transport Minister dismissed the idea because the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas is currently handling a passenger load of about three million, or two million short of its maximum capacity.



The previous Malaysian 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)
Malaysian Aviation Thread 4 (by 9MMAR May 28 2007 in Civil Aviation)
Malaysian Aviation Thread 5 (by 9MMAR Jul 12 2007 in Civil Aviation)#206


Lets get started!  bouncy 

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User currently offlineMH001 From Malaysia, joined Nov 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 34125 times:

thanks 9M-MAR...just realised you have started this thread!
Emirates does not fly from Venice to KUL. its just an advertising gimmick - you can say emirates flies from all its European and american destinations to KUL.

Do you know why GA has stopped code sharing with MH?? I thought they were going to make KUL their base outside indonesia but that never materialised and SIN still gets many GA flights.
Is it something to do with AK?
Maybe HB-IWC will know?

hahaha


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 34105 times:

AK sticks to consultant.

AirAsia extends consultancy agreement with Wordison
The Edge

  • AirAsia Bhd has extended an airline consultancy agreement with Wordison Ltd for another one-year term. In a statement yesterday, AirAsia said, among other things, Wordison's services related to providing advice and consultancy on low-cost airline operations, fleet acquisition, route planning, aero politics, regulatory factors, market demographics, competitive positioning/scenarios and financial requirements.

  • Wordison is owned by AirAsia's non-executive director Conor McCarthy and his wife. AirAsia said Wordison would be paid an aggregate annual consideration of RM943,580.76. Wordison will also be reimbursed for expenses directly related to duty travel during visit or stay with AirAsia or during visit by AirAsia staff, suppliers, agents or officers with Wordison at their premises.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 34102 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
The arrival of the first Jetstar flight last night of Flight JQ65 from Sydney

More on Jetstar's inaugural flight to KUL. SYD-KUL to go daily and MEL-KUL is planned. Jetstar also emphasizes that its product offerings are different from that of AirAsia X.

Jetstar sees KL as possible Asian hub
The Edge

  • Low-cost carrier Jetstar may use Malaysia as its Asian hub when it flies to south Europe in the near future following its inaugural flight to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Sunday. Jetstar CEO Alan Joyce said the carrier was now in talks with airport authorities in Europe, but a decision on its flights to that continent would not be made until the end of next year. “There are a lot of opportunities for us here in KL,” he said on the possibility of Malaysia being used as its Asian hub.

  • Last Sunday, Jetstar’s inaugural Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flight landed at KLIA, Qantas’ first scheduled flight from Australia since 1998, with 260 passengers. The return flight to Sydney had 160 passengers. Jetstar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas. Joyce said Jetstar hoped to increase the Sydney-KL flight frequency to daily from three times weekly since there was no restriction for it to fly the route.

  • He said a particular constraint it was facing was the shortage of aircraft, which would be resolved by August next year when it took delivery of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners (B787-8) over a period of 15 months for its long-haul fleet. “We won’t have any extra aircraft arriving until August 2008, so some time during that period and depending on the performance of the market, we could be going into daily operations,” said Joyce, adding that Jetstar was also looking at the Melbourne-Kuala Lumpur route.

  • Joyce said Jetstar was the fastest growing international carrier and it was also looking at new destinations such as Taiwan, Korea, India, China, southern Europe and North America. Asked on Malaysian low-cost carrier Air Asia X’s upcoming flight to Australia, Joyce said the airlines were competing on different routes and different markets. “We also want to point out that Air Asia X’s long-haul product is very different from our product. People should be aware of that,” he added.

  • On its Asian expansion plans, Joyce said it was working to align the products and operations of Jetstar Asia and Pacific Airlines, which are based in Singapore and Vietnam, respectively. “Those two are a start of our intra-Asia plan. Jetstar Asia has been making money and has improved significantly over the last year. Once we have established and got them completely aligned, then we will look further for opportunities in the region,” he added.


User currently offlineTreeHillRavens From Malaysia, joined Jun 2007, 398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 34060 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MH will offer online check in via its website by March 2008.

Great !!

By the way, aren't MAS 333 supposed to be fitted with new better GCC seats, drop-down LCD screen and 4 more seats added to Y-section ? Are they still doing it ? Because none of MAS 333 have any of the enhancements so far.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 33916 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
India’s Jet Airways will host its own travel fair just two days after the three-day Matta Fair ends on Sept 9. The fair, from Sept 11 to 13 at the Bangsar Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur, will give discounts on packages and tickets to India and beyond. Part of the attraction is six free tickets to be given away during that period.

More details on Jet's Incredible India travel fair which has started yesterday.

Jet Airways target at fair
The Star

  • Jet Airways (India) Ltd expects to sell 300 tour packages and 500 air tickets during its three-day Incredible India Travel Fair. The fair, a joint effort with India Tourism, will feature special tour packages and 15% to 20% discounts on standalone air tickets to India. Jet Airways regional vice-president Gerry Oh said the fair, which started yesterday and ends on Thursday, was expected to attract some 2,000 visitors.

  • “Our objective through the fair is to promote India as a destination for Malaysian tourists and introduce Jet Airways as the preferred airline for travel to and within India,” he said at the launch yesterday. “Malaysia has had close cultural and commercial ties with India since this nation was born. Through the Incredible India Travel Fair, Jet Airways seeks to be part of strengthening and enriching these ties,” he added.

  • The airline currently operates more than 340 flights daily to 44 destinations within India. Its long-haul destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, London, Bangkok, Colombo, Kathmandu, Brussels, New York and Toronto. In the coming months, it plans to fly to Johannesburg in South Africa from Mumbai.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 33862 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MH's plan to revamp its existing fleets (both narrowbodies and widebodies) is confirmed.

MH proposed issuance of RCPS (redeemable convertible preference shares) in its bid to raise more capital for fleet renewal.

MAS rights shares attractively priced
The Edge

  • MALAYSIAN Airline System Bhd’s (MAS) proposed rights issue and redeemable convertible preference shares (RCPS) are attractively priced and would increase the trading liquidity in the airline’s shares, analysts said. MAS would issue up to 418 million new rights shares at RM2.70 per rights shares for every three existing shares, or a discount of 33% from the theoretical ex-rights price of RM4.05 per share.

  • A research house expects MAS’ key shareholders to subscribe to their full allotment, as a sign of their confidence in the flag carrier’s growth prospects. It had factored in most of the potential dilution, but viewed this exercise as necessary to increase trading liquidity in MAS’ shares while also raising capital for fleet renewal.

  • Meanwhile, OSK Investment Research said given that MAS has yet to announce the type of planes it was acquiring, it assumed the most conservative scenario in that cash raised from the rights and RCPS issue of RM1.54 billion generated interest income. The research house expected some temporary weakness due to high oil prices, and it came to understand that an institutional shareholder has pared its stake, leading to share price weakness of late. Nonetheless, MAS’ business plans remain intact and it believed the airline will be able to weather the high oil prices for now, given that it has already hedged 60% of its fuel requirement at WTI of US$60 (RM210) per barrel.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 33781 times:

MH continues supporting the English Premier League football.

MAS' football packages for current EPL season
The Star

  • English Premier League (EPL) fans in Malaysia are in for a treat to travel abroad and catch their favourite teams in action thanks to the newly launched Malaysia Airlines football packages for the 2007-08 season. Fans will be able to watch teams like Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham in action at their respective venues with the national carrier’s "Nothing beats being there" packages.

  • Malaysia Airlines Commercial Director said that the football packages offered them guaranteed Premier League tickets. "It’s so easy to get to the match now with Malaysia Airline’s football packages. With the guaranteed premier league tickets, your seats at the stadiums await you. Book now to catch that game you want to watch. Nothing beats being at the game, watching it live on home grounds especially when your team wins. Like all fans know, the excitement and euphoria at the matches are indescribable, and has to be experienced, at least once in a lifetime."

  • With package prices starting from RM 4,588 (USD 1 = MYR 3.50) customers will enjoy a return flight ticket on economy class, hotel accommodation for a two-night stay, return airport/ hotel transfers and the much coveted ticket. The packages will be on sale from Friday, exclusively through Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd (Tel: 03-2719 1877).

  • Malaysia Airlines will also be introducing a special “Football by Design” package, offering a return flight ticket on business class, private limousine transfers, 5-star hotel accommodation, Club Level hospitality match ticket, and many other extras. Look out for more exciting football packages for the European Championships League and EURO 2008, which will come your way soon. The details of packages on sale can be viewed on the website at: www.atthegame.com.my.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 33751 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AK has received its 26th A320 and completing the registration series from A to Z.

After completing the registration series of 9M-AF_ from A to Z, AK's subsequent A320s will be registered as 9M-AH_.


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Seen in Toulouse is 9M-AHB. I didn't even realised that 9M-AHA has been delivered.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 33541 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group took a 20% stake on Aug 10 in a new Malaysian airline that has ambitions to become the world's top long-haul budget carrier.

Another 20% of FAX (AirAsia X) went to AirAsia.

AirAsia to buy 20% of FAX for RM26.7mil
The Star

  • AirAsia Bhd has agreed to buy 20% stake in Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX) for RM26.67mil cash, with an option to acquire an additional 10%. However, the additional stake would be priced at market valuation and not RM1 par value, AirAsia said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia. It said the parties signed a definitive agreement on the matter yesteday.

  • FAX is currently 80% owned by Aero Ventures Sdn Bhd, a company in which AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes and AirAsia deputy CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun are substantial shareholders. AirAsia said it viewed investing in a long haul low-cost airline as beneficial given that the international air traffic to Malaysia was under-served.

  • It said the investment in FAX was not expected to have any material impact on its financial position in the current financial year. It would, however, contribute positively to the company's future financial results. “Budget long haul service is a new business concept in Malaysia that will require some time to nurture to reach its full potential,” it added.


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 33533 times:

AirAsiaX in a hurry to win CASA nod

LOW-COST Asian long-haul carrier AirAsiaX has officially applied for regulatory approval to fly to Australia as it moves to start cut-price services between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast.

The carrier lodged the paperwork for its foreign air operator's certificate with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority last week.

CASA's service charter requires it to process the application within 130 days but it could take less time if the process goes smoothly.

However, the airline's target of starting services by next month could prove optimistic.

AirAsiaX is expected to begin services with leased Airbus A330 aircraft, ahead of the delivery next year of its own A330-300s.

It has also indicated that it intends to add Avalon in Victoria as a destination next year. Officials have suggested promotional fares could be as low as $31 return to Kuala Lumpur before taxes and charges. Average fares would be about $650.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...ory/0,25197,22413110-23349,00.html


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 33465 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
Another 20% of FAX (AirAsia X) went to AirAsia.

More details on the news.

AirAsia subscribes to 26m shares in FAX
The Star

  • “The company views investing in a long haul low-cost airline as beneficial for the following reasons - international flights to Malaysia are underserved and (to) leverage on Malaysia’s status as a natural low-cost hub.

  • “The growth of the Malaysian aviation industry is lagging behind the global average. Total growth rate for the past 10 years is only 3% per annum. Contrary to the global trend, the bulk of the growth is attributable to domestic travel. The growth rate for international travel to Malaysia is a mere 2.5%, which is less than half of global average of 5.7%. These statistics indicate Malaysia may have been sidelined as an international destination.”

  • It said the investment would form a strategic fit with AirAsia as a gateway to Asean destinations as it expected to expand its network to 90 routes by June 2008. With Malaysia’s position as a low-cost hub and AirAsia’s advantage in price and connectivity, it added that the investment was a “potent recipe” for long haul low-cost airline to flourish.

  • “The company’s network to Asean destinations is denser than MAS and SIA’s routes combined. Furthermore, AirAsia is the market leader for most of the routes (highest frequency and passenger carried),” it said.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 33364 times:

It is a well known fact that AK has been trying to fly to SGN since the very beginning but Ho Chi Minh City still remain elusive for them.

However, although no announcement has been made, AK has advertised a 'Station Head for SGN' position in its website on 24 August 2007, along with 'Station Head for Vientiane' (which on the contrary was widely announced).

I am not sure whether this has a connection with Vina AirAsia or not but it confirms SGN as AK's (soonest future) newest destination!


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 33290 times:

Shocking! KUL's carpark is the shelter for thousands of (LEGAL) foreign workers detained by the Immigration Department.

Foreigners living in KLIA car park
The Star

  • Thousands of foreign workers, mostly from Bangladesh, have been forced to eat and sleep in the KL International Airport’s car park upon landing at the airport. This is because the Immigration Department has turned the airport’s car park at level three of Block A into a temporary shelter for the foreigners.

  • The Star went to check the situation yesterday after receiving complaints from some readers who worked in KLIA. The Star found that the workers had been sleeping on the floor of the car park while waiting for their employers to pick them up. There was a sign placed outside saying that temporary accommodation for foreign workers was being built in the car park. Construction work was supposed to have started on Aug 1 and completed by Sept 30.

  • An Immigration counter was set up to process visas and paper work for employers and foreign worker agents, who were there to pick up the workers. There were also Rela members and Federal Reserve Unit officers to guard the workers. The Immigration officers, however, refused to speak to The Star and also did not allow the photographer to take pictures.

  • Bangladeshi Kho Kan, 30, said he arrived at the airport two days ago with 24 others. “We have to use our own money to buy food while waiting for our agent to pick us up. Our agent agreed to come and take us tonight (last night),” he said, adding that he and his friends were told that they would be working in factories.

  • A foreign worker agent, who only wanted to be known as Low, said he was there to pick up 50 workers last night. He said the workers were detained by the Immigration Department due to miscommunication between the agents here and in Bangladesh. “Some agents had no idea that their workers had arrived, so they were not here to pick up the workers. If agents fail to show up within seven days after the arrival of the workers, the workers would be deported ,” said Low.

  • The Immigration Department and the Home Ministry could not be reached for comment.


User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 33287 times:

Malaysia benefits hugely from foreign workers but treats them like dirt. It's stuff like this that make me ashamed to be Malaysian. Sad

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 33104 times:

Following the One-Two-Go's MD82 crash in Phuket, MH cancelled its second flight to HKT yesterday.


From The Star

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said it cancelled its second daily flight from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket following the closure of the airport. A MAS official in Bangkok said the MH790 Kuala Lumpur-Phuket flight was scheduled to have arrived in Phuket at 6.30pm (7.30pm Malaysian time) and returned to Kuala Lumpur at 7.35pm.


User currently offlineTreeHillRavens From Malaysia, joined Jun 2007, 398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 33035 times:

September 17, 2007 21:07 PM

MAS On Path Towards Continued Profitable Operations

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is firmly on the path towards continued profitable operations.

In a statement here today, managing director/chief executive officer, Datuk Idris Jala, said this was based on the airline's route analysis initiatives and the continuous upgrade of customer value propositions.

"Having successfully anchored all aspects of our operations to the P & L (profit & loss), we are working aggressively towards becoming a five-star airline with low-cost carrier's cost," he said in announcing the changes to the airline's international network for the Northern Winter 2007 operations, starting Oct 28.

Idris said these attributes had been factored into the new schedules, with emphasis on regions like South Asia and Australia.

"These regions continue to be promising and have further potential to contribute towards the profitability of the company," he said.

On the new Northern Winter 2007 operations, MAS said it would add a fourth weekly frequency every Thursday on the Kuala Lumpur-Maldives-Colombo-Kuala Lumpur route and a similar frequency on the Kuala Lumpur/Bangalore route every Saturday.

It would also introduce two weekly morning frequencies on the KL/Chennai/KL route every Thursday and Sunday.

In view of encouraging demand, the current Tuesday frequency of the KL/Hyderabad return flight now using the 229-seater Airbus A330-200 aircraft will be upgraded to a 294-seater Airbus A330-300 flight effective Oct 28, it said.

MAS said a new destination, Lahore/Pakistan, would be added to its international network effective Jan 7, 2008.

"We will operate three weekly flights (on Monday, Thursday and Saturday) from KL to this city. This destination will be linked to the KL-Karachi return route," it said.

The airline said the present twice weekly KL/Istanbul return direct A330-200 service would be realigned to twice weekly KL-Dubai-Istanbul return service effective Jan 8, 2008.

MAS said for the Malaysia-Australia operations, a fifth weekly frequency on Tuesdays would be introduced on the KL/Adelaide return route during the peak period effective Dec 4, 2007 to Feb 6, 2008.

"Likewise, a third weekly evening frequency will be mounted for the KL/Perth return route every Wednesday during the peak period effective Dec 5, 2007 to Feb 7, 2008," it said.

On the China operations, MAS said the present four-time weekly KL-Xiamen frequency would be reduced to thrice weekly effective Oct 28.

"The thrice weekly KL-Kunming frequency will be temporarily reduced to twice weekly frequency during the lean period from Jan 4, 2008 to Feb 29," it said.

MAS said it would downsize its KL-Surabaya flights from nine times weekly to once daily flights from Oct 28.

"Effective the same day, the twice-weekly KL-Cebu return flights will be withdrawn but the twice weekly KL-Kota Kinabalu-Cebu return flights will be retained," it said.

Based on the findings of its route profitability exercise, MAS said it would suspend its four-time weekly KL-Nagoya-KL service and its three times weekly KL-Zurich-KL effective Jan 5, 2008 and Jan 24, 2008 respectively.

-- BERNAMA


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 32979 times:

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 16):
MAS On Path Towards Continued Profitable Operations

Great news!

If I may summarize it:

SUSPENDED

  • KUL-CEB-KUL 2 weekly on B734 will be withdrawn but KUL-BKI-CEB-BKI-KUL 2 weekly on B734 will be retained effective Oct 28.

  • KUL-NGO-KUL 4 weekly on A332 will be withdrawn based on the findings of route profitability exercise effective Jan 5, 2008.

  • KUL-ZRH-KUL 3 weekly on B772 will be withdrawn based on the findings of route profitability exercise effective Jan 24, 2008.

NEW DESTINATION

  • KUL-KHI-Lahore-KUL 3 weekly (on Monday, Thursday and Saturday) using A333 effective Jan 7, 2008.

ROUTE REALIGNMENT

  • KUL-DXB-IST-DXB-KUL 2 weekly using A332 from KUL-IST-KUL 2 weekly using A332 effective Jan 8, 2008.

ADDED FREQUENCY

  • Male/Colombo increases to 4 weekly from 3 weekly.

  • Bangalore increases to 4 weekly from 3 weekly.

  • Chennai increases to 9 weekly from 7 weekly.

  • Adelaide increase to 5 weekly from 4 weekly effective Dec 4, 2007 to Feb 6, 2008.

  • Perth increases to 10 weekly from 9 weekly effective Dec 5, 2007 to Feb 7, 2008.

REDUCED FREQUENCY

  • Xiamen decreases to 3 weekly from 4 weekly effective Oct 28.

  • Kunming decreases to 2 weekly from 3 weekly from Jan 4, 2008 to Feb 29.

  • Surabaya decreases to 7 weekly from 9 weekly effective Oct 28.

EQUIPMENT UPGRADE

  • Hyderabad from A332 (229 seats) to A333 (294 seats) every Tuesday effective Oct 28.

*****

The most interesting would be the addition of Lahore. I would never expect a new route to be launched in the midst of MH axing about 15 international routes (since BTP implemented), although I am aware of the fact that MH was granted landing rights to Lahore previously.

I guess with the introduction of Lahore and the realignment of Istanbul, the present 2 weekly KUL-KHI-DXB-KHI-KUL, the 1 weekly KUL-KHI-KUL, the 3 weekly KUL-DXB-BEY-DXB-KUL and the 2 weekly KUL-IST-KUL are all will changed.

Currently DXB is being served 5 weekly with 3 direct (which then continues to BEY) and 2 with a stopover in KHI. The changes will see DXB will maintain all 5 weekly flights but all will be directs from KUL where 3 will continue to BEY while the other 2 will continue to IST. All will be using A332 which is the one used for the current direct flight to DXB, IST and BEY. So no equipment changes there. DXB is benefiting from this changes.

The 2 weekly pairing of KHI and DXB will be terminated and replaced with Lahore instead, creating a 3 weekly KUL-KHI-Lahore-KUL using A333, the way I understand it.


User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week ago) and read 32895 times:

Bangalore seriously needs to be daily..with the loads that MH is getting out there...also maybe upgrading it to a 777 would be nice..as SQ flies 777's on this route!

User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32876 times:

So the added Australian frequencies is for the peak summer season only?

User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 32846 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 17):
KUL-CEB-KUL 2 weekly on B734 will be withdrawn but KUL-BKI-CEB-BKI-KUL 2 weekly on B734 will be retained effective Oct 28.

I never really understood why MAS would serve CEB. It's a leisure destination, but why go all the way to Cebu when Penang, KK, Phuket, and Bali are nearer? And 4x weekly doesn't make it too attractive for connecting flights (heck, I find it difficult to get nice timings to Europe from MNL via KUL)

Another thing that puzzles me is that CX, SQ, TG, and all the Middle Eastern carriers practically exploited the fact that PR doesn't fly to Europe and the Middle East anymore, while MH didn't bother joining the bandwagon. When PR dropped KUL, MH didn't expand and sat there while two LCCs started services. (of course, that could be just me complaining about transiting in HKG and DXB all the time on my way to Europe when I've been dying to see KLIA for ages Big grin )

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 17):
KUL-NGO-KUL 4 weekly on A332 will be withdrawn based on the findings of route profitability exercise effective Jan 5, 2008.

When Centrair opened, there was a scramble to service the place. I wonder why it hasn't been that profitable for MAS.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32827 times:

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 18):
Bangalore seriously needs to be daily..with the loads that MH is getting out there...also maybe upgrading it to a 777 would be nice..as SQ flies 777's on this route!

While Bangalore is undeniably a high yield destination, MH unfortunately not having the capacity (and probably strategy) SQ has for the route. MH is using A333 for BLR, a fleet with inferior products.

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 18):
So the added Australian frequencies is for the peak summer season only?

Yes, I guess, as they clearly state 'from_____ until _____'.

Quoting LurveBus (Reply 20):
I never really understood why MAS would serve CEB. It's a leisure destination, but why go all the way to Cebu when Penang, KK, Phuket, and Bali are nearer?

Well, since MH serves PEN, BKI, HKT and DPS, maybe they want to complete the serving of all South East Asian holiday paradise, which includes CEB. Plus, having CEB as a destination could be drawn by pride as well.  tongue 

Quoting LurveBus (Reply 20):
while MH didn't bother joining the bandwagon. When PR dropped KUL, MH didn't expand and sat there while two LCCs started services.

But MH has been serving MNL daily (now 9 weekly) for years isn't it?


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32822 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 15):
Following the One-Two-Go's MD82 crash in Phuket, MH cancelled its second flight to HKT yesterday.

A follow up report onboard MH's flight a day after the tragedy. MH used A333 instead of the usual B734 to HKT to ferry stranded passengers.

Safe landing at Phuket
The Star

  • They heaved a sigh of relief before breaking out in laughter and applause as the plane came to a halt. The 230-odd Malaysia Airlines (MAS) passengers, mostly holidaymakers, celebrated the aircraft’s safe landing here yesterday evening. The flight was MAS' first to Phuket since Sunday's crash of a budget airline, which forced the Phuket International Airport to close.

  • As the airport had just opened, heavy traffic at the parking bay caused a 10-minute delay in passengers disembarking from the flight. Earlier at the KL International Airport (KLIA), passengers were in a jovial mood, eager to finally make their way to the “Pearl of the Andaman.”

  • Honeymooners Chady El Feqhalg and Lina Layla from Lebanon said they considered cancelling their trip after hearing about the crash but decided against it at the last minute. Asked how they felt when the plane landed safely, Chady said: “How do I feel? Absolutely relieved!” he said.

  • Atsuko Kiyora who was to board the 7.30pm (Malaysian time) flight to Phuket on Sunday said she was glad to finally arrive in Phuket. For Australians Joe Travaglini and his family who were on transit at KLIA, the flight delay had cost them a day in vacation time. “We were to be on the morning flight but that was cancelled,” he said.

  • Malaysian Ginger Hamiza and her companion Nigel Stanley described the accident as a “fluke” and had no intention of cancelling their trip. “Fortunately, my travel plans were not affected by the crash as I had booked the evening flight yesterday,” Stanley said.

  • A MAS spokesman at KLIA said two flights had been cancelled since Sunday as a result of the crash. The airline said it used a bigger aircraft yesterday to fly home passengers who were stranded in Phuket.

  • Taxi driver Adnan Pombisut claimed that business was slightly better than on normal days when the Phuket airport was closed. “Many people did not know that the airport was going to be closed, so I drove them there and dropped them back to the hotel again when they realised that their flights had been cancelled. So instead of a one-way fare, they paid for a return trip,” he said.

  • AirAsia could not be reached for comment but their website showed 12 flights between Phuket and Bangkok daily, and one flight daily between Kuala Lumpur and Phuket.


User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32812 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 21):
Well, since MH serves PEN, BKI, HKT and DPS, maybe they want to complete the serving of all South East Asian holiday paradise, which includes CEB. Plus, having CEB as a destination could be drawn by pride as well.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the "Perfect 10 Paradise" schtick, haha. But I do wonder if the CEB flights make any money (with KUL-CEB being axed, probably not)

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 21):
But MH has been serving MNL daily (now 9 weekly) for years isn't it?

Yeah, they have, but the timings are horrible for connections. Twice daily 734 service could theoretically be filled up with connections to MAS's network in India, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe. Right now, if anyone wants to go to India from MNL, they're stuck with TG/SQ. If they want to go to Australia or New Zealand (excluding SYD and MEL) they take CX/SQ. If MH just had better timings, the yields would be better.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32807 times:

Quoting LurveBus (Reply 23):
Yeah, they have, but the timings are horrible for connections. Twice daily 734 service could theoretically be filled up with connections to MAS's network in India, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe. Right now, if anyone wants to go to India from MNL, they're stuck with TG/SQ. If they want to go to Australia or New Zealand (excluding SYD and MEL) they take CX/SQ. If MH just had better timings, the yields would be better.

Too bad MH couldn't see the big potential in the Philippines. It is a country with 90 million population to start with...


User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (7 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 32798 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 24):
Too bad MH couldn't see the big potential in the Philippines. It is a country with 90 million population to start with...

...90 million people all wanting to get out of the country to find work Big grin

Even though MH didn't see the potential, AK did. I never would've thought that daily flights to KUL and BKI from CRK would work. CRK is in the middle of nowhere, farther than KLIA is from downtown Kuala Lumpur, and yet AK actually made daily flights work.

That being said, I wonder why AK didn't try to press for 5th freedom rights from CRK to ICN or KIX. I don't think that there'll be an Air Asia Philippines anytime soon (Tiger Airways can't get its partnership with SEair approved by the local civil authorities), so 5ths are the way to go.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 26, posted (7 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 32806 times:

Quoting LurveBus (Reply 25):
That being said, I wonder why AK didn't try to press for 5th freedom rights from CRK to ICN or KIX. I don't think that there'll be an Air Asia Philippines anytime soon (Tiger Airways can't get its partnership with SEair approved by the local civil authorities), so 5ths are the way to go.

I did mentioned in the previous Malaysian Aviation Thread that Pinoy AirAsia (I am so enthusiast I even had it named!) would be extremely attractive for AK if it were materialised. They have conquered Thailand, (the very corrupted) Indonesia and Vietnam, so there is always a possibility for it.

I am not quite sure for a 5th freedom right in AK's business model as all its flights are on point to point basis and if it wants to serve certain (far) destination, (like Xiamen), it will be done direct from one of its hubs, which located the nearest to the intended destination (Bangkok in Xiamen's case).

KIX or ICN would probably being launched by AirAsia X. Using A330-300s, it will have the range and the capacity and most importantly, the suitability (branding, business model and such).


User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (7 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 32708 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 26):
I did mentioned in the previous Malaysian Aviation Thread that Pinoy AirAsia (I am so enthusiast I even had it named!) would be extremely attractive for AK if it were materialised. They have conquered Thailand, (the very corrupted) Indonesia and Vietnam, so there is always a possibility for it.

Unfortunately, AK would have a lot of difficulty finding a local partner here in the Philippines. It's best to wait for ASEAN open skies. (I can already imagine the CEO of SQ in a loincloth screaming "Madness? This is ASEAN!" a la 300)

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 26):
I am not quite sure for a 5th freedom right in AK's business model as all its flights are on point to point basis and if it wants to serve certain (far) destination, (like Xiamen), it will be done direct from one of its hubs, which located the nearest to the intended destination (Bangkok in Xiamen's case).

Tiger Airways currently flies MFM-CRK as a point-to-point flight under the guise of 5th freedom (SIN-CRK-MFM) Their reasoning is sorta bollocks, but they get away with it. AK would've been able to get the approval for flying a stand-alone flight from CRK to East Asia under the same conditions.


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 28, posted (7 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 32626 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 21):
While Bangalore is undeniably a high yield destination, MH unfortunately not having the capacity (and probably strategy) SQ has for the route. MH is using A333 for BLR, a fleet with inferior products.

Earlier, the MH flights to BLR on weekdays used to be a bit low and weekend flights were pretty full. I don't know how it is doing now. While I wouldn't fault MH on its A33 3 as it is a late night flight and people would be sleeping anyway on the flight, what I fault MH is its ability to provide onward connections from KUL to US. The only flights available are to LAX while SQ has flights to both LAX and SFO. And there is an added wait time of close to 10 hrs on flights to BLR flying out from LAX. I don't know how the connections to Australia are timed though.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 29, posted (7 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 32622 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
However recently, there were news reports a new international airport in Penang was mooted by Equine Capital. Equine is said to have proposed to build the airport at Batu Kawan at a cost of RM1.2 billion, and in return will take over the existing airport land in Bayan Lepas.

PEN is to stay at its present location with expansion plans. Also Henry Butcher Penang partnered MH to publish a book, 'From Penang with love-A real estate guide for expatriates'.

Penang airport to remain on the island
The Star

  • The Penang International Airport will not be relocated to the mainland, assures Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Dr Koh said that the airport on the island was here to stay in Bayan Lepas. "We can be assured that the airport will be anchored here at its present site, as it is being planned to undergo extensions for its cargo and passenger sectors. "Thus we are sure that the airport will not fly away. It will not be 'Bayan Terlepas'," he said.

  • Under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), the airport will be expanded soon to cater to increased cargo movement and tourist arrivals. The airport has an annual capacity of 5mil passengers and good connections with major cities in South East Asia. Dr Koh was refuting recent talks that the airport might be relocated to Seberang Prai.

  • Dr Koh said this in his speech at the launching of Henry Butcher Penang's 'From Penang with love-A real estate guide for expatriates', a result of collaboration between Malaysia Airlines and Henry Butcher Malaysia (Penang). Also present were Henry Butcher Malaysia director Dr Teoh Poh Huat and Malaysia Airlines northern region area manager Wan Mohd Ebrahem.

  • "We are releasing an initial 5,000 copies of the book 'From Penang with love-A real estate guide for expatriates' for selected bookstores in Penang. We plan to release another 10,000 copies for sales in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, and UK before the end of the year. The second edition of this book is scheduled to be out in mid-2008," he said.

  • Teoh said the book's objective was to create and capture new demand for real estate investments from countries such as Singapore, India, Hong Kong, China, Europe, and US. "The book includes topics such as an overview of the property market, property transactions, home financing, and directory homes," he said.

  • Teoh said he planned to introduce next year another real estate guide for expatriates, focusing of the properties in the Klang Valley, Langkawi, and East Malaysia. Meanwhile, Wan Mohd said Malaysia Airlines planned to bring into Malaysia about 25,000 passengers per annum with property investment intentions.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 30, posted (7 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 32492 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 22):
AirAsia could not be reached for comment but their website showed 12 flights between Phuket and Bangkok daily, and one flight daily between Kuala Lumpur and Phuket.

AK is mildly effected by the recent crash. Thai AirAsia is expected to reduce fares to sustain load factor, yield expected to reduce by 2% and is expected to continue making losses for FY2007 and FY2008.

AirAsia to expect some short-term selling pressure
The Edge

  • AirAsia Bhd is expected to stay on course to reach its target price of RM1.99 from its current price of RM1.90 despite some short-term selling pressure that may take place as a result of the crash of Thai low-cost carrier (LCC) One-Two-Go in Phuket last Sunday, according to a research house. OSK Investment Research maintained its “neutral” recommendation as it believed that AirAsia’s Malaysian operations would be less impacted.

  • “AirAsia will fallback on its tagline that its Malaysian fleet is largely new A320s and we are not making changes to the Malaysian numbers for now,” said the report. The incident may, however, impact LCC travel in Thailand due to safety concerns post-Adam Air incident in Indonesia earlier in January this year. “Although Thai AirAsia has not had a significant incident of this nature, we believed that it will be impacted as well and will reduce fares in an effort to sustain its load factor,” said the research house.

  • OSK Research has reduced the yields for Thai AirAsia by 2% for the next 18 months. The Thai operation will also continue to make losses for 2HCY07 and FY08. “There are no associates’ contributions for those two years but the Thai operation’s losses are expected to deepen and this reduces our forecast for FY09,” said the report explaining that the fair value was based on 18x PER on CY08 numbers.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 31, posted (7 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 32485 times:

AK's leased A333 arrived in KUL. AK stressed out that it is as safe as SQ.

Fernandes: AirAsia not affected
The Star

  • The crash of a budget airliner in Phuket on Sunday is not affecting the business of AirAsia, South-East Asia’s largest budget carrier, said its group CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes. “Not affected at all. It’s business as usual,” said Fernandes, who described the crash at the southern Thai resort island that killed 89 people as “a terrible accident”.

  • He stressed that AirAsia was a very safe airline and it was wrong of the press to indicate budget airlines were less safe. “We are as good as SIA (Singapore Airlines) and other airlines. We have new aircraft and better training facilities,” he said.

  • Fernandes was speaking to reporters after a ceremony to welcome AirAsia X’s first leased long-haul A330-300 at KL International Airport’s low-cost carrier terminal yesterday. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek launched the ceremony.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 32, posted (7 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32476 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AirAsia X has secured rights to fly to Stansted airport, a major UK hub for European low-cost flights, as well as to Australia's Gold Coast tourist mecca and to Avalon airport near Melbourne. The Australian flights are due to begin by the end of next month. AirAsia X's parent firm, Fly Asian Xpress, has ordered 15 new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the first to be delivered in time for the September launch. It has options on 10 more.

BIG news! AirAsia X will launch STN in November 2008 using 2 Airbus 340-300s. Ticket to be sold beginning February 2008. AirAsia X will serve Gold Coast (4 weekly) and Hangzhou (5 weekly) beginning the last week of October 2007 using a leased A333 named Semangat Sir Freddie.

AirAsia X will offer pre assigned seating, which can be pre-selected during booking process, purchase of hot meals, amenity kits and in-flight entertainment, on an “a la carte” basis. AirAsia X is also considering a purchase of 25 A350s or B787s, with preference to whom can deliver faster.

Also, Thai AirAsia said it was not affected at all although its 14 flights connecting Phuket was cancelled following the One-Two-Go crash. AK was not concerned about rising oil prices and that it was “ready for US$100 per barrel if it comes.” AK is now fully operating on 26 Airbus A320s after phasing out its Boeing 737-300 aircraft. AK is to expand further into IndoChina, Indonesia, southern China and India.

AirAsia X to launch UK route in 2008
The Edge & The Star

  • AirAsia X is looking to launch its UK route by November next year and has already secured the rights to fly to London’s Stansted Airport. Its CEO Azran Osman-Rani said the budget long-haul carrier would start selling tickets for the UK flights in February 2008.

  • In line with this, AirAsia X is also close to signing for two Airbus A340-300s and is expected to complete the deal by October or November 2008, he said. He was speaking to reporters at the ushering in of AirAsia X’s first leased long-haul Airbus A330-300 here yesterday, to add to its purchase of 15 new Airbus A330s announced earlier. The remaining aircraft are to be delivered over five years from September 2008.

  • The leased aircraft, named Semangat (the Spirit of) Sir Freddie, is a tribute to the pioneer of the low-cost model, the late Sir Freddie Laker. It is on six-year lease from Ansett Worldwide Services. Azran said the A330-300 delivered yesterday would alternate between Australia and China. “We plan to have at least five flights to China a week and four a week to Australia,” he said, adding that the landing rights for China and Australia had been secured.

  • First flights on the A330 are to take place by the last week of October 2007 to one Australian and one Chinese destination, he said. The airline was also finalising approvals for its flights to Gold Coast in Australia which it hoped to launch at the end of the month, he said.

  • “With the A330 flight range, we are poised to launch services to the world’s largest and fastest growing markets from Australia to China, India to Korea, Middle East to Japan with fares on average 50% lower than full-service carriers. The company was considering listing on Bursa Malaysia within three years,” Azran said.

  • The airline also introduced new features including assigned seating for passengers and the pre-selection of one’s own seat during the booking process, the purchase of hot meals, amenity kits and eventually in-flight entertainment, on an “a la carte” basis, Azran said.

  • AirAsia X director Tony Fernandes, who was also at the briefing, said the airline was considering buying 25 Airbus A350 planes. “The A350 looks very good and that is the most logical choice as we are already on the Airbus, but we are also looking at Boeing,” he said. Boeing’s 787 planes could take as long as five years to deliver and the A350s could take up to seven years.

  • “B787 is real. I’m going to Seattle to talk with the Boeing chief executive officer next week. We will be foolish not to talk to Boeing. But the A350 is an obvious choice. The Airbus has an advantage but the question is, ‘when can we get the planes?’,” he said.

  • On the impact on AirAsia Bhd after the One-Two-Go Airline Co plane crash in Phuket on Sunday, Fernandes said the airline was not affected at all and the cancellation of its 14 flights connecting Phuket was insignificant given the size of AirAsia. He also said the airline was not concerned about rising oil prices and that it was “ready for US$100 per barrel if it comes.”

  • Azran added that AirAsia was now fully operating on 26 Airbus A320s after phasing out its Boeing 737-300 aircraft operations, and would add 124 more to its fleet up to 2014. “We are definitely looking forward to becoming the single largest Airbus A320 operator and enhancing our network by expanding further into IndoChina, Indonesia, southern China and India in the future,” he said.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 33, posted (7 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32469 times:

MH's flight interruption in TGG. Aircraft's air-conditioning system malfunctioned.

State leaders left stranded by cancelled flight
The Star

  • A MAS flight was cancelled at Sultan Mahmud Airport following a technical hitch causing 140 passengers, including Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and several state leaders, to be stranded. The MH1335 flight from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was supposed to leave at 4.10pm on Tuesday.

  • Bukit Tunggal assemblyman Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri who was among the dignitaries accompanying Idris, said a flight crew informed the passengers about announced about the aircraft’s malfunction when they were seated for take-off. "We were told to disembark and wait for further announcement," he said when met during at buka puasa function here on Tuesday.

  • Mohd Nasir said Idris and other leaders were supposed to attend a Ramadan gathering with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his official residence in Putrajaya. "We were supposed to arrive there by 6pm but were unable to make it by time due to this," he said. It is learnt that aircraft’s air-conditioning system had malfunctioned.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 34, posted (7 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32459 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 32):
BIG news! AirAsia X will launch STN in November 2008 using 2 Airbus 340-300s. Ticket to be sold beginning February 2008. AirAsia X will serve Gold Coast (4 weekly) and Hangzhou (5 weekly) beginning the last week of October 2007 using a leased A333 named Semangat Sir Freddie

More on AirAsia X's soon to be launched flights.

AirAsia X to fly China, Australia in October with first A330
AFP

  • The airline is now waiting for Malaysian regulators to certify its (leased) plane. It also plan to acquire another two leased A340s in mid-2008 to allow them to fly to London or Manchester, whichever airport imposes lower airport charges. The seat configuration of the A330 will be at 390 seats, more than 100 than traditional users of the A330-300. 28 spacious "premium" seats would be offered at the equivalent of regular full-fare economy tickets.

  • Richard Branson's Virgin Group has taken a 20 percent stake in the airline and the British billionaire has vowed to ensure that the project turns a profit. The arrival of the aircraft again proved critics wrong. "We have the cash, we have the plane and now we are waiting to fly. And with Branson onboard, it gives instant global credibility to investors and suppliers. We are determined to fly and there is no stopping now."


User currently offlinePaparadzi From Malaysia, joined Jan 2005, 202 posts, RR: 4
Reply 35, posted (7 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 32438 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 32):
Azran added that AirAsia was now fully operating on 26 Airbus A320s after phasing out its Boeing 737-300 aircraft operations

Half truth. AK is still operating B737-300s for the JHB, KCH and BKI base.



Rules are made for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.
User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 36, posted (7 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32412 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 32):
using a leased A333 named Semangat Sir Freddie.

Spirit of Sir Freddie... what an appropriate name for a pioneering venture  Smile and with such a strong hint of Virgin too


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 37, posted (7 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32395 times:

Another award to MH.

Malaysia Airlines voted 4th Best Airline for Cabin Service Worldwide in SmartTravelAsia.Com – Best In Travel Poll 2007

Media Relations, Communications Division
Malaysia Airlines, Subang

  • Malaysia Airlines has been voted the 4th Best Airline for Cabin Service Worldwide, out of a field of over 100 airlines, in the SmartTravelAsia.Com – Best In Travel Poll 2007, concluded recently. The national carrier also secured the 9th position to make it in the Top Ten list of best airlines worldwide.

  • The SmartTravelAsia.Com readers’ poll that was conducted between May and July 2007 offers a unique access and insights into global brand perceptions. The poll incorporated overall brand perceptions of staff, service, in-flight comfort, seat comfort, legroom, in-flight entertainment and business features. Above all, it was a measure of system-wide airline consistency and reliability. SmartTravelAsia.Com, a dedicated travel magazine for Asia, is read by over 1,000,000 unique visitors annually and maintains consistently high search engine rankings.

  • This acknowledgement follows the recently-announced rating of Malaysia Airlines as top 7th brand in the Asia’s Top 1000 Brands Survey 2007 for Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines is grateful to its customers who have been supportive by consistently according it good ratings in the various surveys, and attributes the airline’s good performance to the staff.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 38, posted (7 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32383 times:

MH is to redevelop its website. Newly enhanced website is expected to be ready by November 2007.

Malaysia Airlines invites submission for website development

Media Relations, Communications Division
Malaysia Airlines, Subang

  • Malaysia Airlines invites online creative agencies to submit their proposals for the development and redesign of the national carrier’s website. The website review is in line with changes in Malaysia Airlines as it enters into the 2nd phase of its Business Turnaround Plan (BTP). The airline is moving towards becoming a Five-star airline@LCC cost, and will launch its Malaysian Hospitality brand positioning in 2008.

  • There will be two rounds of review. In the first round, creative agencies are invited to submit their credentials and 1 (one) case study by 25 September 2007. They should not be working with any competing full service carrier currently.

  • Into the second round, 3 agency partners will be short-listed. They will be required to present the proven case study based on their past experience with an international brand. The short-listed agencies will be announced at the end of September with presentations taking place in mid October.

  • Malaysia Airlines Senior General Manager, Communications, Ms Indira Nair said, “Customers want to do their online transactions speedily and promptly. The new website must deliver this easy-to-use experience which is critical to support our BTP goals of increasing online sales, and reducing operating costs.

  • “Look and feel wise, the site must reflect the currently being developed Malaysian Hospitality brand positioning in 2008. It has to be fresh, vibrant and reflects the multi-cultural facets of Malaysia and its national carrier.” The final selection of the agency is expected to be announced in late October.

*****

Great move although a bit overdue. I really hope MH can comes out with something like EK, CX or maybe VX websites (too bad those guys who created these websites could not bid for this tender - 'not be working with any competing full service carrier currently'. With the eticketing network wide to be implemented beginning 21 September (I hope it is on schedule), a new website is definitely a breath of fresh air. I hope there would be online check in and online seat selection among others.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 39, posted (7 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32334 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) - Shenzhen



Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Kuala Lumpur - Shenzhen (2x Daily)

The official announcement.

AirAsia expands in China
The Star

  • Low-cost carrier AirAsia said Wednesday it plans to add a second daily flight between Malaysia and Shenzhen in southern China starting next month as part of its regional network expansion. In a statement, AirAsia said its daily Kuala Lumpur-Shenzhen flight has received an overwhelming response since it was launched in mid-July, with passenger loads of over 90 percent.

  • To cope with increasing demand, it said it will add the second daily flight on the route from Oct. 2 in time for China's Golden Week holidays. AirAsia said it will also launch a new daily service from Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu on Borneo island to Shenzhen.

  • "AirAsia is now fast expanding its network into China, and Shenzhen is an ideal choice as the airline's gateway to the mainland,'' the carrier said. AirAsia's sister airline, Thai AirAsia, is already flying daily from Bangkok to Shenzhen.

  • With the added flights from Malaysia, AirAsia said it will be serving four daily flights into Shenzhen. AirAsia, Asia's largest budget airline by fleet size, has said it expects to carry 11 million passengers for the year ending June 2008, up from 8.7 million in 2007 fiscal year.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 40, posted (7 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32328 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 13):
Shocking! KUL's carpark is the shelter for thousands of (LEGAL) foreign workers detained by the Immigration Department.

Helps are on its way.

MTUC wants ministry to help Bangladeshis stranded at KLIA
The Star

  • The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) wants the Human Resources Ministry to solve the problem of Bangladeshis stranded at the KL International Airport. MTUC secretary-general G. Rajasekaran said the ministry should suspend all recruitment through outsourced agents to overcome the problem.

  • “The Government should revert to the earlier policy of issuing permits directly to employers based on their demand. This would enable the Government to make employers accountable for their recruits,” he said in a statement here Wednesday. He said there were about 3,000 Bangladeshi workers being forced to stay in the KLIA carpark for more than 10 days currently and many were reported to be ill.

  • He also said the workers, guarded by Rela members, had legal documents but the recruiting agents, who brought them in, did not pick them up from the airport. “A number of workers interviewed said that they paid between RM10,000 and RM12,000 to recruiting agents to work in Malaysia,” he said. Rajasekaran also said the number of migrant workers left stranded without jobs had increased tremendously, after the Government started issuing licences to more than 220 agents to bring in foreign workers.

  • He also called on the Bangladeshi Government to play a more prominent role in regulating the recruitment process to protect its people. “It is estimated that close to 1,000 documented migrant workers are arriving through KLIA daily. We suspect that many will have no work and no earnings for days and weeks,” said Rajasekaran.

  • The Star highlighted last week that thousands of foreign workers, mostly Bangladeshis, were forced to eat and sleep in the KLIA carpark after arriving at the airport. The report said according to a foreign worker agent there, the workers would be deported if their employers failed to pick them up from the airport within seven days. It also said that the Immigration Department decided to convert the carpark into a makeshift shelter for the foreigners, as the department did not want the foreigners to linger around the airport.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 41, posted (7 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32320 times:

Do anyone know if MH is going to continue their KUL-ARN-EWR service when 2007has ended and the Visit Malaysia year 2007 has ended??

Heard that the would cut this route after the Visit Malaysia year 2007.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 42, posted (7 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32316 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 41):
Do anyone know if MH is going to continue their KUL-ARN-EWR service when 2007 has ended and the Visit Malaysia year 2007 has ended?

I personally don't think so. If it were to be axed, it must have been announced together with the axing of ZRH, NGO and CEB in line with the changes in MH's Northern Winter 2007 schedule, as per Reply 16.


User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 43, posted (7 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32315 times:

Azizul, many thanks for the wonderful, comprehensive and authoritative update.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Best Cabin Staff - Winner

Had to be that way !!! ...  yes 

...It truly amazes me to see, in spite of so many set backs and frustrations, a most extraordinary, professional and dedicated Malaysia Airlines´ cabin crew philosophy.

My hat is off with great admiration and respect to everyone at MAS performing up there in the skies !!!

Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 44, posted (7 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32300 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 42):
personally don't think so. If it were to be axed, it must have been announced together with the axing of ZRH, NGO and CEB in line with the changes in MH's Northern Winter 2007 schedule, as per Reply 16.

Thank you for the good news.

Would be sad to loose one of the best airlines in ARN.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 45, posted (7 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 32282 times:

WHY MH does not officially join a major alliance is beyond me. Many people these days go out of their way to fly with their favourite and preferred alliance partner. Ok, there's TG and SQ with Star Alliance, JL and CX with Oneworld, so the missing obvious choice is MH for Skyteam.

Are people at MH headquarters so pxx-headed that they can't see the forest from the trees? It frustrates me that their thinking are so narrow minded. MH has been talking about joining an alliance for years. They had their chance when QF asked if they wanted to be part of Oneworld. They took they sweet time to decide and demanded that QF/BA shift operations entirely from Singapore. That fell through. Now you have Skyteam banging on your front door and MH insists that they wait. Wait for what?

And what about all these new large aircraft orders? The 737 replacements? The A330 replacements? Where are they?

I still had to fly on an ageing 737-400 from Singapore to Penang last week. The flight was fine, but still it would have been nice to fly on something newer that 15 years old.

I credit Tony Fernandez for challenging SQ with daily flights to Singapore. With the stronger Singapore dollar and the spending power, it will be the Malaysians who will gain when open skies begin. It is perhaps that MAS has no idea how to approach all this. Certainly not with their ageing fleet. The current shuttle service between SIN and KUL sees people avoiding MH flights as much as they can and going for SQ. Why?


MAS - still Mana Ada Sistem?


User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 46, posted (7 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32252 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 45):
The current shuttle service between SIN and KUL sees people avoiding MH flights as much as they can and going for SQ. Why?

To answer your question, I think it is safe to think that some 65% of the traffic between the two cities is made up of Singaporean business and leisure travellers. For obvious reasons, for this macro segmentation of the market, SQ would be the choice airline.

Best regards

P.S. Azizul, how many daily runs per carrier ( MH vs SQ ) are there on the KUL-SIN v v sector ?



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offlineKFly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (7 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32188 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 37):
Malaysia Airlines has been voted the 4th Best Airline for Cabin Service Worldwide, out of a field of over 100 airlines, in the SmartTravelAsia.Com ? Best In Travel Poll 2007, concluded recently. The national carrier also secured the 9th position to make it in the Top Ten list of best airlines worldwide.

I wonder who ranked #1 in both the Best Airline for Cabin Service Worldwide and Best Airline Worldwide.... here's a hint... SIA Big grin



Fly! My Pretties
User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3329 posts, RR: 20
Reply 48, posted (7 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32177 times:

I thought I had read somewhere that Air Asia was going to launch services to Hong Kong.

Any indication when this will happen, and if it will be to BKK as well as KUL??


User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 4
Reply 49, posted (7 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32101 times:

There is a new website up at www.airasiax.com Doesn't look like bookings are open yet. The route map makes interesting viewing!

User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 50, posted (7 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32051 times:

Excellent News for Sarawak!


AirAsia starts Kuching-Macau on Nov 15
The Star

AirAsia will launch its first international connection from Sarawak when it inaugurates the Kuching-Macau daily flight on Nov 15, reports The Star.

Kuching station manager Shanmugamnathan Suppiah said: "If the Kuching-Macau flight is a success, we may consider introducing a Kuching-Shenzen route."


User currently offlineTreeHillRavens From Malaysia, joined Jun 2007, 398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 51, posted (7 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32036 times:

Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 35):
Half truth. AK is still operating B737-300s for the JHB, KCH and BKI base.

Yes. And if my memory serves me correctly, AK made a claim that all flights (Malaysia) will be operated by their 320 by June (it was all over local newspaper) which never happened.

Quoting XA744 (Reply 46):
how many daily runs per carrier ( MH vs SQ ) are there on the KUL-SIN v v sector ?

SQ - 5x daily
MH - 6x daily


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 52, posted (7 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 31986 times:

Quoting XA744 (Reply 46):
P.S. Azizul, how many daily runs per carrier ( MH vs SQ ) are there on the KUL-SIN v v sector ?



Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 51):
SQ - 5x daily
MH - 6x daily

But MH runs the shuttle using a mix of B734s and A333s compared to an all B772s on SQ.

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 48):
Any indication when this will happen, and if it will be to BKK as well as KUL??

I think we shall wait and see whether AK really fly to HKG or otherwise.

Quoting Aussie_ (Reply 49):
There is a new website up at www.airasiax.com Doesn't look like bookings are open yet. The route map makes interesting viewing!

The revised route map is more realistic (and geographically corrected) compared to the old one.

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AirAsia X's Revised Route Map


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AirAsia X's Route Map


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 53, posted (7 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 31952 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 31):
AK's leased A333 arrived in KUL.

I received a permission from a MalaysianWings forumer, Fairul to upload this landing footage of 9M-XAA at KUL and the little reception held onboard the aircraft upon landing. Terima kasih Mr. Fairul.





Also, some EXCLUSIVE photos from the event, with permission from the owner, Norman of MalaysianWings Forum. Thank you so much Mr. Norman, I greatly appreciate it.

1. 9M-XAA arrived on Malaysian soil - Now Everyone Can Fly Xtra Long.

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9M-XAA


9M-XAA is a 13 years old Airbus A330-300 aircraft. It served Aer Lingus, Air Algerie and Air Madrid before becoming AirAsia X's first aircraft. Despite becoming the newest A333s being registered in Malaysia, it is actually older than MH's first A333, 9M-MKA by a year.


2. Semangat Sir Freddie

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Semangat Sir Freddie


9M-XAA is named Semangat Sir Freddie or 'The Spirit of Sir Freddie in English. It is named after Sir Freddie Laker, the pioneer of the low cost carrier business model.


3. The XL Class

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AirAsia X's XL Class


The XL Class features 28 business class seats, configured 2-2-2 abreast, which the carrier said will be sold at the same price of the economy seats on full service carrier.


4. The Economy Class

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AirAsia X's Economy Class


This is 'the Class to be in'. With very cheap fares, it will boast 31' seat pitch and will be configured 2-4-2 abreast and 2-3-2 abreast at the last 5 rows.

Please be informed that the seat configuration in Economy class on AirAsia X's own 15 new A333s will be different. It will be configured 3-3-3 abreast the seats will slide forward instead of seat back reclines, like all other new generation seats. But we have to wait until 2008 to experience them.


Again, million of thanks to Norman and Fairul of MalaysianWings Forum to make this possible.  wave 


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 54, posted (7 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 31859 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MASWings is on track to take to the skies as scheduled on Oct 1 and expects to be fully operational by Dec 1

Airport tax and security charges will be waived on all flights originating FROM rural destinations in Sabah and Sarawak. MH and MASWings to enable 'hopping' between the two carriers on the (limited) routes where both carriers serve.

Rural airport tax and security charges waived
The Star

  • Good news for nearly one million rural folks travelling by air in Sarawak and Sabah. MASWings, the airline that will take over the rural air service sector from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) next month, has done away with airport tax and security charges for those flying out from rural destinations in the two states. Both the charges ranged from RM11 to RM50 one-way depending on the sector.

  • MASWings managing director Dr Amin Khan said the airline took the decision as a social service to rural folks. “We have decided that for passengers who fly out of rural destinations, they will only pay the fare plus RM7 fuel surcharge and RM4 administration fees. However, they have to pay for the charges when flying back,” he said.

  • There are 23 rural destinations in the two states, with the bulk in Sarawak. There are about 700,000 rural folks in Sarawak and 300,000 in Sabah who depended on air travel to get to the towns and cities. Starting on Oct 1, MASWings will operate using four 50-seater Fokker aircrafts and four 19-seater Twin Otters.

  • Dr Amin said that arrangements had also been made to enable ticket-holders of MASWings and MAS to “hop” from one airline to another. For example, if a passenger has a MAS ticket for a 9am flight from Miri to Kota Kinabalu but could not make it, he can use the same ticket to fly on MASWings at a later time depending on seat availability.


User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 55, posted (7 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 31786 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 53):
9M-XAA arrived on Malaysian soil - Now Everyone Can Fly Xtra Long.

Gorgeous aircraft !!!

I love that rego !!!....  wink 

Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 56, posted (7 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 31618 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Firefly is offering Malaysians the chance to celebrate Merdeka in the air - by flying to destinations for as low as 50sen. Booking can be made at www.fireflyz.com.my

After Merdeka, now Firefly comes out with 'Balik Kampung' promotion.

Firefly extends RM9.99 promo to Sept 27
The Edge

  • Malaysian Airline System Bhd’s (MAS) subsidiary FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd is extending its RM9.99 “Balik Kampung” promotion period to Sept 27 in conjunction with Ramadan.

  • “We are overwhelmed by the response we have received thus far for our ‘Balik Kampung’ promotion and in the spirit of this holy month, we decided to extend our promotion to cater to those who may not have had the chance to book their tickets yet,” managing director Eddy Leong said in a statement yesterday.

  • The promotion is for the travelling period between Sept 11 and Oct 10, 2007. Tagged as a community airline, Firefly now flies from Penang to Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Langkawi, and Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 57, posted (7 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 31612 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AK's subsidiary, Tune Money will rolling out insurance products in September 2007.

And they did. Modelled after no-frills online financial services such as Egg Prudential Bank in the United States and Virgin Money in Europe, Tune Money is offering personal accident (PA), motorcyclist PA and home (building) insurance policies, life insurance products by next year and is now scouting for potential life insurance partners and was inviting insurers to submit their bids. The company would take its no-frills insurance to Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam by the middle of next year.

Tune Money launches no-frills insurance
The Edge

  • More Malaysians will now have the opportunity to be insured after the country’s first online no-frills insurance was launched by Tune Money Sdn Bhd yesterday. The no-frills insurance policies are expected to attract more than 70% of Malaysians who have yet to be insured as well as existing policy holders.

  • The online financial services company will offer Takaful products that are 30% cheaper than the market, making it affordable to the man in the street. Modelled after other no-frills online financial services such as Egg Prudential Bank in the United States and Virgin Money in Europe, all Tune Money policies are underwritten by CIMB Aviva. For a start, Tune Money is offering personal accident (PA), motorcyclist PA and home (building) policies. Policy buyers can pay through a wide distribution system such as CIMB Bank, Pos Malaysia and Bank Simpanan Nasional.

  • Speaking after the launch of Tune Money Insurance here yesterday, Tune Money’s CEO Tengku Zafrul Aziz said the company would take its no-frills insurance to Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam by the middle of next year. He said Tune Money was looking at rolling out life insurance products next year. Tengku Zafrul said it was scouting for potential life insurance partners and was inviting insurers to submit their bids.

  • Tune Money is expected to launch its debit card in late October which can also be used to pay for the policies. Tune Money has also worked out a deal with Celcom where transactions can also be made via the mobile phone. It is also setting up a unit trust investment arm by year-end and is awaiting approval from the Securities Commission.

  • On the launch of the no-frills insurance products, Tune Money’s major shareholder Datuk Tony Fernandes said the market potential was huge and the products were suited to the Asean market. “From our knowledge, there are even fewer people insured in Indonesia that has 240 million people. However it is important to be successful at home first,” he added. “(The) reasons many Malaysians are not insured are because of costs and people don’t understand insurance. They think there is no need for insurance. Insurance is for the old guys. You would be really caught if something happens,” he said.

  • On the accessibility of the product, Fernandez said the younger generation of the target market were Internet savvy. “When we started AirAsia, there was 5% Internet penetration. Five years later, 82% of our sales are done on the Internet. The reason it is not 100% is because some don’t have credit card. Between 1pm-2 pm and after work is one of our biggest bookings hours. So people are using the office computers. I think the Net is not a limiting factor,” he said.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 58, posted (7 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 31590 times:

RUMOUR...

I received a text message from an aquintance who is a MH fan (as well), telling me that there is a rumour that Malaysia Airlines is not going to provide inflight meals (hot meals in trays) anymore beginning 1 October 2007 for flights of less than 4 hours.

He mentioned that the inflight meals will be changed to only 'snackboxes' like those in TG. Reason being is of course, to cut cost in line with MH's new vision of becoming A 5 Star Carrier With LCCs Cost.

Is this rumour true? Can someone from the carrier confirms?


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 59, posted (7 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 31567 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Gold Coast is AirAsia X's first destination

AirAsia X to start OOL within a month!

AirAsia X has started marketing the route in AK's website, with flash animation stating...

Kangaroo? This way  arrow 
Koala? There!  arrow 
Surfing? Nearby!!  arrow 
AirAsia X - Australia Here We Come! - Next 30 Days
.

How exciting!  bouncy 


User currently offlineMH1402 From Malaysia, joined Jun 2006, 123 posts, RR: 3
Reply 60, posted (7 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 31508 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 52):
The revised route map is more realistic (and geographically corrected) compared to the old one.

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Oh no!!! they have dropped Berlin



For the King and country...
User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 61, posted (7 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 31503 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 58):
Malaysia Airlines is not going to provide inflight meals (hot meals in trays) anymore beginning 1 October 2007 for flights of less than 4 hours.

OK lah, just don´t forget to bring a can of Coke and a Quarter Pounder with cheese on your next flight back to KUL !!! ... yummy 

Now seriously, what about the Malaysian public and international travellers ? Would they accept this just like that, without any hesitation ? If such a cost cutting strategy is implemented, in my opinion, it could jeopardize MH´s performance system wide.

What about Air Asia and Air Asia X, are they planning in following suit ? Moreover, would SQ be thinking about the same thing ?

To me, this is a very delicate and sensitive issue. I mean, you can stop catering for flights of, perhaps, up to two hours, but on those lasting three or four hours ???...


Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 62, posted (7 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 31473 times:

Are MH still doing charters to Kuwait?

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 63, posted (7 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 31452 times:

Malaysia to make a big present at Routes 2007 before hosting it in 2008.

MAHB chief on three goals for Routes 2007
The Star

  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has three goals to achieve at the 13th World Route Development Forum (Routes 2007) which kicks off on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden. For starters, it wants fruitful discussions with participating airlines. It also wants to attract new airlines to Malaysia and promote Routes 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Besides the 30 airlines it expects to meet during 20-minute sessions with each, MAHB will engage in more advanced discussions with seven airlines, according to managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad. “Of the 30 airlines, some are new (to MAHB) and some we've met before. We hope to generate some interest among this group to fly here,” he said, adding that MAHB's participation in Routes had resulted in six or seven airlines calling on Malaysia. He said it could take between six and 12 months for an airline to decide on a new destination.

  • Routes 2007 is hosted by Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and the City of Stockholm. Airlines participating for the first time include Silverjet, Vietnam Airlines, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines and L'Avion. Bashir is leading a delegation comprising about 50 representatives from Routes 2008 partners, including Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Express Rail Link, Malaysia Tourism Board, Malaysia Airlines, KL Airport Services, Sepang International Circuit and Petroliam Nasional Bhd.

  • This is the biggest group from Malaysia to date and was felt necessary to promote Kuala Lumpur for next year's event, slated for Oct 12–14. “As hosts of next year's Routes, we have to promote Malaysia. Routes is rather Europe-centric and Malaysia is the first Asian country to host it. Some of them have never travelled this far so we have to convince them it's worth the visit,” Bashir said, adding that the partners were targeting 2,800 delegates for Routes 2008, the highest in Routes history.

  • Fired up with this mission, MAHB has taken one of the larger booths and Tourism Malaysia has its own stand. Routes 2008 partners are all set to charm the delegates with videos, pamphlets, brochures, lucky draws, cultural performances and delicious satay. As the host of Routes 2008, MAHB will host a farewell reception on Tuesday evening.

  • Routes 2007, which has attracted 2,500 delegates, will have a two-day Routes' Leaders Forum starting on Monday and featuring leaders in the aviation industry. Bashir is a panel speaker for the Stretching the Low-Cost Model session. Other speakers include British Airways Plc chief executive Willie Walsh, clickair chief executive officer Alex Cruz, Macquarie Airports CEO Kerrie Mather, European Low Fares Airline Association secretary-general John Hanlon and AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 64, posted (7 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 31444 times:

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 50):
AirAsia will launch its first international connection from Sarawak when it inaugurates the Kuching-Macau daily flight on Nov 15, reports The Star.

More on the news. Sarawak to benefit after MH axed international flights out of KCH.

AirAsia set to fly Kuching-Macau route
The Star

  • The Kuching-Macau service would “open a window” for Sarawak to the rest of the world. The Land of the Hornbills was “cut off” from the outside world when Malaysia Airlines ceased its direct flights from here to Australia, London and Frankfurt, Germany, a year ago under its rationalisation exercise.

  • State tourism players have complained that halting these flights to overseas destinations has adversely affected the number of visitors to the state, and they have appealed to MAS to resume these services. Tour operators are urged to aggressively promote the Kuching-Macau service by coming up with tour packages for both outbound and inbound tourists, particularly from Macau, Hong Kong, Shenzen and provinces in eastern China.

  • The state’s nature and cultural attractions could appeal to the many highly-paid expatriates working in Macau, Hong Kong and China. Besides marketing the tourist attractions in Sarawak, local tour operators and travel agents should also explore other attractions in Borneo and the Philippines and to add them to their packages.


User currently offlineCHANGYOU From Singapore, joined Nov 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (7 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 31443 times:
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Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 58):
He mentioned that the inflight meals will be changed to only 'snackboxes' like those in TG. Reason being is of course, to cut cost in line with MH's new vision of becoming A 5 Star Carrier With LCCs Cost.

I don't see this move will make MH a 5 star airline. Its cheap! And will only put themselves behind SQ/CX/TG.

Quoting XA744 (Reply 61):
Moreover, would SQ be thinking about the same thing ?

NEVER! SQ is a very reputable airline. They don't anyhow reduce cost unlike some airlines.

[Edited 2007-09-21 19:40:50]

User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 66, posted (7 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 31412 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 58):
I received a text message from an aquintance who is a MH fan (as well), telling me that there is a rumour that Malaysia Airlines is not going to provide inflight meals (hot meals in trays) anymore beginning 1 October 2007 for flights of less than 4 hours.

He mentioned that the inflight meals will be changed to only 'snackboxes' like those in TG. Reason being is of course, to cut cost in line with MH's new vision of becoming A 5 Star Carrier With LCCs Cost.

Oh dear. Four hours means snack boxes on flights to Hong Kong, Manila and Chennai! If true, this means MH is well on the way to becoming an LCC, but without the agility of AirAsia. Sad, but I am sure Fernandes will be smiling.
It would also make it harder for MH to compete with the likes of SQ and CX, as it is (despite the much touted 5 star status and good inflight service) really not a major contender for the large corporate accounts in the region.

Btw, TG serves snack boxes only on domestic flights, and possibly its shortest Indo-china hops.


User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 67, posted (7 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 31413 times:

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 66):
Btw, TG serves snack boxes only on domestic flights, and possibly its shortest Indo-china hops.

Yes, but in present time, TG is two steps behind MH, and three steps behind SQ !!!

Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 68, posted (7 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 31321 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MASWings' flights will use the Malaysia Airlines prefix MH followed by a four-digit flight number. A blue tail and engines livery was unveiled.

Introducing the MASWings' livery, couteousy of a MalaysianWings forumer, Sung.

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MASWings' 9M-MGA


I personally think it looks better on the F50 compared to Firefly's and FAX's livery.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 69, posted (7 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 31246 times:

Royal Brunei to sponsor Malaysia's disabled atheletes to Shanghai after no local egencies including MH willing to help.

Local agencies ignore our athletes, so foreign airline steps in
The Star

  • After months of failing to get any help locally, 20 athletes from the Special Olympics Malaysia squad sought the assistance of a foreign airline to help fund their airfares. And much to their relief, Royal Brunei Airlines agreed to sponsor half the airfares to enable the athletes to participate in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai next month.

  • Lau, a Taiping municipal councillor, said he was deeply disappointed that no state or federal agency he approached was willing to sponsor even a “fraction” of expenses. Even Malaysia Airline turned down his request for assistance. The total expenses for the trip works out to RM150,000, including food, accommodation, training and sports attire. Eight coaches and two officials will accompany the athletes.

  • “Since early this year, I couriered and faxed letters to the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Education Ministry and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry,” he said, adding that only the Youth and Sports Ministry sent a letter dated Aug 8 stating that it had no funds. The athletes, aged between 15 and 28, will compete in athletics, bowling and bocce (a precision sport closely related to bowls) at the games scheduled from Oct 2 to 11.


User currently offlineAirplaneFan From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (7 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 31152 times:

I have a question about an MH 747-400 with registration 9M-MPG.

Did O8 take delivery of this aircraft? The reason I am asking is because in this photo:
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it shows an O8 747-400 with a registration sticker and that registration is 9M-MPG. Now in this recent uploaded photo:
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it shows AI as the new operator of the aircraft. So what is the story behind this aircraft. Did MH offer this aircraft for sale to O8, and later O8 decided not to buy for some sort of reason after the aircraft was performing test flight in full O8 livery? What I understand is that the current O8 fleet consists of three Boeing 747-400's one that came from NH (B-LFC ex-JA404A) with two more to come from NH (B-LFD ex-JA405A, B-LFE ex-JA403A), and two that came from SQ (B-LFA ex-9V-SMC, B-LFB ex-9V-SME). So what is the story behind this aircraft? Was the above O8 747-400 photo photo-shopped because if you notice it also has the Malaysian flag behind the cockpit windows or was their a mistake with registration?

Regards, AirplaneFan



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 71, posted (7 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 31033 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 58):
RUMOUR...

I received a text message from an aquintance who is a MH fan (as well), telling me that there is a rumour that Malaysia Airlines is not going to provide inflight meals (hot meals in trays) anymore beginning 1 October 2007 for flights of less than 4 hours.

EXCLUSIVE! The rumour has been confirmed. Someone from MH has breaks the news.

The cutbacks will be applicable to Economy class only. Passengers in Golden Club class will not be effected. The implementation of the Meal Box will be on trial basis from 1st October 2007 – 31st December 2007. The box is elegant and comes with full plastic sleeve. Routes effected are Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Bangkok, Kota Kinabalu (selected), Kuching (selected) and Miri (selected).


Details from the e-mail:

Meal Box implementation is guided by the following criteria:

1) Flight time is between 1 hour and 3.5 hours

2) Meal Box will replace the current EYCL meal, and it is strictly for EYCL passengers only

3) Meal Box includes normal meal and special meals (SPML)

4) Crew meal will remain unchanged (ie. Hot meal)

5) Only one (1) choice will be offered to EYCL passengers (100%)


CATEGORY A

• Flights between 1 to 3 hours
KUL – Indochina vv routes (Double-load sectors)
• Effective date : 1st October 2007 – 31st December 2007

Flight details:
Flight No Sector Type of Meal Day Current
Uplift Station Trial Run Uplift Station Aircraft Type
MH750 KUL/SGN Brunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH751 SGN/KUL Brunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH758 KUL/SGN Light Meal 1234567 KUL KUL B734/A330-200
MH759 SGN/KUL Light Meal 1234567 KUL KUL B734/A330-200
MH740 KUL/RGN Brunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH741 RGN/KUL Lunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH784 KUL/BKK Brunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH785 BKK/KUL Brunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH788 KUL/BKK Lunch 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH789 BKK/KUL Light Meal 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH782 KUL/BKK Light Meal 1234567 KUL KUL A330
MH783 BKK/KUL Light Meal 1234567 KUL KUL A330
MH780 KUL/BKK Light Meal 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH781 BKK/KUL Dinner 1234567 KUL KUL B734


CATEGORY B

• Flights between 1 to 3 hours
• Selected morning and evening flights KULBKI vv and KULKCH vv.
- Single catering sectors to convert to double load sectors as trial run
• Effective date : 1st October 2007 – 31st December 2007

Flight details:
Flight No Sector Type of Meal Day Current
Uplift Station Trial Run Uplift Station Aircraft Type
MH2604 KUL/BKI Breakfast 1___5_7 KUL KUL B734
MH2605 BKI/KUL Brunch 1___5_7 BKI KUL B734
MH2504 KUL/KCH Breakfast _234_6_ KUL KUL A330-300
MH2507 KCH/KUL Brunch _234_6_ KCH KUL A330-300
MH2538 KUL/KCH Dinner ___45__ KUL KUL B734
MH2539 KCH/KUL Dinner ___45__ KCH KUL B734
MH2528 KUL/KCH Light Meal _____6_ KUL KUL A330-200
MH2529 KCH/KUL Dinner _____6_ KCH KUL A330-200


CATEGORY C

• Flights between 1 to 3 hours
• Selected supper/early breakfast flights KUL/KCH and KUL/MYY one way.
• Effective date : 1st October 2007 – 31st December 2007

Flight details:
Flight No Sector Type of Meal Day Current
Uplift Station Trial Run Uplift Station Aircraft Type
MH2534 KUL/KCH Supper 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH2598 KUL/MYY Dinner 1234567 KUL KUL B734


CATEGORY D

• Flights between 1 to 3 hours
• Selected supper/early breakfast flights KUL/BKI one way (MH2638)
• Selected morning and evening flights KUL-BKI vv (MH2616 and MH2617)
• Effective date : 28th October 2007 – 31st December 2007

Flight details:
Flight No Sector Type of Meal Day Current
Uplift Station Trial Run Uplift Station Aircraft Type
MH2638 KUL/BKI 1234567 KUL KUL B734
MH2616 KUL/BKI 1_3___7 KUL KUL A330-300
MH2617 BKI/KUL 1_3___7 KUL KUL A330-300


• Survey will be carried out to gauge passenger feedback on this product.

• Information on the survey will be issued out separately


MENU

Breakfast

A Sandwiches 3 slices (3 types of different filling per passenger) in transparent box with sticker
B Cutlery pack (5 in 1) – non logo with sleeve
C Drinking water (DELCOL) with sticker
D Yogurt strawberry BLISS 100g
E Flavoured muffin in individual pack


Brunch/Lunch/Light

A. Sandwiches 3 slices (3 types of different filling per passenger) in transparent box with sticker
B. Cutlery pack (5 in 1) – non logo with sleeve
C. Drinking water (DELCOL) with sticker
D. Cookies 2 pcs
E. Royal Gala red apple
F. Cadbury BYTES


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 72, posted (7 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 31031 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 58):
RUMOUR...

I received a text message from an aquintance who is a MH fan (as well), telling me that there is a rumour that Malaysia Airlines is not going to provide inflight meals (hot meals in trays) anymore beginning 1 October 2007 for flights of less than 4 hours.

Another RUMOUR coming out, MH will be reducing one crew in Economy Class throughout the entire B734 fleets.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 73, posted (7 years 17 hours ago) and read 30944 times:

MH hedged 60% of fuel at US$ 60 per barrel.

MAS: High oil price impedes bigger hedge
The Star

  • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS), hedged for 60% of this year’s fuel needs, said near-record oil prices are impeding larger bets to lock in the company’s biggest expense. “If you increase it now, it will be what the price is now,” chief financial officer Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz said in an interview. “So, at the moment, that’s where we are.”

  • The Malaysian national carrier’s hedge, at about US$60 a barrel of crude oil, compares with a market price of almost US$82. Crude has set records for seven straight days, while the price of jet fuel has surged 26% in the past six months. MAS, hedged for 20% of next year’s fuel needs, may be unable to avoid incurring bigger costs, said Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd analyst Khair Mirza in Kuala Lumpur. “They’re going to be exposed,” he said. “To be fair, we don’t know where oil prices will go.” He has a “buy” rating on the airline’s stock.

  • If other airlines increased their hedges, “we will look at doing the same,” Azmil Zahruddin said. The company’s hedge in 2008 was also at about US$60 a barrel, he said. Hedging allows carriers to protect against possible fuel price increases. Azmil Zahruddin said he’s “confident” of meeting MAS' 2007 profit target of between RM300mil and RM700mil after two years of losses. – Bloomberg


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 74, posted (7 years 17 hours ago) and read 30939 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 40):
Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 13):
Shocking! KUL's carpark is the shelter for thousands of (LEGAL) foreign workers detained by the Immigration Department.

Helps are on its way. MTUC wants ministry to help Bangladeshis stranded at KLIA

The government policy (of using ONLY MH to deport foreign workers) halting the deportation procees. MH's flights to Dhaka are fully booked until October. Government is urged to relax the policy.

No flights home yet for stranded Bangladeshis
The Star

  • Stranded Bangladeshis, whose employers or agents have failed to pick them up, will have to stay longer in the country as flights to take them home are all fully booked until October. The delay is also due to the government’s policy of only using Malaysia Airlines for deportation.

  • The Immigration Department is asking that the policy on the carrier be relaxed to speed up the deportation process. Immigration enforcement director Datuk Ishak Muhammad said it was crucial that the stranded Bangladeshis be deported as soon as possible as it would cost the Government more to keep them longer at the deportation centres.

  • “We have to fork out RM5.50 per person daily just to feed them and the number of Bangladeshis sent to the KLIA Immigration Centre is increasing by the day. I hope the Government will look into our request so that we can send these people home not only to cut costs but also to relieve them from the ordeal,” he told The Star yesterday.

  • Thousands of Bangladeshis had to sleep on the floor of the KL International Airport car park because their agents or employers had failed to collect them. If they are not picked up in 24 hours, they will be taken to the Immigration depot near the airport and will be processed for deportation if they have yet to be “collected” after three days.

  • Ishak said there were around 1,000 Bangladeshis at the depot. He said that efforts had been made to contact the employers listed and those who failed to pick up their workers would be blacklisted. “No more engaging foreign workers. No more. We are serious about this because we are fed up with the problems that they are giving us,” he added.


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 75, posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 30824 times:

I must say Malaysian aviation threads have the best layout and organisation of all the country and regional threads on this forum.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 76, posted (7 years 7 hours ago) and read 30820 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 62):
Are MH still doing charters to Kuwait?

I am not sure about this year, but as for the past several years, yes, MH did charter flights to Kuwait and Bahrain during the Arabian peak summer period (May - July). If I could recall, last year, Kuwait and Bahrain were even being incorporated into MH's online booking system in their website during the said period.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 77, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 30726 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 63):
Malaysia to make a big present at Routes 2007 before hosting it in 2008.

Routes 2008 will be held in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 12 to 14, 2008.

MAHB on track to staging Routes 2008
The Star

  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is on the right track to successfully staging the 14th World Route Development Forum next year (Routes 2008), said Routes founder and chairman Mike Howarth. As this would be the first time Routes was being held in Asia, he expects greater participation from the region's route planners.

  • “We will get more regional route planners from Asia but the flip side is, the smaller European regional players may not come,” Howarth told Malaysian journalists after a briefing on Routes 2007 on Sunday. However, since Routes was not just a network planning platform but a community of air service players, “I will be surprised, in fact, disappointed if Kuala Lumpur is not bigger” than previous Routes, he said.

  • Howarth said he had the highest regard for MAHB and the airport operator was doing everything it could, including sending a big delegation to Routes 2007, to ensure strong turnout in next year's event. He advised MAHB to “keep doing what they do” as it was “very much on the right track”.

  • Having seen how MAHB organised the Asian regional routes conference, he said he expected “something a little different, a little bit Asian” next year. More than 2,300 delegates, including 500 airline decision makers and representatives from nearly 750 airports have converged here for Routes 2007, which ends on Tuesday.

  • MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman is heading a delegation of about 50 members comprising MAHB officials and representatives from their eight partners, including Malaysia Tourism Board, Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Express Rail Link and KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd.

  • On Sunday, it signed on its latest partner, TV3 of Media Prima Bhd. The airport operator's managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the collaboration with TV3 would further enhance the good relationship the two companies now shared. Routes 2008 will be held in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 12 to 14.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 78, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 30714 times:

Quoting MH001 (Reply 1):
I thought they were going to make KUL their base outside indonesia but that never materialised and SIN still gets many GA flights.

SIN gets GA flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Padang, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Medan, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Shanghai etc... And Indonesians (esp Jakartans) LOVE to transit through SIngapore because of the geographical closeness of these 2 countries (even more so for SUB/JKT - SIN). Traffic between JKT and SIN is like a bus service and the yield is very high as well.

I am not surprised that the GA code share with MH didn't work out because traffic when compared to KUL, is just simply not there.



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 79, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 30687 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
MASWings is on track to take to the skies as scheduled on Oct 1 and expects to be fully operational by Dec 1

MASWings start up operation. 6 days to go.

MASWings to start ops in East Malaysia on Oct 1
The Star

  • Malaysian Airline System Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary MASWings will commence its operations in East Malaysia effective Oct 1, 2007 with two inaugural Fokker 50 aircraft flights in Sarawak and Sabah.

  • The company would initially operate with four 50-seater Fokker 50 and four 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft, to serve a network of 21 destinations in Sarawak and Sabah as well as Labuan. Effective Oct 28, its fleet size will be increased to seven Fokker 50 and five Twin Otter aircraft, and by December, there will be an additional Fokker 50.

  • MASWings will start with a flight from Miri to Mulu at 9.10am, and another from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu at 10am. “MASWings will cater to both the intra and interstate air travel needs of Sarawak and Sabah as well as enhance air connectivity from the rest of the world to the two states,” said MASWings managing director Amin Khan.

  • He added that interlining services would be available on participating airlines which allowed customers to check in all the way to their final destinations with just one ticket. Amin said the operational base for MASWings would be in Miri, while its maintenance base would be in Kota Kinabalu.


User currently offlineTreeHillRavens From Malaysia, joined Jun 2007, 398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 80, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 30602 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 75):
I must say Malaysian aviation threads have the best layout and organisation of all the country and regional threads on this forum.

Thanks to 9M-MMR  Smile. Putting everything together is very time consuming. Well done !!


User currently offlineCHANGYOU From Singapore, joined Nov 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 81, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 30597 times:
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Quoting XA744 (Reply 67):
TG is two steps behind MH,

Mind to elaborate this a little? Am not really convince by this statement you made.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 82, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 30505 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 72):
Another RUMOUR coming out, MH will be reducing one crew in Economy Class throughout the entire B734 fleets.

Presently MAS flies the 737-400 with 5 crew, 2 in First/GC Class and 3 in YCL.

I wonder how is this going to work? Currently, 2 carts man the aisle during meal service with one of them starting halfway down from Row 12-14 to the front, with the 2nd cart starting from the aft to the middle. The 3rd galley bound crew serves the meals directly from the galley to the pax in the last few rows. The 3rd member also responds to requests from the other two when drinks run low, or special requests are needed.

With such a working pattern, meal service is completed and the cabin cleaned up within 35-40 min on a full flight. As it is, this is pretty tight on short hops that requires a meal to be served.

That being said, with MH intending to serve snack boxes, this would probably negate the need for the galley bound crew member. As mentioned, this is a trial run and I hope some positive feedback comes out of this exercise.

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 83, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 30394 times:

Quoting AirplaneFan (Reply 70):
it shows AI as the new operator of the aircraft. So what is the story behind this aircraft. Did MH offer this aircraft for sale to O8, and later O8 decided not to buy for some sort of reason after the aircraft was performing test flight in full O8 livery? What I understand is that the current O8 fleet consists of three Boeing 747-400's one that came from NH (B-LFC ex-JA404A) with two more to come from NH (B-LFD ex-JA405A, B-LFE ex-JA403A), and two that came from SQ (B-LFA ex-9V-SMC, B-LFB ex-9V-SME). So what is the story behind this aircraft? Was the above O8 747-400 photo photo-shopped because if you notice it also has the Malaysian flag behind the cockpit windows or was their a mistake with registration?

A MalaysianWings forumer told me that Oasis stucked with financial problem. So, the owner of the aircraft (Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad) make a drastic plan by leasing it to Air India.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 84, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 30378 times:

9M - apparently X will announce its first two routes and launch ticket sales this Friday (in 2 days). I started a thread about it a day or two ago.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 85, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 30364 times:

BA to return to KUL?

British Airways to discuss reinstating flights to Malaysia
The Star

  • Officials of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and British Airways (BA) will meet in a couple of months to continue discussions on BA reinstating flights to Malaysia.

  • MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, who met with BA CEO Willie Walsh at the 13th World Route Development Forum here, said: “There is certainly an interest to return but right now, they are looking at figures and forecasts to ensure that when they do operate, the service will be viable and sustainable for the long term.”

  • “No date (to commence flights) has been fixed as it depends on the viability of the operations and the availability of aircraft,” he said, adding that it was purely a business decision. “Every time we talk, the picture becomes clearer. We appreciate their willingness to talk to us openly and to share their views on this matter,” he said. BA was being cautious because it did not want to have to pull out again. “Once they come in, they want to stay,” Bashir said.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 86, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 30358 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AK CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes believes Malaysia has more to gain than Singapore if the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air sector is open to competition. He was refuting Malaysia Airlines' argument that Singapore would win and Malaysia would lose out if the KL-Singapore route was liberalised. Why does AirAsia need the two daily flights into Singapore? “If they don’t give us KL-Singapore (route), I will buy Singapore Airlines. If they do give us, we will be in Changi and terrorise the Singaporeans", said Tony Fernandes. AK wants to serve SIN twice a day for beginning.

CONFIRMED: Unfortunately the KUL-SIN sector won't be opened up prior to January 2009 following the Singapore Government exclusion order.

No KL-Singapore open skies till 2009
The Star

  • Hopes of an early opening of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore air sector to competition seems dashed with the Singapore government issuing an exclusion order yesterday. Low-cost carriers, such as AirAsia Bhd and Tiger Airways, were hoping for an earlier opening of the sector but now may have to wait for the official timeline of December 2008 when the floodgates will automatically open.

  • Under the Asean Open Skies policy, unlimited air access between Asean capital cities will be allowed by end-2008. With the situation remaining “status quo”, the two national carriers – Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) – will continue to enjoy the duopoly on the KL-Singapore route till end-2008.

  • The Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, in a statement issued yesterday, said the Air Shuttle Service Operation Agreement between MAS and SIA on the KL-Singapore air sector would be left out of Section 34 of the Competition Act. Under the Act, business agreements that prevent, restrict or distort competition are not allowed. With that, the earlier 1982 arrangement reached between Singapore and Malaysia would be preserved whereby the route be plied by MAS and SIA.

  • MAS managing director Datuk Idris Jala, who is in New York on a roadshow, said: “This is a positive step for MAS. We have always maintained that we welcome competition and, with this in mind, we developed our business turnaround plan around the Asean Open Skies taking place in 2009. “With this exemption, it means the liberalisation of this route remains on track as per the original agreement and we are grateful that both governments recognise this need.”

  • AirAsia group CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes, when contacted, declined to comment. AirAsia had earlier said it would like two daily flights to Singapore if it were given an opportunity. The opening of the sector is inevitable in 2009 but, for now, analysts are of the view that the two players, SIA and MAS, need more time to protect their turf. In any case, the sector has been a good revenue contributor for both airlines.

  • However, one analyst is of the view that the delay could be due to the fact that “AirAsiaX is almost ready to fly long haul and it would certainly attract price-conscious customers. The KL-Singapore route may be able to attract people from all over the region to fly AirAsiaX and we believe the two carriers see AirAsiaX as a threat,” said the analyst.

  • The statement from Singapore added that separating the Singapore-KL shuttle agreement without a corresponding liberalisation of the air services agreement might actually result in the reduction of the number of flights between Singapore and KL and this would not benefit the travelling public. “As such, the exclusion order is used to maintain the status quo, while negotiations between the governments of Malaysia and Singapore to further liberalise the Singapore-KL air route continue,” the statement said.

  • It said the Singapore government remained committed to the objective of seeking maximum liberalisation of air services wherever possible and supported the initiative by Asean to work towards allowing unlimited air access between member states.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 87, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 30348 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 77):
Routes 2008 will be held in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 12 to 14, 2008.

Although a year more to come, only 1 large booth and 18 small booths left for KL Routes 2008.

MAHB up to Routes task
The Star

  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is confident of surpassing the high expectations of Routes founder and chairman Mike Howarth when the 14th World Development Forum is held in Kuala Lumpur next year.

  • Saying the expectations were %u201Cjustified%u201D, MAHB managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad added that every Routes forum was different, being held in different countries with different cultures, but raised the bar for the next host. As MAHB would be hosting Routes 2008, %u201Cwe want to make it more difficult for the next host as this year%u2019s host, Stockholm, will be a difficult act to follow,%u201D he told a press conference on Routes 2008.

  • Howarth had said on Monday that he would be disappointed if the KL event did not prove to be bigger and better than Routes 2007, which ended yesterday. Response to Routes 2008 has been good. Already, 41 of the 42 large booths and 22 of the 40 small ones have been taken up.

  • Meanwhile, Howarth said the Second Routes Leaders Forum was expected to draw 200 to 300 chief executives from the airline and airport companies, compared with about 150 this year.

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 88, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 30346 times:

Routes Leaders Forum positive towards long haul LCC.

Long-haul low-cost model feasible: Bashir
The Star

  • As a concept, the long-haul low-cost model should work but the operator must be supported by a good network and relevant experience, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said. However, implementation was more difficult as there were different issues to address, he told Malaysian journalists after a panel discussion on “Stretching the Low-Cost Model” at the inaugural Routes Leaders Forum here on Monday.

  • “With the right network and experience, it might work. It depends on when it is done and by whom,” he said. As an airport operator, MAHB was preparing to meet the needs of such airlines, he said, adding that as airlines continued to innovate, there was “no reason not to come up with solutions. We will cater for long-haul (low-cost) operators as well,” he said.

  • Bashir was one of six speakers at the panel discussion, during which he said it would be too premature to say that the long-haul low-cost model would not work. He cited the example of AirAsia’s successful low-cost model that was now being adapted by associate company AirAsia X, Malaysia’s first long-haul low-cost carrier that is scheduled to launch its inaugural flight next month.

  • Bashir said AirAsia X would have the benefit of AirAsia’s strong network and experience. AirAsia X is also Asia’s first long-haul low-cost carrier. On Sept 9, Australia’s Jetstar touched down at KL International Airport, becoming the first long-haul low-cost carrier to land in Malaysia. Bashir did not foresee the concept becoming a trend in Asia in the immediate term. “Not in the next three years. It takes time to plan for long haul,” he said.

  • Alex Cruz, chief executive officer of Spanish low-cost carrier clickair, said the long-haul low-cost concept would be difficult to operate on a “stand-alone basis. Anyone considering it would need a solid short-haul venture to gain the necessary experience,” he said. Cruz also said clickair had this summer launched flights from Barcelona to Helsinki and Moscow.


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 89, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 30311 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 76):
Quoting 777way (Reply 62):
Are MH still doing charters to Kuwait?

I am not sure about this year, but as for the past several years, yes, MH did charter flights to Kuwait and Bahrain during the Arabian peak summer period (May - July). If I could recall, last year, Kuwait and Bahrain were even being incorporated into MH's online booking system in their website during the said period.

BAH went code share on GF year round, but not KWI.

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 80):
Quoting 777way (Reply 75):
I must say Malaysian aviation threads have the best layout and organisation of all the country and regional threads on this forum.

Thanks to 9M-MMR . Putting everything together is very time consuming. Well done !!

Yes, just browsing through them is a pleasureable exprience.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 90, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 30297 times:

MH will make some specially Malaysian exhibition in ARN 28-29th September. They will offer food, culture etc. And they will offer good fares on their tickets.

Here is a link. ( in english)

http://www.lfv.se/templates/LFV_ListArticle____47941.aspx

Interesting.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineMH001 From Malaysia, joined Nov 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 91, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 30249 times:

MAHB: More airlines to operate from KLIA
From Hamisah Hamid
hamisahhamid@nstp.com.my


September 27 2007


STOCKHOLM: Airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects the number of airlines operating at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang to increase from the current 50 to 70 in the next five years.

Managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said efforts put in by MAHB in the World Route Development Forum (Routes) over the years have borne fruit as most airlines are aware of Malaysian airports, interested to start operation there or are exploring the Malaysian market.

"In the next two to three years, we would see an average of four to five new airlines per year commencing operations in Malaysia.

"Besides large airlines, we also welcome smaller airlines," he told the Malaysian media at the end of the three-day 13th World Route Development Forum (Routes 2007) on Tuesday here.

Bashir said MAHB is not only focusing on the number of airlines, but also to increase flight frequencies which ultimately would mean more business for the company.

Bashir said there are always two considerations by airline route planners when considering particular airports - market (demand) and yield from the market (airfare).

He said out of 30 airlines which MAHB talked to during the 20-minute pre-arranged meetings, 15 are those currently operating at KLIA.

"These 15 airlines spoke of increasing flight frequencies, where four to five of them said that they will increase flight frequency to Kuala Lumpur in the next 12 months," he said.

He said another 22 airlines that are yet to come to Malaysia have expressed keen interest to start operations in the country.

From India, Kingfisher Airlines and budget carrier Air India Express have plans to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Among the airlines interested to start operations in Malaysia are five charter flight operators.

Some of them are considering flying to other parts of Malaysia including Langkawi in 2009.

These charter flights include LTU, Condor and TUL from Germany, Italy's Eurofly and Canada's Zoom.

"We also met Mahan Air from Iran, which will fly to Malaysia in March next year. They plan to increase their current charter aircraft from five to 10," he said.

On British Airways, Bashir said the airline is interested to return to Kuala Lumpur but they are still studying the viability of the operations and availability of the aircraft.

British Airways pulled out from Malaysia at the height of the Asian financial crisis some 10 years ago.


User currently offlinePaparadzi From Malaysia, joined Jan 2005, 202 posts, RR: 4
Reply 92, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 30125 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 72):
Another RUMOUR coming out, MH will be reducing one crew in Economy Class throughout the entire B734 fleets.


From what I heard, 4 cabin crew will be carried on non-meal sectors. Meal sectors will maintain 5 cabin crew.



Rules are made for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 93, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30088 times:

Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 92):
From what I heard, 4 cabin crew will be carried on non-meal sectors. Meal sectors will maintain 5 cabin crew.

It would be enough with 3only, I think.



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 94, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30078 times:

Malaysia has been elected to the ICAO Council.

Malaysia elected to world aviation body
The Star

  • Malaysia has been elected to the aviation world’s highest body – the International Civil Aviation Organisation or ICAO Council – at the 36th ICAO Assembly in Montreal on Tuesday. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, who is heading the country’s delegation to the assembly, said Malaysia was deeply honoured at being elected for the first time by 190 contracting states to sit on the powerful council.

  • Malaysia has been a member of ICAO for the past 50 years but has only now been elected to sit on its council, which is instrumental in deciding matters related to world civil aviation. A global forum for civil aviation, the Montreal-based council deliberates on issues concerning global civil aviation and adopts international standards and recommended practices.

  • The council, which is a UN specialised agency and ICAO’s governing body, comprises 36 members who are elected every three years. “This is the highest achievement for Malaysia. It’s very significant for the country since being accepted as an ICAO member 50 years ago,” Chan said.

  • ICAO works to achieve its vision of safe, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation through cooperation among member states. Among other things, it codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport. – Bernama


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 95, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30066 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
International tour operators in Britain have started reinstating Sarawak and world heritage site Mulu National Park into their holiday packages – after a hiatus of almost a year due to uncertainties over availability of local flights. The move by MASWings to take over the rural air service from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) has already sparked hopes of a revival for the tour industry in the state, said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

Sarawak's high hopes on MASWings.

Sarawak hoping MasWings will boost tourism for state
The Star

  • Sarawak is banking on new airline MasWings to boost its tourism industry. ''We (tourism industry) have suffered a great deal in the past year. I am sure MasWings will do its best to improve the situation because a lot of our eco-tourism products are rural-based,'' said state Tourism and Urban Development Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh. He said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was scheduled to launch MasWings' inaugural flight from Miri to Mulu on Monday.

  • MasWings will take over the rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX). It will operate nearly 200 flights weekly in the two states and between them using Fokker aircraft and Twin Otters. The airline is expected to be fully operational by December. Wong's optimism in the revival of the state's rural tourism sector was supported by recent news report that the international tour agencies, which operate more than 60,000 Global Distributor System terminals, have restored Sarawak on their list of marketing destinations.

  • "We cannot promote our eco-tourism products unless there is good air connectivity. Mulu Caves (a world heritage site) is our tourism jewel," he added, before launching the Sarawak Tourism Federation website at Telang Usan Hotel here on Wednesday night. Wong urged local tour operators to continuously come up with new products to attract repeated visitors to the Land of the Hornbills. He called on the more established travel agencies to invest in modern tour coaches for hire to smaller tour operators to provide comfortable travel for tourists.

*****

The State Financial Secretary Sarawak ownes 2.71% of 1,253,243,916 MH shares.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 96, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30052 times:

Quoting MH001 (Reply 91):
From India, Kingfisher Airlines and budget carrier Air India Express have plans to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Kingfisher to KUL before year end and Air India Express to serve KUL-Kolkata beginning 7 October 2007. Plus some of the incentives for KL Routes 2008

From The Star:

  • Earlier this month, KLIA welcomed Australia’s Jetstar and will add two new airlines from India by year-end
    – Kingfisher Airlines and low-cost carrier Air India Express, which will launch its inaugural Kolkata-KL flight on Oct 7. New airlines aside, MAHB expects the existing operators to boost frequencies. Bashir said the airlines with the highest frequencies to KLIA currently were Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines.

  • Middle Eastern carriers are also mounting more flights to Malaysia. Asked if MAHB had met its target for Routes 2007, Bashir said generally there was awareness of Malaysia and the airport operator but many route planners 'just have not been to Malaysia.'

  • To convince them to travel to KL for Routes 2008, MAHB brought its largest contingent ever to this year’s event. Its 50-strong group included representatives from its eight partners. The activities it lined up included a dance performance, batik painting and wau-making demonstrations, and serving satay to delegates to the MAHB booth and at the farewell reception it hosted.

  • Bashir said Routes 2008 would offer for the first time in Routes history a spouse and family programme to encourage delegates to come for a holiday before or after the event. He declined to divulge MAHB's investment in its participation in Routes over the last few years, saying 'some results are not tangible'.


User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 97, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 29985 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 94):
Malaysia has been elected to the ICAO Council.

OK, so now you can see how much Mexicans like Malaysians....  wink 

Mr. Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, from Mexico, President of the Council of ICAO, played an important role in the acceptance of Malaysia as a key member of the body.

Now seriously, Malaysia´s airline industry development has been extraordinary these past few years. It is only natural that Malaysia had to be up there among the nations that are setting global standards in aviation.

Congratulations !!!

Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 98, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 29908 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 58):
RUMOUR...

I received a text message from an aquintance who is a MH fan (as well), telling me that there is a rumour that Malaysia Airlines is not going to provide inflight meals (hot meals in trays) anymore beginning 1 October 2007 for flights of less than 4 hours.

He mentioned that the inflight meals will be changed to only 'snackboxes' like those in TG. Reason being is of course, to cut cost in line with MH's new vision of becoming A 5 Star Carrier With LCCs Cost.

Is this rumour true? Can someone from the carrier confirms?

MH confirms rumour.

Malaysia Airlines introduces meal boxes for regional short-haul flights

Issued by:
Media Relations, Communications Division
Malaysia Airlines, Subang

  • Malaysia Airlines will introduce meal boxes for its economy class passengers on its regional short-haul flights effective 1 October 2007.

  • Customers can look forward to a variety of offerings comprising savoury sandwiches, fruit yoghurt, fresh fruits, crunchy snacks or sweet muffin, depending on the time of the day. Child meals and special meals including vegetarian will also be offered. Customers will continue to enjoy unlimited inflight beverages such as coffee, tea and fruit juices.

  • Malaysia Airlines’ Assistant General Manager, Inflight Services, En Azman Ahmad said, “We are delighted to offer these meal boxes in response to our customers’ requests. Our inflight survey reveals that a large proportion of our passengers prefer light meal boxes which we then filled with the top five food items that they chose.

  • “The result is a more wholesome offering, promoting healthy eating and a well-balanced diet, while providing our passengers with the option of taking away the boxes”.

  • He added, “This is one of the many initiatives that we will progressively roll out to provide our customers with a new dining experience on board. Our initiatives are benchmarked against the best carriers in the region and are aimed at delighting our passengers.”

  • The meal boxes which replace the current conventional economy class meals will be introduced progressively, starting with the Indochina flights between Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Yangon and Bangkok. On the domestic front, passengers traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Miri and Kota Kinabalu will also be able to enjoy this new offering. The meal boxes will be offered on the remaining regional sectors by January 2008.

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MH's Snack Box


User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 99, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 29827 times:

Air Asia X has published the schedule to Gold Coast OOL


Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Gold Coast (OOL)
D7 2702
Depart 07:20
Arrive 17:20
Only on Sunday

D7 2702
Depart 21:40
Arrive 07:40
Only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday


Gold Coast (OOL) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
D7 2703
Depart 08:55
Arrive 15:25
Only on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday

D7 2703
Depart 18:55
Arrive 08:05
Only on Sunday

w3ndy



Wendy Tjan
User currently offlineSR3496 From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 100, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 29810 times:

Quoting W3ndytj4n (Reply 99):
Gold Coast (OOL) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
D7 2703
Depart 08:55
Arrive 15:25
Only on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday

D7 2703
Depart 18:55
Arrive 08:05
Only on Sunday

I think there must be something wrong with the arrival time on Monday morning in KUL.


User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 101, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 29804 times:

Maybe, but I have no idea about it, I get the schedule from AirAsia website

w3ndy



Wendy Tjan
User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
Reply 102, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 29788 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 98):
He added, “This is one of the many initiatives that we will progressively roll out to provide our customers with a new dining experience on board. Our initiatives are benchmarked against the best carriers in the region and are aimed at delighting our passengers.”


  don't you just love this spin?

[Edited 2007-09-28 12:46:40]

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 103, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 29768 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 84):
9M - apparently X will announce its first two routes and launch ticket sales this Friday (in 2 days). I started a thread about it a day or two ago.



Quoting W3ndytj4n (Reply 99):
Air Asia X has published the schedule to Gold Coast OOL

KUL to OOL just from RM 50 one way book here for booking between 29-30 September 2007 for travel period between 2-14 November 2007. It's on sale TONIGHT!!!

There is also a Go Holiday package in Gold Cost, 4D3N return flight + Hotel + Breakfast from RM 528.99 per person book here.

It is nice to see Gold Coast being included in the online booking system!


2 historical landmark announcements in Malaysia's aviation today:

  • MH announced the 'snackbox'.

  • AirAsia X announced inaugural flight to Gold Coast, Australia.

    What a contradiction!  eyepopping 


  • User currently onlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1009 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 104, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 29759 times:

    Just to clarify. AirAsia X flights commence Nov 2, 2007 - starting with KUL-OOL:

    Here's the link to their schedule:

    http://www.airasia.com/site/en/static/flight/pdf/schedule_d7_en.pdf



    Future flights: CPH-BKK-MNL; MNL-GUM-TKK-PNI-KSA-KWA-MAJ-HNL-LAX
    User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 105, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 29744 times:

    I am sorry, but I cant book the ticket. Anyone can do it?

    w3ndy



    Wendy Tjan
    User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2084 posts, RR: 4
    Reply 106, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 29739 times:

    It will be interesting to compare AirAsia X's flights against Jetstar to KUL. From what I read on the AirAsia website there doesn't seem to be much to differentiate between the two, but I was under the impression that the seating was higher density on AirAsia X. Can anyone elucidate (or speculate!) further?


    Applying insanity to normality
    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 107, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 29738 times:

    Quoting W3ndytj4n (Reply 105):
    I am sorry, but I cant book the ticket. Anyone can do it?

    The tickets will be opened for sale at 12:00 midnight Malaysian time tonight (23:00 Waktu Indonesia Barat). Be prepared in front of your computer and expect a mad rush to get the cheapest ticket.

    By the way, OOL has a countdown of AirAsia X's ticket selling time on their website here. It'a about 6 hours more (at the time of posting) for Australia.


    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 108, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 29732 times:

    AirAsia's website is saying a one-way ticket will cost from about AUD$90 including taxes and fees. That's about £45.

    I can't wait for them to finally fly to/from the UK. But it won't be for a good while.

    9M - you gonna book when it's available?



    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 109, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 29712 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 107):
    The tickets will be opened for sale at 12:00 midnight Malaysian time tonight (23:00 Waktu Indonesia Barat).

    9MMAR, I am not in Indonesia, I am in Malaysia. Hehe. So I dun use WIB for the moment.

    w3ndy



    Wendy Tjan
    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 110, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29638 times:

    Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 108):
    9M - you gonna book when it's available?

    All economy seats were taken up in the first 5 minutes! Only XL class seats (which is selling for MYR 1,268) are available on the inaugural flight. And so, I will stick to MH.  tongue 


    User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 111, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29632 times:

    I try to go in, but the traffic is too high, so what i got is an error. Hehehe.

    w3ndy



    Wendy Tjan
    User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
    Reply 112, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29629 times:

    Quoting W3ndytj4n (Reply 111):
    try to go in, but the traffic is too high, so what i got is an error. Hehehe.

    Wish you best luck to get any tickets.

    The marathon has began.  Wink



    Work Hard, Fly Right
    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 113, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29629 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 110):
    All economy seats were taken up in the first 5 minutes!

    No they weren't: I was there the second the flights became available, and there wasn't ONE economy seat available from KUL - only from OOG.



    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 114, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29631 times:

    I think there is a misunderstanding between Gold Coast Airport and AirAsia. In their website, stated that the inaugural of the ticket sales is 1 hour plus from now, but the 50rm tickets are gone. Hahaha.


    w3ndy



    Wendy Tjan
    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 115, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29623 times:

    Quoting W3ndytj4n (Reply 114):
    the 50rm tickets are gone

    Surprise, surprise. I was there at 2358 Malaysia time - no flights. I was there dead on midnight and there were only economy flights FROM OOG and XL Promo FROM KUL.



    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 116, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29615 times:

    Because, very little people in Australia who wants to fly to KL, whereas there is a lot of peoples wanna fly to Australia. If you go there today, you wont be able to fly back to KL tomorrow.

    w3ndy



    Wendy Tjan
    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 117, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29617 times:

    50 MYT NOW AVAILABLE!!!! 342 MYT one way incl. taxes (£45). HURRY!!!

    AUD$1ONE-WAY NOW AVAILABLE!!! AUD$100 ONE-WAY INCLUDING TAX.

    [Edited 2007-09-28 18:48:01]


    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 118, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29609 times:

    50 MYT NOW AVAILABLE!!!! 342 MYT one way incl. taxes (£45). HURRY!!!

    AUD$1ONE-WAY NOW AVAILABLE!!! AUD$100 ONE-WAY INCLUDING TAX.

    [Edited 2007-09-28 18:47:40]


    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offlineW3ndytj4n From Indonesia, joined Feb 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 119, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29592 times:

    Wow, the price is really amazing. I am goin back to Medan next week, KUL - MES will cost me RM700+, and goin to Australia will cost me the same. ????????


    w3ndy



    Wendy Tjan
    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 120, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 29592 times:

    Can get KUL-OOG-KUL for £92.65 incl. all taxes.


    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 121, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 29579 times:

    Oh my god! After multiple attempts, I got the MYR 50 one way fare for both the inbound and outbound journey! I never expect this. Just to share, here are what D7 (AirAsia X) charges me:

    Outbound Trip
    D7 2702 KUL-OOL, 2 November 2007
    Fare - MYR 50
    Surcharge, Fees and Taxes - MYR 292
    Total - MYR 342

    Inbound Trip
    D7 2703 OOL-KUL, 11 November 2007
    Fare - MYR 50
    Surcharge, Fees and Taxes - MYR 381
    Total - MYR 431

    I also opted for the extras:

    - 2 comfort kits - MYR 40
    - 2 advance seat request fee (43D for each trip) - MYR 40
    - 2 checked baggage (less than 15 kg) - MYR 40
    - 2 meals (Asian meals) - MYR 40
    - GoInsure - MYR 49

    Therefore, the total cost for my return airfare to OOL is MYR 982. Oh, and I also have to add another AUD 20 for ETA.

    I also checked on MH's website, the available return airfare to BNE on the same date is MYR 3,802 (W fare). So, it can be said that D7 is MYR 3,000 cheaper than MH!

    Currency Converter


    User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 122, posted (6 years 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 29510 times:

    Quoting SR3496 (Reply 100):
    Gold Coast (OOL) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
    D7 2703
    Depart 08:55
    Arrive 15:25
    Only on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday

    D7 2703
    Depart 18:55
    Arrive 08:05
    Only on Sunday

    I think there must be something wrong with the arrival time on Monday morning in KUL.

    The arrival time does not look right, does it? The flights on Tu, Th, Sa show a flight time of8 hours 30 minutes with two hour time difference. For a departure at 1855, I think the correct arrival time would be 0125. For an arrival time of 0805, I think the departure would be just before midnight, Gold Coast time.

    I am sure they will get this right in the schedules. The Sunday flight is the only one that gives people from NZ or other parts of Australia a chance to use AirAsiaX, until the Avalon and Newcastle services start.

    The food looks nice in the photos on the AirAsia site (not sure about the Hot Dogs). The space will be OK on this first A330 - there will be more seats when AAX's own fleet starts to arrive.

    This is going to be a great airline for people who want to travel to Asia. If they do Combi fares like Tiger do (between Melbourne and Singapore) they will fly full all the time.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 123, posted (6 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 29419 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    Gold Coast is AirAsia X's first destination

    The official announcement.

    AirAsia X’s maiden flight to Gold Coast
    The Star

    • AirAsia X’s first flight will be to the Gold Coast in Australia on Nov 2 and for the first eight flights it will cost just about RM1,020 for a return trip. This is about 30% less than the cheapest fare available on other airlines for tickets to Australia. However, travellers have the next two days (today and tomorrow) to book their tickets via www.airasia.com and the cheap fare is only for the travel period between Nov 2 and 14.

    • AirAsia X chief operating officer Azran Osman-Rani said that even after the promotional period, the airline's fares would still be cheaper than any full-service carrier by between 30% and 50%. During the promotional period, the one-way fare from KLIA-LCCT to the Gold Coast Airport is RM50 while the return trip is priced at AUD$99 (RM298). Airport tax, fuel surcharge and administrative fee for the flight from Malaysia total RM292 while the same charges from Australia cost AUD$127 (RM382).

    • The airline will commence four (4) direct return flights per week between Gold Coast Airport and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), Kuala Lumpur beginning Nov 2. Azran said the inaugural flight would carry 315 passengers – 279 in economy class seats and 36 in premium XL seats – in the airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft which arrived earlier this month. AirAsia X is the extension of AirAsia’s successful short haul low cost model in South East Asia.

    • He said Gold Coast was an ideal choice as AirAsia X’s first destination as it was a popular destination amongst Asians. “Gold Coast will definitely be a hit with Malaysian travellers. We are keen to position Gold Coast as the gateway to Australia as the airport also offers strong domestic connections for low cost travel to Sydney and Melbourne,” he said at the unveiling of the airfare in Gold Coast yesterday.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 124, posted (6 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 29414 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
    By September 2007, MH will be electronic ticketing (eTicketing)-capable, providing customers with the ease of printing their own tickets and option of making changes to their travel itinerary themselves, thus doing away with visits to the ticketing offices or travel agents.

    MH eticketing implementation network wide is DELAYED until end of October 2007. Earlier, it was announced that the carrier will be fully eticketed by 21 September 2007.

    The plan for online check-in through MAS’s website will stay by March 2008. The website (then) will allow customers to search available flights, check seat availability, print out e-ticket for local and international travel, make itinerary changes and indicate meal preferences.

    MAS to introduce eTicketing by end-October
    The Edge

    • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) will introduce its electronic ticketing (eTicketing) by end of October, following the completion of its key system cutovers. MAS said on Sept 28 the technical cutover for compatibility with all 10 global distribution systems -- including Abacus, Amadeus, Worldspan, Topas, Axess, Galileo, Infini, Sabre, Travel Sky and Apollo - would enable travel agents worldwide to issue electronic tickets for MAS.

    • "The cutover of all 16 Malaysia domestic stations and 27 out of 40 international stations to the new SITA Departure Control System has also been completed, with plans to roll out eTicketing to all MAS ticketing offices worldwide by Oct 28," it said.

    • MAS senior general manager Amin Khan said: “Check-in will be easier as passengers will just have to show their e-ticket number and a form of identification. There will be no more problems associated with misplaced, damaged or forgotten tickets. “Once eTicketing is completed, there will be cost savings of RM20 per ticket for the airline as we will do away with the physical tickets,” he said.

    • Additionally, e-ticketed passengers would have two check-in options, either via self service check-in kiosks located in the KL International Airport or normal check-in counters by November, which would subsequently be introduced in Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

    • Customers would also be able to check-in online through MAS’s website by March next year. The website will allow customers to search available flights, check seat availability, print out e-ticket for local and international travel, make itinerary changes and indicate meal preferences. MAS said it was investing RM200 million over the next three years into its passenger services system to simplify passenger travel.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 125, posted (6 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 29408 times:

    AK and its corporate social responsibilities. Upgrade fleet is part of CSR?

    AirAsia upgrades fleet as part of CSR
    The Edge

    • AirAsia Bhd has recently upgraded its fleet with the purchase of its firm 150 Airbus A320 plus 50 options earlier this year as part of its continuous effort towards delivering sustainable value to society via its various corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and practices.

    • The airline said that the brand new fleet of A320s was selected based on its improved design, which employs fuel-saving aerodynamic design resulting in an environmentally responsible aircraft in offering the lowest fuel-burn, emissions and noise in its class.

    • Moreover, the company has also begun a programme of attachment through employee involvement with Formula One Team AT&T Williams recently to bring the airlines closer to the technology of Formula One. Through the programme, AirAsia said that it was looking into making transport more environmentally friendly in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and noise, while still responding to today’s global economic need for transport.

    • “We observed the need for us to undertake human capital development in our own hands at a very early stage, back then when we only had seven aircraft. It was then we built the AirAsia Academy. Now, putting this initiative under our CSR practices, we are proud to develop sustainable human resources to take the airlines to the next level,” said its group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes in a statement yesterday.

    • He added that the company’s rationale to sponsor AT&T Williams was to associate its AirAsia brand with Formula One as it was the epitome of technology. “We share the same values as Williams F1, namely quality of product, technological precision, world-class performance and efficiency. I am delighted that we have begun to proactively learn from the sport with the view to improving our technology,” he said.

    • Meanwhile, the airlines had also won recognition as one of the rising stars of good corporate governance from The Asset Magazine earlier this year in a voting by institutional investors.


    User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 26
    Reply 126, posted (6 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 29396 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 125):
    AK and its corporate social responsibilities. Upgrade fleet is part of CSR?

    I love how both MH and AK public relations are outdoing each other in the art of spin.. haha

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 121):
    Outbound Trip
    D7 2702 KUL-OOL, 2 November 2007
    Fare - MYR 50
    Surcharge, Fees and Taxes - MYR 292
    Total - MYR 342

    Got myself on the inaugural flight too
     

    [Edited 2007-09-29 15:02:28]

    User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 127, posted (6 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 29372 times:

    Lucky things!  Big grin I can't wait for D7 to fly to/from the UK. And so long as its promotional fares are very attractive I'll be flying it.


    "Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 128, posted (6 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 29335 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 74):
    The government policy (of using ONLY MH to deport foreign workers) halting the deportation procees. MH's flights to Dhaka are fully booked until October. Government is urged to relax the policy.

    MH set the record straight on the claim. Additional flight to Dhaka is planned.

    MH Refutes Claim That Its KL-Dhaka Flights Are Full

    Media Relations, Communications Division
    Malaysia Airlines, Subang

    • Malaysia Airlines currently operates a daily flight between KLIA and Dhaka in Bangladesh. This route is also served by two other carriers that operate a total of 6 weekly flights.

    • Encik Salleh Tabrani, Malaysia Airlines' Regional General Manager (Malaysia & ASEAN) clarified, "At this point of time, we have sufficient capacity to respond to commercial demand in both directions. In addition, we plan to mount extra daily flights for this week, if there is further demand."

    • "Meanwhile we are also working closely with the various government departments in Malaysia to accept passengers on both our scheduled and extra flights to Dhaka," he added. Malaysia Airlines operates a 294-seater Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the KLIA-Dhaka-KLIA route, departing KLIA at 2220 hours.

    • It is one of the many lucrative regional routes of the national carrier, in view of the large volume of both the tourist and Bangladeshi labour traffic movement into Malaysia and return. As a result, the national carrier has also secured approval from the relevant authorities for operating additional wide body aircraft flights on this route.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 129, posted (6 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 29320 times:

    MH launched its Malaysia Airlines Engineering Training Centre (METC) to boost Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business.

    Malaysia Airlines Trains Aircraft Engineers To Boost MRO Growth

    Media Relations, Communications Division
    Malaysia Airlines, Subang

    • Malaysia Airlines today launched its Malaysia Airlines Engineering Training Centre (METC) to ensure a continuous supply of skilled workforce to boost its growth in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business. The launched was officiated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

    • Present to witness the launch ceremony were FELDA Chairman YBhg Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Noor, Malaysia Airports Berhad Chairman, YBhg Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, CEO/President of MIGHT YBhg Datuk Dr Ahmed Tasir Lope Pihie, Malaysia Airlines’ Chairman Dato' Dr Munir Majid, Executive Director/ Chief Financial Officer, Tengku Dato' Azmil Zahruddin and Senior General Manager, Engineering & Maintenance, En Mohd Roslan Ismail.

    • In his address at the launch ceremony, Dato’ Sri Najib said, “This is very timely as it recognizes that with the increasing demand for air travel, new aircraft types and fleet expansion plans of the airlines there will be a huge demand for skilled workforce and expertise. The METC will further assist Malaysia’s aspiration towards a developed nation status by 2020, providing a continuous pool of skilled expertise in both the MRO and Engineering Training.”

    • Arising from the great potential in MRO business, the national carrier’ s Engineering and Maintenance Division is being upgraded as Malaysian Aerospace Engineering (MAE), a separate profit centre of the airline. “We are now into the 2nd phase of our Business Turnaround Plan where we are moving towards becoming a Five-star airline@LCC cost. Amongst the plans to sustain our profitability is to grow new businesses."

    • “There is strong potential in our Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) division as the robust demand in air travel and the growing number of new aircraft ordered worldwide is spurring the demand for MRO services. With the skilled workforce from METC, we will be able to reach out to new customers within the country and attract customers from abroad. In addition, we will be able expand our MRO business and conclude partnerships with established players to provide the best in this activity at competitive prices,” said Dr Munir.

    • The Malaysia Airlines’ Engineering & Maintenance division/MAE is currently doing more than 30% third party MRO work and targets to increase this to 50% by 2010. The Malaysia Airlines Engineering Training Centre (METC) is an integral component of the MAE offering a 5-year Trainee Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and a 2-year Trainee Junior Technical Programme. It currently has 246 trainees, comprising 169 personnel sponsored by FELDA and 77 recruited by Malaysia Airlines. Of these, 196 are undergoing the 5-year training while 50 are taking the 2-year course.

    • Trainees of the 5-year programme will first undergo a basic 3-year course leading to the acquisition of a Basic Aircraft Maintenance License, issued by the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Upon completion of the training, the qualified candidates will be absorbed for the Aircraft Type Training programme to qualify as company-approved Type-Rated Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

    • Under the Trainee Junior Technical Programme, the trainees will be exposed to perform tasks laid down by the authorities for regular maintenance of the aircraft. Upon completion of the training, they will received a Category A license issued by the Malaysian DCA.


    User currently offlineCHANGYOU From Singapore, joined Nov 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 130, posted (6 years 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 29283 times:
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    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 128):
    In addition, we plan to mount extra daily flights for this week, if there is further demand."

    I did a DAC turn on the 26SEP and saw 2 MH ac parked side by side. A 772 and a A333. Wonder 1 of these actually chartered to carry the depotees home...Very sad indeed.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 131, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 29206 times:

    A doctor was declined an upgrade (she asked for) on MH's flight after treating patients.

    Aussie docs call for rewards after MAS incident
    The Star

    • An Australian doctor left her family to attend to three sick passengers on a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight to Kuala Lumpur. As a reward, she wanted an upgrade but MAS said no. And Dr Matilda Metledge has shot off a bill to MAS for services rendered.

    • Her actions have now sparked a debate over whether doctors should be rewarded for providing services during flights. The Australian Doctor magazine reported that Dr Metledge had to leave her young family to attend to an elderly man and a woman who were vomiting, as well as another who was causing a disturbance, on her flight.

    • After being given toiletries and pyjamas for her services, Dr Metledge asked for an upgrade but was refused. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is asking international airlines to provide incentives for doctors whose travels are ruined by treating fellow passengers. AMA public health committee chairman Assoc Prof John Gullotta told the Herald Sun newspaper he also had three recent flights ruined because he had to treat passengers, and felt airlines were taking doctors for granted.

    • “It is a bit unfair to expect doctors trying to get away on holiday to be always available and render assistance,” he was quoted as saying. “Obviously we have to do that as part of our Hippocratic Oath and sense of well being, but the airlines have to take a bit more responsibility. On most flights, you are going to have at least one doctor there. So by having an incentive upfront and saying that if you want to be on call, you can have an upgrade or be paid for the time you are on call, every one else can relax.”

    • AMA suggested airlines adopt a process where doctors could declare themselves when buying a ticket and state whether they would like to be on call or not. But Medical Error Action Group spokesman Lorraine Long told the newspaper that treating sick people was a doctor’s obligation, not something to do for a reward. “If you are a doctor travelling on a plane and you help someone, isn’t a ‘Thank you’ sufficient?” she said. MAS officials could not be reached for comment. – Bernama


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 132, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 29203 times:

    Almost a disaster on FAX's last day of serving the RAS.

    FAX’s close call on its last day
    Panic turns to relief when Twin Otter splutters to life after both engines briefly stop

    The Borneo Post

    • The first flight of the penultimate day of FAX Rural Air Service here almost ended in disaster when the engines failed while airborne yesterday. Lawas-bound Twin Otter flight DZ 1530 took off slightly after its 6.55 am schedule but ran into trouble within minutes after take-off.

    • It was supposed to land in Lawas airport at 7.40am but was back here using just one engine that was “forced” to start by the pilot. The co-pilot was overheard saying that they might land on a highway but the calm pilot turned back to Miri airport and head out to the sea with the single left engine.

    • That engine spluttered and even stopped in mid-aid for several seconds, causing the aircraft to lose attitude rapidly and left the passengers hysterical. To their great relief, the pilot managed to restart an engine and nursed the plane back to the airport.

    • Utusan Sarawak bureau chief in Limbang, Adeng Edrews, who was on the plane said he was shocked when the right propeller stopped within minutes after taking off but he was in for a bigger shock when both engines failed. Shaken by the scary ordeal, he and other passengers recalled that there was screaming, hysteria, and loud praying among passengers while the pilot and co-pilot struggled to bring the plane back under control.

    • Some angry passengers demanded a refund while some just walked away, shaken but thankful that they landed safely. I was supposed to be on the flight but missed it after the ground crew stopped me for failing to meet the check-in time. FAX and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) when contacted declined to comment on the scary flight.

    • Tomorrow (1 October 2007), MasWings, a subsidiary of MAS will take over the rural air services from FAX.


    User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
    Reply 133, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 29160 times:

    Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 45):
    . Now you have Skyteam banging on your front door and MH insists that they wait. Wait for what?

    Err.. i think its the other way round... MAS is banging on Skyteam's door but continues to be told 'Non'...

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 131):
    A doctor was declined an upgrade (she asked for) on MH's flight after treating patients.

    Aussie docs call for rewards after MAS incident
    The Star

    As a fellow doctor - i am shocked that any doctor would 'demand' an upgrade after treating a passenger. No airline is obliged to offer anything in return. One helps a fellow passenger as a 'good samaritan' and as part of our Hippocratic oath. If she was to help a sick person in a shop - would she demand the shop offer her something in return?

    Having attended to sick passengers on many flights - I have rarely been 'rewarded' by the airline concerned - in fact - I felt more insulted once when SQ presented me with a SGD50 duty-free voucher as a 'thank-you'. If a company wishes to thank you for your service - ensure the reimbursement is appropriate. I am happy enough with the 'reward' that the outcome of the 'medical emergency' is diffused and the passenger/flight remains safe and there are no adverse outcomes. If its not their policy to reimburse - then - one has no right to DEMAND a reward.

    There is probably more to this story than has been reported. It states she was travelling with her young family and perhaps MH felt it not possible to upgrade her and her entire family on the flight (perhaps due to space constraints) or whatever. Nevertheless, I think its a bit unprofessional in my opinion to 'demand' an upgrade.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 134, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 29001 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 132):
    Tomorrow (1 October 2007), MasWings, a subsidiary of MAS will take over the rural air services from FAX.

    MASWings takes on the skies today giving an end to the unsatisfactorily and short lived FAX service. Sarawak Tourism Board relieved.

    MASWings takes to the skies
    The Star

    • Newly formed MASWings takes to the east Malaysian skies today. It has taken over the rural air service sector in Sabah and Sarawak from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX). The subsidiary of national carrier Malaysia Airlines starts operations promising to revitalise air transportation in the two vast states.

    • There are more than a million rural folks in Sarawak and Sabah still living in isolated settlements where air service is the only means of swift transportation to towns and cities. Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is scheduled to launch the inaugural MASWings flight from the Mulu National Park, some 250km inland from here, this morning.

    • MASWings managing director Dr Amin Khan said the airline would operate about 200 weekly flights covering 29 destinations in Sarawak and Sabah, using 19-seater Twin Otter and 50-seater Fokker aircraft. He said the airline plans to also fly new routes not previously served by FAX, such as between Miri and Kota Kinabalu. He said the two destinations, which house two world heritage sites in Malaysia, are popular among foreigners.

    • “Feedback from travel agents all over the world indicated a tremendous response from tourists in Japan, mainland Europe, Britain and the United States to the news that we will be taking over the flights to Mulu,” he told The Star. “Mulu is a tourism jewel,” said Dr Amin, when interviewed here. He added that there had been more than 6,000 online bookings for seats on MASWings since the takeover was announced.

    • Asked to comment on the development, Sarawak Tourism Board CEO Gracie Geikie said since the takeover by MASWings of the rural service was announced some two months ago, the momentum has picked up. She said the board has received favourable response in many countries after it made more efforts to promote Sarawak following a series of flight connection woes in the past 12 months.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 135, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 28965 times:

    MASWings also launched its website today. It looks pretty but unfortunately does not have any online booking features.

    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 136, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 28896 times:

    Visit Malaysia Year 2007 is being extended to 31 August 2008. Highlights on MH and AK.

    Spotlight on Visit Malaysia Year
    The Edge

    • To recap, VMY 2007 is not merely about attracting tourists and their spending power, but also about celebrating Malaysia’s 50th anniversary of independence. The government pulled out all the stops to ensure the event is a success.

    • It has succeeded by all accounts though earlier in the year, there were serious misgivings about the country’s target of 20.1 million tourists for 2007. Before the start of the year, the target did not seem overly ambitious, being just 15% higher than the estimated 17.5 million arrivals for 2006.

    • Tourist arrivals have been respectable from the very start of the year, with January arrivals up 12% on-month and 18% on-year. But the real pick-up was seen in May when arrivals surged more than 30% on-year. First half arrivals of 10.7 million were 25% higher on-year, 10 percentage points higher than the government’s target for full-year growth.

    • Tourist receipts have been even stronger with 1H proceeds rising 46% on-year to RM24 billion or 53% of the full year target of RM45 billion. The jump in tourism is backed by anecdotal evidence of high Kuala Lumpur hotel occupancy of over 90% in July and Aug as tourists packed the capital during the Golden Jubilee Merdeka celebrations. In fact, tourist numbers for Malaysia recently overtook Singapore’s and are closing in on Thailand’s.

    • Many industries are beneficiaries of the higher tourist arrivals — tourism, airlines, tolled highways, hotels, retail and consumer sectors. Transport companies are winners from VMY as air travel makes up 21% of total transport and domestic airfares amount to 3% of tourists spending.

    • AirAsia’s Malaysian passenger traffic soared 42% to 4.5 million in 1H07, driven by strong demand growth which was supported by higher capacity. MAS is also one of the key beneficiaries of increased passenger traffic into Malaysia. In July, MAS’s international passenger load factor rose to 75.6%, against an average of 70.5% in 2Q, reflecting the onset of summer travel demand and heightened sales initiatives.

    • Two factors will sustain the momentum of VMY 07 beyond this year. VMY 07, as its name implies, was supposed to end on Dec 31, 2007. But the government extended the event to a year after the 50th Independence-Day celebrations as this year is Malaysia’s Golden Jubilee and celebrations are intended to last an entire year. This means that VMY 2007 will end on Aug 31, 2008. An extended VMY 2007 is certainly good news, not only for sectors that will benefit from continued high inflow of tourists, but also for the overall economy and general sentiment.

    • The best proxies for VMY 2007 include transport companies such as AirAsia and MAS. AirAsia’s budget travel business has gained from its capacity expansion that will allow it to accommodate higher demand. MAS has enjoyed a marked increase in its international passenger load factor.

    • AirAsia’s network around Asean will also benefit from the success of VMY 2007, helping the low-cost carrier to fill more seats as more planes are delivered. AirAsia is also increasing its penetration into southern China, where the boom in travel demand is pushing Chinese tourists all across South-East Asia and beyond. The impending launch of AirAsia X’s long-haul flights to Australia and China will also ride on the success of the VMY 2007 campaign and bring tourists into AirAsia’s shorthaul network. Although fuel prices threaten to spoil the party, AirAsia is extremely leveraged to US$ depreciation and very sensitive to higher fuel surcharges.

    • As the national airline, MAS is one of the key beneficiaries of increased passenger traffic into Malaysia. On top of that, active yield and load management will begin to show results. In July, MAS’s international passenger load factor rose to 75.6%, against an average of 70.5% in 2Q, reflecting the onset of summer travel demand and heightened sales initiatives. High fuel costs are manageable in a strong demand environment as fuel surcharges are raised. The main share price catalyst is a set of strong 2H results, which will increase confidence that MAS is on course for sustained profitability.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 137, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 28891 times:

    Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 134):
    MASWings takes on the skies today giving an end to the unsatisfactorily and short lived FAX service.

    News on MASWings' inaugural flight.

    MASWings takes flight, hopes soar
    The Star

    • MASWings took off smoothly into the skies of Sabah and Sarawak Monday morning, heralding hopes for an efficient and thrifty rural air service.

    • The inaugural flight, the aircraft a Fokker 50 with the call number MH3014, took off from Kota Kinabalu for Lahad Datu with 15 orphans given a joy ride, with Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman and MAS chairman Datuk Dr Munir Majid witnessing the event.

    • The 10am flight was the first of of 451 weekly flights covering a network of 21 destinations in the east Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, whose rural service was badly hit due by the poor performance of Fly Asian Xpress. "I believe with the operations of MASWings our air links to rural areas will improve greatly," Musa said after unveiling the MASWings logo.

    • Information on MASWings is available at www.maswings.com.my, bookings are accepted through Malaysia Airlines call centre 1-300-88-300 or 603 78433000 as well as at MAS offices and travel agents worldwide.


    User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 138, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 28863 times:

    Just an FYI:

    China Eastern will double its PVG-KUL from 7 to 14 weekly flights.

    New flight schedule (all flights operated by A319):

    PVG-KUL:
    MU 5023: Dep. 0950; Arr. 1540 *New Flight*
    MU 539: Dep. 1900; Arr. 0020

    KUL-PVG:
    MU 540: Dep. 0200, Arr. 0700
    MU 5024: Dep. 1645, Arr. 2205 *New Flight*

    MU 5024 will provide the only mid-afternoon flight to PVG from KUL.


    User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 139, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 28814 times:

    Check-out facilities at KL Sentral will be rolled out in January 2008. Trial run planned in November 2007. KLIA Express will partner MH for the service. CX and BI to follow later.

    ERL aims to check out baggage at KL Sentral
    The Star

    • Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL), the operator of KLIA Express and KLIA Transit, aims to launch its baggage check out service at KL Sentral in January after a month-long trial run that kicks off end-November, said CEO Dr Aminuddin Adnan.

    • “The service would be the first of its kind in the world,” he told Malaysian journalists at the 13th World Route Development Forum (Routes 2007) last Monday. “We are talking to Malaysia Airlines to package its fares with tickets so that passengers must have ERL tickets to check out (their baggage) at KL Sentral,” he said. He added that the ERL hoped to finalise a deal with the airline by year-end to kick off the service as early as January.

    • ERL hoped to also work with Cathay Pacific and Royal Brunei, the other two airlines that currently used its check-in services at the KL City Air Terminal for the check out service, which would use a high-speed baggage handling system, Aminuddin said.

    • Costing over RM100mil, the high-speed line would adopt the tray system capable of handling baggage five times faster than the conventional conveyor system, he said. He estimated that 20% of travellers to Kuala Lumpur via the KL International Airport currently used the KLIA Express.