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Malaysian Aviation Thread 4

Mon May 28, 2007 4:52 pm

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

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Some of the major highlights in the previous threads:

New Carriers:

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


New Routes/Service:

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


Online Facilities:

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


Price Wars:

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


Crashes/Mishap:

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


The opening of the KUL-SIN route:

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


Plane delivery/movement/order:

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


Government/NGO interferences in airlines' businesses:

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


Bilateral Disagreement:

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


Visa/Entry Requirement:

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


Others:

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



MALAYSIA AIRLINES

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

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

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

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


  • B734 product enhancement. As revealed by Isz1:

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



AIRASIA

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


AirAsia's Tune Hotels:

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



MALAYSIA AIRPORTS

Airport performances:

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


Airports' constructions:

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

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

    MAS New Hangar in KUL taken shape.

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

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



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

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



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


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Mon May 28, 2007 5:48 pm

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

Open skies the way to go
The Star

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But with Asean capitals moving towards open skies by end-2008, the clock is ticking. It is only a matter of time before the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route will be thrown open, and ready or not, MAS will have to compete as an equal player.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 5:56 pm

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

AirAsia set to soar even higher
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • As for AirAsia’s stake in Fly Asian Xpress, a research house understands that it will be structured probably in the form of irredeemable convertible unsecured loan stocks, which would protect the carrier from any start-up losses incurred by its long-haul services. “As such, although the airline's long haul might add spice to the AirAsia story, we feel that it would be too early to adjust our earnings for now,” he said.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:04 pm

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

Official announcement and AK's Chinese invasion plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • AirAsia Long Haul, which is expected to start operations in September, is a franchise of AirAsia that is to be operated by FAX. The two airlines share common directors.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:09 pm

Blame Canada?

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

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

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

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

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

  • He said his country had to strictly vet visa applications as there were people who tried to exploit Canada’s immigration programme. “There have been many people coming into Canada and then asking for refugee status. That is why we want you to prove that you are coming to Canada in good faith.”
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:16 pm

A proceed from the recent airport tax lowering.

AirAsia to refund airport tax on unused tickets
The Star

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

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

  • On the reduced airport tax, she said AirAsia's online booking would reflect the new rates from June 1. “We are happy with the reduced airport tax. However, we believe that it could be lower. As we do not want to burden our passengers, we hope that cost will be exempted totally,” she added.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:23 pm

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

The "duopoly" is only affecting airlines from Malaysia and Singapore, right? Why can airlines such as UL, JL, AI and others operate between KUL and SIN and/or vv.? Why aren't they affected by the non existing open-sky between Singapore and Malaysia. Why couldn't Air Asia Indonesia or Air Asia Thailand operate services between those two countries as well?
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:24 pm

All tuned up for no-frills model
The Star

by CHAN CHING TH


TRAVELLERS on a shoestring budget have reason to rejoice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes, less is more.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:31 pm

AK's wish granted!

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

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

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

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

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

  • On statements by the Transport Minister and Tourism Ministry that airlines should refund the airport tax and fuel surcharges to passengers who did not board their flights, he said it was up to the airlines to make such refunds. He explained that MAB did not know who pays the charges because the airlines only submit the names of passengers who board the planes.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:34 pm

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

India ready to discuss frequencies of MAS flights
The Star

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

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

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

  • India’s move shocked airlines and tourism industry observers, who feared such a ban or even the idea to limit number of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi would harm the booming Malaysian tourism sector, which attracted about 280,000 Indian visitors last year.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:43 pm

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

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

Cut in airport taxes from June
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • He declined to comment on a statement by Tourism Minister that Firefly would be allowed to operate from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang (SZB).
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 6:55 pm

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

AirAsia hopes airport tax is reduced further
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fuel price volatility remains the company’s top concern. “We continuously look for opportunities to hedge our fuel requirement and take risk out of the system. With the current volatile fuel price, we believe unit cost will increase between 3% and 6% for the full financial year,” he added.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:09 pm

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

First FAX destination could be in Asia-Pacific
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Long-haul airfares are certainly going to drop but the quantum will pretty much depend on the intensity of competition. In his new role, Azran will have to ensure that the sectors AirAsia Long haul decides to ply would offer better value than the incumbent players. Azran, according to the source, not only has to implement a business plan but also be involved in the negotiations for landing rights in a very tight timeframe.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:15 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Travellers can log on to www.klia.com.my for information pertaining to the new security measures.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:21 pm

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

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

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

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

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

  • Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents president said the move would be good overall for the travelling public. “Over the years, we have seen more and more travel agents booking low-cost flights for clients. So less tax will be a boost.”
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:26 pm

AirAsia wants to be listed abroad.

AirAsia may seek dual listing
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • SAE chief executive officer Syed Budriz Putra said the company would court other low-cost airlines, particularly, six or seven carriers from India which use the Airbus A320. “With AirAsia as our anchor, we’ll able to service 150 Airbus A320s in the future, and we are capitalising on the volume we are able to do,” he said. SAE is building a RM60mil hangar in Sepang, which also includes an additional RM20mil in maintenance.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:36 pm

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

LAG ruling implemented
The Star

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

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

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

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

  • As at noon yesterday, KLIA and LCCT had 11,404 passengers, while airports in Kota Kinabalu, Penang and Kuching had about 3,000 passengers. “We distributed about 10,000 resealable plastic bags to passengers and 3,000 sealed tamper-evident plastic bags,” he said. He added that shops operating in KLIA did not report a decline in sales.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:38 pm

The school holiday is coming.

More MAS flights to meet holiday demand
The Star

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

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

  • It said in a statement that the extra flights would add a total of 5,616 seats to its existing capacity. For more information please call MAS’s toll-free number 1-300-88-3000 for reservations and enquiries.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 7:48 pm

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

More such incident happened.

Only a joke but airline not taking it lightly
The Star

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

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

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

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

  • To ensure the safety of passengers, the airline decided to conduct another security check on all passengers and crew members before taking off.
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 9:24 pm

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

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

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

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

Datuk Tony Fernandez also said last week he's optimistic that the SIN-KUL route will be opened up by September 2007. Does he know something that the rest of us don't?
 
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Mon May 28, 2007 9:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

A full updated article will appear shortly at the following link

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

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

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Mon May 28, 2007 10:06 pm

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

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

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

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

More details is expected in a few hours time.
 
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Tue May 29, 2007 6:02 am

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

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

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Tue May 29, 2007 10:12 am

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

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

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MH's 1Q2007 financial results

The full report.

MAS posts higher profit, load factor and yield
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The airline is starting to plan for its next phase – expansion – by replacing its older planes with new aircraft. It has invited proposals from Airbus, Boeing and Canada's Bombardier. The plan is to acquire up to 55 narrow-bodied planes for regional routes and about the same number of wide-bodied aircraft for long haul. There would be a combination of purchases and leases, and it would be a prudent programme, Jala said.
 
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Tue May 29, 2007 11:56 am

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


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

This whole fiasco makes little sense... as according to the reports, Malaysia had not allowed Air Sahara and AI Express into KUL, but in reality - both carriers ALREADY operate into KUL - or have I missed something here.
Seems to me the Indian government is forcing Malaysia to accept its airlines into KUL whilst MAS is limited in its operations into India. hmm...
 
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Tue May 29, 2007 6:50 pm

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



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

The Indian aviation thread said that AIX is not allowed to operate to KUL, hence it currently operates under an AI flight number. AI is allowed to fly to KUL, but not AIX.
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Tue May 29, 2007 10:54 pm

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

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

Welcome to my RUL for the second time !!!

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Tue May 29, 2007 11:12 pm

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

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

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

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


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Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:02 pm

Another attempt to enhance the BTP.

MAS revamps CFO’s office
The Star

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

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

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

  • In line with the airline's BTP, the central procurement department will be reorganised into a strategic procurement function. This will allow the business to be more closely aligned with the BTP objectives, and to the Red Book on best practice procurement processes and procedures issued by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
 
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Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:08 pm

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

MAHB: Lower airport tax not a worry
The Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Meanwhile, in a Bursa Malaysia filing, the airport operator reported a 17% increase in net profit for the first quarter ended March 31 of RM71.3mil against RM61mil a year earlier. Sales improved to RM332mil compared with RM313.8mil before.
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:13 pm

Malaysian with heroin held at Perth airport
The Star

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

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

  • The man is to appear at the Perth Magistrate’s Court, charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug. The offence carries a maximum penalty of A$550,000 (RM1.54mil) and 25 years' jail. – Bernama
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4

Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:40 pm

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

Lucky guy. If he was caught before departure, he'll be seeing the hangman.
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:39 pm

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

And eventually be the hang-ed man.  tongue 
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:28 pm

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

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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:46 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Visitors from northern India could still apply for the visa-on-arrival at the KLIA.
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:55 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 34):

Hey thanks for that.

Cheers  Smile
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:40 pm

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

I'd love to be able to get to Melaka more easily - my favourite city in Malaysia.
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:52 pm

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

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

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

I second that. I think Malacca deserves something like Firefly and flies to maybe Singapore and Penang (linking back all 3 former British Crown Colonies in the Malay Peninsula) and maybe MES. If I could recall, after the demise of Pelangi Airways, commercial flights out of Batu Berendam Airport were hardly seen. Another point to consider is the close distance between the state of Malacca and KUL. But as I said, a small commercial start up like Firefly might works. I can assure that the Malacca State Government will support this proposal should someone has the guts to do it.
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:48 pm

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

Transit tours of Malacca would be SO MUCH better than the current one taking visitors to Putrajaya (???)...
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:13 pm

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

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

Anyone? Question go lost easily between all those Press postings.
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:17 pm

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

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

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

Agreed. Malacca offers some world class historical attractions BUT the land journey might be too far for (airport) side trips. Malacca is about 2.5 to 3 hours drive south of Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya on the other hand, is situated in the vicinity of KUL, on the way to Kuala Lumpur.
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:21 pm

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

Indonesia AirAsia applied to serve SIN from CGK but it was rejected by the Singaporean authorities in the interest of their home carriers.
 
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Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:59 pm

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

MAS boss elected to global airline body
The Star

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

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

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

  • IATA is a trade association representing some 250 member airlines accounting for some 94% of the world’s air traffic.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4

Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:07 pm

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

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

MAS wants audit on planes
The Star

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

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

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

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

  • A month later, the Government agreed that MAS should take back the rural air service operations. Idris revealed that the Rural Air Services would be operated by a new subsidiary – MASWings – and not Firefly. “We decided to do this because it would be easier for us to show the profits and losses in our operations. This will also allow us to be very transparent about everything,” he added.
 
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Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:11 pm

A warning to all travellers in KUL!

Robbers in guise of cab drivers at KLIA
The Star

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

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

  • “When I said that I was waiting for my aunt, he said that she had sent him to pick me up. I hesitated but was persuaded after he called someone on his mobile phone and said that he had just spoken to my aunt. When I got into the taxi, he asked me to hand him my passport and cash claiming that it would be easier for him to deal with the authorities in case there was a roadblock. Halfway through the journey, three men got into the taxi,” he said, adding that he felt intimidated as they looked like thugs. The driver dropped me off at KL Sentral and sped off with my passport and cash,” he added.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 4

Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:21 pm

Just maybe, the authorities at KUL will finally do something about the swarms of touts that pester everyone at arrivals. It is the only thing that spoils what is otherwise one of the best airports in the world.
 
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:31 am

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

There's another BIG issue in KUL, theft among the airport workers. After reading about it all this while, it finally happened to me on 25 May 2007. My check in luggage was broke in, a document folder was torn apart and several compartments' zippers inside the bag was left open. I was shocked! Nevertheless, no item missing as there was no valuable item inside the bag.  no 
 
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:48 am

Indonesia's Metro News just now reported about thick haze in Pekanbaru, Riau. Has the hazy season started? How is the air condition in Malaysia and Singapore? Nice Indonesia, sabotages our Visit Malaysia campaign!  Angry
 
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:54 am

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 39):

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

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

Due the duopoly of MH and SQ..
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:20 am

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

Any idea when its tickets will go on sale?
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