Some of the major highlights in the previous threads:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- AirAsia AirAsia is celebrating its partnership agreement with the AT&T Williams Formula One racing team by offering 600,000 seats with fares as low as RM1 via its Fast & Furious campaign. The tickets were available online only at www.airasia.com, and guests can start making their bookings from midnight April 23 to April 29 for flights between Oct 1, 2007, and March 2008.
- MH’ cheap fares fall under its SuperSavers promotion with 500,000 tickets allocated over six days for domestic locations only. The sales period was from April 23 to 28 for travel between May 7 and May 22, and, June 14 and June 30.
- A Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) Fokker F50 aircraft which carried Miri police chief and several members of the media caused a scare when one of its tyres burst after landing at the airport. However, no casualty was reported.
- A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Hawk 208 jet crashed after take-off at the Kuantan airbase. The pilot managed to eject to safety.
- The Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu (TGG) was closed for 2 days because of runway lights malfunctioning. The closure affected six commercial flights (MAS, AirAsia and Firefly), the King's (Sultan Mizan) special flight and some 335 passengers were stranded on the first day. MAHB had taken all measures to keep the airlines abreast of the development at the airport.
The opening of the KUL-SIN route:
- YTL Corporation is still positive about their plan and introduced the train model that they are going to use for their Kuala Lumpur-Singapore track, the Velaro E Train by Siemen AG.
- DPM Najib Razak said that the KUL-SIN route is unlikely to be opened up any earlier than 2008, when the planned ASEAN air agreement comes into effect.
- 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).
- 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.
- No more visas on arrival for South Indian travellers at KUL.
- Malaysians are to fill in a special form when they leave the country as the Tourism Ministry wants to know why they go overseas and what do they do there. So far it has yet to be implemented.
- Captain Mohd Fairuz Mohd Sakirin will be flying solo around the world in a French single engine TBM-700 aircraft from Eurocopter. He will undergo training in Los Angeles, Europe and Australia, which is scheduled in late April. He plans to cover 150 countries across seven continents in 120 days. Fairuz will also be on a peace mission in countries along his flying route.
- Blind aviator Miles Hilton-Barber, who is attempting to fly half-way around the globe in a microlight plane, made a brief stopover in Penang to spread the message that blindness is not a barrier.
- Etihad Holidays, the tour operator of UAE's Etihad Airways, has named Malaysia as its top-selling tourist destination. The airline said Malaysia emerged as the most popular destination among European and Middle Eastern travellers, beating perennial favourite Thailand, which was the top choice in 2006.
- Malaysia is vying to be elected into the 36-member Council of the ICAO. Malaysia, an ordinary member in ICAO since 1958, is vying for a Council position (under category III - related to its geographical location). Singapore is already a council member (under category II).
- A Malaysian entrepreneur, Song Hoi See is the proud CEO of 'economy class' lounge, The Plaza Premium Lounges in seven international airports in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Vancouver.
- Malaysia's premier air (and maritime) show, LIMA 2007 is back, scheduled for Dec 4 to 8, 2007. 800 exhibitors are expected to show up.
- Malaysia has won an award as this year’s top choice summer holiday destination for United Arab Emirates (UAE) residents from renowned tourism magazine Asfaar. The magazine’s 3,000 UAE residents picked Malaysia as their worldwide favourite because of the reasonable cost and the respect given to Arab and Islamic tradition and culture.
- MH will offer Employee Share Option Scheme (ESOS) to its employees.
- MASkargo, the air cargo division of MAS, managed to maintain its position as one of the top three air cargo carriers in Asia for the fifth consecutive year in the annual Air Freight and Supply Chain Awards or AFSCA ceremony.
- Air France and All Nippon Airways are now MH's partner airlines, where passengers can earn Enrich miles when flying with them.
- MH won't risk its business turnaround plan by taking over the RAS.
- MH has selected SunGard’s Kiodex to help it better manage earnings volatility due to changes in fuel prices.
- Effective 1 May 2007, flight MH 8 for Kuala Lumpur/London has been renumbered and rescheduled. It is now MH 4, departing KUL at 12:00 and arriving LHR at 18:10 daily on B744.
- MH and the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy) have renewed their collaboration in disaster relief initiatives following their successful partnership for the past year. The partnership includes special fares to assist deployment of teams during disasters and excess luggage allowance, fundraising and promotion activities and training for MH staff in humanitarian work and skills in emergency situations.
- A woman from India who boarded a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang threatened to “hijack” the plane during the flight. According to sources, the 35-year-old woman boarded the plane with two children, aged one and three. She later claimed that she was only joking.
- MH is refurbishing its A333s. As revealed by Isz1:
9M-MKF, 9M-MKS, 9M-MKR are now with "new" GCC seats w/o PTV. Making its debut soon, the 8 inch AVOD Portable Media Player (PMP) aka eVU Mobile Entertainment Device to be offered onboard MAS A333... if iam not mistaken they also add 2 more seats in that zone.
For EY, they removed the main screen and replaced it with drop down LCD monitor... more or less for every 4 rows. 4 more seats in zone C and removed the main screen divider and doghouse. Slimmer EY seats compared to the older ones.
GCC In flight services onboard MAS A333 to be upgraded to RNSD (Revised New Service Delivery) sytle aka MAS B772 and B744 inflight services... as more and more A333 crew rostered for A333 RNSD Classes. New dining ware etc... phasing out old dining ware etc. All these are temp solution until the arrival of "brand new" "replacement" aircraft... first A333 RNSD flight... september. more and more MAS A333 to be retrofitted into this new confi.
- B734 product enhancement. As revealed by Isz1:
Other than that, our hardworking and very sporting AIC ex-KUL might dress EY seats with new headrest cover... white/light grey as opposed to the current one... blue. i think it looks great as it brighten up the cabin interior. MQO is the only MAS B737 with dark brown interior carpet.
- US-based Wellington Management Company LLP has emerged as a substantial shareholder in AirAsia Bhd after it acquired 129.64 million shares or a 5.5% stake.
AirAsia's Tune Hotels:
- Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur opened on 27 April 2007. The hotel offers 173 single and double rooms, where guests are given an option for add-on amenities like soap, towel and air-conditioner. Automated teller machine services, an Internet room and currency exchange services will also be made available.
- Tune Hotels to open 2 more hotels in Penang.
- Tune Hotels would launch a hotel in Kota Kinabalu. The 168-room budget hotel in Kota Kinabalu will be opened in January next year at 1 Borneo Lifestyle Hypermall is to be called Tune Hotels.Com 1 Borneo.
- 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.
- 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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