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Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:17 pm

The interesting discussion of Malaysian aviation continues.

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In the first thread, some of the major highlights are as follows:

  • The creation of AirAsia X.
  • The opening of KUL-SIN route, being the fate of MH and KUL of major concern.
  • The price war between MH and AK through their respective campaigns.
  • AK's unstoppable expansion, their ventures in no frill financial services and no frill hotel chain.
  • MH's progress following their Business Turnaround Plan.

The earlier Malaysian Aviation Thread can be found here. Malaysian Aviation Thread (by 9MMAR Dec 29 2006 in Civil Aviation)#1
 
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:15 pm

Congrats 9MMAR for passing the bicentennial mark on this thread  Smile
Thought I'd continue with the last discussion if that's okay.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 201):
MAS needs to have something that nobody else has. If you look at their new premium products that was launched in 2005, using SQ as a benchmark, the former already had these First Suites since 1998. Or worse still, Swissair was the first to introduce them in 1995. So it is really passe.

Now their new product will last them for the next 8-9 years and after that, MAS would have to look deep within themselves at how to top their closest competitor at the next makeover. .

You're right. Fundamentally MAS need to decide the type of airline they want to be. The BTP talks about catering to tourists but also having a premium product. That sounds very much like no change to me. I wonder if that's enough to see the airline through.
For instance, they launched outdated products knowing full well that airlines like SQ were in the midst of upgrading theirs. Why, oh why? I think they should have taken a leaf out of NZ's books, who lept-frogged a step to a revolutionary flat-bed for Business Class, ala Virgin.
What's worse, in Malaysia, MAS decided to charge a premium on their outdated new F and C classes as if they were something nobody else had. Somebody didn't do a reality check!
What would have really been 'an experience redefined' would be to dispense with F, call the new First class cabin Business Class (now that would be miles better then even the new SQ 77W seats) and charging a premium for it, and installing the old GCC seats as premium economy. But hey, what do I know? I'm just one passenger whom MAS has chased away.


Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 201):
Also... ground staff at KLIA. Smile a bit more boleh tak?

Actually, that's one aspect which has improved. They do smile now - it can come as quite a shock at first, but I am used to it now  Wink
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:25 pm

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) trainee pilot crashed into the sea on Friday 10.02.2007

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/state_news/news.php?id=246139&cat=nt


  • Two nautical miles south of Pulau Aman near Penang
  • The aircraft, Diamond DA 40 developed an engine problem while the trainee pilot on a solo training flight enroutes for IPH from PEN.
  • The trainee pilot, who has clocked 70 flying hours, sent a distress signal to the Royal Malaysian Air Force control tower in Butterworth.
  • Three boats from the Northern Region Marine Police raced to the scene after it was alerted at 5.45 pm.
  • The pilot who wore a life jacket was plucked to safety by a fisherman who saw the mishap.
  • A search operation had been mounted to look for the wreckage of the aircraft, believed to have sunk to the sea bottom at a depth of eight metres.
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:13 pm

Congratulation to us all for making it a success!  cheerful 

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 1):
Thought I'd continue with the last discussion if that's okay.

You are most welcome. Your discussion with fellow A.Netter, Ryanair!!! is very interesting. I wish I could have some of the replies in the KUL-SIN route opening thread here.

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 1):
that airlines like SQ were

Something to keep us asking on and on and on... "How did they do it?"

Singapore Air 3Q profit up 49% on one-off gain
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...63efe20-cb73c03a-156b3860-52d89a64


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  • Singapore Airlines, the world's biggest airline by stock market value, posted a 49% rise in quarterly profit -- just shy of market expectations (but) boosted by a one-off gain from the sale of its stake in a plane leasing business. State-controlled Singapore Air said October-December net profit was S$589 million (RM1.34 billion) compared with S$397 million a year earlier and an average forecast of around S$602 million from four analysts polled by Reuters. The result was boosted by a S$198 million gain from the sale of its 35.5% stake in Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) to Bank of China in December.
  • Singapore Air's shares have risen by nearly a third since August as the price of jet fuel -- the single-biggest cost item for airlines -- has dropped 22% from a high of US$93.20 (RM325.60) a barrel. The carrier, 57%-owned by government investment agency Temasek and the city-state's only global brand, is among the world's most profitable airlines thanks to its focus on cost and efficiency.
  • The airline is worth more than US$14 billion on the stock market, ranking it ahead of European rivals such as Lufthansa and British Airways and dwarfing most of the carriers in the United States in terms of market value. Singapore Air's full-year net profit is expected to increase 37% to nearly S$1.7 billion, according to 12 analysts polled by Reuters Estimates before Feb 9's results. -- Reuters

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Minus the one-off gain from the stake's sale, SQ still achieves a remarkable net profit of S$391 million although slightly lower than the same quarter last year.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:34 pm

For those interested in Malaysian aviation - airutopia.com has the a380 at kuala last year - you can see a trailer there of the dvd...

hope you enjoy the trailer
 
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:05 pm

A tale of a pilot school in Malaysia.

Pilot school seeks status change
The Star


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  • The only flight training school in the east coast, Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT), is seeking approval from the National Accreditation Board to become a private institute of higher learning. Its principal and general manager Mej (R) Khalid Ali said the move could open up opportunities for those from poor families to become pilots because they would be able to apply for scholarships and study loans. Currently, most flight school cadets are either sponsored by airlines or self-financed.
  • Speaking to reporters after a graduation ceremony for 12 cadets who were sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, Mej Khalid said the flight school was working out a scheme with banks and charitable foundations to offer loan schemes to those who could qualify as cadet pilots.
  • Part of the school’s expansion plan was the purchase of 112 additional training aircraft and a US$1.5mil (RM5.24mil) flight stimulator, said Mej Khalid. Currently, the flight school has 120 cadets including 52 from Pakistan, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. In the future, it plans to take in cadets from Nepal and China.
  • Mej Khalid said the country was facing an acute shortage of qualified pilots due to the rapid expansion of the aviation industry in the region.

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Should their application granted by the National Accreditation Board, the pilot school, Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT) may become Malaysia's first flight training college university.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sat Feb 10, 2007 6:17 pm

The new premium cabin products... under Md Nor and when was that?
The new NSD... under Fuuad... focusing more on premium products...
BTP... under current leadership... using all resources they have at the moment to turnaround the carrier.

Guess someone need to check their fact first... guess its not easy to make everyone happy/satisfy... easier talk than done.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 200):
Are seats going to be added in economy class?

New confi 38BC + 254EY

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 200):
Is MH still planning to operate the A388?

MAS already found its way to finance the PSS and A388 program.
This is Malaysian Hospitality. This is MH.
 
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:16 pm

Quoting Isz1 (Reply 6):
MAS already found its way to finance the PSS and A388 program.

Hinting that it is up and ongoing. Proved that MAHB's MYR 135 million upgrade works at KUL is for a reason and somehow, my signature is going to materialised anyway.
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:28 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
Something to keep us asking on and on and on... "How did they do it?"

Say what you like about SQ - the biggest complaint seeming to be their 'robotic' cabin crew - they are boringly, yawningly consistent, and boringly, yawningly profitable as a result.


Quoting Isz1 (Reply 6):
The new premium cabin products... under Md Nor and when was that?
The new NSD... under Fuuad... focusing more on premium products...
BTP... under current leadership... using all resources they have at the moment to turnaround the carrier.

Guess someone need to check their fact first... guess its not easy to make everyone happy/satisfy... easier talk than done.

You're absolutely right. The new upgrades were ordered during Md Nor's time (when if you recall, the M'sian press touted his 'success' in turning around the airline). He left MAS in triumph to a plush job at the Securities Commission and is now chairing the Executive Committee of Khazanah Nasional, for goodness sake. Easily one of the most influential jobs in the country. Fuuad was just the fall guy after Md Nor left and made the scapegoat for everything wrong with the airline then.
I do sincerely hope your confidence in the current leadership will be justified, but I have seen too much crap going on at MAS over the years not be cynical.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:04 pm

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 2):
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) trainee pilot crashed into the sea on Friday 10.02.2007

A follow up report on the incident.

Plane wreckage found hours after it crashed
The Star

Notes

  • The wreckage of the aircraft that crashed into the sea off Pulau Aman near here was discovered by marine police hours after the incident. Police said they managed to locate the tail of the aircraft that was found protruding at low tide on Friday night. Police were now waiting for the aircraft owner to salvage the wreckage.
  • So far only one witness – a fisherman who saw the aircraft circling several times before it crashed – had come forward to assist police in their investigation. The 54-year-old fisherman, Heah Soon Boay, rescued the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft Nor Azlan Yazid, 25, after he was spotted floating in the sea in a life jacket.
  • Police said the aircraft took off at 5.22pm and last contacted the control tower at the Bayan Lepas Airport at 5.38pm before it crashed. Nor Azlan was flying the two-seater Diamond D-40 HM Aerospace plane alone from the Bayan Lepas International Airport to Langkawi when the incident occurred some 20 minutes later.
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:06 pm

yes he did... and for them.. he was a good leader especially during the difficult times + post TR era... he and the late Tan Sri Azizan (RIP) made a good duo... as for fuuad the scapegoat... where was him?

yes, you seen "too much crap" ... so what do you think about them... working under what... 3 different management over how many cynical years???... they seen much, much more and clearer picture better than you... So in return I do genuinely hope u justified your statement regarding their staff confidence n morale.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:38 pm

Quoting Isz1 (Reply 6):
MAS already found its way to finance the PSS and A388 program.

What is the passenger service system (PSS) and what does it do?
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:32 pm

A quick browse at AK's website showed that a lot of job advertisements being posted there. I never see such a number of job vacancies there. Anyway, for those who are interested, all application should be received by 28 February 2007.
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:40 pm

Quoting Isz1 (Reply 10):
they seen much, much more and clearer picture better than you...

They sure have... that's why MAS is in the state that it is. LOL
 
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:29 pm

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 11):
What is the passenger service system (PSS) and what does it do?

Basically PSS consists of 5 main project streams...
- Ticketing
- Fares Management
- Reservations
- Revenue Integrity
- Departure Control
will be key in supporting the BTP. implementation status... on roll.

some other updates...
Enrich
- over 1 mil members as of today
- almost half of them are active members

Engineering
- MH E&M to maintains some LH B747s... agreement also entails cabin modification works and BC upgrading.
This is Malaysian Hospitality. This is MH.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:52 pm

any plans for MH to increase the frequency to BLR from KUL to more than 3x weekly...SQ has had a 6x weekly for sometime now! my last experience flying to LAX with MH was great and now that SQ has become too expensive in economy class, i will be sticking with MH for sometime now untill the european airlines offer better connection times from BLR.

Cheers!
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:29 am

AK X will make announcement of its fleet very very soon. It was reported that they are considering A330 and B772, as opposed to B773 as previously indicated.

Four routes have been targeted to be served in July 2007; Manchester, London Stansted, Tianjin and Hangzhou.
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:54 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
The wreckage of the aircraft that crashed into the sea off Pulau Aman near here was discovered by marine police hours after the incident. Police said they managed to locate the tail of the aircraft that was found protruding at low tide on Friday night. Police were now waiting for the aircraft owner to salvage the wreckage.

Just found out the registration as 9M-HMQ. There is one picture of the said aircraft in the database.
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:07 am

Quoting Articulatexpat in the 1st Malaysian Aviation Thread on AK X future destinations,

"Is there a way of finding out what the others might be? We've heard about London, Tianjin, Hangzhou, and (possibly) Melbourne, Osaka, and Amritsar. Any others? It would be fantastic to see them commence service to Seoul and maybe Busan!"

AK has revealed the following targeted routes for AirAsia X in their recent Investor Relations Day:

  • Europe
    Manchester, London Stansted, Berlin, Prague, Moscow

  • Middle East
    Cairo, Sharjah, Jeddah

  • Indian Sub Continent
    Lahore, Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Bangalore

  • East Asia
    Hangzhou, Tianjin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xiamen, Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Pusan, Cheongiu
    Plus 2 unidentified cities in China, 1 unidentified city in South Korea and 1 unidentified city in Japan

  • Australia
    Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne Avalon

Out of these; Manchester, London Stansted, Hangzhou and Tianjin are targeted to be served in July 2007 from AirAsia X's base in KUL.

[Edited 2007-02-11 17:15:28]
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:18 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 18):
Cairo, Sharjah, Jeddah

Great news as we could see low-cost Umrah packages to Makkah someday. I bet Tony has figured it all out...
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:53 am

Quoting Keno (Reply 19):
Great news as we could see low-cost Umrah packages to Makkah someday.

Plus (maybe) a decline in haj packages as well, should AirAsia X is selected by Tabung Haji to ship the pilgrims, as AK had done for several years.
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:34 pm

Probably due to AK's rights for flying the Haj Pilgrim spark the idea of going long haul in AK. When they have the right, they have to lease an aircraft or two for the charter flights. Now with AK-X will have their own wide bodies, AK can slash the cost further
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:46 pm

By the way, today is the last day for MH's Travel Fair. Grab those tickets and packages before it goes up to their normal prices.
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:00 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 18):
Melbourne Avalon

they can keep on dreaming if they want to serve Avalon. Avalon doesn't have processing facilities such as Customs and Quarantine
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:59 pm

MH is expected to announce its Q42006 financial result soon.

MAS says to post profit in 4Q
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...4a0474e-cb73c03a-174a6e20-23f27e0e


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  • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) expects to post a profit in the fourth quarter, its chief executive Idris Jala said on Feb 12.
  • This would be the airline's second straight quarterly profit since announcing a turnaround plan that included ditching unprofitable routes and cutting costs. - Reuters
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:20 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 18):
Lahore, Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Bangalore

When are these routes expected to start and will they be operated by AK or AK-X.


Karan
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:31 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 24):
included ditching unprofitable routes

and some which unfortunately still exist
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:35 pm

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 25):
When are these routes expected to start and will they be operated by AK or AK-X.

There are no specific time limit on when AirAsia X will start serving these routes.

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Quoting Paparadzi (Reply 17):
Just found out the registration as 9M-HMQ.

Crashed plane’s wreckage salvaged
The Star

Notes

  • The wreckage of the two-seater plane that crashed into the sea off Pulau Aman on Friday has been salvaged. The Diamond D-40 HM Aerospace plane was lifted onto a barge by a crane and ferried to Prai about 5.45pm yesterday.
  • In the 5.40pm incident on Friday, pilot Nor Azlan Yazid, 25 was flying solo from the Bayan Lepas International Airport to Langkawi. Nor Azlan ejected from the plane just before it hit the water some two nautical miles from Pulau Aman. Fisherman Heah Soon Boay, who spotted Nor Azlan floating in the sea, rescued him.


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Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
in the KUL-SIN route opening

AK's CEO is hinting that the route may be "open" in May 2007!

AirAsia hopes for May takeoff
The Star

Notes

  • AirAsia CEO says he hopes to secure approval by May to fly between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and to operate 20 flights a day on the lucrative route. Datuk Tony Fernandes, who has promised much lower ticket prices than are currently available on the route, said aviation officials from Malaysia and Singapore were expected to meet next month to iron out the details. “Obviously, it is an important route for us. It is like the busy Paris-London route. And it will surely be profitable,” he said.
  • He said Kuala Lumpur was “set to become a hub for low-cost carriers”. AirAsia has been pushing hard for access to the route, which is dominated by Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. The two carriers account for 85% of traffic on the 30-minute route between the two cities, with a confirmed round-trip ticket departing from Singapore costing more than S$450 (RM1,025) including taxes. Fernandes has said a one-way AirAsia ticket would start from S$60 (RM137).
  • The AirAsia chief also said the airline had taken delivery of 16 new A320 Airbus aircraft and would have 23 jets in June. “We are very happy with the A320 aircraft. The operation cost of the jets is lower than expected. The fuel burn is less than expected.” – AFP
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:09 pm

From Bernama:

On the delay in the delivery of the A380s purchased by MAS, Idris said they were still discussing.
Asked whether MAS would cancel the order or seek compensation for the delay, he said "We are not going there."
"A constructive conversation on what is the best option for MAS is still ongoing," he said.



It sounds to me like the jury is still out on whether MAS would accept its A380s despite the assurances of Transport Minister last month.
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:18 pm

A bit on MH's operational information.

For the year ended 31 December 2006:

  • MH carried 15,466,000 passengers, down 15.1% from 18,211,000 passengers in 2005. Out of it, 8,417,000 are passengers on international routes while 7,049,000 passengers on the domectic routes.
  • Load factor stood at 69.8%, down 2% from 71.8% experienced in 2005. The international load factor was 69.8% while the domestic load factor was 69.7%.
  • Available Seat per KM stood at 58,923,700, down 10.6% as compared to 65,914,100 in 2005.
  • Revenue Passenger per KM stood at 41,099,600, down 13.1% as compared to 47,304,000 in 2005.
 
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:59 am

As expected, more news on MH's financial performance for the fiscal year 2006 being published in the Malaysian dailies today.

Idris upbeat on MAS' 4Q results
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...5ac706a-cb73c03a-174a6e20-80143ea3

MAS earnings beats internal targets
The Star


Notes

  • Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is confident that its profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2006 will again beat the target outlined in its business turnaround plan, said its managing director Idris Jala. He said this would be MAS' second straight quarterly profit after announcing the turnaround plan in February last year. In the third quarter to Sept 30, 2006, MAS posted a net profit of RM240.3 million, aided by its cost-saving measures and disposal of property assets, the first time in five quarters. "The turnaround is beginning to kick into our organisation. Last year was a very good year,'' he added. MAS is set to release its full-year earnings on Feb 26.

  • Idris said the focus this year for MAS was to make money while for financial year 2008 (FY08), it would be on earnings growth. The national carrier has forecast a profit in 2007. He added that MAS staff were confident about the national airline making better profit this year. For the first nine months of FY06, he said, the airline's savings were in excess of RM440 million and it had also increased yield by 20%, representing RM950 million incremental revenue. Idris said MAS had in 2006 also reduced 3,000 (2,622 to be precise) personnel through its mutual separation scheme, revised fares as well as discontinued unprofitable routes. Jala said in November thet he might raise the company's profit target for 2007 from RM50mil. The airline expects profit to surge to a record in 2008.

  • In its Business Turnaround Plan, he said MAS had focussed on key business activities that would directly improve its profit and loss. "When I took over MAS, we had only five months' worth of cash. MAS needed RM150 million per month to be in business and we had to take action to increase cash. The sale of the MAS headquarters for RM134 million did not even cover our one month cash requirement, but our plans managed to result in us beating targets in the first three quarters last year. The turnaround is beginning to kick into our organisation. Last year was a very good year.'' Speaking to reporters later, Idris said the airline would continue to monitor crude oil prices before making changes to its fuel surcharge as its prices were still competitive. MAS was not rushing into making a decision on this matter as oil prices were still "quite unstable".

  • Meanwhile, Idris said MAS had expressed its concerns to the government on the impact to the national airline if AirAsia was given the rights to fly to Singapore. "Currently, the Asean road map requires that that route and many others would actually open in December 2008, and we have not heard anything other than the current situation in conversations with the government. We will continue to have that conversation," he said.
 
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:28 pm

MH's website got its former look back, after 2 weeks of huge diversions/banners promoting its Travel Fair. Unfortunately their Enrich Online page is still could not be browsed, although MH has promised that the page will be back to its former state today.  Sad
 
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Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:19 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 31):
Unfortunately their Enrich Online page is still could not be browsed, although MH has promised that the page will be back to its former state today.

Just checked out the website again and Enrich Online is now back in action.

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A report on Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad.

MAHB aims to increase revenue from retail and F&B
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...a378783-cb73c03a-174a6e20-b53bdfdf


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  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) wants to improve its performance in the retail and food and beverage (F&B) segment instead of an over-dependence on its other air traffic-related activities. Its chairman said the retail sector, which now contributes 35%-40% to income, was one of its best options in bumping up revenue towards generating growth in the company. "We are hoping to increase the proportion. At least in Malaysia, we are trying to reduce or stop the increase in the aeronautical revenue, mainly landing and parking charges, also passenger service charges. We need to find other sources of revenue and retail is one of the biggest of choices. We have a lot of plans for the retail segment,” he told reporters at KLIA on Feb 13 after the launch of its KLIA Shopping Campaign “Shop, Fly & Win”, that was launched by Deputy Minister of Tourism.

  • MAHB hoped to achieve more than 25 million passengers by the end of this year. The passenger movement in KLIA increased to 24.1 million in 2006, a 3.9% increase from 2005. Its “Shop, Fly & Win” contest is open to both travellers and non-travellers who spend a minimum of RM250 or RM500 in any retail or F&B outlet at KLIA and the Low-Cost Carrierr Terminal (LCCT-KLIA) within the same day. MAHB general manager of commercial services, said sales at KLIA retail outlets rose 5% year-on-year to RM580 million last year. MAHB estimates 10% increase in sales for this year, adding that the average spending during such a campaign was about RM1,000 per individual. This is the fourth consecutive year MAHB is holding a shopping related campaign that involves all retail and F&B outlets at KLIA and LCCT. The latest campaign runs from Feb 13 to July 31, 2007.
 
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Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:59 am

Also a report regarding MAHB.

Govt to decide on MAHB’s debt restructuring soon
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...021f135-cb73c03a-174a6e20-4db50dd2

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  • The government is finalising Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) proposed restructuring programme and will be announcing the details soon, said Prime Minister. “We are in the final stages of deciding on the plan and the Ministry of Transport will make the proper announcements soon,” he said. It has been reported that MAHB owed some RM857 million to the government.

  • MAHB has proposed to dispose of the Sepang International Circuit at a consideration to be set off against the concession fees due to the government. MAHB has also proposed a rise in landing and parking charges, the first in 25 years, and the first rise in passenger fees in 10 years. MAHB managing director said MAHB had completed the discussions with the government on the matter and believed the government would make its decision soon.

  • On AirAsia Bhd’s request to reduce fees for passengers using the low-cost carrier terminal, the decision to increase or decrease fees was up to the government and MAHB would comply with the government’s decision.

  • Speaking to reporters after officially launching Terminal 2 of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Feb 14, he said the government was looking at increasing MAHB’s capability and scope of operations with the proposals. The new Terminal 2, which cost RM60 million to build, began operations on Jan 1 with an initial capacity of one million travellers. The facility will be fully completed in 2009, with a maximum capacity of three million travellers.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:34 am

There was once a rumour that MH is upgrading their Economy Class. Is it true? When can we expect the introduction if it is true?
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:00 am

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 34):
There was once a rumour that MH is upgrading their Economy Class. Is it true? When can we expect the introduction if it is true?

Isz1 to provide details. I think the Economy Class that you are referring to is 9M-MQO, isn't it?
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:51 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 33):
officially launching Terminal 2 of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport

KKIA to become key air hub
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  • Having established itself as the nation’s second busiest airport, the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is set become a key regional low-cost carrier hub. The RM60mil low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) opened by the Prime Minister yesterday would propel the KKIA as an important air transport hub. Last year alone, more than 3.9 million passengers passed through the two terminals at the KKIA, making it the second busiest after the KL International Airport.

  • The construction of the LCCT was part of a massive upgrading of the KKIA over three packages that included the upgrading of the main terminal, runway extension and the construction of a new air traffic control tower. The company entrusted to build the LCCT had managed to complete the work in a record eight months.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:20 pm

Attention to all Enrich members:

MH is giving triple Enrich miles for all domestic flights (within Malaysia) and all international inbound flights (to Malaysia). The offer is in conjuction with the VMY2007 and is valid until 30 April 2007.

Example:

KUL-KCH in C
Normal Miles = 603 (KUL-KCH) + 50% (being in C) = 905 Enrich miles
This promotion = 603 (KUL-KCH) + 50% (being in C) + [603 x 3] (triple Enrich Miles promotion) = 2,714 Enrich miles

The difference is 1,809 Enrich miles for making the same journey within 1 February - 30 April 2007, compared to any other time of the year.

Based on the example, basically if you fly to KCH in C, you will get Enrich miles as if you fly to Beijing in Y. And that's only one way and you don't have to pay anything extra. Isn't that great?  eyepopping 
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:31 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 37):
Based on the example, basically if you fly to KCH in C, you will get Enrich miles as if you fly to Beijing in Y. And that's only one way and you don't have to pay anything extra. Isn't that great?

Yes it is. Now, that's the way to compete with AK. Giving something that's of real value to passengers that your major competitor cannot possibly match.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:46 pm

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 38):
that your major competitor cannot possibly match.

Precisely. AK has again highlighted that they won't venture into any frequent flyer program as it will cost them a lot  dollarsign , in their recent Investor Relations Day.

AK will stick to its credit card program and AA point with RHB Bank for many years to come.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:09 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 18):
AK has revealed the following targeted routes for AirAsia X in their recent Investor Relations Day:



Europe
Manchester, London Stansted, Berlin, Prague, Moscow


Middle East
Cairo, Sharjah, Jeddah


Indian Sub Continent
Lahore, Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Bangalore


East Asia
Hangzhou, Tianjin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xiamen, Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Pusan, Cheongiu
Plus 2 unidentified cities in China, 1 unidentified city in South Korea and 1 unidentified city in Japan


Australia
Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne Avalon


Out of these; Manchester, London Stansted, Hangzhou and Tianjin are targeted to be served in July 2007 from AirAsia X's base in KUL.

That's brilliant news. Cheongju's not impossibly far from Seoul's southern suburbs, probably not much worse than ICN from where I live, and even Busan's not a bad trip by train. I'd do it for decent fares.

I got home from a holiday in Malaysia and Thailand a couple of hours ago. Flew AK and MH. Great experiences. I hope the people at MH sort themselves out, because they really do have a good airline.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:51 pm

Quoting Articulatexpat (Reply 40):
got home from a holiday in Malaysia and Thailand a couple of hours ago.

Are you going to post a trip report? Nice personal website, by the way Mr. Moore.  Wink
 
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Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:20 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 41):
Are you going to post a trip report? Nice personal website, by the way Mr. Moore.

I was thinking about that, actually. Never done one before, not on here anyway. I have a personal blog about my life as an expat, which you can find if you click around on my site enough. Thanks for the compliment, btw -- glad you liked it!
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:09 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 37):
MH is giving triple Enrich miles for all domestic flights (within Malaysia) and all international inbound flights (to Malaysia). The offer is in conjuction with the VMY2007 and is valid until 30 April 2007.

I found that the offer was not quite welcoming. I flew KCH-KUL on 16 February 2007 but was given normal miles. I am not sure whether the bonus miles will be credited at the end of the offer period (i.e. after 30 April 2007) or not, but based on what was written in the newsletter, it was not mentioned anywhere. So, I would assume that it should be awarded to passengers once the journey is completed. Looks like I have to to to their Customer Service Center in Jalan Sultan Ismail to ask for details.  Sad
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:05 pm

The recent Adam Air (KI) crash in SUB sparks a rumour that the Indonesian government will ground all 733s, a move that will definitely give negative impact on QZ (Indonesia AirAsia), as QZ operates an all 733s fleet.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:36 pm

Malaysia Airport posts a profit for FY2006.

MAHB posts high 4Q profit
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...929e8b6-cb73c03a-110b6400-84387dfa

Can't wait to see well MH is doing. Of course it will be a loss, but the question is how much? The announcement is in a few days time.

AK's financial year is on 30 June. So it's a bit too early to predict, but we can say that it will be a profit for sure.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:47 pm

Does anybody know the exact date that the AN225 is arriving in KL this coming March? Would like to plan a trip up North to shoot her.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:22 pm

The Antonov departed Auckland International yesterday (21/2/07)

and is scheduled to drop by the following places

Sydney
Darwin
Kuala Lumpur
Karachi
Istanbul

before arriving at Valencia 56 Hours Later. so im guessing this will be the 23/24th

The people over at M-Wings might know more however.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:55 am

Ocean Airlines an all cargo carrier form Italy are planning to start Kuala Lumpur flights www.oceanairlines.com
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 2

Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:47 pm

A source has revealed that AK will make the official announcement of the fleet for AirAsia X in a week or two time.

Expect a 10+10 or 10+5 order of Airbus 330-200.

Yes, it's A332s, not A333s, B772s or B773s as speculated before.

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