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Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:29 pm

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


Source: Skyscrapercity.com


Some of the major highlights in the previous thread:

    New Carriers:
  • The creation of MH's Firefly, which has been serving the friendly sky 4 days ago (2 April 2007).
  • Malaysia's newest airline, Asmara Air. Hub is in PEN but no recent news since February 2007.
  • The postponement of AirAsia X by a year from initial target launch date in July 2007. However the announcement of their fleet will be made soon. Rumours are spreading that they will go with 10 Airbus 330-200 with 5 option.

    Financial results:
  • MH posted a net profit of MYR 121.47 million in 4Q2006, its second consecutive profit since the unveiling of the BTP. In 3Q2006, MH posted a net profit of MYR 240.3 million. For FY2006, MH posted a loss of MYR 136.43 million from MYR 1.14 billion in FY2005. Revenues up to MYR 13.49 billion against MYR 12.32 billion previously.
  • AK posted a net profit of MYR 150.12 million in 2Q2006/7, its best quarter ever. Revenue rose 61% to MYR 400.61 million from MYR 248.74 million previously. Thai and Indonesian operations contributed profits as well.
  • MAHB posted a net profit of MYR 58.54 million in 4Q2006, up 85.6%.
  • MASkargo, registered a record profit of MYR 179.5 million with more than a million tonnes of cargo handled in 2006.
  • MH maintains 5 Star Skytrax status in 2007.

    Crashes/Mishap:
  • MH's trainee pilot with his Diamond DA 40 (9M-HMQ) crashed in the sea. Survived.
  • MH 141 KUL-BNE diverted to DRW. All survived.
  • A light aircraft, an Eagle 150 Bravo carrying a Johorean prince crash landed. Survived.

    The opening of the KUL-SIN route:
  • AK hopes it will be in May 2007.
  • SQ's Chairman confirms the opening of KUL-SIN route. "There's an in-principle agreement between the governments that they'll open up this route. We don't know the exact date yet so we are waiting for the news. What's certain is that this route will open up.''
  • Malaysia started talks with Singapore on the high-speed express rail service to link both countries.

    Plane delivery/movement:
  • AK received their 16th A320.
  • MH received 2 leased aircrafts; a B737-400 Air Berlin (date of join/operation 1 April 2007 - 4 years leased) and a B737-400 Olympic Airlines (date of join/operation May 2007 - 5 years leased).
  • 2 MH B737-400s being leased by Thailand's Nok Air.
  • Thai AirAsia is expecting 3 A320s and 2 B737-300s by year end.

    Government/NGO interferences in airlines' businesses:
  • Sabah State Government wants MH to resume Tawau, Sandakan and Lahad Datu from Kota Kinabalu.
  • Penang State Government wants PEN-MAA flights.
  • The National Sikhs Movement of Malaysia demanded MH to fly KUL-Amritsar.
  • Penang aState Government wants MH to fly PEN-MAN, PEN-NGO and LHR-PEN-SYD.
  • Sarawak Tourism Board wants MH to resume Mulu.
  • Malaysian Youth Council on AK's flight attendants uniform, which was regarded as 'did not project a Malaysian image and is not appropriate with Malaysian culture.'



    MALAYSIA AIRLINES

    MH's strategies in their Business Turnaround Plan (BTP):
  • Passenger Service System.
  • MH Travel Fair.
  • YCL product upgrades.
  • Code share with KL,
  • Disposed properties, the Four Seasons Resort and Spa in Langkawi and MAS Academy.
  • Network reconfiguration.
  • Improves yield and distribution.
  • Omega Project.
  • Implementation of FMDS.
  • Continuing lowering the base costs.
  • Improves maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) services for third party airlines.
  • Purchase and lease of some new aircrafts. MH is looking at the feasibility of replacing their aging narrowbody aircrafts.

    MH's purchase of 6 A388s:
  • MH already found its way to finance the A388 program but did not expect to see any delivery until 2009 despite holding extensive talks with Airbus.
  • MH is considering all options, including compensation, cancellation or both.

    MH new code share agreements:
  • With KL on BKI, LGK and PEN.
  • Ended code share to VIE with OS on 25 March 2007.
  • With SA from Johannesburg to Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.
  • With AZ to Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Athens, Geneva, Frankfurt and Madrid.
  • Expecting to seal code-share agreements with China Southern Airlines and Jet Airways later this year.



    AIRASIA

    AK's new business ventures:
  • Tune Hotels.
  • AK ties with Genting on holiday packages.
  • Tune Money.
  • AirAsia sponsored F1 team, AT&T Williams for 3 years beginning 2007.

    AK's planned new routes:
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, Myanmar, CGK-JHB, CGK-KCH, KUL-SIN and KUL- Banda Acheh in Indonesia soon, 4 times weekly.



    MALAYSIA AIRPORTS

    Airport performances:

  • KUL handled 24.1 million passengers in 2006, up 3.9% from 2005.
  • BKI handled 4 million, KCH handled 3.2 million and PEN handled 3 million passengers respectively.
  • KUL LCCT, which opened on 23 March 2006 handled 4.7 million passengers in 2006.
  • MAHB handled 42.5 million passengers in all 39 airports under its management in 2006.
  • KUL netted three awards; Best Airport in the 15 million to 25 million passengers per annum category, 3rd place in the regional Best Airport in Asia-Pacific category, and 3rd place in Best Airport Worldwide category at the Airports Council International-Airport Service Quality (ACI-ASQ) Awards 2006 in Dubai.
  • New security measure - Liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in airline passengers’ hand luggage will soon be limited to 100ml per item for all international flights departing from Malaysia. The Government would announce the implementation date later.
  • MAHB clinched a 10-year deal to manage, operate and maintain the International Airport Astana in Kazakhstan.
  • Malaysia has signed a “horizontal air service” agreement for a single aviation market with the European Union (EU), allowing European airlines to fly between this country and any EU member states.

    Airports' constructions:
  • The completion of overall renovation works at KCH.
  • BKI Terminal 2 opened (capacity 3 million passengers a year) while the overall renovation works at BKI Terminal 1 started.
  • The opening of Senai Airport (JHB) 'as wide as possible' to all airlines following the creation of Iskandar Development Region.
  • KUL LCCT upgrading works to be completed by August 2007 to cater to AirAsia X.
  • Construction of a 250 rooms transit hotel next to KUL LCCT.
  • The checkout facilities at the City Air Terminal in KL Sentral would be ready by 2007 year-end.
  • The Penang Government has earmarked a 36.4ha site in Bayan Lepas for the proposed low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT).

    New carrier/additional frequency/upgrade/downgrade/movement to KUL:
  • Italian Ocean Airlines (Freight).
  • Indian Air Sahara, DEL-KUL-SIN-DEL starting 19 March 2007.
  • KLM AMS-KUL is going daily starting 25 March 2007.
  • Etihad will downgrade its AUH-KUL flight from A343 to A332 for the month of March before upgrading it to B77W from April onwards.
  • Egyptair twice weekly CAI-BOM-KUL in June 2007.
  • Emirates opened The Emirates Lounge at KUL.
  • Turkish Airlines IST-BKK-KUL 3 times weekly on A330-200.
  • MH stopped KUL-BNE-KUL and introduced KUL-SYD-BNE-KUL daily on B747-400 starting 25 March 2007.
  • OS withdrawn KUL and its tag on to SYD on 25 March 2007.


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)


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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:52 pm

Great job! I am sure you spent a lot of time contributing to all previous threads. Keep up the good work!
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:54 pm

Azizul, you have no idea how much I have learned about Malaysian aviation thanks to your two threads.

I very much appreciate your initiative and talent, as well as all the participants very enlightening and enriching inputs.

Best regards

P.S. Wow, what a magnificent photo of KL as an introduction to part three of Malaysian Aviation.

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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:33 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
ndian Air Sahara, DEL-KUL-SIN-DEL starting 19 March 2007.

Aparently this flight has been silently withdrawn

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Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:38 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Sabah State Government wants MH to resume Tawau, Sandakan and Lahad Datu from Kota Kinabalu.

Penang State Government wants PEN-MAA flights.

The National Sikhs Movement of Malaysia demanded MH to fly KUL-Amritsar.

Penang aState Government wants MH to fly PEN-MAN, PEN-NGO and LHR-PEN-SYD.

Sarawak Tourism Board wants MH to resume Mulu.

Malaysian Youth Council on AK's flight attendants uniform, which was regarded as 'did not project a Malaysian image and is not appropriate with Malaysian culture.'

They should all get a life. If they are not prepared to shore up the finances of the national airline, then leave it alone. Otherwise, the Malaysian Tourism Board should promote these outlying destinations as a by-the-way pit stop via KUL.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:18 pm

One of the mentioned routes in MH-AZ code share agreement is Rome-Frankfurt..Is this an indication that MH will stop KUL-FRA 5 times weekly??
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:33 pm

Quoting OdiE (Reply 1):
I am sure you spent a lot of time contributing to all previous threads.

Not quite. Just a few minutes daily while reading the online newspapers. It is kind of a revision to my studies as well.

Quoting XA744 (Reply 2):
how much I have learned about Malaysian aviation thanks to your two threads.

Thank you so much Horacio. I am glad you benefited from it.

Quoting MH1402 (Reply 5):
Is this an indication that MH will stop KUL-FRA 5 times weekly??

I don't think MH will make another round route axing. Plus, FRA is one of the few airports in the world where MH has pumped in some investments through the Golden Lounge. Anyway, maybe Isz1 can give an insight.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:01 am

I wonder what sort of development will occur after the open sky agreement with the European Union has been signed finally ...

It seems to me that Air Asia X will be one of the beneficiaries of that agreement.
But i don´t think that we will see any greater change in the near future regarding airlines (whether malaysian or european) serving the market.
Except for Air Asia X i don´t see any "new" entrant on the market who could "drive" the market really forward !
Air Asia X could be a possible door opener for destinations like PEN or BKI and serve non-stop some european destinations like LON/FRA/FCO/PAR
I don´t see european airlines increasing their frequencies at the moment or even plan/start flying to Malaysia (more flexible regulatory environment doesn´t neccessarily lead to immediate response from the "involved transportation parties" ... )
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:20 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 6):
Plus, FRA is one of the few airports in the world where MH has pumped in some investments through the Golden Lounge.

MH has a golden lounge in FRA?? When was it built? Where was it build? Or it is shared with LH Golden Lounge? Last time I went through FRA Terminal 2 (where MH flights make berth) I did not notice it..
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:27 am

http://hq.malaysiaairlines.com/mh/en.../golden_lounges/golden_lounges.asp

The Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounges are available at:

Malaysia's main airports:

* Kuala Lumpur
International Airport
(KLIA)
- Satellite Lounge
- Domestic Lounge
* Kota Kinabalu
* Kuching
* Langkawi
* Penang

International Locations:

* Frankfurt
* London
* Los Angeles
* Melbourne
* Perth
* Singapore
* Sydney
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:00 pm

A follow up report on MH's hub and spoke network business model.

The MAS strategy of regional hubs
The Star

Notes:

  • Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) hub-and-spoke network being weaved by the current management is one of its four strategies to achieve a sustained financial turnaround. Idris Jala, its chief executive officer, felt that the airline had operated on an inefficient network, flying point-to-point to too many destinations.

  • He is changing it such that MAS will fly to selected regional hubs only, with feeder passenger traffic coming from connecting routes or spokes operated by other airlines under code-share agreements. MAS signed a code-sharing agreement with South African Airways last month and Italy's Alitalia on Thursday.

  • In a meeting with the media in Johannesburg recently, Jala said he had come to a conclusion that MAS had four weaknesses: a low yield, an inefficient network, excess manpower and high costs. Hence, he mapped out various strategies to remedy these weaknesses. These strategies have been executed to some extent, with some programmes that are still in the process of implementation.

  • An efficient network, based on a hub-and-spoke setup, offers two advantages – lowering costs and increasing yields. In the industry, yield refers to revenue management that is usually associated with flexible pricing, with different prices on the same routes on different dates.

  • When Jala joined the airline in September 2005, he found that the Kuala Lumpur-Manchester route needed a load factor of 140% to break even. After brainstorming here and in Manchester and after a solution was not found, the route was scrapped. “It's very tough to fill a plane on a point-to-point model,” he said. Hence, MAS signed a code-share pact with British Midlands airline.

  • A number of spokes, provided by partner airlines, increase passenger load factor for MAS. “You don't have to invest in the metal (planes), and you get the passengers,” he said. The hub-and-spoke model will help MAS lower its costs. “I'm aiming for the airline to be able to break even with a load factor of 60%. We're not there yet,” Jala said.

  • MAS is not a member of a global airline alliance and, so does not benefit from passenger traffic routed from alliance members. It will overcome that with its own code-sharing arrangements. It is understood that being late in trying to join a global airline alliance, MAS may not get favourable terms.

  • To a question on the Government's plan to reduce its stake in MAS, Jala said it would be very good because that would improve liquidity of the stock and that there was tremendous interest from foreign investors. It would have been a wrong decision for the Government to sell the shares at about RM2.60, its lowest level last year. “It would also have been wrong to sell at RM4 but RM5.75 is reasonable,” he said. During his tenure so far, MAS' total market value has risen from about RM3.6bil to RM7.4bil. Its share price, meanwhile, almost doubled from around RM3 in 2005 when he joined the airline to RM5.90 yesterday.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:07 pm

Kuwait's plan for KUL.

Kuwait Airways offers outbound travel
The Star

Notes:

  • After a hiatus of over a decade due to technical hiccups, Kuwait Airways has made a comeback to Malaysia with two flights weekly out of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) since November. Besides eyeing KLIA as a potential regional hub, it hopes to generate a new outbound market segment of leisure and corporate travellers in view of Asia’s rapid economic rise.

  • Its Malaysia manager said the airline was among the first from the Middle East to fly to Malaysia in the 1980s, but due to some technical disruptions, flights were scrapped. With many other Arab airlines such as Emirates having started flying to KLIA, Kuwait Airways is gearing up to become more competitive.

  • ”We see Arab airlines as having a foothold in Malaysia due to growth in tourism, trade and investment. Our advantage is the Arabs see Malaysia as a fellow Islamic nation so they feel at ease in pursuing prospects in tourism,” he said in conjunction with a recent Malaysian travel trade familiarisation tour of its services and tour packages.

  • While Malaysia was fast becoming a haven for the inbound Arab market, airlines were suffering from the lack of outbound load. This means the aircraft do not have many passengers on the return flight. “The same may apply to other Arab carriers.

  • So in view of this, Kuwait Airways has struck a deal with a consortium of nine Malaysian outbound travel agents to help promote it from next month. The tie-up with a local consortium comprising seasoned outbound travel agencies was to promote the carrier, and its European and African destinations, he said.

  • The airline was banking on the tie-up to help boost its passenger load by at least 40% from next month. “We have an excellent network with five main points – London, Geneva, Rome, Paris and Egypt – offering great outbound packages,” he said.

  • To promote the airline, the tour packages would be attractively priced from MYR 4,500 per person for a group with at least 10 members for a five-night stay in Europe and Egypt, inclusive of food and accommodation, he added. The Kuwait World Holidays package is offered in collaboration with ground handler Gulliver Travel Associates. For enquiries, visit www.ku-world.com.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:27 pm

A Malaysian attempts to break the world record.

Solo flight now a reality
The Star

Notes:

  • AFTER facing many obstacles, chartered plane pilot, Captain Mohd Fairuz Mohd Sakirin can finally fly solo around the world in a single engine propeller aircraft. The 31-year-old from Kuala Lumpur was overjoyed when sponsors came forward to buy the French single engine TBM-700 aircraft from Eurocopter.

  • He said this during a press conference on “The Fairuz Wings of Peace” project in Kuala Lumpur recently. The project was launched in 2004 and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is the patron. Also present at the press conference were Abdullah’s principal private secretary, project manager and the pilot's family members and friends.

  • Before attempting his feat, he will undergo training in Los Angeles, Europe and Australia, which is scheduled in late April. Fairuz will also be on a peace mission in countries along his flying route.

  • He wants to enter his name in the Guiness Book of Record and set a new world record as the first pilot of a single engine propeller aircraft who makes the most stops and flies the longest and farthest. He plans to cover 150 countries across seven continents in 120 days.

*****

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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:53 pm

Now one can get to KUL LCCT from Subang Parade.

Subang-LCCT shuttle service
The Star

Notes:

  • A new shuttle service to and from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang is now in place at Subang Jaya’s premier shopping malls Subang Parade. The service was introduced in January to cater for folks in Subang Jaya and surrounding neighbourhood.

  • The service called Star Shuttle is a tie-up with service provider Uta-magas Sdn Bhd, which owns and operates the fleet of buses. The 36-seater buses are new, fully air-conditioned and have a compartment beneath each seat for passengers to store their luggage.

  • The earliest departure from Subang Parade is at 4.45am while the last service is 9.30pm. Travel time takes about an hour and passengers are advised to be at Subang Parade at least half an hour before the scheduled departure time. One way is priced at RM9 per passenger.

  • “We can assure customers that our timing is according to schedule, our buses leave right on departure time and reaches LCCT within an hour, unless there are unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. He added that frequency of buses was between an hour 15 minutes to an hour and a half for peak hours early in the morning, and a two-hour interval for non-peak hours in late morning until evening. “We have also ordered new 44-seater buses, to operate soon.”

  • The route to the LCCT traverses through Batu Tiga turnoff to Central Sugar factory before hitting the Elite Highway. He said the mall was eventually looking into allocating a proper booth for selling tickets. The hub is located outside the entrance in front of Digital One. Tickets can be purchased from the Utamagas staff seated at a table next to the bunting located at the hub where the bus stops.

  • For schedule information or enquiries, call 03-4043 8811 during office hours or 017-250 3377. Alternatively, check the schedule affixed on boards inside the mall.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:01 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AK received their 16th A320.

AK has received their 18th A320, 9M-AFR on 13 March 2007.


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Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Etihad will downgrade its AUH-KUL flight from A343 to A332 for the month of March before upgrading it to B77W from April onwards.

And here she is, the first time on Malaysian soil.


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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:19 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
AirAsia sponsored F1 team, AT&T Williams for 3 years beginning 2007.

In the spirit of Petronas Malaysian GP race tomorrow, here is a couple of photos to commemorate AK's involvement in F1.



 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:46 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 15):
AirAsia sponsored F1 team, AT&T Williams for 3 years beginning 2007.

Finally. Air Asia is well known to taxi the aircraft very fast.

Anyway, this is a photo I took in SBW last month.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v486/paparadzi/Aircraft/MHAKSBW.jpg

Unfortunately, some people who paid to use the aerobridge were unable to do so as it was blocked by another aircraft which did not use it. I think MAB or DCA should be more firm in bay allocation to maximise the use of resources.
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:55 am

Slightly off topic: I am planning to fly to ADL from SIN via KUL on MAS. The flight from SIN on friday offers only a 35min connection. Is it possible to make a 35min connection? I know I can make it to the gate, but will my baggage get there as well?

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 3:14 am

I guess you'll be checked in straight all the way to ADL from SIN. So baggage shouldn't be a problem. If your flight from SIN docked at one of the gate at the Main Terminal Building and the flight to ADL at the Satellite, your time is a bit tight but I am sure the ground staff will help you with it. The long walk, aerotrain ride and such, I think you are going to make it. Good luck and have a safe journey.  wave 
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:44 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
The opening of Senai Airport (JHB) 'as wide as possible' to all airlines following the creation of Iskandar Development Region.

Development regarding JHB.

Flying into the future
The Star

Notes:

  • SULTAN Ismail International Airport (JHB) is set to become a new regional aviation and logistics hub. Its expansion will be part of Johor’s comprehensive logistic infrastructure plan.

  • This was revealed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last year at the unveiling of the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) by the Johor Sultan. 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).

  • Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS), the operator of the country’s sole private airport, is putting into gear a dynamic 10-year development plan. SATS will concentrate on the development of the cargo and logistics-related facilities and services as well as the steadily- growing airport retail business.

  • On the cargo infrastructure development, SATS has completed the construction of a cargo terminal in 2004, a one-stop customs facility, offices for airline freighters and the newly-completed adjacent cargo agents complex. “SATS aims to provide service that is efficient with fast turnaround time, said the airport general manager Kennedy Ayu, adding that unlike other city-based airports, Senai has vast land area.

  • He said the land could be developed to provide a range of aeronautical and non-aeronautical commercial services whose operating costs would be comparatively lower. Kennedy said this would serve as a competitive edge for the cargo terminal’s business partners.

  • The terminal has the capacity to handle 100,000 tonnes cargo per annum with 3,600 sq m built-up area, a build and break area, as well as sufficient floor space to handle and store perishable items and dangerous products. In addition, the cargo terminal is also able to accommodate two full B747 freighters and three narrow body freighters simultaneously.

  • Next to the cargo terminal, SATS has constructed a Cargo Agents Complex with 2,500 sq ft for warehousing and another 1,500 sq ft for office space. The terminal has received the world’s largest turbo-prop powered aircraft, the SC-5 Shorts Belfast and the world’s second largest freighter, the Antanov-124. “Senai has proven its mettle in handling all types of aircraft and cargo,” Kennedy added.

  • Currently, Senai Cargo Terminal has started to receive a steady increase in ad-hoc movements, which are in line with its objective to serve as a convenient import and export gateway. SATS has signed a pact with MASKargo in March 2006 which enabled SATS to be the cargo handling agent for MASKargo.

  • Recently, Senai Cargo Terminal was shortlisted in the category of AFSCA’s (Asia Freight & Supply Chain Awards), “Best Emerging Airport – Asia” for the third time in a row by Cargo News Asia, an award category that recognises achievements for airports handling cargo of up to 500,000 tonnes yearly. In tandem with the growth of the cargo business, SATs is also putting equal emphasis in the development of passenger business.

  • SATS plans to develop Sultan Ismail International Airport into an airport city, which aims to increase the airport non-aeronautical revenue through the expansion of its airport retail. “Airport retail is nothing new in other countries and some airports are even associated with renowned retail brands. In Malaysia, airport retail is steadily gaining momentum as the number of passengers travelling via airports is on the increase,” said Kennedy.

  • SATS is actively pursuing more eminent and premier retail operators to set up outlets at its renovated passenger terminal. The airport's close proximity to residential and industrial areas has contributed to the phenomenal growth of the airport retail business. Customers are not confined to passengers, visitors and greeters but also residents, workers and travellers from nearby towns.

  • Under the airport city plan, SATS will transform Sultan Ismail International Airport into a “Transit Mall”; a lifestyle mall with appealing services, products and facilities. Renovation at the airport will start this month.
 
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:41 pm

New incentives to carriers flying to KUL and surprise, surprise, free WiFi internet is now available at KUL LCCT. And soon, to all airports in Malaysia. Also, some new development about AirAsia X and KUL LCCT expansion to cater for the new carrier.


MAHB to extend carrier incentives to year-end
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...a4ecea9-cb73c03a-161f39e0-ca0c77ab

Notes:

  • Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is extending its existing range of incentives for airlines, which ends in May, until year-end and is reviewing a new set of incentives that will go into effect in 2008. Its managing director said MAHB was finalising a new scheme of incentives for carriers to fly into KL International Airport (KLIA).

  • “We are monitoring the traffic and looking at what would be good incentives and we have some idea of what they will be. The whole package and what we are going to offer will be announced in due course. We will be finalising them in one or two months,” he said.

  • The current set of incentives has been in effect since 2002, comprising aircraft maintenance and refuelling that are part of MAHB’s landing and parking fee packages.

  • Speaking to reporters after launching MAHB’s free Wi-Fi service at the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, he said the new incentives would be for a five-year period as well. The LCCT is the second airport in the country to be Wi-Fi-enabled after KLIA. MAHB was targeting to equip all its airports with WiFi technology within three years, adding that the cost would be 'a few million ringgit'.

  • On raising parking and landing charges as part of its debt restructuring scheme, he said MAHB was still awaiting the government’s decision on the matter. It has been reported that MAHB owes the government some RM857 million. Under the debt restructuring scheme, he said MAHB had proposed to dispose of the Sepang F1 circuit, which has been valued at RM400 million.

  • On the proposed expansion of the LCCT, Bashir said MAHB was awaiting the government’s decision on the matter, declining to reveal the cost.

  • As for reports that AirAsia X would begin operations earlier than September 2008, he said the LCCT would have the necessary infrastructure ready for the long-haul budget carrier.

  • On the arrival of new airlines, Bashir said MAHB would bring in Australian budget carrier Jetstar to the LCCT in September and was in discussions to bring in two more airlines to KLIA this year. MAHB has already brought in Etihad Airways and GMG Airlines to KLIA this year.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:47 pm

My 777 flight to ADL departed from the domestic building at KUL. The flight from LHR arrived at the Internationl bit and we had to get the skytrain to the ADL flight.

Sounds a pretty tight connection to me
 
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:48 pm

Also some additional news on MAHB's new incentives.

  • MAHB, which has had talks with the Government for some time, also hoped to get an approval an increase in landing and parking charges, and passenger fees. Those charges and fees have not been raised for 25 years and a decade respectively.

  • MAHB manages and operates five international airports, 16 domestic and 18 short take-off and landing ports in the country.

  • Turning to its overseas operations, MAHB was awaiting an implementation date to manage, operate and maintain the Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan. The Astana airport deal is for 10 years. MAHB also manages airports in New Delhi and Hyderabad in India.
 
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:50 pm

This is my first time posting in your thread.

As a SkyTeam fan I was wondering if MAS was thinking anytime soon about joining the alliance ?

After all it would enforce skyteam in that part of the world and especially give more opportunities when flying to australia. If you want to fly to Australia using only Skyteam airlines, you have to pass by ICN ,which is too much of a detour. Ok KLM codeshares with MAs but I'm sure things would be more advantageous the day MAS joins Skytam

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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:33 pm

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 23):
This is my first time posting in your thread.

Welcome buddy. Striking profile by the way.  tongue 

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 23):
As a SkyTeam fan I was wondering if MAS was thinking anytime soon about joining the alliance ?

MH had approached AF several years back about joining the alliance but was refused. The whole MH/AF/Skyteam stories are an 'epic' for that matter.

But nevertheless, as revealed in the Malaysian Aviation Thread 2 by Isz1, MH is...

currently they are in their 13th month of the BTP or Phase 2 (9-24th month): cost n building capacity...
-rationalise the fleet/retire older fleet... refine a/c confi (A330)... etc...
-renegotiate sales agreements/codeshare etc...
-IBF (internet booking facilities) etc...

they also managed to improved their cash surplus with stable cash position.

Next phase ... alliance.


Although pretty vague, MH is now setting its eye in joining an alliance.
 
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:13 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 20):
The LCCT is the second airport in the country to be Wi-Fi-enabled after KLIA. MAHB was targeting to equip all its airports with WiFi technology within three years, adding that the cost would be 'a few million ringgit'.

The WiFi signal at the MTB is quite patchy. Some places there is no signal at all; at other places the signal is quite weak. I haven't try the satellite building yet.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:05 am

Real-life drama during air crash drill
The Star

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  • An air crash simulation exercise to test the readiness of supporting agencies turned real when three volunteers fainted.

  • The three-hour drill, held at the grass area of KL International Airport runway under scorching heat, was too much for some of the “air crash victims”. Even medical personnel could not tell the difference between the “victims” and those who fainted. Only when some of them did not respond, did they realise that the “crash victims” had actually fainted and were taken to the hospital.

  • Malaysian Airport senior general manager (operations) said a total of 835 volunteers was involved in the exercise, part of MAB's yearly exercise to test the agencies' preparedness. He said although there was a difference between a real-life situation and a mock air crash, the focus was to equip the volunteers with the right procedures to manage a crisis. “Since KLIA started operations we have had eight drills and the requirement is to stage air crash exercise once every two years.”

  • Among the agencies that took part were the police, Fire and Rescue Department, Red Crescent Society, and Dengkil, Klang and Serdang hospitals.
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:12 am

Potential to be world class
The Star

Notes:

  • Malaysia has the potential to position itself as an international transport hub because the country has among the world's best ports and airports.

  • Transport Minister said both sectors had recorded substantial growth last year compared with 2005. He announced a 7.6% and 13% growth in cargo and container management for ports respectively at the ministry's Media Appreciation Night here last night. “Thanks to these figures, Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas Port have managed to stay within the world's top 20 in 'best container management ports' for the past four years.”

  • He said the ministry was proud of the achievement of local airline companies. “Following our induction as a member of the International Maritime Organisation, the ministry is now targeting to achieve the same with the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Such feats are definitely achievable, as long as effort is put into it.”
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:15 am

Blind aviator is a true visionary
The Star

Notes:

  • 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.

  • He touched down on Monday and has since been meeting people especially the disabled to motivate them. He spent three hours with the visually impaired students of Sekolah Rendah Pendidikan Khas Alma yesterday, telling them that they must “dream big.”

  • “I was very sad when I became blind at 21. Then I started thinking of doing activities which I never thought of doing before like scuba diving, mountain climbing, driving the F1 car and sky diving,” he said.

  • Miles, 58, began his London-Sydney journey on March 7 using a revolutionary speech-output technology to navigate the US$40,000 specially customised microlight plane. He flies with a sighted co-pilot.

  • Miles’ quest is also raising funds for Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing is Believing project to eradicate preventable blindness in developing countries.

  • Keep in touch with Miles via www.seeingisbelieving.org.uk/microlightadventure.
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:33 am

Quoting EMAlad (Reply 21):
My 777 flight to ADL departed from the domestic building at KUL. The flight from LHR arrived at the Internationl bit and we had to get the skytrain to the ADL flight.

Your flight from Adelaide departed from the main terminal building that houses the A and B gates, and they are not exactly domestic because you were still confined to the sterile area. This part of the airport also houses domestic departure gates at the opposite side of the international ones.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:37 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
The postponement of AirAsia X

New development on AirAsia X.

AirAsia, FAX finalising terms on long-haul services
http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/cont...0d63802-cb73c03a-161f39e0-540d8086

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  • AirAsia Bhd and Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX) are finalising the terms of the licensing of the AirAsia brand for FAX's proposed budget long haul international air services.

  • In a statement yesterday, AirAsia said the finalisation of the terms was being carried out as it continued to closely monitor the latest developments in FAX's proposed services.

  • "Discussions regarding the appropriate form, timing and amount of investment by AirAsia are on-going. Should the discussions progress positively, then the parties envisage that the relevant agreements will be ready for approvals and execution within six months of the signing of the MoU," AirAsia said.

  • The parties entered into the MoU on Jan 5, 2007 whereby AirAsia would grant FAX the right to operate and market its service under the AirAsia brand name for a licence fee or royalty.

  • FAX has invited AirAsia to participate in 20% of the equity of FAX via a capital injection at par value in FAX, with an option to increase it to 30%. FAX, a private limited company, is a commercial airline currently plying domestic routes within Sabah and Sarawak.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:24 pm

FAX creating a controversy!

FAX: Let Firefly take over
The Star

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  • FAX has made a dramatic offer to the Government – that the newly launched Firefly airline takes over the operations of all rural air services.

  • FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes said he made the proposal to Transport Minister yesterday as “it was the logical thing to do.”

  • “We were thrilled with the launch of Firefly and it is now time that the country has a national turbo-prop airline that operates all the Fokker and Twin Otter aircraft. I was just waiting for the right time to make the proposal,” he said.

  • Fernandes said FAX would soon be launching the long-haul AirAsia X operations and “it would be too distracting for us to also operate turbo-propeller aircraft as well.”

  • FAX, a company that shares common directors with AirAsia, took over the rural air services operations from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under the national air route rationalisation exercise last year.

  • Firefly, a subsidiary of MAS, was launched two weeks ago and operates turbo-prop aircraft to various domestic and regional destinations from its base in Penang. It has started flights to Kuala Terengganu and Kota Baru. Firefly is also set to fly to Koh Samui in southern Thailand next month.

  • Fernandes stressed that with the imminent launch of AirAsia X operations, it was imperative that FAX be allowed to concentrate on its long-haul flights. FAX is operating the rural air services routes with eight turbo-propeller aircraft belonging to Penerbangan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

  • “There will be no asset transferring problem and PNB can also make the same arrangement for Firefly. As for staff, they can either be absorbed into FAX, AirAsia or even be taken on by Firefly,” said Fernandes.

  • On when he expected a reply from the Government, he said he hoped that a decision could be made as soon as possible.

*****

What??!!! Who on earth does Tony F think he was to determine what's the best for Firefly? Now FAX has been steering away too far from the purpose the carrier was created. And FAX is suggesting Firefly to steer away like it does. This shouldn't be happening.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:28 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Indian Air Sahara, DEL-KUL-SIN-DEL starting 19 March 2007.



Quoting Karan69 (Reply 3):
Aparently this flight has been silently withdrawn

But looks like it is up and going.

Air Sahara gets green light to fly route
The Star

Notes:

  • Malaysia has agreed to allow India's Air Sahara to fly the Kuala Lumpur-New Delhi route. Transport Minister said this in response to reports in India that aviation authorities there had threatened to reduce landing rights for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) in a tit-for-tat move, which could have an impact on Malaysia's tourism industry. He said the issue had been resolved amicably after Malaysia agreed to allow the airline to fly the route.

  • It is believed that the Indians were resorting to such action after MAS allegedly asked that Air Sahara not be allowed to fly to Kuala Lumpur from New Delhi on grounds that passenger volume on the route was low.

  • Air Sahara had planned to start its New Delhi-KL operations last month.

  • In total, MAS flies 27 times to major Indian cities weekly while Indian Airlines, Air India and Jet Airways have a combined total of 56 flights to Kuala Lumpur each week.

There is a story behind it. No wonder.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:42 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 31):
FAX creating a controversy!

FAX: Let Firefly take over

My assumptions:

  • FAX's rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak is making a loss and at the same time received many compaints from passengers (refer thread starter).

  • FAX is short of resources to focus on 2 types of businesses - the rural air service and the long haul no frill service; and they are desperately looking for a way out.

  • FAX is seeing Firefly as a threat, therefore initiating this to transfer the 'problem' to the latter.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:01 pm

Quoting G-KIRAN (Reply 17):
Slightly off topic: I am planning to fly to ADL from SIN via KUL on MAS. The flight from SIN on friday offers only a 35min connection. Is it possible to make a 35min connection? I know I can make it to the gate, but will my baggage get there as well?

Minimum int-int connecting time at KUL is 60 minutes. I doubt you can make it in 35 mins, your bags definitely not.
Checked on Amadeus: the connection on MH from SIN to ADL via KUL is MH616 (sta 2015) to MH139 (std 2150) - connex time 1 hr 35 mins, which should be fine.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:48 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 28):
Blind aviator Miles Hilton-Barber

More on the guy.

Blind aviator still has miles to go
The Star

Notes:

  • Remember to talk about “seeing is believing”. With those words, blind aviator Miles Hilton-Barber set off on his microlight yesterday from the Penang International Airport to Singapore.

  • Miles is on a journey halfway round the globe in a 100hp flexwing Pegasus Mainair GT450 to raise £1mil (RM6.8mil) for Standard Chartered Bank’s “Seeing is Believing” project to eradicate preventable blindness in developing countries. He started the journey from London on March 7 and is expected to complete the 21,726km journey to Sydney in less than 55 days.

  • Travelling with a sighted co-pilot, the journey has taken him through Europe, Cyprus, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand so far. After Singapore, Miles will fly through various parts of Indonesia and Australia before ending in Sydney.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:30 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 33):
My assumptions:

* FAX's rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak is making a loss and at the same time received many complaints from passengers (refer thread starter).

* FAX is short of resources to focus on 2 types of businesses - the rural air service and the long haul no frill service; and they are desperately looking for a way out.

* FAX is seeing Firefly as a threat, therefore initiating this to transfer the 'problem' to the latter.

My participation here is long overdue...
My assumptions are simpler:
1. AK needs growth to prevent running out of cash, needs new ways to expand, or at least hold MH at bay... After all that, they realised the only large market to hit from Malaysia is the long haul market, but it's risky.
2. Solution found... "if only we have another AOC"
3. Goes to govt. and enters a deal to take over MH rural services, in exchange, new AOC... FAX!
4. Use FAX as instrument to enter long haul.
5. Dump the rural service back to MH.

Why? The long haul LCC market is risky and Air Asia is no charity. It made no sense for them to accept the rural services in the first place. With a new AOC, and use that AOC to launch long haul services, would prevent creditors from chasing AK if FAX long haul collapse. If FAX long haul succeeds, it would throw MH's focus into defending the long haul, therefore allowing AK to snipe at the markets it has experience in handling while MH's focus is elsewhere. Now if rural is handled by MH aswell, it would add problems to MH... and as a result, MH's BTP would be God knows where... and that would be a bonus for AK!

The govt. will also be worried if FAX fails, who's going to do the rural air service? AK itself won't do it... Hey, there's Firefly, why don't we let them do it (again)?

In my opinion, if the rural services is to be given back to Firefly/MH, then might aswell bring it all back to square 1 and cancel FAX's AOC at the same time. It would be interesting to see if AK would want those long haul routes under its own AOC...

Sorry to be skeptical/cynical... but hey, someone's gotta do it!

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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:51 am

Having announced new KUL flights last month for launch on 02JUN07, EgyptAir will add a third weekly (Monday) frequency from 02JUL07.


CAI KUL MS968 1-3--6- 03:00/19:50 12hr10min 1 A332 BOM
KUL CAI MS969 -2-4--7 00:40/07:50 12hr10min 1 A332 BOM



The original thread has been archived. It's certainly good news to see the plan to increase frequency approved (reply 23) EgyptAir To Launch Flights To Kuala Lumpur (by Horus Mar 1 2007 in Civil Aviation)


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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:34 am

Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 36):
Why? The long haul LCC market is risky and Air Asia is no charity. It made no sense for them to accept the rural services in the first place. With a new AOC, and use that AOC to launch long haul services, would prevent creditors from chasing AK if FAX long haul collapse. If FAX long haul succeeds, it would throw MH's focus into defending the long haul, therefore allowing AK to snipe at the markets it has experience in handling while MH's focus is elsewhere. Now if rural is handled by MH aswell, it would add problems to MH... and as a result, MH's BTP would be God knows where... and that would be a bonus for AK!

You raised an interesting point about the AOC. I had believed that the assumption of rural air service responsibilities was simply in exchange for full access to the Malaysian domestic market. Tony F may already have been mulling the launch of a longhaul budget carrier back then. Even if he hadn't then, the rural air services would still have been operated using an entity separate from the main AirAsia operations. Tony F and his team appear to be very particular about maintaining a 'clean' LCC model for AirAsia, which I think is very smart.

Indeed, FAX is a privately held enterprise (the AirAsia group does not hold any shares, according to info on AirAsia's site). So if FAX fails (due to Air Asia X or otherwise), the AirAsia group is protected.

The government could very well deny the request to hand over the rural air services to Firefly and put an end to this little episode. Nevertheless, I doubt the govt would threaten to revoke FAX's AOC. The potential Air Asia X launch has generated enough excitement and hype, with promises of true 'hub'-dom for KUL, that the political support is there and probably growing. AirAsia is currently a darling, not least because of the global recognition it has managed to attract over a relatively short time span.

As for MH's BTP... it is less than convincing and possibly already part of the way to god-knows-where. True, major steps have been taken, such as headcount reduction; but there is no evidence of a fundamental shift in strategy and execution. HB-IWC has commented on this in the preceding thread, citing data that he has access to. As an outsider, I can only read a number of 'Eh?' media blurbs and notice that not much has happened on the IT side of things despite this being one of the key areas for improvement. The IT functionality is still not there. By and large, the international network structure remains the same, only with a small handful of stations trimmed away; in the early days of the BTP they talked about reducing Europe operations to just 4 online stations and now we are hearing terms like 'core' and 'non-core' routes. Yield improvement has been reported (largely thanks to surcharges and admin fees) but the drop in load factor could be steeper when the next downturn arrives.

It is not clear if Firefly is merely a little low-cost experiment or a prelude to a larger scale investment in LCC operations. It comes across as a distraction (or a blah attempt at a marketing coup), and somewhat rushed into service before IT/sales infrastructure readiness.
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:28 pm

More on AK 'bad' plan towards Firefly.

Submit plan in writing, Chan tells FAX
The Star

Notes:

  • The Transport Ministry has asked rural air services operator Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) to submit in writing its proposal to hand over its routes to the newly-launched Firefly airline.

  • Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes had informed him verbally about the proposal. “He told me the rationale for the proposal and I found some basis for it but I told him to submit a written plan,” he said in an interview.

  • Chan said the ministry would study the proposal comprehensively when it received it and then make a decision. He stressed that regardless of who operated the service, the Government would continue to provide subsidy for the flights. “That is our commitment that we have made to the rural folk in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

  • Fernandes made public the proposal on Wednesday, saying that it was the logical thing for a national turbo-prop airline that operated all Fokker and Twin Otter aircraft.

  • FAX, a company that shares common directors with AirAsia, took over the rural air services from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under the national air route rationalisation exercise last year. It is operating the services with eight turbo-propeller aircraft belonging to Penerbangan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

  • Firefly, a subsidiary of MAS, was launched two weeks ago and operates turbo-prop aircraft to various domestic and regional destinations from its base in Penang. It has started flights to Kuala Terengganu and Kota Baru.

  • Fernandes stressed that with the imminent launch of AirAsia X operations, it was imperative that FAX be allowed to concentrate on its long-haul flights.

  • MAS, the parent company of Firefly, declined to be drawn into discussing Fernandes’ proposal. “We have not been approached by the Government on this matter. If approached, we will study the feasibility of the matter before making a decision,” the national carrier said in a statement.

  • However, the Malaysia Airlines System Employees Union has come out against the proposal. Union president Alias Aziz, who described the proposal as a shock, said the national carrier should decline FAX’s offer and not bow to any pressure that may cause losses to MAS and its workers. He also claimed that many MAS employees had to accept a Mutual Separation Scheme after FAX took over the rural air services.

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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:59 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 39):
Penerbangan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

No such thing. Should be Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB). PNB is Permodalan Nasional Berhad.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:27 am

While busy lobbying the government to let Firefly serves the rural air service, a mishap happened to them.

FAX aircraft tyre bursts after landing in Mulu
The Star

Notes

  • 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 here yesterday. However, no casualty was reported in the incident that occurred at about 2.10pm.

  • The aircraft had earlier taken off at 1.40pm from Miri airport with just over 20 passengers. An explosion was heard when the aircraft made a turn upon landing.

  • A FAX staff member at the airport said it could have been worse if the tyre had exploded at the time of landing. It is learnt that the airline sent a smaller aircraft for passengers returning to Miri.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:03 pm

Surprisingly, FAX's recent offer received a support from the Sarawak State Government.

Sarawak can’t wait for FireFly
The Star

Notes:

  • The Sarawak Government will welcome FireFly with open arms. It hopes the low-cost national carrier would accept Fly Asian Xpress’ (FAX) offer to hand over the rural air service as soon as possible.

  • State Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communications said the government was desperate to restore normalcy to the rural air service, particularly routes to Mulu National Park, Sarawak’s tourism crown jewel.

  • “As a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, FireFly can ensure better connectivity between cities and towns and rural destinations. Passengers coming to Sarawak using MAS and going to the rural areas using FireFly will not face seat-booking problems because they can handle everything at one go through MAS.

  • “Northern Sarawak, especially Mulu, has suffered sharp decline in tourist arrivals because of connectivity problems,” he said yesterday. He was commenting on reports over the past few days that FAX wanted to hand over the rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak to FireFly so that it could focus on long haul routes
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:43 am

The day saw Firefly inaugural flight to Koh Samui.

Also, AK has upgraded their online ticketing system. Check it out.
 
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:45 am

MH yet to issue request for proposal on planes
Bussiness Times


  • MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS), which will retire its ageing B737-400 and buy new aircraft for subsidiary Firefly, has yet to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to aircraft manufacturers

  • The last RFP issued by MAS to aircraft manufacturers in late 2005 has lapsed. MAS was then looking at more than 40 A320 or B737-700/800 to replace its B737-400.

  • Boeing's proposal to MAS comprised the B737-800, B737-900 and the B737-900X, while Airbus was offering its A320 and A350.

  • An aviation industry source said that MAS had a meeting with Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise recently to explore the possibility of leasing some B737NG to replace the "B737-400

  • Shukor Yusof, an aviation analyst with Standard and Poor's equity research in Singapore, said a logical replacement for the ageing B737-400 would be the B737-800, which have the advantages of being more fuel-efficient and longer-range.

  • On Firefly's requirements, Shukor noted that MAS has been looking at the Embraer aircraft for a couple of years. "I suppose they are considering these on the Firefly routes. Apart from the Embraers, I would expect MAS to consider Bombardier as well," he said.

  • "The Embraer 170/190 family provides airlines with a new-generation family of commercial aircraft with 70- to 110-seat capacity. The aircraft allows airlines to optimise route economics in markets where current aircraft is too small and narrow-body, single-aisle aircraft with 120 seats or more is too large," Embraer Asia-Pacific managing director Orlando Neto said
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:51 am

any word on whether MH would be increasing frequency to BLR? the 3 days a week flights are not cutting it...with the flights going full every night there is a flight. I love MH, but i wish they would increase frequencies to where its needed. SQ is daily now from BLR!
 
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Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:03 am

'MAS likely to back AirAsia proposal on rural flights'
Bussiness Times


  • MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is likely to support budget carrier AirAsia Bhd's proposal to hand the rural air service (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak back to the national carrier, industry observers say, despite protests from its employees.

  • "This perhaps ties in with MAS' initial plan to continue operating the RAS as part of its original Business Turnaround Plan (BTP) announced in late 2005. "We, therefore, view such a potential development as possibly positive for MAS, as it will also enable MAS to operate a larger fleet of turbo-propeller aircraft as opposed to the two existing turbo-props," Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd said in its research report.

  • The research house maintains a "buy" call on MAS with a target price of RM6.50 and a "hold" call on AirAsia with a fair value of RM1.68.

  • OSK Research Sdn Bhd senior manager Chris Eng said AirAsia's suggestion makes sense, namely due to the understanding that the Government has yet to approve its request for higher subsidy payments, as what was requested by MAS previously.

  • Another reason why it makes sense is that Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) has come under a lot of flak from different quarters in Sabah and Sarawak with regards to its flight schedules since it took over the service last August.

  • The RAS operation is actually loss-making and subsidised by the Government. We believe the impact is negligible to AirAsia if the handover happens as it has yet to finalise its subsidy payments from the Government," Eng added.

  • TA Securities Bhd analyst Rosnani Rasul believes that the Government is unlikely to allow FAX to hand over the RAS operation back to MAS. She said this is due to the "gentleman agreement" that AirAsia takes over the RAS, following the completion of the domestic air service rationalisation exercise which saw the budget carrier receiving 96 domestic routes.

  • "In fact, we believe MAS would protest as it had embarked on a staff rationalisation programme which saw over 3,000 staff given a separation package in view of the reduced number of domestic routes. "This would mean that they would be understaffed if this (handover) were to happen." she added
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:16 am

Etihad Holidays Names Malaysia As Top-selling Destination
Bernama

Quote:
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 (Bernama) -- Etihad Holidays, the tour operator of United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways, has named Malaysia as its top-selling tourist destination.

In a statement released here Friday, 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 one of the most promising tourism markets in Asia and for Etihad to be instrumental in increasing the number of foreign travellers is a tremendous achievement," said the airline's country manager in Malaysia, Lindsay White.

Prior to this, Malaysia was already the 10th best-selling destination for Etihad Holidays, she said.

White said due to the strong passenger demand, Etihad recently introduced a bigger aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, on its Kuala Lumpur and Abu Dhabi service.

The airline currently flies six times a week (every day except Saturday) from Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi.
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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:45 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 27):
the ministry is now targeting to achieve the same with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Minister on Malaysia's high civil aviation standards
The Star

Notes:

  • Malaysia’s civil aviation standards are at par with those of some of the most developed nations of the world. The country has also significantly contributed to the advancement of international civil aviation in the Asia Pacific Region.

  • “Our aviation standards are very very high, and we have always maintained a high level of safety and security standards, the two crucial components in civil aviation. We have also gained international recognition for this,” said Transport Minister, after receiving the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez at his office here on Monday.

  • Gonzalez is here on an official visit to look at our regulatory framework and aviation facilities as Malaysia is vying to be elected into the 36-member Council of the ICAO. Singapore is already a council member (under category II).

  • He also said in terms of facilities Malaysia’s KL International Airport is among the world’s top three, while our low cost carrier AirAsia is a leading budget airline in Asia. The minister said the time had come for Malaysia, an ordinary member in ICAO since 1958, to vie for a Council position (under category III - related to its geographical location).

  • “Malaysia has also sponsored and trained 280 air traffic controllers from 47 countries at the Civil Aviation College of Malaysia and trained 753 airport firefighters from 37 countries,” he said. Malaysia has also offered to host the 45th Directors General of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific next year after successfully hosting it in 1976 and 1994.

  • The country had in the past contributed, experts, auditors and participated in safety audits at ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group level.

  • To date Malaysia had signed air service agreements with 85 countries, including ‘open skies’ type agreements, and the national carrier’s routes reached all six continents, while AirAsia had become a pioneer low cost carrier in Asia and Pacific. Malaysia charged a nominal air traffic control fee although it managed a highly busy airspace, while Malaysia’s aviation industry contributed 8.8% or RM24.4bil of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

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RE: Malaysian Aviation Thread 3

Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:18 pm

More supports on why Firefly shouldtake over the rural air services from FAX. Sad

European tour agents dropping Mulu because of flight hitches
The Star

Notes:

  • World heritage site Mulu National Park – Sarawak tourism’s crown jewel – has lost six months’ worth of tourism business from overseas especially from Europe. The state is estimated to have lost a few million ringgit in potential earnings.

  • Latest information gathered by the Sarawak Tourism Board showed that Mulu National Park has been excluded from packages offered by tour agents throughout Europe for the past six months because of difficulties in securing confirmed seats.

  • The board's chief executive officer said yesterday that this was a setback because the Federal Government and the state had invested so much time and money promoting Mulu worldwide.

  • “The business from long-haul markets like Europe has come to a virtual standstill because no packages involving Mulu are on offer now in European countries. This has been the case for the past six months. There are too many cancellations, delays, re-timing and rescheduling of flights to Mulu. Because of this, the tour organisers there have dropped Mulu from their list of destinations to Malaysia and Sarawak. The board is trying to convince renowned tour operators in Europe to put Mulu back on their list. We hope they can do this in time for their winter packages.”

  • Foreign tourists still visit Mulu but they are arriving individually or arranging flights to Mulu only when they are in Sarawak.

  • Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) flies to Mulu. The airline had been handling rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak since August last year. The board welcomed the intention of FAX to hand over all its rural air service routes to FireFly, the low-cost subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.

  • “If FireFly takes over, then MAS can once again offer Mulu as part of a tour package. Tour agents overseas can also secure advanced confirmed seats to Mulu via MAS. Hopefully, the tourism sector in Mulu will recover when FireFly takes over.”

  • FAX had recently said it wanted to hand over the rural air service to FireFly so that it could focus on the long-haul markets.

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