Some of the major highlights in the previous thread:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.'
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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