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  1. MSN 9512 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAC) to North-West Air Air Company, currently stored at Tallinn Airport, Estonia. MSN 9516 A320-251NX Thai AirAsia ntu (unassigned), currently stored in full livery minus engine at TLS. MSN 9524 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia ntu (9M-VAD) to North-West Air Air Company, currently stored at Tallinn Airport, Estonia with MSN 9512 MSN 9525 A320-251NX AirAsia India VT-ATE, delivered 26th November 2020. MSN 9566 A320-251NX AirAsia Japan ntu (JA04DJ) to SkyExpress as SX-TEC, delivered to new owner 23rd December 2020. MSN 10079 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia ntu (9M-RAU), still stored at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia livery. MSN 10083 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia to SkyExpress as SX-IOG, delivered to new owner 27th November 2020. MSN 10156 A320-251NX AirAsia India VT-ATG, delivered 9th December 2020. NOTES: #4 and #8 are not NTU. Delivery was heavily delayed due to COVID19, guess Tata bankrolled their deliveries Previously listed MSN 10161 A321-251NX is meant for Capital Airlines since factory fresh, not AirAsia ntu. Only A320-251NX MSN 9516 and MSN 10079 are still looking for new home, out of six NTUs.
  2. ISLAMABAD (Jan 15): A Pakistan International Airlines plane has been held back by Malaysian authorities over a British court case, the airline said on Friday, adding that it would pursue the matter through diplomatic channels. The Boeing 777 aircraft was seized after a court order, an airline spokesman said, and alternative arrangements were being made for passengers due to fly back to Pakistan. "A PIA aircraft has been held back by a local court in Malaysia taking a one-sided decision pertaining to a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in a UK court," a PIA spokesman said in a statement. The national carrier in a statement described the situation as "unacceptable" and said it had asked for support from Pakistan's government to raise the matter diplomatically. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/pakistan-international-airlines-plane-held-back-msian-authorities-over-uk-court-case-— https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmh Aircraft is B777-2Q8ER, AP-BMH. 15 years old vintage from Vietnam Airlines VN-A150 https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/boeing-777-200-ap-bmh-pia-pakistan-international-airlines/e54vwv
  3. Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul Norwegian has announced it will no longer fly long-haul routes, even after the pandemic, bringing an end to its low-cost, long-haul vision and spelling the loss of about 1,100 jobs based at Gatwick airport. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/14/norwegian-axes-long-haul-flights-and-cuts-1100-gatwick-jobs#:~:text=Norwegian has announced it will,jobs based at Gatwick airport.
  4. AirAsia X shows court creditors' support for restructuring plan KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): Most of AirAsia X Bhd's (AAX) lessors support a restructuring plan, and the Malaysian airline has received interest from potential investors for fundraising after reorganization, court documents filed this month show. In emails attached to the court filings, supportive lessors said they wanted to continue discussions with the budget airline and potential new investors, seeking more equitable terms and new commercial arrangements. More: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/airasia-x-shows-court-creditors-support-restructuring-plan
  5. The aircraft is now registered as N926PN, registered to a dummy company based at Florida, USA. Last spotted in UK.
  6. The only way moving forward is AirAsia X would be: Drop X brand, consolidate crew A320/A321/A330 and operation Sell off off or returned all A330ceo, Malaysia operation at least. Switch to A321XLR for Malaysia operation with approximately 10 A339neo. Grow from there again. Cut 78 A339neo order to approximately 25, allocate most to Thai operation, small fleet for Malaysia. Switch one-to-one basis A330ceo to A330neo for Thai operation. Move upwards to more premium market for flight above four hours. Concentrate on high load route within Asia Pacific, optimising capacity between China- Aus/New Zealand Build a hub at BKI to East Asia and Australasia (depends on regulatory approval
  7. AirAsia to cut India stake to 13%, Tata mulls mega carrier AirAsia Group plans to cut its stake in AirAsia India (I5, Bangalore Int'l) from 49% to just 13%, unnamed sources have told The Times of India, giving joint venture partner Tata Sons a significantly greater hold over the airline. However, the low-cost carrier will continue to use the AirAsia brand for some time, together with other arrangements such as aircraft maintenance and ticketing and accounting software. While the Malaysian group continues to run a common website for its operations in different countries, Tata Sons has started setting up a separate website for AirAsia India, according to the newspaper. The Indian conglomerate’s information technology subsidiary Tata Consultancy Services is also reportedly developing pilot and crew management software. “It is not going to be an instant divorce but a prolonged one,” a source said. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98617-airasia-to-cut-india-stake-to-13-tata-mulls-mega-carrier
  8. Norwegian mulls end to long-haul, lessors impatient - report Although Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) shareholders backed the troubled carrier’s restructuring plans last week, its creditors have said they are not happy with the legal process's pace. The airline’s executives have given themselves one month to complete the plans, including deciding the fate of its long-haul operations. As previously reported, Norwegian has obtained the support of its shareholders in an extraordinary general meeting for its restructuring plan, including the issuance of new shares and debt conversion. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98621
  9. British Airways axes several destinations for Summer 2021, including KUL: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/traveltrade/bookings-policies/policies/askba?faqid=8497
  10. Actually they placed firm order for 25 (15 B737MAX-8 & 10 B737MAX-10) with 25 options. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/85298-malaysia-airlines-defers-2020-b737-max-deliveries The delivery suspension was announced in Jan 2020, and no date was given when it would commence again. MH has not been assigned any official production line yet. There are plenty of white tails if MH would like to take early delivery but with COVID-19 around, I highly doubt so. Now that the MAX has been ungrounded, certification of MAX-10 will move quite swiftly.
  11. First image of livery on official FY IG. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIwuEhYHGD_/
  12. Airbus re-sells six unwanted jets built for AirAsia https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-aircraft/airbus-re-sells-six-unwanted-jets-built-for-airasia-idUSKBN287219 Based on multiple sources, here are the updates: MSN 9512 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAC) to (unassigned), currently stored at Airbus production plant at Hamburg with engines installed. All white livery. MSN 9524 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAD) to (unassigned), currently actively being air tested at Airbus production plant at Hamburg with engines installed. All white livery. MSN 10079 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia 9M-RAU to (unassigned), rumoured to be going to SkyExpress, air tested on 26th November 2020 at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia livery. Delivered on contract as 9M-RAU, possibly to be repainted soon. MSN 10083 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia to SkyExpress as SX-IOG, delivered to new owner 27th November 2020 MSN 10156 A320-251NX, AirAsia India VT-ATG to ??, currently stored at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia India livery since 26th October 2020, possible NTU MSN 10161 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAE) to Capital Airlines, currently stored at Airbus production plant at Hamburg without engines. All white livery. Source: aibflights, news report, planespotters, Facebook Group, Instagram.
  13. https://fifthperson.com/2020-airasia-agm/ Interesting read. AirAsia is burning through RM527million cash monthly....
  14. In other news, on Tony's IG account, he mentioned AirAsia corporate jet Bombardier Global Express-BD-700-1A10 9M-CJG has been sold. The aircraft was flown out of KUL for one last time on 17th November 2020, after a night stopover at Tokyo, it left on 18th Nov 2020. Last tracked flying over Lyons, Kansas, United States https://planefinder.net/flight/9MCJG/time/2020-11-17T05:05:00.000Z/speed/1 https://www.radarbox.com/data/registration/9m-cjg
  15. AirAsia X ordered to pay RM35 mil to International Lease Finance Corp https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/11/20/airasia-x-ordered-to-pay-rm35-mil-to-international-lease-finance-corp/ The High Court of Justice, Queens Bench Division, Commercial Court (High Court) has ordered AirAsia X Bhd and its subsidiaries, AAX Mauritius One Ltd (AAX Mauritius) and AAX Leasing Four Ltd (AAX Leasing Four) to pay the sum of £6,581,868.05 (RM35.82 million) to the International Lease Finance Corporation. In an exchange filing, the company said the amount is inclusive of costs and interests to the date of the judgement. “Notwithstanding, the company has not been served with the documents in relation to the claim filed by the Claimant with the High Court prior to the judgement. “The Claimant is the trustee of two aircraft leased by AAX Leasing Four,” said AirAsia X in the statement today.
  16. For sale: AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes' Scottish mansion at SGD$4.45 million https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/for-sale-airasia-founders-scottish-mansion-at-s445-million PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes has put up his sprawling Ayrshire estate in Scotland for sale for £2.5 million (S$4.45 million), as the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on airlines worldwide, according to British tabloid The Sun. The estate comes complete with an 18th-century classical Georgian country house known as Skeldon House nestled in an extensive natural woodland stretching to the banks of the River Doon. The property, which boasts five bedrooms including two suites, an all-weather tennis court, a wine cellar, and sauna facilities, among others, was put up for sale on Oct 1.
  17. The Transport Ministry’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has initiated a technical investigation based on Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO Annex 13), on an accident involving two helicopters that crashed in Bukit Melawati today. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said based on ICAO Annex 13, an initial investigation report will be prepared within 30 days from the date of the air accident. Police identified the dead as the pilot, Mohamed Sabri Baharom, 56, who had been with the Royal Malaysian Navy, and passenger Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi, 41, a businessman. The other helicopter, also carrying two people, managed to land safely at a nearby school ground. On board were former Malaysian Airline System Berhad CEO Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, 66, the pilot, and a woman passenger, Tan Chai Eian, 51. https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/11/08/transport-ministrys-aaib-begins-probe-on-helicopter-crash/?fbclid=IwAR0vM7SeLNnPrv7tfg8IV4kpOe4F-cI7013OJ3pg1z7-16bSFsvsyX0RpD0 RIP for those departed; for those injured, get well soon.
  18. Thai Lion Air is dying too, both narrowbody and widebody services....laying off staff, banks are seizing whatever assets they can. There seems to be some true wat your friend have said JT Group is being sued now over unpaid debt in Indonesia and Rusdi is now trying to attain new AOC to wash his hands off from JT Group https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/96789-lion-air-sued-in-indonesia-over-alleged-unpaid-debts (behind paywall) https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/95860-founders-of-indonesias-lion-air-mull-new-airline
  19. MAHB checkmates AirAsia X https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2020/10/24/mahb-checkmates-airasia-x
  20. Yes, did he actually bothered to read what the loan entails to? All of the 300million are invested back in Sabah. As per Bursa Malaysia filing: "The purpose of the loan is to fund specific development projects as agreed by both parties as listed below: RM170 million to establish and operate OURFARM digital food supply chain and cold chain facilities in Sabah; RM110 million to part-finance the project to turn Kota Kinabalu International Airport into an international hub for AirAsia Berhad's operations; RM10 million to enhance e-commerce platforms and marketability of Sabah products; and RM10 million to further promote Sabah tourism destinations on airasia.com, the digital super app of AirAsia. This loan is in line with AirAsia’s pivot into the digital business. The main purpose of the loan is to enhance logistics in Sabah by increasing its supply chain and connectivity, creating over 100,000 new jobs in the process." AirAsia Group is unable to redistribute the money for other purposes. Well, by wordings, no; who knows what will happen in real. Now the question, did they get back their KKIA T2? It seems they will require to build up KKIA into international hub, maybe we will soon see A330 and more A320 being stationed there once the borders reopens.
  21. They still need to think of a way to raise another RM700million after getting RM300million from Sabah Government. Guess they can turn to Penang and Johor Government for help since they have established quite substantial hubs at both states. With RM1billion, TF mentioned he is comfortable. Not sure how long RM1billion will last them. They need to negotiate with Airbus for their A350/A330neo/A321XLR/A320neo order since their objective moving forward is to be medium haul operator. Airbus has delivered quite a few aircraft this year despite the massive downturn in aviation industry, can be a sign Airbus is willing to negotiate their deals with their customers. However, AirAsia Group still has some legal stuff to pay off RM60million for airport fee due to MAHB spat, lawyers to fight lessors lawsuit, MyCC fine, MAHB navigation fee, office rentals (which I don't understand why there are so many ie. in KL Sentral, RedQ, Damansara), digital ventures, 20k staff payroll. Most importantly refund to customers!
  22. Hunting season is on for AirAsia Group.......... MAHB, BOC Aviation and I believe there will be more are now up in arms over AirAsia assets. May force them to put their remaining aircraft, office tables and chairs as collateral. TF might want to consider selling his London and Bangkok home for some cash. Gone are the day when few hundreds thousands are sink in for Year End Concert/Dinner with all the international stars.....also the many many different ventures that opened, rebranded many time over and shuts god knows when.................
  23. Goodbye Cathay Dragon? CX to reduce workforce by 25% and retire Cathay Dragon sister airline brand. Unconfirmed reports but announcement might come on Wednesday:https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/cathay-pacific-cut-6000-jobs-axe-cathay-dragon-brand-amid-pandemic-scmp Would KA suffers the fate as MI?? Both are great brands KA-MI though overall experience might differs.
  24. MH Enrich wasn't rewarding since its inception.......more so under Raja Dato Nordiana Zainal era...after that Enriched Enhanced was lipstick on a pig.....can;'t be bothered to accrue anymore.....
  25. Asset offloading commenced: AirAsia A320-214 9M-AFB has left the fleet, now with Laudamotion as OE-LMR. 9M-AFC is also in preparation for returned to lessor onwards to Laudamotion. OE-LMT has been allocated.
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