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  1. So far they only advertised on newspaper, nothing on their website or email newsletter yet. 50 cents to celebrate 50th Merdeka Day to ALL Firefly destinations. Booking period: 1st - 31st August 2007 Traveling period: 2nd Aug 2007 - 27 March 2008 only available at http://www.fireflyz.com.my/index.php
  2. Daylight saving dude. Arrival 1855 is for all those flights before 28 Oct 2007 while dep 1915 is for flights operating between 28 Oct 07 -30 Mar 08 during daylight savings.
  3. FYI plain water will be provided FOC onboard JQi flights + unlimited free refills.
  4. If RM85 is too expensive for you, just bring your own food. JQ allowed passengers to bring & have their own meal but won't reheat for them.
  5. Just minor changes on the kangaroo itself, nothing shocking really. http://www.smh.com.au/news/news/spot-the-d...5043003473.html
  6. Apparently the ill-fated TAM A320 landing is a lot (3-4 times according to the article) faster compared another similar aircraft which landed earlier. Article and Video link: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/...-sao-paulo.html
  7. Puzzle Solved. Wrong KBV-KUL departure time from the online schedule search engine: Correct timing from booking engine.
  8. AK officially launched KUL - Krabi 3 weekly flights on today with starting price of RM39.99++ one way. First flight on 21 Aug 2007. AK 862 KUL KBV 10:05 - 10:25 2 4 6 AK 863 KBV KUL 10:25 - 13:10 2 4 6
  9. Already available & running for ages.
  10. Indirectly referring to himself I guess since he's Indian (Malaysian of course)
  11. Next Monday morning indeed. (9 July 6.30am Malaysia time)
  12. This latest article about OnAir (the same system which will be use by AK) definitely makes the whole picture clearer, afterall it's about how much is the charges and how many AK passengers willing to pay for the premium. Connected at 30,000 feet Adam Plowright June 28, 2007 - 6:40PM One of the last telephone-free environments on the planet, the airplane, is about to be connected, allowing travellers to make mobile phone calls at high altitude. Requests to switch off mobile phones and fasten seatbelts are a familiar part of the takeoff routine for airline passengers, but a European company has found a way to make dialling safe and link up people from above the clouds. "Cabin connectivity is here and GSM phone use is both a technical and commercial reality," chief commercial officer of OnAir, Graham Lake, said at the recent Paris Air Show. His company, a joint venture between European plane maker Airbus and airline IT group Sita, has received a green light from the European Aviation Safety Agency to begin fitting equipment to commercial jets. The technology is to be operated by an Air France plane for the first time in September this year and will then roll out across the world, with low-cost operators Ireland-based Ryanair and Malaysia's AirAsia some of the biggest clients. "It's the first time anywhere in the world that a system has been authorised and confirmed for the safe operation of phones and BlackBerry-type devices on aircraft," Lake said. The expansion timetable means European consumers will be the first to be able to use the technology with Air France, Ryanair, British low-cost BMI and Portugal's TAP. Approval from a handful of national telecommunication regulators are the final hurdles, Lake said. "What we are confident of now is that we'll have pan-European approval to operate before the end of 2007," he added. Some companies in Southeast Asia and the Middle East are expected to begin installing the OnAir equipment in 2008, but the more complicated markets of Japan and the United States will have to wait until 2009. AirAsia, which flies throughout Southeast Asia and is planning to launch longhaul services, is an early adopter and has signed a deal with OnAir to equip is new fleet of 150 Airbus A320s. All planes are to be equipped by 2013, with the first connected aircraft serving routes in the next 18 months to two years. "We firmly believe that offering our clients the ability to communicate during flight is vital in this era of information technology," said Kamarudin Meranun, deputy chief executive of the group. Lake, however, acknowledges that the idea of mobile phones being used in the confined space of an airliner risks making talkative travellers a serious threat to peace. "One wouldn't necessarily want to be sat next to someone who talked for the whole flight," he said. "But the cabin crew have control over the system. If an aircraft is flying overnight, they can decide to de-activate it for example." The service can be shut down to prevent calls, or partially de-activated to allow only text messages or BlackBerry use. For technical reasons, it will only be available above 3,000 metres, which is achieved four minutes after takeoff and maintained until 10 minutes before landing. If a sense of consideration for fellow passengers does not promote respectful phone use, then the connection price is likely to compel all but the wealthiest travellers to make calls with moderation. Lake believes the average price will be about $US2.50 ($A2.96) per minute for calls and about 50 US cents per SMS message. The revenue will be split three ways between OnAir, the user's mobile phone operator and, crucially, the airline itself. The contribution to the airline makes the idea of the technology particularly appealing to low-cost operators, whose businesses are based on generating cash from sources other than ticket sales. "We think it will be very popular with low-cost airlines and the example of Ryanair taking the lead is very telling," said Lake. "What those airlines are looking for is ancillary revenues so they can drive their fares down and stay competitive." An aerospace analyst for ratings agency Standard and Poor's, Leigh Bailey, believes there is a fine line to tread between offering the convenience of a mobile phone service and the inconvenience of the resulting noise. "It offers potential ancillary revenues but on the other hand you have to balance this with the risk that it could annoy other travellers and could cause them to turn away from air travel," he said. Lake believes that another two or three operators will enter the market to supply high-altitude telecom equipment in the coming years, meaning phone calls on planes could become commonplace. He also had a surprising revelation: mobile phones are not really much of a danger for planes after all. Research by OnAir shows that about 10 per cent of people forget to turn their phones off during flights, despite repeated warnings by cabin crew before takeoff. "It is quite normal that people on airplanes forget to turn their phones off from time to time. "If there was any profound safety issue associated with this then it would have manifested itself already." AFP http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/talk-w...624070312.html#
  13. The Associated Press Thursday, June 28, 2007 LUANDA, Angola: An Angolan Airlines plane crashed on landing at an airport in northern Angola on Thursday, killing five people on the same day the European Union said it was blacklisting the airline due to safety concerns. The Boeing 737 plane crashed and broke in half when it landed at an airport in M'banza Congo, a town about 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of the capital, Luanda, national airports chief Celso Rosas said. The airline, called TAAG, said in a statement that 79 passengers had been on board when the accident occurred at 1.40 p.m. (1230 GMT). It gave no information about the dead or injured, nor about the possible causes, but said an emergency team was investigating at the scene. The plane landed halfway down the runway and bounced out of control before crashing into a house, state news agency Angop reported from the scene. Earlier, it had reported six people were killed, but that number was revised to five by officials. The aircraft's landing gear appeared to give way as the plane touched down, Radio Nacional de Angola reported. It said seven crew had been on board, and that the co-pilot died in the crash. Rescue workers were trying to reach the co-pilot's body, the public radio station reported, and a crane was helping to remove debris. The injured were taken to a hospital in the nearest city, called Zaire, Angop said. The European Union announced Thursday it was adding the airline to its revised international blacklist. The airline would be barred from flying to EU nations because of safety concerns, the European Commission said. Earlier this year, the European Union unilaterally banned 62 African airlines from flying into EU airspace following a string of air disasters, including the Kenya Airways B737 crash that killed 114 people. On Thursday, African governments inaugurated the Civil Aviation Agency, based in Namibia with regional offices in South Africa, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria and Cameroon. The body aims to streamline aviation regulations and licensing throughout Africa at a time when the continent has the worst accident record in the world. About 3 percent of air traffic worldwide currently takes place over Africa. With growth in trade and tourism, the aviation industry predicts a growth of more than 5 percent in African air travel over the next 20 years. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/28/...Plane-Crash.php More details and pics should be available soon.
  14. First route has been announced on today with booking started at the same time as well: Daily Mel - Darwin flight starting 1 Dec 2007 with special launch fare - A$79.99nett one way. Or those who intend to go Singapore can also book the special A$499nett return combo flight deal (Mel-Drw-Sin).
  15. Just received the following sales information from Firefly. 120,000 free tickets up for grab, unfortunately only available at their Penang Matta Fair booth. Penang MATTA Fair 2007 Attractive Firefly Deals especially for you at the Penang MATTA Fair 2007! 120,000 free tickets up for grabs and other fares up to 50% discount! * DATE : Friday 29 June 2007 till Sunday 01 July 2007 VENUE: Penang International Sports Arena (PISA), Relau, Penang BOOKING PERIOD: Friday 29 June 2007 till Sunday 01 July 2007 ONLY TRAVEL PERIOD: Saturday 30 June 2007 till Saturday 27 October 2007 Here's how to get yourself some GREAT Firefly deals! 1) Come visit us directly at the Firefly Booth at the Penang MATTA Fair for RM0 fares to all our destinations! Only available at the Firefly Booth (121B) @ the Penang MATTA Fair! *^ 2) Log on to www.fireflyz.com.my (24 hours daily) for very attractive fares to all our destinations! If you can't make it to the Penang MATTA Fair, no sweat! Just logon from the ease and comfort of where ever you're hangin out and join the celebration! *^ 3) Visit your preferred Authorised Firefly Travel Agent for package deals to all our destinations at the Penang MATTA Fair! Leave it all in their good hands while you just look forward to your next holiday with peace of mind. *+ * Subject to availability ^ Changes after booking confirmation are NOT allowed + Changes permitted subject to a fee See you there and hope to see you onboard Firefly soon! Happy Wishes from The Firefly family @ Booth 121B Penang MATTA Fair, PISA www.fireflyz.com.my
  16. Again, as mentioned in previous post http://www.malaysianwings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5899 & airasia kiosk check in link http://www.airasia.com/site/en/page.jsp?reference=kci Kiosk Check In only available for those 'WITHOUT' check in luggage. What Naim has mentioned about the 'thermal paper' is the 'Boarding Pass' not the luggage tag. If you have check in luggage you have to check in and Q at the counter, cannot use the kiosk.
  17. FInmeccanica, EADS jv ATR wins 360 mln usd order from Malaysia Airlines MILAN (Thomson Financial) - ATR, the joint venture between Finmeccanica SpA unit Alenia Aeronautica and EADS, has signed a 360 mln usd contract to sell ATR 72-500 planes to Malaysia Airlines, Finmeccanica said. The contract comprises the sale of 10 ATR 72-500s plus an option on a further 10 aircraft, the company said. The contract is part of industrial cooperation between the governments of Italy and Malaysia, it said. The contract was signed in Rome in the presence of Italian prime minister Romano Prodi and Malaysia's prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. In first half of 2007, ATR has sold 63 new planes, equalling the total orders in 2006, and bringing sales since ATR's launch to 900 planes, it said. This is Malaysia Airlines' first purchase of ATRs, Finmeccanica added. News links: http://www.hemscott.com/news/latest-news/i...=45709189679431 http://www.abcmoney.co.uk/news/25200792812.htm
  18. Already started as mentioned over here: http://www.malaysianwings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5899
  19. Well with non-Muslim carriers like SQ & CX, you can always request for the special muslim halal meal.
  20. Do u noticed the 'edit' button at the top right corner at each section of the article? Basically everyone can make changes and input whatever they want into the content. If you like you can even add another zero behind the 10 A380, well this is Wikipedia.
  21. More Updates: AirAsiaX plans September launch with jampacked A330s Wednesday June 20, 2007 AirAsiaX, which committed to the A330-300 yesterday at the Paris Air Show, is preparing for a September launch and positioning itself as the planet's lowest-cost long-haul carrier. It will begin taking delivery of its A330s during the 2008 third quarter in a 396-seat configuration--a record for the type . "We even looked if we could put seats in the belly," AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes joked. "We're very much of an LCC," he said. "I know people are skeptical about this product, but they were also skeptical when we launched AirAsia five years ago. Now we operate 55 aircraft and have 150 aircraft on order." He added that another order may be coming shortly. AirAsiaX will launch with leased A330s (ATWOnline, April 2). The new aircraft will give the carrier unit costs of 1.9 cents, Fernandes told ATWOnline. "[Airbus CEO Louis] Gallois has gone out of his way to give us this product," he said, explaining that the new airline asked for higher seat density, an altered galley design and a new IFE product. Cabin configuration will include 28 premium seats in a 2-2-2 alignment. Economy seating will be nine across with a 31-in. pitch. Future orders may include the A350 XWB, a program that Fernandes said he supports. "We are a firm believer in the A350 product," he stated, although he would not commit to an order. "We believe that the A330 has lots of legs left. It's a hard aircraft to beat on the sector length we will be flying. The A350 would allow us to fly direct, without the need for a technical stop." AirAsiaX is considering three Middle East airports for technical stops on European flights, including Bahrain. "We are staying away from Etihad, Qatar [Airways] and Emirates," he laughed. He said the 787 is "a bit too small" and that if it opted for the A350 it would be in a 10-abreast configuration. The new LCC currently is narrowing the list of initial destinations, which may include London Stansted or Manchester, Australia and two cities in China (ATWOnline, Jan . Fernandes said he also is considering destinations in Central and Eastern Europe such as Dusseldorf, Frankfurt Hahn, Cologne, Prague and Budapest. The lowest introductory fare for a return Kuala Lumpur-UK flight would be $20, he said. Average fare will be $300, excluding taxes. by Cathy Buyck http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=9285
  22. As usual and as expected, even during normal time it's not surprise to encounter 'booking engine down' problems.
  23. Fly Asian Express orders 15 A330s for new long haul low cost operation 19 June 2007 Fly Asian Express (FAX) has signed a contract for the purchase of 15 A330-300s, increasing its initial commitment by five aircraft. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for 10 A330s in April 2007. The first new A330 will be delivered to FAX, the operating company for AirAsiaX, the world’s newest long haul, low cost airline during the third quarter of 2008. The A330 is already the aircraft of choice for more than 60 customers and operators around the world and is the unquestioned leader in its class with a commanding market share and a continually expanding operator base. The A330 has excellent flexibility for a wide range of route structures, providing the operator with a very low operating cost per seat, as well as the widest and most comfortable cabin in its category. Its proven record of superior economics and passenger comfort provides the operator with a significant competitive advantage in the market today. The A330-300 has a range of up to 10,500km/5,650nm and has flown over five million operational hours. "The firming up of the additional orders reaffirms our ambition to be the world's most profitable point-to- point long haul low cost carrier. The South East Asian market is constantly looking for cheaper alternatives for air travel. With this optimism in mind we will continue to look into increasing our fleet via leases or acquisition to support our growth,” said Datuk Tony Fernandes, Director Fly Asian Express. “Having partnered with AirAsia so successfully, we look forward to extending the success of that partnership with FAX. We are delighted to see the innovative low-cost spirit of AirAsia extended to longer range routes operated by AirAsiaX and are confident that the A330’s unbeatable combination of low seat costs and high passenger appeal will ensure great success for this new airline,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers. The A330 cabin is optimised for both flexibility and comfort. With a true wide-body fuselage, the A330 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit operators’ requirements. The spaciousness of the A330 main deck is echoed in the lower deck since the large underfloor cargo capability allows airlines to carry more revenue-generating cargo consolidated on pallets and containers loaded side-by-side. Airbus is an EADS company. http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/press...asian_a330.html
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