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  1. Airasia X selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700 package worth $1.3 billion to launch A330 long-haul start-up operation 19 June 2007 AirAsia X, the long-haul low cost start-up airline, has selected the Trent 700 to power its new fleet of 15 Airbus A330-300s. The deal, worth over $1 billion at list prices, also includes a TotalCare long term service agreement. Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia, said: “The Trent 700 is the best engine choice for us on a number of levels. It will give us the widest choice of routes and the greatest revenue-earning opportunities. For a low-cost operation such as ours, supporting the engine with TotalCare also gives us the ability to have a predictable cost base which is crucial for us to be competitive. We are pleased and proud to be working with Rolls-Royce as we launch our new, long-range services.” Mark King, Chief Commercial Officer – Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce, added: "It’s incredibly exciting to be involved in this ambitious new airline from the very beginning. We’re confident that AirAsia X can emulate the success that has been demonstrated by its short-haul relative. I am convinced that the Trent 700, as the most environmentally friendly engine on the A330 and the market leader, will perform a key role in Air Asia X's growth plans.” Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia X (operated by AirAsia subsidiary Fly Asia Express) is set to formally launch medium and long haul operations in September 2008. The Trent 700 is the market leader on the A330 with a 49 per cent share of orders and 42 customers and operators. Of the A330s that have been ordered by airlines in Asia, 61 per cent have selected the Trent 700. It is the most environmentally friendly engine on the A330, being the quietest and cleanest available for this aircraft, with the greatest margin to CAEP 4 legislation. http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/showPR.jsp?PR_ID=40500
  2. 110% agreed with your Rozhan. Check this out, fare list for the 50 hours open house promo: http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/flymalaysia/celebration.asp One Way from KUL to Bangkok, Cebu & Jakarta = RM10 One Way However return fare is RM209 !! One Way from KUL to Phnom Pehn, Phuket = RM10 One Way Again, return fare is RM179! Frankly speaking what they did on the RM10 international fare is pure misleading (unless u booked one way ticket only, either not flying back or return with cheaper LCC fare) and in consumer point of view it's quite unethical as well. If RM209 return is what MAS intend to charge, why can't they advertise RM104.50 as the one way fare? In my opinion this is definitely not a smart move as at the end of the day it will only caused disappointment and pissed off lots of potential customers. Remarks : as usual, published airfare excludes all taxes and surcharge.
  3. In respond to MH 50 hours Open House sales, AK just launched their "Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival Up to 90% Discount" sales which kick start a day earlier, longer booking period and longer traveling period + more destinations of course. http://www.airasia.com/site/en/promotion.j...eference=mega07 Booking Period 19 Jun 2007 - 1 Jul 2007 Travel Period 3 Jul 2007 - 30 Sep 2007
  4. Just received the information from today's newsletter, available in LCCT now: http://www.airasia.com/site/en/page.jsp?reference=kci Again, it's full of restrictions (like their Web check in): Available 1-6 hours before departure. Domestic Flights Only. No check in luggage. Not applicable for those opted for Xpress Boarding.
  5. The 50 hours Open House sales is the first sales out of several in the coming 3 months time, it's stated in the news there if u read carefully.
  6. http://www.malaysianwings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5574
  7. Great pics! Looked like Orient Thai desperately need a good wash on her butt.
  8. AK officially launched their daily flights to Shenzhen on today, with airfare starting from RM68.88 from KUL & THB388 from BKK. AK88 KUL - SZX 1625 - 2010 AK89 SZX - KUL 2045 - 0030 FD3622 BKK - SZX 1830 - 2215 FD3623 SZX - BKK 2245 - 0040 Press released from : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=...&sec=nation AirAsia to begin flights to Shenzhen from July 15 14 June 2007 PETALING JAYA: AirAsia will start daily flights to Shenzhen, China, from July 15 from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The low-cost carrier announced yesterday that airfares would start from RM68.88 for flights from Kuala Lumpur and 388 baht (about RM38) from Bangkok. Its executive vice-president (commercial) Kathleen Tan said: “Shenzhen is the fourth busiest airport in China and this will allow us (AirAsia) to tap into the passenger traffic and facilitate travellers to other Asean destinations that we fly to. “We are very confident that this route will open more opportunities to enhance both of our hubs with greater international links in the region, especially with Shenzhen being the gateway to southern China and Hong Kong,” she said in the statement. Shenzhen is AirAsia's third destination in China, after Macau and Xiamen. AirAsia has seven daily flights to Macau from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Bangkok and one daily flight to Xiamen from Bangkok. Thai AirAsia chief executive officer Tassapon Bijleveld said the Shenzhen route would be Thai AirAsia's 10th international destination. “We trust that it will further establish our position as the main market player in Thailand as well as establishing new growth opportunities,” he said. Shenzhen is located in the southern part of Guangdong province and is the fastest growing city in China for the past 30 years. It is famous for its coastal view, theme parks, historical attractions and world-class golf courses and is known as a shopping paradise.
  9. Two aircraft engine makers vie for billion-ringgit supply contract By B.K. SIDHU Tuesday June 12, 2007 KUALA LUMPUR: Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Rolls-Royce (RR) are the frontrunners for the billion-ringgit contract to supply engines to Fly Asian Xpress Sdn Bhd (FAX)'s fleet of 15 aircraft but engine maker General Electric Co is out of the race. It is understood the deal could be worth US$1.5bil, including the engine and a long-term maintenance support plan, based on catalogue prices. “We are about to make the engine selection and have shortlisted P&W and RR but GE has been removed (from the selection process). This would be the first (time that) we would not be working with GE. “We have asked for the best offer from P&W and RR and these should reach us by Wednesday (tomorrow) for us to decide on the engine supplier by Friday. We should announce the winner at the forthcoming Paris Air Show,” FAX director Datuk Tony Fernandes told StarBiz. Fernandes is also group chief executive of AirAsia Bhd, a sister company of FAX. Datuk Tony Fernandes: »We should announce the winner at the forthcoming Paris Air Show« GE is supplying the engines for the more than 100 aircraft that AirAsia would eventually have in its fleet. The Paris Air Show will be held in Le Bourget from June 18 to 24. Asked why GE was not in the running, Fernandes said: “The other two offered us a better deal. It would be good to have our engine of choice and the two are also quite excited to work with us on the low-cost model.” In April, FAX ordered 15 A330-300 from aircraft frame maker Airbus for US$2.63bil (excluding engine cost). It is also looking at ordering 10 more planes for its low-cost, long-haul service, slated to start later this year and to serve markets within a flying range of six to 13 hours. AirAsia X is keen to serve cities in Australia, China, India, Europe and the Middle East. Asked if an Australian city could be the first destination to be served by AirAsia X, Fernandes said: “We have yet to decide where to fly to first but have received requests from many airports that want us to fly into their cities. “The requests are from countries in the Middle East, Scandinavia, parts of Europe, including Vienna, and India and China. “Even the governments (officials) of these countries are asking us to fly into their cities. The response is nothing short of phenomenal and we are working out the details on our first stop. We are a point-to-point carrier and would not be working on a code-share arrangement.” Since the first batch of 15 aircraft would be delivered only from September 2008 to 2011, FAX has leased one aircraft to begin service this year. Fernandes said FAX was looking to buy seats to fit the leased aircraft and that a lot of work was being done to ensure the long-haul service took off on schedule. He said FAX would stick to the AirAsia X brand for its long-haul service, instead of AirAsia Long Haul, and that the team at FAX was mulling over the need to have a separate logo from AirAsia. “It is by popular demand that we are changing the name back to AirAsia X,” he said.
  10. Possible with their E-170 as well if the number of passengers is limited.
  11. Tiger Airways obtains its Indian Operating Permits Airline granted Foreign Carrier Air Permit from DGCA SINGAPORE, 4 June 2007. Tiger Airways, Singapore's low fare airline, has been granted a Foreign Carrier Air Permit from the Government of India, Civil Aviation Department (DGCA). This means the airline has cleared the final regulatory hurdle and is now ready to operate international flights between Singapore and a wide network of destinations across India. Tiger Airways has been granted the rights to fly between Singapore and Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Trivandrum, Kolkata and Kozhikode. The airline is now in the midst of planning its flight routes and is in talks with airports and suppliers at these destinations. Tiger Airways will be announcing its initial route network to India once discussions have concluded, which the airline expects to take place fairly soon. The airline is confident that the growing demand for international low fare air travel by a fast expanding Indian economy will ensure the success of these routes. Tony Davis, CEO of Tiger Airways said "Having firmly established Tiger Airways as the largest international low fare airline to serve China, these new route authorities between Singapore and India represent another significant opportunity to grow our business in Asia. The company's duel strategy of a major expansion in Asia, as well as establishing the first truly low fare airline in Australia, will create new opportunities to link travel between key Australian cities such as Melbourne, Darwin and Perth with points across Asia". Tiger Airways will be the only Singapore based low fare airline to operate flights between Singapore and India. Tiger Airways earlier this year obtained authority to operate extended twin engine operations (ETOPS), which enables the airline to operate more efficient direct routings between Singapore and points in southern India. It expects keen demand for its reliable and affordable travel to stimulate demand for more travel between the two countries. Singapore and India have strong historic ties with Indians forming one of the major racial groups in Singapore's multiracial population. The boost of affordable air travel will also add significant socio-economic benefits to the two countries through the expansion of tourism and commercial growth. Source : http://www.tigerairways.com/about/news_2007.php
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    MH to moscow

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    MH to moscow

    Transaero if I do not mistaken.
  14. New airport tax apply to tickets issued after June 1 KUALA LUMPUR: The reduced airport tax for flights from low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) will only apply to tickets issued from June 1. Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) senior general manager (operations) Datuk Azmi Murad said the new rates did not apply to those who had bought tickets in advance for travel on or after that date. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said on Wednesday that for the LCCTs in Sepang and Kota Kinabalu, the airport tax for domestic travel would be reduced from RM9 to RM6. For international travel, the tax will be reduced to RM25. On queries from The Star readers who said that the current airport tax was the same as the new rate of RM6, Azmi clarified that at present the rates for domestic and international flights were broken down into passenger service charge (or airport tax) and security charge. The new rates lump both charges as one charge under passenger service charge without any breakdown but inclusive of the security charge, he said. (see table) “The rates are now standard and will be applicable to all future LCCTs in the country,” he said, adding that the charges would be remitted to the MAB through airline tickets. On statements by the Transport Minister and Tourism Ministry that airlines should refund the airport tax and fuel surcharges to passengers who did not board their flights, Azmi said it was up to the airlines to make such refunds. He explained that MAB did not know who pays the charges because the airlines only submit the names of passengers who board the planes. http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?f...&sec=nation
  15. After investigation, this is what I found out (international airport tax only): All Malaysia International Airport (except LCCT) airport tax = RM51 LCCT Airport Tax prior to 23 May 2007 announcement = RM35 Newly revised LCCT airport tax effective 1 June 2007 = RM25 Thus, actual airport tax reduction for LCCT international flights is RM10, not RM26 (which is unfair and misleading comparison) .
  16. But from what I watch from the TV news it's RM25 for international flight inclusive of security tax. Thus maybe it's AK mistake or the additional $10 is something else.
  17. Travel once with KTMB on KUL-SIN-KUL on last year due to my silly friend who want to try it, from KL is the night train second class sleeper and return with first class seat day time service from KL. All I could say is it's exhauting, boring and tiring due to long traveling time. 5 hours express bus ride from KL is a lot nicer and more comfortable compared to train ride. Of course by flight direct to Changi is always the best
  18. Since the govt already give good pay rise to public servant, I hope they will give the green light on the refund for those who are flying from 1 June 2007 onwards (regardless the booking date). PR for pre-elections mar hehe..
  19. Anyway will send an email to AK shortly and see how's their respond on the refund (it's $26 X 5)....
  20. I mean cooking without breaking the yolk (that yellow round thing), however if you cook with the whole egg with shell on it will cause explosion as well. For more information on microwaves oven safety issues : http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/BHCV2/b...es?OpenDocument
  21. Of course it will explode if the user have no basic knowledge on how to use microwave oven. The perfect example will be heat up an egg without broken the yolk, try it and you'll see.
  22. Curry explodes at 35,000 feet By JOHN KAY Chief Reporter May 21, 2007 A STEWARDESS caused £20,000 of damage on a jumbo jet — when her curry EXPLODED in a microwave at 35,000ft. The transatlantic flight from Heathrow carried on to Miami after cabin crew grabbed a fire extinguisher to douse the blazing oven. Last night British Airways insisted there was no threat to passengers’ safety — although the Boeing 747 needed days of repairs. The air hostess was heating up a ready meal she bought from a supermarket when the curry exploded. BA has now BANNED staff from using new high-powered microwaves in club class kitchens for non-airline food on its fleet of jumbos. A secret memo emailed to all BA long-haul crews — entitled “Microwave incident” — warns that grub needs special packaging because the ovens are twice as strong as domestic ones. It says the incident with the curry had “disastrous consequences”. One BA employee said: “Many cabin crew like to bring their own meals to eat. “At first we thought the microwaves were a godsend. But this unfortunate incident has left us with egg on our faces.” BA stressed: “At no time was there any danger to passengers or the aircraft.” Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007230271,00.html
  23. No early opening of Singapore-KL air route: Najib 22 May 2007 1730 hrs KUALA LUMPUR - The lucrative air route between Malaysia and Singapore is unlikely to open up before the end of 2008, Malaysia's deputy prime minister said Tuesday. Officials from the two neighbours held talks earlier this month to discuss transport links, including liberalising the air route, but Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters there would be no immediate changes to the route. "It is not likely to be brought forward," he said. Singapore and Malaysia are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has agreed to open up capital-to-capital flights by the end of 2008. "We have our own reasons" for not wanting more carriers on the route before the ASEAN deadline, Najib said at a ceremony where budget carrier Air Asia signed an agreement with a local company. Malaysian-based AirAsia has been among the most vocal in campaigning for access to the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route dominated by Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. The two flag carriers account for 85 percent of traffic on the short sector between the two cities. A confirmed round-trip ticket departing from Singapore costs around 450 Singapore dollars (298 US) including taxes. - AFP/ir
  24. Singapore Airlines May Buy China Eastern Air Stake (Update3) By Clare Cheung and Tian Ying May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore Airlines Ltd., the world's largest carrier by market value, may announce plans to invest in China Eastern Airlines Corp. as economic growth boosts travel demand in the world's most populous nation. ``We have a major issue'' to disclose, Luo Zhuping, China Eastern's board secretary, said by phone today. Singapore Airlines will make an announcement, spokesman Stephen Forshaw said in a telephone text message. Shares of both carriers were suspended from trading. Buying a stake would give Singapore Airlines more access to an air travel market expected to grow fivefold by 2025. China Eastern, the only unprofitable listed carrier in the country last year, has sought investors because of its debt level and to help fend off competition from Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Air China Ltd. in Shanghai, its home market. ``The suspensions may signal that the two companies have reached an agreement,'' said Li Lei, an analyst at China Securities Co. in Beijing. ``Singapore Airlines is one of the best airlines in the world and it would provide strong support to China Eastern.'' Government Talks Shares of China Eastern, the nation's third-largest carrier, have more than doubled in Hong Kong this year, raising its market capitalization to $4.88 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The stock rose 7.8 percent to HK$3.73 in Hong Kong yesterday and gained 3.6 percent to 9.59 yuan in Shanghai. The airline said on May 14 that it had begun government- level talks about selling a stake, possibly to Singapore Airlines. A deal would be ``positive for China Eastern because cooperation with Singapore Airlines may help improve its operational efficiency,'' said Pauline Dan, who helps manage $2 billion at Manulife Asset Management in Hong Kong. ``It may also increase China Eastern's exposure to international markets.'' Singapore Air reported a record S$2.12 billion profit for the year ended March, as Asia's economic growth and new planes helped boost its passenger numbers. The carrier also sold a building and its stake in an aircraft-leasing business during the year. The airline's shares gained 0.6 percent yesterday to S$18.40. The stock has gained 5.1 percent this year. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's largest airline, has built a 17.5 percent stake in Air China, the nation's largest international carrier. Air China controls a similar-sized stake in Cathay Pacific following a wider deal last year, centered on Cathay Pacific's takeover of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. Chinese airlines have to remain under domestic majority ownership, according to government regulations. A single overseas entity is only able to own as much as 25 percent. Travel Growth China's economy has grown at least 10 percent for the past four years, boosting the demand for air travel. Chinese carriers flew 160 million passengers last year, 15 percent more than a year earlier, according to the General Administration of Civil Aviation. The number of flights in China and its airline capacity may rise more than fivefold in the 20 years ending 2025, according to Boeing Co., the world's second-largest commercial airplane maker. China Eastern expects to post a first-half loss because of debts and more competition, it said on April 27. The airline is facing increasing competition from Cathay Pacific and other carriers in Shanghai. A large amount of debt, which accounted for 95 percent of its total assets on March 31, also added pressure on its operations. China Eastern's ``management is lagging behind other rivals. To survive, it has to tap a foreign partner's expertise,'' said China Securities' Li.
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