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6 hours ago, flee said:

I think that if airlines operating in this country charge higher fares, the airports will suffer a big drop in volume. Many people will not be able to fly and will opt to travel by bus and KTM again.

Makes me wonder how government even regulates long-term transportation planning and investment? Seems like the gov. tries to prioritize everything over the past two decades - more rail (ETS, ECRL, HSR)? more airports (KLIA2, KXP)? more highways (WCE, PBH)? Although, admittedly, some of decisions is logical like HSR and KLIA2, although these have issues of their own.

If gov. really serious about bringing in more passengers to airports, should have just invest few strategic regional airports (e.g. KUL, PEN, KCH, BKI) as major gateways only. Then, railways and highways should complement these regional airports. If Malaysians have that Greta Thunberg attitude at their own will, say bye-bye to small domestic airports.

 

 

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23 hours ago, flee said:

I think that if airlines operating in this country charge higher fares, the airports will suffer a big drop in volume. Many people will not be able to fly and will opt to travel by bus and KTM again.

Can't have your cake and eat it too. Some people want lower fares and taxes while getting higher levels of service and profit. Their proposed solution to the inevitable loss-making reality is simply to stop bailouts and start a new airline. 🤷‍♂️

I also wonder just how big of a drop this would be in the grand scheme of things. There are still many journeys that aren't viable by land. Meanwhile FY/OD turboprop services aren't catered to price-sensitive travellers to begin with.

15 hours ago, Alif A. F. said:

Makes me wonder how government even regulates long-term transportation planning and investment? Seems like the gov. tries to prioritize everything over the past two decades - more rail (ETS, ECRL, HSR)? more airports (KLIA2, KXP)? more highways (WCE, PBH)? Although, admittedly, some of decisions is logical like HSR and KLIA2, although these have issues of their own.

What long-term planning and investment? The Malaysian story is one of hindsight, greed and myopic decisions. There's hardly a grand project that gets by without being mired in scandal or political meddling.

15 hours ago, Alif A. F. said:

If gov. really serious about bringing in more passengers to airports, should have just invest few strategic regional airports (e.g. KUL, PEN, KCH, BKI) as major gateways only. Then, railways and highways should complement these regional airports. If Malaysians have that Greta Thunberg attitude at their own will, say bye-bye to small domestic airports.

The truth is we have a very long way to go before flight shame becomes a thing. Until we have a prosperous, functioning society, you won't find too many Malaysians worrying about how to offset their carbon footprint.

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The cc company has finally found in my favour in my case against D7. My evidence was pretty overwhelming really... 

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On 12/4/2020 at 1:44 PM, Josh T said:

The cc company has finally found in my favour in my case against D7. My evidence was pretty overwhelming really... 

Good to hear that this way helps in claiming back the seems forever refund. Can you advice on the steps, as i just read it generally without knowing every single steps.

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On 12/5/2020 at 8:04 PM, Li Ren said:

Good to hear that this way helps in claiming back the seems forever refund. Can you advice on the steps, as i just read it generally without knowing every single steps.

The main criteria are the following:

1. Your original ticket was booked directly through and on AirAsia X (D7) even if there were connecting flights on AirAsia (AK) as part of the same itinerary/booking.

2. You booked the flights through your credit card.

3. You have evidence (emails or SMS) that D7 cancelled the flights and not you.

4. You have evidence that you tried dealing with D7 directly first following the cancellation of your flights and have proof that they have offered you a refund (even if it was still being "processed") or even a travel credit.

5. You still have the email that D7 sent out about their debt restructuring that stated that they could no longer offer or process any refunds or travel credits.

 

If you have all that, you contact your cc provider directly and request for a charge-back or dispute a charge on the premise that you are NO LONGER RECEIVING THE GOODS/SERVICES that you'd paid for.

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AirAsia X proposes to reduce issued capital by 99.9pct and announces plans for fresh equity of RM500 million for a reset of the airline post-COVID-19

SEPANG, 14 December 2020 - Pursuant to representations made by certain creditors, AirAsia X Berhad (AirAsia X) intends to revise the proposed reduction of 90% of the issued share capital of AirAsia X to 99.9% of the issued share capital. This comprises a reduction of the issued share capital of approximately RM1,532.51 million to RM1.53 million. The credit arising from the proposed share capital reduction will be used to offset part of the accumulated losses. The proposed share consolidation which shall be undertaken following the proposed share capital reduction shall remain unchanged, i.e. a consolidation of every 10 existing AirAsia X shares into 1 AirAsia X share.

Shareholders funds after the capital reduction remains negative but the consolidation of shares post- capital reduction will provide a platform to seek fresh funding from existing shareholders.

For its fundraising, AirAsia X proposes to raise up to RM500 million comprising both a rights issue of up to RM300 million from existing shareholders and a share subscription of shares of up to RM200 million from new investors. This equity fundraising exercise is a critical component of the comprehensive restructuring and recapitalisation plan announced earlier and will support the implementation of the Group’s revised business plan. The operating environment is evolving and dynamic. There are several scenarios envisaged within our business plan and the funds to be raised are adequate for each of these scenarios.

Prior to the fundraising however, AirAsia X must first secure the approval of its creditors for the debt restructuring scheme. Several lessors have intervened in the restructuring proceedings to register their objections to the scheme. AirAsia X wishes to reiterate that the debt restructuring scheme is a prerequisite for the recapitalisation of the Company by both existing and new investors and a comprehensive reset of the airline is required to provide a platform to rebuild and a vehicle attractive enough for investors to invest in.

In the next few weeks, AirAsia X will continue to engage with creditors and hopes to further allay their concerns. The alternative to the scheme is a liquidation of the airline without any returns to creditors. Post-COVID-19, a reset with fresh equity and a repositioning of the airline as a regional medium-haul low-cost carrier will provide the best economic returns to creditors in a continued business relationship.

The Company has received some indications of interest for investment in a restructured AirAsia X and will similarly continue to engage with these potential investors.

https://newsroom.airasia.com/news/airasia-x-proposes-to-reduce-issued-capital-and-announces-plans-for-fresh-equity

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AirAsia will be back stronger in 2021, with international operations starting to open up within the next six months. AirAsia X is needed within Asia as a medium haul airline.

The airline is talking to the Malaysian government about receiving a USD250 million soft loan over five years, with capital raising taking place over next two to three months.

The airline will take all the planes on order, but it needs time to regrow. The new logistics company will need freighters. 

Talking at the CAPALive on 9-Dec-2020, AirAsia’s Group CEO Tony Fernandes spoke with CAPA’s chairman emeritus Peter Harbison.

Some key highlights can be found below.

https://centreforaviation.com/analysis/reports/capa-live-airasia---huge-data-opportunities---and-546649

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On 12/19/2020 at 10:27 AM, flee said:

AirAsia will be back stronger in 2021, with international operations starting to open up within the next six months. AirAsia X is needed within Asia as a medium haul airline.

The airline is talking to the Malaysian government about receiving a USD250 million soft loan over five years, with capital raising taking place over next two to three months.

The big questions is, how do they know things will get better ?

AirAsia X has never "sold" itself as a medium haul carrier, with most of the ASEAN routes served by various AK joint ventures.

Just like announcements from major hospitality chains, I'm learning to take these sort of "forward looking" news with plenty of salt. COVID19 has thrown a major spanner into what was already an uncertain world.

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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

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Considering how AAx restructuring will likely be shoved up manufacturer A's nether region, it's really not too difficult to imagine them being 'joined at hip' 😆

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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

 

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On 11/21/2020 at 12:38 AM, JuliusWong said:

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

The aircraft is now registered as N926PN, registered to a dummy company based at Florida, USA. Last spotted in UK. 

N926PN BD700 Global Express

 

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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

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On 11/28/2020 at 1:11 PM, JuliusWong said:

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:

  1. MSN 9512 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAC) to (unassigned), currently stored at Airbus production plant at Hamburg with engines installed. All white livery.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. MSN 10083 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia to SkyExpress as SX-IOG, delivered to new owner 27th November 2020
  5. 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
  6. 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.

  1. MSN 9512 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAC) to North-West Air Air Company, currently stored at Tallinn Airport, Estonia.  F-WXAG - Airbus A321-251NX - Untitled
  2. MSN 9516 A320-251NX Thai AirAsia ntu (unassigned), currently stored in full livery minus engine at TLS.
  3. MSN 9524 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia ntu (9M-VAD) to North-West Air Air Company, currently stored at Tallinn Airport, Estonia with MSN 9512
  4. MSN 9525 A320-251NX AirAsia India VT-ATE, delivered 26th November 2020.
  5. MSN 9566 A320-251NX AirAsia Japan ntu (JA04DJ) to SkyExpress as SX-TEC, delivered to new owner 23rd December 2020.
  6. MSN 10079 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia ntu (9M-RAU), still stored at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia livery.
  7. MSN 10083 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia to SkyExpress as SX-IOG, delivered to new owner 27th November 2020.
  8. 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.

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