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#21 flee

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:40 PM

Well if the AUH hub goes well, a lot of destinations in Europe and Africa are within the A333's range. That is probably why they have decided to do that because A343's are not exactly abundantly available for lease!

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:51 PM

Spain and Scandinavia sounds interesting. I'd rather they go there than seoul or sydney. But thats just me. Hehe.....


Looks good for u & I, but much more risky for D7.

Ideally, it should have covered the major cities around Asia/ Oceania first, build a base/ decent volume, before stretching itself too thin.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 02:55 PM

Ideally, it should have covered the major cities around Asia/ Oceania first, build a base/ decent volume, before stretching itself too thin.

Well the authorities have thwarted their plans! Japan, Sydney and Korea all burned this year. So they are still on the back burner... So this is their riskier backup plan.

#24 Mushrif A

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 03:03 PM

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Just imagine...this is the official wear of the AK cabin crew the moment that step off the plane for their night stop at JED....talk about night-and-day.

#25 flee

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:23 PM

Here is something D7 CEO Azran said in the media on destinations beyond Abu Dhabi:

"Abu Dhabi has a lot of connectivity. We are looking to fly to other places in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe from there," he says.

Azran adds that the airline has fifth freedom rights that allow it to pick up revenue passengers from Abu Dhabi, which is part of the United Arab Emirates.

"The UAE has a very liberal air services regime, and other carriers are already flying on from there. It will not be a problem for us."


Source: http://www.flightglo...beyond-abu.html

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 06:26 PM

"The UAE has a very liberal air services regime, and other carriers are already flying on from there. It will not be a problem for us."

If they are still on speaking terms with MH people, perhaps it's wise to consult 'the other side' as to what actually happened when MH had achieved some degree of success of their JFK via Dubai service, then abruptly switched to route via Stockholm instead :)

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:49 PM

Let's see those destination on AK's website "Coming Soon" column. Otherwise only empty talk leh. As mentioned before, they'll probably be stopped again.

#28 flee

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 08:19 PM

Let's see those destination on AK's website "Coming Soon" column. Otherwise only empty talk leh. As mentioned before, they'll probably be stopped again.

To be fair, it is the media and us who are speculating. We are just laymen who do not know the complexities of getting a route proposed and through the legal, regulatory as well as technical approvals.

I think right now D7 has more or less firmed up its plans on how to deploy the 3 new A333s and also how to change the old A333's seats to better ones. I think their next major expansion of routes will have to wait until 2010 when the next 3 new A333's arrive or when they find more leased A343's.

#29 Mohd Azizul Ramli

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 12:49 AM

Very happy to know that D7 has secured a 5th freedom right in AUH, something that even SQ doesn't for the airline's SIN-JED vv and SIN-KWI vv routes, all via AUH. By having a 5th freedom right, D7 can sell tickets from AUH to any other 3rd point destinations thereonwards and reverse, in the future. Surprised EY doesn't launched a protest at all! I suspect ADAC and the government of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi itself are very determined in ensuring that the airport will not lose out to DXB by all means (AUH has always been in the shadow of DXB, petty much like KUL to SIN in my opinion). Looking forward on what this hub status will contribute to D7 in the future. MAHB might have done a grave mistake by delaying the construction of the permanent LCCT in KUL, with regards to this newly inked collaboration with ADAC.

Just imagine...this is the official wear of the AK cabin crew the moment that step off the plane for their night stop at JED....talk about night-and-day.

LOL Mushrif, I suspect if JED is to be served by D7 from AUH, the AUH-JED vv sector will be a turnaround service for the crew, meaning no night stop in Jeddah whatsoever. AUH will be the crew's base, identical to what SQ is currently doing.

Although the Saudi authorities is quite conservative on the print advertisements, they are actually quite lenient to airline staff (at least in this uniform aspect). To begin with, the female crew of the flag carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV) don't wear abaya from the moment they were dropped off at the curbside area of the airport onwards.

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Their uniform is like EK's although with pants, long sleeve blouse and of darker colour scheme.

Other airlines' crew are also free to navigate through the airport (JED) without having to wear abaya. 'The World's Best' cabin crew team in JED...

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... and also GA's cabin crew in JED

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It is interesting to note that GA has a special uniform for all Saudi bound flights (CGK-JED vv, CGK-RUH vv) for the female crew, i.e. a tudung, a long sleeve batik blouse and a pant, as opposed to the short sleeve batik blouse and a skirt for the other routes.

Would be glad if our MW female cabin crew member, Nurasyekin Afifah can highlight on the dresscode for the JED bound crews, including how they dress up during their layovers. I am so sure they have to wear the abaya (maybe not covering the face and minus the handglove) while roaming around the city.
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#30 Juergen Witte

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 03:03 PM

Spain and Scandinavia sounds interesting. I'd rather they go there than seoul or sydney. But thats just me. Hehe.....


Now that MH is leaving the Stockholm(-New York) route it sounds not a bad idea to hop on KUL-ARN ! MH just used the wrong "equipment" and D7 cetainly caters better for the price sensitive market !

#31 Mohd Azizul Ramli

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 05:02 AM

Abu Dhabi is the airline's first destination in the Middle East and it is eyeing Jeddah as its next spot to capitalize on travellers heading to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimages, Osman-Rani said.

OMG, D7 is coming to JED!

It will interesting to see the reaction on the ground if the Raiders A340 substitutes an A330 to do the JED route .....Pornography Billboard-size!!!


Well, Mushrif's wishes of seeing the x-rated abaya pasted Raiderettes A343 in JED is just a few steps away from realisation LOL. The confirmation news that D7 is officially pursuing JED, along with SYD, ICN and BOM - all of which are currently served by MH from KUL nonstop. The news was in Bahasa Malaysia.


Abu Dhabi mula jadi tumpuan
Oleh WAN NAJIB WAN DAUD
7 September 2009 / 17 Ramadan 1430

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Kebenaran mendarat yang diberikan kepada AirAsia X di Abu Dhabi akan mewujudkan situasi menang-menang kepada Malaysia dan negara-negara Asia Barat.


KUALA LUMPUR 6 Sept. - Abu Dhabi bakal menjadi pusat penerbangan tambang murah di rantau Asia Barat berikutan banyak syarikat penerbangan tambang murah mula bertumpu ke negara-negara di rantau itu.

Ibu negara Emiriyah Arab Bersatu yang menjadi lokasi terbaru AirAsia X bermula November ini juga dilihat sebagai sebuah destinasi pelancongan terbaru di dunia.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia X, Azran Osman Rani berkata, Lapangan Terbang Abu Dhabi berpotensi besar mengikuti jejak Lapangan Terbang Stansted di London yang menjadi tumpuan pengembara perniagaan dan pelajar.

"Malah keupayaan rantau Asia Barat membangun dengan pesat turut menjadi tarikan untuk menjadi kawasan pelancongan terbaru berikutan kewujudan destinasi-destinasi tumpuan pelancong seperti taman tema terbesar di dunia, Formula 1 Abu Dhabi dan safari padang pasir," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini.

Menurut Azran, kebenaran mendarat kepada syarikat penerbangan tambang murah jarak jauh tempatan itu dilihat sebagai situasi menang-menang bagi Malaysia dan negara-negara Asia Barat sekali gus menjadikan AirAsia X sebagai penghubung kepada kemasukan para pelancong.

Penerbangan sulung pertama ke Abu Dhabi itu mendapat sambutan baik apabila 40 peratus daripada kapasiti pesawat telah ditempah sehingga kini dan beliau percaya ia boleh mencapai tahap maksimum pada tarikh penerbangannya.

Dalam perkembangan lain, AirAsia X kini sedang menunggu keputusan kerajaan untuk membenarkan syarikat penerbangan itu terbang ke beberapa destinasi baru.

Azran berkata, pihaknya telah membuat permohonan kepada Kementerian Pengangkutan bagi mendapat hak pendaratan di Sydney, Jeddah, Seoul dan Mumbai.

"Kami tidak pasti sama ada kerajaan membenarkan AirAsia X terbang ke destinasi-destinasi tersebut kerana permohonan sudah pun dihantar, kini kami cuma menunggu lampu hijau sahaja," katanya.

Menurut Azran, selain dari empat destinasi baru yang diminta itu, pihaknya juga turut merancang untuk menambah bilangan penerbangan ke beberapa wilayah di China kerana melihat prospek pasaran di negara itu amat besar.

Selain dari permohonan meningkatkan kekerapan penerbangan, beliau berpendapat kemasukan pelancong asing boleh dimanfaatkan jika AirAsia X diberi kebenaran seperti yang diminta.

Sebagai contoh katanya, penerbangan dari Sydney ke Kuala Lumpur ketika ini di bawah kendalian Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) adalah 14 kali seminggu berbanding Sydney-Singapura (52 kali seminggu dengan tiga syarikat penerbangan) dan Sydney-Bangkok (44 kali seminggu dengan empat syarikat penerbangan).

"Jika AirAsia X diberi kebenaran sama seperti MAS, kami percaya jumlah kemasukan pelancong ke Malaysia jauh lebih banyak jika dibandingkan dengan dua negara jiran ketika ini," katanya.

They are surely lobbying hard to get SYD. The comparison of number of flights between KUL-SYD with SIN-SYD and BKK-SYD is a good measurement of how not forward looking some authorities in this country are.

#32 flee

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:07 AM

They are surely lobbying hard to get SYD. The comparison of number of flights between KUL-SYD with SIN-SYD and BKK-SYD is a good measurement of how not forward looking some authorities in this country are.

Yes, our BN govt. only makes decisions to the requirements of the cronies. Since when did they make decisions in the best interest of the whole country? ;)

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:00 PM

AirAsia to raise up to RM665m via share sale

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s largest budget carrier by fleet size, is expected to raise up to RM665 million in a new share placement as it seeks to cut its debts.

Demand for full-fare carriers has been hit by the economic downturn, boosting discount airlines. AirAsia said last month proceeds from the share sale would be used to reduce its debt, which has risen sharply following aggressive capacity expansion.

AirAsia will sell 400 million new shares, representing 16.8 per cent of its existing share capital, at RM1.33 to RM1.40 a share, according to the deal term sheet obtained by Reuters, to raise up to RM560 million.

But the sale also has an upside of 75 million shares on top of the 400 million shares offered, the term sheet said, meaning AirAsia could potentially raise a total of RM665 million.

CIMB and Credit Suisse are joint placement agents for the exercise and bookbuilding will be completed on Sept. 15.

AirAsia stock closed down 0.7 per cent today at RM1.41. Stock exchange regulator Bursa Malaysia said AirAsia shares would be suspended tomorrow pending an announcement.

Regional budget carriers such as AirAsia and Jetstar Asia Airways have either added capacity or increased flight frequencies to cope with higher demand.

Analysts in Malaysia said last month that AirAsia’s tight cash flow and high debt level was worrying given its commitment to fund aircraft deliveries. It last month deferred the delivery of eight Airbus A320 aircraft to 2014 from 2010, which analysts said signals potential overcapacity in the future.

— Reuters

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#34 Pieter C.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 10:27 PM

AirAsia Share Sale To Raise Up To USD$190 Mln

September 14, 2009

Malaysia's AirAsia, Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier by fleet size, is expected to raise up to MYR665 million ringgit (USD$189.6 million) in a new share placement as it seeks to cut its debts.

Demand for full-fare carriers has been hit by the economic downturn, boosting discount airlines. AirAsia said last month proceeds from the share sale would be used to reduce its debt, which has risen sharply following aggressive capacity expansion.

AirAsia will sell 400 million new shares, representing 16.8 percent of its existing share capital, at 1.33 ringgit (USD$0.38) to 1.40 ringgit a share, to raise up to MYR560 million.

But the sale also has an upside of 75 million shares on top of the 400 million shares offered meaning AirAsia could potentially raise a total of MYR665 million.

AirAsia stock closed down 0.7 percent on Monday at 1.41 ringgit. Stock exchange regulator Bursa Malaysia said AirAsia shares would be suspended on Tuesday pending an announcement.

Regional budget carriers such as AirAsia and Jetstar Asia Airways have either added capacity or increased flight frequencies to cope with higher demand.

Analysts in Malaysia said last month that AirAsia's tight cash flow and high debt level was worrying given its commitment to fund aircraft deliveries. It last month deferred the delivery of eight Airbus A320 aircraft to 2014 from 2010, which analysts said signals potential overcapacity in the future.

(Reuters)

#35 flee

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:16 PM

PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF NEW ORDINARY SHARES OF PAR VALUE RM0.10 EACH IN AIRASIA

We refer to the announcements in relation to the Private Placement.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of AirAsia, we wish to announce that AirAsia has completed the bookbuilding exercise for the offering of 380 million new AirAsia Shares pursuant to the Private Placement (“Placement Shares”) representing 16.0% of the issued and paid-up share capital of AirAsia as at 10 September 2009.

Based on the Record of Depositors of AirAsia as at 10 September 2009, the foreign shareholding level of AirAsia amounted to 46.10%. The Private Placement was oversubscribed with strong demand from foreign institutional investors. The final allocation and size of the Private Placement was aimed to achieve a post-placement foreign ownership level of 45.0% in line with AirAsia’s Articles of Association.

In addition, we wish to announce that the issue price has been fixed at RM1.33 per Placement Share. This represents a discount of 6.71% to the five (5)-day volume weighted average market price of AirAsia Shares up to and including 14 September 2009 of RM1.4257 per AirAsia Share. Based on the issue price of RM1.33 per Placement Share and the offering of 380 million Placement Shares, the Private Placement is expected to raise gross proceeds of RM505.4 million.

CIMB Investment Bank Berhad and Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited acted as joint placement agents for the Private Placement.

This announcement is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States or elsewhere. The securities of AirAsia are not being registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements under the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of the securities in the United States.


This announcement is dated 15 September 2009.

Source: http://www.klse.com....ments/index.jsp

#36 Pieter C.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:27 AM

No Plans To Sell Air Asia X stake - CEO

October 12, 2009

AirAsia's long-haul, low-cost unit has no plans to sell an equity stake in the carrier, Air Asia X head Azran Osman-Rani said on Monday.

The budget carrier's head had said in August that it was in talks with Middle Eastern investors to help boost its equity base in 2010.

"We don't have any plans to sell a stake and we're not actively looking for investors. We don't need cash at the moment," Osman-Rani told reporters on the sidelines of a conference.

Bahrain-based Manara Consortium took a 10-percent stake in Air Asia X last year.

The carrier was launched in 2007 and flies to destinations in China, Australia and the United Kingdom from its Kuala Lumpur base.

Osman-Rani also said the airline would not "be in a loss-making position" in the fourth quarter.

(Reuters)




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