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#1 Muhammad Firdaus

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:12 PM

KUCHING: Sarawak is currently working out the details on a proposal to set up its own airline company.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government was trying to revisit the old proposal, where it expressed an interest in taking over MASWings.

He said MASWings at the time was owned by Malaysia Airlines (now known as Malaysia Airlines Berhad), which was reluctant to sell it to Sarawak.

“Now, we have a few options to have our own small airline connecting Kuching with other strategic destinations in the region.

“We are working out the details now,” he told a press conference after launching the AirAsia Sarawak Campaign Livery at Kuching International Airport here today.

Asked when it would take off, he said: “As soon as possible. That is my expectation.”

http://www.theborneo...-works-says-cm/

Is this a good news or a great news? 



#2 Mohd Suhaimi Fariz

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:15 PM

 

KUCHING: Sarawak is currently working out the details on a proposal to set up its own airline company.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government was trying to revisit the old proposal, where it expressed an interest in taking over MASWings.

He said MASWings at the time was owned by Malaysia Airlines (now known as Malaysia Airlines Berhad), which was reluctant to sell it to Sarawak.

“Now, we have a few options to have our own small airline connecting Kuching with other strategic destinations in the region.

“We are working out the details now,” he told a press conference after launching the AirAsia Sarawak Campaign Livery at Kuching International Airport here today.

Asked when it would take off, he said: “As soon as possible. That is my expectation.”

http://www.theborneo...-works-says-cm/

Is this a good news or a great news? 

 

 

It's honestly a waste of Sarawakian money. Unless they can attract people who can actually run an airline, I bet it will go the way of Rayani and all the others.



#3 Mohd Azizul Ramli

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:37 PM

Another option is to grant Uncle Tony's request to have a dedicated LCC terminal in KCH and AK will make KCH "the Dubai" of Borneo.



#4 Mushrif A

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

Saega Airlines ... the rebirth ...(not that it was properly given birth to earlier)

#5 BC Tam

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 08:24 PM

Saega Airlines ... the rebirth ...(not that it was properly given birth to earlier)

If that be so, please spare the Sabahan 'parent' this time round  :(

The pain of that previous experiment is still smarting even after all these years (note there has been scarcely a whisper of that 'S' airline ever since its demise)



#6 Holger

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:47 PM

Another option is to grant Uncle Tony's request to have a dedicated LCC terminal in KCH and AK will make KCH "the Dubai" of Borneo.

 

Uncle Tony have 6 A320 based in Kuching..you wanna change to some MASWings ATR?



#7 Mike P

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:16 AM

 

Uncle Tony have 6 A320 based in Kuching..you wanna change to some MASWings ATR?

 

Mostly to serve KUL route.



#8 Holger

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:42 PM

 

Mostly to serve KUL route.

 

Lets have a look on the operations yesterday!

AirAsia had 44 departures yesterday out of Kuching. 44 out of 71 departures the whole day in Kuching, that makes 62%!

15 out of the 44 AirAsia departures were bound to Kuala Lumpur.

 

Ops from the based aircraft:

9M-AFT

0610 BKI

0950 SIN

1340 BKI

1725 BTU

2000 MYY

 

9M-AQD

0700 BTU

0935 SBW

1145 MYY

1440 JHB

1820 PEN

 

9M-AHT

0700 SBW

0910 BTU

1145 PNK

1405 BTU

1640 SBW

1930 SIN

 

9M-AGP

0705 KUL

1125 KUL

1640 MYY

2040 KUL

 

9M-AGU

0835 MYY

1135 SBW

1345 MYY

1725 SIN

2120 MYY

 

9M-AFW

1050 TWU

1550 BKI

1935 KUL



#9 Muhammad Firdaus

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:51 AM

Probably this will give a clearer justification on the issue. Well Mr. AK sir, perhaps you could enlighten us, just bare in mind that we can sense biases.

 

https://www.nst.com....k-start-airline


Edited by Muhammad Firdaus, 15 February 2019 - 10:51 AM.


#10 Amirul Mazlan

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:39 AM

Starting an own airline is clearly a financial suicide by Sarawak Government.

Just because they can, does not mean they have to.

#11 David.W

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:30 PM

Use the money to build better roads plz

#12 Holger

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:58 PM

Probably this will give a clearer justification on the issue. Well Mr. AK sir, perhaps you could enlighten us, just bare in mind that we can sense biases.

 

https://www.nst.com....k-start-airline

 

“They (AirAsia) cited load factor but the load was 75 per cent for the last four months,” Yong was quoted in the media.

 

 

With 75% load it was one of the worst AirAsia-Routes in the whole network!

I think i had read articles with "almost full flights"...

 

Once again, if Tony had make money with that route then it will not be canx!



#13 flee

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:05 PM

With 75% load it was one of the worst AirAsia-Routes in the whole network!
I think i had read articles with "almost full flights"...
 
Once again, if Tony had make money with that route then it will not be canx!

Yes, AK's system wide load factor is usually above 80%. So if a flight is below that, it is considered under performing!

#14 Muhammad Firdaus

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:20 PM

Quote:

 

..without prior consultation with the state government (which reportedly subsidised the flights)..

 

Even if AK is making losses at that sector, they are not actually making any losses so they should be giving it more time as load is picking up.



#15 Mike P

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 04:10 PM

http://www.theborneo...service-via-kl/

 

KCH has had many Fly Thru routes by AK/D7. Not really addressing KCH's ambition by the Sarawak Govt.



#16 Holger

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 08:12 PM

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..without prior consultation with the state government (which reportedly subsidised the flights)..

 

Even if AK is making losses at that sector, they are not actually making any losses so they should be giving it more time as load is picking up.

 

"subsidised" dont mean that government takes the whole loss!

Normally an airport or an region pays a fixed price for every passengers on a new route...lets say ( just for example ) 30RM.

So if the yield is lower than expected, it could be really possible that AirAsia makes still a loss.

 

Dont forget, they reduced from daily to just 4 times a week first.



#17 Muhammad Firdaus

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 12:59 PM

http://www.theborneo...service-via-kl/

 

KCH has had many Fly Thru routes by AK/D7. Not really addressing KCH's ambition by the Sarawak Govt.

 

It seems that KCH is the most underrated international airport in the country. More airline should take the earlier economic opportunities as the state's potential to become the largest economy in Malaysia is undeniable. Currently with only 3 international airlines (Scoot, Wing Air, Royal Brunei), MAHB should be more proactive in their marketing to optimise the facilities :lazy: . The state government can only do so much.



#18 BC Tam

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:50 PM

Starting an own airline is clearly a financial suicide by Sarawak Government.

Just because they can, does not mean they have to.

Actually, after all the initial scepticism and doubts, I imagine the same must have been said of and similar sentiments felt when Emirates was conceived those many, many years ago :)
History it is said has a tendency to repeat itself ....... :D

#19 Pall

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 08:44 AM

Well put it his way, airlines will definitely make an effort to fly into a destination which is economically viable and can provide sustainable breakeven numbers or able to feed onto their network. Its simple economics, yet the Sarawak State Govt fail to recognize this and blame other local airlines (MH, AK and OD) for not offering direct services. We should applaud AK for experimenting some destinations out of KCH which have failed, at least they tried. It just cannot work hence why AK axed them.

 

This has got nothing to do with MAHB, airlines have their pax "algorithm" to know how many pax are moving or connecting from one place to another to decide if its more profitable to operate direct services or rather create feeder service from another hub. This is the case for Sarawak.

 

The State Tourism Board, local economic affairs dept and all of the other relevant stakeholders should promote their destination well first only then convince the likes of MAHB and lobby airlines to create direct routes once the numbers make sense.

 

Creating their own "Sarawak Airline" seems like the easy way out which is indeed a financial suicide as mentioned here before.

 

As the saying goes, "If you want to become a millionaire, you need to be a billionaire first and start your own airline". 



#20 jani

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 10:13 AM

Actually, after all the initial scepticism and doubts, I imagine the same must have been said of and similar sentiments felt when Emirates was conceived those many, many years ago :)
History it is said has a tendency to repeat itself ....... :D

 Come on.... ;)






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