Thursday, January 11, 2018

Malaysia Airlines resumes flights to Brisbane

KLIA, SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines will be reinstating direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane effective 6 June 2018.

The four times weekly service will be provided using an A330-300 with up to 290 seats. The airline will be operating every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

MH135 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 9.50am and will arrive Brisbane at 7.55pm the same day. The return flight, MH134 will depart Brisbane at 11.20pm and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.50am the next day.

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Izham Ismail, said, “Malaysia Airlines need to be agile in order to respond quickly to market demands and we are very excited to be re-instating Brisbane back to our network. Brisbane is strategically placed, in close proximity to many of Queensland’s tourist destinations, which will facilitate our growth plans focusing on key business and leisure cities”.

“Malaysia Airlines has had a long presence in Queensland since the commencement of our operations into Brisbane on 31st October 1990. We are happy to be returning to Brisbane offering convenient connections on Malaysia Airline’s global network,” Izham added.

The Hon. Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and Commonwealth Games, said through the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, Tourism and Events Queensland and its partners have again been able to secure an important airline on an important route, giving travellers another way to come here and further enhancing the reputation of Brisbane Airport.

“Malaysia Airlines is a renowned global airline and Kuala Lumpur is a thriving international hub which means a new gateway has been opened for thousands of travellers to come to Queensland to experience the Great Barrier Reef, our world-heritage listed rainforests, our iconic beaches and the outback,” Minister Jones said.

Today Malaysia Airlines’ operations between Kuala Lumpur and Australia covers Sydney (twice daily), Melbourne (twice daily), Perth (daily) and Adelaide (4 times a week).

Tickets to Brisbane will go on sale from 9 January 2018 on Malaysia Airlines website at www.malaysiaairlines.com

In conjunction with the opening of this route, Malaysia Airlines will kick start its New Year Deals campaign from today with promotional all-inclusive return fares on Economy Class to Brisbane from RM2,009, Seoul from RM1,259, Tokyo from RM1,419, Auckland from RM2,239 and other destinations. The sale ends on 14 January. Travel period is from 16 January to 31 May 2018, with the exception of Brisbane from 6 June to 31 October.

To grab this promotion, customers can visit the airline’s preferred travel agents, via mobile app or its official website.

Source: Malaysia Airlines Berhad | 9 January 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Penerbangan Malaysia kembali ke Brisbane

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd. (MAB) akan mengembalikan semula penerbangan tanpa henti antara Kuala Lumpur dan Brisbane, Australia bermula 6 Jun ini.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MAB, Izham Ismail berkata, syarikat penerbangan itu akan beroperasi empat kali seminggu iaitu Isnin, Rabu, Khamis dan Sabtu menerusi pesawat A330-300 yang menawarkan sehingga 290 tempat duduk.

Brisbane adalah sangat strategik berhampiran pelbagai destinasi pelancongan di Queensland selari dengan pelan pertumbuhan kami yang memfokuskan kepada perniagaan utama dan bandar-bandar pelancongan.

“Malaysia Airlines telah lama bertapak di Queensland sejak operasi ke Brisbane diperkenalkan pada 31 Oktober 1990,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Pesawat kod MH135 akan berlepas dari Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 9.50 pagi dan akan tiba di Brisbane pada pukul 7.55 petang hari sama. Bagi penerbangan pulang pula, MH134 akan berlepas dari Brisbane pada pukul 11.20 malam dan tiba di Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 5.50 pagi hari berikutnya.

Sempena pengumuman laluan itu, MAB mengadakan Tawaran Tahun Baharu dengan promosi penerbangan Kelas Ekonomi ke Brisbane daripada RM2,009 seorang, Seoul (RM1,259), Tokyo (RM1,419), Auckland (RM2,239) dan pelbagai destinasi lain.

Promosi boleh didapati sehingga 14 Januari 2018 untuk tempoh perjalanan dari 16 Januari hingga 31 Mei 2018, kecuali Brisbane dari 6 Jun hingga 31 Oktober 2018.

MAB ketika ini terbang ke empat destinasi di Australia iaitu Sydney (dua kali sehari), Melbourne (dua hari sekali), Perth (harian) dan Adelaide (empat kali seminggu).

Sumber: Utusan Malaysia | Ekonomi | 9 Januari 2018 | Terbitan 10 Januari 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Malaysia Airports continues plans to elevate KLIA as an ASEAN hub through implementation of self baggage drop in KLIA 2

SEPANG: As announced previously, Malaysia Airports is making the travelling experience for passengers at KL International Airport’s (KLIA) second terminal, KLIA 2, much easier and faster through the use of self-baggage drop (SBD) facility. 15 counters at Row V & W will be fitted with SBD facility starting from 7 January 2018. The installation will be completed by 11 February 2018.

This SBD facility is Scan & Fly by SITA, a world-leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology. Scan & Fly can be enjoyed by more than 25 million AirAsia passengers who pass through KLIA 2 in a year, subject to the airline’s assignment of their check in counters.

According to Malaysia Airports managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, as an airport operator, their main aim is to continuously provide convenience to the passengers in line with their mission providing joyful experience at the airport. This SBD implementation is also a key initiative in the five-year business plan, Runway to Success 2020 (RtS2020) under the KUL Hub strategic pillar which aims to strengthen KLIA’s position as a regional hub. 

“With the SBD system at our terminal, baggage drop queue time can now be cut to half the previous time from 2.5 minutes per passenger before to only 1 minute per passenger now. With the strong growth in passenger traffic numbers in recent years, this initiative will certainly enhance the travelling experience. As at November 2017, KLIA 2 registered a total of 27.4 million passenger traffic movements,” he added further.

The SBD implementation will also increase the per-hour number of passengers handled during baggage drop from an average of 24 previously to 60 passengers an hour now.

During the one-month installation, passengers are advised to check with airport and airline ground staff at the terminal for any enquiries. 

Source: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) | 5 January 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018

'Passenger traffic to hit 103m this year'

Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali at MAHB’s Business Update & 2018 Outlook in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects overall passenger traffic in the country to reach 103 million this year, compared with 96.5 million last year.

Its managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the airport operator anticipated more foreign airlines to launch direct flights to destinations in Malaysia other than the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

He said more international airlines would likely bypass KLIA and choose to fly directly into Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi.

This would, in turn, impact domestic flights from KLIA to other international airports within Malaysia.

However, Badlisham said it would contribute positively to international traffic growth this year.

Passenger traffic growth this year would be spurred by MAHB’s expansion plans, including automation, refurbishment and upgrade works throughout its network of airports.

“Passenger traffic growth is expected to be robust, with additional seat offerings from airlines and short-term upswing from the 14th General Election expected early this year,” he said at MAHB’s Business Update & 2018 Outlook, here, yesterday.

Badlisham said international traffic was expected to grow more than domestic traffic, attributed to new routes and aircraft this year.

“More airlines will launch long-haul flights to new destinations in Europe and relaunch their previous international routes.

“The airlines will also receive more efficient aircraft, making it possible for them to launch new routes and add more frequencies,” he said.

On the potential strategic investors for Istanbul Sabiha Gokchen (ISG) International Airport, Badlisham said 10 players were interested to become its partner.

“When you do business, it is always good to have partners, be it local or foreign partners. We think there is a significant value in ISG. It is an on-going progress,” he said.

However, Badlisham said MAHB would likely maintain the majority ownership in ISG in the short term, adding that MAHB had built significant value in ISG.

“We have made investments for the boarding hall. The second runway is coming on stream. The potential for growth is assured as ISG is strategically located between Europe and Asia,” he said, adding that MAHB expected ISG to be profitable in the financial year ending December 31.

Source: New Straits Times Online | 6 January 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

MAHB introduces towing zones in KLIA to avoid traffic congestion, ensure road safety

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), together with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), has introduced towing zones alongside roads to and from the terminal buildings at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), including the terminal curbside area.

In a statement today, KLIA head of operations, Mohd Arif Jaafar said such a measure was necessary to ensure vehicles would not obstruct the roads and create traffic congestion.

"It is also to ensure road safety as vehicles parked on the road shoulder present a traffic hazard to passing motorists," he said.

He said KLIA had ample parking spaces with more than 11,000 parking lots available at both terminals, with a 15-minute free pass through.

"There are a further 5,500 parking lots available at the Long Term Car Park (LTCP) that is just a short 10-minute ride to the terminals on the free shuttle service provided by Malaysia Airports. The shuttle service runs every 10 minutes.

"On top of that, we have even provided a waiting area with additional 400 parking lots beside the LTCP. This waiting area is also free of charge," he added.

Arif urged the public to be more mindful of their safety and also more considerate in not contributing to traffic congestion.

Motorists who commit these traffic offences would have to pay a fine of RM300, he said.

Source: Bernama | 29 December 2017

AirAsia launches flight connecting Singapore and Bintulu, Malaysia

Flights between Bintulu and Singapore will operate four times a week. (Photo: AirAsia)
SINGAPORE: Low-cost airline AirAsia launched its inaugural flight between Singapore and Bintulu in Sarawak, Malaysia on Wednesday (Dec 27).

With a flight time of one hour and 50 minutes, the route is part of efforts to boost connectivity and drive trade and tourism between Singapore and East Malaysia, said AirAsia in a press release.

Flights will operate four times a week.

"AirAsia is always committed to expanding connectivity to Singapore and these direct flights reiterate our commitment to grow the connectivity in and out of the country," said Mr Spencer Lee, head of commercial at AirAsia.

"We hope the introduction of this new route will bring more visitors into Singapore next year, and this is only made possible by the continuous support rendered by Singapore’s Government and Sarawak Tourism Board."

The maiden flight, which departed Singapore at 9.10am and landed in Bintulu Airport at 11am, was received by officials including Bintulu Member of Parliament Tiong King Sing and Mr Lee Kim Shin, Sarawak's Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Source: Channel NewsAsia | 27 December 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Categorise airports until price differentiation mechanism is ready - Firefly

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should segregate domestic airports into different categories until the price differentiation mechanism, which will classify local airports, is ready for implementation, said Firefly Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Ignatius Ong.

“They (The Malaysian Aviation Commission) are looking at a systematic (measure) which should have price differentiation between airports, (however) they did say it’s going to take two years to trace (the details of each airport)... they need to do it faster,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Firefly’s corporate social responsibility programme here today.

Ong was commenting on AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’s reaction on the lack of voices from the industry protesting against the move to impose hike in the passenger service charge, which is scheduled to be implemented next month.

The premium short-haul airline today hosted the “Firefly and Tesco Christmas Treats with Single Mothers and Kids” programme with Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd, whereby they reached out to 70 single mothers from the Selangor Single Mothers Association in Kuala Selangor.

Ong also stressed that the segregation of airports should take place during the two-year interim period before the price differentiation mechanism comes on board.

Looking from the Subang Airport perspective, he said the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA 2 are two humongous shopping complexes with complete facilities, which included not only aerobridges but also essential facilities such as toilets and facilities for the disabled.

Meanwhile, when asked on the outlook for 2018, Ong said the company had achieved its target of 1.7 million passengers between January and November this year and the company was looking at maintaining the same figure for next year.

(Achieved) 1.7 million passengers so far, and we expect bigger movements in December due to the school break, holidays and so on,” he added.

On expansion, Ong said the industry was facing overcapacity issue, thus growing the carrier’s aircraft fleet size was not an option.

Our load factor stood at between 69 per cent and 70 per cent, which means, there is a 30 per cent empty seats to be filled...we will focus on that (improving load factor) before embarking on a decision to improve the current fleet, which now stands at 12 aircraft.

Normally, an airline would look into expansion when they hit between 78 per cent and 80 per cent load factor,” he added.
Source: Bernama | 19 December 2017