Friday, July 1, 2016

MAS plans leisure flights from KLIA2 in 2017

MAS had seen great progress in the last 10 months with many turnaround initiatives working.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd plans to operate some leisure flights from Kuala Lumpur KLIA2 in 2017 where the costs are lower as it continues with its turnaround initiatives, says its new chief executive officer Peter Bellew.

Bellew, who took over as CEO of Malaysia Aviation Group and MAS on Friday, said the decision to have some leisure flights at KLIA2 was due to the lower airport costs.

At the KLIA2, he said costs are lower by RM33 (US$8.25) per passenger lower or RM5,412 (US$1,350) per flight. 

“On one daily flight this simple saving will be RM1,975,380 or US$500,000 per annum. We will pass on these savings to customers with lower fares. Each and every cost of everything we do will be minutely checked daily without changing any quality,” he said.

He also said MAS had seen great progress in the last 10 months with many turnaround initiatives working. 

“Our first quarter showed performance indicators on track with yield up 23.4%, costs down by 32.9% and our bottom line ahead of budget,” he said.

Bellew added MAS had already seen fuel savings of 10,000 tonnes in the first quarter but more can be done. 

He emphasised that saving money, does not mean compromising on safety or on its products and services. 

He also said the goal would be to fly customers safely to places they want to go with great value fares and superior service on clean modern aircraft. 

“We will stop doing things that lose money. We will rebuild our relationships with the travel trade globally. We will lead a worldwide marketing initiative promoting the wonders of Malaysia. We will start new routes from various Malaysian airports to new unserved Asean destinations.

A new website, mobile app, trade reservations system and airport equipment will all be in place over the next 12 months

“The digital experience when booking with Malaysian Airlines will see significant investment in 2016/17. From choice of seats to quality of the nasi lemak to time of travel, we need to ensure that the needs of each guest with different individual preferences are met,” he said.

Source: The Star | Business | 1 July 2016

MAHB, AirAsia to collaborate on tagline to promote KLIA2, minister says

Liow also welcomed AirAsia’s proposal to make KLIA2 a low-cost carrier hub. — Reuters pic
SEPANG: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has called on Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) to work together on a suitable tagline to promote the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) as low-cost carrier hub in Asia.

Welcoming AirAsia’s proposal to make KLIA2 a low-cost carrier hub, he said the government and MAHB were supportive of the initiative.

Therefore, he said the promotion, including website and promotional items need a bit of tweaking.

“I think if AirAsia use the term ‘low-cost carrier terminal’ or LCCT, particularly on boarding passes and the website, it will confuse passengers. They will go to the old LCCT.

We will remind AirAsia to work with MAHB on the type of tagline suitable to promoting the KLIA2,” he told reporters after launching the iWalk walkalators at the KLIA2 here today.

Also present was the Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director-General, Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar on Wednesday met Liow and Azharuddin. After the two-hour meeting, Liow said the name, KLIA2 remains, since it is registered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Meanwhile, Badlisham said MAHB was willing to meet up AirAsia soon to clarify the matter.

“We are looking forward to working with AirAsia, especially on the wording. The term ‘KLIA2’ and ‘low-cost travelers’ should be used. The wording is important, so we don’t confuse passengers,” he added

Badlisham reiterated that KLIA2 would always be used to denote the terminal, home of the low-cost traveller. “That is what we are supportive of,” he said.

He said the change of name for the KLIA2 on boarding passes is also against the IATA and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations.

Source: Bernama | 1 July 2016 

Friday, June 24, 2016

KLM adds three more flights a week from KL to Amsterdam

SEPANG: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has added three weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Amsterdam, bringing it to a total of 10 flights a week. 

The three extra flights will be operated with KLM's newly refurbished Boeing 777-200, which comprises of 34 World Business Class seats, 40 Economy Comfort seats and 242 Economy class seats. 

Air France-KLM general manager for Central Southeast Asia, Gijs van Popta said KLM offers a wider choice of services and connections opportunities to Europe and beyond for travelers via its hub, Amsterdam-Airport Schipol. 

"Malaysia is one of our key markets in Southeast Asia and we look forward to welcoming more travelers from Malaysia onboard to experience KLM's world-class services and friendly Dutch hospitality," he said at the launch of KLM's additional flights. 

Although the KL-Amsterdam flight is increased to 10 times weekly, KLM's current daily flight schedule between Amsterdam-KL-Jakarta remains unchanged. 

Meanwhile, the Netherlands Ambassador to Malaysia, Harry Molenaar said the additional KLM flights between KL and Amsterdam indicated that the mutual trade between the two countries is blooming and provides an opportunity to further intensify their business relationship.

Source: New Straits Times | Business | 24 June 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Malindo Air launches search for talented batik kebaya designers

KUALA LUMPUR: Malindo Air, a premium Malaysian-based carrier is organising a sarong kebaya uniform design competition, with the intention of attracting Malaysians’ diverse talent in fabric, graphic art and fashion design.

The competition is open to all talented Malaysian designers and its closing date is on 25 July 2016. Designs are for Malindo Air’s full set of female stewardess uniforms and male steward uniforms. Malindo Air is looking at a concept which reflects on Malaysian ethnic batik design.

CEO of Malindo Air Mr Chandran Rama Muthy said, “This competition is held to display new and original designs that reflect the Malaysian spirit and values and – at the same time – recognize the uniqueness of the batik motif that could best represent our airline and nation simultaneously.”

He added, “We are giving away attractive cash prizes to the winners. Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges appointed by Malindo Air. The winning designs will be chosen as the official uniform designs of Malindo Air’s new and enhanced image of our leading senior cabin crew.”

For details of the competition, please visit www.malindoair.com.

Source: Bernama | 23 June 2016

No name change for KLIA2: Liow

The KLIA Terminal 2 (KLIA2), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Selangor.
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no name change for Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) since it is registered in the International Air Transport Association as part of KLIA's official code, namely 'KUL'.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said thus, "names should not be changed for the sake of changing."

"Nonetheless, the Ministry of Transport acknowledges AirAsia's intention to brand KLIA2 as a low-cost terminal as part of their efforts to bring in more travelers to Malaysia.

"We are open to hear from them what proposals they may have in place in order to position KLIA2 internationally as a leading low-cost terminal to spur the nation's tourism and aviation industries," he said in a statement here today.

Liow said the government had always supported the nation's low-cost carriers, particularly AirAsia.

"We are glad to have played a role in AirAsia's growth to become one of the world's largest low-cost airlines. This includes the provision of incentives such as lower passenger service charges," he said.

He said the government was commited to continue supporting and providing such incentives to encourage the growth of Malaysia's low-cost airlines sector.

"However, this ongoing debate is unnecessary, and all parties in the aviation sector must collaborate and work together for the benefit of Malaysia and all Malaysians," said Liow.

It was reported yesterday that AirAsia is adamant on using the word "LCCT2" when refering to KLIA2, the new budget passenger terminal, and for Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to acknowledge the low-cost carrier's role as the biggest tenant at the airport.

Its Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar said as in the group's campaign launched a fortnight ago, AirAsia would be stating klia2 as LCCT2 on its websites, tickets and promotional materials soon.

Source: Bernama | 22 June 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Using another name for KLIA2 violates aviation laws: MAHB


PUTRAJAYA: Using another name for KLIA2, the official brand of the KL International Airport 2, violates the aviation laws, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said. 

He said the campaign carried out by low-cost carrier AirAsia to brand KLIA2 as LCCT2 is against the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations. 

“We cannot name a terminal at our whim and fancy as it was a registered name and the government named it as KLIA2 not MAHB. 

“However, we cannot prevent them from calling it LCCT2 as it is freedom of speech, but they cannot put it on their tickets or counter notice board,” he told reporters after accompanying 108 children of deserving tithe recipients from Sepang for Aidilfitri shopping at the Alamanda Mall here, today. 

On complaints about cracks on the runway and pools at the tarmac, Badlisham admitted that the problems persisted until today. 

“But unlike before, the damage has been reduced and we are still doing the repair work,” he said. Commenting on the KLIA2 development plan, he said the terminal was built following discussions with stakeholders such as AirAsia, just like the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCC2) before. 

“The Changi Airport, Singapore and Don Muaeng, Bangkok also have budget airline terminals, but they do not call them low-cost terminals... They named them terminals 1, 2 and 3,” he added.

Source: Bernama | 21 June 2016

Malaysia Airports and AirAsia spat over KLIA2 branding continues

Terminal KLIA2, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. 
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad‘s view is that AirAsia's plan to rebrand the KLIA2 hub as LCCT2 would be a violation of international aviation laws.

AirAsia chief executive officer Aireen Omar had announced that the airline was going ahead in renaming KLIA2 as LCCT2 in all its operation materials, including flight tickets, the destination on its website and even on promotional materials, as a protest against Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), which she claimed had been uncooperative in assisting AirAsia's growth in the new airport.

She claimed that the design and system in KLIA2 had led to AirAsia's inability to accommodate higher volumes of passengers, ultimately losing its long held title of the world's largest low-cost carrier hub to Bangkok’s Don Muaeng airport.

Responding to her press conference, MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali fired back saying it took "two to tango”.

"Obviously its not one entity that names the airport. Remember, the airport doesn't just serve the airlines but it is a reflection of the branding and commitment of the country itself.

"KLIA2 was the name chosen by the Government and supported by the country.

"Changi doesn't call itself Changi 4 and Changi LCCT, even though they have low cost carriers. Same with Don Muaeng, they don't call it Don Muaeng LCCT or LCCT Bangkok.

"So theres no need to call it LCCT, that makes it look so low. We are the only country calling it LCCT. There is no brand associated to it. They (AirAsia) want to be famous, then call it KLIA2. People know the KLIA brand and they know they are flying to Kuala Lumpur," he told reporters at the Everly Hotel, Tuesday evening.

Badlisham said Aireen can continue calling the airport LCCT2 in her conversations, as it was her "freedom of speech" but said once the name gets printed on flight tickets, they would have a problem.

"That would be an offence. So I don't think they will actually do that because the International Air Transport Association (IATA), they have to register which airport they are going to land and so far as Iata ks concerned, the acronym KUL or KLIA or KLIA2 has been designated. So you cannot change those terminologies," he said.

Asked if AirAsia, the main tenant of KLIA2, still goes ahead with its rebranding within the airport, Badlisham said MAHB would advise the airline to take down any material that claims the venue to be LCCT2.

"Lets focus on what needs to be done efficiently and continue using the name klia2," he said.

Source: The Star | Nation | 21 June 2016