Monday, March 23, 2015

FREE - 3 million seats up for grabs from AirAsia Group

The sale is back and AirAsia in a statement dated March 23, 2015 says it was giving out 3 million seats for over 20 countries across AirAsia Group’s wide route network, including AirAsia X for free.

No base fare, no fuel surcharges, and pay only for airport taxes and fees.

Booking  begins today till March 29, 2015, it says.

Malindo explains

Malindo cautions public over false news

Monday, 23 March 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Malindo Air has cautioned the public over false news regarding Malindo's operability that has been circulating on chat messaging service Whatsapp.
The hybrid airline had on Monday urged the public to ignore and not participate in this rumour mill that may affect the livelihood of its 1,800-strong workforce, their families as well as its passengers' planned journeys.
Malindo said as per procedures in an airline license renewal upon two years of operation, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) conducted a full audit of the company last month.
“In that regard, measures have been implemented on certain issues to further improve our operations.
“We would like to reiterate that as a fully licensed commercial airliner, our company wholly observes and abides by all DCA's stringent rules and regulations. Operational standards especially those concerning civilian safety would not be compromised nor taken lightly under any circumstances.
“Rest assured, we have reported this incident to the legal authorities concerned. All customers can anticipate a pleasant journey with Malindo Air on their respective booked as well as future flights,” it said.

(first appeared on staronline on March 23, 2015)

updated: Monday March 23, 2015 MYT 7:10:18 AM

Time to buck up, Malindo told

PETALING JAYA: The Department of Civil Aviation, which has spotted several “shortcomings” in Malindo Air’s operations, has given the airline six months to rectify the problems.
DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (pic) said an annual audit was conducted on the airline last month and his department had compiled a “list of findings” which required rectification.
Among others, the DCA ordered Malindo Air to resolve its documentations, management of aircraft and flight operations.
The airline’s operating licence expired on Feb 28 and the department had approved a six-month extension until Aug 31 to allow the company to concentrate on resol­ving the problems, he added.
“There are positive signs Malindo Air will rectify the problems we have pointed out to them. In fact, some of them have already been corrected.
“Once these problems are cleared, we will decide the validity period of the airline’s operating licence,” he told The Star.
The normal practice is for the DCA to issue an operating licence to an airline for a period of one year or a maximum of two years.
Despite the findings that need to be resolved, Azharuddin stressed that the airline had not committed any serious violation.
“Otherwise, we would have grounded them and not given the six-month extension,” he said.
Azharuddin added that Malindo Air was not the only airline which the department had ordered to resolve certain issues before it could have its operating licence renewed.
He was confident the airline would resolve all its issues before August, adding that the department was monitoring its “rectification works in order for us to approve the operating licence”.
Malindo Air, which began operations in March last year, is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries and Lion Air of Indonesia.

(first appeared on The Star on March 23, 2015)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Now the right price to hedge jet fuel?

Airlines prepare to hedge more jet fuel to lock in huge savings

SINGAPORE/BERLIN, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Global airlines, looking to lock in huge savings, are preparing to hedge more jet fuel to fix prices as they bet a slide in crude oil to six-year lows may peter out near $40 a barrel.

Some airlines have already stepped up hedging, especially after benchmark Brent crude slipped below $50 a barrel earlier this month, fuel traders and brokers said.

In Europe, airlines such as Aer Lingus and Ryanair are aiming to take advantage of the low oil prices to lock in fuel costs into 2016 and beyond. Thai Airways plans to hedge 100 percent of its fuel purchases this year.

"If you a sensible hedger, you have to look at this as an excellent opportunity," said Robert Campbell, head of oil products research at Energy Aspects.

Current crude output can't be sustained at these prices, Campbell said, and with "some increase in demand and some reduction in supply ultimately the price will be forced higher".

Jet fuel can account for between 20 and 50 percent of an airline's operating costs, and swings in oil prices can mean a huge boost or hit to profits. In December, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said lower fuel prices could mean that airlines globally will report their strongest profit margins in more than five years in 2015.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Airbus exceeds targets in 2014, Boeing is top planemaker by deliveries

US aircraft maker, Boeing delivered more planes than its European rival, Airbus Group NV in 2014 to hold on to the title of world’s biggest planemaker for a third straight year as the U.S. company accelerated production of its newest 787 Dreamliner.
In contrast, Airbus exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also our first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.

Airbus also achieved 1,456 net orders from 67 customers (of which 14 are new) – our second best year ever, comprising 1,321 single aisle aircraft and 135 widebodies. As a result, by year end, the backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US$ 919.3 billion at list prices.

At 2014 year end, Airbus commanded more than 50% market share for aircraft above 100 seats. Among the numerous sales achievements was the A330neo’s success in attracting 120 firm endorsements within just six months of its launch. Another commercial highlight was Delta’s decision to select the A330neo for its transatlantic services and the A350 for its transpacific routes. A third highlight of 2014 was the enduring popularity of our A320neo and ceo aircraft which together attracted numerous orders especially from the leasing companies.
For more on Airbus, read

Chengdu-Colombo service by Air China in February

 Air China says it will start its nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo on February 10, 2015 .

It will use the  Airbus 330 aircraft with four  flights a week, offered on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

The flight will depart from Chengdu at 18:30 Beijing time and arrive in Colombo at 21:50 local time. 

The inbound flight departs from Colombo at 23:10 local time and arrives in Chengdu at06:40 of the second day.

It is Air China's fourth city to Southeast Asia after the launch of the routes to Kathmandu , Mumbai and Bangalore, Air China says,

Specials from Malaysia Airlines

Incredibly Low Fares at Malaysia Airlines’ 2015 Specials!

MAS is saying it is offering incredibly low fares as part of its  ‘2015 Specials’ and the offers begins at midnight tomorrow

It says “Fly to London, Paris or Istanbul for RM2499 all-inclusive return.
Sydney or Melbourne for just RM1450 return.
Or explore Malaysia for only RM129 return on our many Domestic destination offers!''

Sale begins from Jan 14 to 24 for travel from Jan 17 till March 3 for selected destinations, and up till Nov 30, 2015 for others. Check out their website for more details.

This part of its way of saying “Thank You Malaysia” for your support over the years. 

(This information is from MAS press statement issued on Jan 13, 2015)

Mueller comes visiting MAS

Mueller gets into early action to turn around Malaysia Airlines

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Christoph R. Mueller, to be appointed as MAS new CEO

PETALING JAYA: Christoph Mueller, the man who is supposed to help turn the new Malaysia Airlines (MAS) around, has been in town since Friday.
He is scheduled to attend MAS’ board meeting early this morning and afterwards meet the current senior team at the airline, sources said.

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