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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jetstar Japan’s first aircraft lands in Tokyo

Jetstar Japan's first aircraft, an Airbus A320, landed at Tokyo's Narita airport on 26 April.

The IAE V2500 powered aircraft will undergo a series of proving flights in May as part of its final regulatory approval process, says the airline.

"This is a very exciting milestone for Jetstar Japan and brings us another step closer to connecting people through greater choice, lower fares and more travel options," says its chief executive Miyuki Suzuki.

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Jetstar Japan plans to begin domestic operations from July 2012 and plans to expand internationally in 2013, subject to regulatory approval. It will start with a fleet of three A320s before growing to 24 aircraft in the coming years.

Sonic Cruiser returns, quietly

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Image courtesy of Boeing
You thought the Sonic Cruiser was dead -- sacrificed more than nine years ago for the 787-yielding Super Efficient.
Maybe you also thought Boeing was never really serious about the Sonic Cruiser anyway, unveiling the M0.98 speedster in 2001 only to distract the industry from its decision to drop the 747-X Stretch.
You're probably still right.
And, yet, the Sonic Cruiser is not entirely dead.
Somewhere deep inside Boeing, a team of engineers is even now continuing to fiddle with the last decade's most high-profile conceptual aerospace flop. A new Boeing patent application, which was posted online on 19 April, reveals a new and improved Sonic Cruiser. Filing a patent application, mind you, should not be construed as a confession of even long-term corporate strategy. It's most likely just a project some engineers are fiddling around with. Still, it reveals an interesting new approach to an old and fascinating concept.
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The new Sonic Cruiser appears to be just as fast as the original design unveiled by a beaming Alan Mullaly at the 2001 Paris Air Show. Improvements are focused on reducing the nearly supersonic aircraft's noise and heat signatures. Rather than embedding the engines under the wing, high bypass turbofans are installed on top of the fuselage. Vertical stabilizers mounted outboard of each engine shields noise generated by the exhaust, while the long aft deck blocks sound waves aimed at the ground. In addition, Boeing's engineers have proposed variable geometry chevrons on the exhaust nozzles of each engine, which soften the noisy mixing of very hot exhaust air with much cooler ambient air.
Besides the new engine locations, Boeing has also made several aerodynamic changes. The differences are clear by comparing the drawing above with the image shown below, which first appeared in a 2003 Boeing patent filing for the original Sonic Cruiser concept. Notice the differences in shaping in the fuselage, nose and wings.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Nahas pesawat, dua maut

JAKARTA 26 April - Seorang juruterbang Afrika Selatan dan penumpangnya, jurugambar rakyat Australia maut selepas pesawat ringan milik Susi Air yang mereka naiki terhempas di timur Indonesia, semalam.

Pengarah Operasi Susi Air, Christian Strombeck berkata, pesawat Pilatus PC-6 itu hanya membawa dua mangsa ketika kejadian, nahas ketiga terburuk dalam tempoh setahun di Indonesia.

Katanya, pesawat itu terhempas pada kira-kira pukul 5.30 petang waktu tempatan dan mayat mangsa ditemui hari ini kira-kira pukul 1.30 pagi.

"Ketika kejadian, pesawat itu terbang di Kalimantan Timur untuk melakukan penggambaran dari udara sebelum ia terhempas,'' katanya.

Jurucakap Agensi Bantuan Bencana Negara, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho berkata, pesawat itu terhempas di tepi gaung berhampiran sebuah kampung di daerah Kutai Kartanegara.

Susi Air merupakan sebuah syarikat penerbangan kecil domestik yang biasanya menggunakan pesawat Cessna Grand Caravan yang memuatkan 12 penumpang serta dua juruterbang, tetapi ia turut memiliki pesawat ringan jenis Pilatus

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chelsea into final Champs LEague

Fernando Torres skips past Victor Valdes to score the final goal and ensure Chelsea's progress
Terbaik la Chelsea!
Although I'm Man Utd fan, i really proud what Chelsea just did at Nou Camp last night... down to 10 men but still fight until the end...
This show us football sometimes can be miracle... the strongest team in the world (Barca) can't pull it although they had the most possession (75% if not mistaken)..
Chelsea !!!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lockheed Martin releases F-35C formation flight pictures

Lockheed Martin has released these two images of the Navy's F-35C variant flying in formation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. I personally find the CV aircraft to be the best looking of the three versions--but that's partly because it looks more the like an F-22 than the others.

Enjoy.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

PICTURE: Space Shuttle Discovery makes final airborne salute as hitchhiker

The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery (OV-103) made its last ever flight today to its final rest home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex near Dulles Airport, Washington D.C. Attached to NASA's shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-100, the combination made multiple low fly passes of the centre of Washington D.C, allowing spectators to get a final view of the historic aircraft.

Credit: Stephen Trimble/Flightglobal

According to the Flightglobal/Ascend SpaceTrak database Discovery flew 39 times, each time successfully reaching orbit - the most-used of the shuttle fleet. Since its first flight in August 1984, the shuttle has been used to deploy commercial, military and scientific satellites, servicing the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station. Discovery made its final launch on STS-133 to the International Space Station on 24 February 2011, finally landing on the 9 March 2011.

Discovery replaces the atmospheric test shuttle Enterprise in the display at the Smithsonian. Enterprise itself will now be moved to a special display operated by the Intrepid aircraft carrier-based Sea, Air and Space Museum on the waterfront of New York City.

Malaysia to receive first A400M in January 2015

Malaysia plans to receive its first Airbus Military A400M transport aircraft in January 2015, with its remaining three examples to be delivered by 2016.

The type will not replace the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules, but serve to double the RMAF's airlift capacity, air force commander General Rodzali Daud said in a report by Malaysia national news agency Bernama.

Malaysia operates 14 C-130s, 12 C-130Hs and two C-130T tankers.

Daud made the comments at a ceremony welcoming the A400M "Grizzly 4" airlifter to Kuala Lumpur's Subang air base as part of its debut tour in Asia.

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"I have had the pleasure of showing the chief of the RMAF the A400M simulator in France last year and now I look forward to showing him, and his RMAF personnel, the real aircraft flying here in Malaysia," Airbus Military chief test pilot Ed Strongman said in a statement released by the European airframer.

"We have done a lot of work since his last visit to Toulouse and have now completed all the flight test work for the issue of the initial Type Certificate," says Strongman.

After performing demonstration flights for representatives and for regional air forces and other VIPs in Kuala Lumpur, the aircraft will travel to Halim air base in Jakarta, Indonesia, and to the Thai cities of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It will return to Europe on 20 April.

The A400M's Malaysia debut is timed to coincide with the Defence Services Asia tradeshow in Kuala Lumpur.

737 Max wingtips kept under wraps

Boeing is yet to settle on a wingtip configuration for the 737 Max despite having last week firmed up several key design attributes of its revamped narrowbody twinjet family.

Current 737s are offered with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB)-supplied blended winglets, while the US Navy's 737-based P-8 features 777-style raked wingtips. Boeing's 737 Max chief project engineer and deputy programme manager Michael Teal says the manufacturer is "testing a possible revision to the wing tips on the Max" in the wind tunnel to "see if this new technology could further benefit the airplane".

Boeing says it will continue with aerodynamic, engine and airframe trade studies to optimise the design of the 737 Max by mid-2013.

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The US Navy's 737-based P-8 uses 777-style raked wingtips, while current artist impressions of the Max show blended winglets

Patrick LaMoria, chief commercial officer at APB, a Washington-based joint venture that is 45%-owned by Boeing, says there is no guarantee the company will select APB blended winglets for the CFM International Leap-1B-powered 737 Max, set for entry into service in 2017 with launch customer Southwest Airlines.

"We have a lot of long-lead future-oriented plans in place in hopes of working with Boeing for many years to come," says LaMoria. "But Max is still an open question."

Boeing confirms it has decided to adopt a 20.3cm (8in) nose gear extension for the 737 Max, in addition to controlling the new twinjet's spoilers using fly-by-wire. The longer nosegear is needed to accommodate the larger diameter of the Leap-1B engine, provisionally specified with a 1.74m-wide fan, although the precise dimensions could change before the design is frozen in the fourth quarter.

By using the maximum extension in the trade study, Boeing potentially opens the door to slightly increasing the diameter of the turbofan.

Meanwhile, the new Leap-1B engine will be integrated into the wing in a design similar to the 787, the company adds. All flight controls will remain mechanically-driven except for the spoilers, Boeing says. The 737 Max also will adopt an electronic bleed air system, designed to reduce fuel burn without adopting the 787's bleedless architecture.

Boeing also is extending the 737's tail cone and thickening the section above the elevator for the re-engined variant.

US Navy's future F/A-XX?

The task of military planners if to think years, if not generations, ahead, so no wonder that, while lots of uncertainties still remain over aircraft programmes currently under development, such as the F-35, a RFI has been launched to look into the new US Navy fighter to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler in the 2030s.
Here is an artist's impression of how it could look like.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Masalah enjin: Pesawat MAS berpatah balik ke KLIA

KUALA LUMPUR 17 April – Sebuah pesawat milik Malaysian Airline (MAS) yang berlepas ke London terpaksa berpatah balik ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) semalam selepas mengalami masalah teknikal di bahagian enjin.

Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan MAS, kapten pesawat Boeing 747-400 itu terpaksa berpatah balik bagi memastikan keselamatan seramai 351 penumpang dan 21 krew penerbangan.

“Pesawat berkenaan terpaksa berpatah balik dan mendarat di KLIA pada pukul 2.05 pagi ini selepas mendapati berlaku masalah teknikal pada satu enjinnya,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, tiga atlet menembak kebangsaan melalui pengalaman mencemaskan apabila turut berada di dalam pesawat berkenaan.

Mereka ialah Nur Suryani Mohd. Taibi, Nur Ayuni Abd. Halim dan Muslifah Zulkifli dalam perjalanan untuk menyertai tiga kejohanan di Eropah iaitu Piala Dunia 2012 di London (16 hingga 19 April), Piala Dunia Milan (14-21 Mei) dan Piala Dunia Munich (22-29 Mei).

Ketua Pengarah Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Datuk Zolkples Embong memberitahu, kesemua atlet yang terlibat berada dalam keadaan selamat.

Beliau dimaklumkan bahawa enjin di sebelah sayap kiri pesawat telah terbakar dan memaksa pesawat itu berpatah balik ke KLIA sebelum kesemua penumpang menaiki pesawat gantian pagi ini.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

MAS lancar penyiasatan penuh

KUALA LUMPUR 18 April - Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) melancarkan penyiasatan penuh terhadap insiden teknikal yang melibatkan satu daripada enjin pesawat B747-400, bersama dengan pembuat enjin berkenaan, kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

Pada 16 April, penerbangan MH002 MAS dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) ke London mengalami masalah teknikal yang mengakibatkan pesawat itu terpaksa berpatah balik dan seterusnya menyebabkan kelewatan berlepas hingga keesokan harinya.

Dalam satu kenyataan, Ahmad Jauhari berkata, pasukannya, dari anak kapal yang mengendalikan penerbangan itu hinggalah kepada kakitangan yang bertugas di lapangan terbang dan agensi-agensi lain di KLIA berusaha dengan penuh ketelitian untuk memastikan keselamatan, ketenteraman emosi dan keselesaan penumpang yang terjejas oleh insiden itu.

Monday, April 16, 2012

UK's first F-35 flies

The United Kingdom's first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production jet made its inaugural test flight on 13 April. The aircraft, an F-35B short takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) model, flew a series of functional flight checks during the sortie. Lockheed's Bill Gigliotti was at the controls during the 45-minute flight.

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The new aircraft will have to complete a series of company and government tests flights before it is accepted by the UK. This particular aircraft will be used for training and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, beginning later this year, Lockheed says. The Florida base is the home of the US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing, the first US training wing.

"Not only is this a watershed moment for the Joint Strike Fighter program, since BK-1 is the first international F-35 to fly, but it also brings us one step closer to delivery of this essential 5th Generation capability for the U.K., " said Group Captain Harv Smyth, the Joint Strike Fighter UK National Deputy.

The fact this first UK F-35 is a B-model is slightly awkward, however. The UK had earlier switched from the F-35B model jet to the US Navy's F-35C carrier variant, however the UK's Ministry of Defence is considering reversing that decision. The cost of refitting one of that nation's two carrier, which are currently under construction, with catapult launch and arresting gear have been proving to be greater than the British government anticipated.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Boeing firms nose gear, other details for 737 Max

Boeing today revealed that it has decided to adopt a 20.3cm (8in) nose gear extension for the 737 Max family, in addition to controling the new twinjet's spoilers using fly-by-wire.

The company's announcement clarifies several key design features first discussed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Jim Albaugh in November.

Albaugh had previously said the nose-gear extension could range between 15.2-20.3cm, accommodating the larger diameter of the CFM Interanational Leap-1B engine. CFM has initially sized the engine with a 1.74m-wide fan, but the precise dimensions could change before the design is frozen in the fourth quarter. Entry into service for the Max is slated for 2017 with launch customer Southwest Airlines.

By using the maximum extension in the trade study, Boeing potentially opens the door to slightly increasing the diameter of the turbofan. The longer nose gear also means Boeing must alter the door.

Meanwhile, the new CFM Leap-1B engine will be integrated into the wing in a design similar to the 787, the company adds.

All flight controls will remain mechanically-driven except for the spoilers, which will be based on fly-by-wire inputs, Boeing says. The 737 Max also will adopt an "electronic bleed air system", which is also used on the Airbus A350. The electronic bleed air system can reduce fuel burn by improving cabin pressurization and anti-icing systems without adopting the 787's bleed-less architecture.

Boeing also is extending the 737's tail cone and thickening the section above the elevator for the re-engined variant.

Finally, Boeing also could slightly change the wingtips of the 737 Max, but the company provided no details. A revised design is being tested in a wind tunnel, Boeing says.

The company has not yet publicly stated whether the 737 Max will carry winglets built by Aviation Partners Boeing, which this year is providing winglets for all commercial 737s in production.

Kisah Inspirasi Jutawan Tony Fernandes

MUNGKIN ramai yang tidak menyedari bahawa seorang ahli muzik yang pernah mengetuai syarikat rakaman Warner Music (M) Sdn. Bhd., Tony Fernandes kini merupakan seorang tokoh korporat tanah air yang disegani kerana kejayaannya mencetus revolusi dalam industri penerbangan rantau Asia.

Bagaimanapun, kejayaan yang dibinanya sejak enam tahun lalu itu, bukannya datang bergolek, kerana Fernandes, yang mahir bermain keyboard itu, terpaksa melalui ‘ranjau dan duri’, sebelum berjaya membina firma penerbangan tambang murah AirAsia Bhd. sehingga dikenali di peringkat antarabangsa pada masa ini.

Kejayaannya itu juga telah mengheret beliau ke dalam kancah kontroversi termasuk dikaitkan dengan Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Khairy Jamaluddin, tokoh korporat T. Ananda Krishnan (seorang hartawan), Tan Sri Vincent Tan (tokoh korporat), Datuk Mokhzani (anak Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad) dan beberapa orang lain, tetapi Fernandes mengambil sikap ‘membisu’ kerana tidak mahu kontroversi itu merebak menjadi isu.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Air Asia itu ketika menceritakan detik permulaan beliau menceburi industri penerbangan berkata: “Saya sudah lama bercita-cita ingin menceburi perniagaan secara serius, tetapi tidak tahu perniagaan apa yang ingin dijalankan.”

Fernandes berkata, idea untuk menubuhkan syarikat penerbangan datang secara spontan semasa beliau berada di London, ketika menonton televisyen.

“Saya tertarik melihat iklan sebuah syarikat penerbangan tambang murah, Easyjet. Kemudian saya bergegas ke Lapangan Terbang Luton (di London) dan menghabiskan masa selama dua hari di sana.

“Saya tertarik dengan konsep perniagaan itu dan bercadang untuk memperkenalkan perkhidmatan itu di Malaysia dan menyimpan impian untuk mengembangkan konsep itu di rantau Asia,” katanya ketika ditemui di Kuala Lumpur, Sabtu lalu.

Katanya, setelah kembali ke Malaysia, beliau telah menyatakan hasratnya itu untuk menubuhkan syarikat penerbangan kepada kawan rapatnya (Datuk) Kamarudin Meranum yang merupakan bekas kakitangan sebuah bank pelaburan dan kini menjadi Pengarah Eksekutif AirAsia.

“Saya mengenali Kamarudin menerusi Sheila Majid (Ratu Jazz Malaysia) dan selain itu, Kamarudin juga merupakan kawan rapat kepada Roslan Aziz (penerbit muzik).

“Saya menyatakan hasrat saya untuk menjadi usahawan dan menubuhkan syarikat penerbangan kepada Kamarudin.

“Setelah mendengar penjelasan saya itu, Kamarudin bersetuju untuk bersama dan kami kemudian mengeluarkan wang simpanan masing-masing dan berjaya mengumpulkan sebanyak RM1 juta sebagai modal permulaan,” katanya.

Fernandes berkata, beliau masih ingat lagi tarikh keramat itu ialah pada Mei 2001.

Beliau dan Kamarudin menjemput seorang lagi rakan baik mereka dalam industri muzik tanah air iaitu Aziz Bakar untuk menyertainya.

“Kami kemudian menemui Datuk Pahamin Ab. Rajab, untuk meminta bantuannya bagi mendapatkan lesen penerbangan.

“Kami meminta bantuan Pahamin kerana beliau sebelum itu banyak membantu industri muzik dalam memerangi cetak rompak semasa menjadi Ketua Setiausaha di Kementerian Perdagangan Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri,” katanya.

Menurut Fernandes, Pahamin kemudian mengatur temu janji bagi pihak kami dengan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yang ketika itu menjadi Perdana Menteri.

“Dalam pertemuan itu, Tun Mahathir telah memaklumkan bahawa lesen syarikat penerbangan tidak lagi dikeluarkan dan jika kami berminat, kami diminta mengambil alih mana-mana syarikat penerbangan yang ada ketika itu.

Gandingan dua usahawan hebat Tony Fernandes dan Kamrudin Meranun

“Pahaminlah yang telah menukar impian kami menjadi kenyataan,” katanya.

Atas jasanya (Pahamin) itu, Fernandes berkata, beliau telah mempelawa Pahamin menjadi rakan kongsi.

Fernandes dan rakan-rakan kongsinya itu kemudian mengambil alih syarikat penerbangan AirAsia Sdn. Bhd. daripada DRB-Hicom Bhd. menerusi Tune Air Sdn. Bhd., pada 8 September 2001 untuk diterapkan konsep tambang murah.

Ketika mengambil alih Tune Air, mereka juga terpaksa mengambil alih hutang tertunggak syarikat tersebut dengan Malaysia Airlines Bhd., Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd. dan Petronas yang berjumlah RM20 juta, katanya.

“Selepas mengambil alih AirAsia, kami diberi tempoh selama enam bulan untuk melunaskan kesemua hutang yang tertunggak itu.

“Kami telah berbincang bagi mencari jalan bagaimana untuk menjelaskan hutang tersebut kerana kami tidak mempunyai modal yang mencukupi,” katanya.

Penyelamat

Menurut Fernandes, penyelamat mereka ketika itu adalah kontrak AirAsia dengan Tabung Haji yang diwarisi daripada DRB-Hicom, yang menjana keuntungan kepada AirAsia.

Beliau berkata, keuntungan daripada kontrak AirAsia itu telah digunakan untuk membayar balik hutang tersebut.

“Kontrak penerbangan jemaah haji yang berbaki dua tahun ketika kami mengambil alih AirAsia telah menjadi penyelamat, kalau tiada kontrak itu, tak tahulah apa yang mungkin berlaku pada kami ketika itu.

“Kami juga telah meminta seorang lagi rakan kami iaitu, bekas pemain gitar base kumpulan Discovery (Datuk) Nasser Abdul Kassim yang pernah bermain bersama Fauzi Marzuki dan Goh Boon Hoe untuk menguruskan kontrak tersebut,’’ katanya.

Nasser kini merupakan Pengarah Rantau Kargo AirAsia, tambah beliau.

Nasser berjaya melaksanakan tugasnya dengan cemerlang, namun begitu kontrak tersebut tidak dilanjutkan kerana kerajaan memberikan kontrak itu semula kepada MAS, katanya.

“Kami di AirAsia memang suka berkawan dan kami melantik kawan-kawan daripada pelbagai latar belakang dan keturunan untuk menjadi rakan kongsi kami. Ternyata formula ini telah membuahkan kejayaan kepada AirAsia,” katanya.

Fernandes berkata, kejayaan AirAsia bukan sahaja merupakan manifestasi kejayaan negara tetapi merupakan simbol kejayaan masyarakat majmuk dalam menguruskan sebuah syarikat perniagaan.

Ketika menceritakan lebih lanjut perkembangan AirAsia, Fernandes berkata: “Baru-baru ini, kami telah melantik Mark Lankester (adik kepada pelakon Susan Lankester) sebagai Timbalan Ketua Eksekutif Tune Hotels.Com; Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan sebagai Pengerusi AirAsia X; Tengku Zafrul Aziz (bekas Ketua Avenue Securities Sdn. Bhd.) sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Tune Money Sdn. Bhd. dan penyanyi rock, Jason Lo sebagai Ketua Eksekutif Tune Talk Sdn. Bhd.”

Fernandes berkata, beliau mengenali Kalimullah semasa makan di sebuah restoran.

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Tune Hotel lambang kejayaan usahawan Malaysia

Beliau berkata, kesemua mereka itu adalah rakan-rakan rapatnya dan langkah melantik mereka ke dalam syarikat adalah bertujuan mengembangkan AirAsia.

“Saya sedar, kejayaan besar saya dalam tempoh yang singkat itu telah menimbulkan pelbagai tuduhan kononnya syarikat kami dimiliki oleh Ananda Krishnan, Vincent Tan, Mokhzani, Khairy dan beberapa orang lain.

“Malah ada yang mendakwa nombor pendaftaran pada pesawat kami bermula dengan ‘AK’ membawa maksud Ananda Krishnan. Sebenarnya nombor itu telah lama ada pada pesawat kami dan kami warisi nombor itu daripada syarikat induk terdahulu iaitu DRB-Hicom Bhd.,” katanya.

Sambil menafikan semua desas-desus itu, Fernandes berkata, kejayaan syarikat tersebut adalah hasil kerja keras seluruh warga kerja AirAsia yang terdiri daripada berbilang kaum, yang bertungkus-lumus membawa AirAsia ke puncak kejayaannya sekarang.

Mengenai hubungannya dengan Khairy, Fernandes berkata, beliau mengenali Khairy semasa Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO itu memperkenalkan program pasukan bola sepak berkonsep realiti, MyTeam pada tahun 2006.

“Saya tertarik dengan konsep itu kerana merasakan ia berpotensi untuk diketengahkan dan kemudian bersetuju menaja pasukan tersebut, tidak lebih daripada itu,” katanya.

Fernandes juga bangga kerana kejayaan AirAsia adalah atas sikap berdikari dan tidak bergantung kepada subsidi kerajaan.

Katanya, tiada yang istimewa dalam AirAsia, sesiapa sahaja mampu melakukannya, jika ada tekad dan azam yang kuat, di samping sikap tidak mahu mengalah.

Dalam tempoh enam tahun sejak penubuhannya, kakitangan AirAsia kini meningkat daripada 200 orang kepada 5,000 orang dengan pesawat meningkat kepada 65 buah berbanding dua buah pesawat pada permulaan dan jumlah penumpang daripada 200,000 setahun kepada 18 juta setahun.

Kini Fernandes dan rakan-rakan daripada semua kaum membuktikan syarikat Malaysia mampu bersaing di pentas global dan mengubah landskap industri penerbangan negara selaras dengan label syarikat itu, ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’.