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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nahas pesawat Sita Air ragut 19 nyawa pendaki Everest



KATHMANDU 28 Sept. - Sebuah pesawat yang membawa sekumpulan 19 pendaki ke Gunung Everest, terbakar dan terhempas di kawasan pergunungan tersebut hari ini, membunuh semua penumpangnya termasuk tujuh rakyat Britain dan lima warganegara China.
Ketika kejadian, pesawat Sita Air tersebut dilaporkan baru dua minit berlepas dari Kathmandu menuju bandar Lukla, sebelum ia terhempas di tepi sungai, kira-kira 500 meter dari lapangan terbang.
Pegawai di Lapangan Terbang Kathmandu, Ratish Chandra Suman berkata, pesawat malang itu terhempas selepas melanggar burung hering.
Jelas beliau, juruterbang pesawat itu ada menghubungi menara kawalan, melaporkan tentang kerosakan teknikal yang dihadapi dan cuba untuk berpatah balik.
Saksi yang berada di lokasi kejadian pula berkata, mereka terdengar suara penumpang menjerit meminta tolong dan ternampak api dari bahagian sayap pesawat berkenaan sebelum ia terhempas.
"Kami masih mendengar jeritan mangsa selepas pesawat itu terhempas, namun tidak dapat membantu memadamkan kebakaran kerana bimbang pesawat akan meletup," kata suri rumah, Tulasha Pokharel, 26.
Kesemua 19 mayat juga telah dibawa keluar daripada bangkai pesawat dan kakitangan kecemasan turut mengumpul barangan peribadi mangsa bagi mengenal pasti identiti mereka.
Jurucakap polis, Binod Singh berkata, juruterbang mungkin cuba mendaratkan pesawat, namun gagal.
Nahas tersebut merupakan yang keenam berlaku di Nepal dalam tempoh dua tahun dan ia menimbulkan persoalan tentang standard keselamatan penerbangan di negara Himalaya ini. - AFP

Friday, September 28, 2012

Philippine Air to buy extra Airbus jets worth US$2.5b




MANILA: Philippine Airlines has agreed to buy another US$2.5 billion worth of Airbus jets from
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company NV, its president said today, part of the fast-growing carrier’s attempt to reclaim dominance of its local market.

The new deal involves the purchase of 10 wide-bodied jets with a list price of US$250 million each, Ramon Ang told reporters, on top of the airline’s US$7 billion Airbus deal with Airbus announced in August.
“We are starting to replace our jets with wide-bodied planes because that is what the market wants,” Ang told reporters on the sidelines of parent company PAL Holdings Inc’s stockholders’ meeting.
PAL still wants to buy 35 more planes, either from Airbus or Boeing Co, Ang said, in line with its plan to add 100 new jets to its fleet in the next five to seven years as it reshapes its business to take on main rival Cebu Air Inc.
“Our refleeting programme right now is close to US$10 billion,” Ang said. “We exercised our option to buy 10-wide bodied jets (from Airbus) two weeks ago”, he said, referring to the new purchases.
San Miguel Corp, which bought a 49% stake in PAL and a sister airline in April from Filipino billionaire and brewing rival Lucio Tan in a deal worth about US$500 million, controls the management of the airline.
Ang also said San Miguel was considering teaming up with Tan to build a major new airport in the country, a project he said today may cost US$5-US6 billion.
Delisting
Ang also said today that San Miguel, the Philippines’ most diversified conglomerate, may have to delist three of its units, including flagship San Miguel Brewery Inc, from the local bourse if it failed to meet a minimum float requirement.
PAL Holdings is also likely to be delisted by the end of this year because it will not be able to comply with the free float rule, he said.
The Philippine Stock Exchange has set a Dec 31 deadline for companies to raise their free float to at least 10% in order to avoid penalties such as trading suspension.
“We are trying our best (to see) if we can comply with the minimum requirement, but if not we will go for voluntary delisting,” Ang told reporters. “We are having a difficult time.”
San Miguel Brewery, San Miguel Properties Inc, San Miguel Pure Foods Co Inc are among more than two dozen firms that do not have enough shares floated.
“We would rather that no firm go and delist as their main option,” Philippine Stock Exchange president Hans Sicat told Reuters.
For the three San Miguel firms to meet the 10% threshold would require issuance of US$1.73 billion in new shares, according to Reuters’ calculations.
Some firms which have free floats of less than 10% are preparing to sell shares in the next few weeks, while others are looking at an option to voluntarily delist.
If companies have not met the requirement by the end of this year, trading in their shares will be halted at the start of 2013, and forced delisting will follow if they fail to enlarge their free floats within the subsequent six months.
Shares in San Miguel Corp erased early losses to end the morning session flat. The broader Manila market was up 0.4%.
San Miguel shares have fallen more than 5% this year, underperforming the market which gained nearly 22%
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MAS terbang lima kali sehari ke Bangkok mulai Oktober



KUALA LUMPUR 25 Sept. - Malaysia Airlines akan memulakan perkhidmatan harian kelima antara Kuala Lumpur dan Bangkok, pada 28 Okt, menyambut ulang tahun ke-40 operasi penerbangan antara kedua-dua bandar raya berkenaan.
Penerbangan harian baharu MH796 itu akan berlepas dari Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 9.55 malam untuk tiba di Bangkok pada 11 malam, manakala penerbangan pulang dari ibu negara Thailand itu berlepas setiap hari pada pukul 6.20 pagi untuk tiba di Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 9.30 pagi.
Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, syarikat penerbangan itu berkata penerbangan berkenaan akan menggunakan pesawat B737-800 dengan 160 tempat duduk, yang terdiri daripada 16 tempat duduk Kelas Bisnes dan 144 Kelas Ekonomi.
Dengan penerbangan empat kali sehari sedia ada dan penerbangan harian baru mulai 29 Okt, Malaysia Airlines akan menawarkan jumlah kapasiti mingguan sebanyak 5,568 tempat duduk bagi setiap arah, peningkatan 25 peratus daripada kapasiti semasa.
Syarikat penerbangan itu akan meneruskan penerbangan dua kali sehari perkhidmatan pesawat B737-800 antara Phuket dan Kuala Lumpur serta operasi perkongsian kod dengan Bangkok Air bagi Bangkok-Koh Samui (31 penerbangan seminggu), Bangkok-Phuket (14 penerbangan seminggu), Bangkok-Chiang Mai (14 penerbangan seminggu), Koh Samui-Phuket (14 penerbangan mingguan) dan Koh Samui- Kuala Lumpur (penerbangan harian

500 penumpang pesawat sertai 'Showcase KL'



Ahmad Phesal Talib menyentuh skrin komputer riba sebagai simbolik perasmian laman sesawang rasmi 'Showcase KL Transit Tour' pada majlis pelancarannya di Kuala Lumpur, semalam.






KUALA LUMPUR 25 Sept. - Sebanyak 500 penumpang telah menyertai 'Showcase KL' sejak ia dianjurkan pada Julai 2010.
Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib berkata, kira-kira 80 peratus penumpang merupakan penumpang penerbangan Malaysia Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Etihad, KLM dan Singapore Airlines.
"Kebanyakan penumpang yang menyertai Showcase KL antaranya dari laluan Eropah ke Australia, India ke Australia dan Timur Tengah ke Australia.
"Laluan yang sering dipilih oleh pelancong antaranya ialah dari Sydney ke Mumbai atau Abu Dhabi, Male ke Osaka/Seoul, Brisbane ke Bangalore/Paris/London dan Manila ke Sydney," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan laman sesawang rasmi 'Showcase KL Transit Tour' iaitu www.showcasekl.com.
Menurutnya, sebelum ini, pembelian pakej hanya boleh didapati di kaunter 'Showcase KL' di balai ketibaan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) dan bangunan terminal satelit.
"Melalui pelancaran ini, pelancong boleh membeli tiket secara dalam talian tanpa perlu berkunjung ke kaunter-kaunter berkenaan," katanya.
Mengulas mengenai 'Showcase KL', Ahmad Phesal berkata, ia merupakan pakej lawatan singkat kepada pelancong-pelancong yang transit di KLIA yang mempunyai masa transit sekurang-kurangnya lima jam.
Jelasnya, pelancong kemudiannya dibawa menaiki tren KLIA Express ke KL Sentral dan dibawa ke tempat-tempat menarik sekitar ibu kota menaiki bas KL Hop On Hop Off.

Sabah setuju hasrat AirAsia besarkan Terminal Dua



KOTA KINABALU 24 Sept. - Kerajaan negeri tidak menghalang hasrat AirAsia Bhd. (AirAsia) yang mahu memperbesarkan Terminal Dua Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu (KKIA) sekiranya ia mampu membawa kebaikan kepada rakyat Sabah.
Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Musa Aman berkata, bagaimanapun syarikat penerbangan tambang murah itu perlu mengambil kira beberapa perkara, termasuk mendapat kelulusan daripada Kementerian Pengangkutan.
"Apa sahaja yang baik untuk Sabah, kita sentiasa sokong," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas Majlis Perasmian Seminar Industri Perabot di Sabah di sini hari ini.
Hadir sama, Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok; Pengerusi Lembaga Perindustrian Kayu Malaysia (MTIB), Datuk Madius Tangau; Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Perusahaan, Perladangan dan Komoditi, Datin Nurmala Abd. Rahim dan Ketua Pengarah MTIB, Dr. Jalaluddin Harun.
Baru-baru ini Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan AirAsia, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes membayangkan syarikat itu akan tetap meneruskan operasi di Terminal Dua KKIA dan tindakan mendesaknya berpindah ke Terminal Satu KKIA akan menyebabkan para pelanggan syarikat itu menerima kesan secara langsung.
Fernandes seterusnya mencadangkan langkah terbaik bagi mengatasi masalah kesesakan di Terminal Dua adalah dengan membesarkan lagi terminal tersebut.

AirAsia, Malindo bekerjasama?



Pesawat Airbus, A320-200 milik AirAsia menuju ke landasan untuk berlepas di Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah di Sepang. - REUTERS



KUALA LUMPUR 26 Sept. - Syarikat penerbangan tambang murah, AirAsia sedang berusaha membincangkan bidang yang berpotensi dilakukan kerjasama dengan pihak berkepentingan Malindo Airways yang baharu ditubuhkan.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan AirAsia, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes berkata, dalam hubungan ini, beliau akan menemui Presiden Pengarah PT Lion Grup, Rusdi Kirana tidak lama lagi. PT Lion Grup adalah syarikat induk Lion Air.
"Kami boleh bekerjasama dengan Malindo Airways. Saya bukan berada di sini untuk mencari musuh. Saya akan menghadiri makan malam dengan Rusdi tidak lama lagi.
"Banyak perkara yang kami boleh jalin kerjasama. Secara peribadi, saya menghormati Rusdi yang telah melaksanakan tugas yang cemerlang di Indonesia," kata Fernandes kepada pemberita selepas pelancaran Akademi Badminton AirAsia di sini hari ini.
Bagaimanapun, katanya, persaingan antara AirAsia dan Malindo Airways masih berterusan.
"AirAsia mempunyai kehadiran yang kukuh di dalam industri serantau bagi menghadapi persaingan.
"Tanpa diragui, kami akan bersaing antara satu sama lain. Saya tahu apa yang perlu dilakukan untuk mendahului," katanya.
National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn. Bhd. (Nadi) dan PT Lion Grup akan membentuk syarikat penerbangan tambang murah Malindo Airways, yang diambang memulakan operasi pada Mei 2013 menggunakan KLIA2 di Sepang.
Ia merancang menawarkan penerbangan di Malaysia dan Indonesia serta ke Thailand, China, India, Jepun dan Australia.
Nadi memiliki kepentingan 51 peratus di dalam Malindo Airways dan bakinya dipegang oleh Lion Grup.
Sementara itu, Fernandes berkata, AirAsia tidak teragak-agak untuk beroperasi di India jika persekitaran penerbangan dan struktur cukainya mesra dan kondusif bagi operasi syarikat penerbangan tambang murah.
Kata beliau, walaupun kerajaan India membenarkan pelaburan langsung asing sebanyak 49 peratus dalam sektor penerbangan negara itu, kos mengurus operasi penerbangan di sana masih tinggi berbanding kebanyakan negara maju.
"Inilah kehebatan AirAsia. Semua mahukan kami, namun infrastruktur dan persekitaran yang sesuai mesti disediakan untuk kami pergi ke sana (India).
"Cukai lapangan terbang masih terlalu tinggi, malah saya dengar mereka mahu menaikkan cukai, yang memaksa syarikat penerbangan menghentikan operasi ke destinasi tertentu.
"Jika semuanya berjalan lancar, rugilah kami jika tidak memasuki pasaran India, yang mempunyai lebih daripada satu bilion penduduk," katanya.
Fernandes berkata, beliau akan melawat India lewat bulan ini, namun bukan untuk perbincangan usaha sama seperti dilaporkan, tetapi untuk menerima anugerah antarabangsa India atas pencapaian cemerlang beliau dalam industri penerbangan dunia.
Beliau berkata, bidang utama yang sentiasa diberikan perhatian oleh AirAsia sebelum meneroka pasaran baharu ialah menurunkan kos.
"Atas alasan itulah syarikat sekutu AirAsia bagi penerbangan jarak sederhana dan jauh, AirAsia X, menarik diri dari terbang ke New Delhi dan Mumbai," katanya. - BERNAMA

Krisis China-Jepun: ANA batal 40,000 tempahan



TOKYO 27 Sept. - All Nippon Airways (ANA) semalam mendedahkan bahawa syarikat itu telah membatalkan 40,000 tempahan tempat duduk bagi penerbangan pergi dan balik antara Jepun dan China ekoran pertikaian wilayah antara kedua negara.
Pembatalan penerbangan itu dibuat bagi perjalanan bermula bulan ini hingga November dengan kira-kira 12,000 tempahan bagi penerbangan ke China manakala selebihnya ke Jepun.
Pesaing ANA, Japan Airlines pada Isnin telah melakukan perkara sama dengan 15,500 tempahan tempat duduk bagi kumpulan pelancong juga dibatalkan.
``Kami faham permintaan bagi laluan yang menarik permintaan ramai pelancong agak sukar buat masa ini namun penerbangan kargo yang memberi pendapatan besar kepada syarikat tidak terjejas,’’ kata Presiden ANA, Shinichiro Ito. - AFP

Monday, September 24, 2012

Saham AirAsia terus merudum


Saham AirAsia terus merudum

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Sept. - Harga saham AirAsia Bhd. (AirAsia) terus mencatatkan penurunan sepanjang bulan ini dengan ditutup pada RM2.94 hari ini berbanding sekitar RM3.50 pada awal September lalu.
Saham syarikat penerbangan tambang murah berkenaan juga mencatatkan trend penurunan untuk dua hari berturut-turut sejak semalam.
Minggu lalu, prestasinya mula menampakkan peningkatan walaupun bermula dengan trend menurun apabila ditutup pada RM3.10 pada Jumaat lepas.
Namun selepas sesi dagangan dibuka minggu ini, nilai sahamnya terus jatuh kepada RM2.97 semalam dan merosot sebanyak RM0.03 pada hari ini.
Paras tertinggi yang pernah direkodkan saham AirAsia pada tahun ini adalah pada Julai lalu iaitu melebihi RM3.80 sesaham.
Penganalisis melihat senario tersebut sebagai reaksi pasaran terhadap isu pengambilalihan Batavia Air yang menimbulkan sedikit kontraversi dan pelancaran syarikat penerbangan tambang murah baru, Malindo Airways.
Malindo Airways yang merupakan kerjasama antara National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn. Bhd. (NADI) dari Malaysia dan PT Lion Group dari Indonesia bakal memulakan operasi pada Mei depan dijangka mampu menyaingi AirAsia dari segi tambang dan tawaran perkhidmatan yang lebih kompetitif.
Ia juga bakal menjadikan KLIA 2 sebagai pangkalan operasi.

AirAsia sedia perkhidmatan feri ke pulau



KUALA LUMPUR 16 Sept. - Air Asia menyediakan perkhidmatan terbaru untuk memindahkan pelanggannya yang berminat meneruskan perjalanan ke beberapa buah pulau di Thailand menerusi pembelian tiket secara dalam talian.
Air Asia dalam kenyataannya berkata, penumpang ke beberapa destinasi di negara itu boleh menempah tiket perkhidmatan feri itu bermula dari Khamis lepas, manakala perkhidmatan feri akan bermula dari 15 Oktober ini.
Perkhidmatan itu meliputi lima destinasi pulau termasuk Samui, Phangan, Phi Phi, Lanta dan Pulau Lipe.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Thai AirAsia, Tassapon Bijleveld berkata, perkhidmatan baru ini membolehkan pelancong untuk menempah tiket feri ke mana-mana pulau-pulau di selatan Thailand itu dengan serta-merta.
"Kami sedar bahawa kebanyakan pelancong ke wilayah selatan Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat dan Hat Yai akan terus ke pulau Samui, Phangan, Phi Phi, Lanta atau Pulau Lipe," katanya.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Masalah teknikal: Pesawat milik MAS mendarat cemas

PULAU PINANG 15 Sept. - Sebuah pesawat milik Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) terpaksa melakukan pendaratan cemas di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang di sini setelah menghadapi masalah teknikal.

Ketika itu pesawat berkenaan dalam penerbangan dari Chennai, India menuju ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA).

Bagaimanapun, tiada kemalangan atau kecederaan ke atas penumpang atau krew pesawat tersebut dalam kejadian pukul 8.04 pagi itu.

Pengurus Kanan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang, Mohd. Arif Jaafar berkata, berikutan kejadian tersebut, beberapa penerbangan lain terpaksa mendarat lewat di lapangan terbang itu.

"Kita terpaksa memberi kebenaran mendarat bagi menjamin keselamatan penumpang dan anak kapal," katanya di sini hari ini.

Pemeriksaan lanjut sedang dijalankan terhadap pesawat berkenaan dan ia dijangka meneruskan penerbangan dalam tempoh terdekat.

'Syukur juruterbang kita cekap'

KUALA LUMPUR 15 Sept. - "Saya bersyukur Malaysia mempunyai juruterbang yang cekap. Jika tidak kerana kecekapan beliau, bayangkan apa akan berlaku pada semua 185 penumpang yang ketika itu menangis dan cemas."

Demikian kata bekas Presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, yang merupakan salah seorang penumpang pesawat Malaysia Airline System Berhad (MAS) yang terpaksa mendarat cemas di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang hari ini setelah mengalami masalah teknikal.

Samy Vellu adalah antara penumpang yang menaiki pesawat itu dari Chennai, India dan sepatutnya mendarat di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur sebelum mengalami masalah.

Menurutnya, beliau dimaklumkan pesawat tersebut berada pada paras ketinggian 40,000 kaki dan tiba-tiba menempuh kawasan vakum (tanpa udara).

"Bayangkan, kita berada jauh di atas udara dan tiba-tiba angin tiada. Masa itu saya lihat semua penumpang sudah menangis. Saya pandang kanak-kanak kecil berdekatan saya sudah menangis.

"Juruterbang pesawat itu bertindak cekap kerana dia tenang mengawal keadaan. Dia turunkan pesawat ke ketinggian 30,000 kaki sebelum membuat keputusan untuk mendarat di Pulau Pinang," katanya ketika dihubungi Mingguan Malaysiahari ini.

Samy Vellu ketika itu dalam perjalanan pulang ke tanah air selepas menghadiri mesyuarat di Kerala, India.

Dalam kejadian pukul 8.04 pagi ini, pesawat tersebut terpaksa mendarat di Pulau Pinang selepas mengalami masalah teknikal.

Tiada kemalangan atau kecederaan dilaporkan berlaku namun berikutan kejadian itu, beberapa pesawat lain mengalami kelewatan untuk mendarat.

Samy Vellu berkata, ini merupakan pengalaman mencemaskan yang pertama dialaminya dalam tempoh lebih 31 tahun menggunakan pesawat.

"Sebagai penumpang, saya turut cemas ketika kejadian itu, namun saya sempat meminta penumpang lain supaya tidak bimbang kerana jika diizinkan Tuhan, kita akan selamat," katanya sambil menyifatkan juruterbang itu wajar diberi penghargaan oleh kerajaan kerana menyelamatkan 185 nyawa.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

10 syarikat sertai KLIA2

LAKARAN artis bangunan Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah KLIA2, Sepang.
KUALA LUMPUR 13 Sept. - Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah (LCC), KLIA2 di Sepang, akan menjadi hos kepada 10 syarikat penerbangan tambang murah sebaik sahaja ia beroperasi pada Mei 2013, kata Ketua Pegawai Kewangan Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd. (MAHB), Faizal Mansor.
Katanya, bagaimanapun, pengendali lapangan terbang itu masih mengalu-alukan lebih banyak syarikat penerbangan menggunakan KLIA2, kerana lapangan terbang itu berupaya menampung 45 juta penumpang setahun.
Katanya, KLIA2 direka bentuk untuk menampung semua jenis syarikat penerbangan tetapi sangat sesuai untuk model perniagaan syarikat penerbangan tambang murah.
“Sebaik lapangan terbang itu beroperasi pada Mei 2013, MAHB akan mempunyai hampir 10 syarikat penerbangan tambang murah beroperasi dari sana. Antaranya ialah Zest Airways, Lion Air, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific Air dan AirAsia.
“Kami mengalu-alukan lebih banyak syarikat penerbangan ke KLIA2. Lima tahun dahulu, hanya ada lima syarikat penerbangan tambang murah tetapi kini terdapat kira-kira 30 hingga 40 syarikat penerbangan tambang murah," kata Faizal kepada Bernama.
Katanya, syarikat terbaru yang akan menyertai kumpulan itu ialah Malindo Airways, yang diperkenalkan Selasa lepas, melalui usahasama antara National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn. Bhd. (NADI) dan PT Lion Grup.
Mengenai Malindo Airways, Faizal berkata, MAHB akan memulakan perbincangan terperinci dengan syarikat penerbangan tambang murah itu tidak lama lagi, khususnya mengenai tahap ruang dan kemudahan yang diperlukan syarikat itu di lapangan terbang baru itu nanti.
“Kami telah mengadakan persefahaman dan masih belum berbincang secara terperinci.
“MAHB mengalu-alukan syarikat penerbangan baru ke Malaysia serta ke KLIA2. Bagi sesebuah lapangan terbang, lebih banyak persaingan lebih baik," katanya.
KLIA2 dibina pada kos hampir RM4 bilion bagi menggantikan Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah (LCCT) sementara yang dibina pada 2006.
Lapangan terbang baru itu, yang terletak kira-kira 2.0 kilometer dari terminal Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) yang utama, sebaik siap akan menjadi Terminal LCC terbesar di rantau ini dengan kawasan keseluruhan 242,000 meter persegi. - BERNAMA

Saham AirAsia kembali pulih

KUALA LUMPUR 14 Sept.- Harga saham AirAsia Bhd. (AirAsia) pulih semula hari ini setelah mengalami trend penurunan selama dua hari berturut-turut sejak Rabu lalu.

Ketika ditutup jam lima petang tadi, saham syarikat penerbangan tambang murah tersebut mencatatkan peningkatan sebanyak 15 sen atau 5.08 peratus kepada RM3.10. Sejumlah 579,680,00 unit saham bertukar tangan.

Saham AirAsia menjadi perhatian pasaran apabila ia jatuh sebanyak 17 sen kepada RM3.02 pada Rabu selepas ditutup kukuh pada RM3.19 sebelumnya.

Sehari selepas itu, ia terus jatuh tujuh sen lagi kepada RM2.95.

Penganalisis melihat senario tersebut sebagai reaksi pasaran terhadap syarikat penerbangan tambang murah baharu, Malindo Airways yang dikatakan sebagai pesaing kepada AirAsia.

Malindo Airways yang merupakan hasil kerjasama antara National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn. Bhd. (NADI) dari Malaysia dan PT Lion Group dari Indonesia bakal memulakan operasi pada Mei depan dijangka mampu menyaingi AirAsia dari segi tambang dan tawaran perkhidmatan yang lebih kompetitif.

Ia juga bakal menjadikan KLIA 2 sebagai pangkalan operasi.

Pesawat MAS dari Chennai buat pendaratan cemas di Pulau Pinang

GEORGE TOWN 15 Sept. - Sebuah pesawat Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) yang berlepas dari Chennai, India terpaksa melakukan pendaratan cemas di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang (LTAPP) ekoran masalah teknikal yang dihadapinya pagi ini.

Pengurus Kanan LTAPP, Mohd. Arif Jaafar berkata, pesawat berkenaan mendarat pada pukul 8.04 pagi di LTAPP selepas juruterbangnya mengesan berlaku masalah teknikal pada pesawat itu.

Katanya, pesawat itu dalam perjalanan ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA).

LTAPP membenarkan pendaratan itu kerana memberi keutamaan keselamatan kepada penumpang dan anak kapal.

"Berikutan itu, berlaku sedikit kelewatan mendarat kepada penerbangan lain di sini," katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama.

Beliau berkata, pemeriksaan lanjut sedang dijalankan terhadap pesawat itu dan dijangka meneruskan penerbangan dalam tempoh terdekat.

Samy Vellu has a scare in the air

Sudden loss of cabin pressure on his fight from India to KL forces pilot to drop from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet and make an emergency landing at the Penang International Airport

PETALING JAYA: Former MIC president S Samy Vellu had a fright of his life when a Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight from Chennai to the Kuala Lumpur developed technical problems this morning, forcing the aircraft to drop from 39,000 feet to a mere 10,000 feet in matter of minutes.

The drop, due to sudden loss of cabin pressure, occurred at about 7.30 this morning on flight MH181, which was carrying Samy Vellu, the country’s special envoy to India and South Asia.

Realising massive loss of compressed air, the pilot made a public announcement asking crew and passengers to enter into an emergency defence mode while the pilot made the drop.

“There were 120 passengers on the flight, and everyone panicked on seeing the sea coming up at them,” E Sivabalan, the principal secretary to the former Works Minister, told FMT.

“Everyone thought the plane was heading for trouble, and many of passengers were screaming, even the person next to me was crying,” he added.

Samy Vellu was flying back home after an official assignment in Chennai.

Sivabalan said passengers of the flight were not told the real reason for the aircraft’s nosedive throughout the half-an-hour ordeal.

Several flight delayed

The whole experience was made more traumatic when it was found that many emergency masks on the aircraft were not functioning.

“The oxygen masks which was supposed to drop from the overhead compartment did not come out. Many passengers found that they did not have masks. The oxygen mask at my seat did not come down, and I was asked to move to another seat,” he said.

The pilot made an emergency landing in Penang at about 8am. Though Samy Vellu had a scare, Sivabalan said the former MIC president did not plan to pursue the matter.

“In fact he met the captain later and congratulated him for managing to control the plane,” Sivabalan said.

Meanwhile, Bernama quoting Penang International Airport senior manager Mohd Arif Jaafar, said the flight landed at 8.04am after the pilot informed the control tower that the aircraft was experiencing technical problems.

“The flight departed from Chennai, India to KLIA. Enroute, the pilot reported technical difficulties. We gave permission to land in Penang out of safety concerns of the passengers,” he said.

Mohd Arif Jaafar said the minor scare resulted in several flights being delayed at the Penang International Airport. Passengers of MH181 were transferred to another aircraft to continue their journey.

AirAsia has strong barriers to react to Malindo

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd has formed several natural entry barriers in the low-cost aviation business since its inception 10 years ago, to keep many competitors out of the frills-free carrier’s ring, says CEO Aireen Omar.

She said AirAsia has one of the best cost structures for an airline in the Asian region, while possessing a strong brand and image as well as a sound safety record.

“This is something difficult for anybody to try to compete with us. However, this is something that we are ready, if there is any challenge to come,” she said, referring to the newly launched low-cost carrier, Malindo Airways.

She said even though Malindo Airways was formed through a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and PT Lion Grup, it is still a fresh player in the low-cost aviation industry.

“We have seen many competitions since the inception of AirAsia as a low-cost airline. Malindo Airways is not an issue for us.

“As far as AirAsia is concerned, Malindo Airways is a value-based airline. It is in the middle of low-cost and premium class,” she said.

Malindo Airways is expected to begin operations on May 1 at the new low-cost carrier terminal, KLIA2 in Sepang, taking off with a fleet of 12 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to destinations between big cities in Malaysia and Indonesia before expanding to other Asian countries.

The new airline is also considering offering low fares, even lower than AirAsia, in addition to the in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity in all of its aircraft.

Asked whether the new airline will create a price war, Aireen said she does not expect a very aggressive price war.

“At the end of the day, the companies must ask themselves whether their cost structure allows them to do so [price war],” she added.

On the sudden drop of AirAsia’s share price upon the announcement of the new low-cost airline, Malindo Airways, Aireen said: “We are not worried. It is just an over-reaction.”

AirAsia’s stocks, which closed at RM3.19 on Tuesday (the day of the announcement), shed 17 sen to RM3.02 on Wednesday and fell another seven sen to RM2.95 yesterday.

It rebounded today to close 15 sen higher at RM3.10
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Saham AirAsia susut RM667 juta


PENGANALISIS menjangkakan AirAsia akan berhadapan dengan saingan lebih sengit tahun depan berikutan operasi Malindo Airways. - Gambar hiasan


KUALA LUMPUR - Harga saham AirAsia Bhd. (AirAsia) di Bursa Malaysia terus menjunam buat hari kedua berturut-turut semalam ekoran pengumuman penubuhan syarikat penerbangan tambang murah baharu, Malindo Airways pada Selasa lalu.

Harga saham syarikat penerbangan tambang murah itu ditutup pada RM2.92 semalam, turun tujuh sen sesaham melibatkan 102.2 juta unit saham bertukar tangan.

Sehari selepas pengumuman pembentukan Malindo Airways, harga saham AirAsia jatuh 17 sen untuk ditutup pada harga RM3.02 dengan melibatkan volum 42.7 juta unit saham.

Kejatuhan harga saham itu telah menyebabkan syarikat yang diterajui Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan AirAsia, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes mencatat kerugian sebanyak RM667.1 juta.

Selain itu, nilai pasaran AirAsia juga menurun selepas pengumuman pembentukan syarikat baharu itu iaitu kepada RM8.2 bilion berbanding RM9.1 bilion sehari sebelum pelancaran Malindo Airways.

Menurut penganalisis, penurunan ketara harga saham AirAsia yang disenaraikan di Bursa Malaysia pada tahun 2004 merupakan kesan daripada tindakan tergesa-gesa pelabur terhadap hala tuju AirAsia dan kesan negatif yang bakal dihadapi ekoran pembentukan Malindo Airways pada tahun depan.

"Pelabur sangat sensitif terhadap pengumuman-pengumuman baharu yang bakal memberi kesan kepada pasaran... mereka akan hanya memilih syarikat yang memberi keuntungan maksimum daripada pelaburan mereka," katanya ketika dihubungi Kosmo! di sini semalam.

Para pemerhati pasaran sebelum ini menyifatkan penubuhan syarikat baharu itu bakal memberi persaingan dan tekanan khususnya buat AirAsia daripada aspek harga dan juga tempahan tempat duduk.

Mereka melihat kejatuhan setiap satu peratus perolehan AirAsia akan menyebabkan pendapatan syarikat jatuh antara tiga hingga empat peratus.

Kejatuhan setiap satu peratus tempahan tempat duduk pula akan mengurangkan keuntungan AirAsia sebanyak 2.8 peratus hingga 4.5 peratus.

Malindo Airways ditubuhkan melalui kerjasama antara National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn. Bhd. (NADI) dari Malaysia dengan PT Lion Grup dari Indonesia.

NADI akan menguasai 51 peratus dalam kepentingan syarikat itu yang bakal beroperasi bulan Mei tahun depan manakala bakinya oleh PT Lion Grup.

NADI merupakan syarikat bumiputera yang terlibat dalam industri aeroangkasa dan pertahanan serta memiliki syarikat seperti Airod, Airod Techno Power dan Aerospace Technology Systems Corp.

Buat permulaan, sebanyak 12 pesawat Boeing 737 dijangka beroperasi dengan Kuala Lumpur akan dijadikan sebagai pusat penerbangan ke negara-negara ASEAN dan Asia termasuk ke Thailand, China, India dan Filipina.

Lebih menarik lagi, Malindo Airways dijangka menawarkan kadar tambang yang lebih murah berbanding syarikat pesaing lain.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pakar Ekonomi Bank Islam Bhd., Azrul Azwar Tajuddin berkata, AirAsia menerima tempias yang hebat daripada pembentukan syarikat baharu itu dan ia bakal mengubah skop industri penerbangan tambang murah tempatan.

"Trend penurunan ini boleh kembali meningkat atau merudum semula jika ada berita mengenai Malindo Airways," katanya.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

AirAsia to become first Airbus A320 ‘Sharklets’ operator

Airbus and the world’s largest A320 customer AirAsia announced that the airline will become the first operator of the A320 with ‘Sharklets’ when they take delivery of the first A320 equipped with these fuel-saving wing-tip devices at the end of this year. The aircraft exhibited on static and flying display at the ILA Berlin Air Show is the flight test aircraft for CFM engines and will also be delivered to AirAsia in 2013.

"The A320 has played a key role in our success, enabling us to offer our passengers the lowest fares possible and completely redefine short haul travel in Asia.” said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO. “Now we are looking forward to become the first airline in the world to start operating this most fuel-efficient aircraft.”

“AirAsia is one of the fastest growing, most innovative and well-respected brands in the airline industry” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “It is a great endorsement that they have chosen our latest, fuel-saving aircraft of our successful A320 Family”.

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Zaman Ahmad, AirAsia Group Head Customer Experience and Technology, and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, celebrating AirAsia to become the first Sharklet operator, in front of the first A320 Family aircraft to flight test the fuel-saving wing tip devices.

Sharklets will be fitted on previously ordered, newly-built A320s for AirAsia, scheduled for delivery from the end of 2012. They will result in close to 4 percent fuel savings on longer sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 1,000 tonnes per aircraft.

Altogether, AirAsia, the largest Low Cost Airline in Asia-Pacific has ordered a total of 375 single aisle aircraft, comprising 200 A320neo and 175 A320ceo, of which 103 have been delivered to date.

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Zaman Ahmad, AirAsia Group Head Customer Experience and Technology, and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, celebrating AirAsia to become the first Sharklet operator, in front of the first A320 Family aircraft to flight test the fuel-saving wing tip devices.

AirAsia pertama guna Airbus A320 'Sharklets'

Ketua Perkhidmatan Pelanggan dan Teknologi Kumpulan AirAsia, Zaman Ahmad (dua kiri) dan John Leahy (dua kanan) bersama pesawat A320 Sharklet pertama AirAsia.

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Sept. - AirAsia menjadi pengguna pertama Airbus A320 'Sharklets', hujung tahun ini dengan pengiriman pertama A320 yang dilengkapi dengan peralatan hujung-sayap yang menjimatkan bahan api.

AirAsia dalam kenyataannya berkata, pesawat A320 dengan Sharklets yang kini dipamerkan di Pameran Udara Berlin ILA merupakan pesawat ujian penerbangan bagi enjin CFM akan diserahkan kepada AirAsia pada 2013.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Kumpulan AirAsia, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes berkata, pesawat A320 mampu memainkan peranan utama dalam kejayaan syarikat itu.

"Ia membolehkan kami menawarkan para pelanggan dengan tambang terendah yang mungkin dan mengubah definisi keseluruhan perjalanan jarak dekat di Asia.

"Kini kami nantikan saat menjadi syarikat penerbangan pertama di dunia yang mengendalikan pesawat paling efisien," katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pegawai Operasi Pelanggan Airbus, John Leahy berkata, keputusan AiraSIA memilih pesawat terbaru yang menjimatkan bahan api itu adalah pengesahan kepada kejayaan siri pesawat A320.

Peralatan Sharklets juga akan dipasang pada pesawat-pesawat baru A320 yang ditempah oleh AirAsia terdahulu.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Penerbangan Malindo Airways

MALINDO Airways akan berkongsi kepakaran PT Lion Grup mengendalikan syarikat penerbangan Lion Air serta NADI dalam bidang penyelenggaraan dan baik pulih pesawat. - GAMBAR HIASAN

KUALA LUMPUR 11 Sept. - Malaysia akan mempunyai sebuah lagi syarikat penerbangan tambang murah, Malindo Airways yang akan memulakan operasinya pada 1 Mei tahun depan.

Malindo Airways merupakan sebuah syarikat penerbangan baru hasil kerjasama antara National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn. Bhd. (NADI) dari Malaysia dan PT Lion Grup dari Indonesia.

NADI akan menguasai sebanyak 51 peratus kepentingan dalam Malindo Airways, manakala selebihnya daripada PT Lion Grup.

Buat permulaan, sebanyak 12 pesawat Boeing 737 dijangka beroperasi di bawah Malindo Airways yang menghubungkan bandar-bandar besar Indonesia ke Kuala Lumpur.

Menurut syarikat itu, Kuala Lumpur akan digunakan sebagai pusat penerbangan ke negara-negara ASEAN dan Asia, termasuk ke Thailand, China, India dan Filipina.

Pengarah Presiden PT Lion Grup, Rusdi Kirana berkata, Malindo Airways akan berpangkalan dan beroperasi di KLIA2, Sepang.

Katanya, selain Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta dan Bali di Indonesia juga akan dijadikan sebagai pusat penerbangan Malindo Airways ke Australia.

"Jadi, para penumpang dari KLIA2 boleh menggunakan Jakarta dan Bali sebagai transit ke Australia," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada taklimat media sempena majlis menandatangani perjanjian kerjasama di antara NADI dengan PT Lion Grup di sini hari ini.

Majlis itu disaksikan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Hadir sama Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, Pengerusi NADI, Tan Sri Mohamed Hashim Mohd. Ali dan Presiden NADI, Tan Sri Ahmad Johan.

PT Lion Grup merupakan kumpulan bagi syarikat-syarikat penerbangan Lion Air, Wings Air dan Batik Air.

Manakala NADI adalah merupakan syarikat penggiat utama penyelenggaraan, pembaikan dan baik pulih (MRO) dalam negara.

Ketika ditanya adakah Malindo Airways diwujudkan untuk menyaingi AirAsia, Rusdi menjawab, syarikat penerbangannya adalah berbeza kerana ia berada di kelas pertengahan.

Jelasnya, pihaknya mahu menawarkan kadar tambang yang lebih murah berbanding syarikat pesaing yang lain.

Menurut beliau, bukan setakat tambang murah, pihaknya juga akan menawarkan penerbangan yang lebih selesa kepada para penumpang dengan kemudahan hiburan dalam penerbangan, WiFi dan ruang tempat duduk yang lebih selesa.

Selain itu, Malindo Airways turut menawarkan tempat duduk kelas perniagaan.

Ditanya sama ada Malindo Air akan memperkenalkan laluan penerbangan domestik di Malaysia, Rusdi berkata, buat permulaan, pihaknya turut merancang penerbangan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Katanya, bilangan destinasi penerbangan domestik Malaysia akan bertambah dari semasa ke semasa.

Mengenai perkembangan lain, Rusdi berkata, pihaknya akan menambah sebanyak 12 pesawat Malindo Airways setahun dan menjadikannya kepada 100 buah pesawat dalam tempoh 10 tahun akan datang.

Lion Air to establish $15m aviation school in Malaysia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, center, along with Malaysian Transport Minister Kong Cho Har, left, and Malaysia's National Aerospace and Defence Industries Chairman Hashim Ali, right, witness the exchange of documents between Indonesia's PT. Lion Group's President Rusdi Kirana , front second from left, and Malaysia's NADI's President Ahmad Johan, front right, during a signing ceremony at a hotel on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. Indonesia's Lion Air said Tuesday it will set up a low-cost airline in Malaysia that will take off in May 2013 as part of an aggressive regional expansion. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, center, along with Malaysian Transport Minister Kong Cho Har, left, and Malaysia's National Aerospace and Defence Industries Chairman Hashim Ali, right, witness the exchange of documents between Indonesia's PT. Lion Group's President Rusdi Kirana , front second from left, and Malaysia's NADI's President Ahmad Johan, front right, during a signing ceremony at a hotel on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Following its plan to set up an airline in Malaysia, PT Lion Mentari Airlines and its Malaysian business partner have allocated US$ 15 million to establish an aviation training center in the country.

The facility will be utilized as an education center for employees of its upcoming low-cost carrier, Malindo Airways, which will begin flights in May 2013.

“As with Malindo Airways, the training center will start operating next year,” stated the firm’s president director, Rusdi Kirana, as quoted by kontan.co.id on Wednesday.

Malindo Airways is 49-percent owned by Lion Air, with Malaysia’s National Aerospace & Defense Industries Sdn. holding the remainder.

In addition to the center, both companies will disburse $1.08 billion for aircraft procurement, making a total investment of $1.23 billion.

The newly established airline is predicted to be in direct competition with Malaysian budget airline giant, Air Asia Bhd

'Malindo Airways will not pose threat to AirAsia' -

AirAsia Chief Executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has welcomed the new low-cost airline in Malaysia, Malindo Airways, but dismissed that the new budget carrier will be a potential threat to AirAsia Bhd, Asia's largest frills-free airline.

He said the formation of Malindo Airways clearly indicated the growing importance of budget carriers in the global aviation industry, particularly in Malaysia and in the Asean region, in tandem with the Asean Open Skies Policy, which will come into force in 2015.
"I welcome Malindo Airways' establishment. AirAsia had always wanted Asean to be opened up. This is a good step," he told Bernama.
Fernandes quashed claims that Malindo Airways would force AirAsia to bow to pressure due to the keen competition in Indonesia.
He said neither the airline nor the joint-venture partners of Malindo Airways posed any threat to AirAsia's vast airline network in the Asian region.
"The new airline is not an issue for us in AirAsia. We have competed in a country like Malaysia which has a strong airline such as the Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
"We also have in hand a strong team for AirAsia, AirAsia X and AirAsia Indonesia. I am proud of what we have and we will continue to grow.
"We are building a global brand and I don't think that something like this (the new airline) will slow us down," added Fernandes, who is now based in Jakarta, overseeing AirAsia's Asean region operations.
AirAsia Malaysia is now headed by Aireen Omar.
National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (NADI) and PT Lion Grup today signed a joint-venture agreement to form Malindo Airways which will begin operations on May 1 at KLIA2 in Sepang.
The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The budget carrier will take off with a fleet of 12 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to destinations between big cities in Malaysia and Indonesia before expanding to other Asian countries.
Malindo Airways is considering offering low fares, even lower than AirAsia, in addition to the in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity in all of its aircraft. -- Bernama

PM launches new low-cost airline Malindo Airways

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday announced the setting up of a new low-cost airline known as Malindo Airways.
Najib said the airline, borne out of a collaboration between National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and Indonesia's PT Lion Group, would begin operations on May 1 next year and be based in KLIA 2.
The collaboration, said Najib, not only marked another milestone in the nation's aviation industry, but also represented yet another facet of the close relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia.
"To my mind the acronym Malindo- the melodic combination of the names of Malaysia and Indonesia - has very significant historical connotations, reflecting the long intertwined history of the peoples of our two countries.
"In terms of this to be established airline, I believe the name reflects the bridging of the two countries by way of a wide network of flights that will connect various cities and towns regionally, opening new destinations for travellers from within the Nusantara and beyond," he said after witnessing the signing ceremony for the establishment of the airline between the two companies, here.
Najib said the entry of the new airline was a timely move to meet the burgeoning market demand, both for low cost flights and maximum connectivity across the region especially between different cities in Malaysia and various parts of Indonesia.
He said, with significant experience in Airline Operations, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) services, Supply Chain Management and Human Capital development, NADI and PT Lion Group would not only be able to provide quality services to their consumers in the region, but also to the global aviation industry.
"This will fortify the Aviation Business ecosystem both in Malaysia and Indonesia. Furthermore, the partnership will provide the regional low-cost air travel market with healthy competition, ultimately benefiting low-cost travellers in both countries," said Najib.
According to the prime minister, the Malaysian Aerospace Industry, which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, will be well poised to meet the challenges and to seize the opportunities of the future if it was continuously nurtured.
In 2011, Najib said, the industry generated RM26bil in turnover, employing approximately 54,000 workers, 15,000 of whom were skilled in various vocations.
"This is something that we, as Malaysians, can take pride in, particularly because it is a testament to the success of the National Aerospace Blueprint (NAB) that was introduced in 1997," he said.
The Blueprint laid out 45 recommendations covering aerospace manufacturing, commercial aviation, general aviation, systems and space, to provide Malaysia with the essential framework to develop itself as technologically and competitively competent global aerospace player by 2015.
The introduction of the Government's Economic Transformation Program (ETP) further bolstered Malaysia's Aerospace industry, identifying two Entry Point Projects, namely "EPP1-Growing MRO Services" and "EPP2-Growing Large Pure Play Engineering Services", which were expected to contribute RM16.9bil to Malaysia's Gross National Income (GNI) and create over 32,000 jobs by 2020, added Najib. - Bernama

Malindo Airways to take off in May 2013

A Malaysian aerospace and defence company has teamed up with Indonesia's largest privately-run airline group to set up a new low-cost carrier based in Sepang.

National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and Lion Air's owner PT Lion Grup will form Malindo Airways that could rival AirAsia Bhd and subsequently spark a price war.
Malindo Airways is poised to start in May 2013 using the soon-to-completed KLIA2 at KL International Airport in Sepang as its hub.
It will begin with a fleet of 12 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, before expanding it to 100 aircraft within a decade.
Apart from KLIA2, Malindo Airways will use Kota Kinabalu in Sabah as its secondary hub.
It plans to offer flights within Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as to Thailand, China, India, Japan and Australia.

Nadi will own a 51 per cent stake in Malindo Airways, while the balance of 49 per cent will be held by the Lion Grup.
The companies sealed the joint-venture agreement here yesterday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who witnessed the signing, said Malindo Airways' entry will strengthen the country's aviation industry.
He added that the partnership will also provide the regional low-cost air travel market with healthy competition, ultimately benefitting low-cost travellers in both countries.
"On the part of the government, we will continue to support such intiatives, especially bearing in mind that the ultimate beneficiaries will be the consumers of low-cost travel in particular, and the rakyat as a whole," Najib said.
RHB Research has raised the possibility of a full-scale price war between AirAsia and the newcomer.
"We believe Malindo Airways is eyeing primarily AirAsia's lucrative domestic market in Malaysia. Theoretically, Malindo Airways, being a new entrant in Malaysia, will go all out for market share at the expense of profits by undercutting prices.
"AirAsia, on the other hand, may also want nip the competition in the bud by dropping fares. This will result in a full-scale price war," the firm said in its note yesterday.
Meanwhile, Nadi president Tan Sri Ahmad Johan said the strategic pact will benefit Malaysia and Indonesia.
"The agreements signed today will not only help us expand our service offerings, but it provides us the necessary platform and resources to develop human capital that is necessary to fuel the industry in Malaysia as well as throughout the region," he said.
Nadi is a major player in Malaysia's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry.
Companies under Nadi group are Airod, Airod Aerospace Technology, Airod Techno Power and Aerospace Technology System Corp, Sme Aerospace and SME Ordinance.
PT Lion Grup, meanwhile, is Indonesia's biggest private carrier servicing 72 destinations across Indonesia and other Asian countries, with its Boeing 737 new generation and ATR 72-500/600 fleet.
"The joint-venture will boost Nadi's MRO operations run by Airod Aerospace Technology, making it one of the largest independent MRO service providers in the region," Ahmad said.
PT Lion Grup president director Rusdi Kirana said the airline will start with a fleet of 12 Boeing 737-900ER. By 2015, it expects to have five new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Rusdi dismissed suggestions that Malindo Airways will be competing with AirAsia, the region's biggest low-cost carrier, in its home market.
"We are not competing, but rather complementing by bringing in more passengers. We are also looking at selling tickets at Air Asia's pricing, but with value-added services for passengers such as Wifi and inflight entertainment," he said.
Rusdi said Malindo Airways will fly out from few cities in Indonesia such as Medan, Pekan Baru, Makassar, Surabaya and Bali to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. The passengers will then be able to fly to other destinations like to Japan, China and India.
"We will use Jakarta and Bali as hubs for passengers flying from Malaysia to Australia," he said.