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Monday, 29-Jan-2007 08:15 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Air Asia Aircraft in Different Liveries Part 2

Lat's Kampung Boy

Original Livery

Original Livery II

Smiles from the Tail

Manchester United

Manchester United II

Asia Pacific Airline of The Year 2003

Asia Pacific Airline of The Year 2003 - Tribute to the Staffs

Thursday, 25-Jan-2007 18:39 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Air Asia Aircraft in Different Liveries Part 1

Malaysia 50th National Day

Jalur Gemilang - Malaysia Flag

Jalur Gemilang - Malaysia Flag II

Malaysia 50th National Day

Lat's Kampung Boy

Children Day

Amazing Race Asia


Tuesday, 23-Jan-2007 17:26 Email | Share | | Bookmark
AirAsia-Mas price war no such a good thing

AirAsia vs MAS

The Malaysian cabinet, by moving to remove Malaysian Airline's (MAS) floor price on its domestic airfares recently, has given the green light to favoured son, MAS to slash prices. With glee, MAS has signalled it will, very much to the annoyance of AirAsia, which claimed such a move contradict key elements of the MAS-AirAsia route rationalisation policy.

MAS has basically declared an airfare dogfight with AirAsia. Much as so-called analysts may allude to the public benefitting from an airfare war between MAS and AirAsia, this would be true only in the short run. The long term aftermath will see the travelling public pay more, plus all flow-on costs passed down to the general public.

Airfare battles are waged for two reasons. The first seems healthy where there is competition between two airlines offering the public the best deals. But the ultimate objective doesn't stop there, for the second and the real reason of an airfare dogfight is to cripple the other, the one with shallower pockets.

In such an air battle, the competitors would offer ridiculously low airfares that even the most undiscerning traveller would know thatb it can't be logical business sense. But hey, it's offered, so let's not look a gift horse in the mouth but grab it and forget about the other airline - unless it too offers even more ridiculously low airfares.

The consequences for the competing airlines are brutal, with each slashing prices as if they don't have a care for profits. One has to have very deep pockets to play this kind of up-the-ante game (or should it be down-the-ante). ‘Slash, slash, slash the price’ would be the battle cry; outlast the competitor financially would be the battle objective. When airline X has crushed airline Y into virtual bankruptcy or ruin, it will roost the coop alone, albeit much poorer.

But not for long, because it would then in its monopolist position and begin its recouping operations. Bet you it would want to recoup its temporary losses in a speedy fashion. The public would be the one to cough up real big.

Airline deregulation in the US has seen a multitude of carriers crushed one by one until a dozen biggies remain, those with very deep pockets. In Australia, many newcomers have been emasculated. Some had been foolish enough to start a price war for it merely expedited their commercial demise. Now Australians pay through their nose for air travel, presumably not only for the 'normal' costs plus profits but also a component towards the recouping exercise. The increased fuel prices has added to the adverse cost situation.

So for Malaysians, the longer term consequences of a price war between MAS and AirAsia will be the public paying more instead of less. Forget about the idea that a price war will benefit the traveller. Yes, there will be a honeymoon period, but like marriage after the honeymoon, the reality of paying more and more will eventuate.

I believe that MAS, being subsidised by the public to the tune of RM1 billion ringgit, has no moral right to indulge in a price war as it does not benefit the Malaysian public in the long run. It's immoral to use public funds to bring about a situation where the public would end up paying more.

Another dangerous consequences of such a price war would be safety as competing airlines may be tempted into cost cutting which really means cutting corners in various ways, ranging from reduced number of staff to slipshod maintenance to 'commercial pressure' on pilots to always land at the destination no matter how adverse the weather conditions may be.

The customers' pockets and air safety practices will the real casualties of a airfare dogfight.

Taken from: MalaysiaKini.Com

Tuesday, 23-Jan-2007 16:51 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Airbus 3000th A320. An Honour for AirAsia and Malaysia

AirAsia 3000th A320

COLOMBIERS, France, Jan 18, 2007 (AFP) - European plane maker Airbus delivered its 3000th A320 passenger jet to Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia on Thursday at a ceremony attended by the Malaysian and French transport ministers.

The A320 range of Airbus planes includes four types of shorthaul, small capacity aircraft that accounted for more than 75 percent of Airbus orders in 2006.

Airbus has taken 5,000 orders for the aircraft, which first went into service 18 years ago in 1988, Airbus chief executive Louis Gallois said Thursday.

Taken from: ttc.org


3000th A320 Amazing special marking, seen arriving 32R into their home base KLIA on ferry flight as AK3000.

Special livery for the 3000th Airbus single-aisle aircraft.

Tuesday, 23-Jan-2007 10:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-4H6: An Experience Redifined

Boeing 747-4H6 in hibiscus livery
Boeing 747-4H6 in hibiscus livery
Boeing 747-4H6 in hibiscus livery
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Malaysia Airlines: Boeing 747-4H6 in special livery: Hibiscus

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