AirAsia X jumps on bandwagon to fly Malaysians abroad home for Elections

Written by William Ng

AirAsia X, the international arm of AirAsia has jumped on the bandwagon to shuttle Malaysians abroad back en-masse in what is seen to encourage Malaysians to vote in the upcoming 13th Malaysia General Elections.

The Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, Mr. Azran Osman-Rani in a comment to “JomBalikUndi” (literally translated as “Let’s Go Home and Vote”) Facebook page stated that “AirAsia X will make available some seats on our flights at low-fares (even if last minute booking) for registered Malaysian voters in our destinations to fly back to KL to vote.”

Malaysia is currently gearing towards its 13th General Elections where it has been said by international media that it will be a nail-biting battle between Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling coalition government, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat being led by Mr. Anwar Ibrahim, the Opposition Leader who was once the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia under Mr. Mahathir Mohamad’s administration.

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Singapore Airlines adds 2nd super jumbo to Melbourne

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Singapore Airlines, one of the World’s best airline has just completed all its Airbus A380 delivery with the 19th and last A380 (I hope it is not their last of the last) slated for the Singapore-Melbourne route in August.

The second superjumbo will operate on SQ218 out of Singapore on 16th August and likewise on SQ217 on a return flight back to Singapore on 17th August. Currently, the airline operates on Boeing 777-300ER and that leaves only SQ237/238 on this fleet.

These are the flights of SIN-MEL route:

SQ217 SIN0955 – 1915MEL 388 D
SQ227 SIN2100 – 0620+1MEL 388 D
SQ237 SIN2355 – 0915+1MEL 773 D

SQ218 MEL0005 – 0555SIN 388 D
SQ238 MEL1025 – 1615SIN 773 D
SQ228 MEL1545 – 2145SIN 388 D

Singapore Airlines basically hinted that they will “increase our presence Down Under with as many A380 as possible” quoting Mr. Subhas Menon’s interview with the Sydney Morning Herald interview late last month.

Emirates to debut City of Churches flights in November 2012

Emirates will debut its presence in the City of Churches beginning 1 November 2012 up to four times a week on its Boeing 777-300ER and it will increase it to daily beginning 1 Feburary 2013.

The flight will depart out of Adelaide at 10.45pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, reaching  Dubai International Airport at 5.25am the next day. It is a gamble especially Adelaide has a curfew of its airspace by 11:00pm every night.

The flight out of Dubai to Adelaide on EK440 will depart 1.55am for arrival into Adelaide at 8.45pm the very same day itself.

Emirates will also boost its current double-daily Perth service to a triple-daily from 1 March 2013.

The new EK422/423 service will start on 1 December with five extra flights per week before stepping into daily from March next year.

It’ll leave Perth at 3.30pm and reach Dubai at 10.25pm, with the return leg out of DXB at 9.45pm for arrival into Perth at 12.25pm the next day.

That comes on top of the introduction of a daily A380 services from Melbourne, says Emirates Airline CEO Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

“The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations.”

Chatime takes off into the skies

Craving for Chatime? Flying AirAsia lately? Now crave no more as you can now skip all the long queues to wait for your cuppa Chatime.

Imagine sipping your Chatime 30,000 ft up in the air and choose from Roasted Milk Tea with Red Bean or Mango Green Tea with Rainbow Jelly at only RM8!

I know it is a wee bit expensive than your normal ones in the store but nothing beats enjoying your favourite Chatime brand up in the skies.

Skip the usual Chatime queue and have it on board instead from 1st July 2012!

*Available on Malaysia AirAsia (AK) flights only.

Singapore Airlines adds more A380 Down Under

Singapore Airlines betting big on the A380 for Australian flights

Singapore Airlines this week announced that it will increase its presence Down Under with additional A380 flights into Melbourne, making it two out of three return flights on the SIN-MEL route later this year (which the airline has only one thus far). Currently, the airline also operates two out of three A380 flights on the SIN-SYD route.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President Subhas Menon said that “the bulk of its increases in capacity worldwide this year would be on routes to Australia and China due to the strengths of their economies and demand for premium travel.”

Mr. Menon also said that Singapore Airlines wishes to “operate as many A380 as we can” to Sydney and Melbourne. Singapore Airlines has also recently partnered with Virgin Australia making it a strong alliance between the two airline to compete with Qantas which is forecasted to lose more than AUD$450 million by end of this year.

Singapore Airlines will also increase its 7 times returned flight on the Singapore-Adelaide route to 10 times weekly from July 2 onwards. This is in fact not a new thing as this was recently removed earlier this year by the airline. The airline will also add additional flights into Perth and Brisbane later this year of which it will be announced soon.

Aireen Omar names AirAsia Berhad Malaysia new CEO

Photo: A new chapter for our new CEO, Aireen Omar! :-D

AirAsia Berhad Malaysia, on Monday (18th June 2012) appoints its new chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director for the Malaysian based office. She will assume the role effective 1st July reporting directly to AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes.

“I am delighted with the appointment of Aireen, who has consistently demonstrated her capabilities and commitment in propelling AirAsia to new heights. She has long been an invaluable part of the senior management team of AirAsia and possesses the vision and leadership qualities crucial for the company’s growth in its second decade,” Fernandes said in a press statement sent to “Of Travel and Food” media team on Tuesday.

Aireen, was Regional Head of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Investor Relations. She joined AirAsia in January 2006 as Director of Corporate Finance. Aireen was, among others, instrumental in securing the financing for AirAsia’s fleet expansion, a vital component of AirAsia’s success. Her role included handling the negotiations with Airbus for the record purchase of 200 Airbus A320neo aircraft that was announced at the Paris Airshow in 2011.

SilverKris Heathrow closes for facelift

Singapore Airlines, in an email to all its Krisflyer members stated that their SilverKris Lounge at London Heathrow International Airport (Terminal 3) is now closed for a major refurbishment from 18th June till 15th July 2012. The lounge will re-open again on the 16th July 2012.

During this time, ground staffs will be available to assist passengers on alternative facilities available.