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Long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X will
introduce thrice-weekly flights linking Kuala
Lumpur to Tokyo's Haneda airport from 9
The airline hopes to add two more
destinations in Japan by 2013, with Osaka,
Sapporo, Nagoya and Fukuoka under
consideration. According to AirAsia X's
Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani,
Osaka and Fukuoka are high priorities for the
The carrier had earlier considered flying
to Ibaraki airport, 85km north of Tokyo, but
opted for Haneda due to the availability
there of high-frequency domestic connecting
flights to Sapporo, Osaka and Fukuoka.
Azran hopes to achieve average load
factors of 75 percent in the first year of
operations, rising to 80 percent in the second
AirAsia X's network currently covers Tianjin,
Taipei, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth,
Teheran, Seoul and London's Stansted airport.
An application to the Ministry of Transport
in Kuala Lumpur to fly to Sydney was turned
down. -- William Dennis
As part of its expansion plan, Thai low-cost
carrier (LCC) Nok Air will lease 14 aircraft over
the next year.
The plan comprises six single-aisle Boeing
737-800s, four 737-400s and four ATR 72-500
The carrier has concluded deals with GE
Capital Aviation Services and Dublin-based
AWAS to lease two 737-400s from each. The
four aircraft will be delivered to the airline from
October to February. The carrier is now in talks
with other lessors for another two 737-400s.
The four ATR72-500s will be leased from
a Europe-based company and should enter
service in March or April 2011. The 737-800s
will be leased in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Three 737-400s now leased from Thai Airways
International, which holds a 39 percent stake in
Nok Air, will then be returned.
With the 737-800s, Bangkok-based Nok Air
plans to resume services on some international
routes that were abandoned three years ago
due to poor passenger loads. With its expanded
fleet, the carrier also plans to add capacity on
some domestic routes.
Nok Air now operates six 737-400s and two
ATR72-500s. It posted a profit of 445 million
baht (US$14.44 million) for the first half of the
In a separate development, Krung Thai Bank
(KTB), which holds a 10 percent stake in Nok
Air, has rejected Thai Airways' offer to buy its
share of the LCC. Thai Airways offered the
state-controlled bank 13 baht each for the 5
According to KTB President Apisak
Tantiworawong, the bank is not interested in
selling its stake.
"Should we decide to sell, we will decide on
the price," Apisak says.
The Thai Government Pension Fund holds 10
percent of the airline, while Dhipaya Insurance
holds another 10 percent, CPB Equity owns
6 percent and Siam Commercial Bank owns
5 percent. King Power International holds a
5 percent stake in the airline and ING Funds'
Thailand Prosperity Fund owns 5 percent,
with the remaining 10 percent in the hands of
Thai Airways is keen to increase its stake to
49 percent. -- William Dennis
AirAsia X to launch Haneda flights
Thailand's Nok Air to lease 14 aircraft in expansion plan
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a 'Flight
Hour Services - Tailored Support Package'
(FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus to provide
full component support, line and base
airframe maintenance, and fleet technical
management services for SIA's five A340-500
ultra long-haul, all business-class aircraft.
Under the six-year agreement with Airbus,
SIA will benefit from the experience and
expertise offered by Airbus and its partners
in the fields of maintenance, engineering,
reliability and supply chain management. As
part of this, Airbus will procure maintenance,
repair and overhaul (MRO) services from SIA
Engineering (SIAEC), which is a member of
the Airbus MRO Network.
This contract builds on two existing
agreements between the companies: an
A330 FHS-TSP agreement signed in July
2008, and also an FHS components support
agreement signed in July 2007 for the
airline's A380 fleet.
"This repeat FHS order re-iterates SIA's
confidence in Airbus' FHS achievements.
Through the delivery of our services, we are
committed to drive maximum efficiency of
Singapore Airlines' A340-500 operational
reliability," says Didier Lux, Airbus' executive
vice-president of customer services.
"Our A340-500 ultra long-haul, all
business-class fleet requires undisputed
passengers' satisfaction based on absolute
fleet reliability. The exceptionally high
performance today of our A330 fleet
under FHS-TSP gives us confidence to apply
this successful concept to our A340-500
fleet," says Mervyn Sirisena, SIA's senior
vice-president of engineering. -- Andrzej
Singapore Airlines signs with Airbus for A340-500 support
The airline is currently eyeing two
more Japanese destinations.
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