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bene t Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia and Malaysian
consumers. By strengthening Malaysia Airlines, we
put the company back on its feet and give it a secure
He made clear the reason for the statement. "I am
writing in such a forthright manner because I have
noted that our Business Plan has not been accepted
by all of our stakeholders and has in fact met with
turbulence in some sectors. This turbulence has
the potential to distract the attention of Malaysia
Airlines Management Team and its 20,000 sta from
the very crucial task at hand."
AirAsia has already started to put its mark on MAS,
with AirAsia CFO Rozman Omar being parachuted
into MAS to take up the same position this February.
Moshin Aziz at Maybank notes, "He was one of
the pioneers to work on AirAsia s business model and
dra the nancial model. Make no mistake, AirAsia
was always Tony s baby, but Rozman was the guy in
charge to make it palatable to investors and nanciers.
He played a pivotal role for the AirAsia listing, and
later ser ved as the CFO for Indonesia AirAsia and
Aziz worked for Rozman for four years at AirAsia,
and says, "He is a class act CFO of the highest order:
calculative and looks for value all the time. For the
uninitiated, you d translate that as sting y and a miser!
But his behaviour is as such for a good reason ; always
stating the point that money is scarce, and that money
spent is a form of investment and you must create
He recalls, " ose who need to get his signature
for any purchase always recite in the minds their line
of defense and explanation. His interrogation makes
Guantanamo Bay look like a happy camp. Such is
his legendary cost conscientious trait; many people
strategically chose to go to Tony Fernandes direct
for big ticket items. But I can vouch for Rozman and
say that AirAsia has bene tted immensely from his
Aziz is also highly positive on one of the other
major boardroom changes at MAS, namely AirAsia
head of engineering Azahari Dahlan s move to join
MAS to head the engineering unit MAE.
"Azahari is Malaysia s most experienced and
talented aircraft engineer with over 30 years of
experience. Widely respected in the industry with
stints in MAS (where he began his career), Transmile
and also AirAsia. You can say that he is a person
whom seen the ups and downs of the airline industry
many times over. Airbus and Boeing won t have an
easy go when he is in the negotiation table," he says.
In terms of strateg y, MAS is trying to set up a new
unit to manage the short haul airline operations,
which it sees as one of the "game-changers". e new
airline will operate the entire narrow-body eet and
short haul routes of Malaysia Airlines, as well as the
Fire y ATR turboprop business. e working target
is to have the short haul operation launched by
second quarter 2012 - although the unions may well
have a say in that!
MAS reveals A380 details
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has released details on
the cabin of its Airbus A380s that will play a
crucial role in its modernisation programme and
its bid for survival.
The carrier's A380 has a capacity of 494 seats
in a three-class configuration comprising 8 first
class seats and 350 economy class seats on the
main deck, together with 66 business class seats
and 70 economy Class seats on the upper deck.
MAS has six of the aircraft on order, with the
first due to start operating the Kuala Lumpur-
London Heathrow route in July.
The first class cabin has a seat pitch of 85
inches with 87 inch full flat bed seats and 23
inch inflight entertainment (IFE) screens whilst the
business class cabin features a seat pitch of 74
inches and full flat bed seats each measuring 72
inches in length together with individual 17-inch
The economy class seats with an 18-inch
seat width and recline of 6 inches, have a seat
pitch of 32 inches and IFE screens measuring
10.6 inches. In-seat laptop charging facilities are
available on every seat in first and business class.
In economy, laptop charging facilities are shared
by every 2 seats.
The aircraft is fitted with the Thales
entertainment system, with fully customised
Graphic User Interface specific for quick
navigation and seat in all classes is equipped with
USB port and satellite telephone facility.
The 'Chef-on-Call' facility, currently available
to first class passengers of Malaysia Airlines, will
also be available for business class passengers
on the A380.
"We are a little surprised of MAS union members' tenacity and
their political clout," Mohshin Aziz, analyst, Maybank.
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