Category Archives: AirAsia (Malaysia)

Will the Skymark reorganization pick the ANA proposal or AirAsia?

ANA (All Nippon Airways) today (February 23) submitted a bid to sponsor the reorganization of Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda). Today was the deadline set by Skymark’s financial adviser for any airline companies to submit any proposals to rescue the troubled airline according to ZipanguFlyer. In essence, ANA wants to reorganize Skymark as a feeder for ANA. A competing previous bid by AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) would keep Skymark independent and would allow it grow its presence in Japan. Which way will Skymark and the court go?

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Skymark Airlines will reorganize around the Boeing 737. Boeing 737-86N JA737R (msn 35630) approaches the runway at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.

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The first victim of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 is identified

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 has yielded its first identified victim. 162 passengers and crew member were on board the ill-fated flight from Surabaya to Singapore. The body of Hayati Lutfiah Hamid has been confirmed by fingerprints according to F. World.

Searchers continue to look on the Java Sea bed for the main wreckage of the Airbus A320-200.

On earlier reports that the fuselage may have been located (rough seas are hampering the effort), AirAsia Group CEO said on Twitter:

“I am hoping that the latest information is correct and aircraft has been found. Please all hope together. This is so important.”

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AirAsia Indonesia issued this statement yesterday:

AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update that The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia and other relevant authorities continue to search and recover the passengers of QZ 8501 in the Karimata Strait area.

Earlier today, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and AirAsia management visited the military base in Pangkalan Bun to meet with key stakeholders of the SAR operations. Fernandes met with Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan, Achmad Diran; Deputy of Potential Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Muda TNI Sunarbowo Sandi; Joint Operation Chief Territory II, Marsekal Muda TNI Abdul Muis; Joint Operation Chief Territory I, Marsekal Muda TNI Agus Dwi Putranto; Central Kalimantan Police Chief, Brigadier General Hermanu and Deputy of Operation Search And Rescue (SAR), Marsekal Pertama TNI Supriyadi.

Fernandas said: “I continue to be humbled and touched by the incredible efforts and professionalism put forth by BASARNAS, Army, Navy, Air Force and Police of Indonesia. The search and rescue operations were unfortunately hampered by bad weather today but I am hopeful they will be able to resume the search tomorrow.”

To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of seven remains, which were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo. Two of the seven remains were transported to Bayangkara Hospital in Surabaya for identification by Disaster Victim Identification of Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI).

AirAsia’s main focus remains on the wellbeing of the families affected by this tragedy.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.

Sonar may have detected the wreckage of AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC

AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (part of the AirAsia Group) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 may have been located. Indonesian searchers battled bad weather today in the Java Sea. The searchers are using sonar and may located the fuselage of Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC possibly with the remaining passengers on board. Divers are trying to reach the possible wreckage but rough seas are hampering the attempts.

The debris found yesterday has been confirmed to be from the missing flight. Ten bodies has been recovered that were floating in the water. There were 162 passengers and crew members on the ill-fated flight.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters he hoped there was “at least some closure” for families according to CNN.

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AirAsia issued this statement yesterday:

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ 8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014.

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ 8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) taxies at Singapore before the accident.

 

Reuters: At least 40 bodies and debris found from AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 has now been confirmed to have crashed into the Java Sea. Reuters is reporting at least 40 bodies and debris have been found by ships off the coast of Borneo. Aircraft parts, including a door and oxygen tanks have now been recovered indicating a possible debris field in the water. The main part of Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) still has not been located.

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Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO stated on Twitter:

“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

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Rescue Official: Missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 likely “at the bottom of the sea”

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AirAsia Indonesia (Jakarta) flight QZ 8501, after a second day of searching, remains missing. No debris from the Airbus A320-216, registered in Indonesia as PK-AXC (msn 3648), operated on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore have been located. Air Traffic Control lost radar contact with the jetliner at 0724 on Sunday morning with 162 passengers and crew members on board.

The flight crew were requesting a higher altitude to avoid severe weather in the area when radar contact was lost. There was not distress call from the crew.

Aircraft and ships continue to search for the aircraft but daylight is now ending on Monday in Indonesia. Oil slicks were discovered at the last known location but officials are unsure if it came from the aircraft.

According to CNN quoting a rescue official, “Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” Bambang Sulistyo, head of Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency, told reporters, saying the view was based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates.”

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The latest message from AirAsia:

AirAsia Indonesia has received confirmation from The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) that an international search and rescue mission from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia has been mobilized in the search of flight QZ 8501. The mission in Surabaya has resumed today at 06.00 AM LT (GMT+7).

AirAsia Indonesia continue to support these efforts and has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities.

AirAsia Indonesia’s primary focus remains on the families and Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia is currently stationed at the family centre in Surabaya. We have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support. Another group of AirAsia officials are providing the same to the families based in Singapore.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, stated on Twitter:

“We will be putting out another statement soon. Thank you for all your thoughts and prays.we must stay strong.”

AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501 from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people is missing

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Indonesia) (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) flight QZ 8501 with 162 passengers and crew members flying from Surabaya to Singapore is missing. The crew flying Airbus A320-200 (PK-AXC) lost radar contact with Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC) this morning (December 28). Aircraft searching today were unable to locate the missing flight. The flight is now missing for over 12 hours due to the time difference. It is now getting dark again in Indonesia and the search with aircraft will resume tomorrow. However ships will continue to search for the aircraft overnight.

Indonesia AirAsia, formerly AWAir (Air Wagon International), is owned by Fersindo Nusaperkasa (51%) and AirAsia Berhad (AirAsia Malaysia) (49%). The airline operates under the AirAsia brand. The general media is incorrectly calling this a Malaysian airline due to its confusion with the much larger AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur).

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We will continue to update this report as further information is received.

AirAsia has changed its normal red logo to this basic black-gray logo in mourning of missing flight QZ 8501.

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AirAsia has issued this updated statement:

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ 8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning (December 28). The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535 hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers:

1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
3 South Korea
1 United Kingdom
149 Indonesia

Nationalities of crew:

1 France
6 Indonesia

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16, 2014.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO stated on Twitter:

“I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines. This is my worse nightmare. But there is no stopping. I, as your group CEO, will be there through these hard times. We will go through this terrible ordeal together.”

Previously Tony stated on Twitter:

“On my way to Surabaya where most of the passangers are from as with my Indonesian management. Providing information as we get it.”

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There were reported thunderstorms in the path of the airliner. This area is currently in their monsoon season (rainy season).

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) of AirAsia Indonesia is pictured arriving at Singapore prior to today’s event. PK-AXC was delivered new on October 15, 2008.

Below Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Another view of PK-AXC at Singapore.

According to Flightradar24 the flight “was flying on FL320. Other aircraft in same area were flying on FL340-FL390.”

The crew reportedly requested a higher altitude of FL380 due to the thunderstorms in the area.

Flightradar24 flight track of QZ8501:

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AirAsia X firms up its order for 55 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft

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AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur), the long haul affiliate of AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur), has placed a firm order with Airbus for 55 A330neo aircraft. This is the largest single order to date for the A330 Family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft. The announcement covers the firming up of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 50 A330neo signed during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2014, plus an additional five aircraft. Deliveries of the newly-ordered aircraft will begin in 2018.

The A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.

Image: Airbus. A conception image of the A330-900neo.

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