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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.”

Read the viewpoint by Bloomberg Businessweek why airline disasters keep happening in southeast Asia: CLICK HERE

 

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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Is AirAsia considering an investment in Skymark Airlines?

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) has been retrenching. Besides the cancellation of its Airbus A380 order by Airbus, the low-fare carrier has also announced it will leave Tokyo Narita and concentrate its flights at Tokyo (Haneda). Now according to ZipanguFlyer, there may be a new development:

“On August 19, the Nikkei Shimbun reported that the AirAsia Group has started considering an investment in ailing Skymark Airlines (BC/SKY), including a possible takeover. It said that the Malaysian LCC, a very important customer for Airbus, is also talking with the European manufacturer to reduce the penalties they are seeking with Skymark for the canceled Airbus A380 order.”

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AirAsia is currently working with new Japanese partners to launch the second version of AirAsia (Japan) next year. If this report is correct and it is consummated, it would probably be the end of Skymark Airlines and Boeing would lose a loyal Japanese customer.

Stay tuned.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Boeing 737-81D JA73NN (man 39422) passes through Honolulu on its delivery flight.

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AirAsia to unveil a Taylor Swift logo jet in June, net profit for 2013 falls, AirAsia India moves ahead

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) according to Reuters, saw its fourth-quarter profit drop by 19 percent on higher expenses for fuel and aircraft maintenance.

Net profit for the three months ending on December 31, 2013 fell to 245.4 million ringgit ($75.05 million), while net profit for the full year of 2013 was 364.1 million ringgit ($111.4 million) compared to 789.6 million ringgit ($241.5 million) in 2012 due to the prior year’s gain from the disposal of its shares in Thai AirAsia joint venture.

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Meanwhile, AirAsia India (Madras-Chennai) (above), the new joint venture with the Tata Group moves ahead. The DGCA has rejected the objections of other Indian airlines that new joint venture would disrupt Indian airline industry “equilibrium” according to The Economic Times.

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In other news, AirAsia announced that it will be the official airline for seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift’s The Red Tour presented by Cornetto, which will be coming to southeast Asia this year. Taylor Swift will be bringing her tour to Southeast Asia in June 2014, with shows in Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

As the official airline for Taylor Swift’s The Red Tour presented by Cornetto, AirAsia will unveil an exclusive Airbus A320 aircraft livery featuring international superstar Taylor Swift.

 

Siegtraund Teh, Group Chief Commercial Officer for AirAsia said, “We are very proud to be the official airline for Taylor Swift’s tour in Southeast Asia, which is aptly named The Red Tour, synonymous with AirAsia’s corporate colors. With AirAsia’s strong route network in Asia, especially in Asean, we are definitely the best people to connect Taylor and her crew to all of her tour destinations. Taylor Swift fans can look forward to spotting the special Taylor Swift branded Airbus A320 painting the skies of Asean Red this coming June.”

“We’ve always taken branding to a different level at AirAsia and this opportunity to work with Taylor and her team marks yet another milestone for us as we continue to build the AirAsia brand globally.  We will be running contests across our network, which will surely be a treat to all of her fans.” Siegtraund Teh added.

Taylor’s The Red Tour performance features two stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue, giving every audience member a great seat. Taylor plays electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar and changes costumes multiple times over the course of the evening. Her set features several songs from her record-breaking RED album, as well as new takes on other fan favorites.

Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time Grammy winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She is the #1 digital music artist of all time, the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure, and is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential people in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year. Taylor, who is signed to Big Machine Records, has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320 for AirAsia India is now painted at Toulouse. Wearing a test registration of F-WWBV (msn 6015), the pictured A320-216 with Sharklets will become VT-AIF on delivery.

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Grounded Zest Air is now AirAsia Zest following an investment by AirAsia

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Zest Air (Zest Airways) (Manila) has rebranded as AirAsia Zest (AirAsia Zest Airways, Inc., formerly Asian Spirit) following the investment of AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) through AirAsia Philippines (Clark).

In other related news, AirAsia Philippines will be temporarily suspending flights to Davao, Kalibo, Taipei and Hong Kong from Clark International Airport effective on October 9, 2013.

Flights between Clark and Hong Kong, however, will continue to operate from December 20, 2013 until January 6, 2014 to cater to the strong holiday demand.

Maan Hontiveros, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Philippines said, “The temporary suspension is primarily to manage costs following the recent grounding of Zest Air by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). This has affected many factors and allocating necessary resources such as aircraft and crew is critical to ensure its recovery.”

“Right now we need to focus our resources to support Zest Air where we have significant economic interest, and we believe in Zest Air’s potential with their Manila based operations,” added Hontiveros.

AirAsia Philippines holds a 49 percent share in Zest Air, a low-cost carrier operating in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila; and Zest Air will be carrying the AirAsia brand once it is approved by the CAAP.

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ANA to buy out AirAsia’s share of AirAsia Japan, the joint venture to be dissolved

ANA Holdings Inc (ANA-All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to Reuters, will buy out AirAsia’s (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) portion of AirAsia Japan (Tokyo-Narita) joint venture for over $25 million. The loss-making entity will be dissolved. AirAsia Japan commenced operations only on August 1, 2012. ANA controls 67 percent of the shares.

ANA is considering its options. The joint venture could be rolled into Peach Aviation.

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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The AirAsia brand will soon die in Japan. The concept is just not working despite the recent SkyTrax 2013 Awards (below, AirAsia Japan). Airbus A320-216 JA01AJ (msn 5153) arrives at the Narita base.

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India to review the AirAsia-Tata joint venture proposal on March 6

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) and the Tata Group (Mumbai) have announced a new joint venture proposal. If approved by the Indian government the new JV would bring a new low-fare airline to India under the AirAsia brand based in Chennai.

According to this report by One India News the Indian Finance Ministry is due to take up the proposal before the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) on March 6.

AirAsia has applied to control 49 percent in this new joint venture with Tata Sons Ltd and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace Pvt Ltd. If approved, this will be the return of Tata to the aviation business. State-owned Air India grew out of Tata Airlines, which began operations in 1932. Ironically Air India (Mumbai) and other Indian carriers are likely to oppose the entry of AirAsia.

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Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard. AirAsia’s Airbus A320-216 9M-AFQ (msn 3018) in the special ZOOM! color scheme arrives at Bangkok.

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AirAsia becomes the first operator of Airbus’ Sharklet equipped A320

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AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) yesterday (December 21) received its first Airbus A320-200 with the new Sharklets winglet. The pictured A320-216 F-WWIC (msn 5428) became 9M-AQQ on the handover. 9M-AQQ is also painted in the new 2012 livery for AirAsia. It becomes the first A320 with Sharklets to enter revenue service. Airbus issued the following statement:

Airbus has delivered the first A320 equipped with Sharklets to AirAsia, which becomes the first operator of the new fuel-saving large wing tip devices. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and are standard on all members of the A320neo Family.

Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly. Cutting airlines’ fuel bills by around four percent, Sharklets will offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

“We are extremely proud to be the first airline in the world to take delivery of an A320 fitted with Airbus’ new, fuel saving Sharklets,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia . “AirAsia has a long-standing, special relationship with Airbus and as we grow our network with our all A320 fleet, these new wing tip devices will contribute to fulfilling our goal of being the most efficient, innovative low cost airline in the world.”

“As our biggest A320 Family airline customer, it’s very fitting that AirAsia is the first carrier to benefit from the four percent fuel saving our new Sharklets deliver,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “AirAsia’s vision is to make is possible for everyone to fly and now with their Sharklet-equipped A320s they can assure their passengers that they are also travelling on board the world’s most environmentally friendly single-aisle aircraft.”

Due to the very strong customer demand for Sharklets, all Airbus’ single-aisle final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building A320 Family aircraft with Sharklets. These FALs are located in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile (Alabama, USA).

AirAsia, the largest low cost airline in Asia is also Airbus’ largest A320 Family airline customer. The carrier recently placed a new order with Airbus on the 13th December 2012 for 100 more A320 Family aircraft including 36 A320ceo aircraft with Sharklets. Altogether, AirAsia has ordered 475 single aisle aircraft from Airbus, comprising 264 A320neo and 211 A320ceo. Over 100 aircraft have already been delivered to the airline and are flying out of its bases in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo.

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AirAsia orders 100 additional Airbus A320 Family aircraft

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AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has placed a new order with Airbus for 100 additional A320 Family aircraft. The contract covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the carrier’s network.

The order was announced during a visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Airbus wing manufacturing facility at Broughton in the UK, where Mr Cameron witnessed the signing of documents by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO, Airbus.

The contract reaffirms AirAsia’s position as the largest A320 Family airline customer in the world. Altogether, the carrier has now ordered 475 single aisle aircraft from Airbus, comprising 264 A320neo and 211 A320ceo. Over 100 aircraft have already been delivered to the airline and are flying out of its bases in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The first new Airbus A320 for AirAsia with the new Sharklet winglets is this Airbus A320-216 with the temporary registration of F-WWIC (msn 5428) at Toulouse. The new airliner, which also sports the new 2012 livery, will be delivered as 9M-AQQ.

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AirAsia drops all plans to acquire Batavia Air

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has dropped all plans to acquire Batavia Air (Jakarta) because it creates too many risks for the fast-growing low-fare airline according to this report by Reuters. AirAsia had announced its intention to acquire Batavia Air for $80 million in July.

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Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Batavia Air is now gradually adding Airbus A320s (compatible with AirAsia) to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 737-300/400/500s by 2014. The pictured A320-233 PK-YUE (msn 461) arrives at Singapore.

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Bombardier is in talks with AirAsia about a possible order

Bombardier (Toronto) is reportedly in talks with AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) about a high density (160 seat) version of its new CSeries airliner according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. AirAsia has built its expanding fleet around the Airbus A320.

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AirAsia wins Japanese approval for AirAsia Japan

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has announced it has acquired the necessary approvals from Japanese government in order to begin low-fare flights in Japan.

AirAsia and ANA (Tokyo) announced last year they had formed a new joint venture to establish a low-fare airline based in Tokyo (Narita).

AirAsia (Japan) is now expected to commence operations in August.

Read the report from the Straits Times: CLICK HERE

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AirAsia faces possible legal action in Australia, will launch a new logojet in Thailand

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) is facing possible legal action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for allegedly failing to disclose the full price of fares for flights from Australia to internation destinations according to this report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Copyright Photo: Laurent Errera. Thai AirAsia will soon take delivery of this new “World’s Best Low Cost Airline 2009 2010 2011″ logojet. The special Airbus A320-216 with the temporary marks of F-WWIZ will become HS-ABW (msn 4980) on delivery.

AirAsia celebrates the 100th Airbus A320 with a special “Year of the Dragon” color scheme

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) on December 20, 2011 received a brand new Airbus A320-216 registered as 9M-AQH (msn 4969). The A320 has been painted in this special “100th Awesome Plane” color scheme. The unique livery marks the delivery of the 100th Airbus A320 to the AirAsia Group and with the Lunar New Year around the corner – and this is the Year of the Dragon – it is aptly decorated with a swirling dragon.

9M-AQH is pictured on final approach at Bangkok on January 15, 2012.

Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim.

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AirAsia is considering another order for 25-30 Airbus A320s

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) is considering another order for 25 to 30 additional Airbus A320s according to CEO Tony Fernandes and this article in the Business Times.

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AirAsia drops all plans for a subsidiary in Vietnam

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) has dropped all plans for a subsidiary in Vietnam.

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AirAsia to launch the Kuala Lumpur-Da Nang route on December 16

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has announced it will launch the Kuala Lumpur-Da Nang, Vietnam route on December 16.

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AirAsia reports second quarter net profit of $48 million

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) reported a $48 million net profit in the second quarter.

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AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines in a new share swap

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) and Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur), once fierce competitors, can moving closer and preparing to become shareholders in each company.

According to this published report by the China Post, Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which owns about 70 percent of Malaysia Airlines, would get a stake in AirAsia, while Tune Air SDN BHD, which owns 26 percent of AirAsia, would get a 20 percent share of Malaysia Airlines. Tune Air is partly controlled by AirAsia’s CEO Tony Fernandes and another partner.

The intent of this proposed deal is to save financially-challenged Malaysia Airlines.

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AirAsia Japan is born

ANA Group (Tokyo) and AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) today (July 21) announced that they are teaming up to form AirAsia Japan, a new low-cost carrier.

AirAsia Japan will be the first low-cost carrier to be based at Narita International Airport. Operating under the AirAsia brand, the new low-fare airline will serve both domestic and international destinations when commencing operations in August 2012, subject to obtaining the relevant approvals.

According to the two airlines, the aviation market in Japan is undergoing rapid transformation with developments including the expansion of Open Skies agreements and increased domestic competition from road and rail-based travel. In addition, Narita airport, a major international hub serving Tokyo, is seeking to increase capacity with the introduction of a new terminal and is expected to attract many low-cost carriers and foreign airlines.

ANA has been seeking opportunities to launch a new low-cost business based at Narita and, after analysis, has concluded that partnering with an existing low-cost carrier is the most efficient and strategically advantageous option.

Having already established an unmatched network, especially within the ASEAN region, AirAsia has been seeking a business partner with strong Japanese market influence to further expand its scope, as well as contribute to strengthening bilateral ties between ASEAN and Japan.

The formation of AirAsia Japan leverages AirAsia’s successful business model and brings together the complementary strengths of the two companies, generating new demand with the aim of making affordable and quality travel available to all.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on this photo for the full story of this special logojet.

ANA and AirAsia discuss creating a new low-cost joint venture at Tokyo Narita

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) and AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) have started negotiations to establish a new budget airline based at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, according to industry sources and this report by the Daily Yomiuri Online. Operations for the unnamed carrier could start in 2012.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nobuhiro Horimoto. Please click on the photo for information on this new Air Nippon “Kung Fu Panda 2″ logojet.

AirAsia may order another 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft

AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) is striving to become one of the largest airlines in the world.

According to this report by Reuters, AirAsia is planning to order an extra 100 Airbus A320neo jets, potentially taking its record-breaking order to 300.

AirAsia announced an orderfor 200 A320neo aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

AirAsia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for information on this special logojet.

AirAsia orders 200 Airbus A320neo aircraft

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) placed a firm order with Airbus for 200 A320neo aircraft. The contract, announced at the Paris Air Show today, is the largest order ever placed for the A320 Family and makes AirAsia the biggest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line worldwide. AirAsia announced that its A320neo aircraft will be powered by CFM International’s new LEAP-X engines.

Altogether, AirAsia has now placed firm orders for 375 A320 Family aircraft, with 89 already in service on the carrier’s fast-growing pan-Asian network. In addition, the carrier’s long haul affiliate AirAsia X is also an all-Airbus customer having placed orders for 38 widebody aircraft.

CFM International, the joint venture between GE Aviation and French engine manufacturer Snecma, capped off an already record week at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget with this announcement that carrier Air Asia will purchase 400 of CFM’s more energy-efficient LEAP engines for 200 of its new Airbus A320neo planes, in the largest single-firm aircraft order in aviation history.

To read more, check out the following link: http://www.gereports.com/leaping-the-competition-at-paris-air-show-27-billion-in-engine-deals/

Boeing, the market has spoken and you are losing customers.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

AirAsia’s first quarter net profit declines 23% to $56 million

AirAsia Bhd’s (AirAsia Group) (Kuala Lumpur) net profit declined 23% to $56 million for the first quarter ending on March 31.

AirAsia’s Short-Haul Routes from Kuala Lumpur:

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

AirAsia produces a record $349 million profit in 2010

AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) continues to make money, despite a challenging environment. The airline group produced a record $349 million profit in 2010.

Read the full report from Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Interactive route map (routes from Kuala Lumpur): CLICK HERE

Is AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes getting ready to make a bid for Virgin Atlantic?

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) has recently stated it has received several inquiries. One of them may be from Tony Fernandes of AirAsia as reported in this article. Singapore Airlines currently owns 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic.

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Meanwhile Tony Fernandes has denied these reports that he is interested in Virgin Atlantic.

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AirAsia is moving ahead with a joint venture in the Philippines

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Limpur) is moving ahead with its planned new joint venture in the Philippines. AirAsia Philippines is expected to be launched in August 2011.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

AirAsia reports third quarter net profit of $141 million

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) reported a net profit of $141 million in the third quarter.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

AirAsia’s 2Q profit rises 43% to $63 million, sells 500,000 tickets in 24 hours

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) reported its second quarter net profit rose 43 percent to $63 million.

Read the full report in the WSJ:

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In other news, the airline is claiming to have set a world record for the most tickets sold in 24 hours – 500,000.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A fine ramp study of Airbus A320-216 9M-AHE (msn 3327) at Denpasar.

AirAsia and Jetstar Airways form the first LCC alliance

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) and Jetstar Airways (QANTAS) (Melbourne) have formed the first alliance between budget airlines. The cooperation will extend to joint purchases of aircraft.

News link:

news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/jetstar-airasia-form-world-first-budget-alliance-20100106-lu93.html

Jetstar Airways and AirAsia to announce a strategic alliance on January 6

Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of QANTAS Airways) (Melbourne) and AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) are expected to announce a new strategic alliance on January 6. The two groups have been discussing how they can cooperate for the past year.

News link:

biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/12/31/business/5389706&sec=business

AirAsia (Malaysia) introduces its latest logojet

AirAsia.com (Malaysia) A320-200 9M-AFJ (09)(Grd) KUL (WTL)(LR)

Copyright Photo: W.T. Liew. 9M-AFJ taxies at Kuala Lumpur base.

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has introduced this new logojet on Airbus A320-216 registered 9M-AFJ (msn 2881) featuring cartoon figures.

AirAsia defers delivery of eight Airbus A320s

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) has deferred the delivery of eight Airbus A320s.

News link:

biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/10/31/business/5015620&sec=business

AirAsia awards baby a free lifetime pass

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) has issued a free lifetime pass to a baby born on board a flight this week.

News link:

www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_News&set_id=1&click_id=79&art_id=nw20091023102016857C822080

AirAsia defers delivery of eight Airbus A320s

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) has confirmed it will defer the deliveries of eight new Airbus A320s from 2010 to 2014.

News link:

sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090807/tbs-malaysia-airline-airasia-airbus-3f3520e.html 

AirAsia defers delivery of eight Airbus A320s

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) has deferred the delivery of at least eight new Airbus A320s due to infrastructure issues concerning a permanent low-cost terminal at Kuala Lumpur.

Full details from Aviation Week:

www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=comm&id=news/

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