Un énorme article, bien documenté (Et pas signé) sur Air Asia !
Ou l'on peut voire le A340 reprendre des couleurs, merci le Pétrole !
Des A330 neufs, à vendre par quantité si les prix conviennent ..... !
Dans une politique d'achats à la Ryanair pour des A330, 37 de plus envisagés !!!
Hou Hou, Hello, Holà John Leahy ! .... Il s'est encore caché sous son bureau ! Faut pas prononcer le nom de Ryanair !
L'alliance d'une politique "Ryanair" et de Sir Richard Branson dans les coulisses !
Un peu de dynamite dans les tuyaux!
Noter une concentration de sièges en légère baisse pour les A330-340 ! Clients Européens/Australiens obligent, peut être !
Et un clin d'oeuil au A380, à "Prés de 900 Places" 380-800-900 pas précisé ??
Et l'une des rares compagnies optimistes pour l'avenir ! Mais ils cherchent des financements quand même !
Qq soucis en perspective pour les Airliners Européens et Asiatiques, voir Australiens !
Et un vent de fraîcheur dans une atmospère pesante !
Tout à lire ya rien à jeter !
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In just under four weeks, on 11-Mar-09, the first flight of five times weekly A340 (leased from Air Canada) service from Kuala Lumpur will arrive at London Stansted Airport. This is long-haul low cost and most experts will be betting it doesn’t work. They will be wrong.
Many of the passengers will have originated in Australia, paying the promotional fare of less than AUD600/GBP400 for the Australia-UK 40,000 km roundtrip
By the end of this year, AirAsia X's fleet will include six A330-300s and "perhaps" a further A340 (with the new aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2009, AirAsia X plans to add five new destinations, with the LCC stating, "we hope to fly to Japan, Korea, China, India and at least one more somewhere else"). Another ten aircraft are to be delivered in 2010.
As the carrier's canny and understated CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, says, "for us, slowing down is not an option", despite the slumping economic environment. The message may be Ryanair-like, but the messenger couldn't be more different.
In addition to its confirmed orders, AirAsia X is also reportedly planning to order up to 37 more A330s, to take advantage of weaker aircraft prices. Mr Osman-Rani also stated there is an opportunity to accelerate some of the existing orders "because some other airlines are deferring the orders due to problems related to market demand or financing" and the carrier has also stated it is interested in leasing up to five A340-300s, to expand its network to Germany, France and New Zealand, subject to lease rates. According to Azran Osman-Rani, "for the right price, we would like to lease five A340-300s, although they are in tight supply".
... and network expansion plans
AirAsia X's long-haul route network now includes Perth and Melbourne in Australia, and Hangzhou in China; five times weekly service to Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, will be added in Apr-09. And Sydney is likely to be added as an "X" point soon.
In Mar-09, the very important and more complex spoke to Stansted comes on line. Initially five times weekly, the carrier plans to increase frequency to daily when it receive a second A340, and possibly operate the route double daily in the future. The LCC expects to obtain a load fator on the sector in the 83-84% range, but stated, "it works for us if it's in the mid-70s in terms of breaking even. 80% is really good, but 84 and beyond is what I'm hoping for".
The A340 that will be used was acquired at a competitive lease price when fuel prices were way up. "X" certainly has some luck on its side; the four-engined A340 is suddenly again a much more effective aircraft with oil down in the low USD30s per barrel - at precisely the time consumers are most price sensitive for long distance flying.
Meanwhile, AirAsia X stated it hopes to launch services to at least three destinations in Japan (Hokkaido, Osaka and Fukuoka) by the end of 2009, after the Japanese Government relaxed its visa requirements for Malaysians. The LCC also plans to commence services to Tianjin (near Beijing) in Apr-09 and is considering Chengdu, Xian, New Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar and Sydney as other possible destinations, subject to government approval.
What about some really cheap seats?
Is AirAsia X looking at the A380, with its potential for nearly 900 seats in all economy configuration? "We've had a look at it", says Mr Osran-Rani, coyly leaving the issue open.
More to come
The long-haul model - modified along some of the lines of AirAsia X's operation is no longer in fact an experiment in Asia. Qantas subsidiary, Jetstar, is already spreading its low cost wings across the region, also using A330s, and picking up on routes where its parent just couldn't make it work. While it stays low cost, the more the model looks like a legacy airline. Jetstar, which already codeshares with Qantas, has also just announced a broader codeshare/interline arrangement with several full service operators.
Meanwhile, AirAsia and X's biggest headache is that KLIA won't have sufficient room to accommodate their planned expansion for 2012. Well, everyone has their problems...