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FOUNDED IN 1999 BY ABDURRAHMAN WAHID, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE NAHDLATUL ULAMA MUSLIM ORGANIZATION AND LATER PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA. STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2000. FORMERLY "AIRWAGON INTERNATIONAL." SCHEDULED, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
OFFICE MANAGEMENT BUILDING
2ND FLOOR TERMINAL 1 A DEPARTU
JAKARTA 19110, INDONESIA
Indonesia (the Republic of Indonesia) was established in 1945, it covers an area of 1,904,569 sq km, its population is 210 million, its capital city is Jakarta, and its official language is Indonesian.
OCTOBER 2000: TO SURABAYA (2/DAY). ALSO, TO MEDAN, BALIKPAPAN, AND DENPASAR. LATER TO SEOUL. TO SERVE 27 DOMESTIC AND 28 INTERNATIONAL ROUTES.
OWNERSHIP: BIN HARIS (45%), HADIANTO (40%), RACHMAT SOEBAKIR (15%). HAS MANY EX-GARUDA (GIA) EMPLOYEES.
PLANS ON LEASING 2 A310'S.
1 A300-600R (CF6-80C2) (584), EX-TRANSAER (TSD), REGION AIR (RAE) LEASED. 1 A310-322 (409, PK-AWA), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), REGIONAIR (RAE) WET-LEASED.
NOVEMBER 2000: WHILE AWAITING GOVERNMENT OK FOR DENPASAR - TAIPEI ROUTE, IS SUB-LEASING A300 (OPERATIONS BY (RAE) TO VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE) FOR $225K/MONTH.
FEBRUARY 2001: YASIR ISMAIL, PRESIDENT, REPLACES RACHMAT SOEBAKIR, WHO LEFT TO HEAD ANOTHER INDONESIAN STARTUP, FAJAR AIR.
PLANS +3 737-400'S. DROPS PLANS TO LEASE A300. 1 A310-300 RETURNED TO (RAE). 737-400'S TO BE USED FOR SERVICE TO BALIKPAPAN, LOMPOK, AND YOGYAKARTA.
JUNE 2001: A310-322 (409, PK-AWA) RETURNED TO (RAE).
OCTOBER 2001: 1 A310-322 (437, PK-AWD), RETURNED TO REGIONAIR (RAE).
MARCH 2002: (http://www.awairlines.com). email@example.com).
July 2003: Plans to resume operations in September 2003 with 6 737-400's.
October 2004: AirAsia (ASW), Malaysia has acquired the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) of "Awair International" (AWR) for a token $2 to acquire a 49% stake and awaits an operating license from Indonesian authorities to establish a local subsidiary in cooperation with an Indonesian partner, who would have a majority stake in the airline. Initially 2 or 3 airplanes would be based in Indonesia.
December 2004: PT AWAir International (AWR) re-launches service Jakarta - Medan (737-300, AirAsia (ASW) wet-leased, 148Y). Later adds a 2nd service and introduces Jakarta - Balikpapan (daily nonstop). "AWAir" (AWR) is modeled after (ASW) and will "adhere to a low-cost business model" operating point-to-point flights within a 3 hour radius.
January 2005: Singapore - Jakarta
2nd 737-301 (23552, PK-AWV) delivery.
March 2005: Has been denied authority to fly to Singapore.
May 2005: 1st Quarter = net loss, but this was essentially due to start-up costs.
August 2005: 737-3S1 (24856, PK-AWS), AirAsia (ASW) wet-leased.
September 2005: AirAsia (ASW) Indonesian affiliate AWAIR (AWR)'s new domestic service actually is intended to attract passengers from Singapore and southern Malaysia. The daily service between Jakarta and Batam is the airline's way of getting around Singapore's refusal to permit it to operate between Jakarta and the Lion City. Batam has become a new gateway for travelers from Johor and Singapore to Jakarta and vice versa at lower fares. A high-speed ferry serving Batam from key centers in Singapore and southern Malaysia completes the connection. (AWR) is offering 200,000 seats on the new routes at special promotional fares - - Jakarta - Batam starts at Rp100,000/$9.80 while Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur costs Rp170,000/$16.66. In October the airline will change its name to "Indonesia AirAsia."
(ASW) and loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are close to a wide-ranging agreement, according to (ASW) Founder & (CEO) Tony Fernandes. Fernandes said, "we will have an announcement shortly as our relationship with (MAS) Airlines is improving rapidly, which gives us ways of potentially maximizing our revenue."
The airline group continued its spectacular growth in July, with passengers up 24.8% to 395,667 on (ASW) and 16.1% to 148,953 in Thailand. The Indonesian operation, (AWR), carried 56,256 passengers.
Separately, (AWR) announced that it will launch its 1st international route September 23 with a daily frequency between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. It began service to Surabaya September 9 and adds Batam on September 15.
(ASW) Indonesian affiliate AWAIR (AWR) made its international debut Friday when Flight QZ7602 touched down at Kuala Lumpur en route from Jakarta. The 737-300 carried 148 passengers.
737-347 (23345), (ASW) wet-leased.
October 2005: The Indonesian government banned the operation of 737-200s owing to "safety concerns" in the wake of last month's Mandala Airlines (MND) crash. At the same time, the government banned all airplanes >35 years old and/or with >70,000 cycles. The crash was the 8th involving Mandala (MND) since 1975 and there have been 74 crashes involving transport airplanes in Indonesia since 1990.
With rival Indonesian airline AdamAir (DHI) getting the nod for operating flights to Singapore, Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia (ASW) has criticized Singapore for “discrimination.” Indonesia’s AWAIR International (AWR), which is a stakeholder of (ASW), is waiting for the go ahead from Singapore authorities to commence its operations.
The development follows recent permission granted by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to Indonesia’s (DHI) for 3x-daily flights from Jakarta. (DHI) is expected to start its operations to Singapore from the end of this month.
AWAIR (AWR) dropped its application for the same route after (CAAS) delayed giving it the greenlight in March, as per the information available. (AWR) is believed to have failed to provide additional documents in its bid to get approval, said a media report.
Singapore will be (DHI)’s 2nd international destination after Malaysia’s Penang, (DHI)’s Executive VP Dave Fikarno recently told media. “Suddenly, (DHI) gets the right to fly to Singapore which appears to be a decision that discriminates against us,” (ASW)’s (CEO) Tony Fernandes told the "Financial Times" newspaper.
As per the information available, (DHI) offers assigned seats and light snacks, sells tickets to Singapore that are significantly cheaper than full-fare carriers, and Fernandes accused the republic of trying to protect its own low-cost carriers by barring (ASW).
While (ASW) reported its net profit for the year to June as +111.63 million ringgit/+US$29.6 million, budget airline Tiger Airways (TGR), a unit of the state-owned Singapore Airlines (SIA), and JetStar Asia (JSA), in which the government has a stake, are unprofitable, according to a media report.
Further, a Hong Kong-based aviation analyst was quoted as saying, “A bigger presence of (ASW) in Singapore would represent a serious threat to Singapore's low-cost carriers. (ASW) has been able to achieve a successful pricing model that seriously undercuts its rivals.” According to "Channel News Asia," the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore says it is still unable to give approval for (AWR) to fly to Singapore. And it says that’s because Indonesian restrictions on foreign low-cost carriers are still in place. Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said that Singapore doesn’t consider (DHI) a low-cost carrier based on its operating model. Mr Yeo said he would be meeting his Indonesian counterpart again at the end of this year to hopefully iron out the air rights issue on budget airlines. He reportedly said, “If you talk to (DHI), I think they will tell you quite clearly that they’re very different from a low-cost carrier. When I met with Indonesian Minister Hatta last month, we agreed that we will be reviewing this situation towards the end of the year, so I’m looking forward to our coming meeting.” He added, “Of course our local low-cost carriers would like to fly there just as the Indonesian low-cost carriers also want to fly to Singapore. So I think once that sector is opened up, we can look forward to increasing number of tourists coming into Singapore as well as going into Indonesia.”
Last month, (AWR) made its 1st international debut when its flight from Jakarta landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. (AWR) had earlier launched 2 new domestic routes in Indonesia; Surabaya and Batam from its hub in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on September 9 and 15 respectively. Besides these 2 additions, (AWR) also flies to 4 other domestic destinations in Indonesia, namely Denpasar (Bali), Balikpapan, Padang, and Medan.
December 2005: "Awair International" (AWR) changed its name to "Indonesia AirAsia."
Awair International (AWR) will take delivery of an additional 737-300 this month, its 5th. (AWR) plans to add another 5 airplanes in 2006 and hopes to take its fleet to 30 by 2010.
February 2006: Kuala Lumpur International Airport's new low cost terminal is set to open in early March, beating the rival facility at Singapore's Changi Airport by about 3 weeks. The Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) hub is expected to begin operations on March 6, meaning it will SE Asia's 1st dedicated no-frills terminal. The low cost terminal at Kuala Lumpur is expected to house AirAsia (ASW) along with Thai AirAsia (THA) and AirAsia Indonesia (AWR). A decision on whether a lower airport tax would be charged is expected to be made by early March.
(AWR) will introduce daily Medan - Penang and Kuala Lumpur - Surabaya services from March 10. It also plans to launch Surabaya - Balikpapan service and increase frequencies between Jakarta and Surabaya from 3x-daily to 4x-daily. It operates 5 737-300s.
737-3B7 (23376, PK-), EX-(N947WP), delivery.
June 2006: A milestone quarter that featured the Malaysian government's decision to shift the bulk of domestic operations to AirAsia (ASW) starting August 1 and the opening of the low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, did not end with very good news on the (LCC)'s bottom line, which showed a profit of +MYR22.8 million/+$6.3 million for the fiscal third quarter ended March 31, narrowed from earnings of +MYR40.7 million in the year-ago quarter. (ASW) said the decline "was mainly due to lower average fares arising from our aggressive promotions, competitive pressures and heavy maintenance checks due to the induction of the last batch of 737 airplanes." Its average fare fell -21.2% to MYR123 during the period.
Revenues rose +23% to MYR201.7 million, but expenses increased +32.2% to MYR146.8 million, dropping operating profit -3.6% to +MYR50.1 million. The promotional efforts did succeed in driving passenger growth as passenger traffic (RPK)s lifted +54% to 1.83 billion against a +39% rise in capacity to 2.3 billion (ASK)s. Load factor climbed +8 points to 80% LF. But unit revenues fell -19% to 2.95 cents.
The carrier's unit costs bode well for a spike in profitability should yields rise, as cost per (ASK) climbed just +1% to 2.14 cents and fell -16% to 1.16 cents, excluding fuel. Fuel costs jumped +26% during the period.
Thai AirAsia (THA) reported a net profit of +THB41.7 million/+$1.1 million, while Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) "continues to produce losses," the company said.
(ASW) said its fourth-quarter outlook is "positive relative to the third quarter." It said it has budgeted for higher oil prices and that the end of its Supersaver discount program will lead to a more "benign" yield environment. "[Delivery] of the new A320s, the cost and operational benefits from the low-cost terminal and the strengthening ringgit should continue to drive operating costs lower," it added.
July 2006: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) is an Indonesian low-cost carrier (LCC) operating scheduled domestic flights plus regional and international flights. A joint venture (JV) between Indonesian interests and Malaysia's AirAsia (ASW) operating scheduled services linking domestic destinations from Jakarta as well as regional services to Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Thailand.
(IATA) Code: QZ - 975. (ICAO) Code: AWQ - (Callsign - WAGON AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: AirAsia (ASW) (49%).
Domestic scheduled destinations: Balikpapan; Batam; Denpasar Bali; Jakarta; Medan; Padang; & Surabaya.
International scheduled destination: Kuala Lumpur; & Penang.
August 2006: AirAsia (ASW) reported net income of +MYR126.9 million/+$34.3 million for its fiscal year ended June 30, an increase of +14% over net income of +MYR111.6 million last year, on a +28% jump in revenues to MYR856 million.
"The revenue growth was driven by a +30% growth in passengers carried, a -4% decline in average fares and a higher contribution mix from ancillary income," the carrier said in statement. "The lower fares enticed strong traffic growth and improved load factors."
Passenger traffic was up +37% to 6.7 billion (RPK)s on a +32% capacity gain to 8.7 billion (ASK)s. Load factor climbed +3 points to 78% LF. Lower fares and a +14% increase in average stage length reduced yields -4%, while unit costs rose +6% to 2.33 cents per (ASK). The carrier added 15 airplanes during the fiscal year, and plans to add 14 A320s in the current year started July 1. It took over most domestic routes previously operated by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) from August 1 in a reconfiguration imposed by the government.
"The Malaysian aviation industry has taken a significant step forward; (MAS) no longer receives subsidies and (ASW) is now an equal status national carrier," (CEO) Tony Fernandes said. "Apart from the price of oil, (ASW)'s prospects remain strong."
Fiscal 4th-quarter net income was +MYR39.1 million, more than double net income of +MYR16.1 million in the year-ago quarter, on a +21% rise in revenues to MYR241.8 million. Traffic increased +37% to 1.98 billion (RPK)s on a +25% lift in capacity to 2.39 billion (ASK)s.
AirAsia Thailand (THA) posted a -THB36 million/-$954,140 net loss for the 4th quarter. AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) also recorded a net loss in the quarter, Fernandes said, but the exact figure was not disclosed. "We believe Indonesia is on track to achieve breakeven for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007," he claimed.
March 2007: Parent, AirAsia (ASW) is booming, enjoying its "best quarter ever," according to (CEO) Tony Fernandes, and boosted its full-year guidance following yesterday's announcement that it posted a +MYR150.1 million/+$42.9 million profit in the 2nd fiscal quarter ended December 31, about triple its +MYR51.3 million profit in the year-ago period. "We have outperformed our expectations on every performance metric," Fernandes said. "This exceptional performance was achieved during a period, whereby we are investing significant amounts of resources into the business," including launching 2 new bases and 15 new routes. The current quarter has been big for the airline as well, as it placed an order for up to 100 A320s and established a partnership with FlyAsiaExpress to operate low-cost, long-haul services. 2nd-quarter revenues leapt +62% to MYR400.6 million, including an +87% year-over-year increase in ancillary revenue to MYR28.4 million, as average fare dropped -5% to MYR164. Operating profit more than doubled to +MYR109.7 million from +MYR46.3 million in the year-ago period.
(ASW)'s fleet of 27 airplanes flew 2.51 billion (RPK)s during the quarter, up +64%, against a +52% increase in capacity to 3.06 billion (ASK)s. Load factor rose +6 points to 82% LF. Unit revenues climbed +11% to $0.036, despite the drop in fares and cost per (ASK) was down -1% to $0.027. The carrier credited new airplanes and savings realized at the low-cost terminal in Kuala Lumpur for the improvement. Excluding fuel, (CASK) climbed +12% to $0.016.
Thai AirAsia (THA) reported a +THB33 million/+$959,621 net profit for the quarter, despite problems at the new Suvarnabhumi Airport, while Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) reported +IDR2 billion/+$219,000 in net earnings.
For the fiscal semester, (ASW)'s net earnings soared to +MYR226.6 million from +MYR60.1 million in the year-ago period. Revenues were up +57% to MYR693.8 million and operating income more than doubled to +MYR133.4 million from +MYR58.3 million. The airline said its first-half performance was "better than management's expectations" and the current quarter "is looking better relative to the same period last year." The company expects "robust profit growth for the financial year 2007" and adjusted its guidance accordingly. It earned +MYR126.9 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, and expects "double-digit growth" in pre-tax profit this fiscal year. Unit revenues are expected to climb 5% to 10% and unit costs should drop -1% to -3%.
April 2007: The USA (FAA) announced that Indonesia "does not comply with international safety standards set by (ICAO)" and lowered the country's safety rating to Category 2, ruling that it is "no longer overseeing the safety of its airlines in accordance with international standards." The USA State Dept issued its own statement saying that last month's safety assessment conducted by the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation did not include "detailed methodology supporting the ratings" and that "Americans traveling to and from Indonesia should fly directly to their destinations on international carriers from countries whose civil aviation authorities meet international aviation safety standards."
May 2007: AirAsia's (ASW) high pace of growth and strong profitability continued in its fiscal 3rd quarter ended March 31 with a net profit of +MRY86.9 million/+$25.6 million, >5 times the +MRY14.1 million earned in the year-ago quarter, on a +53% surge in revenue to MRY396.2 million.
Operating profit more than doubled to +MRY119.2 million from +MRY50.1 million. "We continue to enjoy buoyant demand for our products," (CEO) Tony Fernandes said. "We successfully managed rapid capacity addition and delivered consistent earnings growth." The Malaysian carrier added 4 routes in the quarter, bringing its network to 75 destinations, +19 more than on September 30, 2006, the end of its previous fiscal year. It was operating 33 airplanes by quarter's end, up +38% compared to 24 at the end of the year-ago period.
Traffic jumped +34% to 24.61 billion (RPK)s on a +40% lift in capacity to 32.15 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 77% LF, down -3 points. (CASK) rose +6% to 2.91 USA cents, while (CASK) ex-fuel, increased +17% to 1.70 cents.
Fernandes noted that Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) "had a turbulent quarter" owing to February flooding in Jakarta, and posted a net loss of -MRY19 million for the period. Recent airplane crashes in Indonesia "have dented sentiment for air travel" in the country, he said. Thai AirAsia (THA) reported a net profit of +MRY6.5 million for the quarter, up +43%.
(ASW) said it will introduce a new service dubbed "Xpress Boarding" that offers passengers the first choice of seats on its airplanes. Cost is RM20/$6.50 one way. The carrier, which practices a free-seating policy, will extend the Xpress Boarding service to all airports within its network, including those serviced by its sister companies Thai AirAsia (THA) and Indonesia AirAsia (AWR).
July 2007: Indonesia and (ICAO) signed a "groundbreaking declaration" in Bali under which Indonesia committed to wide-ranging initiatives to improve the safety of its civil aviation system. The deal comes after the European Union (EU) banned all Indonesian airlines from flying into its airspace. Indonesia will restructure the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, enact the required legal framework for it effectively to meet international safety obligations, ensure the required human and financial resources and correct deficiencies identified by (ICAO)'s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program and other internal or external audits. (ICAO) said, "Indonesia will also implement a proactive and systemic management of safety to comply, in a verifiable manner, with national requirements and (ICAO) international safety standards and industry best practices. This includes a commitment by government authorities and the local air transport industry to foster transparency and the sharing of safety-related data to support the safety management process, under guidelines established by (ICAO)."
November 2007: The European Commission (EC) issued the 6th update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a preemptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."
The blacklist now comprises 8 individual carriers including (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).
July 2008: The 8th edition of the European Commission (EC)'s blacklist of banned airlines does not include Iran's Mahan Airlines (MHN), thanks to "significant efforts and progress accomplished by this carrier, which were verified during an on-site inspection," but continues to include Indonesian airlines, including Garuda Indonesia (GIA). "The Commission (EC) decided that the Indonesian authorities have still not developed and implemented an efficient oversight program on any of the carriers under their regulatory control," it said. Ukraine Cargo Airways remains banned as well, and Yemenia Airways (YEM) was told it "should complete its corrective actions plan" by the Air Safety Committee's next meeting. All airlines from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are banned, while Gabon Airlines and Afrijet (FRJ) from Gabon are allowed to maintain operations at their current level.
August 2008: Indonesia's economy grew +6% (year/year) in the 2nd quarter (Q2).
November 2008: The European Commission (EC) added some other airlines to its list of airlines banned from flying into the European Union (EU). Regarding the Philippines, the (EC) said it "intends to carry out with member states a safety assessment of the Philippine civil aviation authorities in early 2009."
December 2008: A320-216 (3715, PK-AXE), delivery.
January 2009: A320-216 (3765, PK-AXF), delivery.
March 2009: Tiger Airways will launch daily, Singapore - Jakarta service March 29. That’s a couple of days after AirAsia (ASW)’s Indonesian affiliate, AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) does the same.
A320-216 (3813, PK-AXG), delivery.
April 2009: Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation said all airlines based in the country will be required to operate at least 10 airplanes (each) by 2012, at least 5 of which must be owned. "If not, they will have to shut down or merge with other airlines to meet the quota," a ministry spokesperson told reporters. The rule change (currently Indonesian carriers only have to own 2 airplanes) is driven by safety concerns. "We want airlines to be financially sound and committed to giving the best in terms of service and safety," the spokesperson said, according to "Agence France Presse."
A320-216 (3875, PK-AXH), delivery.
May 2009: "Robust" growth in passenger numbers and ancillary revenue helped boost AirAsia (ASW) to a +MYR203.2 million/+$58 million 1st-quarter profit, up +26% from the +MYR161.3 million reported in the year-ago period. (CEO) Tony Fernandes said the industry downturn "provides unique long-term opportunities for (ASW), as the lowest-cost producer, to grow rapidly, open new markets, win market share from competitors and speed up the pace of industry consolidation. Our strategy to continuously conduct aggressive promotions and enhance customer service has been successful in driving strong traffic growth."
Passenger numbers soared +21% year-over-year to 3.1 million, driving a +33% rise in revenue to MYR714.2 million. Ticket sale revenue climbed +26% to MYR622.9 million and ancillary revenue more than doubled to MYR91.2 million. Average ancillary spend per passenger was up +85% to MYR29, fueled by "strong support" of (ASW)'s "Supersize" baggage and "Pick a Seat" reserved premium seat and boarding program.
1st-quarter traffic rose +17% to 3.49 billion (RPK)s against a +19% lift in capacity to 5.21 billion (ASK)s. Load factor fell -2.4 points to 69.7% LF. Average fare was up +5% to MYR198 and unit revenue increased +12% to MYR0.137. Unit cost fell -18% to MYR0.086 but rose +11% to MYR0.049, excluding fuel. (ASW) ended the period with 45 airplanes, up from 42 on March 31, 2008.
AirAsia Thailand (THA) posted a +MYR30.5 million operating profit and AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) suffered a -MYR11.5 million loss.
"Based on forward booking trend in the 2nd quarter, the underlying passenger demand remains robust and the ancillary income is also growing strongly," Fernandes said.
AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) will launch Bali - Perth service on July 17 aboard an A320.
July 2009: Iran's Mahan Air (MHN) was added to the (EU)'s list of banned airlines, while Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND) and Premiair were removed from the "blacklist." The latest update did not include Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM), despite recent controversy following the June 29 A310-300 crash that killed 152 passengers and crew. All airlines from Zambia and Kazakhstan were added to the list with the exception of Air Astana (AKZ), which will be allowed limited access to (EU) nations.
(TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG), already on the list of >200 carriers, will be allowed to operate "into Portugal only with certain airplanes and under very strict conditions," the European Commission (EC) said, adding that the limited access was granted to acknowledge "progress made by the civil aviation authority of Angola [and (TAAG) (ANG)] to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies." All other Angolan airlines remain banned. All Indonesian carriers remain banned apart from the aforementioned 4. Complete bans are in place on airlines from Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.
European Commission VP Transport, Antonio Tajani has called for a global blacklist, a suggestion that has been rejected by (ICAO) for now. "We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe," he said, renewing his call. "It is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere."
A320-216 (3963, PK-AXI), delivery.
September 2009: A320-216 (4035, PK-AXJ), delivery.
December 2009: A320-216 (4147, PK-AXK), delivery.
February 2010: AirAsia (ASW) earned a +MYR549.1 million/+$161.1 million profit in 2009, reversed from a restated -MYR496.6 million loss in 2008, as it opened 4 new bases and grew market share "in every market we serve," according to (CEO) Tony Fernandes.
(ASW)'s 2008 loss was its 1st since going public in 2004, and Fernandes said he does not anticipate a return to the red in the near future. "There are early signs that the global economy is stabilizing and the benefits are already visible in the aviation industry. Passenger traffic is growing, particularly in the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) segment. The supply-demand conditions are favorable to upward revision of fares in certain sectors."
Full-year revenue climbed +11.5% to MYR3.18 billion on a +24% surge in passenger numbers to 22.7 million. The cost of sales was reduced -10.3% to MYR1.8 billion and operating profit soared +59.2% to +MYR1.28 billion from +MYR807.3 million in 2008.
Twelve routes were added last year and bases were established at Penang, Bandung, Phuket, and Surabaya. The Malaysian unit carried 14.3 million passengers, up +21%, as (RPK)s traffic rose +14% to 15.43 billion. Capacity climbed +17% to 21.98 billion (ASK) and load factor slipped -0.4 point to 75% LF. Average fare was down -17% to MYR168.2 but ancillary revenue per passenger rose +46% to MYR29.1. Unit revenue dropped -8% to 13.54 sen and (CASK) was cut -19% to 10.41 sen. It operated 48 airplanes at year end compared to 44 one year earlier.
AirAsia Thailand (THA) lost -THB808.9 million/-$24.4 million, widened -10% from a -THB735.4 million deficit in 2008, owing to a THB1.11 billion charge related to 737-300 re-delivery. Its operating profit of +THB148.4 million compared to a -THB735.4 million loss the prior year. AirAsia Indonesia (AWA) lost -IDR189.3 billion/-$20.2 million, -34% worse than the IDR140.9 billion hit in 2008.
(ASW) reported a consolidated 4th-quarter profit of +MYR76.7 million compared to a -MYR201.7 million deficit in the year-ago period despite a -1.2% fall in revenue to MYR894.1 million. Operating surplus was down -24.4% to MYR321 million. The 2008 4th-quarter loss resulted from 1-time charges related to fuel hedges and airplane financing.
(ASW) expects passenger growth of +11% to +14% in 2010. It will retire its remaining 737-300s and become an all-Airbus (EDS) operator by the 3rd quarter and reiterated its plan to launch operations in Vietnam this year in partnership with VietJet.
July 2010: The European Commission (EC) released the 14th update of its list of airlines banned from the (EU), adding Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam and severely restricting Iran Air (IRN)'s access to (EU) airspace. Blue Wing was banned "as a consequence of a series of accidents suffered by this airline and serious deficiencies revealed during ramp inspections of its airplanes," the (EC) said. It also removed 2 Indonesian carriers from the list. The limitations on Iran Air (IRN) will restrict it from operating A320s, 727s and 747s, comprising around 2-thirds of its fleet, in (EU) airspace. The (EC) insisted the ban is based on safety reasons and not related to (UN) and (USA) sanctions against Iran related to the country's nuclear program. The Indonesian carriers, Metro Batavia (BTV) and Indonesia Air Asia (AWR), have been removed based on "improvements in the oversight exercised by the competent authorities," the (EC) said.
A320-216 (4346, PK-AXL), AirAsia (ASW) leased, ex-(F-WWBT).
August 2010: Up to 4 new Indonesian airlines are expected to be given rights to fly from Indonesia to Australia after the 2 countries announced an increase of almost +50% in the weekly capacity to 14,800 seats. Indonesian carrier Batavia Air (BTV) announced it had been given rights to fly from Bali to Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, while applications from Sriwijaya Air, Mandala Airlines (MND) and Lion Air (MLI) are pending.
Australian-based Pacific Blue (PBI), Jetstar (IMU) and Strategic Airlines (STC) (along with AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) and Garuda (GIA)) already operate on the principal routes leading some analysts to suggest that too many airlines were being allowed to service the market. However, that market is growing at an unprecedented rate. Travel from Perth to Bali jumped +46% in 2009 with 463,352 passengers carried both ways and early figures point to another +50% increase this year.
October 2010: A320-216 (4462, PK-AXM), delivery - - SEE PHOTO - - "AWR-A320-216-2010-10."
November 2010: The AirAsia Group has posted what it terms an "outstanding" result of a net profit of +MYR447 million/+$141 million for the 3rd quarter ended September 30 on revenue of MYR1.54 billion.
Individually, the profit after tax was up +152% for AirAsia (ASW) to +MYR327 million, up +231% for Thai AirAsia (THA) to +THB529 million/+$17.5 million and up +226% to +IDR191 million/+$21 million for Indonesia AirAsia (AWR). Revenue was up +34% for AirAsia (ASW), +46% for Thai AirAsia (THA) and +31% for Indonesia AirAsia (AWR).
One of the keys to the dramatic increases was the ability of all 3 airlines to lift fare levels by +22%, +24% and +20%, respectively. Another driver was ancillary income, which continued to rise to MYR44 per passenger, representing 18% of total revenue for AirAsia (ASW). Ancillary revenue was up +81% at Thai AirAsia (THA) and 31% at Indonesia AirAsia (AWR).
The airline group will phase out the last 4 737-300s with Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) by the end of 2010. The group’s fleet stands at 90 airplanes with another 8 set for delivery next year and up to 16 to be delivered in 2012. The average fleet age is <2 years.
(CEO) Tony Fernandes said that forward bookings are strong. "We are heading into our strongest quarter on the back of what is already an amazing performance this year," he said.
Looking ahead, Fernandes said the airline would continue to focus on its own strategy, driving costs down, raising yields, improving productivity, expanding its route network and strengthening the emotional bonds with the region’s communities. "Our route connectivity and flight frequency with the (ASEAN) region is unmatched–and we will continue to ensure that it will continue to stay that way," he said, noting that AirAsia (ASW) is ideally positioned to take full advantage of (ASEAN)’s move toward implementing "open skies" in the region by 2015.
Earlier this month, (ASEAN) governments signed the (ASEAN) Multilateral Agreement of the Full Liberalization of Passenger Air Services, whereby designated airlines from (ASEAN) countries are able to fly to any city in a member nation with an international airport.
"We are already recognized as the truly (ASEAN) airline. With governments in the region - - and beyond - - all seeking to maximize revenues from tourism, we are confident that our unparalleled route connectivity, low fares and our branding puts us in a very strong position to capitalize on these developments vis-a-vis our competitors," Fernandes said.
May 2011: The AirAsia Group reported a +19% year-over-year increase in first-quarter passengers carried to 7.2 million. Load factor jumped +6 points to 81% LF. Capacity (ASK)s increased +12.5% to 10.58 billion, while traffic (RPK)s increased +25.9% to 8.52 billion.
The core Malaysian operation experienced a +17.2% increase in passenger boardings to 4.3 million, while Thai AirAsia (THA) enjoyed a +22.7% hike to 1.81 million. Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) posted a +22.4% increase in passenger boardings to 1.09 million.
AirAsia X (ASX) recorded a +56.5% increase in passengers to 640,000 for the 1st quarter. (ASX) added 6 new routes: — Mumbai, Delhi, Tehran, Seoul, Tokyo, and Paris — and increased its fleet from 8 to 11 airplanes. (ASX)'s 1st-quarter (RPK)s rose +59.8% to 3.6 billion, making (ASX) the 2nd-largest Low Cost Carrier (LCC) in SE Asia, after AirAsia Malaysia (ASW). (ASK)s increased +48% to 4.5 billion and load factor lifted +6 points to 81% LF.
AirAsia X (ASX) (CEO) Azran Osman-Rani commented, “Our continued rapid growth trajectory is testament to the breakthrough long-haul model that we have pioneered, which unlocks significant latent demand that exists between Southeast Asia and the major markets in N Asia, Australia, India, the Middle East, and Europe, which is under-served by traditional low-cost carriers (LCC)s. The longer range of our airplanes is perfectly suited for the geographically dispersed Asia/Pacific landscape.”
October 2011: A320-216 (2881, PK-AXR), AirAsia (ASW) leased.
December 2011: 3 A320-216s (3486, PK-AXT; 3549, PK-AXU; 4889, PK-AXV), AirAsia (ASW) leased.
March 2012: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) on March 9 introduced 2x-daily, domestic flights between Jakarta (CGK) and Semarang (SRG), the capital of Central Java province, located on the north coast of the island of Java. Competition on the short (430 km) flight will be provided by Batavia (BTV) (daily flights), Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (9x-daily flights), Lion Air (MLI) (8x-daily flights) and Sriwijaya Air (SJA) (2x-daily flights). AirAsia (ASW) already serves Semarang with daily flights from its base in Kuala Lumpur. This summer, the AirAsia (ASW) group of airlines will be operating around 30 daily departures from Jakarta, a similar number to what it was operating 3 years ago. However, the number of destinations served non-stop from the Indonesian capital has fallen during that period from 17 to just 10.
July 2012: AirAsia (ASW) is buying a major stake in Indonesia’s Batavia Air (BTV), a move that will make the low-cost carrier (LCC) the 3rd-largest airline group in Indonesia and a serious competitor for Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Lion Air (MLI).
Batavia Air (BTV) will be acquired by AirAsia (ASW) and its local partner Fersindo for approximately $80 million. The 2 parties already jointly own Indonesia AirAsia (ASW) with Fersindo holding a 51% stake and AirAsia (ASW) the remaining 49%. The same ownership split will be applied to (BTV) and it is widely expected that (BTV) will eventually be integrated into Indonesia AirAsia (ASW) operating a fleet of A320-100/-200s like the remainder of the AirAsia Group airlines. Batavia (BTV) currently operates 5 A320-200s, 1 A321-200, 2 A330-200s, 14 737-300s, 9 737-400s and a single 737-500 mainly on domestic routes but also on international services to Dili Presidente Nicolau Lobato International (DIL), Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN), Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED), Kuching (KCH) and Singapore Changi International (SIN) airports. Indonesia AirAsia (ASW) has so far not been very strong in the domestic market operating only around 1 third of its flights on domestic routes.
AirAsia Investment, a division of the Malaysian parent company, said it is buying 49% of Batavia Air (BTV) in a deal that passes the remaining 51% to Indonesian company PT Fersindo Nusaperkasa to meet Indonesia’s foreign ownership laws. Fersindo also owns 51% of Indonesia AirAsia (AWR).
AirAsia Investment says the deal is subject to regulatory approval, but it expects to complete the acquisition in next year’s 2nd quarter. The 2 investors will pay $80 million in cash for Batavia Air (BTV), including $1 million for the airline’s flying school. “The acquisition of 100% interest in Batavia (BTV) will be carried out in 2 stages (through acquisition of a majority 76.95% stake and subsequently followed by the remaining 23.05% held by its existing shareholders,” said AirAsia (ASW).
Indonesia AirAsia (AWR), which serves mostly international routes from Indonesia, says Batavia Air (BTV), the country’s 4th-largest carrier, will give it an extensive domestic network.
“The Batavia Air (BTV) acquisition provides greater domestic connectivity and an extensive feeder network into Indonesia AirAsia’s existing hubs in Jakarta, Bandung, Denpasar, Medan and Surabaya,” said AirAsia (ASW).
“The addition of Batavia Air (BTV) will also provide AirAsia (ASW) immediate access to an enlarged fleet of airplanes, experienced pilots and flight crew (FC) and increasingly competitive slots at major Indonesian airports at a time when Indonesia’s travel sector is experiencing double-digit growth on the back of rapidly growing consumer demand for air travel.”
Boeing (TBC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesian’s Ministry of Transportation to help establish advanced aviation training programs and practices that meet globally recognized standards. These will be used for training the country’s pilots (FC), maintenance technicians (MT), dispatchers and air traffic controllers (ATCO)s.
The (MOU) focuses on the development of an aviation training center and infrastructure, including the establishment of ab initio through to commercial jet pilot training programs in accordance with the (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations.
It will also help align (ATCO) training programs to standards and equipment deployed throughout Indonesia, and to align airline maintenance training programs with global standards of courseware, curriculum and the education and training of instructors, management and staff.
The Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, will require >47,000 new commercial airline pilots (FC) and >60,000 new maintenance technicians (MT) over the next 20 years to support economic and air travel growth and new airplane deliveries.
Indonesia is working hard to address a poor track record in commercial aviation safety, and in April this year, the European Commission (EC) said it “recognizes the efforts of [its] safety oversight authorities to reform the civil aviation system and notably to improve safety to guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied.”
A320-216 (5215, PK-AXX), ex-(F-WWBC), AirAsia (ASW) leased.
October 2012: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) expanded its international network out of Surabaya (SUB), Indonesia’s 2nd-largest city, on October 19 when (AWR) began operating 4x-weekly to Johor Bahru (JHB) on the Malaysian border to Singapore. This is the 180Y-seat A320 operator’s 4th international route from Surabaya after flights to Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia and Bangkok Don Mueang in Thailand.
November 2012: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has announced plans to make Makassar Hasanuddin (UPG) its 7th base in Indonesia from December 17. It will base an A320-200 at the airport that will operate 2x-daily round-trips to both Balikpapan Sepinggan (BPN) and Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK). (AWR) does not yet serve Makassar. It currently has 20 A320-200s based at Bandung (BDO), Denpasar Ngurah Rai Bali International (DPS), Jakarta, Medan Polonia (MES), Surabaya Juanda (SUB) and Yogyakarta Adi Sucipto (JOG).
December 2012: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) expanded its network on December 1, as it launched 2 new destinations from both Medan (MES) in N Sumatra, and Surabaya (SUB) in E Java. All A320-operated services will face considerable competition from at least 1 carrier.
(AWR) expanded domestic services with the launch of direct flights to Makassar (UPG) in eastern Indonesia, from both Jakarta (CGK) and Balikpapan (BPN). Starting 17 December, (AWR) offered 14 weekly frequencies on each route to this largest city on the Sulawesi Island. (AWR) faces substantial competition from numerous Indonesian airlines already operating on both routes.
January 2013: The AirAsia (ASW) group appears set to make acquisitions this year so it can expand its footprint farther across Asia. Possible takeover targets include Zest Air (RIT) in the Philippines, plus T'way (TWY) and Eastar (EJS) in South Korea. The (ASW) group is also believed to be eyeing potential opportunities to launch a carrier in Cambodia. To help fund its expansion and boost its balance sheet, AirAsia (ASW) plans to float some of its businesses. Its Kuala Lumpur-based, medium-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X (ASX) aims to have an initial public offering (IPO) early in 2013 on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange. AirAsia (ASW) also wants to float its Indonesian affiliate, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR), on the Jakarta stock exchange.
February 2013: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) was quick to react to the demise of Batavia Air (BTV) in late January, as it launched services on the route from Semarang (SRG) on the north coast of Java to Singapore (SIN) on February 7. Similar to the schedule offered by Batavia Air (BTV), Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) offers 4x-weekly flights on the 1,200 km route. Before its demise, (AWR) previously offered 2 domestic destinations from Semarang: – Jakarta (14x-weekly frequencies) and Surabaya (7x-).
March 2013: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) commenced services from Makassar (UPG) in the Indonesian South Sulawesi province to Manado (MDC) in North Sulawesi on March 1. (AWR), which now operates to a total of 6 destinations from Makassar, offers daily departures on the 950-km route. Competition is provided by Lion Air (MLI)’s 3x- and Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s 2x-daily flights; further 2x-weekly services are operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines (PNM).
May 2013: Indonesia Airlines (AWR) added 5 new routes in the last quarter, including 4 from Makassar (UPG).
(AWR) added the southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru (JHB) as the 3rd destination it serves in the country from its Jakarta (CGK) base. Beginning on May 16th, (AWR) offers 4x-weekly frequencies on the 900 km route, which it serves using its fleet of A320s. Johor Bahru, located just north of Singapore, offers numerous attractions, including a major tourist draw – Legoland Malaysia.
Competition in the Indonesia - Singapore market will intensify in the 3rd quarter 2013 with Singapore Airlines (SIA) adding capacity while its regional subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK) and low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliate Tiger Airways (TGR) each launch services to two new Indonesian destinations. Garuda Indonesia (GIA), (TGR) affiliate Mandala Airlines (MND) and Jetstar Asia (JSA) are all planning to follow (SIA), SilkAir (SLK) and (TGR) in adding capacity in the dynamic Indonesia - Singapore market.
The surge in capacity is in part made possible by a newly expanded bilateral agreement between the 2 countries. Slot constraints, however, threaten to impede growth for some carriers operating in the market and make it difficult to use newly awarded traffic rights. For example, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has already been set back by slot constraints at Changi Airport in attempts to launch 3 new routes to Singapore.
July 2013: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) plans to launch a 4x-weekly, Makassar - Singapore service on July 1. (AWR) will use A320s on the route. (AWR) will compete with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) on the route.
(AWR), which already operates to Singapore (SIN) from 7 Indonesian airports, added services to the city from Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi on July 1. 4x-weekly A320-operated flights are offered on the 1,900 km route. In addition, on the same day (AWR) returned on the 1,800 km route from Denpasar (DPS) in Bali to Darwin (DRW) in northern Australia, which it operates also with 4x-weekly frequencies. Jetstar Airways (IMU) provides competition with 8x-weekly flights.
(AWR) commenced operations on the 1,600 km route from Denpasar (DPS) in Bali to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on July 27. 3x-weekly flights are operated using 180-seat A320s. This brings to 10 the number of destinations served by (AWR) from Denpasar, of which 5 are domestic and 5 are international.
August 2013: AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) has added a new route to Singapore from Indonesia. (AWR), on August 14, launched a new routes from Surabaya (SUB), East Java to Singapore (SIN). The 1,360 km route is scheduled daily, using A320s and with plenty of competition. The competition consists of SilkAir (SLK) (10x-weekly), China Airlines (CHI) (7x-), Lion Air (MLI) (7x-), TigerAir Mandala (MND) (7x-), Singapore Airlines (SIA) (7x-), Valuair (VLU) (7x-), Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (4x-). The increasing capacity between Indonesia and Singapore is being driven by an extended bilateral between the 2 countries signed in early 2013.
November 2013: A320-2186 (5153, PK-AZJ), EX-(JA01AJ), (ASW) leased.
February 2014: Tigerair Mandala ((IATA) Code: RI, based at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) (MND) and Indonesia AirAsia ((IATA) Code: QZ, based at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) (AWR) are cutting back on some of their flights because of soaring fuel costs. Airline Route says that over the next two months, the following Tigerair Mandala (MND) services will be dropped including: Surabaya to Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, Kuala Lumpur International, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Singapore Changi; out of Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to: Kuala Lumpur, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Hong Kong; out of Medan Kuala Namu: Singapore Changi; and out of Pekanbaru to: Singapore. Tigerair Mandala (MND) will completely pull out of Medan and Surabaya as part of the cuts. Flights from Jakarta to Pekanbaru and Singapore will see their services reduced, respectively. Similarly, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) began winding down its Jakarta to Makassar route on February 1, the airline's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ridzki Kramadibrata said. Carriers in Indonesia have been hurt by recent hikes in aviation fuel prices as well as the Indonesian Rupiah's plummeting value.
Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) currently serves 6 countries, 19 destinations, and 42 routes.
October 2014: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has added 2 new routes from Medan (KNO). Since Octobe the (LCC) has been offering daily flights to Palembang (PLM) and Yogyakarta (JOG) using its 180Y-seat A320s. The 970 km route to Palembang faces direct competition from Garuda Indonesia (GIA)’s 2x-daily flights. However, the 1,801 km route to Yogyakarta faces no such competition. This winter, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) is serving 6 destinations non-stop from Medan. Since last winter, (AWR) has dropped routes from Medan to Bandung, Pekanbaru, Singapore, and Surabaya.
November 2014: Indonesia AirAsia is to launch Surabaya to Lombok service.
December 2014: News Item A-1: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) will launch two new services to Singapore in January 2015. (AWR) will start Lombok to Singapore flights on January 28th, and Solo to Singapore on the following day. Both services will be operated 3x-weekly, using Airbus A320s.
(AWR) will compete with SilkAir (SLK) on the Lombok route, but faces no competition on the Solo route.
News Item A-2: ACCDT: Air Asia Indonesia (AWR) A320-200 Flight QZ8501 (last contact at 7:24 am, Sunday December 28th) with 162 on board (155 passengers) went missing between Surabaya, Indonesia and Singapore. The airplane had requested a course change due to bad weather (powerful storms) in the area.
On December 30th, bodies of passengers and debris have been located in the Java Sea, close to the last reported position of AirAsia Indonesia (AWR) Flight QZ8501 that disappeared Sunday, December 28th SW of Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Indonesian National Search & Rescue Agency (BaSARNas) teams spent much of Tuesday recovering bodies and various debris from the sea, including airplane parts that helped authorities identify the airplane. Indonesia Director General Civil Aviation, Djoko Murjatmodjo said that on the basis of the recovered bodies and other debris, “it can be confirmed that [the wreckage] is from the (AWR) airplane."
The debris of the airplane was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles southwest from Pangkalan Bun, the airline reported. There were 168 people aboard the Airbus A320-200 airplane. There were 155 passengers on board, including 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant as well as 2 pilots (FC), 4 cabin crew (CA) and 1 engineer (MT). The debris included a passenger door and cargo door painted in AirAsia Indonesia (AWR)'s red and white colors. The Airbus A320 was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore when it lost contact with air traffic control at 7.24 am Sunday. (BaSARNas) Director, SB Supriyadi said the bodies found were not wearing life jackets.
News Item A-3: Divers have recovered the flight data recorder (FDR) of the Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320-200 that crashed into the Java Sea. Several media outlets are reporting divers have also located the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), but have not yet recovered it.
AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost contact with Indonesian (ATC) during a scheduled flight December 28 to Singapore after reporting bad weather and requesting to climb to a higher altitude. The cause of the crash is not known.
Part of the tail section was pulled from the Java Sea on Saturday, which did not contain the (FDR) and (CVR).
To date, 48 bodies have been retrieved from the crash site, but the main section of the fuselage has yet to be located and retrieved.
Local TV reports have shown the recorder being placed in the hands of the Indonesian regulatory authority who were stating they would be responsible for analyzing the results. They also mentioned it was possible that there could be problems with reading the results.
The Australians have the best means of doing this analysis and have strongly offered their services to resolve what actually happened.
This is more than a case of the "Fox Watching the chickens" and if the Indonesians are allowed to have a simple means of continuing a cover up, the so called "mysteries" will have full means to continue unhampered.
This is more than a case of the "Fox Watching the chickens" and if the Indonesians are allowed to have a simple means of continuing a cover up, the so called "mysteries" will have full means to continue unhampered.
News Item A-4: On January 14th, 2015, a Singaporean search and rescue submarine has found the fuselage of the Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) A320-200 that crashed into the Java Sea on December 28 2014.
"MV Swift Rescue," a Singaporean navy vessel, detected the wreckage using sonar and then sent a remotely operated vehicle to take pictures, according to Singapore Defense Minister, Ng Eng Hen. “The wreckage with wings was about 26 m long,” Ng said. “Images taken by the remotely operated vehicle show part of the wing and words on the fuselage. We have informed (BaSARNas), the Indonesian search authority, who can now begin recovery operations.”
The discovery of the fuselage comes after the tail section was found (about 2 km from where the fuselage is) and retrieved from the sea, and follows the recovery of the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
(BaSARNas), which has been leading the flight QZ8501 search and recovery operation, confirmed that the images from the Singaporean navy are of the crashed airplane’s fuselage, citing wording from the livery that is visible. (BaSARNas) plans to send divers down to inspect the fuselage Thursday January 15th.
“The pictures are correct,” AirAsia Group (CEO) Tony Fernandes wrote on Twitter. “Fuselage found. It is so, so sad though seeing our airplane. I’m gutted and devastated.”
January 20th news: Analysis of radar data shows that Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) flight QZ8501 climbed at the extraordinarily fast rate of 6,000 feet per minute before crashing into the Java Sea on December 28, Indonesia Transportation Minister, Ignasius Jonan said.
Speaking at a legislative hearing in Jakarta on the QZ8501 crash, Jonan said the Airbus A320-200 “stalled” after climbing at a speed well beyond it was designed to ascend. “I think it is rare even for a fighter jet to be able to climb 6,000 feet per minute,” Jonan said. He noted that commercial airplanes normally climb 1,000 to 2,000 feet per minute. The (AWR) A320’s climb rate was “beyond normal,” Jonan said, adding that it has not been determined why the A320 was climbing so fast.
QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control over the Java Sea en route to Singapore from Surabaya. The A320’s fuselage has been found, but has not yet been retrieved owing to poor weather.
Unconfirmed reports from officials at the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) investigating last year’s Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) QZ8501 fatal crash have suggested the captain (FC) was not in his seat at the time of the incident.
The co-pilot (FC) is believed to have been flying the airplane at the time, when there were also storms in the area.
The Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea enroute from Surabaya to Singapore last December killing 162 passengers and crew. Initial data from the flight recorders has been analyzed, and report is due to be released internally in February 2015.
Additionally, reports have surfaced that the airplane’s flight augmentation computer (FAC) had seen recurring faults over the previous few days. This has given rise to concerns that this critical part of the auto-pilot system may have either been reset incorrectly or even disabled immediately prior to the crash, which occurred as the airplane attempted to evade a thunderstorm.
February 2015: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has added 2 new routes to its network portfolio. On January 28th it added 4x-weekly flights on the 1,685 km route between Jakarta (CGK) and Kota Kinabalu (BKI) in Malaysia. These complement the 3x-weekly flights already offered by AirAsia (ASW). The following day (AWR) added 3x-weekly flights (Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays) on the 1,234 km route between Solo (SOC) and Singapore (SIN). No other carrier serves this route. Both routes will be operated by (AWR)’s 180Y-seat A320s.
March 2015: News Item A-1: The Indonesia Navy has called off the retrieval mission of the wreckage of Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) QZ8501, after divers declared there were no more bodies inside the main fuselage, which has not been able to be lifted from the seabed of the Java Sea off Pangkalan Bun in south Borneo.
“All of our forces are being pulled out,” Navy spokesperson, Rear Admiral Widodo said, adding that divers had ascertained there were no more bodies inside the fuselage. To date, 103 bodies have been recovered from the crash site and surrounding seas.
The Airbus A320-200 crashed December 28 last year with 162 people on board while flying through rough weather from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
Previous attempts to lift the fuselage wreckage, along with strong sea currents, have caused the structure to partially disintegrate, making any further retrieval almost impossible, a Navy spokesperson said. Reports indicate the largest un-retrieved portion of the wreckage (the fuselage) is now “almost destroyed,” and “completely torn apart” on the seabed some 30 m below the surface.
The last section to be lifted, most of the wing and a small portion of fuselage, was pulled from the sea. Indonesian National Search & Rescue Agency (BaSARNas) said the search for bodies would continue, but on a smaller scale.
News Item A-2: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has joined its sister airline, Thai AirAsia (THA) in connecting Denpasar (DPS) in Bali with Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK). (AWR) introduced a daily service on the 2,977 km route on March 6th using its A320s. (THA) also operates the same airport pair with daily flights, while Thai Airways (TII) flies 5x-weekly between Denpasar and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) now operates 11 routes from Denpasar; 5 domestic, 2 each to Australia (Darwin and Perth) and Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur), and 1 each to Singapore and Thailand.
News Item A-3: The new AirAsia X franchise in Indonesia has gained permission to operate to Australia, with safety regulators granting clearance >2 months after services were scheduled to begin.
The Bali to Melbourne route was supposed to launch December 26, as Indonesia AirAsia X’s (IAAX) inaugural flight. But while the airline had sold tickets, the expected Australian regulatory approval did not come through in time, causing (IAAX) to cancel the flights a few days before they were due to depart and prompting severe public criticism of the carrier.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) was the agency tasked with reviewing and approving the proposed service. The process was apparently further delayed by a separate (CASA) safety review of (IAAX)’s affiliated short-haul carrier, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) following the December 28 crash of 1 of its A320s. (AWR) already operates flights to Australia.
(IAAX) is expected to begin its Bali to Melbourne flight this month after the (CASA) approval. This will be its 2nd route, following Bali to Taipei service launched in January. (IAAX) operates Airbus A330s.
The failure to launch the Bali to Melbourne flight as scheduled caused major delays for Australian travelers in the post-Christmas holiday period, as passengers had to be re-routed through other AirAsia hubs. Delays in ticket refunds compounded the problem, and a major Australian consumer group called for fines and an official investigation of the incident.
The AirAsia X (ASX) group recently announced several improvements to its ticket refund system, which it says will speed the process in the future. Executives admitted that the group’s rapid expansion meant that it outgrew its refund system, and the delay of the Bali to Melbourne launch contributed to a processing backlog.
(ASX)’s approval boosts already-fierce competition. Jetstar (IMU) and Virgin Australia (VOZ) both offer direct Melbourne to Bali flights.
News Item A-4: Indonesia AirAsia Extra (IAAX) finally began service on March 18 between Denpasar (DPS) in Indonesia and Melbourne (MEL) in Australia. The 4,379 km service is operated 5x-weekly by (IAAX)’s A330-300s. The route is already well served by Jetstar Airways (IMU) (9x-weekly), Virgin Australia (VOZ) (also 9x-weekly) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (daily). The route was originally supposed to launch in late December 2014, but it seems not all the relevant paperwork had been done in time.
May 2015: AirAsia (ASW) is looking to raise $300 million through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for its Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) subsidiary. The (IPO), slated for (H1) 2016, would sell off 30% of the airline, which is co-owned by AirAsia (ASW) (49%) and Indonesian operation, PT Fersindo Nusaperkasa (51%).
July 2015: "Singapore’s Changi Airport Signs Up 5 New Airlines for T4" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, July 13, 2015.
Singapore’s Changi Airport will have 5 new tenants for its new S$1 billion/$750 million Terminal 4, due to open in the 2nd half of 2017.
The new tenants include three AirAsia subsidiaries (AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia) (ASW), Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) and Thai AirAsia (THA)) as well as flag carriers Korean Air (KAL) and Vietnam Airlines (VIE). They will join lead tenant Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) as Terminal 4 launch airline customers.
The new terminal is billed as a replacement for the airport’s previous Budget Terminal, but also as an extension of the airport’s full-service provision. It will boost Changi’s overall passenger capacity from 66 million passengers a year to around 75 million in its initial phases, and will eventually have a maximum planned capacity of 16 million passengers.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) said a mix of tenants will occupy the new terminal’s 4 wide body and 17 narrow body gates; more announcements are on the way.
The terminal will feature new, high-tech processing technology for travelers. This will include a complete self-service check-in facility including automated registration and bag drop, facial recognition immigration clearance, and scanned-in self-service boarding processes.
(CAG) management says the new technologies will eliminate the need for manual verification and lead to shorter queuing times and increased flexibility through usage of the self-service kiosks.
“Passengers can expect to pass through the various touch points more smoothly and stress-free, giving them more time to enjoy the facilities,” (CAG) Executive VP Air Hub & Development, Yam Kum Weng said.
(CAG) speculates the new technologies will also boost long-term growth, which has slowed at Changi over recent quarters. The new systems are billed to bring both time saving and lower operating costs for tenant airlines, with some -40% less processing costs compared to other terminal operations.
However, the lack of direct SkyTrain access to the other Changi terminals has seen local low-cost carriers Scoot (SCT) and Tigerair (TGR) hold back on support for the new facility. Transit passengers will need to take buses from T4 to other departure points, something Scoot (SCT) (CEO) Campbell Wilson was highly critical of last year.
August 2015: News Item A-1: AirAsia (ASW) reported 2nd-quarter net profit of +MYR243 million/+$64.3 million, a -43.7% year-over-year (YOY) drop from the +MYR367.2 million the company posted in the June 2014 quarter. (ASW) said the drop in profit was due to unrealized foreign-exchange losses on borrowings and one-off costs related to the company’s sale and leaseback of aircraft during the quarter.
(ASW)'s 2nd-quarter revenue grew +1.1% (YOY) to MYR1.32 billion, despite "an absence of marketing activities in the 1st quarter due to the [December 28, 2014] QZ8501 incident, which affected forward sales in (2Q) 2015," the company said.
Operating expenses rose +1.1% (YOY) to MYR1.08 billion; (ASW) posted an operating profit of +MYR243.5 million, up +39.8% (YOY).
(ASW) saw +6.7% (YOY) passenger growth, to 5.95 million passengers, during the quarter. Traffic increased +6.8% (YOY) to 7.26 billion (RPK)s, capacity rose +(6.6)% (YOY) to 9.1 billion (ASK)s, and the passenger load factor for the quarter came to 79.8% LF.
(ASW)'s (RASK) during the 2nd quarter fell -5.3% (YOY) to [USD] 3.96¢, a drop of -0.22¢. (CASK) was down -10.8% (YOY), to 3.24¢ ((CASK) excluding fuel was up +2.3% (YOY), to 1.81¢. (ASW)'s average fuel price per barrel fell -25.4% (YOY) during the quarter, from $114 to $85.
"As seen in (2Q) 2015, we are beneficiary of the low fuel price," (ASW) Group (CEO) Tony Fernandes said. "As of now, the Group has hedged 50% of its fuel requirements for 2015 at an average cost [USD] $88 per barrel on jet kero and remains unhedged for 2016."
Among AirAsia Berhad's associate/affiliate airlines, Thai AirAsia (THA) reported a swing to profitability, with a 2nd-quarter net result of +THB374 million/+$11 million, marking a (YOY) increase of +MYR692 million. Traffic on Thai AirAsia (THA) grew +25.2% (YOY) to 3.57 billion (RPK)s, as capacity increased +20.3% (YOY) to 4.41 billion (ASK)s. (THA)'s resulting passenger load factor for the quarter came in at 81% LF.
Indonesia AirAsia (AWR)'s quarterly net loss deepened to -IDR486.4 billion/-$36.4 million, compared to (AWR)'s -IDR340.3 billion loss in the 2014 June quarter. (AWR) traffic fell -4% (YOY) to 2.2 billion (RPK)s; capacity was up +1.8% (YOY) to 3 billion (ASK)s; passenger load factor for the quarter was 73.4% LF.
AirAsia Philippines (APG)'s net loss lessened (YOY) to -PHP777 million/-$17.2 million, an improvement over (2Q) 2014 by +PHP555 million. Traffic on the airline increased +3.5% (YOY) to 894 million (RPK)s, capacity decreased -8.1% (YOY) to 1.15 billion (ASK)s, and the resulting passenger load factor for the quarter came to 77.6% LF.
Start-up low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, AirAsia India (AAI) saw a net loss of -INR441.5 million/-$6.92 million for the quarter, but posted operating revenue of INR1.15 billion. 2nd-quarter traffic was reportedly 332 million (RPK)s, capacity was 398 million (ASK)s, and (AAI)’s passenger load factor was 83.4% LF.
News Item A-2: Low-cost carrier (LCC) Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) is set to reopen a direct Singapore to Padang, Sumatra service. The route has been vacant since Tigerair Mandala (MND) ceased operations in July last year.
Although both AirAsia (ASW) (Malaysia) and Lion Air (MLI) serve Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport, neither flies directly from the closest major hub, Singapore’s Changi Airport. Singapore-based Tigerair (TGR) has not opted to fly the route since Mandala (MND) closed.
Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) said it has applied for regulatory permits for the route, and reports indicate local Padang authorities support the application.
West Sumatran Department of Transportation, Communications & Information Technology (DTCIT) (CEO), Amran Sulaiman said he is “optimistic” the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation would issue the required route permits soon. “We believe the people of West Sumatra will be able to enjoy the service by September 10, 2015,” he said.
An Indonesian government spokesperson said (AWR) is initially looking at a 3x-weekly schedule, but this could be re-evaluated at some time in the future.
The service would use Indonesia AirAsia (AWR)’s Airbus A320-200 aircraft, looking to an initial 60% LF load factor, Amran said.
“But if targets are not met, the airline and the [Padang] provincial government will re-evaluate the route,” he said, adding the service has “good potential” to bring in revenue for West Sumatra through tourism arrivals.
September 2015: Indonesia’s aviation sector is ramping up protests over the country’s fuel supply monopoly, claiming surcharges of up to >20% above international rates for jet fuel.
Nearly all aviation fuel supply contracts are currently held by state oil company Pertamina, which supplies most local airlines with fuel at the country’s airports.
Led by Transport Minister, Ignatius Jonan, carriers including Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) and Garuda (GIA) offshoot, Citilink (CNK) are lobbying for an urgent revision of the current situation that local airlines claim is hurting business.
The Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) recently met with government trade ministers to discuss the situation, and is pushing for a rapid response. “Indonesian airlines have no other choices but to “squeeze” Pertamina, which holds the monopoly on jet fuel distribution,” Indonesia Air Asia (AWR) Board Commissioner Dharmadi said. “That is not healthy.”
Citilink Indonesia (CNK) Commercial Director, Hans Nugroho also spoke out against the current status quo, saying the Indonesian government should allow private oil supplies to provide alternative refueling options at Indonesian airports. “This should not be a monopoly. We need [the option] to buy elsewhere (and would also be happy to pay less),” he said. Nugroho added that given fuel amounts to some 50% of operating costs, any reduction or alternative would be “very helpful.”
Minister Jonan refuted Pertamina’s rationale for the increased prices (that it was subsidizing small airport costs by charging higher prices at major hubs, saying this was not part of its role). “Pertamina is not required to supply aviation fuel at small airports. And if they no longer provide fuel at smaller, government-operated airports, the private sector can supply them,” he said.
Both Citilink (CNK) and Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) said that a breakup of the fuel monopoly and potential drop in prices would be a “breakthrough in the cost structure” and allow better service to customers. “If the industry had a choice of price, that would mean ticket prices could also go down, and we could offer improved services,” Nugroho said.
November 2015: "AirAsia (ASW) Sets U-tapao Record" by Boonsong Kositchotethana, the "Bangkok Post" November 28, 2015.
AirAsia on November 27 introduced 4 new routes out of U-tapao airport, setting a record in the Thai aviation industry for simultaneous launches.
The launch of scheduled flights to Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Singapore, and Macau demonstrated the low-cost carrier (LCC)'s confidence in new traffic catchments, which the sleepy navy-operated airfield in Rayong could create.
Friday's launches brought the number of routes AirAsia (ASW) operates through U-tapao to eight and it is on course to introduce the 9th route on December 3 with the connection to Hat Yai.
Altogether, (ASW) will offer 46x-weekly through U-tapao, the largest number of connections by a single airline group in the 39-year history of the airport, which served as a major staging and re-fuelling base during the Vietnam War.
(ASW) is largely enthusiastic about the market response to U-tapao as an air gateway to the Eastern Seaboard, particularly Pattaya.
Tassapon Bijleveld, (CEO) of Thai AirAsia (THA), declared the intention to "gradually" introduce more routes through the airport.
A few more domestic routes such as Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, and Chiang Rai are on the radar screen, he said.
Internationally, (THA) will be studying the viability of linking U-tapao with India, since many Indians are flocking to Pattaya for holidays, said Mr Tassapon.
AirAsia (ASW), through Thai AirAsia (THA)'s sister airline, AirAsia Bhd of Malaysia, began to descend to the largely empty U-tapao airport from Kuala Lumpur on July 15, triggering traffic flow unseen at the airfield, since it was handed over by the USA in August 1966.
(THA) has already stationed 2 A320-200s at U-tapao, which is now (THA)'s 5th base to support its burgeoning flight activities. Mr Tassapon said the load factors for the 4 routes launched November 27 achieved an average of 80% LF, which is satisfactory.
He credited Pattaya City and the Tourism Authority of Thailand for supporting (ASW)'s bid to make U-tapao a new gateway to the E coast.
December 2015: News Item A-1: "Report: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) December 2014 Crash Partly Due to Faulty Equipment" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, December 1, 2015.
The fatal crash of Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) flight QZ8501 in December 2014 was precipitated by a fault in the aircraft’s rudder warning systems, according to a report released by the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).
The aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, crashed December 28 last year with 162 people on board while flying through rough weather from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. According to the report, a fault in the connecting circuitry of the aircraft’s rudder travel limiter (RTL) sent repeated operational warnings to the cockpit, which led the flight crew (FC) to attempt a reset of the system.
This, in turn, led the air crew (FC) to accidentally disengage the flight augmentation computer (FAC) or autopilot system, followed by what the (NTSC) report described as “an inability of the flight crew (FC) to control the aircraft.”
The (NTSC) report, released December 1, detailed that 4 repeated (RTL) warnings during the 1st hour of the flight had likely led the aircrew (FC) to disengage system circuit breakers in an attempt to reset the (RTL), but this also disengaged the (FAC), leading to an uncontrolled stall into the sea as the aircraft “departed from the normal flight envelope.”
The actual cause of the crash was found to be a “prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the crew (FC) to recover,” that resulted in the aircraft impacting the Java Sea with the loss of all 162 passengers and crew ((FC) & (CA)).
The report also revealed that QZ8501’s (RTL) had suffered 23 reported malfunctions over the previous year, according to aircraft maintenance records.
(NTSC) spokesperson, Nurchayo Utomo said the fault in the (RTL) could have been due to extreme temperature changes that induced a crack in the electrical circuit board of the device.
AirAsia (ASW) Group (CEO) Tony Fernandes said on Twitter that (AWR) would not leave “any stone unturned” to make sure that lessons were learned from the accident. “There is much to be learned here for AirAsia (ASW)/(AWR), Airbus (EDS) and the aviation industry,” he said.
British Airline Pilots’ Association spokesperson and former A320 pilot (FC) Steven Draper said, “This report highlights the importance of thorough and transparent maintenance of aircraft. Its vital aircraft are maintained to the highest standards so that flight safety is not threatened. Modern aeroplanes are increasingly complex. When things go right, the pilot (FC) works in harmony with the technology to fly the aircraft safely. However, when things go wrong, pilots (FC) have to rely on their expertise and experience to identify and rectify the problems, while managing multiple information sources and stimuli. This can, on occasions, result in such a rapid increase in workload, that pilot (FC) overload may be a possibility.”
He added, “This accident highlights the need for pilots (FC) to have access to thorough and ongoing training throughout their careers, in the classroom, though simulators and with hands on experience.”
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News Item A-2: Malaysian low-cost carrier (LCC) parent group AirAsia Berhad reported a net profit of +MYR160.4 million/+$35.9 million for the 2015 third quarter. The company posted revenues of MYR2.8 billion and an operating profit of +MYR332 million.
AirAsia Berhad’s operating segments include associate/affiliate carriers Malaysia AirAsia (ASW), Thai AirAsia (THA), Indonesia AirAsia (AWR), AirAsia Philippines (APG) and AirAsia India (AAI). In spring 2016, the group’s reconfigured subsidiary AirAsia Japan (WAJ) will launch service from Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport.
“We are witnessing the positive effect of rational pricing and its impact towards passenger travel patterns,” AirAsia Berhad (CEO), Tony Fernandes said in his quarterly outlook statement. “In Malaysia, all signs report toward rational and sustainable growth in the coming quarters, as other players have significantly reduced capacity and rationalized their routes, while the irrational price war that took place in the past is over.”
Citing increased demand by Chinese travelers since May 2015, a +21% year-over-year (YOY) surge, as well as low fuel prices, “we see a great end to the year and a light at the end of the tunnel for [our] Malaysian operations after a series of headwinds that affected our operations,” Fernandes said.
The consolidated AirAsia Berhad group showed passenger growth of +20% (YOY) to 12.88 million passengers during the quarter. Traffic demand increased +22.4% (YOY) to 15.19 billion (RPK)s, as capacity grew +18.1% (YOY) to 18.86 billion (ASK)s. The group’s load factor for the quarter came to 80.5% LF, up +2.8 points (YOY).
Malaysia AirAsia (ASW) posted a 2015 3rd-quarter net result of +MYR166.1 million/+$37.1 million, up +61.4% (YOY) from +MYR102.9 million in (3Q) 2014. Traffic on (ASW) was up +19% (YOY) to 7.77 billion (RPK)s as capacity increased +12% (YOY) to 9.57 billion (ASK)s. (ASW)’s resulting passenger load factor for the quarter was 81.2% LF.
Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) had a 2015 3rd-quarter net loss of -IDR88.61 billion/-$6 million, falling from a +IDR26.72 billion net profit in (3Q) 2014. Traffic on (AWR) grew +4.4% (YOY) to 2.3 billion (RPK)s; capacity increased +9.4% (YOY) to 3 billion (ASK)s, resulting in a passenger load factor of 76.2% LF.
News Item A-2: The Indonesia Ministry of Transportation has begun inspecting Indonesian-registered Airbus A320 aircraft for potential issues with Rudder Travel Limiter Units (RTLU)s, following the findings on the fatal crash of Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) flight QZ8501 in December 2014.
The A320-200 crashed December 28, 2014 with 162 people on board, while flying through rough weather from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
Crash investigators attributed a causal factor to a faulty connection in the A320’s (RTLU).
“We will check the technical documents, the operation documents and the aircraft itself,” Ministry spokesperson, Muhamad Alwi said.
The Ministry has allocated 18 inspectors for the audit, which will cover at least 75 aircraft registered to local carriers, including AirAsia (ASW), Lion Air (MLI), Garuda (GIA), Citilink (CNK) and Batik Air (BTK).
The Ministry said it aims to complete all inspections by June 2016, but will allow aircraft operators to continue normal operations until then.
However, if any aircraft Maintenance Repair & Overall (MRO) logs indicate “repetitive trouble,” such as the warning error messages experienced by QZ8501 prior to the accident, the aircraft will be grounded, according to the Ministry.
Transport Minister, Ignatius Jonan recently described Indonesia’s aviation industry and its official oversight as having “failed to meet the standards of transport safety. A number of aviation accidents occurred in Indonesia during 2015; not a few of those accidents were fatal,” Jonan said at the opening meeting of the Ministry of Communications in Jakarta.
The fatal crash of Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 in December 2014 was precipitated by a fault in the aircraft’s rudder warning systems, according to a report released by the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC). The aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, crashed December 28 last year with 162 people on board while flying through rough weather from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
March 2017: Indonesia AirAsia Extra finally began service on March 18 between Denpasar (DPS) in Indonesia and Melbourne (MEL) in Australia. The 4,379 km service is operated 5x-weekly by the airline’s A330-300s. The route is already well served by Jetstar Airways (IMU) (9x-weekly), Virgin Australia (VOZ) (also 9x-weekly) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) (daily). The route was originally supposed to launch in late December 2014 but it seems not all the relevant paperwork had been done in time.
April 2017: Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary Jeppesen has signed with the AirAsia Group to provide digital charting and electronic flight bag (EFB) services across AirAsia (ASW)’s 6 low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliates.
The multiple-year agreement will cover AirAsia (ASW)’s 6 affiliate (LCC) airlines: AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia) (ASW), Thai AirAsia (THA), AirAsia India (AAI), AirAsia Japan (WAJ), Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) and Philippines AirAsia (APG). The AirAsia Group will integrate Jeppesen FlightDeck Pro (EFB) services on Windows-operating tablets to optimize operations, eliminate paper content and improve fuel consumption, the company said.
The agreement with the AirAsia Group follows on Jeppesen’s existing (EFB) service agreement with another of the group’s affiliates, long-haul (LCC) AirAsia X (ASX).
“We had previous experience with digital Jeppesen services with our AirAsia X (ASX) affiliates and extend[ing] these digital navigation and (EFB) services across the AirAsia Group will allow us to continue our transition to a fully digital operating environment,” AirAsia (ASW) Regional Director Flight Operations Adrian Jenkins said.
August 2017: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has added a new destination from its Jakarta (CGK) hub with the launch on August 7 of a 3x-weekly service to Macau (MFM). The 3,228 km sector will be flown by (AWR)'s A320-216s not facing any direct competition.
Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) and Indonesia AirAsia X now serve a total of 8 destinations from the Indonesian capital. AirAsia (ASW) also serves Macau from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila.
February 2018: Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) added 2 new Singapore (SIN) services from Medan (KNO) and Padang (PDG) on February 9. The 621 km Medan link and the 472 km Padang connection will both be served with daily flights operated by A320s. (AWR) faces incumbent competition on the Medan to Singapore airport pair which is already served by SilkAir (SLK) with 2x-daily flights, Jetstar Asia (JSA), which has 12x-weekly frequencies, and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) which operates daily flights.
However, there is no direct competition on the Padang route. AirAsia Singapore (CEO) Logan Velaitham said: “The inaugural flights to Padang and Medan emphasize our commitment to expand Singapore’s network as one of AirAsia (ASW)’s hubs by linking up to new cities in Indonesia. In 2017, the AirAsia Group carried a total of 4.3 million passengers to and from Singapore, an increase of +1.8% from the previous year.”
NOTE: All Indonesian carriers were added to the European Union (EU)’s blacklist of unsafe airlines in 2007 and most remain on the list. However, national carrier Garuda Airways (GIA) was removed from the list in 2009 and a handful of other airlines (including Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND), Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) and Batavia Air (BTV)) have now been given the all-clear.
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1 737-3B7 (CFM56-3) (23376, PK-AWX), (ASW_ WET-LSD 2006-02. 148Y.
1 737-3S1 (CFM56-3) (1911-24856, PK-AWS), (ASW) WET-LSD 2005-08. 148Y.
1 737-3YO (CFM56-3B1) (1813-24547, /90 PK-AWX), EX-(9M-AAX) 2008-01. 148Y.
3 737-300 (CFM56-3), (ASW) WET-LSD. 148Y.
2 737-301 (CFM56-3) (23257, PK-AWU; 23552, PK-AWV), (ASW) WET-LSD 2005-01. 148Y.
1 737-322 (CFM56-3C1) (1836-24659, /90 PK-AWO), EX-(9M-AEA) 2007-04. 148Y.
1 737-347 (CFM56-3) (1170-23345, PK-AWR), (ASW) WET-LSD 2005-09. 148Y.
0 ORDERS (2003-09) 737-400 (CFM56-3C1). 6 CANCELED.
0 A300B4-605R (CF6-80C2) (584, S7-RGO), EX-(TSD), (RAE) LSD 2000-10,
WET-LST (VIE) 2000-11. RTND.
0 A310-322 (409, PK-AWA), (RAE) WET-LSD 2000-06, RTND 2001-06.
0 A310-322 (410, PK-AWR), RTND (RAE), WET-LST (MLI) 2001-08.
0 A310-322 (437, PK-AWD), RTND (RAE) 2001-10.
1 A320-214 (5098, PK-AZE), 2013-07.
23 A320-216 (CFM56-5B6) (2881, /06 PK-AXR, 2011-10; 3182, /07 PK-AXD, 2009-09; 3486, /08 PK-AXT; 3549, /08 PK-AXU, 2011-12; 3610, /08 PK-AXA; 3648, /08 PK-AXC; 3715, /08 PK-AXE; 3765, /09 PK-AXF; 3813, /09 PK-AXG; 3875, /09 PK-AXH; 3963, /09 PK-AXI; 4035, /09 PK-AXJ; 4147, /09 PK-AXK; 4346, /10 PK-AXL; 4462, /10 PK-AXM - - SEE PHOTO - - "AWR-A320-216-2010-10;" 4889, /11 PK-AXV; 5153, PK-AZJ, 2013-11; 5215, /12 PK-AXX; 5627, /13 PK-AZD; 5359, /12 PK-AXY; 5420, /12 PK-AXZ; 5165, /12 PK-AZA), (ASW) LSD. 180Y.
9 ORDERS A320-216 (CFM56-5B6), WITH WINGLETS. 180Y.
RACHMAT SOEBAKIR, CHAIRMAN (SHAREHOLDER).
SUNU WIDYATMOKO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
SENDJAJA WIDJAJA, (CEO).
LOGAN VELAITHAM, (CEO) AIRASIA SINGAPORE.
YASIR ISMAIL, PRESIDENT (2001-02).
PIN HARRIS, PRESIDENT COMMISSIONER.
SENDJAJA WIDJAJA, PRESIDENT DIRECTOR.
RIDZHI KRAMADIBRATA, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO).
DHARMADI, BOARD COMMISSIONER.
JAFRIE ARIEF, SENIOR DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL.
MAMAN SUNSARA, SENIOR DIRECTOR PRODUCTION/CORPORATE AFFAIRS.
RIFAI TABERI, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.
JOHANNES TANTO INDARTO, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
EDDY YANTO, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.
TOT SUBANDORO, DIRECTOR SAFETY & SECURITY.