AirAsia offers free seats for four new routes

Travel News February 23rd, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 – AirAsia is giving away free seats to mark the launch of four new routes – Bali-Singapore, Bandung-Singapore, Jakarta-Singapore and Yogyakarta-Singapore.

The booking is open for travel from Feb 24 till Feb 28 for travel between March 24 and Jan 31, 2010. Booking is also available online via the website

The four new routes further enhances AirAsia’s present vast network, especially across the Asean region.

With brand new routes being constantly introduced, countries across the region are efficiently connected with each other and the rest of the world through the budget carriers’ hubs in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Indonesia AirAsia chief executive officer Dharmadi said: “These new routes are a significant achievement for us as it signifies our drive and commitment in expanding our network, providing an extensive choice of destinations to our guests.” – Bernama

Dark history draws Aussies to Sabah

Travel News February 22nd, 2009

520px-mount_kinabalu_panoramaMELBOURNE, Feb 22 – Sabah is attracting an increasing number of Australian tourists, many wanting to cover the seven-day trek along the treacherous route taken by World War II prisoners of war in the infamous Sandakan death march.

“Our post-war heritage listing has drawn thousands of visitors from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who have historical links with Sabah,” Sabah Tourism Board marketing manager Noredah Othman said here.

Over 1,000 Australian and British PoWs were forced to march across 260km of difficult terrain and dense tropical jungle from the Sandakan prison camp to Ranau between January and March 1945. Only six Australian PoWs survived the ordeal.

“Sabah had 26,071 tourist arrivals from Australia last year, an increase of 25 per cent from 2007 when 20,859 people visited us,” she said.

There were also arrivals from Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Ireland and from mainland Peninsular Malaysia.

“Although we enjoyed good results, we have to work harder to push our destination. We cannot sit on our laurels,” Noredah said.

“We are focusing on special interest groups because we have first-class facilities and attractions, some very unique to the world.”

Sabah had the largest Malaysian contingent at the two-day Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME) here last week, and Noredah said she was pleased with the many inquiries.

Noredah lamented the lack of direct flights between Australian cities and Kota Kinabalu.

“We desperately want an airline – any airline – to start an Australia-Sabah service. Our tourist arrivals will swell significantly if this is available,” she said. – Bernama

Malaysia Airlines reduces fuel surcharge again

Travel Info February 19th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Malaysia Airlines travel to selected destinations will get cheaper starting tomorrow, thanks to further fuel surcharge reductions by the national airlines.

The reductions are 55 per cent for the destinations from six per cent presently. This translates to up to RM910 reductions for flights to South America.

The other destinations that fall under this scheme are North America, Manila, Korea, Turkey, UAE and Africa among others.

Earlier this month Malaysia Airlines did similar fuel surcharge reductions for destinations like Australia, UK, Europe and selected Asean cities.

Further information including MHValue Fares is available at the airlines website, where direct bookings can be made.

MAS extends sales for travellers

Travel News February 19th, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Bargain-hunting travellers have an additional day to enjoy the low fares and great deals up for grabs at the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF’09).

Malaysia Airlines senior general manager sales Datuk Bernard Francis urged customers to take advantage of the fares and packages being offered by the airline and its travel subsidiary, MASholidays.

“Since the start of the fair on Feb 10, we have received overwhelming response,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Despite the economic slowdown, brisk sales have been recorded by MAS travel agents in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, and the airline’s ticketing offices, he added.

The top five popular destinations are Sydney, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Among the low fares for a one-way trip are to Sydney (RM780), Melbourne (RM730), Guangzhou (RM350), Shanghai (RM550) and Beijing (RM600).

In conjunction with the fair, Master Card is also having a contest.

For bookings and enquiries, call 1-300-88-3000, log on to or call Malaysia Airlines ticketing offices in Malaysia. – TheStar

Airasia flies to Northern China from April

Travel News February 13th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) — AirAsia will launch a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Tianjin beginning April 2.

Tianjin is located in northern China and 120km from Beijing. It is connected to the Chinese capital via a 30-minute high-speed Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Rail service.

In a statement today, AirAsia said that the new service would be operated by AirAsia X, the low cost long-haul airline, affiliated to it.

“This route is part of AirAsia’s strategic expansion plan in China and East Asia, in response to strong demands from Malaysia and the greater Asean population, as well as China,” said AirAsia X chief executive officer, Azran Osman-Rani.

He said that apart from benefiting tourism, the new route would further enhance business and economic ties between the region and China.

AirAsia’s China network currently includes Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Macau and Hong Kong.

Bookings for the new route open from now until Feb 22 for travel between April 2,2009 and Jan 31, 2010.