AirAsia gets deal to fly civil servants ! - 19 Jun, 2008
AirAsia said today it had sealed a deal to get some business from the Malaysian government, which currently only flies civil servants on state-owned Malaysia Airlines.
"We hope to secure up to 50 percent of the government expenditure on air tickets," the budget carrier's chairman Aziz Bakar told reporters.
"It will contribute 20 to 30 percent to our bottom line."
Tour operators estimate the government spends about RM500 million annually on flights for the nation's one million civil servants.
AirAsia, launched in December 2001 with just two aircraft, has become the region's biggest low-cost carrier and is in fierce competition with Malaysia Airlines.
Top officials from the two companies have been engaging in an increasingly bitter war of words and have withdrawn the discount offered to each other's chairmen, one of the genteel traditions in the cut-throat aviation industry. -
Now, this is really funny.
Is the Government trying to kill MAS (owned Malaysians via the Min of Finance Inc) to save a private company which had jumped into the CUT-THROAT industry like a piranha just a couple of years ago?
WHY!!!!! WHY, such preferential treatment for AirAsia ?
Tony and guys fully subscribe to the free-market/open competition and all that jumbo jargon of the IMF/World Bank/WTO but why are they running back into OUR kitchen asking for a share of the 'old bread'?
Is Tony not the guy who wants to move millions of Asean citizens and ordered hundreds of new JUMBO-aircrafts for these feats? I don't think the Jumbo's were ordered to fly our Civil Servants.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT "BAILING OUT" AIRASIA BHD - an airline which (barely) stands under the shadows of the dubious Qali & Gang?
p/s The Finance Minister is busy (even if he is not the 'cacamarba guy' might not know), TopCat can you please explain this clear-cut BAIL-OUT ?