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Australia, India expand bilateral agreement. Australia and India entered into a more liberal air services agreement that will open the door for airlines from both countries to establish commercial partnerships and develop services. Mar 7, 2006

All Nippon Airways, Skynet Asia Airways

All Nippon Airways' codeshare agreement with Skynet Asia Airways will commence April 1 and calls for the placement of ANA's code on SNA flights from Tokyo Haneda to Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Nagasaki. SNA flights will be available through ANA sales and reservation systems. In addition, SNA will move from Terminal 1 at Haneda to ANA's Terminal 2, where its customers will have access to ANA's self-serve check-in and ticketing kiosks. Mar 6, 2006

Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines has appoint Aviareps as its UK general sales agent as it plans to grow traffic on its Heathrow-Seoul route. The airline has just increased frequencies from three to four a week on the service, which uses Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The new Sunday departure compliments the existing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday frequencies.

Mar 12, 2006

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines said it will start by shifting from a "business focus" to a "leisure focus," as its premium traffic to and from Malaysia is too small to fund investment in larger aircraft with lower seating density. For example, it said its 777-200 has 247 economy seats compared to 293 on Singapore Airlines aircraft. MAS will decrease the size of its premium cabins and eventually shift to a fleet comprising smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft. To secure better connecting flows, it will abandon the point-to-point model on its long-haul routes and concentrate on serving popular markets from its Kuala Lumpur hub. "We will fly only where there are large attractive flows of leisure customers," it said. Business class will provide "gravy" but will not "carry the day." Mar 6, 2006

MAS hopes to overhaul its loss-making domestic operation and is aiming to take over P&L responsibility from Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad and operate independently, with government support, following a "radical" restructuring to include an increase in domestic fares for the first time in 13 years. AirAsia wants access to the domestic market as well. Mar 6, 2006

MAS promised a relentless pursuit of profit at the expense of "political favor," "image" and its "stature in the international community." Projects with long lead times will be put aside. It said its leaders will be accountable for reaching specific financial targets and their performance will be "transparently reported." It declared that implementation of the plan will narrow its loss to MYR620 million ($167.3 million) in FY06 and return a profit of MYR50 million in FY07. In order to "strategically differentiate itself," the airline will counter competitors' growing capacity with "stronger cost controls, superior labor and asset productivity and more efficient processes." It said it has not made a firm decision on layoffs, although it promised its ratio of employees to unit of capacity will drop. Government input and the successful conclusion of route profitability initiatives will contribute to the decision, expected to come in 2007. Mar 6, 2006

SkyQuest International

SkyQuest International arranged the sale of an Embraer 120ER on behalf of SkyWest Airlines to Network Aviation Holdings of Australia. Mar 10, 2006
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