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KLIA names winners of the first installation of the three-part KLIA Shopping Campaign and launches phase 3 of the campaign

· Dato’ Koh Cheng Keong named lucky winner of the RM50,000.00 cash Grand Prize

· 36 weekly winners with RM5,000.00 cash each

· Third phase expected to be even more exciting with cash prizes worth RM330,000 up for grabs

SEPANG, MARCH 2008 – When Malaysia Airports Commercial Services Division called Dato’ Koh Cheng Keong to let him know that he was the winner of RM50,000.00 cash Grand Prize of the first phase of the KLIA Shopping Contest, Dato’ Koh Cheng Keong was not surprised at all because being a frequent traveller, he shops regularly at KLIA and remembered participating in the shopping campaign.

Dato’ Koh Cheng Keong was at KLIA on March 19, 2009, along with the other lucky shoppers to receive their rewards for shopping at the Gateway to the Nation. The other shoppers were the weekly winners of the 3-month contest and they took home RM5,000.00 each. The first phase of the KLIA Shopping Campaign took place on August 26 to November 16, 2008.

Having just concluded the second phase on March 3, 2009, the Shopping Campaign is now in its third and final phase which kicked off today and will end on June 11, 2009.

In this third phase, shoppers stand to win great prizes worth almost RM750,000 (USD 205,000) which include a Bumper Prize of RM30,000 (USD8,200) in cold, hard cash, three Easy Prize of RM5,000 (USD 1,400) cash each, 12 lots of RM10,000 (USD 2,800) cash for Weekly Prize and a brand new, luxury car worth RM420,000.

“We want to ensure that it is rewarding for passengers who shop at KLIA, from the variety available to the value they get when they purchase something at our airports. On the same theme, the prizes offered for the KLIA Shopping contests are made very attractive; they comprise cash prizes, holiday packages and an award winning Lexus GS300,” said Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman, Chairman of Malaysia Airports.

“As KLIA evolves to become more than just an airport, the excitement is palpable with the activities that we have organised. The past 3 months, we have had Santa Claus making an appearance to deliver gifts of joy during Christmas, Lion and Dragon dances for Chinese New Year with ang pow giveways and Cupids shooting arrows of gifts vouchers during Valentine’s. The atmosphere is not unlike a vibrant shopping centre!” he added.

“Continuing our efforts initiated last year, we hope that through the KLIA Shopping Campaign we will be able to create more awareness of the retail and dining offerings available at KLIA and LCCT-KLIA, strengthen the “KLIA Shopping Real Value, Real Style” brand presence among our visitors. We also want to increase the involvement of our surrounding community of Sepang, hence we are ‘opening’ and repositioning KLIA as more than just another airport, but as a lifestyle destination where the community can come and enjoy performances or spend quality family time without the hustle and bustle of busy KL,” he said.

With 27 million passengers passing through its gates in 2008, KLIA Shopping targets to capture the shopping money of just a slice of these passengers. The first phase of the shopping campaign received 26,257 entries.

To qualify for the initial tier of the contest, shoppers only need to spend a mere value of RM150.00 (USD47) at any retail or F&B outlets at KLIA and LCCT-KLIA. The second tier, the Weekly Prize requires shoppers to spend between RM250.00 (USD78) to RM499.99 (USD155). The final tier, which is the Bumper Prize, is open to all shoppers who spends RM500.00 and above.

Making the contest more exciting this time round, participants who qualify for any tier of the contest with a single receipt stand to DOUBLE the prize money. However shoppers, as with the previous two contests, are still allowed to accumulate a maximum of 3 receipts within 24 hours of the first purchase, for each entry. Shoppers who swiped their MasterCard when making the purchases and enter the contest using those MasterCard receipts will be awarded an extra entry for every qualified, correct entry.

The KLIA Shopping Campaign is open to shoppers of any retail and F&B outlets at KLIA and LCCT-KLIA who spend RM150.00 and above in a single receipt or up to a maximum of 3 accumulated receipts within the same day. Shoppers who spend a minimum of RM 250.00 are rewarded with an instant gift.

All participants from the first, second and this third phase of the KLIA Shopping Campaign are eligible to vie for the Ultimate Grand Prize of a RM420,000.00 Lexus GS300.

The award winning, luxury car is sponsored by UMW Toyota and together with them as official sponsors, MasterCard Worldwide too is offering additional rewards for MasterCard holders who spend in KLIA and LCCT-KLIA.

In total, the entire KLIA Shopping Campaign offers up RM 2.7 million worth of prizes and rewards to shoppers of KLIA and LCCT-KLIA. Among the Grand Prizes are RM 560,000.00 cash, RM 260,000.00 worth travel packages, and a host of other lucrative prizes.

For more information on the latest happenings at KLIA and more importantly how to win the lucrative prizes of the KLIA Shopping Campaign, log on to or visit the campaign redemption booths at KLIA and LCCT-KLIA.

About Malaysia Airports

Malaysia Airports operates and manages 39 airports in Malaysia: 5 international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOL Ports). It also has operations in Kazakhstan, India and Turkey. On November 30 1999, Malaysia Airports became the first airport company to be listed in Asia. KL International Airport (KLIA), its flagship airport was thrice voted as the World's Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum) in the 2005 AETRA awards, 2006 ACI-ASQ awards and 2007 ACI-ASQ awards while the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT-KLIA) was named CAPA Low Cost Airport of the Year at the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence 2006. KLIA was also voted 2nd Best Airport Worldwide and in the Asia Pacific categories for 2007 ACI-ASQ awards. Malaysia Airports has also been entrusted to host the 2008 World Route Development Forum (ROUTES), the first airport operator in Asia to be given the honour of hosting the world-class airport-airlines event.

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Corporate Communication Division, Malaysia Airports

For further information, kindly contact:-

Faisally Ahmad Rusdy at 03–78407184 / 012–6846575 / email: or Noor Hafiza Ruslan at 03-78407174 / 012-2114773 / email:


KLIA Shopping awarding lucky shoppers with RM230,000 cash and launching of the KLIA Shopping Penultimate Phase - malaysiakini

This is a gentle reminder for the KLIA Shopping Campaign
event tomorrow where KLIA Shopping will be awarding lucky shoppers with RM230,000 in cash and launching the Penultimate Phase of the KLIA Shopping Campaign.

Below are details of the event:

Date: 19 March 2009 (Thursday)
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Level 5, KLIA, Sepang, Malaysia.

We look forward to seeing you at the event tomorrow.
Thank you.
Sabrina Gregory
Tel.: +603-7710 8122
Fax: +603-7710 9122


Electric Aircraft Symposium Aims To Get Electric Planes Off the Ground - malaysiakini

With all the fuss about the environmental impact of fuel-guzzling cars and trucks, it's easy to forget that modern light aircraft often still use leaded gasoline, and to top it off, they pump out CO2 as they buzz through the skies.

Electric propulsion seems ideally suited to aircraft, that can fly above clouds in the search for solar power, and where the lighter engineering offered by a compact motor and lack of fuel tank promises for a more efficient aircraft than is possible with a conventional gasoline engine. Even Boeing is taking the topic very seriously, and last year demonstrated the first flight in a hydrogen fuel cell-powered light aircraft. As well, Pipistrel has an electric self-launching motor-glider in production, the Taurus Electro, that is reportedly the first of its kind to market.

But why aren't there more hybrid or all-electric aircraft buzzing through the skies? You'd think the advantage of quieter flying and the climbing cost of aviation fuel would be tempting enough, (never mind the eco-benefits) in our increasingly noise-polluted and expensive world, to get both aircraft makers and carriers on board.

That's the sort of topic that will be raised at the upcoming Electric Aircraft Symposium due to kick off at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos starting April 24. It's an annual meeting run by the same group--The Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Foundation--responsible for running NASA's Personal Air Vehicle/General Aviation Centennial Challenges, which are both schemes designed to promote development of aircraft.

And this year the CAFE Electric Aircraft meeting is going to concentrate on a million-dollar competition, in the same vein as the X-Prizes, that's intended to spur fuel-efficient aircraft engine design. In the competition, hybrid crafts will have to manage over 100 miles per gallon at over 100 mph. There will also be sessions on climate change, renewable energy in aircraft design, nanotube battery technology, and advanced electric motor design.

Electric air vehicles are clearly a hot topic this year, as the IEEE at its 35th Industrial Electronics Society meeting in Porto is also running a special session on "More Electrical Aircraft" in November.

For the time being electric-powered aircraft aren't likely to displace our fast, efficient but fuel-guzzling jets...but through the work of CAFE and the IEEE it looks like "personal transport" aircraft may make the switch to eco-friendly power sometime soon.

MAS Engineering hopes to maintain Qantas aircraft - malaysiakini

Malaysia Airlines Engineering and Maintenance (MAS EM) is hoping Qantas Airways will send some of its aircraft to Malaysia for heavy maintenance checks.

MAS EM senior general manager Roslan Ismail said in an interview that he is hoping Qantas may have heavy maintenance checks on Airbus A380s as well as Airbus A330s and some of its Boeing 747s done in Malaysia rather than Australia.

He also says MAS EM and Qantas are proceeding with plans to establish a joint venture that will utilise MAS EM's heavy maintenance facilities in Kuala Lumpur.

He says the two sides were originally planning to start the venture in this year's third quarter but now it will start in next year's first or second quarter.

"They [Qantas' maintenance and engineering bosses] said give them a few months to sort things out," he says.

"They have a new CEO at Qantas and they have this union problem."

Qantas executive general manager government and corporate affairs David Epstein says, however, that there are no immediate plans to send aircraft to Malaysia for maintenance work.

He says it is too early to make decisions on A380 work and there are no plans to send 747s to Malaysia as this work is carried out in Australia.

He also says Qantas has been in talks with its engineering workforce about having A330 work carried out at Qantas' maintenance base in Brisbane.

In addition, Epstein says no discussions are currently taking place on the proposed MRO joint venture with MAS, adding that it will not be possible to have it operating early next year as Roslan hopes.

Qantas appointed Alan Joyce as new CEO late last year and the unions in Australia are opposed to efforts to outsource work overseas.

But MAS EM has made inroads with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the regulatory body that needs to be won over if Qantas is to be permitted to outsource work to Malaysia.

CASA has already granted MAS EM regulatory approval to work on Australian-registered A330s, Boeing 737s and 747s.

MAS EM is well placed to get A380 work because Roslan says Qantas has no A380 hangar, although Epstein says Qantas has a 747 hangar at Sydney Airport that has been altered to accommodate A380s.

Roslan says MAS EM has a purpose-built aircraft hangar at Kuala Lumpur International Airport that can fit two A380s and one other widebody simultaneously.

Malaysia Airlines has ordered six A380s with the first to be delivered in January 2011. But MAS EM needs to have 20-25 A380s to work on to justify the investment in equipment to carry out A380 maintenance, says Roslan, adding that it is hoping Qantas can provide the necessary aircraft.

The Australian carrier has already come to loggerheads in the past with unions over efforts to get work done in Malaysia.

A few years ago Qantas was looking to get MAS EM to convert some of its 737-300s to freighters. But following union pressure, Qantas ended up doing the work in Australia at its facility in Avalon near Melbourne.

Melaka Airport Runway Extension To Complete By September - malaysiakini

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 -- Work to extend the runway of the Melaka International Airport in Batu Berendam is expected to be completed in another six months.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said a loan of RM65 million meant for the extension of the runway was approved by the federal government early last month.

"The runway will be extended by 400 metres from the current 1,800 metres. Upon completion, the Melaka International Airport will be able to cater for bigger aircraft like Boeing and Airbus, " he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a term loan agreement worth RM50 million between Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad and Casa Del Rio Sdn Bhd to build a hotel, a boutique and an apartment in Melaka, here today.

He also said the state government believed it could achieve its target of 7.4 million tourist arrivals in the first six months this year.

Maxis Partners MAS, Aeromobile On Mobile Communications - malaysiakini

KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 -- Maxis Communications Bhd has teamed up with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AeroMobile to enable its post-paid customers to use mobile phones and BlackBerry-type devices while flying on MAS aircraft equipped with the AeroMobile system.

Maxis post-paid subscribers will be able to use their mobile communications services available include voice calls, SMS, email and GPRS services, the three parties said in a joint statement Thursday.

"The ultimate aim of this partnership is for Maxis, MAS and AeroMobile -- all leaders in their respective industries -- to leverage on each other's strengths to bring more value to our customers," said Maxis chief marketing officer Matthew Willsher.

Willsher said post-paid customers will also be able to make and receive voice calls at RM15 per minute, send or receive data at RM100 per MB and SMSes sent are charged at RM3 per SMS, while receiving SMSes is free of charge.

As an introductory promotion, Maxis is offering SMS at RM2 per SMS from now until April 15, he said.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said the airline will continuously invest in technology while looking at innovative ways to enhance its products and services to meet the global demands and expectations of customers.

"This is one of the in-flight service comforts that we are introducing on a trial basis for our customers as a Five-Star Value Carrier and we expect these new capabilities to further enhance the high-quality customer service that our passengers have come to expect from MAS," he said.

AeroMobile chief executive Bjorn-Taale Sandberg said: "Clear passenger demand exists in Asia for in-flight mobile services, we are proud to be associated with MAS, Asia's first airline to offer in-flight mobile services."

AirAsia To Offer 200 Free Seats To London - malaysiakini

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 -- Low-cost carrier, AirAsia, will be giving away 200 free seats to London from today onwards in conjunction with its global countdown campaign to commemorate its inaugural flight to London scheduled for March 11, 2009.

Its low-cost long-haul carrier, AirAsia X, would operate the sector.

In a statement here today, AirAsia said it would organise roadshow games and the participants needed to answer simple questions on the company to get a chance to win the tickets.

It said two return seats would be offered at every roadshow at strategic locations in the Klang Valley from today until March 11.

The roadshow will kick off at Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur, it said.

AirAsia said similiar roadshows would be held in Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta from March 10 and the finale would be the ground events in London from March 11-13.

MAS To Introduce Satay In Economy Class - MALAYSIAKINI

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 -- Beginning this month, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) passengers travelling on Economy Class to domestic and selected Asean countries will be able to enjoy satay, typically served only in Business and First Class cabins.

Packaged in a meal box, passengers will enjoy a choice of beef or chicken satay skewers and peanut sauce, served with kampong fried rice and accompanied by creme brulee and premium chocolate.

"Malaysia Airlines is proud to be able to bring a taste of Malaysia to the world through our signature satay dish, which has been recognised to be world-class," said its Inflight Services General Manager Hayati Ali in a statement here Monday.

She said satay, the national carrier's award winning signature dish, will be served on domestic flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Miri and Kota Kinabalu and also on selected Asean flights out of Kuala Lumpur throughout this month.

In addition, Hayati said, passengers also will be thrilled to know that sweet treats such as premium chocolate or ice cream will also be handed out as giveaways during the school holidays from March 14 to 22.

"We are continuously innovating all aspects of our services and products in our transformation journey to be a Five-Star Value Carrier in line with our commitment to delivering the highest quality at affordable prices," she said.

Mach Number, Mach Tuck, Speed of Sound And Transonic.

Mach number

In the flow of a fluid, the ratio of the flow velocity, V, at a given point in the flow to the local speed of sound, a, at that same point. That is, the Mach number, M, is defined as V/a. In a flowfield where the properties vary in time and/or space, the local value of M will also vary in time and/or space. In aeronautics, Mach number is frequently used to denote the ratio of the airspeed of an aircraft to the speed of sound in the freestream far ahead of the aircraft; this is called the freestream Mach number. The Mach number is a convenient index used to define the following flow regimes: (1) subsonic, where M is less than 1 everywhere throughout the flow; (2) supersonic, where M is greater than 1 everywhere throughout the flow; (3) transonic, where the flow is composed of mixed regions of locally subsonic and supersonic flows, all with local Mach numbers near 1, typically between 0.8 and 1.2; and (4) hypersonic, where (by arbitrary definition) M is 5 or greater.

Perhaps the most important physical aspect of Mach number is in the completely different ways that disturbances propagate in subsonic flow compared to that in a supersonic flow. Shock waves are a ubiquitous aspect of supersonic flows. See also Compressible flow; Shock wave; Sonic boom; Supersonic flight.

Mach Tuck

Mach Tuck is an aerodynamic effect, whereby the nose of an aircraft tends to pitch downwards as the airflow around the wing reaches supersonic speeds. Note that the aircraft is subsonic, and traveling significantly below Mach 1.0, when it experiences this effect.

Shock wave on upper surface of wing moves rearwards as aircraft mach increases

Initially as airspeed is increased past the critical Mach number, the wing develops an increasing amount of lift, requiring a nose-down force or trim to maintain level flight. With increased speed, and the aft movement of the shock wave, the wing’s center of pressure also moves aft causing the start of a nose-down tendency or “tuck.” If allowed to progress unchecked, in an aircraft not designed for supersonic flight, Mach tuck may occur. Although Mach tuck develops gradually, if it is allowed to progress significantly, the center of pressure can move so far rearward that there is no longer enough elevator authority available to counteract it, and the airplane could enter a steep, sometimes unrecoverable dive. In addition as the shockwave goes towards the rear, it can impinge upon the elevator control surfaces and this can greatly exacerbate the nose down tendency. Partly for this reason, supersonic and subsonic aircraft often have an all-moving tailplane (a stabilator) which lacks separate elevator control surfaces.

Historically, recovery from a mach tuck has not always been possible. In some cases as the aircraft descends the air density increases and the extra drag will slow the aircraft and control will return.

For aircraft such as supersonic bombers or supersonic transports such as Concorde that spend long periods in supersonic, Mach tuck is often compensated for by moving fuel between tanks in the fuselage to change the position of the centre of mass. This minimises the amount of trim required and significantly reduces aerodynamic drag.

Speed Of Sound

The speed at which sound travels in a given medium under specified conditions. The speed of sound at sea level in the International Standard Atmosphere is 1, 108 feet per second (or 658 knots, or 1, 215 kilometers per hour).
Sound is a vibration that travels through an elastic medium as a wave. The speed of sound describes how much distance such a wave travels in a certain amount of time. In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the speed of sound is 343 m/s. This also equates to 1235 km/h, 767 mph, 1125 ft/s, or about one mile in five seconds. Although it is commonly used to refer specifically to air, the speed of sound can be measured in virtually any substance. Sound travels faster in liquids and non-porous solids than it does in air.


F/A-18 flying at transonic speed

Transonic is an aeronautics term referring to a range of velocities just below and above the speed of sound (about mach 0.8–1.2). It is defined as the range of speeds between the critical mach number, when some parts of the airflow over an aircraft become supersonic, and a higher speed, typically near Mach 1.2, when all of the airflow is supersonic. Between these speeds some of the airflow is supersonic, and some is not.

Most modern jet powered aircraft spend a considerable amount of time in the transonic state. This is particularly important due to an effect known as wave drag, which is prevalent in these speed ranges. Attempts to combat wave drag can be seen on all high-speed aircraft; most notable is the use of swept wings, but another common form is a wasp-waist fuselage as a side effect of the Whitcomb area rule.

Severe instability can occur at transonic speeds. Shock waves move through the air at the speed of sound. When an object such as an aircraft also moves at the speed of sound, these shock waves build up in front of it to form a single, very large shock wave. During transonic flight, the plane must pass through this large shock wave, as well as contending with the instability caused by air moving faster than sound over parts of the wing and slower in other parts. The difference in speed is due to Bernoulli's principle.

Transonic speeds can also occur at the tips of rotor blades of helicopters and aircraft. However, as this puts severe, unequal stresses on the rotor blade, it is avoided and may lead to dangerous accidents if it occurs. It is one of the limiting factors to the size of rotors, and also to the forward speeds of helicopters (as this speed is added to the forward-sweeping (leading) side of the rotor, thus possibly causing localized transonics).

The Tuck Under Roll Turn

The tuck under roll turn is a fancy turn jet pilots sometimes perform during exhibitions. They love to use this maneuver after a low pass in front of the crowd.
  • Fly straight and level past your imaginary reviewing area. (1)
  • Pull the nose up slightly and apply hard left stick to start an aileron roll. (2)
  • When you have completed three-quarters of the roll (on your side with the cockpit facing to the right), stop the roll and pull back hard on the stick to perform a maximum rate turn to the right. (3)

Figure. The Tuck Under Roll Turn

Fly MAS Using MasterCard And Win Business Class Tickets To London, Melbourne And Shanghai - malaysiakini

SUBANG, From now until February 19, MasterCard cardholders who fly Malaysia Airlines (MAS) stand a chance to win business class tickets to London, Melbourne or Shanghai.

According to MAS Commercial Director Datuk Abdul Rashid Khan, MasterCard International Worldwide cardholders who purchase any products from the on-going Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF ’09) will automatically be in the running to win business class tickets to the three destinations.

Three winners will be chosen from among cardholders who charge their purchases to their MasterCard. Each winner will receive two MAS Business Class air tickets for travel commencing in Kuala Lumpur.

The prizes will be awarded based on the highest amount spent, with the first prize winner getting a pair of Return Business Class air tickets to London. Subsequently, the second prize comprises Return Business Class tickets to Melbourne while the third prize winner gets a trip for two to Shanghai.

"MasterCard International Worldwide has been a firm supporter of the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair and they return as ‘Official Card’ for the sixth consecutive year," Abdul Rashid said in a statement here, Monday.

"This year's fair offers customers the choice of 55 destinations and the chance to travel just seven days after securing their booking. So check out the fares, use MasterCard to facilitate the payment and who knows, you could be a winner," he said.

Over one million seats have been up for grabs at discounts of up to 70 percent off the prevailing market fares since February 10.

In conjunction with the travel fair, MASholidays is offering a promotion whereby those who purchase MASholidays packages worth RM1,500 or more in Peninsular Malaysia will be eligible to win a Caltex StarCard worth up to RM400 and a cash rebate of up to RM1,000 towards the purchase of a 42" Samsung LCD TV.

"These are just some of the many ways that Malaysia Airlines aims to reward its customers. The MATF will be running for only a few more days. I hope members of the public will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the lowest fares and best deals that we have on offer," Abdul Rashid said.

Customers can visit the offices of over 600 participating travel agents in Malaysia and over 1,500 agents from Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Malaysia Airlines will also offer these attractive deals through its website and ticketing offices in Malaysia and in selected ASEAN countries.

MAS Reduces International Fuel Surcharge - malaysiakini

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has removed the fuel surcharge for its Singapore and Brunei flights effective Jan 30.

In addition, by Feb 1, the fuel surcharge on flights from China would be reduced by up to US$100.Flights from Australia and New Zealand will see a reduction of up to US$210 while those from the Middle East will have a drop of up to US$150, MAS said in a statement today.

Africa and North American flights will also see a reduction of up to US$160 and US$185 respectively, it announced.

The national carrier has slashed fuel surcharges on international flights by as much as 73 percent after taking into account the decline in fuel prices, competitive pressures and the need to boost air travel during this period of economic slowdown.

Its commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said MAS had always offered competitive fares benchmarked on a route by route basis.

"Our stand is that the total amount the customer pays must be competitive, whether it's the fares alone or fares in combination with the fuel surcharge. What's important is the total sum of the parts," he said.

Oil prices have fallen by almost three-quarters since hitting a record high of US$147 in July 2008, MAS highlighted.

Despite this, MAS' fuel cost was still higher compared to when the surcharge was first introduced in 2004, it said.

"Fuel remains our biggest cost and our bill for FY2008 will be higher than FY2007 as the fuel surcharge only covers about 30% of the fuel cost," said Rashid.

MAS reduced the fuel surcharge for domestic travel within Malaysia on Jan 14 It had earlier reduced the fuel surcharge for travel from Malaysia to Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Paris, Germany and from other points of sales for various destinations.

India's Kingfisher Airlines To Fly To KL - malaysiakini

NEW DELHI, -- Kingfisher Airlines, India's second largest private airlines, will soon start daily flights from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur.

India's Civil Aviation Ministry is said to have granted permission for the airline to fly the Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore sector.

The Economic Times reported today that the Kingfisher, owned by the United Breweries Group, controlled by Indian industrialist, Vijay Mallya, would fly the new routes.

"We have granted permission to Kingfisher to operate daily services on three more international sectors, including Chennai-Kuala Lumpur, with immediate effect," a ministry official was quoted as saying.

The paper however did not name the official.

"The Aviation Ministry has asked the airlines to conduct proper study of air tr+affic on new routes before announcing the launch.

"In case the airline launches its services on new routes without a market survey, it may be forced to withdraw flights later. This must be avoided," said the official.

After Jet Airways, Kingfisher is one of the most preferred airlines in the domestic circuit. As of last year its share of Indian aviation market stood at 27 percent.

According to recent ministry data, the Bangalore-based airline, along with its budget carrier, Kingfisher Red, flew 11.26 million passengers last year, only next to Jet Airways that carried 12.01 million passengers.

MAS Offers 250,000 Seats In Weekend Sale - malaysiakini

KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is offering the lowest prices this weekend for its domestic one-way destinations within West and East Malaysia with fares starting from RM39 nett.

Customers will continue enjoying premium services including refreshments, convenient schedules, on-time departures, a 20kg baggage allowance, allocated seats and other benefits, said its senior general manager, network revenue and management, Dr Amin Khan.

"We are offering our best deals with up to 250,000 seats on sale. These promotional fares are only possible as we have removed the domestic fuel surcharge from Jan 14," he said in a statement on Thursday.

Customers will also pay an all-time low fare starting from RM69 nett for flights from and to Kuala Lumpur to all destinations in Sabah and Sarawak. The special fare is also available for travel from Johor Baharu to Kuching.

Seats are on sale on Jan 17-18 on Malaysia Airlines' website, . The travel period is from Feb 5 to Aug 31 this year.

Meanwhile, the tickets for the "Weekend Specials" must be purchased online at least 30 day before departure.

Beechcraft Aircraft History

Founded in 1932 by Walter H. Beech, the Beechcraft company has been producing aircraft ranging from single engine piston airplanes to corporate and private jets. The company is based out of Wichita, Kansas. The first Beechcraft aircraft to take to the skies was an airplane called the Beech Staggerwing model 17 back in November of 1932.

For many years Beechcraft remained a family owned business run by Walter Beech and his wife Olive Ann Mellor Beech. In 1950, Walter Beech suffered from a heart attack and Olive Beech took the role of being the president and CEO of the company.

Olive Beech remained president and CEO up until February 8th, 1980 when during that time the company was purchased by the Raytheon Company. In 1994 Raytheon merged Beechcraft with their Hawker division. Just eight years later in 2002, the branding of Beechcraft was brought back to begin production back of their Kansas division.

In 2007 Raytheon sold Raytheon Aircraft to Hawker Beechcraft and they continue to product aircraft out of Wichita, Kansas which is an area shared with their leading competitor, the Cessna Aircraft Company.

Jet Engine Theory

Centuries ago in 100 A.D., Hero, a Greek philosopher and mathematician, demonstrated jet power in a machine called an "aeolipile." A heated, water filled steel ball with nozzles spun as steam escaped.

Over the course of the past half a century, jet-powered flight has vastly changed the way we all live. However, the basic principle of jet propulsion is neither new nor complicated.

Centuries ago in 100 A.D., Hero, a Greek philosopher and mathematician, demonstrated jet power in a machine called an "aeolipile." A heated, water filled steel ball with nozzles spun as steam escaped. Why? The principle behind this phenomenon was not fully understood until 1690 A.D. when Sir Isaac Newton in England formulated the principle of Hero's jet propulsion "aeolipile" in scientific terms. His Third Law of Motion stated: "Every action produces a reaction ... equal in force and opposite in direction."

The jet engine of today operates according to this same basic principle. Jet engines contain three common components: the compressor, the combustor, and the turbine. To this basic engine, other components may be added, including:

  • A nozzle to recover and direct the gas energy and possibly divert the thrust for vertical takeoff and landing as well as changing direction of aircraft flight.

  • An afterburneror augmentor, a long "tailpipe" behind the turbine into which additional fuel is sprayed and burned to provide additional thrust.

  • A thrust reverser, which blocks the gas rushing toward the rear of the engine, thus forcing the gases forward to provide additional braking of aircraft.

  • A fan in front of the compressor to increase thrust and reduce fuel consumption.

  • An additional turbine that can be utilized to drive a propeller or helicopter rotor.


The Ramjet / Scramjet Engine

A ramjet has no moving parts and achieves compression of intake air by the forward speed of the air vehicle. Air entering the intake of a supersonic aircraft is slowed by aerodynamic diffusion created by the inlet and diffuser to velocities comparable to those in a turbojet augmentor. The expansion of hot gases after fuel injection and combustion accelerates the exhaust air to a velocity higher than that at the inlet and creates positive push.

Scramjet is an acronym for Supersonic Combustion Ramjet. The scramjet differs from the ramjet in that combustion takes place at supersonic air velocities through the engine. It is mechanically simple, but vastly more complex aerodynamically than a jet engine. Hydrogen is normally the fuel used.




Other highlights include top Dragon Dance Troupe, God of Prosperity and Acrobatic Performances

SEPANG, January 14, 2009 – Chinese New Year at the KL International Airport (KLIA), this time around is assured to be a celebration that will leave many passengers and visitors in awe with a special performance by the three times world champion Khuan Loke Lion Dance troupe.

Joining the Lion Dance for a special performance on 29 January 2009, is the 2007 Winner of the Top 10 Malaysia Dragon Dance team. Together, they have promised a spectacular performance befitting the airport’s international image.

This sensory feast of sights and sounds of lion and dragon dance is heightened with acrobatic performances and appearance of the KLIA Shopping God of Prosperity. KLIA has geared up for the lunar new year with decorations of red lanterns, filling the entire airport with festive propitious colour.

In the run up to the first day of the Year of the Earth Ox, the rhythmic beats of the drums and clanging of cymbals that accompany the traditional Lion Dance will be heard throughout the airport at 6pm – 8pm on 20, 22 and 24 January 2009.

The Khuan Loke Lion Dance troupe will be showcasing two Northern lions, which feature distinctive shaggy coat of hair. A significant element of Chinese culture, these two lions will symbolically usher in all good things - health, happiness, longevity and prosperity. The Lion and Dragon Dance will be conducting a walkthrough in the airport on the days of their performance.

Amplifying this mood of celebration at KLIA are agile acrobats who will be displaying precision in special performances alongside the Dragon Dance on the peak performance day.

Meanwhile the God of Prosperity is expected to make special visits to KLIA and LCCT-KLIA to hand out “fortune” during the appearance days. The KLIA God of Prosperity will be roaming the airport for 4 hours at 6pm – 10pm from 23 – 25 January and 29 - 31 January 2009 to surprise travellers and visitors at random with exclusive KLIA Shopping ang pow packets filled with shopping vouchers, oranges and fortune cookies on behalf of KLIA Shopping. The shopping vouchers can be instantly redeemed at any of the retail outlets in KLIA or LCCT-KLIA, giving further instant reward and adding more value to shopping at the Gateway to the Nation.

There will also be a team of strollers at hand to entertain passengers and visitors with popular Chinese New Year wishes and messages as they shop throughout the period of 19 January to 2 February 2009.

All in all, KLIA is a hive of activities this festive season as it continuously drums up the shopping atmosphere following the launch of the second phase of its Shopping Campaign in early December.

But, it is not just audio and visual sensory that await passengers and visitors of KLIA this season. This Chinese New Year, the atmosphere of prosperity and good luck can certainly be experienced in the ongoing KLIA Shopping’s “The Magic Continues…” Campaign. The second phase of the three-part-contest-within-an-Ultimate contest will reward a lucky shopper with a Bumper Prize of RM 40,000 worth of travel package to any destination of their choice.

Shoppers can also vie for other prizes through “The KLIA Magic Continues…” Campaign including an exclusive travel package worth RM 10,000 and a trip to anywhere in the world worth RM 15,000. Divided into three different tiers of qualification and prizes, “The Magic Continues…” is open to shoppers who spend as little as RM150 at KLIA and LCCT-KLIA.

At the end of the entire shopping campaign, one lucky shopper will truly be struck by the luck of the Ox when he/she is rewarded for shopping at KLIA or LCCT-KLIA with the Ultimate Grand Prize of a brand new, luxury car - the RM 420,000 Lexus GS300.

Official sponsors of the KLIA shopping campaign are Lexus and MasterCard. Every shopper who used their MasterCard for purchases automatically doubles their chances to win the many lucrative prizes offered throughout the shopping campaign.

A total of RM 2.7 million worth of prizes await shoppers in this KLIA Shopping Campaign. The prizes include Grand Prizes of RM 520,000 cash, RM 280,000 worth of travel packages and a host of other monthly and weekly prizes. Shoppers are also rewarded with instant gifts during the campaign.

For more information, visit our redemption booths at KLIA and LCCT-KLIA or log on to

Come on down to KLIA this Chinese New Year and be enthralled with the activities in store.




19 January to 2 February 2009

[6pm – 10pm]

Chinese New Year Strollers

· Main Terminal Building

· Satellite Building

· Contact Pier

20 January 2009 [6pm to 8pm]

22 January 2009 [6pm to 8pm]

24 January 2009 [6pm to 8pm]

Lion Dance

· Main Terminal Building

· Satellite Building

· Contact Pier

29 January 2009 [6pm to 8pm]

Dragon Dance

· Main Terminal Building [Main Stage Area]

23 – 25 January 2009

[6pm – 10pm]

29 – 31 January 2009

[6pm – 10pm]

God of Prosperity Appearance

· Main Terminal Building

· Satellite Building

· Contact Pier


29 January 2009 [6pm to 8pm]

31 January 2009 [6pm to 8pm]

Acrobatic Performance

· Main Terminal Building [Main Stage Area]

About Malaysia Airports

Malaysia Airports operates and manages 39 airports in Malaysia: 5 international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOL Ports). It also has operations in Kazakhstan, India and Turkey. On November 30 1999, Malaysia Airports became the first airport company to be listed in Asia. KL International Airport (KLIA), its flagship airport was thrice voted as the World's Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum) in the 2005 AETRA awards, 2006 ACI-ASQ awards and 2007 ACI-ASQ awards while the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT-KLIA) was named CAPA Low Cost Airport of the Year at the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence 2006. KLIA was also voted 2nd Best Airport Worldwide and in the Asia Pacific categories for 2007 ACI-ASQ awards. Malaysia Airports has also been entrusted to host the 2008 World Route Development Forum (ROUTES), the first airport operator in Asia to be given the honour of hosting the world-class airport-airlines event.

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Corporate Communication Division, Malaysia Airports

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