Friday, 18 November 2016

AirAsia bags Gold at 30th International ARC Awards in New York City

BY B. SURESH RAM - 18 NOVEMBER 2016 @ 9:41 AM

SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd’s 2015 annual report themed ‘Discover More with AirAsia’ won the prestigious Gold Award under the ‘Grand Award – Best of Asia Pacific’ category at the 30th International ARC Awards. The winners were feted at the Pearl Anniversary Gala, held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in Oct. The Company also received the Gold Award for ‘Best Non-Traditional Annual Report: Airlines’ category. The ARC Awards honours excellence in annual reports and is considered the most respected and prestigious competition in the industry. Winning an ARC prize is highly coveted due to the impartiality of the judging organisation, which boasts global representation. On top of that, Grand Awards are given only to the top 2 per cent of all the Gold winning annual reports. This year’s awards saw a total of 2,124 competing entries from 32 countries. Established by MerComm Inc. in 1987, the Annual Report Competition (ARC) Awards aims to encourage noteworthy and vital writing, as well as imaginative and original design. Preliminary and final judges represent top-level investor relations executives, financial executives, writers, designers, and photographers from over 50 different agencies and corporations. They hail from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States. Criteria used to choose winners included Cover Design, Chairman’s Letter, Writing, Interior Design, Financial Presentation, and, overall, how well the spirit of the company is reflected in the annual report. Air Asia’s Head of Investor Relations, Elina Effendi, said the award is a recognition of the efforts by a team of passionate people who have worked tirelessly to put the publication together, with the help of Allstars (AirAsia employees) from across the AirAsia Group. “We are proud to be honoured with this prestigious award recognising the creative input to our 2015 annual report. She said Airasia’s annual reports have become collectable items and they have been receiving requests for copies from corporations and individuals not just in Malaysia but all over the world. “With such high expectations given, every year, we challenge ourselves to improve the quality of our annual report as it is a representation of the AirAsia Allstars and the work they have done during the year”, she added. Elaborating on the theme of the annual report, she said, "Our annual reports are all about our people. We feature different Allstars every year based on the theme of the annual report for the year. For this publication in particular, the theme was 'Discover More with AirAsia.' She said apart from promoting new and interesting destinations with AirAsia, the annual report also has sections such as 'Discovering Your Purpose', which highlights the #AirAsiaMAKNA campaign and the story of employees who were personally affected by cancer. Elina said another section was on 'Discovering Your Ambitions', where the company talked about empowering Airasia’s people to achieve their dreams. This included the likes of Kugan Tangiisuran from Malaysia, who was a dispatch boy but is now a pilot; a Thai AirAsia Allstar, Pinkaew Sujanakobkul, who was a ramp agent but is now an ICT Supervisor; and Tantu Agung Suharto, the Head of Corporate Quality and Assurance in Indonesia AirAsia, who started his career with the company as a guest service assistant." AirAsia’s award-winning annual reports can be viewed and downloaded at Nova Fusion Sdn Bhd is the Malaysian-based creative agency commissioned by AirAsia Berhad for the creative execution and the publication of the 2015 annual report.

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Airasia "Bagasiku Mana?"

Airasia 'Bagasiku Mana?' 30s from Reza Syadrie on Vimeo.

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'Why' is more important than 'How' in travel

Question related to Travel issues :

  1. Would low-cost airlines have grown so quickly if oil prices had been more stable? 
  1. Would peer-to-peer giants such as Airbnb and Uber have developed into billion dollar businesses if consumers in western economies were not worried about their jobs? 
  1. Would OTAs have innovated less if Google hadn’t?

  1. Where is also relevant – the rapid growth of China and India as a source for technology and travellers alike on the global travel stage is well documented.
  1. And with regions such as Latin American and Africa also starting to show signs that online travel is growing, there is an increasingly global feel to the business we all work in.
Know How
  1. But the most awkward question to answer and one that is often conveniently overlooked is why.
Know Why?
  1. Why is Priceline Group the leading player in the accommodation market? 
  1. Why is Ryanair determined to become more than just a low-cost carrier? 
  1. Why does business travel continue to keep the wheels of global commerce turning?Why do travellers shift loyalties? Why do women business travellers from Asia have different needs and demands from their peers in North America? Why does Airbnb pose such a threat to traditional accommodation providers?

We know how people search and book their trips, we know how suppliers share (or not) inventory with partners, we know how travellers like to pay.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sharing economy and Travel trend

Hi readers,

Technology has become enabler for economic growth. certainly it also effect tourism industry. Website, apps, and tracking device make things more easier. In other word, it create new travel experience. I personally define this as "seamless travel".

Sharing Economy term can be best define as : “What’s mine is yours – for a fee.”. Sharing economy has become trend esspecially for Millenial who is tech savvy.

In Sharing Economy, Uber, Grabcar and AirBnB is a well known technology application in travel & tourism. People can now advertise and promote their local services and knowledge that allow travelers to have better access to destinations, people, and services in a way that saves a lot of money and creates a more unique and intimate travel experience.

Below is list of service related to Sharing Economy:

Accommodation :

Camping :

Couchsurfing :

House Swapping :

Semakan Status Blacklist Travel Imigresen & PTPTN

Minggu ni sibuk dengan isu yang nak keluar negara tak sangkut di airport disebabkan telah disenarai hitamkan terutama disebabkan pinjaman PTPTN.

Source : NST

Sebelum travel ke luar negara, sila la semak di link bawah ni :

Selain itu anda juga digalakkan menguruskan hutang / debt melalui debt reporting agency. Cuba CTOS reporting ni : atau melalui CTOS mobile appyang boleh didapati untuk Apple & Android.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2016 4-6 Nov 2016

Jom bawak anak2, adik2 ke Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair.

The Science Fair Engineering Kuala Lumpur (KLESF) adalah satu inisiatif dengan pelbagai program dan aktiviti yang bertujuan untuk memupuk minat dalam bidang sains, teknologi, kejuruteraan dan matematik (STEM) di kalangan pelajar-pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah.

Rakan-rakan KLESF terdiri daripada Akademi ASEAN Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi (AAET), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kumpulan Industri-Kerajaan Malaysia bagi Teknologi Tinggi (MIGHT) dan Institusi Jurutera Malaysia (IEM).

Volcano Competition

Biological Science Exploration

School Science 

Virtual Reality


Virtual Reality


3D Printings

Science Talk

Talk about Solar

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Emirates Launches Annual

Emirates launches global sales

Local news:

KUALA LUMPUR -- Dubai-based Emirates Airline has launched its annual global sales for travel period between Jan 15 and Nov 30, 2016. In a statement Tuesday, the airline said, bookings had to be made between Jan 5-19, 2016. It said the all-inclusive economy class fares from Malaysia will start at RM2,538 to Europe, RM1,808 to Australia and New Zealand, RM2,068 to the Middle East and RM4,208 to North America


New Year Sale: Emirates and flydubai slash fares

Source from :

Date: 6th January 2016

With the onset of the New Year, Dubai carriers Emirates and flydubai have launched an aggressive sales campaign, reducing airfares by up to 35 per cent.

Emirates’ global sale is for a limited time as bookings have to be made between today to January 18, 2016, for travel until November 30, 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

All inclusive Economy Class fares from Dubai to Middle East and Asian destinations start at Dh615 to Muscat, Dh935 to Karachi, Dh1,025 to Mumbai, Dh2,205 to Manila and Dh2,245 to Kuala Lumpur.

Economy Class fares to European cities like Munich start at Dh2,625, Barcelona at Dh2,815, Paris at Dh3,695 and fares to North and Central American cities like Los Angeles start at Dh4,945 and Panama City at Dh6,345.

“We know that many people have begun thinking about their travel plans and aspirations for 2016, and we are pleased to add a little more inspiration and incentive to help turn those plans and dreams into reality,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Flydubai has launched its limited time offer to selected destinations, promising 35 per cent discount.

“Book now to save up to 35 per cent on the lowest return fares in economy from Dubai to select destinations. Just book before noon on Monday, January 11, to fly between March 11, and October 31, 2016,” the airline said.

The best places in the world to travel in 2016 | Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's Best Places in the World to Travel 2016 as below ;
Lonely Planet's Top 10 countries for 2016
1. Botswana
2. Japan
3. USA
4. Palau
5. Latvia
6. Australia
7. Poland
8. Uruguay
9. Greenland
10. Fiji

Top 10 Regions
1. Transylvania, Romania
2. West Iceland
3. Valle de Vinales, Cuba
4. Friuli's wine regions, Italy
5. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
6. The Auvergne, France
7. Hawaii
8. Bavaria, Germany
9. Costa Verde, Brazil
10. St. Helena, British Territories

Top 10 Cities
1. Kotor, Montenegro
2. Quito, Ecuador
3. Dublin, Ireland
4. George Town, Malaysia
5. Rotterdam, Netherlands
6. Mumbai, India
7. Fremantle, Australia
8. Manchester, UK
9. Nashville, Tennessee
10. Rome
Top 10 Best Value Destinations
1. Estonia
2. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam
3. East Africa
4. New Mexico
5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
6. Galicia, Spain
7. Quebec City, Canada
8. Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast
9. Timor-Leste
10. Western Australia

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Malaysia Airlines Bhd on recent Baggage Restriction Issues

‘The intentions were good’

Key message from the article :

  • baggage restriction done in compliance with a zero-tolerance policy against overflying conflict zones adopted following the deadly flight MH17 crash in Ukraine

  • good intentions -wanted to inform passengers not to put something they might need in their check-in luggage such as medication

  • The recent decision also coincided with the storm in Europe, the strongest in decades. The intense headwinds caused the speed of our aircraft to slow down by one third, in addition to the additional flight time due to the rerouting.

  • will implement the same modus operandi should a storm occur? the management will have to decide on a case-by-case basis, adding that “every situation and every booking day are slightly different.

  • Malaysia Airlines will now most likely use short-messaging services to communicate with its customer on a similar situation rather than issue a press release

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 13, 2016. and this source from

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd has come out to say that its decision to notify its customers of a baggage restriction a few hours prior to checking in their baggage on flights to Paris and Amsterdam was done out of “good intentions”.

It was also done in compliance with a zero-tolerance policy against overflying conflict zones adopted following the deadly flight MH17 crash in Ukraine that was shot down on July 17, 2014, said its chief executive officer Christoph Mueller.

“We did not voluntarily make [ourselves] the clown of the city. We did not anticipate that the [good] intentions that we [had] wanted this communication [to be] to end up where it ended. We [had merely] wanted to inform our customers about the special situation,” he told The Edge Financial Daily yesterday.

Malaysia Airlines, which has been hogging the media limelight for the wrong reasons after the tragic incidents of MH370 and MH17 in 2014, once again received bad press due to its recent move to limit check-in baggage for flights to Paris and Amsterdam, citing strong headwinds, a move that left many passengers fuming.

The national airline had advised its passengers flying to the two cities to only carry up to 7kg of check-in luggage for two days — Jan 5 and 6 — from the original three days, citing “safety” and “unseasonably strong headwinds” as reasons. It had earlier planned to impose the same temporary restriction for flights to London, but cancelled it at the eleventh hour.

“It (move to notify its customers earlier) was done with very good intentions. We wanted to inform passengers not to put something they might need in their check-in luggage such as medication,” said Mueller.

He added that another reason for the restriction on check-in baggage allowance was due to its zero-tolerance policy with regard to overflying over a conflict zone.

“We are one of the few carriers in the world that do not compromise on this matter. We do not overfly Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria or any areas that have the mildest warnings [for commercial aircraft] and that is the reason why all our flights to Europe are now flying via Saudi Arabia, far into Egypt, and going up across western Nile River,” he said.

Mueller noted that the rerouting has prolonged the airline’s flight to Europe by one and a half hours, but stressed that this is merely for safety reason.
“The [recent] decision also coincided with the storm in Europe, the strongest in decades. The [intense headwinds caused the] speed of our aircraft to slow down by one third, in addition to the additional flight time due to the rerouting.

“So it was for two days that we were limited in our payload. We basically wanted to ask our customers [flying to Paris and Amsterdam] for their understanding because for the two days, they could only travel with [hand-carry] luggage,” said Mueller.

“When the storm was over, the whole thing was normal again. And that was the communication intended, but it came out on the other end as a media disaster I admit,” he added.

Early last month, it was reported that Storm Desmond had caused heavy rain and floods in the UK, with streets submerged in northwest England and 60,000 homes left without power.

Just as it was recovering by Christmas holidays, the country was once again battered by high winds and heavy rains, causing much disruption to transportation and leaving thousands of people without electricity.

Mueller said other airlines were also affected by the storm and had taken a longer route for their flights to Europe. However, they were fortunate not to impose any baggage restriction on their passengers as they operate the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which have a longer range capability than Malaysia Airlines’ ageing Boeing 777-200ERs that will be phased out by the end of this month.
Malaysia Airlines mounts its 777s on flights between Kuala Lumpur and Paris, and Amsterdam, while using its Airbus A380 fleet on the Kuala Lumpur-London route.

“So, the A380 [flights] were not affected. It was really the type of aircraft, together with the overfly [policy] due to the storm in Europe. And again, two days were the whole story,” said Mueller.
Mueller said the payload restrictions also happen frequently among airlines in North Atlantic, especially during winter.

“However, what the American carriers do is they offload some of their passengers, meaning they carry less passengers [during those affected periods]. But we didn’t because we thought, “This being the Christmas vacation, let’s just take the people [first] and deliver their bags 24 hours later’,” he added.

“Our planes were fully booked because it was the Christmas travel time [and] there are not many days in a year where we see 100% load factor, so we decided to leave the cargo behind. The storm was also unprecedented,” he said.

Asked if Malaysia Airlines will implement the same modus operandi should a storm occur on its Europe flights again, Mueller said the management will have to decide on a case-by-case basis, adding that “every situation and every booking day are slightly different”.

One thing’s certain, he said Malaysia Airlines will now most likely use short-messaging services to communicate with its customer on a similar situation rather than issue a press release.