AirAsia – First Airline to Use New Approach Technology

AirAsia will be the first airline in Malaysia to use Required Navigation Performance Authori- sation Required Approach (RNP-AR APCH) technology, as reported by an article in The Star (Malaysia).

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AirAsia Airplane – 9M-AHA

The said technology is the advanced form of performance-based navigation (PBN) technology, enabling airlines to shorten the flight distance, reduce amount of fuel used and also noise pollution, especially near airports.

AirAsia has been known for its aggressive cost-cutting measures since its days of inception. The news article also reported that AirAsia hopes that it can save up to RM 1 million a year from the technology.

“By achieving significant mile savings, we are able to save on fuel costs and this could be translated to more low fares for our guests,” – Aireen Omar, AirAsia Bhd Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

LANDASAN: The initiative to embark on a new technology is a good move, especially when it involves cost savings. It’s time to other airlines, especially the ailing ones, to follow suit right?

 

Passenger Service Charge (PSC) in Malaysian Airports

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Malaysia Airports Logo

Passenger Service Charge is a fee charged to passengers departing from the respective airport.

The fees are collected by airlines during ticket purchase. However, it will only be handed over to the airport authority, Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) upon completion of the flight. Therefore, for passengers who bought the ticket and not able to complete their flight is eligible for full refund.

The detailed charge table is displayed as below:

Departing To PSC
Rural Airports To All Destinations RM0
KLIA – Main Terminal Building & Regional Airports** All international destinations RM65
KLIA – Main Terminal Building & Other Airports All domestic destinations RM9
LCCT-KLIA & T2 Kota Kinabalu All international destinations RM32
LCCT-KLIA All domestic destinations RM6
Secondary Airports : Alor Setar, Bintulu, Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kuantan, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Limbang, Melaka, Miri, Mulu, Pangkor, Redang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau & Tioman (Effective 1.12.2010) All direct ASEAN destinations RM26
Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Labuan, and Miri BIMP-EAGA destinations:
Brunei, Balik Papan, Manado, Santos, Puerto Princesa and Zamboanga
RM26
Penang, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu and Ipoh IMT-GT destinations:
Medan, Banda Aceh, Padang, Nias, Hat Yai, Narathiwat, Trang, Nikhon Thammarat & Patani
RM2

Source: Malaysian Airports website