Usage of aerobridge in Miri Airport

To my understanding, whenever possible, AirAsia will not use aerobridge for its flights. Nevertheless, the airline is forced to use aerobridge for its operation at KLIA2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

Miri Airport (MYY)

During my recent trip to Miri, I discovered that AirAsia uses aerobridge for both inbound and outbound flights. Probably because of a construction job taking place nearby.

New Celcom Lounge at klia2

Celcom has recently launched a new exclusive lounge at klia2, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). Other than the usual amenities, passengers will be able to pay their bills and ask about their roaming needs. The lounge is available for customers of the following packages:

  • Celcom First Elite
  • Celcom First for Business
  • Celcom First for Enterprise

 

Specialists from Celcom, also known as Celcom Telecommunications Specialist will be available to help users with:

  • Roaming needs
  • Bill payments
  • Travel tips

 

Amenities available include complimentary refreshments and snacks, internet access and luggage storage. Passengers can have discussions with the Specialists for their communication needs.

Unfortunately, prepaid users are not eligible to use the lounge. We think it might be good for Celcom to provide the lounge access to other Celcom users at a fee.

Celcom is a leading mobile telecommunications provider in Malaysia. It is part of Axiata Group, which also has business presence in Asia, primarily concentrating on Southeast Asia region.

klia2 is a low-cost, purpose-built terminal located in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Unlike Main Terminal Building (MTB), klia2 does not cater for full service carriers (FSCs). Although AirAsia is the primary airline for the terminal, other airlines utilizing klia2 include but not limited to Malindo Air and Tiger Air.

Source: Celcom website

Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 – Search and Rescue

AirAsia Airbus A320 9M-AFN Side view
AirAsia Airbus A320 9M-AFN Side view

KUALA LUMPUR, December 29th 2014 – An Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 has lost contact from Indonesian air traffic controller yesterday morning (December 28th 2014) and is still missing as of 12:55 AM today.

Search and rescue process is underway. Listed below are countries that offer help or already helping with search and rescue process of Flight QZ 8501.

Summary: Many countries are offering help as of now. Indonesia is leading the search and rescue team. Search for Day 1 has been suspended after dusk because of lack of sunlight. Search will resume on Day 2 (Monday).

 

Search Update – Day 2 (December 29th 2014)

Updated on 11:14 AM

The search resumes after it was suspended the previous night. More nations are expection to join the search today.

Australia has deployed a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft to assist in search operations. The Australian air force and navy joined the search ops.

 

Australia

A P3 Orion aircraft is on standby to assist with search process.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also spoke with Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to express his condolences of the incident and offer assistance as necessary. Foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop has confirmed that there are no Australians onboard. Nevertheless, she reiterated that Australia is offering support and assistance as necessary (source).

 

India

Pranav Kulkarni said Indian Navy keeps P8i maritime reconnaissance aircraft at INS Rajali. Three ships are also on standby for search and rescue.

 

Indonesia

Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency deployed seven ships and two helicopters to search the shores of Belitung and Kalimantan, shortly after the aircraft reported missing.

Indonesian Air Force Boeing 737 reconnaissance aircraft has also been sent to the last known location of Flight QZ 8501.

Indonesian Navy said it has dispatched four ships by the end of Day 1 of search operation.

Indonesian Army deployed ground troops to search at shores and mountans of adjacent islands.

 

Malaysia

Malaysia has set up a rescue coordination center in Subang and put three aircraft and three military vessels to assist in search and rescue operation.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said Putrajaya will assist Indonesia AirAsia in finding the missing aircraft. The media statement was made during an event in Lipis, Pahang on December 28th 2014.

 

Singapore

Singapore Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) has initially deployed a C0130 Hercules aircraft for search and rescue process of Indonesia AirAsia QZ 8501. A Singaporean officer will be deployed to Jakarta to aid Indonesian authorities on search operation and two more C-130 Hercules will be deployed for search and rescue operation.

 

United States

No direct assistance is being offered as of now.

Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman told media that US President, Barack Obama has been briefed about the situation and White House officials will continue to monitor the progress.

Notes

  • Originally published on 1:13 AM, December 29th 2014
  • Updated on 11:14 AM, December 29th 2014
  • Revision 2

Indonesia AirAsia QZ 8501 is Malaysian or Indonesian?

AirAsia Airbus A320 9M-AFN Side view
AirAsia Airbus A320 9M-AFN Side view

Malaysia has already been hit by two major aviation disasters, namely Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 and Flight MH 17. AirAsia, the leading budget carrier of Asia starts operation in Malaysia. Therefore, the recent Indonesia AirAsia incident is also associated with Malaysia although it has very little connection with Malaysia / Malaysian government.

Indonesia AirAsia Ownership Information

Contrary to popular belief, AirAsia Berhad does not hold majority share in Indonesia AirAsia. This is because Indonesian law does not allow majority foreign ownership of domestic civil aviation operations.

 

Indonesia, not Malaysia

For Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ 8501, we must keep in mind of the following:

  • Flight QZ 8501 is an Indonesian aircraft, bound by Indonesian rules and regulations.
  • The flight also departed from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. The flight lost contact with Indonesian air traffic controller in Indonesian Airspace.

There is quite a number of internet users mistaken this as a Malaysian aircraft:

Comment on AirAsia Facebook page 141228 1712
Comment on AirAsia Facebook page 141228 1712

This one is taken on AirAsia Facebook page.

 

Comment on RT.com page 141228 1712
Comment on RT.com page 141228 1712

Another screenshot taken from Russian-based news portal also indicated the same sentiment.

We hope that news outlets should be more specific in reporting news to prevent false news and sentiments being raised, especially in light of two aviation disasters involving Malaysia before.

It is important for us to stop the blame game and let the respective government(s) and authorities focus on their investigation instead.

Nevertheless, AirAsia is one of the safest airline in the world with no prior incident with fatalities.

Another Debris of MH370 Found?

MOZAMBIQUE, March 2nd 2016: A piece of wreckage, believed from Boeing 777 is found washed ashore on the cost of Mozambique, according to a CNN news report. Since there is no reported crash (other than Flight MH 17) involving Boeing 777 of that nature, it is strongly believed that the missing piece is from Flight MH 370, the one that disappeared during nighttime on March 8th 2014.

The unnamed source from United States further elaborated that the piece of wreckage is on its way to Malaysia for further examination. A quick look on Malaysian news sites has yet to reveal anything but we are expecting wide news coverage in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing while on its way from Kuala Lumpur International Airport – KLIA (KUL) to Beijing (PEK). It is being investigated as a crime by Malaysian police as they found it was being deliberately changed course from its intended path. Search so far has been proved futile with no credible lead found.