AirAsia X resumes Sydney flights prioritising travel credit redemptions

Following its successful restructuring process, AirAsia X (AAX) is resuming its commercial service post pandemic between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney commencing from 14 February.


The airline will be prioritising full redemptions for its passengers affected by the restructuring. AAX guests may reinstate their flight booking and utilise their credit account to book the flights.

Flights will initially be operated weekly on Sundays from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and returning on Mondays starting 14 February 2022 to 22 March 2022. Schedules for the autumn / winter session will be announced in mid February.

Fares start from RM1,399 one way all-inclusive* on Economy or guests can choose to experience our Premium Flatbed from RM3,999. From Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, fares start from AUD399 and AUD1,299 one way all-inclusive* respectively. Book through the ‘Flights’ icon on the airasia Super App or the website.

CEO of AirAsia X Benyamin Ismail said: “Following our travel downtime over the last two years, and the recent completion of our restructuring process, we are thrilled to be able to relaunch and commence our gradual return to the skies. This would not have been possible without the overwhelming support from our guests and creditors and we thank them for their patience and understanding.

“Without any domestic routes AAX has been significantly affected by the pandemic. We now see light at the end of this long tunnel and we are working hard to operate again in all of our key markets, as one of the world’s leading low cost medium haul operators. Starting with flights to and from Sydney, we will progressively continue to honour outstanding bookings and Credit Accounts for our guests and creditors in other markets as soon as possible.

“As we anticipate the gradual reopening of international borders around the world in 2022, we are delighted to return to Australia first, as one of our most popular markets. This new weekly service for guests marks a significant milestone for the resumption of our commercial services and will contribute to our growth post-restructuring.

“We look forward to announcing additional new services soon.”


COO of AirAsia X Captain Suresh Kumar Bangah said: “We have been very active on all cargo flights throughout the pandemic and this has been a lifeline for us. For the first time, we are adding on passengers to supplement cargo revenue in our push to be a major combination carrier in this part of the world. Whilst take up will be gradual, it can only get better in the coming months as more people return to the skies. We are ready for that pent up demand.”

AirAsia X return flight schedule from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney.


Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents, international students and eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without applying for a travel exemption. For full entry requirements into Australia, please visit this page.

*All-inclusive of check-in baggage, one meal and one drink

WCT Malls Brings the Sweetness of Prosperity with Chupa Chups

Taste the sweetness this Chinese New Year with Lollipop themed festive decoration


WCT Malls Management Sdn Bhd, the property investment and management business under WCT Holdings Berhad (“WCT Group”) revealed its Chinese New Year mall decorations in collaboration with Chupa Chups, a lollipop brand in the heart of millions of consumers in Malaysia.

Showered in hues of red and gold, the main atriums of Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya, Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru, gateway@klia2 in Sepang has been transformed into Chupa Chups lollipop oriental gardens with cherry blossom trees, beautiful lanterns and galleries of Chupa Chups’ best of flavours in a bid to liven up the festive season in the spirit of abundance, sweetness and prosperity.

Selena Chua, Chief Executive Officer – WCT Malls Management said, “We are very happy to team up with Chupa Chups to create an exclusive CNY experience for our shoppers to enjoy with their families. We are presenting to all shoppers the ‘must have’ assortments, and the unique festive displays to attract more visitors to the mall as they usher in the year of the tiger.”

CNY shopping has never been so huat! gateway@klia2’s Giler sale is on-going with phenomenal discounts of up to 90% and RM100,000 worth of shopping rewards! Various participating brands from duty-absorbed products, fashion apparel & accessories, sportswear, chocolate & confectionery & lifestyle products and more await you!

In addition, WCT Malls have an exclusive partnership with AirAsia Ride, enabling its first 888 users to enjoy their ride to all WCT Malls with WCTHUAT2022 promo code available up for grab. The discount is open for all users, whereby each user can redeem RM4 off for each ride, with a maximum of up to 2 times for AirAsia ride starting from 15 January 2022 until 15 February 2022.

Apart from the decorations and embellishments, shoppers are in for a treat as they get to indulge in lots of fun activities and contests while trying their luck in winning something during the season of prosperity. From now till 15th February, shoppers, WCT Buddy members and RHB Bank Cardholders can redeem Exclusive Chupa Chups Red Packets, Chupa Chups Tote Bag, and partake in Chupa Chups inspired games and contests (*Terms & Conditions apply).

Doubling the sweetness, shoppers who sign up for the enhanced WCT Buddy 2.0 mobile app will receive 500 welcome prosperity points and enjoy the exclusive benefits offered in the app that suits their lifestyles. Shoppers who order a minimum of RM38 from WCT E-SHOP (Paradigm Mall PJ) will also be entitled to RM8 off as part of the HUATLAHNOW promo. More than 30 F&B outlets are part of the WCT E-SHOP participating tenants.


RHB Banking Group Managing Director of Group Community Banking Jeffrey Ng said: “RHB Bank is pleased to collaborate with WCT Malls to bring back the all-time favourite Chupa Chups sweet memories this Chinese New Year. While the management and retailers work towards enticing consumers back to the mall, RHB Bank takes an innovative approach in providing access to financing solutions designed to drive the acceleration of SME (small and medium enterprises) business activity especially as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Various items such as Chupa Chups Merchandises, Money Plants, Trinkets, Hampers, Chinese Herbs, Cookies, and many more can be discovered at the bazaar specially set up during this festive season. Shoppers also may find a gallery of delicious flavours up for grab at Chupa Chups merchandise booths. All favourite flavours in one place! From Chupa Chups Forever Fun Mega Tin, Fruity, Creamy and Best of Flavours lollipops, Jellies Lollies and Sourcola, to Surprise Hello Kitty of Chupa Chups lollipops.

Apart from various redemptions and festive booths, a repertoire of activities such the trapeze of longevity, lion dance and acrobatic lion dance performance, oriental dance, kids workshops, special oriental instruments symposium by Fairview International School, paper cutting and calligraphy contest by Sunway University Cultural Society will also be held during this festive period at Paradigm Mall PJ. Also, a limited edition of lollipop giveaway for kids under 12 years old at Paradigm Mall JB.

Moreover, prior to the recent VTL announcement between Malaysia and Singapore, Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru has launched an exclusive sales channel to sell CNY goods starting from 7 until 21 January 2022. The purpose of this initiative is to enable Malaysians who are currently living in Singapore to savor the local cookies or their hometown cookies.


Continuing the joy of festivities, WCT Malls is taking it one step further by extending the Chupa Chups collaboration to Aidilfitri this year. Shoppers during this Hari Raya Aidilfitri will also enjoy the sweetness of the festive season with their family and loved ones while experiencing a fresh look at the decorations and promotions.

For more information about the festivities and promotions of each mall, kindly visit the: -

Paradigm Mall PJ Website: www.paradigmmall.com.my
Paradigm Mall JB Website: www.paradigmmall.com.my/jb/
gateway@klia2 Website: www.gatewayklia2.com.my
Skypark Terminal Website: http://www.subangskypark.com/

Kembalikan Kenikmatan dengan Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair

Sensodyne memperkenalkan ubat gigi Repair & Protect Deep Repair baru dengan teknologi NovaMin® bagi membantu mereka yang menghidap masalah gigi sensitif

Sensodyne, jenama Ubat Gigi Sensitif Nombor 1*, hari ini melancarkan kempen #ReclaimLifeSmallPleasures di Malaysia bagi memperkenalkan ubat gigi Repair & Protect Deep Repair terbarunya, membolehkan mereka yang menghidap masalah gigi sensitif merasai semula nikmat kehidupan tanpa perlu bimbang tentang gigi sensitif.

Bagi mereka yang menghidap masalah gigi sensitif, mereka bukan sahaja berdepan dengan ketidakselesaan, malah juga terpaksa berwaspada apabila mengambil makanan dan minuman dalam kehidupan seharian kerana bimbang ianya akan menyebabkan rasa tajam dan ngilu pada gigi. Perkara yang dianggap biasa seperti menikmati secawan teh tarik, teh boba ais atau menikmati aiskrim yang sejuk boleh bertukar menjadi pengalaman yang tidak menyenangkan, menyebabkan mereka tidak dapat merasai nikmat kehidupan yang sepenuhnya.

Setiap individu, termasuk mereka yang menghidap masalah gigi sensitif boleh mendapat manfaat daripada kempen #ReclaimLifeSmallPleasures oleh Sensodyne, dengan mempelajari dan meningkatkan lagi kesedaran mengenai langkah-langkah awal untuk mencegah masalah gigi sensitif agar dapat mengetahui apakah tindakan proaktif yang boleh diambil bagi melegakan gigi sensitif.

Ucapan pembukaan oleh Pengurus Besar GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia, Bryan Wong di majlis pelancaran maya kempen Sensodyne #ReclaimLifeSmallPleasures.
“Kami memahami bahawa ketidakselesaan yang disebabkan oleh gigi sensitif boleh menghalang kita daripada merasai nikmat kehidupan sepenuhnya. Ketika Malaysia mulai kembali normal dalam era pasca pandemik, kempen #ReclaimLifeSmallPleasures ini menyasarkan untuk memberikan inspirasi kepada rakyat Malaysia agar sentiasa mengutamakan penjagaan mulut dan menikmati setiap detik indah yang mereka lalui, tidak kira sama ada menerokai, mencuba dan merasai makanan setiap hari, tanpa perlu bimbang tentang gigi sensitif. Lagipun, hidup terlalu singkat untuk gigi sensitif,” ujar Pengurus Besar GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia, Bryan Wong.

Kajian terbaru yang dijalankan oleh GSK Consumer Healthcare dan Ipsos mengenai impak COVID-19 ke atas tabiat penjagaan kesihatan mulut di kalangan pengguna mendapati bahawa pengurangan kekerapan kunjungan ke klinik gigi semasa pandemik menjadi punca utama perubahan tabiat penjagaan kesihatan mulut di kalangan pengguna di Asia Tenggara semasa tempoh ini1. Kajian itu turut mendapati bahawa kurang daripada suku responden (23%) mengakui menggunakan ubat gigi khusus bagi menangani masalah kesihatan mulut tertentu yang dihadapi oleh mereka(1).

Dr Norul Husna, mendidik penonton tentang punca-punca gigi sensitif.
Kajian Kuantitatif Asia Tenggara & Taiwan (SEAT) yang dijalankan oleh GSK Consumer Healthcare turut mendedahkan bahawa sekurang-kurangnya 7 daripada 10 rakyat Malaysia menghidap masalah gigi sensitif2. Di kalangan mereka yang menghidap masalah gigi sensitif di Malaysia, 39% menyedari masalah yang mereka hidapi, manakala 32% yang lain mengalami gejala sensitiviti tetapi tidak menyedari masalah yang dihidapi oleh mereka(2).

Terdapat pelbagai perkara yang boleh menyebabkan rasa tajam atau ngilu pada gigi bagi mereka yang menghidap masalah gigi sensitif(3). Kajian Kuantitatif Asia Tenggara & Taiwan (SEAT) turut menunjukkan bahawa kebanyakan penghidap gigi sensitif mengalami ketidakselesaan pada gigi mereka apabila mereka memberus gigi (38%), daripada makanan yang terperangkap di antara gusi dan gigi palsu (33%), mengambil makanan dan minuman yang sejuk (58%), panas (23%), manis (31%), berasid atau masam (29%) dan pedas (15%)(2).

Tambah Wong, “Selaras dengan nasihat Kementerian Kesihatan, rakyat Malaysia digesa agar mengutamakan amalan penjagaan kesihatan mulut masing-masing dan mempelajari cara-cara untuk mengenal pasti dan menangani masalah gigi sensitif yang tidak diingini. Kami berharap menerusi kempen ini, para penghidap gigi sensitif boleh mendapat perlindungan yang mereka perlukan daripada Sensodyne.”

Pakar Peneraju Jualan dari GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia, Rachel Gan, berkongsi cara ubat gigi Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair berfungsi dalam melegakan gigi sensitif.
Dalam usaha meningkatkan kesedaran masalah gigi sensitif di seluruh negara, kempen #ReclaimLifeSmallPleasures Sensodyne akan dilancarkan secara berperingkat mulai Januari 2022, dengan pelbagai kandungan hiburan bermaklumat dan pendidikan oleh profesional penjagaan kesihatan, pencipta kandungan dan pempengaruh media sosial; yang disampaikan menerusi pelbagai platform termasuk portal dan saluran media sosial Sensodyne Malaysia, platform media tradisional dan digital. Sampel ubat gigi Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair juga boleh didapati di hampir 1,000 klinik pergigian di seluruh negara.

Kempen #ReclaimLifeSmallPleasures oleh Sensodyne berakhir dengan pengacara, Brandon Ho dan influencer, Sean Lee mengimbas kembali pembelajaran mengenai gigi sensitif dan cara-cara untuk melegakan gigi sensitif.
Mulai hari ini hingga 31 Januari 2022, GSK Flagship Store di Shopee akan mengadakan promosi istimewa dengan hanya RM10.00 untuk setiap pek ubat gigi Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair. Selain daripada itu, dengan pembelian minimum RM35 untuk semua produk Sensodyne, para pengguna juga akan menerima 10% POTONGAN tambahan dan baucar ShopeeFood bernilai RM5. Ubat gigi Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair juga boleh didapati di farmasi, klinik pergigian, pasar mini, pasar raya dan pasar raya hiper di seluruh Malaysia.

Ubat gigi Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair menggunakan teknologi NovaMin® yang menembusi jauh ke dalam gigi bagi membaiki punca** gigi sensitif dan membentuk lapisan perlindungan yang terbukti secara klinikal dapat melegakan masalah gigi sensitif. Ia turut mengandungi fluorida yang membantu menguatkan enamel dan memberikan perlindungan harian untuk gigi sensitif, di samping menjaga kesihatan gigi dan gusi. Untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai Sensodyne Repair & Protect Deep Repair dan cara untuk melegakan gigi sensitif, sila kunjungi sensodyne.com.my dan ikuti laman Facebook dan Instagram Sensodyne Malaysia.

Notes:
*Sumber: Nielsen Retail Audit Data, September 2020 – Ogos 2021
**Membentuk lapisan perlindungan pada bahagian sensitif gigi. Gosok gigi dua kali sehari untuk perlindungan daripada kesensitifan yang berpanjangan
(1) GSK Consumer Healthcare. Back to the dentist – new study highlights urgent need to tackle oral healthcare habits post COVID-19. 18 Mac 2021. Dipetik daripada pautan.
(2) GSK Consumer Healthcare. Sensodyne Southeast Asia & Taiwan Quantitative Research – Malaysia Market Session. September 2021.
(3) Sensodyne Malaysia. Symptoms of Sensitivity. Oktober 2021. Dipetik daripada pautan.

Changes in consumer behaviour for the FMCG industry and what 2022 holds in store

Khalid Alvi
According to experts, nearly 40% of all products globally will be sold online by 2026[1]. Recovering from the shock of the pandemic, business leaders are now looking at long-term strategic moves, particularly since the “next normal” looks drastically different than from what we’re used to. Being one the largest markets worldwide, the Fast-Moving-Consumer-Goods (FMCG) industry is also presented with an enormous responsibility— and opportunity—to reinvent their operation models to navigate an uncharted future.

Consumer behaviours are settling into a new normal, as people everywhere learn to live with the reality of COVID-19 and as more countries reopen parts of their economies. While the FMCG industry has remained resilient during the pandemic, the business environment is changing fast with accelerated digitalisation.

To keep a pulse on both, companies need to learn how to innovate and digitally transform their business to cut through current “digital fatigue”. To do so, companies must first understand the evolving trends in the market.

Shift of value perception and buying habits
Even though markets are reopening, global consumers income has dropped. The outlook of the economy is not optimistic – hence, the choices people make on everyday spending will also be affected. Research shows that consumers are being mindful about their spending and trading down to less expensive products[2]. This means keeping their spending largely limited to essential, such as groceries and household supplies and cutting back on the more discretionary categories. However, with the rollout of vaccinations in place, the Malaysian economy is expected to strengthen between 5.5% and 6.5% in 2022[3].

Spending power aside, consumers have also changed the way they make purchases, shifting to online shopping and relying on smaller, neighbourhood grocery stores. In fact, due to the supply-chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, many consumers have experimented with different brands or shopped at a different retailers during the crisis. This shows that value, availability, and quality are drivers for consumers to make these switches. Many brands understood this and changed their marketing strategy to in order to stay relevant.

In Etika’s case, we focused our efforts on connecting with our customers via forward-thinking digital campaigns. This included championing several digital initiatives during the lockdown period, such as the first-ever concert from home in Malaysia called Konsert #WONDADiRumah, Goodday virtual moreh sessions, and augmented reality (AR) filters for Hari Raya celebrations. By keeping our community engaged, and continuously delivering great offerings during the challenge, Etika was able to maintain steady growth during this time.

Establishing strong e-commerce presence
Consumer brands have long understood the need to adapt to digital shopping behaviours. Yet, the recent disruptions have triggered a greater sense of urgency. A study by McKinsey showed that most product categories have seen more than 10 percent growth in their online customer base during the pandemic[4], and many consumers are planning to continue shopping online even when brick-and-mortar stores reopen. This trend is consistent across the globe and the share of wallet spent online is expected to increase post pandemic.

Etika has capitalised on this trend with our flagship stores on Shopee and Lazada. In 2021, for Chinese New Year Etika had organised a giveaway initiative where consumers were entitled to receive free drinks and cash vouchers with their purchase online. This was also coupled with the launch of a special Chinese New Year below.



The progress of the e-commerce space also saw the birth of a new demographic group[5] – an older, less affluent, more rural audience. Because of the sudden accelerated adoption of e-commerce, brands will have to win these new of shoppers through value proposition, a more user-friendly experience and invest in moments that surprise and delight even post transaction. That said, the biggest spenders online remains to be high-income earners and millennials, both whom are leading the way in shifting spend online across both essential and nonessential items.

Greener products takes the spotlight
Another emerging trend accelerated by COVID-19 is the focus on sustainability and planetary change, with a first wave of dominant interest set to splash over the next 18 months and drive sentiments mainstream by 2022. The constant development of consumer awareness regarding sustainable development has spread to food markets. For the FMCG industry, this could provide an opportunity for companies to enhance their business resilience through improving sustainability practices in their value chain.

Joining this effort, Etika has also renewed its sustainability efforts around key pillars of reducing carbon emission, sourcing sustainable ingredients, innovation in packaging and waste reduction. For example, we have a strong commitment towards sustainable sourcing by obtaining raw ingredients such as sugar and palm from ethical producers. We have also steadily been working to innovate our packaging and introduce materials that are eco-friendly and recyclable by using 100% FSC certified paper for operational and packaging needs.This means that the paper products being used are sourced in an environmentally friendly manner, socially responsible and economically viable. Other ongoing efforts include collaborating with Malaysia Plastic Pact to incorporate more recyclable materials in our packaging to reduce plastic waste.

Increased Demand for Healthier Alternatives
Consumers today are more concious about their diet and are making healthier choices when it comes to their food and drinks. The pandemic has further reinforced the importance of good health and this has increased the demands for healthier alternatives. For instance, Ai Palette found that healthier snacks options such as nuts and seeds grew in popularity in Philippines while oat-based snacks and dark chocolate gained popularity in Singapore[6].

Across the FMCG industry, health and wellness initiatives are becoming increasingly important. Some brands are actively working on product reformulation and sugar-reduction programmes along with introducing healthier product alternative for the consumers. As more and more consumers are looking for healthier alternative this is an opportunity for companies to explore new products and introduce healthier products in the market.

Businesses that can react to the evolving demands and needs with innovative approaches will create resonance with consumers which in turn, will them place them as leaders in the imdustry. As one of Malaysia’s leading halal beverage manufacturers, Etika is truly excited to take the key learnings acquired from this period and reinvent our tactics to continue delivering excellent value to our existing and future partners, stakeholders, and customers.

Attributed to Khalid Alvi, Chief Executive Officer of Etika, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

[1] https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/12/4958/pdf
[2]https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Industries/Retail/Our%20Insights/Perspectives%20on%20retail%20and%20consumer%20goods%20Number%208/Perspectives-on-Retail-and-Consumer-Goods_Issue-8.pdf
[3] https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2021/10/29/economic-outlook-2022-gdp-to-expand-55-65
[4]https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Industries/Retail/Our%20Insights/Perspectives%20on%20retail%20and%20consumer%20goods%20Number%208/Perspectives-on-Retail-and-Consumer-Goods_Issue-8.pdf
[5] https://www.warc.com/newsandopinion/opinion/how-fmcg-brands-can-respond-to-change-after-covid-19/3682
[6] https://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Article/2020/07/02/From-convenience-to-conscious-Covid-19-pandemic-leads-to-shift-in-snacking-priorities-experts

Follow Your Inspiration Anytime Anywhere with the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G



Are you someone who loves relaxing with a cup of coffee while sketching or someone who just enjoys doodling while taking notes? Well, if you enjoy creating art to express your creativity, then the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is just for you!

The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, the first ever smartphone in the S series with S Pen compatibility, is the perfect device to get your creative juices flowing, no matter if it’s to spontaneously jot down notes, edit a photo, or sketch out prompt ideas for that next project. Note-taking has never been easier through the S Pen’s handwriting functions. Not only can you create reminders, but you can even convert your handwritten notes to text for better legibility. If you are a visual learner, then the S Pen will definitely come in handy as you can create drawings or add in doodles while you take down notes. Moreover, the various pen options, such as different colours and writing styles can also make your notes more aesthetic and organised.

Not only that, but you can also use your S Pen to draw on thin air when recording with your phone’s camera via the AR Doodle feature. All you need to do is tap on AR Zone in the Camera app then tap AR doodle and that’s it! Now, you just find a subject – may be yourself, your pet, your friends, or even the scenery, begin recording and draw away! This feature truly allows you to express your creativity in the most fun and entertaining way possible.

Challenge your imagination with the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and S Pen! No pencil or paper is needed when it comes to drawing out your ideas or jotting down notes, making it all the more convenient to sketch and write whatever you want at any time or place!

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For more information on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, head on to: https://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-s21-5g/buy/

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AirAsia Group is now Capital A

  • New corporate identity to better reflect the Group’s core businesses and its future undertakings as rapid digital transformation takes shape
  • Represents exciting new era as more than just an airline

(From left) Colin Currie, President (Commercial) of Capital A and CEO, AirAsia Digital Sdn Bhd; Bo Lingam, President (Aviation) and Group CEO, AirAsia Aviation Limited; Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer of Capital A; and Aireen Omar, President (Ventures) of Capital A and CEO, Redbeat Capital Inc at the announcement of Capital A media event in Kuala Lumpur today.

AirAsia Group Berhad has today announced a name change for the group holding company to become Capital A Berhad (Capital A or the Group).

The name change reflects the Group’s new core business strategy as an investment holding company with a portfolio of synergistic travel and lifestyle businesses, which have rapidly transformed the AirAsia brand into much more than just an airline.

CEO of Capital A, Tony Fernandes said: “This is not just about unveiling a new logo. It’s a significant milestone that marks a new era for the Group. Today’s announcement reinforces we are not just an airline anymore.

“While the airline will always underpin the AirAsia brand, it has long been my firm intention, well before Covid hit, to leverage the strong data we have built up over 20 years and incorporate industry-leading new technologies to offer a broad range of products and services, over and above selling just airfares. The pandemic has allowed us to accelerate that strategy.

“Our brand has continuously evolved based on driving innovation and meeting ever changing consumer demand. The strategy behind the change of name is to introduce a new corporate identity that better reflects the Group’s core businesses today and its future undertakings, in tandem with our rapid transformation from an airline into a one-stop digital travel and lifestyle services group. We believe that the new company name will also further enhance the marketability of our products and boost the success of our Group for the long haul.

“Essentially Capital A is an investment company with a broad portfolio of businesses which all deliver the best value at the lowest cost, supported by strong data built up over two decades. We also have one of Asia's leading brands to ride on, a strong people-first culture and an underlying promise of remaining committed to serving the underserved in all that we do. Just like what the airline has done from day one, all of our different lines of business will deliver the same strategy that is underscored by doing what we do best - making travel and everyday lifestyle services affordable, accessible and inclusive to all.

(Second from left) Colin Currie, President (Commercial) of Capital A and CEO, AirAsia Digital Sdn Bhd; Bo Lingam, President (Aviation) and Group CEO, AirAsia Aviation Limited; Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer of Capital A; and Aireen Omar, President (Ventures) of Capital A and CEO, Redbeat Capital Inc at the announcement of Capital A media event in Kuala Lumpur today.

“We are now delivering more products and services under one umbrella than any other brand in Asean and with access to over 700 million people in the region, I foresee incredible growth opportunities for our brand across many different industries in all of our core markets.

“We have 16 products and services on our airasia Super App, providing not only the best value flight and travel deals but also everyday lifestyle needs, from food to retail and e-commerce, to same day delivery, ride hailing and much more. We are already one of the top three online travel agents (OTAs) in Asean and our super app is on track to become the leading lifestyle app in the region very soon.

“All of our portfolio businesses are well on the way to becoming industry leaders in their respective fields across Southeast Asia, including BigPay, our aircraft engineering division Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) and logistics venture Teleport.

“We already have over 50 million monthly unique visitors on our super app which has been recognised as a tech unicorn in under two years, our fintech business BigPay, has been given a significant injection of USD $100million from South Korea conglomerate SK Group and overall we have raised over RM2.5 billion to date through our fundraising strategy. Following strong consumer and investor support for our transformation strategy, we now set our sights on further capital raising initiatives for the airasia Super App, Teleport and ADE which will be announced in due course.”

On the airline, Tony commented: “While Capital A will be the new Group holding company name, one thing that isn’t changing is the AirAsia brand name for our airlines. It’s one of the strongest brands in Asia and provides a solid platform for all of our other products and services to leverage from each other.

“Even though the last two years have been the most difficult and disrupted years in the history of commercial aviation, I welcome the year ahead with much greater confidence. Domestic air travel has already started to rebound in our key markets. While there may be some delays for international flights to return to pre-Covid levels due to the Omicron variant, I believe this will be short-lived as many global health experts are also predicting, alongside accelerated vaccines and booster shots as well as the world gradually learning to live with Covid. I am hopeful borders will reopen gradually throughout 2022 and we will see a return to normal capacity for our international services by the middle to third quarter of this year.

“Over the past two years we have spent the downturn in flying building a solid foundation for a viable and successful future, which is not solely reliant on airfares alone. Capital A signals an exciting new era for our airlines and all of our other portfolio businesses within the Group as we embark on a significant new growth phase.

“Importantly, the best is yet to come. We have pivoted, we have transformed and we have a five year plan in place which will see non airline revenues contributing around 50 percent of overall Group revenue by 2026. Once the airlines return to pre-Covid levels in the near future all of our other lines of business will benefit significantly and will all soar to new heights in tandem with one another.”

By 2026 Capital A aims to achieve amongst others:
  • Group airlines connecting over 1 billion people in Asean.
  • The engineering division (ADE) becomes an industry leader for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in Southeast Asia.
  • airasia Super App to be the super app of choice in Asean.
  • 10 million monthly active users for BigPay.
  • 10% market share in Southeast Asia for Teleport, in the logistics and e-commerce industry.
  • 5 million sign ups for edutech arm AirAsia Academy.
  • Over 21 million monthly orders on airasia grocer.

The new holding company name, Capital A, is immediately effective following the successful registration of the name by the Companies Commision of Malaysia announced on January 3 and the subsequent formal approvals received yesterday.

The name change from AirAsia Group Berhad to Capital A Berhad will not have any effect on the Company’s ongoing operations. The AirAsia stock name on the main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad will change with immediate effect to reflect the new company name.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Full Review: The Newest Member of the Epic Galaxy S21 Series 5G

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE or Fan Edition are amongst the first Samsung's smartphone in Malaysia to be released in early 2022. This phone is sold cheaper than the regular Samsung Galaxy S21 released last year. Since last year, its presence has been awaited by fans worldwide. Samsung has provided several improvements on this smartphone from Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, making the Galaxy S21 FE even more interesting.



Design
The Galaxy S21 FE offers a completely different look from its predecessor. The body measures 74.5 x 155.7 x 7.9 mm and weighs 177 grams. Although it is not as compact as the Galaxy S21, S21 FE still comfortable to grip, even for those with small hands. The colour and storage variant we got is the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Olive colour version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB ROM. The back panel carries a polycarbonate or plastic material. While the side of the frame is made of aluminium.



The back has three cameras with slightly protruding modules, like the regular Galaxy S21. However, the difference is that the camera housing is not made with a metal frame. There is also an NFC feature that can be used to check your digital card balances at the back panel. Still, Samsung applies a matte finish on the back shell that makes it comfortable to hold while minimizing fingerprints.

The power button and volume control are on the right side, with a USB-C port on the bottom. Unfortunately, there's no 3.5mm headphone jack; maybe it's time to use the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro or Samsung Galaxy Buds2. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, so you don't have to worry when it rains or doing any activities in the pool with this smartphone.

Screen
One of the aspects that made us fall in love with this phone is the screen. Samsung implemented a 19.5:9 ratio after adopting 20:9 for a long time. As a result, the edges are made flat, plus the thin bezel gives the impression of being spacious in the view.



The Galaxy S21 FE has a 6.4-inch screen with Full HD + resolution. In addition, the panel uses Dynamic AMOLED 2X as installed in the Galaxy S21 series. The screen quality, in our opinion, looks more eye-catching as the colours presented are so rich and accurate, the details are very good. Samsung's screen issue has never disappointed us.



Equipped with stereo speakers, you can enjoy high-quality audio anywhere you go. Moreover, once we activate the Dolby Atmos feature, the sound quality is instantly boosted. Following the trend, the refresh rate is 120Hz, providing smooth transitions when scrolling the screen.

Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE embeds three rear lenses: a 12 MP main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12 MP ultrawide camera with a 123-degree field of view, and an 8 MP telephoto camera. In addition, the selfie camera has a size of 32 MP.

In terms of quality, the rear camera shots of the Galaxy S21 FE have good results, especially under adequate lighting. The details are very clear, and the colours are well displayed and captured. The main camera has a subtle depth effect even though it doesn't use portrait mode. However, the portrait mode itself works well if you focus it properly.



Furthermore, using the night mode improves the low light scenario. In addition, the shot is brightened so that it looks good and does not look grainy or fade objects. While the selfie camera provides natural-looking shots under adequate lighting.

Although the ultrawide camera function displays photos wider, the image quality is still maintained, and the colours are still similar to the main lens. In addition, this lens allows the phone to zoom up to three times for telephoto cameras. Meanwhile, digital zoom, or what Samsung calls Space Zoom, can reach up to 30 times.

Samsung also offers several interesting features: an object eraser. This feature will remove unwanted objects in the captured photo. So there is no need to install third-party applications, and how to use them is easy.

Other camera features on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE include Single Take, Portrait, Photo & Video, Pro, Panorama, Food, Night, Portrait Video, Pro Video, Super Slomo, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, and Dual Recording. Samsung is known as a mobile phone brand that excels in the camera sector, and it is the same for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. 
 


For video recording, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G supports resolutions up to 4K 60FPS, both on the front and rear cameras.

Performance
The Galaxy S21 FE is equipped with an Exynos 2100 chipset with a Mali-G78 GPU combined with 8GB of RAM. When using it, the experience is so smooth.

Apps load quickly, multitasking is a breeze, and it can practically handle whatever we're working on.

We had time to do benchmarks test, and the results were quite high and satisfying. Here are the results:

Geekbench
  • 1068 (Single-Core)
  • 3,077 (Multi-Core)



PCMark
  • 13,949 (Work 3.0)



3D Mark
  • 6340 (Overall Score)
  • 38.00 Average frame rate (FPS)



Battery
For connectivity features, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, 4G LTE, and 5G.

Samsung has equipped a 4,500mAh battery, similar to its predecessor, with 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. However, as you may already know, retail units no longer come with a charging adapter; only a USB Type C cable is included. So it's worth needing a standard USB-PD adapter or Type-C charger if you don't already have one. When tested with PC Mark obtained 8 hours 28 seconds.

Conclusion
Overall, the Galaxy S21 FE is an excellent daily driver. Carrying a waterproof body, attractive appearance, okay performance, good camera shots, and supports 5G connectivity.

The phone runs One UI 4 based on Android 12, which brings several changes, from display customization to privacy. In addition, Samsung provides two very useful features, Link To Windows and DeX, so that the Galaxy S21 FE can be used for productivity. Therefore, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is suitable for users who like capable cameras or entertainment needs.




A polycarbonate body still displays a premium impression, a clear 2x Dynamic AMOLED screen, a 120Hz refresh rate for responsiveness. In addition, the camera with the best quality, up to a 4,500mAh battery capacity, is enough to be an advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

The Most Popular Fan-Favourite Galaxy, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G



In 2020, Samsung brought the Galaxy flagship experience to even more fans with a new addition to the S series – the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. Designed with fans feedback and equipped with premium features that matter most to Galaxy fans, the Galaxy S20 FE became an instant hit with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Building on the success of Galaxy S20 FE, the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition will be just as popular with fans around the world. This device stood out from the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and was awarded as one of the best phones by Android Police, Android Authority and CNN Underscored.

Continuing the legacy of the Galaxy S21 series, users can enjoy the same premium flagship experience they have come to love and expect on the Galaxy S21 FE 5G, at a fraction of the price! Retailing at RM2,899 (128GB) and RM3,099 (256GB), the device features the latest super-fast application processor that will wow gamers and streamers; an all-day intelligent battery to last from work to home; a beautiful and large 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display; a triple lens rear camera system for epic content creation; and a seamless ecosystem connectivity. Not forgetting, it also benefits from a 32MP front camera which allows users to slay selfies highlighting their best features and a dual-mode recording feature to take vlogging to a whole new level as an actor and a director, all at once.



In addition to the above, Samsung Malaysia is hosting a #FanEditionShowDown TikTok Challenge from 20th January to 3rd February 2022. Calling all fans out there to showcase their best outfit rendition representing the chic colours of the Galaxy S21 FE 5G with fan-favourite influencers @ellyakeesha, @alex_hkf, @amandaamry, @ericlofstedt, @laylasania, and @wafiy_aan! Participant with the most creative submission will stand a chance to own a brand-new Galaxy S21 FE 5G!



Get inspired and learn more about the #FanEditionShowDown TikTok Challenge here:
https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSe4LDNWf/ and https://www.samsung.com/my/offer/mobile/fan-edition-showdown-tnc/

Carsome Group Appoints Ravi Shankar as Chief Marketing Officer

Southeast Asia’s largest car e-commerce platform Carsome has appointed Ravi Shankar Mallavarapu as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to head multidisciplinary functions and continue driving Carsome’s leadership in all marketing-related aspects.

Eric Cheng, Carsome Co-Founder and Group CEO

In his new role, Mallavarapu will oversee brand, marketing, digital, social media, public relations, growth, market research and customer experience. He will also work closely with Carsome’s Chief Brand Officer Derek Tan on brand, creative, production and sponsorships.

Ravi Shankar
Carsome Co-founder and Group CEO Eric Cheng said that this appointment is an important move to continue strengthening Carsome’s leadership team to achieve greater heights. “Ravi is a data-driven marketer who balances creativity with excellent execution. We are very excited to have him onboard to accelerate our business growth and help establish Carsome’s mission in the market, which is to create a new standard of buying and selling cars,” Cheng added.

Mallavarapu brings with him close to 15 years of experience in digital, brand and growth marketing. He spent six years across multiple firms in India, before moving to Malaysia, where his last role was AirAsia’s Chief Growth Officer. At AirAsia, Mallavarapu successfully built an in-house digital marketing team and transformed it into a growth team, which runs ads to develop marketing products, in line with the company’s business direction of pivoting from an airline to a super-app.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Carsome’s journey of building a trusted car ownership ecosystem using data and technology. Being the industry leader, Carsome is in a good position to bring change to user behaviour in the Southeast Asian region, where most car transactions are done offline. We can move this online by establishing trust and the best customer experience at every touch point. I look forward to making Carsome the top-of-mind brand in this region and connecting the dots between brand, marketing, technology and data,” Mallavarapu said.

Mallavarapu’s appointment is timely for Carsome to streamline and expand its marketing and outreach efforts, with specific focus on its business-to-consumer arm Carsome Certified, an industry standard for car-buying with quality assurance and peace of mind.

foodpanda Continues To Expand Footprint In Malaysia With More Than 40 New Areas

Solidifying Their Position As A Leader In the Q-Commerce Industry



foodpanda, Asia’s leading on-demand delivery platform, expands their footprint throughout Malaysia with more than 40 new areas. These new areas range from Kukup right up to Nabawan and Lubok China as well as Jeram.

Commenting on this expansion, Sayantan Das, Managing Director, foodpanda said that these new areas are crucial in solidifying foodpanda’s position as a leader in the q-commerce industry. “We are always looking at new opportunities to tap into, in order to be able to deliver joy to more customers across the nation.”



As an organisation that thrives on technology and operational excellence, foodpanda currently operates in more than 303 areas in 14 states across Malaysia. Users from these new areas would be able to place their orders and have their meals as well as groceries delivered to their doorstep with just a few taps.

“We are delighted to announce these over 40 new areas and look forward to announcing more areas in due time. This expansion is in line with our vision of becoming the q-commerce leader in Malaysia and top choice for both food and grocery delivery,” added Sayantan.

New customers would be able to enjoy 40% off (capped at RM10) for a minimum order of RM10 with promo code, PANDABARU.

AirAsia X partners with GEODIS, strengthens its Asia Pacific logistics footprint in a rapid turnaround post restructuring

AirAsia X (AAX) today announced a major new air logistics partnership with global leading transport and logistics provider GEODIS, providing additional cargo capacity and boosting revenue during the downtime in commercial flying.



This agreement is set to run for an initial period of six months commencing from 20th January 2022 with further extensions to be contemplated. Under the agreement, AAX will provide regular dedicated scheduled cargo flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, Chennai, Shanghai and Sydney.

With an extensive footprint in Asia Pacific, the partnership with GEODIS will not only complement the existing AAX network but will also stimulate additional air-cargo traffic in a number of markets that they both operate in. Through its hub and spoke model, including the ability to switch transport modes at the Kuala Lumpur facility, the network also benefits from GEODIS’ expansive road network to ensure that cargo from its flights to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are able to be transported across the whole of Southeast Asia. With highly integrated, multimodal transport solutions, GEODIS aims to help more customers to circumvent disruptions that have negatively affected both air and sea cargo flows historically.

This innovative partnership is the first of many that will be finalised in coming months. These augment the significant short term cargo charters completed in recent months and represent a rapid financial turnaround post a comprehensive successful restructuring of the airline.

CEO of AirAsia X Malaysia, Benyamin Ismail said: “Air cargo rates will continue to remain robust as long as planes remain grounded. We intend to capitalise on this opportunity for as long as it lasts. Cargo revenues were four per cent of our total revenues pre-Covid. It has been our lifeline over the past two years. We expect that our cargo operations moving forward will contribute at least 40 to 50 per cent of our total revenue. Importantly we are now perfectly hedged to take advantage of the huge surge in air transport demand. Furthermore, passenger revenue will offset any drop in cargo rates when we start normal scheduled flights again.

“We are tremendously excited with this new opportunity with GEODIS. We have operated ad hoc charter services for them in recent months but this new arrangement provides better certainty on utilisation of our planes and better visibility of earnings.”

Onno Boots, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, GEODIS said: “It is more crucial now than ever to supplement integrated transport networks with strategic routes that offer customers a high degree of efficiency, personalisation and flexibility. Especially given the increasingly complex supply chain landscape that has affected the logistical expectations and needs of industries across the board.

“These new intra-APAC flight routes represent our sustained commitment in bringing customers highly reliable, innovative, and cost-effective solutions that are tailored to what their business truly needs, allowing them to fully optimize the e-commerce boom and chart their long-term business growth.

“We look forward to working in partnership with AirAsia X to strengthen its logistics footprint.”

FOLLOW ME Aims To Create A Safer Environment For Students By Donating Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitisers To Schools

FOLLOW ME invites all schools to sign up for this initiative to receive complimentary bottles of hand sanitizer



Malaysians are all excited to welcome in the new year with renewed hope. Whether it’s for business or for leisure, everybody is busy planning for the year ahead while adjusting to new norms. In the midst of all this, schools are also preparing for a new school year with in-person classes. Recognising the need for better hand hygiene in schools, FOLLOW ME is taking the initiative to supply primary and secondary schools with their Anti-Bacterial hand sanitizers to keep students, teachers and staff safe.

With this endeavour, FOLLOW ME aims to donate more than 120 bottles of 150ml Anti-Bacterial hand sanitizers to each participating school with the objectives of highlighting the importance of maintaining personal hygiene, and helping students, teachers and parents curb the spread of COVID-19. The hand sanitizers will be distributed to all primary and secondary schools who register through this Google Forms: https://forms.gle/NxnLDaXWR3kVCsnD9.

In accordance with the latest government-mandated standard operating procedures (SOPs), schools are installing temperature monitors and re-arranging classroom settings to comply with social distancing measures. The guidelines also emphasize the necessity of providing sufficient hand sanitizers in every classroom, because hands are often considered a “germ hotspot” where bacteria or viruses could easily spread through contact. Thus, V is joining the effort to ensure that every school is a safe and comfortable learning environment by donating hand sanitisers early in the new school year.

“FOLLOW ME has always been committed to providing safe and reliable personal hygiene products to Malaysians. As COVID-19 continues to make an increasing impact on the lives of more and more Malaysians everyday, we hope to play our part in helping everyone stay safe,” says Patrick Ee , General Manager of Tohtonku Malaysia & Singapore. “We hope that we are able to encourage and support our education institutions to open their doors to students and to have students return to schools with an ease of mind through this contribution of hand sanitisers.”

As part of the registration process, each school will need to provide FOLLOW ME with a school representative’s contact details and the necessary school information via the Google Form. Upon confirmation of the school’s and representative’s details, the FOLLOW ME team will arrange for the hand sanitizers to be delivered as efficiently as possible. In addition, FOLLOW ME invites and welcomes members of the public to inform school administrations to participate in this initiative and to receive complimentary hand sanitizers. There are more than 9,000 primary and secondary schools all across Malaysia, and FOLLOW ME is aiming to provide hand sanitizers to as many of these schools as possible. Therefore, FOLLOW ME urges all interested schools to register by the deadline of 13 February 2022.

Qatar Airways Welcomes the Year of the Tiger with Traditional Festive Treats and Red Envelopes

Passengers travelling on selected routes will receive a traditional hóngbāo envelope containing a complimentary Super Wi-Fi code and an exclusive 22 per cent discount on Qatar Duty Free Outlets

Onboard Welcome Drink

Qatar Airways sets the stage for an unforgettable Lunar New Year experience with a special curated selection of festive treats and decorations onboard and in lounges, and traditional ‘hóngbāo’ red envelopes for all passengers travelling between 31 January and 1 February on selected routes. The Year of the Tiger celebrations will extend to passengers at Al Safwa First and Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport (HIA) where they can enjoy a reunion dinner and sample traditional festive dishes from the bespoke Lunar New Year menu.

Onboard Economy Class

Marking the long-awaited end of winter and the start of spring, the Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in East Asia. All passengers travelling on Qatar Airways to and from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore can enjoy a range of celebratory dishes and treats. Passengers on the selected routes will be welcomed with a ‘hóngbāo’ red envelope containing a complimentary Super Wi-Fi code. Those traveling to Doha will additionally receive an exclusive 22 per cent Qatar Duty Free (QDF) discount for some of the world’s most luxurious brands at HIA.

Onboard Main Meal

Premium Cabin passengers can start their reunion celebrations onboard with a Golden Mandarin Mule drink as they begin their festive journey. They can then enjoy special dishes from a bespoke à la carte menu that includes Peking Duck Roll for appetisers, a Stir Fried Noodles with Tiger Prawns as the main course and a Beef Cheek with vegetables fried rice as a light option. For desserts, passengers can indulge in a traditional Mandarin Mousse – the mandarin orange is traditionally a symbol of prosperity. To enhance the festive experience, the dishes will be presented with red lanterns on the dining table and complemented with a Chinese knot tassel and a red band for the cutlery.

Lounge

Passengers travelling in the Economy Class cabin during the festive period can select a meal from the ‘Lunar New Year’ digital menu that includes a Green Tea Soba Salad for appetisers, a Sweet & Sour Chicken with Vegetables Fried Rice as the main course and a Tofu Cheese Mousse with Red Sesame Crumble for dessert. Food will be presented on a festive tray mat and will include chopsticks and a red cutlery band that symbolises prosperity and good fortune.

Celebrations continue at Qatar Airways lounges at HIA. Al Safwa First Lounge and Al Mourjan Business Lounge passengers will enjoy dining on hot and sour chicken soup, Sichuan style beef short ribs with vegetable fried rice, finishing off perfectly with a black sesame baked cheesecake. Tables will be dressed with specially designed red lanterns, chopsticks and Chinese knot tassel.

Lounge

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

Ready, Jet-Set, Go! SKS Airways Officially Takes Off

Introduces short-haul routes to three popular island destinations in Malaysia, Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Redang and Pulau Tioman



SKS Airways, Malaysia’s newest commercial airline sent off its inaugural flight today in a simple yet significant ceremony to mark the important milestone.

The event was graced by YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Transport who sent off the first SKS Airways flight KI 6357 which departed from Subang’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at 1315 hours to Pulau Pangkor. Guests on board the maiden flight included Dato' Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways together with guests from aviation, travel and tourism related industry.

VIPs present at the launch of SKS Airways: (From Left to Right) Captain Chester Voo Chee Soon, Chief Executive Officer of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), Datuk Sri Haji Sharipuddin, Executive Chairman of Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM), Dato’ Iskandar Mizal bin Mohmood, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), YB Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Cultural (MOTAC), Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Transport Malaysia, Dato’ Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways, Tuan Rosli Bin Dahlan, SKS Group Advisor.

Earlier in his welcome speech, Dato' Rohman said, “This inaugural flight is extremely meaningful to all of us at SKS Airways as it marks our beginning as a commercial airline offering passenger, cargo and charter services. With our hubs in Subang and Senai, we plan to connect Malaysia and beyond to destinations in ASEAN and southern China.

“As a new set-up, we are nimble, agile and flexible, and able to tap into any opportunities that arise. We are positioning ourselves to capitalize on the current pent-up demand for domestic travel, and this will also give us a head start when international travel resumes.”

The fifth from the left: Dato’ Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways together with the VIP sends off SKS Airways Inaugural Flight to Pulau Pangkor

Addressing the guests at the launch, YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Transport Malaysia said, “It gives me great pleasure to witness the launch of Malaysia’s newest airline. This is an indication of a positive consumer sentiment towards air travel, particularly domestic travel. In October 2021, MAVCOM released results of its Consumer Survey which revealed that 60% of Malaysian travellers are looking forward to domestic air travel. Among the reason cited for the preference for domestic travel included lower cost of travel, high risk of exposure to COVID-19 when travelling internationally and respondents living with high-risk family members.* Therefore, I believe the introduction of SKS Airways particularly to popular island destinations like tax-free Pulau Pangkor will be a boon for domestic travel and revive the local tourism operators in these places.”

SKS Airways offers easy access to island hopping with flights commencing between Subang to Pulau Pangkor beginning 26th January; Subang to Pulau Redang beginning 31st January; to Pulau Tioman from Subang and Johor Bahru in the second quarter of 2022.

With the commencement of all three routes there will be 12 scheduled flights per day at a full daily capacity of 228 passengers, SKS Airways offers all-in fares from RM160 one way. SKS Airways adopts a 3-Tier Fare system which travelers can choose from depending on the destinations and time of bookings. They are SKS PROMO, SKS LITE and SKS PLUS.




SKS Airways Twin Otter Flight Schedule for Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Redang and Pulau Tioman

FLIGHT No.

DESTINATION

From - To

Flight

Frequency

Effective

Date

KI

6512

Subang - Redang

Daily

31-Jan-22

KI

6513

Redang - Subang

Daily

31-Jan-22

KI

6351

Subang - Pangkor

Daily

26-Jan-22

KI

6352

Pangkor - Subang

Daily

26-Jan-22

KI

6516

Subang - Redang

Daily

Second quarter 2022

KI

6517

Redang - Subang

Daily

KI

6602

Subang - Tioman

Daily

KI

6603

Tioman - Subang

Daily

KI

6606

Subang - Tioman

Daily

KI

6607

Tioman - Subang

Daily

KI

6131

Johor Bahru - Tioman

Daily

KI

6132

Tioman – Johor Bahru

Daily


SKS Airways will begin operations with Twin Otter aircraft, well-known all over the world for toughness and reliability with excellent Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities which enables it to land comfortably on short airstrips. The 19-passenger turboprop Twin Otter aircraft is highly manoeuvrable, versatile and one of the most flexible planes ever built.

SKS Airways expects to appeal to IT-savvy Gen-Y and Gen-Z individuals, young families and all travelers and island lovers looking for an experience unlike any other for short weekend getaways at popular island destinations within Malaysia.

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