Friday, May 22, 2015

Tourism & Culture Minister Leads Delegation To Russia's Biggest Travel Expo

VLADIVOSTOK, 22 May 2015: Tourism Malaysia’s efforts to publicise the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest) 2015 continue in Far East Russia. The Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is leading a delegation to participate in the Pacific International Tourism Expo (PITE) from 22 to 25 May.

The event, which takes place at the Far Eastern Federal University, provides an excellent platform for Tourism Malaysia to promote the country’s events for MyFest besides tourist attractions to boost arrivals from the Far East Russian market. It’s also an opportunity to meet and network with local tour agents, airlines, and media.    

Dato’ Seri Nazri is accompanied by Y.Bhg Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC), Tourism Malaysia’s Director of Advertising Division Dato’ Abdul Khani Daud and the Director of International Promotion Division (North and East Asia) Nor Aznan Sulaiman, as well as the Director General of Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation Dato’ Mohd Kamil Mohd Ali.

During the travel expo, Dato’ Seri Nazri is scheduled to launch Tourism Malaysia’s MyFest Billboard Advertising Campaign in Far East Russia and a mobile application called ‘SMART-I’, which aims to help potential visitors to plan their trip to Malaysia and get important information and shopping offers. 

Malaysia is pleased to participate in PITE for the fourth time as it is regarded as one the biggest travel expos in East Russia. Last year, a total of 20,000 people visited the event, and a total of 243 companies from China, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam participated in the expo.

This promotional effort is expected to boost the arrivals of Russian tourists to Malaysia. Last year, Malaysia received 61,845 tourists from Russia, signifying a 16.2% increase compared to the previous year.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur Big Kitchen Festival 2015 @ Dataran Merdeka ( 29~31 May 2015 )

The city of Kuala Lumpur heats up as Merdeka Square comes alive with the sights and smells of local and international gastronomic delights at the inaugural KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015! Kuala Lumpur City Hall in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, are proud to present this 3-day food festival that showcases the diversity of cuisine available in Kuala Lumpur.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice with the range of over 60 food counters serving up the best of the Malaysian gastronomic. The food will be freshly prepared and cooked throughout the day to ensure hygiene, quality and freshness.

The KL Big Kitchen offers visitors a treat as celebrity gastronomic personalities and chefs interact and demonstrate their skills in preparing the finest dishes. Alongside live cooking workshops and demonstrations of contemporary and traditional culinary techniques, there will be a host of cultural performances including dance and musical shows that truly portray the melting pot of cultures in Malaysia.

The diversity of cultures and cuisine is also reflected in the abundance of herbs and spices that are used in traditional recipes as well as contemporary dishes. The variety of herbs and spices available has their roots in Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, many of which have health properties. The KL Big Kitchen Festival will feature many of these traditional ingredients where visitors will get to taste, buy and learn how they are used in cooking some amazing dishes.

Other fun activities include food talks and gastronomic challenges, among them being the KL Signature Dish Competition, the KL Signature Mocktail Competition and the KL Big Kitchen Race. The winners of the KL Signature Dish and KL Signature Mocktail Drink will have their creations recognized as the official dish and drink of the city. While they will be each receiving trophies from the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur together with sponsored gifts, they will also have the honour of be recognised as the creators of the newest icons of Kuala Lumpur.
The KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015 is a fun-filled 3-day festival that will satiate the foodie in you! With more than just tons of appetizing food, there will be a host of lifestyle & cultural performances and exciting competitions for everyone. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this gastronomic gathering.
Visitors will have the opportunity to attend all the cooking workshops and demonstrations (based on a first-come, first-served basis as seats may be limited), listen to the gastronomic talks and be entertained by the cultural performances.

Food items may be purchased using “Kupang”, which are specially designed tokens that will replace the need for cash at the festival. The “Kupangs” will be available in denominations of half Kupang, one Kupang and five Kupang. The Kupangs can be purchased at the ticketing booth near the main entrance to the festival venue.

The term “Kupang” is taken from the traditional Malay coin currency that was used in the Malay Peninsula since over a century ago.

So, don’t miss the inaugural KL Big Kitchen Festival!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keajaiban Malam "Magic of the Night" @ Marina Putrajaya ( 28~31 Mei 2015 )

Aktiviti-aktiviti sepanjang acara Magic Of The Night 2015 adalah seperti berikut:

Perarakan Bot Berhias (Acara Utama)

+ Persembahan pergendangan

+ Fabulous Food MOTN2015

+ Pertandingan Fotografi

+ Pertandingan Selfie

+ Pameran Interaktif MyFEST2015

+ Pameran dan demonstrasi mewarna batik, anyaman rotan, mewarna seramik oleh Perbadanan Kraftangan Malaysia

+ Aktiviti interaktif Graffiti oleh LPSVN

+ Booth pameran 1MG1MC & Voluntourism

+ Perkhidmatan bas Hop-On Hop-Off (HOHO)

+ Booth-booth pameran

Tourism Malaysia’s Promotional Efforts Malaysia Truly Asia Travel Fair 2015 ( 22 ~ 24 May 2015 )

SINGAPORE, 18 MAY 2015: Tourism Malaysia – Singapore office markets Malaysia as a top-of-mind destination of excellence and to make the tourism industry a major contributor to the social-economic development of the nation.

In our continuous efforts to attract more tourists to Malaysia in this promotional Year of Festivals 2015, the biannual Malaysia Truly Asia Travel Fair 2015 makes its return and is set to wow all visitors with a wide range and unique mélange of attractions and holiday packages, as well as the multitude of special products and services offered.

The Fair will be held from 22nd May to 24th May at Changi City Point (Atrium), 10:00am to 9:30pm and is organised by Global Exhibition Organisers Sdn Bhd. A total of 42 Exhibitors - made up of Malaysia attractions, hotels, state tourism organizations and other travel-related companies – will tempt visitors with an amazing variety of attractive promotions and incredible deals.

For the first time, Agrobazaar Malaysia will participate and feature products such as Agro Teh Tarik, fruits, Assam Laksa, Mee Bandung, Chendol and more. Agrobazaar Malaysia is a Malaysian agro-based product outlet.

“Malaysia has beautiful beaches, nature, historical towns and delicious food.“ said Mrs Noor Aine Ismail, Director, Tourism Malaysia – Singapore, “Whether for a family vacation, honeymoon or a getaway with friends, Malaysia has plenty to offer as a holiday destination.

With so many exciting stage programmes lined up, members of the public will be torn between catching the varied performances and booking their next vacation!

Mal Dancer Nusantara Cultural Troupe

Malaysia Truly Asia Travel Fair 2015 will feature the talented Mal Dancer Nusantara cultural troupe comprising of six dancers, performing a number of Malaysian traditional dances.

Cooking Demo by Chef AGROBAZAAR

Chef AGROBAZAAR will do a food dish demo: Kerabu Seaweed

Fruits eating & Teh Tarik Competition

These contests are open to the members of the public.

Spin the Wheel

Win Hop-On Hop-Off Double Decker Tour of Kuala Lumpur at Tourism Malaysia’s booth.

MTA Grand Draw

Everyone has a chance to win at Malaysia Truly Asia Travel Fair 2015! The Grand Draw will be held on 24th May at 8:30pm and lucky winners will walk away with great prizes.
-Tourism Malaysia Singapore facebook.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sabah Tourism, Travel Agencies Offer Attractive Tourism Packages

KOTA KINABALU, May 20 (Bernama) -- The Sabah branch of Tourism Malaysia, in collaboration with eight travel agencies, will introduce attractive tourism packages in conjunction with the Malaysia Festival (My Fest) in Sabah this year.

Its director, Sani Sham Ahmad said through the tour packages, tourists would get a chance to see, feel and participate in many fun activities organised throughout this year.

"Ten tour packages ranging from two days and one night to four days and three nights are offered in each package that promise an interesting experience," he said in a statement here Wednesday.

He said among of the packages offered were Sabah Fest (May 1-3), Sunset Music Fest (June 5-6), International Folklore Fest (Aug 10-15), Borneo Bird Fest (Oct 9-10) and Tamu Besar Kota Belud (Oct 24-25).

Information on the packages are available through the website of Sabah Tourism Malaysia, social media or email at


Malaysian travel consultants lament sorry state of rate parity

While local tour operators have long complained that hotels offer them contract rates that are higher or similar to the dynamic rates offered to OTAs, the gap has widened in recent months to place traditional travel consultants at the losing end.

Arokia Das, senior manager at Luxury Tours Malaysia, shared: “A year ago, OTAs were offered rooms without breakfast at slightly higher rates. This year, they get rooms with breakfast at rates that are lower than what we get.”

The average contract rate for a four-star hotel ranges from RM220 (US$61) to RM250 for local travel consultants, but OTAs get rates as low as RM190, including breakfast, he said. “This is happening because hotels need business and there is an oversupply of rooms.” As a result, “local players lose out to OTAs who make money and are not even based here”, he opined.

Agreeing, Ally Bhoonee, executive director of World Avenues, said this is unfair to travel consultants who have invested in destination promotion. “It also makes the destination look ‘desperate’ to overseas outbound tour operators, who will take full advantage and squeeze the local travel consultants for further discounts.

“The industry – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture – must come together to find a solution to this issue,” he said.

However, MAH president, Cheah Swee Hee, told TTG Asia e-Daily the association does not regulate rates as “This is a free market”.

Asked whether there is a solution to rate parity, he said: “If travel consultants want good rates they must also be able to commit a certain number of room nights to the hotel.”

Meanwhile, Alex Lee, CEO of Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours, has found a way out of competing against OTAs by diversifying into the hospitality industry with the 22-room boutique hotel, Terrapuri Heritage Village, in Penarik, Terengganu.

He said: “We sell rooms to OTAs and traditional travel consultants, and we have also diversified to offer services to small inbound MICE and bespoke programmes to high-end clients.”
-TTG Asia.

Malaysia Truly Asia Travel Fair 2015 @ Changi City Point, Singapore ( 22 ~ 24 May 2015 )

  1. Tourism Malaysia
  2. Legoland
  3. Tourism Johor
  4. Lanting Beach Resort
  5. Sari Pacifica Resort
  6. Johor Development Authority
  7. Desaru Fruit Farm
  8. Balau Beach Resort
  9. Desaru Beach Resort
  10. Desaru Feri
  11. Langkawi Development Authority
  12. Panorama Cable Car
  13. Mega Water Sport
  14. Eco Hotel & Resorts
  15. Geopark Hotel & Inns
  16. Langkawi Lagoon
  17. Destination Perak
  18. Grand Beach Resort, Port Dickson
  19. Grand Borneo Hotel, Kota Kinabalu
  20. Grand Merdeka Kuching Hotel, Kuching
  21. Seri Costa, Melaka
  22. Felda Investment Corporation
  23. Felda Residence Kuala Trengganu
  24. Felda Residence Hot Spring, Sungkai
  25. Felda Residence Tanjong Leman, Mersing
  26. Felda Residence Shabat, Lahad Datu, Sabah
  27. Felda Residence Trolak, Sungai
  28. Felda Residence, Jerantut, Pahang
  29. Labuan Development Corporation
  30. Borneo Art Festival
  31. Agro Base, Malaysia
  32. Tourism Pahang
  33. NKS Hotels & Inns
  34. Country View Resort
  35. M.S. Garden
  36. Punchak Inn, Fraser’s Hill
  37. Lanjut Golden Beach Resort
  38. Residence Inn
  39. Xcape Resort, Sungai Lembing, Pahang
  40. Third Link Travel & Tours (MACS)
  41. One Adventure Pte. Ltd.
  42. Firefly Airline

-Tourism Malaysia Singapore facebook.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

M7 Pro Oil Sepang Drag Battle 2015 - Round 2 ( 23 May 2015 )

The M7 Pro Oil Sepang Drag Battle 2015 enters its second round at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this weekend; promising another showcase of exciting speed and power as top performers from the opening round looking to build on their championship leads.
-Sepang Circuit facebook.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Program Seni & Budaya - Mei ~ Jun 2015

-JKKN facebook.

Return Of A Racing Legend At World SBK In Sepang

Motorcycling fans will see the return of a legendary world class rider when Sepang International Circuit (SIC) hosts its second edition of the eniFIM World Superbike Championship 2015 (WSBK) Malaysia Round this year. 

SIC, the promoter and organiser of the event, which is also sponsoring the participation of the legendary rider as an added attraction, is however withholding his identity for the time being.  

“We are currently working on the finer details of the agreement. We are very excited with this collaboration and we are confident that motorcycling fans would be equally excited when the announcement is made very soon,” said SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali. 

Slotted as Round 10 of a 13-leg championship, the eniFIM World Superbike Championship 2015 Malaysia Round will be held from 31 July to 2 August - featuring the Superbike World Championship and the Supersport World Championship as well as a host of support races including Round 2 of the Malaysia Superbike Championship. 

“The legendary rider will be competing in the World Superbike Championship,” said Dato’ Razlan.

“We had ZaqhwanZaidi last year competing in the World Supersport Championship. We are continuing with the wildcard programmethis year; but with an entirely different approach by sponsoring an international big name,” he added. 

Anticipating a strong attendance this year with a host of exciting activities to make the WSBK weekend an exciting bike festival for all fans and spectators attending, the SIC CEO urged fans to get their tickets for the race now and take opportunity of the early bird promotions, which will end on 30 June.

Tickets purchased now start from as low as RM63.60 inclusive of GST for seats at the K1 Grandstand, which provides a perfect view of Turns 6, 7, 8 and 9 as well as Turn 15 and the entry of the front straight. Main Grandstand seats are now offered at RM106 against its normal price of RM137.80 inclusive of GST. 

For maximum enjoyment of the event, fans are recommended to purchase the Paddock Access tickets, which will allow fans to catch the event from the roof-top of the Pit Building, meet the riders and team members as well as enjoy a close view of the activities within the paddock. The paddock passes are currently offered at RM265 each compared tothe normal pricing of RM530. 

Fans also have the option of purchasing various ticket packages, which combines exclusive event merchandise with the ticket purchase. 

While the Paddock Access Package is currently offered at RM307.40 inclusive of GST, the Main Grandstand Package is offered at RM148.40 inclusive of GST. The K1 Grandstand Package is priced at RM106 inclusive of GST under the early bird promotions. 

Having opened at Phillip Island, Australia this season on 22 February, the eni FIM World Superbike Championship 2015 goes into its fifth round from 8 to 10 May at Imola, Italy. 

After four rounds, Jonathan Rea leads the World Superbike Championship with a total haul of 240 points - holding an 87-point lead over his compatriot Leon Haslam. The SupersportChampionship is currently topped by KenanSofuoflu of Turkey, who has 105 points and a 37-point advantage over Patrick Jacobsen of the USA.

Jakub Kornfeil Claims Sixth Place As Zulfahmi Khairuddin Scores Points At Le Mans

Le Mans, France –Sunday 17th May
Circuit: Circuit des "24 Heures du Mans
Circuit Length: 4.2 km
The French Moto3 Grand Prix saw the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team achieve their best result of the season so far with Jakub Kornfeil claiming a hard fought 6th place, whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin battled his way up to 14th position.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin had a hard task starting his race from thirtieth position on the grid. After taking evasive action to avoid a crash on lap one, the Malaysian rider got to work lapping at a similar pace to the leaders and working his way up the field. Battling to line the 24 year old passed the chequered flag in a respectable fourteenth place, scoring his first points of the season.
Teammate Jakub Kornfeil rode a smart race as he worked hard to maintain his pace and stay with the leading group throughout the 24 laps. Determined to collect vital points, the Czech rider crossed the line in sixth place, elevating his overall position in the Moto3 championship to fourteenth.
#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin – P14
“The start of the race was good but going into the second corner a rider crashed in front of me and I had to avoid a bike which was in the middle of the track. Step by step I then tried to get my pace; the lap times were good and I was able to pass other riders. A few riders also crashed out but still this was a good race for me because we made another step forward. I felt good on the bike and was in twelfth place on the last lap. I tried to make a move on Guevara but he closed the door on me and then Loi also went past, so I lost a couple of positions, but still I finished in fourteenth, so I am very happy that finally we have some points. I would like to thank my team for today because they have done a great job and I’m very happy with the work they are doing. For Mugello we have to focus on being in a better place for qualifying because every time so far we have had a difficult job starting from the back, but with this result I feel much more confident and I believe we can achieve this and do even better at the next Grand Prix.”
#84 Jakub Kornfeil – P6
“I’m very happy with sixth position today and I’m happy for the team also because both Fahmi and I did quite a good job and we both arrived in the points, so this is very good. It is my best result of the year so far, even though I did not feel so great on the bike in the race. Everyone could see that I was not passing anybody and I was just trying to stay with the leading group and keep my position. My feeling on the bike was not so great so I was trying to be careful, stay calm and collect some points. I think sixth place was our maximum today and to be honest before the race I did not expect it, so I’m very pleased with this result. We got ten points today and Fahmi two so this a good result for the whole team. We are feeling positive and the most important thing is that we are making progress all the time.”
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Today is good day; it’s great to have both riders in the points. We were hoping for a good result with Jakub and he did just that. He made a good start and he rode really smart. He stayed calm and didn’t make any risky moves, which is something we talked about before the race, to learn and see what the front guys were doing. I think he did an excellent job and finishing sixth is fantastic. We have taken many points today which is very important for us. I want to thank Jakub for riding a smart race and all the crew from his side who have done another good job this weekend. I can see we are getting closer and closer to the front with him so this is very positive and we will continue to work on this. Also with Fahmi today he had a very good race. He made a strong start but then got pushed back after having to avoid a crash in front of him. He got some luck with other riders falling off but even so he was doing very good lap times that were not so far off from Jakub’s, so this is very positive. For the first time both riders have scored points this year, so I’m very happy about this. I want to thank the whole team for this result and also Dato Razlan and all at SIC for their continued support and faith in us.”
-SIC Racing Team facebook.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015


Kuala Lumpur (May, 2015) - IME Productions is proud to announce BIGBANG 2015 World Tour [MADE] in Malaysia on July 25 (Saturday), 6pm at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil. This marks the group’s return to Malaysia since their previous tour here in 2012 which drew over 15,000 fans locally and internationally.

This world tour coincides with their upcoming album, MADE. Recently released single from the album Loser surpass 10 million views on YouTube in less than 4 days.
Supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the popularity of the group is expected to draw a huge number of domestic and international fans!
IME Productions, the lead promoter for BIGBANG 2015 World Tour [MADE] in MALAYSIA will be commencing the ticket launch on May 17 (Sunday) at Quill City Mall’s ground floor main court from 11am to 5pm. Each person is entitled to purchase a maximum of 8 tickets on any ticket categories. Online sales will begin on the same day at 5pm via TicketCharge at  Rock Zone A, B and VIP Cat 1 tickets holder are entitled for “Sound Check Party” lucky draw.
TicketCharge and IME ticketing hotlines will begin on May 18th (Monday) at 10a.m., please contact TicketCharge Hotline +603 92228811 or IME Productions +603 21666166 to purchase tickets. Outlet sales will also start on the same day at TicketCharge office, IME Productions office, Speedy Music Store, Rock Corner music store, Victoria Music Center and Neway Karaoke outlet.
Ticket prices for BIGBANG 2015 World Tour [MADE] in Malaysia as below:
 Rock Zone A – RM798 (Free standing)
 Rock Zone B – RM698 (Free standing)
 VIP Cat 1 – RM698 (Numbered seat)
 Cat 2 – RM598 (Numbered seat)
 Cat 3 – RM498 (Numbered seat)
 Cat 4 – RM288 (Numbered seat)
** Ticket prices are inclusive of 6% GST but exclusive of RM4 ticket processing fee.

550 million people visited Asia-Pacific in 2014: PATA

Over half a billion international travellers visited the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during last year to record almost six per cent year-on-year growth, according to the early edition of the PATA Annual Tourism Monitor 2015.

The report collates visitor arrivals information from 44 destinations across PATA's defined scope of APAC, which includes countries like the US and Russia as well as regions such as South-east Asia, West Asia, South America and the Pacific islands.

Of the 550 million visitors to APAC, it was found that Asia had the lion’s share of arrivals with 73 per cent of travellers, followed by the Americas with a 23 per cent slice of the pie. The Pacific took home the remaining four per cent. 

The list of top five destinations by volume saw no change from 2014. China saw the most tourists, followed by the US, Hong Kong, Turkey, and Macau.

Two-thirds of destinations in the report had foreign inbound numbers of at least one million and 12 of these posted 10 million arrivals.

PATA’s report also stated that 10 destinations had scored double-digit percentage increases in tourist arrivals in 2014. Palau (34 per cent) and Taipei (23.6 per cent) were two of these, while Bhutan, Japan and Myanmar also performed impressively.

On source markets, China, Hong Kong and Macau dominated Asian destinations in terms of absolute numbers but this varied across sub-regions. These three markets held true for North-east Asia, but China, India and the UK ruled for South Asia.

In South-east Asia, travellers from Singapore, China and Indonesia made up the bulk of arrivals, West Asia tends to play host to a completely different profile of travellers. Germans, Russians and UK citizens top the list of arrivals there by volume.

Commenting in a press release, PATA’s CEO Mario Hardy said: “Reviewing the growth patterns and distribution of visitor arrivals into Asia-Pacific over a past five-year period gives us a solid perspective on how these flows are becoming more fluid, shifting and moving between both origin and destination markets.”
-TTG Asia.

Superb Second Row Start For Kornfeil At Le Mans

Photo Credit: Gold & Goose Photography

Le Mans, France –Saturday 16th May
Circuit: Circuit des "24 Heures du Mans
Circuit Length: 4.2 km
Bike #63 – Zulfahmi Khairuddin
Qualifying: P30; 1’52.778 (WET) – 3 laps
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
Qualifying: P4; 1’45.575 (WET) – 8 laps
DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team rider Jakub Kornfeil will start tomorrow’s French Grand Prix from the second row of the grid, after qualifying in fourth place.
With weather conditions deteriorating rapidly as the Moto3 qualifying practice got underway, Jakub Kornfeil wasted no time in getting to work. Knowing there would be limited dry time on track, the Czech rider took full advantage of the temporary conditions pushing hard from the start and setting his fastest time on his first flying lap.
Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin made a more cautious start to his qualifying session, resulting in an unfortunate end that saw the Malaysian rider qualify in thirtieth place. Working against the clock Fahmi was unable to replicate his improved pace set in the morning’s practice, but happy with his new set up, remains confident and ready to battle hard in tomorrow’s race.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It started to rain a little just before the beginning of qualifying, so we knew our riders had to get out straight away and push as hard as they could. We made the right decision and Jakub capitalised on this very well. He went out in the beginning and he rode great from the start. He was pushing but he was also careful. Across the finish line after his first lap he was third, then he got pushed down to P4. He said he could have risked more but still he qualified fourth. This is our best qualifying position of the year, which really shows that Jakub and his team did a great job. We saw this morning that the bike was good and after trying a couple of things we knew which way to go. Even if it had been completely dry he would have been there with the leaders, so I want to thank the whole crew for working well.
For Fahmi it was the same situation with the rain. He was a bit more careful like some other riders and didn’t push as much as he could of from the first lap. This resulted in him ending up at the back, so that’s unfortunate. You need to be confident for these conditions and Fahmi didn’t have that feeling 100%, so then it’s difficult. It’s unlucky for him because this morning he made a big step forward in FP3 and so we were hoping for a good qualifying result. It’s a pity to start thirtieth because again it will be very hard, but let’s see tomorrow what we can do”.
#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin
“For qualifying today I was a bit late going out of the box and then when I went out it was raining already. I was pushing in sector one and then I saw so many people crash, so I tried to be very careful and this was my mistake. More rain came after the first lap and so I wasn’t able to improve anymore. It’s disappointing because after FP3 this morning I felt a lot better on the bike and we finished the session just 0.935s off P1. Despite our qualifying position we are in a good place with our dry set up and I think tomorrow if we have a good start, we can be up there.”
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
“Starting from the second row is fantastic and fourth position is so good because last year I was twentieth here. Now this is my best qualification of the season so far and I’m very happy about this. It was not such a difficult session for us because we didn’t make so many laps on the dry, only two; it was more about strategy. We went out early and that was the key for this qualifying. We were amongst the first to leave the box so we still had a dry track. The weather was changing so quickly and on the second lap the rain was getting heavier, which is why other riders were crashing and unable to improve their lap times. I was one of the first riders to pass the finish line from the beginning of qualifying; I knew it was going to rain very quickly into the session, so I pushed from the start and fortunately this plan worked very well for me. We made a good decision and now we will start tomorrow’s race from fourth position which is great. I am very happy with this result for the team too, they have done a great job. I think we have a strong bike for the dry and if it's a dry race, I believe we have a big chance to be at the top.”

-SIC Racing Team facebook.
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

AirAsia X To Add New Routes, Broaden Network Connectivity

GEORGE TOWN, May 16 (Bernama) -- AirAsia X, the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of AirAsia Group, is banking on new routes and enhancing network connectivity to achieve profitability this year.

AirAsia X Bhd acting chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said the airline would likely fly to Hawaii this year and broaden its connectivity in Japan and the Middle East.

"There are few new routes we are looking at and one of the most important ones we are working on is Hawaii. We have submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation.

"I think what is most important now is that we need the support of Malaysia Airports because the authority in the US have to audit the airport (KLIA2). Once we get that approved, our target is to launch it in November," he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 here by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on Saturday.

Benyamin said AirAsia X would also broaden its connectivity by launching another Japanese destination as well as that of the Middle East.

Currently AirAsia X flies to four destinations in Japan, namely Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo-Shin-Chitose, Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita, while in the Middle east, it is only connected to Jeddah.

"These new routes will help in terms of profitability, but the main thing is to make sure that all our current routes make money. So, what we had done for the last three or four months was to reduce capacity to increase the load factor," he said.

Meanwhile, AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar said the airline is looking at and exploring international connectivity to add more flights and new routes, particularly to China.

"It's something we are looking at how we can create more international connectivity to all our secondary hubs and positioning Penang as one of the key hub within AirAsia Group," she said.

On this year's outlook, Aireen said AirAsia is positive despite challenges as it has the competitive advantage due to its intensive network as well as established operations across ASEAN countries.