AirAsia announced (15-Jan-2010) 50.36% of the issued and paid-up share capital of the carrier were held by foreigners as at 31-Dec-2009, thus exceeding the 45% limit of the carrier's total issued and paid-up share capital. Pursuant to the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) (Foreign Ownership) Regulations 1996, shares held by foreigners which are within the Prescribed Limit shall be entitled to all rights and entitlements attached to the shares. However, shares held by foreigners which have exceeded the limit shall also be entitled to all such rights and entitlements, except for the exercise of voting rights. [more]
AirAsia announces foreign ownership exceeds limits
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Malaysia AirAsia (MAA) and sister long-haul LCC Malaysia AirAsia X (MAAX) are shrinking their fleets in 2015 while adopting a new capacity and pricing strategy. Both carriers are trying to restore yields, which plummeted in late 2013 and 2014 due to intense competition and overcapacity in the Malaysian market.
MAA is still adding some capacity by improving aircraft utilisation levels. But passenger numbers will likely remain flat as the focus on yields results in a reduction in load factor.
Meanwhile MAAX has cut capacity across its scheduled network as part of a restructuring aimed at restoring profitability. MAAX was highly unprofitable in 2014 while MAA was the only profitable airline in Malaysia. MAA was also the only profitable airline among the eight carriers in the AirAsia/AirAsia X portfolio.
Malaysia aviation outlook Part 1: growth slows but competition is still intense as MAS restructures
Passenger traffic growth slowed significantly in 2014 as Malaysia’s airline sector adjusted fleet and capacity plans in response to challenging market conditions. Passenger numbers grew less than 5% in 2014 and growth is expected to again be in the low single digits in 2015 as further adjustments are implemented, including anticipated capacity cuts at Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
Medium/long-haul low-cost carrier Malaysia AirAsia X is also cutting capacity in 2015 as part of its own restructuring. Both Malaysia AirAsia X and short-haul sister carrier Malaysia AirAsia are reducing their fleets in 2015 although the latter will still pursue modest capacity growth by improving aircraft utilisation. Lion Group’s Malaysian affiliate Malindo Air is still expanding rapidly but on a much smaller base.
This is the first instalment in a report on the Malaysian market and the outlook for 2015. This part will focus on MAS and the recent reduction in passenger numbers in Malaysia. The second part will focus on AirAsia and AirAsia X.