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- Lot 4, Level 2, Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
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- Kuala Lumpur International Airport
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- Low Cost Carrier
- Domestic | International
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- Part of AirAsia Group
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AirAsia is a low cost carrier based at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. The carrier, which was formed out of Tune Air in 2002, is led by CEO Tony Fernandes and pioneered the cross-border joint venture in Asia, establishing Thai and Indonesian units with bases in Bangkok and Jakarta. The airline has also partnered with other airlines and investors to create ventures in the Philippines, India and Japan. AirAsia's extensive domestic and regional network includes services within Malaysia and to China, Southeast Asia and the Subcontinent.
Location of AirAsia main hub (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
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LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider AirAsia fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
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AirAsia has joined other leading LCC groups in Southeast Asia by deciding to add higher density narrowbody aircraft. The 100 A321neos ordered by AirAsia at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show will enable the group to maximise slots at infrastructure constrained airports and further reduce unit costs.
The new order also enables the AirAsia Group to meet a requirement for additional aircraft that has surfaced due to the establishment of a leasing subsidiary which is looking at potentially placing some of the group’s future aircraft with third party customers. AirAsia joins rival Lion Group and VietJet Air in pursuing potential opportunities to lease out some of 1,150 aircraft the three Southeast Asian groups have on order – a staggering number of aircraft that likely cannot be absorbed entirely by their own airline subsidiaries or affiliates - but which they need to have available in case high forecasts materialise.
The new deal lifts AirAsia’s narrowbody order book to 404 aircraft, including 304 A320neos to be delivered from 2H2016 through 2028 and 100 A321neos slated for delivery from 2019 to 2028. The group took its last A320ceo in 2Q2015 and currently operates 171 of the type from bases in five countries.
Indonesia-based Lion Group expanded its fleet by 16 aircraft in 1H2016, cementing its position as the largest airline group in Southeast Asia. Lion now has a fleet of more than 250 aircraft while its rival AirAsia – the region’s second largest group – has under 200 aircraft based in Southeast Asia.
However a net gain of 16 aircraft over the last six months marks a slowdown for Lion. The group’s fleet grew by 59 aircraft in 2015 and 39 aircraft in 2014.
None of Lion Group’s five airline subsidiaries or affiliates added more than five aircraft in 1H2016, resulting in relatively modest capacity expansion. The rate of expansion will likely pick up in 2H2016 but not approach previous levels.
New cross-border operating alternatives in the international arena are emerging, as times change and the global balance of power shifts towards Asian markets. One option to preserve trans-border networks for airlines is to replicate the prolific Asian LCC JV networks that allow multiple licences in individual jurisdictions while maintaining a common brand. This is no easy solution, is not guaranteed and introduces challenges.
But, as the major EU LCCs review their options in the new environment, there is little doubt that the biggest losers if the UK were excluded from the single aviation market would not be the UK or the EU; those who suffer most will be Europe's consumers and regional economies.
The prospects for a continuation of the single market are good, yet the world is changing fast as Asia's airlines and investors and their governments increasingly gain a voice in shaping the future. For every step backwards that Europe - previously a leader in liberalisation - takes, so the Asian aviation influence accelerates. Mostly this is progressing in a more liberal direction, where Europe's likely course now is regressive.
Southeast Asia’s airline sector experienced a further improvement in profitability in 1Q2016, boosted by lower fuel prices and more favourable conditions in most of the region’s main markets. However, profitability in Southeast Asia remains at a much lower level than in most other regions due to intense competition and overcapacity in some markets.
A sampling of 20 Southeast Asian airlines recorded approximately a 50% increase in operating profits in 1Q2016. Among the 20 airlines, 14 reported year-over-year improvements, including all seven of the AirAsia-branded airlines.
The increase in profits to nearly USD700 million in 1Q2016 follows a significant improvement in profitability in 2015. The same group of 20 Southeast Asian airlines swung from a collective operating loss of over USD800 million in 2014 – when market conditions were extremely challenging – to a profit of more than USD1.2 billion in 2015. With 1Q2016 profits at a level of more than half the 2015 full year profits, the outlook for 2016 is now relatively bright.
Asia’s LCC sector is further evolving by embracing partnerships and a new loose form of alliances. The newly established Value Alliance and the smaller China-based U-FLY Alliance – launched in early 2016 using the same technology platform – represent a new competitive response to Asia’s leading LCC groups.
Partnerships are critical for unlocking a new phase of growth in the relatively crowded and increasingly competitive Asian market. This is particularly important for independent LCCs that are outside the region’s three major groups – AirAsia, Jetstar and Lion. Value and U-FLY members combined account for approximately 19% of LCC capacity in Asia Pacific; this compares with 16% for AirAsia/AirAsia X, 11% for Lion and 9% for Jetstar.
Of the 53 LCCs based in Asia Pacific, nine are members of the Value Alliance and four are members of U-FLY. AirAsia/AirAsia X has eight affiliates or subsidiaries with a ninth to be launched by the end of 2016. The Lion Group consists of three LCCs and includes Asia’s second largest (along with two full service airlines), while the Jetstar Group has four subsidiaries or affiliates.
Southeast Asia’s LCC sector is entering a new phase, after experiencing explosive growth over the last decade. The rate of capacity growth in the short haul segment has slowed, leading to small declines in the LCC penetration rate within the region. Profitability has also remained a concern, with over half the region's LCCs unprofitable during 2015, despite extremely favourable conditions in most markets.
However, growth is accelerating in the less penetrated medium haul segment. Partnership activity is increasing as LCCs seek new growth opportunities outside the point-to-point model, notably culminating in the world's second, but most extensive, LCC alliance – the Value Alliance, with membership across the region and a joint sales platform.
Partnerships are particularly important for LCCs outside the AirAsia and Lion groups. AirAsia and Lion each account for 30% Southeast Asia’s LCC market and have a massive order book, with commitments for nearly 900 aircraft.