Friday, November 10, 2006

Asia-Pacific Awards for MAHB, MAS

PETALING JAYA: Barely seven months after it opened for business, Malaysia's low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT-KLIA) yesterday bagged the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation's (CAPA) inaugural Low Cost Airport of the Year 2006 award.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Bashir Ahmad, who received the award at a gala dinner in Singapore yesterday, said in a statement it “has spurred us to work even harder to maintain the LCCT’s standing as the best in Asia-Pacific”.
Managed by MAHB, the LCCT-KLIA was built on a fast-track basis within nine months for RM108mil.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) bagged the CAPA Airline Turnaround of the Year award at the same event. The award is given to an airline whose affairs were most significantly transformed for the better during the year.

“This is a memorable occasion for MAS as the recognition comes at a time when we are definitely on course to, and probably tracking slightly ahead of, our business turnaround plan target to return to profitability,’’ MAS managing director Idris Jala said.

The judging process for the CAPA Aviation Awards for excellence involves airports and airlines in the Asia-Pacific being reviewed constantly throughout the year via CAPA's extensive data and information gathering and reporting process. Recommendations are then made and reviewed by a highly experienced aviation advisory panel.

The dinner was held in conjunction with the third annual Asia Pacific and Middle East Aviation Outlook Summit 2006 that began yesterday.

Source : STAR
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