Starting 26/05/11 2301 hrs, let's boycott AirAsia!!

Yes, Tony Fernandes the CEO of AirAsia is damn full of air when he said that pircay continue to follow him. (This is referring to Singapore Airlines' plans for a long-haul budget airline.)

Tony's arrogance just shows how poor he understands about the intellectual property. He should have patented the idea of a long-haul budget airline if he's so convinced that the idea truly belongs to him.

Google for 'long-hauled budget airline whose idea?' and you may come across this gem of information:
Sir Freddie Laker who pioneered the idea with his SkyTrain DC-10s between London and New York in the 1970s, and PeopleExpress took up the mantle in the 1980s. Both airlines ultimately failed.

So what piracy continues to follow whom, Tony? You too followed the idea of Sir Freddie Laker, didn't you? Didn't you?? Didn't you?!

I hereby swear off AirAsia! Now everyone can fly, huh? Yes, but not using your service, AirAsia...

AIRASIA chief Tony Fernandes on Thursday brushed aside Singapore Airlines' plans for a long-haul budget airline that will challenge his AirAsia X, saying 'piracy continues to follow me'.

SIA announced on Wednesday it was looking to set up a new airline using wide-body jets within the year, saying there was an opportunity to make the most of an untapped market.

Analysts said the move will put the new carrier in direct competition with AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate of budget carrier AirAsia and British tycoon Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

But Mr Fernandes said he would not be ruffled by the idea of new competition, despite the fact it would have financial clout, citing the fact that Tiger Air with its strong backing had failed to take his airline down.

'I left the music business thinking piracy has gone. But piracy continues to follow me. It is flattering to me. They laughed at us at first,' he told AFP.

'When Tiger Air was started a lot of people asked me: 'How are you going to compete with Tiger Air which has much bigger investors including Singapore Airlines and (Singapore investment fund) Temasek?'

From Straits Times, "AirAsia's Fernandes brushes off SIA low-cost plan".

Following Singapore Airlines' (SIA) announcement that it would launch a new budget carrier yesterday, AirAsia's Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes aired his thoughts, sharply suggesting the local airline giant was a copycat.

On his personal Twitter account, Fernandes yesterday posted: "singapore airlines to set up a long haul low cost carrier. Hahahaha. Deja vu.

"Airasia staff should be proud that we have been copied again. Will be the same result like tiger."

SIA's low-cost subsidiary will serve the mid- and long-haul segments, competing with other airlines like Qantas, Jetstar and AirAsiaX.

The new entity will operate on twin-aisle, widebody aircrafts.

While SIA has yet to reveal a name for its budget offshoot, Fernandes quipped on Twitter: "Wonder if singapore airlines will call it singapore X."

Other details about the new airline's management team, branding, products and services, and route network will be announced at a later date.

The move comes as SIA sees a need to capitalise on what it sees as a potential growth market.

In a statement, the premium carrier said: "The new airline is being established following extensive review and analysis."

"It will enable the SIA Group to serve a largely untapped new market and cater to the growing demand among consumers for low-fare travel."

SIA's new Chief Executive Officer Goh Choon Phong said: "As we have observed on short-haul routes within Asia, low-fare airlines help stimulate demand for travel, and we expect this will also prove true for longer flights."

“We are seeing a new market segment being created and this will provide another growth opportunity for the SIA Group,” he added. He also underscored SIA's commitment to offering the highest-quality products and services to customers.

In 2006, Australian low-cost airline Jetstar introduced long-haul flights, and a year later, Malaysia's AirAsia X followed suit.

Jetstar, which flies from Australia to Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and the United States, and from Singapore to Australia and New Zealand, expects that by end-June, it would have carried about 10 million long-haul passengers, reported The Straits Times.

AirAsia X is the long-haul budget carrier unit of Malaysia's AirAsia. According to Reuters, Fernandes is in the midst of negotiating a major deal with Airbus that could include more long-haul A330 passenger jets for AirAsia X as well as medium-haul A320neo aircraft.

From Asiaone, "AirAsia boss suggests SIA is a copycat".


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