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[转贴] 美國「藍點網絡」對抗中國「一帶一路」

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 10:54 PM


2019年11月4日,美國聯邦政府機構「海外私人投資公司」(OPIC)公布了「藍點網絡」(Blue Dot Network)計劃,該計劃以印度太平洋地區及其他地區作為主要資助對象,協助整合公部門和私人機構共同發展「符合市場方向、透明化並且能永續經營」的基礎建設計劃。目前,該計劃美國還邀請澳洲的外交貿易部以及日本國際協力銀行共同合作。
 
由於近幾年來中國的「一帶一路」政策積極的向全球各地提供金援,因此美國「藍點計劃」被視為是美方對中國一帶一路的反制措施。
 
美國的商務部長羅斯(Wilbur Ross)表示,「藍點網絡」計劃提供了一種可以取代「掠奪性貸款」的選擇。羅斯所謂的「掠奪性貸款」便是意指中國的一帶一路政策實際上是在製造債務陷阱,逼得無力償還債務的國家為了獲得寬限而提出許多讓步條件。
 
「藍點網絡」計劃目前雖然還沒有透露出相關細節和資金規模,但是其與一帶一路較勁的意味濃厚。事實上,自從美國總統川普上任以來,美國便持續加強支援開發中國家的力道。至今,美國仍是印太地區的最大外資來源,截至2018年底,共8660億美金,而來自中國的外資則只有5040億美金。
 
在2018年10月5日,川普總統簽署了「改善發展投資使用法案」(Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development, BUILD),建立了「美國國際開發金融公司」(U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, DFC),為投資開發中國家的企業提供總計600億美金的融資。此外,美國國際開發金融公司預計將會在未來的五年對印太地區提供120億美金的投資。
 
「藍點網絡」計劃將不具備自身的借貸功能,而是充當私人融資的催化劑,強調「透明化和永續經營」來對抗中國的全球佈局。美國希望藉此來建立與開發中國家之間健全的經貿關係,並扼止中國一帶一路政策的持續擴張。
 
「藍點網絡」計劃是否代表東協準備好與美國達成另一項多邊經濟條約嗎?這將是一個重要議題。因為,美國藍點網絡並須依循美國規定,例如尊重當地勞工和人權、法治和環境,因在所有這些方面東盟將都遇到困難,難以符合美國標準。
 
雖然,美國提出未來的五年對印太地區提供120億美金的投資。但據中國新華社報導,150多個國家和國際組織已與中國簽署了“一帶一路”合作文件。從2013年至2018年,中國與``一帶一路''沿線國家之間的貿易額達6.47兆美元,中國對這些國家的``一帶一路''項目投資已超過900億美金。而且,美國川普近年來對外援助計劃的趨勢減少了,而金錢能使鬼推磨,印太地區國家自然會選擇對自己較有利的金援方案。(840字)
 
 
參考資料:
Should ASEAN join the Blue Dot Network? ASEAN POST, 2019/11/16.
US asserts place in Indo Pacific amid China's gains in the region. BusinessWorld, 2019/11/12
China's 'Belt and Road' strategy has a new competitor — enter America's 'Blue Dot Network'. ABC, 2019/12/6
US announces “Blue Dot Network” to compete with China's Belt and Road. SouthFront, 2019/12/5
A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Advancing a Shared Vision. US Department of State, 2019/11/4. [pdf]

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[转贴] 從當員工開始,到最後買下自己的公司!他被拒絕271次後,終於打造出25000家店的星巴克

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 10:53 PM


創新點:老闆不肯創新,讓他決定出去自立門戶,而且還在兩年後就將老闆的公司買下。

1.出生貧困家庭,沒有阻止他持續追夢

1953年7月19日,猶太裔的霍華·舒茲(Howard Schultz)在紐約布魯克林出生。他的父親曾在美國陸軍服役,參與過第二次世界大戰。戰後回到美國,靠開貨車養家。7歲那年,Howard父親在運送尿布的途中,在雪地上滑倒,摔傷臀部和腳。在那個年代,不但沒有勞健保,還因受傷不能工作而被解僱。每當看到失落的父親無助躺在床上,為家裡生計擔心時,他深刻感受到「美國夢碎」的心情。

Howard中學時學業成績並不突出,但因為美式足球踢得好,而被選為學隊代表。因此,成功獲得北密西根大學的體育獎學金,成為家裡第一個大學生。大學後,因為見識到很多身體素質、能力、天份都比他強的美式足球員。從那時起,他便認清自己不會成為職業美式足球選手。

大學畢業後,他找到一份銷售助理的工作,負責銷售「電子打字機」(傳統打字機和電腦之間的過渡產品)。最初6個月,每天要在紐約「陌生拜訪」50位客戶,而且還不是透過電話,是實際登門拜訪。那時,每月的薪資是1000美元,因為還住家裡,所以Howard每月都會將薪資的一半交給母親。雖然工作能力備受重視,但發現大公司規律但缺乏創意的工作無法滿足他,因此,只待三年,就離開當時美國最著名的企業之一, Xerox。

2.出差途中巧遇義式咖啡館,見識到濃縮咖啡加上咖啡社群的潛力

離開上份工作後,Howard加入一家主要出售滴濾咖啡壺和其他家居用品的瑞典公司。當時26歲的他被任命為總經理,帶領大約20人的團隊,負責全美的銷售。

某次出差的回程中,順道去了西雅圖,拜訪一家名為「星巴克」的小客戶,因為它們訂購大量滴濾咖啡壺。

一踏入星巴克,馬上就被咖啡香氣、員工對咖啡的知識和熱情所吸引;第六感告訴他,這家公司正在做一件很了不起的事。因此,他拜會星巴克創辦人Jerry Baldwin和 Gordon Bowker,讓他們知道他希望能夠到星巴克工作。

星巴克創辦人 Zev Siegl,Jerry Baldwin 和 Gordon Bowker

那次會面後,用一年時間說服他們兩位,Howard最後才如願以償加入星巴克,擔任零售和營銷總監。

當時,星巴克只在西雅圖有4間店,而且,主要銷售咖啡豆、茶葉、香料、以及一些相關用具。加入新公司不久後,Howard就被派往義大利米蘭,代表星巴克參與一場國際家居用品展;沒人能夠預料到,這次出差不單改變自己的命運,同時也導致星巴克走上完全不一樣的路。

在米蘭的街道上,每走幾步就會見到一家義式咖啡館,使他體驗到「濃縮咖啡」(Espresso)的魅力。他發現這些咖啡館的老闆,熟記每位客戶的名字,還能建立出店裡獨特的社群。每天同樣時間,同樣的人回到同樣的地方,享受一杯用濃縮咖啡為基底調配出的「卡布」或「拿鐵」,更重要的是,他們同時也享受其他人的陪伴。

Howard忽然發現,這些咖啡館是除了家和公司以外的「第三空間」,而咖啡就是吸引大家聚集的主要因素。這時他認為,或許星巴克應該改變經營的方向,從賣咖啡豆,變成賣咖啡。

3.老闆不願意「賣咖啡」,決定自己創業

趕回西雅圖後,Howard滿懷熱情的向星巴克創辦人建議「賣咖啡」才是生財之道!結果,他得到的答案是「不」!因為星巴克創辦人認為「賣咖啡」是餐飲業做的事,而在印象中,餐飲業就等於「髒和亂」,所以不是他們想要踏入的行業。但是,Howard不把自己當成一般員工。相反的,他用「老闆」的角度思考,什麼對公司是最好的,而他相信「賣咖啡」才是公司的未來。於是,他不停說服創辦人讓他嘗試他的想法。

1985年星巴克決定開一家新店,為了讓他不再每天因為「賣咖啡」而煩他們,創辦人決定給Howard三分一的店面,讓他做他想做的事。開業那天開始,他們每天都有上百位客戶上門買咖啡,而「賣咖啡」的營收,也大大超越原本的「賣咖啡豆」。

雖然這家店證明「賣咖啡」真的可行,但兩位創辦人還是覺得這不是他們想要的行業。因此,他們告訴Howard,他們不會在其他的星巴克嘗試這種經營模式。

Howard非常失望,因此決定離開星巴克,開創自己的義式咖啡館。當他告訴星巴克兩位創辦人時,他們竟然表示,願意投資Howard的咖啡館!但是投資有條件,就是必需先籌得60萬美元資金,星巴克才願意投資20萬美元。

再次回到義大利研究義式咖啡館,Howard決定使用一家米蘭報章的名字「Il Giornale」(每日)來為他即將開創的事業命名。接下來,要面對的就是如何募得足夠資金發展事業。

4.遇到「貴人」相助,成功買下星巴克

他決定先在西雅圖開兩家店,另外在華盛頓州的溫哥華開一家。因此,他需要籌得170萬美元才能夠支撐整個計劃。

一開始,募資不順利,畢竟在那個年代,要說服人們投資一家他們無法正確發音,而且打算將咖啡裝在紙杯中,用2~3美元的價格賣給客人的公司並不容易。但Howard用當年經營「陌生拜訪」的心態,見了242位投資者,被拒絕217次後,才募得足夠的資金。

1986年,第一家正式開業,一年後,星巴克創辦人決定要出售星巴克,而他認為Howard應該買下來。Jerry開價380萬美金,並願意等90天,讓他籌這筆經費。

Howard覺得這是個大好機會,因此,他再次向Il Giornale的投資者募資。60天過去,募到接近200萬美金,他也非常有信心他能夠募得所需要的資金。但是,突然接到一個壞消息,星巴克老闆告訴他有人願意出400萬美金,以更優渥的條件,購買星巴克。更讓傷心的是,這位競爭者是Il Giornale 的投資者,也是西雅圖最成功的商業大亨之一。

失望之餘,Howard向一位律師朋友抱怨那位商人的所為。律師朋友聽完後,邀請他到辦公室,和律師事務所的資深合夥人見面。見到那位資深合夥人時,才知道原來是微軟創辦人,比爾蓋茲的父親,老比爾蓋茲。

老比爾蓋茲知道事情的來龍去脈後,就帶著Howard直接去那位競爭對手的辦公室。然後,老比爾蓋茲明確的告訴那位商業大亨,他這樣做不但違法,還是可恥的。因此,他要求那位商業大亨停止收購星巴克。

10分鐘後,老比爾蓋茲和Howard走出商業大亨的辦公室時,Howard知道,星巴克總算是他的了。

 

比爾蓋茲、瑪麗蓋茲以及老比爾蓋茲

5.星巴克開始「賣咖啡」,連到日本東京也一樣收歡迎

1987年,買下星巴克後,Howard馬上改變經營模式,開始在每一家店中販售義式咖啡。他要打造「星巴克體驗」,將義大利咖啡館的模式,完整的複製到美國。

因此星巴克不但銷售各種義式咖啡,更是客戶家和公司以外的「第三空間」,讓客戶可以和朋友輕鬆的聊天,享受美好時光。

不採用傳統的宣傳方式,砸錢打廣告。相反的,注重每位客人喝到的咖啡,都能帶來正面回饋。而其他客人,就能透過口碑,認識星巴克。結果證明,這個策略是正確的。美國消費者開始期待星巴克到他們的州屬展店。就這樣,星巴克開始在美國市場站穩腳步,放眼國際市場。

1996年,星巴克決定踏出美國,當時,Howard希望在日本東京開設第一家美國本土以外的星巴克。雖然市場調查顯示,日本不是最好的選擇,因為星巴克的室內禁菸政策在日本行不通,而且日本人絕對不會在街上飲食(星巴克外帶咖啡)因為那是很丟臉的事。

另外,東京店租太高,無法靠售賣咖啡來支付租金。但Howard還是成功說服董事會讓他嘗試。當他到日本準備參加開幕儀式時,才發現8月的東京非常炎熱。而當時星巴克還沒有研發出「星冰樂」或任何其他冰飲料,它們只賣不適合在熱天喝的熱咖啡。

因此,開幕前一天晚上,和日本當地的合作夥伴一起參與慶祝開幕的晚宴時,他就請翻譯人員對日本夥伴們說,他認為明天的開幕時,店面將會很冷清,請大家要有心理準備!殊不知,翻譯人員不敢傳遞壞消息。

因此,Howard後來才知道,翻譯人員不但沒有說明他的擔心,反而告訴日本夥伴,他認為明天將會是星巴克史上最盛大的開幕。晚宴結束後, 西雅圖的同仁興奮打電話告訴回到飯店休息的Howard,他們成功邀請CNN 到東京現場直播開幕的盛況!他心想:「這次糗大了」!

第二天早上6點,一行人乘車前往開幕會場的途中,發現有數百人在即將開幕的星巴克店面前排隊。Howard驚訝問翻譯人員:「是不是請了排隊工?」。但那些正在排隊的,真的都是期待星巴克開幕的客人,他終於放心,因為總算能肯定,星巴克在美國之外,也是備受歡迎的。

6.再造星巴克,要員工用「老闆心態」為客戶找回失落的「星巴克體驗」

1990年代,星巴克開始壯大,也開始嘗試和其他品牌合作,例如:好市多門市開始有星巴克,或是將瓶裝星冰樂放到各超商販售。

2000 年,星巴克成為擁有超過3500家店面,年營收22億美元的國際公司。但是,Howard卻要面對一堆法律和人事問題,漸漸失去當初創業的樂趣。因此,他決定要放下星巴克執行長的工作,去做其他的事。

2007年,美國陷入次級房貸危機,星巴克開始偏離原本預設的道路。他認為星巴克在那段時間擴張太快,而快速擴張也導致Howard最重視的「星巴克體驗」,被當時經營團隊的「重視效率」影響,開始變質。例如,星巴克開始不在店面磨咖啡豆,而是將磨好的咖啡粉,直接配送到店內,節省時間。但是,客戶也無法喝到最新鮮的咖啡。

2008年,星巴克股價陷入歷史最低點,Howard決定再次回到星巴克,負起執行長的重任。當時,很多人都不看好,但是他心理很清楚,他對星巴克的愛,無法在這個關鍵時刻袖手旁觀。

回到星巴克後,Howard發現問題比想像嚴重,必須採取很激烈的手段,包括關閉900家星巴克門市,而這些門市大約有800家開業不到一年。同時,要求全美7100家星巴克,傍晚5:30開始,休息3小時,重新培訓全體135,000位店內員工,讓他們了解如何做出一杯完美義式咖啡。而這個培訓計劃的總開銷,包含營收損失和員工薪資,高達2400萬美元。

另外,舉辦為期三天的「星巴克領袖研討會」,花3000萬美元將1萬名店長送到紐奧良,好讓他可以面對面的和每位店長溝通星巴克面對的危機。

在研討會中,他告訴每位店長,如果不改變做法,那星巴克只能夠繼續生存7個月。要讓公司繼續存活下去,每位店員就要把自己當成是「老闆」一樣在乎客戶感受,盡力將每一次和客戶的接觸都做到最好,讓客戶再次體會到當初的「星巴克體驗」。

研討會後6個月,星巴克營收開始回升,一年後,星巴克正式擺脫危機。從這件事中,Howard學到,「任何成功都不是天賦的權利,而是要努力爭取的。當你因為之前的成功而忘了要繼續努力,你就會陷入困境中。」

2017,Howard再次放下星巴克執行長的職務。而星巴克在他的帶領下,也成為在全球65個國家擁有超過25000間店,營收超過160億美元的公司。在擔任星巴克執行長的期間,他除了讓星巴克變得更收客戶歡迎,也致力讓星巴克員工們在工作崗位上獲得更多。

他不但為所有員工都提供健保,而且還承諾只要員工一週在星巴克工作超過20小時,星巴克將為他們負擔所有學費,讓他們可以到亞利桑那州立大學取得學士學位。

這樣做,不是為了宣傳,而是因為他相信,「就算不是含著金湯匙出生,每個人都應該有追求夢想的機會」。他希望,每位星巴克員工,都能夠藉著在星巴克工作,成功的追尋自己的「美國夢」,而不是像他父親當年一樣,無法在工作上找到任何意義與尊嚴。也希望,他逝世的父親,會因為星巴克對待員工的方式,引以為榮。

從Howard的故事,我們可以看到,他在職涯中,沒有認份只做一名好員工。就算只是打工,還是會站在「老闆」的角度思考。當他發現能讓公司變得更好的機會,他就會馬上提出,並努力實踐。而且,他不但自己這樣做,在星巴克時,還會將公司的股票發給值得的員工,讓他們在工作時,能真的將自己當成老闆。這種「老闆心態」,或許是值得我們學習的。

https://www.businessweekly.com.tw/careers/blog/21032

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AirAsia PHL looking to acquire A321neo

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 10:51 PM


By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter

HAMBURG, Germany — Philippines AirAsia, Inc. is looking to acquire an Airbus A321neo, an aircraft designed to reduce fuel consumption by 20% and accommodate more passengers.

This announcement comes after Malaysia-based AirAsia Group Berhad received its first of 353 A321neos ordered from Airbus at a delivery ceremony here on Wednesday.

Philippines AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Ricky P. Isla said the low-cost carrier is currently in the process of “concretizing plans to purchase an A321neo” from Airbus.

“We continue to achieve our operational goals with our existing 24 A320s. Investing in newer additional aircraft will be advantageous for any airline in a slot-constrained environment,” he told reporters here.

AirAsia Group will initially use the new A321neo for flights from Kuala Lumpur to two domestic destinations such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and three international flights to Singapore, Bangkok, and Shenzhen.

Mr. Isla noted that the A321neo, which has 50 more seats compared to the previous A320neo, provides “opportunities to offer even lower fares to flying guests.”

“Eventually, majority of our aircraft will be A321neos and this is across the whole fleet,” AirAsia Group Aircraft Planning & Evaluation Head Matthew Glaus told reporters on Tuesday.

Limited airport slots, particularly in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, are a consideration in tapping these A321neos.

“So any airport that’s suffering today, it’s gonna have an opportunity to see A321neos… Another thing, we see strong demand in terms of passengers. Eventually, the standard will be the A321neo aircraft across our fleet including the Philippines,” Mr. Glaus said.

In his speech during the delivery ceremony on Wednesday, A320 Family Programme Head Michael Menking of Airbus said: “Following the first A321neo, more deliveries to AirAsia will begin and it will continue for quite some time as the airline has ordered a total of 353 A321neo aircraft.”

He noted that the A321neo is a response to the “ongoing strong demand” across AirAsia’s network and “to open up new routes, enabling more people to fly further at a lower cost than ever before.”

AirAsia Indonesia Chief Executive Officer Veranita Yosephine said the A321neos will allow the company to grow further and become the largest low-cost carrier in Asia.

“I’m looking forward to how the A321neo can contribute to our expansion network in Indonesia,” she added.

Airbus said in a statement that the A321neo has “over 20%” less fuel consumption per seat compared to the previous generation A320neo. It also has a maximum flight range of 5.5 hours, or an hour higher than A320neo’s, which means that new destinations can be explored across Southeast Asia and beyond.

Other features of the A321neo include lightweight and slimline seats with a mobile phone or tablet holder; three rows with a seat pitch of 37” or above; three additional rows of hot seats rows; USB in-seat power in every seat; and Rokki WiFi providing entertainment, shopping, and internet speed up to 10MB/s.

Airbus said further that the A320 family received a total of 7,000 orders from at least 110 company customers globally as of end of October 2019.

AirAsia’s current fleet consists of 194 A320CEOs (68 fitted with Sharklets), 40 A320Neos, 36 A330s, and two A330Neos. It has backlog of 13 A320Neos, 352 A321Neos, 30 A321XLRs, and 78 A330Neos.

 

https://www.bworldonline.com/airasia-phl-looking-to-acquire-a321neo/

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AirAsia optimistic of growth in 2020, says Fernandes

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 10:50 PM


SEPANG, Nov 22 — AirAsia Group Bhd is optimistic of its business growth in 2020 amid sustained travel demand coupled with economic headwinds and the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the company had grown in more than 20 years since founding the low-cost airline and would continue to offer affordable pricing.

“Travel has become a necessity. People will have holidays, people would want to migrate for work. My outlook would remain really positive. We see more growth, that is why we bought 300 aircraft.

“We are very optimistic,” he told reporters after welcoming AirAsia’s first Airbus A321neo from Hamburg, Germany here today.

Tourism Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi was also present.

Earlier this year, AirAsia converted 253 orders for the A320neo to the larger A321neo version, with a total of 353 aircraft on order, making AirAsia one of the world’s largest customers for the A321neo. The aircraft is now set to become the first to operate in Malaysia.

The A321neo is a member of the best-selling Airbus A320 Family incorporating the very latest technologies, such as new generation engines and Sharklets which together aim to deliver over 10 per cent in fuel savings.

Fernandes said the new aircraft allowed AirAsia to burn less fuel and be more sustainable.

“Profit will increase. We are looking for a strong year in 2020,” he added.

Asked whether the group planned to float its unit in the Philippines, Fernandes said it would wait for a fair valuation.

“The Philippines is our diamond in the rough because it exists in the border of China and Taiwan and a great connector to the east of America. We are doing great and we do not want to sell ourselves cheap,” he added.

The Philippines unit of AirAsia is postponing its initial public offering to next year or 2021 while it focuses on corporate reorganisation and seeking funds from existing shareholders.

The low-cost airline has been looking to go public and raise about US$200 million since 2015 but had shelved its plan several times because of weak markets and volatile oil prices.

Earlier in his speech, Mohamaddin said increasing flight connectivity from other destinations to Malaysia was one of the initiatives to boost arrivals into Malaysia and meet Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign targets.

“Indeed, AirAsia has contributed significantly towards the growth of tourism in Malaysia and with the addition of the AirAsia A321neo into its fleet which has an additional 50 seats as compared to the current Airbus A320 that AirAsia uses,” he added.

AirAsia will eventually replace the existing fleet of A320 and A320neo aircraft throughout the network covering Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan.

With 236 seats — a 27 per cent increase in capacity compared to AirAsia’s present fleet of A320 (180 seats) and A320neo (186 seats), the A321neo will be able to meet strong ongoing demand across the network with significant operational efficiencies and open up opportunities to explore new destinations, with more than 10 per cent fuel savings.

AirAsia Group currently operates a wholly Airbus Family fleet of aircraft, flying out of its hubs in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan. — Bernama

 

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/11/22/airasia-optimistic-of-growth-in-2020-says-fernandes/1812468

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A321 to be AirAsia's backbone in the future

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 9:02 PM


SEPANG: Airbus’ latest single-aisle aircraft, the A321neo, is set to become AirAsia Group Bhd’s (AirAsia) backbone for its future operations.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the new aircraft will be deployed on popular routes, delivering growth opportunities to new markets and adding extra capacity in existing markets.

“These are the markets with expansion constraints due to infrastructure or slot availability limitations,” he said at the A321neo welcoming ceremony here today.

Fernandes is also positive on AirAsia’s outlook next year, citing that there are over one billion people in Asia.

“Most of them have not flown. We see the full-service carriers are trying to compete with the low-cost carriers (LCCs) and that caused overcapacity in some routes and fare dumping.

“We have to build capacity to fit that market. There is a huge amount of growth but in terms of the overall capacity, maybe some of the airlines try to be low-cost which caused fare dumping,” he added.

He said the A321neo is set to present the LCC group with greater efficiencies of over 10 per cent in fuel savings and higher capacity (236 seats).

The A321neo is a member of the Airbus A320 family incorporating the latest technologies such as new generation engines and sharklets.

Fernandes said the aircraft was the first of 353 A321neos on order by the group, will eventually replace the existing fleet of A320 and A320neo aircraft throughout the network covering Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan.

AirAsia’s A321 order programme is expected to complete within six years to replace its A320 orders.

Fernandes said the A321neo will enable AirAsia to serve strong ongoing demand across the network with significant operational efficiencies and open up opportunities including new destinations.

The A321neo has about 27 per cent increase in seats capacity compared to AirAsia’s present fleet of A320 (180 seats) and A320neo (186 seats).

AirAsia will initially operate the aircraft from its Kuala Lumpur hub to cities across Asia, with the first destinations including Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Singapore, Bangkok and Shenzhen.

Earlier today, the low-cost carrier officially welcomed its first A321neo.

With registration number 9M-VAA, the A321neo was welcomed by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, together with AirAsia’s senior management team in a ceremonial event at Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) here.

Mohamaddin said the new generation aircraft allows AirAsia to further boost air connectivity to and from Malaysia ahead of Visit Malaysia 2020.

“At the same time, it will deliver greater opportunities for tourism, business and trade in line with the government’s Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” he said.

Mohamaddin said AirAsia had contributed significantly towards the growth of tourism in Malaysia.

“With the addition of the Airbus A321neo and additional 50 seats, AirAsia will continue to enable even more people to fly into Malaysia and experience everything that we have to offer here,” he said, adding that this indirectly contribute towards the increase of foreign tourist arrivals into Malaysia, especially from the Asean region.

Earlier this year, AirAsia converted 253 orders for the A320neo to the larger A321neo version, with a total of 353 aircraft on order, making AirAsia one of the world’s largest customer for the A321neo.

The second unit of the A321 will be delivered by end of the year and followed by two units in 2020.

AirAsia Group currently operates a wholly Airbus Family fleet of aircraft, flying out of its hubs in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan.

Last year, AirAsia flew over 90 million guests across 151 destinations mainly in Asia Pacific.

https://www.nst.com.my/business/2019/11/541204/a321-be-airasias-backbone-future
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Ekovest's acquisition of land from IWH: My take - felicity

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 8:59 PM


Friday, November 22, 2019

 

What the deal is about.
 
Ekovest buying 2 blocks of land from IWH which IWH does not own until this deal is done, ironically. Hence, IWH is actually acting as a middleman and in return IWH owns 32% of Ekovest. Lim Kang Hoo will increase his shareholding in Ekovest, backdoor through IWH as he is a larger shareholder of IWH through Credence at 63.13%. Ekovest pays about RM200 million for the land and another RM800 million through issuance of new ICPS (Irredeemable Convertible Preference Shares) to IWH. The ICPS which is convertible to Ekovest’s shares at RM1 will allow IWH to be a 32% shareholder of Ekovest.  This will solidify LKH’s ownership of Ekovest. His shareholding (direct and indirect) will increase from 29.8% to 44.4%.
 
 
The land was part of the land in the original exercise which failed, in the proposed IWH-IWCITY merger back in 2017. As below, in that proposed deal, the merged entity is to acquire land from the same companies although not from as many sellers.
 
 
 
The deal has nothing to do with Bandar Malaysia, if any yet. We know that IWH together with CREC was awarded with the contract for Bandar Malaysia but details of the project is yet to be announced. The thing I can see is that IWH is now getting closer to Ekovest. Whether it is good or bad, we do not know. I can see that neither IWCITY or IWH are construction companies. Ekovest is. Bandar Malaysia needs lot of these kind of work as the entire development is RM140 billion in GDV. One will need a master developer and master contractor. LKH is not going to let CREC take all.
 
For Ekovest’s shareholders, the situation is hard to read as we do not know several things:
 
  1. We do not know much about the deal between IWH and Straits Bay Sdn Bhd and Empomas Holdings Sdn Bhd. Who are the owners? How are the payment made?
  2. Does IWH has to pay cash to these guys? Or will IWH pay them in shares or any other ways?
  3. Why is IWH acquiring these 2 pieces of land? This looks questionable. Land in Johor will not see much development unless they are strategic to any government's projects in the near future. This I am not able to decipher.
 
One thing that is happening is that the owners of Ekovest are thinking big. It is growing Ekovest in terms of market value at the expense of dilution to minority shareholders. However, for the shareholders which include me, we know that the group is not staying put at 2 highways and a few plots of good land. The elephant in the room as all have been talking about is the old military airport land and its development.
 
I believe this is not the last of the deals.
 
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