Updates @ 9:30 pm 5-4-2012: Please read Rocky’s Bru’s “Walk for MAS?” in HERE.
En Ahamd Jauhari Ahamd (AJ) was so proud to announce on 26-3-2012 during the “Briefing of MPs” that MAS was facing losses to the tune of RM2.5 billion! It would appear to everybody that the TRIO and the “Bina tak Fikir” Deputy Minister Senator Datuk Awang Adek, has also been harping on the losses to justify the MAS-AirAsia share swap and CCF.
But none of them ever reminded that this RM2.5 billion figure was UN-AUDITED and the actual content of CCF except CCF is “GOOD” for MAS and AirAsia. Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, the WAU expert referred to MAS as a “sick patient” in an interview with, of course, The Star. Was he trying to say that MAS needed to be “WAU-ed” again that’s why he is now the Chairman of MAS? The TRIO and the said “Bina tak Fikir” Deputy Minister of Finance couldn’t provide a single decision by the MAS top management that was beneficial to MAS.
Granted that for the moment that MAS suffered losses of RM2.5 billion. AJ was proud to tell MPs that AirAsia X Sdn Bhd (AA X) has paid to MAS RM20 million to uplift its passengers and this was an additional revenue to MAS. Was that really the case? But AJ, of course, didn’t tell the MPs that this RM20 million only covers less than half of the “SPECIAL FARES” charged for the said AA X’s passengers.
What AJ didn’t tell the MPs was that as on 26-3-2012 there was no proper documentation on the “SPECIAL FARES” to be charged to AA X. Thus that early hour e-mail from top management was sent out at 1:26 am on 28-3-2012 to pacify MAS staff that thee was a “Special Arrangement” via the so-called “Re-Accodmmodation Agreement”.
When uplifting other airlines passengers, the long established policy of MAS is to charge full-published fares to uplift other airlines passengers and the other airlines will have to also provide a Bank Guarantee or some form of Banking Facilities before MAS uplift any of its passengers.
Yours truly has been informed by reliable sources in MAS:
That as on 4-5-2012 the so-called “Re-Accommodation Agreement” between AA X and MAS has not been properly signed;
That as it were, based on the “Special Fares” that was “agreed upon”, AA X had to pay MAS another RM30 million on 31-3-2012 and until this date the said RM31 million has not been paid; and
That the normal discount given to friendly airlines or under Code Sharing is between 5% to 15% but in this case the “Special Fares” given to AA X was between 30% – 40%.
This clearly shows that MAS is losing good revenue! The said AA X passengers must be laughing to the bank. For a start, paid low cost fares and travelled on premier airlines without having to pay for foods, drinks and other hidden charges like in AA X. Not a bad deal for AA X passengers but it is unfair to MAS passengers. “EVERYONE CAN FLYING WITH LOW COST FARE” and “NOW EVERY MAID CAN ALSO BE UPGRADED TO FIRST CLASS”!
Further, if this also formed part of CCF and the TRIO’s “Business Plan” then MAS will never recover and will be in further financial mess.
MAS staffs should ask their respective MAS union to demand from the top management to come clean to reveal the so-called “SPECIAL FARES” for AA X passengers when the “Re-Accommodation Agreement” was actually signed by MAS and AA X.