Monday, November 14, 2011

Tony Fernandes says premium airline being mulled, to involve MAS

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said he has ideas for a super premium airline but declined to reveal the name or any further details.

The AirAsia co-founder said any new super premium airline would involve Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

“There is a wonderful opportunity for those (travellers) who don’t want to queue up,” he told reporters. “But whether we can make it work who knows.”

The Sun newspaper reported last week that Fernandes is proposing to set up a super premium airline called Caterham Jets that will fly out of Subang Airport.

Fernandes said today that The Sun report was “completely wrong” and that there is “no Caterham Jets”.

A check with the companies’ commission, however, shows Fernandes as a director of Caterhamjets Sdn Bhd which was registered in October.

When asked about the company, Fernandes said that he has many ideas and has registered “hundreds” of companies due to issues with names.

Following the report last week, PKR had raised questions as to whether such an airline would threaten the formal collaboration between AirAsia and MAS, both of which Fernandes now has a stake in.

“If an idea does materialise, it will definitely involve MAS,” said Fernandes. “It’s right now an idea.”

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