Corporate notes

Written by fe Bureaus | Updated: Jan 28 2010, 04:35am hrs
New AirAsia routes

Malaysia-based budget air carrier AirAsia on Tuesday said it plans to launch six new routes between India and Malyasia over the next two quarters. The new cities that the air-carrier plans to add to its existing network include Delhi and Mumbai, a company press release said. The airline will start daily flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai in the second and third quarters of this year, it said. All the six routes will be operated daily, except Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai, which would be four times a week.

Dubai Holding drops S&P

The Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group (DHCOG) has dropped Standard and Poor's (S&P) as its rating agency citing "lack of understanding of its business and operations and relationship with the government of Dubai," a statement released on Monday said. "Although DHCOG has been engaging with S&P and sharing adequate information frequently and in a transparent manner, S&P has, nevertheless, issued inaccurate statements coupled with factual errors that are misleading," the statement noted.

SpiceJet to up headcount

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday said it is planning to hire about 140-150 employees to meet the manpower requirements for the four new aircraft that it would add this year, besides flying abroad. We will hire about 100 flight attendants and 40 pilots for the four aircraft we plan to acquire this year," SpiceJet chief executive Sanjay Aggarwal said. The carrier currently has a fleet of 19 Boeing 737s. The low-cost airline also has plans to enter international destinations later this year.

Samsung 3D TVs by June

Samsung India on TUesday said it is planning to introduce 3D (three dimensional)-enabled flat screen televisions in the country, besides increasing its LED display range. The domestic arm of the South Korean consumer durables major will introduce 3D models of LCD, LED and plasma television sets in the overseas markets by March-end, and will launch them in the domestic market by June, Samsung Southeast Asia president & chief executive Jung Soo Shin said.