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TOP AIR Picks Johor as Top Choice Destination Beyond Indonesia

September 29, 2005

Johor Bahru, Thursday September 29th: Emerging regional player in the aviation industry, Top Air, which has already secured a niche market in servicing the domestic air routes in Indonesia, landed in Johor Bahru today and in the process, notched a historic milestone, both for itself, for the maiden flight beyond Indonesian shores and for Johor Bahru, as its' top choice international destination from Jakarta!

When met at Sultan Ismail Airport, also known as Senai International, Pak Herman Santoso, Top Air's Operations Manager who was also on board the historic flight, commented, "Today marks a historic first for Top Air! This is the first time we are expanding our network into the region, and what better choice of Johor as our first destination! We are highly confident that Top Air's Jakarta-Johor Bahru-Jakarta venture will prove to be very successful. This sector has very good demand and has the potential to grow bigger. Ticket sales at Jakarta and here in Johor Bahru have received response above our initial expectations. Our fares are also very competitively priced, which is contributed by a very cost-effective operational structure".

According to Pak Herman, Top Air's marketing strategy is to use travel agencies as their preferred distribution network to ensure effective sell-through to travel agents on a longterm contractual basis. This has already proven to be a wise decision, as evidenced by their inaugural flight here to Johor Bahru, with 93 passengers on board, a load factor of 78 percent based on capacity of 120. Herman further added, "Currently we have 3 units B737-200 to cover existing domestic routes and today, with our maiden regional flight having taken off very smoothly and has shown to be well received, this has encouraged us to be even more upbeat of our forthcoming plans to grow our regional destinations, which will be announced in the local media here at the appropriate time". Mr Kennedy Ayu, General Manager of Senai International was equally upbeat. "We are witnessing a very healthy response to this sector. Already Top Air's flight from Johor Bahru to Jakarta this morning will have 68 passengers and this is inspite of not much initial media awareness being generated so far. We share our valued business partner's confidence that the demand from Johor and the surrounding areas is inherently strong and will certainly pick up even better when more Jakarta-bound passengers get wind of Top Air's regular service to this destination. An added advantage of this flight is that it connects to Bali after Jakarta ". "Inbound passengers from Jakarta are also spoilt for choice when it comes to heading to

their destinations in and around Johor. Our team at Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd or more commonly known as SATS, has coordinated various transport links to and fro Senai International. This multi-modal connectivity enables travelers to commute to Singapore via coaches, also via the Causeway Link Express to Kranji MRT station with a strategic transit point at our City Lounge in the heart of Johor Bahru city and via the 2nd Link Express to Jurong East Interchange as well as via ferry, starting from the Duty Free Zone, Stulang to Batam Island and Tanjung Pinang, both in Indonesia and also via public buses to various tourist destinations in and around Johor with a strategic stopover to the well-connected Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru. As you can see, Senai is literally well-connected, " Kennedy added. Top Air now flies every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays from Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru to Jakarta and onwards to Bali. They currently serve 18 domestic destinations of Ambon, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Batam, Cengkaring(Jakarta), Jayapura, Denpasar, Manado, Medan, Manokwari, Nabire, Pekanbaru, Pontianak, Surabaya, Semarang, Sorong, Timika and Makasar.