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Postby MiriBoyz » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:49 pm

There's a new bus express operating under the same company as Biaramas. The bus for Asia Star is totally new. It looks like it's double decker. Anyone tried this bus service already?
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby whatman » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:39 pm

Got pics of this new bus? Price for the trip?
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby orlando » Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:50 pm

Double Decker for Sarawak route? SUicide!!!
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby desmong » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:03 pm

going down sebangkoi, bengunan, song or simunjan hill will be suicide
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby KazEkoV » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:39 am

articles described it's like business class on roads... might be worth a try when you don't want to pay premium prices for last minute air asia flights
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby VeilSupra » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:42 am

orlando wrote:Double Decker for Sarawak route? SUicide!!!


Agree. :mrgreen:
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby silv3r » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:09 am

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KUCHING: Ever wonder what the recent newspaper advertisements and banners across town with the slogan ‘Black is Not a Colour’ is all about?

Yesterday, the cat was finally let out of the bag and it was in fact a publicity stunt to promote the new luxurious Asia Star High-Deck (double-deck) Business Class Executive Coach which was unveiled for the very first time at Pullman Hotel here.

The launching ceremony was officiated by Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Lai Sin Kiong, the manager of Biaramas Express Sdn Bhd which is also the parent company managing Bus Asia and Asia Star express buses said that the company had acquired four double-decker buses costing around RM700,000 each.

“We have invested about RM3 million for the new coaches and we are expecting a turnover of roughly RM2.8 million in the next 12 months,” Lai said.

The Asia Star express buses will be operating at the 3rd Mile Bus Terminal sharing parking and loading bays with Bus Asia and Biaramas coaches.

The Asia Star coaches with its distinctive trademark of black and extra height will be plying the Kuching-Miri route.

“Our company will also extend the bus routes to other major cities and towns in the state such as Sibu and Bintulu sometime next year while Asia Star’s fleet will have an additional four high-deck buses by the end of 2011 as well,” said Lai.

According to him, the double decker buses will only be making a single stopover at Sibu which will shorten travelling time by three hours as compared to other express buses which usuallly make several stops in between journeys.

As such, the Asia Star bus will reach its intended destination in about 12 hours’ time.

However, the important and impressive features of the new double-decker lies not in its travelling time or external appearence but the fact that, it gives passengers more leg room with its two plus one seating combination that can accomodate 30 passengers, compared to 41 seats in a normal express coache.

Apart from that, each seat has its own electrical power point and minitelevision monitor for onboard movies and video games as well as centralised music complete with individual ear phones.

In addition, pillows and blankets will be provided for the comfort of passengers during the long haul journey while food and beverages will also be served onboard by a team of hostesses similar to those facilities and services found in a commercial airplane.

Lai said that the choice of food available in their Asia Star coaches are certified halal and strictly vegetarian.

“The one-way bus fare is priced at only RM99 which is merely RM9 more than our Bus Asia’s fare of RM90 which is deemed reasonable considering all the luxurious treatment and additional facilities available onboard our new coaches,” Lai pointed out.

The Asia Star coaches’ chassis and engines are imported from Scania of Sweden which came with an in-line six cylinders Euro 3 engine of 380 horsepower while the outer housing or cab shell is fabricated by SKS Bus.

The Scania Model K380 coach is equiped with ABS (anti-brake lock system) and traction control as well as possessing additional saferty features such as GPS tracking system which limits the maximum cruising speed to 88km per hour.

Scania buses also gives passengers more riding comfort owing to its hightech suspension system comprising heavy duty dampers with air bellows to absorb uneven road surfaces or bumps.

Among those present at the launch were Chairman of Biaramas Express Sdn Bhd Lai Chon Foo, Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuching Bapak Rafail Walangitan and President of Sarawak Tourism Federation, Dato’ Wee Hong Seng.


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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby vertigo » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:21 am

should be this?

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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby vertigo » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:22 am

Johari: RM200m needed to upgrade public transport in Kuching
Story and photo by YU JI Friday November 19, 2010
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...53&sec=sarawak

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Wonder vehicle: Launch of the new Asia Star fleet bus which will take 12
hours to travel between Kuching and Miri with a stop in Sibu.

AS MUCH as RM200mil may be needed to upgrade public transportation in Kuching and throughout Sarawak, says Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Speaking after launching a long-haul express bus service in Kuching yesterday, he said the planned projects included the building of bus terminals, creating bus-only lanes in the city and introducing a cashless ticketing system.

Johari said the funds must come from the Federal Government as the state could not afford to implement the large package of upgrades all at once.

He said that when and where the projects would be implemented would depend on a study presently being undertaken.

“My goal is that we get most aspects of this upgrade ready within five years,” Johari said.

“Our cost should be around RM200mil. It should come under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme. I think ours will cost less than what is being spent on Penang as we are a newer city, which makes planning easier.”

The minister said that Hong Kong’s public transport model was being followed.

“I have no doubt that Hong Kong’s system is the best. It is our benchmark.”

He cited the cashless ticketing system there as an example.

“You can ride the bus, ride the train and even make purchases at 7/11 convenience stores using the same card. This kind of service creates confidence for locals and tourists.”

Johari said that future buses would have global positioning systems which would be a way to determine if speed limits had been breached and for customers to better estimate arrival times.

On the soon-to-be-launched river taxis, Johari said it would be a boon for tourism.

“There is no major city in the world where rivers are not used as premium products. We have historical rivers that we must use to full potential,” he said.

However, he added that river pollution was an area of concern and major clean-ups were necessary before rivers could be used as tourism products.

One river that had been rehabilitated was Sungai Bedil, Johari said. The clean-up cost RM16mil.

“It was money well spent. You see, Sungai Bedil is where Rajah James Brooke escaped during an uprising against him at the Astana. That river is historical, and now that it is clean, it will be a tourism product,” he added.
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby VSL » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:26 am

konon 200 million..tapi only 100 million are used...another 100 million masok pocket..
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby desmong » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:39 am

it really takes too long to travel from Kuching-Miri by bus. please make air travel cheaper for Sarawak dear Government..
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby mike88 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:23 pm

VSL wrote:konon 200 million..tapi only 100 million are used...another 100 million masok pocket..

mayb 150million dekat pocket.lol
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby mike88 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:24 pm

desmong wrote:it really takes too long to travel from Kuching-Miri by bus. please make air travel cheaper for Sarawak dear Government..

its already cheaper..u cant expect air fare oways cheaper than bus ticket ma..pokai lo AA..
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby subarufreak96 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:09 pm

I'm shock after see the picture.There is a driver that look like a pilot and the stewardess looks like airstewardess.the interior well look like in a plane.seems like they want to make air flying type into land type.well,will see in the future what happens.
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Re: Asia Star Bus Express

Postby Eugene91 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:57 pm

wow double decker on our Road? See those other buses accidents Im already afraid to use bus, what more to say a double decker......
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