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  1. For anyone who's curious what the shortcomings were: Taken from The Star. Apparently they almost got downgraded to Category 2 back in 2003 too.
  2. Of course he does. ASEAN has plenty of ideas for a more unified ASEAN but a unified aviation regulatory body is probably not on top of the list. And I'd love to think that countries like Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos would love to pony up some cash just so carriers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines can fly to AU/NZ, Europe, and US/Canada 😀
  3. AA removed it yesterday when FAA announced the downgrade. Basically MH/D7 can't add/change any flights to the US either via their own metal or code-share. CAAM is urging the FAA to audit them again but they probably won't do it. FAA conducted the audit April 2019, results were provided to CAAM July 2019 and they made the announcement in November 2019. I might be naive, but I feel like the FAA gave CAAM a chance - fix it before it becomes official (hence the delay from July to November) but I guess CAAM couldn't/didn't fix the shortcomings. And the FAA won't make the deficiencies public. From the article: Now that's a huge issue if someone with an arts history degree working in a museum is getting the same compensation as one with engineering degree working in the Public Works Department (not to belittle arts history major, but just choosing a less technical example) if they both join at the same date.
  4. Slight correction to MH/AA code-share. It seems like AA can't place its code on MH operated flights (AA has already removed its code on MH's LHR/NRT/HKG/SIN-KUL etc. flights). MH code however is still on AA operated flights (I don't know if MH is allowed to place its code on AA flights or just haven't got around to it yet). MH however is still allowed to continue (but can't expand) existing code-share agreements with other carriers already in place for flights to/from US (e.g. QR, JL, CX).
  5. Well apparently it's a HR issue according to Maybank IB Research. From Malaysiakini: This is concerning to say the least. This problem won't be resolved in a year or two if it's true.
  6. There are a few CAAs around the world that audits other countries' CAA to make sure that they meet the minimum standards to fly into their country/airspace. CAAC and EC/EASA comes to mind (these two however forbid individual carriers instead of a blanket ban on a country). I am not sure if CAAM/CAAS etc. audit other countries but those big CAAs usually set a benchmark, MH/AA code-share will remain but it can't be expanded until Malaysia is upgraded back to Category 1. That means MH can't initiate new code-share agreement with BA for TATL operations if they wanted to now.
  7. Official Press Release from the FAA: Seems like the first ever downgrade for Malaysia? How often do they audit other countries (I don't believe they didn't audit between 2003 and 2019)? Not FAA standards. FAA audit finds that CAAM failed to meet ICAO standards. This has nothing to do with the downgrade and a RTB is actually more common than you think. Well that's rare. A CEO in Malaysia resigning due to failures.
  8. Applied for 3 weekly services. Most countries grant services based on frequencies whilst some grant based on weekly seats (e.g. Australia/India in Malaysia's case) and "units" (e.g. Indonesia). No idea what 1 unit is equivalent to.
  9. The October Bulletin is out. Notable applications: AK Group: BKI-DMK 3x, KUL-DAD 7x MH Group: KUL-JED 4x, KUL-MED 8x, BKI-PKX 3x (did MH serve BKI-PEK before?) OD Group: KCH-HAK 2x, KUL-MLE 4x
  10. Interesting 😀 But from the red hat's perspective, MAHB is the most incompetent airport operator in the world and they are the one limiting red hat's growth, not anything else. Who knew MAHB accommodated red hat even once given that some members of the public thinks that they are enemies 🤷‍♂️ I'd say majority of the public buy into his BS. Hence he's still doing it. When T2 pax requires a slightly longer taxi or hold, they'd now blame MAHB, not knowing that AK Group agreed to the scheduled closure. Sure everybody wants lower PSC and I am aware that some pax do get lower prices from the lower PSC, but the main benefactor is AK Group (plus Indigo).
  11. I am surprised no one has suggested seaplanes yet to lower cost. So many rivers in Sabah and Sarawak 😬
  12. Hence MAHB did what AK requested and agreed to. They only closed it part of the day so maybe that 6-7 minutes during morning peak is then not snowballed towards the end of the day. If AK didn't agree to the closure schedule, they'd definitely come up and say it, but they didn't. Are you that naive to think that AK wouldn't come out and shut MAHB up if MAHB put words in AK's mouth in the press release? So do I. And I'd say 99% of the passengers do the same. No one looks into the breakdown of air fare and taxes. Why do you think AK kept asking MAHB for lower PSC at KUL T2?! They can charge a higher fare than other non KUL T2 users but yet it will come up as the same total price on the search engines. Maybe there are public or private spats - I don't know. But I do know one thing for sure, it's not as frequent or as petty as AK is. Have you seen BA complaining in public to BAA about LHR in public or DL/B6 complaining in public to PANYNJ about JFK? If those airlines were complaining that their flight is delayed 6-7 minutes because of runway construction (even in private), those airport authorities will ask the airline to eff off. And 6-7 minutes delay due to 1 of 3 runway closures? I'd say that's an amazing job. See what happens in other airports when one of their runways is out (hint: JFK and SFO have about the same amount of passengers passing through). You'd be lucky if you are delayed 1 hour at those airports if one of the runways is out. Do you really think MAHB really treats AK Group as their enemies? Bite the hand that feeds them? (albeit sometimes MAHB have to twist AK arms for late payments and vice versa) I'd say there are disagreements between the two but enemies? Far from it.
  13. Airlineroute made a route rundown for KUL-TPE-OKA. Seems like D7 is pretty much targeting TPE-OKA traffic only (as I suspected). O&D traffic demand for 2018 was slightly less than 4,000 pax (which if I understand correctly, that's 10-11 PDEW for 2018).
  14. According to reports, NH+UA+AC will only operate the following TPAC flights from NRT wef Summer 2020 schedules: US: SFO (NH+UA), LAX (NH+UA), DEN (UA), IAH (UA), ORD (NH), JFK (NH), EWR (UA), HNL (UA), GUM (UA) CA: YVR (AC), YUL (AC), YYC (AC) MX: MEX (NH) I guess that should capture most of MY-JP-Americas market to keep NH 815/816 (NRT-KUL) alive.
  15. I don't know about you, but if Air Asia (or any airline for that matter) announces to me whilst waiting either at the gate or on board that my flight is delayed 6-7 minutes due to air traffic congestion, I wouldn't think that that airline is trying to save cost by getting further back in the queue. Have you been to LAX, JFK, LGA, FCO, CDG T1, TXL, CGK T2, KBV, HAN, SGN, DMK etc.? Those airports are far worse if you are there for an extended delay. And well, if you are delayed en-route or on the taxiway, then it doesn't make a difference anywhere. But I like how you compare SIN to KUL but yet we cannot compare their PSC to ours 🤷‍♂️ From the MAHB Press Release: Maybe you know better than all the stakeholders or airlines 😀. Sounds like AK agreed with the schedule (again, AK being one of the main operators at KUL and Runway 3, I really doubt MAHB just disregard their opinion). They would have known a year in advance about the scheduled disruption along with the capacity cut if necessary but they didn't voice their concerns then but now when the public can see the construction and runway closures, they start complaining. Opportunist much? Now you know why they never complain in a foreign country? Other countries can see right through it and ask them to pound sand.
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