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  1. Western media is at least more independent than state-sponsored media. Seattle Times broke a few stories about the 737 MAX (biggest employer in their own backyard and US' largest exporter), left-leaning media constantly dissing #45, WaPo who broke the Watergate scandal etc. Will CGTN or Global Times etc. expose China's or CCP"s wrongdoing (if any)? Most media are biased against other countries (if you think they are *only* out to cripple the CCP, you are wrong). You can compare how BBC/Guardian and say CNN/MSNBC reported Harry Dunn's case or social issues in the US. Or how Straits Times and The Star reported on MY/SG maritime boundary issues.
  2. NH announced a huge expansion due to the new HND slots (new flights to ARN, IST, MXP as well as increased frequencies to SFO, SYD etc.) - they probably need the planes from somewhere and SE Asia gets the brunt of it. Having that said, KUL capacity adjustments lasts for only 2 months unlike other stations where their NRT flights are halved for entire summer. HND's slots are use it or lose it. NRT on the other hand still have slots available. HND is also taking over some transfer pax (e.g. even with the limited KUL flights, MY-US pax are still able to transfer at HND to LAX, JFK, SFO - which probably accounts for more than 50% of the MY-US market on NH).
  3. You are comparing apples and oranges. MH's hub is KUL and they provide nonstop service to places where most ex-KUL and MH pax want to go. That is the price for convenience. You'd find the same thing for SQ fares ex-SIN, CX fares ex-HKG, LH fares ex-FRA/MUC, AA fares ex-DFW etc. You should compare ex-MNL fares on SQ and PR. You'd be surprised that SQ is much cheaper than PR! If you want cheap MH flights, perhaps try flying from BKK/SIN/TPE?
  4. IT meltdown didn't really prevent people from traveling - a lot were inconvenienced for sure.
  5. Or maybe they have but they can't do it with only 2 additional 359s. E.g. MH identified AMS/CDG etc. as a high yielding route and it will require 2 359s to operate a daily flight - what happens if a 359 goes tech or goes in for regularly scheduled maintenance? Cancel flights for a few days/weeks? As it is, some KIX/NRT flights are operated by 333 when the 359 goes in for maintenance. And from what I hear, the Japanese routes have pretty strong premium demand (hence the 359 is used instead of the 333)
  6. That's what I thought, but SOC-KUL arrives around 02:45. Trains aren't running (not too sure if buses are) and they probably have to wait for another 3-4 hours before things start moving both at KUL and KL city centre. The 02:45 arrival won't connect to either EK/QR 02:00-ish departures either.
  7. MH up gauged their Surakarta flights to A330 according to Airlineroute. Anybody knows why this twice weekly, almost zero connections at KUL for the return sector (connection ~6 hours for non-ASEAN flights, longer for flights to JED/MED) warrants an A330?
  8. Not going to start a new topic for this but I just noticed that MH updated its app icon (at least for iOS). Looks like a winter wonderland now. As with others, I like their new marketing company. New winter app icon:
  9. A quick followup on QR's planned PEN/LGK increase - it will begin 03AUG20 according to airlineroute. I am curious how big (or rather, small) this market is. IIRC, the biggest MY-South America market is to/from Brazil (but even that is tiny). Yay! Return of morning weekend services ex-SIN. Too late for Space beds 🤣
  10. Qatar announced today that PEN/LGK will be increased from 5x to 7x weekly for 2020 (no specified date given but it will still operate as DOH-PEN-LGK vv). That's a decent increase from 3 weekly services when they started in Feb. 2018 to daily in 2020.
  11. IIRC it was because Air Asia Group couldn't agree on the commission with Traveloka. If JL/MH is cheaper than D7 to TYO/KIX, then airasia.com should still sell you that JL/MH ticket. Commission 😉 If there are no price/fare condition differences between OTA(s) and airline, always buy from airline directly. If there is a schedule change or if you need to change your flights, it's usually much easier to deal directly with the airline. If you buy your tickets from airasia.com for say a MH KUL-LHR ticket and you need to change your flights, you'd need to contact either kiwi.com or AirAsia.com (I don't know which one you should contact but you need to contact the OTA and you need to add fees imposed by kiwi.com or airasia.com if they have any on top of the change fees imposed by MH). My preferred method of checking air ticket prices is using Google flights. GF gives you the local point-of-sale (POS) prices for most flights (I've encountered POS problems with flights from Indonesia and Latin America tho)
  12. I prefer to take the paper towel myself. You have no idea what the other person has touched 😁 Firstly, that's gross. Secondly, that means poop water is aerosolized in the toilet 🤢
  13. Probably makes sense why airlines avoid BKK FIR. Even a short 100km to cut across say Narathiwat/Yala (borders with Kelantan/Perak) will be quite significant. E.g. an A320 (MTOW is 68,000 kg according to Wikipedia), the cost to flyover 100km BKK FIR is ~850 THB where as a 100km flight over KUL/BKI FIR is ~RM11 😂. So basically peanuts and a fraction of what Thailand charges (please double check my maths). Edited to add: TH charges the same rate for the first 250km (so doesn't matter if airline fly over 1 km or 250km). Malaysia charges RM27 for 250km. Still small change.
  14. This probably affects a lot of airlines that doesn't fly to/from Malaysia (e.g. QF/AF/LH/LX) or flights that just overfly Malaysia (e.g. AU/NZ-DXB/DOH/AUH, HKG/CAN-PER/DPS). Does anybody knows if Thailand have exorbitant fees for using their airspace? KA, CZ, Fedex/UPS seems to enter Malaysian air space near Kota Bharu and then fly close to the MY-TH border and then northwards towards PEN and sometimes even LGK instead of cutting across Thai airspace (or are there no air ways around that area?). Even KA's HKG-KNO avoid Thai airspace.
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