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  1. 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)
  2. 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 🤢
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 😀
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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).
  15. I am surprised no one has suggested seaplanes yet to lower cost. So many rivers in Sabah and Sarawak 😬
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. From the report: 6-7 minutes per flight. It adds up for sure, but petty much? Again, there are way more congested airports in the world that only operates with 2 runways but you don't see the main carrier(s) there complaining about it (have you heard about JT/GA complaining about CGK, SQ/3K complaining about SIN or CX/HX complaining about HKG)? They have a choice - close the entire runway (not sure if the construction is feasible/required) but AK Group will not be happy too and they will ask why don't they do it in phases and at least keep it open during peak hours (which is exactly what they are doing now). Why would pax complain to the airline if it's ATC delay or weather?
  21. But Heathrow is different. Heathrow isn't as high yield as KUL is and time is of the essence at KUL 🙄 CGK, an Air Asia Group base/hub and much busier airport than KUL, was also operating with 2 runways only until they opened the third runway a few months back. Didn't see any complains from AK Group there. Runway delays at JFK are so common due to runway constructions that it can literally take 2-3 hours just to clear the backlog but yet you don't see JetBlue or Delta complain about it. First they complain that KUL's runway was bumpy and MAHB needs to repair it and now when they are fixing it, they complain that they runway is closed for repairs.
  22. From what I read, it seems like MH Group is placing its codes on SQ flights to Europe, South Africa (ZA makes sense) plus other beyond (unnamed) destinations. SQ Group on the other hand is placing its code on MH flights within Malaysia. I read it as MH can funnel their Europe bound traffic via SIN/SQ where as SQ will funnel their Malaysia bound traffic via KUL/MH. If anything, the up gauge will only be on KUL-SIN for MH/SQ (SQ is not placing its code on MH services beyond Malaysia). MH-SQ frequencies don't really overlap that much for either KUL-SIN or SIN-KUL (the bulk of it is either early morning or late afternoon/early evening in both directions for the business market between the two cities as well as connection banks on both ends). If you combine all carriers operating between KUL and SIN (TR, ,OD, AK, 3K etc.), there's a flight almost every 15 minutes or so between the two cities.
  23. That actually exists a lot in the modern world, especially in developed countries. Canada and Australia for example are highly protective of their market from foreign carriers (and US currently regret opening their skies that much). A PER-SYD or YVR-YYZ ticket can cost more than say a PER-DPS or YVR-TYO ticket! Malaysia on the other hand encourages a lot of foreign carriers into Malaysia. As far as government controlling foreign carriers into their own country, here are a few examples: SG/QA (Qatar) can't operate more than 3 weekly flights into Canada. QA/MY has a frequency/capacity cap into AU. I wasn't sure if you are referring to Malindo or Lion Air (Lion Air is not under MAVCOM jurisdiction unless they flood the ID-MY market). But in any case, MAVCOM rejects ATR (air traffic rights) applications if they think a carrier is trying to flood market and get rid of competitors. They have rejected some of AK/OD/MH ATR applications before. Now if you are asking for MAVCOM to remove a previously approved ATC because of overcapacity, I don't think this is possible. And I don't think MAVCOM has the right to see each carrier's route performance (yields, connecting pax, revenue etc.); they can request and I am pretty sure they already have access to the number of passengers between two cities and its demand. They are also responsible for approving ATI/JV for foreign carriers operating into Malaysia. They recently approved the LHG/SQ JV for MY-DE/CH/AT market (previously the JV was only valid for SG/AU-DE/CH/AT). Currently they are evaluating whether to approve MH/JL JV and how much capacity both carriers will hold in total in the event that the JV is approved. If you think MAVCOM is slow, the Japan's equivalent hasn't even approve the JV yet either, so 🤷‍♂️.
  24. Many many moons ago, a LHR-KUL-SYD/MEL ticket cost almost the same as a LHR-KUL ticket with free stopovers in KUL. So my plan was always to buy a ticket to Australia with 2 stopovers in KL. I am not aware that Malaysia does not have enough cheap foreign workers, do you? So these regional flights you are speaking of, to connect to MH 09:00 bank, they need to depart before 06:00 to get in around 07:00 (or even earlier since Malaysia is GMT +8 whilst most neighbors are GMT +7), yes? Which business traveler don't value time for a regional flight that they'll take an even earlier morning flight with a connection? Not many business pax is going to fly SIN-KUL-BKK or BKK-KUL-CGK. And in case you are wondering, MH does have early morning departures from SIN, BKK, CGK, MNL, HKG (the major business cities around the region I'd say) and you can guess why they have a RON aircraft at those stations even at HKG/SIN with exorbitant parking fees and not others (e.g. SGN, PNH etc.).
  25. Again, how does MAVCOM help in this issue? None of us are saying it shouldn't be improved.
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