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  1. Most airlines are using regular flight numbers. You'll see MH 333/332s busy flying to CAN, CGK, SGN, BKI, BKK, KCH, SYD, MEL, PER, HAN, MNL, PVG, NRT etc. Most of these are P2C flights (no revenue pax) but using regular flight number and almost regular schedule. And you'll see KA, CI, BR, CZ all flying into KUL/PEN daily too (sometimes 2 times a day on CI/BR on 77W) but most of these are P2C flights as well. You can't buy revenue seats even if you wanted to.
  2. Is this BBJ owned/leased by a Malaysian? Seems to be spotted around SZB/LGK quite often based on historical photos (and very odd that a repatriation flight landed in SZB).
  3. I didn't know AK interline with other carriers or OD flies nonstop to AU (except PER)/NZ/JP/KR. FFS, they don't even fly to Shanghai, Beijing with a miserable daily to HKG. Sure they have a lot of flights to the Indian subcontinent, but don't forget that OD is partially owned by an Indonesian company. You want foreign airlines to resume flying to KUL? You need MH. Who else is going to transfer pax from KUL to other cities in Malaysia and beyond? OD can't fulfill that role. AK obviously can't. And who is going to fly cargo between East and West Malaysia (and also regionally)? Why do you think MH is flying a daily A333 to HKG now even though both countries has sealed off borders to non-residents? Could never think of a better time to start an airline tbh I'd like you to show me OD's profit too
  4. Not very. Quite surprising. A few A330s and 737s here and there for MH (about 3 days ago). Nothing compared to say HKG where taxiways are shut down to accommodate parked planes (even gates are used for parked planes in the main concourse). But then again, MH has a relatively small fleet to begin with. I saw MH1 baggage claim 3 days ago - I'd say there are quite a lot of people waiting for bags (relatively speaking). BA canceled their flights (until 31 March) so I'd assume they might have put them on MH or they rebook themselves to MH. There are a lot of go-show but also a lot of no shows. ME3 looks quite empty tho. Problem with UK is that their policy changes every few days and NHS won't be able to deal with the surge of patients if it gets worse.
  5. Have you read about IDK, Abu Ghraib and how European countries disagreed with US? Death penalty in the US? To be fair, they also reported on HK protesters setting fire on someone disagreeing with them along with other news (vandalism, throwing things on the rail tracks etc.). They reported about the new hospital that Wuhan is building to treat 2,000+ patients and made a comment that's a feat that's almost impossible in any western country (getting the Environmental Impact Report will probably take a few months/years). Do you see any media reporting any job well done for other countries? I am not familiar with how the Chinese government elect their officials, but how exactly do an ordinary Chinese citizen remove the CCP or at least people in power? Should non-citizens not care about Trump, Johnson, Morrison, Duterte, Bolsonaro etc.? Should BBC not report about US or CNN/Fox not report about Johnson? I am sure Aussies and Western media are praising Morrison for taking a holiday in Hawaii whilst the country is in its worst fire disaster There's freedom of speech but you can't cause mass panic (in the US, the example always given is "shouting fire in a crowded cinema"). MY and SG isn't exactly the beacon for freedom of speech, especially SG. Did the Western media criticize SG/MY for jailing political dissidents? You bet. But do I think MY has better freedom of speech than say 3 years ago? Absolutely.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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?
  9. IT meltdown didn't really prevent people from traveling - a lot were inconvenienced for sure.
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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:
  14. 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 🤣
  15. 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.
  16. 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)
  17. 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 🤢
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 😀
  22. 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.
  23. 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).
  24. 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.
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