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  1. Oops. Take EK then. QR 320 is OK, better than MH 737 but EK wide body beats them anyday. What about EY?
  2. If flight schedules and price is similar, go for QR. Better food, lounge, and seats (although KUL-DOH isn't great, but better than EK). The A346 and B77W/77L flights are guaranteed flat beds. A333 flights are Russian roulette. Plus you get your MH miles too.
  3. TK will increase its frequency to KUL from 7 to 10 weekly flights. Per http://airlineroute.net/2015/08/12/tk-kul-w15/, TK's schedule for NW 2015/2016: TK060 IST0100 – 1725KUL 333 D TK062 IST1830 – 1055+1KUL 333 136 TK063 KUL1225 – 1755IST 333 247 TK061 KUL2325 – 0500+1IST 333 D
  4. I like FRA more compared to CDG and LHR (LHR requires security for everyone, including those from EU) and the German car ride is just the cherry on top 😁. I do like collecting rubber ducks tho.
  5. I am surprised no one mentioned this (including me). Why not just check-in online? That way you don't have to wait at the transfer desk. Or use the LH app and check-in from your phone. LH probably has one of the most bug-free OLCI platform. I've never had any problems with it before.
  6. Indeed. FRA is much better than CDG/LHR for transfers (and security). You don't have to go through security for Schengen to non-Schengen, only passport control. For non-Schegen to Schengen, I think it depends where you arrive from - I was dumped into post-security Z gates arriving from the U.S. whilst I was dumped into exit only level arriving from ICN.
  7. In addition to what Suzanne said, LH 778/779 usually arrives/departs from the A+ pier (gates Z50-69), whilst your TLS will usually depart from the A gates (even if you are bussed to your aircraft, it usually leaves from the A gates). So 55 mins is sufficient. A and Z gates are in the same pier (A is Schengen gates whilst Z is non-Schengen but on the upper level). e.g. Z51 is the same gate as A51, only difference is that Z is on the upper-level.
  8. Rare but it happens. I boarded a LH flight from the MTB once. OT Rant: KLIA needs to rename its gates and terminals. No main terminal, satellite terminal, KLIA 2 etc. Make it less confusing: Terminal 1 = MTB/Satellite and Terminal 2 = KLIA2. Satellite is not a terminal - the whole A/B/C/G/H gates is one terminal. Depends on MH aircraft rotation and gate availability at the C gates. I've departed from the G/H gates for flights to MEL, KIX, and ICN before.
  9. Just OLCI and they have a new UI. Looks much better than the previous UI and it didn't allow me to print my BP using Safari (for some reasons, it didn't download the BP even though my block-up blocker was disabled - previously I need to disable pop-up blocker on Safari). I switched to Chrome and everything worked fine
  10. Stronger than usual for summer, but a check with flightaware shows that AA's JFK-LHR flights are 6'10" hours plus minus 15 minutes. Anything over 6 hours is considered "good" - come winter and it's about 30 minutes less (and if you are having dinner on that flight, you'll be halfway across the Atlantic before you sleep). Your options are not closed - you can always buy AA miles for the upgrade, but the cost of buying miles plus the co-pay makes it effectively cost prohibitive.
  11. TG hasn't suspended its services to Rome yet. TG will come October. Rome is a highly seasonal city whilst Milan/Lombardia generates more consistent and premium traffic.
  12. I am pretty sure you can't upgrade KUL-LHR on MH using AA miles. You can upgrade LHR-JFK-LHR on AA metal tho. You could either have someone donate you a systemwide upgrade or upgrade using miles + co-pay. And I am pretty sure you can't upgrade KUL-LHR-JFK using Enrich miles too (you mentioned in your earlier post) - it's AA code and MH can't change your booking class. JFK-LHR is an extremely short flight tho. My flight last month was only 5.45 hours!
  13. Why would they? It will dilute KUL's yields and will increase crew cost tremendously (and KUL is operated by WW crew nonetheless). CGK didn't work for LH due to crew cost.
  14. Thank you for your observation Mohd. Azizul. BA 33/34 is operated by WW crew (hence they are rather senior). The only SE Asia flight operated by the MF crew is BA 15/16 (LHR-SIN-SYD) and I usually feel really old compared to the MF crew . Like Suzanne said, it's Eid and peak summer ex-Europe - so it will be full regardless. And BA better be full - it's a hub to hub route! Even LH which at times struggle with LH 782/783 is full this week. By the way, seem like BA is starting B789 services to KUL earlier. From 05 DEC 2015 (06 DEC 2015 for BA 34): BA033 18:50 LHR - KUL 15:20+1 D 789 BA034 23:45 KUL - LHR 05:25+1 D 789
  15. I don't know if they are planning to refurbish the 777s or retire them. I saw a MH 777 at KUL with engines removed (seems like it might be retired and salvaged for parts).
  16. Yikes. I was just checking GDS for BNE and was going to post this but you beat me to it. BNE is zeroed out. So is the 5 weekly KUL-PER (MH 127/128; 18:45 ex-KUL and 01:25 ex-PER).
  17. Oy vey. This against CX 3-4 times daily on A333/B777 with 1-2 times on the 3-cabin A333/B77W (this is supposedly a hub to hub flight for MH and CX!). This has already been loaded into the GDS - 4 daily B738.
  18. Complimentary foot massage! Might have to route via HKG for my next trip.
  19. I don't think LH's tag-on to CGK is making it more profitable for LH (and that's if KUL/CGK is profitable). It increases the cost - crew spends 2 extra nights in KUL because of the tag-on. I am not privy to KUL/CGK's route performance but LH's decision to reverse 744 back to 343 for NW15/16 says something. I don't believe BA markets that much North America - South East Asia flights (I rarely see any marketing for North East US-South East Asia flights on BA or LH, AF, and KL for that matter).
  20. No. BA has not announced any 789 routes yet although it could be one. It was rumored to have similar Y capacity but a slightly smaller premium cabin compared to the 772. No. BA has not announced any 789 routes yet although it could be one. It was rumored to have similar Y capacity but a slightly smaller premium cabin compared to the 772.
  21. I wish LAX is still a MF. WW took over beginning NS2015 schedules. No more twinks inconsistent service for me. I've had some great MF crew on my LAX flights before but some of my European MF flights were just OK. MF took over SEA, DFW, SAN, and IAD whilst WW took over LAX and MIA for NS2015.
  22. This is quite startling for me: Business class opting out of miles or lounge access? Is this only applicable to MHUpgrade fares booked in I or does Z fares not come with miles and lounge too? Sky is falling for Suzanne without mileage accrual for MH Z As far as long-haul routes are concerned, I would consider SYD, MEL, NRT etc. "long-haul". (or medium-haul). They are definitely not regional. The only true long-haul routes left in MH are LHR, CDG, AMS, IST, and AKL. And since no expansion is planned until 2017, I would assume he meant the inclusion of Australia, north-east Asia, ME routes as well.
  23. I can't access QF lounges if I am flying 3K or JQ either. Or if I am flying MI as a non-SQ *G. It seems like he didn't know the rules (or was aware of it but pushing his luck anyway).
  24. Seems like LH is reversing its planned B744 services on LH 782/783 for NW15/16. LH782/783 for NW15/16 will be 5 weekly A343.
  25. For anyone who was wondering where MH will be sending its 737 from the regional/domestic consolidation, you win if you guessed PVG! MH will now fly 737s on certain MH 386/387 rotations! I thought it was bad enough that MH sends 737 to HKG/TPE/DEL etc., but 5 hour red-eye to PVG tho...
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