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  1. Not compulsory, but I was told by the travel agent that if we did not take it, we MAY face some quarantine period if Immigration were to check on the way back to KLIA or if you are traveling to another country directly after your trip to Argentina or Brazil. The Immigration of that country may stopped you from entering. Not sure how true is this though.

    I've been traveling in and out of Brazil/Argentina multiple times and never been stopped/questioned. But that's just from one person's experience. You should let them know that yellow fever is not endemic to Sao Paulo or BA.

     

    The only time when it was required for me to take the yellow fever shots was when I was traveling from Ethiopia to Malawi (or maybe it was from Zambia to Malawi) and the Malawian officials wanted to see my "yellow card".


  2. Hopefully with the new 3rd daily service, this will prompt MH to refurbish it's MEL Golden Lounge as it is an embarrassment compared to the other lounges at MEL (besides the UA & CX Lounges).

     

    The GL is a dump, but passengers could just use QF's JCL (for business/sapphire passengers) or QF's FCL (for emerald passengers). Better food and ambiance compared to the GL.


  3. A340-600!!!

    You can't get better than that! Except maybe 748.

     

    You can't get any better than the A346? The FRA-based A346s are all old C/F and Y is just the same as the rest (maybe slightly better than the 744).

     

    Does this mean the crew over night station will be in KUL as well from now on ?

    Yes, of course from 30 March 2014 ;). If they are flying per their BKK rotation, they would:

    Day 1: FRA-KUL

    Day 2: Arrive KUL

    Day 3: Rest day in KUL

    Day 4: KUL-CGK-KUL shuttle

    Day 5: KUL-FRA

     

    I believe KLM has the same rotation as well.


  4. Seems like Lufthansa will be de-tagging its Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur flight and fly nonstop to KUL instead. Flights are loaded into the GDS and are available for sale. Flight schedules beginning 30 March 2014:

     

    LH782 FRA 2205 – 1605+1 KUL 1725 – 1820 CGK 346 x23
    LH783 CGK 1935 – 2235 KUL 2355 – 0630+1 FRA 346 x34

     

    Ho Chi Minh City will be suspended while Bangkok will be a turnaround with a noon departure ex-BKK.

     

    LH772 FRA 1735 - 0935+1 BKK 346 D

    LH773 BKK 1200 - 1830 FRA 346 D

     

    Good news for KUL!


  5. Even when QF flew to KUL, they had 3 flights per week from SYD via SIN and once weekly from PER. At that time they had 70 flights per week from SIN.

    Considering that QF group flies to almost all the capitals if ASEAN and other points like HKT (jet star) and Bali, I don't know why KUL has been ignored all this while.

    I think they flew 3 weekly SYD-KUL-SIN and 2-3 weekly BNE-SIN-KUL at its peak. And QF has cut down its international network a lot. I believe they only fly to Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta and Bali now.

     

    KUL is ignored probably due to yield and competition from MH and D7.


  6. Believe MH is using U.S airlines business model (e.g. narrow seat pitch, non-lie flat J-class on A33E, etc). If the whole industry is driving for low cost approach, the lowest cost operator will has the edge. However, the airline market in Asia is different from the U.S.

    US airlines also offers complimentary upgrades to top tier elites at the very minimum (and earn other upgrade instruments like systemwide upgrades, e-500 stickers etc.), generous miles, no fuel surcharges on award booking, offer economy plus/extra (same economy seats with extra legroom) for elites etc. not saying that MH should follow US carriers, but there are also some perks to US carriers, not all bad.

     

    And if anything MH should adopt from US carriers is economy plus/extra (for their B737 flights) for oneworld/MH elites. Remove one row of economy and then have extra legroom in the front of the Y cabin, and non-elite passengers can purchase these seats at a reasonable rate while offering it for free to its elites.

     

    And most US carriers have flat beds in C - the hard product (just the seat, not IFE etc.) is better than MH A333 C product. To me, MH's C on the 333 is similar to AA's old international C.


  7. BA9 LHR-BKK 2205-1520hr, BA10 BKK-LHR 0020-0625hr

     

    Currently BA have a 744 idling at BKK for over 8 hours, BA could tag KUL to BKK like LH if they wish.

    BA will change its schedule for its BKK flight this winter. Early afternoon departure ex-LHR for an early morning arrival and then mid morning departure ex-BKK. Similar to say KLM's schedule.


  8. I must say, I am impressed with GA's FC based on his report. The seats look very similar to TG's ex-Jet Airways B77W suites and they are great - extremely private and the bed is comfortable.

     

    IME, MH doesn't offers a "wow" FC service - their meal service is *very* similar to the business class - the only difference is an additional choice of main course and different starter and dessert. No personal assistant, their first class lounge food is very similar to the business class lounge (with the exception of 3-4 made to order items), and they serve Spritzer water instead of say Evian or Perrier (first world problems...I know).


  9. If one has qualified to the next Enrich tier (say, Silver to Gold) or re-qualified for the same Enrich tier (say, Platinum to Platinum) by 31August - what happens to the Elite Miles and Elite Sectors that are accrued to the account after that between 1Sep-31Dec?

     

    Does anybody know how this works?

    Most airlines I know with the exception of Delta doesn't allow you to rollover (carry forward etc.) your elite miles. If you've already re-qualified for Platinum, the elite miles you earn beyond the 100,000 is meaningless.

     

    Some carriers like United or American gives you incentives like more system wide upgrades or bonus miles. MH doesn't provide any incentives beyond 100,000 elite miles as far as I know.


  10. I was coming in on MH 67 from ICN earlier today. After take-off, we were estimated to arrive around 16:10 (our schedule arrival time was 16:30). About an hour out, we were told that we would be landing around 16:40 (and we landed around 16:45-ish) due to ATC congestion. All I know is we were holding north-east of KL and kept doing turns for a good 30-40 minutes before we made our way to KUL.

     

    Weather doesn't seems to be that bad at KUL - ground was a little wet, saw a few storm cells on the way, but pretty usual late afternoon thunderstorms in KL area - nothing extra-ordinary. I can't imagine the delays due to severe thunderstorms at KUL!

     

    PS: Does anyone know if landing priority are given to long-haul flights or to short-haul hops at KUL? In the US, priority is given to long-haul flights - if there are any weather related problems, props and short flights are the first to get hit.


  11. CX will move its red-eye HKG-KUL (CX 791) to a slightly more decent departure ex-HKG but still an awful arrival time at KUL.

     

    For winter 2013/2014:

    CX 791 2145 HKG - 0135+1 KUL D 333

    CX 790 1035 KUL - 1440 HKG D 333

     

    I flew CX 791 recently and I wouldn't recommend it (even with a flat bed in Business) - The block time is only 3'50" and due to stronger winds than expected, my flight was only 3'10" and landed at KUL 04:45!

     

    Also, the more popular CX 720/729 will see a mixture of 744/773 on certain days. Previously, this used to be flown solely on the regional 773/772 except for the rare 77W sub. Now if only CX fly this route solely on the 744 and make KUL a F destination :)


  12. I think MH chose a great seat for F on their A380. I have no complaints whatsoever...

     

    I've been on TG, LH, SQ and MH A380 F and I would rank them in the following order: SQ > LH > MH > TG. All of them has its pros and cons, but I'd prefer MH to have their F cabins on the upper deck. Windows are better on the upper deck and much larger bathrooms (e.g. TG and especially LH's bathrooms). MH's F bathrooms are small - even the C class bathrooms are larger than the F bathrooms. LH beds are extremely comfortable and their seat is well designed.

     

    Grr. Reservations still not up for 3rd daily SYD-KUL flight yet. I want that morning departure from SYD!!

     

    It is. Flights begin February 2014.


  13. Looks like MH is going to increase SYD to 3 daily too beginning 03 Feb 2014 (04 Feb 2014 ex-SYD).

     

    KUL-SYD

    MH 141 KUL 0900 - 2015 SYD 333 D

    MH 143 KUL 1925 - 0640+1 SYD 333/772 D

    MH 123 KUL 2250 - 1005+1 SYD 333 D

     

    SYD-KUL

    MH 142 SYD 0850 - 1415 KUL 333/772 D

    MH 122 SYD 1530 - 2055 KUL 333 D

    MH 140 SYD 2155 - 0320+1 KUL 333 D

     

    And Perth goes from 10 weekly to 11 weekly

    KUL-PER

    MH 125 KUL 0930 - 1500 SYD 333 D

    MH 127 KUL 2000 - 0130 +1 SYD 333 D x123

     

    PER-KUL

     

    MH 124 PER 1630 - 2200 KUL 333 D

    MH 126 PER 0230 - 0800 KUL 333 D x234

     

    Flights are open for reservations :)


  14. A little OT, but Israel can issue Malaysians a tourist visa on a piece of paper and they will stamp your entry/exit on a piece of paper too (SOP for immigration at TLV nowadays). The Israeli government are fine with Malaysians visiting Israel. If you keep it on the DL, chances are, the Malaysian government will not know you visited Israel for tourism purposes.

     

    So we can actually fly Israelis Airlines... from BKK?

    No you can't. Because immigration officials at BKK write your incoming and outgoing flight number on the passport stamp. If they see "LY 82/84", they'll know where you flew to.

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