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    • 8 airports recorded a double digit growth ie Jakarta (17.3) Hong Kong (15.2) Guangzhou (15.1) Delhi (14.5) Shanghai Pudong (13.9) Suvarnabumi (12.9) Changi (12.1) and San Francisco (11.4).
    • KLIA recorded 8.7 growth in January which handled 3,244,602. If KLIA continues to maintain its growth, we might see KLIA breaks into 40 millions mark by the end of this year.


    Also worth noting that Chinese New Year was in January this year - hence most Asian airports recorded double digit growth compared to that of 2011. So let's hope this is not a one time growth but rather a continued and sustained growth. :)

  1. But SIA use A380 on SIN-NRT-LAX Route


    But SQ also has tons of India-US connections and their premium cabins are doing extremely well.


    Can’t comprehend KUL-PEK-KUL schedule, seen like the schedule is mean for aircraft utilization rather than for pax convenient. Not sure high yield pax enjoy redeye flight or midnight arrival :sorry:


    Apart from earlier departure on KUL-NRT-LAX; on LAX-NRT-KUL, believe it is more pax friendly if depart 1 or 2 hour later. It seem, the schedule is again timed to minimize parking charges at LAX :pardon:


    PEK - Probably aircraft utilization, but the 18:10 departure ex-KUL is great for business passengers - get a whole day's worth of work and fly home. There isn't a perfect schedule for KUL-PEK/Japan/Korea flights - you either lose a whole day or a redeye. The redeye to Japan/Korea is preferred for O&D passengers compared to the daytime flights.


    LAX/NRT - I meant the whole schedule (ex-KUL and LAX) move forward 3-3.5 hours earlier. MH will miss the curfew for NRT if they depart 1-2 hours later - again, passengers won't be able to connect or get to downtown Tokyo with a midnight arrival (they are already left with limited choices as it is). The most ideal solution is to move all of the flights 3-3.5 hours earlier, just like the old MH 92/93.

  2. I've read a couple of posts in various forums on this site and other sites about MH's S12 changes - thought I'd consolidate them here.


    MH S12 changes:


    Los Angeles, USA - increase from 3 to 4 weekly, via NRT instead of TPE (tip of the hat to LAXIntl)

    MH092 KUL-NRT 1100-1910 772 x246

    MH092 NRT-LAX 2040-1510 772 x246


    MH093 LAX-NRT 1715-2030+1 772 x246

    MH093 NRT-KUL 2205-0430+1 772 x357


    London, United Kingdom - Introduction of the A380 services wef July 1, 2012 (tip of the hat to Airline Route)

    MH002 KUL2340 – 0550+1LHR 388 257

    MH003 LHR1200 – 0725+1KUL 388 136

    Daily A380 LHR service wef Aug. 25, 2012 from KUL and Aug. 26, 2012 from LHR

    Airline Route's Blog


    Beijing, China - increase from 7 to 14 weekly (tip of the hat to Airline Route)

    MH370 KUL0020 – 0635PEK 333 x457

    MH392 KUL0900 – 1515PEK 333 457

    MH360 KUL1810 – 0020+1PEK 772 D


    MH361 PEK0130 – 0740KUL 772 D

    MH371 PEK0900 – 1515KUL 333 x457

    MH393 PEK1635 – 2250KUL 333 457


    Taipei, Taiwan (tip of the hat to Airline Route)

    MH366 KUL0925 – 1405TPE 738 D

    MH367 TPE1505 – 2200KUL 738 D

    *3 weekly KUL-TPE-LAX 772 cancelled.

    Airline Route's Blog


    Amsterdam, Netherlands - downgrade from 744 to 772 (tip of the hat to Airline Route)

    MH016 KUL2355 – 0655+1AMS 772 D

    MH017 AMS1200 – 0630+1KUL 772 D

    Airline Route's Blog


    Other changes not reflected in the GDS yet:

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Increase from 9 weekly to 11 weekly wef Mar. 25, 2012, and 14 weekly wef May 1, 2012

    Jakarta, Indonesia - Increase from 40 to 42 weekly services

    Medan, Indonesia - Increase from 13 to 14 weekly services

    Manila, Philippines - Increase from 2 to 3 daily B738 services

    Bangkok, Thailand - Increase from 27 to 28 weekly services


    Since I am based in LA, all I can say is that the LAX schedule is awful! If slots are available, it will be much better for them to move it 3-3.5 hours earlier for the more traditional SE/E Asia-NRT-US schedule. The LAX arrival is poor for connections anywhere east of the Rockies (other than Denver/Houston), the KUL-NRT is too late for any JL/AA flights to US/Canada other than HNL. I guess on the plus side, passengers are not required to have a forced overnight layover anymore coming from the US.

  3. i have always thought that MH's lounges were some of the best in the world (not that I have used them). Anyways, if they join oneworld, they can share lounge access with their partners, can't they??

    MH Business Lounge is really nice (haven't been in there, but from the pictures I see, it looks really good). The best first class lounge (or rather terminal in my case) I've ever been to is Lufthansa First Class Terminal (FCT) in Frankfurt! Nothing beats private security, private passport control (you don't even hang on to your passport - you give your passport to the agent at check-in and then they will give you back prior to boarding with all immigration formalities done for you), private duty free-shop, cigar lounge (with complimentary cigars), fine dining (made-to-order menu items), personally chauffeured to your plane in a Porsche (Paramera or Cayenne) or a Mercedes (S-Class or whatever that van is called if there is a group of people boarding the same flight) and of course, a bathtub complete with a yellow rubber ducky at their FCT!


    I suppose the concern of MH is essentially in providing lounge acess worldwide. Currently, MH relies on other, mostly non-OW carriers for lounge acess apart from a handful overseas MH lounges in LHR, SYD, HKG, SIN and various other airports. (Pardon me for my ignorance)

    I don't think they need to provide lounge access to OW members worldwide. MH elites can use other OW lounges which will save them from opening one in HKG etc. I believe there is a pretty decent lounge for all OW members in most cities served by MH.

  4. Sharing some arguments I had in my head:


    - It does appear that the new management is hinting at product overhaul which obviously referring to hardware product particularly the seats.

    - MH's new and owned B738 and A333 are very new and it takes a lot of guts to completely overhaul the seats on these new aircraft should the new management thinks it is not up to the 'best of class' level that they wanted.

    - This does appear like a bad financial decision if MH wanted to change the seats, mainly because the aircraft and the seats are still very new and that MH must be having other priorities with its limited cash reserve rather than changing the new seats on its brand new B738 and A333.

    I don't think it's possible for MH to change the seats on the A333 now (and maybe the first 45 B738s) - MH would have already signed the contract for the seats and it can be very costly to change it midway through delivery. However, they can upgrade the B772 seats to that of the A380s.

  5. ...First, the collaboration agreement between MAS, AirAsia and AirAsia X will only come into effect after an anti-trust analysis is completed.


    “We will be looking at all the anti-trust provisions in all the markets the three global airlines operate in,” said CIMB group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Nazir Razak said at the press conference yesterday after the signing ceremony of the collaboration framework between the airlines.


    Both AirAsia and MAS said in their respective statements to Bursa Malaysia yesterday that the collaboration agreement would only be committed upon once an anti-trust analysis had been completed and was in compliance with the applicable laws with regards to anti-trust....




    My emphasis bolded - Malaysia have anti-trust laws? That's news to me!

  6. Passengers can connect to AA transpacific services in NRT, where you have to choice of LAX, ORD, & DFW, once MH becomes an OW alliance member. Also, again, it's about demand. Is there enough demand to sustain such routes?

    There are no same-day US/Canada-NRT-KUL connections available on any airline (the last NRT-KUL flight leaves around 13:30 and US/Canada's NRT arrival bank is between 14:00 and 16:00). Unless MH tweaks its NRT schedule, passengers will need to overnight at NRT (e.g. possible tweaked NRT schedule - KUL-NRT: 07:30 - 15:40 and NRT-KUL: 17:15 - 23:30).


    CX's HKG hub offer way better connection for US/Canada-KUL passengers and there are quite a lot of passengers flying via HKG to US/Canada from Malaysia due to bad KUL-NRT-US/Canada v.v. connections.

  7. Looks like a lot of my post were accidentally deleted when I tried to edit my post. Sorry!


    Here's my full post:


    While I would love TK to fly to KUL, I doubt it will this year. I really liked TK when I flew them in Comfort Class a couple of weeks back - great food and their lounge in IST is one of the best C Class lounge I have ever been to! Their service is good, but they do need some fine tuning. If the rumors are right, they are planning to fly to MNL either as a turnaround service or via HKG 3 times a week. Another rumor was going around that SGN will be de-linked from BKK and BKK's flight will be extended to KUL instead (seems to be a lot of *A carriers flying this route - TG, LH, MS and maybe soon TK). However, I do believe they have a shortage of long-haul aircraft now (TK is returning 4 B77Ws back to Jet Airways which in turn is leasing them to TG).


    IF MH were to swap its NH code-share deal with JL, maybe we could see the return of NH to KUL. KUL is the only major SE Asian city not served by either NH or OZ. With the NH/AC/UA/CO Pacific JV, I believe it might be feasible for NH to start its own flights to KUL. *A passengers need to go through SIN or BKK everytime they fly in/out of KUL (with the exception of CA's PEK-KUL service - but China is not known as a transit country due to visa regulations) and there are no Canada/US/NE Asia-KUL nonstop flights (except for the CA flights). Passengers pretty much have to do a double overnight in either BKK/SIN in order to catch most of NH/UA/CO/AC trans-Pac flights.

  8. However, elite sectors earned should be based on distance flown. It's quite absurd that a business class flight from KUL to LHR earns the same number of elite sectors as a business class flight from KUL to PEN!

    There are 2 elite qualifying criteria - either 120 elite qualifying sectors (e.g. for people who do KUL-PEN on a weekly basis) OR 100,000 elite qualifying miles (for long distance travelers). Personally, EQM qualification is easier for me than EQS.


    One thought I have been toying with. Once MH joins Oneworld, is it still worth while to hold an Enrich card vs another Oneworld airline's?

    AA's lifetime Gold/Plat is one of the easiest to achieve in the industry. ALL miles including credit card spending and bonuses count towards lifetime status although that might change soon. 1 million miles will give you lifetime Gold and only 2 million miles will give you lifetime Plat (lounge access for life!).


    However, having said that, if you can achieve Enrich Plat and provided MH does not reduce the benefits of Plat, MH Plat looks really good. Benefits include:

    - Meet and greet service

    - Chef on Call service (would love to see you eat Lobster Thermidor while flying Y!)

    - Spouse benefit


    I haven't flown MH F before, but do they offer a personal assistant like TG/LH/LX does? While the F check-in area at KUL is nice, there isn't any private security/passport control for F Class passengers.

  9. I don't know if it was posted here before, but I noticed that MH enhanced (for the better this time) Enrich recently.


    Among the major changes:

    - Economy class travel on MH now counts towards Platinum qualification/re-qualification (previously, only F/C were counted towards Plat qualification - maybe to align itself more towards OneWorld)

    - Elite bonus miles now based on miles instead of class of service bonus (norm for most airlines) - Sliver/Gold earns 25% bonus while Play earns 30% bonus (rather indifferent)

    - F/C/Y earns 3/2/1 elite sectors respectively


    And while browsing MH's partners, I noticed that Enrich has 0 FFP reciprocity with OneWorld airlines - kinda weird for a OneWorld elect member!

  10. George Clooney amassed the same amount with AA.

    A little OT - UA's million mile status is one of the hardest to achieve in the industry. UA ONLY counts the "butt-in-seat" miles on United/United Express metal alone for million mile status (no bonus for booking in Y/B/C/F and 0 miles for *A metal). AA counts everything, including bonus, miles from partners and credit card purchases into their MM status, thus making it easier to achieve.


    I feel a little bit sorry for this man. Can you imagine having flown so much with such a terrible airline???

    Don't want to sound like an UA apologist here, but you can't really compare UA with MH/SQ/CX - they are in a totally different league. There are no MH/SQ/CX to choose from in the US and UA was a really good carrier back in the 90s (deteriorated in the early 2000s and then slowly improving again starting 2008-ish). Also, UA (at least PMUA) treats its top-elite flyers (1K and GS) extremely well - they bend over backwards for them.


    Will be interesting to know what nature of business he is in that necessitates so much travelling :)

    Auto sales consultant.

  11. I agree with that - even SQ's regional business class is not fully lie flat (although it has a few other tiny details). As I have said before in this thread, I am not sure how else airlines are supposed to improve regional C seats. Fully lie flat is not necessary.


    In the past year, I have flown SQ, MH, TG, CX on regional routes. Only MH (772)and SQ(A330/772/744) offer lie flat (at angle) seats on my flights.


    +1. I have flown on SQ, NH, OZ, TG regional C and they are all comparable to MH's new C. I do not see why full-flat is necessary considering most of the A333 flights are flying for 8 hours or less (and usually only one-red-eye per destination/direction). NH doesn't have lie-flat (it's like a cradle seat) in their newly launched "Inspiration of Japan" regional C and LH/JJ doesn't even have full-flat on their new long-haul C.


    Also, MH does not attract that many premium passengers (that'll be another topic, but the seat itself is not the primary factor - schedule and lack of premium traffic into KUL are probably the main reasons). Without passengers paying premium price for MH C, it'd be hard to justify a regional C with an out of this world seat.

  12. Was flying into LAX last week (July 20) and noticed that there were two MH B744 at LAX - one was just landing on Runway 24 (north runway) as MH 94 and the other one was sitting on the tarmac close to the UA hangars (close to Runway 25, the south runway). Anyone knows why there are 2 MH B744 at LAX on 7/20? Did one go mechanical at LAX? Thanks!

  13. Just a quick note - never book a "through" flight for SIN-NRT-IAD-MCO if you are after the miles. If you are flying UA 804 all the way (as in your ticket will say SIN-MCO, "Plane Change", you'll be credited 10,353 miles) while you'll be credited 10,853 miles if you break up your segments (SIN-NRT on UA 804, NRT-IAD on UA 804 and IAD-MCO on UA 804).


    Plus, I'll avoid IAD at that time - you are arriving in the middle of the European bank and clearing customs and immigration on a good day will take at least 1 hour....I nearly missed my 2-hour connection at IAD once!

  14. Shouldn't be that long. Clearing ORD should be faster than LAX/SFO/EWR/JFK. Being a Malaysian Muslim Student on F-1 visa, you are 95% required to be fingerprinted. Just agreed to it & you'll be ok.


    Actually, ALL visitors to the US are subject to fingerprinting once you enter the U.S. The only difference you may encounter is the NSEERS Special Registration program. That can take up to an extra hour!

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