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H C Chai

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  1. Nothing too fancy la - those are artist's impressions, probably the architect's idealized version

    When they start building, things will start getting changed and modified

    Then you give it a year or two of wear and tear, coupled with Malaysian upkeep standards ....... :)


    Couldn't agree more, I've seen many buildings that are basically left to rot once built. What a pity...


    Cowshed or not, I hope the design is user friendly and the operator keeps the toilet clean

  2. I am not sure what you guys think - but the report seems to indicate that it is Airasia who will be building the low cost terminal, not MAHB. Also note the budget of RM 200-300m - that probably means another cow shed like terminal, doesn't it?


    The artist impression here doesn't look too bad...




    interestingly the status of the project is "under construction"


    On a separate note, AK is discontinuing KCH-SZX in a few weeks time. IIRC the route was launched not so long ago, maybe in Dec 2017?

  3. Excellent news! What a pleasant surprise, as Penang wasn't even in their list of new destinations planned for 2018 (which includes Medan in Indonesia and Utapao in Thailand)


    3x weekly is a good start, hopefully they'll increase the frequency once they build up the load.


    One question - does anyone know if the A320 has the range to serve this route? Just curious to know if there is a possibility for Qatar to downsize the aircraft during low season ^_^

  4. What's wrong with flying NB planes? I did PER-KUL on OD recently, and it was comfortable enough. Much better than flying cramped WB planes. And I did a few NB long flights, VN SGN-NRT (321) TK LGW-IST (738) vv, and IMHO the flights were comfortable enough.

    I agree... I flew OD 738 and TK 739 before, their configuration on the NB is actually much better than those on the WB of some other airlines. The issues I have with NB are the queue for toilet can be quite long and the overhead compartment gets fills up very quickly.

  5. Thanks SV! :) Kenneth, I'm leaving HK for good, contract ends this August...


    If the tours dries up, my guess is the route will go very soon. Saw it on the local paper today that the ministers are very happy with the load and reckoned the service will soon be expanded to 4x per week. Not quite sure how true is... I also haven't seen much promotion in HK so far. HX has been heavily promoting their recently launched Tokyo / Osaka service and the upcoming Gold Coast / Cairns / Auckland service... by comparison they're keeping the Kuching route very quiet.

  6. Yes when are we going to meet up?! :D I'm leaving HK soon you know...


    I'll be taking HX715 to KCH at the end of the month. Let's see how the load is like... kind of dreading it already, 0155hrs departure is probably a bit too much to take for me!


    Prices are really good though, it was HKD370 (just under RM200) all in for HKG-KUL one way throughout June and first half of July. I think it has gone up to HKD470 now. Still pretty good value. On some days buying 2 one ways works out to be cheaper than buying a return ...

  7. I haven't seen the schedule yet but based on an article in the local chinese newspaper, the twice weekly flight will be operated by the A320, arriving Kuching every Tuesday and Friday night, and returning to Hong Kong the next day. Hmm... doesn't sound like a good timing to me...


    I'm glad that it is Hong Kong Airlines that operates the flight, not their low cost subsidiary HK express.


    Hopefully I'll get to fly this route... :D

  8. KUCHING: Sarawak will be directly connected with Hong Kong via air beginning April 2016 following the inking of an official agreement on the move.


    The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Hong Kong Airlines here yesterday.


    The board was represented by its chief executive officer Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, who is also permanent secretary to the Tourism Ministry, while the airline company was represented by its strategy and planning commercial department manager Andre Zhang.


    For the record, Hong Kong Airlines is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Ltd.


    Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who witnessed the ceremony, said under the MOU, Hong Kong Airlines would fly passengers on board its 174-seat A320 flight via the Hong Kong-Kuching-Hong Kong route twice weekly.


    As part of the agreement, the minister also said STB would provide incentives and support as part of the airline’s request to ensure sustainability of this route.


    “On this endeavour, Tourism Malaysia and Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhs (MAHB) will also offer incentives, apart from STB. The initial agreement outlined the route to be flown between Hong Kong and Kuching on Wednesdays and Sundays, with the time slots to be determined by the airline based on market demands and also the approval by the Hong Kong government,” he said.

    Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/12/19/mou-inked-on-direct-flight-between-kuching-hong-kong/#ixzz3ukjZnp3w





    Not quite sure whether this is going to work.... at least this sounds like good news for now :)


    174-seat A320 sounds more like the HK express configuration. Hong Kong Airlines A320 has a lower density of 8J / 144 Y





  9. You forget the red one also does the route ? :)

    I suppose KCH will lose HKG linkage now, I wonder if KA or AK will seize he opportunity


    All the same, sad to see MH having to abandon BKI-HKG after all these years

    Oh dear oh dear. I just checked my HKG-KCH-KCH booking, all flights are now routed via KL... What a shame. To be honest I took the flight a couple of times, hardly anyone goes to/from KCH anyway....but why also cancel BKI...

  10. Very cheap too, less than RM 2K to go to FRA via SGN. Dunno when they will operate this route on A350 as their first A350 Euro route will be to CDG.


    Wow less than RM2k is pretty amazing, thanks.... I had a look on their schedule next year, looks like HAN-FRA is 788 and SGN-FRA is 350. And stopover in Vietnam is allowed too, that's a pretty good deal!

  11. Hi Guys thatnks for all the info. Most likely will use cathay at 4100 pounds because its just one stop from London to Penang. As apposed to landing at KLIa and

    then splurge on another flight to penang for 5 hence involve 3 plane changes.


    Good choice, with kids in tow it can be too much of a hassle to make an extra stop to change plane.


    Don't forget you also get 1.3% cash back if you book the flights on the CX website through Quidco :)

  12. Blanket is usually given and placed on the seats for international flights, especially for 4 hours.


    I was on CX and they don't even serve soft drinks, beers or red wine anymore... so much so of flying Airlines of the year.

    I did HKG - KUL and back a few weeks ago on MH. They did serve beers and red wine on both sectors (HKG-KUL was a morning departure). In fact passengers were given a whole can of beer.


    I'm surprised CX doesn't do that... Their fares ex HKG are ridiculously expensive

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