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Mohd Azizul Ramli

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  1. MNF in action at Palma de Mallorca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvvipHyXS-w
  2. In Europe, this is easily an offence carrying a fine of 4% of the revenue of the company involves. BA was hit with the same breach just 2 months ago and is being fined £183 million. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48905907 Does Malaysia has a governing body like the UK's ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) for cases like this? I have an account with Malindo's FFP. I hope my data is not being breached or am I hopeless here?
  3. Is Condor saying goodbye on 26 March 2020? Is there really no market for non-stop flights between Western Europe and Malaysia apart from LHR and AMS? I was kinda hoping that Lufthansa might return to KUL with a Dreamliner or A350 but now I am not sure.
  4. It has MH branding. Stolen from Anthony Loke's FB.
  5. Oh ya, they have been here before (when they were still a "Bombardier"). http://www.malaysianwings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=21163 Credit to KS Ong and Hon Kit for the wonderful coverage up there.
  6. This aircraft is amazing! Been on both the -100 and -300 series (of LX). Loved it, especially the -100.
  7. Does anyone see this as another AF-KL or BA-IB to create a megahub ala AMS-CDG or LON-MAD? Despite the mergers, all 4 airlines above retain their identity as flag carriers.
  8. The rumour that it is coming to an end is true. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284966/garuda-indonesia-closes-london-heathrow-reservations-from-late-june-2019/
  9. I can attest to the seat separation even though booking on one PNR. Happened on 2 flights now, back to back. I thought it is so ridiculous and upsetting passengers unnecessarily.
  10. The flights are still nowhere to be found in ba.com. Tempted to go on the one to GLA and hoping to get the BOAC jet. There and back. Reminiscence of the MH 747 flight to TGG organised by Capt. Nik on 11.10.2008. By the way, this retro family photo is missing from the thread. This should complete the album.
  11. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284693/british-airways-schedules-boeing-747-domestic-uk-service-in-late-august-2019/ Special 3 x one off domestic flights in the UK involving 3 of the retro 747s.
  12. Guys, your wish just came true. The machine will debut in LHR. Not exactly a single machine to scan body, luggage and body temperature, but nevertheless a step in the right direction. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48526019 Passengers at Heathrow airport will be able to keep their liquids and laptops inside their carry-on bags, once new security equipment is installed.
  13. Per GCMAP, the nearest guess would be Gong Kedak in Kelantan (WMGK).
  14. I had a look at the list of 10 largest airlines operating in KUL in 2018 and was surprised to discover that Saudia is now the 8th largest airlines in KUL! Gone are the days of Qatar Airways and KLM in the list.
  15. Under the group’s plan, Malaysia Airlines will remain a premium full-service carrier while FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd will be transformed into “Asean’s first ultra low-cost carrier focusing on millennials”, the person says, requesting anonymity. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/newsbreak-khazanah-pumps-rm500-million-malaysia-airlines-even-takeover-talk-grows This seems very ambitious. But what is "Ultra Low Cost"? AK is the airline with the lowest operating cost in the world. And why Millennials? What about Xennials and Baby Boomers and Generation Z? Just a couple of weeks back, Wow Air and Joon went bust. Interestingly, Wow Air is an "ultra low cost" carrier and Joon "is aimed at young people. It intended to serve destinations with heavy competition from LCCs." How about the fleet? Are we going to see the return of "Firefly Jet"? Are they going to get some aircraft from MH? Are they going to be based at KLIA or klia2? MH is late in this mainline-LCC jet gameplan, with a false start with Firefly Jet some more. SQ has had Scoot since 2011. TG has had Thai Smile since 2011. Garuda has had Citilink since 2001. I hope they know what they are getting themselves into.
  16. The new Business Class on Oman Air B789 looks very good. The old Business Class on the A333 is not too bad either and it is very big and spacious (it is the old Gulf Air's First Class, per Mushrif). A point to note, Oman Air only have 1 FFP affiliation, which is their own called Sinbard and with Etihad. I also would like to mention about their code share partners. In their inflight magazine, Oman Air listed down all their code share partners and MH is their biggest partner with the most number of code share flights and by number of destinations.
  17. SECTOR 2 & FINAL: MCT-LHR This sector was operated by a B789 (A4O-SG). The aircraft is brand new, just merely 6 months old. Flight time was 7.5 hours. Economy load factor was 100%. Gate entry at MCT: As mentioned previously, the aircraft was assigned at Gate B4 in MCT. At the gate, I first had to pass through a document check counter, which was manned by a local Omani female agent. This was followed by the gate checked in counter which was manned by another local Omani female agent. I then had to walk down a flight of stairs (like the G and H gates in KUL) and endure the already explained second security screening procedure. Boarding: Standard boarding procedure was implemented although a bit chaotic as it was handled by a solo male agent without the usage of a proper PA system. Seat: The Economy Seat is the latest version by Oman Air. Seat pitch is sadly at 31 inch (per SeatGuru) which as you probably can imagine, is tight. This seat is noticeably narrower too. It comes with a legrest though. Economy Class is configured in a 3-3-3 seat formation. IFE: The IFE is the latest version by Oman Air named ARIA. A cutting edge fully touch screen system. Very responsive and easy to navigate. The only downside is the flight map is not working on ARIA. Meal: 1 lunch, 1 light meal service, 1 snack service with drinks runs in Economy. A menu card is distributed for the lunch service. Standard 2 options for the lunch. For the light meal, a snack box was given. It contained a muffin and a pastry. The snack service was a mixed maruku crackers, which is similar to the previous sector. Meal service is slower and drink runs are less frequent on this sector as compared the previous one due to, I suspect, the passengers' demographic, which is more challenging on this sector as compared to the previous one. Amenity Kit: No "Comfort Pack" for this sector, I reckon due to it being a daytime flight. Cabin Crew: Again a multi-racial crew but male majority. Most of the crew are local Omanis and this is a good looking and smiley bunch. The command of English is just outstanding. I can see that they worked really hard to satisfy the challenging crowd. Passenger's Demography: The majority of passengers on this flight was Indian travellers on group tours. My seatmates are 2 aunties from Kochi on a 2 week European trip. Their entourage alone is a strong 40 members. Overall impression: While the meals are good with a menu card and the cutting edge ARIA, I think it is the seat that makes or breaks a flight in Economy. Sadly this sector belongs to a flight where I could not wait for it to end due to the tight space despite how beautiful and modern the aircraft is. A winning Economy combination would be an ARIA on the B789 coupled with the older seat on the A333 but I guess one cannot have everything.
  18. As a transit passenger, there are 3 main channels to follow - transfer to domestic flights, transfer to international flights and immigration clearance. I assume the transfer to international flights channel is applicable to all regardless of the destination and therefore the second security screening inside the gate is (allegedly) applicable to all international flights. I do not think it is done selectively to certain gates or destinations. Gate B2, which is next to Gate B4 where my Oman Air aircraft to LHR was assigned, was at that time occupied by a Saudia A320. This could indicate that the gate branches are not assigned according to the region of destination too. Whilst it could be a hassle having to go through a back-to-back security screenings within a short span of time, I guess the local authority is not taking any chance in regards to security issues. I have to point out that the second security screening inside the individual gate is more thorough (shoes have to be taken off and screened) as compared to the centralised security screening. The centralised security screening is similar to that in DXB.
  19. TRANSIT IN MCT (MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) Transit time was 2.5 hours. Saturday afternoon, 27/04/2019. Oman Air has an amazing and beautiful hub. Flow of movement as a transit passenger: disembarkation from aircraft - centralised security screening to enter the airside departure level - another security screening at individual gate. Random observations of MCT from my transit experience: As mentioned, the terminal is really beautiful and brand new, opened on 20/03/2018, so it is only 1 year old. A great emphasis in beautification - the arrival travellators are decorated with white stones and desert plants giving an illusion that I was walking through a wadi or an oasis. The terminal's main colour scheme are olive and dark wood. The terminal has 65 of these gorgeous Murena benches. https://archello.com/project/benches-in-muscat-international-airport-in-oman Very artsy and looks very expensive. Toilet entrances are decorated with local artefacts (as in a museum display). When I was walking in the terminal, which is all glassed-wall, I could not help but noticed the beautiful landscape surrounding the airport - desert, mountains. Simply breathtaking. It definitely enticed me to clear immigration, go out and explore Oman. Probably someday. I read that the terminal's capacity is 20 million passengers per annum. Oman is a small country with total population of only around 5 million (and 50% of those are foreign workers!) so I took all these facts as a confirmation that that Oman Air and MCT are serious about being a contender for the transit market, just like the more established ME3. The terminal has a properly segregated shopping and gate areas. The duty free shopping area is located at the centre concourse of the terminal building where all the gate branches met. There is not a single duty free shop at the gate branches. There are a lot of local Omani women employed by the airport, mostly as gate agent. All seem to have a good command of English. There are a lot of Filipino queens employed as queue minder too. All security agents are local Omani men. I question the second security screening at the individual gate. From what I experienced, it took me about 10 minutes to get to the gate after clearing the centralised security screening and I was obviously so surprised to find yet another security screening waiting for me, so soon, inside the gate. The gate where my was flight was assigned (Gate B4) is spacious with a lot of seats. The entire MCT terminal is well air-conditioned. I did not feel a subpar aircond blast like in KUL or the worst of them all, BKK. The centralised security screening area is equipped with an automated tray retriever system so the security agents do not have to manually return the trays to the other side after each passenger's screening. This system is a notch more advanced than the one currently used at London Heathrow as the one in LHR still requires a manual tray input into the tray feeding area for the automated retrieving system to work. The terminal has dedicated and beautiful smoking lounges for smokers. I believe there is 1 smoking lounge at each gate branches. Overall impression: MCT is truly a beautiful facility and probably has just the right size for ease of navigation as compared to the gargantuan transit hubs of the neighbouring DXB, DOH or AUH. I gather someone who is not well versed with Oman Air or Muscat International Airport or Oman in general will be pleasantly shocked. In my opinion, apart from the second security screening inside the individual gate, this is a great transit facility and severely underrated. Personal takeaways: I lived in the neighbouring KSA from 2008-2011 so I am quite well versed with the employment culture. Seeing so many local Omani women working at the airport is a stark contrast to what I experienced in the KSA in 2011 where local women are not allowed/expected to work. I found the local Omani working at the airport to be friendly and not at all arrogant as their typical cousin next door, which I am accustomed to. This is my first trip to the region after leaving KSA in 2011 and it stirs a lot of emotions.
  20. From archive, Oman Air started their KUL service on 02/05/2010. After 9 years in KUL, I finally get to fly them yesterday, 27/04/2019, by fate. Due to the nature of the event, I was not prepared nor equipped to write a proper trip report for this flight but I wish to share the experience here for reference. Background: A sudden unfortunate event left me scrambling for an urgent 1 way ticket back to LHR. The plan was to get the cheapest ticket for departure on Saturday 27/04/2019. Booking: I went to Kayak. The first one suggested by Kayak is not practical (50 hours journey, arriving LHR on Monday 29/04/2019). The second flight suggested by Kayak had a booking issue (I had enough drama to add on another). So I proceed with the third flight suggested by Kayak, which is with Oman Air. At £800 for a one way in Economy, it is not a cheap ticket. Understandably, it is a busy travel period (the first weekend after Easter Monday). Online Check-in: When using a laptop, it has this weird mobile layout but it gets the job done. Seat selection for both sectors has very limited option but it is free of charge. Baggage drop: Oman Air occupies Island M at KUL Main Terminal. Baggage drop was easy and the MH staff manning the counter was very pleasant. My checked-in luggage weigh 22 kg. I noticed there is a dedicated counter for Group check-in. Boarding: I am not sure if Oman Air occupies the same gate at KUL everyday but my flight departed from Gate C3 at the Satellite. Security screening at the gate was very painful and disorganised as only 3 lines are opened for a joined Gate C1 and C3, both of which a widebody flight. Gate C1 was a MH A332 flight to DPS. This is a crucial area that MAHB should be looking into for improvement. Standard boarding procedure was implemented. SECTOR 1: KUL-MCT This sector was operated by an A333 (A4O-DB). The aircraft is 10 years old. Flight time was 7 hours. Economy load factor was nearly 100%. Seat: The Economy Seat is amazing at 34 inch pitch (per SeatGuru). You can truly feel the extra spaciousness. The seat comes with a legrest. Economy Class is configured in a 2-4-2 seat formation. A sub configuration of 2-3-2 is applied on the last 4 rows in the rear cabin. IFE: Unfortunately, it is the older generation. Whilst a touch screen system, it is very painful to navigate. Meal: 1 breakfast, 1 light meal service, 1 snack service with many drinks runs in Economy. A menu card is distributed for the breakfast service. Standard 2 options for the breakfast. A surprising 2 options for the light meal (a big muffin or a pastry). The snack service was a mixed maruku crackers. Oman Air is not a dry airline, in case you are wondering. Meals are delicious. I noticed a lot of special meal leftovers too (the vege meals). Amenity Kit: This is really surprising for Economy. A "Comfort Pack" is provided at the seat. It contains an eye mask, a pair of socks, a toothbrush and a toothpaste. I do however felt that this was a leftover from the outbound flight. Cabin Crew: Multi-racial crew. Female majority. The team speaks at least 5 languages. Most of the crew are from the Philippines. They are cheerful and fast. The first service started immediately after the first seat belt ping upon take-off. A little anecdote takeaway about the crew: the IFE failed during taxi, so a manual safety demonstration has to be performed. Crew from the back galley scrambling to positions while shouting "What aircraft (type) is this?" Toilet: There is this gigantic lavatory at the back of the aircraft to service all the Economy passengers sitting in the rear cabin. I do not recall seeing something like it before. Normally an airline would opt for the standard 2 conjoined lavatories. Passenger's Demography: From what I can see, the majority of passengers on this flight was Chinese travellers on group tours. I am not sure whether they are local or from abroad. Overall impression: Generous meal service, amazing seat, a menu card for the main breakfast, a legrest, fast service from the cabin crew, *a Comfort Pack. Apart from the IFE which is letting this flight down, the overall Economy product by Oman Air on its aircraft to KUL is good.
  21. New flight alert: Uzbekistan Airways to start KUL-CGK from 1 May 2019. Hope anyone could share more information soon (schedule etc).
  22. The article clearly stated the nil possibility of this (BA to operate more A380) is going to happen. BA basically wanted some used A380 for free and even then it still making a fuss about the cost of refurbishing it. Cruz says the cost to reconfigure the cabin to BA's specifications "can run to between $30-50 million" per aircraft. "To put that into a lease rate, all of a sudden it takes the aircraft completely out of the market." It won't happen.
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