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  1. an unqualified thought, but with the new MAG Chairman could GoM actually be considering a buyout (vs bailout) of AirAsia ? following Petronas model of national monopoly, creating a world class player to compete internationally.
  2. Timothy

    BKI 2020

    curious on what's there to do in Sandakan for this type of guests ? Any pointers on who handles the ground tour portion ... I'm assuming it's a local outfit. with international travel out of the question due to COVID19, would be great to see what we've been missing out domestically
  3. Thank you Jahur & Silverfly07 for the inputs ! I stand corrected on the Single vs Multi Engine pov for Borneo operations. I guess my main gripe with RAS is how inconvenient it is for the user, as a area with a ATR72 capable airport cannot be that "rural" (Except Mulu maybe?). Didn't know there was a study previously by DCA and State Govt for floaters, would have been interesting to know what was concluded there.
  4. I took your cue, and from Wiki seems Susi lost 1 PC6 during an aerial survey ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susi_Air#Incidents_and_accidents . Susi is also operating in very remote areas with no easy access to maintenance for their equipment unlike existing RAS in Sarawak or Sabah. I'll just circle back to my post some way up, that RAS in it's current form is too bloated and not fit for purpose. Example If I want to go from Bintulu to Kapit, it's 20 minutes RAS Bintulu - Sibu on a ATR (!!) then half hour taxi to town hoping to catch a 6 hour boat ride (without accounting for waiting time at the airport or boat, it's already 8 hours journey) ... when it should really be 40 minutes all-in from Bintulu Town (Kemena River) to Kapit Town (Rajang River) on an amphibian. From your example, the Airbus Heli was Military yes ? I'm bringing this up because DESPITE us having subsidy for RAS we STILL use other resources to get the job done. This is an obvious case of money gone to waste. In the meantime, while Susi Air is being used as a "bad" example now, in 10 years I'm confident Indonesia will be way more connected than us because of government encouragement of the private sector. The only way roads can be "green" is if there are built underground 😁
  5. First and foremost, cost. Twins are more expensive up front, and more expensive to operate compared to single engine. Simply put, double the engine, double the complexity, double the fuel etc of a single engine. Anything that is subsidized will never last, so may as well get it over with and use cost effective options to get the job done. Don't "plan for the next 30 years" and build faraway airports just to cater less than 10 flights a day with planes that are too big for their purpose ! In terms of safety, have you experienced an engine failure in flight ? If not, then the chances of it happening on a single engine is the same. There's no guarantee either that the crew will know how to manage a engine failure situation in multi-engine aircraft ie: TransAsia Airways Flight 235 RAS should be plain and simple, like a bus ride. Pay RM100 and fly for an hour ... not the current way of compulsory pre-booking, loyalty program, moving prices ... wrong model for it's purpose.
  6. they need to approach RAS with a different mind-set. Equipment type is all wrong, (ATR72 and DHC) .. it should be floatplanes and single engine types to really serve it's purpose. Example people in Kapit need to travel 5 hours by BOAT to reach their nearest airport in Sibu. If taking Bintulu - Sibu flight, the journey to the airport (half hour) is longer than the actual flight time !
  7. so keeping the A380 while the major operators are letting them go ? wonder if the "skid marks" represent hesitation or even braking efforts from an intellectual 🤣 Livery wise, it's a good combo as gold goes well with dark or red. not too sure if coloring around the door edges will last as long ... or if wings are even allowed to be painted ? missing a marketing opportunity leaving those engine nacelles blank. Athough if coloring them black with gold wau, may just be too close of a reminder to petroleum oil ?
  8. any idea what this Basler BT-67 does? seen in Bintulu at regular intervals as well. best guess for O&G, but "Bell GeoSpace" is a long way away for a retro-fitted turboprop ! does it even go "home" ?
  9. do you have a contact (preferably a instructor) who I can check with ? Also in case anyone is interested , reply from MFA :
  10. Hi all , Resurrecting this topic 8 years on ! Still haven't gotten started on PPL and with the recent COVID19 , things are going very slow work-wise. Sliver lining is a possible break (career wise) to pursue this 🙂 Re-looking into getting a PPL in Malaysia, thankfully MFA now states on their website such a course would take 3 months full-time. Wondering if anyone has other suggestions ? Open to options such as Australia as well IF there is a clear advantage in doing so.
  11. wish they could have included all the state flags or emblems & Malaysia flag into the design. far cry from the very memorable Hibiscus livery.
  12. was it 2015 when the Domestic GL was last closed ? Added the noodle bar but left out fixing the toilet / showers Silver lining was Maggi Cup noodles at B3 which IMHO are much tastier that Noodle Bar offerings. Since both lounges (and maybe SIN?) are re-opening on the same day, good chance of a new lounge style launch ?
  13. any idea what will happen to the CX lounge ? been staffed by Plaza Premium people for the past 2 years, will it become another PP lounge ?
  14. glad everyone is safe from this mishap. what happened has happened, however it seems both MABs (Malaysia Airlines & Malaysia Airport Holdings) lack prep to deal with incidents at airports other than KLIA. Sibu airport only expected to open 10/4 Monday Noon. 37 hours to clear a runway ? News reports pending "Recovery Kit" from Kuching & Kuala Lumpur. Kuching is only 4 hours drive by bus, couldn't the equipment come on a trailer ? Also didn't see the logo or titles masked over on the aircraft. Isn't this a logical step to minimize bad publicity ?
  15. so further clarification from Enrich, is that Q fare (Economy Promo) on MasWings are not eligible for sectors/miles. Yet on MH's own website http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/us/en/enrich/earn-enrich-miles.html it says 25% accrual. I usually plan my flights to keep my Enrich Gold, and this throws me off by almost 20 sectors .
  16. seems MasWings never register Enrich sector/miles since 2016 ... anyone else facing the same issue ? even more annoying, was told I could not claim for some of my MasWings tickets because it's a promo rate.
  17. don't quite understand the logic with MH's "flash" sales recently. why can't they just allocate certain number of seats at their lowest price to entice people to FIRST look at MH before anyone else ?
  18. actually on MH if you really want the whole can, order the Diet Coke or Tomato Juice
  19. well as least this brings it in line with the KUL/KCH - SIN no alcohol served policy ... even when these flights operated as "First" (till sometime 2010?) and Economy cabin. (any idea why the typical business seats were sold as "First" ?)
  20. Thank you Sofian for these exclusive shots !! For anyone worrying about the "color" of the lights, it's actually the shutter speed of the camera capturing the different phases/flicker rates (same on MH's B772). In actual experience it'll be a uniform color Or the system could be in test mode personally while I'm thrilled at the exterior (but not as much as Hibiscus) , as a frequent flier on the LHR-KUL route .... not so with the non-upgraded interior. Actually rather worried I'll be on the aircraft for 13 hours with cabin products from the last decade !!
  21. I haven't tried, but on my KUL-TPE flight, not only was the b738 filthy, my seat was also missing the audio jack the flight was completely packed since downgrade from B772 so the crew couldn't just move me to another seat. as I'm the sort that carries my own earphone + aircraft adapter, I requested for one of those MH comment cards to give my feedback hoping that it would be taken seriously. I specifically mentioned the poor state of the cabin/fittings/toilet etc. the comment card had a specific clause saying I would be contacted in 2 weeks. I passed the sealed card back to the crew who promised to have it sent. It's been 5 months now and haven't heard a thing. Sent them a picture of the hole in the armrest togther with the comment card to MH's email as a reminder a month after ... same silence
  22. thanks ! I'm looking specifically at MH 1 for early June. Called CS but was told redemption quota already fulfilled and waiting list was also full. Called a 2nd time a week later and was now told that the "system" was not showing any redemption upgrades, and waiting list is not yet open (or may not be open). Since this agent seemed friendlier, I asked to look at redemption upgrades around my date and was told these were avaible. According to the agent, my specific flight still had 57 empty in Business Class. Any idea if there is a way to see which is actually true (redemption seats already taken up or redemption no yet started) ? But most importantly, also a way to spend my points to receive the upgrade
  23. I would say free WiFi or making TM WiFi available at all Malaysia based airports would be a fantastic 1st step. KLIA toilets are good enough as it is.
  24. How does one know which C/Y/Z/ etc class is being booked via MH ? clicking around on the booking engine no longer shows any info ... mainly interested in KUL-LHR fares which are upgradeble via miles
  25. With how creative (or daring/brash/gung-ho) AirAsia is; whats stopping them from introducing a new concept to the "long haul - low cost" industry ? Spent 6 years in UK/Europe and have always been impressed with their Sleeper Trains. Applying this concept, I think getting a bunk or just a place to lie down would be awesome for a long haul flight. Add in an on-board lounge for those who want to dine/drink ... with the right ticket price (nothing higher than FSC economy) I would gladly switch to such an offering !
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