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  1. Inevitable. First encountered policy like this with Ryanair in '09. Everything must be stuffed into 1 piece of 7kg bag.


    I'm surprised AK included weight. Even Ryanair only does size restrictions at least when I last flew them early this year.


    My backpack easily weights more than 7kg, with laptop (ancient), cams and lenses alone.

  2. Hi Josh,


    Have you tried the new J on the A380 and if ye show does it compare to the previous J on the 772/747?


    Also I have tried the F on the 747 and liked it even though it is old now, how does that compare to the new F if you had the chance to try both?


    And lastly does the new MH F A380 have caviar on the menu :)





    Finishing of new J seats is quite poor. Loose panels & screws on 4 of the 6 seats booked. Comfort wise I didn't notice a difference between the new and old. Has to be noted that on the new J, the seat locks up once the table is taken out of the armrest. So you're pretty much stuck until the flight attendant clears the table.


    Also no guava juice for inbound KUL flights.

  3. Problem is, the system is tested out a lot before the launch and those problem didn't crop up at all. I know, I spent hours testing it myself. I don't think it's fair to blame them solely.


    Well I don't think Engineering or Catering has a say in it, so who should share the blame with IT ? :help:



    The fact that we - the customers - face very similar set of obvious issues suggests that the tech team was trying to get rid of the cockroaches and ants in the room, but missed the elephant and the buffalo in the same room.


    What's worse is that other parts of MH seem oblivious to the problem caused by this new booking engine. Call centre said "tiada masalah lehhh" when told I could not book KCH-SIN for end of Nov and instead had to do KCH-KUL-SIN due to company policy of flying MH. After explaining I had just flew this flight yesterday, the receptionist came out with all sort of excuses, ie: codeshare might not show, ataupun its not a daily flight. :bad: :aggressive:

  4. This seems fun :D


    Scenario 1

    BN wins 13th GE and DS najib retain PM

    Selection criteria ... As an ex-Defense Minister, decision left to RMAF generals.

    Possible winner : SU-30MKM to reduce lifetime cost of current fleet and maximize fleet commonality


    Scenario 2

    PR win 13th GE with DS Anwar as PM and 2 Deputy PM's of Chinese/Indian descent.

    Selection criteria ... Reconciliation to Singapore as agenda. Shared defense capability in view of rising global tensions (China vs Japan etc)

    Possible winner : F-15 / F-16 SG. Israeli components swapped for "Buatan Malaysia" ... basically licensed stuff :p

  5. Actually, I think equipping aircraft with a separate electric motor on the gear would be the way to go. These things are small, don't weight more than a person, dont need gearboxes and are best at low speeds



    Because we feel that Palestinians do not get socio-economic opportunity that they should have gotten.


    And the Malaysian government practices fair socio-economic policy ? :pardon:

  6. So it means as long as AJ is still there, there's little chance Firefly will acquire jets and resume their service to Sabah and Sarawak. No direct competition with Air Asia.


    Looks good only

    But by the very reason of its inception, not ever likely to turn in a profit nor able to sustain itself :)


    I was seated next to a MasWings officer on a recent sector and was told the following :


    1) MasWings are making a lost on domestic inter-borneo routes. Would not survive without subsidy.

    2) MasWings are planning to get jets. By 2015. Apparently MH B738 ... perhaps those that were leased ?

    3) The Tag line for them is to be a BIMP-EAGA community airline. Route expansion includes Philippines, Indonesia, India and Peninsular M'sia.

    4) No plans for amphibious aircraft :pardon:

    5) Need 2 more ATR to run a efficient schedule.

    6) Management office still in Subang instead of Borneo :bad:


    I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information , but the person seemed genuine in his passion for MasWings. I think MAS should just concentrate on being a premium airline and leave the low cost sector alone.

  7. Bro, have Sabah Flying Club came back with the costing yet?


    Nope :( Apparently their training Capt was giving joyrides in Lahad Datu during Merdeka Week. Got his hp and going to try a call tomorrow.



    Hi Timothy, I recently obtained my PPL in UK where I live. As a regular visitor to KK I am hoping to take a flight whilst there next February. Did you find out what aircraft they use for training C150/152 perhaps?




    on the website it looks like a C152. I was in the UK before and could go back to do a PPL. Mind sharing if your experience was good ? And if so, which school did you go to ?


    Will update if they provide equipment list :)



    I wonder where are they gonna set that up. Maybe take over the busted GGIFA at Bintulu.


    Fingers crossed ! :D


    Anybody the routes this new partnership will focus on ? An interesting start would be by introducing amphibians since both M'sia & Indon are blessed with rivers / seas and most major towns are situated along either one.


    Not sure if B787 will make a difference. Top priority for a budget traveler is cost and schedule. if you have 5 x connections to a city compare to just 1 , equipment type won't matter.

  9. old BTU airport, located at the centre of the town




    This is definitely unquestionable. Shame nobody submitted it to the Guinness Book of Records while it was still active.


    An airport that was literally in the heart of the town.


    Rumors have it that a new bridge / tunnel will connect the current BTU airport across the river. If this falls through, distance will be around 2KM from terminal to town center :D

  10. Well it's in the process so you'll probably get the miles soon. Unless of course you haven't flown yet, of course.


    FYI, Enrich have several vacancies open - perhaps you'd like to try and join?


    I won't mind giving it a go. Right now claiming Enrich miles takes more than a month :bad:


    Sorry, I meant getting a reply from Enrich takes more than a month. Only to be told "Miles have already been credited from xxx sector". Except that I was claiming miles from sector yyy :nea:

  11. AirAsia plans A320 rollovers


    AirAsia will begin to roll over its early delivery Airbus A320s for new aircraft in a couple of years, says Zaman Ahmad, the airline's head of customer experience and technology, speaking at ILA to announce AirAsia will become the first operator of an A320 fitted with sharklet wing-tips.


    "Probably from 2014-2015 we will start rolling over the first A320s depending on [aircraft] utilisation," says Ahmad.


    The Flightglobal Pro premium news and data service shows AirAsia began taking deliveries of CFM56-powered A320s in November 2005.


    At 14h, AirAsia has one of the highest average daily utilisations of any carrier worldwide, while its A320s typically fly eight to nine sectors a day.


    AirAsia has 116 A320s in service and is taking about 20 a year from its orderbook of 375 A320s, says Ahmad. The average age of its A320s is eight, he adds.


    Source: http://www.flightglo...llovers-376333/


    How is the average age of AK's A320 8 years old ? This works out that they took delivery of all 116 A320 in 2005.

  12. arrived safely in KUL at 2120 just now. Still in KLIA waiting for erl to go to putrajaya then home.

    TK picture no.2, my window is 2 windows behind door 2L, saw you on obs hill.... hehe


    good flight, nice crew, ... not easy to ride a jumbo whole length of peninsular...


    wait for my tr.... :)


    btw... tk's last pix... can catch a glimpse of PapaQuebec.... probably their second aircraft soon...


    Looking forward to the TR !

  13. Timothy, do you mind, could you share the cost of PPL course?


    So far I only have an estimated figure from Sabah Flying Club, and was given RM35k for completion of their PPL program. Still waiting for a proper breakdown and more info, ie: if costs change for 1 on 1 tuition and if taking the course full time or part time will make a difference.


    Anyone else care to join me ? :p

  14. Hi all, hoping to get some insight into obtaining a PPL license in Malaysia. Some background :


    I'm a recent Engineering graduate and finally have the freedom (and finances) to take up powered flight training. I'm from Bintulu, where the ex-GGIFA school was. Since they've closed down, I was thinking of other alternatives around M'sia.


    Important factors for me are duration of the training and cost. I'm looking to set aside no more than 6 months to gain a PPL. I've already done some "taster" flights while in the UK and used to be part of my university gliding team.


    I'm open to flight schools outside the country as well if anyone has recommendations :)


    I've already looked up the DCA list for PPL training, however most places I called don't seem keen to offer 1 to 1 tuition ... or have rather inflexible times. I would also prefer to pre-study any materials I can from books instead of taking classroom sessions.

  15. I've said what I needed to say. Yes, I will forward your sugestion to them team.

    Perhaps linking them to this thread would be more straight forward.


    Mayb all these problems can be seen fr a diff perspective....mayb the MH tech guys n whoever is incharge r working their butts off to resolve this

    but the problem may arise from the vendor who sold them n created the website......they could hav sold the idea to god knows who n convince them this is the "Best airline website" in the world but in reality it is ions behind our neighbours in the likes of CX, SQ, TG.


    I'm quite sure the website for MH n Enrich was done but outside vendors who does not really know how to design an airline website or the person incharge in MH back then for this website design was not net savvy enough to understand the basics of a workable n user friendly website


    This begs the question, why would MH not have an in-house tech team to supervise / audit the building of the website as it goes along ?


    Did an elementary tracert on where my data goes upon starting the booking engine, and it seems to route through something called SKALI.net. Want to know what's more horrible than time-outs ? I found the data passed is NOT SECURED. Credit card info, DOB, email, names ... poofff ... if someone had a sniffer around then the data is basically handed over to them UNENCRYPTED.


    MAS = Mana Ada System.


    I've heard this mantra since '97 when they made the move to KLIA and supposedly fielded a "new" passeger handling system. Was stuck for 2 days as a young traveller then. I don't mean this as a bashing post but security wise, this is probably the worst website I've used. I believe the average wordpress blog has better security features. Also, just in case some tech people are watching in; why do you leave footers on most pages with contact info ? ie: Jeffry Elliot. j3ff@thatairline.com etc. Also much of your software remains unpatched.



    Edit: Removed contact info. Publicly available either way.

  16. Why not use amphibians for inter-city routes too ? I don't know of a town/city in S'wak which dosen't have at least 1 major river running nearby. Would save the 20-30minutes car ride to the airport itself.


    Personally I'm hoping for Cessna Caravans instead of the Twin Otters which IMHO are too large to offer flexible (convenient) schedules.

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