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Sandeep G

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  1. When the truth is uncovered regarding the financing affairs of a particular startup JV in the country in tandem with on going CCID investigations to embezzlement and corruption.. everyone can fly with the one LCC..
  2. Lotsa hi-speed tape for that fix!
  3. BNE Operational requirement calls for the covers to be removed 20 mins prior pushback.. most flight crew walkarounds are completed approximately 40-30 mins ahead of departure
  4. With the space and facilities available at WMKK, it is silly to invest so much capital in an all new facility just because of state economics.. persons from NS would still be able to work at the facility given its proximity.. And ZSPD is home to COMAC, so major international airports can too be manufacturing hubs.
  5. Congrats to a long term MWings member who had the honour and privilege to perform this maiden journey! Well done bro!
  6. Soon 787-10 will appear in the GDS... reckon 118/119 will be nominated during fleet ramp up.
  7. I think you seriously need to reconsider that last statement... what kind of a fool are you to draw such a comparison?
  8. Ah yes, but such farcical antics are but the bread and butter of said national carrier - especially given that said nations aviation regulator had been blindsided by the semi-premium/half-LCD indeterminate breed carriers farcical fleet planning in a year that the international organization of aviation is conducting an oversight review of said nations aviation system that could, should said review be of negative outcome, result in adverse consequences for future fleet acquisitions of the original aforementioned national carrier as a result of restrictions similar to that of a neighboring nation to the said nation in question. Alas - I conjure bullshit arguments for pure entertainment nowadays for it is known to release the inner keyboard warrior responses. Let such flow, now. By the way. On a separate note, such administration of airlines should be carefully reviewed and studied to understand the wider implications of the extensive cost pressures upon airlines resulting from the ever-broadening spectrum of operating business models. Alitalia... Air Berlin... Monarch.. what is happening to Europe is the result of a brewing storm over the last 20-25 years - that seems to be how long it takes for LCCs to completely destabilize their full service compatriots. Who is next? This is coming approximately 16 years after shock-consolidation (9-11 the proverbial nail) and administration in the US industry.. on a trend basis - one could foreshadow a similar instance in the Asia-Pacific in the not-too-distant future, with an erosion of distinction in services amongst the major legacy carriers already apparent; and airlines already venturing into dynamic operating models - departing from traditional business streams whilst trying to buck the trend almost like salmon swimming upstream to spawn... not all are gonna make it past the "bear" market conditions that are inevitable.. and those that do are going to be extremely worn and post flat results for years before the resurgence takes place... and that resurgence is realy hard to predict and understand especially given the violent cyclical nature of the global economy and its sporadic reaction to shock - often knee-jerk as a result of mindless information processing.. Interesting, but somewhat worrying times ahead.. On that note, signing off as an active member from MalaysianWings.com It has been a great number of years - wonderful people met that I shall continue friendships with beyond this forum.. cheers all. Safe landings, always.
  9. Early Max-8 delivery slots available.. wonder if any of these frames will fit into plans at a certain national carrier
  10. That was precisely the point I was raising, Flee - in continuation from my opening "doom and gloom" statement. 2019 now seems to be legit.. and airframe leases can be 1 year or 2 years.. so candidly, one could expect MAB a333/332 leases to be for up to 3 years and then phase out with 789 deliveries.. seems like there is some order in the house. Remember, MH grew phenomenally in the 90s with 6 DC-10s and 10 744s.. fleet right-sizing could be the best way forward for sustainable profitability. As to the US regulations for minimum seat size - you are correct. But that is a US motivation, based on their local market requirements and feedback.. plus size passengers having to purchase two seats etc and a consumer feedback driven economy would do that.. how likely is MAVCoMm to impose similar requirements in Malaysia???
  11. Lots of doom and gloom here... why? Does anybody know the proposed delivery schedule? Has everyone forgotten PB was already talking about long term fleet planing strategy and had hinted at B787 or A330neo/350 order strategy? This was always a flaw in MH in the past - having "out-dated" fleet for key markets.. Has everyone forgotten the look for second hand A330swas purely a short term leasing strategy to boost capacity on high demand route segments and thus optimise the narrow body fleet also by returning some of the leased 738s to lessors? Is it not normal for politicians to use such deals as Grand-standing as a show of trade ties?? Is MAB NOT owned hub Khazanah which would have had to sign off on these purchases in the first place?? Just because it is Najib - sure there is some political mileage he hopes to get out of this.. Are you kidding me that there is no market for the 787 in MH fleet?? And to hear that it is only 8 aircraft first rather than the 30-40 needed long term... sounds like the planners are actually taking advantage of future lease market opportunities rather than putting all the eggs in one basket.. Read between the line guys.. and get used to 9 abreast seating.. in one breath blaming the government for meddling and in the other saying you won't fly because uncomfortable, and yet expect MH to financially perform.. armchair CEOing sure is easy nowadays..
  12. QF already hub through SIN.. much easier for them to return to SIN than start KUL.
  13. That seems to be putting the cart before the horse...
  14. What would be interesting for comparison is the building maintenance costs of KLIA vs KLIA2.. unfortunately the rushed job of the latter has spooked MAHB with "unforeseen" repair bills that seem often to repeat (e.g fuel line ruptures)... as such, service charges will need to be high if they want to turn a dime in return... unfortunately, contractual obligations have all been brought into question following completion of the terminal as is exemplified by the court case and settlement (IIRC) between MAHB and the construction co for KLIA2... Tony and gang as end users suffer the consequences of this earlier mismanagement (which he correctly forshadowed during the construction phase)... and so whilst his argument seems like grumbling and MAHB is constantly on the recieving end - I don't think he is wrong from doing so.. The LCC business model is extremely price sensitive and reigning in costs (especially fixed costs such as airport usage) ultimately affects their ability to expand... Catch 22 now. Unworkable? I think not.. what is and should always be a forte in Malaysian business is "flexibility" - rigidity will only break the proverbial Camels back.
  15. One hand: Cancel the laundry. Proxy war. Conflict of interest. Other hand: Constant delays. Crewing issues. Surplus fleet. Product/brand identity crisis. Impending ICAO audit. Scrutiny is tough when both hands are exposed. Hope this turns out well - lots of jobs on the line. Not to mention, reputation.
  16. 787-8 is an ideal fit for MAB if resumption of services to places like JNB is on the cards.. even better would potentially be the proposed 797 - midpoint between 737MAX range and 787 range.. such an aircraft could open up unique connectivity to the thus far underserved East African market Fromm south east Asia - presently monopolised by QR EK and EY, and a lesser extent, ET. Believe connections to Nairobi and Dar Es salam from KL good augur well for connectivity to Mainland China. But such can only be considered when the fundamental route network and house is in order. And whilst the direction thus far appears promising.. the sustainability and deliverables in the months are years to come must be tangible and visible
  17. For BCP, the 6 are needed. As per deployment - expect the "spare" A350s to do a couple of short flights.. this works well for the airline in terms of utilisation and for training purposes. I suspect HKG and maybe BKK will see A350 deployment apart from LHR. DEL or BOM may be good options too if there is a desire to ramp up product to key markets. PVG and PEK would be ideal, if not for the risk of perpetual delay owing to flow control
  18. The problem with technology - with rigid programming comes an inflexible approach to customer service.. checking in at T1 using one of these automated bag drop machines, three items of luggage to check in weighing precisely 25kg, and 25kg of allowance.. the first item registered as 4.5kg... sent it through and the machine then asks for the second item, however displaying that 5kg of the 25kg is used.. second item placed on belt at 7.5kg as displayed by the machine itself... machine processes and then registers this for 8kg! So now, 13kgs of the 25kg used, with 1kg in rounding errors.. fine.. third bag weighs in at 12.7kg.... machine now refuses to process - "you have 1kg excess baggage - unable to check in, repack and try again"...... asking for assistance was useless - the attendant remarked - yah, u must pay at the other side - I cannot override the machine... disgruntled I went to the manned counter, queued again and told him the debacle.. very simply he checked my luggage through and I thanked him for his common sense approach. The machines took longer, were very sensitive to people or items being close by and frankly have zero flexibility... combine hat with staff that do not have a customer centric approach to their job and you have a recipe for tension - which soon transpired so it would seem with a local Singaporean after we had finished checking in..
  19. I highly suspect that "chaos at Group-level fleet planning" isn't the cause... I'm very confident that there must've been some regulatory debacle with the launch of the "new" type... and perhaps as a part of its AOC review with DCA Malaysia, the MAX must've been put through the paces in paperwork in Malaysia rather than Thailand (Currently under ICAO scrutiny) or Indonesia (Lion Group has been under pressure recently from the local authorities)... and since the company couldn't delay delivery dates because of the so-called prestigious "launch customer" title... you've seen the aircraft come to Malaysia first, before Indonesia.. and it'll be a while yet perhaps before they end up in Thailand... Combined with global supply issues in cabin products (seats/IFE etc), you've now got a fleet planners nightmare which has unravelled most noticeably on the KUL-SIN vv sectors.
  20. Mainland China has very few Entry and exit points - and airlines must have approval to operate at the various entry points and accompanying routes.. one of the most congested is via Hong Kong FIR entering Guangzhou FIR via BEKOL... not only are these bottlenecks for traffic because of lateral separation requirements... most flights will need to transition to Metric FL requiring climbs and descents - further compounded by restricted North and southbound RVSM levels in the South China Sea at 310/320, 350/360 and 390/400... so there is a lot of criss crossing.. add into the mix ad-hoc military exercises or even weather and you have even more conservative spacing and timings... More airspace needs to be released for civilian use.. one way of enhancing traffic but maintaining airspace availability for the PLA Air Force may be to offer flexi tracks every week in advance to permit optimal flight planning and scheduling.. this will help us limit fuel consumption and reign in costs while giving the airforce room to breathe too... unfortunately, easier said than done, but let's see.. the current is not manageable in the Long term, Nor really the short term.
  21. All airlines facing flow control between South East Asia and China... not looking forward to my back to back PEK and PVG flights in August
  22. Yahava coffee outta Perth, me thinks! Served up with some logo shaped Margy River Chocolate!
  23. Only one way in and out of Qatar permitted via Bahrain airspace.. the rest is closed. Going to be very tough for them and Iran airspace to coordinate such heavy traffic flow.
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