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  1. Whenever you fly with AK, you have to pray hard there won't be any delay. I would definitely opted for the morning flight AK5812 depart Miri at 0755, arrive BKI on 0825 if I want to make these kind of connection (2 different airlines!). Person who book and decide on the AK afternoon Miri - BKI flight should bear part of the responsibilities on the whole chaos. If MAS keep waiting for this group of people to board the aircraft, it would be really unfair for those who already board the plane.
  2. In the past Malaysian passport holder didn't required any Visa to enter Canada also, but since Sep 2002 Visa is required for all Malaysian passport holder to enter Canada. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/press/02/0229-pre.html
  3. Just wondering when will the airport reopen for normal operations. Reopen after all muslim terrorist being caught? I hope Uk won't remove Malaysia from the list of Visa free Countries due to all these treats from Muslim terrorist.
  4. TG A346 Y Class looks very nice & spacious. However I really have to agree the C Class main course looks exactly like Y Class meal.
  5. Here's the latest news release from Boeing on it's official B737-900ER roll out ceremony: http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q3/060808b_nr.html
  6. With MH: In the event of serious delay or flight cancellations, I'll be well taken care of (meal voucher, hotel accomodations, put you on alternate flights with other carrier etc) . With AK: Have to pray hard they won't be any serious delay (Re-Time in AK term) because I knew I'll be given 3 choices where none of it is in favour of me : 1. Full Refund. 2. Full refund in the credit where I can utilise for future flights. 3. Wait & wait & wait ..... You pay nothing & don't expect anything -- I totally agree with that.
  7. Latest news from Air Asia: KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- Low cost carrier AirAsia says it flown more than 20 million passengers over the last five years. The airline surpassed its 20 millionth passenger mark in June this year, Kathleen Tan, executive vice president of AirAsia said Friday. AirAsia now operates from six hubs, the latest two being Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Tan said the company's website, www.airasia.com, was now one of the most popular e-commerce websites, recording a monthly average of 60 million impressions and one million unique visitors from more than 200 countries each month. "Sixty-five percent of our transactions are booked online," she said, adding that it was a strong indication that Asians today were embracing Internet technology and enjoyed the convenience of online transactions. Tan disclosed that AirAsia had achieved over 90 percent loads on its Kuching and Kota Kinabalu flights in recent months. The airline has to date carried 3.3 million passengers from Sabah and 3.7 million from Sarawak alone. "Travelling between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak has been never been the same since our low fares entered the market," she said, adding that AirAsia had stimulated air traffic movement and developed new routes to places like Sibu, Miri, Bintulu, Sandakan and Tawau from Kuala Lumpur and Johor. "Our low fares have also helped to stimulate growth of domestic tourism, attracting a diverse spectrum of travellers, ranging from students to holidaymakers. We have also seen the growth of SME (small and medium scale enterprises) business traffic as well as foreign tourists," said Tan. She said AirAsia was delighted to have been able to help promote national integration and stimulate the local economies of Sabah and Sarawak. -- BERNAMA
  8. SEPANG, Aug 2 (Bernama) -- AirAsia Bhd, South- East Asia's number one low-cost carrier by revenue, will not fly the Kuala Lumpur (KL)-Vietnam, KL-Myanmar and KL-Laos routes this year as planned, says its chief executive Datuk Tony Fernandes. "There have been a slight hiccup. I don't think it will happen this year," he told reporters here Wednesday. According to Fernandes, AirAsia has applied to fly these routes and once approvals were obtained it would complete the airline's coverage in Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean). He said AirAsia was in talks with the state governments of Kedah and Penang for a new hub to cater to the carrier's northern region business. "It could be in the form of a low-cost carrier terminal in Penang or an operation from the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kedah. "A new hub in the north will create a new market for AirAsia as it will help us capture the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle market," he said. Fernandes said AirAsia hoped to able to make a decision on the northern hub within the next three to four months. "If we were to use Penang as the northern hub, travellers from China could then fly to Medan, Langkawi or Haadyai from the state. "The high demand for AirAsia's flights in Sabah and Sarawak is also forcing us to re-look our plan to increase the number of aircraft for our Indonesia and Thailand destinations," he said. Fernandes said inter-Asean travel currently contributed about 35 percent of AirAsia's revenue. On the airline's flights to Xiamen and Shenzen from Kota Kinabalu, he said AirAsia was currently in the midst of negotiating with the airport authorities there. "If we get the right pricing from the authorities, we can fly to the two new destinations this year," he said. -- BERNAMA
  9. Here's the info on MD10 from : http://www.aircraft-info.net/aircraft/jet_...las/DC-10_MD10/ The Boeing MD-10 conversion for Federal Express involves fitting DC-10s (both current freighters and "new" ex airliner freighter conversions) with a two crew Honeywell VIA 2000 EFIS flightdeck with six LCD screens. The instrument panel layout is identical to that in the MD-11, and pilots can be qualified to fly the two interchangeably. First flight was on April 4 1999, while the first of 89 MD-10 conversions for FedEx was delivered on May 9 2000 (the same day the conversion was certificated). Boeing is offering the MD-10 conversion to other DC-10 operators.
  10. While waiting for A350 to arrive, SIA will lease 19 A330-300 for delivery from early 2009 to late 2010. Below is the link for full media annoucement by SIA (click on the pdf attachment at the bottom of the webpage): http://info.sgx.com/webcorannc.nsf/437de11...1?OpenDocument#
  11. Latest breaking & shocking news from Fanborough Airshow! Farnborough: SIA shocks the air show by ordering 20 Airbus A350s, nine further A380s By David Kaminski-Morrow in Farnborough Singapore Airlines has signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 Airbus A350 XWBs and a further nine A380 aircraft. The carrier’s agreement, revealed at the Farnborough air show, also includes options on another 20 A350s and six further A380s. Deliveries of the A350s – which will be the -900 version – will begin in 2012 and run to 2014. The additional A380s will be delivered from late 2008 and run to 2010. No engine selection has been given for either type. The value of the agreement for the 29 firm aircraft is put at $7.5 billion. SIA revealed last month that it would acquire 20 Boeing 787-9s and placed options on another 20. Source : Flight International
  12. New article from Flight Daily News, released on 18 July 2006: Farnborough: Indonesian carrier Lion Air's Rusdi Kirana talks to Flight Daily News after 30-aircraft Boeing 737 order Six years ago Rusdi Kirana was eating a burger with his wife sitting on the grass overlooking the Farnborough runway. He was at the show looking to acquire his first aircraft for Indonesian start-up carrier Lion Air. The contrast with this year could not be more stark: yesterday Kirana was having lunch with Boeing chief Alan Mulally having just exercised options to buy another 30 737-900ERs. Valued at over $2.2 billion at list prices, the 30 737s doubles the number Lion Air will acquire, with first deliveries starting in April 2007. And Kirana, a travel agent who founded the low-cost carrier with an $850,000 investment with his brother, intends to order plenty more. “When I came here to order Boeing aircraft I said to Alan that you are going to make me a billionaire. I am going to have a big profit with your 737s.” Kirana told Mulally that he intends to use that profit to become a 787 customer. The aim is to take its first 787, which would have to be leased, by 2010, he said. Kirana has just finished a round of discussions with European and US banks about raising the finance for its new orders. With no debt and a profitable operation, although the privately held carrier releases no financial figures, Lion Air is seen as an attractive investment, he said. Lion Air has grown rapidly to become the country’s largest domestic carrier with a market share of 32% and currently operates a fleet of 23 737 Classics and MD-80s, said Kirana.
  13. Airbus finally unveiled the much anticipated revamp A350 on the first day of Fanborough Airshow 2006 as A350XWB (Xtra Wide Body)! For more info, here's the direct link to airbus website: http://www.airbus.com/en/aircraftfamilies/..._xwb/index.html Looks great!
  14. And can someone pls tell me what place is this? The highway at right is Jln Tun Razak, black colour tower is Bangunan UMNO + PWTC. The middle orange brown building is The Mall/Legend Hotel/Putra Place while the light brown building at the left of the pic is Grand Seasons Hotel.
  15. Latest Annoucement by MAS on today, more international routes being cut from Aug 1 to Oct 29.... KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will cease its twice-weekly Kota Kinabalu-Shanghai-Kota Kinabalu Boeing 737-400 service and twice-weekly Twin Otter service between Tawau and Tarakan, Indonesia effective Aug 1, 2006. This will be followed by the withdrawal of its thrice-weekly Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur-Fukuoka return service effective Sept 1, 2006, the national airline said in a statement. It will also withdraw its twice-weekly Airbus A330-300 direct service between Kuala Lumpur and Chengdu effective Oct 29, 2006. However, MAS said it will honour all forward bookings ticketed to date for travel beyond the service withdrawal dates. It will make alternative arrangements at its own cost for travellers who still wish to continue their travel plans as originally booked. "Where customers opt for refunds, Malaysia Airlines will waive all refund administrative charges and reimburse the full costs of their tickets," it said. Commenting on the ongoing rationalisation, MAS managing director/chief executive officer Idris Jala said: "Through this network rightsizing, in line with our business turnaround plan, we will improve our connectivity and frequency through KL International Airport." "Currently, we operate only two daily waves of flight arrivals and departures through KLIA but after Aug 1, we will shift to four waves per day," he said. "In addition, we will continue to harness on existing and future code share arrangements with partner airlines to ensure minimal impact on Malaysia's position as a top tourist destination," he said. Through such partnerships, MAS will continue to promote connectivity between Malaysia and key international destinations as well as contribute towards the overall efforts by the various authorities to increase tourist arrivals. Malaysia Airlines unveiled its business turnaround plan on Feb 27, 2006 aimed at achieving sustained profitability by going beyond expectations in five thrusts -- flying to win customers, mastering operational excellence, financing and aligning the business on profit and loss, unleashing talents and capabilities, and winning coalitions. -- BERNAMA
  16. First Coach is really not bad at all : S$30 one way from Novena Square (just above Novena MRT) direct to Bangsar LRT Station (Their KL office located behind the Bangsar 7 Eleven, near Bangsar LRT Station). RM40 for KL to Sin. The bus is Scania bus, number plate is WMA XXXX (quite new though, although not brand new), normal VIP seat (3 seats per roll), use 2nd link for both ways, only stop in Pagoh both ways for 20 minutes break. Schedule is 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm & 6.30pm everyday, both ways. Singapore office number is 68222111 Journey is 5 Hours sharp. Just tried out their service early this month & will definitely use them in the future if I need to go to Singapore. If you are looking First Class like seats, Aerolines, Transtar, 5 Star, Airebus will be the better choice.
  17. Here's the press released by Air NZ issued on today: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/aboutus/med...ute_changes.htm Effective 2 Oct 2006, Air NZ will withdrawn their daily AKL-SIN B772 flights. Thus for those of you looking forward for special Air NZ airfares to AKL this coming MATTA Fair on 22 Sep, sorry mate, it's over.
  18. Sorry mate, this is the last one I had. Took this MH B744 in KLIA when I was waiting for my CX B773 flight to HKG. Honestly speaking taking planes photos inside the terminal is really tough in KLIA due to all those waiting rooms in each gates. Some of the new airports that opened around the same period with KLIA like HKG, Incheon, Pudong all adopts open concepts on their departure gates - give you more sense of spaciousness, brighter with all the freedom to walkaround & check out the planes! More photos will have to wait for my next vacations, hopefully sometime around Oct/Nov this year. There are a few destinations I wished to go but haven't make up my mind yet.
  19. Opps, have a closer look it's indeed B763, Sorry. Hey guys, it there any function in this forum where we could do the amendment on the original posting after it was being posted?
  20. Hi to all, Thanks for the encouragements. Will definitely try my best to contrinute as much as I could to this forum. Dear Seth & kevin: I'm just using a normal 3.2MP compact digicam. Used to have a Pentax Z-70 SLR + Sigma 100-300mm zoom lense from 1997 to 2001 but not using anymore since I came back from Perth. Missed the clear blue sky in Perth which is perfect fort spotting. Unfortunately I only have those pictures in prints, unable to post it over here. Dear Raj, Yup, Aaron is right, the Garuda is DC10-30. Dear Samuel, ANA B772 in the picture is fitted with P&W engines (You could indentified it from the Eagle logo on the engines). Regards, Seng
  21. Hi, These are some of the photos taken on Oct 29 2005 when i was in HKG CLK waiting for my connecting flight to China. Sorry guys as I didn't snap any inflight photos (didn't aware there is a great local aviation forum called MalaysiaWings during that time) if not i would have put this topic under Flightlog book (will definitely be more agressive in my future trips). Sorry for the glass reflections on some of the photos. Enjoy! ANA B763 ANA B772 CX A333 Mauritius A343 BA B744 GF A343 with SQ & EK further back. Ethiopian B763 with MU A320, GA DC10, EK A332/3 (not sure it's 200 or 300 series) behind the scene. Aeroflot B772, looks really elegant. MU A346 (it's really long!) with lots of cargo! Regards, Seng
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