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9M-XXQ. Airasia still maintaining widebody upgauge.

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9M-MAG flown in today as MH5028 and flying back as MH5029. Heard trial and testing before tomorrow's charter flight by the Malaysian Gov to fly the PM long haul.

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On 9/20/2022 at 9:11 PM, jahur said:

9M-MAG flown in today as MH5028 and flying back as MH5029. Heard trial and testing before tomorrow's charter flight by the Malaysian Gov to fly the PM long haul.

The plane flew KUL-AUH-JFK (onwards to SWF) after that.

Why the AUH stopover? I thought A359 can do 13-14 hour non-stop or perhaps could even reach New York non-stop from KUL, assuming the PM and his entourage numbered dozens.

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14 hours ago, Alif A. F. said:

The plane flew KUL-AUH-JFK (onwards to SWF) after that.

Why the AUH stopover? I thought A359 can do 13-14 hour non-stop or perhaps could even reach New York non-stop from KUL, assuming the PM and his entourage numbered dozens.

Direct JFK would need nearly 16hours with operating endurance of nearly 18hours with at least 1hour 30min of potential holding and diverting alternate included. Not sure if MH 350s are configured to do nonstop like that. For the flight that was tested in KK overhead it had 50++ pob onboard including gov staffs. Also Aircraft left JFK at a secondary airport after the PM and his entourage exit probably due to JFK's high overnight charges.

This is probably a rare occasion that MH widebody was used for long haul trip for the PM as NAA ACJ319 is in use by the Agong for QE's funeral while NAB ACJ320 is under maintenance. RMAF Bombardier BD700 and Dassault falcon only has endurance for 8-9hours, 2-3 hours less than the ACJs.

Meanwhile in Asean Philipinnes Marcos Jr chartered PAL's A350 while Jokowi is skipping the UN meeting physically after visiting US on Garuda's B77W 4 months ago.

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On 8/29/2022 at 1:57 PM, flee said:

BKI is seeing more traffic again, and more widebodies too!

'more' being so subjective really .....

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... like how often you see two red A333s on ground at BKI ?! 😁

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