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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4243 times:

This thread is to kill bordem... How would you improve your favoruite airline. You can include routes, aircraft, cabins, airports etc...

I would pick Malaysia Airlines to improve:

Routes
- Scrap plans to serve BNE via SYD; insted operate the route with a Long Haul configured A332.
- Re-Introduce Manchester, UK; this time with the 2 Class 772ER.
- Beef up European cities such as ZRH and FRA.
- Re-direct KUL-ARN-EWR to KUL-AMS-EWR.
- Improve services and frequencies into Major SkyTeam hubs such as FCO, AMS and CDG. Make arrivals/departures into departure banks within SkyTeam hubs for connecting traffic.
- Make other routes into Daily services by using smaller or more suited aircraft for the route. An example of this would have been the situation at MAN.
- Improve Europe-KLIA-Austrlia/Asian-KLIA-Europe connections

Aircraft
- Add A319/A320s or B73G/B738s to the short haul fleets to replace the current less economical 734s.
- Add PTV's and AVOD across the whole fleet to match similar products offered by Asian Majors CX and SQ.
- Introudce a new product onboard the A330s to match regional offerings by SQ and CX.
- Convert some A330s into International product similar to the 777 and 747.
- Exchange order for A380s to A350s and internship A330s.
- Order a mixture of B748i's and 773ER's to replace B744s..
- Replace short-haul 734s with either A319/A320s or B73G/B738s.

Miscellanious
- Push for an entry into SkyTeam

Just some of the things I would like to do to MH...

Rob!  wave 

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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4234 times:

Hi Rob. I am not surprise why you choose MH.  wink 

As for me, I would like MH to improve on the followings:

  • To be a pure private company with no inteference from the government what so ever.

  • To separate their international and domestic+regional operations by creating two entities, ala SQ - MI.

  • The domestic+regional entity has to replace all 39 B734s, which they currently used to B73NGs, equip it with ptvs and work on strategies to fight AK.

  • The international entity on the other hand have to focus only on long haul operation, getting new routes, add more economical frames and give SQ the REAL competition. They may start by serving every routes that SQ serves, while keeping BEY, ARN and Kaohsiung, which SQ don't served. Important: turn EZE into a profitable route!

  • I want them to cut again some 3,000 workers more. They are not in the "productive" level with their current employee number. For a start, it can be done by installing the automated check in machine at all Malaysian airports (so far there's none of such thing throughout the country) and encourage passengers to buy ticket online.

  • Ongoing staff training, I mean more training. Some of their flight attendants are quite "stupid" and didn't know what was happening inside their company.

  • MH should introduce a different uniform to the ground staff and leave the V neck green kebaya exclusively to the flight attendants in the air. Hence, put more aggresive effort in promoting the image of "Malaysia Girls", the "original girl" with history as early as way back during the time of Malayan Airways and MSA.

  • To build up a solid brand. Make MH associated with excellent flying experience, superb inflight services and a revolutionary airline, like SQ.

  • Dump the idea of joining SkyTeam, and start gearing itself to be an independent, non alliance associated carrier, like EK.

  • Strengthen their website, make it easier to navigate and leave all craps such as one can't purchase a ticket online if he/she is intended to fly within 3 days time. Make it on time, real basis where passenger can purchase a ticket online for a flight, which will depart in an hour or less. Also, online check in and the ability for all passengers to choose their seat online. Use more technologies and computers, thus can get rid of more workers. Applies the same to their Enrich FFP program too. Make it like online banking where miles are credited while the passengers walk their way to board the aircraft, not 3 months after numerous notices. Get rid of the staff at the Enrich Customer Service Center, employ more "resourceful" person for that simple job, not a m*r*n. Good service with a smile worths nothing if the staff are stupid.

  • Emphasize in strict financial control and management. Everything has to be profit oriented.

I think that's enough for now. My 2 cents.  tongue 


User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6747 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

For me...

Bahamasair.. I believe it could be so much more...

Name: change to JetCaribe or Atlantis

Fleet:

737-800 for long flights (DFW/LAX/ORD/SFO/GEG/BOS/YYZ/YYC/YUL/PHX/LAS/..etc)
737-200 for midflights (CLT/MIA/ATL/FLL/MCO/HAV/MEX/CUN/NYC/WAS/MSY/PHL/..etc)
E170 for shorthaul (RDU/BNA/IND/MBJ/AUA/STT/BDA/STL/CUN/ ..etc)
Q2/Q3 for interisland (intra-Bahamas, intra-Caribbean)

Lounges in NAS and BDA.. co-access to US/UA lounges in CLT/WAS/ORD/PHX/PHL/etc..

Inside aircraft.. blue-green leather seats; one class seating (as this IS a leisure destination mostly); meals on 738, snacks on 732/E70, drinks on Q2/Q3

Push as national carrier for both Bahamas and Bermuda

Eventually grab some 788 for EU/South American/Asian

Start E70 routes as weekly to see how they work.. eventually move to daily if applicable..

Luggage allowance of 1 carry on and 1 50lb check.. able to check up to 2 bags, up to 120lbs total... anything over charge $10/lb.

Uniform less formal with polo shirt and slacks

Continue alliance with US and initiate alliance with AerLingis, jetBlue, Frontier, Interjet, Westjet, Southwest, and GOL.. (called AllianceFare)

*****just some random thoughts I had floating around.. I do believe BahamasAir could be so much MORE..



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4202 times:
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Well since my favorite airline is United, I would improve in the following areas, granted they had the money to do all this:

Fleet:
-Order more Airbus A319's and A320s for Mainline (Add an additional row of F class to both the 319 and 320)
OR...put all Airbus under the Ted banner and order 737NG's for their domestic short/medium haul routes
-Replace the 747-400 with 747-8
-Replace the 767s (and eventually the 777s in the very very long run) with 787s
-Retire all 737s
-Add winglets and modernize the 757's
-Consoidate express carriers/fleet by only utilizing Embraer Aircraft (E120, E145, E170), I realize that this isnt up to UAL and not entirely possible

Service/Image/Mileage Plus:
-Bring complimentary meal service back to coach on all flights over 2.5 hours
-Get new uniforms for the F/As and CSR's similar to DL's (Ive heard rumors that theyre in the process of doing so)
-Create a new Y class cabin similar to DLs new Y class
-Hot Meal service on Explus routes in United First on flights over 2.5 hours
-15K Mileage Plus upgrades cleared the moment you put your request in like US and DL

Hubs/Routes:
-Large increase in domestic mainline service from LAX and IAD
-Increase in Europe routes from LAX, SFO, and DEN
-More cities to Central America
-Add more cities to Europe to compete with DL and CO
-Modernize facilites in LAX, IAD, and ORD
-Add more P.S. routes

I realize a lot of these ideas wont happen, but these are just some things that I would like to see happen in an ideal world...



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User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4180 times:

hmmm where to begin with SAS

Aircraft:
Order the A320 and replace the MD-80s to simplify the fleet
Shift the 737NGs to Snowflake if that's still around and maybe add winglets to them.
Order more A330s and in the long term, maybe A350s or 787s.
Upgrade the IFE to AVOD for all classes (which I've heard from my relatives who flew SK last Saturday to IAD will happen)

Routes:
Add more routes to the US like SFO and maybe LAX (EWR, SEA, ORD, and IAD isn't enough).
Resume service to PVG.
Add a CPH-ICN flight as well as CPH-KIX.
Add ARN-NRT.
Make ARN more of a long haul hub. Have it be like their equivalent of LH's MUC hub.

I can't think of much more for them.


User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4175 times:

oh yes I forgot one thing about SK,

they need more options for food as opposed to playing (or shall I say plating) the lottery as far as dishes go. I'd rather have a choice between something on board as opposed to being totally oblivious to what they serve. Either that or knowing what you can pre-order for your meal.


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

Sun Country:

Fleet:
- Add more 737s, possibly other -NG variants on top of the B738, eliminating the need to lease Transavia birds each winter. (Will go along with a service increase, described below).
- Reconfigure N806SY so it is the same as the other 738s.

Service/Image:
- Fly to more places, especially in the middle of the country (i.e. Chicago), but keep food on those new, shorter flights if possible.
- New IFE, either LiveTV or some sort of AVOD thing. iPod connections would be great as well.
- New uniforms - still using blue/yellow, but better looking for F/As, and more classy for gate/ticket agents (who currently just wear sweatshirt/poncho/light jacket type things that I don't know how to describe.
- Have interline agreements that will work in case of cancellations to rebook passengers, but otherwise don't join any alliances or start connecting flights.

Routes:
- Add more cities, especially in the middle of the country, like Chicago for instance.
- Don't start any routes that don't involve MSP, DFW, or IFP.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21421 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

Some quick thoughts on United:

- Get a significant presence (international most importantly, but domestic too) in NYC. Right now it's just ORD, DEN, LAX, SFO and IAD. Pretty pathetic for one of the largest airlines in the world. And none of this codeshare crap - own metal/composite!
- Order 748 to replace 744, 787 to replace 767, 319 and 318 to replace 733 and 735 (can also move some 737 flights to Explus on E190s). Order 321s to replace 757s on shorter routes and move them over to longer routes (transatlantic P.S perhaps?)

-Mir



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User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

Quoting United319 (Reply 3):
15K Mileage Plus upgrades cleared the moment you put your request in like US and DL

If there is upgrade space they do clear when the request is made.



United Airlines - Worldwide Service
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):

9MMAR I think you should run MAS  Wink
How about serving LAX via Chinese city PVG, PEK or HKG instead of TPE??

Quoting B742 (Thread starter):
Dump the idea of joining SkyTeam, and start gearing itself to be an independent, non alliance associated carrier, like EK.

another suggestion EY or VS?


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6317 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

Aer Lingus

Cabin Upgrades:
-Add PTVs on all A330-200s
-New seats in economy on A330s
-Premier class update with lie flat seats on current A330s not just the new A330s

Fleet:
-Order A319s, A320s and A321s to expand current short-haul fleet to 40
-Order 15 A350XWB or 787 as fleet replacement
-Order A330s as interim until A350/787 is delivered

Routes:
-Add more US destinations Open Skies permitting of course
-Expand Alliance with an Asian airline such as CX
-Start Asian routes such as BKK
-Start African routes such as JNB or CPT
-Add more alliances with American carriers similar to the recent B6 announcement
-More routes out of ORK and DUB

Service:
-New menu on long-haul in economy and Premier
-Update Gold Circle Club and lounges

Image:
-Bring back old Aer Lingus image with green/blue becoming the dominant colours again
-Drop aerlingus.com logo on A330s and the long-haul image
-remain LCC on short-haul but keeping the green image but also creating room for aerlingus.com
-keep improving aerlingus.com


User currently onlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

For me, El Al:

Cabin upgrades:
-new seats in Y in all the fleet
-PTVs with AVOD in all the fleet


Fleet renewal:
-order 12 787s to replace the ageing fleet of 757s and 767s.As an interim solution, withdrawal of the 762s which should be replaced by newer and refurbished 763s.
-order some 739ER for the minor European routes
-order 77Ws and 748Is ro replace the 744s

Routes
-add MAN route
-CDG: I would like the CDG-TLV route back with 777s, and soon 787s I hope!



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6747 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
- Order 748 to replace 744, 787 to replace 767, 319 and 318 to replace 733 and 735 (can also move some 737 flights to Explus on E190s). Order 321s to replace 757s on shorter routes and move them over to longer routes (transatlantic P.S perhaps?)

Hmmm... interesting...

I could see the 748 to replace the 744
I could see the 787 to replace the 767
I could see the 319 but not the 318
I could see some 737-700, 738 and E90 entering the fleet
I could not see 321s at all.. ever.. the only replacement I can see for the 757 is either another 757 or a 739XLR

but very interesting pondering you have there...



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 9):
9MMAR I think you should run MAS

Aaa... what a compliment.  cheerful  But I have received some replies from fellow A.Netters, saying that I shoudn't be considered of even becoming a MH employee.

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 9):
How about serving LAX via Chinese city PVG, PEK or HKG instead of TPE??

Based on fact, MH used to served LAX via NRT but they switched to TPE because they want to serve LAX daily (they can't do it via NRT). But from my reading, I found out that TPE was not the best place for MH due to BG's and China Airlines cheaper offerings to LAX and also, TPE is not a base/place of potential high yielding passengers. PVG or PEK would be interesting, if MH can get a 5th or 6th freedom right to operate flights to LAX via those cities. But then again, China might protect their own carriers and won't grant the rights. Operating LAX from HKG would be impossible, I think. Too many carriers have served the routes.


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4120 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 13):
Operating LAX from HKG would be impossible, I think. Too many carriers have served the routes.

true not mention they are top quality carriers

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 13):
TPE is not a base/place of potential high yielding passengers.

indeed and HKG, ICN, NRT and KIX already have established carriers serving these routes thats why mainland China seems like best option IMO, but there is the hurdle of overcoming the Chinese government like you mentioned


User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

WestJet Is mine, obviously. I don't have very many ways to improve it right now, it being so great as it is.

Larger portions of complimentary soft drinks, as opposed to the tiny plastic cup used by most LCCs.
Allow purchases of all buy-on-board snacks on all flights, instead of being limited only to flights longer than 2.5 hours.
Golden bars that go all the way around the pilots cuff, instead of those stupid half ones.  Wink

WestJet's Aircraft are great as they are, WS wouldn't be WS if they got anything other than 737s.
I believe WestJet is headed in the right direction.  Smile

Cheers
Carson

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