Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3020 times:
The SEA-KUL flight was not a delivery flight. It was a Boeing demo round-the-world flight using an aircraft that would soon be delivered to MAS. The plane flew eastbound to KUL via the Atlantic and eastbound back to SEA via the Pacific.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
so the super rangers are 180 minutes certified ? if yes they currently dont utilise it do they? i was thinking wouldnt it be good if they deploy this a/c to fly to Vancouver? I think there is a demand for flights to YVR from south east asia or east asia?
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
There are demands from East Asia to Vancouver, especially from Hong Kong. However, there are insufficient demand from Malaysia to Vancouver to generate a direct flight. Other airlines that operate indirectly to Vancouver includes SIA, Cathay Pacific, Eva Air, China Airlines, JAL, Korean Air etc. With so many options to choose from, MAS can't really compete with these airlines that offer better connections/freqeuncies than MAS.
If they manage to get fifth freedom rights at Hong Kong, which I doubt they will, then it would be a good idea to operate KUL-HKG-YVR. Their previous attempt to serve Vancouver was a failure was due to the fact that the Taiwanese authorities refused to give MAS fifth freedom rights at Taipei for Taipei-Vancouver sector.
I spoke to the inflight supervisor recently and he told me that MAS will not expand much in the Americas. They are looking at new stopovers to New York, with Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Munich being considered as the stopover city, apart from Dubai. If they will launch a new destination in the Americas, his best bet would be San Francisco. As far as I know, MAS did announced its intention to serve SFO, but the 1997 economy crisis came in. Obtaining fifth freedom rights at key cities is also difficult.
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
We'll make the 773ER the "Super-Long-World-Ranger" if they get them! As far as decals go I guess it makes sense from a marketing and brand identity standpoint, but most of them are cheesy. I hope SQ doesn't call the A380 "Gigatop" or something.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2926 posts, RR: 6 Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
I think the 777 was christened the Super Ranger as part of a plan to revamp its corporate livery. At about this time, names also started appearing in earnest across the 747 fleet (each named after a state capital in Malaysia). Malaysia Airlines was toying with the idea of repainting their aircraft in a ultramarine blue livery with the Malaysian crescent and 14-pointed star in gold.
All these plans were scrapped as MAS balance sheets slipped into the red and (as we all know) continued to slide deeper into the red.
I think it will be nice to name MAS' aircraft. In tandem with KLMs fleet ( ) my suggestion would to perhaps name each 747 and 777 after a long-haul destination, each A330 after a regional city, each 737 after Malaysian towns, rivers and natural landmarks, each F50 after a local flower and each Twin Otter after a local animal or similar.
ps... Personally, I don't like travelling on aircraft named after dead people - call me superstitious...
Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 8 Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
Sorry, I don't know for certain if MAS has 180-minute ETOPS. But I think I know what Ryan's 100%top refers to. Since Ex_SQer said he hoped SQ wouldn't call the A380 "Gigatop", Ryan suggested that it could be called 100%top, because the A380 is a full double-decker. Am I right, Ryan?
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2703 times:
How many minutes of ETOPS is required to fly trans-Atlantic? MAS operate their B777 on the DXB-EWR route, which overfly the Atlantic. And also, MAS used to operate B777 on the KUL-JNB route, which overfly the Indian Ocean. Is ETOPS 120 sufficient for all these routes?