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Topic: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: initious
Posted 2011-11-06 02:37:26 and read 8983 times.



Introduction


Having started my term as a national serviceman on 23 August 2011, it meant that I would have much lesser free time. We only get to come out for 2 days during the weekends and it will be back to business from Monday. Speaking of which, I had the impression that we do not get to go overseas during the Basic Military Training (BMT) phase, most of which is conducted in a highly protected island to the north east of Singapore, Pulau Tekong. A good thing about the island was that it is directly on the approach path of SIN when planes come in to land on runway 20C or 20R and you also get to see the planes take off from 2C or 2L. All these daily temptations made me want to fly even more especially seeing the different aircraft types flying low in front of your eyes each day, including a daily Boeing 727 owned by Transmile Air.

A turning point was that I found out I was able to go overseas for less than 24 hours each time, limited to nearby countries like Malaysia or sometimes Indonesia. This good news meant that I have to fly somewhere before the year ends as it will be a long time before I get to fly again. Having dreams of me being on a plane has become normal. However, the dreams sometimes include me missing a flight or forgetting to bring my camera for trip reports or sometimes even forgetting the registration. I guess this is just part and parcel of an aviation enthusiast’s life.

Since I have decided to fly, I had to decide on my destination and the airline next. Various budget airlines fly to Malaysia, alongside with the legacy competitors of Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Silkair. The first step to deciding a destination was to decide on one that I have never been to before. The first destination that came into my mind was Kuching, the state capital of Sarawak. However, flights there were not cheap and the airline offering the cheapest flight was AirAsia, a carrier I have been on several times. The next destination was Penang, a destination I just been to back in June but do not mind being there again.

After lots of searching around, the plan was decided. I will fly to Penang on Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 737-400, an airline/aircraft combination I have wanted to do for a long time. On the way back, I will be flying on Tiger Airways’ Airbus A320-200 to test if the airline is as bad as it seems. For both flights, I got seats in the emergency exit row.

Booking Process


Both airlines’ websites were easy to use. MH has a wonderful booking system which allows you to check your flight and fares easily with detailed breakdowns of taxes and surcharges. Tiger Airways had a standard LCC website but it had some problems accepting my MasterCard so I had to use my Visa instead. However, both airlines successfully emailed me my itinerary 5 minutes within the completion of my booking.

To The Airport


Since my flight is at 11.05am, I had lots of time to wake up for breakfast followed by taking the MRT (or the metro, as some call it) to the airport. I left my house at 8.05am expecting to reach the airport at around 9.05am but instead I reached around 9.15am. As I reached the airport, I had to walk to Terminal 2 where MH operates from and walk through the whole terminal to reach the MH counters at row 12, right at the end. Before checking in, I stopped by at the ticketing counter to enquire for a possibility of paying to upgrade to Business Class but was told that I was on a discounted fare so an upgrade is not possible.

Feeling slightly disappointed, I headed over to the check in counter for Economy Class and was greeted warmly by a SIN ground agent and handed my boarding pass to me with a huge smile on her face. SIN has not lost its standard over the years and I hope that the standard remains for many more years to come.


The empty check-in counters


Long row of check-in counters for various airlines


Still my favourite kind of FIDS!


Another view of the terminal


Elevators leading up to restaurants


Holding my first ever MH boarding pass, I proceeded straight to immigration to grab some light bites and find a good place to watch the action on the tarmac and runway. I found this quiet section of the terminal whereby there are some stalls selling various bites and a huge clear window where you can catch the action on both the runway and the apron. This made me very excited and quickly bought my breakfast from a nearby café and sat down.


Right after immigration


Well lit viewing area


Long corridor


9V-SBE which I also managed to catch on my previous trip to BKI


The regional wing of Singapore Airlines


Put your child here while you spot planes!


I had the “healthier choice” meal which consisted of a black pepper chicken wrap, potato chips (not sure how “healthy” is this!) and a cup of Dilmah tea. The taste was ok but the wrap was too peppery. However, I will still recommend this place if you were to spend an hour or two here. Around 40 minutes before my flight, I decided to head to the gate.


My meal


Boarding pass


The Flight


Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 674 – 29OCT11
Origin: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Destination: Penang International Airport (PEN/WMKP)
Registration: 9M-MMD (DEL 04AUG92)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-400
Scheduled Time of Departure: 11.05am
Actual Time of Departure: 11.23am
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 12.25pm
Actual Time of Arrival: 12.21pm
Airborne Time: 58 minutes
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 14F
Remarks: This flight continues to Langkawi (LGK)

I will be flying from gate F31 today, a very significant gate in Terminal 2 as it hosted the world’s first Airbus A380 commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney – SQ380 on 25 October 2007. The boarding gate was still nicely decorated with different colours and styles of seating and is definitely sufficient for even a full load of Boeing 737 passengers. However, our flight today was only around 70% full.

As I was queuing to pass my ticket to the agent, my aircraft has arrived. The registration was 9M-MMD, a classic model delivered to the airline in August 1992 and has been with them ever since delivery.


9M-MMD arriving at the gate


Boarding was announced around 20 minutes before STD and the usual process of Business Class and elite members were called to board first before the Economy Class passengers were called by row numbers. An interesting thing to note about the gate was that there were 2 entrances to the jetways, one for upper and one for lower deck. We entered through the upper deck entrance but made a small turn and on to the lower deck jetway. Well, maybe next time!


View inside the gate


View of the plane again – Nice weather for flying!


Signs showing upper and lower deck


I entered the plane and was warmly greeted by flight attendant Jin before I swiftly made my way to my seat at row 14. Row 14 is technically not an emergency exit row but window seats in rows 11 and 12 were removed so seats 14A and 14F has the best legroom out of any seats in the plane. The seats can be reserved for an additional S$10 which I found it pretty reasonable. Do get the seats while they are available as it can go a long way for longer flights and normal travellers would not take the effort to get the best seats in the house. I got the seats even though I booked the flight only 3 days in advance!


Just about to enter the plane


First view of the colourful seats


Unlimited legroom!


Looking back to Terminal 2 with a beautiful wing


Neighbouring seats


The seat was pretty comfortable and I do not feel any discomfort despite not leaving the seat at all during the flight. Shortly after settling down, the flight attendant came by to explain the emergency exit procedures to the passengers seated in rows 11, 12 and 14. Another point to note was that I had the whole row to myself which meant a lesser chance of getting frowned upon when taking photos and more space to move around.

A point to give MH credit is that the plane looks brand new despite being 19 years old. There were no random surprises like the tray tables falling out or dirty seats at all around the plane. We pushed back at 11.12am and taxied out to runway 2C for takeoff. Takeoff at runway 2C meant that I would have a chance to catch a glimpse of Pulau Tekong, the island that I will be trapped in for 5 to 6 days a week.


Preparing for safety demo


After pushback


Planes I’ve been on – 9V-SVM to CAN and 9V-SLG to CNX


Parent and son


SQ will be retiring their 747s next March, enjoy while they last!


Having no delays, we applied full throttles and lifted off Singapore soil at 11.23am. Immediately after departure, it got slightly bumpy and cloudy which meant I was unable to see the island. Oh well, I am in there long enough each week so probably mother nature wants me to get away from that island.  After bumping and having surprise drops (which I love) for around 2 minutes, it was perfect weather for the rest of the flight.


Shortly after takeoff


Cabin view


Smaller than usual tray table from the armrest


The wing is just beautiful ain’t it?


Climbing…


Shortly after the seatbelt signs were off, the lunch trolley was out. Reading lots about MH having cost cutting measures and reducing to just snack boxes for short flights, I was not expecting much from them this time round. However, I overheard Jin telling passengers in front of me that there was a fish or chicken available.

Jin approached me shortly after…

Good Morning Sir, sorry to disturb. We are serving lunch now. We have fish curry with plain rice and chicken with briyani rice available. May I know your choice?

I will take the fish, thanks.

After a short wait that seemed like forever, I was handed the rectangular box which consist of a main course, dessert, chocolate and a small pack of mineral water. This seems quite a nice meal for a short regional flight, but I would definitely not be happy if I were on a long haul flight with this meal!


My meal – unopened


My meal – opened


As I slowly opened the tinfoil, the wonderful smell of the curry fish and curry vegetable surrounded the air around me. The fish and vegetables are cooked to perfection and the portion is just nice for a regional flight. Just a small thing though, the meal was already kinda cold when served. I guess they did not have time to reheat it. A few minutes later, another flight attendant approached me and offered me drinks. The sparkling water I requested was not available so I had orange juice instead. When I finished my orange juice, Jin came over and asked if I wanted another cup of orange juice which I gladly accepted. I found this to be a very good service that the flight attendant could remember what the passengers ordered.


My orange juice


As soon as I finished my meal, the box was cleared and the cabin was being prepared for descend. Funnily enough, I noticed that on all my 19 flights this year, I was not served with trays at all in Economy Class while I was served with trays in both Business and First Class. Talk about the irony! However, it would be due to the fact that most of my Economy flights are with budget airlines. ETA was announced by the captain to be 12.45pm which would make us 20 minutes late, but I was sure this will not be the case.


Relaxing after my meal


Turning


Closer and closer to ground!


Cabin ready for landing with a guy excited for his vacation


Time seems to fly by so fast and soon I see the runway of Penang airport. By our orientation, I was sure that we are landing on runway 04, like the usual on most flights as it is the only one equipped with ILS, while in the opposite direction runway 22 is not and you have to do a visual approach.


Flaps down


This photo might make you think you are at SXM!


We touched down on runway 04 at 12.21pm local time, still 4 minutes ahead of schedule and much earlier than the captain’s estimated time of 12.45pm. However, the landing was hard, slightly bumpy and the reversers were pretty noisy. Not that I mind, though! We exited the runway and docked at gate 10 where I proceeded on to clear immigration.


Landing and spoilers deployed


Airport fire station


New terminal underway?


Not very busy today with only FY as the other pax flight – It is a subsidiary of MH


Gate 12 where I arrived a few months ago – Used by AK


I did not take pictures of PEN this time round but feel free to look at this report where I did a detailed photo report on PEN.

As usual, I headed off to the departures level and waited for around 15 minutes for the Tiger Airways counter to be open to check in for my flight. Thereafter, I headed on to Coffee Bean to use my laptop and surf the internet before proceeding to my flight back home.

Flight Back Home


The gate for my first TR flight would be at gate 7, just a few stone’s throws away from immigration which was pretty fast. As usual, the plane has not arrived yet when I reached the gate. There were 2 rows for boarding for TR – One for passengers with boardmefirst purchased while the other for general boarding. As I have reserved a seat in advance, I got eligible for boardmefirst which was indicated on the boarding pass as a blue colour chop with a man running with his briefcase.


TR check in counters


CZ just beside and advertising their Business Class and Premium Economy Class product


Wings Air


Chilling in Coffee Bean


Tiger Airways Flight TR 2427 – 29OCT11
Origin: Penang International Airport (PEN/WMKP)
Destination: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Registration: 9V-TAR (DEL 25NOV10)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Scheduled Time of Departure: 2.55pm
Actual Time of Departure: 3.08pm
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 4.20pm
Actual Time of Arrival: 4.11pm
Airborne Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Class of Travel: Economy
Seat: 13A

The aircraft was 9V-TAR, an Airbus A320-200 delivered to Tiger Airways on 25 November 2010 and had no change of ownership since then which makes this plane just around 11 months old.

9V-TAR arriving from Singapore


Docked at the gate


As I stepped onboard, the Tiger crew gave me a very warm welcome which left a very good first impression of the airline in me. The cloth covered seats were also pretty comfortable and legroom in the emergency exit row was more than sufficient. Shortly after all passengers were seated, the captain came on the speakers and gave us a welcome announcement. He ended his speech with a comment that the safety demonstration will “not be the most interesting thing you’ll hear today but it is definitely very important”. It made me chuckle for a bit!


My seat


View across


Fellow passengers boarding


Nice legroom


Hot meals for purchase, but not available for this short flight


My view for the flight


Just as we were about to commence pushback, a male flight attendant came by to explain the emergency exit procedures. The crew on this flight seem pretty cheerful and are always carrying a smile on their faces. We pushed back from the gate and taxied to runway 22 for takeoff at 3.08pm, a first for me!


Before pushback


Wings Air arriving from MES - Dedicated to Johannes (luxair747SP) as he loves props


The male flight attendant performing the safety demo – He doesn’t seem too happy!


Friend from home


9M-MMD to the left, the aircraft that brought me here


9M-AQA, the aircraft that flew me BKI-SIN. It was the newest in the AK fleet at that time


Air HongKong Airbus A300


While taxiing to runway 22. I notice several structures are marked with the checkerboard pattern from water tanks to walls. Any reason?


Turning onto the runway


The different orientation means you get a different view. Sure enough, a sharp left turn shortly after takeoff provided beautiful views of Penang and the airport. Immigration forms were handed out shortly after seatbelt signs were off and I did not require one since I am a Singaporean. As I started exploring the seat pocket contents, I noticed that the safety card had a small footnote at the bottom right hand corner stating “9V-TAE onwards” which made me think if there are any differences between 9V-TAA to 9V-TAD that requires 2 versions of safety card.


Shortly after takeoff


Nice view!


Goodbye PEN! See you soon!


Further and further from PEN


Shortly after takeoff


Wing + cloud = Nice!


Seat pocket contents


While I was exploring the seat pocket contents, the BOB service started. I bought a can of root beer which was S$3 just for the sake of it. The normal price on the ground would just cost S$1 on average. As the BOB service was ending, I got the attention of a flight attendant to let her know my intention to purchase an Airbus A320-200 model.

Excuse me, I would like to purchase an airplane model.
Oh ok. Let me check if there’s stock.
-After a while-
Here’s your model.
May I know how much is it in Ringgit?
Let me check.
It will be 59RM.
Ok, I will pay in Singapore Dollars then.


Wing view again


My root beer


New addition to my collection!


She seems quite disinterested in her work while I was purchasing the model. Soon after the duty free service ended, it was time for our descend to SIN. As I continued taking notes for this TR on the flight, my seatmate broke the ice between us.

Why are you taking so detailed notes?
I am taking these notes for writing a report to share with my fellow aviation enthusiasts.
Ah I see. So you take down notes for every flight you take?
I only take notes for my daytrips. Here are some of my trips I flew.
Impressive. So you just fly for the sake of flying?
Yeah, I have done this several times this year.
Wow, that is something I’ve never heard of.

In Penang when he sat down beside me, I found that he looked pretty familiar. Sure enough, after a few minutes I confirmed that he was a “student” on a very famous Singaporean variety show which shows foreigners speaking Mandarin and sharing their various cultures. The show features “students” from various countries like Japan, Korea, Thailand, USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan etc. with the host as the “teacher” who teaches them some “very Singapore” stuffs like Singlish and the food we have.


Beautiful view out there!


Sun and sea


Lots of ships, no doubt this is SIN


Since I was chatting with him while we descended, forgive me for the lack of photos for the descend. At this point in time, I found it pretty ironic that I had my first experience on a Malaysian carrier in Singapore and a Singaporean carrier in Malaysia.


Farewell shot to 9V-TAR


We touched down back in Singapore at 4.11pm on runway 20R and made our way back to the Budget Terminal where TR operates from. Disembarkation was quick and soon I was on my way back home on the MRT.


Funny that they put this at the budget terminal. Shouldn’t it be at Terminal 2 instead?


Conclusion


As they say it, MH is really not just an airline code. MH also stands for Malaysian Hospitality. They have proved that although their hard product is not as good compared to their counterparts, their service standards are really second to none. I am really impressed by the service standards onboard MH and the food they provided was also of very high quality which I am thankful for.

As for TR, they being a budget airline and having lots of criticisms coming their way made me worry as they had frequent flight cancellations and delay on top of the complaints. To rub salt to their wound, their Australian counterpart was grounded for several weeks earlier this year due to their pilots receiving inadequate training. However, they managed to leave a good first impression in me but sort of lost their footing on their in flight services. Despite that, I do not mind trying them out again as they have pretty reasonable prices at times (e.g. SIN-SZX for S$233 all inclusive) but I will ensure that I do not have anything urgent to do before or after the trip so as to cope with any cancellations or delay should it occur.

Trip Report Website


As an attempt to “act like a pro”, I have created my own trip report website hosted by blogspot. Do give it a visit and let me know if there are any ways to improve it.

http://danieltripreports.blogspot.com


Previous Trip Reports


Flying 5 Star - SQ SIN-CAN-SIN (2009) (by Initious Mar 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Sardines In A Can - Jetstar Asia SIN-HKG-SIN (by Initious Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern SIN-CAN-WUH Vv (1/2) (by initious Apr 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern WUH-CAN-SIN (2/2) (by initious Apr 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
First On Airliners.net - CZ Shanghai To Shantou (by Initious Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
18 Hours Of Royal Orchid Service: Thai PVG-BKK-SIN (by initious Jul 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Good Morning Borneo! - Where Silkair Unwinds... (by initious Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Irama AirAsia! - Kota Kinabalu To Singapore (by initious Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 1 - Propping To Luxury (by Initious Mar 23 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates (by initious Mar 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 3 - The Arabian Adventure (by initious Apr 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Finale - Brothers In Bangkok (by initious May 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Orange Star Monopoly - SIN-SWA On 3K (by initious May 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
China Southern SWA-CAN - Do They Deserve 4 Star? (by initious May 21 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Dream Come True - SQ Business Class CAN-SIN (by initious Jun 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Boleh! - To Malaysia With 3K And AK (by initious Jun 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Flying On My Birthday - The Triangle In SEA (by initious Jul 18 2011 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2011-11-06 02:42:39]

[Edited 2011-11-06 02:54:36]

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: Luxair747SP
Posted 2011-11-06 02:47:35 and read 8935 times.

Hi Daniel,

what a great way to enjoy a saturday.
The service on MH looks impressive with a hot meal on such a short sector.
Also the seats with the different colors look great.
Congrats for adding the -400 into your log.
Tiger looks like a normal LCC to me, but as they were pretty much on-time, they did what they should have done.
Thanks for the dedication, I still love props  

Thanks again for sharing
Cheers
Johannes

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-11-06 03:51:40 and read 8776 times.

Hi

Nice trip report comparing FCC and LCC togheter! I'm quite surprised about the meal you got on your SIN-PEN flight! Being a big fan of MH's colors, the TR flight seems to appear more modern!


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 05:08:43 and read 8555 times.

Nice report, thanks for sharing

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Speaking of which, I had the impression that we do not get to go overseas during the Basic Military Training (BMT) phase, most of which is conducted in a highly protected island to the north east of Singapore, Pulau Tekong

Do you mean you don't go overseas as part of your training, or you aren't allowed to go overseas (in your own time) during training?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Good Morning Sir, sorry to disturb. We are serving lunch now. We have fish curry with plain rice and chicken with briyani rice available. May I know your choice?

Very nice to have a choice of two hot meals on a short flight

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
This photo might make you think you are at SXM!

Ha, yeah, almost!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Wings Air

Never heard of them before

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
In Penang when he sat down beside me, I found that he looked pretty familiar. Sure enough, after a few minutes I confirmed that he was a “student” on a very famous Singaporean variety show which shows foreigners speaking Mandarin and sharing their various cultures. The show features “students” from various countries like Japan, Korea, Thailand, USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan etc. with the host as the “teacher” who teaches them some “very Singapore” stuffs like Singlish and the food we have.

Nice for you to have met a celebrity!

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: burj
Posted 2011-11-06 12:10:11 and read 7955 times.

Awesome trip report! Love the photos!

Never heard of "Wings" air before...I guess airlines are running out of "aviation" or "flight" related names!

That is cool that you got a hot meal! From the looks of it the box is designed so that the half that is covered has all the common and cold components (drink, desert, chocolate) and a tray to hold the hot entree depending on what the pax chooses...pretty clever design actually!

Of course I am more impressed that you GOT a meal, and a hot one at that! You can fly on a 2-3 hours flight in FIRST class on a domestic U.S. flight and not be offered anything more than "goldfish" or "twix"!

So did you take a photo of you famous seat mate?

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-11-06 15:09:30 and read 7762 times.

Hi Daniel!

Very nice report with nice pictures! Glad you were able to do some flying.

MH looks very good and amazing with a hot meal on such a short flight!

TR looks okay but I would defienatlly stick to MH or SQ.

Looking forward to your next report whenever that may be.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-11-06 16:16:13 and read 7696 times.

Hi!

Great tripreport with some nice photos!

Looks like you had two enjoyable flights with two different carriers, a nice daytrip!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):

Feeling slightly disappointed, I headed over to the check in counter for Economy Class and was greeted warmly by a SIN ground agent and handed my boarding pass to me with a huge smile on her face. SIN has not lost its standard over the years and I hope that the standard remains for many more years to come.

I hear so much great about SIN, hopefully I can experience it myself some day!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
First view of the colourful seats

Old style!  
Quoting initious (Thread starter):
This seems quite a nice meal for a short regional flight

Indeed, looks really good for a 1 hour flight in economy. The only time I've gotten a mean in economy in Europe was with LH Italia a few weeks ago on MXP-ARN, and that's a 2½ hour flight. And sadly, LHI is now gone. Hello And Good Bye LH Italia! ARN-CPH-MXP-ARN (by deltamartin Oct 28 2011 in Trip Reports)

Thanks for posting your report!

Martin

Martin

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: JetBlue777
Posted 2011-11-06 17:17:04 and read 7647 times.

Hey Daniel,

It's great to hear from you again! Yet another great trip report from you and a fantastic way to spend the day! Like the777Man said, the meal you got from MH seems very delicious. I only wish US carriers would serve such things!  

As for my summer trip report, I'm still working on it. I told you that it would be finished in two weeks back in August but I've been pretty busy in school...Maybe this Thanksgiving Break, I'll finally finish my overdue TR!

Once again, nice to hear from ya!

Cheers!

- Jezrel

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: infinit
Posted 2011-11-06 22:48:33 and read 7445 times.

Nice day trip. Great way to spend your weekend after a hard day of training. I've never been to Pulau Tekong (I did my national service with the Police Force). Would love to visit it someday though 

MH looks great. Sounds like the crew were very ambient and friendly too.

I was thinking of doing a very similar trip, albeit for two days. Probably SQ to KUL and MH to SIN. They codeshare on this route so its real cheap too. I have friends who do this regularly for shopping mainly, since everything in Kuala Lumpur a whole lot cheaper than Singapore and for a weekend getaway. I also have PEN somewhere on my travel list down the road, probably on MI.

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-06 23:12:02 and read 7414 times.

Hi Daniel,

great to see a new report from you! Excellent work, I really enjoyed it! Interesting to see your Tiger flight wasn't as disappointing as mine last year.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
A point to give MH credit is that the plane looks brand new despite being 19 years old. There were no random surprises like the tray tables falling out or dirty seats at all around the plane.

I noticed the same on a 27 years old Sriwijaya 732 last week - amazing!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):

As I slowly opened the tinfoil, the wonderful smell of the curry fish and curry vegetable surrounded the air around me. The fish and vegetables are cooked to perfection and the portion is just nice for a regional flight. Just a small thing though, the meal was already kinda cold when served. I guess they did not have time to reheat it.

That meal looks very good. I'm sure they would have reheated on request.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Excuse me, I would like to purchase an airplane model.
Oh ok. Let me check if there’s stock.
-After a while-
Here’s your model.
May I know how much is it in Ringgit?
Let me check.
It will be 59RM.
Ok, I will pay in Singapore Dollars then.

Did they accept credit card? My friend wanted to buy something on a Thai AirAsia flight last week, but they only accepted cash.


PH

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: MarcoPoloWorld
Posted 2011-11-07 18:53:19 and read 6868 times.

Very nice trip report for a very short trip!

Seems like MH is the clear winner here. Actually, I myself have kind of gotten over my euphoria (if there ever was one) about budget carriers, and now I will typically only fly an LCC if they either have a unique routing or if the full-service carrier's fare is something astronomical. Sometimes, the latter can be the case when looking for one-way tickets - but that was apparently not the case with MH here?

Thanks for sharing!

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-11-08 04:49:25 and read 6668 times.

Good day Daniel!

I am very glad you were able to escape the army life for a few hours to do what you like best: flying. Although it was only a short back and forth trip, I’m sure you had a great day and lots of fun. It shows in your TR, it’s very informative, detailed and with a nice set of pics. I do hope in your future months to come as a soldier, you will be able to do this kind of thing once or twice more  

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I guess this is just part and parcel of an aviation enthusiast’s life.

It indeed is   

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Long row of check-in counters for various airlines

Wow, that terminal looks almost endless.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Put your child here while you spot planes!

Perhaps something for you as well in a few years from now?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
on 25 October 2007

2007… Is it already that long ago? I remember it just like being yesterday. Time flies   …

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
colourful seats

To say the least. And the seats look quite comfy.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
boardmefirst

Stupid name methinks. But then again: ‘priority boarding ‘ or ‘speedy boarding’ don’t win any prizes either…

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The male flight attendant performing the safety demo – He doesn’t seem too happy!

By the looks on his face I think he was giving you the evil eye on taking a shot of him whilst performing the safety demo.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Any reason?

Perhaps ‘hit me, hit me’?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Wow, that is something I’ve never heard of.

What an ignorant f/a   

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Funny that they put this at the budget terminal

They want to show the budget minded traveller what they are missing out of when flying low cost… Nah, just kidding!

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-11-10 13:18:58 and read 6328 times.

Hi, Daniel,

good to see you in the air again after a long time done with other work.

Really nice story and also pictures. I like to go somedays also the way to Penang, sounds really interesting to me.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: RvXKaz
Posted 2011-11-10 20:36:55 and read 6183 times.

Hi Daniel,

Excellent photos to accompany your lovely TR on your well-deserved escape from army life. The fish curry with rice you had looks great indeed. I'm not used to the snack box concept (looks kinda like a more presentable version of those ration boxes during outfield activities in National Service).

Would you recommend TR or MH for this short sector given the price difference?

Anyway, really nice reading and i love the fantastic pictures most. Keep up the great work!

Topic: RE: Happy Beyond Words - SIN-PEN-SIN On MH & TR
Username: initious
Posted 2011-11-12 02:09:51 and read 5885 times.

Thanks for all the replies! They light up a dull weekend!

Hi Johannes,

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 1):
what a great way to enjoy a saturday.

Definitely!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 1):
Congrats for adding the -400 into your log.

Thanks! Been wanting to log the -400 for some time now. Now I need to look for a 737-500 to complete my 737 classic collection...

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 1):
Tiger looks like a normal LCC to me, but as they were pretty much on-time, they did what they should have done.

Definitely. Nothing much to remember about the flight although their livery is real beautiful.

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 2):
Nice trip report comparing FCC and LCC togheter! I'm quite surprised about the meal you got on your SIN-PEN flight! Being a big fan of MH's colors, the TR flight seems to appear more modern!

Thanks for your kind comments! I definitely agree with the colours part, but I still prefer flying in MH.

Hi Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Do you mean you don't go overseas as part of your training, or you aren't allowed to go overseas (in your own time) during training?

I meant the latter. I had this mistaken thought that we aren't allowed to go overseas at all during the Basic Military Training phase which lasts 19 weeks for me.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Very nice to have a choice of two hot meals on a short flight

I was shocked by the choices available too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Never heard of them before

Just a small airline based in Indonesia so not surprising that you have not heard from them. They should be comparable to Air Southwest in the UK, but still in operation of course!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Nice for you to have met a celebrity!

I don't really consider him a celebrity but still wonderful to have met him.

Hi burj,

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
Awesome trip report! Love the photos!

Thanks!

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
Never heard of "Wings" air before...I guess airlines are running out of "aviation" or "flight" related names!

You must be right when we have names like Peach and Scoot as airline names!

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
From the looks of it the box is designed so that the half that is covered has all the common and cold components (drink, desert, chocolate) and a tray to hold the hot entree depending on what the pax chooses...pretty clever design actually!

I love this design, portable and wonderful. Apparently, the box is made of some sugar cane fibers that are recyclable.

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
You can fly on a 2-3 hours flight in FIRST class on a domestic U.S. flight and not be offered anything more than "goldfish" or "twix"!

So I should be glad that I am in Singapore.   However, I'd rather not get a meal when flying rather than being made to serve in the army. :P Have your choice!

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
So did you take a photo of you famous seat mate?

No I did not, but we are Facebook friends now.

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Very nice report with nice pictures! Glad you were able to do some flying.

Thanks for your kind comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
MH looks very good and amazing with a hot meal on such a short flight!

Always amazing! They are definitely in my choice of carrier to choose when flying.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
TR looks okay but I would defienatlly stick to MH or SQ.

Not for the price difference. MH and SQ has pretty astronomical prices.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Looking forward to your next report whenever that may be.

It should be very very very long later, sadly.

Hi delta,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
I hear so much great about SIN, hopefully I can experience it myself some day!

You should! Do contact me if you need any help regarding SIN too.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Great tripreport with some nice photos!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Indeed, looks really good for a 1 hour flight in economy. The only time I've gotten a mean in economy in Europe was with LH Italia a few weeks ago on MXP-ARN, and that's a 2½ hour flight. And sadly, LHI is now gone.

Seems like there are mixed reviews about LHI but still LH is a wonderful airline in my opinion. Can't wait to try them one day.

Hi Jezrel,

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 7):
It's great to hear from you again! Yet another great trip report from you and a fantastic way to spend the day! Like the777Man said, the meal you got from MH seems very delicious. I only wish US carriers would serve such things!

Thanks! The MH meal was really nice. Well, you can get those meals on US carriers, just add a few dollars more. :P

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 7):
As for my summer trip report, I'm still working on it. I told you that it would be finished in two weeks back in August but I've been pretty busy in school...Maybe this Thanksgiving Break, I'll finally finish my overdue TR!

Still eagerly awaiting that report!

Hi infinit,

Quoting infinit (Reply 8):
Nice day trip. Great way to spend your weekend after a hard day of training. I've never been to Pulau Tekong (I did my national service with the Police Force). Would love to visit it someday though

Ha, it doesn't look as good as it seems. :P Not when you are confined there for at least 5 days a week most of the time!

Quoting infinit (Reply 8):
MH looks great. Sounds like the crew were very ambient and friendly too.

That should be their greatest selling point.

Quoting infinit (Reply 8):
I was thinking of doing a very similar trip, albeit for two days. Probably SQ to KUL and MH to SIN.

Doesn't sound worth it to me. I might consider flying KUL-SIN-XXX or SIN-KUL-XXX when flying SQ/MH respectively since it will be cheaper this way. Flying SQ from KUL should be pretty fun and you can fly up to KUL in some LCC like 3K.

Quoting infinit (Reply 8):
They codeshare on this route so its real cheap too.

How much are the prices like? I just checked and it was $399 in December! When on offer it is at least $218 or $228 if I am correct.

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
great to see a new report from you! Excellent work, I really enjoyed it! Interesting to see your Tiger flight wasn't as disappointing as mine last year.

Thanks for your comments! Indeed it wasn't as disappointing but they managed to do what they did.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I noticed the same on a 27 years old Sriwijaya 732 last week - amazing!

Now I envy you! The 732 seems so close to me but yet so far!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
That meal looks very good. I'm sure they would have reheated on request.

I'm not sure about this. I did not see them take any meals into the galley for reheating.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Did they accept credit card? My friend wanted to buy something on a Thai AirAsia flight last week, but they only accepted cash.

I don't think so.

Hi Marco,

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 10):
Very nice trip report for a very short trip!

Thanks!

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 10):
I will typically only fly an LCC if they either have a unique routing or if the full-service carrier's fare is something astronomical

LCCs here are pretty much decent so I don't mind flying them. Besides, I can get the emergency exit row for just a small fee so I don't see why not. Emergency exit rows typically has more legroom than a normal seat on say, SQ or MH.

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 10):
Sometimes, the latter can be the case when looking for one-way tickets - but that was apparently not the case with MH here?

Well MH seems to price their flights in terms of a one-way system like that of LCCs. Probably to fight with AK?

Hi Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I am very glad you were able to escape the army life for a few hours to do what you like best: flying.

Definitely. It felt like a great getaway from the usual strict regimentation!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I do hope in your future months to come as a soldier, you will be able to do this kind of thing once or twice more

I hope to do it a lot more!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Perhaps something for you as well in a few years from now?

Well, just pray that I survive my remaining 21 months inside...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
2007… Is it already that long ago? I remember it just like being yesterday. Time flies

Defnitely! Hope time flies faster to 2013 so I can regain my civilian status.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Stupid name methinks. But then again: ‘priority boarding ‘ or ‘speedy boarding’ don’t win any prizes either…

LCCs in a nutshell? :P

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
By the looks on his face I think he was giving you the evil eye on taking a shot of him whilst performing the safety demo.

Probably he thought I was gay, but I'm certainly not!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
What an ignorant f/a

That's actually the comment by the fellow passenger.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
They want to show the budget minded traveller what they are missing out of when flying low cost… Nah, just kidding!

Haha, that might just be the case!

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Really nice story and also pictures. I like to go somedays also the way to Penang, sounds really interesting to me.

It is a wonderful place with Peranakan culture. Highly recommended to pay a visit!

Hi Gavin,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Excellent photos to accompany your lovely TR on your well-deserved escape from army life.

Thanks!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
I'm not used to the snack box concept (looks kinda like a more presentable version of those ration boxes during outfield activities in National Service).

Oh no, that's a very bad comparison! Airline meals are way better than anything you can get in NS. :P Speaking of which, I will be living on combat rations for a couple of days soon, at the end of this month. Not looking forward to it!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Would you recommend TR or MH for this short sector given the price difference?

I would recommend MH for just once to experience it if the price remains the same (around $120 one way).

Regards,
Daniel


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