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Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20621 times:

Reason for trip

2 weeks later, and now its time for me to make a quick dash to Hiroshima for a quick 4 day business trip. I decided to take the quickest route from Jakarta, and meaning this time is just Malaysia Airlines all the way to KIX. Via KUL of course. I really like traveling on MH on their B772Er or B744 as they have great legroom inside the J cabin. Don’t know about the F service though as I will be using MH in F for the first time at the end of September. But anyway back to this trip: As usual, I will not put down any details on the CGK-KUL-CGK shuttle flights.

16 July 2008

Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Flight: MH720
Aircraft: B737-400
Aircraft 1st Flight: 3 March 1993
Registration: 9M-MMR
ETD: 1545
ATD: 1600
ETA: 1845
ATA: 1910
Flight Time: 2hr 00min
Cruise: 34,000 Feet
Seat: 1F (Golden Club / Business Class)

9M-MMR ready to go


Service: 7.5/10 Food: 5/10 Aircraft: 6/10

16 July 2008

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Osaka (KIX)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Flight: MH52
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Aircraft 1st Flight: 8 July 1999
Registration: 9M-MRK
ETD: 2345
ATD: 2350
ETA: 0715
ATA: 0735
Flight Time: 6hr 45min
Cruise: 41,000 Feet
Seat: 4K (Golden Club / Business Class)
Pre Flight:

Since I had so much time to kill, I decided to park my butt in the new lounge at the main terminal. I decided to have a nice massage (nice, but definitely a far cry from TG’s) Also had a bowl of noodles made up for me from the noodle bar.

Entrance of the new MH lounge


Always need to catch up on the latest gossip


One of the nicest toilet/showers for business class passengers of any airline in the world




Business centre in new MH lounge


After relaxing for about 2 hours, I decided to move on the satellite terminal Golden Lounge where there is still a smoking room. Also managed to buy some new magazines to keep me busy in Japan.

9M-MRK ready to take me all the way to the land of the rising sun


In Flight:

It was a pretty light load to KIX as only 15 out of 35 seats were taken up, and as requested upon check-in, the seat next to me was kept empty.

Excellent J cabin on MH B772ER







Food for thought, or better that, for your tummy









The main meal served on the flight was breakfast, so at this late time departure, only appetizers and satay was served. I managed to watch the movie titled Drillbit Taylor and then dozed off till I was woken up for breakfast. The routing we flew was slight more southerly due to the hurricane near Taiwan which mean in 25mins longer flying time.

Almost there!






Sadly for MH, the food served on this flight was below what I usually expect, but as usual, the great inflight service more than made up for it.

Service: 9/10 Food: 6/10 Aircraft: 8.5/10

I spent most of the day in Osaka before heading by bullet train to Horishima, here are some pics which I took.

Osaka Castle


Downtown
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Hiroshima%20Jul%2008/DSC03745.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Hiroshima%20Jul%2008/DSC03757.jpg

Bullet Train to Hiroshima


In the train




Scenes on the way to Hiroshima




Osaka (KIX) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Flight: MH53
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Aircraft 1st Flight: 14 May 2002
Registration: 9M-MRO
ETD: 1110
ATD: 1110
ETA: 1640
ATA: 1622
Flight Time: 5hr 45min
Cruise: 40,000 Feet
Seat: 2K (Golden Club / Business Class)

Pre Flight:

After a brief trip to Hiroshima, its now time to head home. I spent my last night at an airport hotel, namely the Washington Kansai Airport Hotel. It was nice, but very very very small rooms! But has a pretty good location as a factory outlet and a very nice mall is just 5mins walk away. Next time I will stay at the ANA Hotel across the road which is much better. I had dinner at the ANA on the top floor and it had really good views of KIX Airport. Kansai is actually a very nice laid out airport and its just like a jewel sticking out of the vast open seas. I took the free hotel shuttle from the hotel and after check in, just browsed around a little before proceeding to the ANA Lounge.

Almost at the airport



Pinks not too bad, taken from landside just before check in, looking into arrivals area


Boarding the sky train to our gates


NH B737 & CX B772


Theres my girl, 9M-MRO


The lounge is basic, but serves its purpose, but most importantly, it was a big smoking room.



Boarding was called on time and by the time I got to the gate, the Y passengers have mostly boarded.

In Flight:

Ahhhh, theres nothing like being back on a nice MH flight. When I got to my seat, the stewardess also called me by name. This is something you definitely only see on most airlines F service.




Lunch? Of course, I am starving



Cheap looking slippers, but they do the trick


Only in Japan



OS A321


JL MD-80


One of the newer entries in the Japanese domestic market, Starflyer A320


AF B773ER


In cabin views


More cargo widebodies before turning into the active



And we are off!






Everything about this flight went like clockwork; it was just perfect, from in-flight catering to service. Although nothing on the AVOD caught my attention, only watch a little of Be Kind, Rewind but that was resolved by me watching The Sum of All Fears on my laptop. Managed to sleep a little, but the flight ended all too soon.



Did I mention lunch is served? Really good catering on this flight





Passing some great scenery on descend down to KL

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Hiroshima%20Jul%2008/DSC03852.jpg



Not a sight usually seen, Shenzhen Airlines B737-700


I was pretty bored when I reached KUL as I had almost 4 hours to kill, plus I didn’t manage to catch the earlier flight to CGK as it was oversold, and also the legroom on the B734 J class is also not the greatest, actually GA got my vote for J class legroom on the B733/4/5/8.

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta (CGK)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Flight: MH727
Aircraft: B737-400
Aircraft 1st Flight: 30 June 1993
Registration: 9M-MMX
ETD: 2040
ATD: 2055
ETA: 2140
ATA: 2150
Flight Time: 2hr 00min
Cruise: 35,000 Feet
Seat: 1F (Golden Club / Business Class)

Again, thanks again for reading guys! Hope you enjoyed this TR from me. My next trips that are confirmed are:

Sep 25 MH in First to Sydney
Oct 30 TG First to Munich



Below are my previous TR from newest to oldest:

Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports)
Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports)
Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)

15 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 20167 times:
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Thanks for another nice report of your travel around Asia  Smile

Only breakfast served on a 6 hours fight, even at night, is not especially good..
But the lunch service on the way back looks mouth watering Big grin

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
OS A321

In KIX... Don't think so  Wink Wink Try OZ A321 instead Big grin


Cheers mate and happy travels  Smile
Stein



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User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 20153 times:

Great trip report, as always!


Seeing that picture of the bullet train reminded me of a recent episode of Top Gear. James May and Richard Hammond were on the bullet train, and racing them was Jeremy Clarkson in the new Nissan GTR...and he won.


User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 20153 times:

Great trip report! Definitely love the satays.

I would've expect a refreshment rather than just breakfast on the outward journey as well.

I think the last image was a duplicate.


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 19692 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 1):
Only breakfast served on a 6 hours fight, even at night, is not especially good..
But the lunch service on the way back looks mouth watering

Hi Stein!! HAhahaha ...trust me..I was starving the whole flight, I had almost 1 dozen sticks of satay before I slept, plus I also raided the galley for instant noodles and stuff.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 1):
n KIX... Don't think so Wink Wink Try OZ A321 instead Big grin

Right on....sometimes typing errors can be so misleading ahahha  Smile

Thanks again for reading Stein, and now I am waiting for your TG TR in F  Smile


User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 19386 times:

Always enjoy your reports.. thanks for posting.  Smile


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User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 19383 times:
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Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Oct 30 TG First to Munich

Looks like we will be on TG First on the same day, but in opposite directions and I am flying ex FRA Big grin This time I promise to do a TR  Smile


Cheers
Stein



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 19201 times:



Quoting B747-4U3 (Reply 2):
James May and Richard Hammond were on the bullet train, and racing them was Jeremy Clarkson in the new Nissan GTR

Really, wow, I really got to seach for that episode. Is it on season 10 of Top Gear?

Quoting Coolfish1103 (Reply 3):
Great trip report! Definitely love the satays.

Thanks, but actually Indonesian Satays taste much better than their Malaysian counterpart

Quoting Coolfish1103 (Reply 3):
I would've expect a refreshment rather than just breakfast on the outward journey as well.

Actually the satay was the mid-night snack....but is was not enough for me

I think the last image was a duplicate.

Sorry, it actually is, it should be a pic of a Shenzhen Airlines B737-700 which I took as we were pulling up into our gate at KLIA.

Thanks for pointing it out


User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 19020 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 7):
Really, wow, I really got to seach for that episode. Is it on season 10 of Top Gear?

Season 11, Episode 4. I won't spoil what happens, but it was bloody good...best episode ever!!! Hammond and May were like typical Brits abroad....clueless!!!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 7):
Thanks, but actually Indonesian Satays taste much better than their Malaysian counterpart

I think that's true of Indonesian food in general...I'd much rather have Nasi-Ayam Goreng-Lalapan with spicy sambal than something more Malay like rendang or meat smothered in peanut sauce...ewww! And the kretek sold in Indonesia are nicer too.

[Edited 2008-08-06 12:09:15]

User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 18678 times:



Quoting B747-4U3 (Reply 8):
Hammond and May were like typical Brits abroad....clueless!!!

Cool, one of the favourite pieces they ever shot was when good ol Clarkson drove the Veyron from France to London and May and Hammond were totally hopeless flying the Cessna 182.

Quoting B747-4U3 (Reply 8):
And the kretek sold in Indonesia are nicer too.

Hrmm...strangely, for someone being based in Jakarta, I really hate kretek ahhahaah goold ol Dunhill's for me  Smile


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18515 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 6):
Looks like we will be on TG First on the same day, but in opposite directions and I am flying ex FRA Big grin This time I promise to do a TR

Hi Stein guess what, I will actually be flying into FRA on 30 OCT instead of MUC. But I will arrive around 1820. You taking the early flight or late flight out of FRA? If late, I can meet up with you first in FRA for a coffee or cigarette  Smile


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 18459 times:

Excellent Report Herbert!

Gotta love Malaysian Hospitality..... I have yet to try their premium product. However, back in the day, the food in Y was one of the best ive had!

I still remember your amazing Hiroshima pictures from your last trip! Thanks a lot for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 18268 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 11):
I still remember your amazing Hiroshima pictures from your last trip! Thanks a lot for sharing!

Hi Roni!!

Hey you are more than welcome  Smile ..... I really loved your EK380 round the world report too. You really had a ball huh!. I will definitely get my hands on MH 1st 380 flight and also TG. But god knows when they both will get their aircraft!!

I will be flying to SYD on 24 Sep, so keep your eye out on that one  Smile It will be with MH in F.


Cheers

Herb


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 18145 times:
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Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 10):
Hi Stein guess what, I will actually be flying into FRA on 30 OCT instead of MUC.

Considering MUC has been getting TG 7442's lately (FT rumors) I don't blame you  Wink

I am on TG 923 so lets meet up for a BEER and a cigarettes Big grin

Cheers
Stein



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16786 times:
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Great report and pictures, thanks.

Legroom looks pretty decent on the MH 772 fleet which is good, though I'm not keen on the 2-3-2 layout!

Food looks good, breakfast looked a bit weak though.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 16170 times:

Great TR! Thanks for posting!

Dave



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