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Irama AirAsia! - Kota Kinabalu To Singapore  
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 13356 times:



Irama - Mesmerizing in Berhasa Melayu

Once again, a great thanks to Sandeep (AI151) for the wonderful title!
The first part (Singapore to Kota Kinabalu on Silkair) can be found here:
Good Morning Borneo! - Where Silkair Unwinds... (by initious Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)


Background

After booking a flight on SIN-BKI using KrisFlyer miles on MI, I had to find a way to get back to SIN. With my limited budget, LCCs would be the first choice. With 4 airlines on the SIN-BKI route, (MH, MI, AK, 3K), it is easy to find a cheap ticket for a return on a Saturday afternoon. Out of the 4, only AK and 3K are LCCs and having flown 3K before, AK is naturally my first choice.

I am not someone who is a fan of LCCs, but sometimes the price just makes me turn to them. Price difference between MH and AK is up to 100%! Also, MH has only 30 inches of seat pitch on their B734s while I could book the exit row on AK for just RM25 more, so why pay more to torture myself? Of course, choosing AK is not just purely the luck of the draw. The following TR written by Suryo (Akhmad) has a great influence on my choice too.

Finally Asia Part 4: Bali With Indonesia Air Asia (by akhmad Oct 1 2010 in Trip Reports)

So, has AirAsia met my expectations, or are they just a standard LCC? We shall see how this airline that won the "Best Low Cost Airline" in 2009 and 2010 fair on this 2 hour hop from BKI to SIN.


One way I will fly around the world!
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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 13401 times:

Transfer to Terminal 2

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is nowhere comparable to SIN, whereby you can take the Skytrain for inter-terminal transfers, or even walk between them. The only way to transfer between the terminals will be by taxi, an exaggerating RM30 (7 EUR/10 USD) for the 10-minute journey on a small and old taxi. There is a whole fleet of taxis dedicated for the transport (to downtown too) but it seems like not many people are using them.


Taxi from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2


Setting off. Next destination: BKI Terminal 2


A beautiful building on enroute


We're just turning around the airport perimeter. Here is an AK A320 parked at Terminal 2


Looking to the front


Upon entering Terminal 2, what a shock I had! It was in no way comparable to Terminal 1 at BKI. It's just like heaven and hell. Hot, stuffy, crowded, chaotic.... You name it. It was not until later that I found out that this is a low cost terminal. I guess that answers all the question?


Queuing to check in for various AK flights


More queues!


Only half the available space was used. The other half seems to be reserved for Cebu Pacific


Nothing to rave about the design here


Preflight and Check-In

I went up to the counter to check-in for my flight. A man seems to be waiting for someone so he told me to go on first. In short, I did not have to wait at all and I got my boarding pass within 10 seconds (!). What great efficiency! I pre-booked my meals and the emergency exit row in advance. By booking the emergency exit row, I also got eligible for Xpress Boarding.


My flight receipt (I refuse to call this a boarding pass...)


A porter came up to me and said, "Mr Tay, please let me help you with your hand luggage. Your buggy is waiting for you right there to bring you to the lounge." I blinked my eyes. Oh, I was daydreaming. Welcome to reality! There are absolutely no lounges to speak of in the terminal, just some shops selling local products. I stopped by a shop selling frozen seafood and bought some abalone. It's cheap, just RM50 for 4 of them. Don't ask me about the taste though, I have not even opened the package!

However, there was a little event that let me worry all the way to SIN...

After choosing my pack of abalone, I proceeded to the cashier to make my payment. When the shop attendant wanted to wrap my abalone to ensure that it survives the flight back to SIN, she seem to have run into some problems and is trying to call her colleague. Being impatient, I told her I'd be back in 3 minutes and went off to the AK counter to check with the check-in agent if my boarding pass already consist of priority boarding (to be corrected by him to Xpress Boarding... lol) and my meal. After confirming that I just need to show my boarding pass for the services I paid for, I went back to the shop to find that my pack of abalone has already been packed. I requested for them to open it as I was worried they might have switched it for something else while I was away but I was only able to see the newspaper packaging. Not wanting to pursue it further, I paid and left the shop.


My pack of abalone


Airside @ BKI Terminal 2

There was a small security check right beside the shop and there, I entered airside. Relieving from the shock upon entering Terminal 2, here comes another mega shock for this human that is so used to flying out from the 3 beautiful terminals in SIN. It was very crowded with almost no seats left. Fortunately, there was a small cafe by the side so I decided to sit down and have a cup of ice milo while waiting for my flight.

After finishing my cup of ice milo, I decided to see what is on offer for in this small confined space that is already packed to the brim.


An interesting shop. Made in Sabah


That was pretty much the only shop selling decent stuff, the other shops were selling small earrings, necklaces and such, plus another duty free shop.

Scenes on the Tarmac

The only good point of a small terminal is the ability to see planes on the tarmac very clearly and get within 10 metres of them. Imagine how elated this a.netter has become! Shortly after sitting down, I was greeted by a surprise - The Lotus F1 livery painted aircraft (9M-AFY) has arrived! I was not the only one taking photo of the aircraft, there were dozens of others taking photos of it. I guess not many people has seen this particular plane yet. Also, I witnessed how this particular aircraft managed a 20 minute turnaround at BKI (no joke!) and was definitely very impressed.


Arrival of the special livery plane. Believed to be operating AK5104 from KUL. It is going back to KUL as AK5105


Airstairs attached


Nose view


Another AK flight to a regional destination


This box right next to the boarding gates seem to be hosting a lucky draw to win "First Class Indulgences" to dream destinations. May I know if it includes First Class air travel as well? 


Boarding

Around 15 minutes before departure, boarding was called. There were 2 lines for boarding - Express Boarding and General Boarding. Naturally, I was in the Express Boarding line and top it off, the first in the line. This means being one of the first to board the plane!

I walked briskly to the plane once the gate opened and I had my boarding pass checked. Here is the real experience of how "irama" AirAsia can get! Like a typical a.netter, I snapped photos on the way to my plane. Surprised that no security bothered to stop me.


Still showing AK5105 to KUL even though the flight left 30-40 minutes before


Walking to my plane. This plane is flying to Hong Kong


My plane is on the right, 9M-AQA


My first flight on AK is about to begin on this CFM powered A320!


AirAsia Flight AK6273 - 16OCT10
Origin: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI/WBKK)
Destination: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Registration: 9M-AQA (Delivered on 27th Sept 2010, less than 3 weeks old!)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Departure Gate: 4 (Terminal 2)
Time of Departure (Scheduled): 3.02pm (2.55pm)
Time of Arrival (Scheduled): 4.55pm (5.10pm)
Arrival Gate: D44 (Terminal 1)
Departure Runway: 02
Arrival Runway: 20R
Cruising Altitude: FL380

Upon boarding, the fresh leather smell made me conclude that this plane should be quite young but I did not expect it to be less than 3 weeks old on the day of my flight! Definitely a sparkling new plane with the factory fresh smell to prove it.

Aircraft Interior



Beautiful cabin with no red headrests over the "hot seats"


View across


Seatbelts


Seatback


Wonderful legroom!


Upon sitting down, I was requested by a flight attendant to show my boarding pass. Also, several announcements were made through the intercom to remind passengers not to take rows 1-5 and 12 and 14 as those are reserved for passengers who have booked the seats in advance. I guess AK is really taking measures to prevent "free loaders". The leather seats were really comfortable and I guess I could actually stay in them for a long haul flight, just throw in a PTV!

Taxi and Takeoff

After a rapid pushback, the engines were started and we were on our way to runway 02. At this point in time, I was regretting that I did not take the time to visit this wonderful city in East Malaysia. Probably next time, Kota Kinabalu!


View from my seat


Getting pushed back


Taxiing to the runway


A view far into the distance


It was a powerful takeoff from runway 02 and I'm off East Malaysian soil on my way back to SIN roughly after 3.5 hours in BKI.

Takeoff VIdeo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODQEwjtpTjo

In Flight Services



Shortly after takeoff. Kota Kinabalu is beautiful from the air!


Besides anticipating my Chicken Rice meal to be served to me shortly after takeoff, I flipped through the in-flight catalogue and wrote down several products that I wish to purchase. I guess I was the biggest customer onboard this flight! (Or was I the only customer?) It turns out that the AirAsia Slim Mouse was not available. It would have been a very good addition to my office laptop!


My list of products with my ugly handwriting


The meal was served shortly upon reaching cruising altitude. For RM8, you get a hot main dish (it's so hot that my hands almost got scalded upon touching the packaging!) and a hot coffee/tea. I'd say it's definitely very worth it, although the portion is sort of small. After finishing my chicken rice, I was not very full so I decided to go on and order a Shepherd's Pie which tasted great with the tender and creamy chicken.


My meal - Chicken Rice Set


Unwrapped view


Shepherd's Pie - Unopened


Presenting: AirAsia's wonderful Shepherd's Pie!


Flight attendants hard at work


In Flight Entertainment

Being an LCC, it's normal not to have any TVs at all in the cabin. Therefore, there was totally no IFE on this flight and the safety demo was performed manually. Naturally, my iPhone got into good use for listening to some songs.


My IFE - iPhone!


Landing

30 minutes before landing, we descended towards Singapore Changi Airport. This would be the first time that I'm taking off and landing at SIN on the same day, less than 8 hours apart! It's wonderful how technology has improved that I managed to travel 2900km in the short period of time, complete with a 3.5 hour stopover.


Beautiful clouds while descending


Landing Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4r8nfm_NuQ

We landed smoothly on runway 20R at SIN and taxied to gate D44 at Terminal 1 to disembark. Except at the budget terminal, it seems like no airlines (even LCCs) use remote gates or airstair boarding. All of them uses jetways. This leads me wondering if AK will eventually move to the budget terminal referring to a certain forum post on a.net stating that AK is "jetway sensitive".


UPS Boeing 757


My first sighitng of a Boeing 737-200. How I wish I was on that!


Didn't know that DL had ground services here. Inherited from NW I believe


Like my previous flight, I waited for all the passengers to disembark before proceeding to the front to ask for permission to visit the cockpit. My heart was not thumping like mad this time since I already did it that morning but still excited to visit the cockpit, which I wish to be my office one day! The kind FO actually offered to help me take a picture of me sitting in the captain's seat.


Here you go - My first public appearance on a.net!


How I wish time pauses at this moment! Presenting the wonderful cockpit instruments, sparkling new!


Overhead panel


Immigration was a breeze at SIN as usual and within 15 minutes I am landside. While walking through terminal 1, I couldn't help but to take this following picture:


Row 4, where my first Business Class experience began..
TR: Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)


Conclusion

So, was AirAsia really mesmerizing? Answer is: Yes! For an LCC, they have definitely surpassed my standards and the comfort and most importantly, the quality of food. However, one thing they have to improve on is their service as there were absolutely no smiles from the flight attendants.

Past 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)



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 13298 times:

Hi Daniel, very intersting report on an airline, I want to try as well, but from Europe it is too far away for just a small trip.
This special scheme looks amazing.

Thanks again for sharing =)
Johannes


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 13187 times:

Hi Daniel,

great report with many nice pictures. No doubts, AirAsia is more than just an average LCC. I was quite satisfied with AK two years ago when I flew KUL-LGK-KUL. I had ordered Nasi Lemak on one flight, btw. If you want to compare:

Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi (by PlaneHunter Jul 19 2008 in Trip Reports)

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
The only way to transfer between the terminals will be by taxi, an exaggerating RM30 (7 EUR/10 USD) for the 10-minute journey on a small and old taxi.

That's expensive indeed.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Shortly after sitting down, I was greeted by a surprise - The Lotus F1 livery painted aircraft (9M-AFY) has arrived! I was not the only one taking photo of the aircraft, there were dozens of others taking photos of it.

Stunning livery!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Surprised that no security bothered to stop me.

Have you ever had problems there? I didn't face any trouble at KUL and LGK.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Upon boarding, the fresh leather smell made me conclude that this plane should be quite young but I did not expect it to be less than 3 weeks old on the day of my flight! Definitely a sparkling new plane with the factory fresh smell to prove it.

Always a pleasue to get a brand new aircraft.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The meal was served shortly upon reaching cruising altitude. For RM8, you get a hot main dish (it's so hot that my hands almost got scalded upon touching the packaging!) and a hot coffee/tea. I'd say it's definitely very worth it, although the portion is sort of small. After finishing my chicken rice, I was not very full so I decided to go on and order a Shepherd's Pie which tasted great with the tender and creamy chicken.

The meals don't look bad, nice to hear they also tasted good.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 13103 times:

Nice report, seems like Air Asia treats it's pax quite well.


BTW: you're handwriting is not that bad compared to mine  



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 13004 times:

Hi Johannes

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
Hi Daniel, very intersting report on an airline, I want to try as well, but from Europe it is too far away for just a small trip.

Thanks for the kind comments. You could try D7 STN-KUL lol.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
This special scheme looks amazing.

Definitely. I did not recognise it at first until I see it dock at the terminal. At first I thought it was like a private jet or something...

Hi PlaneHunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
That's expensive indeed.

Definitely. I think they could make a shuttle bus service and charge like RM5 per customer instead.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Have you ever had problems there? I didn't face any trouble at KUL and LGK.

Had problems at HKG where I was told to stop... No problems at all in BKI.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Always a pleasue to get a brand new aircraft.

Definitely. It felt great inside!

Hi MSS658

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):

Nice report, seems like Air Asia treats it's pax quite well.

Well, not on the terminal! Lol.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
BTW: you're handwriting is not that bad compared to mine

LOL! You'll have to show me your handwriting to convince me. =p I always think my handwriting is one of the worst.

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1978 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12805 times:

Thanks for sharing. How much was the fare? KK is a nice place to visit, not just to climb Mt Kinabalu, but also for it's adjacent islands that hardly anyone seems to visit (they are beautiful), the Orangutan sanctuary, Sipadan, etc.

But I remember when MI was the only airline flying there, the cheapest fare was around SGD700! What a rip off! I twice hired a car (SGD20 per person) to drive us to JB and fly AK from there. The flight was around RM200! What a difference!

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12762 times:

Hi Coal,

Quoting Coal (Reply 6):
How much was the fare?

Inclusive of comfort pack (RM25), express boarding and emergency exit seat (RM25) and meal (RM8), the total price came up to 275RM (88 USD). Without all those, it was around RM207 (66 USD) so it was definitely worth it!

Quoting Coal (Reply 6):
But I remember when MI was the only airline flying there, the cheapest fare was around SGD700!

Wow, how long ago was it? Last I checked MI's price was around 300-400 SGD...

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12314 times:

Very interesting and enthusiastic report for AK!

I think you got lucky too many times in this flight:
i. Got to face-to-face with the Lotus F1 logo jet, which first made its first public appearance on 10 September 2010 and is AK's latest logo jet.
ii. Got to ride 9M-AQA, AK's latest A320. AK has finished their 9M-AF* and 9M-AH* serials.
iii. Got to visit the cockpit on both outbound and inbound journeys on the same day.

The last time I was in BKI, the main terminal was still the old building, which actually looked worse than the current Terminal 2. I personally hope that BKI can reach 5 million passengers traffic by the end of this year.

It is really a pity that you did not get the chance to explore Kota Kinabalu. It is very different from a typical Malaysian cities in Peninsular Malaysia. KCH has the same charm too and is much nearer from SIN.

With a shopping list like that, you could easily be the most favourite passenger onboard that flight.

All in all, an enjoyable read. If you happen to return to BKI someday, just remember that Kota Kinabalu is a SEAFOOD HEAVEN and that the price is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12062 times:

Hi 9MMAR,

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 8):
I think you got lucky too many times in this flight:
i. Got to face-to-face with the Lotus F1 logo jet, which first made its first public appearance on 10 September 2010 and is AK's latest logo jet.
ii. Got to ride 9M-AQA, AK's latest A320. AK has finished their 9M-AF* and 9M-AH* serials.
iii. Got to visit the cockpit on both outbound and inbound journeys on the same day.

Have to agree with you regarding that! Probably lady luck was on my side that day... 
Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 8):
The last time I was in BKI, the main terminal was still the old building, which actually looked worse than the current Terminal 2. I personally hope that BKI can reach 5 million passengers traffic by the end of this year.

Wow, can't imagine that! Thankfully Terminal 1 has been upgraded!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 8):
It is really a pity that you did not get the chance to explore Kota Kinabalu. It is very different from a typical Malaysian cities in Peninsular Malaysia. KCH has the same charm too and is much nearer from SIN.

Yup, first thing I noticed was there wasn't lots of Chinese around, mostly Malays. Definitely will take the chance to explore KK one day.. It looks fabulous!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 8):
With a shopping list like that, you could easily be the most favourite passenger onboard that flight.

I guess so.. I was so well taken care of after that huge purchase!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 8):
All in all, an enjoyable read. If you happen to return to BKI someday, just remember that Kota Kinabalu is a SEAFOOD HEAVEN and that the price is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!

I LOVE seafood! And how I love CHEAP and GOOD seafood! It'll be a dream come true having cockles, crabs, fish... etc for a meal by the seaside!

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11882 times:

Quoting initious (Reply 9):
Yup, first thing I noticed was there wasn't lots of Chinese around, mostly Malays. Definitely will take the chance to explore KK one day.. It looks fabulous!

Well, they are not Malay. The majority in Sabah are an indigenous tribe called Kadazan Dusun. And I think the majority of Kadazan Dusuns are Christian instead of Muslim.


User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11758 times:

Hey dude, a fab return leg on your day trip. Glad to see that you had an excellent day with two great little airlines.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
A porter came up to me and said, "Mr Tay, please let me help you with your hand luggage. Your buggy is waiting for you right there to bring you to the lounge." I blinked my eyes. Oh, I was daydreaming. Welcome to reality!

You really have to stop dreaming like that! It might happen next year though. LOL!

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
Also, several announcements were made through the intercom to remind passengers not to take rows 1-5 and 12 and 14 as those are reserved for passengers who have booked the seats in advance. I guess AK is really taking measures to prevent "free loaders".

That's good to see as no doubt this will happen on all flights like this.

Sandeep (AI151)



Modern Vision. Timeless Traditions...
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11617 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 10):
Well, they are not Malay. The majority in Sabah are an indigenous tribe called Kadazan Dusun. And I think the majority of Kadazan Dusuns are Christian instead of Muslim.

Ah.. I get it now. Thanks for the info!

Quoting AI151 (Reply 11):
You really have to stop dreaming like that! It might happen next year though. LOL!

If EK First Class has porters.. Yeah. Lol

Quoting AI151 (Reply 11):
That's good to see as no doubt this will happen on all flights like this.

Yup, I'd definitely make a complain if no action was taken

Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5062 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11555 times:

Hey man. Thank you for this report. It seems Air Asia is consistently good at delivering what they market. I just flew on them for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Expect a report soon  .

Thanks again.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11443 times:

Hi Daniel,

I have been waiting for this AK report of yours. I enjoyed every detail of your experience which is perfectly finished with the high quality pictures. It feels like I was there with you.  



Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Once again, a great thanks to Sandeep (AI151) for the wonderful title!

I did not know Sandeep spoke Malay.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Of course, choosing AK is not just purely the luck of the draw. The following TR written by Suryo (Akhmad) has a great influence on my choice too.

Finally Asia Part 4: Bali With Indonesia Air Asia (by akhmad Oct 1 2010 in Trip Reports)

Thanks for the honour.  



Quoting initious (Reply 1):
Arrival of the special livery plane.

Beautiful.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
Surprised that no security bothered to stop me.

Surprised? The BKI security is just exemplary to others.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
I guess AK is really taking measures to prevent "free loaders".
Quoting AI151 (Reply 11):
That's good to see as no doubt this will happen on all flights like this.

  

Quoting initious (Reply 12):
Yup, I'd definitely make a complain if no action was taken

Maybe I should have when the couple occupied the first exit row on our DPS flight.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
The kind FO actually offered to help me take a picture of me sitting in the captain's seat.

Lucky you. Well done!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Expect a report soon

Look forward to it.

Thanks for sharing. I certainly look forward to your joint venture with Sandeep next year!  

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 11343 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
I did not know Sandeep spoke Malay.

Suryo, there is a lot that you do not know about me. LOL!



Modern Vision. Timeless Traditions...
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11090 times:

Hi Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Hey man. Thank you for this report. It seems Air Asia is consistently good at delivering what they market. I just flew on them for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Expect a report soon

Yup, they definitely deserve the best LCC for 2009 and 2010. They are beyond LCC standards! Anyway, anticipating your report as they are always very well written. Hopefully I get to read another of your masterpieces soon!

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
I have been waiting for this AK report of yours. I enjoyed every detail of your experience which is perfectly finished with the high quality pictures. It feels like I was there with you.

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
I did not know Sandeep spoke Malay.

for me to know and for you to find out...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Thanks for the honour.

That report certainly helped me alot in my choice.. Welcome!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Maybe I should have when the couple occupied the first exit row on our DPS flight.

Definitely you should. That was why I was afraid of having free loaders too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Thanks for sharing. I certainly look forward to your joint venture with Sandeep next year!

I'm equally excited! =D

Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1978 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10911 times:

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
Wow, how long ago was it? Last I checked MI's price was around 300-400 SGD...

Probably back in 2007. Of course with AK and I think TR or JQ on that route MI has had to significantly cut its fares.

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
Inclusive of comfort pack (RM25), express boarding and emergency exit seat (RM25) and meal (RM8), the total price came up to 275RM (88 USD). Without all those, it was around RM207 (66 USD) so it was definitely worth it!

Not bad! That's cheaper than my trip via JHB.

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10775 times:

Hi,

Wonderfull trip report! Thanks for sharing!

So, the flights to KUL and SIN from BKI depart from the same area, which means that customs/immigration control is really required when flying from East to West Malaysia and vice-versa? I know that Sabah has customs autonomy, but it would be kind of weird to get my passport stamped for a domestic flight!

Regards, Alex


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5062 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10738 times:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 18):
I know that Sabah has customs autonomy, but it would be kind of weird to get my passport stamped for a domestic flight!

Regards, Alex

= My weirdest recent experience was taking the LAN flight from FRA to MAD where my EU passport was stamped at both FRA and MAD  . There are always these randomly weird anomalies.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10551 times:

Hi Alex,

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 18):
Wonderfull trip report! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for your kind comments. =)

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 18):
So, the flights to KUL and SIN from BKI depart from the same area, which means that customs/immigration control is really required when flying from East to West Malaysia and vice-versa? I know that Sabah has customs autonomy, but it would be kind of weird to get my passport stamped for a domestic flight!

Well, passing through security there are separate security lanes for domestic and international. I guess the domestic passengers just go through a simple check with no immigration required?



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10371 times:

Quoting initious (Reply 20):
I guess the domestic passengers just go through a simple check with no immigration required?

I am not so sure, because Sabah and Sarawak are suppose to have different customs and immigration from the rest of Malaysia...

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 19):
My weirdest recent experience was taking the LAN flight from FRA to MAD where my EU passport was stamped at both FRA and MAD . There are always these randomly weird anomalies.

That´s weird too, but at least it was an international flight. I´d love to see that trip report though!


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10258 times:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 21):
I am not so sure, because Sabah and Sarawak are suppose to have different customs and immigration from the rest of Malaysia...

Guess I could check with my Malaysian friend about that...



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10165 times:

Yes, the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak have their own Immigration laws. It was part of the agreement when they joined the Federation of Malaysia back in 1963.

So basically all flights from the Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak are considered as 'International' by Sabah's definition (and so do all flights from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah by Sarawak's definition). Domestic flights are flights within the state of Sabah (or Sarawak) only.

For Malaysians from the Peninsular Malaysia, one can enter Sabah (or Sarawak) by using passports (which will be stamped as it is considered as 'International' flight by local laws) or by using MyKad/MyKid (National ID cards). For those who are using MyKad/MyKid, one will be issued with a small piece of paper (yellow in colour) and this paper has to be returned back when leaving the state on the inbound journey during immigration clearances.


User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10146 times:

My Malaysian visa says ´´valid for xxx days for visits to West Malaysia and Sabah´´. Does it means that Sarawak is not included in the visa?

What about Labuan? Labuan is neither Peninsular Malaysia nor Sabah / Sarawak but rather a federal territory. Do you pass through customs / immigration when going to Labuan?


25 9MMAR : I think your visa only stated West Malaysia and Sabah due to the number of days allowed by the visa (probably 60 days?) Sarawak may grant a different
26 UAL747 : Great TR. Really enjoyed reading an looking at the pics~!
27 AlexEU : At least I know that I´ll be using international terminal when flying from KL to KK!
28 Post contains images initious : Interesting, didn't know all about those. It seems like I have lots more to know about Singapore's closest neighbour and my most visited country Mala
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