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JQ, Oman, AF, MA, TK, MH, D7 J Class To Europe  
User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 16483 times:

Time for my annual holiday for 2011, for this year we decided to pick a handful of airlines to experience. Whilst not your normal way to get from Australia to Europe, by piecing together individual itineraries we managed to save a few thousand dollars had I bought a return ticket from Australia. After seeing all the fantastic reviews of Oman Air J class we just had to try it, fortunately they are one of the cheapest leaving BKK to Europe.

Our routing was the following:

MEL-BKK Jetstar Starclass
BKK-MCT-FRA - Oman Air J class
CDG-BUD - Air France Y class
BUD-TGM - Malev Y class
TGM-BUD - Malev Y class
BUD-IST - Turkish J class
IST-KUL - Malaysia Airlines J class
KUL-MEL - AirAsia X J class

Breif review and opinion on each airline
Jetstar - I had never flown them internationally before and by chance they had a sale to Asia for $550 AUD one way, which included 30kgs baggage allowance, Qantas club lounge in Melbourne, all food and drinks on board and an e-player for entertainment. Seats are more like premium economy, which for a day flight are fine, however I wouldn't like to be stuck in them on an overnight flight. Cabin crew were a mix of Australian's and Thai crew, they were all friendly and helpful. Food was very good for the price, 2 meals were served on the 9 hour flight, what caught me by surprise was when they wheeled out a cart with cheese platters and cakes, something I didn't expect for a budget airline. We also got amenity kits which I was surprised at. For the price I paid it was far better than AirAsia X, bar the seat is better on D7, however you get nothing else.

Oman Air - well after seeing the trip reports on here, I thought I have to try them at least once. Oman is one of the cheapest business class out of Bangkok to Europe so it made the descion even easier.
Oman use the Emirates lounge in Bangkok which was well stocked with food and refreshments. Upon boarding the A332, you realise you are somewhere special, the cabin ambience is excellent - dimmed mood lighting, relaxed atmosphere. Seats are excellent, as it has been said other airlines have used this exact seat as their first class product. It's the little details that make them stand out, the crockery, the glasswear, when you are served coffee, you get your own little milk jug that has been heated and little dish with sugar cubes. Something you would expect in first class, not business. Food was excellent as well, though I didn't enjoy the Arabic mezze I selected, perhaps if the flights weren't all overnight I could have enjoyed the food more. The one aspect I feel lets them down is the cabin crew, inconsistent in their delivery of the service. Small things forgotten occasionally, and sometimes disorganised co-ordination of the service for the cabin, e.g I had finished my meal and my plates cleared, yet my partner next to me being served by another crew member had his dishes sitting in front of him for 20 mins after mine had gone. They all gave us feedback forms, which we filled out honestly and hopefully it will go to help them to be a 5 star airline in the future. The only other negative was the connection in Muscat which pretty much interrupts any sleep you might be able to get, as neither flight is long enough, after the meal service to get any meaningful sleep. Muscat airport was organised chaos! Being bussed around and security screened coming straight off an aircraft was bizarre, the whole experience was a negative one, hopefully when the new airport is ready it will improve on things.

Air France - well not much to say on such a short flight, crew were pleasant and we got served a coffee and a biscuit.

Malev - Cabin crew were lovely, no issues there. Again 2 shorts flights to Transilvania and back on the Q400, got served a drink and some wafers. Malev were emailing me non-stop before the flights if I wanted to upgrade to business on Optiontown which they participate in, however at 33 euro per pax per flight, it was hardly worth it, the Q400 doesn't have business class seats, nor is there a lounge in Targu Mures airport.

Turkish Airlines - Turkish had some ridiculously cheap airfares to KUL in j class from pretty much any of their european destinations, almost as if they were some mistake as they have now vanished. BUD-IST-KUL was $1100 AUD.
The A321 didn't have proper J class seats, just the middle seat was used as a large armrest/tray. However the food given for the 1.5 hour flight was amazing. Entree, choice of main, dessert etc. Crew were ok, friendly without being fantastic. Again really not much to comment on such a short flight, but for the price definitely worth it.

Malaysia Airlines - Well, well, well, after over 2 years not flying them, it was welcome home, cabin crew still have it, in my opinion they still beat SQ crew out of the water for genuine friendliness, food was fantastic, much better than my flights on SQ last year on their flagship A345 SIN-LAX, EWR-SIN routes. Of course the only thing that lets them down are the seats, we commented that if you could transplant Oman's cabin with MH crew it would be a winner.

Air Asia X - this is my 4th trip with them, and nothing gets better or worse with them, as a so called Premium passenger you are only really paying for the seat. Which is similar to what MH/TG have, food is just as awful as what Economy get, no effort is made to even present it nicer. There is no airshow or moving map AT ALL in the cabin so it's just best guess how much time you have left on your flight, somehow I don't think have at least 1 screen per cabin would have killed them for at least this purpose. Later in the flight when they came around for a second meal service I wanted to buy some sandwiches or rolls, they had run out of everything.... it was cup of Maggi noodles or chocolates... not very impressed. My concern is that their prices for premium class are creeping up, yet they are not offering anything more. To compare with JQ, with whom I actually bought the tickets for quite a bit cheaper than D7, it was far better value.

Anyway enough writing time for the photos,

12th August 2011
MEL-BKK (originally meant to be MEL-SIN-BKK flight cancelled)
Jetstar A332
StarClass

Parts of the newly refurbished Melbourne Airport
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Entrance to the rather lack-lustre Qantas Club
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Poor Selection of Food, hardly anything to eat
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Bar area
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Finally boarding our A332 to BKK
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Welcome drink (another surprise)
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Managed to get Row 1 seats, leg room better than other rows
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Taxing out to the runway
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QF A380 in the distance
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Takeoff
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Starclass cabin
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Our seats
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The seat

Over Victoria somewhere
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Amenity kit
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Contents
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Hot towels?? Another suprise
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Reminds me of Air Asia's colours
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First meal service
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After the meal service they handed out the e-players, they a ridiculously heavy, where are the 2000 ipads they bought nearly 1 year ago?
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Then out of nowhere came the cheese trolley with cakes and liqueurs, again total surprise
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Second meal service before landing
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13th August 2011
BKK-MCT-FRA
Oman Air A332
Business Class

Walking into BKK
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With excitement Oman Air is waiting for us  http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/chrisrad/Trip%202011/DSC05527.jpg
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Check-in area
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Quick walk through the terminal to the Emirates Lounge
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Emirates Lounge
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Dining area
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Boarding our Oman Air A332
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Forward J class cabin
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Welcome drink, very nice glassware
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We were in the rear J class cabin and had it all to oursleves
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Even the hot towel came in a dish
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Arabic coffee and date
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Safety video screening
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No center bins in J class
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Front camera view of runway during takeoff
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Takeoff from BKK
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Dinner service begins, rice crackers and drinks
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Beautiful plates
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Starter
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Garlic bread.... or shard
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Even the water glass is nice
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Partners Entree
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Entree - I chose the Arabic Mezze
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Main
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Mess I made
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Partners main
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Dessert
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Very nice amenity kit
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Voss water
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Finishing up the dinner service
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Seat in bed mode, they put a sheet over it and you get a proper duvet as well

Light snack before landing in Muscat
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Almost there
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Boarding next flight MCT-FRA
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Got a window seat this time, which has extra storage bins.

Welcome drink and hot towel
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Menus for the flight
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Date, I skipped the coffee this time as it was about 2am
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Getting ready for takeoff
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Lining up with the runway
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Mood lighting in action
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Pyjamas... no they didn't fit
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Rice crackers and drink
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Light snack so you could go to sleep if you wanted
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More Voss water
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Breakfast before landing in Frankfurt - yoghurt and fresh fruits
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Assorted breads and pastries, jams, butter
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This impressed me the most, coffee served with your own little jug of hot milk and sugar cubes in a bowl
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Breakfast main, omelette
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Sun rising over Europe
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Somewhere over Germany
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Arrival in a quiet Frankfurt
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17th August 2011
CDG-BUD-TGM
Air France A319 to BUD, then Malev Q400 to TGM
Economy

Entry to CDG
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Gate areas
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Bussed to our remote stand A319
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Boarding
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Our meal
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Arrival in BUD, the new Skycourt
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Delta 763 leacing for JFK
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Little tour of the airport as we got bussed out
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Our Q400 with retro scheme
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Ironically the cabin was more comfortable than the AF A319 we flew in on
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Takeoff
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Inflight refreshment, drink and wafers
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Arrival in Targu Mures, Romania
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18th August 2011
TGM-BUD
Malev Q400

Boarding
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Takeoff
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Refreshment
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Landing in BUD
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02 September 2011
BUD-IST
Turkish Airlines A321
Business Class

Boarding, not a proper J class cabin, but still better than nothing
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Welcome drink
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Going to the runway
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Takeoff
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Goodbye Budapest, till next year
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Menu for the flight
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Entree with salad, olives and cheese and dessert
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Entree
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Hazelnuts
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Main- Chicken Satay
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Cabin crew coming around with coffee and tea
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Landing in Istanbul
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03 September 2011
IST--KUL
Malaysia Airlines B772
Business Class

Entry to check-in
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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2475 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16300 times:

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
The one aspect I feel lets them down is the cabin crew, inconsistent in their delivery of the service. Small things forgotten occasionally, and sometimes disorganised co-ordination of the service for the cabin, e.g I had finished my meal and my plates cleared, yet my partner next to me being served by another crew member had his dishes sitting in front of him for 20 mins after mine had gone.



Yeap! A problem all (very) fast growing companies suffer from...

Unfortunately, I have problems to upload all pictures- maybe you can split the TR?!


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16275 times:

The Millennium lounge MH use at IST
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Large selection of food and drink
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Our MH B772 waiting
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Back to the familiar cabin of the MH 772
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Welcome drink
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Plenty of legroom in J class here
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Hot towel
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Menu for todays flight
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Clarins amenity kit
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Cabin after takeoff
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Crew getting ready for the meal service
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Drinks service
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Gin fizz
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I think it's coming...... SATAYYYYYYYYY
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SQ please note how to present Satay?
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Could I say no to seconds?
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Another drink service
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Entree
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Obligatory garlic bread
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Main - Chicken
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other main
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Dessert
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Tea and Coffee
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Flying over Iran
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Getting ready for some rest
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Our route
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Time for some sleep
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Nearing KUL it was time for breakfast or dinner depending on which clock you wanted to be on
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Yoghurt drink
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Coffee
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Some fruits to start with
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Toast and Croissants
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Omlette
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Other options was the minute steak
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5am arrival at KUL, still love this airport
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Save the worst for last

04 September 2011
MEL-KUL
Air Asia X A333
Premium Class

Boarding
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Waiting for pushback
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The lovely complimentary meal
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The end!



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1946 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 16112 times:

Thank you for a wonderful trip report! I really enjoy all your commentaries and give me a very good idea on a number of these airlines that I have yet to fly. I have long been curious about jetstar's business class and Air Asia X's premium class and you give me a good idea on which one to pursuit on a longer flight, and which one to fly for the shortest possible flight.

Oman Air is pretty nice and I agree with you regarding the inconsistencies of the crews. All Middle East airlines seem to have these issues, as they have a very diverse crew and F/As have very different perception on their jobs, but at least their business class seats are just amazing. The transfer at MCT is always tricky and I don't think they will get it right till they get an airport with proper jetbridges and have a better trained group of ground staffs.

The Malev retro livery looks cool!

Thanks again for sharing and look forward to more reports in the future!

Carfield


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15673 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
Oman Air is pretty nice and I agree with you regarding the inconsistencies of the crews. All Middle East airlines seem to have these issues, as they have a very diverse crew and F/As have very different perception on their jobs, but at least their business class seats are just amazing. The transfer at MCT is always tricky and I don't think they will get it right till they get an airport with proper jetbridges and have a better trained group of ground staffs.

Agreed, for example the crew on the second sector MCT-FRA were much better than the first crew from BKK. The transfer at MCT is a nightmare, a complete turn-off from the whole experience in its current format. I can't imagine premium paying pax wanting to go through that! Hopefully they get their act together soon.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
Thank you for a wonderful trip report! I really enjoy all your commentaries and give me a very good idea on a number of these airlines that I have yet to fly. I have long been curious about jetstar's business class and Air Asia X's premium class and you give me a good idea on which one to pursuit on a longer flight, and which one to fly for the shortest possible flight.

On Air Asia x - premium, you are basically only paying for the lie-flat sloper seat. Nothing else. The food is the same as in economy. Jetstar's seats are inferior, however the cabin service and food made up the difference. But it's hard to make the call because JQ fares can be very high, they are only worth it on sale, Air Asia on the whole is usually cheaper, and if you can pick up prem seats on sale usually even better.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1966 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 14940 times:
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Great report and photos!

Looks like you had some really nice flights in J ! Jetstar looks surprisingly good, and Oman Air looks amazing. What a itineary!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14214 times:

Hi

Great photo report you have got there. Made me hungry just looking at the Oman air and Malasyia pictures.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 4):
On Air Asia x - premium, you are basically only paying for the lie-flat sloper seat. Nothing else. The food is the same as in economy. Jetstar's seats are inferior, however the cabin service and food made up the difference. But it's hard to make the call because JQ fares can be very high, they are only worth it on sale, Air Asia on the whole is usually cheaper, and if you can pick up prem seats on sale usually even better.

I have to agree, the seat is everything to me. sleep v no sleep is noty a contest. True Air Asia prices have risen with fuel surcharges that may be a little harsh.


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13839 times:

Hi Chris,

Another great trip report with an array of airlines flown on this occassion, not the same as per your previous reports.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Jetstar
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Air Asia X

Similarly to what Carfield has mentioned, quite an interesting comparison between the 2 airlines and what they offer on similar routes compared to cost.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Oman Air

How would you compare your experience with OMAN against SQ, MH and TG considering you have flown all 3 airlines via their respective hubs?

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Malaysia Airlines - Well, well, well, after over 2 years not flying them, it was welcome home, cabin crew still have it, in my opinion they still beat SQ crew out of the water for genuine friendliness, food was fantastic, much better

It appears that there has been some improvement by MH after reading your last MH trip report. I remember you were clearly disappointed with the catering on one of your previous flights with MH.

Once again Chris thank you for sharing your experience


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 13724 times:

Quoting fiscal (Reply 7):
have to agree, the seat is everything to me. sleep v no sleep is noty a contest. True Air Asia prices have risen with fuel surcharges that may be a little harsh.

In this instance it was JQ with lounge access, 30kgs luggage, 2 meals with drinks plus the cheese/dessert cart, amenity kit and e-player for $550 one way

Or Air Asia X, lie flat slopers, 1 standard eco meal with a bottle of water. $800 one way.

For a day flight where I had no use for the lie-flat seat, you can see which one won.

However as I said, now JQ want $1500 one way for the same thing. The $800 with Air Asia is more attractive, but you are right if the flight was overnight I would have still chosen Air Asia for the seat comfort alone.

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 8):
How would you compare your experience with OMAN against SQ, MH and TG considering you have flown all 3 airlines via their respective hubs?

SQ,MH and TG are all very polished because they have been doing this for years. That said having flown all 3 in J class now, each have their weak points still, but on a minor scale. Food and crew I still vote MH the best, seats the worst, though TG have much the same seats. SQ have a great crew but there is a genuine feeling that is missing with them, food on my USA flights with them weren't the best either, best J class seats of course. TG was quite a while ago now, they were sort of a mix between MH and SQ.

Oman is trying very hard, and it shows, everything is First class standard. Cabin is out of this world, and the food presentation and quality is amazing.They just need to get their crew into form and they would be on a winner, however as people in the past have pointed out, having mixed nationality crew can be their downfall as per other middle eastern airlines.

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 8):
It appears that there has been some improvement by MH after reading your last MH trip report. I remember you were clearly disappointed with the catering on one of your previous flights with MH.

I think if I remember, the breakfast was a disappointment on some flights in years past when there was no hot breakfast offered, just a yoghurt and croissant with jam was it. Seems they have listened to the criticism. Who knows where they will go from now, recent news is MEL is being "downgraded" or upgraded whichever way you look at it to the new A333. A far cry from their hey day here, with 2 x daily 744, then 1x 744 1x 772, to 2 x 772, to 2 x A333. Surely the B738 isn't far?



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12990 times:

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 9):
Oman is trying very hard, and it shows, everything is First class standard. Cabin is out of this world, and the food presentation and quality is amazing.They just need to get their crew into form and they would be on a winner, however as people in the past have pointed out, having mixed nationality crew can be their downfall as per other middle eastern airlines.

This seems to be a major trend with Middle Eastern airlines. Hopefully they can act promptly on customer feedback and iron out any inconsistencies and be competitive against the likes of MH, SQ and TG

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 9):
Who knows where they will go from now, recent news is MEL is being "downgraded" or upgraded whichever way you look at it to the new A333. A far cry from their hey day here, with 2 x daily 744, then 1x 744 1x 772, to 2 x 772, to 2 x A333. Surely the B738 isn't far?

Perhaps the Air Asia effect kicking in?? Lets hope we continue see the classic MH service that you have previously mentioned in other trip reports. Perhaps the new QF/OW tie-up will do wonders for MH.
Malaysia Airlines RTW Business Class Photo Report (by Chrisrad Aug 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
RTW Malaysia Airlines/Virgin Atlantic Photo Report (by Chrisrad Aug 7 2005 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2011-09-13 05:24:16]

User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12545 times:
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Nice stuff, really enjoyed the summary and then a bunch of pix, nice!

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
2 meals were served on the 9 hour flight, what caught me by surprise was when they wheeled out a cart with cheese platters and cakes, something I didn't expect for a budget airline

- I am actually impressed, far exceeds what I would have expected.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
For the price I paid it was far better than AirAsia X, bar the seat is better on D7, however you get nothing else.

- I think D7 are missing a trick, they should look at what Jetstar are doing.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Food was excellent as well, though I didn't enjoy the Arabic mezze I selected

- Shame, one of the best meals on Arabic carriers IMO.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
The only other negative was the connection in Muscat which pretty much interrupts any sleep you might be able to get, as neither flight is long enough, after the meal service to get any meaningful sleep

- This is one of the down sides of the cheaper connections through the gulf states.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
security screened coming straight off an aircraft was bizarre, the whole experience was a negative one,

- From experience it's like this at all of the gulf states.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Malev were emailing me non-stop before the flights if I wanted to upgrade to business on Optiontown which they participate in, however at 33 euro per pax per flight, it was hardly worth it, the Q400 doesn't have business class seats, nor is there a lounge in Targu Mures airport.

- Perhaps good for extra Oneworld points and mileage?

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
BUD-IST-KUL was $1100 AUD.

- Not bad at all!

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Air Asia X - this is my 4th trip with them, and nothing gets better or worse with them, as a so called Premium passenger you are only really paying for the seat. Which is similar to what MH/TG have, food is just as awful as what Economy get, no effort is made to even present it nicer.

- Yes, seat looks good, nothing else seems good.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Our Q400 with retro scheme

- Nice, lucky to get on this bird.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
not a proper J class cabin, but still better than nothing

- Seats are a bit green for my liking.........

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11695 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
For the price I paid it was far better than AirAsia X, bar the seat is better on D7, however you get nothing else.

- I think D7 are missing a trick, they should look at what Jetstar are doing.

Really if they just jazzed up the meal service a bit, and installed a single LCD showing the Airshow, it would make all the difference. Honestly not knowing where you are almost goes back to flying in the 70's and 80's where you just had to guess your location and try counting the hours from takeoff on your watch to work out how long you have. With the meals, it could be more or less the same food, just put it on a dish or something to make it look better. My main concern was, when later in the flight I wanted to have something extra (for purchase) they had run out of everything, at least on my other flights with them, the crew asked the premium passengers if they wanted to buy/reserve any food for later in the flight.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Food was excellent as well, though I didn't enjoy the Arabic mezze I selected

- Shame, one of the best meals on Arabic carriers IMO.

It was probably more me, ate too much in the lounge, plus I don't like eating late at night either.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Malev were emailing me non-stop before the flights if I wanted to upgrade to business on Optiontown which they participate in, however at 33 euro per pax per flight, it was hardly worth it, the Q400 doesn't have business class seats, nor is there a lounge in Targu Mures airport.

- Perhaps good for extra Oneworld points and mileage?

The only alliance I am not a member of..... 33 euro would be worth it for locations where there is lounge access, and on their larger aircraft where at least we would get a meal. However the fare for CDG-BUD-TGM-BUD was outrages as it was, paying even more for nothing was discouraging me even more!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
BUD-IST-KUL was $1100 AUD.

- Not bad at all!

Any fare that had KUL as the final destination was cheap, they had JFK-IST-KUL for $1300 AUD.... beat that for price vs. distance

All the airfares seem to have gone now, don't know if its because they realised how cheap they were.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
2 meals were served on the 9 hour flight, what caught me by surprise was when they wheeled out a cart with cheese platters and cakes, something I didn't expect for a budget airline

- I am actually impressed, far exceeds what I would have expected.

Again, for the $550 AUD, yes. For $1500 AUD one way... not so sure.



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10600 times:

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 12):
Any fare that had KUL as the final destination was cheap, they had JFK-IST-KUL for $1300 AUD.... beat that for price vs. distance

All the airfares seem to have gone now, don't know if its because they realised how cheap they were.

I notice UL has some good deals to Europe ex BKK

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 12):
Again, for the $550 AUD, yes. For $1500 AUD one way... not so sure.

I'm not sure if you remember there was a recent revamp in their pricing policy. You have the option of flying Star class without accruing any FF points, status credits and no lonuge access at a discount. However, if you want silver lining the price increases considerably. The same is aslo applicable with economy.


User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 10479 times:

Hey Chris

Excellent report, as usual, I am surpassed about the lack of replies. I guess next time you need to fly Emirates, then you will get 50+ replies.

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 13):
I notice UL has some good deals to Europe ex BKK

Yeah, I heard, something like $1500 return in J.


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9829 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 13):
Quoting chrisrad (Reply 12):
Any fare that had KUL as the final destination was cheap, they had JFK-IST-KUL for $1300 AUD.... beat that for price vs. distance

All the airfares seem to have gone now, don't know if its because they realised how cheap they were.

I notice UL has some good deals to Europe ex BKK

Shhhhhhhh, don't spoil the secret!

Quoting joffie (Reply 14):
Hey Chris

Excellent report, as usual, I am surpassed about the lack of replies. I guess next time you need to fly Emirates, then you will get 50+ replies.

Or UA in Y class LAX-LAS?  



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User currently offlineLAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 8994 times:

Thanks a lot for the trip report. So many interesting airlines.

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 15):
Quoting VHVXB (Reply 13):
Quoting chrisrad (Reply 12):
Any fare that had KUL as the final destination was cheap, they had JFK-IST-KUL for $1300 AUD.... beat that for price vs. distance

All the airfares seem to have gone now, don't know if its because they realised how cheap they were.

I notice UL has some good deals to Europe ex BKK

I got a good deal on TK for my trip ZRH-IST-KUL-IST-ZRH in business. The fare was almost $1100 cheaper than other airlines for the route ZRH-KUL. Look forward to MH. Have not flown them in Business for a loong time on long haul.


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8406 times:

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 16):
I got a good deal on TK for my trip ZRH-IST-KUL-IST-ZRH in business. The fare was almost $1100 cheaper than other airlines for the route ZRH-KUL. Look forward to MH. Have not flown them in Business for a loong time on long haul.

Seems the fares are back, they are almost too good to be true! Hope they keep them for a while, might try the JFK-IST-KUL sector next year.



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User currently offlineLAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8242 times:

It seems that Oman Air has a good deal in C class at the moment for flights from Europe to Asia. Also Etihad from LHR is very cheap to Asia at the moment. Saw prices around 2100 USD-2600 USD (return ticket).

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7893 times:

Nice trip report. I'm surpised it was cheaper to buy all of those o/w flights rather than just a round trip. Would be good next time to put the text with the relevant pictures.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Then out of nowhere came the cheese trolley with cakes and liqueurs, again total surprise

Looks very nice

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Emirates Lounge

Is that the designated WY lounge in BKK? Strange to use a competitor.

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Our Q400 with retro scheme

I didn't know MA had a Q400 in retro - looks great

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Main- Chicken Satay

Yumm

Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
The lovely complimentary meal

You're right, not quite up to the standards of Starclass.



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User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7290 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
Nice trip report. I'm surpised it was cheaper to buy all of those o/w flights rather than just a round trip.

Yes I still came out about 2k cheaper doing it this way!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Emirates Lounge

Is that the designated WY lounge in BKK? Strange to use a competitor.

Yes, it is strange. However they are such a small airline compared to EK.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
Quoting chrisrad (Thread starter):
Our Q400 with retro scheme

I didn't know MA had a Q400 in retro - looks great

Neither did I, until we arrived at the aircraft, was very nice

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 18):
It seems that Oman Air has a good deal in C class at the moment for flights from Europe to Asia. Also Etihad from LHR is very cheap to Asia at the moment. Saw prices around 2100 USD-2600 USD (return ticket).

That's really good, I'd probably pick Oman over Etihad, better seats and catering from what I have seen.



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1139 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6828 times:

Hi Chris, brilliant report and set of pictures.

Quite alot to take in.

Would definitely give Jetstar a try if it was the right price. Perhaps you mentioned, was alcohol included in the fare?

Oman's cabin looked so sumptuous and rich compared to the other airlines, and the food and crockery were immaculate. Them and RJ are right up on my list of airlines I would love to try. Oh, and Asiana.

My gosh, shame your trips are only once yearly as this was a really interesting set of destinations.

Regards

Luke



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User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6817 times:

I went on this trip too so I can fill you in

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Would definitely give Jetstar a try if it was the right price. Perhaps you mentioned, was alcohol included in the fare?

Hi,

Yes - Alcohol is included

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Oman's cabin looked so sumptuous and rich compared to the other airlines, and the food and crockery were immaculate. Them and RJ are right up on my list of airlines I would love to try. Oh, and Asiana

Yeah - the plates were HEAVY - and thats before they put the food on it. Look, the food is good - but once they streamline the service on board, and open up the new terminal at Muscat then I can see improvement. Sadly, I dont think their fares will be cheap for much longer.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):

My gosh, shame your trips are only once yearly as this was a really interesting set of destinations.

Trust me, you spend more time stuffing around @ airports and flying. Just as you start to enjoy where you are, you have to be on the move again!!


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6179 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Would definitely give Jetstar a try if it was the right price. Perhaps you mentioned, was alcohol included in the fare?

Definitely worth it on sale, though I wonder how different is it compared to QF Premium Economy?

Yes alcohol is included

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Oman's cabin looked so sumptuous and rich compared to the other airlines, and the food and crockery were immaculate. Them and RJ are right up on my list of airlines I would love to try. Oh, and Asiana.

Omans cabin ambience was terrific, such a feeling of expense and that you are in a special cabin. Lighting was always soft, no harsh fluoros here!
RJ look interesting as well, they have a tag on flight from KUL-BKK for really cheap, might look at that one time.



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