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Asia 6: Silkair And Firefly On The Malay Peninsula  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
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Asia 6: Silkair and Firefly on the Malay Peninsula

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Previous Reports in this series:

Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT

Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business

Part 3: Around China with China United, China Eastern & Grand China

Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744

Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777

Hi!

Thanks for clicking on Part 6 of my Autumn Asia series.

With my flight up to Bangladesh booked with Malaysia Airlines, I had to figure out how I was going to make the trip up to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore (a road trip of around 220 miles). As I had 9 days between arriving in SIN on Scoot before my KUL-DAC flight, I thought I should go and see something new in Malaysia. My initial thought was to spend a few days on the beach near Kuantan on the East Coast. However, I soon remembered the Geo-park island north of Penang, namely Langkawi. Having been to Penang many times, I’d often heard it said that the island to the north was much nicer, and with far better beaches.

I did a bit of research and found a reasonable fare from SIN to LGK on Silkair (MI). MI is the shorthual (marginally less wonderful) sister of SQ, operating A320/319 to Asian destinations unable to fill an SQ widebody. Sadly the days of relatively cheap one way flights around the Malay Peninsula are gone (a few years ago it was possible to buy a o/w F ticket on SQ on the SIN-KUL hop for around GBP 100 (just £30 more than Y)). My flight in Y came in at GBP 90, with C fares costing around £220. For the same dates, I was happy to see Air Asia (AK) was about GBP 5 more than MI. That, along with the fact that I’d never flown MI, made my choice easy. Booked.

To get from LGK back down to Kuala Lumpur, I found a GBP 30 fare on Firefly (FY), the regional/loco arm of Malaysia Airlines. Again, the FY flight was cheaper than AK and MH, plus it operates into the ex-main airport of Subang (SZB), rather than the way out KLIA (KUL). Another plus, FY would be a new airline. Booked again!

Whilst I got a pretty good fare, I did have a bit of a struggle when looking on other routes. Despite booking in advance, one way fares of well over £100 were fairly common on the routes I found around the Peninsula.

So, my trip was set! In just a few days I’d have flown the new loco arm of SQ (Scoot), the regional arm (Silkair) and the new MH regional arm (FY)….very fortuitous flying.

The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:


The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:
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I didn’t do a lot of sightseeing in Singapore, although I was able to have a quick lunch with a.netter initous.

I did make it to the Botanical Gardens, however, which after a downpour, were very pleasant to have a walk around.
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There’s a lovely Orchid Garden
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And a cool bandstand
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I was lucky enough to be offered a space to stay at a friend’s place saving some pricey hotel nights…the balcony was perfect for a drink
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After 3 nights in Singapore, it was time for my MI flight up to LGK. MI operates out of T2. There was no queue for check in, and my slightly overweight bag was tagged with a smile.
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Old skool FIDS. http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/2012AutAsia6/DSCF3018.jpg

I’m not sure why that AZ logo is hanging around next to the 1700 to KUL.

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The SQ F desk for curbside check in. I used this a few times back in the aforementioned golden days of relatively cheap F fares to KUL and PEN. They meet you at the door, then wheel your bags over to the sit down, glassed off check in area.
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Despite being just late October, SIN is nearly ready for Christmas…waaaay to early in my opinion. Having said that, the decorations I did see were quite cool.
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After checking in, I headed over to the landside viewing area in T1
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Sadly, there wasn’t much happening this afternoon
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Just missing MI to make up the rather odd Singapore Airlines family…can you see a colour theme here?
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Friend or foe?
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Indigo heading back to India
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After going airside in T1, I caught the skytrain back to T2 where I got some lunch.
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With lunch duly consumed, I headed off in search of an adaptor, having left the useful part of mine in my hotel room in HK. I found an identical version of one I bought on Amazon for GBP 5 on sale for over GBP 20….reluctantly, I bought it as there was nothing else available. So much for cheap duty free shopping.
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With my duty free receipt, I was invited to enter the Changi lottery…no win sadly.
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FIDS
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SIN distractions
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Contrast and compare. The Jet Star livery is fantastic, yet also loco. Why is the Scoot one so horrifically cheap looking. Even the Tiger livery is quite nice. I think management seriously missed the train on this one.
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SQ and MI
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The tail is nice, but the “Silk Air” font/sizing is a bit measly
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Hmm, not sure “treasures” is quite the word for Changsha or Wuhan.
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Time to board
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Here’s my first Silkair plane, 9V-SLM
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When having my boarding checked, I enquired about a window futher forward (I predicted that LGK would only have 2-3 immigration desks open, and I didn’t want to get stuck behind a long line of holiday makers). Thankfully, there was an empty row (not showing at OLCI) so I moved there…I got a nice stamp on my bp.
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Departure lounge. Nearly everyone sat at the end closest to the desk/entrance, rather at the far end where the plane was obviously linked to the terminal.
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Pretty AY plane from the lounge
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No-frills heading in opposite directions
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Finally, after a short delay, it’s time to board.
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October 2012
Singapore Changi (SIN) – Langkawi (LGK)
Silkair
Scheduled: 1835-2000 (1h25m)
Actual: 1842-1947 (1h05m)
Airbus A320 9V-SLM
Economy Class



Passing the comfy looking C cabin
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View from my seat
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Safety card
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Silkwinds Magazine. When MI was first established, it was called Tradewinds
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Route map. CCU has been transferred from SQ mainline to MI since I flew the route in April
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Despite the reasonable load, I ended up with am empty row…very nice, lots of space…
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….until the German-speaking father of a noisy family sitting in the bulkhead decided to wedge his shoes and bag under his son’s (window) seat taking up my legroom….er, hello? Clearly he didn’t understand the physics that underneath one seat is the legroom for another seat. Or he didn’t see me. Or care. He clearly didn’t want the effort of putting his bag into the empty overhead either. Or know that flights safety #101 stipulates that you should keep your shoes on for take off/landing. I kicked his stuff from my legroom into the neighbouring hole. Thankfully an eagle eyed FA spotted the offending items, and helpfully offered to put them in the overhead.
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Papers were handed out
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And I was also selected to fill out a questionnaire…delighted to! And another free pen!
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AF super heavy…dedicated to Airbuseric and other a.netters doing this ridiculous turnaround.
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Safety video
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A little late we push back and head off to the runway
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The previous plane vacating the runway
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AY and the sunset
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Nice to still see some B747s in the SQ livery
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And off we go. Next stop, island paradise.
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The skyscrapers of Singapore
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And the famously busy harbour
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Darkness fell quickly
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I had a flip through the magazine…there were some good destination guides
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I was half expecting a choice of hot meals with a menu to be handed out at lightning speed. Sadly, this is 2012 rather than 2002, so a rather more austere egg sandwich would have to suffice. Still, perfectly acceptable on a short later afternoon flight. The trolley only had a choice of tea/coffee/water/OJ/beer. Other drinks were on request.
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No surprises about my requested drink, which was brought from the front galley along with a few other requests (looked like mostly coke, plus a G&T for the lady in the row behind).
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And I got one more before the seat belt sign came on.
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With the trays and glasses cleared, we landed in Langkawi early.
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A Firefly taxiing out to SZB…I quite like this photo
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I believe photography is offically no-no in LGK, so I only got a few crap shots of the tarmac. I was 2nd passenger into the terminal
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As expected, there were only a few desks open. Thankfully, Malaysia has done away with their hand filled arrivals card (finally, Malaysia is a trailblazer in red tape!), so I just handed over my passport. A minute or two later, I got a nifty little sticker stuck into my passport, and a more regular stamp across it.

There are plenty of tourist company counters in the baggage hall. I’m waved over and offered 3 days car hire for GBP 30…sounds wonderful, although I’m not sure I can find my accommodation in the dark without a map. The guy (and his friends next door) is trying the hard sell. Thankfully, I play my trump card. “Sorry, I’ve been drinking”. I’m left in peace to find my bag.
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I jump into a prepaid taxi, and am shorting in my cheap (and clean if not cheerful) accommodation on the beach.

Some photos from Langkawi:

Some action from LGK. AK to KUL
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MH 734. I took so long focusing the damn thing nearly disappeared
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MH 738
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The beach!
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Thanks to NZ107, the theme tune to this song can be found here.
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There were plenty of Middle Easterners on their Eid holidays. Malaysia is a majority Muslim country, so plenty of pork free meals, and mosques with walking distance of the beach. For the non-Muslims, Langkawi is also a duty-free island, and the booze was spectacularly cheap.
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I did a day trip around the mangrove swamps, which was quite interesting.
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To the Bat Cave!
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Packs of local hunting dogs
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Treasures in the trees
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A nice beach to stop at for lunch
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A local spitter fish. The normally spit water into the air to knock flies in, but I got a shot of it jumping instead.
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A grouper
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And stingrays, domesticated to the point that they have to be hand fed
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
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And a monkey! Not the nice type from Africa, but a bitey Asian specimen
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On my final day, I hired a snazzy orange Proton for a tour of the island.
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From the top of the highest hill, you get a good view of the airport
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Views
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Marina
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A nice waterfall next to the cable car station. I’d wanted a trip up to the top to take a walk on the skybridge, but it was closed for maintenance
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Another monkey
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And a coconut (kelapa in Malay)
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Driving back to the airport. There is a layby running the length of the runway for those with plenty of time on their hands
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I arrived 2 hours before my FY flight. In LGK you have to put your checked bags through security before check in, and they’re given a sticker. I walked over to the manned check in desk, to be told that check in only opens 90 minutes before departure, so I took a seat.
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When check in opened, my bag was tagged (without a mention of it being 2kg over the limit…FY tickets include a 20kg allowance) and a window seat in the front row given. The bp was one of those horrible thermo paper things.

Landside
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I then made the mistake of heading through security. Airside was basically nothing. Two lounges and a café. Conversely, landside is a host of duty free shops (although much more expensive than outside the airport), as well as restaurants etc. Stay landside!
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The cafe
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The tarmac was empty, so I got a photo of the sign instead
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No airbridge in this tropical land, so umbrellas are provided in the likely event of rain….here are the MH ones
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And FY ones. AK also had a red set
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After not too long a wait, our plane arrived. Turn around was fast, and before long the 20 or so passengers (light load as we were headed against the flow of holiday traffic) were walking across the tarmac. I threw caution to the wind, and took some photos.
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October 2012
Langkawi (LGK) – Kuala Lumpur Subang (SZB)
Firefly
Scheduled: 1800-1915 (1h15m)
Actual: 1755-1852 (0h57m)
ATR 72-500 9M-FYA
Economy Class



After a brief wait on the tarmac (lucky it was sunny), we were invited to board.
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My allocated seat 1A had rather tight legroom (and was next to the FA seat), so I moved back a few rows once boarding was completed.

Row 1
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Legroom isn’t great, but the average sector is rather short.
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Nice, clean seating
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Outside
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See, no photos
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After a very truncated safety demo, we were off, five minutes early
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Lovely views
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Flying over my beach
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Inflight shopping
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Safety card
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MH’s Going Places magazine
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Routemap…anyone for the British Midland flight to Edinburg?!
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And the fleet. I love how they actually show the correct liveries on the respective fleet. Why they have so many, however, is quite the question.

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What is the difference between Firefly and MAS Wings? Anyone know why they aren’t amalgamated?
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Goodbye Langkawi!
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It’s not long before the trolley is rolled to the front. There is a complimentary choice of cake or peanuts, then guava or orange juice.
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Strong branding here…but what’s a “Community Airline”? Do they mean an airline with aircraft that lack range and comfort to link major hubs?
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Nice cabin in flight. Annoyingly I’d left my noise cancelling headphones in my suitcase, so had to bide my time with the Going Places magazine.
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As the friendly FA is clearing up the cups, I ask for another drink. “Sure, er, guava juice?”. Well remembered. I go with an OJ this time though.
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Lots of clouds
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Nice detail on the belt
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Before long, we start our descent into KL’s other airport. Subang used to have the main KUL code, before that was reallocated to the white elephant, KLIA. When SZB opened in the 60’s, it had the longest runway in S.E.Asia.
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There’s some heavy rain around
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And we’re down, nice and early. Well done FY! Early departure, early arrival.
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Cargo
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GA
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And Firefly
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Disembarking doesn’t take long
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The ATR farm
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There is quite a nice looking departures area (all air-con). Arrivals, however, have to walk along a semi-covered outdoor walkway to the luggage belt
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My bag is the last off, although the wait was short.
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After a quick visit to the well hidden toilet, I bought a prepaid taxi card, and headed to my KL hotel. Please, keep your hands to yourself.
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So, Silkair were pretty brilliant. Nicely furbished cabins, excellent staff, decent bar. The meal I thought was rather boring (I mean, come on, egg sandwiches??!), but this was a small blip in the otherwise perfect flight. It’s a shame that C is so much more expensive for this short hop.

Firefly was also a good experience. It’s true the seats were rather small, but given the trips they’re used on, everything was fine. You get a drink and a small snack…beats Air Asia!

And Langkawi, what a great island. There was so much more to do, so next time I’ll have to go for a week.

Future reports include:

MH KUL-DAC A330 Y
4H DAC-ZYL DH8-100 Y
9W DAC-CCU B737-700 Y
AI CCU-DEL B788 Y
SV DEL-RUH-LHR B777 Y

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10848 times:

Hi Gabriel,

another great report, well done! Very good decision to visit Langkawi, I spent a great vacation there in 2008. You also visited some places were I went to.

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

Silk Air is high on my list - who knows how long it will continue to exist considering the increasing LCC competition. I certainly hope that it won't be changed into a LCC or merged into Tiger or whatever. You never know in these days. Firefly is a another nice airline I'd like to try - but it's too bad they got rid of the 737s again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sadly the days of relatively cheap one way flights around the Malay Peninsula are gone (a few years ago it was possible to buy a o/w F ticket on SQ on the SIN-KUL hop for around GBP 100 (just £30 more than Y)). My flight in Y came in at GBP 90, with C fares costing around £220. For the same dates, I was happy to see Air Asia (AK) was about GBP 5 more than MI. That, along with the fact that I’d never flown MI, made my choice easy. Booked.

Yes, MI fares can be very high - that's why I always booked an alternative to/from SIN.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Jet Star livery is fantastic, yet also loco. Why is the Scoot one so horrifically cheap looking. Even the Tiger livery is quite nice. I think management seriously missed the train on this one.

I have seen worse liveries.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

The tail is nice, but the “Silk Air” font/sizing is a bit measly

True, a re-design and larger titles would be nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
….until the German-speaking father of a noisy family sitting in the bulkhead decided to wedge his shoes and bag under his son’s (window) seat taking up my legroom….er, hello? Clearly he didn’t understand the physics that underneath one seat is the legroom for another seat. Or he didn’t see me. Or care. He clearly didn’t want the effort of putting his bag into the empty overhead either. Or know that flights safety #101 stipulates that you should keep your shoes on for take off/landing.

Ah, horrible. Are you sure they were Germans?   Seriously, it's always a shame to see fellow countrymen misbehaving abroad...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice to still see some B747s in the SQ livery

I can only agree. I'm still hoping to see 748s in the SIA fleet...yes, I know, but hope dies last.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were plenty of Middle Easterners on their Eid holidays. Malaysia is a majority Muslim country, so plenty of pork free meals, and mosques with walking distance of the beach. For the non-Muslims, Langkawi is also a duty-free island, and the booze was spectacularly cheap.

Where exactly was your hotel located? That beach looks familiar. Pantai Cenang Beach?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I did a day trip around the mangrove swamps, which was quite interesting.

I loved that tour.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And the fleet. I love how they actually show the correct liveries on the respective fleet. Why they have so many, however, is quite the question.

Well, the old one will disappear - and the A380 livery is exclusive to that type. I'm still hoping that they will add some red color to that one.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10843 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

another great report, well done! Very good decision to visit Langkawi, I spent a great vacation there in 2008.

Thanks Udo! I did have a look at your report before I went...looks like you had a great time there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Yes, MI fares can be very high - that's why I always booked an alternative to/from SIN.

Wel, on my dates, MI was the cheapest option. Even flights from JHB were more expensive.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Ah, horrible. Are you sure they were Germans? Seriously, it's always a shame to see fellow countrymen misbehaving abroad...

I was quite careful to say German-SPEAKING rather than German! I was leaving the audiance to do their own judging!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Where exactly was your hotel located? That beach looks familiar. Pantai Cenang Beach?

Pantai Cenang, thats the one!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, the old one will disappear - and the A380 livery is exclusive to that type. I'm still hoping that they will add some red color to that one.

Really, why would you have that livery only on 1 type....doesn't make any sense. And that livery is also a mess. The lack of colour is quite puzzling. They really need to look at their neighbour to the north. A beautiful livery replaced by a more modern, but still beauitful scheme. I love TG!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1771 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10843 times:
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Hiya Gabs,

Another fine read. I didn’t expect Silkair to be so ‘upclass’, I’ve always looked at it as being a LCC but it clearly isn’t. Firefly looks rather good as well, they used to have a couple of B738’s (a.netter Initious did a report on those some time ago) but got rid of them quite quickly. Most probably these ATR’s suit the job much better. I do dislike the screamish orange they use. It is too cheap.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And a cool bandstand

There’s a nice open air theatre in Antwerp as well which hosts international artist in summertime. It’s an excellent location for a concert, amidst the trees.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why is the Scoot one so horrifically cheap looking.

I think the Firefly one is not far off...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully an eagle eyed FA spotted the offending items, and helpfully offered to put them in the overhead.

Good spot as such items are mostly overlooked.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And another free pen!

To add to your collection together with the boarding pass stock 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Stay landside!

Of course, else you’ll miss your flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No airbridge in this tropical land, so umbrellas are provided in the likely event of rain

What a funny sight but a clever idea. Too bad it didn’t rain or else you could’ve ‘liberated’ one  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And the fleet. I love how they actually show the correct liveries on the respective fleet.

I’m sure our fellow PH would spot some errors.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some of my other TRs:

This list is starting to get seriously long, it takes nearly half of your TR!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1370 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 10843 times:

Hey Gabriel, another good instalment there. Those beaches look very good. Think my dad might have been there as a few of the pictures look very familiar.

Good timing too as I'd run out of reports to read over lunch!!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 10844 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):

Another fine read

Thanks Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
I didn’t expect Silkair to be so ‘upclass’, I’ve always looked at it as being a LCC but it clearly isn’t.

Yes, MI are basically SQ, but on a smaller plane.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
I do dislike the screamish orange they use. It is too cheap.

I think it's ok (far better than Scoot)

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
To add to your collection together with the boarding pass stock

Indeed, although sadly i lost a few bps in my incident in Dhaka  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
What a funny sight but a clever idea. Too bad it didn’t rain or else you could’ve ‘liberated’ one

yes, I would have loved to. Might've been hard getting in onboard though if everyone was watching

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
This list is starting to get seriously long, it takes nearly half of your TR!

yeah, I travel too much (or maybe wirte too much?!)

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Hey Gabriel, another good instalment there

Thanks James


Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Those beaches look very good.

They were!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Good timing too as I'd run out of reports to read over lunch!!
Ha, no problem!



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Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

I always wanted to go to Langkawi. Thanks for the pictures.

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
I was quite careful to say German-SPEAKING rather than German!

Okay, I overread that. But of course I know how my fellow countrymen can misbehave...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Really, why would you have that livery only on 1 type....doesn't make any sense.

It's indeed a bit strange.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
I’m sure our fellow PH would spot some errors.

They could have added "ER" to the 777-200 designation...well, just a minor issue.  



PH

[Edited 2012-11-14 09:42:04]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
I always wanted to go to Langkawi. Thanks for the pictures.

Glad you liked them. Langkawi is lovely.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Okay, I overread that. But of course I know how my fellow countrymen can misbehave...

Well, no worse than an Englishman!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
They could have added "ER" to the 777-200 designation...well, just a minor issue.

You should write and let them know!



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User currently offlineZKOJH From China, joined Sep 2004, 1722 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

Very nice report well done, and brings back a lot of thoughts, when i went to langkawi in Aug, I flew Air Asia from KUL, love the island so much and can't wait to go back.  


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 10841 times:

Quoting ZKOJH (Reply 10):
Very nice report well done

Thanks!

Quoting ZKOJH (Reply 10):
brings back a lot of thoughts, when i went to langkawi in Aug, I flew Air Asia from KUL, love the island so much and can't wait to go back.

Yeah, it's a great place...I'm looking forward to going back sometime myself



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10844 times:
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Hi Gabriel!

Another great addition to your series here with many nice pictures!
Looks like you had another 2 enjoyable flights here, the service looks quite ok
Lovely destination pictures, Langkawi looks like a great place  

Looking forward to your next installment!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Another great addition to your series here with many nice pictures!

Thanks Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Looks like you had another 2 enjoyable flights here, the service looks quite ok

Yes, two very acceptable flights

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Lovely destination pictures, Langkawi looks like a great place

Thanks! It is a very nice island, perfect for a week in the sun!



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6647 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10840 times:

Hi Gabriel !

Thanks for another great report in this Asia series!

Flights look okay and they are short anyway. Good to know that MI was cheaper than AK to LGK; they seem much better anyway.

Langkawi looks great and perhaps I'll get there some day.

looking forward to the next part!

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10840 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Thanks for another great report in this Asia series!

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Flights look okay and they are short anyway. Good to know that MI was cheaper than AK to LGK; they seem much better anyway.

MI is a class act....and just goes to show that the supposed "cheap" airlines aren't always the best option.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
looking forward to the next part!

Out soon!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10840 times:

Hello Gab

Interesting continuation of the Asia series!
Looks like the weather is a bit nicer than over here in Europe!
It's quite funny to see the Tiger 320 between the Scoot and SQ widebodies
Tiger seems to be a bit more cramped than FR/EZY or any LCC in Europe, however I do like the idea that you can order hot meals.
Firefly and LGK looks nice as well, great too see the ATR72

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10840 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Interesting continuation of the Asia series!

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Looks like the weather is a bit nicer than over here in Europe!

Ha, yes, always!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Firefly and LGK looks nice as well, great too see the ATR72

Yes, they're pretty good. Whilst not my favourite, the ATR wasn't too bad



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 715 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10841 times:

Hi Gabriel,

great report, with again some truly wonderful pictures. It comes just at a time when I am planning a short trip to SE Asia as well for next year. Langkawi looks really awesome, so let's see if it can fit it in my schedule. But then there are also so many other places to visit in that area.

Both Silkair and Firefly seemed to offer pretty good service. And that Firefly livery looks really good on the ATR.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10839 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):

great report, with again some truly wonderful pictures

Thanks very much!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
It comes just at a time when I am planning a short trip to SE Asia as well for next year. Langkawi looks really awesome, so let's see if it can fit it in my schedule. But then there are also so many other places to visit in that area.

Yup, there are plenrty of great places to go in the region. Malaysia is a good stable choice though.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):

Both Silkair and Firefly seemed to offer pretty good service

yes, both are pretty good

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
And that Firefly livery looks really good on the ATR.

Agreed!



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10801 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
On my final day, I hired a snazzy orange Proton for a tour of the island.

Your rented car is a Perodua (Malaysia's Daihatsu), not a Proton.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10788 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 20):
Your rented car is a Perodua (Malaysia's Daihatsu), not a Proton.

Ha, right, thanks. I thought it was a bit nice for a Proton. It didn't actually have a brand name on the car anywhere.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10489 times:

*dusting off my a.net "retirement" connotations to endeavour a reply*

Well well well, Gabe.

First off, what a journey you've had and glad you made it home safe and sound.

- MAS Wings was formed by MAS (duh) to concentrate on domestic routes concentrated within the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak over in East Malaysia. After YEARS of loss, in a rationalisation exercise (one of many in the last 10 years) the job of East Malaysian domestic routes was handed to Air Asia. If I am not wrong, a separate AOC was gotten to create this entity named FAX. Before long, it was handed back to MAS who then created the present day MAS Wings while FAX, riding on its AOC - went on to become Air Asia X.

- Ah yes, the present 3 different liveries of MAS has been a point of heated discussions for avid ex-MH lovers like me. It's unnecessary especially for a company like this who isn't exactly in a pink of health.

- I was holed up in a villa at Sheraton last time I was in LGK. I do remember having an excellent spotting opportunity along Pantai Cenang and the tranquility of it all. Awesome place, but not sure if it is that worth the $$.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10409 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 22):
*dusting off my a.net "retirement" connotations to endeavour a reply*

I'm honoured you've come out of retirement just for me!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 22):
First off, what a journey you've had and glad you made it home safe and sound.

Yes, was a great trip, but nice to be home.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 22):
- MAS Wings was formed by MAS (duh) to concentrate on domestic routes concentrated within the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak over in East Malaysia. After YEARS of loss, in a rationalisation exercise (one of many in the last 10 years) the job of East Malaysian domestic routes was handed to Air Asia. If I am not wrong, a separate AOC was gotten to create this entity named FAX. Before long, it was handed back to MAS who then created the present day MAS Wings while FAX, riding on its AOC - went on to become Air Asia X.

Interesting to know....sounds like a right mad house.



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User currently offline777MAS From Malaysia, joined Sep 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9943 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
MI is the shorthual (marginally less wonderful) sister of SQ, operating A320/319 to Asian destinations unable to fill an SQ widebody
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Yes, MI are basically SQ, but on a smaller plane.

Seems to be SQ = widebodies only, and MI = single aisle. It is interesting to note that SQ itself has not had any narrowbodies since they got rid of their short-lived 757s in the mid-80s. Before the 757s, they had the 727.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On my final day, I hired a snazzy orange Proton for a tour of the island.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Ha, right, thanks. I thought it was a bit nice for a Proton.

As pointed out by 9MMAR, that was a Perodua Myvi. IMHO, it's a better car than any of Proton's models! But then, it's got Daihatsu DNA.......

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No airbridge in this tropical land, so umbrellas are provided in the likely event of rain

Whoa, this is one of Malaysia's premier tourism spots, and that's all the airport can offer? Umbrellas? Heck, even "less important" airports like Tawau and Sandakan in far east Malaysia have aerobridges!! And I noted from your great pics that the terminal building is even more impressive than the 2 places I've just mentioned. But no aerobridges???

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What is the difference between Firefly and MAS Wings?

It might interest you to know that MASWings ATR72 actually has a business class - the front 2 rows after which there's a small cabin divider curtain (which doesn't go down to the floor, only reaches the top of the seats in row 2. But these C Class seats are no different from their Y Class counterparts, and from what I can see, the seat pitch seems to be no different either! I kid you not, same seat width and pitch. Only difference would be meal service as opposed to just drinks in Y, plus other benefits like lounge access.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Annoyingly I’d left my noise cancelling headphones in my suitcase

When MASWings ran a series of ads introducing the ATR72 (the Fokker F50 was being phased out then) in a local paper, they claimed that it had the (relative) quiet of a jetliner. I found that to be a fanciful claim, it was just as noisy as any other turboprop-driven plane!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Please, keep your hands to yourself.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, must be a serious social problem by now if they have to put up that kind of notice!!!! If I'm not mistaken, that sticker translates roughly as "PLEASE MIND YOUR MANNERS. DO NOT PERFORM ANY INTIMATE ACTS IN THE TAXI"


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 25, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9671 times:

Quoting 777MAS (Reply 24):
Whoa, this is one of Malaysia's premier tourism spots, and that's all the airport can offer? Umbrellas? Heck, even "less important" airports like Tawau and Sandakan in far east Malaysia have aerobridges!! And I noted from your great pics that the terminal building is even more impressive than the 2 places I've just mentioned. But no aerobridges???

Perhaps they are being frugal with their money.....although ti can't cost that much to get 1 airbridge can it?

Quoting 777MAS (Reply 24):
When MASWings ran a series of ads introducing the ATR72 (the Fokker F50 was being phased out then) in a local paper, they claimed that it had the (relative) quiet of a jetliner. I found that to be a fanciful claim, it was just as noisy as any other turboprop-driven plane!

Ha, what a lie!

Quoting 777MAS (Reply 24):
Whoa, whoa, whoa, must be a serious social problem by now if they have to put up that kind of notice!!!! If I'm not mistaken, that sticker translates roughly as "PLEASE MIND YOUR MANNERS. DO NOT PERFORM ANY INTIMATE ACTS IN THE TAXI"

Just the state/taxi company getting uppity with people enjoying themselves



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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 964 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9636 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Nice pictures, especially those taken during the take off n SilkAir. You're right the hotels in SIN are pricey as compared to other Asian cities even HK. Was the Botanical Garden the one that has all thse birds? I missed that one as I decided to see more of the city.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9077 times:

Great report as always! Langkawi is on my bucket list too, looks very nice from your pictures. I would have expected a hot meal on MI too... I'm flying them in about 2 months to USM, which is 30 minutes, let's see what they serve there!

User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 28, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8952 times:

Hello Gab!

Nice report as usual, seems like you had two nice flights on Silkair and Firefly.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why is the Scoot one so horrifically cheap looking. Even the Tiger livery is quite nice. I think management seriously missed the train on this one.

It's not a great livery, but it isn't that bad in my opinion!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The tail is nice, but the “Silk Air” font/sizing is a bit measly

That was my exact thought when I saw the livery for the first time at SIN last spring.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
….until the German-speaking father of a noisy family sitting in the bulkhead decided to wedge his shoes and bag under his son’s (window) seat taking up my legroom….er, hello? Clearly he didn’t understand the physics that underneath one seat is the legroom for another seat.

I saw the same thing happening when a family with WAY to much carry-on baggage entered the cabin on a TAP A320 flight a couple of days ago. They just pushed one of their bags under their own seat, leaving the area under the seat in front of them empty. I felt sorry for the guy behind, he didn't say anything about it for the entire flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice detail on the belt

That's always a nice touch!

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 29, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8832 times:

Thanks for the replies guys!

Quoting WROORD (Reply 26):

Nice pictures

Thanks!

Quoting WROORD (Reply 26):
You're right the hotels in SIN are pricey as compared to other Asian cities even HK.

Everything in Sing was pricey. I think the locals are feelign it too

Quoting WROORD (Reply 26):
Was the Botanical Garden the one that has all thse birds? I missed that one as I decided to see more of the city.

Um, I think you're thinking of the Night Safari (which is very good) or the zoo. I don't think there were any birds in the Botanical Gardens.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
Great report as always!

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
Langkawi is on my bucket list too, looks very nice from your pictures.

It is. I'm dreaming of it right now!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
I would have expected a hot meal on MI too... I'm flying them in about 2 months to USM, which is 30 minutes, let's see what they serve there!

I think you'l prob get a meal on the USM flight....the SQ family have a mental block with catering when it comes to Malaysia. Thailand should be ok though!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
Nice report as usual, seems like you had two nice flights on Silkair and Firefly.

Thanks. Yes, 2 good flights

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 28):
I saw the same thing happening when a family with WAY to much carry-on baggage entered the cabin on a TAP A320 flight a couple of days ago. They just pushed one of their bags under their own seat, leaving the area under the seat in front of them empty. I felt sorry for the guy behind, he didn't say anything about it for the entire flight.

So annoying when people are selfish like that. Shame the guy didn't tell them where to out it



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User currently offlinecelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8809 times:

I can believe the picture of MAS A330-200F as depicted on the magazine to be true?
How on earth can someone get that wrong about showing a freighter plane with so much error on it.
Quite a shame, rather a bad image to me. Emm, should be fixed right away!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 31, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7616 times:

Quoting celestar (Reply 30):
I can believe the picture of MAS A330-200F as depicted on the magazine to be true?
How on earth can someone get that wrong about showing a freighter plane with so much error on it.
Quite a shame, rather a bad image to me. Emm, should be fixed right away!

Well, I guess people don't care what the plane on they're flying on looks like, let alone a freighter! Maybe let MH know how you feel?!



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