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1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 27827 times:

For those of you who have waited, here is my 1st trip report. This is is of my pilgrimage to LA & Vegas during the X'Mas and New Years holidays. Of more than 50 flights I take a year, I can generally say only the december ones are for pleasure, hence me being more relaxed and able to observe more during the trip.

SInce I am based in Jakarta for work, my first destination will be back home to Perth via Kuala Lumpur. I routed my flights CGK-KUL-PER-BKK-LAX-BKK-KUL-CGK with various airlines but a majority of the long haul with TG.

21 Dec '06: At the airport

After the spending half a day at the office, I headed home to pick my wife and the luggage up and also arranged from the maid to stay at my in laws. As usual for Jakarta there was the crazy traffic-packed trip to Soekarno Hatta airport. My flight KL810 was due to depart at 1910 and I pre booked seats 1A & 1B. I got the shock of my life when I reached the check-in as there were unusually long queues for both Y & J which is abnormal even for a full flight. Although there was only 4 people in front of me in the business class check-in in took my 50 mins b4 I reached the counter and alas..I was told that due to a technical problem the flight was delayed by 11 hrs!! It was due to depart only at around 0600 the next day. That was a no go for me and although they offered me a hotel room I said it was nto acceptable as I have a 0940 MH flight to PER from KUL in the morning. After confirming with the manager, my agent then proceeded to bring me to the EK check-in so that I can take the flight EK347 to KUL leaving at 2200.

This definitely came as a surprise to me as I thought they would transfer me to the MH flight to KUL. But I am not to complain as I had always heard great things about EK and so this really turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

After checking in, I proceeded thru immigration and met my friend and his wife a kids at starbucks as they were also departing but by JAL to Tokyo for their holidays.

Soon enough, boarding call was made and i proceeded to wards my gate for my first ever EK flight.

EK347 CGK-KUL
ETD:2200
ATD:2205
ETA:0050
Flight time: 1hr 35min

Todays flight was operated by a B773 and it was in immaculate condition, friendly FA's greeted me when I got on board and let me and the wife to seats 4A & 4B. Did not manage to get the rego of a/c and a pic of it due to the lousy glass and lighting conditions at CGK.

seat and Legroom


seat controls


EK famous ICE system


EK Fleet data


Getting ready to fly over Sumatra, and a bumpy ride it was!!


Crusing was at 36000ft and overall was a very smooth flight except for air pockets over Sumatra. Meal served was light meal:

Appetizer:
Marinated Prawn & BBQ Chicken

Main Course:
Chinese Style Beef Ribs w/ steamed rice and boiled Vegs
or
Bagar Ayam (Malay Dish)

Dessert:
Bubur Mutiara

I took the beef and so did the wife  Smile


After an uneventful flight, we arrived in KUL 5 mins ahead of schedule. Overall, I was pleasently surprised at the level of service given to us by the crew, I will definitely fly them again and I love that outside view camera too.

Overall Service: 10/10, A/C Condition: 9/10, Food: 8/10

KUL-PER
MH125 (B744-Labuan)
ETD:0940
ATD:1010
ETA:1600
ATA:1619
Crusie Altitude: 37000ft

After spending the night at the Pan Pacific KLIA hotel, I check-in at KUL at around 0750. Check-in was a breeze and was assigned my pre-requeted seats 11J & 11K which were the on the rear of the upper-deck. It was starting to be a pleasent day until I realised that the checkin agent forgot to return me my enrich cards!! By the time I was already at the gate so I couldn't be bothered. B4 boarding, we entered the MH Golden Longe and had a smoke and a few drinks b4 I proceeded to the book store and duty free to load up on my cigarettes. On the way to the gate, I managed to snap a pic of my a/c, there she is, 'Labuan' ready to take me home to Perth.



This a/c had the new retrofit seats and the flight was around 80% full in J and about the same load for Y and 50% for F.

The new J seats on MH


Legroom


Spotted MH772 with 'Freedom of Space' getting ready to depart just in front of us


In addition the following were ahead of the MH772, and they were CX B773, MH A332, MH Cargo B742.

After a slight ground delay "due to the usual missing passengers" we took off after a short taxi. Service on board was what you would expect from MH. Courteous, polite and extremely helpful and they are always on their toes to serve passengers.

MH Select IFE


Meal for the day was breakfast:

Appetizer:
Fruit Yoghurt, Fresh cut sesonal fruits, baked breads from the oven

Signature Dish:
Malaysian Satay

Main Course:
Pazaiola Omelette
or
Malaysian Nasi Lemak
or
Grilled chicken thigh w/ herb butter

Dessert:
Baked Panna Cotta

Appetizers


Nasi Lemak


Just crossed Indonesia (where I was just 18 hrs ago!!) going south to down under


This was probably one of the smoothest flight I have ever been on in my life with hardly any turbulence (usually this will mean a very bumpy flight in the near future)

On approach to PER, over the midlands area


We landed around 20 mins late due to the late departure but I am not complaning as the SQ rush b4 us has already cleared thru immigration means it took me a short time to go thru immigration, grab my bags and meet my mum and head on home.

Overall this flight was what I had expected from MH, great service, great product and even greater FA's. Thats why I always fly them back to PER and even for regional trips.

Overall Service: 10/10, A/C Condition: 7.5/10, Food: 7/10

PER-BKK
TG998 (A330) Old c/s
ETD:1710
ATD:1830 (Delay due to late arrival of a/c)
ETA:2205
ATA:2245
Cruising altitude: 34000ft

After 4 days back home relaxing, spending time with my dog, eating and medical checkup, we left for PER with my mum along for the trip. I did an online check in the night before and got seats 12J & 12K for my self and my mum 1 row in front. Check in was smooth and was soon wlaking around the duty free area airside. Did some observations which included:

SQ B772er 9V-SAN going to SIN


Malaysian Government Private Jet (Ok, I am bad at recognising the private jets!!)


MH B772 9M-MRP going to KUL


Garuda B738 PK-GEC going to CGK


ANd last but not least, my a/c A330, HS-TEJ


We killed time in the Qantas club lounge and although there was a delay, boarding came soon enough. Load in both J & Y is almost 100% and soon enough I settled in my seat 12K.

Old seats on the A330



Pre t/o drink and legroom


Nothing really interesting to watch on the IFE, how I wish they use the new config a/c on the PER-BKK route which is actually quote long, almost 7hrs!!


Meal time!!:
Hot Savoury: Chicken Satay

Salad: Mixed salad w/ lemon vinigrette dressing
1st Course: Roast peppered beed, Smoked salmon & dill

Main Course:
Perch Curry "che chee" with steamed Thai Hom Rice

or
Grill chicken thigh w/ tomato olive sauce
or
Prok medallion w/ mushroom sauce
or
Braised 5-spice beef w/ egg fried rice(which I had)


Assorted bread, cheese tray & fruits were also on the menu

Dessert:
Strawberry Sponge Cake


2nd serving:
Ice Cream


Flight was normal with the occasional bumps, however food did nto taste that great and the FA's could have smiled a bit more. Thats the thing with TG even in J or F, you can get great FA's 1 flight and lousy ones the next. FA wise, SQ & MH are above TG in SE Asia.

We landed without much fanfare and I was actually a little excited as this is my first time to Sunavarbhumi Airport. I was also a little skeptical due to the numurous negative comments I have heard about this airport. Although its already almost 4 mths since it opened, i am hoping most of the bugs were fixed.

But the TG A330 certainly needed AVOD and the new seats, it seemd to take forever b4 we arrived, and I even twisted my back trying to roll around and sleep!

3 things though did come into mind with regard to the new BKK airport

1st: BLOODY CRAZY WALKING DISTANCE TO IMMIGRATION!!! Lack of signs!!
2nd: Had to wait 40mins for luggage
3rd: Really tight arrivals waiting area

We took the AOT limousine to our given hotel by TG which was the Royal Orchid Sheraton. Check in was quick although I got the Starwood Preferred Guest Floor whereas my mum didn't as she didn't have a SPG card.

Both rooms were actually almost similar with the only difference being my room had slightly newer finishings. I slept within 1 hr of checking in!

25 December
BKK-LAX
TG794 (A345) HS-TLB
ETD:1940
ATD:1930 (early!!)
ETA:2003
ATA:1859
Flight Time: 13 hrs 20 mins
Cruising Altitude: 39000ft

After spending most of the day walking around near the hotel and getting my back fixed at a massage place, we headed towards the airport. ANd 1st thing which came to mind was that the check-in area is definitely much better than the arrivals (although I was in the TG premium checkin and did not see the other airline checkin)

Check in was quick and as usual got my preassigned seats 14A and 14B with my mum again on the aisle next to us. After about 10 mins spent at the counter, we went thru the immigration counter which was also quick (in contrast to reports)

Royak Silk Check In


We walked around the duty free then had a bite to eat at one of the restaurant and managed to hook up with my friend and his wife who will be joining us on our holiday, they just arrived on the connecting TG flight from CGK-BKK. After the meal, we walked around a little bit more and then we went to the Royal Silk lounge which was the biggest J lounge I have seen in my life....but it was a challenge to find seats !!!

Airside at BKK

One of the concourses


Time flew and we started to commence boarding. There was also a secondary check for liquids just b4 we entered the gate. Believe it or not this is actually my 1st flight on TG A345 as the previous yr i took NZ to SFO. For once, all passengers were on board the a/c early which resulted in an early pushback and subsequent take off. We seemed to use the entire runway but would have expected that as this a/c must be full of fuel and cargo and passengers!!

The cabinof the A345 is nice....inflight it is quiet too and I love that window in the lav!

J seats are the same as MH albeit colour and IFE on MH is in the centre armrest


Just b4 push back


SriLankan A332 next to us


Amenity Kit


IFE w/ AVOD


Across the Pacific anyone??


Just after take off, Bangkok in the night


Food time !!

1st Serving:
Hot Savouries

1st Course:
King Prawn Medallions w/ Ceaser dressing, Bouquet of tender greens w/ italian dressing


Main Course:
Panfried Snow fish w/ thyme buerre blanc sauce & saffron rice
or
Pork sparerib w/ black bean sauce & steam thai hom mali rice w/ sauted taiwan cabbage (which I had)

or
Stir fried tab tin w/ thai herbs & thai hom mali rice
or
Fillet of beed w/ fresh green peppercorn sauce, potatoes au gratin, carrot & spinich (which the mrs had)


Assorted breads, butter, and cheese and fruit platter

Dessert:
Marjolaine w/ orange sauce, blueberry & raspberry

Snacks were avail on request which were:
Fresh fruits
or
Instant Noodles w/ ganiture
or
Shrimp Wonton Soup

After the meal, I played around with the AVOD, watched a classic rerun of King Soloman's Mines and then slept for around 8 hrs !! After I woke up, I walked around the a/c and saw the premium econ and econ cabins and also at the same time visited my friend (who was in a deep sleep) in Y. After stretching a little and using the lav, it was time for the 2nd serving

Fresh Fruits & Yoghurt

Main Course
Pan-cake with w/ maple syrup and chicken sausage
or
Stir fried flat rice noodles w/ egg, seafood in dark soy sauce & tawanese cabbage (which both of us had)

or
Iri tamago on cabbage w/ japanese sushi rice

Rolls, Croissant & Danish w/ Butter

After the meal, I played around w the IFE and slept again when I woke up, it was only 3.5 hrs to go...

3rd Meal Serving!! I am getting tired of eating now

Main Course:
Vege Pizza

Dessert:
Chocolate Pralines

we had neither as I was getting too full now !!

Somewhere over the ocean and crossing the international dateline


On approach to LAX


After waiting to be towed to our gates after EVA Air B773er we started the usual LAX marathon to immigration, took us ONLY 50mins to get to the immigration officer and then its off to get our baggage and waiting for my friend in the arrivals area (as he was in Y he cmae out only 5 mins after me from the a/c but when we got into immigration a 747 load of passengers were wedged between me and my friend. Think it was a KAL flight. That slight difference meant me waiting 40 mins at the arrivals area!! During the wait, I sent my mum to the Hilton LAX shuttle bus as she will be heading straight to Vegas the next morning whereas I will drive up around 4 days later. When my friend got out, we headed to Hertz to grab our car and then drove to our hotel which was HIlton Pasadena. Was pretty hungry, but being X'mas nite, most fast foods were clsoed, but we found a Carl's Jr and had supper there....the Black Angus burger was FANTASTIC.

We drove up to Vegas after a couple of days shopping, meeting up with more friends who were also LA for the holidays. Also made the trip down to Anaheim and managed to do California Adventure and also Universal Studios.

After 3.5 hrs of driving thru the mad new years rush into Vegas we arrived at the Wynn Las Vegas where I met up with my mum for supper.

View of the Strip from my room
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On 31st Dec, my friends and I took the Grand Canyon tour, meaning travelling by a Twotter!!, Squirrel and Pontoon Boat

Hendersen Airport in the morning sun, Grumman Goose in the background

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Waiting Lounge of Scenic Airlines


My first ride on a Twotter!! (land based eheh been on the seaplane one b4 in Vancouver)


There she is waiting for us

Legroom

Taxi &T.O


Flying over Hoover Dam

Hualapai Passenger terminal atop the Grand Canyon

Don't forget the tickets!!

Getting to the Squirrel for the trip down the canyon


The Canyon was graet as it has been more than 20 years ( I was 10 then) since I was there, toobad the skywalk was nto open yet, can't wait till it does sometimes this year

Took a snap of the safety card on the way back on the Twotter


Soon enough, my holiday came to an end and after spending a ton of money to the US economy, not forgetting the 'generous donation'i made to the Wynn Casino, its time for the long drive back to LA and the long flight home.

5 Jan 2007
LAX-BKK
TG795 (A345) HS-TL?
ETD:2230
ATD:2303 (Take off was at 2359!!!)
ETA:0640
ATA:0826!!

Did the smart thing and dropping my mum and wife off at the terminal to check in the bags and I went to Hertz to return the car, true enough, when I arrived at the terminal it was just about our turn to check in as it took ages for the baggage security check. Tom Bradley was packed of ppl especially on all the asian flights departing including MH & SQ. To make matters worse, all airline lunges were clsoed for renvoation so everyone was squeezed into 1 temporary one behind the food court. Sorry about the quality of the pics from here on as I had to use my backup digicamera as the orignal one ran out of batt!!

The Lounge full of everyone travelling on ALL premium class on ALL international flights !!!!!!!!


Surprisingly, security was relatively quick, in under 10 mins i think and by the time we reached the gate it was also already boarding time so we got to our seats pretty quick, seats this time were 16J & K. This time however, was the total opposite from the BKK-LAx flight. A passenger was missing, resulting in offloading of his luggage, which meant uslosing our departure slot, dealys b4 pushback, long taxi due to traffic and in what seems like years, we finally took off really late. But schedule still shoes me making my 0855 conenction to KUL


Food time !!!

1st Serving
Hot Savouries:
Brochette Chicken with sesame crusted beef wellington on toast & peach sauce


1st Course
Smoked Salmon timbale, flying fish roe, sundried tomato, prwan w/ cocktail sauce, mixed green salad w/ ceaser dressing


Main Course:
Grilled lamb loin w/ garlic cream sauce, sauteed rosemary potatoes, mix veges
or
steamed chicken w/ garlic soy sauce, stemaed thai hom mali rice in chicken broth (what I chose)

or
Beef w/ Bourgugonne, Steamed potato parsley, mix veges
or
Stir fried seafood w/ garlic & pepper, steamed thai hom mali rice

Assorted Rolls, Butter, Cheese Tray & Fruits

Dessert
Mocha Cake

Believe it or not, I was so tired, I slept all the way thru, did not watch anything on the IFE. Missed all other meals (hence no pics) but when I woke up, I did order the instant noodles as mentioned on my inbound flight to PAX



SOmewhere over China



The flight actually took over 18 hrs due to the fact of delays, and really strong headwinds, I know all of us are going to miss our connections, my mum to PER, me to KUL, my friend direct to CGK. But not wanting to stress out, I decided to play some trivia, I joined halfway, but managed to kick but (bert is me!!) the trick is, once I won a question, I kept picking Aviation Category..and ...ta daaaa I won !!!


Approach into BKK


As I thought so, this is actually my A333 flight to KUL, saw it on the taxi to my gate


Overall, the flight was good, this time we good really friendly staff, only the meals weren't that great

Overall Service: 8/10 A/C Condition:10/10, Food: 6/10


WHen we arrived, a regiment of TG staff were waiting for all the passengers who missed connections. An agent took me to MH counter to get on board the MH B724 to KUL, after getting boarding passses, I asked about my luggage they told me in would be automatically transfered on the MH flight with the orignal TG flight...yeah right!! Nothing I can do, but I still dont trust thsi new airport's baggage handling ability!!

After that I managed to find my mum and she got transfered to the TG flight to SIn and then connecting via SQ from SIN to PER. My friend also headed to SIn on the TG flight but then its a GA connection for him to CGK.

After saying our goodbuys, me and the mrs wakled to the gate and got onboard the B734, its getting old but still in great condition

7 Jan 2007
BKK-KUL
MH785 (B734)
ETD:1105
ATD:1107
ETA:1410
ATA:1400
Crusing Altitude:27000ft

As usual, the MH hospitality greeted us on board and immedietly greeted us and showed us to our seats 1A and 1 B. We only had water for pre take off, we were really getting dead tired now !!

Seats in J on MH 785 to KUL


CX B773 next to us going to HKG


LUnchtime!!

Appetizer
Mango & cottage Cheese Salas

Main Course
Pan Seared Chicken (what we had)

or
Fish Curry Kapitan
or
Ricotta Angolotto

Dessert
Creamrosa Strawberry Cake

Bread Selection

ANother uneventful flight into KUL, now the worrying about my baggage starts. But with reagards to the flight, its just what I have gotten acustomed to MH. Great FA, Great Service, Great everything, only thing was the food was not that good this time round

Overall Service: 9/10, A/C Condition: 7/10, Food: 4/10

To my great surprise, my bags not only made the fligth but were also first on the conveyer belt, after picking them up is off to check in for my return leg to CGK

7 Jan 2007
KUL-CGK
KL809 (B744 Combi- PH-BFK, City of Karachi)

'City of Karachi" waiting for us


By the time I got on board, I was realkly tired, even forgot which seat number I was in, only reember upper deck, 2nd row in business and also forgot to take down ETD and ETA times !!



Welcome drink


Check out that legroom!!


Meal: (sorry I also forgot to write it down !!!)


One thing I really like KLM and why I always fly them for my CGK-KUl and vice versa legs, it that they actually do have a genuine warmth to the service and although the inflight product is old, its in good condition, also love the litle house they give out which many airlines already stopped giving out souveniers for their premium passengers.

All in all, my holiday ended in a flash, hope you guys enjoyed my first trip report. I am actually flying on 1st feb again routing CGK-KUL-BKK-ICN-LAX-SJD-LAX-BKK-KUL-CGK all in J on MH,TG,OZ(1st time) and AA. This time its for a conference plus a couple of days on the side in LA.

Will post a report of that when I am back !!..Please feel free to give me any comments about my 1st trip report!!

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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 27801 times:

Wow! Great trip report. I love every bit of it. I think we should meet sometimes in Jakarta. When two MH fans meet then... (fill in the blank)  tongue 

User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 27790 times:

Hi ThaiA345,

Thanks for taking the time to do this TR....it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and the pics are excellent too.

Rich  Smile


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 27515 times:
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Wow, great report!!! Great pictures from all your flights!

767747


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 27363 times:

Great report and pictures. Excellent one of the Hoover dam.

How much was the RTW fare in C class?



My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 27053 times:
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Hi,

Great report & photo's, really enjoyed the trip.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Ok, I am bad at recognising the private jets!!)

- Me too, I only spot airliners, don't bother with bizz jets.

Look forward to a report on your next trip.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineCjh2007 From Austria, joined Jan 2007, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 27042 times:

Did you pay for the ticket, or did you use miles to upgrade...

Either way, must be pretty expensive, or cost a whole lot of miles (or gain miles if you paid)  Big grin

Just curious...

Tschüss,

Cjh



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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 27022 times:

You are a lucky one! Great report!

User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 26966 times:

Good job with the report and pics. I hope you had an enjoyable time in the United States and I can't wait for your next report.

WN230



Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 26883 times:

What a journey you have had! And an awesome report too...

Several observations as well.

1. MH operating a 747-400 into PER? What gives? I never knew there was such a PCL demand on that route. Did you manage to peak into the loads beneath in cattle class?

2. The "satay" that was served on TG doesn't beat MH's. I still like their's MUCH better. And you made the right choice by ordering the nasi lemak because the sambal is just out of this world. I always gorge on it at the Golden Lounge also. Hee hee...

3. Hmm... a 737-400 between BKK and KUL. Once again, if I paid to fly JCL and found out it turned out to be a 737, I would not be a happy pax. But thankfully you got the one that was refurbished and hence the fresher ambience.

4.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
SQ B772er 9V-SAN going to SIN

Err... That would have to be either 9V-SRA or SRN because that is the configured 777 that SQ flies into PER.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 26874 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
Wow! Great trip report. I love every bit of it. I think we should meet sometimes in Jakarta. When two MH fans meet then... (fill in the blank)

Fill in the blank? Ok...

1. Sparks fly
2. You lock eyes with each other from a distance
3. Cue... Start running in slow mo towards each other like CJ in Baywatch. (Replace the beach side setting with the mall scene in Plaza Senayan. But watch out for the Tante with the HUGE HAIR with her shopping bags!!)



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User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 26842 times:

Great report.

I presume this was a TG PER-LAX return in business class. These are great value at around A$5,000 to $6,000


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 26715 times:

Quoting Cjh2007 (Reply 6):
Either way, must be pretty expensive, or cost a whole lot of miles (or gain miles if you paid)

Actually not really, it came to be cheaper then buying a Star Alliance RTW. I broke my journey in the following way:

CGK-KUL-CGK (KLM in J @USD270) - plus i got the bonus of being transfered to EK on the out bound

KUL-PER (MH in Y, used Enrich to upgrade to J, Y 1-way around Ringgit 1000)

PER-BKK-LAX-BKK-PER (TG from PER in J @around AUD4700 ) note the BKK-PEr portion is still unused

BKK-KUL-BKK (TG from BKK in J @around USD400) note KUL-BKK portion unused

So if you guys add up its actually slightly cheaper then purchasing a RTW in J. PLus i Still technically have the KUL-BKK-PEr sectors to use on my future trip back home to PER.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
1. MH operating a 747-400 into PER? What gives? I never knew there was such a PCL demand on that route. Did you manage to peak into the loads beneath in cattle class?

Yeah I did, in F there were around 4 pax, in J, upperdeck where I was had only 4 empty seats, lower deck had maybe 6 empty seats, Y was around 90% full, so I guess it justifies them to use the B744 to PER, sometimes I also gt the B772 but lately when I travel on peak seasons its always the B744, ANyway this aircraft is idle to do the PER turnaround b4 doing its daily London rotation.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
2. The "satay" that was served on TG doesn't beat MH's

Koodoos to that !!! TG's satay was dry and tasteless!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
Hmm... a 737-400 between BKK and KUL. Once again, if I paid to fly JCL and found out it turned out to be a 737, I would not be a happy pax

Well as mentioned, I was supposed to be on the TG A333 to KUL, but since the inbound from LAX was late, they had to transfer me onto the MH flight.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
That would have to be either 9V-SRA or SRN

Opps!! I stand corrected, oh well, you know what this means: (a) I get my eyes check (b) AIrlines must start writing their regos much bigger !!!!

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 11):
I presume this was a TG PER-LAX return in business class. These are great value at around A$5,000 to $6,000

Actually I managed to get my tickewts from Jetset Northbridge they have great prices and I managed to issue my tix b4 the price increase which resulted in a total inc tax of around AUD$4700


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 26139 times:

Great report enjoyed it thoroughly especially the pics

karan


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 25902 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
By the time I got on board, I was realkly tired, even forgot which seat number I was in, only reember upper deck, 2nd row in business and also forgot to take down ETD and ETA times !!

What an excellent trip-report: love your text and pictures !!!

Indeed, MH has the friendliest cabin-staff of all Asian airlines...

Seats on KLM should have been 73JK...also, here are your scheduled and actual times:
STD 1640 STA 1735; ATD 1641 airborne 1654 touchdown 1733 ATA 1737 = airtime 1 hour 39 mins  Smile



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 25793 times:

Cool! You flew scenic airlines as well. Did you do the tour where you got picked up and then checked in at the Aladdin hotel and then transported to Boulder City airport?

VERY cramped in those planes and everyone else on it was Japanese, did yo have the same?

Great report btw Big grin



Qantas, Still calling Australia Home.........
User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 25560 times:

Great report with some excellent pictures. Malaysian is one of my all time favorite airlines and I personally believe they have the best cabin crew around. However other than the satays the food was not one of the highlights of my experience with them.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
One thing I really like KLM and why I always fly them for my CGK-KUl and vice versa legs, it that they actually do have a genuine warmth to the service

I thought I was the only person who thought that. For years I got looks when I said I preferred to fly KL over the likes of BA and LH. The service on KLM is genuine and thats what I like the most about the airline, their cabin crew.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
although the inflight product is old, its in good condition

The 744's should be getting the new interiors soon, so hopefully that should solve the problem. The new seats are pretty good in my opinion thought I have heard a number of less than flattering comments about them..

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
also love the litle house they give out which many airlines already stopped giving out souveniers for their premium passengers.

I just flew Air France instead of KLM recently and did not realize how much I would miss this small touch.

SR 103


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 25285 times:

Hey Great report, but the pictures are no longer available!


KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 24380 times:

Hi Guys...I will eb posting my next trip report within 24 hrs...keep a look out for it  Smile

User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1663 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 24301 times:

Exellent TR. Loved all the pics. Look forward to reading any more TR you make in the future. My favorite quote:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
'generous donation'i made to the Wynn Casino



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