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MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo!  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18314 times:

Hey Guys...so hope you guys enjoyed my first report which I posted last month, and here is my 2nd one which I have just completed around 2 weeks ago. Please feel free to give me your comments especially on my writing style. (Hopefully its as interesting to read as Ryanair!!)

I had to go to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico for a conference and I also took my wife along with me on this trip. I routed my flight in such a way whereby I can have a stop over in Seoul as my wife has not been there and I have also got a friend who is stationed there so ...I should just kill 2 birds with 1 stone huh!!

1 Feb 2007
CGK-KUL
MH720
B734 - 9M-MQO
ETD:1545
ATD:1551
ETA:1845
ATA:1841
Seat-2F
Flight time 2 hrs
Cruising altitude: 34,000ft

Pre Flight:

I am sure all of you heard about the floods in Jkt, will the downpour actually started on the Thursday I left....my car had to thread thru water which is starting to rise up halfway of the width of my rims !! ... oh well...not too much of a hassle....made it to the airport @1415 for my 1545 flight. Boarding was efficient at check in and no one was in the Golden Club Class line, even Y line was pretty empty. I was assigned my pre-requested seats and the agent fumbled for awhile as she had ran out of Business Class luggage tags, so in the end, she gave me First class tags instead (interesting they should have these as none of MH flights to CGK has F seats !!!) Afterwhich I went on to the fiscal and then cleared thru immigration in 15 secs !! (I love that Saphire Program and I definitely reccomend it to everyone) Decided that the common use lounge is boring, I decided to go to the food court to have a quick bite to eat and also do some spotting (Empty tarmac at this time of the day, saw an SQ 772 departing and some domestic GA 737's) as the smoking area has a great view of the tarmac. We then decided to go to the lounge and had a drink and more cigarettes (for me) b4 we proceeded to the gate.

Flight of the day- MH720 (B737-400) 9M-MQO

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Seats of Business Class on MH's 737-400


Empty Tarmac @ CGK


Inflight:

What can I say, typical great MH inflight service, attentive and super polite FAs!! A most importantly, alwats ready to serve with a smile. MH 734's generally are in great condition, only thing is the seat pitch is pretty tight (vs GA's 737's) Anyone know about upgrade plans of MH's short haul fleet? New interiors or perhaps a/c?

Some Corsair B744 on charter at the Haj terminal


C Class on MH B734

Light Meal for CGK-KUL

Appetizer
Marinated Garoupa with Avocado

Main Course

Beef Rendang
or
Szechuan Chicken
or
Gratinated Penne Pasta

Dessert
Mocha Cream Cake

Szechuan Chicken ..YUMMY !!!!

Our routing took us as usual over Sumatra, Singapore, Johor Bahru, Meleka and then straight into KUL. Nice smooth landing. Overall, another great MH flight (come to think of it, have yet to have a bad MH flight)

Load: 90% in C, 80% in Y
A/C:7/10
Service:8.5/10
Food:8/10

1 Feb 2007

KUL-BKK
TG 418
B777-200 - HS-TJB "Uthai Thani"
ETD:2100
ATD:2048
ETA:2133
ATA:2120
Flight time: 1hr 41 min
Cruise:40,000ft
Seat: 11K

Pre-Flight

After getting off the MH flight, we took a quick walk and managed to quickly clear immigrations because of the Premier Lane. Afterwhich we walked to the caroudel and bags were out within 3 mins (not bad huh!!!) We picked out bags, went out to the arrivals hall, and then up the escalator to the departure hall to check-in for our TG flight. Had to wait for 1 person in front of me at the check in but that didn't take too long ...but was kept amused with a Canadian guy in the Y line who was complaining about TG not letting him get off with his bags which was 5 kgs overweight, and he was argueing about the pieces rule in North America, well, sometimes I really can't understand these people, we in asia always adapt to the pieces rule when we are in North America, so they should just do the same with our Kgs rule in Asia (or most part of the world in that case), ok, but maybe TG was also being a little strict and should just let him check in the slightly overweight bags. i checked my bags straight thru to ICN and then got boarding passes for both sectors. I left for immigration (with that Canadian guy still argueing his case) again quick with the Premier Lane in operating and made out way by the sky train to C gates. C3 was the gate in use today. Was getting pretty tired by now, so me and the mrs decided just to browse the book store before proceeding to the TG lounge. The lounge still looks nice but very crowded!! t was about 90% full and certaining needs several of the seats changed due to torn upholstery.



Our B772 to BKK - HS-TJB

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Retrofit Seats and new c/s on this baby

Legroom

This a/c was generally in good condition even after the renovation, its a good thing to note that this a/c is a non er version of the 772. But starting to get used to the new seats in Royal Silk, although they are actually pretty hard. But no hassle about hard seats as this is going to be a flight under 2 hrs. And with AVOD, the flight seem to take 30mins!! ehehhehe. Flight crew was polite as usual but there were 1 or 2 sour faces, this is the problem I contanstantly get with TG's C class. A mixed set of crew on the regional flights but overall, much better and cheerful crew on the long hauls...explanations anyone?? in C, MH will kick ass anytime, be in regional or long haul.


Dinner
Appetizer
Smoked Salmon & Halibut

Main Course
Pan-Fried Veal Loin w/ Cheasseur Sauce
or
Stir-Fried Chicken w/ Thai Herbs
or
Siam Perch in Thai Mushroom & Giner Sauce

Dessert
Sweet Jelly w/ Thai Herbs

Appetizer

Main - Veal Loin

Dessert
Sweet Jelly w/ Thai Herbs


Flight was pretty uneventful and over in a breeze! But food was really bad!! But I am not complaining, my next leg will be on a B772er, TG's newest baby (so they say online, but with TG you never know, my last trip to ICN in late 2002 was on a B773 with C class seats w/ the worst recline angle ever)

A/C:8/10
Service:6/10
Food:5/10

1 Feb 2007

BKK-ICN
TG 658
B777-300 - HS-TKB New C/S but not yet fit out with new seats
ETD:2350
ATD:0010
ETA:0700
ATA:0643
Flight time: 4hr 15 min
Cruise:33,500ft
Seat: 12A

Pre Flight

Although we arrived early from KUL, it still took sometime to park the a/c as due to refurbishment of the cracks on the taxi and runways, one concourse was closed, so our a/c had to park at a remote stand. By the time the stars got to the a/c the buses did not!! Oh well, not much of a hassle as we had time to kill before the next flight. We just spent time walking around concourse C & D and afterwhich we went into the Royal Silk Lounge at concourse C. As usual for this time of the day, the lounge was almost at full capacity.



We decided to walk to the gate just before boarding was called as it was another remote gate C1A being used for this flight. Noticed that most of the passengers on this flight to ICN were Koreans.

We were on the 1st bus to the a/c and as we approached from the distance, I saw the B777 in here gleaming new paint!! I was excited but not for long, as the closer I got I noticed it was not the new B772er but was a B773 which has just been repainted a week prior to my trip!!

HS-TKB (B4 her new c/s)

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In Flight

Oh well, as I thought, TG likes to change their equipment at a moments notice. This a/c still had the new seats which I was complaining earlier about. The C seats has terrible recline.




I asked the lead stewardess and she said that all TGs B773s will be retrofitted by July 2007 even including PTVs in Y. So I guessed I looked at the bright side that I am traveling on one of the last few flights in the old interior of the B773er.

Amenity Kit


TG AB6 next to us, ready to go to, I don%u2019t know where !!


We had a slight delay to depart due to the fact a Korean rock band who were also traveling in C were the last to board, did not know which band they were, but at least they are not noisy or intrusive. Load was 50% in C, and 100% in Y. The last people to board was actually 3 Y passengers, gosh, really hate them, there were last to be bussed to the a/c and still had the nerve to ask the ground agent to take a few pictures of them before the ascended the stairs to board the aircraft, I was giving them death looks from my window !!!

PTV w/ touch screen but not AVOD


Menu for the flight

Starter
Cold cuts w/ sushi

2nd Serving
Fresh fruits, juice & yoghurt

Main course
Cheese Omelette w/ veal sausage
or
Chinese Yang Chao w/ prawn & chicken sausage
or
Roast duck w/ gravy & yellow noodles

Starter


The 2nd serving was actually done about 1.5 hrs before landing

Fruits


Roast duck


Getting there!


Well, its another uneventful flight for me, but this time, the crew was definitely an improvement than the previous leg!!

Service:8.5/10
A/C:6.5/10
Food:9/10
3 Feb 2007

ICN-LAX
OZ 202
B747-400 HL7418 old c/s
ETD:1630
ATD:1651
ETA:1010
ATA:1010
Flight time: 10hrs
Cruise: 39,000ft
Seat: 21K

Pre Flight

We spent just over 24hrs in Seoul. Managed to have dinner with an old friend, and we also visited one of the palaces near our hotel (Westin Chosun) and took the wife shopping and eating around the Myeong Dong area. ICN airport si quite a distance from the city but I was not complaining as my friend has arranged his chaeuffer to both pick and send us to the airport. We reached the airport in time at around 1430, plenty of time for the 1630 departure to LAX.

Landside @ ICN

Premium check in of OZ which I just came out from


Check in was a breeze and I got my preassigned seats, plus point to note, this is my first time on OZ but great courteous staff all round!! Good first impression!! I was seated in 21J & 21K, lower deck of the 747. We went thru immigration and then we walked around the duty free, had lunch at a nice café where they served kick-ass Beef Kalbi (opposite Gate 30) After the meal, it was not long to go before boarding, but we decided to go and have a quick look at OZ lounge. My previous trips into ICN were by SQ and TG and they both used the Silver Kris lounge which was great. The OZ lounge was nice too, but I still think the Silver Kris lounge is better, but this maybe due to the fact that the OZ lounge running really full!


Empty Tarmac


It was soon time to board and we got into the C and F line, was quite a long wait before the line started moving.

Our a/c HL7418

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In Flight

Ancient seats in C



Looking out the window

Nice looking safety card though

PTV, Amenity Kit & Menu



We were already seated for around 20 mins and still be pre-take off drinks were not served, not looking good! So I decided to walk around the cabin, F was 50% load, C was 100% and Y 100%. The inflight product of this a/c is really looking very very old indeed and needs a desperate upgrade. The seats are similar to TGB744s pre-retrofit , especially the similarity can be seen in the F seats. Thanks god TG was upgraded their B744 fleet. PTV had 3 movies, and 2 short features all playing in a loop, BORING! Thank god I had my laptop and a couple of DVDs with me.

Menu

Western
Selections of canapés

Appetizer
Mixed beans w/ parma ham

Mixed garden salad

Beef tenderloin steak
Or
Grilled Salmon

Fresh fruit & assorted cheese

Korean
Selection of canapés

Korean Bi Bim Bap

Fresh fruit & assorted cheese

Breakfast
Fresh fruit & juice

Fruit flavoured yoghurt

Stir fried beef w/ leek
Or
Cream cheese pancake

Canapes

Salad

Beef tenderloin

Cheese anyone??



Service I find was really efficient (only hiccup was really slow in offering pre take off drinks) they really smiled a lot and some of them were pretty cute %uF04A

I was hungry nearing breakfast time when I got up so I decided to have a Korean instant noodle soup it was greatbut SPICY!!

So by the time breakfast was served, I was not that hungry so just had the fruits instead.

Just hitting the California coast

About 20 mins to descend

Overflying LAX

The LA urban sprawl!


Well, we got off the a/c and its the usual mad dash to LAX immigration, waited in line for 10 mins, seems like ages to go, and yippee they opened up a new counter and I was told to stand in that new line with only 2 pax in front of me, for one, I got an unusually chatty immigration officer. He did his work quick, but spent another 2 mins or so chatting with me! We then got our bags and then went landside to get to the Hertz shuttle to pick up our rent a car b4 checking in to our hotel, the Beverly Hilton.

Overall I find OZ a good airline with great service, but my only problem is the ageing inflight product. I would probably wait for them to upgrade their inflight product before I fly them again. Although I know some of their a/c has been upgraded.

Service:8/10
A/C:7/10
Food:6/10


4 Feb 2007

LAX-SJD (Cabo San Lucas Baja California)
AA 237
MD-80 or S-80 as marketed by AA
ETD:1010
ATD:1003
ETA:1335
ATA:1341
Seat: 6 F
Flight time: 1hr 53min
Cruise: 35,000ft

Pre Flight
After spending a nice 24hrs in LA, we left our hotel at 0715 for our 1010 departure. I reckon that will just be right since I had to drop off the rent a car at Hertz and then catch the shuttle to AAs terminal. By 8am I was already at the terminal and managed to checked my bags in, but had a little trouble due to the fact that my agent messed up and entered both me and my wifes surnames as first names !!...but it didnt take too long to sort that out. Was also amazed that AA does not give priority tags to business class passengers. Well, 1st impressions already not that great (I would rather take UA or US coz of *A) at least my QF FF number still can be used, although I barely have any mileage as all my travels are on *A.

After a quick security check we went into the terminal, wanted to enter the lounge but guess what, business class passengers are not entitled to the lounge, only admiral club members?!! What the *^&#%^&@( !!!!! This is starting to get pretty bullsh*t and really not starting to make a lasting impression). At least its making me appreciate *A more now. 1st time I ever heard that premium passengers cant use the lounge. So what did I do for the rest of the time, browsed the magazine store, grabbed a coffee, and then sat at the gate and stared at the ceiling with my wife staring at me and looking at me curse and swear to myself about the lounge incident (mind you, not once did I complain to any of the AA staff, I did all the cursing and swearing within myself, pretty good huh)

Our MD S-80 to SJD , did not manage to get the rego due to the angle it was parked to the gate


In Flight
I was one of the 1st to board the a/c and at least the very cheerful purser that greeted us was making my experience with AA a little better, I then settle in my seats. And guess what, impression started to go down again, seats were filthy!! Blanket was smelly and reused dont know how many times. Trust me, UA is starting to seem much better at this stage.

Seats

Legroom just enough for C

What is that ground staff doing?

Safety card

Mexicana A319 taking off just before us

Views on the take off run


Santa Monica


There was only 1 guy in charge of the 90% full C cabin. But he did his job in a very professional, but still with a nice touch of humour.

Roasted nuts, not bad


Of course there was no menus handed out, with the lunch choice of either chicken tenders or Vegetable Pizza.

I took the Pizza

Wife took the chicken tender which was better, so in the end I also ate most of it well I was starving!! Too much cursing and swearing at myself b4 take off I guess over that lounge thing heeheheh, hey, a guy needs his lounge and food in the morning!!


On descend to SJD

SJD Airport, full of Biz Jets


My overall impression of AA was mixed, the only bright side was the really great cabin crew and above average catering.

Service:8.5/10
A/C:2/10
Food:7.5/10
We spent the next 3 days mainly at the Sheraton Hacienda where my conference was held, great beach though.

View from my room

Managed to visit the famous Hotel California which is the name of the Eagles song


7 Feb 2007

SJD-LAX
AA338
MD-S80 (N297AA)
ETD:1425
ATD:1430
ETA:1551
ATA:1555
Flight time: 2hr 5 min
Seat: 4A
Cruise: 36,000ft

Pre Flight
Time in Mexico really passed by quickly it was really nice, especially since it was the migrating & mating season of the Grey Whales, we managed to see many of them from the hotel balcony.

We arrived at the airport with a little over an hour to spare, really nothing much to do at the airport, some of my colleagues were in the C line at the check in but soon enough it was my turn, by the way, the conducted baggage check manually at table right before the check in counter. When it was my turn to check in, the agent disappeared!! Had to wait several minutes of me signaling the other agents attending to the Y line before a female agent gestured to me to come over. After a short check in process and me getting my assigned seats, we decided to grab a bite at Burger King which is located right before the security check

We then went thru security and waited at the departures area

Observed an AA B752 from DFW unloading, also America West A320 and Interjet A320


Not too long later, our MD-S80 arrived and boarding commenced with C passengers being called first, another make shift security check was done at the gate and they did not allow me to carry my matches on board!! I told them in a nice way that TSA allows matches but not lighters%u2026and guess what, the security guy did not speak English, I just gave up and walked to the plane as I had a plane load of people behind me.
N297AA taking us back to LAX


In Flight

After the last filthy interior on the inbound flight, this time its better, maybe by about 25% in terms of cleanliness

Because of my size, legroom in C still looks tight huh, btw, the bag u see is my wifes not mine !! ahahhaha

Seats, pardon me for this, I forgot to invert the pix

Push Back

America West A320

The Baja coastline

Meal choice, I really can%u2019t remember as it was not that good, wait, terrible!

Anyone know which airport is this I overflew on approach to LAX?


This was yet another uneventful flight and service is acceptable but the purser on the inbound flight still kicks ass with his service style and humour
Overall my impressions of AA was ok with good staff making up for the lack of product substance. But my 1st choice in the US will still be UA.

Service:7.5/10
A/C:3/10
Food:1.5/10

We disembarked to an empty AA terminal and I was 1st to be at immigrations with no one in front of me (what a shocker in contrast to Tom Bradley Terminal). We then got our bags and headed to Hertz to pick up our car, as I had some colleagues with us, I rented a Hummer H2..woohoo.

10 Feb 2007

LAX-BKK
TG795
A340-500 HS-TLC
ETD:2230
ATD:2257
ETA:0650
ATA:0651
Seat: 16K
Cruise:40,000ft

Pre Flight

After spending a few days shopping and eating in LA, I spent my afternoon at Long Beach before heading back to the Beverly Hilton to check out for my evening flight to BKK. The hotel was packed with security personnel and many stars were there was Clive Davis (famous record producer) was having his Pre-Grammy award party there. I managed to sport Christina Aguilera. But as it fast approached the tiem of the party, I decided to leave the hotel asap to avoid the crowd at the hotel. So before heading to the airport, we had a quick meal at McDonalds and then we drove-by to Grummans Chinese Theatre and the walk of fame to kill some time.
After returning the car and taking the Hertz shuttle to Tom Bradley, we had to line up for 20mins for TSA screening before we checked-in, there was only 2 persons in the Royal Silk line. Again check-in was swift with my bags checked thru to KUL. Agent told me flight was 95% full in C, and 100% in Premium Y and Y.
After getting my boarding pass for both legs of the journey, we went to the common use lounge which was packed on my trip a mth ago, but not too bad this time. Was told the proper airline lounge will only finish renovations sometimes in August this year.

We only stayed at the lounge for 20mins and proceeded through security. It was pretty full but the lines moved pretty quick. Our gate today was a remote gate so meaning we had to take a nice long bus trip to the remote pier where this bunker looking building are located where our a/c was parked

HS-TLC our A345 to BKK

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In Flight

Nice Legroom on A345 in C, but I wish the A346 comes to this route so we get F class

AVOD

This is my 3rd time on board a A345 on my 2nd time on HS-TLC, she still looks sparkling clean and all seats still in great condition, by the way, have I already mentioned how I love the lavatory with the windows?!!!
Everything about TGs A345 product is good, only perhaps the seat needs more cushioning, little hard as it is, but when my back gets sore, all I need to do is press the massage function

Menu
1st Serving
Hot Savouries
1st Course
Salmon Rolled w/ cream cheese

Salad w/ olive oil and vinegrette dressing

Main Course
Grilled duck breast w/ mushroom cream sauce
Or
Sauteed prawns and scallops provencale
Or
Chicken of Friscassee w/ mushroom
Or
Stir fried prok with chilli, basil & minced garlic

Dessert
Pineapple Tarte

I was having a really bad stomachache (much be from the double quarter pounder I had at McDonald) The lead FA was really nice to me and offered me some carbon pills (charcoal). After take-off it was a mad dash to the lavatory once the seat belt signs were off. After I took my seat again, I decided to skip dinner but my wife still had hers so I took pics of her meal.

Hot Savouries

Salmon & Salad

My wife had the prawn dish, she actually started eating and I was starting to fall asleep, hence the partially eaten dish :p


I managed to sleep most of the 1st half of the flight, letting my stomach recover, the lead FA all this while kept checking on me if I was ok. I got up just about the time they were serving the 2nd meal.

Menu
2nd serving
1st Course
Fresh fruit & yoghurt
Main Course
Cheese Omelette
Or
Boiled rice w/ chicken,coriander & spring onions
Or
Thai fried rice w/ prawns

I had the latter


After the meal, I watched the Fast & the Furious Tokyo Drift on the AVOD before going back to sleep (by the way, I bought the BOSE noise canceling headset when I was in LA, and boy was it a great investment!!) Again to my stomach natural clock, I woke up before they starting serving the 3rd and final meal for the flight

Slowly but surely we are getting to BKK


Menu
3rd Serving
1st Course
Mixed green salad w/ Italian dressing
Main Course
Mushroom risotto w/ grilled yellow spinach
Or
Chicken & eggplant w/ black bean sauce
Dessert
Assorted petit fours

Chicken &Eggplant


Time passed quickly as I slept most of the journey and soon enough we touched down at BKK. This time we did not have to park at the remote bay.
And as I always said before, the crew on this flight were great, still cant understand why the crew on C class seems much better on the long haul than the short haul flights on TG? Can somebody please explain this?

Service:9/10
A/C:9/10
Food:7.5/10

12 Feb 2007
BKK-KUL
TG415
A330-300 HS-TED old c/s
ETD:0855
ATD:0855
ETA:1210
ATA:1153
Seat:11K
Flight time: 1hr 45min
Cruise:34,000ft
Once I got off, I really didnt feel like doing anything much and just stopped by the smoking rooms for a puff or two. We then stretched our legs and had a look at the duty free before going into the Royal Silk lounge at C concourse. Wanted to check my email but the pcs werent running and I had to go to the other lounge. I was so dead tired by now I couldnt be bothered and just decided to chill out. At 0830, I started to walk to the gate and by this time boarding already commenced so I walked to the gate and straight into the a/c. Today being operated by HS-TED and this is probably my 8th time in this a/c and also my 8th time in 11K on this aircraft!! Fancy that!!
HS-TED

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Old but comfy seats on this baby although not on my trip to PER but great for short haul


*A c/s A333 next to us

PB Air E145 ready to take off in front of us


Menu
Fresh fruits & juice
Main Course
Seafood yakisoba
Or
Omelet w/ tomato & onion
Or
Roast chicken Chinese style, w/ hainan chicken rice

I was not hungry, just tired so took the fruits part of the meal

The flight was smooth with a fuss free service. But typical service as I always said for the short haul crew which stands in contrast to the long haul crew.

Service:7/10
A/C:7/10
Food:6/10

12 Feb 2007
KUL-CGK
MH723 B737-400 9M-MMQ later to be 9M-MMB
ETD:1630 later to be 1905
ATA:What a mess!!
ETA:1730, now 2005
ATA: Got no idea, at least I finally made it back to CGK
Seat:1F later to be 4F

As we landed a little early, I decided to make the dash to immigration, pick my bags and rushed to the MAS Golden Club check-in to see if I can get the 1345 flight to CGK instead of the 1630 I was booked on. But alas, the agent said only 1 seat in C was available with my wife or me having to seat in Y. My wife said she didnt mind to seat in Y as we can reach CGK earlier, but I told her its ok, we will just wait for our 1630 flight as we already paid to fly in C, we should just wait for the next flight. This was a mistake as later you guys will find out why.
Since we had so much time, I decided to check into the transit hotel airside to have a look and also take a quick nap and shower. Although we can also do that at the Golden Club Lounge, at least the transit hotel gives us a little more privacy. While the wife took her shower, I decided to walk around the airport and also had a quick 30min foot reflexology relaxing indeed. I then went back to the room and had a shower and a quick nap. We checkout at around 1545 and took a nice slow walk and skytrain back to G gates for our flight to CGK. It was now 1610, but no security staff were at the xray machine so we had to wait with the MH ground staff hassling the security to hurry up. The security started the xray at 1620 and we were all told to board the a/c immedietly, dorrs of a/c was closed at 1633. Efficient huh!! We then taxied and waited for ok to take off.
9M-MMQ

SQ to SIN departing before us

Legroom & seats (again I forgot to invert the pic, sorry)


Once we turned onto the runway for take off, instead of full thrust, only minimal thrust was applied and the aircraft turned off the 1st taxiway, ok, I sense a problem. We then pulled back into the gate where the captain took a long time before coming onto the PA to mentioned they had flaps and also an aircon compressor problem on the a/c therefore parts have been dispatched and we should be able to be on our way in 30 mins. Ok, not a problem in my case. But after 45mins on the a/c, some irate passengers in Y decided just to walk off the a/c and wait at the gate as it was hot (aircon not functioning due to faulty compressor). After about 1 hr of returning to the gate, the captain then said that we should all just disembark and wait at the gate. Now I really wished I listened to the wife and take the 1345 flight instead although meaning 1 C ticket had to be sacrificed and she or I traveled in Y.
The box I guessed contained the spare parts

After another 10 mins at the boarding lounge, the MH agent then told all of us to go to the transfer counter so we could all be accommodated on the 1900 flight to CGK and this MH723 will be cancelled. GREAT!! Another mad dash to transfer counters were everyone was pushing each other out of the way. I decided to play the ignorant game and just walked straight to the gate leaving everyone pushing and shoving at the transfer counter. I got to the gate and when the MH agent asked me why I did not go to the transfer counter I just said I was not told not to do so, so she got on her walkie talkie and 3 mins later I got my boarding pass for my flight heehhehe all this while everyone was still pushing and shoving at the transfer counter.
Still amazed that all the pax on my original flight in both Y and C can be accommodate on this flight, this flight must be pretty empty!! Once I got on the a/c. so did the whole world behind me, this flight is now 100% full after combining both flights pax.

Menu
Appetizer
Prawns w/vermicelli
Main Course
Chicken stew
Or
Beef rending
Or
Pumpkin ravioli
Dessert
Banana cherry gateau

Chicken for me

Over Sumatra


There was only 1 FQ for C but she did an amazing job for the full load of passengers. That why MHs FA will always beat TG everytime, the only pity is that MH has a lack of alliance.

Does MH have any plans to change their B734s?

Service:8/10
A/C:7/10
Food:6/10

Overall and interesting end to a great journey. Hope you guys enjoy your read. My next post will be up in 24 hrs which is a domestic trip w/ GA from CGK-SUB-CGK. I will be on my next long haul trip in 2 weeks on MH, TG & JK to Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona in C for MH, F in TG and Y for JK.

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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18306 times:

Wow! Outstanding trip report and a very long one too, just like your first one.  wave 

User currently offlinePaul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 18158 times:

Amazing report mate. Amazing pics of food, lounges and a/c, very well done!

We should all take a page out of your book on writing trip reports. Good job!

Paul



Veni, vidi, vici.
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2107 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 18099 times:

Now, after much thorough read.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
B734 - 9M-MQO

This aircraft was rumoured to be first MH's B734 to be equipped with the new Y product enhancement. Do you manage to spot the difference?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
I love that Saphire Program

What is the Sapphire Program?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Anyone know about upgrade plans of MH's short haul fleet? New interiors or perhaps a/c?

For more information, read through The Malaysian Aviation Thread 1 & 2 in the Civil Aviation Forum.  cheerful 

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
but was kept amused with a Canadian guy in the Y line who was complaining about TG not letting him get off with his bags which was 5 kgs overweight, and he was argueing about the pieces rule in North America, well, sometimes I really can't understand these people, we in asia always adapt to the pieces rule when we are in North America, so they should just do the same with our Kgs rule in Asia (or most part of the world in that case),

Well said.  checkmark 

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
btw, the bag u see is my wifes not mine !! ahahhaha

Of course it hers. I have been seeing it for quite sometimes, since the first trip report. Is it a Louis Vuitton?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
I rented a Hummer H2..woohoo.

Really? Did you snap a photo of it?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
HS-TED

But why is it a CX aircraft?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
this flight must be pretty empty!!

I was surprise those series of unfortunate events happened on MH in KUL! My godness! I had quite an empty flight too recently. Will post a trip report soon.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
MH has a lack of alliance.

What to do since AF is keep on sabotaging MH's entry into SkyTeam.  no 

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Does MH have any plans to change their B734s?

MH has announced that they won't be investing in purchases of new aircraft until 2008. So, until then. But they do posted a job advertisement in technical, requiring some expertise in B73NG. I am not sure whether this is for MH's future fleet planning or for normal (other carrier) maintenance purposes.

The fact that you travelled thousand of miles away to attend a conference is very enviable to me. I am looking forward for your next long haul trip report to Spain.  wave 


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18054 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
This aircraft was rumoured to be first MH's B734 to be equipped with the new Y product enhancement. Do you manage to spot the difference?

Is that so...but sama sama la...tidak ada any diff to me, especially in C, the seat backs are already weak and kept reclining on their on..or is it my weight?

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
What is the Sapphire Program?

No need for immigration queues with this membership, got your own special counter for both departures and arrivals...put your smart card in the machine, scan your eye retina, and off you are through in no more than 15 secs, no mroe hassles with Indo immigration officers. go to www.saphire.co.id available for all Indo citizens and KIMS (which i believe you have?)

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
Of course it hers. I have been seeing it for quite sometimes, since the first trip report. Is it a Louis Vuitton?

No lah ..no LV.. its a Fendi, the reason why she always bring it on travels, is bvecause I liek that bag as I can put a lot of junk when travelling eheheh my digicam, passports etc etc  Smile when you have a bag, use it!!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
But why is it a CX aircraft?

alamak...must be me typing in the wrond photoid number!! a thousand apologies!!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
Did you snap a photo of it?

H2 photo I do have, just need to look for it, drop me a instant mesg with your email add and I will send it over  Smile

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
job advertisement in technical, requiring some expertise in B73NG

Could be a direction for the future? Or maybe to service the BBJ they currenly have ?


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 735 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18021 times:
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Great Report and nice pics. Have only heard great things about MH, even in Y. Really have to try them some day.
My experience with Thai domestic and short haul in C is the same as yours, some really nice FAs and some really bad ones.

Stein



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 17954 times:

What a real treat to read, thanks for sharing.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1913 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 17893 times:
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Very good report and pictures!!

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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8496 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 17616 times:
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Excellent report, many manythanks!  Smile

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
We spent the next 3 days mainly at the Sheraton Hacienda where my conference was held, great beach though.

View from my room

- Wow, fantastic looking beach.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Of course there was no menus handed out, with the lunch choice of either chicken tenders or Vegetable Pizza.

I took the Pizza

- That looks terrible, yuck!

The TG product on the 345 looks pretty good, quite fancy trying that out one day.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17524 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
as the smoking area has a great view of the tarmac.

That is strange... I have never ventured to the smoking area as I always thought views of the tarmac in CGK was rather limited. In fact, I have only smoked in the area prior to boarding at D1.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
New interiors or perhaps a/c?

MAS has refurbished their 737s / A330 since 2002 when I first noticed the new fabrics on 9M-MMI in March 2002. The process took them a painstakingly LONG time I guess no doubt due to their large fleet. You can view one of my earlier TRs where I described the refurbished aircraft, although I have not really learnt how to attach photos yet back then!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/24138

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
ICN airport si quite a distance from the city but I was not complaining as my friend has arranged his chaeuffer to both pick and send us to the airport.

Please introduce this friend to me!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
and then sat at the gate and stared at the ceiling with my wife staring at me and looking at me curse and swear to myself about the lounge incident

Oh dear... Get her a new bag! She has a nice one! I am sure she will not say no to a newer one!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
with the lunch choice of either chicken tenders or Vegetable Pizza.

As much as I want to point out how pathetic the meal is, I have to remember that this is a US domestic flight we are talking about.



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17489 times:

Very nice report, with so many different carriers!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
My overall impression of AA was mixed, the only bright side was the really great cabin crew and above average catering.

I have to say, I've had MUCH nicer meals than that in UA F! AA's catering on your flights looks worse than what they used to serve in economy!



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 17420 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
(Hopefully its as interesting to read as Ryanair!!)

I just realised this part of your report... Thank you for holding me in such high regard!  Smile



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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 17384 times:

I figured as an AAdvantage Platinum I could shed some light on your American experiances. While American's US-Mexico/Carribean/Canada flights may be branded as "Business", its just a eupimism for Domestic First Class. Therefore, you are considered the same as a passenger flying say, LAX-DEN and therefore not given lounge access or menus, or a aircraft that is anything befitting of a Business Class flight. Sadly, this is the US and these are our airlines.


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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17287 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
Please introduce this friend to me

hahah  Smile ..its actually a business colleague la  Smile tell you what, next time u go to ICN, take me along (tickets inc yah!!) and I will definitely make sure we get a chaeuffer driven car :P

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 12):
I figured as an AAdvantage Platinum I could shed some light on your American experiances. While American's US-Mexico/Carribean/Canada flights may be branded as "Business", its just a eupimism for Domestic First Class.

Thanks for the info, actually the agent at the lounge also said something similar to that, but its still sad, I would never have any problems with any of the UA Red Carpet lounges in the US, even if I travel in Y. oh well...I tend to realise that some of the OneWorld airlines do have strange rules with regard to loounge access, like AA and QF.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
Thank you for holding me in such high regard

We can never forget the 'new' Ryanair in asia right? So when will you be buying over the shares of your namesake in Ireland?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
Oh dear... Get her a new bag! She has a nice one! I am sure she will not say no to a newer one!

Ssshhh don't give her any wise ideas ..she has enough bags!!...plus I am going to Europe next week, plus one more in May ....so she will definitely ask me to get something...so for now, hopefully she forgets and I can play the ignorant fool  Smile


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 17058 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
The TG product on the 345 looks pretty good, quite fancy trying that out one day.

You really should...but the new seats are only avail on A345 and A346 (both inc Y) and F and C on all B772 and B772er and on a majority of the B744

Quoting LH459 (Reply 10):
I have to say, I've had MUCH nicer meals than that in UA F!

But trust me...the chicken tenders on the way to Cabo was yummy !!! Actually better than the frozen ones you get in the supermarket eheheh  Smile


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 17038 times:
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When I try to access your trip report, all the pictures have a message from Photobucket.com stating "bandwidth exceeded."
Can anything be done so I can see the pics?
Thanks



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16700 times:

hey guys, just to let you know the pics are good to view again, i managed to fix my photobucket account !!

User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4002 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 16434 times:
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Thai345,
Thankyou for such a wonderful TR! I enjoyed it immensely. I like your sense of humor a great deal as well.

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised by anything you received on AA to SJD. As I'm sure you've read in other TR's and in other forums here and any other site you belong too, AA's product really has gone down the tubes. The meals you had looked absolutely disgusting and a poor excuse for inflight catering. I actually thought, no matter how frugal AA has gotten with the main cabin and in general getting much better service on B6 and WN, I'd think they'd spend a couple dollars more per passenger on the catering as many entertainment people go to Cabo on a weekly basis.....
If you ever do go to Cabo again, try AS! They too have made remarkable cutbacks but you'll surely get much better inflight service and catering as well as a cleaner plane. That is one of AS's big routes of LAX and it does very well for them. I fell you'll get more bang for your buck with them.
You mentioned taking UA. I believe their low fare arm, TED makes that trip.

Hope to read more of your TRs soon.

LACA773


User currently offlineONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 16085 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Anyone know which airport is this I overflew on approach to LAX?

That would be Chino (CNO) my friend.

ONTFlyer



Doin' just fine thanks...
User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15949 times:

Very nice report. Good balance of pictures and writing. I'd love to try Malaysian one of these days.


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15492 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 19):
I'd love to try Malaysian one of these days.

Yes you definitely should. Service is excellent and sometimes much better than SQ in all classes. Hey i always fly to BKK on my long haul journeys...so on my next trip I might get out and meet u guys in Thailand!!


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7086 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15336 times:

Great report and some excellent pics to acompany it. thanks for sharing with us

User currently offlineFURUREFA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 801 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 15270 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):


After a quick security check we went into the terminal, wanted to enter the lounge but guess what, business class passengers are not entitled to the lounge, only admiral club members?!! What the *^&#%^&@( !!!!! This is starting to get pretty bullsh*t and really not starting to make a lasting impression). At least its making me appreciate *A more now. 1st time I ever heard that premium passengers cant use the lounge

Actually, I don't think any US airlines allow domestic/carribbean/mexican J (or F - whatever you want to call it) PAX to access lounges. You must be an elite, or a club member to use the facilities.

Matt


User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 15148 times:

Do you have particular preference for MH, hence the extra segment?? I would think on a long trip like this
you would want to get home asap. Couldnt TG get you home BKK-CGK instead of going via KUL?
Did you visit the famous Arch rock formation in SJD?? I love that town. Did you get the special
treatment from the "Giggling Marlin"? Where they tie you upside down, pour tequila down your mouth,
blow a whistle in your ear and then spin you around and around. Great fun..LOL
Great trip report. Keep up the good work



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 876 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 15045 times:

Quoting GARUDAROD (Reply 23):
Do you have particular preference for MH

Not really but, I also got business operations there, so usually I stop by KL for a few hours to get paperwork done.

Quoting GARUDAROD (Reply 23):
Did you visit the famous Arch rock formation in SJD?? I love that town. Did you get the special
treatment from the "Giggling Marlin"?

The rocks.....yeap i did have a look at them..especially the arch at the end of the coast. But sadly I never experience the Marlin thingy, although I did drink my tequila non stop !!!!!

Quoting FURUREFA (Reply 22):
I don't think any US airlines allow domestic/carribbean/mexican J (or F - whatever you want to call it) PAX to access lounges

Actually as a star alliance gold member, UA and US allows me to enter all lounges in the US no matter what class I am travelling. therefore i notice that star alliance has a better standardized agreement within member airlines in comparison to oneworld which each individual airline seems to have more restrictions to fellow members...


User currently offlineFURUREFA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 801 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14989 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 24):
Actually as a star alliance gold member, UA and US allows me to enter all lounges in the US no matter what class I am travelling. therefore i notice that star alliance has a better standardized agreement within member airlines in comparison to oneworld which each individual airline seems to have more restrictions to fellow members...

Right, if you were a Oneworld Sapphire/Emerald (except AAdvantage Exec. Plat/Plat.) you could access the Admirals Club. If you were flying UA with no status and in domestic F you wouldn't be able to access the Red Carpet Club.

Matt


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