G-KIRAN : the shuttle service is actually a joint operation between SQ
, so to be fair it's not MAS management at fault in anyway. For the shuttle service, the SQ
flights are meant to complement each other in terms of timing , so of course if you were to look at just the list of SIN
flights of each individual airline, you would notice very huge gaps especially in the noon-afternoon period. Of course, i realise that even with two airlines operating the shuttle service, the desired frequency is far far from its original "turn up and fly" concept.
Mas777 is definitely right when he says that pax weren't happy with flying B737s for the same price of SIA's B777s. I have seen customers actually demanding to fly SQ
at the shuttle counter, which of course the counter staff had their hands tied since it was a joint service.
Well what can i say, but gone are the glorious days of the SIN
shuttle. during the chinese new year or qing ming ( all souls' day for the chinese ), the shuttle counters in Subang Airport were packed to the brim, and there were flights every 30 mins. SIA had to resort to flying in Megatops and MAS , the occasional DC-10s to cater to the immense demand.
However, with the new North-South highway and the convenience of taking equally comfortable express buses down to KUL
, many price-conscious pax have switched to alternative modes of transport. A shuttle ticket is extremely expensive when you consider it's 40 mins with orange juice -- thanks to the duopoly, a ticket to KUL
costs S$150+ and the return segment costs about S$100+ inclusive of taxes = S$250. For that price, you can easily get a ticket to BKK
: a much longer flight with a full meal service -- thanks to the competitiveness of the route with many foreign carriers exercising their fifth freedom rights on it.
for me, i usually take Japan Airlines' daily service between SIN
. that's the cheapest route to KUL
at the moment. Of course, Air India and Sri Lankan operate SIN
too , but their frequencies aren't desirable. JAL's flight out KUL
is the last flight of the day, leaving 15 mins after the last MH
flight to SIN
, at the time of 2245. SQ
's last flight to SIN
leaves at 2145.
This was never the case last time as G-KIRAN pointed out : there were flights as late as midnight.
it's kinda ironic when SIN
is much better connected to BKK
, than it is to its historically closer neighbour, KUL
. operating to KUL
non-stop was unprofitable for some airlines, so they used to stop at SIN
to pick up pax last time in the good old days of subang : QF
( not sure abt this ) , CI
well the SIN
traffic rights have been used up, thus the SIN
route is quite untouchable to LCCs , most unfortunately. Hopefully some local LCCs can wrestle for some share of the SIN
market in time to come.