I have just finalised by booking from Singapore to Perth return on MAS. Apparently MAS have cut thier flights from SIN-KUL from around 10 odd daily to 5, while using the A330 instead of the 737. This makes for some really annoying schedules. My flight from KUL to PER leaves ar 0955, previously I could take the 0745 shuttle from SIN to KUL; instead now I have to depart SIN at 0650 on MH602 and hang about KLIA for 2 hours.
For my return flight to SIN from PER, I initially opted for the late afternoon/ evening departure which is flown by the 777, however it involves either making a dash for my connecting flight from KUL to SIN which leaves some 15 minutes after I land in KUL or waiting some 10 hours overnight for the first morning flight out. Once again previously I could have caught the 2320 flight out from KUL to SIN. No problem I say to the travel agent, book me on the morning flight from Perth to KUL instead. No problem indeed. The morning leaves at 0720 and goes via KCH and is operated by an A330-300. It arrives in KUL at 1510 after close to 8 hours on the wing and my connecting flight departs for SIN at 1920-4 HOURS LATER!!. There is a flight at 1540 but I doubt my baggage will make it, however I will try to see if I can get on that flight.To compensate for this I booked a room at the transit hotel, the cost of whcih add another S$60 on to my bill. The price of my MAS ticket was S$680 including tax, while SIA was around S$850. Add onto that the extra S$60 I have to pay for the transit hotel then you can see where I am coming from.
Can someone please tell me what on earth the MAS management is thinking? How are they going to compete with SIA when it schedules flights some 4 hours apart from one another?Oh and yes a trip report will be written after I get back. For those interested my itinerary is as below:
MON 23 FEB MH602 SIN-KUL 0650-0745 Y 737-400
MH125 KUL-PER 0955-1515 Y 777-200
MON 01 MAR MH126 PER-KCH-KUL 0720-1510 Y A330-300
MH607 KUL-SIN 1920-2015 Y A330-300