MAS777
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MAS' New F And C Class

Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:38 am

According to Malaysia Airlines' Annual Report...

1. The new First Class and Golden Club Class seats and inflight service will come online in Nov 2004.
2. The marketing and product launch details are being finalised with Priestman Goode - the cabin industrial designers - who are also working on the A380 launch (for Airbus) and was responsible for the launch of Lufthansa's and Virgin Atlantic's premium cabins. (sounds purty-good to me  Big thumbs up ).
3. Seatback e-mail, sms, multiplayer gaming and iXPlor (whatever that is) is also due to be launched in PhaseI of the launch this November.
4. Broadband and live television is being planned for PhaseII (if that occurs - I expect - but at least it is 'being planned')
5. New cabin service concepts, F&B and Menus, as well as Inflight equipment, are all on schedule and crew are due to begin retraining soon at the MAS Academy.
6. 21 new signature dishes are being planned as part of the revamp.

And here is a winner for all of us who were unsure about the fate of the A330 fleet...

7. The A330 fleet ARE to be included in the revamp and will feature new inflight entertainment - yay. This is despite the fleet currently receiving an update anyway with the new 2-class reconfiguration.

Exciting stuff!

I wonder if MAS has a card up its sleeve and has its first newly configured 777 delivered in new colours too (...cf. new inflight equipment) since it would be a shame to have all this roll out in the current livery.


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SafetyDude
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sat Sep 11, 2004 11:18 pm

Thanks for the information!

I wonder if MAS has a card up its sleeve and has its first newly configured 777 delivered in new colours too (...cf. new inflight equipment) since it would be a shame to have all this roll out in the current livery.
Are there any rumors about a possible new scheme?

-Will
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Joule
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:09 am

The A330s will have their C class seats replaced in probably mid-2005.

Broadband will be later. Lots of things going on but MH not rushing into introducing them.

New livery? Maybe special livery? Same livery? Who knows?
 
trickijedi
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:31 am

I really don't know much about MAS but I find myself very interested and intrigued by their operations.

I'm glad they're improving in seemingly every category. I look forward to flying MAS in the future.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
 
SR 103
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 12, 2004 11:18 am

1. The new First Class and Golden Club Class seats and inflight service will come online in Nov 2004.

I'm flying MH in January from BOM to LAX in C. Too much to hope for the new C to be on my flight huh?  Big grin

What's this about a new livery? Good to see MH is trying to improve their in flight product. I for one look forward to the experience of flying them.

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Joule
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:08 am

SR 103
There is a slight chance for you to get the new C class on the BOM-KUL 777 sector but definitely not on the KUL-LAX 747 sector. That's becos the 747 will be refurbished a bit later (around January).
 
MAS777
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:45 am

Just heard from a friend at MAS that First Class cabins will feature mood lighting and possible electronic window shades. Golden Club class pods apparently are similar to the new Qantas seats.
 
Airbus Lover
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:52 am

Indeed F will get electronic window shades much like those on business jets and mood lightning will also be available in C class.
 
B-HXB
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:54 am

I guess this means AKL is going 2-class? At this rate we're not going to have any F carriers left in New Zealand!
 
Tod
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 7:03 am

Flight Structures (a division of B/E, but don't hold that against them) of Marysville, Washington is doing the engineering and certification for both the 744 and 777. The 744 has been on again off again for about five years.
Sounds like a nice product.

Congrats to the guys and gals at FSI  Big thumbs up

Tod
 
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:05 am

B-HXB,

Yes Auckland will become 2 class but does this signify that NZ market as a whole lack demand for F class travels?
 
nickofatlanta
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:07 am

What routes do you think the first refurbished aircraft will travel? I imagine "flagship" routes like LHR-KUL for the 744s and maybe to EWR for the 777s?
 
changyou
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:21 pm

Just compared notes with an MH(FA) friend of mine who is going through the service training currently. Basically the new 1st class service happens to be the old version of CX's 1st class. And seems that MH paid an australian company to come out with the new FCL and JCL service. Wonder why don't MH get their own staff to tailor the service. SQ has a team of locals to design new service ideas. Much cheaper isn't it? Hope with all the new refurbishments and new products will stiffen the competition among the asian carriers.
 
MAS777
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sat Sep 25, 2004 8:41 pm

Most contracts tend to be tendered to interested companies who then bid in order to win the contract against competition - this achieves the aim that ideally the best bidder wins the contract best suited to Malaysia Airlines' terms.

That is a basic policy of business transactions and offers fair competition. Its not about using 'local' businesses or finding the 'cheapest' option.

Good on MAS and can't wait to try out their new service although being booked to fly with them in First in November will probably be too soon to experience the new service... but who knows - I could get lucky...
 
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 26, 2004 6:12 am

Changyou,

I do not think the new F class is CX's old F. When it comes out, we'll see  Smile and do correct me if I am wrong by then.  Big grin
 
B-HXB
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 26, 2004 7:16 am

Yes Auckland will become 2 class but does this signify that NZ market as a whole lack demand for F class travels?

Unfortunately that appears to be the case...  Sad
 
MAS747
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:43 pm

I hope MAS isnt upgrading their First and Business class products to some older generation product. I would suck if they upgraded to e.g. SQ's current product, and half a year later SQ / EK and whatnot come up with something better. MAS isnt going to upgrade thier in flight product that often if you judge by the past.

MAS should come up with some new, something original, possibly revolutionary.... Now wouldnt that be cool??
 
changyou
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 26, 2004 4:54 pm

Well...According to Airbus Lover they are not following any airline style...But notes have been compared between MH crew and CX crew(Both are dedicated crew with the respective airline). And CX had done away with SOME of the services that MH going to adopt way in the late 90's. On the side note..SQ is drafting a new JCL service which I'm not surprise will be at par with the FCL standard. I believe it's time SQ have to come up with a better JCL/FCL service and product. So they will live up to the slogan "The airline that even other airlines talk about"...Cheers!
 
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RE: MAS' New F And C Class

Sun Sep 26, 2004 5:07 pm

Well all I can say is MH's F class is quite something while C is just... well, certainly better than the current  Big thumbs up

Um new product launch end 2004 so let's say 2005. By the time full implementation is done, it won't be long till you see even newer ones MH have in the cards for the... A380.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy We'll see  Wink/being sarcastic

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