Il62Mdakar
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Tioman And The Dash-7

Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:56 pm

I was just about to answer in the flying classic aircraft thread and realised it got archived already. Didn’t realise that happens so quickly. After what time are threads archived?
When things slow down a bit after Christmas I will try to summarise it and open a new one with the aim to keep it alive.


I have a question about Tioman. I might go to SIN soon and would love to fly on the DASH-7. The problem is that my wife needs a visa for Malaysia which makes a short side trip a bit of a hassle. As I don’t really want to stay overnight on my own and leave her behind in SIN I thought of a day trip going all the way to KUL and back on Firefly. Obviously Berjaya Air doesn’t cater for that traffic but do people who have been there think it’s possible to clear immigration and board again within 30 minutes?
 
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:45 pm

I suspect you´re talking about flying SIN-TOD and continuing TOD-SZB with the same aircraft ...
If that´s the case:
I´ve done it myself (albeit in the opposite direction) and I´ve found out that I´m not the first one to do that ...
So, no problem !
But I strongly recommend to notify Berjaya Air about your intention !!!
It is not possible to book SIN-TOD-SZB on one ticket. You need to buy two separate tickets !

But again you will be fine provided you notify Berjaya Air staff at latest upon check-in at SIN so they can notify their colleages at TOD about the " transiting passenger" - important because Berjaya Air does not offer online check-in and you will arrive at TOD too late for (official) check-in deadline. So, the staff needs to know you´re on the inbound from SIN and they´ll have your boarding pass ready.

Just as a note:
Personally I´d rather do the routing in the opposite direction - if possible schedule wise - because you´d have the advantage of being able to talk to real Berjaya Air staff at SZB rather than possibly "less understanding/less helpful" staff of a local singaporean handling agent (no punch intended). I´m not sure whether Berjaya has own staff at SIN.
A SIN-SZB-TOD-SIN routing should be possible without a problem since the routing via TOD in both directions usually is operated just before/around noon. So, it certainly is no problem to get a suitable FY-flight SIN-SZB that leaves ample time for dealing with Berjaya staff at SZB.

If you decide to go SIN-TOD//TOD-SZB//SZB-SIN I suggest you contact Berjaya Air in SZB by email maybe a few weeks before departure (just to be sure...)
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:51 pm

Quoting MHG (Reply 1):
It is not possible to book SIN-TOD-SZB on one ticket. You need to buy two separate tickets !

I was told they would effectively join two bookings together (make notes to this effect) to enable this.

Quoting MHG (Reply 1):
If you decide to go SIN-TOD//TOD-SZB//SZB-SIN I suggest you contact Berjaya Air in SZB by email maybe a few weeks before departure (just to be sure...)

Definitely, I had a reply very quickly.


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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:40 am

Just found out that only SIN-TOD-SZB-SIN routing is possible for a daytrip according to the actual timetable ...
At least this way round the aircraft stops at TOD for 30mins.
In the opposite direction it´s the usual 20 mins only.
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:36 am

I have taken this trip a while ago, still flying from Singapore Seletar to Tioman, then straight on to SZB. I had two separate bookings and told check-in staff at Singapore I would be transiting only. When we landed at Tioman (wow!!!) nobody knew anything but they still made it possible to clear immigration, check-in and re-board in 10 minutes or so. The Dash7 was waiting for me to board with everybody on board and the engines running. What an experience. So you better make double sure that the station in Tioman knows what you are planning and try to get a seat in the back of the plane so you can get out early and don´t have to stand in the queue for immigration at TOD.
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:53 am

Quoting MHG (Reply 1):
But I strongly recommend to notify Berjaya Air about your intention !!!

Yes, I did it - I wrote an email days prior to Berjaya Air; but I didn't inform SIA ground crew. Upon on arrival in TOD I was greeted by an airport staff during disembarking, escorted all the way to the immigration office and handed out the onward boarding passes- simply at that! So no problem at all!

Quoting airevents (Reply 4):
When we landed at Tioman (wow!!!)

Yes, I had the luck of a super friendly crew, allowing me to take their cockpit jump seat for landing in TOD and SZB!   
 
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:40 pm

Thanks everyone for the great feedback.

That’s great. I knew that some forum members must have been on the Dash-7 to Tioman but I didn’t expect so many have done exactly what I am planning, especially as Tioman would be nice enough to spend a relaxing day or two (unlike other places where we sometimes have to go to catch an exotic flight  ).

Definitely sounds like Berjaya Air is used to a.netters and their special requests.

I will definitely contact them in advance.

I looked at doing SIN-SZB-TOD-SIN and your arguments of dealing with Berjaya Air own staff in SZB is a good one. But with the current schedule a daytrip is only feasible the other way round and then return with Firefly in the evening, or maybe even going to KUL and catch a Air Asia or Tiger back to SIN. That will be a new airport vs. more exotic airline decision.

Probably could have written my post in German, sorry PlymSpotter  
 
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:52 am

Quoting Il62Mdakar (Reply 6):
Probably could have written my post in German, sorry PlymSpotter

Maybe the Dash-7´s fan community is unexpectedly strong in Germany (considering no German operator ever had the type and only Tyrolean ever used it regularly into Germany/FRA ...)

I´ve been "chasing" it for some time and have flown couple of times now (Maersk Air / Wideroe / Asian Spirit / Berjaya Air).
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:00 pm

Again. Thanks everyone for your replies. Just booked SIN-TOD/TOD-SZB for the end of Feb. Will contact Berjaya Air about my plan shortly.

Really looking forward to finally fly on the mighty DASH-7. Fondly remember the type in service with Tyrolean in INN when I started being interested in aviation in the mid 90s but newer got the chance flying on one. And there can’t be a better place that Tioman where the DASH-7 can show its full potential.
 
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:56 pm

If taking a day-trip to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur, what exactly is there to do on the island in 5 - 6 hours? I'm hesitant to book flights if I'm just going to be sat at the airport for 6 hours waiting to fly back - I've got very little time in KL and don't want to "waste" time. If however there are cool things to do on the island, I'll go.

[Edited 2013-01-16 07:59:32]
 
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:28 pm

Hi Hywel!

Quoting Hywel (Reply 9):

Read Markus' great report on the DHC-7 and Tioman here: Tioman And The Dash-7 (by Il62Mdakar Dec 31 2012 in Aviation Polls)

To me TOD seems like a place you could spend weeks at, let alone 6 hrs. Looks like a real paradise on earth!

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[Edited 2013-01-16 14:31:24]
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RE: Tioman And The Dash-7

Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:12 pm

Quoting Hywel (Reply 9):
If taking a day-trip to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur, what exactly is there to do on the island in 5 - 6 hours?

Have a tropical beach holiday! Go to the beach, go snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, build a sandcastle, eat, lie on the sand, play a round of golf, go for a rainforest trek.....anything but sit in the (tiny) airport.
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