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SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Sun Apr 15, 2001 10:09 pm

Date:8/12/2001
Airline:Malaysia Airlines
Flight:MH608
Depart:Singapore-Changi/1425
Arrive:Kuala Lumpur-Sepang/1520
Flight time:55min
Aircraft:737-400
Reg:9M-MQL
Left the house at 1300 and arrived at Changi T2 at around 1330.Inside the terminal was mostly empty and only regional flights were scheduled to depart within the next 2 hours except SQ flights to SFO and LAX.Checked in at row 12 and got a window seat,23A.Went through immigration and did some spotting.Like I said before the airport was empty on the terminal 2 side so I only saw the following aircraft:
Malaysia Airlines:737-400
Singapore Airlines:A310,A340,747-400
China Airlines:737-400,A300B4
Silk Air:A320
Air France:777
Lufthansa:A340
Our aircraft was parked at F54 next to a SQ 747-400.Boarding started at around 1410 and we pushed back 5mins late.Taxied to rwy 20L and took off.Our route took us over the Singapore straits towards the riau oslands before turning over St Johns islands up towards the striatis of Melacca,over Johro,Melacca and Batu Pahat.The pilot climbed to flight level 240 and the drinks ervice started.In economy you just get a glass of juice or coffe but if your flying first during breakfast/luch/dinner then you get a light meal.The last time I flew first I got a chicken stew(disgusting!).Descent started at about 15 mins pior to landing.There was some very heavy thunderstorms at around 10-15km from the airport with lots of lightning strikes to the ground and tuubulence with very low visibility.Touched down on a very wet 32R nad taxied to gate A2.Did some spotting again and saw:
Malaysia Airlines:737-400,777,747-400,747-200F
Singapore Airlines:A310
Cathay Pacific:A340
Emirates:777
Atlas Air:747-200F
Lion Air:Yakolev Yak-40(I think,but it was not a western aircraft)
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Date:15/04/2001
Flight:MH617
From:Kuala Lumpur-Sepang/1810
To:Singapre-Changi/1905
Flight time:55min
Aircraft:A330-300
Reg:9M-MKJ
Left the house at around 1600 in light rain.Arrived at KLIA at 1650 with a long queue at checkin.Got an aisle seat,33H.Once again I did some spotting at the viewing gallery and saw:
Malaysia Airlines:737-400,747-200F,747-400,777,A330
Singapore Airlines:777
Cathay Pacific:777
Lion Air:Yak-40
Saudia:747-300
Emirates:777
Turkish Airlines:A340
Atlas:747-200F
As usual most flights were domestci or Singapore flights.The only 'real' MAS international flight was to Hong Kong.Took the aero train towards the satelitte building and walked to gate C32.Boarding began on time at 1700 and once again I managed to sweet talk the guy next to me for his window seat.We pushed back and taxied to 32R and took off.A left turn took us down Peninsular Malaysia at a crusing altitude of 22000ft.Once again we were served orange juice,not once but twice.Which has never happened to me in over 4 years of flying this route with MAS,SIA and JAL.In fact on one SIA flight we did not get any juice!Stated descending as the sun went down and flew across Johor to line up for rwy 20L and touched down smoothly.Taxied to gate F54 were our aircraft was cleaned for its next flight as MH622.Once again I did some spotting in T2 and saw:
Sinagpore Airlines:747-400,A310,777,A340
Malaysia:737-400,A330
Northwest:747-400
Lufthansa:747-400
Sultans of Bruneis Personal 747
Silk Air:737-300
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Overall both flights were up to standard but MH61 was very impressive and was the best SIN-KUL-SIN flight I have taken in the last 4 years and every crew memeber I came across greeted my even those who were busy clearing up after the flight.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Sun Apr 15, 2001 10:15 pm

SilkAir's B737-300's are all gone!!


GUNDU
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Mon Apr 16, 2001 9:36 pm

Yeah, how in the world did you see one?

Or did you mistaken an A320 for a 737?
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Mon Apr 16, 2001 9:54 pm

Hehehe Singapore 777 the SilkAir Flight operations staff is speaking up in defense of his company hehehehehe  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Tue Apr 17, 2001 10:07 pm

Not sure,but from about 1 km away looking out the starboard side window it looked like the rear end of a 737.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Tue Apr 17, 2001 10:25 pm

Lion Air aircraft u saw at Changi Airport is a Yak-42 , they used to operates B737-200 daily

Glad u had a good trip

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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Wed Apr 18, 2001 7:46 pm

I saw the Lion Air 737-200 on 20 March!! Ask Singapore 777, he also saw it.


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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Wed Apr 18, 2001 7:52 pm

I saw the 3 Lion Air aircraft at KLIA,but none at SIN.
Whats their service like:lousy?
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Wed Apr 18, 2001 10:10 pm

Not too bad. Reasonably with no frills.

Yeah...the bad of an A320 does somewhat look like that of a 737 so you could have well mistaken. SilkAir now operates a fleet of A319s and A320s.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Thu Apr 19, 2001 9:19 pm

Why did they get rid of the 737?? Was it because of the silk Air Crash??

Great trip report!! Glad you enjoyed your flight!

Cheers
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Fri Apr 20, 2001 9:18 pm

G-KIRAN:
Have you ever flown SIA's A310-300? How is MAS's 737 compared to it? Thank you.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Fri Apr 20, 2001 10:02 pm

Glad you had a good trip!
Was MAS cheaper than SQ? Because if it wasn't, I would have travelled SQ

Regards
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Fri Apr 20, 2001 10:16 pm

On the SIN-KUL shuttle route, I think SQ and MAS are the same fare. The 737s are in quite bad shape (interior wise) compared to SIA's A310s, which have recently been refurbished.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Sun Apr 22, 2001 10:38 am

GE:I have flown on the SIA A310-300 4 times,since most of my shuttle flights I take MAS.As singapore777 said the A310 is more spacious then the 737 and if you above 6 foot then you might fell a bit unfortable on long flights.So far I have flown SIA(A310,777),MAS(737,A330,
777) and JAL(MD11).In terms of seating the wide-bodies are the best such as the 777 which as lots of leg-room.

Fares on the MAS/SIN shuttle are the same for both airlines.However if you book your tickets in Malaysia you will be saving close to 30% of the cost you would pay in Singapore.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Mon Apr 23, 2001 7:05 pm

MAS 737 interiors are falling apart.I had the chance to look at its interior when i was at Gate F31.9M-MMM i think.

Aei S777,hows ur job at SilkAir Flite Ops so far??fun??


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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Mon Apr 23, 2001 10:56 pm

I would not go to the extent of saying they are falling apart but I felt they should have used solid white panelling for their cabin walls instead of the cloth ones they use now. They are certainly ageing and my uncle said that aircraft was at least 10 years old judging from the peeling Life Vest stickers on the seats. The seating is also terribly cramped.

Their A330s are nice aircraft though, spacious and quiet.
 
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MAS 737s

Thu Apr 26, 2001 12:12 pm

The 737-400 I flew on was 9M-MQL which was #2676 of the Boeing line and was MASs penultimate 737-400(as of 1996,a bit out of date).The cabin walls are solid and the 737s I have flown on were all in very good condition,well apart from the outside which needed a good clean around the APU.Singapore 777s uncle is correct the bulk of the MAS 737s were put into service between 1989-94 which means that some of them are around 12 years old,for comparison SIAs oldest A310 is near 23 years.For the SIN shuttle the seat pitch is fine,since it is a short flight.But if your flying Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai then it might get a bit cramped if you are very tall,I am around 175cm and I find it fine for the short flight.Singapore 777 how tall are you since you were complaining about the seat pitch on the 737?
The A330s need an upgrade to the 777/747 standard of service,but alos I would like to see PTVs in the 737s.I think Jet Blue already has some installed.
 
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RE: SIN-KUL-SIN On MAS

Thu Apr 26, 2001 8:25 pm

I am around 173cm tall, but I still found the seating a little cramped. Food was average I'd say. The A330 I flew on was 9M-MKY, great and new and spacious!!!! Highly recommend MAS if you're taking the 777, 747 or A330 but NOT for the 737s.

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