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MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:38 am

Reason For Trip:

Time to head home to Perth for a little R & R and also to have my annual health check up! And, by the way , MH is Malaysian Hospitality is their new marketing slogan!


5 February 2008

Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines MH722
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: 9M-MMY
1st Flight: 15 July 1993
ETD: 1820
ATD: 1815
ETA: 2120
ATA: 2100
Flight time: 2 hrs
Seat: 2F
Class: Golden Club (Business)
Cruise: 36000 feet

Pre Flight

Since its only a few days after the crazy floods which had been happened last Friday and the weekend (see my Semarang TR). I decided to leave home early to spare some extra time for any further chaos, plus, the weather has also been relentless, raining every single day. The journey itself was ok, I left home at 1500 and arrived at 1630 at the airport, 40mins longer than usual, but hey, I am not complaining as I am already in the airport. After the usual efficient MH check in, we decided to go to Starbucks to get a free bite and drink (special privileges from one of my credit cards).

Scenes from the Starbucks

How often does one see a Yemenia jet?



Coffee and Croissant!


Always nice to have some green


After that we went to use the JAS Premium lounge which was much better than the lounge MH uses which is the Puri Indah lounge.


Walking towards the gate


9M-MMY taking me to KUL


In Flight

Normal J seats on MH B734’s



JL B772 next to us


Taxi and take off



My 1st time on board 9M-MMY. I actually forgot my pen and paper for my notes, but the efficient, kind and helpful MH f/a got me a MH writing set. B734’s are good old workhorses for MH and they are also maintained in tip top condition by MH engineering, but their age are indeed starting to show as most of their B734’s are from 1993 and 1994. Hope fully they get their new narrow body order sorted out soon.

Menu and Food


Current issue of In-flight Magazine


As usual for the 2nd last flight out of Jakarta, this bird is full in both J and Y, mainly due to day trip businessmen from KUL. Flight itself was uneventful except for turbulence all the way into KUL!

Service: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Aircraft: 7/10
Inflight Entertainment: None


Hotel Stay

Hotel: Le Meridian KL Sentral
Length of Stay: 1 night
Room: Deluxe City View, Upgraded to Corner Room
Location: 10/10 (If you need to use the KLIA Express train, but other than that, its still some distance from the airport)
Service: 7/10 (Quick and efficient service)
Room: 8/10 (Has everything you want in a room except LCD/Plasma TV)




6 February 2008

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Perth (PER)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines MH125
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Registration: 9M-MRK
1st Flight: 8 July 1999
ETD: 0940
ATD: 0940
ETA: 1640
ATA: 1605
Flight time: 5 hrs
Seat: 1K
Class: Golden Club (Business)
Cruise: 37000 feet

Pre Flight
By the time we took the Express train and checked-in at the Le Meridian, it was already 10pm, plus we met up with an old friend so by the time we had supper and chit chatted, it was already 2am. After a nice bath, it was lights out and it was an agonizing time for me to get up again at 6am. But I hit the buzzer and overslept, and so did the wife! We got up at 0715, had a quick shower and packed up, took the train and we arrived at KLIA with 1 hr to spare!

On the way to KLIA on the Express Train




Plus, the J and F check in at KLIA was shockingly full! But I noticed people around me were also checking in for the PER flight, so I decided just to patiently wait in line. Plus, I really hate to beg people to cut in front even if I am late for my flight eheheheh. After boarding passes were in hand, we just went straight to the MH Golden Lounge and had a cigarette and double expresso to wake myself up!

Scenes from the Gold Lounge, MH wide bodies ready to go! And Saudia



Golden Lounge Main area (or a part of)


Getting our butts out of the lounge and start the long walk and people mover ride to the G gates where our aircraft was


9M-MRK


In Flight
Again another first for me, this time, my first time on board 9M-MRK (I always get MRI a lot on the MH’s B777’s).

J Seats






Mood Lighting


Again, there is no feeling like the welcome you get when you are aboard Malaysia Airlines! Chinese New Year songs were also being aired on the PA as its Chinese New year’s eve. This bird was docked at G gates, probably just finished doing a domestic run.

Busy KLIA in the morning



Just after lift off



When I was served my pre departure drink , I just realized MH uses proper sized glasses for their drinks and this is good, I mean I also love the mug they use for coffee or tea! Some might say it looks cheap, but to me, its nice and cozy. MH uses the same J seats as TG, but MH has much more legroom in them!

A must for every a.netter skyshow!




Menu




Select AVOD



Meal time and my all time favorite breakfast from MH, Nasi Lemak!




And to top it off, a nice glass of Teh Tarik


Just about to land, passing Rottnest Island and Freo.





Overall, another flawless and fantastic flight by MH. That’s why I love to fly them so much. I only fly TG more due to the fact that it belongs to Star Alliance. I hope MH gets into an alliance soon. When getting off the aircraft, the purser even personally shaked our hands when we got out. I know this is business class, but its all the small touches which mattered a lot, certainly these are touches missing with a lot of the airlines I fly with in J, even TG or SQ.

Little old Perth Airport, International Terminal


Service: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Aircraft: 10/10




Thanks again for reading guys! Stay tuned for part 2!

Below are my Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest.
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports) Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports) Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports) Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports) Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports) A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports) 1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports) Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports) B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports) Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports) Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports) Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports) The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports) Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports) Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports) Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports) MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports) 1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
 
gpbcroppers63
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:11 pm

Nice report. You were at FL300 after only travelling 1 mile?!! That's a fast climb  Wink
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:59 pm



Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 1):
Nice report. You were at FL300 after only travelling 1 mile?!! That's a fast climb

Yup it is,...haven't u heard of vertical rocket boosters for commercial jets? haahahha ....anyways jokes aside, when writing a long TR like this, mistakes will definitely happen, but sometimes they do come out funny like this  Smile eheheh

thanks again for reading!
 
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:09 pm



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 2):
anyways jokes aside, when writing a long TR like this, mistakes will definitely happen

It wasn't your mistake. It was shown in one of the pictures of the airshow on the PTV. Hope I can fly on one of the rocket powered 777s in the not too distant future  Wink
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thaia345
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:20 pm



Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 3):
It was shown in one of the pictures of the airshow on the PTV

Actually the airshow on both my B777 flights were stuffed, mainly the distance travelled part!
 
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:26 pm

That would explain how come you were at FL300 after only having travelled 1 mile then. I thought there may be some mistake somewhere. Not even Concorde or the 757 could manage that rate of climb!!
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:17 pm

excellent trip report.

to me it seems as if most Asian airlines step their game up when it comes to business class.
flying with UA or AA business class never left me the opportunity to leave the aircraft saying i had a great trip in business class.

but nice report and pics

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Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:35 pm

Nice report as always  Smile

Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 1):
MH uses the same J seats as TG, but MH has much more legroom in them!

Same as the TG´s 777-200ER seats or same as TG 747´s and 340´s??

MH sure does look nice Big grin Pity they are not a member of Star...

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Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:48 pm

A great read and great pictures as well. Overall another great report  Smile
thanks a lot for writing this report and sharing it with us...
 
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Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:26 am

Nice to read a trip report from you, as always, Even better to read one about MAS!

Ah... I think I might have sat at the SAME table as you several times during my SIN-JKT-SIN commutes. The checkered table by the window at Starbucks! One of the few locations to look at planes without interuption.

I have recently signed up to be a member of the Malaysian Wings forum and I have so far managed to learn so many things on top of what I already know about our esteemed dark horse - MAS. It is so sad that their MH Campaign will only be confined to Malaysian audiences because imagine what it would do with thier international standing should it be released worldwide? Sad sad sad...
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Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:49 am



Quoting Ba777pilot (Reply 6):
flying with SA)">UA or SA)">AA business class never left me the opportunity to leave the aircraft saying i had a great trip in business class.

Actually not with all asian carriers, but with MH no matter how long the flight, I will always leave the flight feeling happy!

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 7):
Same as the TG´s 777-200ER seats or same as TG 747´s and 340´s??

Same as the B744 and B77A and A340. The B772ER are on their own with the newer generation lie flats

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 8):
thanks a lot for writing this report and sharing it with us...

You are welcome!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):
Ah... I think I might have sat at the SAME table as you several times during my SIN-JKT-SIN commutes. The checkered table by the window at Starbucks! One of the few locations to look at planes without interuption.

I have recently signed up to be a member of the Malaysian Wings forum and I have so far managed to learn so many things on top of what I already know about our esteemed dark horse - MAS.

Ahhh Mr Soh...Yes the nice seat at Starbucks, and the many time you have sat there during your many trips to CGK, but everytime you fail to look me up  Sad ehhehe ......you really have to look me up soon bro ! Whats the web address for Malaysia Wings? Maybe I need to join up there ....

Thanks again everyone for reading....Part II will come soon as soon as I plant my butt in front of my PC to write it up!
 
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Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:19 pm

Mr. ThaiA345,

Well done as always my friend! The pictures are fantastic!

I really miss flying with MH.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
I actually forgot my pen and paper for my notes

Haha. I have a small notebook that i use only for my TR notes  Smile Usually other passengers pick up on the fact that im documenting every happening and i get strange looks everywhere  Smile

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Some might say it looks cheap, but to me, its nice and cozy.

I actually think it looks nice. It matches the MH theme, especially in J. CX also use mugs in J. I think its a very home-like touch.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
but its all the small touches which mattered a lot,

Spot on! .. Couldn't agree with you more. You tend to normally expect what you paid for, but these additional small touches are what leave you with that special impression.

This definitely applies for my most recent EY flight to JFK. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about their competitor that i flew on my way back!  Smile Smile

Cant wait for part 2!

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Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 10):
Ahhh Mr Soh...Yes the nice seat at Starbucks, and the many time you have sat there during your many trips to CGK, but everytime you fail to look me up ehhehe ......you really have to look me up soon bro ! Whats the web address for Malaysia Wings? Maybe I need to join up there ....

Eh leh... gue kerja!!! You know how work trips are like.  Smile

First flight out SIN-CGK...Bam, bam, bam, one client to another... Lunch in Kelapa Gading/Glodok (ooooh I love Super Kitchen)/Menteng, depending on where we are at that time... and bam, bam, bam, more butt kissing at other clients... Eh... MACET, MACET, MACET... Aduh... MACET lagi...The jams along the city streets really take a lot out of you as a person so I do not envy the driver, granted he is probably used to it. More bam, bam bam... Back to airport. Check self... Still alive... Check in, collapse at A&W in exhaustion as the sun sets. By this time, I am not exactly in the best of moods already as I am tired, grumpy, too tired to eat and still have to look chirpy because my boss is with me. Enter plane in concourse D (SQ) and fly home.  Sad

That is why I hate these trips. I seldom sleep on planes but I am normally out like a light on these JKT trips. Sometimes I do not even recline my seat and the next thing I know, I am being tapped in the shoulder (Sir, fish with potatoes or chicken curry with rice?). OMG, you mean we took off already?? Hahahahaha...

Anyway I have since moved on to a new job as I got poached sometime late last year by a client.  Wink

I think you deserve to see a better side of me so I will definitely call you up when I am there on a leisure trip. Hee hee...
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:10 am



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 10):
Whats the web address for Malaysia Wings? Maybe I need to join up there ....

Oooops... Gue lupa. here you go, it is www.malaysianwings.com.
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:05 am



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 11):
Haha. I have a small notebook that i use only for my TR notes Smile Usually other passengers pick up on the fact that im documenting every happening and i get strange looks everywhere Smile

Hahahah...welll aren't we all a.nutters the same with our little note pads!!!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 11):
small touches are what leave you with that special impression.

Its always the small things that go a loooonnnggg way!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 12):
I think you deserve to see a better side of me so I will definitely call you up when I am there on a leisure trip. Hee hee...

Yes tow kay! You really have to look me up when ever you are in Jkt! Tell you what, find some time to meet up with me and then to help you reach the airport in good time, not a problem for me to arrange a police escort ahahahha ....
 
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:19 am

Thanks for the trip report.

The Malaysian Hospitality advert that we saw on youtube was very good and I don't know why it is not used in Australia. Jetstar Australia now fly to KUL and I am sure MH could advert themselves and Malaysia as a destination. Anyone got a link.
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:40 am



Quoting BNE (Reply 15):
I don't know why it is not used in Australia

Well being MH, there have marketing budget issues ...but to me this new campaign is already in full swing in M'sia, especially at KLIA when I pass thru there a few weeks ago. I certainly hope they will really carry this campaign out all the way around the world to strengthen their brand!
 
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:50 am



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 16):
Well being MH, there have marketing budget issues ...but to me this new campaign is already in full swing in M'sia, especially at KLIA when I pass thru there a few weeks ago. I certainly hope they will really carry this campaign out all the way around the world to strengthen their brand!

According to their marketing plans, the "This is MH" campaign for the ENTIRE YEAR will be focused within Malaysia only till 31 Dec 2008. I have stopped banging my head against the wall already because I am bruised enough as it is, angering over this brainless tactic.
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:09 pm



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
I have stopped banging my head against the wall already because I am bruised enough as it is, angering over this brainless tactic

Totally agree with you on this point. Everyone in M'sia already knows MH! Its overseas where they have their work cut out for them!!
 
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Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:08 pm

Nice report and photo's as always, many thanks.

Regards

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Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:55 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 19):
Nice report and photo's as always, many thanks.

Hi Mark...

Thanks also for reading my TR as always  Smile

Cheers mate!
 
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Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:03 pm

Very nice report and lovely pictures! I've always wanted to fly MH... one of these days...
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Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:11 pm

Nice TR

The pics are really good, as always.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Coffee and Croissant!

That drinks looks, yummy  Wink

Do anyone now if MH have any plans to retire their oldest 737s??

Glad that you got to fly on a new MH 777.



Thank you for sharing

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Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:41 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 22):
Do anyone now if MH have any plans to retire their oldest 737s??

Glad that you got to fly on a new MH 777.

Actually they are having a tender out now if I am not wrong to make a final decision between A320 family of B737 NG. It would be too long in the future  Smile ..Maybe the current B734 have another 3 to 4 years to go at the most. For MH B772, I have flown the new config aircraft maybe 6 times now and I love every minute of it.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 21):
Very nice report and lovely pictures! I've always wanted to fly MH... one of these days...

Hi Chris! You really should try MH one of these days, too bad their products out of BKK isn't that great, usually its the B734 or the A333, but trust me, the service will blow you away  Smile in a good sense of course
 
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Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:12 pm



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 23):
to make a final decision between A320 family of B737 NG.

Hope for the 737NG Big grin

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 23):
For MH B772, I have flown the new config aircraft maybe 6 times now and I love every minute of it.

That sounds great. So MH have succeed with the new config.
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Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:09 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 24):
That sounds great. So MH have succeed with the new config.

I don't think so as MH is losing a lot of premium pax because they have started to increase their fares. But space wise, MH is really the best in J

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