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Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:56 pm



It has been one hell of a start, as far as 2011 is concerned. Tremendous stress both on work and personal front dominated much of my time. As we approached the middle part of the year, I thought a need to get away from it all HAD to be planned before a self-implosion became imminent.

2 weeks was set aside and a few destinations began to appear on the itinerary. Dubai (by invitation from someone very dear), Perth (would be nice to go “home”) or Christchurch in New Zealand (again another invite).

As the weeks grew closer to departure, Dubai became a blur through an impossible mileage redemption effort. Christchurch too was looking rather bleak; I didn’t know an earthquake ravaged city was such a popular destination. That left me with Perth, with a slew of offers to choose from ranging between SQ and QF to MH. I was looking forward to flying the “new” Garuda but lo and behold, they were the MOST expensive compared to everyone else (even more expensive than SQ? WTF?). Otherwise, most other airlines seemed to be having a post school holiday withdrawal syndrome. While the price range differed very little between the big boys flying nonstop from SIN, MH’s offer via KUL caught my eye.

Thus, MH it was then!

MH of today is an airline that seems to have embraced the advantages of internet conveniences. An online booking process so simple even my toothless granny would sail through it without wetting her knickers.

“It will cost you an additional SGD 2300 to upgrade to Business Class. YES / NO”
… so went the booking interface at the end. Tempting, but no thanks. Upsell effort? Not bad, MH!

“Do you own an i-Phone? Download the MH Mobile application today!”
… went another pop up message. Welcome to the 21st century.

“Fantasy involves a MH Girl in a kebaya? Order the blow up doll “MAS MINAH” online today! YES / NO”
Ok, that’s enough.

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) – Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Malaysia Airlines System Berhad
MH 601
Boeing 737-4H6 (9M-MMB)
0645 - 0755H
7 July 2011




In order to meet the Perth connection in KUL, it was necessary to be on the first flight out of SIN before the break of dawn. Check in at Row 12 was fast and efficient. My seats were already pre-booked at the airline office previously (I made a separate trip there to get my Australian visa settled and managed to charm the lady enough for her to allocate all my seats).



With eyes half closed, there was nothing like the multi-coloured seats of a good old MH 737 to wake me up. It worked much better than coffee, actually. Flight attendants were equally vibrant and eager to serve, perhaps this being their first flight of the day.

I didn’t do this, seriously.

0650H: Crews arm doors and cross check.

There was no explanation why our pushback was late. This being in the midst of early morning bank of arrivals, we remained at the marshalling point for a wee bit. Flight time was announced to be “1 hour” which was fairly longer than usual.



Nevertheless we eventually took to the misty skies. Similar weather conditions accompanied us throughout the entire flight so the normally picturesque ride along the coast was anything but with the ground all obscured in early morning mist.



It later dawned on all of us why the flight was longer than normal. Destination ATC gave us the orbital run-arounds as arrival congestion piled up above.

0755H: Landed in an equally misty KLIA on 14L meant a rather brisk taxi to gate B8 and on chox within minutes at the main terminal building. To the aero-train I went, to catch my next connecting flight from the satellite terminal located a distance away.

What a miserable looking morning…



Perky hostess, salty nuts and guava juice - this was about as good as it could get on a short hop with MH.

TRANSIT – KLIA

Time really flies. Last time I actually flew a full service carrier via KLIA was in Oct 2004. I did a First Class round trip with MH from SIN. That was 7 years ago! So it would be great to see how much this airport has changed.



One thing for sure, they have replaced all FIDS throughout the terminal. Few changes in restaurants too from what I could tell (a posh looking Satay bar, how in the hell can Satay be posh? Observed a wine cellar within too, you have to be kidding me!).



And now, they have opened a previously unused portion of the satellite terminal – in the middle of it all, a small patch preserved rainforest. Yes, the KLIA Jungle Broadwalk is the latest attraction offered to transit passengers (mainly clueless Caucasians) to get a glimpse into how a humid tropical jungle feels like. They could not leave this patch of virgin forest alone, you see. Now they have allowed humans to further strip it of its remaining dignity by slapping a wooden pathway through it, and awkwardly insert an artificial waterfall within for good measure. Strategic spotlights have been forced into it as well to make sure this morbid exhibit is well lit after sunset. Bleeding and tender, yes. Virgin, definitely no more.



The rest of the airport has remained largely similar. Still beautiful and very photograph-able.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) – Perth International Airport (PER)
Malaysia Airlines System Berhad
MH 125
Boeing 777-2H6 (9M-MRI)
0940 – 1500H
7 July 2011




So here we are, MH. Yes, there I was staring at 9M-MRI, a bird which I have flown in numerous occasions a lifetime ago when Business Class was still known as “Golden Club”. One thing for sure, back then there was an underutilised First Class section which is a rare case these days for this airline struggling to remain relevant without ridicule.



Bearing their early morning pearlies were a pair of stunning Malay stewardesses at Door 2L. Both of them were busty, curvy, definitely perfect candidates for the Obedient Wives Club (a controversial gathering of Muslim women in Malaysia who ask that all wives behave like prostitutes to please their husbands sexually – apparently it’ll prevent marital issues from cropping up).

“Morning! Down this aisle, please…”



Strolling down the cabin, a sense of déjà vu immediately filled the air. While the Business Class portion was refurbished in 2006, MH has had this YCL cabin since day one of 777 operations. In fact, I have a book dated in the mid-90s detailing the construction of this plane and a similar cabin was illustrated.

To cut the crap short, what I wanted to point out was how out-dated the whole environment felt. Will it be made over? Only heaven knows…

From the looks of passengers who milled about at the holding lounge, load on this flight was rather light. In fact, after I was seated - there were hardly any neighbours around me. Definitely paradise, if only this was a red-eye flight!

From arrival congestion earlier on, now we were told of taxi congestion. KLIA has it going on! Things are jiving! So much for being a white elephant… Oh wait, could the bulk of congestion be caused by Air Asia from the adjacent budget terminal? As a consequence, push back was delayed.

The latest safety video from MH is rather cheesy. Stewardess shown, beautiful as always – voice over by none other than the lovely Brit-accented Asha Gill. Attempts at conversational depictions of different safety related scenarios were cringe worthy at best.

“Excuse me Sir, could you please put your bags further beneath the seat so other passengers won’t trip over them? Thank you…” Script so contrived they were rivalling SQ that very moment.



0955H: Finally, push back and we get going.



Arriving at the marshalling point for 14R, it is difficult not to see why there was so much congestion. Little red Air Asia jets, like mighty Amazonian fire ants – small and potent, were scuttling about doing their thing towards the active runway. I am sure this MH 777 I was on could not wait to get airborne before a pesky little ant crawled up her butt delivering a bite so painful it would scare the satay sauce out her behind.

I seem to remember footrests???

The southerly flight path would take us along the eastern coast of Sumatra, skipping over Java momentarily, leap frogging over the Indian Ocean before making landfall in Western Australia above Shark Bay.



Much of the flight in the beginning was marred by bad turbulence so seatbelt sign remained on for a bit. For as long as possible, the captain asked for most of us to remain seated but the cabin crew got up to prepare meal service. However, we were told hot beverages would not be served for our safety – fair enough.

Yunis, the stewardess serving my aisle - quickly distributed packets of salted peanuts followed by a tray of water, orange / guava juices. Before you know, smell of food wafted through the cabin signifying the start of meal service.

Alison Janney, whatever happened to her after West Wing and playing a lesbian in The Hours? Here she is in JUNO.

Cranking up the IFE, I must say movie selections this month were rather mediocre. With nothing much, I chose a classic favourite “JUNO” – figuring it was a harmless, feel happy movie about teenage pregnancy. Menu selection for meals was flashed across the PTV whether you wanted it or not, so you could make your choice later on.

Evidently, the “Malaysian Breakfast” was a very questionable choice.

Skimming along the coast of Sumatra before breakfast.



1055H: “Good morning, Sir. What would you like? Nasi Lemak or the omelette?” offered Yunis.

Any fool would have chosen Nasi Lemak as catering out of KLIA would be a nincompoop to screw this up. And so it was, divine prawn sambal flavoured with anchovies, coconut rice and an egg. Scattered around the tray was a bowl of fruits, strawberry cake for dessert, croissant from the bread basket, muesli bar, a ball of chocolate… Gosh! That was a lot of chow! I turned down a bar of ice cream offer which came mid-way through meal service.

Goodbye, Java!

By the time I had finished devouring my Nasi Lemak, Java was newly astern and we were now journeying over the vast Indian Ocean. JUNO had just finished screaming after a 5 minute labour produced a wet, slimy, blue and squirmy little baby who went into the arms of Jennifer Garner. Did I mention what a cute little movie it was?

Time for some shut eye.

Surfing through the rest of the entertainment, I later settled for a rather ridiculous ADJUSTMENT BUREAU starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Awful, jaw droppingly mundane, flat storyline… So glad I didn’t pay to watch this at the cinemas. Wait a minute; I did pay a few hundred bucks to be on this seat, didn’t I?

I was glad for that horrible movie to be over, definitely not one of Matt Damon’s better ones. Switching back to Channel 93 (Airshow!), I realised we were just about to make landfall. Quickly raising up the shades, there we were… Unmistakably, in the far horizon was a land mass visibly looking very brown and inhospitable. Australia!



Having flown over this continent countless of times, the sight of it from the sky has always awed me every single occasion. Today was no exception. It seemed I wasn’t the only one with my face plastered to the window like an 8 year old kid discovering his parents’ porn collection. Other passengers, foreigners and Australians alike - together with some members of the cabin crew in the aft galley, whipped out their cameras and started snapping away at the beautiful natural formations beneath.

Yunis caught me with my iPhone poised at the window at Door 4R just outside the galley.

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” she mused.
“Yes, very.”



As with any journey into Perth, this spectacular show outside our windows also meant the sector was coming to an end – with a little more than 45 mins left to our flight. Perhaps it was also over this area not too long ago a QF A330 experienced an inflight upset so severe an immediate diversion had to be carried out. Shudder.

Hey, look who popped up on my play list?!



Eventually, we nosed towards the ground as arrival preparations commenced. Planets weren’t aligned to my favour that afternoon. Another set of airspace congestion awaited which resulted in some rather lengthy orbits in the sky.

Ok, someone doesn’t want me to get there!

Eventually the orbits straightened itself out paralleling the Great Northern Highway over Middle Swan, direct for Runway 21.



Awaiting me at arrivals was MORE CONGESTION! SQ had just pulled in from Singapore at that time and you would think with us arriving, immigration would have opened up more counters? No, there was only ONE processing 2 widebodies’ worth of international passengers. Many other immigration officers were observed milling about in their coffee mugs, go figure. Post-1500H must have been “siesta hour” for them. Customs and border security were thankfully lenient to me this trip as I had purposely declared a $1 wooden photo frame from Ikea. Thus, I sailed through the red channel while green line for “NOTHING TO DECLARE” stretched all the way to Sydney.

Felt good to be back. Crisp, cold winter… just the therapy I needed for the next few days of suburban sobriety away from everything brewing back home.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:15 pm



Perth International Airport (PER) – Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Malaysia Airlines System Berhad
MH 126
Airbus A330-323 (9M-MTD)
0125 – 0700H
11 July 2011


A summary of the return flight is in order, let pictures do the talking.


Rather cold and chilly night to be outside. It was raining heavily the entire day… Damn I am going to miss this weather!


Check in was together with MH120 bound for Kota Kinabalu. Only ONE counter open for YCL passengers for both flights leading to a LONG line, stood there for almost an hour. Not very expeditious now, is it?


Right up to airside we go!


Thank God for access to the QANTAS Lounge, as far as airline lounges go - this is about as good as it gets at PER.


I really didn’t know what was there to eat but selection laid out was rather sad. Mainly rabbit style nibblies and soup which tasted like an instant mix. It’s definitely not acceptable for an airline lounge catering.


I was falling asleep in the lounge and decided to head out since there were no announcements made for non-QF / non-Oneworld flights. However the lounge attendant was kind enough to make sure I was well taken care of since I was the only MH passenger in there. She was surprised when I mentioned that MH has just joined the alliance concerned a month back.


MH120, brand new 737-800 bound for Kota Kinabalu (BKI) in Sabah. A new service for MH which makes all of us wonder how long will this last?


Here we are with 9M-MTD (MSN 1234) which took the first flight only in May this year. I am not too sure about the new livery though; the entire plane I feel has been soaked in wrong sauce!


The over-crowded interior of PER with Walmart-styled fluorescent hues.


A friend from home, I was on STL not too long ago flying ADL-SIN.


Psychedelic colour hues dominate the cabin. Once again, I am not too sure about the colour choices though. Guess it looks much better than the multi coloured Hari Raya fruit salad of the older A330s so it is a start.


New plane = new entertainment system. Selection was rather confusing because it is completely different depending on a/c types you were on and sector lengths flown. Good luck figuring it out because none of the movies loaded matched what was illustrated in Going Places!


Lights dimmed, we are ready to go.

MH running out of guava juice? Can it happen? Yes it can!


A lot of people wanted to sleep, but they took so damn long to serve supper.


By the time supper was served, it was almost 3am and most of us would have been drooling not from hunger but from fatigue. That being said, this was one of the best meals I ever had on a plane. Lamb braised in red wine sauce with mashed potato and peas. The other option was curry chicken with rice.


Finally… Some shut eye time.


Not so fast huh? A little more than an hour later, lights came back on again. GRR!


Lots of turbulence at this point and an avoidance route was carried out due to some ferocious looking storm clouds to our port side.


A rather ashen-faced Asha Gill discusses make up tips with Noor Hafizah on how to look fresh faced after an overnight flight. Part of a welcome video into KLIA depicting airport staff at different locations of your journey through the terminal after arrival. But everyone is smiling and so friendly, what’s wrong with them?


Descend begins just as the sun creeps above the horizon.


TOUCHDOWN! Runway 32L.


Time for another transit flight! To the main terminal building we go, a tight connection awaits.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) – Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Malaysia Airlines System Berhad
MH 601
Boeing 737-8GQ (9M-MLD)
0805-0905
11 July 2011




KLIA Main Terminal Building. I noticed now the former A and B gates have now been renamed G and H respectively for international flights. Domestic flights gate assignment nomenclature remains unchanged.


Boeing 737-8FZ, delivered in Feb 2011 – Just a part of MH’s fleet renewal strategy to replace the venerable workhorse Boeing 737-4H6 and take on further route development. BKI-PER / HND is just a slew of new routes to be introduced by this aircraft type.


In the foreground, 9M-MLD awaits to continue my journey to SIN.


Boeing 737-8GQ, previously with Okay Airways since Oct 2007 before being passed over to MH a while later, explaining the rather non-conforming interior.

Arriving at my seat, a pair of indian businessmen was there with one of them occupying my seat.

"Hi, I am in seat A, that's my seat."

A set of hurried duscussions follow with an agreement of head wobbles, the pair got up and allow me in. Thinking that was the end of it, I started to relax and enjoy the rest of what the flight had to offer. But how wrong I was... A little more on that later in flight.


Will the 747-400 see the new livery? Hope not…


After an ENTIRE journey till now of nothing but airspace / taxi congestion, this take off on Runway 32R was rather smooth with no obstructions from anyone – not even those pesky little Amazonian fire ants from across the compound.


Sunlight streaming into the cabin reflecting off the yam-purple leather seats basking the surrounding with a purplish Austin Power velvet glow. Groovy!


Within 10 mins after take-off, salty nuts have been placed in my mouth.


While the salty nuts roll about in my mouth, Melaka saunters by beneath clouded in an early morning mist.


Soon after Melaka, air brakes deployed to begin descend. Must finish those salty nuts soon…

The Indian businessman who vacated my seat earlier decided now it was time to clarify something...

"Vaaai you say I sit your sit just now? I in tventy-yeight C." and he promptly shows me his boarding stub.
"Mister, this one is A, B, then that one is C" I gesture to the seats one by one starting from the window to the aisle.
"Wokaay... sorry." wobbles he.


Approach for Runway 20R.


Welcome to A380 Central. What do you know, I found a salty nut wedged between my thigh and the seat!


Alright, chox on at 0905H amidst the SQ la-la land in Terminal 2. By now, I felt and probably looked like a zombie having been up for almost 24hours. Mouth felt dry and breadth must have smelled like a sewer it would have melted bricks. If only I could just collapse onto my bed right this very moment…

Cut backs have been obvious. MH used to have the SQ-type towel service which soon became a scented disposable towelette. Now even THAT has been disposed into oblivion. A rebranding effort was carried out last year with the official introduction of the 737-800 aircraft. To date, again like many other branding and marketing initiatives, momentum has once again died off. Marketing collaterals I have seen so far as still utilising the old typeface and concept. This would have been an excellent opportunity to introduce new serviceware during meal service to underscore a fresh brand direction. Unfortunately it wasn’t done.

While I am happy the airline has attempted to embark on another level of existence, will the efforts be enough to finally push it onto the global stage it rightfully belongs to? Numerous BTPs later, I fear to even think that the endeavours so far has been lacklustre at best with very little done to promote the “new” MH. Critics have thus far lambasted the official launch of their new products as “nothing revolutionary”, pretty similar reaction to their last launch in 2006 with a whole bunch of me-too improvements.

We do not have to look too far to see how a little brand renewal can totally transform an airline from a cess-pit to a shining example worthy of commendation – Garuda Indonesia. They milk every ounce of opportunity they can to showcase the improvements they have made, strides achieved and an overall air of how serious they are to gather back lost ground from before. And they are doing a splendid job at it, might I add. So splendid it has got me seductively curious about planning my next flight with them. Now if only their new pricing strategy out of Singapore weren’t so out-of-this-world.

So dear old MH, you now have a new brand, factory fresh planes with IFE to boot… What next? Is it going to be a case of building a new kampung but keeping the old furniture? Show us you are made of better potential.

Oneworld members are watching…

PS: By the way, my bags didn’t make the tight connection and it ended up getting delivered to my house only at 3pm the same afternoon. Thank god all the cheese I bought survived the journey!

[Edited 2011-07-18 07:33:31]
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:18 pm

Hi there Ryanair!!!!

What a most entertaining story, thanks! You can see that MH offered the best deal for your needs: IFE and cabin look on the outdated side (outboundà and could do with a revamp. The 'new' A330 looks much better! But still the 'best cabin crew' up there?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Fantasy involves a MH Girl in a kebaya? Order the blow up doll “MAS MINAH” online today! YES / NO”
Ok, that’s enough.

Really funny   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I didn’t do this, seriously.

Oh man, this looks bad.


Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Ok, someone doesn’t want me to get there!

You were sure of arriving at PER and not LHR?

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[Edited 2011-07-18 07:22:59]
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:31 pm

Hi Ryanair!!!

Welcome back to PER. Our paths almost crossed as on the day that you flew in I was heading out, though with a different carrier.

Lovely photo of Shark Bay, one of my favourite spots to get away to.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Order the blow up doll

You're kidding - a blow up doll?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
There was no explanation why our pushback was late.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
From arrival congestion earlier on, now we were told of taxi congestion.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Another set of airspace congestion awaited which resulted in some rather lengthy orbits in the sky.

You really did cop a lot of delays. I hope that you weren't too tired at the end of it all. And what's with

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No, there was only ONE processing 2 widebodies’ worth of international passengers. Many other immigration officers were observed milling about in their coffee mugs

? How unprofessional!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Gosh! That was a lot of chow!


After all the delays on top of the five and a half hour flight you'd need something to keep your strength up  The food looks good though.

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:59 pm

Love your wicked sense of humor in your reports! Keep them coming.....

Garuda really has come a long way. My partner and I flew them last October SIN-DPS and were really impressed by the changes. The bar keeps on being raised for MH.
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:59 pm

Other photos of the trip...


A friend just bought an apartment at Medina with a killer rooftop balcony allowing fantastic views of the city.


Wine and cheese after dinner... Heaven.


Glad to be back in the suburbs.


South Perth


I wanted to be a desperate housewife and do the Wysteria thing.


I could wake up to this every morning.


What's a visit to Australia without a peek into Red Rooster?!


Look what I stumbled upon along Williams Street?


I did come here a lot.


I do not want to go home...


Home sweet home...


Views out of one of my favourite restaurants in Perth, Matilda Bay.


Scrumptious, Matilda Bay


Divine... Matilda Bay
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:05 pm

Always enjoy your trip reports, and have to mentally prepare myself for fits of hystercial laughter, and above all a quick trip to the loo is mandatory before reading any of your reports!! And this one promised as much humour as the others lol

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
An online booking process so simple even my toothless granny would sail through it without wetting her knickers.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Fantasy involves a MH Girl in a kebaya? Order the blow up doll “MAS MINAH” online today! YES / NO”
Ok, that’s enough.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Bearing their early morning pearlies were a pair of stunning Malay stewardesses at Door 2L. Both of them were busty, curvy, definitely perfect candidates for the Obedient Wives Club (a controversial gathering of Muslim women in Malaysia who ask that all wives behave like prostitutes to please their husbands sexually – apparently it’ll prevent marital issues from cropping up).

You are definitely back! And after a long time....Haven't been laughing this hard on trip reports here.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Perky hostess, salty nuts and guava juice - this was about as good as it could get on a short hop with MH.

I hope you are not complaining. For such a short run I'm sure North American carriers would not even bother serving the pretzels!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Still beautiful and very photograph-able.

I wish I really had taken more photos when transiting through KUL

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“Morning! Down this aisle, please…”

The captions on this one are hilarious!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
To cut the crap short, what I wanted to point out was how out-dated the whole environment felt. Will it be made over? Only heaven knows…

Maybe the A380 will see new colours.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Little red Air Asia jets, like mighty Amazonian fire ants – small and potent, were scuttling about doing their thing towards the active runway. I am sure this MH 777 I was on could not wait to get airborne before a pesky little ant crawled up her butt delivering a bite so painful it would scare the satay sauce out her behind.

That was extremely amusing, and quite a vivid imagination there.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Good morning, Sir. What would you like? Nasi Lemak or the omelette?” offered Yunis.

Yunis is how I picture most if not all the MH crew on all my flights.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
am not too sure about the new livery though

I don't think I enjoy that livery at all. The old colours were so good!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
While the salty nuts roll about in my mouth, Melaka saunters by beneath clouded in an early morning mist.

Wasn't Melaka a name for one of their 747-400s!!
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:46 pm

Hi Ryan!

Yet another wonderful report of yours with the humourous description and dialogues! I actually flew on the 11th of July from SIN to KUL on Jetstar too, arriving at 8am so I guess we were at the same time at the same place.

Service on MH looks normal but the 777 cabin sure looks dated and I hope if they were gonna use them longer they might consider refurbishing them into the same seats as on their new A330s. It seem like I did not face any airspace congestion while arriving into KUL on that day itself and it was a very quick taxi to the satellite terminal.

I love the pictures of Perth, a visit there will be on my list soon!

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:29 pm

Hi Ryan,

great report with nice pictures, good to see you posting again.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Only ONE counter open for YCL passengers for both flights leading to a LONG line, stood there for almost an hour.

That's ridiculous!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
MH120, brand new 737-800 bound for Kota Kinabalu (BKI) in Sabah.

Interesting. I'm wondering if the factory fresh planes are equipped with PTVs in Y Class (like the new ones in service with Garuda).

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Here we are with 9M-MTD (MSN 1234) which took the first flight only in May this year. I am not too sure about the new livery though; the entire plane I feel has been soaked in wrong sauce!

It doesn't look too bad from that perspective...but it's still so...white.


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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:25 pm

I disagree. This is one of your worst report todate. Being the first trip report in the whole of A.Net which features the new Y cabin of the new A333E, in a way, the inbound journey tastes exactly like the rabbit food you had at the QF lounge in PER - stale. We are talking about the trip reporter who wrote about Airpearl's underwear and his balls and still made it relevant to aviation. What happened? Have you lost your gu? [Since I had the preview of the report in Facebook, maybe the expectation has been a bit too high. I am Malaysian, always go beyond expectation LOL]

Would you mind if I rant a bit here?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Flight attendants were equally vibrant and eager to serve, perhaps this being their first flight of the day.

Da'oh, is there any other earlier flight?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
From arrival congestion earlier on, now we were told of taxi congestion. KLIA has it going on! Things are jiving! So much for being a white elephant… Oh wait, could the bulk of congestion be caused by Air Asia from the adjacent budget terminal? As a consequence, push back was delayed.

KUL handled more than 34 million passengers in 2010, trailing behind SIN by 8 million passengers. So a 'White Elephant' is an obsolete predicate for the airport.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I seem to remember footrests???

Part of the cost cutting effort sadly. I am not too sure how much saving from fuel and gain from selling of scrap iron these footrests contributed to the bottom line. Nice shoes by the way!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
While the Business Class portion was refurbished in 2006, MH has had this YCL cabin since day one of 777 operations. In fact, I have a book dated in the mid-90s detailing the construction of this plane and a similar cabin was illustrated. To cut the crap short, what I wanted to point out was how out-dated the whole environment felt. Will it be made over? Only heaven knows…

Chances are not. And MH is still indecisive about the replacement of the 17 B772s. They are SOOOOO slow when it comes to fleet renewal and planning. And a little factual correction, the Business Class was refurbished in 2005.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
And so it was, divine prawn sambal flavoured with anchovies, coconut rice and an egg. Scattered around the tray was a bowl of fruits, strawberry cake for dessert, croissant from the bread basket, muesli bar, a ball of chocolate… Gosh! That was a lot of chow! I turned down a bar of ice cream offer which came mid-way through meal service.

So can we conclude that MH inflight meals have (almost) reach the pre BTP crisis level?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Check in was together with MH120 bound for Kota Kinabalu. Only ONE counter open for YCL passengers for both flights leading to a LONG line, stood there for almost an hour. Not very expeditious now, is it?

Darling there's an innovation called 'ONLINE CHECK-IN' practices by most airlines nowadays. Have you been living in caves? At Bukit Timah?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
MH120, brand new 737-800 bound for Kota Kinabalu (BKI) in Sabah. A new service for MH which makes all of us wonder how long will this last?

Another false common assumption by us that every MH effort is doomed to fail. Apparently flight MH 120/121 BKI-PER vv has been doing very well. Some stats copied from the other forum:

Quote:
Maybe some of you wondering how well MH's BKI-PER-BKI are doing.

Take a look on Perth Airport Feb 2011 data:

BKI -PER 1,459 (Inbound) + 1,075 (Outbound) = 2,534 (Total)

Commenced on 18 Jan 2011, I would say this route are doing well. It even beat some existing routes e.g: total pax to/from CGK (2,028) and MRU (1,416). As comparison, total pax to/from BWN (4,600), NRT (4,239), HKT (3,246). Lets hope BKI manage to topped out some of these yardsticks by next year!

Some useful hints:
- 3x weekly service (Tue, Thu & Sun)
- B738 (but not sure -ML or -MX reg)
- Last but not least, Feb'11 only have 28 days.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
By the time supper was served, it was almost 3am and most of us would have been drooling not from hunger but from fatigue. That being said, this was one of the best meals I ever had on a plane. Lamb braised in red wine sauce with mashed potato and peas. The other option was curry chicken with rice.

RED WINE sauce? Are you sure about that? That is non halal. MH NEVER serve non halal food as standard inflight meals. All standard food on MH are MOML by default.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
But everyone is smiling and so friendly, what’s wrong with them?

Because they/we are not Singaporean LOL.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
KLIA Main Terminal Building. I noticed now the former A and B gates have now been renamed G and H respectively for international flights. Domestic flights gate assignment nomenclature remains unchanged.

Wow, grave error on your part. The wings at the Main Terminal Building have always been A (downstairs) and G (upstairs) to the right and B (downstairs) and H (upstairs) on the left. Downstairs gates (A and B) used for domestic flights within Malaysia while gates on the upper floor (G and H) are used for international flights. A and G gates share common holding areas, the same applies to B and H gates. Remember that you have to go down the escalator after security check at the gate? Going down the escalator is where you are moving from the G/H gates level to the A/B gates level.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Will the 747-400 see the new livery? Hope not…

But the A380s will. And the 6 A380s will replace all existing B744s. So we won't see the latter wearing the new livery.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
"Vaaai you say I sit your sit just now? I in tventy-yeight C." and he promptly shows me his boarding stub.
"Mister, this one is A, B, then that one is C" I gesture to the seats one by one starting from the window to the aisle.
"Wokaay... sorry." wobbles he.

Is he Malaysian Indian or Indian Indian from India? Is there any chance that he is Singaporean Indian?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
By now, I felt and probably looked like a zombie having been up for almost 24hours. Mouth felt dry and breadth must have smelled like a sewer it would have melted bricks.

Maybe a cue for MH to consider giving out the small Givenchy amenity kits like SQ does which contain a tooth-brushing set? Nah!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Marketing collaterals I have seen so far as still utilising the old typeface and concept. This would have been an excellent opportunity to introduce new serviceware during meal service to underscore a fresh brand direction. Unfortunately it wasn’t done.

This was a huge debate at the other forum. As revealed by MH insiders, apparently the new font/type face is only allowed on the paint job of the new aircraft which spot the new livery only. The rest are subjected for approval by THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA! So until DS Najib says so... [Really sad on even after all these years, political interferences are still widespread within the airline, even to put the new typeface on the airline's stationery]

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
We do not have to look too far to see how a little brand renewal can totally transform an airline from a cess-pit to a shining example worthy of commendation – Garuda Indonesia. They milk every ounce of opportunity they can to showcase the improvements they have made, strides achieved and an overall air of how serious they are to gather back lost ground from before. And they are doing a splendid job at it, might I add. So splendid it has got me seductively curious about planning my next flight with them.

Agree. But unfortunately (or fortunately) GA is suffering from globally accepted negative misconceptions that the airline is unsafe, the aircraft is going to crash and the passengers are all going to die. So in my opinion, the priority is to change the general mindset about the airline.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Oneworld members are watching…

Ironically, like 10 of the existing oneworld members are inferior carriers than MH in so many aspects (ok maybe 9. No 8. 7 happy?)

Really glad to see you back after a long hiatus. Hope life has been kind to you.
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:31 pm

Very nice report! Funny and informative as usual!

I wonder though - with the late departure out of Perth - wouldn't it make more sense to have a breakfast service, say, 1 hour and 30 minutes before arrival instead of pushing a very late dinner? Then passengers could basically sleep as soon as they board the plane for roughly 4 hours straight. This would have made more sense IMO.
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:38 pm

Hi Ryan,

Fantastic and very humorous report. Your flights on MH didn't seem too bad but they don't seem to have something special to set them apart from SQ, TG & the new GA.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Check in was together with MH120 bound for Kota Kinabalu. Only ONE counter open for YCL

Very disappointing.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
A lot of people wanted to sleep, but they took so damn long to serve supper.

The food on both flights looks good & you can't complain about the quantity of that supper!

Regards,
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:55 am

Hey Ryan,

Great report and comeback! Glad to see that it includes a ride on the new A330; you got to ride in four different cabins!


Whoa... :O
There are loads of older aircraft in service with other airlines and they don't look like this.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Perky hostess, salty nuts and guava juice - this was about as good as it could get on a short hop with MH.

Hmm... you make it sound ever so slightly filthy.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Within 10 mins after take-off, salty nuts have been placed in my mouth.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
While the salty nuts roll about in my mouth, Melaka saunters by beneath clouded in an early morning mist.
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Soon after Melaka, air brakes deployed to begin descend. Must finish those salty nuts soon…
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Welcome to A380 Central. What do you know, I found a salty nut wedged between my thigh and the seat!

And I don't think I've seen anyone getting this much pleasure out of MH nuts. It should be a part of their next advertising campaign, taking its seat alongside the MH satay.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Scattered around the tray was a bowl of fruits, strawberry cake for dessert, croissant from the bread basket, muesli bar, a ball of chocolate… Gosh! That was a lot of chow! I turned down a bar of ice cream offer which came mid-way through meal service.

That is indeed a lot of food.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Psychedelic colour hues dominate the cabin. Once again, I am not too sure about the colour choices though. Guess it looks much better than the multi coloured Hari Raya fruit salad of the older A330s so it is a start.

The new A330 cabin looks quite good. The seats look rather plush. How's the comfort?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
By the time supper was served, it was almost 3am and most of us would have been drooling not from hunger but from fatigue.

I wonder why they decide to serve a heavy meal at 3AM rather than a breakfast at 5:45AM on a relatively short red-eye. Were they trying to keep everyone up to maximize duty-free sales? Throw a shoe at me if you want and I'm probably in the minority but I'll still say I prefer a meal box - maybe a neat little deli-style box - distributed quickly after take-off and then lights out until about an hour before landing when they can do a quick towel and hot/cold beverage run. I think passengers would arrive feeling less crappy or, to borrow from CX archives, arrive in better shape.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
While I am happy the airline has attempted to embark on another level of existence, will the efforts be enough to finally push it onto the global stage it rightfully belongs to? Numerous BTPs later, I fear to even think that the endeavours so

I think it takes a lot more than marketing and brand image. They can call themselves Malaysian Hospitality, 1MH or Air 1TrulyAsia all they want, and you can bet they'll try to execute anything that an in-power minister can dream up after his/her thousand ringgit lunch, but it's the operations that will determine whether or not the airline is sustainable. Due to constant meddling from the government, it has not been possible to form a cohesive plan to truly transform the airline into a profitable and sustainable, much less growing, operation. If there was a plan, it requires concerted and sustained effort in its execution, something which rarely lasts longer than 6 months before it is swayed politically onto yet another new course. In the meantime, the competition has grown so it becomes much harder than before to come back.
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:18 am

Hi all, thank you for your response...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
I hope you are not complaining. For such a short run I'm sure North American carriers would not even bother serving the pretzels!!

Comparing to US carriers, I would never complain about what we have here.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Maybe the A380 will see new colours.

It is a completely new aircraft type so I am pretty sure the new colours will adorn them.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Yunis is how I picture most if not all the MH crew on all my flights.

They are one of the best, truly.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Wasn't Melaka a name for one of their 747-400s!!

So is Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru etc...

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
Service on MH looks normal but the 777 cabin sure looks dated and I hope if they were gonna use them longer they might consider refurbishing them into the same seats as on their new A330s. It seem like I did not face any airspace congestion while arriving into KUL on that day itself and it was a very quick taxi to the satellite terminal.

As mentioned, the future for MH's 777s are undecided at the moment. So they will remain as such internally. I suspect my "congestion" was due to the Air Asia movement bank at that time.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Interesting. I'm wondering if the factory fresh planes are equipped with PTVs in Y Class (like the new ones in service with Garuda).

Apparently they are. I myself have not been inside but I am sure there are photos of it lurking about.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
We are talking about the trip reporter who wrote about Airpearl's underwear and his balls and still made it relevant to aviation. What happened? Have you lost your gu?

I think the rendang you has last night was seriously fermented...

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
KUL handled more than 34 million passengers in 2010, trailing behind SIN by 8 million passengers. So a 'White Elephant' is an obsolete predicate for the airport.

LCCT was never a white elephant. Oh wait, you referring to the MTB and Satellite Terminal?   Ok maybe it wasn't that white-elepant-ish when I was there in the morning. In fact it was heaving with connecting passengers going from one gate to another.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
So can we conclude that MH inflight meals have (almost) reach the pre BTP crisis level?

I think, perhaps what's missing is a bowl of salad.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
Another false common assumption by us that every MH effort is doomed to fail. Apparently flight MH 120/121 BKI-PER vv has been doing very well. Some stats copied from the other forum:

Stats from "the other forum" illustrate load factor, which we all know doesn't really say anything. And yes, that evening looking at the number of passengers boarding MH120, it was destined to be a crowded flight. Despite the cold of Perth winter, many turned up for that flight in bermudas and t-shirt all prepared for the tropical warmth of Sabah. PER-BKI is a terminating flight so whoever is at the helm of this project better work doubly hard to ensure this O&D flight can succeed.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
RED WINE sauce? Are you sure about that? That is non halal. MH NEVER serve non halal food as standard inflight meals. All standard food on MH are MOML by default.

Perhaps it was paprika / tomato based. QF has a similar tasting entree option out of SIN-PER and they termed it as "red wine". So maybe I was wrong.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
Wow, grave error on your part.

Grave indeed... Then again my absence from KLIA MTB has been a whopping 7 years. Memory could be fuzzy.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
The rest are subjected for approval by THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA! So until DS Najib says so... [Really sad on even after all these years, political interferences are still widespread within the airline, even to put the new typeface on the airline's stationery]

Sigh... No comments.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
But unfortunately (or fortunately) GA is suffering from globally accepted negative misconceptions that the airline is unsafe, the aircraft is going to crash and the passengers are all going to die. So in my opinion, the priority is to change the general mindset about the airline.

Baby steps... and I see Garuda is going in the right direction. It has taken even the toughest critics by surprise.

Quoting krje1980 (Reply 10):
I wonder though - with the late departure out of Perth - wouldn't it make more sense to have a breakfast service, say, 1 hour and 30 minutes before arrival instead of pushing a very late dinner? Then passengers could basically sleep as soon as they board the plane for roughly 4 hours straight. This would have made more sense IMO.

I would think so too. The lights stayed on for far too long.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Fantastic and very humorous report. Your flights on MH didn't seem too bad but they don't seem to have something special to set them apart from SQ, TG & the new GA.

Agree 100%. It was an ok flight but I prefer the warm colours of SQ's A330.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 12):
Hmm... you make it sound ever so slightly filthy.

To quote Airpearl... it's "irrelevance".  
Quoting Econojetter (Reply 12):
The new A330 cabin looks quite good. The seats look rather plush. How's the comfort?

The comfort is no different from SQ's A330. This being a new plane, seats were hard and not kind to my perky butt.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 12):
Throw a shoe at me if you want and I'm probably in the minority but I'll still say I prefer a meal box - maybe a neat little deli-style box - distributed quickly after take-off and then lights out until about an hour before landing when they can do a quick towel and hot/cold beverage run.

Yeah yeah yeah... I hear you. Although I would not complain about a full meal being served, just that I wished they did it at the end of the flight.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 12):
If there was a plan, it requires concerted and sustained effort in its execution, something which rarely lasts longer than 6 months before it is swayed politically onto yet another new course. In the meantime, the competition has grown so it becomes much harder than before to come back.

The Amazonian fire ant nest across the compound has grown so much... How like that?
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:21 am

YEAH! TRIP REPORT!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I was looking forward to flying the “new” Garuda but lo and behold, they were the MOST expensive compared to everyone else (even more expensive than SQ? WTF?).

Woah really? Maybe they had managed to fill their planes early and can charge more for the last remaining seats?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Fantasy involves a MH Girl in a kebaya? Order the blow up doll “MAS MINAH” online today! YES / NO”
Ok, that’s enough.

....and.....THERE IT IS! The salty nuts sense of humour that allow your trip reports to keep me up past my bedtime!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Strategic spotlights have been forced into it as well to make sure this morbid exhibit is well lit after sunset. Bleeding and tender, yes. Virgin, definitely no more.

Um...um....um....why do I feel kinda dirrty after reading that? That kind of dirrrty that doesn't wash off?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The latest safety video from MH is rather cheesy. Stewardess shown, beautiful as always – voice over by none other than the lovely Brit-accented Asha Gill. Attempts at conversational depictions of different safety related scenarios were cringe worthy at best.

Wait....did they get rid of the safety video that starts "welcome to your journey into safety" or something like that....?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The over-crowded interior of PER with Walmart-styled fluorescent hues.

O.K. before you slag off on Walmart...have you ever been IN a Walmart? (not saying you are WRONG...just that you need to actually be in one before you can mock them....)
 

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:05 am

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
In fact, I have a book dated in the mid-90s detailing the construction of this plane and a similar cabin was illustrated.

I believe I have that same book   Great series!
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:46 am

Hi Ryan

Excellent TR .... I've been waiting eagerly for this   

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Tremendous stress both on work and personal front dominated much of my time.

I hope things are better than before.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Fantasy involves a MH Girl in a kebaya? Order the blow up doll “MAS MINAH” online today! YES / NO”
Ok, that’s enough

LOL!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
nd managed to charm the lady enough for her to allocate all my seats

what exactly did you do?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):

With eyes half closed, there was nothing like the multi-coloured seats of a good old MH 737 to wake me up. It worked much better than coffee, actually.

LOL, similar to what happens when you suddenly switch on all the lights at night.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Both of them were busty, curvy, definitely perfect candidates for the Obedient Wives Club (a controversial gathering of Muslim women in Malaysia who ask that all wives behave like prostitutes to please their husbands sexually – apparently it’ll prevent marital issues from cropping up).

LMAO!!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
"Vaaai you say I sit your sit just now? I in tventy-yeight C." and he promptly shows me his boarding stub.
"Mister, this one is A, B, then that one is C" I gesture to the seats one by one starting from the window to the aisle.
"Wokaay... sorry." wobbles he.

That's a Tamil accent for sure, now given there are many of them in Malaysia, Singapore and of course in India ... one cannot easily the nationality I suppose.



LOL

The MH B772 product is seriously outdated, I wonder how they manage to compete with the likes of SQ, CX from BOM whose hard products are better than MH.

Thanks for sharing the TR, enjoyed it.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:52 am

Hi all, thank y ou for your responses...

Quoting Burj (Reply 14):

Woah really? Maybe they had managed to fill their planes early and can charge more for the last remaining seats?

Garuda's taking a big risk by charging a premium for their flights after the recent makeover. Their previous SGD 2000+ JCL fares on SIN-DPS-SYD is now almost twice that. I hope it is paying off for them because after all these years of being the airline people want to avoid, they are finally showing signs of VAST improvement.

Quoting Burj (Reply 14):

Um...um....um....why do I feel kinda dirrty after reading that? That kind of dirrrty that doesn't wash off?

Its Christina Aguilera dirrrrty...

Quoting Burj (Reply 14):

Wait....did they get rid of the safety video that starts "welcome to your journey into safety" or something like that....?

That's gone... Now we have this flight attendant walking around and having conversations with passengers in the aircraft cabin.

Quoting Burj (Reply 14):
O.K. before you slag off on Walmart...have you ever been IN a Walmart? (not saying you are WRONG...just that you need to actually be in one before you can mock them....)

Of course I have... Long Beach CA.  
Quoting luckyone (Reply 15):

I believe I have that same book Great series!

Its the one with an Emirates 777 on the cover.

Quoting ojas (Reply 16):

what exactly did you do?

Speaking in their language helps.

Quoting ojas (Reply 16):

The MH B772 product is seriously outdated, I wonder how they manage to compete with the likes of SQ, CX from BOM whose hard products are better than MH.

Beats me, but they are comfortable seats though.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:59 am

Quoting Burj (Reply 14):
Wait....did they get rid of the safety video that starts "welcome to your journey into safety" or something like that....?
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
That's gone... Now we have this flight attendant walking around and having conversations with passengers in the aircraft cabin.

Wrong. It is the same safety video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkVK8aB7xK0
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:09 am

Hi Ryanair!!!! How have you been?
So good to see another trip report from you , as usual very interesting.
WTF! Obedient Wives Club - that made me laugh. Along with the f/a asking the pax to stop touching her butt.
I bg to differ but I think the new MH olor scheme looks slik and modern. Again, thanks for sharing and I hope to read more TR's from your soon.

Regards,

Chepos

[Edited 2011-07-19 20:10:45]
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:46 am

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
Of course I have... Long Beach CA.  

Ah o.k...as long as you've actually have been in one! Walmart is great...whenever I am feeling fat or unstylish I just go visit Walmart and realize how everyone else there looks!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 18):
Wrong. It is the same safety video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkVK8...B7xK0

Oh never saw the whole video...just the intro music which is pretty cool... So what kind of accent is this? Do people in Malaysia actually sound like this?
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:55 am

Another neat report, Ryanair! Especially on a route I frequent on (PER-KUL-PER).

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):

I seem to remember footrests???

OH NO! What did they do to the footrests? I remember using them extensively, before my swap over to AirAsia X. Nice shoes, though.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):

Psychedelic colour hues dominate the cabin. Once again, I am not too sure about the colour choices though. Guess it looks much better than the multi coloured Hari Raya fruit salad of the older A330s so it is a start.

Was hoping for something less TG-esque, but once again, anything goes for Malaysia Airlines - Boleh Airlines from Bolehland!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
But everyone is smiling and so friendly, what’s wrong with them?

Because they/we are not Singaporean LOL.

This seriously made me laugh!
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:24 am

Hi all, thanks for your responses...

Quoting chepos (Reply 19):
WTF! Obedient Wives Club - that made me laugh. Along with the f/a asking the pax to stop touching her butt.
I bg to differ but I think the new MH olor scheme looks slik and modern. Again, thanks for sharing and I hope to read more TR's from your soon.

Hi ya Cheapos!

Hahahahah catching the FA in an appropriate pose, I just could not resist! I know MH needs an updated colour scheme but the new one looks so "unfinished". That's just my opinion though.

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):
Walmart is great...whenever I am feeling fat or unstylish I just go visit Walmart and realize how everyone else there looks!

You know we did have a K-Mart in Singapore for a few years which didn't do well at all. Don't think they made any money.

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):
Oh never saw the whole video...just the intro music which is pretty cool... So what kind of accent is this? Do people in Malaysia actually sound like this?

Hahahahaha... of course not everyone speaks with a posh Brit accent like Asha Gill in Malaysia! After the safety video voice over, you can see her in action on the return flight when a "Welcome To Malaysia" video is screened before landing.

Quoting 9MMRD (Reply 21):
I remember using them extensively, before my swap over to AirAsia X. Nice shoes, though.

To be honest, I never used the footrest because I found them awkward and uncomfortable.

Quoting 9MMRD (Reply 21):
Was hoping for something less TG-esque, but once again, anything goes for Malaysia Airlines - Boleh Airlines from Bolehland!

I noticed these seats probably come from the same manufacturer. SQ, TG and now MH seem to have the same type of seats. When you recline, the bottom cushion juts out to support your bum.

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:59 am

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
I disagree. This is one of your worst report todate. Being the first trip report in the whole of A.Net which features the new Y cabin of the new A333E, in a way, the inbound journey tastes exactly like the rabbit food you had at the QF lounge in PER - stale. We are talking about the trip reporter who wrote about Airpearl's underwear and his balls and still made it relevant to aviation. What happened? Have you lost your gu? [Since I had the preview of the report in Facebook, maybe the expectation has been a bit too high. I am Malaysian, always go beyond expectation LOL]

Are you on crystal meth or something?

Leave the guy to his opinion. Had you any idea what it was, you'd know MH is one of his top airlines. But of course, he doesn't need to justify it, especially to someone like you.

Let's face it, MH has been a sleepy airline for too long now, and the only jaw-dropper was their recent intention to join Oneworld. Many airlines change something as insignificant as seat padding, and they create a big bang that draws a crowd, MH introduces a new J class that doesn't seen to come with too much effort (regardless of how good or not it is). Garuda's done it so well, so no reason MH can't.


Oh and please keep your weird toilet fetishes for other forums.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:42 am

I advocate "world peace"... Salty nuts, anyone?   
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:25 pm

Another fantastic report Ryan. Yours are always entertaining to read. It was nice to see you return back to your roots and fly MH.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I was looking forward to flying the "new" Garuda but lo and behold, they were the MOST expensive compared to everyone else (even more expensive than SQ? WTF?).

More expensive than SQ, indeed WTF?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
"Excuse me Sir, could you please put your bags further beneath the seat so other passengers won't trip over them? Thank you" Script so contrived they were rivalling SQ that very moment.

As they say, immitation is the sincierst form of flattery.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Any fool would have chosen Nasi Lemak as catering out of KLIA would be a nincompoop to screw this up. And so it was, divine prawn sambal flavoured with anchovies, coconut rice and an egg.

That looks so good! I want some good Malaysian food now!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I turned down a bar of ice cream offer which came mid-way through meal service.

As I tell Roni, you NEVER turn down a dessert!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):

Yunis caught me with my iPhone poised at the window at Door 4R just outside the galley.

"Beautiful, isn't it?" she mused.
"Yes, very."

I wonder what one of the F/A's on your hometown airline would say if they saw you by the door taking pictures. Would they have got all flustered and ushered you back to your seat while forcing you to have a "hot tower" and a "Singapore Sring?" I imagine something like this is not in their service manual.

Quoting ojas (Reply 16):
The MH B772 product is seriously outdated, I wonder how they manage to compete with the likes of SQ, CX from BOM whose hard products are better than MH.

Its not always about a 20 inch PTV that is 10 inches from your face, sometimes its about the 34 inches of legroom on a soft cushy seat with good quality meals with genuine service that is not delivered in a robotic fashion. Sure SQ and CX have the hard product down perfectly, but MH blows them out of the water when it comes to the soft product!  
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:24 am

Hey Anosh,

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 25):

More expensive than SQ, indeed WTF?

My reaction indeed. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the listed fare.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 25):

As I tell Roni, you NEVER turn down a dessert!

Hahaha, I am not a dessert person. I would rather go for an extra slab of steak or another meat pie.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 25):
Would they have got all flustered and ushered you back to your seat while forcing you to have a "hot tower" and a "Singapore Sring?" I imagine something like this is not in their service manual.

I am not sure they would react, they would just stand there and stare while their Apps load.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 25):
Sure SQ and CX have the hard product down perfectly, but MH blows them out of the water when it comes to the soft product!

I tend to agree. But increasingly, hard product seems to be a quotient which cannot be ignored especially when you are in the company of peers who are ahead of you. Comparison becomes inevitable. Any improvements you make, unless out of the ordinary - will be referred to as "underwhelming" as with the latest makeover. Even their own countrymen are giving it the thumbs down in the "other" forum.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:35 pm

Hi RyanAir

The flight from PER to KUL, was there a 2nd meal served (breakfast snack) served?I If not, I always wonder why the main meal is served at some ungodly hour and not just before arrival. Prefer to have a decent sleep first after a midnight departure.

The new colour scheme of MH is sleek and modern, however I must say it is uninspiring. It looks like the colours of the Czech flag. The seats on the 738 looks like those on a LCC airline.

I hope the marketing dept at Garuda soon realise their pricing needs to be more competitive and be an alternate way to fly downunder.

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:40 pm

Hi Ryan,

Finally, after a long preparation of intensive belly work-out, your report popped up. Gasp, gasp, I am not disappointed. Love it! Give me more!   


Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
they were the MOST expensive compared to everyone else (even more expensive than SQ? WTF?

What a missed opportunity for Garuda.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Fantasy involves a MH Girl in a kebaya? Order the blow up doll “MAS MINAH” online today! YES / NO”

I wonder why MH does not offer any male version?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I made a separate trip there to get my Australian visa settled

I thought that you were entitled to electronic visa as a Singaporean citizen.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
And so it was, divine prawn sambal flavoured with anchovies, coconut rice and an egg. Scattered around the tray was a bowl of fruits, strawberry cake for dessert, croissant from the bread basket, muesli bar, a ball of chocolate… Gosh! That was a lot of chow! I turned down a bar of ice cream offer which came mid-way through meal service.

What a rich serving. Yum yum!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
No, there was only ONE processing 2 widebodies’ worth of international passengers. Many other immigration officers were observed milling about in their coffee mugs, go figure.

Nothing has changed since our last visit in 2007.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
She was surprised when I mentioned that MH has just joined the alliance concerned a month back.

Now they cannot wriggle out of boarding call for MH passengers.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Vaaai you say I sit your sit just now? I in tventy-yeight C." and he promptly shows me his boarding stub. "Mister, this one is A, B, then that one is C" I gesture to the seats one by one starting from the window to the aisle."Wokaay... sorry." wobbles he

Trying to argue while A,B and C are indicated on the control panel? Hmmm, he got the nerve!

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:16 am

Apa khabar semua!

Quoting kretek (Reply 27):
The flight from PER to KUL, was there a 2nd meal served (breakfast snack) served?I If not, I always wonder why the main meal is served at some ungodly hour and not just before arrival. Prefer to have a decent sleep first after a midnight departure.

PER sector is too short to have a second meal service. I agree... By the time the meal tray presented itself (cart made its way from front to back where I was), it was already slightly past 3am. Finished the meal in 30 mins and lights out shortly after, it would have been almost 4am - almost 2.5 hours after departure...    Leaving us a little more than one hour during lights out for some shut eye before arrival preparations. I really do dislike red eye flights like these.

Quoting kretek (Reply 27):
The seats on the 738 looks like those on a LCC airline.

Indeed because they have a batch of leased 738s, I have a feeling I was on one such a/c. The ones delivered to MH with new colour schemes feature the the updated cabins with Boeing's signature interior which looks MUCH better (some with PTVs, some without).

Quoting kretek (Reply 27):
The new colour scheme of MH is sleek and modern, however I must say it is uninspiring.

It is as if they decided to NOT do the Eurowhite, then changed their mind halfway through. It does look like the logo of Philippine Airlines but a strong typhoon came and distorted it (even blew the PAL-sunshine rays off!).

Quoting kretek (Reply 27):
I hope the marketing dept at Garuda soon realise their pricing needs to be more competitive and be an alternate way to fly downunder.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
What a missed opportunity for Garuda.

I am not kidding about the price, look at GA!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
I wonder why MH does not offer any male version?

I, for one, won't be the first in line for MH's stewards. You can take my place...  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
I thought that you were entitled to electronic visa as a Singaporean citizen.

Normally if you buy an OZ bound ticket from the travel agent, the visa will be taken care of on the spot. But I bought this from the airline's website so I had to make a separate trip to MH's office to settle the visa (paid an additional SGD30.00). No biggie because my office is just next door.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Now they cannot wriggle out of boarding call for MH passengers.

No they can't. In fact the lounge attendant was all excited on hearing the news because she did mention what a fantastic airline MH is. She did whisper "They are SO MUCH better than QF! But we do not need to say that loudly do we? Shhh..."

Hahahaha...

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:02 pm

Quoting kretek (Reply 27):
The seats on the 738 looks like those on a LCC airline.

Does it, really?  
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:48 am

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it. Quite surprised about the contrast in the MH fleet (worn 734- brand new 332).
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:58 am

Hi Ryanair!

really good to read your recent MH experiences! Especially since I'm due to fly on them also in a few months (of course, report to come). I actually like the A330 interiour, colourful stands out of competition, something different...

Meals look actually quite good also, good quantities, plus legroom is the biggest MH advantage especially on longhauls!  

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:19 pm

Hi Ryanair!!!

Its nice to see your TRs again! I haven't had the opportunity to comment on your TRs before because I've only recently got my account but I've always enjoyed reading them! Seems like you do visit Oz alot and have sampled a nice variety of airlines! Can't stop laughing at your caricatures of SQ femmebots and ooh-la-la islander Air Mauritius FAs! And who can forget Wilma from Kenya representing Emirates!

Again, a most lovely TR from you about Malaysia Airlines. Most excellent photos as well. MH's food portions do look generous and I'd probably opt for the same choices as you did. They look delicious! The descend into Perth looks breath-taking indeed. Hilarious how you liken Air Asia airbuses to amazonian fire ants but I could emphasize why. Its a real pity MH has not leverage as well on its rebranding as Garuda Indonesia.

Great that you had the opportunity to try out the new MH product on your flight back! Interesting interior on the ex-Okay Airways plane as well.

Lovely pictures of Perth, it looks tranquil and laidback, just like how I imagined. Thanks for sharing!

Great TR and keep them rolling!

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:35 am

Salut to all...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it. Quite surprised about the contrast in the MH fleet (worn 734- brand new 332).

It's an Airbus A330-300. They are getting rid of the -200 which were 2nd hand. The 734s have been very hardworking, high cycle airframes doing the regional and domestic work for the airline since day one. So yes, they have taken very hard knocks and have been worn down pretty much despite being refurbished with an awful fabric for seat covers - it still doesn't take away the fact that these planes are old. They are in the process of being replaced by the 738, the ones with PTVs doing short / medium haul and those with drop down LCDs for domestic / short haul flights.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
really good to read your recent MH experiences! Especially since I'm due to fly on them also in a few months (of course, report to come). I actually like the A330 interiour, colourful stands out of competition, something different...

Meals look actually quite good also, good quantities, plus legroom is the biggest MH advantage especially on longhauls!

That sounds awesome. Where are you flying to with them? As for interior of the A330, it is definitely an improvement from before but based on the virtue of there are better looking interior elsewhere overshadowing MH's. Not saying the MH one is awful, just isn't my taste.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 33):
Can't stop laughing at your caricatures of SQ femmebots and ooh-la-la islander Air Mauritius FAs! And who can forget Wilma from Kenya representing Emirates!

I am flattered you remember my TRs from way back. HAHAHA... My fav amongst them is definitely Wilma followed very closely by the SQ femme-bots.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 33):
MH's food portions do look generous and I'd probably opt for the same choices as you did. They look delicious!

Yes the catering was definitely one of the highlights. I thought portions were generous especially compared to SQ on the same sector. Of course nothing can be compared to EK's amount who just throws so many items onto your meal tray it "overflows".

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 33):
Hilarious how you liken Air Asia airbuses to amazonian fire ants but I could emphasize why. Its a real pity MH has not leverage as well on its rebranding as Garuda Indonesia.

"Pity" is really an understatement. Branding is a very essential element to how an organisation is being perceived and customer's (present, potential or otherwise) emotions are dealt with. MH always seems to have a good thing going but never has the sustained effort to keep up and the next thing you know, it goes downhill again. History has sadly repeated itself many times for the following campaigns:

- Going Beyond Expectation... It showed the airline being serious about improvement and a "business man's airline" angle was taken to underscore that commitment. Slick ads (across all media) were produced to showcase the grace of a caring FA, high tech gizmos and the tranquility of a serene cabin. This effort died before anyone could say "nasi lemak is sedap...".

- MH - More Than Just An Airline Code, Its Malaysian Hospitality... Above all, this had to be one of the BEST campaigns I have ever come across. It tugged at the heartstrings of the travelling public and MANY human elements were involved in this initiative. Even I was blown away by how the corporate video showcasing this campaign managed to knock me off my seat. I sat there waiting, excited about what the airline was going to do next. I am still waiting... It's 2011... I am still waiting... This time its worse that the previous campaign's advertising endeavours. There is almost NOTHING at all besides loud banners at home airports and some obscure travel agents (what's the point?). Outside these areas, who knows that MH is Malaysian Hospitality?

- The "new" MH... Needless to say, by now most of us who knows how this airline functions would be jaded to the point we wouldn't bate our breadths to expect anything else. Yeah, new JCL seats... underwhelming, nothing we've never seen before. Yeah, new YCL on the A330... again, a "me-too" improvement which several other carriers BEFORE THEM have already adopted. There are SO MANY ways MH could have taken advantage of with this new branding effort to regain lost ground. Sadly it isn't being done. Logos and typeface everywhere else still feature the old brand, which is a sign of a half hearted, can't be bothered, non-definitive direction of how they are handling this rebranding project.

Compare this to Garuda who is going through a major rebranding exercise at the same time (almost) with MH. ALL TRACES of the old Garuda have been wiped off the face of this earth - OK maybe stretching it a bit, there are still a handful of aircraft flying about in old colours. Based on reputation, I'd say Garuda has a tougher battle to conquer but they'll score full points for effort in my books. But they went for the full works - new branding, new uniforms, new cabin and service protocols, and of course new planes. THIS IS HOW it's done. Concerted, committed, together.

And now I've just been informed (although unsubstantiated) that the new MH logo and typeface cannot be utilised unless it's been approved by the PM himself. In this day and age where the ant hill across from KLIA is heaving, they are still dragging their feet. You would think after a decade of Air Asia's existence, they would have learnt a thing of two about being slow to react and the consequences of being so.

I could go on at the risk of being labelled as a typical Singaporean who is anti-everything-Malaysia. But I do feel sorry for MH which was one of my favourite airlines many lifetimes ago. To see them wither to this stage is really a very heartbreaking sight.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 33):
Lovely pictures of Perth, it looks tranquil and laidback, just like how I imagined.

Yes... I did the suburban thing the entire stay. Just the sound of wind, birds chirping and the occassional lawn mower.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 33):
Great TR and keep them rolling!

I'll be flying again tomorrow...  
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:57 am

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 33):
The descend into Perth looks breath-taking indeed.

Here's some more beneath...


They always seem to be parked side by side at PER.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:57 am

Thanks very much Ryanair!!! for your reply and additional photos!

Thanks for sharing your views on MH, I must say I agree with much of what you have said.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
- Going Beyond Expectation...
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
This effort died before anyone could say "nasi lemak is sedap...".

  

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
MH - More Than Just An Airline Code, Its Malaysian Hospitality... Above all, this had to be one of the BEST campaigns I have ever come across.

  

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
I sat there waiting, excited about what the airline was going to do next. I am still waiting... It's 2011... I am still waiting...

  

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
There is almost NOTHING at all besides loud banners at home airports and some obscure travel agents (what's the point?).

        

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
Logos and typeface everywhere else still feature the old brand, which is a sign of a half hearted, can't be bothered, non-definitive direction of how they are handling this rebranding project.

  

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
Based on reputation, I'd say Garuda has a tougher battle to conquer but they'll score full points for effort in my books. But they went for the full works - new branding, new uniforms, new cabin and service protocols, and of course new planes.

Do you think GA, with its past poor safety record and bad press, has more of a stake in salvaging its reputation with a image overhaul as compared to Malaysia Airlines which still maintains a fair repute amongst travellers (evident from the support for MH in some of the responses here)? Those campaigns you've mentioned perhaps are just gentle reminders to travellers about the famed Malaysian hospitality onboard MH (in an effort to brush off those amazonian fire ants nipping away at its heels) rather than the necessary (and expensive) image overhaul utilised by GA that may not be required for the more reputable MH? I am just interested to hear your opinion on this.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 34):
I'll be flying again tomorrow...

Where will you be off to? I'll be flying tomorrow as well  

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:16 pm

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 36):
Where will you be off to? I'll be flying tomorrow as well  

Oh, jolly! My two favorite trip reporters will be on fly-about again! 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:54 am

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 36):
Do you think GA, with its past poor safety record and bad press, has more of a stake in salvaging its reputation with a image overhaul as compared to Malaysia Airlines which still maintains a fair repute amongst travellers (evident from the support for MH in some of the responses here)? Those campaigns you've mentioned perhaps are just gentle reminders to travellers about the famed Malaysian hospitality onboard MH (in an effort to brush off those amazonian fire ants nipping away at its heels) rather than the necessary (and expensive) image overhaul utilised by GA that may not be required for the more reputable MH? I am just interested to hear your opinion on this.

I agree somewhat on certain points you brought up, especially about the part where MH certainly has a far better reputation than GA. However, you are referring to a major branding overhaul with new initiatives. While GA certainly has not held back their horses, MH on the other hand seemed to have just embarked on a half hearted "ok, new plane new livery"... It isn't an effective branding exercise which at the end of the day, objective is NOT achieved so they end up wasting precious tax-payers money again. A branding exercise, IS a branding exercise no matter how you try and put it. There are certain goals and objectives to be achieved and you do not just spent money like this, if it were up to me. In short, you MILK this event to death at every given opportunity and leave no stone unturned.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 36):
Where will you be off to? I'll be flying tomorrow as well
Quoting akhmad (Reply 37):
Oh, jolly! My two favorite trip reporters will be on fly-about again!

Tonight only a short hop to KUL on Air Asia. Back on Mon and then hop onto TG to BKK.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:14 pm

Very amusing story-telling, thanks! Great photo of the wing and the storm clouds after departure from KUL.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I didn’t do this, seriously.

Urgh, doesn't look very good

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The rest of the airport has remained largely similar. Still beautiful and very photograph-able.

That's an interesting mix, Air Nepal and Iran Air

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):

“Morning! Down this aisle, please…”

LOL!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Alison Janney, whatever happened to her after West Wing and playing a lesbian in The Hours? Here she is in JUNO.

She was in Drop Dead Gorgeous - loved that film!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” she mused.
“Yes, very.”

Looks very nice.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Check in was together with MH120 bound for Kota Kinabalu. Only ONE counter open for YCL passengers for both flights leading to a LONG line, stood there for almost an hour. Not very expeditious now, is it?

Thats not very 5* of MH

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Here we are with 9M-MTD (MSN 1234) which took the first flight only in May this year. I am not too sure about the new livery though; the entire plane I feel has been soaked in wrong sauce!

Great photo of an ugly livery.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
New plane = new entertainment system.

Looks pretty up-to-date

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Sunlight streaming into the cabin reflecting off the yam-purple leather seats basking the surrounding with a purplish Austin Power velvet glow. Groovy!

Very smart looking cabin
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:17 am

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 29):
Indeed because they have a batch of leased 738s, I have a feeling I was on one such a/c. The ones delivered to MH with new colour schemes feature the the updated cabins with Boeing's signature interior which looks MUCH better (some with PTVs, some without).

Yes, you were on the leased B738 (9M-ML* series aircraft). Some of the newer ML series aircraft (MLI, MLJ et. al) come with the new livery, which one might confused with the B738s that MH owns. The own ones come with the registration series of 9M-MX*, at the moment only 5 aircraft in the active fleet (MXA-MXE). All MX series B738 comes with PTV and Boeing Sky interior like this.


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None of the domestic/short regional configuration own B738 (9M-MS* series aircraft) which comes without the PTV has been delivered yet.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 32):
plus legroom is the biggest MH advantage especially on longhauls!

The new MH's A333s only have 32 inch of seat pitch as opposed to 34 inch on the old A330.
 
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:07 am

Hello all... Sorry for the late replies. Been in KL and off to BKK tomorrow! So won't be too active online if there is no wifi.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 39):

That's an interesting mix, Air Nepal and Iran Air

I could not photograph it in it's entirety; but at the far end of the terminal, there was a TU154 from Khazakstan. Of course nothing beats BKK or HKG for its sheer variety but I would venture KUL would be quietly creeping up the ranks of having the world's list of "most exotic carriers".

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 39):

Thats not very 5* of MH

Darling, I think it's about we all stop taking airline slogans seriously. Hahaha...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 39):

Great photo of an ugly livery.

I'm glad I ain't the only one who thinks the new livery is an eyesore.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 40):
The own ones come with the registration series of 9M-MX*, at the moment only 5 aircraft in the active fleet (MXA-MXE). All MX series B738 comes with PTV and Boeing Sky interior like this.
Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 40):
None of the domestic/short regional configuration own B738 (9M-MS* series aircraft) which comes without the PTV has been delivered yet.

Awesome. thank you for the info. You are definitely the crossover-Carrie between MWings and airliners.net with all these tit-bits of information.

WRT the 32" pitch for the new A330, indeed, the difference can be felt. Wasn't that bad for me, but I'd imagine it would be a tight squeeze for someone taller.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:18 pm

Ryanair!!!....Thanks for dragging me here...It's been a while since I lifted my tired fingers to comment in this forum.... Nothing much as changed, beautifully taken pictures (some reports), entertaining reports (some reports), and the all too familiar bitch fights. The last bit reminds me of some scene from a drama serial...lovers engulfed in bitter quarrel, then silence as they stare into each other's eyes and suddenly the snog fest begins.

Anyway, on to your report...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Perky hostess, salty nuts and guava juice - this was about as good as it could get on a short hop with MH.

Is Guava the national fruit of Malaysia? They seemed to have made it their trademark welcome drink....similar to how SQ has made diluted OJ their signature drink in YCL. Was on a recent flight to CAN where the galley steward obviously took the whole cost cutting exercise to the extreme. The OJ tasted like 2 parts water, 1 part OJ. The dilution is usually more subtle on other flights... You know they mixed their juices with water when they come around serving OJ from a flask.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” she mused.
“Yes, very.”

That's it? I'm sure the conversation went beyond that...do share with us how intellectual, and engaging the MH girl was compared to her counterparts in SQ.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
The latest safety video from MH is rather cheesy. Stewardess shown, beautiful as always – voice over by none other than the lovely Brit-accented Asha Gill. Attempts at conversational depictions of different safety related scenarios were cringe worthy at best.

“Excuse me Sir, could you please put your bags further beneath the seat so other passengers won’t trip over them? Thank you…” Script so contrived they were rivalling SQ that very moment.

I love how they made a typically 4 min safety video into 30min sitcom of sorts. Reminds me of the Sandiwara serials that we used to talk about... 5min into the plot, wife pours coffee for the guest....10 min later...she's still pouring...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Any fool would have chosen Nasi Lemak as catering out of KLIA would be a nincompoop to screw this up. And so it was, divine prawn sambal flavoured with anchovies, coconut rice and an egg. Scattered around the tray was a bowl of fruits, strawberry cake for dessert, croissant from the bread basket, muesli bar, a ball of chocolate… Gosh! That was a lot of chow! I turned down a bar of ice cream offer which came mid-way through meal service.

A really substantial breakfast I must say... if only they introduced new, modern serviceware together with the new fleet.
SQ's breakfast has gone from bad to worse... no more yoghurt, no more croissant, no more tub of drinking water....here's what they served on my recent flight...atrocious!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Psychedelic colour hues dominate the cabin. Once again, I am not too sure about the colour choices though. Guess it looks much better than the multi coloured Hari Raya fruit salad of the older A330s so it is a start.

It ain't too bad looking really... nothing exciting, but not fugly either...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
That being said, this was one of the best meals I ever had on a plane. Lamb braised in red wine sauce with mashed potato and peas.

I'm sure it tasted great....but it reminds me of the Sambal Promfret we had on Sunday...after it made its way out this morning...

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:53 pm

Hey Ryan,

Can't believe I missed this TR when it came out after waiting so long... Very appropriate to see one featuring economy in a MH 777 as I only just found out we've been swapped on to one for a KUL-LHR flight. That's after all the effort I went to booking us on MH 747s where my family would have three seats near the window together. Grrr. And MH still haven't updated their website's timetables to match. It'll be interesting to compare the experiences on their "old" 777s and 747s with Qantas. But I'm looking forward to a nasi lemak!

A safety video featuring Asha Gill??? I remember seeing her on Lonely Planet's 6 degrees program. Awful! And the way she only talked about Indian food in KL... Don't get me started!

I rather liked the jellybean interior of MH's 734s in comparison to what seems to be a rather faded decor in the 777 Y class. Much more young child friendly.   Don't mind the new exterior scheme either, but am looking forward to the old fashioned 747 look - by the sounds of it that should be safe until after November!
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:47 pm

Hi Ryanair!!!!

Nice report with nice pictures! MH still seems pretty good but the new colors are awfull; they should just kept the whole plane white instead.

Food looks good and the guava juice sounds appealing.

The interior on the 734 and 777 looks a bit dated but the seats look more comfortable than on the new 333 and 738.

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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:15 am

Hi all...

Quoting sq772 (Reply 42):
The last bit reminds me of some scene from a drama serial...lovers engulfed in bitter quarrel, then silence as they stare into each other's eyes and suddenly the snog fest begins.

Bitch, you need to get out more. But then again, watching "lovers engaged in a bitter quarrel" sure is a fine way to pass a slow and humid afternoon.

Quoting sq772 (Reply 42):
Is Guava the national fruit of Malaysia? They seemed to have made it their trademark welcome drink

I have had MH's guava juice for as long as I can remember. Remember I was raving about it when we first met ... what... 10 years ago? GASP! Manboobs...

Quoting sq772 (Reply 42):
That's it? I'm sure the conversation went beyond that...do share with us how intellectual, and engaging the MH girl was compared to her counterparts in SQ.

This is Sandiwara at its finest. Don't expect the conversation to go beyond that. 10 mins later, she was still standing at that door musing over a lost love cast asunder... It was probablty the arrival announcement for PER which snapped her out of it.

Quoting sq772 (Reply 42):
SQ's breakfast has gone from bad to worse... no more yoghurt, no more croissant, no more tub of drinking water....here's what they served on my recent flight...atrocious!!

Geez... Cost cutting has crept officially into SQ, I see. Oh those cheap looking Air Asia tin foils!!!

Compare you meals to what I had the last time I flew SQ ...

Quoting sq772 (Reply 42):
I'm sure it tasted great....but it reminds me of the Sambal Promfret we had on Sunday...after it made its way out this morning...

To be honest, MH's food has always pleased my palates. Never had an issue. Pretty much so like TG's. Let me take that back... On my return flight from BKK on TG last week, it was probably one of the worst showings I have ever experienced on TG. HORERENDOUSLY tasteless main meal.

Quoting allrite (Reply 43):
Very appropriate to see one featuring economy in a MH 777 as I only just found out we've been swapped on to one for a KUL-LHR flight.

If KUL-LHR gets down-gauged to a 777, you know things aren't going well. When are you embarking on that trip?

Quoting allrite (Reply 43):
It'll be interesting to compare the experiences on their "old" 777s and 747s with Qantas. But I'm looking forward to a nasi lemak!

Comparing to QF, trust me, you are better off with MH. Will you be flying MH all the way SYD-KUL-LHR?

Quoting allrite (Reply 43):
A safety video featuring Asha Gill??? I remember seeing her on Lonely Planet's 6 degrees program. Awful! And the way she only talked about Indian food in KL... Don't get me started!

The safety video only features her voice, which is dubbed over the stewardess. She is featured in the "Welcome to Malaysia" video which is screened prior to arrival in KUL. You will see what I mean when you fly MH soon.

Quoting allrite (Reply 43):
I rather liked the jellybean interior of MH's 734s in comparison to what seems to be a rather faded decor in the 777 Y class. Much more young child friendly.

Hahahaha... Jellybean interior. The list of for describing that horrific multi coloured interior just grows longer!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 44):
Nice report with nice pictures! MH still seems pretty good but the new colors are awfull; they should just kept the whole plane white instead.

I know... It looks so damn "unfinished". Would be nice if they had some "retro jets" painted in the first MAS livery.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 44):
The interior on the 734 and 777 looks a bit dated but the seats look more comfortable than on the new 333 and 738.

The new slim seats are all very hard.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:56 am

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 45):
If KUL-LHR gets down-gauged to a 777, you know things aren't going well. When are you embarking on that trip?
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 45):
Comparing to QF, trust me, you are better off with MH. Will you be flying MH all the way SYD-KUL-LHR?

We are doing a 10th anniversary trip in the first half of November SYD-KUL-LHR-AMS-KUL-SYD all with MH - considering the fares were less than the cheap post-Sept 11's we paid 10 years ago why wouldn't we (except its x3 now)? Naturally going to have meal breaks in KUL!

It should be noted that I almost gave up on international long haul after flying on MH 747s and it was only Qantas that restored my faith in my ability to survive them. So far my experiences on 5 of the 7 Skytrax 5 star airlines (though the Hainan flight was a Chang-an domestic) have all been worse than on Qantas, so MH has a lot to live up to your claim. Will it be better than my recent TG flight to BKK? Guess that will have to wait until November (or December or January or... considering the time I get to write these things up now).

Of course, maybe Europe and Malaysia will be consumed with riots first or some natural disaster according to my recent luck in travel.

Quoting sq772 (Reply 42):
The OJ tasted like 2 parts water, 1 part OJ. The dilution is usually more subtle on other flights... You know they mixed their juices with water when they come around serving OJ from a flask.

Wonder what the dilution ratio will be for SQ's new LCC.
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RE: Just Get Me The Hell To Perth! On MH...

Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:44 pm

Quoting allrite (Reply 46):
We are doing a 10th anniversary trip in the first half of November SYD-KUL-LHR-AMS-KUL-SYD all with MH - considering the fares were less than the cheap post-Sept 11's we paid 10 years ago why wouldn't we (except its x3 now)? Naturally going to have meal breaks in KUL!

Oh yippee! Meal breaks in KL are always nice!

Quoting allrite (Reply 46):
It should be noted that I almost gave up on international long haul after flying on MH 747s and it was only Qantas that restored my faith in my ability to survive them.

I guess any airline can have their off days. Especially if you are flying them for the first time, this "off day" can be rather traumatising and be entrenched in your memory far longer.

Quoting allrite (Reply 46):
Of course, maybe Europe and Malaysia will be consumed with riots first or some natural disaster according to my recent luck in travel.

There were little demonstrations in KL during my transit there. Of course when I made a trip up there again after Perth, it was all calm again.

Quoting allrite (Reply 46):

Wonder what the dilution ratio will be for SQ's new LCC.

What makes you think there'll be juices to begin with? Hahahaha...
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