has seats as low as 30sen between major asian cities but said that if given SIN
, fares will be around RM137? Hello, that sounds kinda high... it certainly won't be as low as some people are hoping for. You can bet that AK
will be making a clean profit on the KUL
routes in no time.
That aside... if MH
wants to survive, it needs join SKYTEAM soon. No more talks needed.. we need an announcement.
People who are alliance members - ie Star Alliance, Sky Team, Oneworld, fly with airlines they can get status miles. Although some may earn miles with MH
, it is still not good enough. If say someone has memberships with a Star Alliance member, say UNITED AIRLINES Mileage Plus, and KLM Flying Blue and he has to fly between SIN
. He can certainly earn miles on either SQ
, which airline do you think he'd take?
He'd take SQ
. Because by flying SQ
, he would be able to earn status miles which count toward a higher tier on his UNITED Mileage Plus programme. On KLM Flying Blue, he would get the miles but not the status. So unless MH
joins a major alliance, it will lose market share to airlines who have membership. ie TG
/SQ with Star Alliance, CX
/JL (from 1st APR 2007) with Oneworld. It would have been great had MH
gotten off their high horses and joined Oneworld when BA
/QF opened invitations to them. But what did MH
to abandon SIN
and move their hub operations to KUL
instead as it didn't want to be a feeder airline to Oneworld it said. Well, look at Oneworld now...!
Being a former Penangite.. I am pleased with some airliner growth with MH
. But really, they need to get their act together. When I asked a friend to come to Malaysia a few years back from the USA, we opted for the Visit Asia MAS airpass. Then we realised that although the product sounded great, MH
flights do not connect properly to each other. To fly from say DPS
, you have to overnight in KUL
. From BKK
, same thing. MH
- please learn from SQ
which we all know that they would rather roll over and die than to emulate SQ
... to do a hub , your flights must connect!
will have one thing better than SIN
though. Major airlines' have told me that KUL
's inflight catering is better than SIN
for example has told me personally (when I complained about their meals from SIN
) that they know about the quality of food from SIN
, and when they can for flights originating from KUL
to japan via SIN
, they preferred to cater ex-KUL