OD 1027 landed on runway 3 of KLIA2 on the day the new airport opens. While the first aircraft that took off was the Cebu Pacific Airways en route to Manila.
Malindo Air’s Boeing 737-900ER touchdown after midnight and created history for being the first aircraft to land on the newly opened 4 kilometer runway 3 of KLIA2.
Present at the airport to witness the historic moment were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, MAHB Managing Director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
‘Goodie bags’ were distributed to the 110 passengers of the Malindo Air and the 147 passengers who boarded the Cebu Pacific Airways flight. Earlier at 10.20pm on Thursday, the check-in process began and proceeded without any hitches
I can’t remember when was the last time I fly on Malaysian Airlines (MAS) since my organization changed our travels to Airasia. It was in the mid 90s. Since then I had no opportunity to fly on MAS until recently.
Mot much changes on the outfit of MAS except with the addition of new plane to its fleet and changes on their body paints.
During my last flight to and fro Kota Kinabalu from KLIA I was ware the changes in crew attires and also the interior finishing of their new fleet pf boeing 737-800. I fly Malindoair to Kuching two weeks before and both on the same type of aircraft. MAS had changed from their batik motif seats to the leather look with tone of maroon (on the plan I was on) Not sure if all their 737-800 fleets has the same colouring.
Meals on board not much changes only that the present caterer is Brahim’s istead of MAS Catering. Well, is MAS Catering still in business? with Brahim’s, the Briyani Chicken was superb and the smell caught the nostrils immediately when the crew starts preparing to serve when the seatbelt sign was switched off. I did not take any pictures of the meal sets since there not much difference from the last.
When I was on Malindoair flight earlier I thought they had outsmart MAS but my thoughts was wrong. In fact maybe all Boeing 737-800 comes with inflight entertainment facilities. So if your mobile gadget is running out of battery juice, just remember to bring along your USB cable to charge and of course its included in your airfare.
With the entertainment screen in front of every passenger, there is no more opportunity for SOME male passengers especially to voyeur on the cabin crew demonstrating the safety procedures. (LOL)
There’s a selection of entertainment to suit all passenger if not 100%. Movies, Music, Cartoon all in the package. There is also the Quran on screen if you want to read the Quran while in flight. Musics include most genres including Nasyid and after finishing The Heat acted by Sandra Bullock, I entertain myself with Nasyid number from Maher Zain. flying on MAS will now not be a boring one unless you want to doze off all the way.
FYI, I still keep this copy of Going Places, a special Wings of gold Commemorative Issue for 50th anniversary of Malaysia Airlines. I know it will be an antic publication many-many years to come and I will keep it for monetary purpose. I have two copies of the issue, but trying to locate where’s the other one.
5 December 2006 was my first time patronising the new Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). I was on my way to board a flight to Sandakan, Sabah on Air Asia. I have heard grouses about the new terminal in her initial opening stage but I think things has been settled. I was surprise the moment I arrived at the terminal. I did not expect to see so many people around. Upon entering the terminal, what came into my mind is the terminal is getting smaller and smaller. I don’t think the terminal can cater the needs of passengers with comfort in the near future. Low Cost Carrier is gaining popularity among low budget traveller and therefore the LCCT will be over crowded very soon. It was open barely a year now and is getting crowded already.
What I could see its only Air Asiaoperating at the terminal and when more Low cost carriers make their way to the LCCT it will be smaller still. After checking in which is very easy as one has just to show the ID, I head to lobby for something to eat. There’s Asian Kitchen, McDonalds and Coffee Beans. The Asian Kitchen is full and I wonder how crowded it will be during the festive seasons. They are signs that the MAB has to act fast to cater for the rising needs of air travellers especially with the coming of Visit Malaysia Year 2007, which is just round the corner.
Departure Lounge for domestic flights. There’s a convenience shoppe, a refreshment outlet and shoe outlet. More shops is coming in the way