COVID-19 Movement Control Order: Flight Departure Status

PUTRAJAYA, 16 March 2020: The Malaysian Government has announced a Movement Control Order, which will be in effect from 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020.

Nevertheless, major international airports across the country such as KLIA and Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) have witnessed less number of passengers to to some existing travel restrictions.

COVID-19 Movement Control Order: How Travellers Are Affected

Malaysians departing out of Malaysia: All Malaysians are barred from exiting the country, regardless of the reasons. The Malaysians working in Singapore are also affected by the ban.

Malaysians returning to Malaysia from overseas: There is no restriction for them.

Foreigners entering Malaysia: All foreigners are barred from entering Malaysia throughout the MCO period, except those who are working in essential services.

Foreigners exiting Malaysia: Foreigners are allowed to exit from Malaysia as long as they are permitted to be onboard airplanes and receive immigration clearance.

Passengers are advised to check with Malaysian Ministry of Health for more information about COVID-19. More information about COVID-19 Movement Control Order can be found on Majlis Keselamatan Negara (National Security Council) Facebook page.

 

Malaysia Airlines Possible Acquisition: Go or No-go?

In late 2019, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) began to appear in Malaysian news headlines again. It was reported that the government has received several proposal with the aim of being a strategic partner to the ailing airline. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has reportedly said that all options need to be considered and some of the proposals is considered as “no-go”. The airline has been struggling to be profitable with years of transformation programme have yet to demonstrate significant success.

Focus Malaysia reported that Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said the government has received 5 proposals. While the newspaper has named the first four of them as AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB), Japan Airlines (JAL), Air France-KLM SA and Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd (Malindo). The fifth proposal has yet to be ascertained from the news reports.

Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL)

Japan Airlines is proposing an RM 1.12 bil of cash injection into Malaysia Airlines. In return, it will have a 25% stake in MAB. However, it was reported that the synergy will not be sufficient to cover losses incurred by MAB.

AirAsia Group

Focus Malaysia reported that AAGB estimates synergies of RM 1.4 bil per year. Besides, the synergy is also expected to solve industry’s overcapacity as well as enabling access to AirAsia’s digital and other aviation business.

There are several concerns on the merger or synergy. The first one is a possible monopoly, given the significance of market share both of them have for Malaysian domestic and Southeast Asia regional destinations. The second one is about the access to AirAsia’s digital and other aviation business. This part of AAGB is expected to bring in more revenues compared to the AirAsia airline business itself. Therefore, MAB may not have a bright future as far as profit is concerned.

Air France-KLM

Being a European carrier, the synergy is expected to bring in more benefits to the airlines in terms of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

Malaysia Airlines has been seeing itself in red for so many years already. IN 2014, it was taken private by Khazanah as part of a multi-year restructuring exercise by the Malaysian government.

Malindo Airways

Malindo offers a one-year “trial period” before the final decision on merger takes place. It hopes that the scale of economies will help both airlines save cost and earn a better revenue.

Go or No-go?

The first foreign CEO appointed during the restructuring exercise was Christoph Mueller, who then resigned before his contract tenure ends with Malaysia Airlines. The optimists may think that he will be successful in bringing the necessary changes to the airline. However, his premature resignation has led the skeptics into believing that he was not successful in turning around the company to profitability.

With MAB now is having a Malaysian as its CEO, we can only hope for the best for the airline. Perhaps it is the best time for everyone in the airline to think of what will be the best solution for the company to be profitable.

Sources

How JAL proposes to turn around Malaysia Airlines – Focus Malaysia

 

Roast Chicken With Cream Sauce – AirAsia In-flight Meal

AirAsia in-flight meals can be something to be looked forward to whenever you travel with the budget airline. It “empowers” you to choose your own meal (and of course you have to pay for it).

Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce - AirAsia In-flight Meal
Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce – AirAsia In-flight Meal

The pack comes in the usual red-coloured aluminium packaging. The net weight is 260g. Listed ingredients for Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce includes checken, potato, pumpkin, broccoli, carrot, fresh milk, whipped cream, flour, butter, onion, garlic, leek, salt, sugar, chicken powder, spices and herbs.

Allergen information: May contain wheat gluten, dairy, nut, soy, egg and seafood.

Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce - AirAsia In-flight Meal
Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce – AirAsia In-flight Meal

If you purchase the combo in advance via the AirAsia website or mobile app, a small container of Spritzer mineral water will be included together in the meal to you for free.

Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce - AirAsia In-flight Meal
Roast Chicken with Cream Sauce – AirAsia In-flight Meal

This is the view that you probably would want to see before you order the food. The portion is quite generous for an in-flight food. However, it is only sufficient if you are not looking forward to have a heavy meal due to the absence of rice in the set.

No-Go for Malaysian First Flying Car Test Flight

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 November 2019: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia has issued a statement on its Facebook Page barring a scheduled drone flight from taking place. The Chinese-made drone is purported to be the first flying car for Malaysia. The statement is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RESTRICTION ON THE DEMONSTRATION TEST FLIGHT
OF UAS E-HANG 216

PUTRAJAYA – The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) would like to announce that the planned test flight of UAS E-Hang 216 (EH216) scheduled for 21st November 2019 has not been authorized by CAAM.

The location of the test flight at the UNIKL MIAT Hangar Subang is less than 200 meters away from commercial airline and helicopter traffic and clearly within the Subang Airport Terminal Control Zone that is under strict supervision by Air Traffic Control.

In addition to this, the EH216 was only issued a Special Flight Permit (SFP) by its State of Design (Civil Aviation Administration of China) which is limited to conduct Research & Development Flights in Grand World Science Park, Guangzhou.

CAAM is also carrying out an investigation into the unauthorized demonstration flight involving an EH216 on 15th November 2019 at the same area within Subang Airport.

As much as CAAM supports the development of the aerospace industry in Malaysia, test and demonstration flights must be carried out in accordance with the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulation 2016 (MCAR 2016) to ensure safety.

CAAM would also like to state that we are open to consider the request for a test flight of the EH216 at an appropriate location, and with the support of the aircraft’s State of Design.

Najib and Wife Trying to Flee the Country?

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 MAY 2018: Astro Awani news portal has reported that an Indonesian-registered private aircraft is scheduled to land at Subang Skypark Terminal (SZB) tomorrow (12 May 2018) at 6:00am local time. The aircraft is scheduled to depart Subang Airport later at 10:00am. Awani cited an anonymous source saying the passengers include a former Malaysian leader with his wife.

A check on Lowyat.net, a popular forum site has also reported a similar news. A photo was also published on the portal, containing some information about a flight. While the details are similar to the one published on Awani, we are not able to independently confirm whether it is the same flight or not. Here is the information:

Please find below new schedule Legacy650/PKRJX to WMSA as follow

12 MAY 2018

WIHH – WMSA ETD.06:00LT — (repo and pic up pax)

WMSA – WIHH ETD.10:00LT

Passengers

Mr Najib Razak

Mrs Rosmah Mansor

The flight concerned is between WMSA and WIHH. WMSA is the ICAO code for Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport (SZB) located in Subang, Selangor while WIHH is the ICAO code for Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP), located in East Jakarta, Indonesia.

The aircraft, ERJ-135 is manufactured by Embraer. It has two engines and a VIP seating configuration. It was registered on 20 August 2016. Source: Planefinder.net

Update 1, 12:20 AM: Malaysiakini has reported that a source close to Najib said he is taking a two-day break beginning tomorrow and he will be back afterwards. The source also mentioned that there is nothing hideous about the flight.

With the enforcement of Anti Fake News Act 2018, we shall be more vigilant in reporting news. While we try our best to ensure the authenticity of our sources, we are not able to confirm its accuracy. Disclaimer and Terms and Conditions of this website applies.