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fjdemang
30-08-2006, 10:21 AM
It has been a month since the local airlines re-arrange their flight schedules. I had a very unpleasent Xperience.

My 1st bad Xperience was getting a flight out of Labuan on urgent basis for an emergency when a family member pass away.There were no seats available for MAS or FAX (a.k.a. Fly Asian XPress). I had to take boat ferry to KK next day and catch FAX from KK to Sibu.It was a nightmare to come back to Labuan bcos there was no FAX seats for the next 5 days. So I had to catch a bus to Miri and get on a plane to Labuan.

It seems that this airline rearrangement has benefited the boat and bus service providers. Maybe its a good thing, maybe not.

MAS has doubled its fare to KK from Labuan. It was RM60 and increased now to RM144 (ONE WAY!!!!!!). We all in Labuan is truly SCREWED especially the family guys.

How on earth are we going to get all MALAYSIANs integrated when the cost of travelling is not affordable anymore?

MARTIN CHOO
30-08-2006, 11:25 AM
My wife took 6pm MAS flight last friday from Kuantan to KLIA but reaching only at about 10.30 pm. She called me at about 8 pm ++ that she was at Penang Airport due to bad weather in KL that caused the flight unable to be landed. She felt very bad not only due to the delay, but rather MAS did not provide sufficient foods and drink for the waiting passengers. I also feel disappointed with the poor services provided by MAS.

Sentinel
30-08-2006, 11:28 AM
It has been a month since the local airlines re-arrange their flight schedules. I had a very unpleasent Xperience.

My 1st bad Xperience was getting a flight out of Labuan on urgent basis for an emergency when a family member pass away.There were no seats available for MAS or FAX (a.k.a. Fly Asian XPress). I had to take boat ferry to KK next day and catch FAX from KK to Sibu.It was a nightmare to come back to Labuan bcos there was no FAX seats for the next 5 days. So I had to catch a bus to Miri and get on a plane to Labuan.

It seems that this airline rearrangement has benefited the boat and bus service providers. Maybe its a good thing, maybe not.

MAS has doubled its fare to KK from Labuan. It was RM60 and increased now to RM144 (ONE WAY!!!!!!). We all in Labuan is truly SCREWED especially the family guys.

How on earth are we going to get all MALAYSIANs integrated when the cost of travelling is not affordable anymore?

Seriously, both MAS and Royal Brunei Airlines could not even sustain the Bandar Seri Begawan - Kuching route leave alone Sibu, which has a much smaller population and passenger load. Lets just hope that someday Air Asia would be all over East Malaysia when their fleet of A320s arrive. For now, its slow boat (or bot! as you guys pronounce it!) to everywhere.... :D

sirgalahad2010
30-08-2006, 03:28 PM
Point to note: if MAS cannot make a profit operating a particular route, should it continue to operate on that route and continue to sustain losses?

The free market says MAS should operate only those routes where it can make money. In other words, no more "national service".

Sadly, this basic economic axiom has yet to be understood by some of our politicians, and sadly, by some of the rakyat. Their attitude seems to be along the lines of never mind if MAS loses money, I still want my hometown to be serviced by MAS flights.

iml109
31-08-2006, 12:47 AM
Point to note: if MAS cannot make a profit operating a particular route, should it continue to operate on that route and continue to sustain losses?

The free market says MAS should operate only those routes where it can make money. In other words, no more "national service".

Sadly, this basic economic axiom has yet to be understood by some of our politicians, and sadly, by some of the rakyat. Their attitude seems to be along the lines of never mind if MAS loses money, I still want my hometown to be serviced by MAS flights.

agree this statement to a certain degree (econs and all that), but MAS being supposedly the national carrier, what happens those in East Malaysia if MAS only choses to only fly route that profits them? its gonna be really sad if ur unable to reach ur destination just bcoz there is no flight to there.

what the govt can do (i think) is find a way for east malaysians to find a cheaper mode of transportation. train is out of consideration as the land is not dense enough to hold the tracks.

what we can do is improve the road conditions (hmm.. it takes 7 hrs to drive frm Kuching to Sibu (by flight its only 1/2 hr.... :mad: ) and Sibu to KK... am I right?). KL to Penang takes only 4 hrs... :(

sirgalahad2010
31-08-2006, 04:55 PM
MAS is a public-listed co. It has a fiduciary duty to make profits for it's shareholders, who are it's ultimate owners. So, any route that is not profitable should be dropped.

Petronas is a 100% govt-owned private co. If it wants to do "national service", then, good luck to it. If it wants to blow a ton of money pursuing some pie-in-the-sky project, it is only answerable to the govt (although one would argue that the govt is in place to serve it's ultimate owners - the rakyat).

See the difference between MAS and Petronas?

iml109
31-08-2006, 05:20 PM
MAS is a public-listed co. It has a fiduciary duty to make profits for it's shareholders, who are it's ultimate owners. So, any route that is not profitable should be dropped.

Petronas is a 100% govt-owned private co. If it wants to do "national service", then, good luck to it. If it wants to blow a ton of money pursuing some pie-in-the-sky project, it is only answerable to the govt (although one would argue that the govt is in place to serve it's ultimate owners - the rakyat).

See the difference between MAS and Petronas?

:) agree.. but! like u said, MAS is a public listed co, and shareholders are its ultimate owners. Air Asia which is also serving those routes can do so under lower cost, why can't MAS do the same thing? If MAS decides to cut those route, it will only lose the faith of her shareholders. anyway, I am not at my most awake mind now.. brb later after dinner. :)

Teeque
01-09-2006, 04:51 AM
Isnt MoF (govt entity) the majority shareholders for MAS?

sirgalahad2010
01-09-2006, 01:39 PM
Yah, but MAS is a public-listed co. on Bursa Msia, and it has a lot of minority shareholders who bought it's shares in good faith and in the belief that it was a good investment.

The point in this: if the rakyat want first or business class seats, free meals on board, the convenience of interlining and the other perks that a full-service carrier like MAS offers, then they have to pay for it. You can't expect MAS to provide a full-service offering and make a loss while doing it. Which is something that some politicians, and many rakyat, just refuse to understand.

Methinks that we have belaboured this issue enough. What needs to be done is self-evident. It's up to MAS (from the board and top management downwards) to step up to the plate and walk the talk.

One other point: why is it that SIA, operating out of a high-cost environment like Spore, can offer cheaper prices for economy, business and first class travel to most destinations than MAS, operating out of KL? Funny accounting, or a stringent attention to cost control and efficiency?