Welcome To My Short Trip Report!
I flew this aircraft from Kuala Lumper to Shanghai (PVG route)
This photo was taken at Tokyo Narita Airport
The photos below are taken from the Airliners.net and as usual, they are credited to the respective photographers.
History of Malaysia Airlines
This airline is formerly known as Malaysia Airline System, set up in 1972 after Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MAS) was ceased. The history actually goes back to 1947 when this airline back then was known as Malayan Airways. After Malaysia gained independence, the airline was renamed to Malaysia Airways. Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MAS) name was used when both Singapore and Malaysia became a country for a short period before it got disbanded. Malaysia Air System was used after that before Malaysia Airlines (current name) took over the name of the airline. This is the current national airline of Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumper, it owns 2 subsidiaries - Firefly and MASwings. The airline joined the OneWorld Alliance and currently is cutting on routes especially long haul ones to try to stabilize the company and more importantly bring back the profits to this once competitor rival of Singapore Airlines. In 2014, the airline under the management of Christoph Mueller has taken necessary steps after the 2 unfortunate plane crashes (MH370 and MH17) to get this airline back on the right track. Most European routes were cut, with London Heathrow the only one remaining (twice daily). As a result, this Oneworld carrier has partnered with Emirates and the Middle East carrier would help by flying its passengers to other parts of Europe via its home base (Dubai). For Emirates, it would get access to Malaysia's domestic airports.
The airline, for now, will operate Boeing 737, Airbus A330-300, and Airbus A380-800. It has plans to replace the A380 with the A350-900 aircraft. A big difference in capacity but it is needed as the airline has difficulty filling up the A380. The Boeing 777 has been sacrificed and currently is no longer flying with the airline. Lots of regional routes have been downsized to the Boeing 737 and for more popular destinations, the Airbus A330-300 would operate on these routes.
Fokker F-27 Friendship
Today, one of the airline's Boeing 737-800 is painted in this retro livery.
Special liveries of Malaysia Airlines (Past)
These liveries are sorely missed by many aviation enthusiasts.
Freedom of space livery
This is the old livery (Boeing 737-800)
The current livery (Boeing 737-800)
The airline's Airbus A330-300
One of the Airbus A330s has the 'OneWorld alliance' decal on it. This is 9M-MTE.
The airline introduced this livery for the Airbus A380
About this trip (PVG-KUL-PVG)
The airline's Airbus A330-300 9M-MKE (Retired)
After the short flight to KUL airport, I had about 2 hours to kill before my connecting flight to Shanghai. My ride was scheduled to be the Boeing 777-200ER and it was indeed the aircraft when I saw the aircraft at the gate. 9M-MRB was to be my ride to Shanghai. I was looking forward to this ride as it was to be my first Roll Royce powered 777 rides at that time and 2nd time flying on a 2-5-2 configured Boeing 777. My first time was with Air China on the airline's domestic flight from Shanghai Hongqiao to Beijing.
My route: KUL-PVG-KUL
Miles: 2,353 + 2,353
Back then, the Boeing 777 was configured in 3-classes: First, Business and Economy Class
Old Business Class
Economy Class (2-5-2 configuration)
Beautiful window shot photos of Malaysia's Boeing 777, thanks to the respective photographers
The airline's Boeing 777-200ER at Shanghai Pudong Airport
Current status: Retired
Airframe loss: 2 (9M-MRD and 9M-MRO)
Airframes operated: 17
Engines: 2 X Roll Royce Trent 892
Delivery of first aircraft (9M-MRA): April 1997
Delivery of last aircraft (9M-MRQ): December 2004
Configuration: C35 Y247
The unfortunate series of events brought down the airline's reputation, causing it to lose tons of money. Before the existence of airlines' alliance, the airline was doing quite well, flying to lots of places in Europe and Australia and it even flew to South America for a while. Unfortunately, that changed during the mid-2000s when the decline of the company began and measures of route cutting and aircraft equipment changes had to be made to ensure the airline didn't drag itself into financial trouble. To make things worse, MH370 aircraft disappearance (9M-MRO) and MH17 (9M-MRD) aircraft crash (hit by missile) had caused the airline more problems, forcing it to make some changes, the most significant one is the CEO. Changes had been made to try to stop the downslide towards bankruptcy. Only time will tell the future of this airline.
It is sad to see the airline in this state but at least they are doing something about it. The retirement of the Boeing 777 from the airline doesn't come to a surprise for some of us since it's intention was to cut down on a lot of international routes, rely on its partners for the long haul and focus on the regional and domestic routes. The poor load factor of the international routes especially on the 777 plays a big part in the decision. Continue to operate these routes on half-filled aircraft or full load with discounted airfare won't make sense. Will this airline make a come back to Europe or U.S.A? Not in the near future I am afraid. With the airline ordering a few A350-900s, I can still see it continuing flights to London and perhaps a couple more European destinations and that's about it.
If you are thinking about flying with this airline, go ahead. There is nothing to worry about. The accidents which happened so far are just down to pure bad luck.
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