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Old 06-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

Today was such a wonderful day for me as I became part of Malaysia Airlines' history, for operating their first A380 flight out of KUL (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) with an aircraft fully loaded with passengers. While the flight may not be a commercially scheduled one and more of a PR-driven activity, hence the "joyride" title; the flight itself is still a historic one in various capacities and most importantly, it is THE flight where the A380 will receive its endorsement from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia for commercial operations.

It was an honour for me to be invited over by Malaysia Airlines for their #myBigFlight event today. To the wonderful people at Malaysia Airlines, many thanks for having me in this exclusive event and it was indeed a truly remarkable experience, end to end.

Folks, I'm bad at words so I'll just let the photos do the talking. Pardon the sub-standard photos (I'm no travel blogger or member of the media
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A little teaser, to start with..




More to come. Stay tuned..
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh, by the way, in case some of you may not be aware of - Malaysia Airlines became the 8th airline to receive its Airbus A380-800 on 30th May 2012.

The aircraft was handed over to MAS Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Brégier at TLS last week:

Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of its first A380| Airbus News & Events

And here are some photos of its arrival at KUL last week:














All 6 photos above are courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. My subsequent posts will feature my photos taken during the joyride event today. Stay-tuned, guys..
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great shots even if the livery is a tad uninspiring. Are they still planning to put the blue swirls on it ?
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I read somewhere it is supposed to be back in Toulouse, France today (June 6) for some final touch ups ..
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Let see the rest of the pics



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Old 06-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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very nice... look forward to seeing the rest
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What is the final livery supposed to be?
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Reminds me of JAL livery, and isnt the flag on the starboard side usually reversed so that it 'flies with the wind'? haha
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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As promised, here are more photos from today's #myBigFlight joyride event

But before I begin, here's a copy of the electronic invitation that I received from MH couple of days ago. I was jumping with joy upon receiving this piece and have been counting my days for the big flight since then. Anyway, it is the agenda details that I would like share most from this piece - I hope it will find you well as you view the following photos:



And so it begins, a journey of epic proportions for both myself and Malaysia Airlines. Yeehaw~



Parking signage for #myBigFlight participants are strategically placed, and easy to spot from a distance too.



Park and hop!



KLIA was surprisingly mundane this morning at 9:00 AM despite the mid-term break for school-goers.



Meet & greet session among the bloggers - Malaysia Airlines invited some prominent bloggers to be part of this joyride event



That is one neat looking lanyard there, MH. And the splash of blue on the ticket is certainly a refreshing sight.



Off to Satellite Terminal, we go, onboard the KLIA Aerotrain



Gate C17.. Gate C17.. Where's gate C17..?



Ah, more signage! Thanks, MH. I'm liking this blue already. So pleasing to the eye.

PS. I still miss the red though.. And I'm sure many of us too..



Almost carnival-like atmosphere at Gate C17, with cameramen and members of the media interviewing guests.



Smile! You're on camera!



VIP treat for all guests including polaroid photo-shoot with the crews.



Pre-flight event on the mezzanine floor.



The lucky winners of #myBigFlight contest.



View of the satellite building from mezzanine floor.



The eager-beavers, all can't wait for the boarding. T-minus 15 minutes for boarding.



The crews of MH 5488


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Old 06-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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9M-MNA sits patiently on the apron, waiting for her passengers to board.



The boarding gate (C17) for Malaysia Airlines flight 5488 to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The joyride's route is KUL-LGK-KUL but since we will not be landing on the island and only circling it, it is as good as KUL-KUL for this flight.



One can't help but feel a sense of pride that radiates around all MH crews. This pride shines through in the eyes and smiles of everyone today. (Edit: probably not everyone )



As usual, the crews will board the aircraft first after the boarding announcement was made by the ground staff. See you later in the aircraft, ladies!



Boarding time!



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Honestly the world's best cabin crew!!





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Old 06-07-2012, 08:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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nice uniforms...kinda reminds me of cebu pacific
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