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  • ross1948 11:00 on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, , , , unlimited travel offer   

    Limited Access To Air Asia’s ‘Unlimited Travel’ Offer? 

    It’s quite difficult to travel to and fro if one feels the need to boycott certain airlines, but as I’ve said before…

    Boycotts Of Bad Businesses Ain’t Always Easy – Just Do Your Best! 

    …boycotts were never meant to be exercises in masochism.


    Tony Fernandes.jpg

    In March 2012, Tony Fernandes served on the International Advisory Board of Global March to Jerusalem, which aims to “mobilize the international community in solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem

    But after what I wrote about that Air Asia potentate a couple of years ago…

    AirAsia’s Malaysian Joins Europhile “In”-Crowd – Go Fly Yourself, Tony! 


    …..I was interested to read of his current difficulties in an article in Traveller.com.

    But even more interesting was this!

    AirAsia X is offering unlimited international flights for a year for just 499 ringgit ($A181) as the coronavirus hits passenger numbers.

    A grand opportunity, for sure!

    However, don’t go rushing off to your nearest Air Asia outlet in the city where I live, Jakarta, or in Sydney or Melbourne or anywhere in Australia or Indonesia at all…


    …because this UNLIMITED travel offer is HIGHLY limited in terms of accessibility.


    The bad news is the deal is not available to Australians, only to Malaysia-based members of the airlines’ BIG loyalty scheme.  https://www.traveller.com.au/airasia-x-offers-a-years-unlimited-flights-for-181-in-response-to-coronavirus-h1m73n

  • ross1948 18:22 on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, air hostesses, , Firefly, , Islamist UMNO, , , Malindo, Senator Abdullah Mat Yasim, Senator Hanafi Mamat, , ,   

    Fear And Loathing of Knees In MaIaysia, Truly Arabia! 

    I’m certainly not a fan of AirAsia, and won’t be until they stop trying to coerce passengers into eating their over-priced meals.


    Hasil gambar untuk fried egg sandwiches l

    My home-made specialty -bacon and fried egg sandwiches!


    It’s the height of arrogance to seek to confiscate any customer’s private property (i.e. sandwiches) before  allowing them the privilege of boarding their scheduled flight  – after all, they have paid hefty sums for valid tickets.

    However, needs must, and there’s a need to defend that airline’s stewardesses from sad-sack kill-joys in Malaysia’s legislature.

    Malaysia is  increasingly a country one wishes to avoid…

    Malaysia – Aged Scholar Hauled to Bigot Court 

    Malaysia, Truly Arabia! Intolerance Rules Kuala Lumpur Court! 

    …but most of the stories reported previously, like those in the above links, are of shocking sectarianism.

    Today’s, in contrast, is just ludicrous, but albeit with rather unwholesome overtones.


    Hasil gambar untuk Abdullah Mat Yasim

    Abdullah Mat Yasim


    I refer to the likes of Senator Abdullah Mat Yasim, who is a stalwart of the government party, UMNO.

    He has declared in Parliament that the fitted attire of AirAsia’s and Firefly’s female flight attendants can “arouse passengers..”

    What a pathetic old geezer, you say, as I do!

    But in that delightful photo, he doesn’t look THAT old, so how come he’s such a curmudgeon?


    Hasil gambar untuk curmudgeon


    One of the few agreeable aspects of air travel is the fact that ( except for Qantas, which seems unable to hire young sexy women ) the average air hostess is fairly yummy.

    Certainly, admiring them as they shimmy along back and forth does assuage nervousness among passengers who fear flying.

    And for sure it helps pass what is usually a tedious time in the air.


    Gambar terkait


    Behold the proof of what I write.

    Above, Air Asia girls, visual delights all, and below, some Firefly lasses, busy but equally easy on the eye, I hope you’d agree.  Actually, I’d never heard of Firefly, till yesterday, but no matter.

    ==, Hasil gambar untuk firefly air


    Poor old wowser Abdullah – what’s wrong with his uptight outlook on life that he can disapprove of those girls’ outfits?

    Nothing remotely naughty about them, unless one doesn’t like shapely females.

    Perhaps he’s one of the nutjob sort, the sorry sorts who think women should only venture out of doors looking like the Michelin Man..

    Gambar terkait

    …as illustrated in the infamous poster below?


    ‘fathers and husbands, their private parts are your responsibility!’


    Aaah, but there’s one airline whose stewardesses do merit Abdullah’s approval, more or less.

    …the flight attendant uniforms of Malindo Air, a Malaysian-Indonesian budget carrier, were “acceptable….”

    More or less, I observe, because Ole Grumplestiltskin had to add that the uniforms are also body hugging but at least the “sensitive areas” are covered

    The clear implication of Abdullah’s asinine observation is that ‘sensitive areas’ of the AirAsia and Firefly girls above are UNcovered.

    Like, which sensitive areas are uncovered? Their faces? Their hands? Their hair?

    OR…have we stumbled on another case of…


     In Sumatra, Knee-ophobia Rules! No Knees is GOOD Knees


    No knees to be seen on Malindo!

    .Gambar terkait

    Pretty ladies, but over-dressed, one could argue!


    In case you reckon they broke the mould after Abdullah was created, get this!

    Abdullah was praised by the assembly’s deputy president Abdul Halim Abd Samad for highlighting the issue. “This is a good topic that many people can relate to as they always take flights

    And there’s another strange man been haranguing the senators, Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, who suggested that the airlines redesign the uniforms.


    Hasil gambar untuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin


    “My wife is worried whenever I fly alone on Malindo or AirAsia,” said Megat…”This is a real hassle for me,” he said, drawing laughter from other members of the Dewan Negara or Upper House of Parliament.

    Odd as a nine dollar bill!

    AND ANOTHER, the week before, Senator Hanafi Mamat from Kelantan, who came right out and confessed his sectarian motivation,  claiming attendants should wear “syariah-compliant” uniforms as Malaysia is an Islamic country.

    But what about the large non-Muslim minorities? Will Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and Buddhist attendants be allowed to dress like normal women, and will Hanafi’s “syariah-compliant” uniforms look like this…


    ….to ensure normal blokes will still want to use the airlines?

    All interesting questions, but how sad that such rubbish is even aired in a place meant for discussion of serious issues!

    Listen to Hanafi’s hogwash…

    Hasil gambar untuk Senator Hanafi Mamat

    Tourists might get the wrong impression of Malaysia if flight stewardesses dress up “sexily and disrespectfully!”    


    Disrespectful to whom?

    Since when is being sexy the same as being disrespectful?

    But while we may shed a tear for Malaysia, it’s not the only country that is getting totally screwy about the babes in the skies.

    My own preference for the ideal air hostess outfit would be that worn by Zuhal Sengul, in this photo below…



    …I wonder whatever happened to her, after she lost her job for being gorgeous!

    Kasihan Zuhal Sengul – Hot Turkish Delight Fired By Kill-Joys! 

    … but the wearer is no longer in that line of business. Magnificent Zuhal got fired after some classy pictures were published online, which upset the mean-spirited management of Turkish Airlines.

    But what can one expect from the Land of Erdolf?

    • Pamela 19:46 on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, Ross, I have been too busy to comment on anything much, with preparation for festivities to see to here, but this is very readable’
      I applaud your mockery of the Malaysian sexists.
      I do puzzle over why they have such serious problems with women.


    • Jacko 20:51 on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Zuhal is SO tasty.
      I like that Michelin Man comparison too. I used to read your blog once or twice a week but it keeps getting better. Very much appreciated, mate.
      Nothing quite like poking fun at oddfellows like those sexist senators…


    • Ned Porteous 21:06 on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose these moaners would say a good old-fashioned knees-up is simply out of the question, then?


    • Jacko 14:52 on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I had to trawl back to find this you wrote a year and a half ago, after just hearing on the news that Branson has told his air hostesses they can wear trousers if they like, and no make-up.
      If the girls can stop being forced to look really sexy, will Bransom let them look more sexy if they like, micro-minis and fish-net tights?
      Any airline tries that, I will fly anywhere with them.


  • ross1948 00:33 on March 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, , , , , , , , , ,   

    AirAsia’s Malaysian Joins Europhile “In”-Crowd – Go Fly Yourself, Tony! 


    Last month we expressed our scorn for the plutocratic elite aligning themselves with Cameron’s craven sell-out to Brussels, what Better Off Out rather neatly describes as the inelegant sight of a self-serving elite closing ranks.  http://www.betteroffout.net/pro-eu-businesses-letter-the-times/

    They add the interesting information that the big business endorsement was circulated by a civil servant at Number 10, which tells you plenty about the politicisation of the once-upon-a-time admirably impartial UK Civil Service.


    Sonny Leong CBE

    Leong, director of “Left Foot Forward, a political blog for progressives!”


    One name on the list is that of Sonny Leong, Chief executive, Civil Service College.

    And what do they do? – – Using the latest skills and methods we aim to help shape the public sector in the UK and abroad, and beyond.   http://www.civilservicecollege.org.uk/about-us.aspx

    Very reassuring!

    But for those Brits resident here in Jakarta, and there are a lot, it’s something of a surprise to note that AirAsia is one of the companies named.

    Their big boss, Tony Fernandes, is a Malaysian.


    Tony Fernandes.jpg


    In March 2012, Tony Fernandes served on the International Advisory Board of Global March to Jerusalem, which aims to “mobilize the international community in solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Fernandes


    I am currently considering two major trips this year. I used AirAsia only recently, for a couple of trips, home and away, but after doing that little bit of research, I’m damn sure I won’t be using them again.

    Better to pay a bit extra than contribute to the profits of an airline whose multi-millionaire magnate foreign owner wants to keep Britannia subject to those Brussels Commissars and who takes a one-sided ‘solidarity’ stance in the Middle East . 


  • ross1948 10:11 on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, food ban, in-fight starvation   

    OUTRAGE on Air Asia! 

    Back in Jakarta once more, I was just going to offer readers a mild meander around eateries discovered on my recent break in Bali.

    But the issue of eating brings me instead to lash out wildly at Air Asia, who, I was reminded on my return flight, maintain their arrogant and obnoxious BAN on passengers bringing snacks or any other consumables aboard.


    It’s blatant coercion.

    Air Asia’s clear intent is to force defenceless people, who have already paid hefty sums to fly, to pay smaller – but still hefty – sums just to stave off in-flight starvation.


    But pay through the nose for high-cost meals!


    Can I bring my own food on board? 

    We do not allow outside food and beverages on the aircraft.


    How dare they!

    I usually spend under Rp.20,000 for a filling lunch in my local warteg – a heaped plateful.

    And that price includes a cold drink..

    • warteg
    • Were I eager to pay more for a basic meal, it would be easy enough to walk round to another eatery, or take a bus to a mall and pay even more again. It’s up to me. I can make sandwiches and sit on a park bench – I did, often, in the UK, and also ALWAYS packed lunch for me and the offspring when undertaking a rail journey; part of the fun.

    How much any guy or gal pays to eat should always be a matter for his or her personal preference.

    Air Asia thinks not. 


     YA GOTTA swallow whatever they serve.


    Passengers are not allowed to consume their own food on board.


    Surfing the subject, it seems my indignation is far from unique. Grotesque rudeness is noted by several angry fliers.

    Some fatuous fool tries to defend Air Asia by likening their jackboot policy to that of a resto barring diners from bringing in food from outside. But Air Asia is NOT a resto.

    Their job is to move people from Point A to Point B, NOT to force them to eat whatever Air Asia sees fit to offer. Incidentally, once you are in the air, suppose you open your jacket and, with a melodramatic flourish, brandish a plastic bag of sandwiches, or one of those excellent Rp.10,000 gado2 packs I get from the guy who wanders my complex?

    AirAsia flight attendants group adv

    What would those trim little stewardesses do? Wrestle you to the floor?

    Actually, that might be fun.

    But seriously, they can hardly chuck you off, can they?


    I append a comments form to facilitate expression of your opinions.



    • Intan Aranti 11:24 on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very strongly!


    • Putri 12:39 on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You must resist them. It is only they are greedy for our money but I have cake from my grandma so I defy the Air Asia orders.
      I take my cake and eat it, they were angry but I say too late, you cannot expel me out to clouds.


    • Irwan 15:55 on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Air Asia should not tell us what we can carry except for safety reason.
      I will take snacks or something other next time.
      All passenger should so they must begin respect customer.


    • Alfina 16:10 on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      outrage is what it is, as if we do like drug smuggler to bring bad things into planes. Air Asia should not do this arrogant behavior. Customer is king yeah.


    • K. Lee 11:06 on January 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t agree more. If a flight attendant wants to try to take my sandwiches away from me, I’ll shove it down her throat.


  • ross1948 08:05 on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, missing plane, , , ,   

    Leaving On a Jet Plane – Reflections On An Over-Cast Morning 

    Having just got home late arvo yesterday, I’ve now got to figure out how to observe the next bout of festivities.

    But first a moment of reflection on the 162 people who didn’t make it to their destination, the Air Asia passengers and crew for whom the search is about to resume this overcast morning.


    Ngurah Rai International Airport 3 Ngurah Rai Airport


    • I’d no idea whilst waiting at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali that anything was amiss in the skies through which I was about to fly. Only once aboard did I learn from the Arab guy sitting in the adjacent seat that a plane was lost, and only last night, once settled in my familiar surroundings in Jakarta, did the horrific reality become clear.

    My heart goes out to them, and all those who saw off loved ones at Surabaya, or were waiting for them  at Singapore. After a week in Legian with the nearest and dearest, I can only imagine what they’re going through.


    • air-asia-airline
    • ====================

    I used Lion Air, and although I was in complaining mode at the late departure (having experienced similar inconvenience when I went down there) I certainly don’t feel like complaining now! Putting problems into perspective, as they say…

    The briefly bumpy spell halfway through the flight – no great fan of air travel, me, to be frank – had me pausing in my perusal of the kindle-book I was enjoying. Little did I know what those other passengers on that other plane must have experienced when their weather turned bumpy.

    As hopes dwindle for them, my normal eagerness to face the day is subdued this morning.

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