Tuesday, 21 May 2013

# TSDayOut @ Subang Skypark

It’s #TSDayOut invite again! The invitation via email from Dian of Tourism Selangor was greatly anticipated. TSDay Out is a novel initiative by Tourism Selangor with the objective of promoting and publicising tourist products and attractions in Selangor. It is a half-day programme where selected members of the public and bloggers are invited to join in the outing. 

Hmmm... nice name badge.
The yellow line guides the passengers through the whole process.
Our visit this time around was the Subang Skypark, better known as Subang Terminal 3 Airport in the earlier days. After a massive redevelopment of the old airport was completed in 2008, this modern airport is now one of the most preferred airports amongst frequent travellers in Malaysia and also in the region. This is due to its close proximity to the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam and easy accessibility via the existing road and highway networks. Skypark is also home to Firefly and Berjaya Air, and very soon to Malindo Air as well.

There's kopitiam - for those who prefer local delicacies.
Visitors to Skypark are spoilt for choices when it comes to the selection of good cafes.
A Firefly Sales Office at Skypark.
TSDayOut @ Skypark participants consist of 30 active bloggers. I felt honoured to be selected as I considered myself a newbie in the blogging scene. After the registration, we were given a yellow #TSDayOut t-shirt and also a nice black baseball cap complimentary of Skypark. Mr Francis Anthony, the Head of Operations, Skypark was there to welcome us and after a short speech, we started our tour of the airport with Mr Rusdi of Firefly as the tour guide. During the tour, he explained to us briefly about Firefly, the types of aircrafts (only turboprops) that are allowed to use the airport and the whole process of passenger check-ins until they board the planes, the passenger check-outs until they collect their luggage, and the behind-the-scenes activities that take place in the operations. 

Rows of trolleys at the baggage collection area.
The ever smiling Firefly beauties.
Nothing escapes the X-Ray scanner.
The Firefly personnel which handle all the flight operations.
Thumbs up and ready to go!
Firefly personnel loading the baggage onto the aircraft.
Thereafter, for the highlight of the programme, we were brought to SimFlightKL located at the first floor of Skypark. Apparently, SimFlightKL is the first company in Malaysia that offers the public or aspiring pilots the chance to experience the feeling of piloting a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 using a flight simulator. Qualified pilots and flight instructors were there to guide the budding pilots through every manuevres from take-off until the plane was safely landed. Along the way, we got to learn about the technical jargons and how to read and understand some of the important instruments, switches and gauges. The experience of sitting in the cockpit simulated by the HD panoramic display was really like the real thing and I strongly recommend every aspiring pilot to try this out. Oh, and price starts from as low as RM45!

Budding pilots in the Airbus A320 simulator.
The instrument panel in a Boeing 737 simulator
It was 1.30 pm when Renuga announced that it was time for lunch. Yes… after four hours of packed itinerary, we were to be served some heavenly food by Bubba Gump Shrimp Co at the luxurious and well facilitated Peugeot Lounge also located at first floor of Skypark. We were told by Mr. Yasser Awan, General Manager of Nasim Sdn Bhd, the distributor of Peugeot cars in Malaysia that the lounge is the first of its kind in the world that caters to privileged Peugeot car owners. All the Peugeot owners have to do is produce their boarding passes and car keys and they will get to enjoy the facilities provided at the lounge. Skypark must be very proud to be the airport of choice for Peugeot for their pilot project… and so will I, being a proud owner of a Peugeot ride myself.

Aspire to be a pilot? Start by reading these mags.
After the sumptuous lunch, there were short speeches delivered by Mr Francis Anthony of Skypark, Mr Azman of Firefly, Mr Yasser of Nasim and Mr Fazly of Tourism Selangor followed by a prize giving ceremony for best blogs for the previous TSDayOut and also best photography for TSDayOut Skypark. Congrats to all the winners!

There's a wide selection of attractive Peugeot merchandise for you to purchase.
Food, glorious food - at Peugeot Lounge, courtesy of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
The 6 hour excursion to Skypark was truly a different experience for me, and I think for most of the other participants as well. I look forward to the major extension project of Skypark to be ready in the next few years as well as the extra connectivity via the new KTM Komuter line. Once completed, we could expect Skypark to be the airport of choice for both travellers and non-travellers, in line with the company’s aspiration to synthesize aviation and lifestyle under one roof. Looking at their current facilities, world-class offerings and ongoing improvements, I believe Skypark is definitely ‘flying towards the right direction’.

For more information on Skypark, Firefly, SimFlightKL and Peugeot Lounge, please visit:

-        www.subangskypark.com
-          www.fireflyz.com.my
-          www.simflightkl.com
-          www.peugeot.com.my

For more information on #TSDayOut, please visit:

-          tsdayout.my

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