Malaysia Airlines – The Way I See It As A Passenger

Malaysian Airlines
Malaysian Airlines

 

I can’t remember when was the last time I fly on Malaysian Airlines (MAS) since my organization changed our travels to Airasia. It was in the mid 90s. Since then I had no opportunity to fly on MAS until recently.

Mot much changes on the outfit of MAS except with the addition of new plane to its fleet and changes on their body paints.

I saw this original MAS paintwork on one of their aircraft at Kuching airport with their original Wau Bulan Logo. It is a good idea to keep this original design as a nostalgic monuments in the history of Malaysia Airlines after their separation from Malaysia singapore Airlines in 1972

Original Desing on Malaysian Airlines Plane
Original Design on Malaysian Airlines Plane
among ther earlier MAS fleet of aircraft, with the original design
Among the earlier MAS fleet of aircraft, with the original design – Photo from Going Places April 1997

During my last flight to and fro Kota Kinabalu from KLIA I was ware the changes in crew attires and also the interior finishing of their new fleet pf boeing 737-800. I fly Malindoair to Kuching two weeks before and both on the same type of aircraft. MAS had changed from their batik motif seats to the leather look with tone of maroon (on the plan I was on) Not sure if all their 737-800 fleets has the same colouring.

Meals on board not much changes only that the present caterer is Brahim’s istead of MAS Catering. Well, is MAS Catering still in business? with Brahim’s, the Briyani Chicken was superb and the smell caught the nostrils immediately when the crew starts preparing to serve when the seatbelt sign was switched off. I did not take any pictures of the meal sets since there not much difference from the last.

Touch Screen facilities for your In Flight entertainment
Touch Screen facilities for your In Flight entertainment

When I was on Malindoair flight earlier I thought they had outsmart MAS but my thoughts was wrong. In fact maybe all Boeing 737-800 comes with inflight entertainment facilities.  So if your mobile gadget is running out of battery juice, just remember to bring along your USB cable to charge and of course its included in your airfare.

With the entertainment screen in front of every passenger, there is no more opportunity for SOME male passengers especially to voyeur on the cabin crew demonstrating the safety procedures. (LOL)

There’s a selection of entertainment to suit all passenger if not 100%. Movies, Music, Cartoon all in the package. There is also the Quran on screen if you want to read the Quran while in flight. Musics include most genres including Nasyid and after finishing The Heat acted by Sandra Bullock, I entertain myself with Nasyid number from Maher Zain. flying on MAS will now not be a boring one unless you want to doze off all the way.

FYI, I still keep this copy of Going Places, a special Wings of gold Commemorative Issue for 50th anniversary of Malaysia Airlines. I know it will be an antic publication many-many years to come and I will keep it for monetary purpose. I have two copies of the issue, but trying to locate where’s the other one.

 

My First Experience On Malindoair

Malindoair is the new kid on the block budget airline in Malaysia. It took to the sky in mid March 2013 with its tagline “Not just Low cost“. Malindoair is a venture of two parent companies- the National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) of Malaysia and Lion Air from Indonesia.

During my recent flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, I can see that the new service can really attract passengers from other airline in the country. During the first month of operations, Malindoair had served 50,000 passengers and doubled in the second months. The article that appeared in Convergence’s Aug-Sept Issue 2013 mentioned that it has already served close to 170,000 passenger. Malindoair operates from KLIA and also Subang Skypark.

Malindoair is a cross between a full service airline and low cost one, creating a new class of airline. It has Economy class and also Business Class. The comfort of the economy class is in its 32 inches spaces between seats and gives ample leg room, in-house movies and even snacks that can compete with other budget airlines. They has a fleet of 7 planes – 2 ATR 42/72 turbo props planes and 5 Boeing 737s

Check in was at counter F 14 – F16 on Level 5 that is the Departure Level.

 

Whats inside? Bring along your headphone and listen to music or the sounds of the in house movie you are watching during flight. If your phone or mobile gadget is running out of battery get your USB charging cable and plug in to the port below the screen in front of you.

View from seat 33F on Malindoair
View from seat 33F on Malindoair
Malindoair LCD Screen for In House Entertainment
Malindoair LCD Screen for In House Entertainment

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