Last month, when I was flying with Malaysia airlines from Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur, I was amazed that rather than getting excited about my trip, all my friends and relatives had just one question – Are you flying with Malaysia Airlines? and then they would just pause and say nothing.
Though, I could understand their concern due to the tragic loss last year of the two airplanes which was quite unfortunate but honestly reaching the airport and seeing the crowd in front of the Malaysia airlines counter, I realized that the incident had not dampened the spirit of people flying.
I had a flight at 11:00 PM local time. When I reached the counter for Malaysia Airlines, I was surprised to see a long queue waiting in front of the counter. The crowd comprised of different genre of people flying, old couples who had a connecting flight to Australia, newly weds who were flying to Langkawi for their honeymoon and so many other bachelors and families travelling for work or vacation to Malaysia.
After seeing so many people, my initial fears subsided. The ground staff was very prompt and helpful. They were very quick in issuing boarding passes.
To my surprise, there wasn’t even a single seat which was unoccupied in the flight. The flight was a little smaller in size in comparison to an International flight and also the leg space was little less.
It was just a 4 hours flight, so the cabin staff started to serve the in-flight dinner quite early. The staff were friendly and cheerful who responded quickly and efficiently to requests. I opted for a non-veg meal and the food was fine except the chapatti that was served.
After having my dinner and chatting with my fellow passengers for some time, I fiddled with in-flight entertainment system and finally dozed off to wake up just before the landing. The flight was on time and in 20 mins I was out of the airport including getting my custom clearance and baggage claim. 🙂 🙂
Super fast I must say !!!
– RETURN JOURNEY –
My return journey was a connecting flight from Penang to KL and then onwards to BLR. My luggage was checked in at Penang and was checked through to BLR so I did not have the hassle to collect and check in my baggage at KL for my connecting flight.
On the first leg of the return journey, which was a 40 mins flight, we were served with a cold drink and salted peanuts. Malaysia’s most loved snacks. 🙂
Our flight passed through stunning islands covered by mangroves, rivers flowing like serpent ending their journey into the sea.
After touching down at KL, we had to clear customs.
– Golden Lounge –
At the KL airport, we had access to Malaysia Airline golden lounge, all thanks to Malaysia Tourism. Malaysia Airlines’ Golden Lounge has won the award for Asia’s Leading Airline Lounge, 2011 by the World Travel Awards. The lounge was easy to locate.
The lounge was quite spacious with relaxing sofas, easy chair and plenty of natural light.
We were welcomed by the front desk staff with smiling faces. They checked our boarding pass and shared with us the wifi passwords. As we entered the lounge, we found ourselves a quiet corner with views out of the windows onto the runway and terminal. We spent the time of transit in savoring on sumptuous food, gulping drinks and chit-chatting about the amazing trip we had.
FOOD & DRINKS
The spread was a mix of continental, Chinese, Thai and Malay with loads of desserts like muffins, cakes, and salads.The bar was also available providing champagne as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
There were other facilities in the lounge like relaxation rooms, shower room and a spa too, you have time in hand , don’t forget to pamper yourself with a foot spa.
As, I waited for my next flight to board, I happily whiled my time devouring the delicious spread, gaining some extra kilos and catching up with some blogging work. 😉 😉
Do we recommend?
Yes, of course. Malaysia airlines are the one of the most budget-friendly airlines with numerous awards in their kitty. Flights are from cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kochi and Chennai to Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and many other South-East destinations.
They have been awarded by World Travel Awards for World’s Leading Airline to Asia (2010, 2011), Asia’s Leading Airline (2010, 2011) and Asia’s Leading Business Class Airline (2010).
The Tales of a Traveler was hosted by Malaysia Tourism and Malaysia Airlines on this trip but opinion as always is our own.