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Struck By The Upgrade Fairy! Yes! (lots Of Pics!)  
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 18584 times:

Malev
MA0623
DUB-BUD
Boeing 737-7Q8 - HA-LOA - "LOAladár"
Seat: Economy 5C, upgraded to Business 1D
Departure time: 07:55
Arrival time: 11:45


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I decided to go back to Sydney to visit my family and friends the long way - and the first leg was using Malev via Budapest. I'd never flown Malev before, however I've always heard good things from people who have flown them. The airline has won awards such as "Best Airline in Eastern Europe", and that coupled with the fact that they're a member of oneworld meant they were on my list of airlines to fly.

Myself and Pawsleykat (he was flying to PIK) arrived at the airport around 6am, and I immediately joined the long Malev Business Class queue. The line moved slowly and as it turned out, Economy passengers were also using the line and the agent was processing them without any complaints  thumbsdown 

After a good 10-15 minutes in line, it was my turn. I told the agent that I was going to Sydney (the reaction was wide eyed astonishment) and if it was possible could she check me through to Sydney. Silence. Lots of typing. I waited. She turned to the agent next to her and asked what something meant on the screen. The response was, "That means he's eligible for upgrade".

Naturally, I thought it was done and dusted - apparently the flight was overbooked. After much more typing and a reference to her notes, I was handed an Economy Boarding Pass for 5C, with my bags only checked to Budapest. I figured it wasn't my day and wasn't bothered.

Proceeded through security and up to the B-Pier gates at Dublin. It wasn't long before the aircraft was towed up to the gate.

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Malev overnight the aircraft in Dublin, hence the reason for it being towed to the gate. While waiting at the gate, there was an announcement I half missed, and I kept an ear out for it as it had a list of names. When I heard it again, my name was in there - so off I went to the desk. Happily, I was informed that I was being upgraded to Business Class and was given a new boarding pass.

We boarded the aircraft on time and I settled into 1D - next to an enormous man taking up a lot of the arm rest next to me. Row 1 is 2 x 2 (the rest of Business Class is 3 x 2) which meant there was a lot of aisle next to me.

Leg room was pretty good, as you can see here.

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Across the aisle was the coat storage. Also in here were goodies such as toilet paper rolls, blankets (green!), pillows and all sorts of things.



Pre-takeoff drinks consisted of an orange juice, and the seats are lacking in that there is no little drinks table. It's either get out the entire tray or hold it. I held onto mine. We were informed of a 40 minute delay on the aircraft due to the recent ATC system problems in Dublin. While delayed, we were offered newspapers and magazines (Irish and Hungarian). In the end we only waited 30 minutes and quickly taxiied out and took off.

Once in flight, we were offered hot towels, and the moving map was switched on. This stayed the same throughout the flight, apart from one portion of oneworld videos - with no sound. We were not issued headsets. The bulkheads also have oneworld ads on them - it seems Malev is a fervent supporter of the alliance!



The seats were navy blue "leather" (or whatever they're using to simulate it these days) and were some of the most comfortable seats I've sat on in a while. Really! I was sitting there (sober too!) marvelling at how comfortable my seat was. Here's a sneaky pic across the aisle.



Business Class was full (9 people, 2 rows), however at least two others were upgraded judging by their conversation. The aircraft was 100% full apart from one seat.

Breakfast was served next.

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Fatty bacon, an "egg omelette", hash browns, two croissants ("Take as many as you like" was the refrain from the bread basket), strawberry yoghurt, strawberry jam, and a fruit salad. Coffee was also served. The breakfast was adequate and nice, however the €9 Aer Lingus breakfast leaves it for dead for both taste, quality and presentation.

I shut my eyes for a while after breakfast and woke to find this on my lap (and note - green seat belts - matches the blankets!) -

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The Purser took care of us the whole flight and was nothing short of miraculous. She anticipated what people wanted, got it promptly and was just astonishing. For example, she put that pillow on my lap and didn't wake me - it was there for when I needed it. Another girl was asleep during breakfast service and when she woke, she was immedately offered food (and this was much later). One person asked for a blanket as it was cold, and she asked all the J passengers individually if they wanted a blanket (about 4 accepted). Lots of little things like this - as well as coffee and tea top ups as soon as people were empty, actually pressing the button and pushing seats back up before landing to help people - it was superb to watch. They also wouldn't let Economy passengers through the curtain to use the Business toilets  thumbsup 

The flight was nice enough, and I hit the loo before landing.

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We landed only 10 minutes late, and as we were waiting to deplane, I asked the Purser if I could take her picture and she said, "Why not!"



She was totally awesome! Unfortunately I couldn't work out her name from her nametag, so I can't send through a compliment!

To sum up, Malev are a worthy addition to the oneworld alliance. The food is on par with what I've experienced in intra-European J on Finnair, the seat much more comfortable and the service a notch above. It remains to be seen how Malev will develop, but they're certainly adequate at the moment. That said, I wouldn't pay for Malev J class - the fares are rather high for what you actually get.

I hope you've enjoyed the report - please let me know what you thought! If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Cheers!


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18477 times:

Nice report! Was it just that one purser giving all the service?

Have fun on the rest of your flights! Looking forward to BUD-AMM (Hint hint  Wink )

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18470 times:

Nice report and pics - dont see many Malev reports especially in J!

YOu can send a compliment... just send in the flight date, number and mention it was the purser of that flight and generally they can look it up!  Smile


User currently offlineMountainDew From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18431 times:

Thanks for sharing. Breakfast looked pretty good  Smile
How was the rest of the flight to Australia?


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18391 times:

Nice report!

I like the colour green they use, especially on the seat belts. I had to laugh when I read about the breakfast and how the Aer Lingus breakfast leaves it for dead. That breakfast is becoming an Aer Lingus legend! It's good to see a Malev report from Ireland. Their uniform is very striking.

Thanks for sharing.

Shamrock350


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18291 times:

Hey babe!
Brilliant report... Glad you got that upgrade (see, I told you you'd get it at the gate).
What a pretty purser tbh  Wink

Glad you had a good flight and am now waiting for the RJ BUD-AMM service...  Smile

Great photos

JG  Yeah sure



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 18026 times:



Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
Leg room was pretty good, as you can see here.

Do you have to be an Irish citizen to wear those trainers?!?!  Wink

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 5):
Hey babe!

Good lord!! Big grin

Nice report...I don't recall reading a Malev report before, so "thanks for sharing"!!

Cheers.

Andy.



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 17398 times:



Quoting MountainDew (Reply 3):
How was the rest of the flight to Australia?

He hasn't made it to Australia yet.

From this thread:

DUB-BUD - MA - 11 Jul - Y
BUD-AMM - RJ - 11 Jul - J
AMM-BKK - RJ - 12 Jul - J
BKK-SYD - QF - 12 Jul - Y (with upgrade request to Premium Economy)

Seems like he is taking the scenic route, and you were fast in adding the report.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6):
Do you have to be an Irish citizen to wear those trainers?!?!

Well you certainly wouldn't buy them in Australia.

Seems like someone is missing Classiclover already.  Silly



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 17333 times:

Great TR.

Glad that you got upgraded.

Malev seems to be a good carrier, after reading your TR.

Well, I am now looking forward for more TRs from you. You have 3 more to make  Wink


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 17276 times:

hey very nice report. Not many reports on eastern european airlines compared to western. Looking forward to your report on the rest of your trip to Australia.
By the way, colorful shoes you have there ! and they match the green seatbelt too.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8550 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 16785 times:
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Great report and pictures, thanks.

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
Happily, I was informed that I was being upgraded to Business Class and was given a new boarding pass.

- Always nice  Smile

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
Row 1 is 2 x 2 (the rest of Business Class is 3 x 2) which meant there was a lot of aisle next to me

- Interesting, not seen this mix of layout before.

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
They also wouldn't let Economy passengers through the curtain to use the Business toilets

- Good, wish more airlines whold do this!

Seems MA are a worthy addition to OW.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27029 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 16743 times:

Nice TR and pics. Glad MA bumped you up front. Its good to keep in with their top level Oneworld members . Nice to see they have a decent J class product and nice crew.


Philip


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 16626 times:

Hi, Trent,

another nice read.

You know about the unusal ways, in my case, reading about your second leg first  Wink

Not that much Malev stories here, another reason to follow your story closely.

Looking for more and best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 15809 times:

Great TR! I it was cool to see an airline I haven't seen in a while!

Dave



Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15384 times:



Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
After a good 10-15 minutes in line, it was my turn

That does sound like an awfully long line..... Big grin

Anyway, I very much enjoyed my trip on Malev two summers ago and it is interesting to see how they have been progressing. My flight was from AMS-BUD and back and I was pleasantly surprised at the service as you were as well. DId you spend anytime in BUD or were you just travelling through, Budapest is one of my favorite cities in the world.


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 14719 times:



Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 1):
Nice report! Was it just that one purser giving all the service?

Yeah, she was the only one serving J - I mean, 1 flight attendant for 9 passengers makes sense. She went back and helped out in Y as well.

Quoting MountainDew (Reply 3):
How was the rest of the flight to Australia?

Very good!

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6):
Do you have to be an Irish citizen to wear those trainers?!?!

haha! Funnily enough, when I got home my parents commented that the shoes are the colours of the Rugby League team we support, which I so didn't notice beforehand!

Quoting BNE (Reply 7):
and you were fast in adding the report.

Lots of lounge time  Smile

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments - glad you enjoyed the report!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinePblaketas From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 13676 times:

Good looking breaky and I like the green!

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 13405 times:

When I flew on a Malev Tupolev in 1972 we get a huge plate of salami. That was our meal. A few months later 3 of their Tupolevs crashed and they grounded the fleet. However I remember that I really enjoyed the flight.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12143 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 17):
When I flew on a Malev Tupolev in 1972 we get a huge plate of salami. That was our meal. A few months later 3 of their Tupolevs crashed and they grounded the fleet. However I remember that I really enjoyed the flight.

I wouldn't have minded a plate of salami, I quite like it  Smile Would have been a bit much for breakfast though!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3047 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12091 times:

Lovely report. You lucky dog!! Malev really sounds like they've got their sh*t together.


Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineXx787xX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11894 times:

Looked like a good meal

User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9749 times:

Sounds like a good time.
Lucky you.
Hey I'm new to this, how did you post those pictures like that in the post?



Boilerup! Go Purdue!
User currently offlineTonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9580 times:



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 4):
That breakfast is becoming an Aer Lingus legend!

Ill second that. But the Aer Lingus breakfast has always been legend. Do you remember the days when ALL passengers on a full LHR flight before 10am would get a full Irish? Even then it was the best flying nosh going! But I still dont recent having to pay €9 for it!

I think the secret is the sausages and the fact that they dont bother putting eggs into it, I just wish someone would feed this back to BA so I can stop wretching everytime I come out of crew rest and straight into a steaming galley which is being prepared for brekky!



My views are my own and do not reflect any other person or organisation.
User currently offlineKrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9396 times:

Great TR!!
Very nice pictures as well.

I too have had many good experiences with Malev. Unfortunately, MA is not doing that well. The new owners of MA have been very aggressive in trimming costs recently.

KrisYYZ


User currently offlineMATURRO727 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9312 times:

hey

nice TR i really enjoyed, Nice pics too, seem like Malev service is awesome, I'll try to fly them in the future.



BTW got to love your trainers, i think their pretty cool.


Cheers

MATURRO727


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