My parents and I arrived on a China Airlines flight from Taipei. Since AirAsia doesn't conduct interline check-in with other carriers, we had to claim our baggage and check-in again in the terminal. We arrived at the counter about 2 hours prior to departure. There was no line, and the check-in process was smooth. I showed the agent our e-ticket itinerary and our passports. She tagged our four bags and gave us receipt-like boarding passes.
We had quite some time to spare, so we looked around KLIA. We found an observation floor, but it was fairly empty. We ended up eating KFC and my mom shopped around the shops. KLIA seemed quite empty, even though it was Thursday. We went through security about half an hour prior to boarding. The agent before security only looked at our boarding passes and let us through.
We got some snacks inside the terminal. Unfortunately, they were highly overpriced. However, they did taste pretty good. We then walked over to our gate. The waiting area was still closed, so we waited outside. Before we were allowed to enter the waiting area, an agent checked our IDs and boarding passes. A short while later, the flight attendant announced the flight was ready for boarding. We joined a line and prepared ourselves for open seating.
Once onboard, the flight attendant greeted us. We were able to obtain one side of the over wing emergency exit seats. The flight attendants performed the safety demonstration, and we were in the air very quickly. Once airborne, the flight attendants came around asking people if they would like to buy drinks or food. Everything costs money on AirAsia.
We began our descent and arrived at Langkawi ahead of schedule. We parked on the tarmac and exited via stairs. We waited for a while for our luggage, and then we hopped on a taxi to our hotel for a great vacation in Langkawi. I enjoyed my flight with AirAsia especially since its prices were so low. I really have no comment about the service though.
AirAsia AK 501
Boeing 737-300 (Registration: 9M-AAI)
Langkawi, Malaysia (LGK) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)
September 5, 2004
It was short ride from the hotel to the airport. My family and I arrived about 2 hours prior to departure. We first had to scan our luggage with the authorities before we could check-in. Again, there was no line for the AirAsia check-in counter. We showed the agent our e-ticket itinerary and passports. The agent tagged our bags and gave us three boarding passes. It was preprinted and stamped with our flight number. We then went to a restaurant where we got an Italian pizza and Laksa.
When it was almost boarding time, we past through security. Langkawi airport is quite small, and they only had a few gates. We joined the line for our flight and boarded through the backdoor of the B737. We found seats together, but they were quite in the back. Fortunately, this was going to be a short one hour flight.
After we were seated and the doors were closed, the flight attendants performed the safety demonstration. We were airborne shortly afterwards. In the air, the flight attendants came around to ask if we like to buy any drinks or food. I kindly declined for my entire family.
We landed at KLIA on-time. At the baggage claim, we waited quite a while for our bags. For some reason, my dad's golf bag never appeared. I asked the AirAsia agent at the carousel, and he pointed to another belt with oversized bags. Fortunately, we found my dad's golf bag, but it didn't come as quickly as we would have hoped.
We later got on the world's crappiest taxi to our hotel in Kuala Lumpur. I enjoyed this flight with AirAsia, but I would've hoped the baggage would arrive earlier.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3190 times:
Nice report! I look forward to flying Air Asia, mainly for inexpensive flights.:D Will be booking soon.
A short while later, the flight attendant announced the flight was ready for boarding. We joined a line and prepared ourselves for open seating.
In a bit more detail, how bad was the rush when boarding was announced? Did you find some passengers lining up at the gate even before boarding was called? How full were your flights? Since most travellers aren't used to open seating etiquette, I can imagine finding seats together for parties larger than 2 can be quite a pain.
Thanks for the report.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
747 4-ever From Sweden, joined Feb 2001, 604 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week ago) and read 2615 times:
I have been looking to go to Kuala Lumpur, and also visit Langkawi with Air Asia. I have been in KL before, but never in Langkawi. What is it like, is the water clear? Was it good for snorkeling or diving?
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3227 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
A good trip report. LGK is indeed a tiny airport and can seem overwhelmed by the MH 744 which does LHR runs twice a week. As for KUL it is truly grand but overwhelmingly empty. On the occasions I flew in and out of KUL it just seemed so vast and devoid of activity, even as several planes came and went. It seems to give the impression of grandeur but without the party to go with it.
Alexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2532 times:
To 747 4-ever:
Snorkeling was excellent. The water was clear in the part we snorkeled, and there was lots of fish. However, during our boat ride out to sea, you could see garbage floating in the ocean. I don't know about the diving portion though.
Yes, I forgot to mention in my trip report that I actually saw the MH 744 that day. It had already arrived and was parked at the tarmac. It would have been grand to fly that from KUL to LGK though.
MAS A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
diving is normally done around the pulau payar area, which is about an hour or so by boat from langkawi itself. its a nice place, but when i went there, it wasnt so good. tioman is far better for diving IMHO.