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MAS KL-Singapore First Class. (Pics)  
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13274 times:



Malaysia Airlines
MH 603
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore (SIN)
Airbus A330-300
Seat 2H/K
1200-1255H
Duration 55 min
FFP: Enrich – Malaysia Airlines

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10 October 2004

KUALA LUMPUR

The stay in KL was awesome. Other than catching that mentioned play (very touching and thought provoking, complete with the token jab at Singaporeans), clubbing was the call of the day. Zouk, Velvet Underground, Liquid, Frangipani… you name it! That being said, KL has some of the best and nippy clubs you can ever find in the world!

This trip was kinda rushed. I had to fly back to Singapore to attend another friend’s baby shower in the afternoon. So I had a morning call at 0800H by the automated Hilton Hotel operator, plus 2 alarm clocks to wake me up. Not easy as I only slept at 0500H after boogeying the night away at Liquid!

DAY OF DEPARTURE

With our eyes half closed, my mate and I dragged our bags and ourselves downstairs to the KL Sentral Station and boarded the KLIA Express Train. The lovely scenery was of no use to keep us awake.



Arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and we were greeted with the hustle and bustle of the departure area this morning. I had wanted to get to the Golden Lounge early enough to have breakfast so as to save me some extra cash… I know, el cheapo.

MAS has common check in counters for International First Class and it is handled at Island D. I was welcomed at Counter D2 by Ismail who handled the process rather cheerfully.



Soon enough, boarding passes (new design!!!), lounge invitation and Premier Lane card was all bundled together and off we went to immigration. This is one of the few times in KL that the Premier Lane was of use to me. There were long lines formed at the 2 measly immigration counters opened this morning. For those who have been to KLIA, you know that the immigration area is HUGE! So why did they have only 2 counters open for this morning’s departing traffic was beyond me…



The usual sour faced immigration personnel served me. I wonder why do they still bother to wear the “service with a smile” badge? Somehow, Alanis Morrisette’s song “Ironic” keeps ringing in my head. She should be here screaming her head off at these people.





Today, our flight was assigned to gate C1 at the Satellite Terminal. So a train ride across the airport was necessary.


Here we are heading towards the Satellite Terminal, looking back at the Main Terminal.

Next destination: MAS GOLDEN LOUNGE – The largest airline lounge in the WORLD!!!!! Yippee…





You guys on the forum have no idea how I have been looking forward to this day. I think I need help; I suffer from “Golden Lounge Withdrawal Syndrome” whenever I stay away from this place for too long. I have been here for…. I dunno… numerous times and it is still always the highlight of my trips.


The reception area.


Lounge plan.

Golden Lounge – First Class





My mate was wide-eyed as it was his first time stepping into a lounge of this magnitude. If Malaysia as a country is “Truly Asia”, then this lounge is truly the “airline lounge of airline lounges”. Their closest competitor’s lounge doesn’t EVEN come close.



A buffet was already laid out at the bistro and we had a choice of the following:

- baked beans
- beef bacon strips
- grilled tomatoes
- scrambled eggs
- beef and chicken sausages
- coconut rice (nasi lemak)
- chicken rendang (spicy)
- sambal prawns (even more spicy!)

There was a bread basket, hot savories and cereals in the vicinity of the buffet as well. Waiters were on site and u could order your morning tea, coffee, expresso and blah blah blah…



Damn… what a spread. Needless to say, I went amok raiding the nasi lemak, devouring the sambal prawns and chicken rendang. I really have to agree that the MAS catering’s (Sky Chef, isn’t it?) nasi lemak is one of the better ones out there.

Of course, the view outside the lounge is fantastic…




After chilling about in the First Class Lounge, we decided to walk over to the Golden Club (Business Class) side. It is very much bigger and hence less cozy than the one we were in.



With nothing left to do, we proceeded to Gate C1.



Ah, my favorite aircraft – Airbus A330, was our ride this afternoon and 9M-MKS was designated today to do the KUL-SIN shuttle runs.




1135H: Boarding call for passengers in need of assistance and families with small children. As soon as that was done, the general boarding call came in Malay and English. First Class passengers were invited to board through Door A, while the rest through Door B. A couple stood at Door A and was refused entry as they were traveling on Economy Class. But they somehow never got the idea as we walked pass them and they were still arguing with the gate agent as to why couldn’t they enter the plane though that door.



Door 1L, Azura, a leading stewardess, greets us at the door and points us to our seats at 2 H/K. Voila! Now that the A330s are officially 2-class, MAS has decided to change the seats! Finally! Now it comes complete with the winged head-rest, lumbar support and multi-sectioned footrest. The pitch seemed a tad wider as well compared to the old cabin. Unfortunately, PTVs are still absent so we have the pleasure of ONE large main TV and one that folds down from the mid-cabin’s ceiling.




I chance upon another stewardess, Fion Wong, who served me on a flight from BKK-KUL some years ago! And she was sure delighted when I pointed it out. If you read my trip report from BKK-KUL-SIN on MAS Golden Club Class, she was actually mentioned in there.

“You sure it was me or not?” she smiled. She then proceeded to serve us drink from a tray of orange and guava juices. We both chose the latter.



Other than Azura and Fion, the other crew members in my cabin today were Stewardess Johaniza and Steward Rosli (who like most of the other stewards, was confined to the front galley).

1151H: Door 1L closes since all First Class pax have boarded the plane. I counted no less than 15 people in a cabin meant for 44.

1153H: Captain Clement comes on air to welcome all on board and introduces the IFS for today’s sector, Abdul Aziz. He goes to inform us that the cruising altitude today would be at FL 300! Rather higher than the norm. We are normally only confined to FL200-220.

1154H: Johaniza comes round with cold towels and collects them soon. IFS Aziz comes on the air to welcome all on board and urges all to pay attention to the safety video.

1159H: Pushback as the video plays.

1204H: Taxi commences towards runway 14R. Other planes at the satellite terminal that have creeped in since I entered the plane included a TG MD11 and a QR A300-600. Another MAS 747-400 taxied in front of us bound for God-knows-where.

1213H: The A330 lines up and cabin crew is asked to be seated.



A minute later, we began to roll and I hardly heard the engine spool! The privilege of being so far front shielded me from the noise I guess. 35 secs later, we are airborne as we head south for the coastline.


Note: This was the best view I could get of the winglets from where I was seating.

1216H: The seat belt sign pings off as Fion appears from behind with linens draped on her arm, asking if we would like to eat. OF COURSE!

The meal cart soon appears from the front manned by Azura and Johaniza who distributes the trays that comes with a bowl of fruits and an empty plate. Johaniza, who is in charge of drinks, filled up cups of coffee and tea on request.



Fion followed by walking around the cabin and dishing out hot savories from a tray.




Note: These footrests above are also a great change from the previous ones. The old ones were only a “one piece affair” that supported your lower legs if you were short, and your calves if you were tall. These new ones, you are able to adjust the length and there is a metal fixture that folds open to hold your feet.

1230H: Descend

Fion saunters over and gently removes our trays together with the linens beneath them while Johaniza busies herself by distributing another round of towels for the passengers, smoking hot ones this time!



Approach for Singapore’s Changi airport was undertaken from the northeastern part of the state of Johor. Hence, we flew past the islands of Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin before coasting in past the convention center for runway 20R.




1244H: Cabin crew, be seated for landing please. The gears are extended a minute after that and finally touchdown on terra firma at 1246H.




I was back on home turn. We finally inched into gate F55 amongst the SQ family.



Check-in: 9/10… I decided to use the check in services in KLIA instead of the one at KI Sentral. There was hardly anyone in line so it was pretty quick.

Immigration: 2/10 KLIA, in my eyes, is an amazing airport, let down by extremely unfriendly immigration personnel. It was a crowded morning with only 2 counters open and the lines snaked on forever! Thank God for Premier Lane!

KLIA: 10/10… What can I say? This airport is truly an amazing one to arrive and depart from! Many call it a white elephant, but to me the airport has truly settled into it’s place now. With the KLIA Express now operational, no one can complain now that it takes forever to reach that airport! Golden Club completed the excellent experience.

Boarding: 9/10… Boarding for Economy Class was by row numbers. It is a good set up for premium passengers to board the plane from a completely different door at the boarding lounge.

In-flight service: 6/10… Hmm, you might not believe this but the service on this flight was just ok. Other than Fion, who kinda warmed up to me as I remembered her from a previous flight, the rest of the team basically did their obligatory and never went beyond. So yes, the smiles were there, but their service felt pretty much like SQ’s – no warmth. This is definitely not the norm I know of MAS, especially in a premium cabin. I was never referred to by my name, once again a new experience for me in First Class.

While this flight might have been rated “excellent” on US mainland on an American carrier, it was definitely close to mediocre with regards to MAS!

Arrival: 9/10… You can never fault Singapore Changi Airport’s immigration and baggage reclaim. I was in a cab in less than 15 mins!

Overall: 75%... This is definitely NOT one of my best flights out there. I was slightly disappointed with the way the service was carried out. Maybe they have implemented some cutbacks? I am not sure. However, there was no attempt to make the passengers feel welcomed. Somehow, the service seemed “rushed”. But for only 15 First Class passengers, and less than half of them were eating, I didn’t see why they should have been rushing to finish the service. Pull your socks up guys! You just won the “Best Cabin Staff” award for how many years in a row now? I have lost count.


Here am I on the right. This is probably my last trip report for the next few years as I will enter the flying academy next week to begin my training to be a Silk Air pilot. Until then, au revoir everyone and a bientot!


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24 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1968 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12927 times:

Since I was personally invited by your sms this afternoon to view your trip report, I did so the moment I came online.

It was entertaining as usual. Such dedication you put into your reports despite the fact you're not being paid to do so.

Good luck with Silk Air. You must switch modes now and heap praises upon your employer! =)



User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1795 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12911 times:

Hey Ryan

I think I took a shot of your plane rotating ! Was at the weather centre spotting at that time I think. I have a couple of MKS shots ! Anyway, glad you have enjoy your flight.

Good luck with your career with SilkAir. Can't wait to fly with the sidesticks right ?
 Smile



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12886 times:

Great report! Why did you fly out of Johore but return straight to SIN?

Anyway, what's with the sudden spate of reports coming out of SIN these couple of days? Hahaha go Changi! Big grin


User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12851 times:

Obliged to read eh Docpepz? Big grin

I received the same SMS, but I was out the whole day... only got time to read it now...

Anyway, Ryan, another excellent report, as usual...  Big thumbs up Really enjoy it, great job...

And good luck and congrats for getting into Silk Air, I'll fly with MI once u're on line duty...  Smile


User currently offlineYUL2010 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 320 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12823 times:

As usual, great report! It's a shame I won't get to see KLIA during my stay in Aisa, but at least you gave me an idea of what I'm missing.

I will enter the flying academy next week to begin my training to be a Silk Air pilot.
I'm sooooo excited for you! GOOD LUCK buddy!! Big grin

Until then, au revoir everyone and a bientot!
You still have to endure my whining and complaining for another month and a half  Laugh out loud

See you soon!

YUL2010



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User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 606 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12779 times:

Nice report. I really like your pics of the lounge and first class cabin.


Newark Airport...My Home Away From Home
User currently offlineHuawey From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 12672 times:

Hi!!!

Glad to have you back in Singapore! Hopefully, I'll catch up with you online when you have woken up (its 9am here already, 7am in your lala land..)

That MAS first class lounge was unbelievable! The SQ first class lounge in Singapore is not even close to that sort of level! The SQ 1st class lounge in Sydney is even more appalling! When MAS starts fitting in the new seats in first/business, I'll definitely give them a try!

I look forward to more 'life of a pilot' from Ryanair real soon!


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1834 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12653 times:

Thanks for a great trip report! MH looks amazing, and the lounge is beautiful. Most importantly, it has a lot of natural light, which is better than SQ lounge at SIN.

Good luck on you on your training...

Carfield


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1736 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 12599 times:

Yet another fantastic trip report! The pictures were an excellent addition once again.

Those seats remind me of the old SABENA Business Class, but I believe they had PTV's.

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Photo © J Gregory Quinn



You have got me all drooling now! I wish you had a few more pictures of the Business Class lounge, a place where I'll be "stuck" for 8 hours in January. I suppose you left it that way so I could take some pictures huh?  Big grin

While this flight might have been rated “excellent” on US mainland on an American carrier, it was definitely close to mediocre with regards to MAS!
You are so spoilt! A few NW flights will set you straight! (Yes I have a ton of hours coming up on them in the next few months!)

Good luck with Silk Air.

SR 103


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 12578 times:

You must switch modes now and heap praises upon your employer! =)

Urgh! Thanks for reminding me! Hehehehe...


Was at the weather centre spotting at that time I think

Where is that?? Wow... wasn't it a terribly humid day?

Great report! Why did you fly out of Johore but return straight to SIN?

I flew this way which means I would have technically purchased the ticket AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN Malaysia. Paying in ringgit saves you some cash. I paid S$333, including the First Class sector. If I were to get a return tix from Changi, it would have cost me S$356 on Economy Class. First Class would be $500+ (I stupidly paid that once...).

You still have to endure my whining and complaining for another month and a half

Damn...

I'll catch up with you online when you have woken up...

You know, it only hit me this morning who were you! Hahahahaha! I am glad to have you online finally. My warmest regards to Sydney please! Miss that place.

The SQ first class lounge in Singapore is not even close to that sort of level!
Most importantly, it has a lot of natural light, which is better than SQ lounge at SIN.

Why did u think I mentioned that their "CLOSEST" competitor does not even come close? I have always mentioned so much about the lounge during my time I have spent on this forum but never had the opportunity to show the pics, until now.

When MAS starts fitting in the new seats in first/business, I'll definitely give them a try!

Hmm... Let's see. They started changing their A333s to 2-class last Nov/Dec 03. However, it was still the old Golden Club seats which was very outdated (just an expanded YCL seat with no lumbar support and headrest). I guess somewhere along the way, they decided to enhance the seats to the ones u see now. I love these new seats, by the way!

You have got me all drooling now! I wish you had a few more pictures of the Business Class lounge,

Just take what you see in the First Class Lounge, and expand it twice. Anyway, do what I do whenever I fly Golden Club Class. I much prefer the First Class Lounge so I would sneak in there using the shared passage way of the Business Center located behind the reception. It is hidden so the receptionist cannot see you AT ALL! Study the plan I have attached in my report.

The horizontal red arrow on the extreme left is the entrance. Immediately right of the arrow is the reception, right of it is the business center, and the corridor to access the center is to the right of it. So u can see it is hidden from the reception.

A few NW flights will set you straight!

AHHHHHRRRGH! FLASHBACK! *faint*



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User currently offlineFlyerfly From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 12564 times:

Great reports and excellent pictures !

Arrrhhh now I realise how much I miss the MH first class lounge ... but Ryan I reckon that if you take a picture of the lounge from the buffet area, you could capture the whole first class lounge from that angle, including the view to the tarmac -- my favourite point on which i always stand to admire the awesome setting of the lounge  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

All the best to your flying career with Silk Air ... can't wait to be on your flight on day !





User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 12368 times:

I think the A330 that you were on was an ex-Sabena aircraft, hence the newer J class seats. The seat covers look like SN covers...

What does SQ serve in First Class on their SIN-KUL shuttle? Satay or hot savories??

We'll really miss your trip reports once you stop flying, and really start flying...




There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12332 times:

Hmm... I knew MAS took delivery of the A330-200s from Sabena. I never knew they took over the A330-300s too! The Economy seats were the ones of MH though, not Sabena.


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12317 times:

What does SQ serve in First Class on their SIN-KUL shuttle? Satay or hot savories??

On my last SQ First Class experience, they had smoked salmon, chicken sandwich and such... a one plate affair, unlike MH's. However, SQ's presentation outranks that of MH lah. It is a pity I have not started to take photos yet back then or else I would have had a few shots of it.



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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12243 times:

How much does a First Class ticket on that route cost?

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12236 times:

Thanks for that excellent and detailed trip report. Am booked on the same shuttle flight next month. Had to pay for my folks too - we have 1A+C and 2A reserved.

The tickets were GBP346 return for the 3 tickets.


User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12227 times:

One more clarification, is that GBP 346 total for all three (that is 115 each)? If so, that's a fantastic deal given the use of the lounge alone. Also is that a one-way or round trip (return) price?

Thanks,


User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12224 times:

That's £346 rtn for 3 tickets (£115.30 each) for First Class return. Not bad in my book when it costs me that much to fly from London to Paris or Amsterdam in Economy and be thrown a dry roll + a drink!

User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12228 times:

I agree. That's an outstanding fare.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 11106 times:

MAS only took over 3 ex-SN A332s registered MKW,V,X.

They have no ex-SN A333s. 9M-MKS and MKT the leased A333s are ex-Skyservice. MKS specifically was originally delivered to MH as MKY and returned to ILFC I believe in 1998. They do have newer C seats than their owned A333s. They are all in the progress of having MH's fabrics in both C and Y.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10958 times:

Great report and pics. Shame you didn't include more photos of the aircraft, though.  Laugh out loud

I was in SIN and KUL last November - had a great time! Big grin I can't wait to go back to SIN (hopefully on BG).



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User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2357 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10699 times:
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Great report as always! Nice shots too!

All the best for starting with MI!


User currently offlineAGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10621 times:

Yet another fantastic report from you my friend! Your reports always seem to be too short as it is very interesting, detailed and funny by moments. And the pictures always make it a lot easier to read and help to the comprehension.

Thanks again for this great read. Good luck with Silk Air.

Kind Regards,

Alex



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10144 times:

Tks guys for the replies. I have been away in flying college for about 2 weeks now. I just came home and expected my report to be down the line somewhere... and what do you know?


Thanks for all your compliments!



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