I just came back from a 2+ weeks travel to Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The travel included Malaysia Airlines B777, Korean Air B777/B744 and Air France B777 in the long haul segments. Here are my quick snipets:
EWR-ARN-KUL-SYD MH B777 (all three legs)
I must say the service is TOP notch on MH Golden Class. The seats wer comfortable even through they are lie flat, but the pitch and seat comfort is the best I have experienced. The AVOD was great, nice comforter/duvet/pillow and the lighting system (mood lighting that changes color). The crew were the most attentive, friendly, and the service was impecable as well as the food. The amenity kit is very complete (L'Occitane) and we had the nest flight on MH amoung the legs we did (total of 13).
AUK-ICN-CDG KE B777 and B744
Korean Air service is markedly lower compared to MH. The B777 was pathtic since it had the old Business class seats, so the 11+ hours of flight was not as good. The service, quality of food and other elements are just so so. There was even no amenity kits handed!!
The ICN-CDG was on the "new" interior B744 with nice business class, not too bad AVOD (but the programming was ok), and the seats were good. Seats did not feel as good as the MH Business but the lie flat was good. Had good seat pitch (again not as much as on MH), but since we were on the upper deck row 16, the leg room was great.. The service was ok, and the food was ok too (try the Korean Bibimbap). The one great thing that KE had was Connexion by Boeing internet service!!!!!!!! I would take KE if it had the new interior, and internet service on a long haul.
CDG-YUL AF B777
As the KE above, this was the old business class, so the comfort level is bad. Again, we are comparing to the new lie-flat, so anything that is seal like is bad now. The service was ok, but the food was great (if you like french cuisine). The amenity kit is ok, but not as great as MH.
KLIA Golden Club Lounge is GREAT. Nice shower, food and beautiful views.
KE Businell Lounge at ICN is nice as well, with a great food selection and views.
AF Salon at Terminal 2E, is very pathetic!!!! One of the worst I have been to.
Overall, I give MH a solid 10, KE and AF 7.
I would appreciate your comments and your experiences on these carriers.