Malaysia Airlines has been a carrier of "choice" for me this year due to the greatly discounted fares out of Singapore. A couple of months back, they ran a promotion offering fantastic fares to some Asian destinations and without much hesitation, I booked myself a ticket to Osaka for only around S$550 all-in. A fantastic deal considering MH
also allows 30kg baggage allowance in economy! Recently, they ran another promotion offering tickets for an even cheaper fare of S$497 to Osaka! Sorry SQ
, but with MH
charging less than half of your ridiculous S$1.2+k fare to Osaka on similar departure dates and timings (albeit MH
flights will have to transit via KL
), I simply could not resist her! In fact for S$1.2K, I could have scored myself a KUL
return in Business Class on MH
, but I decided to save the money instead. This would be my 3rd flight report on MH
this year, with my last 2 being to Kathmandu and Kuching. It would also be my last report for a while since I will not be doing much flying after this trip, at least for the next couple of months ahead. Please be warned that the report will be picture intensive!!
allows online check-in 48hrs before flight, which I was able to perform without much problems. On the day of departure, I rushed to the airport after reaching home from work and picking up my bags, to make it for the 2115hrs departure. MH
departs from Terminal 2 and even though the flight this evening was supposed to be full, the check-in counters were almost totally empty 1hr prior to departure.
Boarding passes for both sectors were issued and I was off through immigration.
Departures were mainly to South and South-east Asia at this hour.
Some plane-spotting. Scoot B772 preparing for flight to Gold Coast. Silkair is totally dwarfed by it!
Silkair A320, Swiss A340 and Etihad A330.
From the sunflower garden: A range of SQ
aircraft plus the Scoot B772.
02 August 2013
Singapore (SIN) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Departure tonight for the short flight to KUL
would be at F33. The gatehold room was already half-filled when I arrived. The incoming flight had just arrived and was a bit late.
An older 9M-MLH in old MH
colours would be operating the flight today. Guess they needed the additional 6 seats on this leased aircraft for this full flight.
Boarding was called by Business Class, pax with status, followed by row number from the rear of the plane. It was all very orderly. Soon, I was entering the plane of the newest Oneworld member.
Passing the recliner Business Class seats, with pillows and blankets in every seat.
However, nothing on the seats for us seated at the rear. Some pillows were available in the overhead bins though.
Cabin crew assisting with bags during boarding. With MH
's generous luggage allowance, not many passengers were bringing onboard cabin-sized bags. Thus the overhead bins did not fill up even though the flight was totally full.
At the gate.
Nothing fanciful with the economy seats on this leased plane. Legroom was sufficient though for this very short flight, and felt slightly more than the new BSI planes.
Inflight mag, safety card and airsick bag.
Boarding was completed very quickly and doors were closed. As luck would have it, the seat beside me remained empty even though the rest of the plane filled up to the brim! Safety demo was shown on the drop-down LCD
screens and we pushed back slight late.
Tiger at the E gates.
Swiss A340, which will depart for Zurich later at night.
Lufthansa's whale in front of the Changi Tower.
We departed from Rwy20C for the 40min flight to Kuala Lumpur. Nice views of the waters off Singapore can be shortly seen after takeoff.
Making a 270 degrees left turn after takeoff and overflying Changi. Nice view of ships and the night lights of Singapore.
Seat belt signs were switched off very early and we were still overflying Changi! Service announcement was made.
View of Singapore. We would be climbing to a cruising altitude of around 27K feet.
As the usual MH
short-haul service, peanuts were quickly distributed by a stewardess. This was followed by juices distributed from trays. There were a choice of orange/apple juices and plain water. It seemed that coffee/tea, and even soft drinks (I saw someone requesting a Coke and got the whole can) are available on request. I just had an apple with the peanuts.
Surprisingly, the crew came around offering seconds of peanuts after drinks are distributed! Great service!
Very quickly, the cabin was cleared and we descended into KUL
. It was almost totally pitch black outside till we landed on Rwy32L.
Unfortunately, as our gate was still occupied, we needed to hold on the taxiway for about 10min while waiting for the aircraft to pushback.
Arrived at the gate at the Main terminal. It was yet another smooth MH SIN
As the connecting flight would be departing from the Satellite terminal, I would need to take the Aerotrain over.
There was a 1.5hrs transit timing and thus I decided to visit the newly-renovated Plaza Premium Lounge. It was rather crowded at the time with premium passengers of Air France, KLM and JAL (and maybe more airlines?) as well as various credit-card holders (including yours-truly). However the seating was still sufficient as the airline passengers cleared after a while.
The bar was already closed at the time but the buffet area was still open. Nothing much on offer that interest me though, and most of the hot dishes were already emptied. There was also a salad bar and some canapes on offer.
A shot of part of the buffet.
I just grabbed a minestrone soup, canapes and a drink.
and KLM aircrafts can also be seen from the lounge.
My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81