Flight Review: Malaysia Airlines B737-800 Business Class Review KUL-DPS

Good afternoon everyone! I managed to book a business class seat with Malaysia Airlines on their 737-800 fleet from Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar, Bali on the 15th of May 2019 and here’s a brief review of my experience. Read on!

At the present moment, I am writing this review on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 851 en route to Denpasar, Bali from Kuala Lumpur, but by the time this post is published, I would probably be lounging in the pool overlooking the rice paddy fields in Ubud.

I took the KLIA Express from KL Air Terminal as it’s the fastest mode of transportation (and most economical) for a single-person journey to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. KLIA Express boasts about its punctuality, and I have yet to experience any issues with its timing.

Airport

28 minutes later, I arrived at the airport and immediately went straight to the business class check-in to retrieve my boarding pass. Security and passport clearance were a breeze as usual with KLIA’s biometric passport gate checks.

Malaysia Airlines Regional Golden Lounge

Without further ado, I went to Malaysia Airlines Regional Golden Lounge and without a minute to spare, I ordered my go-to hot latte and a glass of sparkling wine on the side. The one gripe that I had with the regional lounge is that they do not have champagne available which their international business and first-class lounge carry. So, if you’re thinking of quenching your thirst with champagne, you will not get it in the regional lounge for Malaysia Airlines.

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Coffee and tea bar. 
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Flight information board in the Malaysia Airlines Regional Golden Lounge. Please note that announcements will not be made in the lounge so it’s the passengers responsibilities to keep themselves updated regarding their flights.
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The view of the runway from the Golden Lounge is impressive. 
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Hot latte featuring my passport.

I only had 20 minutes to spend in the lounge before my gate was open and thankfully, it was just a five minutes’ walk away from the lounge.

Pre-Boarding

Priority boarding is one of the best privileges when you’re flying premium and with my Enrich Silver Status, I get to board at the same time premium class passengers do, regardless of my travel class. Find out more about their Enrich Program here!

I selected seat 1F (window seat, first row) and there were only 3 other passengers in the business class cabin on this flight – perfect. While waiting for the rest of the passengers to board, I was already comfy in my seat and was served a glass of guava juice and a cold towel to refresh myself. I thought a warm towel would do the job better but nonetheless it was a hot day and I needed to cool myself down.

Food

Ten minutes into boarding, my flight attendant came with the menu and of course, I asked whether they would serve alcohol on this flight – lo and behold, they do and I, of course, ordered champagne to kick start this holiday. I was slightly bummed they did not carry the brands of champagne they normally do on their wide-bodied aircrafts but hey – I’ll take what I’ll get.

Here’s a shot of the menu:

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Business Class menu.

I ordered the roast chicken which came with a basic garden salad as the entrée, and coconut lychee mousse as dessert. Roast chicken was slightly salty but cooked through and was not dry. I wish I opted for the beef rendang instead, though.

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Roast chicken, bread, garden salad, and coconut lychee mousse.

My lovely flight attendant was attentive to my drinking habit, as I never noticed that my glass was ever empty.

In Flight Entertainment:

Malaysia Airlines in-flight entertainment system’s catalogue is not as extensive as it should be but for a three-hour flight, I think it would be enough for any traveller to stay entertained for a decent amount of time. I skimmed through the movies catalogue and I was not attracted to any of the titles that were available, so I ended up listening to their jazz music library and spent the bulk of my time reading and catching up on some work.

If you’re seated at the first row in business class on their 737 fleet, it requires a little bit of work to set up your IFE. It’s located in between the two seats and you have to detach the screen by pushing it inwards, triggering the mechanical spring which would then push the IFE out of its compartment. It needs a little bit of oiling, though.

Seat:

You would expect a great amount of comfort with your seat in their business class cabin. It has a 42” pitch, more than enough for a regional product. The seat’s reclining system is manually operated however, so don’t expect your seat to recline automatically. Business class passengers would receive a small pillow and a blanket, but no amenity kit which I do not think was a big of a deal considering the flight duration.

Flight Attendants:

Malaysia Airlines takes prides in its warm hospitality and friendliness, and I can attest to this statement. There was only one flight attendant for the four of us passengers in the business class cabin but she was attentive to all our needs. I felt comfortable and happy with her friendly and warm service.

Landing:

30 minutes before landing, the co-pilot announced our current flight’s status and the approximate time for touchdown which was approximately around 3:30p.m. At around 3:35p.m, we touched down at Denpasar-Bali Airport, and the landing was smooth and effortless.

Overall:

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I was generally impressed with my experience with flying business class on Malaysia Airlines for the third time in the span of less than 4 months and needless to say, my expectations were always met.

However, the only issue I had with the flight was the food. It was quite underwhelming, but it was not terrible. It’s not something I would eat unless I was really hungry.

They make up for it with their excellent service and it definitely left a good impression on me and I would definitely suggest their regional business class product if you are curious.

Til then, stay hydrated!

Much love,

Peter

All photos taken on iPhone X
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To Dream ‘Realistically’: Oxymoron & London.

We are almost halfway through 2019 and truth be told, a lot has happened since the last time I posted. Life has its own way in keeping us busy and occupied, and in the blink of an eye, a few months have whizzed past.

My degree has been occupying the bulk of my time with occasional trips here and there (check out my Instagram page to keep tabs on which flight I’ll be on next). I was in the UK in February, specifically Manchester, Bristol, and London for an interview.

 

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I was given the opportunity to be interviewed for an internship position in Airbus’ Communication Department, however I was not selected for the internship. It was a great experience though, considering the fact that I was the only Asian representative out of the other 10 candidates where we were chosen out of a pool of almost 6,000 applicants. That achievement alone is something to be proud of because growing up in a very small, conservative town in the middle of nowhere, I have the potential to break free from the stereotypes that revolve around individuals who come from towns nobody even know they exist.

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Waiting for the train from Manchester to Bristol

It’s disheartening to hear damaging narratives from people around you who suppresses your potential by telling you to aim for something ‘more feasible and realistic’. Dreams are never realistic. To dream of something realistic is an oxymoron on its own, and I strongly believe one can dream of anything they desire.

This rings true in all facets of our lives and I support all my friends who realise their own worth and value; not dictated by society’s expectations. It has been such a blessing to have met countless individuals who share the same drive and goal in life; to be able to find contentment under every rock they turn. I am proud to call these individuals my friends, and even prouder when I see them achieving little milestones in their own pace and effort.

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Street performer in Covent Garden

I cannot express this enough; I am truly grateful for the experience and the people who have supported me throughout the journey, and also during the aftermath where I cried when I found out I was not selected for the position.

I was given the chance to visit the UK for the second time in the span of less than a year and if that is not my stars lining up in my favour, then I don’t know what is. I guess it’s more than just the way the stars are arranged, it’s the people who tirelessly love you, the effort you put into your dreams, and the support from the community around you.

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Restaurant above Covent Garden.

It may just be pure luck; and if it is – then boy, am I the luckiest person in the world! I will keep this blog up and running to document my future endeavours, so if you want to be notified about my future posts – subscribe!

Til then, continue to dream.

Stay hydrated and blessed!
Peter.

All photos shot on iPhone X.