Elise dropped me at the airport and it was the first time in a long time I was stranded at the airport all alone. Elise and I have been travelling together for 6 years and this was the first time I would be travelling overseas without her. It was an unusual feeling to be at the airport alone, it felt like something was missing. I wandered over to the Malaysia Airlines counter to check-in for my flight to Kuala Lumpur and it was strange not to have my better half side by side checking in with me. Elise is normally in charge of all the documents and passports…but this time it was all up to me!
I checked my bags in and straight away realised I hadn’t even requested the seat I would like and before I new it I had been issued my ticket. It was too late to ask for the window seat now. It is amazing just how much you come to rely on your partner in these situations. If Elise was there she would have already asked for the seat positions and how close we were sitting to the bathrooms. Elise refers to me as a camel as I rarely need to visit the bathroom during a long-haul flight!
Upon checking onto my Malaysia Flight I bumped into Caz from ytravelblog and we walked through customs together and soon reached our gate ready to board. The flight boards extremely quickly and I am always one of those people who wait until the last couple of people are boarding the plane and then I will get up and find my seat.
I was delightfully surprised to find the other bloggers who were coming on this Malaysian trip assigned seats in the same aisle. This gave us all time to get to know each other before the tour in Malaysia commenced. Instantly we began critiquing the airline and was wondering if we were doing this because we travel so much. We came to the conclusion that every passenger goes through a checklist of comforts and whether these comforts are met.
Sydney to Kuala Lumpur Return Flight
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
30kgs check-in luggage
I thought that the aircraft was reasonable but some of the seats are showing signs of wear and tear. The interior of the aircraft was a little dated but I found the seats were quite comfortable for an economy fare.
Leg Room & Entertainment
The flight over to Malaysia was a packed flight and having longer legs can sometimes be uncomfortable in economy. However, I felt that there was adequate leg room and once my seat was reclined I was quite relaxed comfortable for my commute to KL. The inflight entertainment was reasonable, showcasing the latest movies, T.V. episodes and radio stations. I was told by a Malaysia Airlines representative that this fleet was undergoing an upgrade in the coming months. My only complaint was the small 6½-inch screen, where other airlines have a nine inch screen. Other than that I was happy with the entertainment functions.
The staff during my flights were extremely attentive and each time I pressed the attendant button they arrived promptly most of the time with a smile on their face.
Everyone always cringes when it comes to airline food and I am somewhat the same. But I was happily surprised at the quality of the food on both of my flights with Malaysia Airlines. The food was tasty and was a lot better than some of the competing airlines.
It is always harder flying home after your holiday and you always wish you could stay a little longer. We were flying home in the evening and I was pleased to see that the flight was a little under booked, with many seats still available. Before take-off I was able to snatch up an aisle with 4 seats which made for an extremely spacious flight back to Australia!
I would recommend travelling with Malaysia Airlines in economy for the budget conscious traveler. It will ensure that you have a comfortable flight as well as saving you money in the long run. During our flight we had some minor hiccups but they were soon rectified by staff members. We would be happy to recommend this airline and we are even flying to Bangkok in 2 weeks time with Malaysia Airlines.
If you would like to find out more information about my Malaysia trip. Travel.com.au have put together a special package for Positive World Travel readers. Get out there and Discover Malaysia.