|Malaysia Airlines review|
Fleet 111 (44 long haul)
Seat Pitch Economy 32" (772 only 34") Business: 58" First: 80"
Food Full service
Drink Full service
Lounges Kuala Lumpur
AirlineName First Class|
rating 7 out of 10
AirlineName Business Class
rating 5 out of 10
rating 3 out of 10
|Malaysia Airlines Fleet, Seats, Lounges, Food|
Malaysia Airlines are very inconsistent airline, with wildly varying levels of service and cleanlines. Some aircraft and lounges are great, with Malaysia Airlines review often highlighting the food on board, however others are distinctly second rate. Malaysia Airlines reviews often make much of it's touted "34 inches of legroom (pitch) in economy class", while only giving this on the Boeing 777 aircraft (and only on some models at that): an aircraft that has no less than 5 seats abreast - less than ideal on a crowded plane. Most passengers on longhaul end up on the Boeing 747, which only offers a 32 inch pitch. ... read more about Malaysia Airlines's seats and fleet.
In particular the Business Class intercontinental service is particularly top notch, however the MAS short haul service is nothing like the long haul service and you can understand why so many Malaysians grumble when they use MAS on short haul for the first time after listening to tourists and business people who arrive long haul saying its the best airline experience. Malaysia Airlines inflight experience.
Malaysia Airlines (or Malaysian Airline System, or even MAS as the company is properly known as) sells tickets which are not particularly cheap, so it isn't exactly a backpackers airline unlike Thai (except for those determined to do the islands of Southern Thailand) and yet a Malaysian Airlines review often notes the cabins are definately not up to scratch, particularly the Entertainment systems, which rate very pooly compared to other airlines. Malaysia Airlines seatback TV details.
The airlines has decent routes for those in London to reach Australia, and here the airline would pick up traffic - if only it could turn around the cabins to encourage more regular travelers. In the premium sector, the lounges again vary from tied but servicable in the Kuala Lumpur Golden Lounge to woeful (in Australia), to the really exceptionally good new lounge at London Heathrow. However few people suffer this - as it is so hard to get access to the lounges via the very poor Frequent Flier scheme, Enrich, where it is very difficult to work up enough status to get access.
So, should you fly on Malysia Airlines? They will certainly get you there, and they are a pretty good mainline airline, but it helps to go prepared for what you'll get on board. Sometimes, it may not be as good as you were expecting; which in turn, may not be much at all.
Sydney A typically grubby Malaysian Boeing 747-400 about to leave for Kuala Lumpur|
Note that all reviews and opinions on Malaysia Airlines food, service, seats, planes, upgrades, lounges, and the Frequent Flyer scheme is soley at my judgement. No legal liability is accepted if you take my advice.