Malaysia Airlines Business Class - Yangon to Kuala Lumpur MH741 : Boeing 737-800
As part of my recent round the world trip I had a couple of sectors on Malaysia Airlines. Here is a report on my first. It was actually my first ever flight on the airline and my departure point was Yangon (or Rangoon if you like).
If you have ever been to Yangon you will know that the taxi's tend to be rather old (there are some exceptions). I was in one of these old things when of course it broke down on the way to the airport. The driver was quite insistent I should wait for his friend to come and take me the rest of the way but not knowing how long that might be I flagged down another taxi and recommenced my journey. Fortunately there are quite a few taxi's plying the streets of Yangon so finding one isn't really a problem.
I arrived at the airport and found the check-in area to be large and modern in appearance. I headed straight up to the Malaysia Airlines business class queue and was served immediately and given boarding passes to Kuala Lumpur and also for my onward flight to Singapore.
|Check-In at Yangon|
I was also given an invitation to the Royal Jade lounge which is found in the departures area after passport control and security.
|Royal Jade Lounge Entry|
|Royal Jade Lounge|
After a while I decided to head to the gate and it took me a while to find my aircraft as I was looking for the usual Malaysia Airlines tail but I saw this:
|Malaysia Airlines Retro B737-800|
Boarding had already commenced by the time I finished taking my photos and as I entered I immediately noticed the beautiful Boeing Sky Interior fit-out on this aircraft. The business seats were all leather in a bluey purple type colour. I was impressed and think it's the nicest 737 I have flown on so far. Also the seat pitch of 42 inches was very decent and far superior to what Qantas offers (37 inches) on it's B737 fleet. Qantas, take note!
Each seat also has a leg rest, foot bar, personal on demand entertainment system and inflight power supply. Pillows and blankets were placed on each seat.
|This is row 1 - bulkhead seating|
|My seat is 3A, in the middle of this shot|
|The comfortable seat, 3A - 42 inches of pitch|
|The on demand entertainment system|
|Looking to economy we see the new style overhead bins and roof of the Boeing Sky Interior|
|Looking across the ramp at Yangon|
|Welcome on board|
|Yangon from the air|
|The moving map display|
|Airline magazine and headset|
|Champagne and nuts|
Lunch was soon offered and I opted for the chicken curry which came with a seafood salad and a creme brulee type dessert. It's basic but ample for a flight of this length I suppose.
The service was great and my champagne was regularly topped up. I felt the seat was very comfortable and perfect for a 2-3 hour journey. The AVOD system was fairly extensive in it's offerings and I was more than entertained.
Soon enough it was time to descend and my glass was cleared away and we landed in Kuala Lumpur right on schedule.
|Welcome to Kuala Lumpur|