Malaysia Airlines Economy Class - Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi Boeing 737-800
Some of you may have read my recent report on Malaysia Airlines intra-asia business class on the flight Yangon to Kuala Lumpur. Well now I have had a chance to try them in economy class on a flight of similar length, Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi. I took this flight as part of a recent trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal. Let's have a look and see how it went...
|First Class Check-in Zone|
I was fortunate enough to be able to use the first class check-in facilities despite my ticket only being in economy. This was thanks to Malaysia Airlines recently joining the oneworld alliance and my emerald status through Qantas. This saved a bit of time and check-in took just a few minutes. Luggage was priority tagged as well.
|Some of the airlines serving KLIA|
|First Class lounge dining table|
|Lots of smoke haze at this time (from Indonesia apparently)|
|Here is the 737-800 BSI waiting for us|
Once on board I made my way down the back to one of the last few rows and took my window seat. The aircraft ended up filling to capacity in economy which was disappointing as I was hoping for a spare middle seat to get some extra room.
|Home of the Malaysia Boeing 737's|
|Preparing to depart|
|Only 2 new movies available|
|Legroom - perfectly reasonable for economy|
Once established in the cruise it was time for the lunch service. Two options were available, a chicken curry with roti bread or a nasi lemak. Both Malay style dishes. I took the curry and it was actually pretty tasty. There was no appetiser at all but there was a piece of fruit cake and a chocolate bar and an orange drink. In comparison to Thai Airways economy the offering was pretty average but it was enough to keep me going.
Eventually the drinks cart rolled around and I decided to have a pepsi, I asked for a full can and received it with a smile.
Once lunch was cleared I settled back with my tablet catching up on my favourite tv series. I rarely watch airline AVOD systems anymore unless they have a new movie that I'm interested in.
The flight was around 3 hours and I can't remember if there was any more rounds of drinks. I don't think so but I'm sure if I had been thirsty I could have hit the call bell and asked for one. The service was quite warm and friendly from this crew.
I had a really nice view of the Vietnamese countryside for a lot of the flight, so I spent a fair bit of time peering out the window watching the towns and villages go by. I kept trying to get the moving map display to come on but it was not cooperating at all. Eventually we began the descent into Hanoi...
|On descent to Hanoi|
|Taxi with full flaps down|
Overall a decent flight on Malaysia Airlines, although not quite up to Singapore or Thais standards they are a very good airline in my books and I am pleased they are now part of oneworld.