Malaysia Airlines Business Class 737-800 Manila to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to be back in my writing after a hectic week, and I finally have some time to sit down, go through my photos, and write a trip report. As you know, I recently came back from my big trip to the South Pacific. Of course, the highlight of the trip was my Qantas First Class flight from Singapore to Melbourne — it was the best flight ever! That said, I also want to review some of my short-haul flights with Malaysia Airlines.

In this series:

Malaysia Airlines is one of my favorite airlines when traveling in Asia. I often take my mother along with me on my trips. We had a great time flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing a few years ago. It’s just something about their hospitality that makes it my go-to airlines.

Let’s cut through the chase.

Airport (MNL)

For some of you who are not familiar with Ninoy Aquino International Airport – NAIA (MNL), please double check your itinerary to see which terminal your flight departs from, especially if you are connecting from/to different airlines. There is no way you can walk between terminals. There is a free shuttle bus between terminals, but the service is limited, and the paid airport shuttle bus outside the airport may run on a certain schedule. The easiest would be to call a cab or Grab.

After the hotel shuttle driver took me to a wrong terminal, I only had about 30 left to check-in. Fortunately, the business class check-in was nearly empty. But, the check-in process took forever. For some reason, the agent couldn’t quite figure out why the system didn’t take my travel document information. They ended up paging my name again at the boarding gate to verify the document as she forgot to verify my onward ticket.

Terminal 1 at NAIA is not in good shape. The carpet is ancient, and the interior looks very dated. Fortunately, I didn’t have to spend much time; I was running late already anyway.

Flight Number: MH805
Route: Manila (MNL) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Schedule: 06:40 – 10:35
Duration: 3h 55m
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-800
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 1A
Date: December 28, 2019

Manila to Kuala Lumpur

Upon boarding, I was greeted by two super friendly flight attendants, who then offered me a pre-departure beverage. I also noticed that I was addressed by my last name the entire time.

The door closed at 6:40 sharp, and we taxied to the runway and took-off in no time.

As usual, the seatbelt sign was switched off about 5 minutes after take-off, and the breakfast service started about 10 minutes shortly after.

I don’t fly Malaysia Airlines often enough to notice the pattern, but alcoholic beverages were offered on this morning flight.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved Malaysia Airlines Nasi Lemak. Frankly, I’ve been looking forward to flying this segment so I can have Nasi Lemak for breakfast! 😉

For some of you who are not familiar with the dish, Nasi Lemak is fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk, and pandan leaves served with prawn samba and accompaniments such as fried blini fish and peanuts — yummy!

The flight attendants were very diligent and made sure the glass was never empty. They even proactively unfolded the TV screen so that I could enjoy the entertainment selections while having my breakfast.

After I finished with my meal, I ordered Teh Tarik (Milk Tea), which is a Malaysian’s staple drink.

I spent the rest of the flight browsing the entertainment selections. Other than that, it was an uneventful flight.

We landed in Kuala Lumpur, slightly ahead of schedule. What I love about the airport is that when you deplane, you find yourself immediately at the departure hall. It is excellent for those who have connecting flights.

Airport (KUL)

When I had a layover in Kuala Lumpur, I usually spent some time relaxing at Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge. However, my schedule was pretty tight that day. I did check out the newly renovated lounge, which I will review soon, but I didn’t spend too much time there.

About 20 minutes before departure, I headed to the gate, where my connecting flight to Singapore departed. It turned out it was the same plane and the same crews! These crews were fantastic, so I thought it was pretty cool and felt almost like a treat!

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

Flight Number: MH603
Route: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore (SIN)
Schedule: 11:50 – 12:55
Duration: 1h 5m
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-800
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 3D
Date: December 28, 2019

Unlike my previous leg, the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore was very short. The seats were identical since it was the same plane, but this time, I assigned myself seat 3D.

The flying time was only 45 minutes, so there was not a full meal. Instead, the options were either a chicken sandwich or Rojak, and I had the latter.

Again, for those who are not familiar, Rojak is a traditional Malaysian spicy fruit salad with peanut sauce dressing — it was very refreshing.

Conclusion

I’ve always enjoyed flying Malaysia Airlines. I think their product and service are underrated. The crews were charming and genuinely lovely. The food was pretty decent, too, especially for short hops.

I flew their medium-haul flights in the past, and I always had a great experience. When I travel within Asia, Malaysia Airlines is definitely my go-to airline.

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