Malaysia Airlines operates several daily flights to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. This is the busiest international air route in the world, with over 30000 flights annually, of which many are operated by Malaysia’s national carrier.
I was happy to book myself onboard the A350-900 aircraft, one of the latest additions to the Malaysia Airlines fleet, in Business Class. The check-in rows in Changi Airport Terminal 2 were practically empty for premium class passengers travelling on my flight that evening. Right after I received my boarding pass, I whisked through immigration and enjoyed my time at the Qantas Lounge, and the British Airways Lounge.
I was expecting an on time departure, so I arrived at the gate close to the scheduled boarding time. Thankfully, there wasn’t any delay and Business Class passengers were called forward for boarding right on time.
I arrived at my seat 2D, which was a bulkhead seat. The seats on Malaysia Airlines A350-900 aircraft are arranged in a 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 configuration in alternate rows, allowing most passengers direct aisle access.
Even in the bulkhead row, you won’t get to enjoy any additional space for your feet, as they will still have to fit in the little cubby when the seat is in lie-flat mode.
The seat felt relatively compact, compared to the more spacious seats on Singapore Airlines. Note that the seats come with a 3-point harness, with the requirement to have the shoulder strap fastened for taxi, takeoff and landing. The seat controls are pretty intuitive, and they can be found right next to the seat. A blanket and pillow were provided for additional comfort in the cabin.
You can find some storage space in a little compartment by the seat as well. When unlatched, swing open to reveal a vanity mirror for your convenience.
The seat pocket for literature can be found on the forward facing side of the seat console, where you’ll also find the power socket for your electronic devices.
The inflight entertainment screen was a little small in my opinion, but had above average resolution. I didn’t find much use for it as the flight time was only 45 minutes. Following a pre-takeoff beverage, we were soon on our way.
Despite the short flight duration, there was a light dinner service on board. A selection of dim sum with condiments was served, together with a choice of beverage. I was pretty impressed with how quickly the cabin crew handled the entire meal service, with ample time to spare before our descent into Kuala Lumpur.
There wasn’t really much for me to comment on for such a short flight. But overall, I was pleased with the cabin which I found absolutely clean and in full working condition. The cabin crew were also very friendly throughout the flight, and managed the meal service well for such a rushed flight.