Malaysia Airlines is a major carrier which began as ‘Malayan Airways’ and flew its first commercial flight in 1947. A few years after Singapore achieved independence, the airline’s assets were divided in 1972 to form Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines operates flights to destinations throughout Asia as well as a handful of cities in Europe and Oceania. While the airline has had to cut some routes out of its timetable in the wake of financial difficulties, it is still a key player on the ‘Kangaroo Route’ on which the airline provides onward connecting flights from main European gateways to major Australian and New Zealand gateways via Kuala Lumpur, within five hours.
Malaysia’s fleet is made up of mostly Boeing 737-800’s, Airbus A330-300’s and Boeing 777-200’s. There are also six Airbus A380’s in service.
The Golden Lounge is available to Malaysia Airlines First and Business Class passengers, Enrich Platinum and Gold members and eligible oneworld and codeshare partner members. There are eight Golden Lounges throughout the world at Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, London, Melbourne, Penang, Perth and Singapore, and qualifying passengers have full reciprocal privileges at lounges operated by selected partners.
All of Malaysia’s aircraft have Business and Economy Class cabins. First Class is only available on the Airbus A380’s on routes to London Heathrow.
Malaysia Airlines offers the widest fully flat First Class seats in the world on its A380 aircraft. The cabins feature eight semi-enclosed suites with a 23-inch flat-screen television. Apart from the usual meal service, if you get hungry between meals you can choose from the SkySnax selection onboard or a made-to-order sandwich. You’ll also get extra baggage allowance (50kg) and premium check-in facilities in Kuala Lumpur.
Business Class was previously known as Golden Club Class. Malaysia introduced newly designed business class seats in 2011. On the A330-300’s they are configured in a 2-2-2 layout and fitted with in-seat power, a USB port and a 15 inch touch screen. On the Boeing 737-800’s the seats are fitted in pairs in a 2-2 configuration with the 15 inch touch screen. Your extra baggage allowance is 40kg, and you can access premium check-in facilities in Kuala Lumpur.
Economy Class seats feature a pitch of 33 inches and width of 17 inches on most aircraft. Newer fleets (Airbus A380’s, A330-300’s and Boeing 737-800’s) are fitted with a seat pitch of 31 inches and width of 17 inches. On the Boeing 777-200, there is a 6 inch personal TV located behind each seat, and a footrest located below the seat in front, while the leased 737-800 has no personal TV but overhead TV’s located in the aisles of the plane and feature a seat pitch of 29 inches. Economy Class passengers have a generous baggage allowance of 30kg.
Frequent Flyer Program
Malaysia’s frequent flyer program is Enrich. Members of Enrich are able to accrue miles on qualifying flights through Malaysia Airlines and Enrich airline partners.
Hub City: Kuala Lumpur
Secondary Hub: Kota Kinabalu, Kuching
Frequent Flyer Program: Enrich
Airport Lounge: Golden Lounge
Airline Alliance: OneWorld
Fleet Size: 76