Although a short 184-mile flight from SIN to KUL, Malaysia Airlines still provided excellent service and a hot meal. The real treat of the flight, however, was the views from the window.
Check-in was a breeze in Singapore Changi Terminal 2. One couple was in front of us, but a check-in agent from the economy class lane directed us over. Within moments we had our boarding passes and lounge invitation.
Since Malaysia Airlines flies out of Terminal 2 and the two oneworld lounge (Qantas and British Airways) are in Terminal 1, we were given invitations to the SATS Lounge with our boarding passes. I’ve visited that lounge before (United also uses it) and don’t particularly like it, so I headed over to the Qantas and British Airways Lounges.
After dealing with a lost Apple Watch, I made it to the gate just as boarding commenced. At SIN, security screenings take place at the gate rather than in a central checkpoint just past check-in.
Malaysia Airlines 620
Singapore (SIN) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
May 21, 2018
Depart: 4:35 PM
Arrive: 5:45 PM
Duration: 1hr, 10min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Seat: 3A (Business Class)
The Malaysia Airlines 737-800 contains four rows of 2-2 seating in business class. Seats are similar to domestic first class seats in the USA, with slightly more legroom.
Even though I was seated in 3A, my seat had a 3F placard next to the manual recline switch.
Water, orange juice, or sparkling wine was offered prior to takeoff. A cold towel was also offered.
As we pushed back and taxied, I enjoyed plane spotting, including a Silk Air 737 (which will soon be repainted in Singapore Airlines livery), a Scoot 787, and a Lufthansa A380.
By 4:45p, we were in the air. The view of the water on the climb up were excellent, as were the cloud formations. Unfortunately, we experienced a lot of bumps for most of the flight.
Turbulence did not stop the FAs from serving a small meal after takeoff. While I will almost always order the western choice over the eastern choice, today’s flight was more difficult. The choice was between dim sum and a tuna sandwich. I’ve resisted tuna sandwiches since I was a kid, so I chose the dim sum. And while I’m sure this was not as good as a superb Chinese restaurant, it was not bad at all.
Perhaps someone can help me identify these dumplings, but I believe it is Baozi, Wonton, and Shumai (with the green)?
The meal was served with two hot sauces, a packet of peanuts, and piece of dark chocolate. I just had water to drink.
Just a few minutes after finishing the afternoon snack, FAs prepared the cabin for landing and we began our final descent into KLIA.
On the ground in KUL, we passed a pair of Malaysia Airlines A380s as well as the A350 that would later take me to Tokyo.
I honestly don’t think you can ask for more on a one-hour flight. Internet would have been nice, but I survived without it for 55 minutes. I appreciate Malaysia’s full service business model even on the shortest flights.