This would be a short review of my last weekend hop to nearby Kuala Lumpur on one of the lesser known airline, Malindo Air. Malindo may already is a familar name in Malaysia, but in Singapore, many are still unaware of the airline's existant, much less the almost full-service (at LCC prices) it offers. This is my 3rd ride with them and I am still very satisfied with the airline and the value it offers.
Friday evening after work, home for quick dinner and shower, and I was heading to the airport for the 2130pm flight. No problem with checking in just an hour before STD. Malindo, along with th rest of the Lion Air group, uses Row 1 of Changi for check-in. No queues at all.
Proper boarding pass issued.
Departure from Gate A18.
30 September 2016 Malindo Air OD 806 Singapore (SIN) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL) B737-900ER 9M-LNJ Economy Class Flight Time: 0H48M
The scheduled B738 was swapped to a slightly larger B739ER. Could not get a good shot of the aircraft.
Boarding the aircraft. Got to my seat at Row 30. The B739ER has the older version of IFE screen and system, but still of good quality.
Legroom is very good! Easily 33-34" pitch.
Inflight magazines and IFE options. IFE was switched on after takeoff and you can use your own earphones to enjoy the IFE, though choices are rather limited compared to proper full-service carriers.
Garuda and LionAir parked beside.
Boarding in progress. Crew were actively assisting with the boarding. Flight was not too full in Economy (about 3/4 full), and I guess simarly so in Business.
Boeing Sky Interior towards the rear.
All ready for the short hop to KUL.
Safety video played.
Video of the safety demo.
Taxi to Rwy02C.
Video of the takeoff from Rwy02C.
Cabin ambience with dimmed cabin lights.
IFE was switched on. I settled on the Flight map for this short flight, even though the whole IFE selection of movies and TV shows are available.
Estimated to arrive at KL slightly behind schedule due to late departure from SIN.
Cabin crew swiftly began service, dishing out refreshments in bumpy conditions. Seatbelt signs were turned on throughout the flight due to the bouts of turbulence as we were flying at a low altitude in the clouds.
Refreshments served on this short sector is a mini-muffin and a cup of orange juice or water. This is a change from earlier this year when they served a sweet bread and pre-cupped water.
Our flight routing.
Very soon, we were descendig towards KUL and landing on Rwy32L.
Parked at KLIA1's satellite terminal. Malindo has since shifted back to KLIA1 so as to enable connections and code-shares with other full-service airlines.
Immigration and security was swift, and a 28min KLIA Express train ride later, we were right smack in KL Sentral, a 3.5hrs journey from my home to KL city. Before checking into the hotel, I had a light supper at one of the Indian eateries in Brickfields.
Maggie goreng with chicken
Stayed at Le Meridien KL Sentral. Rooms were newly refurbished, with very comfortable beds and excellent amenities. The swimming pool, which was shared with Hilton, was huge and resort-styled. Certainly a very recommended hotel to stay.
Views from room and lift lobby.
Some of the food we had in KL on this short trip.
Famous Peter's Pork noodles, loh mee and char kuay teow at a food center near the hotel.
Famous Kim Lian Kee Hokkien noodles at Petaling St. Also ordered a Moonlight Hor Fun.
Discovered this new hawker center at ICC Pudu, which consists of many renowned hawker stalls from the old Imbi Market. The hawker food are all cheap and delicious and the center was bustling with locals. Ordered crispy popiah, curry noodles, chee cheong fun, nasi lemak.
Singapore - SIN
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
A short, pleasant and comfortable flight on Malindo Air. The offerings on the short hop is certainly impressive and matches up to the full-service carriers.
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