Review of Air Asia flight Kota Kinabalu Taipei in Economy

Airline Air Asia
Flight AK1510
Class Economy
Seat 22A
Aircraft Airbus A320neo
Flight time 03:25
Take-off 09 Jan 20, 06:00
Arrival at 09 Jan 20, 09:25
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Mohd Amiruddin
Published on 14th December 2020

INTRODUCTION


2020 is not a bad year for whole. I've started the year with a short trip to one of my favourite country, Taiwan. With a good connection from my state that is Sabah plus a very decent ticket price offered by the World's best low cost airlines AirAsia everything look possible. Kota Kinabalu (BKI) is connected to Taipei-Taoyuan daily operated by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. TigerAir Taiwan used to operate this route but was ceased in 2016.

The whole trip will be as below;
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Taipei-Taoyuan (TPE) - AirAsia
Taipei-Taoyuan (TPE) to Hong Kong (HKG) - Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong (HKG) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - AirAsia 

On my way back to Malaysia, there were a few choice to go for. Via Manila on Cebu Pacific Airways, via Ho Chi Minh City on Vietjet, via Singapore on Scoot and Hong Kong on Hong Kong Airlines + AirAsia. So, I chose the later just to get a new flying experience with Hong Kong Airlines. 


FLYING DAY


I arrived at Kota Kinabalu International Airport quiet early.


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At KKIA, security clearance is made separately at every gate similarly to Singapore's Changi and KL Airport. 


As it was Thursday, I reckoned flight will be not full. After boarding completed I can simply count the whole number of passengers on this flight. Obviously very empty. 


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As I said Taiwan is one of my favourite county, I've been flying to Taipei like every year since 2018 and from my past experience Taipei - Kota Kinabalu flight usually will be almost full. 

 Soon after took off, flight attendant pull the cart down the aisle to deliver pre-purchased meal. I could say AirAsia's inflight meal is very delicious and even better compared to Malaysia Airlines'. Beside the famous Pak Nasser Nasi Lemak, the Roasted Chicken also is a must try! Every purchase of meal came with complimentary drink or hot coffee. MYR10 ($2.47) . I think for $2.47 usually you can only buy drink on most of low cost carriers in other places :D


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Arrival Form into Taiwan the Republic of China also were distributed. 
As it was a morning flight, I fall asleep until the captain announced our descent and approached into Taipei. 


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Excited to start the year of 2020 with a short trip to Taiwan (just before everything changed 2 months later :( … )


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Immigration was simple however that time temperature scanners were already put everywhere around the arrival hall of the airport. 


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Thank you for reading this short flight report. 2020 is going to its end very soon. This is the only way to refresh this page. A little throwback won't hurt :)

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Verdict

Air Asia

8.2/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Buy-on-board menu10.0

Kota Kinabalu - BKI

8.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.0

Taipei - TPE

9.1/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

I never expect 2020 will be as tragic as what had happened now. A few trips were forced to cancelled due to Covid-19 (I bet everyone got the same situation like me) but I wish 2021 will be better and the storm shall pass very soon.

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