This is my first Flight Report, feedback is most welcome!
Firstly some quick background about me. I'm a student based in Melbourne, making on average a handful of trips every year. I have no airline status, and choose flights based almost purely on price. Any comfort is a bonus! I use a Fuji XF1 and its portability makes it is many respects a better camera than my DSLR.
This trip involves a week in Istanbul then a month in the UK. Friends and family think flying on four airlines for one trip is bizarre, but it makes sense to me. The flights: MEL - KUL (AirAsia X) KUL - IST (Turkish) IST - MAN (Turkish) LHR - BKK (Thai) BKK - MEL (Jetstar)
Check in was quick and easy. I only used 16kg of my pre-booked 20kg.
Security was easy enough, but the queue for immigration was a bit of a nightmare. The area was simply understaffed.
Airside at MEL was relatively uneventful. I tasted a Talisker Dark Storm - very tasty even early in the morning!
The international terminal was busy. GA and QF A330s.
NZ, JQ, QF, VN and possibly EK from behind (I can't remember!).
I've never seen Shanghai Airlines in Australia.
Here was our A330 heading to KUL.
Seating is a cozy 3-3-3.
I am however more concerned with leg room and AirAsia X really isn't too bad (much better than 'standard' AirAsia).
Apart from paid tablets, in-flight 'entertainment' consisted of Malaysia tourism advertising.
Boarding seemed to be on time, however we departed close to one hour late. I was dozing and didn't take much notice, knowing I had a long layover ahead anyway.
Pre-ordered meals were served, and I received my teriyaki chicken, chocolate cake, apple juice and water. The quantity is pretty small, but the meal was quite tasty.
Heading across the dry centre of Australia.
Crossing the Western Australian coast.
I was hungry and ordered some cup noodles. Verging on too spicy for my tastes.
There was enough space for my realistically oversized 15-inch laptop. I can recommend the hilarious 'Silicon Valley' series.
The flight made up time and landed only 15 minutes late. There was however a lot of stress from some with connecting flights!
We landed at the brand new KLIA2 terminal. I have mixed feelings about this new building. Obviously, the presentation is a big improvement on the slightly comical old LCCT 'shed'. An aerobridge is a big step up for D7 in KUL!
There was however a very long walk from the gate to immigration and the whole building felt slightly unpolished, such as the unclean windows. No major complaints but plenty of room for improvement.
My next review will see the transfer to the main KUL terminal and next flight.
Air Asia X
Melbourne - MEL
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
AirAsia X is a consistently good product for its price. Even with extras such as baggage and food, the price is often an incredible fraction of the legacy carriers. The flight made up major time, so only minor marks can be lost for punctuality. In-flight service was acceptable but perhaps could have been a little friendlier. There is room for improvement at MEL and KLIA2 at KUL needs some polish. I really can't ask for much more from D7 as long as they keep their fares down.
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