Hi and welcome to the continuation of another nostalgic report on a carrier that is no longer with us. This time it is MALEV and I had the opportunity to fly with them back on 06 MAY 2006.
I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures and details of this report. This was some time ago and I am just relying on memory when writing about this experience. As a matter of fact I was debating whether to post this or not, but given that there are no reports of this carrier in English, I decided to share a couple of pictures of my experience.
This trip was part of an itinerary that covered a trip to FCO and BUD and back then I decided to visit some friends that were living in BUD. It was my first time there and I found it cheaper than most Western European countries. I was able to fly MALEV from FCO-BUD and BUD-FRA.
At the airport I was checked in by an efficient agent and headed upstairs to security. Once I was airside I checked the lounge and was not very impressed with the offerings. MA had two lounges and both were unimpressive by today's standards. There was self serve liquor and soft beverages and as far as catering I recall packaged snacks, the famous Prince Polo chocolate wafers and some ice cream.
When I boarded the plane I had a friendly attendant who directed me to my seat. The cabin was 2-3 in J and one thing that caught my attention was that MA used pictures to decorate the cabin just like BA in J. Pre-dept. drinks were offered and after take off the FA distributed a disappointing meal. I expected a full dinner but what I got seemed more like a snack. This was quite a contrast from the lunch received from FCO-BUD.
My meal with some sort of cold cuts on top of a rice salad that tasted undercooked.
For comparison purposes here is the lunch that I received from FCO-BUD on MA J. The appetizer had fruits on it and there were some grilled chicken with slices of cheese. The main dish consisted of some kind of croquettes with turkey slices and a gravy sauce on top. Perhaps it was not the most sophisticated meal, but it was adequate in quantity.
Flight was uneventful and I remember the FA going out of her way to get me something with the logo. She searched everywhere and finally gave me an inflatable plane.
Some shots of BUD.
I had a great room at the Intercontinental with quite a view.
Malev Millennium Lounge
Budapest - BUD
Frankfurt - FRA
Looking back on this trip, I was glad that I had the chance to experience another carrier that doesn't exist anymore.
MALEV was a carrier that served Hungary well and provided a product that was adequate. I found the crew to be professional on my two experiences but catering was a bit unusual. The layout of their J cabin with a 2-3 configuration was also unique, even though the seats were the same as those in Y.
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