MH624 – Singapore Changi Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport with Malaysia Airlines.
Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
Contents (It’s LONG and probably will change).
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap (Travel Plus!)
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Al Mourjan Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore by boat
- From the Top of the Marina Sands
- Back to Changi Terminal 2, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Holiday Inn Express, Kuala Lumpur
- Adventures in KL
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building).
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From Premium to Economy
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- Long way home
- I need another break…
MH624 Singapore Changi to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Malaysia Airlines, Boeing 737-800, Seat 10A, Economy Class
185 miles flown, 0TP Earned, 0 Avios Earned (Tickets not in qualifying fares).
I was welcomed aboard the plane after heading down the jet bridge, and headed down the aisle.
This plane is configured as a proper two-class plane, with large recliners in Business Class, and rows of lightweight seats in Economy Class.
Seating was pretty standard for an economy class flight, with a 30″ seat pitch and a slim line seat.
Nothing you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the world. Except Malaysia Airlines have done a few good things to these planes.
Like add an IFE system on them. And it’s a Panasonic System.
And yes… that is what you think it is there too. It’s a USB charging point.
And if you looked under your seat, you’d find one of these:
Need I say much more? All that’s missing is WiFi – add that, and these would be good planes to work in for a good amount of time.
I checked the safety card, and learnt where my exits were.
With the majority of passengers aboard, the plane settled down as it prepared for departure.
The IFE System came on in preparation for departure.
The cabin was secured, and about 30 minutes late – we were under way.
The safety video played. And for those who have never seen the Malaysia Airlines safety video… well here you go!
The plane continued its slow taxi, passing by the various traffic this airport has.
Finnair Airbus A350 – a long way from home. Ah. Happy memories.
Soon our little Boeing 737 turned for the runway as MH624 started to power up its engines.
With our Boeing 737 lined up on the runway, the engines roared into life to propel MH624 into the sky for the short run to Kuala Lumpur.
With the plane beginning its climb, the cabin crew came out to do an abbreviated cabin service for a 45-minutes flight.
So what do you get on a sub 1-hour flight?
I’ve seen worse services on same distance flights (and paid at that distance too).
It’s a simple service – but one that the crew of that plane have down to an art form.
Let’s look at the IFE system. It’s a touch screen interface with a controller – so very usable.
Whilst response wasn’t the smoothest in the world, the system had a variety of content. As I had no headphones, I just went for the map.
The western coast of Malaysia came into view as the MH624 made its way towards Kuala Lumpur International.
The 737 begun its turns for KLIA, with the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur coming into view.
With the plane descending, I started to video the decent. And it was at this point the battery gave up the ghost on the camera.
The words I could had used are not fit for public consumption. Quickly, I fired up the iPhone and hoped for the best as MH624 touched down at KLIA.
Safely on the ground, I did a quick battery swap, as there was a lot of interesting traffic around KLIA.
There was also a little surprise waiting for me – a Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737 MAX 8. I’ve written plenty about the MAX series – but this is the first one I’ve seen in the flesh.
And you’ve got to pay attention to notice the differences, or you’ll dismiss it as another 737.
MH624 found a gate it liked, and turned towards it, bringing an end to this short hop.
Even before the plane was nearing the gate, it seems that everyone was up and about trying to get their luggage out. Whilst the plane was moving.
The engines powered down and it was time to head out into Malaysia. But why was everyone in a rush to get off the plane? I’d have that answer much sooner than I’d like.
I grabbed my stuff and thanked the crew, and headed off into a country I last passed through when I was 14 – Malaysia.
Overall: A reasonably comfortable flight, with decent in flight amenities and a reasonable in flight service considering the distance. I do wish the crew controlled the passengers better on landing though.
Next: I’ve found an airport worse than Chicago O’Hare. Honest. And the Holiday Inn Express KL City Centre
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