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The Malaysia Airlines A380 Big Flight Experience

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The Malaysia Airlines Big Flight Experience

It was in 1992 and I was in Singapore Changi Airport. I was on holiday in Singapore for a month and waiting for my flight back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was waiting for my number and name to be called as my uncle purchased the air shuttle ticket for me.

Air shuttle ticket was the cheapest air ticket back in the old days. For those who booked their tickets and didn’t turn up, air shuttle ticket holders will be called to replace them. Air shuttle ticket holders need to wait at a designated area to wait for number and name to be called. If you are lucky you might wait for minutes, if not it might take hours. Air shuttle tickets were only available for Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines and to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and back. Shuttle tickets are usually one way ticket.

I was 14 years old at that time and quickly I ran to the gate as my number and name was called. I got the back seat (the last row of the airplane) and I was sandwiched between two air stewardesses. They chat with me and kept me comfortable. That was my first flight experience with Malaysia Airlines and it was memorable. The five star cabin crew services didn’t start now or 10 years ago, it started at the very first beginning the airline has started. My experience with them started since 1992 but I am sure many have started earlier to me.

After years of up and down, Malaysia Airlines still provide the best cabin crew service and winner of many international aviation awards. As the national carrier of Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines finally receive its first Airbus A380 aircraft after placing the booking in 2003. Malaysia Airlines is the 8th airlines in the world to receive the Airbus A380 and we should be proud to have a Malaysia company to own it.

The arrival of the Airbus A380 means a new beginning for the airline. After recent issues with Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines need a revival plan and what is the better way to start with its new fleet of air crafts.

It was no hidden secret that Malaysia Airlines has a fleet of aging aircrafts. The incoming new fleet of aircrafts (replacing the old ones) will indefinitely boost their yield and open many possibilities for them in the future. We might not know what happen next but only the best for Malaysia Airlines.

Can you spot the two bridges on A380?
After almost 20 years since my first flight with Malaysia Airlines, I had a chance to be part of the history with the airline. It was the Big Flight, the Joyride with spanking new Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380. I was one of the lucky winners of the Big Flight blogging contest which took part a few weeks ago.

Read: Win a Lifetime Experience for Malaysia Airlines A380 Big Flight

To be honest, this was not my first time boarding a A380. I had my experience with Singapore Airlines when I flew back from Sydney to Singapore earlier in March. I was covering my travel story for Tourism Tasmania and Destination New South Wales.

Read: Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Experience

I was one of the few bloggers and influencers at the Big Flight event. There I bumped to Will Quah and had a short chat with him, he was the emcee for the event.

The winners of the Big Flight Youtube Winners with Will Quah, the emcee…
It was a big scale event with hundreds of selected guests, media and VIP getting ready to board the gigantic A380. There I met a few new blogger friends. It was quite a casual event with most guests mingling around.

Everyone was ready to board the Big Flight including the staffs of Malaysia Airlines…
It wasn’t long as everyone was ushered to board the new plane. As I entered the air plane I took the opportunity to take some picture of the first class cabin. The highlight of the A380 is the first class cabin as business and economy class cabin are usually the same except the colours and the materials of the seating. We were seated at the main deck of the airplane and the upper deck is for business and first class cabin only.

Read: Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Pictures


The mixture of colours of the seating, from red to velvet….
The configuration is similar with most large airplane. It is 3-4-3 seating for the economy class and the seating is pretty common with other A380.

The spanking new A380 seats…

 

My seat with pillow, headset and blanket…

 

The back seat looks neat. The LCD screen looks better with black borders. It looks bigger but after I did a picture comparison, it might be the same size as other A380, I’m unsure about this.


The visual quality of the LCD screen is superb. This is the best quality so far I experienced.  There are some visible tiny dots on the screen suggesting it could be “touch screen” LCD but touch screen functions were not available. Maybe I’m wrong, but it looks like a touch screen to me.

The handset is smaller than the conventional Airbus handset. I’m sure this is a brand new design. Some of the external buttons are squeezed into this stylish handset.

At the back of the handset is the game console controller.

There is an external USB port and missing the audio RCA connector and network/LAN connector of the setup of other Airbus A380 airplanes. Like I mentioned earlier, seating set up designs varies depending on airline companies.

Due to the nature of the Big Flight, we were able to watch the aircraft from the top. It was pretty cool as it was my first time watching a plane took off from the top.

There are four pilots flying the A380 and it can carry more than 400 passengers in total.

Like my previous review, the A380 is very comfortable on the air. At one point, I was sleeping on our journey from KLIA to Langkawi and back.


The surprise of the day was the appearance of our former prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He walked around and shakes most of the guests’ hands. Everyone was excited to see him onboard.

It wasn’t long until we reached KLIA and we did a landing and mandatory take off again. Our second flight took us to Kuala Lumpur city center and also Subang airport before landing safely back in KLIA.

Even though the flight time was short but it was an experience itself. The arrival of A380 marks a new journey for Malaysia Airlines. I am humbled to be part of the history with Malaysia Airlines and hope to have more adventures with them. I am glad to be a loyal customer with Malaysia Airlines for almost 20 years and looking forward for more great years ahead. Lastly, we from PlacesAndFoods.com would like to congratulate Malaysia Airlines for the arrival of the Airbus A380!

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “The Malaysia Airlines A380 Big Flight Experience

  1. Hi Hong,

    Well, this will be my first mistake of not noticing the power supply for both Malaysia and Singapore Airlines. Great question and I hope to answer for you soon.

    Wilson

  2. Hi Hong,

    That’s not my me. That is my friend with his Sony NX Handycam Video Camera with external mic. Good spot.

    Wilson

  3. Hi Wilson,

    Like the photos, I was on that flight too, and I spoke to the Thales engineers on board. The screens are touch screen, but they have not had the touch screen software installed yet. They will be ready for its first commercial flight.

    Donald

  4. I wish to try it this September. I like Airbus more than Boeing because of so many reasons. One of them is Airbus regularly has bigger seat and more comfortable.

    In aeronautical engineering points of view. Airbus flies more efficient, better aerodynamic than Boeing. Consume less fuel. You can try Airbus landing and takeoff and compare with Boeing. Airbus is smoother than Boeing. Many more … actually 🙂 Thanks for a nice review of new A380 🙂

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