Lucky Air Review – Kuala Lumpur to Lijiang Yunnan China
For those who never heard of Lucky Air, it is one of China’s budget airlines. It is partly owned by Hainan Airlines and it offers direct flights to Kunming and Lijiang China from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) in Malaysia. The airline was formerly known as Shilin Airlines in 2004 before rebranded to Lucky Air in 2005. The direct flight from KLIA to Lijiang China started December 2017.
Last week, we went to Lijiang with SmartHolidays Malaysia to promote their tour in Lijiang, Dali and Shangrila. We flew to Lijiang on Thursday and flew back to Malaysia on Tuesday. It is a direct flight with Lucky Air and the flight duration is slightly over 4 hours.
Lucky Air operates in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) and they are flying with Airbus A320 three times a week. You can check in at Counter J in KLIA.
The flight code from Kuala Lumpur to Lijiang is 8L 840 and flight time is 1425 (2.25PM) – 18.25 (6.25PM). The flight code from Lijiang to Kuala Lumpur is 8L 839 and the flight time is 0945 (9.45am) – 1335 (1.35pm).
The flight is inclusive of 20kg per person, you have to pay for extra luggage space. Mineral water bottle is complimentary but food can be ordered on board with the fixed rate of RMB 50 per meal. Seat selection will be charged and there is no inflight entertainment.
The leg room is similar to AirAsia and there are three cabin crews onboard for each flight. We are okay with the seat size and the cabin crews are generally friendly.
For some unknown reasons while we were on our way to Lijiang, the cabin crew was very sensitive for customers taking photographs in the flight. We were asked to remove all our photos taken inside the flight. We have no issues taking photos in our return flight to Kuala Lumpur.
You can check out the video on the food selection they have in their inflight menu. We didn’t order the food as the food we wanted was sold out. You can pre-book your meals online before your flight on their website.
Overall, the flight is okay and you can compare it with AirAsia flights. The cabin temperature is on the high side so it is slightly warm and maybe the reason is it is colder in China. Other than that, there is nothing to complain about this flight. Since we travelled on AirAsia often, we find the seat size similar and the chair can recline more on this flight.
How to book Lucky Air in Malaysia?
They have their own official website but it is in Chinese and you can check it out at http://www.luckyair.net/ or you can also book via Skyscanner. For Malaysians, you can book with travel agent via SmartHolidays and you can call Ting Fen at +60 14 6210 001 for Lucky Air flight tickets booking.
If you book early, you can get it below RM 1,000 for return ticket or else it will be over RM 1,000 for last minute purchase. The cheapest we can find for advance booking is less than RM 800 for return flight from Kuala Lumpur to Lijiang via Skyscanner (depending on availability).