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Review: MH136 Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines

Back in March/April 2012, my family and I were in Adelaide for a short holiday and my sister’s graduation. I have written a few blog posts narrating the fun time we had in Adelaide and its surrounding towns throughout the 8-days stay. Click on any of the links below to check it out:

Parafield Airshow 2012 – An Awesome Aviation Event!
Cleland Wildlife Park and Mt Lofty Summit
Adelaide’s Toy Factory & Big Rocking Horse
Granite Island and Victor Harbor’s Ocean Adventure Tour
Beerenberg Farm and St Kilda Adventure Playground
South Australian Aviation Museum: A Must-Visit for Aviation Enthusiast
Glenelg Beach, A perfect way to end our Adelaide trip

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. With heavy hearts, on the morning of April 1st 2012, it was time for us to leave Adelaide and head back to Kuala Lumpur. What better way to end this trip than with a nice flight back to Kuala Lumpur on-board Malaysia Airlines. This blog post is a simple review/trip report of MH136, 1st April 2012!

It was a confusing Sunday morning as we made our way from the hotel to Adelaide International Airport. The taxi that we booked turned up an-hour earlier thanks to the adjustment of time as the daylight saving time ends on 1 April 2012. We thought that we might have got the timing all wrong but thankfully we got to the airport on time, 3 hours before scheduled departure time.

Despite being early, we had to queue for about 45 minutes at the check-in area. We did not attempt online check-in as we were trying to get the bulkhead seats since we were travelling with an infant (which we were told that the seats are only available over-the-counter based on first-come-first-serve basis). Thankfully it was worth the wait as most of us managed to secure the more comfortable first row economy class seats while me and my better half settled for seats 40A and 40C at the back part of the plane.

Adelaide Airport T1 is quite a nice comfortable mid-sized terminal with basic facilities such as clean restrooms, Wi-Fi, shops and restaurants as what other major airports would offer. My wife and I managed to use up all our leftover coins to purchase a tiny “Adelaide key-chain”.

After clearing immigration and by the time we reached the gate, boarding process has started with three ground agents going through the boarding passes and IDs in an efficient manner. The ground crew ensured that there was no queue inside the aerobridge before calling the next group of passengers for boarding.

9M-MTB, an Airbus A330-300 series. This is the same “new” aircraft type that was introduced as part of Malaysia Airlines fleet renewal programme (click here to read about the A330 joyride)

This route was once served by the Boeing 777-200 but I personally prefer the A330 as it is newer and comes with the latest and bigger IFE screen. Even the “next-door neighbour” deploys the same aircraft type 😛

Boarding was done in a true Malaysian Hospitality way, a combination of “Selamat Datang”, “Apa khabar?” and “Assalamualikum” by 3 different cabin crew made me smiled all the way to my seat. It is just that special feeling that the moment I step into a Malaysia Airlines plane on a foreign land, I would feel that half of me is already in Malaysia.

While waiting for pushback, a quick shot of the contents of the seat pocket. I wonder if it is still ok to take home the Going Places magazine or has the policy changed over the years?

Pushback was 2-minutes ahead of time and in less than 15-minutes the A330-300 was airborne. Goodbye Adelaide, till next time.

One thing that I love about daytime flights is the view and it was clear weather on that day so the view was amazing.

In-flight entertainment started soon after take-off with the crew distributing the headsets. Passengers were asked to lower down their window shades to allow everyone to rest and enjoy the entertainment. I enjoyed watching few episodes of my all-time favourite TV sitcoms “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”.

Of course being a fan of aviation, the “airshow” channel is a must! The only thing missing is an audio channel that connects to the cockpit’s ATC radio. A really cool feature that I’ve experienced on one of the flights that I took in the US few years back.

About an hour after take-off, breakfast was served. I chose Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang.

Awesome taste. If only the portion of the rice was slightly bigger. My other half chose the western breakfast option (in denial that she’s no longer in Australia! :P)

Halfway-there.

Throughout the flight the crew were actively walking around offering water and peanuts to the passengers that mostly were sleeping or enjoying the IFE. Duty free sales were carried out but I decided not to buy anything this time.

At one point during the flight I was having quite a bad tooth-ache and after seeing me feeling a bit uncomfortable, one of the steward came and asked whether I was ok and offered pain-killers that thankfully helped a lot!

About 2 hours before arrival, light snacks were served.

I took the chicken option. Not too bad in terms of taste but it would be better if it is served together in a snack-box with another small item such as biscuits or even fruits. I find this a bit too simple for a premium carrier. Tasted good nevertheless 🙂

Descending into KL, hello Malaysia!

The awesome Welcome to Malaysia video.

Final approach to KLIA’s runway 32L.

Welcome home.

The aircraft having a quick “rest” at the gate in KLIA before flying to other Malaysia Airlines destinations.

We did some quick duty free shopping in KLIA before clearing immigration and picked-up our luggage. In less than an hour (46 minutes to be exact) after we left the plane, we were already inside a taxi on the way back to Shah Alam. That’s world-class efficiency of KLIA 🙂

As a Malaysian, I am biased towards our national carrier so I will continue to say that personally I would choose to fly Malaysia Airlines before considering other foreign airlines for international routes. Although it is no secret that in terms of product offerings Malaysia Airlines might be a bit behind in terms of cabin and aircraft age but the Malaysian Hospitality elements projected by the cabin crew and the food have always been the winning points that made me choose the airline over the others. Let see whether the new A380 will help to gain back passenger’s confidence towards Malaysia Airlines offerings.

Terima Kasih Malaysia Airlines dan sehingga kita berjumpa lagi.

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12 Comments

  1. zaimi jismi July 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I like your photos… I should have taken mine like this. Next time -thx for the idesa Azuan! Btw yes tha nasi lemak was good…u mean more nasi? yg tu tak cukup ke? Hehe.. 🙂

  2. Shawn G July 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I always love airlines that offer pair/couple seats. Where are the photos of e stewardess???

    • azuan July 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Yup… I hate the middle seats! A or C is always my preferred seat.

      Anyway no photos of stewardess la this time. I was too tired from the trip to socialize on-board hehe but yeah they were friendly.

  3. Deddy Faisal July 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    MH will always be my choice premium airlines other than Qatar. The feeling of home once you step on board is priceless.

  4. kev.y August 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    nice review! is the route to perth using the same aircraft, I mean the brand new A333? I’m planning to go to perth using MH 🙂

  5. michael September 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    thanks for the photos and commentary, we will be flying on this plane in a couple of weeks.

  6. mahadzira February 19, 2013 at 5:09 am

    wow mr azuan nice pic and log…good job..

  7. mohd darus November 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    good job bro azuan, cuma lambat dapat tahu tentang your website. will follow your web. Tq

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