Malaysia Airlines Business Class – Travel Weekly

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Since the airline just won the award for best business class deal in Asia, we thought we’d give it a try. Read our verdict here.

Fast facts

Flight: Sydney to Kuala Lumpur (MH140)
Plane: Airbus A330-300
To classify: Company
Duration: 8H35M

Recording – 8/10

The Malaysia Airlines business class ticket provides access to their priority check-in counter, which allowed me to skip past the crowded economy class check-in line directly to the front of the queue.

Your ticket also entitles you to a generous 40kg check-in bag and 2 x 7kg cabin baggage, plus more space in overhead bins once you’re on board , so there’s no mad scrum to jam your luggage before someone else beats you to the last free spot.

Another perk of the pre-flight experience is access to the lounge, which is for the Plaza Premium Lounge at Sydney Airport, offering comfortable seating with views of the runway and a well-stocked buffet and bar as well as self-service tea and coffee.

However, there are no flight announcements in the lounge and no information boards, so it’s best not to indulge in too much free champagne lest you lose track of time and become THAT person delaying your flight.

Seat – 8.5/10

Reclining seats are only available on some Malaysia Airlines flights and I was pleased to find that the Sydney – KL route is one of the lucky few.

My seat was 2D, a middle aisle seat, given the 1-2-1 business class configuration of the A330-300.

Malaysia Airlines Business Class seats offer plenty of storage options, a reading light, USB ports and easy-to-use seat controls

The seat offers plenty of room to spread out with a small side table for drinks as well as a large folding dining table and two lockers above and below the side table for storing blankets, shoes or anything that takes up space.

The seating area itself was also spacious enough for me to curl up or sit cross-legged in a reclined or upright position and the flat-lying option was a wonderful bonus.

However, a few taller neighbors found the leg area restrictive when the seat was in lie-flat mode.

Flight experience – 9/10

Once you are seated, pre-takeoff drinks are served with a selection of juices and champagne on offer. Once in the air, a second drink service was offered before the release of the airline’s signature satay. Being a pescatarian I was offered a salad skewer with cucumber and onion with the famous satay sauce poured over it which was actually quite delicious.

Noticing my choice and asking about my dietary needs, a flight attendant brought me a smoked salmon panini from the made-to-order menu, which was also a nice gesture.

The smoked salmon panini and a vegetarian version of the airline’s signature satay

Given the 10:15 p.m. departure time, the next meal service was breakfast with a sumptuous offering of nasi Lemak, egg noodles with chicken, or Belgian waffles with tea or coffee and juice. I opted for the waffles, which came with a good selection of fruit and creamy ice cream.

Between meals, business class passengers have access to a range of snacks and light meals from an on-demand menu, which included seasonal fruit, egg noodles, tandoori chicken wrap, a selection of cheeses and the aforementioned salmon panini.

Another great feature of the food and beverage offering is Malaysia Airlines’ “Chef on Call” service, which allows you to choose a specially prepared in-flight meal 30-25 minutes before your trip and have it delivered to your headquarters.

The business class menu for flight MH140

The amenity kit is also a far cry from the budget offering, including moisturizer and lip balm from Payot, an eye mask, comb, earplugs and socks which come in a bag of creator of the Aspinal leather goods company in London.

Not to mention the ultra-comfortable duvet and “mattress protector” when your seat is in lie-flat mode.

The entertainment offer is the same in all classes, although companies have a larger screen and noise-canceling headphones.

Verdict – 8.5/10

Malaysia Airlines was recently named Asia’s No. 1 Business Class Airline at the 2022 World Travel Awards and it’s easy to see why.

The airline’s business class option offers a world-class offering, but it’s Malaysia Airlines’ signature Malaysian hospitality that makes it a truly unique luxury experience.

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