I flew Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Perth in July 2023 on the best way residence from our unimaginable 4-month journey to Japan & Europe. Having flown with most of the South East Asian finances airways (like AirAsia, Scoot and VietJet), this was my first time making an attempt Malindo Air and I wasn’t fairly certain what to anticipate.
Learn on for all it’s essential find out about this low-cost service, my detailed Malindo Airways evaluate expertise and whether or not I’d fly with them once more.
About Malindo Air (and why your ticket says Batik Air?!)
Malindo Air is among the airways below the Lion Air Group, which incorporates Lion Air and BatikAir. Nevertheless, in 2022 Malindo Air adopted the branding of the Batik Air (Malaysia) subsidiary.
Barely confusingly, our aircraft in Kuala Lumpur was nonetheless branded Malindo Air with a smaller “operated by Batik Air” label above. I booked my tickets on malindoair.com, however my reserving affirmation electronic mail was from Batik Air (as have been the printed tickets at check-in).
On the time of writing, Malindo Air has two to 3 every day flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth, providing travellers a variety of departure occasions between the 2 cities. Fares begin from A$200 for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Perth (on the time of writing).
- Flight: OD151 Kuala Lumpur to Perth
- Dep: 08:35 / Arr: 14:10
- Flight Length: 5 hours 35 minutes
- Plane: Boeing 737-800
- Class: Financial system
- Value: MYR 1420 (~A$400) one-way
- Ticket Sort: Tremendous Saver Financial system (contains free 20 kg checked baggage allowance)
The most cost effective financial system fare included 20kg of checked baggage. That is considerably an anomaly, as with most low-cost carriers you need to buy baggage individually.
Meals can be found to buy on all financial system fares, no snacks or complimentary drinks have been supplied on this flight.
Seat choice is simply included at no cost within the higher-priced Flexi fare. We didn’t pay for seat choice upfront, as a substitute selecting our seats at no cost throughout on-line check-in.
Test-In Course of
Our Batik Air flight departed from the primary Terminal 1 (KLIA1) at Kuala Lumpur Airport. We arrived on the airport 2 hours earlier than our 8.35 am departure. Having checked in on-line, we have been in a position to be a part of the shorter devoted baggage drop queue which saved us time.
The traditional financial system check-in line was no less than double the dimensions and transferring slowly. I like to recommend checking in on-line beforehand to avoid wasting time. You may also select your seat at no cost this fashion, as a substitute of ready to be randomly allotted a seat on the airport.
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At KLIA1, safety screening is completed on the gate. I discover this slower than the standard screening after customs (prefer it’s accomplished in Perth, and most Australian airports). Additionally, there are not any drink fountains on the gate after screening both. This implies you may’t take a full water bottle onto the aircraft with you (my private pet peeve when flying!).
Many individuals have been caught out, with full drink bottles they’d simply bought within the terminal earlier than heading to the gate. Anyway, it is a reflection on KLIA slightly than the airline, however one I assumed price mentioning.
Our tickets mentioned the gate would open at 07:45, nonetheless it opened 10 minutes earlier. By the point we have been via the gate safety screening, all of the boarding calls had been introduced and we have been surprisingly among the final passengers to board.
Regardless of the environment friendly boarding, we took off 10 minutes not on time. With a flight time of 5 hours, we ended up touching down simply forward of schedule at 2pm.
Flight Consolation & Seats
On board our Boeing 737-800, there have been two courses. The primary 3 rows have been occupied by enterprise class seats in a 2×2 configuration, with a cushty 45 inches of legroom. Additional down the only aisle to our seats in financial system, I used to be pleasantly stunned by the quantity of legroom, even in financial system.
With a 32-inch seat pitch, I felt like I had a cushty quantity of leg area. In reality, extra so even than my flight out of Perth a couple of months earlier. We flew Malaysia Airways (a full-service airline), with a seat pitch of 30” compared.
As my husband is 6”6 (and I’m 5”7), we definitely discover and respect the extra 2 inches of legroom on this flight.
As talked about above, we selected to not pay for seat choice upfront, as a substitute selecting seats at no cost when on-line check-in opened 24 hours earlier than the flight. Seat choice would have value an extra MYR 55 (~A$18) every, and MYR 160 (~$A52) every for further legroom seats.
No blankets or pillows are supplied, nonetheless they have been accessible for buy within the in-flight journal.
Our seats, and the aircraft generally, have been close to spotless (much more so than our Emirates flight the day earlier than!) regardless of the aircraft showing barely older.
Regardless of the aircraft having an leisure display screen, there was no leisure on this flight. Notably, nor was energy supplied by the USB slot within the display screen.
So, make certain to preload your cellphone or pill with some downloaded motion pictures! (And a charged cellphone / viewing gadget!)
Curiously, Batik Air (through the Malindo Air model), is commencing a Kuala Lumpur to Auckland (through Perth) six-weekly service late August 2023.
Passengers can ebook Kuala Lumpur – Auckland, or Perth – Auckland on the Boeing 737-8 Max plane.
On the time of writing in July 2023, return flights for this continuous journey are round A$1,000. Solely Air NZ at present function a as soon as every day continuous flight between Perth and Auckland.
Meals are usually not included in Financial system fares however will be pre-purchased on-line when reserving your flight. As meals have been solely marginally cheaper by pre-purchasing on-line (about 5 MYR / A$1.60), I opted to purchase our early lunch on the flight.
There have been solely 2 hot-meal decisions accessible on our flight, so we obtained certainly one of every. This costa complete of 45 MYR (~A$15), together with a small bottle of water every.
My inexperienced hen curry was good for an financial system meal – not the worst airplane meals I’ve ever eaten! Facet be aware: personally I really like consuming Asian meals on planes as I discover the chili and spices helps retain flavour when flying 35,000 ft within the sky! Likewise, Dane loved his satay hen fried rice.
I used to be in a position to pay for our meal with money within the type of Malaysian Ringgit, and bank cards have been additionally accepted.
I’m undecided in the event that they all the time do that, however somebody sitting behind us requested if he may pay with Chinese language yuan – which they accepted! (I’m assuming the conversion price wouldn’t have been probably the most beneficial although).
Last Verdict: Malindo Air Evaluate
All in all, I used to be very glad with our Malindo Air flight from Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft was clear, the seat pitch was snug for financial system and our flight was on time.
With one-way fares ranging from A$200, this no-frills service exceeded my expectations. I’d take into account it a finances service plus – the plus being as a result of free checked baggage and barely extra legroom than different comparable low-cost carriers. If the worth is aggressive, I’d take into account them my prime choose for flying to/from Kuala Lumpur-Perth sooner or later.
Good to know: Batik Air and Malindo Air fly from Perth to Bali (as much as twice every day). I normally fly AirAsia to Bali, however I’ll positively give them a go for my subsequent journey to Indonesia!
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