Review: Malaysia Airlines Economy Class B737-800 KUL to PEN

To board this flight, you first had to scan your boarding pass to be let into the holding area. After that, it was essentially a free-for-all, even though they made boarding announcements to let families with small children, business class, and oneworld elites to board first. In the US, I can understand why people jockey for boarding position given the fight for overhead bin space, but I generally haven’t seen the same fights happen in other countries until this flight. Even though passengers are supposed to be limited to 7 kgs of carry-on baggage, there was definitely a scramble for overhead bin space on this short flight. And in comparison to my nearly-empty Malaysia Airlines flight from DPS to KUL, this flight was nearly full.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Business class seats

Business class seats

The interior of this plane looked really new. Lots of dark leather. The seats in economy class and individual IFE screens (controllable via touch screen and remote), in-seat power outlets, and a USB port. The IFE selection was on-demand and pretty sizable for a domestic route, and there were personal air vents. Overall, this was a super nice plane for a domestic flight.

Economy class cabin

Economy class cabin

Economy class seat

Economy class seat

Exit row

Exit row

Power ports in economy class

Power ports in economy class

Seatback IFE and controller

Seatback IFE and controller

I managed to snag an exit row seat for this flight, which meant that I had lots of leg room. The seat did not appear to recline, though.

Since this was such a short flight (~201 miles), there was no meal service, but they did do a full drink service with peanuts. Rather than use a cart, they did the entire service via trays.

Yet again, this was a positive experience on Malaysia Airlines. This plane was great: new interior, personal IFE, air nozzles, and in-seat power. Can’t ask for much more on a domestic flight!

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