Malaysia Airlines Overview
Malaysia's national carrier, Malaysia Airlines is headquartered at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport in Subang, Selangor. The airline has its main hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and secondary hub at Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Malaysia Airlines was founded in 1947 as Malayan Airways, later changed to Malaysian Airways after Malaysia became independent. Its name was again changed to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines and thereafter ceased its operation. Then it was divided into Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines, and started its operation in 1987, with flights serving Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and the Kangaroo Route between Europe and Australasia. Malaysia Airlines operates transatlantic as well as transpacific flights from Kuala Lumpur. The safety norms of the airline have helped the company build a strong brand name for itself in the national and international carrier space. This has also led to many prestigious awards and accreditations for Malaysia Airlines from International Air Transport Association with IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit). It is among the only six airlines to be given a 5-star rating by Skytrax. Not only this, Malaysia Airlines also figures in the list of Quality Approved Airlines by Skytrax.
Fleet and Destination
The airline has a total of 87 aircrafts in its fleet, with an average fleet age of 13.6 years. The fleet includes B747-400P, B777-200, A330-300, A330-200, B737-400, A380-800 and B737-800 among others. Malaysia Airlines ply regular flights to connect 87 destinations across six continents. Alongwith MASWings and Firefly, its subsidiary alliances, Malaysia Airlines operates an extensive network of flights in the Southeast Asian region.
Services & Facilities
Malaysia Airlines passengers are offered a platter of ground as well as onboard services. They may check-in 2 to 48 hrs prior to departure of their flight. Apart from over the counter check-in facility, self-service kiosks, phone check-in and web check-in faciliies are also available. The Golden Lounge is the airport lounge for Malaysia Airlines First Class, Golden Club Class passengers, Enrich Platinum and Enrich Gold members. The lounge offers services like pedicure, manicure, shower, massage, shoe-shine service, wireless internet connection, food & beverages. First class & Business class passengers are offered ultimate luxury and comfort. They have flat-bed seats with massage feature, personal touchscreen LCD monitor, 300 hours of on demand movies / TV shows, Music and Interactive fun, facility to view real-time data on flight altitude, distance, temperature & air speed.
What tops the list is the fine dining experience offered by the airlines. The airline takes special pride in offering world class cuisine in custom-made china, cutlery, and glassware. The plush seats and mood lighting adds to the whole wonderful experience of flying with Malaysia Airlines. Flyers can also ask for a special meal menu that includes religious diets, medical diets including bland meals/soft meals (BLML), diabetic meal (DBML), high fibre meal (HFML), low cholesterol/low fat meal (LFML), gluten free (GLML) and vegetarian meals. Economy class passengers also have comfortable seats with personal 6.5" TV. Two (or rarely three) choices of meals are served to passengers on medium and long-haul flights with orange juice, tea, coffee and mineral water as usual choice of beverages. Wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks are served in international flights.
All passengers are offered duty-free in-flight shopping service called Temptations, offering various things such as fine liquors, high-quality accessories from renowned international designers, cosmetics, jewellery, electronics and more.