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Snap Review: Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 & MH 605 LGK-KUL-SIN Boeing 737-800 Economy Class

Langkawi International Airport (LGK) – Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) – Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 connecting to MH 605

 

Welcome to our very first Snap Review! There are great flights, there are horrible flights – then there ones that are either too short, repetitive or unremarkable to make big news out of. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting to share with you what either to expect on a given flight or how an airport is – or also just share with you our experience. Hence the birth of the Snap Review. It’ll usually be confined to about 15-20 photos and a short review following. We hope it keeps you entertained and serve its purpose to let you know how to get somewhere and how to do it best!

 

Leg 1:

MH 1447  LGK-KUL
STD:
1:25 PM ATD: 1:43  (GMT+8)
STA: 2:25 PM ATA: 2:22 PM (GMT+8)

Aircraft: 9M-MXB Boeing 737-8H6 (First delivered 10/29/2010)
Flight Date: January 7, 2017
Seat: 16D
Class of Service: Economy Class
Seat Pitch: 30 inches
Seat Width: 17 inches
Meals: Refreshment – choice of orange juice or water with an unlimited amount of peanuts.
In-Seat Outlets: Yes, universal power ports and USB links.
WiFi: No
IFE: Yes, Audio Video On Demand available from boarding to disembarkation.  No headphones are given, so use your own – but the jack is three pronged so audio will only come from one ear.

 

Introduction

Langkawi International Airport is a small but organized and clean affair, with a vast majority of flights headed to either Kuala Lumpur (both Subang and KLIA are served) – the only other domestic destination is a 15 minute flight over to Penang. The sole international service is down to Singapore, with Silk Air, Air Asia, Tigerair and JetStar all flying the route (inexplicably MH does not).

 

It’s hard to leave this behind, I must say.

 

Short delay of the inbound from Kuala Lumpur, but after a short turnaround we were off to the small tarmac to board our lovely 737-800 Next Gen.


Welcomed aboard without much fanfare, and had a window seat just over the engines – with a view of Langkawi International Airport in all its glory.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

Some farm fields immediately after rotation from LGK – I must say I love the 737’s winglets. They look especially good in MH’s livery.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

Banking over Cenang Beach and we got a stellar view of our home of the past few days, the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort. Not going to lie, I spent many a hour on the beach watching planes fly by.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

We were treated to beautiful views of the outer islands on climb out, some of them just limestone cliffs jutting out of the Andaman Sea. Stunning – even more so from our island hopping excursion just the day before.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

Seatbelt sign off, cabin crew are released for the short 30 minutes that remained of the flight. Simple orange juice and Malaysia Airlines’ signature peanuts fried in palm oil. Delicious and more than adequate for a flight that’s in the air for barely an hour.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

Touchdown KL and for our short transfer over to MH 605 to Singapore.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

 

Leg 2:

MH 605 KUL-SIN

STD: 3:35 PM ATD: 3:56  (GMT+8)
STA: 4:35 PM ATA: 5:22 PM (GMT+8)

Aircraft: 9M-MSA Boeing 737-8H6 (First delivered 02/19/2013)
Flight Date: January 7, 2017
Seat:
14A
Class of Service: Economy Class
Seat Pitch: 30 inches
Seat Width: 17 inches
Meals: Refreshment – choice of orange juice or water with an unlimited amount of peanuts.
In-Seat Outlets: Yes, universal power ports and USB links.
WiFi: No
IFE: Yes, Audio Video On Demand available from boarding to disembarkation.  No headphones are given, so use your own – but the jack is three pronged so audio will only come from one ear.

 

Once again a delayed arrival, this time the inbound was coming in from Bangkok and was delayed there. MH sure does know to do a quick turn and within 15 minutes of the plane docking and passengers disembarking, the crew were ready to board for Singapore. Upon boarding they were understandably frazzled, having so little time to turnaround and in a hurry to get everyone settled in to minimize the delay.

 

Our chariot to Singapore awaits.

Malaysia Airlines MH 605

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s famous expansive palm oil fields immediately after takeoff.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

Another quick service – this time water and two more packets of those amazing MH umami bomb peanuts.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

Crew did their run with time to spare and left the cabin to relax. Boeing SkyInterior, free personal inflight entertainment and a tasty refreshment is once again more than enough for such a short ride.

Malaysia Airlines MH 1447 LGK-KUL

 

We were further delayed  a bit as Singapore air traffic control asked us to stack over the Straights of Malacca due to congestion at Changi. Switched seats for final approach and the iconic shipping lanes and deep sea port of Singapore becomes visible.
Malaysia Airlines MH 605 KUL-SIN

 

That’s the short hop over from Langkawi to Singapore done and dusted. Overall, a no nonsense affair from MH – they deliver a standard product with great interiors for such short flights. Especially for the price paid (cheaper than Air Asia direct) I don’t think you could expect for more. I suppose the timeliness of the flights could be improved, that’s just a minor quibble since they were both only about 15-20 minutes long and we were kept well informed in the meantime.

 

Malaysia Airlines remains a solid regional product for flights under 2 hours. Anything longer and we might want to have discussion on that.

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