Malaysia Airlines A380 Business Class in-flight experience, with Tom Otley, Editor of Business Traveller magazine.
- - Well, hello, this is us on the A380 Business Class of Malaysia Airlines. I'm in the front row seat, which is 9A. You can see from the design of the seat that it's very different from the one that we saw earlier on the other flight check on the A350. What you do get, though, is a lot of space, not surprisingly, even though we're on the upper deck of the A380, there's more space in the A350. We're in a two-two-two configuration which is very generous for an aircraft of this size and it's one that means that, when you're fully reclined, other than the fact that you have to step over the person inside you if you're in a window seat and thus the aisle seat is occupied, really has few down sides. One of the big pluses also is the fact that you've got loads and loads of storage, particularly in the window seats 'cause you've got these side storage units. So it's a very comfortable aircraft and it's in many ways a shame that the A380 seems to be not finding favor with airlines 'cause it's certainly popular with passengers. But what I'm taking a picture of here at the moment is, other than my laptop which is that big white screen you can see there on the seat next to me, the front row of this Business Class cabin. What you've gotta notice is that, as well as these two main seats, two center seats, being in front of the two washrooms and you can see one washroom door there, you've also got a problem that people, even when there are people sitting in those seats, tend to use it as a cut-through rather than going through the galley, so you can be quite happily sitting there and someone will realize that one washroom is taken and whip through row nine to get to the other washroom. So really, generally, row nine is one to avoid. I've chosen it on this occasion A, because I'm not in the front row, and, well, not in the middle seats, and also because there's no one inside me, which is why I can do something like put the laptop next to me and make videos like this without disturbing anyone. You have to admire a panel like that. All of those controls are just to set the seat and then below it, which is quite dark, I don't know if you can see it, is the controls for the inflight entertainment system. It's probably too dark, oh, there we go, there you can see it. So if you look at that one and then that, you have to say to yourself there's no way you're gonna get bored even on a 13-hour flight like this one. You can just play around the seat for six or seven hours. There is nothing that beats the amount of storage that you get on the upper deck if you've got a window seat. I mean, in this seat here I've got one, but I've also got a second one where I could put my whole bag as well. As you can see you also get a choice of drink, so you get champagne, orange juice, and the amenity bag has been delivered and the menu is waiting at the seat. You can see they're serving satay even though we're not allowed hot beverages. This always seems to be bumpy coming out of KL. Thank you. The only thing I can say in defense of the satay is that it is so much nicer to taste than it is to look at. I know this looks like a complete mess, but it's absolutely delicious and I'm really looking forward to it, which is strange 'cause it's only about 35 minutes since I had my last meal. That's the menu for this evening or late night flight. Starts off, as you'd expect, with Malaysian satay, and then you've got a supper and that's marinated prawn with beetroot for a starter or cauliflower cream soup and then the main courses are braised beef rib, Ayam Masak Lemak, which is a traditional Malaysian dish, pan-roasted garouper or Kung Pao tofu. Actually that sounds lovely, especially since I've had a lot of meat. And then the desserts are the chocolate brownie, ice cream, fruit, cheese. There's also a Dine Anytime menu, which is really useful on a long flight like this of egg noodles, sandwiches, and then, before landing, a breakfast menu. Breakfast time or I think they call it second meal or breakfast time, let's see what's on the menu. I've got it here for you. It is, yep, before landing, full breakfast served 90 minutes before landing, choice is fruit smoothie, seasonal fruit, cereal, which is cornflakes or muesli, with low-fat or full-cream milk for those who just don't care, bakery selection, Nasi Lemak, now that's the Malaysian dish and I have to say I had it on the way over, I thought it was delicious.......................