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Malaysia Airlines
Overall score based on 1,532 reviews
7.3
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.6
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
6.7
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "The crew was very friendly and attentive."
Cons: "Can’t think of anything"

Pros: "Comfort"

Pros: "Great seat and crews"
Cons: "A330-300 is nice"

Pros: "ok"

Pros: "Boarding was easy even though it started late, it was organized. Once I got on the plane I wasn't waiting a long time to get to my seat because they seated the people sitting in the back of the plane first. There is a huge selection of movies, tv shows, and music."
Cons: "They have 2 food options and they're just ok. There wasn't very many drink options either."

Pros: "Airport, sea side"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "I paid more than 1500 ringgit for the bags, although the booking of the trip was comprehensive. Unfortunately the site disappointed me"

Pros: "The Malaysia Airlines crew hospitality is world wide known and I experienced it myself during this flight"
Cons: "I sit in 2K of A350-900. Though it is known as a throne seat, there is an error on the installation of this seat. The foot rest that comes up and supposedly joined with the ottoman to make up the flat bed is too long so this seat never can actually go to full 180 degree mode."

Pros: "Seats were comfortable"
Cons: "The crew was not friendly, and the food selection is limited"

Pros: "Luggage allowance."

Pros: "I was surprised to board an A380 to fly from KUL to BKK"
Cons: "In Bangkok we had to get off on the field to board a bus"

Cons: "Seat back didn’t stay upright so it was uncomfortable when I wasn’t trying to sleep."

Pros: "Can’t find anything good."
Cons: "The airline is protected by the government. Hence there is no motivation for them to improve. This airline is my last choice. My biggest dissatisfaction is the hospitality shown by the crew.. not sincere and in some cases rude... is this the MH - MALAYSIAN Hospitality that they keep advertising? Very disappointing.."

Pros: "Friendly & attentive crew"
Cons: "Departure delay (10 minutes)"

Pros: "Attendants were very good"
Cons: "12 hrs in the air!!!"

Pros: "Short flight."
Cons: "One of our luggage was delayed during transit."

Pros: "Second flight was quite empty and the plane was in much better shape"

Cons: "I wasn't aware I was in Malaysian airline, I thought it was silk just as it was when I arrived... could of been a little clearer but other then that everything was great"

Pros: "Malaysian airlines airport crew at least tried to get us back to Singapore."
Cons: "Malaysian airlines did not offer us any incentives or better seats after removing us from our flight. We were seated separately and all in the middle row."

Pros: "Seats and entertainment"
Cons: "Bad landing,"

Cons: "I was having 10hrs of layover in Malaysia, the airline neither facilitates with any transit lounge, room, and lunch. I am very disappointed."

Cons: "Had to change gates last minute in Kuala Lumpur. Since security is at the gate, that meant going through security twice. When we went to the new gate there was much confusion among security staff as they were not informed of the gate change."

Pros: "Movie story"
Cons: "Foods"

Pros: "Took off on time, landed early, business class cabin was comfortable and food was ok."

Pros: "Service from the crews"

Pros: "Boarding was easy with less passengers."
Cons: "The magazine in my seat pocket was dirty. The seat cushion seemed not clean. There was a greasy spot not cleaned."

Pros: "The cabin crew was welcoming. The flight itself was smooth and on time."
Cons: "The smell of the toilets were really bad. Urine on the floor. I know I purchased economy class tickets but I expect the toilet facility to be better maintained."

Pros: "The flight was fairly typical. However, it left on time and arrived on time. This was a positive."
Cons: "As usual, the flight was completely full. Everyone carries on as many bags as allowed and there is no bin space for all the luggage. I bring only my briefcase and had to search for space."

Pros: "Good food for airplane although I was in the back of the plane and they ran out of what I preferred to have. Lots of free drink options."
Cons: "Small seating area, hard to sleep on a 13 hour flight"

Cons: "Food"

Pros: "Routing convenience if you are heading to Kuala Lumpur."
Cons: "Business class service falls short of other comparable airlines. Extensive auction of business class seats packs the cabin resulting in full fare passengers not getting a service representative of the class fare. Wines offered could be better."

Pros: "Delicious food"
Cons: "No entertainment"

Cons: "Got stuck by lots of crying kids."

Pros: "Clean and entertainment good!"
Cons: "Food is mediocre, even for airplane food."

Pros: "The ice cream is a pleasant surprise."
Cons: "prepacked juice. Could be more option."

Cons: "Flight canceled last minute! Lost my connection back home. Still no news about pay back. Had to book another flight on my own expense."

Cons: "The first meal that was given was poor. a single roll for the fist of two meals offered on an 8 hour flight, is the poorest meal i have had on a flight of this duration."

Pros: "Seat leg room seemed better than US carriers. Food was not exciting."
Cons: "Cabin crew very n8ce."

Cons: "Lost baggage on direct flight"

Cons: "boarding was awful 1 hour late and no information provided to waiting passengers staff nasty and indifferent and/or uninformed about what was going on"

Pros: "Pilot kept taking detour to avoid turbulence"
Cons: "Food -very little in quantity. Dinner: just a sandwich. Breakfast - just a little bit. Cabin Staff - unmotivated; poor Sevice"

Pros: "Everything, but pre-boarding - pleasant flight and accommodations."
Cons: "Pre-boarding info requires hate security scan, so getting any info from any rep is a joke. Not good."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Collection of headsets, too long at the tarmac before take off."

Cons: "On our way from KL to Manila, there were no screens for my children to watch and a not G rated Chinese movie to watch, only. It was really inconvenient and not a very good experience."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The temperature of the air craft before take off is making me sick"

Pros: "I was late to the gate and its was close. The steward call the Captian and I was able to get on to the flight even tho the gate wast already close. Everyone was very helpful.."
Cons: "Everything was good so therefore there wasn't anything I didn't like.."

Pros: "The serious of the pilot !!!!!!"
Cons: "No one cleaned the toilets...always pieces of paper on the floor...in every toilets!!! And the food wasn't very good..."

Pros: "Cabin crew were very helpful trying to help me mop up the spillage caused by my broken tray table."
Cons: "One side of my tray table was broken, hence the spilled drink; the TV screen was also hanging on by one hinge and the USB charger didn't work. That was the plane. Now the rest of it: our flight from Jakarta was delayed and therefore late arriving at KL and if our onward flight hadn't also been delayed, we would have missed our connection. As it was our luggage never made it. 24 hrs later and we still have not been contacted re our lost luggage even though it had already been located by the time we arrived in DXB and we'd been assured it was being put on the same flight we'd arrived on - only a day later."

Cons: "food quality, food tray and utensil quality so-so. lights were off all the way until we reached the gate, which made it hard to pack up until it was time to leave the plane."

Pros: "Could not board due to flight restrictions"
Cons: "Would suggest providing an email to let travelers know if the flight restrictions"

Cons: "Need to cleanup the cabin."

Cons: "Flight delayed."

Pros: "Efficiency"
Cons: "Attentiveness, we were miss for food purchasing was abit rush."

Cons: "All good"

Cons: "More choices on entertainment"

Cons: "Boarding always take way too long because of the hand luggage problem."

Pros: "Was on time and we landed ahead of the scheduled ETA"

Pros: "No comment"
Cons: "Be punctual."

Cons: "For some unknown reason, Kiwi.com booked this as a self-connecting trip and now my luggage is missing (didn't connect). In addition, they CHECKED IN FOR ME and selected middle seats. I am incredibly unsatisfied with this service and disappointed in my kayak experience as a result."

Cons: "International travelers should not use Air Asia because of baggage limitations and application of excess baggage charges. It operates as a commuter airline."

Pros: "Delayed 2 time"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "I was separate with my wife even if similar seats were available. To be with her, i had to pay."

Cons: "Never been on a flight before, where the pilot pushed back whilst people were still taking their seats. Not very safe!"

Pros: "Airport crew was friendly and provided umbrellas to everyone as they boarded plane. Managed brief rain-related departure delay well. Nice in flight travel magazine."
Cons: "Bag fees were high. I misunderstood when booking as website said on bag (meaning "cabin bag"/"carry on"), so not only did I have to pay the standard luggage cost for my one check in bag but also a same-day late fee, making it twice as expensive."

Pros: "Pleasant counter service at the terminal."
Cons: "Half hour late"

Pros: "Nothing I like"
Cons: "Flight delayed, landed at 2.00am+"

Pros: "The crew are friendly."
Cons: "Quite often arrived late, took too long for passengers to settle down."

Pros: "fast and on time"

Pros: "Good music Took off EARLY and landed EARLY"
Cons: "Sprayed the cabin with bug spray"

Cons: "I arrived 3AM at KKIA, expected boarding time is 5.30AM but check-in counters are not open until past 4AM. Already 4.30AM but there was still only 1 person at the counter. Not enough instructions for self-service but no one on the floor to assist people. Arrived at my gate 15mins before boarding time. At the gate, they put up both TPE and HKG boarding information which confused the passengers."

Cons: "Delayed flight"

Pros: "Good music"
Cons: "A passenger suffered a seizure and the crew didn't know what to do. It was chaotic. Also, the pilot did not alert the passenger of potential turbulence."

Pros: "Everything was great"
Cons: "The head stewardess pronounced a few words wrong"

Pros: "convenient flight times"
Cons: "i hated that there are no human beings in sight. i hate all the machines. i hate that you dont employ people. if you want to give jobs to machines then i what use are you? i would much rather pay more and be greeted by a friendly human face. you are all fools and i will seek other airlines in future"

Pros: "Missed flight because the Air Asia app could not process my boarding pass. Had to leave my arrival Terminal 1 to pass through Immigration to reach Terminal 2 because Air Asia has no counter in Yerminal 1. All this led to a time consuming exercise and missed counter check-in time. Terrible experience."

Cons: "Rough flight and landing, seemed like a rookie pilot was flying."

Cons: "Flight was DELAYED twice. AK called it re-schedule, but with only 2 hours prior notification, it's purely DELAY. Poor coordination with airport, gate changed without proper notification."

Cons: "No a ala carte food available due to insufficient staff, no towel for shower and i need to use my own towel and carry the wet towel on the way back to Singapore, no hot water for shower, staff sitting down there to chit chat and a cleaner was preparing my lousy latte. Worst Plaza Premium Lounge experience!"

Pros: "Getting off"
Cons: "No entertainment at all, sat on the back row the toilet smelt pretty bad and I had very little leg room, when the guy in front reclined his chair I had to stand up. Prices for food and drink were pretty good."

Pros: "First time I've flown with them. I was very impressed"
Cons: "I liked everything"

Pros: "Inexpensive flights. Book early to get the best deals."
Cons: "The announcement came almost every few minutes, which is annoying. Carrier will squeeze every penny out of you. Bring something on board to eat if a long flight."

Pros: "Cheap"
Cons: "Hot air-conditioning"

Pros: "Cabin Crew was great First time using the inflight entertainment Rokki. Great job Airasia."
Cons: "Ground check in crew at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (Azureen) was damn rude. I'm appalled with her customer service level. Rude and not helping at all. Worst Airport staff I've met so far."

Cons: "timing"

Cons: "The leg room is deplorable. My knees were continuously hitting the hard seat in front of me and going sideways wasn't even an option. I've never had this happen to me before. I'm a female and 5'9 and this is the least space I've ever had on a flight. So uncomfortable I can't imagine a long flight with this airline, which is good to know because now I will not use them for flying to Malaysia from NYC. Also both flights were delayed by nearly an hour each."

Pros: "Air Asia! Ground staffs are good service and helpful."

Pros: "On time"

Pros: "Turnaround is fast, efficient boarding."
Cons: "State of cabin may not be 100%, due to same fast turnaround."

Pros: "Early departure and landing one hour ahead of scheduled time"
Cons: "The check-in baggage came out one hour later the landing."

Cons: "The flight was delayed by more than 1 hour with all the passengers seated in the plane. They didn't need to board the passengers so early."

Pros: "On time flight. Pleasant attendants"

Cons: "It was my first time flying a LCC. OK, it is my fault for not knowing they charge much higher rate of extras for any add-ons you fail to include when you first book the flight. I get it. But why do they make it impossible to access "manage your flight" online to make necessary changes on return flight? And I got nowhere with the online chat box, s nowhere to turn.... Making such changes on Tiger Air was so much easier and intuitive. I'll never fly Air Asia if I can help it."

Pros: "Friendly staff."
Cons: "Ridiculous that you have to pay for water. No direction for boarding."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "The seats are so close together one had to sit with legs spread apart and fold out tray hit your chest when opened. Staff spend more time selling AirAsia paraphanila and duty free than attending customers. No water nothing is offered for free. One flight booked had one luggage Free and the next we paid 72americian for 1 small suitcase. No info provided on luggage when booking. Sneaky way to make money. Use Firefly Airlines for a great budget airline"

Cons: "I have flight from kualalumpur to Guangzhou ,there was no whight on tickets, I booked through Kayak web site , Only 15 kg per person is avaliable and for fees , At low fare , I have to pay twice my ticket price for I didnt book my whight before flight online ,. ? ? Flight was 4 hours to Gungzhou , no meals on board , not even a glass of water . You have to pay again on board for your food , and drinks , I feel like traviling in a low degree shattel bus , in a very very poor quality ."

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Bag fees not clear and totally unreasonable, no way to check in or check bags online unless you register with their nosy BIG Points. Late by 1.5 hours! Can't get ANYTHING to eat or drink without paying in local currency cash, not even water. Seats squished together and really uncomfortable. Baggage takes a long time to come out. Poor wayfinding at Kuala Lumpur Airport."

Pros: "All god no food"
Cons: "No food"

Pros: "The food"
Cons: "Took 2 hours to check in. They charged me $130 to check one bag. Flight was 2 hours delayed."

Cons: "Not many snack options for the short flight."

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