Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330 Review

Malaysia AirlinesOneWorldBusiness Class Review

We recently flew Malaysia Airlines Business Class on their Airbus A330-300 from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur. With our flight departing at 11am local time, we had plenty of time in the morning to get to the airport and check-in.

The check-in experience was very seamless. Being in Business Class, we were able to use priority boarding, skipping the majority of the queue that was forming.

We have to give a special shout out to the service from our check in attendant. His service was outstanding, walking us through our connections all the way to Paris, while also asking if we wished to change any seats based on flight availability. We were also told our bags were being checked all the way through, even though we had an 18 hour stopover in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Airlines Gate for Boarding
Malaysia Airlines Gate for Boarding

Once we had checked in and cleared through customs, we headed to the Plaza Premium Lounge in Adelaide Airport, which is available to those travelling in Business Class, and less exclusively to any travellers who wish to purchase an entrance pass.

This is located to the right, just after customs and before you go through Duty Free. When entering the lounge we were told that we would be collected for our flight, and not to panic when other travellers left, due to two flights departing closely. This was a nice personal touch, You can read our full review of the lounge here.

Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330 Boarding Experience

The boarding for our flight was quick and easy, with priority travellers boarding after families. All travellers boarded through the front entrance of the aircraft, with Business Class located to the left once entering. We found it interesting that when turning left, we had to go through 3-4 rows of what we could assume was Premium Economy, before getting into the Business Class cabin. 

Boarding Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class
Boarding Malaysia Airlines Business Class

Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330 Cabin Layout

The cabin featured an alternating layout of 1-2-1 and 2-2-2. This meant some window seats offered a double seat, while some offered just one.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Cabin
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Cabin A330
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Cabin
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Cabin A330
Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330
Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330

This alternating layout allowed for good legroom throughout the cabin. We were seated in 6K, which was a single seat along the right hand window.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Seat A330 
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Cabin
A330 Malaysia Airlines Business Class Cabin
Malaysia Airlines A330 Screen & Leg Room
Malaysia Airlines A330 Screen & Leg Room

This was a preferred layout for us due to travelling by ourselves, not with a companion. It provides a good amount of privacy while also offering a good amount of surface space. If you’re travelling with someone, we would recommend booking a double window seat, or double middle aisle seat. 

Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330 Storage And Amenities

We found there to be amble space and storage on our Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300 flight. Once seated we found the seat controls to be located on the left, offering a full square pad to use when upright, along with a longer horizontal pad to use when lying down.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat Layout
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat Layout

The TV remote was also located to the left along with charging posts and a large storage compartment and a smaller tray onto of the compartment.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat Details
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat Details
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Remote
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Remote
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat Remote Control
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Seat Remote Control

To the right of us we had a large storage area which fitted our bedding nicely and a large armrest which proved handy to use like a desk, without having to get our tray table out. The footwell was reasonable and provided a good length of space (especially since we’re an almost 6ft!).

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Storage Compartment
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Storage Compartment
Seat Details Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class
Seat Details Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class

The screen was a decent size, but we did find it slightly clunky to use, with the touch screen being rather slow or not responding at all. The movie selection followed this suit, with not a large amount of new releases on offer. Below the entertainment screen where was more storage, that was a net like basket, something we can imagine would be good for smaller items such as cords or a phone.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Screen
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Screen

As for amenities, we were provided with noice cancelling headphones once in the air, along with an amenity kit by Aspinal of London. Inside the amenity kit was your usual Business Class offerings, including socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs, eye mask and Payot moisturiser, but a nice touch was also having some mouthwash.

Malaysia Airlines Aspinal Amenity Kit
Malaysia Airlines Aspinal Amenity Kit
Malaysia Airlines Aspinal Amenity Kit
Malaysia Airlines Aspinal Amenity Kit

Malaysia Airlines Dining Experience

As we boarded at 11am local time, we were served lunch on the flight, with a light snack prior to landing. Once we had boarded we were offered a pre-departure beverage, with a choice between orange juice, water and champagne. Naturally, we opted for the bubbles – when in Rome they say! Along with this we were also provided with a cold towel to wipe our hands.

Cold Towel And Take Off Bubbles
Cold Towel And Take Off Bubbles

Once in the air we were handed a menu to select our choice of meal for the flight. We were also offered a selection of drinks and some salted peanuts.

Complimentary Salted Nuts for Take Off
Complimentary Salted Nuts for Take Off
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Menu
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Menu
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Beverage Menu.
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Beverage Menu
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Menu.
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Menu
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Menu
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Menu

We opted for a black coffee and water for our drinks, and also picked the Beef Braised Short Ribs that came served with turmeric polenta, heirloom tomato, carrot, broccolini and natural jus.

Black Coffee and Water Malaysia Airlines Business Class
Black Coffee and Water Malaysia Airlines Business Class

Prior to the meal service beginning the flight attendants came round to set our table, lowering the tray table and setting it with a white cloth. We find this is always a nice touch in Business Class.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Dining
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class In Flight Dining Table Setting

To begin our meal service we were offered some traditional Malaysian satays, with the option of a combination of beef and chicken, or one or the other. They were also served with some salad on a stick and peanut sauce. We opted for a combination and they were absolutely delicious and packed a good amount of spice. A cold towel was provided again to wipe our hands.

Satay Skewers Appetiser Serving Trolley
Satay Skewers Appetiser Serving Trolley
Satay Skewers Appetiser
Satay Skewers Appetiser

Following our entree, we were served a tray with a mixed salad, bread roll and also our dessert for later. There was some Balsamic & Olive Oil Vinaigrette for the salad, while small shakers of salt and pepper were also available. These were really cute and a nice way fresher up what is usually just packets of salt and pepper. The salad was fresh yet the bread roll was slightly stale.

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Dining
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Dining
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Salt and Pepper Shakers

About 10 minutes after receiving our salad as a starter, we were served our main, being the Beef Braised Short Ribs. The ribs were slightly tough, but good for aeroplane food. The vegetables were cooked well and the polenta was a nice way to soak up the extra sauce.

Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330 Beef Braised Short Ribs Main Dish
Malaysia Airlines Business Class A330 Beef Braised Short Ribs Main Dish

The Chocolate Caramel Mousse with a side of caramelised apple compote was delicious and fluffy. A nice way to end a good meal considering it is aeroplane food. Overall, it was a pretty decent dining experience that we finished off with a coffee.

Later during our flight, we felt a bit peckish and decided to order off the Dine Anytime menu where we ordered the Selection of Cheese item – a small delicious cheese platter.

Cheese and Crackers Meal Malaysia Airlines
Cheese and Crackers Meal Malaysia Airlines

Overall Experience

The check-in process was smooth, with priority boarding facilitating easy access. The attentive service of the check-in attendant, who assisted with connections and baggage handling, added a personal touch to the experience. 

Upon entering the Plaza Premium Lounge, we appreciated the assistance in navigating the busy airport environment. Boarding was efficient, with a noticeable cabin layout featuring an alternating 1-2-1 and 2-2-2 configuration. 

The ample storage and amenities provided a comfortable environment, although the entertainment system was occasionally sluggish. The amenity kit by Aspinal of London contained standard essentials, complemented by noise-cancelling headphones. 

In-flight dining commenced with a pre-departure beverage and traditional Malaysian satays, followed by a well-presented main course and dessert. While the main course exhibited some toughness, the overall dining experience was satisfactory. 

Despite minor issues, the Malaysia Airlines Business Class offered a comfortable and enjoyable journey

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