Some people thought I was crazy… I had chosen to fly with Malaysia Airlines (MA), just a year after two of the most publicised modern day air disasters. The disasters of MH17 (shot down over the Ukraine-Russia border) and MH370 (disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean) are two of the most significant events of 2014 and have involved numerous countries to cooperate and unite across the world. MA is the national carrier of Malaysia and is one of Asia’s largest. On a daily basis they serve 40,000 guests on 330 flights to more than 50 destinations. This isn’t an airline that mucks around with its safety.
When I booked my flights to Scotland, I didn’t even make the connection of my mega cheap flights and the two air disasters. It wasn’t until someone made a comment to me a couple of weeks later (when they were looking at my flight itinerary). If I told you I wasn’t nervous than I would be lying. I mean, what was the chance of a third air disaster happening?
I had a lot of flights ahead of me (Canberra – Melbourne – Kuala Lumpur – London – Edinburgh – Stornoway) and my very first flight was delayed. This meant that I was running late for my MA flight (Melbourne – KL – London). After sprinting through the airport with them calling my name over the loud speakers (the shame…), I arrived at the front counter. I was apologising profusely and thought that this may be the start of my bad luck. How wrong I was….
As I was watching everyone start to board, I realised how empty the flight from Melbourne to KL was. The flight was barely half full. I was excited though – I got an entire row (4 chairs) to myself! Booyah! Call me a princess but I was a bit disappointed that my (entirely empty) row was right next to the kitchen. I thought that the light from the kitchen would constantly disturb my slumber but next second, a stewardess walked out and gave me ear plugs and an eye mask. Bliss.
I was feeling pretty content with myself as I created a mini pillow fort so I can chow down on some snacks and watch some movies. By the way, the airplane food was delicious, that’s right, I said the airplane food was delicious and I stand by that. Or I could have only have had bad food on previous flights. Regardless, I was surprised and enjoyed it.
On my return flights home (London – KL – Melbourne) I had pretty much the exact same vacant flight except I only had two seats to myself (I know, I have no idea how I survived that….).A lot less comfortable but still better than one squishy seat between two random people.
Unfortunately, according to the Business Insider, since the loss of both aircrafts, bookings have dropped by 33% (weekly basis) and they have posted a $97.2million loss in the April – June quarter. MA was already declining and was struggling to stay competitive but since MH370 and MH17 they are in dire financial straits. I guess the point of this blog was to remind people that I enjoyed flying with MA. I know mine is only a personal account but do you not prefer to hear from word of mouth? Morale of the story, just don’t rule out flying with MA.