Trip Report: Australia (part 10) Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL

By the time we got to our gate and cleared security it was an unorganized mess of a “line” but I wasn’t in a hurry to board so whatever.  I just moved along with the herd and eventually made it on board.  To be honest I can’t remember if there was a separate jet bridge for business and economy.

We were perhaps a little more nervous for this flight considering the two unfortunate Malaysia flights in 2014.  MH370 vanished early in the year and MH017 which was shot down over Ukraine later in the year.  I booked this award flight just a few days before MH370 went missing.  I did have brief thoughts of changing our flight throughout the year but figured that is irrational.  But we were flying MH and we were flying in the dark and overnight and we would be lying if we said we weren’t thinking about it at some point before taking off.

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Getting ready to board our flight, MH0149

Once we got settled in we were offered some welcome beverages.  Most of the business class cabin was full.  I think there were only two empty seats out of 28 total.  There were also about four children in the cabin and one was Continue reading

Trip Report: Australia (part 9) Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL

After our taxi ride to the airport we just went immediately to our gate and was planning to skip the lounge altogether.  When we got to the gate it wasn’t open yet.  They open the gates 1 hour before departure.  The gate also required us to go through another security screening.  I will say the security screenings at KUL seemed very weak and relaxed.  We decided to try to find the lounge at this point and we ended up wandering around for quite a bit! We eventually found the Malaysia Air Golden Lounge which is located on the second floor.

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Malaysian Airlines Golden Lounge exterior

There was a small line to checkin to the lounge but it didn’t take more than 2-3 minutes.  The lounge was very large and very wide open.  I wasn’t expecting such a large lounge frankly.

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Malaysian Airlines Golden Lounge entrance and check in

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Malaysian Airlines Golden Lounge 

The lounge has tons of seating and a Continue reading