What to expect when flying Malaysia Airlines Business Class

Breakfast tray in Malaysia Airlines Business Class with fruit and cereal.

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Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of flying with Malaysia Airlines on two separate trips – once from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in business class, and again from Bali to Manila via KL in economy class. And let me tell you I still think about the mouth-watering satay service.

A Business Class Malaysia Airlines airplane with a lot of people sitting in it.

On MH 149, a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, I settled into my seat and perused the inflight menu and amenity kit that were waiting for me at my seat. Before takeoff, the crew kindly offered me a hot towel and a choice of drinks – a lovely touch that set the tone for the rest of the flight.

A Malaysia Airlines Business Class menu placed on a white table.

Since it was a night flight, the airline offered a dine-anytime supper service followed by a complete breakfast offering.

Despite being seated in the very last row, I was pleasantly surprised when the crew started the service at my row just 10 minutes after takeoff. I decided to start with a refreshing sparkling water and a packet of nuts.

A bag of chips on a table.

My eyes were quickly drawn to the satay selection. I couldn’t resist trying a mix of chicken and beef. Satay, a classic Malaysian dish of grilled chicken or beef on skewers, is often difficult to replicate at 40,000 feet. Served with a spicy peanut sauce and sides of cucumber and onion, it’s a true delight that Malaysia Airlines manages to deliver with impressive authenticity.

A plate of food on a table with chopsticks in Malaysia Airlines Business Class.

The skewers were simply delicious – juicy, flavorful, and perfectly grilled.

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I also opted for the egg noodles, which looked promising on the menu but had me worried when I caught a whiff of instant noodles as soon as I opened the lid. The meal is basically instant noodles dressed with protein and vegetables by the crew. I ate some of the protein but hardly touched the rest of the dish and asked for something else to eat. (Most other options had run out!)

A tray with bowls and spoons on it in Malaysia Airlines Business Class.
Malaysia Airlines Business Class serving a bowl of food on a tray during the flight.
A tray of noodles with meat and vegetables in Malaysia Airlines Business Class.

Shortly after, I received a tray with some cheese and fruit, which was perfect. The dine-anytime menu has limited quantities of food items. If you’re particular about what to eat, I suggest asking the crew to put aside your choice.

A tray with cheese, crackers, and a drink in Malaysia Airlines Business Class.

I slept for a few hours and then enjoyed the breakfast service about 1.5 hours before landing. This time the crew began the service from row 1. Breakfast offered three choices, and I opted for the Nasi Lemak.

Passengers in Malaysia Airlines Business Class are sitting in the aisle of an airplane.

I received my tray containing fresh fruit, yogurt, and a fruit smoothie Not long after, I received the Nasi Lemak, which was delicious.

Breakfast tray in Malaysia Airlines Business Class with fruit and cereal.
In-flight meal in Malaysia Airlines Business Class: meat, rice, and boiled egg on white plate.

Of all the MH flights I have taken recently, the crew on this flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne was by far the loveliest and friendly. From the moment I stepped onboard, I was greeted with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. Throughout the flight, the cabin crew went above and beyond to ensure that each passenger was comfortable and well taken care of.

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