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transiting via KLIA late at night


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large_1840343_14225100267300.jpgKLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) is a huge airport with two terminals. The first terminal is for the full service carriers such as Malaysia Airlines, and Terminal 2 is for the low cost carriers like AirAsia. This is my second trip transiting the new KLIA in less than three months, although I was first at KLIA way back in 2001.

The flight from Manila docked at a portion where the narrowbody planes were located, far away from where the big ones like the Airbus A380 were docked. So we had to transfer via driverless train. As we had only two hours for the connection, there was not much to be done except ensure that we were in the area of the boarding gate before we get called to board.

The boarding gates were at split level as these serviced the two decker A380.large_1840343_14225100267198.jpg As I had reserved for seats in the upper deck of economy, we had a smaller but more interesting common lounge area. At least you wouldn't have to jostle for space with 490+ other passengers.

While the A380 can seat way over 600 passengers easily, this seat layout of Malaysia Airlines came in at only 494 passengers. Which meant that us on the upper deck of economy were seated 8 abreast whereas those on the main deck were 10 abreast. There was a nice storage area on the passenger window side which could easily accomodate a bag or small backpack. Sometimes there would even be two bins, provided your seat straddles both. Way more comfortable for economy class than on any other airline ... hence the A380 is now my favorite passenger airliner (prior to this it was the Boeing 747-400 on upper deck). The legroom was fairly generous (32" pitch) but the recline still limited (about 6" only). Still I am not complaining, it's my first ride on this enormous jumbo jet.

What is nice about this plane is that there is a camera mounted at the tail which feeds actual takeoff and landing video as it happens. If we can't have the view of the pilots, then this will suffice.

I look forward to flying more of the A380 but sadly as of late 2015 Malaysia Airlines will start selling off their A380 fleet as part of their restructuring. So I am still grateful that I got to ride my first long haul flight for 2015 in the A380, the new queen of the skies.

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