Hello and welcome to another trip report,
and good morning from Denpasar, Bali, in Indonesia. Today I’m checking out Malindo Airlines – it’s
leg 7 of 25 of my round the world tour. I’m looking forward to this
one; it’s an airline I’d never heard of before I’d booked it. Let’s go! My car dropped me at the airport quite early
which gave me a chance to appreciate the unique architecture here at Denpasar. The airport
combines traditional Balinese building with modern airport design, and the
result is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. My flight wasn’t until 1135, but luckily check
in opened quite early – three hours before departure. A separate business class line
means I’m soon checked in and ready to go, so it’s off to departures for me. The shopping section here in Bali is quite
something – there are some really high end shops here – well outside my budget! Malindo uses the T/G Lounge here for business
class, which is up on a mezzanine floor, away from the noise of the terminal. This is just a third party lounge but I was
quite impressed. The decor is light and informal, and there was a good selection of hot food
on offer. If you’re ever in the Far East, I can recommend sweetcorn soup,
which is tasty, and not too bad for you! There was even an
egg station. There was also some appetising looking cold food too, and a decent selection
of drinks. I was able to have a bite to eat in peace and quiet, accompanied
by a very quiet seatmate. The lounge wasn’t too busy and although there
was a bar area, it wasn’t manned, possibly because I visited this lounge in the morning. The T/G Lounge was a perfectly good place
to wait for my flight, and I headed off to departures with a good impression of it. Denpasar Airport international terminal is
arranged around one long corridor, so all the gates are easy to find. There’s Scoot pushing back – they’ll be featuring
in a video very soon on this world tour, and you’ll want to subscribe to find out how my
trip went. Let’s just say it was an interesting experience. Malindo’s name comes from the countries Malaysia,
and Indonesia, and represents international cooperation. They’re part of the same group
of companies as Lion Air, who you can see touching down here. Here’s our aircraft; a 737-800, just 3 and
a half years old. Garuda Indonesia operate some A330 aircraft
into Bali, and I’ll be sure to check them out next year. It’s time to board; now’s a good time to tell
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for the future. Malindo’s a premium airline and has a 2+2
configuration in business class. You might recognise these seats as being the same from another trip already
covered on this world tour… A blanket and pillow are waiting at my seat
and there’s no problem in fitting my maximum size cabin bag into the overhead bins. Legroom’s
really good – though you’ll want to watch the little obstruction here
– if you’re tall and want to stretch out. There’s also a pre-departure drink – such
a basic little thing that gets you introduced to the crew and the airline’s hospitality.
Note to European airlines: try doing this, it’s easy and cheap! I’m sad to be leaving Bali, which was every
bit as lovely as I’d hoped it would be – but let’s take a look at our route into Kuala
Lumpur. It’s 1,217 miles, and will take us 2 hours
and 40 minutes today, flying at 36,000 feet. The business class cabin isn’t full today and there’s
nobody except me in the last row. The seat controls are all manual but work perfectly
fine, and there’s also a manual foot rest which folds out from the seat. The TV is stowed in the armrest and is easy
to deploy. There’s a USB jack in the TV and also a power point under the seat. Lunch is served shortly after takeoff by the
crew – who were friendly and warm – and I was really surprised. This was a pretty cheap
flight and I Wasn’t expecting lunch to look as appetising as this. The tablecloth
is from Batik Air for some reason; they’re also a Lion Air Group airline. My biryani
is really fragrant; it looks great and tasted delicious; the rice was just right,
and not too dry. It comes with a delicate noodle salad, and the dessert is a vanilla
slice. I was really impressed with the quality of the food…I’ll get onto what
this trip cost me at the end of the video. There’s also a nice thick hot towel handed
out at the end of the meal. I get a lot of comments asking what they’re for. They’re
just there to clean your hands and face. The entertainment system is responsive and
features a selection of English language content – you’ll definitely find something you like
on a short flight like this. Malindo’s inflight magazine is kind of cute,
featuring some sort of wedding theme, and most articles are translated into English. This looks pretty sweet – a restaurant in
a retired 737 aircraft – I wish I had the time in Kuala Lumpur to check that out! There’s also a route map of course,
where I find out Malindo fly as far afield as Australia. Seat recline is good and I’m able to sleep
for an hour until the seatbelt signs come on and we’re descending into Kuala Lumpur. So, as you can tell, I really enjoyed my experience
with Malindo. They aren’t part of an airline alliance so forget earning or spending miles
with them if you use any mainstream miles program. However, Malindo
delivered everything promised with no problems and even a little bit of flair. I paid £105
for this one way flight – that’s about $135. You can still get very cheap fares;
I checked and they’d gone up a little. This flight’s now 2.4 million rupiah, which is
£129 or $168. I still think at that price you’re getting
a great deal, and I recommend checking Malindo out if you’re in South East Asia. And here I am safely on the ground in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. My first time here but I’m not leaving the airport; I’m connecting through
on Thai Airways 777 in business class, up to Bangkok tonight; a short hop
of about two hours on a widebody aircraft, which is always a novelty. That’ll be the
next video on this channel, let me know what you thought of Malindo Airlines in the
comments below, but until then, see you next time!