Malayan Airways was born in October 1937, a joint initiative of the Ocean Steamship Company of Liverpool, the Straits Steamship of Singapore and Imperial Airways. In 1947 the airline undertook its first commercial flight, transforming it from domestic carrier to the international airline it is today.
In 1963 the airline changed its name to Malaysian Airlines Limited and is today the flag carrier of Malaysia operating flights from its home base, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and its eastern hub in Kota Kinabalu. Malaysia Airlines operates flights throughout Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and on the Kangaroo Route between Europe and Australasia, in addition to transatlantic flights from Kuala Lumpur to Buenos Aires, via Cape Town.
The following information is correct as of July 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
How to Check In
Self-service check-in counters are available at the airport where passengers can check-in from 48 hours to no later than 60 minutes before departure without bags, and from 48 hours up to 90 minutes before departure with bags Counter check-in is available for all Malaysia Airlines flights. Passengers should take their travel documents to the dedicated counters in the airport to obtain their boarding pass, from 2 hours before departure for international flights and 1 hour for domestic flights. Online check-in begins from 24 hours prior to flight departure up to 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
First and Business Class passengers are entitled to two pieces of cabin baggage each, while Economy passengers are allowed one including a personal item such as handbag, laptop bag or children’s carry cot. Each piece must not weight more than the designated 7kg and must measure no more than 36cm x 56cm x 23cm. Passengers are allowed maximum of 2 pieces of checked baggage on any class of travel. The amount of checked baggage that you can take with you free of charge will vary according to the route, class of travel and the terms and conditions of ticket. It ranges from 15kg per bag for Economy passengers to 40kg each for Business Class travellers.
Seating on Malaysia Airlines is allocated, letting passengers choose their seats free of charge when making their booking online. Seats can be changed online at any point after the initial booking or can be requested at airport check-in. However, the choice of seating may be rather more limited by that time.
Service on Board
Malaysia Airline offers a 5 star service in the sky for both economy class and first class passengers. Passengers can dine like royalty in first and business class with hot meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on tap and snacks on demand all complemented by an excellent choice of movies, TV and radio programmes and games on personal screens. In economy class, younger passengers receive complimentary story books while adults can enjoy the gratis in-flight magazine. Leg room is more than generous, even in economy class while the usual in-flight duty free shopping is available.
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