Review: Malaysia Airlines NEW Boeing 737-800 Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru

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Flight no.MH 1057
AircraftBoeing 737-800
Seat no.1A
CostMYR 499 (US$113)
Date of flightDecember 2022
Flight duration40 minutes

I took this short flight to re-qualify for Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold membership (oneworld Sapphire) during my 2022 year-end Mileage-Mattress run.

Malaysia Airlines had unveiled these new Domestic/Regional seats in July 2022.

How to fly in Malaysia Airlines B738 Business Class

Malaysia Airlines fly their narrow-body Boeing 737-800 aircrafts domestically and regionally.

Business Class seat map of the Business Class cabin in Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Image: Aerolopa)
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Pre-flight

Prior to take-off, I was offered a beverage of choice and a hot towel.

Pre-flight apple juice
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Hot towel

Malaysia Airlines NEW B738 Business Class

These modern-looking recliner seats are laid out in a 2-2 configuration, in a cabin with just 12 Business Class seats.

It is more than sufficient for my short 40-minute flight, easily beating the fake blocked-middle-seat “Business Class” seats that are adopted by most European airlines.

Business Class cabin
Seat controls
Universal power ports, USB-A and USB-C ports between the seats

Dining

Despite the ultra-short flight duration, I was served delicious, hot satay onboard. I had about 15 minutes to finish the meal, before the flight attendants started preparing the cabin for landing.

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Satay, nuts and chocolate

Airport lounge access

Flying in Malaysia Airlines Business Class domestically from Kuala Lumpur gets you entry into Malaysia Airlines Domestic Golden Lounge, a large domestic lounge with modern furnishing and made-to-order food.

Malaysia Airlines Domestic Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur Airport (read my review)

My ratings

This is how I am rating my Business Class experience (vs other airlines), considering the ultra-short flight duration:

Seat9/10
Bed
Dining9/10
Privacy7/10
Storage5/10
Service9/10
Cleanliness10/10
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Bottom line

Flying in Business Class for flights that are less than 1 hour long is always going to be an overkill but the overall experience lived up to my expectations.

The Johor Bahru-Kuala Lumpur route on Malaysia Airlines is convenient for Singapore-based travellers to use for oneworld mileage runs!

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