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

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

Pre-flight apple juice
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


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.

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:

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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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