I headed down to Kuala Lumpur today, and easy flight at just over two hours long.  Tawn will join me Friday and we’ll spend the weekend here.  I took Air Asia for the flight, the “Southwest Airlines” of Southeast Asia.  I’m not a big fan of the airline: 29″ pitch is a bit tight for me (I’m 6′ tall) even if the flight is only a few hours.

But the price can’t be argued with: 4300 baht including taxes versus 6900 baht on Malaysia and 10000+ baht on THAI.  I don’t want to contribute to this race to the bottom by flying based on price alone, but a 50% premium isn’t justifiable for two or three more inches of leg room for two hours.

While I generally don’t find our new airport to be that attractive, I did find one angle from which is looks nice:

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It was a very humid day in Krungthep and while boarding, the air conditioned air was condensing inside the cabin, creating a fog-like effect that was really funny.  You felt like you were walking through clouds just to get to your seat!

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The picture doesn’t do it justice, though.  Please view the video below for the full effect.

While waiting to push back, an Aeroflot IL-96 pulled up alongside us.  Aeroflot is the remnant of the U.S.S.R.’s sole carrier and the IL-96 was the last Russian-built plane they added to their fleet.  In years since, they have bought aircraft from Boeing and Airbus.  The 96 is an interesting bird: not a very long fuselage but huge wings.  It is designed to fly long routes with medium passenger loads, although it not the most fuel-efficient plane out there.

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Arriving in KL at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal, I was struck by how much outdoor walking they have you do.  All covered walkways, but it was quite a hike to get to the terminal.   Along the way, beautiful views of the airplanes.  Of course, they are all Air Asia planes so it gets boring real fast.

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I’m staying at the Novotel in central KL, quite close to the Petronas Towers.  In fact, I can see one (vertical) half of one of the towers from my room.  I can’t wait to show Tawn!

The area nearby the hotel is quite a popular stretch.  Lots of outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes for cuisine from around the world.  Very nice, actually.  I don’t understand why Krungthep doesn’t have anything like this?  KL is very similar weather to Thailand, so that’s no excuse for not having outdoor seating.

 

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  1. The extra walking, is that only for the low cost carrier terminal???Man I haven’t been to KL in a long long time!Do I sense food pics coming up? :DHave fun in KL!

  2. Your video reminded me of my days flying on Thai, I do remember the extreme condensation on the airplane windows and ‘steam-like’ air blowing out from the vents, and it was especially cold during an early morning flight!Have a splendid time in KL! While staying at a hotel near the Petronas Towers, I always can’t help but keep staring at the twin base of the twin towers, they resemble a pair of giant robot legs! So cool!

  3. @yang1815 – Correct.  The Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (pretty much exclusively Air Asia) has this layout that means passengers walk a long way to the gate, outside under covered walkways.  That’s how they keep the costs low, I guess.

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