AirAsia X doesn't have business class – it's offiically called 'Premium Flatbed', and the bed slopes at angle to the floor – but it's still a cost-effective way for business travellers to fly to Kuala Lumpur and beyond.
AirAsia X offers Premium Flatbed checkin desks, with travellers allocated 40kg per person for checked luggage. Sports equipment requires paying an additional fee, which is cheaper if purchased online ahead of your flight.
The Premium cabin consists of two rows of six seats, laid across the cabin in a 2-2-2 configuration.
1D, being in the first row of two Premium rows, offered plenty of leg room – even stretching my legs right out wasn't enough to touch the galley wall in front.
Crew placed bottles of water at our seat, the same brand as economy class. Remember, it’s a low-cost airline so you won’t see any champagne, orange juice or newspaper coming your way.
Seated in the first of the two Premium rows, there is nowhere clearly visible to place my shoes, however the second row offers one compartment per person for this.
The control panel in my left armrest offers four different directions for my footrest, two directions for my headrest - both for manual adjustment of my seat, as well as three buttons for instant transformation of the seat into a recline, flatbed or upright. Over my right shoulder is my reading light.
After takeoff, the crew comes through to enquire whether I would like to have my meal now or in the morning.
Depending on your preference, you can either then be served a late dinner or a breakfast in the morning prior to landing.
Premium fares have a meal included, and as we’re on an 11pm departure from Kuala Lumpur, I opt for breakfast in the morning.
This arrived around 90 minutes prior to landing and while being the same food and service as what an Economy passenger would receive (served in a plastic container and eaten with plastic cutlery), it was surpsingly tasty: a nicely prepared egg omelette served with breakfast potatoes, a chicken sausage, grilled mushrooms, a small container of baked beans, another bottle of water and a small container of orange juice.
Entertainment & Service
AirAsia X offers Samsung Galaxy X tablets for rental, which are loaded with some of the latest movies, TV shows, music and games. This can be pre-booked and paid in advance for a discounted fee than what you will pay onboard. Stock is limited so to ensure you get one, book ahead. There is also an inflight magazine in the seat pocket.
The thing to remember about AirAsia X is that, like most else in life, you get what you pay for. But Premium Flatbed is comfortable, reasonably spacious and a significantly more cost-effective way of travelling when your budget doesn't stretch as far as flying with a 'full service' airline.
Matt Lennon travelled as a guest of AirAsia X.
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