... the nightmare starts instantly when ...
...I sat down!
I am rather tall at 5'9". On my way out to KL, I have a small bag with my big D3 camera. The first thing I noticed was that the bag can't go through the leg room. When I was seated, my knee was touching the seat in front. So I ended up putting my camera bag on my lap. But the space is so small that I felt like suffocating.
Note the following:
- Once you are seated, you cannot move out of your seat anymore without everyone in the row standing up because the leg space is only about 8 inches.
- You cannot put anything on the floor or on your lap as the space simply doesn't allow. Otherwise the journey will be miserable.
- My buttock ache due to a lack of blood circulation as the seat is so bad - hard and stiff
- Literally, I can't move after I was seated.
The last time when I took a bus from Kuching to Miri, I swear that I will never take another bus unless the leg room is made bigger. They have since changed. So for Air Asia, I will never get in that plane unless the ticket is really cheap. I don't mind paying more for more comfort and better chair.
So my vote for the worse airline is the Sardine Can Air Asia. Now I understand why the boss of Air Asia collapse at the LCCT after taking his own plane.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the pilot of the outward trip was so bad that the plane was not stable at all and I felt so giddy which I have never experienced in their competitor's plane, especially on a good weather.
I just came back from Kuching a few minutes ago. The leg room on MAS 737 is 12 inches and that on Air Asia is only 8 inches. It is true that all airlines have small leg room but Air Asia has to be the winner at 8 inches.
It is also true that larger MAS Airbus from Kuching to KL are also more spacious. Whatever it is, I hope that the London-KL sector has bigger leg room. Otherwise, Air Asia will be the last choice. Oh, unless it is very cheap and I can get the hot seat!
Having said all these, we have to vote Air Asia for "value-for-money". Like many comments here, it allows many to travel and also forces MAS to lower the fare. It is good for the consumer!