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Malindo Air
Overall score based on 148 reviews
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.5
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.8
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Very smooth and easy process boarding and taking off"
Cons: "No entertainment"

Cons: "delayed landing because of chinese reasons"

Cons: "delayed 2 times."

Pros: "A nice experience overall. Flight was quiet so plenty of personal space."

Pros: "Everything went smoothly from check in to arrival. Bags were delivered timely. Flights were on time."
Cons: "No entertainment options. Little to no food service."

Pros: "The crew are ok. They should find jobs with other, better airlines."
Cons: "Flight delayed on both legs. Delay management horrible, call centre was worse."

Pros: "Average flight"
Cons: "Changed the time of my flight early by more than 2 hours, with no communication. I therefore missed the flight. I was informed there was a flight that evening but they refused to move me as I had booked through an agent. Waited more than 6 hoursnin the airport for next flight and was offered only a meal voucher worth £4. Later flight was delayed, resulting in me missing my friends pre wedding henna party and arriving more than 8 hours late. Not a single apology given!"

Pros: "Except for a 1-hour delay, overall the flight was good, smooth and enjoyable. Loved the inflight meal. For the price we paid we got meal and 30kg baggage allowance, we thought that was just value for money. And they departed from KLIA and not klia2 which is more convenient."
Cons: "Flight wasn't on time to and from HKG."

Pros: "The staff were very kind, the seat had a great amount of leg room."
Cons: "There was no alcohol on the flight."

Pros: "Getting out of the plane"
Cons: "getting in the plane. No working tablet. Poor food."

Pros: "Crews are nice."
Cons: "Seems like Malindo is starting to degrading the service quality. The flight I took before: they change the airplane to batik which was worse with no entertainment, smaller seat pitch, etc. I book Malindo for a reason and paid for what expected using Malindo!! If they had to change the plane they should've given better one or given back compensation to passengers! Now this flight, they didn't activate the entertainment till way later and turned off way too early. They didn't give any earphone as supposed to. Malindo's service has become bad."

Cons: "The airline"

Pros: "The service is good in general."
Cons: "The boarding process could be improved."

Cons: "The flight was over 5 hours delayed and they offered no compensation or extra meal."

Cons: "Cramped seats"

Pros: "Leg space and good arm rest"
Cons: "No in flight entertainment (movies)"

Pros: "The seats are more comfortable compared to the other budget airlines."
Cons: "The crew doesn't smile most of the time, sometimes they sound like ordering when they request something. The movies selection is either old, or mostly Indian movies."

Pros: "I have flown Malindo before and I have been happy about tbeir customer service."

Pros: "In flight meal."
Cons: "Got told luggage would go straight to bali from origin in Nepal. Waited at baggage check in jarkata just in case. Sure enough, our baggage comes out. Transfer to domestic terminal was almost impossible since we were given no information and our flight number changed completely. All of a sudden it was batik air not malindo, which has a completey different terminal. Will not be travelling with malindo again."

Pros: "Check in and boarding we're both quick and easy. There were unsold exit row seats on our flight and the flight attendants lets us change seats. The in flight meals were quite tasty."
Cons: "The beverage options were limited and mostly consisted of different flavors of fruit soda. The flight attendants sprayed the cabin with a strange aerosol before landing. Trash was not collected during the flight."

Pros: "Check in and boarding we're both quick and easy. There were unsold exit row seats on our flight and the flight attendants lets us change seats. The in flight meals were quite tasty."
Cons: "The beverage options were limited and mostly consisted of different flavors of fruit soda. The flight attendants sprayed the cabin with a strange aerosol before landing. Trash was not collected during the flight."

Pros: "Service and comfort with blanket, and entertainment movies."
Cons: "Luggage collection rather late in Bali."

Pros: "Same as previous, no fuss."

Pros: "No fuss, well organised."

Pros: "Very dissapointed, both flights scheduled by Malindo Air was rescheduled, first one moved for next day unbeliavable!!!"
Cons: "Very dissapointed, both flights scheduled by Malindo Air was rescheduled, first one moved for next day unbeliavable!!!"

Pros: "Ease of booking and 30kg baggage allow all included in quoted flight cost"
Cons: "Food quality appears to be falling down in variety and quality"

Pros: "Good service and good plane."

Pros: "food, service"
Cons: "nobody replaced the toilet paper in the bathrooms, when it was finished. Checking in started later than normal."

Pros: "You can check-in luggage for free. Not like Airasia"
Cons: "Delays, of course."

Pros: "The best thing is the free luggage allowance of 30kg each. They had some snacks and entertainment as well."

Pros: "I was very impressed given it is a budget airline."

Pros: "somewhere between a budget airline and a premium service. For the excellent price i was excitement pleases with the service and comfort. Would definitely fly with malindo again."
Cons: "my expectations were more than met."

Pros: "Love the width of the seat, the free 30kg luggage allowance and food. All provided without extra cost."

Pros: "Malindo Air impressed me above and beyond with their services, from start to finish! I don't think I've had a better experience with an airline before - keep up the amazing work Malindo!"

Pros: "Read trip advisor Will never use them again They will have an accident and it will be their fault"

Pros: "something"
Cons: "something"

Pros: "Comfortable and modern plane with good services and good communication. We had a minor delay due to poor weather but pilot and staff communicated the situation well and took safety precautions. Good entertainment options and food."

Pros: "The plane was quite new, very modern, and well equipped with entertainment features. Services were good and all staff spoke English. Good amount of leg room in the economy seats as well."

Cons: "There are small snack & water given previously, but now only water."

Cons: "Terrible call centre. No reply on the list luggage phone number. Absolutely terrible service"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight had a new schedule without prior notice We're unable to take this flight. Did not get any refund"

Pros: "Proactively checking the boarding pass to shorten que of the boarding process."
Cons: "Delayed"

Cons: "Cabin very hot. Aircond broken??"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Evrything"

Pros: "Pretty on time"

Pros: "Good legroom and friendly crew"
Cons: "They said that they provided best quality beverages (they gave example as Starbucks), but just mineral water coming out"

Pros: "Every thing in the flight was excellent."
Cons: "Except at the airport service at Kuala Lumpur.You have to make sure to announce , when you change the gate."

Pros: "Boarding process was great, who went in first just as supposed to be so minimizing crowded in the cabin alley."
Cons: "No on-flight meal available to purchase. It's lunch time and the airline expected everyone had lunch before?!? 15 minute delay, understandable. Seat pocket was not cleaned, someone spilled chocolate drink before and the cleaning service missed to do the job."

Pros: "It was on time there was plenty of space for carry-ons"
Cons: "The staff yelled at passengers and at two points hig me (hard) in the head with luggage and an elbow)"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "No delays"

Cons: "Flight delayed."

Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "N"

Pros: "Scoot in silence"

Pros: "Flight was short"
Cons: "Seats are very tight if you are over 5’6"

Pros: "Amazig Airplane"

Pros: "Crew were good"
Cons: "Flight was late."

Cons: "Flight with Scoot are not very well organized. for as large a fleet and number of flight locally should be better. no onboard entertainment nor refreshments. Staff not very personable either."

Pros: "GREAT CREW AS ALWAYS THE SEAT WAS COMFORTABLE AS ALWAYS."
Cons: "FOOD WAS ORDINARY NOT WHAT I ORDERED, MY NEIGHBOR IN THE CHAIR OPPOSITE HAD WHAT I WANTED AND IT LOOKED DELICIOUS"

Pros: "Friendly crew. Toilets kept clean. Nice ambience with the cabin lighting."
Cons: "My seat had a broken recliner button. Seat would recline but not stay reclined. If I sat up, seat would come up with me."

Cons: "I need wheelchair but your crew an Indian Lady I think in the check -in counter did not give me wheelchair from Singapore. She said but in Mla she assigned wheel chair but when in Manila they said Scoot did not assigned wheelchair inmy ticket. I hate you Scoot and I will never take scoot again in any of my up coming trips"

Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "Overpriced drinks and snacks"

Pros: "Head rest not comfortable. Short distance okay not long one."
Cons: "Plane is old i think. Take off and landing time plane some shaky and sound not pleasant."

Pros: "Extremely rude."
Cons: "I got sick on the flight from some food poisoning and the crew acted put out when I asked for some water."

Pros: "Clean"
Cons: "I am not sure why they were delayed."

Pros: "The Business Class bed was nice"
Cons: "The whole experience was terrible. Scoot decided to - delay flight by 45 minutes without telling me. I discovered this by checking myself - chartered a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 and then reduced then quality of every Business Class service (no entertainment system videos or music, no alcohol or soft drinks - only water, only Economy class food. There was no apology from Scoot (who are a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) and none from Singapore Airlines. There was no suggestion of any refunds or other compensation. Truly a disgrace. I will never fly on either Singapore Airlines or Scoot airline again. I am seeking further compensation through Australian Fair Trading and through Class Action Lawyers (as this impacted every passenger on this flight, not just Business Class)"

Cons: "You can choose your seat but when you pay you can choose a seat and I don’t like this"

Pros: "There is nothing to say this is a no frills airline and that is what you get. Departure was on time and arrival was also on time. Food on any airline isn’t good at least on airline i fly. The important thing is getting there safely and this airline company does that."

Pros: "It was a good flight"
Cons: "The long delay......"

Pros: "Organised well. Clean plane. Excellnt comms from pilot and staff presented well."
Cons: "Could not recline chair"

Pros: "Overall it was a good flight."
Cons: "No offer to book my seat assignment during the booking process. A kiosk check-in would be a nice addition."

Pros: "The Staff were friendly and efficient, considering the flight time being very short. The Flight Crew got us to our destination 10 mins ahead of schedule, considering also that we were 15 mins behind sitting on the runway for take off, which in effect meant they made up 25 mins. Fantastic job. The Aircraft was clean and well maintained. The seats were comfortable in economy for me, but unfortunately my Husband being a larger tall man was cramped and didn’t have a lot of room to move."
Cons: "As the flight was very short the choice of food was limited and the selection was not good, as the choice I required ran out at the first two rows, which were not occupied by many passengers at all. A very light passenger load. The pricing was a little high for the snacks and tiny bottles of water."

Cons: "I didn't realise I was going to be in such a poor airline after booking through the Singapore Airlines website. There was hardly any space, food options were limited, there was no entertainment, they even charged for water! Equal worst airline with jetstar"

Pros: "boarding is thru gate and not tarmac"
Cons: "food are expensive."

Pros: "on time and departed early"
Cons: "none. is budget airline"

Pros: "great check in staff fast boarding comfortable temperature in cabin very good crew"
Cons: "n/a"

Pros: "Nice aircraft, on time departure and arrival"
Cons: "reclining seats only in business class, not lay flat. pay for everything except the bathroom"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight crew’s attitude. The fact that there was no overhead space and the crew didn’t Check additional bags. Had to stove the bags u def the seat and there was no room to stretch my legs. The flight crew had the most pathetic attitude and was rude beyond imagination."

Pros: "Singapore to Hanoi flight."
Cons: "Boarding is thru T2 airport bus which brings all passengers to Flyskoot plane parked somewhere. Not good for those with strollers. Will avoid Flyskoot if going to Hanoi."

Cons: "We were given just one very small water about 150ml and told we have to pay if we need more water. Restriction on providing drinking water in Business class seems unfair. Please reconsider"

Pros: "i did not see any entertainment."

Cons: "The process to check and pay for a bag at the airport was ridiculous. We waited in line to check the bag, found out that since we hadn't paid for it ahead of time, we could get the bag checked but would need to go stand in a new line to pay for it and could not have the bag tag until this was done. Then the new line only had one agent working all of the people who needed to pay for their bags. When we got to the front, we were asked to pay the bag fee with a credit card and the processing fee in cash. Since we were only connecting in Singapore, of course we did not have cash. She could not process the charge, walked us over to a new desk and a new line where they processed the bag charge without the cash fee (how this wasn't done initially, I have no idea) and finally, we were finished with the check in process an hour later."

Cons: "Temperature in cabin too warm on outgoing flight"

Pros: "Being a budget airline, you really get what you pay for. Seats do not recline. Minimum legroom. I was thankful that it was only a 1-hour flight"
Cons: "Stiff, uncomfortable seats without controls. Just adequate legroom for a 5’3” person"

Cons: "It was moving a lot!!! :\"

Pros: "check in - fast via machine. boarding - organized. crew helped out with baggage. flight - took off on time after short taxi and landed early"
Cons: "equipment could use refurbishment"

Pros: "Boarding"
Cons: "Confort"

Pros: "Flight to Manila from Singapore was an easy 3 hour flight. There were no delays and the aircraft was clean."

Pros: "The cost was cheap"
Cons: "There wasn't much room for someone who is 6'4''"

Pros: "Crew was cordial, helpful and patient."
Cons: "There was absolutely no complimentary service at all, a bit unusual compared to flights we've taken in the past (domestic and international). No offer of free water, what's up with that?!?! There was no entertainment on board for an overnight flight, no blanket, no pillow."

Cons: "They lied about baggage costs My flight on scoot from blr to Singapore was 2 hrs delayed and no reason"

Cons: "This was a return flight I was taking. But even though I paid for a bag when booking, Kayak only booked the bag on the flight over. It there for cost me $48 to book the bag on at the airport one way back. For some reason when I was paying they could not take for the full amount on my CC and so I had to go change money as $8 had to be paid cash (very strange). The flight was very uncomfortable. I could go into detail but now I’m just ranting. Not happy. Won’t be doing that again."

Cons: "I had lost my luggage from Singapore to Maldives’s airport"

Pros: "Scoot Business is excellent value for money. 35 seats at the front of a Dreamliner with comfortable seats and some recline. The flight took off on time and landed in Sydney on time. I will go again."
Cons: "Not much really. It does not compare with Business on the national carriers but at half the price what do you expect?"

Pros: "Boarding was quick and plane embarked on time. ScootBiz seats pretty comfortable although don’t seem to recline much more than economy. Overall good flight though."

Pros: "On time. Service on board simple. Crews are friendly"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The manager at the ticket office harassed my friend about his VISA- wasted 2 hours of our time saying his visa was not valid when it was. Then she finally gave him a boarding pass. As we hit the gate, she chased us down to yet again, say he couldn't board because of the same reason. She told him when he got back to Hyderabad that he would be charged as a criminal & be held in a cell all alone without a way to commicate to others. It was absolutely absurd!! We made it back to Hyderabad and like we knew the whole time, his VISA was fine."

Pros: "The flight was cheap and the plane itself (B787) is a new plane and the lower pressurised altitude is very nice."
Cons: "I didn't like being told off by one of the flght attendants for eating my own food on the flight. If Scoot's food was more reasonably priced I would buy it, but it is overpriced and therefore I need to bring my own. The seats are uncomfortable for sleeping in. The cabin temperature was a bit cold and with no blanket supplied this made it hard to sleep. Even though you are flying between two tropical destinations, I would recommend bringing a jumper."

Pros: "Scoot upgraded to a bigger plane, and as a result had more empty seats"
Cons: "flight was delayed by almost 2 hours due to operational problems. despite that, there were still passengers who were late to board, causing more delays. no apologies from Scoot. plans were derailed."

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