Flight Review – Malindo Air/Batik Air Malaysia OD1201: Subang Skypark to Johor Bahru by ATR 72-600

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Malindo Air is one of two airlines that flies the Subang – Johor Bahru route, and also one of two scheduled airlines that uses Subang Skypark. For this trip, I opted to head back using Malindo Air OD1201 as it’s been a long while since I’ve flew on a turboprop, and the fares were reasonable for a Sunday evening flight, giving me a bit more time in KL.

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After scanning my bags at the check-in entrance, the Malindo check-in counters are on the left.

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All check-in counters are for all flights, with one reserved for those on final call.

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The common check-in counter sign.

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Heading out of the check-in area after checking in.

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My boarding pass for my Malindo Air/Batik Air Malaysia OD1201 flight from Subang Skypark to Johor Bahru. This would be my first time flying Malindo’s ATR 72-600.

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Heading into the departures area.

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The security is a walk into the long lane, so well-wishers can also take this walk.

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The departure screen of Subang Skypark.

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Once done with security screening, I headed into the Bank Rakyat-SkyPark Domestic Departure Hall. Seems like everything can be sold with naming rights nowadays.

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The Bank Rakyat-SkyPark Domestic Departure Hall is laid out rather simply, but crowded.

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The departure screen changed after boarding announcements were made for my flight. Boarding was called about 20 minutes before departure.

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Boarding passes were checked and torn while in the queue.

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Heading out to the walkway after the gate.

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Unfortunately, there were no signs pointing out to the plane anymore, and everyone had to rely on the ground staff shouting “JB JB JB!!!” and “ALOR SETAR ALOR SETAR!!!” to get on the right plane on the noisy apron, just like Puduraya.

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Heading out to the apron to board my plane after following the JB JB JB announcement.

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9M-LMW will be taking me from Subang to JB.

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The boarding door for the ATR 72 is at the rear.

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Boarding my flight to JB.

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Heading to my seat in front from the back.

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My window seat at Seat 5D.

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The legroom on board Malindo Air’s ATR 72-600.

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The seat pocket is located at eye level.

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The view of the aircraft cabin from my seat.

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Bye bye Subang Skypark.

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Pushing back from the stand.

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Waiting for an incoming aircraft to head to the apron first.

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Taxiing out to the runway.

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Seems like the apron is split according to airlines too.

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Some planespotters at the end of the taxiway.

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Taking off from Runway 15 Shortened.

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The speed and climb rate of the ATR is a lot slower than a jet.

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Flying over the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).

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Flying over Federal Highway and the junction of the Port Klang Line and Skypark Line.

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The setting sun in the distance.

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Flying over the Proton Test Track at Shah Alam.

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Looking down at Port Klang.

The sun got very bright here, so I put my window shades down.

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The tray table of the ATR 72-600.

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The seat pocket is almost fully exposed when the tray table folds down. I guess that’s how you retrieve your small belongings.

A simple in-flight sales was conducted using a basket of snacks, though the take up rate was low to none on this short flight.

The on-board sales menu can be found here. A drink and snack combo goes for RM10.

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The sunset over the Malacca Strait.

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The engine of the ATR 72 just beside me.

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There is a single toilet at the rear of the aircraft, which is bigger than I had expected.

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Toilet tissues were tied up stylishly.

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The sink requires you to push down a plunger to open the drain hole once you’re done washing your hands.

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Descending into JB through the clouds.

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Heading back over land.

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Some new development coming up before Senai Airport.

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Touched down in Senai Airport at 7.08pm – 8 minutes delayed from schedule.

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With the short braking distance needed, the ATR simply turned into the taxiway to the apron after a taxi on the runway.

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Two Antonovs at Senai, hmm.

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Heading to a remote stand.

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Parked at Gate 6.

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Disembarking from the ATR 72.

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Heading down the aircraft steps.

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Thanks 9M-LMW.

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Cones were placed so that passengers do not walk under the wing.

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Ground crew removing check-in baggage from the hold.

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Walking in front of the aircraft to the terminal building.

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The Firefly FY1348 flight from Subang following 15 minutes behind based on schedule had just arrived too.

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Walking to the terminal building.

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Heading in to the baggage reclaim area.

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As I had no check-in bags with my low fare, I simply walked out of the area in less than 20 seconds.

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Back in the public area of Senai International Airport.

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As the next Causeway Link Senai Airport Shuttle Service AA1 bus was departing at 8pm, which requires me to wait 50 minutes, I simply got a Grab to JB Sentral.

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Heading out to the Pick-up and Drop-off Zone to catch my Grab to JB Sentral.

Overall, a simple and fuss-free flight with Malindo Air on this short domestic sector, though the highlight is more about flying on the ATR itself rather than getting to JB.

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