I’ll keep this short. My second travel of 2017 starts just day after tomorrow, so I really don’t have much time to write about unfortunately..
or maybe even not.. depends on how long this post becomes in the end 😉 Because I’m highlighting two important upcoming events of my travel life here! …oh and *fingers crossed* all goes well!
So firstly, I’m finally (and hopefully) flying to Malaysia on 26th February! I know, I know… I usually write about my travel plans in detailed posts here but the last two months have been so busy for me with my uni studies and work that I barely had time to post on my blog 🙁 And in fact, I still have so much to write about! For example, in January, I visited Jakarta in Indonesia – I’m yet to say a word on that here… plus so many other posts from previous travels and so on..
I’m trying to change that! I should really invest more time on my blog so hopefully, I’ll post more often 🙂
Back to Malaysia plan..
If I have to be honest, visiting Malaysia wasn’t in my plan at all this year. I was rather hoping to visit there sometime towards the end of 2018 or in 2019. So why did I fast-forward it to this year? Well, my original plan was to visit Bangkok in Thailand sometime in February/March. But the visa application system for Bangladeshi citizens at the Thai Embassy here in Berlin was so ridiculous that I gave up for now. Hopefully I will fly there in January 2018.
Instead I opted for Malaysia, one of the many countries on my list I wanted to visit since ages! I will definitely write a detailed post on how I planned this upcoming trip later! But for now, here is a summary of my Malaysian travel plan :
– 9-day trip from 26th February to 7th March 2017
– Flying with Qatar Airways after almost 9 years! And not only that, I’ll be able to fly on board their A350-900 aircraft for the first time (more on this below)!!
– Of course, first stop is Kuala Lumpur and that’s where I will be based most of the time. I plan to visit the city for 2-3 days but I also have other plans outside Kuala Lumpur.
– I’m doing a day trip to Cameron Highlands, which is perhaps what I’m most excited about on my Malaysia visit! From pictures, the Cameron Highlands look like a natural wonder and have got lot of breathtaking views of green mountains and tea plantations – can’t wait to see them with my own eyes! More on it later…
– Of course, a visit to KL’s neighboring cities Putrajaya and Shah Alam can’t go amiss! In addition, I planned to fly to Kuala Terengganu just for a day because I really want to visit the famous ‘Crystal Mosque’ – which is a mosque made up of glass, steel, and crystal – how cool is that!
– And last but not least, I’m looking forward to try some delicious local Malay food!
My First Flight on board the A350 XWB!
As av AvGeek, this is perhaps the part what I’m most excited about! At the beginning of this year, I had no idea (or even plan) that I would book a flight where I will be finally able to experience this modern, supposed-to-be-awesome aircraft! If you have been reading or following my blog, perhaps you noticed couple of months back I was excited about flying on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time; and after which I even wrote a report of my experience on board that fantastic plane!
Well, you can say Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide Body) is its main rival. Though I’m more of a Boeing fan, I do have a soft spot for this Airbus masterpiece. Because this is perhaps my only favorite Airbus aircraft so far 😉 Qatar Airways was the first to start commercial service on board this aircraft around 2 years ago (January 2015) so when I was looking for flights to Kuala Lumpur, I opted to book with Qatar Airways just to have this experience – even though I will be flying from Frankfurt, and not Hamburg!
The A350 XWB at a glance
So why I’m so excited to try this plane? As you may have noticed already, not only this aircraft is relatively new (and modern) out there, but it’s the level of comfort, design, and engineering which shapes up the A350. You will notice a lot of similarities between A350 and B787 when it comes to these things. Let’s have a quick look :
– Just like the B787, A350 is also made out of composite materials (mixture of aluminium, titanium, steel etc.), making the aircraft rather lightweight.
– A350 also has a noise-reducing, fuel-efficient engine, with some people claiming to be even ‘quieter’ than the B787 – have to wait to find that out 😉
– While B787 has curvy, raked wingtips, the A350’s wings feature a ‘blade-like’ wingtip, which actually looks pretty cool!
– XWB (Xtra Wide Body) gets its name from a wider fuselage than its predecessor A330 or A340. In fact, the body is even slightly wider than B787 so economy class seating in 3-3-3 configuration should be rather comfy inside!
– It offers more headroom, larger overhead storage bins, and wider panoramic windows than current Airbus models. Although the windows retain the traditional window shades, unlike B787’s electronic window dimmer.
– A350 offers 20% cabin humidity, which like the B787, also has a cabin pressure of an altitude at 6,000 ft (1,800 m), This in combination with an improved and filtered air-conditioning system should help passengers feel more comfortable, fresh, and less exhausted! I noticed this really on board the B787, so its time to prove this on the A350 as well 😉
– LED cabin lighting with mood lights give spectacular, colorful cabin at different stages of the flight. This helps to reduce jet-lag among the passengers.
– Last but not least, The B787’s distinctive feature is its nearly flexible, curvy wings and for A350? it’s the cockpit windows, which resemble as if the airplane is wearing shades 😎
To Wrap Up..
So I hope that clears up your ‘questions’ on why I’m so looking forward to flying on this aircraft soon! And I hope that it meets the expectations in reality. Of course, both the B787 and A350 are revolutionary aircraft, but I’ll have to compare it and see who actually ‘wins’ between the two 😉
Qatar Airways flies the A350-900 between Doha and Frankfurt daily. Frankfurt was in fact, the first route operated by Qatar’s A350! So that means I’ll be hopefully having the experience twice. In addition, I will be also able to check out Qatar’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Kuala Lumpur to Doha on my return leg! Although it is operated by the smallest variant of the 787, which is B787-8; that’s gonna be a first (I flew only on B787-9 so far)!
Whew! That actually turned out to be a longer post than I expected! But I hope you enjoyed reading this piece 🙂 And God willing, this will hopefully turn out to be another great experience overall, for both Malaysia, and the A350.