Monday, August 11, 2008
Taking the Airebus to KL
I absolutely refuse to take flights to KL, largely on the basis that it's a lot more stress-free on a contiguous bus ride with laptop power and a cellular connection instead, especially without constantly getting interrupted by stopping for security, waiting for the flight, getting on/off a taxi, etc. I was quite happy with Aeroline's coach service on my last trip, but this time I wanted to try out another one that I spotted a couple of months back: Airebus.
Similar to Aeroline, these guys featured big reclining seats with power outlets. Unlike Aeroline, these guys had VOD-screens, although the selection of rather dated content wasn't anything that I cared for. The tiny room temperature meal above wasn't exactly anything to get excited about either, but at least it was a step up from the Aeroline meal that I got last time. Still, I think I recall the condition of Aeroline's buses being a bit more solid, but maybe that was just due to my choice of Airebus' so-called "Business" class bus, whose city center drop-off locations were more fitting for my trip.
Anyway, just a few notes to myself if I decide to take these guys again. First, there was no waiting area at the DFS Scotts building as it hadn't even opened by the time the 8 AM bus arrived, so I just sat around on the steps outside. Secondly, the seat in the front left seat with the leg rest was roomy, but didn't recline flat, and was also exposed to some of the noise from the driver. Lastly, there was no bathroom on this bus (but there was one on the cheaper "Executive" class one, even if that went to a different drop-off point in KL).
Maybe I'll have a different experience on the ride back, but right now I'm torn between Aeroline and Airebus. Airebus's Business Class is better on paper and has better drop-off points for me, but I seem to recall having a smoother experience on Aeroline. At least today's ride was unbelievably punctual, leaving at 7:55 AM and getting in at exactly 1:00 PM, just as scheduled.
Digested at 1:29 PM
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