Many people worry if flying in Asia is safe, and to be honest for the amount of flights we take, I can still be a bit of a nervous nellie in the sky.
But my nerves don't stop us of course, and since we are always on the lookout for the cheapest flights in Asia we fly anyone and everyone as long as the price is right and we zoom around this incredible continent.
And do you know what? We’ve not had a bad flight in the whole year we’ve been here.
We've taken more than 40 flights each and we’ve felt fab on all of them.
So, here are our fave airlines in Asia. There's 15 now I've added VietJet!
We’ve flown all of them. They’ve all been great.
Hope to see you here in Asia soon!
We love Thai. They’re super safe, super friendly and look after children so kindly. We’ve flown Thai both domestically and internationally and you can read our review here.
Thai Smile is Thai Airways' regional airline and we have flown them a lot between Bangkok and Chiang Mai - the flights are around $20 each if you can grab them enough in advance or on sale. You get a meal and a drink and we felt safe and relaxed one every flight.
We’ve flown Cebu Pacific around the Philippines and from Manila to Taipei, and from Manila to Siem Reap. It’s a budget airline that is super fun, cares for its customers, plays pop music on boarding and disembarking, and runs quizzes where you can win prizes. So much fun, so safe, so easy to fly.
We’ve flown Air Asia a lot and I’ve always found them to be fine. Comfy black vinyl seats and standard efficiency, every flight is the same from the recorded welcome and safety instructions to the type of aircraft, music and seats. No surprises here.
We love Malaysian Airlines. We’ve flown them a lot in and out of Malaysian Borneo. They have shiny new aircraft, really caring staff and we’ve found them to be on time and the meals are pretty good too.
This airline has the cheapest flights we’ve found. We scored $10 AUD domestic flights around Malaysia and they’re friendly, on time and so easy to fly. I really loved flying with Firefly, we love Malaysia and it was nice to zoom around on their domestic carrier. We wrote a review here.
MASWings - MALAYSIAN BORNEO:
We love MASWings, we have flown them all around Malaysian Borneo and I always feel super safe even though they have a lots of props which usually makes me nervous. But on MASWings I love zooming around the storm clouds and coming into land at Mulu National Park. We do love this little goer and you can read our review here.
We flew Spring Airlines from Shanghai, China to Hong Kong. The flight was great and the staff were really really nice. They had a tough time cause we were stuck on the tarmac for two hours waiting for the smog over Beijing to clear. They were so kind and brought everyone water and did they best to keep us up to date. My suggestion for flying out of Beijing is to book a fight that leaves later in the day so hopefully the smog has cleared for the day and you wont face delays.
Super efficient, punctual and fast, this airline is all about cheap prices and running on time. We flew from Hong Kong to to Danang in January 2017 (just a few weeks ago) with Hong Kong Express and it was all good.
We flew from Kuala Lumpur to Bali, Indonesia with Malindo Air. For a budget airline it was super awesome - we had entertainment systems plus a meal for a super cheap price AND a checked bag was included in the ticket.
This airline is fabulous. They’re on time, efficient- they give everyone a bottle of water and a snack and they gave us special chocolates on Tet, the lunar new year celebration. We’ve flown them domestically in Vietnam and to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
HONG KONG AIRLINES:
First of all, go my gosh I have never seen such big plane toilets. This A330 was the most impressive airplane I have ever seen…plus there was hardly anyone on it, we had rows to ourselves and did I mention the SIZE OF THE TOILETS???? I will have to give them their own blog post shortly.
I'm a bit annoyed at Jetstar at the moment. Even though they stick you with a fee for everything on top of the seat price I usually forgive them because of their Qantas connection, but last week coming back from Ho Chi Minh they had over-committed their airplanes apparently. So our 'Jetstar' flight was on a Vueling aircraft with a Vueling crew. If I'd wanted to fly Veuling I would have booked Vueling. That said, Vueling was really good and we have always had good flights with Jetstar in the past. They've just lost a lot of points with me for trust and reliability.
We liked Cathay Pacific, I flew them a bit many years ago and I've always liked them. We’ve flown with them from Sydney to Hong Kong return before we left on this trip and they were a great airline although they seem to have implemented a sneaky trick where they keep the seatbelt sign on for the first 90 minutes on long flights so passengers cant get up and roam around the cabin. But of course again its a super safe airline and we enjoyed it.
I flew VietJet from Dan Nag a few weeks ago to Ho Chi Minh and it was really great. They use Airbus planes which I love, were on time and gave us a snack and a water on the flight. We had western pilots too. Loved it! VietJet is often the cheapest of the bunch for flying around Vietnam and I have no problem snapping up those cheap flights.
So there you have it, one day I might get around to writing airline reviews on all the flights and airlines but until then I just hope this helps anyone worrying about flying these airlines - as our experiences from a safety and peace-of-mind point of view have been nothing but great.
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Evie & Emmie xo