When I was younger and watched the movie “Titanic”, I thought, how elegant it is to be part of a maiden voyage, but of course, I wouldn’t want to be part of a sinking ship. 😉
This time around, fortunately, I was part of a maiden flight of Zest Air to Kuala Lumpur last May 10, 2013. The same day that Zest Air also launched their two new flights, one going to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and another local flight going to Bacolod.
Like any international flights, I had to check in as early as 4am or hours before the actual flight at 6:45am.
The only difference of this flight is that, there was a special breakfast offered by Zest Air to grace the occasion and a special photo opportunity with the first crew and wall signing for the inauguration of the flights.
And of course, I wouldn’t take this for granted, as I would be part of the FIRST few passengers of Zest Air’s first flight to Kuala Lumpur.
I was part of a bloggers’ delegation to Kuala Lumpur to familiarize ourselves in KL – tagged as #TeamKuala.
I was excited to go to Kuala Lumpur at the same time anxious since it was my first time to fly via Zest Air, considering it is an international flight with an estimated more than three hours of travel (3hrs and 25mins to be exact).
We boarded Flight Z2948 at past 6am (around 6:30am, I think)
The usual pre-flight briefing were done to familiarize passengers of the safety of the aircraft which is an Airbus 320.
Gladly, the take-off was smooth. Even a fellow blogger Azrael, who fell asleep before we took off, did not realize that we are on air already. Hehehehe.
And my anxiousness for a first-time flyer of Zest Air entirely banished. With many experiences travelling via air, I am very particular on how pilots managed to take-off and land. It is a showing of how they were trained. If the take-off and landing (in good weather) is a bit shaky and off, I feel quite disturb and would never fly the same carrier again. But for Zest Air, both the take-off and landing were great.
We flew more than 30,000 feet.
During flight, we were treated to a special snack (tuna sandwich and soda) courtesy of Zest Air, probably due to their maiden flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Our flight arrived at LCCT (Low-Cost Carrier Terminal) at 10:25am in Malaysia after more than three hours of travel.
While the flight bound to Kota Kinabalu (flight Z2501) left Manila at 9:35am with another set of travel bloggers led by celebrity singer and songwriter Jim Paredes are off to appreciate Kota.
In an official statement, Butch Rodriguez, SVP for Zest Air Commercial and External Affairs, said that Zest Air’s launching of three new routes affirms their commitment to serving passengers across the region with great value and refreshing travel experience.
Zest Air’s daily service to Kuala Lumpur provides accessibility to the famous Petronas Twin Towers, multitude of shops, theme parks and art galleries. Those who are looking for some adrenaline rush may explore Kota Kinabalu’s lush jungles, wildlife and other natural wonders.
Mount Kinabalu, known to be one of the most accessible mountains in the world and the highest peak in South East Asia, is popular among hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts. Zest Air flies to Kota Kinabalu every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
According to Fazdila Mansor, Director of Tourism Malaysia Manila, there were about 508,744 Filipino tourists who visited Malaysia or a 40.5% growth rate compared to previous year. And with Zest Air’s flights going to Malaysia, they are hopeful that this would increase visits of Filipinos going to Malaysia.
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