There have been more flight deals in recent years out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) due to the low prices coming out of Malaysia Airlines and the weak Ringgit that depressed yields. As such, Kuala Lumpur is perhaps the cheapest airport to fly out of in South-East Asia.
However the price differential for Economy and Business Class flights is getting lower such that it might not make sense to fly an additional journey to KUL to catch the flight. First Class though is a different ball game, and while playing with Google Flights, I chanced upon good deals flying on a combination of SWISS Air or Lufthansa for the long-haul journeys to several destinations in Europe.
Travellers seeking to try out First Class onboard Lufthansa or SWISS which I think are some of the best First Class cabins in the world, this is a good deal since a return fare is priced starting from $5,620 (~MYR24,000/S$7,620/C$6,910). Flights have to originate from Kuala Lumpur, and several destinations I found includes Zürich (ZRH), Brussels (BRU), Barcelona (BCN), Copenhagen (CPH), Geneva (GVA), Milan (MXP). I believe there might be several other European destinations.
Most of the flights are operated by SWISS, with the long haul flights out of Singapore (SIN), Bangkok (BKK) and Hong Kong (HKG) where SWISS uses their new 777-300ER with the new First Class suites. For what it’s worth SWISS have fares at around $4,500 a few years back between Bangkok and Europe. Thus it is more worth it if travellers can choose the flights out of Singapore or Hong Kong which usually retails for more. Not to mention, there are additional miles to be earned from flying out of Singapore or Hong Kong. Connecting flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and Hong Kong are also better via Singapore Airlines or Cathay Dragon on wide body jets. If connecting via Bangkok, flights are on Malaysia Airlines’ 737-800.
For the return flights, travellers could try out flying Lufthansa with the transit point being from Frankfurt. While I have yet to fly SWISS in First Class, I was impressed from their intra-Europe Business class flights. Transiting in Frankfurt when flying Lufthansa First Classflying Lufthansa First Class is amazing especially when you have a longer transit time to enjoy the First Class lounge. SWISS also has a new First Class lounge in Zurich which is a smaller and more efficient airport to transit from. With the ease of transit when travelling in First Class, I can wholeheartedly recommend flying up front with these prices especially since I see wide availability until Spring 2018.