dimanche 27 septembre 2009

An Anthropologist on MH 020 from KLIA to Paris


I arrived early this morning at CDG Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris after a 12 hour 20 minute flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaisie. The flight was comfortable and good with pleasant service and variety of food. No wonder MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality.
An anthropological observation is in order.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200. It is fully booked. More than 90 per cent of the passengers were European, there was not a Single Indian among the passengers, and the number of Chinese passengers could be counted on your fingers. The captain was Chinese but almost all other cockpit crew and cabin staff were Malay, with a couple of Indians and Chinese thrown in.
The Economy Class was full as I mentioned, so was the Business/First Class. But the racial composition was different up front. Most of the passengers in this section were Malay, with a few Europeans and one Chinese who lugged a huge suitcase. The Malays were young and old, and none of them looked prosperous enough to afford the Business Class fare. Good Luck to them!
It is very obvious that Malaysia is being successfully promoted in Europe and especially in France as a holiday destination.
From now on, both Malaysian Airlines and Tourism Malaysia can count on yet another voice inviting Europeans to visit the beautiful Truly Asia country of the East.. Malaysia.. and that voice would be mine.