Malindo Air

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Malindo Air
Malindo air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
OD MXD MALINDOEXPRESS
Commenced operations 22 March 2013
Hubs Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Secondary hubs Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Frequent-flyer program Malindo Miles
Fleet size 47
Destinations 43
Company slogan Smarter Way to Travel
Parent company
  • National Aerospace & Defense Industry (NADI)
  • PT Lion Group
Headquarters Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key people Chandran Ramamurthy (CEO)
Edward Sirait (President Director Lion Group)
Website www.malindoair.com
Oasis Ara Damansara, which houses the Malindo Air head office

Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd (doing business as Malindo Air) is a Malaysian [1] airline with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The name Malindo is derived from the names Malaysia and Indonesia, and signifies a cooperative pact between the two countries.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The entry of AirAsia from Malaysia in the home turf of Lion Air has encouraged the Indonesian airline to enter the Malaysian market with a subsidiary airline. AirAsia's subsidiary Indonesia AirAsia, in partnership with its parent firm, attempted to buy Indonesian carrier Batavia Air to gain a foothold in Indonesia, but the deal did not go through due to regulatory complications and Batavia Air ended up going bankrupt. The attempted deal resulted in a turf war between Lion Air, Indonesia's biggest low-cost carrier, and AirAsia, Asia's biggest low-cost carrier.

Mr Chandran Ramamurthy, personal assistant executive to the president director of Lion Air, has been appointed as CEO of Malindo Air. The airline's inaugural flights began operations on 22 March 2013.

For its jet routes, Malindo Air provides a personal TV (in-flight entertainment system) in every seat, light snacks and free meal, seat pitches of 32" and 45" for economy class and business class respectively, and free baggage allowances of 15 kg & 40 kg (for domestic flights) while 20 kg or 30 kg & 40 kg (for international flights).[4] Furthermore, Wi-Fi service will be available from June 2013 onwards.[5][6] The combination of the amenities, services and low cost fares puts Malindo Air in the category of hybrid airline.

The IFE is based on Panasonic eXLite with 9 inch touchscreens in Economy class and 11.1 inch touchscreens in Business Class, capable of gestures (swiping, scrolling). Full meals are served in Business class.

The airline also has expanded on a parallel turboprop service, focusing mainly on secondary routes within a 2-hour radius from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. Pioneer destinations include Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu, the flights have commenced in early June 2013.

In early 2017, the airline's parent company Lion Air is expected to re-brand Malindo Air to "Batik Malaysia" which will focus on international routes while Batik Air serves domestic routes in Indonesia. The re-branding exercise had been put on hold as it could be seen on the newly delivered B737-800 aircraft (9M-LNZ), which previously don Batik Air Malaysia logo,[7] replaced with Malindo logo instead.[8]

Recently, Malindo and Turkish Airlines has announced an interline agreement, in order to tap new markets as well as enable passengers to find connections easier when travelling between ASEAN and Europe.,[9] and recently, Qatar Airways also became their interline partner as well.[10]

Destinations[edit]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Malindo Air codeshares with the following airlines:

Batik Air[11]

Fleet[edit]

Malindo Air Boeing 737-900ER at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport

The Malindo Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of May 2017:[12][13]

Malindo Air Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A330-300 3 18 374 392
ATR 72-600 16 2 72 72
Boeing 737-800 23 9 12 150 162 9 more to be transferred from Batik Air
Boeing 737-900ER 6 6 12 168 180 6 to be transferred from Batik Air
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 4 180 180 Deliveries began May 2017[14]

International launch customer.[15][16]

Total 47 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Limited, Bangkok Post Public Company. "Bangkok Post". www.bangkokpost.com. 
  2. ^ "Malindo Air brings forward operations date to mid-March". theStar online. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Obral Tiket Murah Meriah, Malindo Air Mulai Terbang 20 Maret". 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Baggage". www.malindoair.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.thesundaily.my/news/623274. Retrieved 27 February 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ "Malindo Air to start service on March 22 - Nation | The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "batik Air Malaysia B737-8GP by Nik Mahmood Farid". Airliners.net. 29 Jun 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Malindo Air B737-8GP by Ken Ho". Airliners.net. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Malindo Air,Turkish Airlines announce interline partnership". Thestar.com.my. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Malindo Air inks new partnership with Qatar Airways". TheStar.com.my. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  11. ^ 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Batik Air / Malindo Air plans codeshare service from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  12. ^ "Malindo Air Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. 
  13. ^ "Batik Air Malaysia Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. 
  14. ^ "Malindo Air: A330s, fast growth, new destinations underpin partnership & network opportunities | CAPA - Centre for Aviation". centreforaviation.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Malindo Air To Serve as Launch Operator for Boeing 737 Max 8". 
  16. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Malindo Air outlines Boeing 737MAX 8 2Q17 operations". 

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