Batik Air Malaysia

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Batik Air Malaysia
Batik Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
OD MXD MALINDO
Founded27 September 2012; 9 years ago (2012-09-27)
Commenced operations22 March 2013; 9 years ago (2013-03-22)
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programMalindo Miles
Fleet size15[1]
Destinations69
Parent company
HeadquartersAra Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key peopleMushafiz Mustafa Bakri (CEO)[3]
Edward Sirait (President Director Lion Group)
Websitewww.malindoair.com

Batik Air Malaysia (formerly known as Malindo Air) is a Malaysian hybrid-full service carrier, an associate carrier of Indonesian Lion Air Group, with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.[4][5][6][7] The original name Malindo signifies a cooperative pact between Malaysia and Indonesia.

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.

Oasis Ara Damansara, which houses the Malindo Air head office

Mr. Chandran Rama Murhy, personal assistant executive to the president director of Lion Air, was appointed as CEO of Batik Air Malaysia. The airline's inaugural flights began operations on 22 March 2013.

For its jet routes, Batik Air Malaysia provides a personal TV (in-flight entertainment system) in every seat, light snacks and a free meal, seat pitches of 32" and 45" for economy class and business class respectively,[8] and free baggage allowances of 40 kg for Business passengers and either 20 kg or 30 kg for Economy class passengers depending on their ticket category. Economy passengers on flights to Shah Amanat International Airport and Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh receive a 35 kg baggage allowance. However, the airline's very cheapest Economy class tickets do not receive a free baggage allowance.[9] In June 2015, Malindo became the first Malaysian airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi service.[10] The combination of the amenities, services and low cost fares puts Batik Air Malaysia 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 was expected to re-brand Malindo Air to "Batik Air Malaysia" which will focus on international routes while its associate airline, Batik Air serves domestic routes in Indonesia. The airline has begun to feature the Batik Air Malaysia logo and livery on its aircraft gradually.

In 2016 Malindo initiated interline agreements with Turkish Airlines,[11] and Qatar Airways.[12]

A Boeing 737-8GP (9M-LNZ) in Bangkok-Don Mueang International Airport, Thailand, donned under Batik Air Malaysia livery in 2017, prior to its official rebranding in 2022

In February 2017, National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi) reduced its stake from 50.99% to just 5%. Then-Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy is now the major shareholder with his wife Kalpana Devasagayam now hold a 46% stake at the Malindo Air’s operating company, Malindo Airways via Sky One Investors. They both own equal portions in Sky One. The remaining 49% of shares in Malindo is owned by the Indonesian PT Lion Group.[13]

In April 2017, Malindo Air received its International Air Transport Association (IATA) certificate as IATA member. The airline has also successfully retained its IOSA registration, which is valid from 3 June 2018 to 3 June 2020.

On 22 May 2017, Malindo Air became the first airline in the world to introduce Boeing 737 MAX 8 into service. Configured in mono-class 180 Economy seats, the first commercial service departed from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.[14][15] However, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 service was short-lived as the airline received numerous customer complaints, especially from business class passengers having to downgrade to economy class. The sole B737-MAX 8 was returned to its parent company Lion Air.

In an official press release issued by Malindo Air dated 26 August 2019, Captain Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri, Director of Safety, Security & Quality of Thai Lion Air has been announced as the new CEO, replacing the current CEO effective 23 September 2019, while Chandra Rama Muthy to be appointed as Group Strategy Director, Lion Group.[16]

On 23 October 2020, it was reported that Malindo Air had decided to cut more than half of its workforce as part of measures to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on their business. With that, the hybrid full-service airline is said to have laid off about 2,200 employees or more than half of its 3,200 workforce.[17][18]

On 28 April 2022, Malindo Air was rebranded as Batik Air Malaysia in line with the Lion Group’s goal to establish a common identity for the full service airlines within the group.[5] Following this, Boeing 737 MAX 8 was reintroduced into the fleet.[19]

Destinations[edit]

Batik Air Malaysia operates over 800 flights weekly across 57 routes in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia and Australia. [1]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Batik Air Malaysia codeshares with the following airlines:

Interline agreements[edit]

Batik Air Malaysia have Interline agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet[edit]

As of May 2022, Batik Air Malaysia operates the following aircraft:[1][26]

Batik Air Malaysia Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 12 72 72
Boeing 737-800 3 8 12 150 162
Boeing 737 MAX 8 10 12 150 162 Planned for deliveries from Q2 2022.[27]
Total 15 18

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 19 April 2018 – A Malindo Air Boeing 737-900ER flying from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur overran the runway at Kathmandu after a high-speed rejected takeoff. The aircraft came to a stop in the grass 250 feet (75 metres) past the runway end. All 132 passengers and seven crew members escaped injury. Damage to the aircraft was minor and the airport was closed for 12 hours for it to be moved. The flight crew opted to abort the takeoff because of a warning indicating the aircraft was not correctly configured.[28][29]
  • On 20 June 2019, Malindo Air Flight 301, a Boeing 737-8GP(WL) (registration 9M-LCK) from Bandung to Kuala Lumpur, made a runway excursion at Husein Sastranegara International Airport shortly before takeoff. There were no fatalities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Batik Air Malaysia Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  2. ^ Ragananthini, V. (2 February 2017). "Nadi cuts stake in Malindo Air, CEO now a major shareholder". The Sun Daily. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ Sidhu, B.K. (13 May 2017). "Malindo to be renamed Batik Air". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Bangkok Post". bangkokpost.com.
  5. ^ a b "Rebranding of Malindo Air to Batik Air". www.malindoair.com. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Malindo Air brings forward operations date to mid-March". theStar online. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Obral Tiket Murah Meriah, Malindo Air Mulai Terbang 20 Maret". 16 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Malindo Air". Airline Ratings. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Baggage". malindoair.com/.
  10. ^ "Malindo offers in-flight WiFi". Thestar.com.my. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Malindo Air,Turkish Airlines announce interline partnership". Thestar.com.my. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Malindo Air inks new partnership with Qatar Airways". TheStar.com.my. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  13. ^ "CEO Becomes Major Shareholder in Malindo Air". FlightMalaysia.com. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Malindo Air Takes the Skies As the World's First to Fly Boeing 737 MAX 8". www.malindoair.com. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  15. ^ Hashim, Firdaus (22 May 2017). "Malindo operates world's first 737 Max flight". Flight Global. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Malindo Air, appoints new CEO". www.malindoair.com/. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Malindo Air retrenchment to affect 2,600 employees". The Star. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  18. ^ Alias, Alzahrin (19 October 2020). "Sources: Malindo Air to further downsize, reduce staff". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  19. ^ "PK-LQK Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Batik Air / Malindo Air plans codeshare service from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Malindo / Turkish Airlines launches codeshare partnership from Sep 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  22. ^ a b c Malindoair (21 August 2017). "Malindo Air And Ana Firmed New Interline Partnership". www.malindoair.com/. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Malindo Air adds Etihad as new Interline partner".
  24. ^ "Interline and Codeshare Travel". Pakistan International Airlines.
  25. ^ "Malindo goes global".
  26. ^ "Malindo Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Malindo Air to take delivery 10 Boeing B737 MAX, employ up to 1,500 staff". New Straits Times. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  28. ^ "Incident: Batik Malaysia B739 at Kathmandu on Apr 19th 2018, rejected takeoff due to takeoff config warning results in overrun". avherald.com. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Chaos at Kathmandu airport following Malindo Air incident | New Straits Times".

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