Pelangi Air

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Pelangi Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1987
Ceased operations 2001
Hubs Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Focus cities Sultan Azlan Shah Airport
Batu Berendam Airport
Fleet size 8
Destinations 20
Parent company Pelangi Air Sdn. Bhd
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Key people Zain Salahin (General Manager)
Website n/a

Pelangi Air (also known as Pelangi Airways) was a regional airline of Malaysia based at Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport. The airline covered secondary routes within Peninsular Malaysia and international flights to Sumatra in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.[1]


Pelangi Air was incorporated in 1987 to service the domestic sector and international destinations.[2] They ceased operation in late 2001 following the take over of international route to Singapore by Berjaya Air. After ceasing operation, their aircraft were abandoned at Subang Airport, Selangor and Senai International Airport, Johor.


Before Pelangi Air ceased its operation in 2001, the carrier fleet consisted of:

Pelangi Air started services using De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter and Fairchild Dornier Do-228 aircraft. Pelangi Air leased 2 Fokker 50 from Malaysia Airlines during 1994 until 1997 before returning them back to Malaysia Airlines. The airline ordered the Dash 8-300, but cancelled the order before delivery in 1997, but one Dash 8 was already painted in Pelangi Air colours.

Former Destinations[edit]

Pelangi Air ordered some De Havilland Canada Dash 8 in 1997 which were never delivered.[3]

They used to wet-lease a 737-200 passenger configurations from Transmile Air Services and wear Aero Asia livery to fly some domestic route for a short period in 2000. The same 737-200 from Transmile Air Services is also used to service regional airline or charters in Malaysia by an operator for a short while.