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16 Nov 2012

Malindo Airlines

Malindo Airlines, the new budget airlines will be starting in early 2013 from Malaysia and will offer passengers and travelers cheap flights and seats which will be in direct competition with AirAsia, Jetstar, AirAsia X and Scoot in the region. Malindo Air plans to start operation on 1st May 2013 from the new KLIA2 terminal initially. However, Malindo Air has brought forward the launch date to mid-March 2013 with domestic destinations and will begin with domestic flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Other destinations planned including India, Shenzhen, Guang Zhou & Hong Kong.

 Malindo Air president director, Rusdi Kirana also told the media and reporters that The name 'Malindo' came from the name of respective countries: Malaysia and Indonesia. Initial flights will connect East and West Malaysia but Chandran declined to confirm whether the East Malaysian points would be Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. He also revealed that airlines first international route will begin in either April or May to India, and is targeting a fleet of 12 B737-900ER by December 2013. The airline will also commence operations with two B737-900ER aircraft in a two-class configuration (12 business seats and 168 economy seats), and will be equipped with Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment. There is also talk for an ATR-72 plane to be used in the beginning.

Malindo Air signing ceremony recently held in Kuala Lumpur (Picture from The Star)

Malindo Air CEO, Chandran Ramamuthy commented “The airline will operate out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as the LCC Terminal is too congested currently. KLIA is also the point where Lion Air flies to.” He added that the airline would later move its base to KLIA2, which is currently under construction and slated to open on May 1, 2013.

Lion Air which is the parent firm of Malindo Air intends to launch a total of 12 B737 aircraft on the fleet and the company is also planning to reach 100 planes over a ten-year period of operation. According to a report by The Star (Singapore), Lion Group chief Rusdi Kirana said that the launch of its subsidiary, Batik Air, would be delayed from March 2013 to end-2013 so as to focus on building Malindo Air to become a regional player sooner.

Malindo Air's Budget Airlines Lion Airways from Indonesia will own 48.9 percent of the new airline, Malindo Airways, and Malaysia's National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) the remaining 51.1 percent. Lion Airways President Rusdi Kirana said Malindo Airlines will start flying between the three countries with a fleet of 12 new Boeing 737 aircraft in May. Rusdi said booking plane tickets airfares prices will be competitive for Malindo Airlines, either in the same range as rival AirAsia or "even smaller." The airline's fleet of planes will be fitted with a lower-than-usual 150 seats coupled with inflight entertainment and light meals, he said. It aims to offset lower revenue per plane due to fewer or lesser seats with higher frequency flights.

Competitor Jetstar Airline, which will receive its own Boeing 787s by 2014, already faces stiff competition on international destinations from low-cost carrier AirAsiaX and Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot Airline. The new budget airline entry into this region can only mean cheaper airfares for travelers in Asia Pacific and with this, travelers have another option to choose from in the budget airline industry with a new player Malindo Airlines.
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Ajay said... 16 November 2012 at 20:18

Would it fly to New Delhi in April or May?

Please let me know.

David Jr said... 20 November 2012 at 01:19

Ajay, at the moment, Malindo is flying domestic but they have huge plans for long haul flights.

Ajay said... 22 November 2012 at 02:43

But I read that they plan to fly Delhi in May. Is that really true?

David Jr said... 22 November 2012 at 10:04

Malindo Air plans to fly yo many places and that is in the works. We will have to wait for the announcement soon.

Anonymous said... 5 January 2013 at 21:10

pls fly to dehli india soon..also try to fly a least one fly to punjab a week.

Anonymous said... 7 February 2013 at 09:34

and fly to hong kong and taiwan too from kk as these routes are always full and very expensive !!

Anonymous said... 8 March 2013 at 21:42

Any plan to fly to Europe & nz?

Anonymous said... 12 March 2013 at 21:52

when is the flight booking open?

Anonymous said... 1 April 2013 at 10:08

ajay they confirm flying from may to new delhi they setting up the price and approval for it.so soon india will welcome this new family

Anonymous said... 3 April 2013 at 10:43

My name is SOLAH

Hi.. i just book to Kuching in May.. the price for 2A1IF just RM170 return.. just wondering its seat really comfort because I travelling with 14 months baby.

Anonymous said... 14 June 2013 at 21:35

Now will be a choice. Air asia or Malindo? I choose Malindo. With all the hidden payments and the tricks, air asia is comming to an end.

Nazim mohd said... 3 September 2013 at 10:25

AM Mohd.Nazim
pls fly to dehli india soon..also try to fly a least one fly to Varanasi or Lucknow a week.

Lalachen. P.C said... 8 September 2013 at 18:22

Last month i and my friends travelled by Malindo airways from Kota kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur and return. It's wonderful experience,cheap flights and seat is really comfortable.
So,we are waiting travel to Kochin india

Anonymous said... 16 October 2013 at 22:48

Do Malindo Air fly to Kota Bharu and Alor Star.If yes what is the return flied cost. TQ

Shahminee Poore said... 20 November 2013 at 17:14

Hi Malindo Air, I'm planning to fly to New Delhi end of next month, Dec 2013. I have flown with Malindo Air to Langkawi early this month & it was an awesome experience. I'm looking forward to fly with Malindo Air again for my Delhi, India trip. Please advise when it'll start operating. Thank you. :)

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