Malindo Air will be officially launching their inaugural flight to Kota Kinabalu on March 22, 2013. This is also Malaysia's first hybrid airline that is set to offer more choices of flights locally and internationally. Much has been heard about the new budget airline over the last few months on general media and also online while Malindo Air also made an appearance at the recent Matta Fair 2013 in PWTC Kuala Lumpur. No more walking on tarmacs? Full Bodies Service? Yes, these are what is being offered by the new player to capture the travel market.
Malindo Air Staff - Image from TheStar
There has been much hype in the last few weeks where the airline is building up news and interest on the upcoming inaugural flights to KK and Kuching in Borneo. Reports have also been churned out by various media talking about the pros and cons of the initial launching. However, my a consumer point of view, the more budget airlines out in the market, the better the choices for them and I strongly agree with that.
With prices ofRM38 one way to Kuching and RM68 one way to Kota Kinabalu, many have been seen trying to book these flights as they are almost half the price that their competitor AirAsia is offering. Only time will tell if the airline can continue with these super cheap flight prices. Malindo Air’s commercial director, Rajasegaran Rajoo, also mentioned in an interview that the airline was looking at connecting Kuala Lumpur to three more points in Sarawak, namely Sibu, Bintulu and Miri by June 2013.
Malindo Air Boeing 737-900ER
Malindo Air will also start their international flights by June this year, according to press releases and statements from the CEO Chandran Ramamurthy where they intend to be a leading carrier in the next five years time. Meanwhile, the international destinations have been kept quiet until further notice.
For more information, you can visit the official Malindo Air website as they have promotions and also a booking engine there. Flights to KK and Kuching are 3 and 4 times daily to the respective cities. Business class to Kuching is also from RM388 all inclusive while it is from RM588 to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia Borneo.
I personally visited their booth which was located on the first floor of Hall 1 in PWTC during the travel fair in March. To see the airline's participation booth at the recent travel fair, check out my Matta Fair 2013 Pictures. Here are also some other Malindo Air News which I found while looking for information. As a frequent traveler around Asia, I look forward to this new hybrid airline and their routes as an alternative. More importantly, the full service offered by Malindo Air.