Malindo Air

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Malindo Air
Malindo air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
OD MXD MALINDO
Founded 11 September 2012; 5 years ago (2012-09-11)
Commenced operations 22 March 2013
Hubs

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Penang International Airport
Secondary hubs Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Frequent-flyer program Malindo Miles
Fleet size 45[1]
Destinations 43[1]
Company slogan Smarter Way to Travel
Parent company
  • Sky One Investors Sdn Bhd.[2]
  • PT Lion Group
  • National Aerospace & Defense Industry (NADI)
Headquarters Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key people Chandran Ramamurthy (CEO)[1]
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 full-service[3] airline and owned by Indonesia 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.[4][5]

Background

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 25 kg & 40 kg (with exception of flights to Shah Amanat International Airport and Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh with limits of 35 kg & 40 kg).[6] In June 2015, Malindo became the first Malaysian airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi service.[7] 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 Air 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,[8] replaced with Malindo Air logo instead.[9] The airline's 737 MAX aircraft feature the Batik Air Malaysia logo and livery.

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.,[10] and recently, Qatar Airways also became their interline partner as well.[11]

Destinations

Codeshare agreements

Malindo Air codeshares with the following airlines:

Fleet

The Malindo Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2017:[16]

Malindo Air Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 18 72 72
Boeing 737-800 20 8 12 150 162 8 more to be transferred from Batik Air
Boeing 737-900ER 6 6 12 168 180 6 to be transferred from Batik Air
Total 44 14

Previous fleet:

  • Boeing 737 MAX 8 (transferred to Lion Air)

Incidents and accidents

  • 19 April 2018 - A Malindo Air Boeing 737-900 flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu overran a runway after a high-speed rejected takeoff. The aircraft skidded roughly 250 feet (75 metres) south of the runway end and stopped along a grassy area between two runways. All 132 passengers and seven crewmembers escaped injury. Damage to the aircraft was minor, and the airport was closed for 12 hours until it was removed. The flight crew opted to abort the takeoff due to a warning indicated the aircraft was not correctly configured.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c Sidhu, B.K. (13 May 2017). "Malindo to be renamed Batik Air". Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  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. ^ Limited, Bangkok Post Public Company. "Bangkok Post". www.bangkokpost.com. 
  4. ^ "Malindo Air brings forward operations date to mid-March". theStar online. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Obral Tiket Murah Meriah, Malindo Air Mulai Terbang 20 Maret". 16 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Baggage". www.malindoair.com. 
  7. ^ "Malindo offers in-flight WiFi". Thestar.com.my. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "batik Air Malaysia B737-8GP by Nik Mahmood Farid". Airliners.net. 29 Jun 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Malindo Air B737-8GP by Ken Ho". Airliners.net. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Malindo Air,Turkish Airlines announce interline partnership". Thestar.com.my. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Malindo Air inks new partnership with Qatar Airways". TheStar.com.my. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  12. ^ 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Batik Air / Malindo Air plans codeshare service from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  13. ^ "Malindo / Turkish Airlines launches codeshare partnership from Sep 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  14. ^ a b c by Malindoair (2017-08-21). "Malindo Air And Ana Firmed New Interline Partnership". Malindoair.com. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  15. ^ http://economytraveller.com/malindo-air-adds-etihad-new-interline-partner/
  16. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 20. 
  17. ^ "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. 

External links

  • Malindo Air
  • Malindo Holidays
  • Malindo Air at Airpaz
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