Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd (doing business as Malindo Air) is a Malaysian hybrid-full service carrier[4] owned by Indonesian Lion Air Group with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.[5][6] The name Malindo signifies a cooperative pact between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malindo Air
Malindo Air logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
OD MXD MALINDO
Founded27 September 2012; 7 years ago (2012-09-27)
Commenced operations2013
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer programMalindo Miles
Fleet size41[1]
Destinations65[1]
Company sloganSmarter Way to Travel
Parent company
HeadquartersPetaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key peopleMushafiz Mustafa Bakri(CEO)[3]
Edward Sirait (President Director Lion Group)
Websitewww.malindoair.com
Oasis Ara Damansara, which houses the Malindo Air head office

BackgroundEdit

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 Rama Muthy, 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 402" and 605" for economy class and business class respectively, and free baggage allowances of 55 kg & 100 kg (with exception of flights to Shah Amanat International Airport and Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh with limits of 35 kg & 40 kg).[7] In June 2015, Malindo became the first Malaysian airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi service.[8] 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 is 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,[9] and Qatar Airways.[10]

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.

In an official press release issued by Malindo 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.[11]

DestinationsEdit

Malindo Air operates over 800 flights weekly across 57 routes in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia and Australia. Map

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Malindo Air codeshares with the following airlines:

Interline agreementsEdit

Malindo Air interline with the following airlines:

FleetEdit

As of October 2019, the Malindo Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1][17]

Malindo Air Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 15 72 72 2 to be operated under RB Link brand, as it was wet-leased to Royal Brunei Airlines.
Boeing 737-800 20 17 12 150 162 8 more to be transferred from Batik Air.
9 to be delivered with Batik Air Malaysia livery. 1 wet-leased to Samoa Airways[18] & 1 to be wet-leased to Fiji Airways[19]
Boeing 737-900ER 6 9 12 168 180 6 to be transferred from Batik Air.
3 to be delivered with Batik Air Malaysia livery.
Total 41 26

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • 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.[20][21]
  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Airline Insight: Malindo Air – Blue Swan Daily". blueswandaily.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  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. ^ Limited, Bangkok Post Public Company. "Bangkok Post". www.bangkokpost.com.
  5. ^ "Malindo Air brings forward operations date to mid-March". theStar online. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Obral Tiket Murah Meriah, Malindo Air Mulai Terbang 20 Maret". 16 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Baggage". www.malindoair.com.
  8. ^ "Malindo offers in-flight WiFi". Thestar.com.my. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Malindo Air,Turkish Airlines announce interline partnership". Thestar.com.my. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Malindo Air inks new partnership with Qatar Airways". TheStar.com.my. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Malindo Air,appoints new CEO". malindoair.com. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  12. ^ 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Batik Air / Malindo Air plans codeshare service from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Malindo / Turkish Airlines launches codeshare partnership from Sep 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b c by Malindoair (21 August 2017). "Malindo Air And Ana Firmed New Interline Partnership". Malindoair.com. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  15. ^ http://economytraveller.com/malindo-air-adds-etihad-new-interline-partner/
  16. ^ "Malindo goes global".
  17. ^ "Malindo Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Samoa Airways to wet-lease 737-800 from Malindo". flightglobal.com. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Fiji Airways leases Malindo Air Boeing 737-800". fbcnews.com.fj. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ https://www.nst.com.my/world/2018/04/359502/chaos-kathmandu-airport-following-malindo-air-incident

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