Malindo Airlines Singapore Malaysia Indonesia Australia Hongkong China India the newest carrier Malindo Airways is set to change the low-cost carrier scene with plans to create routes to Asia, China, Hong Kong, India, London, Tawain, and Japan as well as further afield to Australia and Europe. Travellers want low airfares, regular flights and new aircraft. If you thought flights between Malaysia and Indonesia couldn’t get discounted and more frequently by all means think again.
This week, Rusdi Kirana, the owner of Lion Airways, Indonesia’s largest low-cost airline inked a deal with Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi) to form Malindo Airlines.Nadi will hold 53% and Lion 48%, with the latter managing the new carrier. Malindo Airlines will operate out of the soon-to-be-opened KLIA2 airport and start plying Malaysia-Indonesia route destinations from May, 2013.
Malindo airlines will initially operate 12 Boeing 737-900ERs and then incorporate 5 of the USA aerospace giant’s 787-8 Dream-liners from 2015, towards having 101planes in 11 years. Ye indeed, there are plans to create destinations to Asia, China, Hong Kong, India and Japan as well as further afield to Australia and Europe.First things first , it’s always good to see Indonesian and Malaysian businesses ventures and partnership. Our bilateral partnership relationship might be uneven at times, but such business-to-business ties can only bring our two countries even more so closer together and when consumers benefit, everyone’s happy.
I say again and yes Indeed, Pak Rusdi’s initiative is part of a wider broad regional trend as national champions such as ThaiBev (the brewers of Chang beer), Filipino oil refiner and retailer Petron and our very own banks, CIMB and Maybank expand across Asia. Indeed Air Asia Airlines now controls a 42% share of Malaysia’s international air travel (not to mention 43% of Indonesia’s). Air Asia has since embedded itself even more deeply into Indonesia with its US$81mil (RM247mil) purchase of Batavia Airways in July 2012 (although according to media reports it may be reconsidering this) and supremo Mr Tony Fernandes’ moving to Jakarta.
Highlights: *Children to get 50% off on all Malindo Airlines flights * KL-Miri sector suspension (It's only temporary, says Malindo Airways) * Malindo achieves a huge traffic increase at Subang Airport *
Malindo air will serve Penang and Langkawi and from both Kuala Lumpur airports *
KLIA airport sees surge in local traffic *China to be Malindo Airways next big market expansion *Malindo Air's first 6 months has focused on building up it's local domestic network * Malindo Airways launch achieves 21% surge in Malaysia Domestic traffic as AirAsia and MAS also expand * The carrier hopes bus transfer can entice passengers to make some local to international connections *
Carrier looks at establishing new base at Kota Kinabalu *
Malindo Airlines domestic market share should reach 9% *
MAS records large gains in local traffic and load factor *
MAS reports tiny operating profit for 2Q2013 * Air Asia load factors also remain large as profits increase * Malaysian domestic air traffic market sees robust growth.