Hushed mouthed, as Malindo Airlines remains silient about it's furure plans to utilise turbo propeller engines with its existing operations. The jet propeller aircraft will operate out of the Skypark Terminal in Subang. The planes will be supplied by major stake holders such as Lion Air. Last year in Feb, Lion Airways had placed an order for 28 ATR 72-600 planes, to bel are delivered in 2015, will make its regional airline, Wings Airways, the world's biggest ATR carrier, with a total fleet size of 63 comprising 25 ATR 72-500s and 46 ATR 72-600s.
Lion Aviation will surrender quite a few ATRs from Wings Airlines and pass it onto Malindo Airlines for the latter to begin routes from Singapore, Subang to Sabah and Sarawak. FireFly currently has a bigger market share in these regions.Malindo Airlines is currently trying to secure an operating licence from the Department of Civil Aviation to operate from the Subang airport. Subang Airport has restrictions and only allows the use of propeller engine aircraft for commercial passenger flights.
Malindo Airway's turbo propeller planes would be competing toe-to-toe with Firefly Airlines on the profitable short-haul destinations out of Subang to Kota, Kinabalu Kuching as well as Singapore. Malindo Airlines can take advantage of the situation and offer lower fares for passengers on these routes thus shrinking FireFly's market share. The proof is in the pudding as Malindo Airlines prior to launching was already hiring pilots for turboprop destinations. So this was part of the Strategy for expansion.
Highlights: * Malaysian hybrid carrier Malindo Airlines on Saturday started direct flights from Mumbai (India) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). * Malindo to enter into the Indian market. Competition among the carriers on the Malaysia-India sector has further intensified with the entry of Malaysia's hybrid carrier Malindo Airlines.*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.