About Malindo Air
Malindo Air starts its operation on 22 March (Friday), and the first route is from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu. Kuala Lumpur to Kuching is the second destination which commenced on Saturday. Malindo main hub is Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malindo Air name came from a combination of the 2 partners, which is Malaysia & Indonesia. The joint venture is between Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) 51% share while Lion Air of Indonesia 49%.
Malindo Air is planning to explore to other part of Sarawak such as Sibu, Miri and Bintulu and internationally, they are aiming for Malaysia-Indonesia route and others like Southeast Asia, China and India.
Malindo Air will uses B737-900ER aircrafts, with 180 seats, and 12 of them are 45-inch seats business class and the rest, 32-inch seats economy class. Passenger has option to add on some items, such as personal TV and Wifi.
As a hybrid airline, with tag line Not Just Low Cost, Malindo Air will definitely be a direct rival to Air Asia.