SEPANG – Malaysia’s first hybrid airline, Malindo Air is set to introduce flight services to Perth, Australia in November this year, widening its reach to eight countries.
Malindo Air chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline is currently awaiting the approval from the local authorities and expected to get the nod by early October.
“The additional new routes for Malindo mark the growth of the airline simultaneously with the growth of its fleet this year,” he told reporters after the launch of its first lounge at klia2 here today by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
Malindo took to the skies in March 2013 with domestic flights and has since grown to operate routes to all major airports in Malaysia and across regional destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Singapore.
Chandran said Malindo would take delivery of an additional four new generation Boeing 737 aircraft by the end of this year.
The airline had grown by leaps and bounds to a fleet of 23 aircraft, comprising 11 ATR72-600 and 12 Boeing 737NG as of August this year, he said.
He said the additional routes would increase the incoming tourists through the airline from the one million tourists recorded last year, out of its total load factor of 2.5 million passengers.
On the Malindo Air Executive Lounge, Chandran said it would be opened from 6am to 10pm daily to cater to the airline’s flying guests.
The airline’s Business Class passengers, Malindo Miles Platinum cardholders and Malindo Corporate Gold member will receive complimentary access to the lounge.
The entrance fee for economy class passengers is RM65 for adults and RM30 for children for a three-hour access. – BERNAMA