Malindo Air

Malindo Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 11 September 2012[1]
Commenced operations 23 March 2013
Hubs Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer program Malindo Miles
Airport lounge Malindo Executive Lounge
Fleet size 40
Destinations 34
Company slogan Smarter Way to Travel
Parent company National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (51%)
Headquarters Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key people Chandran Ramamurthy (CEO)
Edward Sirait (President Director Lion Group)
Oasis Damansara, which houses the Malindo Air head office

Malindo Air is an airline based in Malaysia, headquartered in Petaling Jaya.[2] It is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) (51%) of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia (49%). The name Malindo is derived from the names of respective countries: Malaysia and Indonesia. Malindo Air initially planned to start operation on 1 May 2013 from the new KLIA2 terminal. However, Malindo Air brought forward the launch date to mid-March 2013 with domestic destinations.[3][4]


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 Ramamurthy, 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 32" and 45" for economy class and business class respectively, and free baggage allowances of 15 kg & 40 kg (for domestic flights) while 20 kg or 30 kg & 40 kg (for international flights).[5] Furthermore, Wi-Fi service will be available from June 2013 onwards.[6][7] 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.

According to Malindo Air, a total of 50,000 passengers had flown with the airline as of 9 May 2013.

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 January 2016, the airline's parent company Lion Air will re-brand Malindo Air to "Batik Air Malaysia" which will focus on international routes while Batik Air serves domestic routes in Indonesia.However, there are unverified rumors that the rebranding exercise might to be put on hold or cancelled, as it could be seen on the newly-delivered B737-800 aircraft (9M-LNZ), which previously don Batik Air Malaysia logo,[8] however it was replaced with Malindo logo instead.[9]

Recently, Malindo and Turkish Airlines has announced an interline agreement, in order for tap new markets as well as enable passengers to find connections easier when travelling between ASEAN and Europe.,[10] and recently, Qatar Airways also became their interline partner as well.[11]


As on July 2016, below are the destinations served by Malindo Air[12]

Focus city
Future route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Notes
Alor SetarMalaysia MalaysiaAORWMKASultan Abdul Halim Airport
AmritsarIndia IndiaATQVIARSri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
BaliIndonesia IndonesiaDPSWADDNgurah Rai International Airport
BandungIndonesia IndonesiaBDOWICCHusein Sastranegara International Airport
BangkokThailand ThailandDMKVTBDDon Mueang International Airport
BatamIndonesia IndonesiaBTHWIDDHang Nadim Airport
Chiang MaiThailand ThailandCNXVTCCChiang Mai International Airport
ChittagongBangladesh BangladeshCGPVGEGShah Amanat International Airport
Christmas IslandAustralia AustraliaXCHYPXMChristmas Island Airport[13]
ColomboSri Lanka Sri LankaCMBVCBIBandaranaike International Airport
DelhiIndia IndiaDELVIDPIndira Gandhi International Airport
DhakaBangladesh BangladeshDACVGHSShahjalal International Airport
HanoiVietnam VietnamHANVVNBNoi Bai International Airport[14]
Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam VietnamSGNVVTSTan Son Nhat International Airport[15]
Hong KongHong Kong Hong KongHKGVHHHHong Kong International Airport[16]
IpohMalaysia MalaysiaIPHWMKISultan Azlan Shah Airport
JakartaIndonesia IndonesiaCGKWIIISoekarno–Hatta International Airport
Johor BahruMalaysia MalaysiaJHBWMKJSenai International Airport
KertehMalaysia MalaysiaKTEWMKEKerteh Airport
KathmanduNepal NepalKTMVNKTTribhuvan International Airport[17]
KochiIndia IndiaCOKVOCICochin International Airport
Kota BharuMalaysia MalaysiaKBRWMKCSultan Ismail Petra Airport
Kota KinabaluMalaysia MalaysiaBKIWBKKKota Kinabalu International Airport
KrabiThailand ThailandKBVVTSGKrabi Airport
Kuala LumpurMalaysia MalaysiaKULWMKKKuala Lumpur International Airport
Kuala LumpurMalaysia MalaysiaSZBWMSASultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Kuala TerengganuMalaysia MalaysiaTGGWMKNSultan Mahmud Airport
KuantanMalaysia MalaysiaKUAWMKDSultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport
KuchingMalaysia MalaysiaKIAWBGGKuching International Airport
LahorePakistan PakistanLHEOPLAAllama Iqbal International Airport[18]
LangkawiMalaysia MalaysiaLGKWMKLLangkawi International Airport
MalaccaMalaysia MalaysiaMKZWMKMMalacca International Airport
MedanIndonesia IndonesiaKNOWIMMKualanamu International Airport[14]
MiriMalaysia MalaysiaMYYWBGRMiri Airport[19]
MumbaiIndia IndiaBOMVABBChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Phuket Thailand Thailand HKT VTSP Phuket International Airport
PekanbaruIndonesia IndonesiaPKUWIBBSultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport
PenangMalaysia MalaysiaPENWMKPPenang International Airport
PerthAustralia AustraliaPERYPPHPerth Airport[20]
SanyaChina ChinaSYXZJSYSanya Phoenix International Airport
SingaporeSingapore SingaporeSINWSSSSingapore Changi Airport
TaipeiTaiwan TaiwanTPERCTPTaoyuan International Airport[14]
TiruchirappalliIndia IndiaTRZVOTRTiruchirappalli International Airport
TrivandrumIndia IndiaTRVVOTVTrivandrum International Airport
WuhanChina ChinaWUHZHHHWuhan Tianhe International Airport[21]

Recently, Malindo Air has received approval from the government of Malaysia to fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However its CEO did not mention any specific date on the commencement of the service and the equipment to be used for the route.[22]

Codeshare agreements

Malindo Air codeshares with the following airlines:

Batik Air[23]


Malindo Air's minority shareholder Lion Air intends to start operations with 12 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.[24] The company is planning to increase its fleet size to 100 planes over the next ten years. As of June 2016, the Malindo Air fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 1.9 years:[25] However, there have been an unverified news that the Dreamliner will be replaced by Airbus A330, similar to Malindo air's parent company Lion Air.

Malindo Air Boeing 737-900 at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport
Malindo Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A330-300
0 1 TBA TBA TBA 1st widebody jet for Malindo Air, and it will be used for flights to Jeddah.[26]
ATR 72-600
16 - 72 72 9M-LMW are on order from firm.[27]
Boeing 737-800
18 15 12 150 162 14 to be transferred from Batik Air (Lion Group Subsidiries)

9M-LNC comfirm order from boeing.[28]

Boeing 737-900ER
6 6 12 168 180 6 to be transferred from Batik Air (Lion Group Subsidiries)
Total 40 22


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  2. "Contact Us." Malindo Air. Retrieved on 9 September 2013. "Malindo Air address: C-5-05, Block C Oasis Ara Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, 47301 Petaling Jaya Malaysia"
  3. "Malindo Air brings forward operations date to mid-March". theStar online. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  4. "Obral Tiket Murah Meriah, Malindo Air Mulai Terbang 20 Maret". 16 March 2013.
  5. Retrieved 27 February 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. "Malindo Air to start service on March 22 - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  7. "batik Air Malaysia B737-8GP by Nik Mahmood Farid". 29 Jun 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  8. "Malindo Air B737-8GP by Ken Ho". 23 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  9. "Malindo Air,Turkish Airlines announce interline partnership". 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  10. "Malindo Air inks new partnership with Qatar Airways". 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. "Malindo Air Destinations". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  13. 1 2 3 "Malindo Air Outlines New International Routes Aug - Oct 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  18. "Malindo Air Adds Kuala Lumpur - Miri Service from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  19. "Malindo Air Schedules late-Nov 2015 for Perth Launch". 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  20. "Malindo Air Plans Wuhan Service from late-June 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  22. 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Batik Air / Malindo Air plans codeshare service from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  23. "Malindo Air Datangkan Pesawat B737 Produksi ke-7.500 Dari Boeing". 21 March 2013.
  24. "Malindo Air Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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