Malindo Air aims to be a leading carrier in 5 years
MALINDO Air, Malaysia’s first hybrid airline, is confident that its unique model will be successful as it seeks to become a leading carrier in five years. Chief executive officer Chandran Ramamurthy said the airline will bring more Indonesian tourists to Malaysia as well as Malaysians to Indonesia through the interlining and code-share agreement it has with its Indonesian partner, Lion Air.
“The system (interline and code-share agreement) has been implemented. Once we start our operations, travellers can fly, for example, from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur on Lion Air and from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu or Kuching on Malindo Air,” he told Business Times on the sidelines of a ceremony to witness the arrival of Malindo Air’s second aircraft, a Boeing 737-900ER, from Seattle, the United States, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang last week.
Interline and code-share agreements between airlines allow them to facilitate travel for passengers who require multiple flights to reach their final destination as well as to sell flight tickets for the same flight. Meanwhile, hybrid airline stands in between full service airlines and low-cost carriers. Its comfort standards are high as it offers more space to passengers as well as services at an affordable price.
He said Malindo Air is not talking to other commercial airlines on interlining and code-sharing at the moment, but it will definitely implement the strategy with the right partners as soon as it has grown. “There must be a win-win situation for both airlines if they want to enter into an interline and code-share agreement,” he said.
Malindo Air will receive its third aircraft next week and another 10 will be received by year-end. The airline targets to have 100 aircraft by 2023. The 180-seater B737-900ER it received last week is the first such aircraft to operate in Malaysia and is able to fly non-stop for five-and-a-half hours.
Ramamurthy said the airline will add more destinations soon and it will also start the Malindo international flights by June this year. However, he remained mum on where the destinations would be. The airline will start its Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu flights on March 22 and Kuala Lumpur-Kuching the following day. It is offering an all-inclusive fare of RM38 to Kuching and RM68 to Kota Kinabalu, with add-on deals such as personal TV for in-flight entertainment and WiFi at a small cost. The ticket sales to Malindo Air’s two destinations have been encouraging, said Ramamurthy, adding that he hopes the flights will be full.
Source: Business Times – http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/BBMAL/Article/index_html