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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Malindo Air Gets Air Operators Licence

It's all go for Malindo Air after it received the air operators licence from the Malaysian government to operate in the country.

Sources said on Tuesday Malindo can now start selling tickets for its low fare operations.

It will start flying at end-March.

Malindo's major shareholders are National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and Indonesia's PT Lion Grup.

Malindo is 51% owned by Nadi and 49% by PT Lion Grup, the parent of Indonesia's privately-owned airline, Lion Air, which in turn controls about half of the Indonesia domestic air travel market.

The airline has also received an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to perform commercial air operations.

In a statement today, Malindo Air said the approval marked a significant achievement in the unleashing of the much-awaited newly-formed low cost carrier.

The member of the Lion Group said it is on target to commence operations in March.

"This regulatory milestone is significant from an operational policy and procedures perspective, as it is mandatory for an airline to obtain the AOC prior to starting services," it added.

Malaysia’s very first hybrid airline said it will introduce business and economy class product offerings.

The all-leather seats aircraft has wider seat pitches of 45 inches in business class and 32 inches in economy, offering a new option of comfort for travellers.

Also available on board are facilities such as personal TV for an in-flight entertainment system, full meal service in business class and light snacks in economy.

Other value add-ons that Malindo Air offers is a free baggage allowances of 30kg for business class travellers and 15kg in economy.

Malindo Air said its emergence in Malaysia’s low cost carrier market will position the country as the hub that connects Asian cities, promoting sustainability in the industry and generating economic growth.

To be based at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, it will be the first airline to operate the brand new B737-900ER in Malaysia.

The new airline will induct 100 aircraft over the next 10 years and initially serve routes with distances of up to five hours from Kuala Lumpur.

IATA Code OD, ICAO Code MXD. First destination will be Kota Kinabalu - BKI, followed by Kuching - KCH. Next in line probably LGK and SIN. Third month onwards, they will launch flights to India or China, or both.


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