Malaysia's Newest Budget Airline Is Set To Fly In December
MYAirline will start its operations from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) with three narrow-body Airbus A320 aircrafts.
Low-cost carrier, MYAirline, has received the green light to start operating in December
The airline, which is the second low-cost carrier (LCC) in Malaysia, received its air service licence (ASL) from Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) ON 15 November, which allows it to take on commercial flights and start selling air tickets.
MYAirline also shared on Twitter that they have been issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) as another step to being fully certified.
MYAirline's chief executive officer (CEO) Rayner Teo told New Straits Times that the carrier's next step is to apply for domestic air traffic rights to start flying within Malaysia by year-end.
"We're aiming for domestic destinations on Malaysia's Peninsula," he said while hinting at several cities such as Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, and Kuching as the airline's initial destinations on Facebook.
The airline will start its operations from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) with three narrow-body Airbus A320 aircrafts
With up to 13 hours of utilisation per aircraft, the airline may operate several local destinations with high flight frequency.
Teo mentioned that the current airline's fourth A320 aircraft is being painted, and plans to operate 50 aircraft within the next five years.
Teo added that all of MYAirline's aircrafts are currently under lease and he was able to negotiate them to the company's favour due to the COVID-19 pandemic
He believes that starting an airline during the pandemic was a bonus point for MYAirline as they were able to observe and learn from their competitors and offer better services instead.
"A lot of feedback that we hear is that it's hard to reach the airline after you have purchased a flight ticket. As for us, we'll ensure that our passengers can communicate with us effectively," the CEO said, as he has nearly 16 years of experience in the budget airline business.
"We won't be looking at chatbots, but rather focus on human interaction. On-time performance is also something that we'll be focused on."
The CEO added that the company chose red as its official corporate colour as it's the most eye-catching colour to represent the airline, despite being somewhat similar to its rival in Malaysia
"We shouldn't be restricted by the fact that somebody else is using that colour. Every other colour was pretty boring to us," Teo said.