Malindo Air First To Touch Down On Brand New KLIA2 Runway

The opening of KLIA2 marks the beginning of Malaysia's journey to becoming a global aviation hub.

Malindo Air Made A Historic Touch Down At KLIA2 On The Morning Of 2 May 2014

Malindo Air's Boeing 737-900ER flight OD1027 from Kota Kinabalu touched down on the new 4km runway 3 at KLIA2.

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At the stroke of midnight, the new bloke in town Malindo Air made the country proud as its Boeing 737-900ER flight OD1027 from Kota Kinabalu touched down on the new 4km runway 3 at KLIA2.

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Flight OD1027 was given a grand welcome at the airport.

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Being the first aircraft to land at the world's largest purpose-built low-cost terminal at 12.10am Friday, Flight OD1027 was given a grand welcome with water cannons spraying the aircraft.

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The First Aircraft That Took Off From KLIA2 Was A Cebu Pacific Airways Flight To Manila

The first aircraft scheduled to take off from the airport was a Cebu Pacific Airways flight (Flight 5J502) to Manila with estimated time of departure at 3.15am on the same day.

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he first aircraft scheduled to take off from the airport was a Cebu Pacific Airways flight to Manila.

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'Goodie bags' were distributed to the 110 passengers of the Malindo Air flight and the 147 passengers who boarded the Cebu Pacific Airways flight. Earlier at 10.20pm on Thursday, the check-in process began and proceeded without any hitches.

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The New Pride And Joy Of Malaysia, KLIA2 Is Destined To Be One Of The Main Drivers In The Evolving Global Aviation Industry In Asean

Present at the airport to witness the historic moment were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, MAHB Managing Director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

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The size of the new KLIA2 is about 24 football fields.

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"This is a historic moment with the arrival of the first airplane in the new airport."

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Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

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“We have proven that everything would proceed as scheduled as we hand announced before. We are proud as this (KLIA2) has become the latest Malaysian icon,” said Abdul Aziz.

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Meanwhile, AirAsia Is Expected To Move To Its Operations To KLIA2 By 9 May 2014

AirAsia is expected to move its operations to KLIA2 by 9th May.

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Anchor tenant AirAsia is expected to move its operations from the low-cost terminal by May 9. Airlines now operating out of KLIA2 are Malindo Air, Cebu Pacific Airways, Lion Air and Tiger Air.

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The interior of the main terminal in KLIA2 .

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Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) expects 7,000 passenger traffic movements daily for the initial phase of operations, and 50,000 passenger traffic movements from May 9 onwards.

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The KLIA2 is designed to handle 45 million passengers a year, replacing the LCCT which had a capacity for only 15 million passengers a year.

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