Malindo Air will soon be known as Batik Air
Batik Air will be replacing Malindo Air "in the second half of this year", the airline's CEO Chandran Rama Muthy has revealed.
Why the change of name?
The purpose of the rebranding was for Batik Air to attune it more towards Indonesia’s Lion Air group's dynamic as a new means of organisation and also to improve customers' flight experiences.
Batik Air Malaysia will be in charge of international routes while Batik Indonesia Air will be left to concentrate on regional routes. Chandran claims, "We, Malindo Air (Batik Air Malaysia) will be the international link within the Lion Air group while the existing Batik Air Indonesia will continue to serve the Indonesian market and it is a full service carrier."
Will Batik Air be different from Malindo Air?
The operation flow for Batik Air will remain the same as how Malindo Air currently operates.
CEO Chandran believes, “We will promote Batik Air Malaysia brand across the 16 countries we operate in, and this will be a boost to our country, heritage and culture.’’
The Lion Air Group owns Lion Air, Wings Air, Batik Air (Indonesia), Lion Bizjet, Malaysia’s Malindo Air, and Thailand’s Thai Lion Air.
Contrary to popular belief, Malindo Air is not a low-cost carrier but is actually a premium Malaysian airline
How are they different from low-cost airlines? Here's how they are premium:
1. More baggage allowance, typically weight allowance ranges from 15kg to 40kg, while hand carry baggage is 7kg to 10kg.
2. Inflight entertainment provided - wide range of movies, TV shows, and games to choose from
3. More comfort with extra legroom
Malindo Air flies to 40 local and international routes from Subang Airport and KLIA
Malindo Air first opened their doors to East Malaysia - Sabah and Sarawak back in March 2013. Overtime, they have expanded their aerial horizons, reaching up to 16 countries.
Local destinations covered by Malindo Air includes the following:
1. Alor Setar
2. Johor Bahru
3. Kota Bharu
4. Kota Kinabalu
5. Kuala Lumpur
6. Kuala Terengganu
International destinations include:
1. Australia - Perth
2. Bangladesh - Dhaka
3. India - Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Amritsar
4. Pakistan - Lahore
5. Indonesia - Bali, Batam, Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Pekanbaru
6. Nepal - Kathmandu
7. Thailand - Bangkok, Chiangmai
8. Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi
9. Singapore - Singapore
10. Sri Lanka - Colombo
11. China - Hong Kong, Sanya, Wuhan
12. Taiwan - Taipei
Which airline have you had your best flight experience with? Let us know in the comments section below!
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