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KUALA LUMPUR, 6 JUNE: More than two months after starting its operations, Malindo Air is already talking about its expansion to India and Singapore after August. It will fly to three destinations in India ~ New Delhi, Tiruchirappalli and Cochin.
The hybrid airline will add aircraft to its fleet and by the year-end, its fleet will consist of 14 aircraft, four ATR72-600 propeller aircraft and 10 B737-900ER planes.
Mr Raja Sa’adi Raja Amrin, head of corporate sales and governmental relations, said that Malindo planned to add four new ATR72-600 planes from Toulouse, France next year, bringing its total short-haul fleet to eight planes.
“We are using the latest of the ATR series to service destinations in Peninsular Malaysia where jet operations are not that practical,” he added after the inaugural flight from Skypark Terminal in Subang to Kota Bharu, Kelantan yesterday.
Malindo started operations in Malaysia on 23 March. With the ATR72-600 propeller planes, it currently flies to Penang and Kota Bharu. The two B747-900ER planes that it has, service flights to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
Mr Amrin said that by the end of this month, Malindo would operate flights to Johor, Sibu, Miri and Tawau. The airline is also looking forward to add Langkawi and Terengganu to its destinations list.
“Our emergence from Subang Skypark has been well received by the public. The great response since the launch of our ATR72-600 ticket sales on 17 May is encouraging. We are very pleased with a 100 per cent passenger capacity from Kota Bharu to Subang,” chief executive officer, Mr Chandran Rama Murthy, said in a statement.
Mr Amrin added that Malindo was a hybrid airline because its services were akin to full-serviced airlines while the fares it offered were lower than budget airlines. Its all-inclusive fares include in-flight entertainment, food as well as baggage allowance. In August, the airline will also offer in-flight WiFi services to passengers for a small fee, he said.