New entrant arrives on Kuala Lumpur-Perth route

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 20, 2015
Malindo Air's inaugural service to Perth. (Darren Koch)
Malindo Air’s inaugural service to Perth. (Darren Koch)

Malindo Air has joined AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines on the Perth-Kuala Lumpur route after its inaugural flight touched down in the West Australian capital on Thursday.

The Boeing 737-800 operating flight OD151 received an ARFF monitor cross salute after landing at Perth Airport at 1440 local time on Thursday. The aircraft, registration 9M-LNW, was on the ground for about an hour before taking off as the reciprocal OD152.

The airline, which launched in March 2013, is a joint-venture between Indonesia’s Lion Air group and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI). Perth is Malindo’s first destination in Australia and will be served daily before increasing to 11 flights a week in early December.

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Perth Airport noted Malaysia was its fifth largest international market with more than 300,000 passengers on the route in the past year.

“Malaysia is a popular holiday destination and, combined with a large number of passengers also visiting friends and relatives, will continue as one of Perth’s core markets for many years to come,” Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches said in a statement.

Malindo chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy said recently the the addition of Perth to the airline’s route network would “expand our coverage and strengthen our customer proposition in the strategically important markets of Asia”.

“We are very confident that this new service, our first to Australia, will boost travel and trade between Australia and Malaysia,” he said.

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While Malindo is using narrowbody aircraft to serve Perth, both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia X operate Airbus A330-300 widebodies on the route.

Malindo Air receives ARFF monitor cross salute at Perth Airport after the inaugural flight. (Perth Airport/Twitter)
Malindo Air receives the traditional ARFF monitor cross salute at Perth Airport after the inaugural flight. (Perth Airport/Twitter)
Some celebrations in the terminal after Malindo Air's inaugural flight to Perth. (Perth Airport/Twitter)
Some celebrations in the terminal after Malindo Air’s inaugural flight to Perth. (Perth Airport/Twitter)

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8 Comments

  • Dave

    says:

    That’s a long time to be stuck on a 737

  • jack

    says:

    Im glad that you guys said that the aircraft was a Boeing 737-800 and not a Boeing 737-900 like 7news, even though it said -800 on the side of the plane in their video.

  • Marc

    says:

    @Dave.
    The seat pitch will be at it’s near minimum regardless which discount airline you fly or type of plane.
    I’d take a smaller jet over a bigger one any time. Faster load/unload and less time waiting for bags.

  • Geoff

    says:

    Perth airport is on track to see strong International passenger growth over the next few years as the Asian and Gulf airlines take advantage of more favourable conditions. Some reasons are as follows:

    Our weaker dollar.
    More economically active Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian visitors
    Low fuel prices
    More efficient aircraft procurement (A350 and 787)
    Renewed QANTAS international services with 787’s
    Double daily Emirates A380 services (2016)
    Upsized aircraft services by Etihad, Qatar and other current airlines
    New and broader bilateral agreements
    New services by Air New Zealand and others such as China Eastern and Vietnam Airlines
    More…..

  • HW

    says:

    @Marc
    Malindo Air offers very generous legroom for a Boeing 737, which is far better than legroom on most other airlines.

  • Geoff

    says:

    Congratulations Malindo. Air. Best wishes for the future.

  • Marc

    says:

    @HW
    You missed my point, big planes v small planes

  • Sacha

    says:

    @Jack:
    Officially they are using a mix of 737-800 and 737-900s.

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