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Kuala Lumpur International Airport
64000, Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
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- Kuala Lumpur International Airport
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- Low Cost Carrier
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- Part of Lion Group
Malindo Air is an LCC formed as a joint venture between Malaysia's National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) (51%) and Lion Air of Indonesia (49%). The carrier launched in mid Mar-2013 starting with domestic services and plans to launch a number of international routes to India and Bangladesh in future. The carrier operates a fleet of Boeing 737-900ER and ATR72-212 aircraft from its Kuala Lumpur hubs.
Location of Malindo Air main hub (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider Malindo Air fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
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Southeast Asia’s low cost carrier fleet has passed the 600 aircraft mark as the region’s 23 LCCs added about 70 aircraft in 2015, resulting in 13% growth. The region’s LCC fleet has expanded by 50% in only three years, from 400 to just over 600 aircraft.
Nevertheless, LCC capacity growth within Southeast Asia slowed significantly in 2015 for the second consecutive year, as several carriers made adjustments in response to challenging market conditions. For the first time since the birth of LCCs in Southeast Asia 15 years ago there was a drop in the LCC penetration rate within Southeast Asia.
There was faster LCC capacity growth in medium/long haul markets connecting Southeast Asia with other regions, driven by a 37% expansion of the Southeast Asian LCC widebody fleet. There are now seven LCCs in Southeast Asia operating widebody aircraft, compared with only seven in the rest of the world.
Indonesia's Lion Group continued to expand its fleet rapidly in 2015 as several of its competitors in Southeast Asia slowed growth or restructured. Lion added a remarkable 57 aircraft in 2015 – its highest figure ever – and ended the year with 236 aircraft.
In doing so Lion overtook AirAsia as the largest airline group in Southeast Asia, growing its fleet by 32% in 2015 while the AirAsia fleet shrank slightly. The Lion Group is expected to add a similar number of aircraft in 2016, further widening the gap with AirAsia.
All five Lion Group carriers grew their fleets in 2015 by at least seven aircraft. Lion currently has 191 aircraft in its home market of Indonesia, 27 in Malaysia and 18 in Thailand.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air is planning further rapid expansion of its international network in 2016 as five to six additional 737-800s are delivered. The Lion Group affiliate is launching two new international destinations in early 2016 and plans to add at least two more in 1H2016, extending its international network to at least 22 destinations.
Greater China will be the biggest focus for 2016 with Hong Kong, Taipei, Wuhan, Kunming and Guangzhou joining Sanya, which became Malindo’s first Chinese destination on 20-Dec-2015. But Malindo is also planning to expand in the Indochina region, starting with Ho Chi Minh on 29-Jan-2016.
A new phase of international expansion will kick in in 2017 as the first batch of 737 MAX aircraft are placed into service, opening up new longer medium haul routes to northern China, Korea and Japan. Malindo is also now looking at potentially acquiring A330s, which would be used to add destinations deeper into Australia to supplement newly launched Perth and begin non-stop routes to Middle East. Malindo plans to begin serving Jeddah in 2016 but initially with a one-stop product using its existing 737 fleet.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air Part 1: network model emerges. Focus on international market expansion & KLIA
Lion Group Malaysian affiliate JV Malindo Air has accelerated expansion of its international network, adding three destinations in three new countries in recent weeks. Malindo now has 19 international destinations and is planning more rapid growth in 2016, including another two destinations over the next two months.
Malindo has focused entirely on international expansion in 2015 after mainly pursuing domestic growth in 2013 and 2014. Malindo’s current domestic seat capacity is down 7% year over year while its international capacity is up 66%. Malindo carried nearly 4 million passengers in 2015, giving it about a 6% share of the total Malaysia market.
Less than three years after commencing operations the hybrid airline has become a relatively significant force in a market previously dominated by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines, evolving from a point to point domestic operation to an international network airline.
Kota Kinabalu Airport in east Malaysia should see a resumption of traffic growth in 2016 following two years of reductions. Malaysia’s second largest airport is quietly emerging as an international hub, fuelled by growth from mainland China.
Malaysia Airlines is opening a base at Kota Kinabalu in Apr-2016, which is expected to lead to nearly 30% traffic growth at the airport for the newly restructured flag carrier. AirAsia is also expanding at Kota Kinabalu in 2016, starting with a new daily service to Wuhan, its fourth Chinese route.
Kota Kinabalu also has seen the launch or resumption of service from three Chinese carriers in 2H2015. China is now the airport’s largest international market and will see further growth in 2016 driven by new flights from AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Chinese carriers.
Malaysia Airlines' restructuring enters new phase with fleet & possible regional capacity reductions
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has begun a new phase of its long restructuring process, as it starts to reject aircraft leases. MAS transitioned to a new company on 1-Sep-2015, but the restructuring in many respects is far from complete, and will take another year to implement.
MAS still has the flexibility to reject aircraft leases, giving it a benefit similar to US airlines that are restructuring through bankruptcy protection. While MAS cut capacity and head count prior to the transition to the new company, the flag carrier has only begun the process of reviewing its fleet.
A large portion of the fleet is expected to be returned over the next several months. More capacity cuts are possible, particularly in the domestic and short haul sectors, as MAS has already cut back its network outside Asia to a minimum level.