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Kuala Lumpur International Airport
64000, Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
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Malindo Air is a full service carrier 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.
Malindo Air is preparing for a rebranding exercise which should improve awareness of its model and full service product offering. The airline has been planning to adopt the Batik Malaysia brand since mid-2016 but has faced regulatory delays and is now aiming finally to rebrand in early 2017. Lion Group aims to use Malindo, soon to be Batik Malaysia, as its main international airline, transferring passengers from throughout Indonesia onto Malindo's network via Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Location of Malindo Air main hub (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
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Malaysia’s Malindo Air is poised to have a momentous year in 2017, with more rapid expansion and a highly anticipated rebranding. Malindo plans to adopt the Batik Malaysia brand in early 2017, positioning it alongside Indonesia-based Batik Air as the two full service airlines in the Lion Group.
Malindo has been one of Asia’s fastest-growing airlines since it launched services in Mar-2013. It recently reached the 40-aircraft milestone, after adding an astonishing 13 aircraft in just six months. Malindo plans to end 2016 with a fleet of 42 and take at least 10 additional aircraft in 2017.
The focus in 2017 will mainly be on adding capacity to existing destinations, improving connectivity as it looks to drive more transit and interline traffic. However new routes to Australia, China and Saudi Arabia are planned in early 2017, followed by potential new routes to Japan, Korea and Pakistan later in the year – leveraging the improved range of the 737 MAX.
China Eastern Airlines, Malindo Air, Philippine Airlines and Spring Airlines scooped the airline awards at the 2016 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence, held on 15-Nov-2016 in Singapore as part of the 2016 CAPA Asia Aviation Summit. BOC Aviation CEO Robert Martin received the executive award, while Mactan-Cebu was the airport winner and Air New Zealand won in the innovation category. Spring Airlines founding CEO and chairwoman Zhang Xiuzhi was recognised with the CAPA Legends Award (CAPA Hall of Fame).
Now in its fourteenth year, CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in an always changing environment. At a time of industry upheaval, our winners are adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take.
Initially limited to Asia Pacific and the Middle East, the awards were expanded by CAPA in 2012 to include all regions. This year the Aviation Awards for Excellence were presented at two gala dinners – one for the global industry on 27-Oct-2015, and one for Asia Pacific including the Middle East on 15-Nov-2016.
Short haul LCC group AirAsia faces intensifying competition in its original home market of Malaysia. Malaysia AirAsia (MAA) is no stranger to fierce competition and has the cost structure to fight back, but the price might be a dilution of recent yield and load factor improvements.
MAA has benefitted over the last year from the restructuring of Malaysia Airlines and an improvement in overall market conditions. However, the new Malaysia Airlines is starting to emerge as a tougher competitor, with a new, more aggressive pricing strategy. Meanwhile Lion Group’s Malaysian JV Malindo Air is again accelerating expansion, targeting several of AirAsia’s most lucrative routes.
Over the past two months CAPA has published a comprehensive series of reports analysing the new strategy of the Malaysia Airlines Group, Malindo and AirAsia X. In this report CAPA examines the outlook for Malaysia’s largest airline, MAA.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air is focusing on partnerships both within and outside the Lion Group to help support accelerated growth. Malindo now accounts for approximately 8% of traffic at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and will soon link KLIA with over 30 destinations, making it attractive to foreign airlines seeking feed.
Malindo has implemented interlines with Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways over the last four months. It is now in the process of implementing an interline agreement with Oman Air, and aims to have seven interlines in place by the end of 2016.
Malindo is also now working more closely with other airlines in the Lion Group. Malindo recently began selling connections beyond Bangkok on Thai Lion Air, and plans soon to begin selling connections beyond Jakarta on Batik Air.
Malaysia’s Malindo Air has added three destinations over the last month, expanding its international network to 25 cities in 13 countries. At least five new destinations are likely in 4Q2016, including Brisbane, Chiang Mai, Phuket and up to two in China.
Malindo is the only airline of Indonesia's Lion Group with a significant international network and is starting to emerge as a major sixth freedom competitor within the Asia Pacific region. Malindo’s rapid international expansion is somewhat risky but strategic and essential as the Lion Group seeks a bigger role outside its domestic roots.
This is Part 2 in a series of analysis reports on Malindo. The first part analysed Malindo’s plans for fleet expansion. This part reviews Malindo’s network expansion and the final part will examine the airline's partnership strategy and overall outlook.
Malindo Air is pursuing rapid expansion as the Lion Group’s Malaysian joint venture embraces a full service network model. Malindo plans to add 13 or 14 aircraft in 2016 – making it one the fastest growing airlines in Asia and yet another thorn in the side of Malaysia Airlines.
Malindo has added seven aircraft over the past four months, giving it an active fleet of 34 aircraft. Malindo is now in the process of putting into service two more aircraft, and expects to add another five to six aircraft by the end of 2016.
This is Part 1 in a series of reports on Malindo. This part will focus on its plans for fleet expansion. Subsequent analyses will examine Malindo’s network expansion, its partnership strategy and its overall outlook.