Malindo Air, a joint venture by Jakarta based Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries, will be using Boeing’s next-generation 737-900ERs to launch its low-fare services. Malindo Air is the first airline in Malaysia to operate the brand new B737-900ER. Boeing delivered its 7,500th 737 to Malindo Air and has received total orders exceeding 10,500 airplanes, making this aircraft model the best-selling jetliner.
The 737-900 ER with feature new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances a sense of spaciousness and large pivoting overhead stowage bins. Around 85% of Boeing’s backlog of more than 3,100 Next-Generation 737s will be delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior.
Malindo Air will fly its inaugural flight on 22 March 2013 and it received its Air Operators Certificate from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to perform commercial air operations in February this year. The low cost carrier is Malaysia’s first hybrid airline which comes in economy and business class. The aircraft will feature all leader seats with wider seat pitches of 45 inches in business class and 32 inches in economy.
Personal TV for in-flight entertainment, full meal service in business class and light snacks in economy will be provided. Business Class passengers also enjoy 30kg of baggage allowance and 15kg for economy class.
The airline expects to procure 100 aircraft over this decade, serving routes with distances of up to five hours from Kuala Lumpur. In its website, it indicated that Malindo Air will operate the Boeing 737-900ER, Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Malindo Air will lease through Dry Operating Lease in the beginning and purchase in the later stage.
With a mission to focus on delivering exceptional air services while offering low fares with added values, the new carrier’s tag line in “Not Just Low Cost” as it intends to provide superior products and services.
More information about Malindo Air is available on MalaysiaAsia