Malindo Air Eyeing New Interline Deals

27th Jun 2016

After sealing a deal with Turkish Airlines last week, Malaysian-based Malindo Air has set its sights on at least six codesharing deals with other airlines for interline services.

Malindo’s Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said:

We are in talks with two other Middle East airlines for similar tie-ups and we expect to wrap the deals in two months’ time.

He did not want to reveal the name of the two airlines Malindo is in talks with, but it’s most likely one of the several carriers that fly into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA): Egypt Air, Iran Air, Kuwait Airways, Iraqi Air, Saudia Airlines, Royal Jordanian or Oman Air.

According to Chandran, Malindo Air is in talks with several other carriers. He said:

Our target is to have seven interline and codeshares this year and by the end of the third quarter, we should have secured five.

Malindo Passengers Can Fly to Turkish Airlines’ 240 International Destinations and Istanbul

Thanks to the agreement made last week with Turkish Airlines, Malindo Air passengers now have the option to fly to 240 international destinations covered by this carrier.

As to when might this come to fruition, Malindo CEO said:

That will be in about two months’ time.

The Malaysian hybrid airline carried 3.78 million passengers in 2015 and the target for this year is six million.

On expanding Malindo’s network Chandran said:

We will expand our network and get more passengers flying via KLIA. Before this, these passengers might have transited via Singapore or Bangkok. Our bigger objective is to help position KLIA as a transit and tourism hub.

At the moment, Malindo Air operates over 800 flights per week to 40 destinations in 12 countries in the ASEAN, India, China and Australia. By making interline and codeshare agreements with other airlines, other regions, such as Middle East, United States, Europe and more would be open to the Malaysian carrier.

Another reason to look for codesharing and interline deals for Malindo is that it could expect a 15 per cent increase in passenger traffic if it gets ten airlines for such an arrangement.

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