Malindo Air Plans To Have A Fleet of 100 Aircraft In 10 Years

19th Dec 2014

The budget carrier is aiming to boost its fleet in its bid to expand its operations, which currently covers mainly the regions of Southeast and South Asia.

It currently operates services to more than 30 destinations across Malaysia, Indonesia, India, as well as Bangladesh, Thailand, and Singapore. It utilizes a fleet of seven B737 and 11 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Malindo Air will embark on an aggressive expansion program starting next year with the opening of more routes to expand its network especially to Southern China, as well as South and Southeast Asia.

Beginning February 6 next year, it will commence a direct service between Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu in Nepal. A little more than a week later, by February 15, it will also inaugurate its maiden service from Kuala Lumpur to Visakhapatnam, the largest city in Andhra Pradesh state in India.

Kathmandu will be its 18th international destination and South Asia's 8th. It currently flies to 5 Indian cities of Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Tiruchirappalli, and Trivandrum, as well as two Bangladeshi destinations of Dhaka and Chittagong.

The planned acquisition of more aircraft is aimed at the airline's ongoing expansion program, which will primarily focus on the opening of more routes from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to boost its presence in the region.

According to its CEO, Chandran Rama Murthy, the airline is very aggressive in its expansion plans to take advantage of the favorable travel boom in the region, which is seen to last into the next 20 years.

The Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu service will be serviced by the airline's newly-acquired B737-900 jetliner. It will operate on a once-daily frequency leaving klia2 AT 1905 hours and arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport at 2130 hours local time.

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