Batik Air Maylasia will be the new branded name for Malindo Air. Malindo air travellers will have to book flights
through Batik Air Maylasia.
The new structure will come into effect in the second half of this year, but everything else will remain the same.
The reasoning behind the new name change is to better align the offerings within Indonesia's Lion Air Group herd of carriers to ensure there is seamless full service travel internationally and domestically.
The new Batik Air Malaysia brand will be promoted across the 16 countries the carrier already operates in, and this will be a boost to Indonesia heritage and culture. For a long time Indonesian airlines were banned from flying into Europe and other regions, but that ban has since been lifted. Instead of Batik Air Indonesia flying all over the world, the group has Malindo for its Asian connectivity, and the latter is now in the final stages of sealing a code share arrangement with a Middle East carriers, which will give it global access to several markets.
A joint-venture between Malaysian Aerospace and Defence Industries and Lion Airlines Group, Malindo Airways operates a fleet of eleven ATR72-600s, ten B737-800s, and seven B737-900(ER)s on flights throughout Malaysia as well as to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Australia, and China.
The Ministry of Transportation also mentioned that quite a few foreign investors are interested in Indonesia's lucrative travel industry. Most f the airline investors come from Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and Malaysia. So far none of these foreign airline investors have submitted an application to the Ministry of Transportation. But overall the aviation industry looks good for both Indonesia and Malaysia.
News: Batik Airline will have a fleet of 6 Boeing 737-900ERs with seating capacity of 181 passengers, 12 seats will comprise of business class cabins.
Batik air's 2nd plane will arrive on the 5 of May and fly between Pekanbaru and Jakarta. A 3rd plane will arrive on the 9 of May. It is also rumored that new carrier from Indonesia has secured permits to travel to 21 international and 67 domestic destinations. The new carrier is aimed at middle class customers who can afford to spend more on premium travel. Lion Air is seen as catching a bus, where Batik Airways is seen as catching a cab (If you can afford it).
Hightlights:Batik Air BookingBatik air Malaysia to be Malindo Air's new name* Batik Air and Malindo issues bonds * Jakarta-Surakarta service on 31-May-2013 * Launch daily Jakarta-Jayapura service * Increase Jakarta-Ambon frequency * Launch Jakarta-Denpasar and Jakarta-Yogyakarta services * Batik Air Maylasia * Batik Air to receive an additional three Boeing 737-900ER aircraft in 2013 * Batik Air launches services to Pekanbaru and Ambon * Batik Air aiming for 90% on-time performance in 2013 *Batik Airlines launches twice daily Jakarta-Manado service * Two additional services from Jakarta * Lion Airlines launches full service subsidiary Batik Air on 25-Apr-2013 * Batik Airlines postpones the launch of operations * Batik Air accepts delivery of first Boeing 737-900ER