Lion Air’s Malindo Launches Maiden Flights

By Lona Olavia on 06:31 pm Mar 22, 2013
A Lion aircraft prepares to land at the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta in this file photo. Lion Air own a 49 percent stake in Malindo Air.  (Reuters Photo)

A Lion aircraft prepares to land at the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta in this file photo. Lion Air own a 49 percent stake in Malindo Air. (Reuters Photo)

Kuala Lumpur. Malindo Air, a new low-cost carrier owned partly by Lion Air, launched its first two flights on Friday in Malaysia.

The airline’s first flight was from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu at 1:30 p.m. using a Boeing 737-800 belonging to Lion Air, who own 49 percent of the carrier. The other flight was from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching in Sarawak.

Malindo is a joint venture between Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defense Industries (NADI), which is based in Kuala Lumpur.

The 737-800 will be returned to Lion Air in the near future and be replaced with a Boeing 737-900ER, turning the airline into the first company to operate that type of aircraft in Malaysia.

Malindo Air is planning to operate 12 Boeing 737-900ERs by the end of the year, after they ordered the aircrafts from Lion Air in 2012.

On Monday, Lion Air put a $24 billion order for 234 Airbus jets to be delivered from 2014 to 2026. In 2011, the Indonesian carrier signed a record $22.4 billion deal for 230 Boeing 737 airliners.

The company has said it was planning to expand its current fleet as well as spawn new regional airlines.

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