Malindo Air makes Dhaka its first international destination
Malindo Air, the Lion Air-backed carrier, has inaugurated its first international service since starting operations in March this year, launching daily 737-900 flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Dhaka (DAC) in Bangladesh on 28 August. Competition will be fierce for the newcomer, with four airlines already vying for market supremacy – Biman Bangladesh Airlines (seven per week); Malaysia Airlines (14); Regent Airways (seven) and United Airways (seven). Malindo Air had planned to start services to Tiruchirappalli and Cochin in India this week, but these have failed to come to fruition. However, the self-styled “not just low cost” carrier has announced plans this week to start daily 737-900 flights to Jakarta (23 September), and Bali/Denpasar (26 September) in Indonesia.