Touchdown in Oz! Malindo Air made its first appearance in Australia on 19 November with the arrival of the airline’s first flight from Kuala Lumpur at Perth Airport. The inaugural flight was operated using a 737-800, though 737-900s will also be used on the route. Celebrating the event with a cake-cutting ceremony were: Scott Norris, Executive General Manager, Commercial Services, Perth Airport; Dato’ Sri Dr. Ismail bin Hj. Bakar, Secretary General, Ministry of Transport, Malaysia; Chandran Rama Muthy , CEO, Malindo Air; Stephanie Buckland, CEO, Tourism Western Australia; and Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transportation, Malaysia.
- Malindo Air launched its first route to Australia on 19 November. Perth (PER) was the LCC’s first destination ‘down under’ from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with flights initially operating daily using a mix of 737-800s and 737-900s. Frequency will increase to 11 times per week from the beginning of December. At 4,136 kilometres the route is the airline’s second longest, after Amritsar in India at 4,276 kilometres. Competition is provided by AirAsia X with 11 weekly flights and Malaysia Airlines with daily flights. Both of these airlines operate wide-body aircraft on the route. Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches, said: “Malaysia is a popular holiday destination and combined with a large number of passengers also visiting friends and relatives, it will continue as one of Perth’s core markets for many years to come.” Malindo Air now serves 19 destinations non-stop from Kuala Lumpur, of which seven are in India, four in Malaysia, three in Indonesia and one each in Australia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand. See how Perth Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.