What a great news for those in ASEAN region as a new low-cost carrier, Malindo Airway was established by Malaysia’s Nadi Sdn Bhd and Indonesia’s PT Lion Air.
The joint venture agreement was signed on Tuesday and the new carrier would focus on short-haul flights in the region. The first flight would be in May 2013 from KL to Indonesia. With the launching we believe could spark a price war in an the low-cost carrier market which currently dominated by AirAsia. The Malindo Airways is reported to choose KLIA2 as its base.
Nadi is a unit of the National Aerospace & Defense Industries, formerly known as Aerospace Industries Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which is a significant player mainly in the aerospace and defence industries, located in Subang.
Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest private carrier. It flies to more than 36 cities in Indonesia and many other destinations such as, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam on a fleet of brand new Boeing 737-900ER.
Unlike Airasia, Malindo Airways will have in-flight entertainment, extra legroom and free light meals. We have to wait until early next year, how Malindo Airways can change the competition in low-cost-carrier in this region.