MIRI: Malindo Air, Malaysia’s hybrid airline, made its maiden flight here, landing at Miri Airport yesterday morning, with 95 passengers and 18 media personnel.
Malindo Air chief executive officer (CEO) Chandran Rama Muthy, his officials and all the passengers were greeted on arrival with a traditional Sarawakian reception led by the Assistant Minister of Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
They were garlanded with bead necklaces. Chandran also joined Lee and other local dignitaries and tourism industry players in welcoming the other passengers.
Among those present were Miri Resident Antonio Kahti Galis, Sarawak Tourism Board CEO Datuk Rashid Khan, National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd corporate and finance executive director Dato Mohamad Sham and Datuk Seri Temenggong Lee Sie Tong.
The commencement of the one daily flight to Miri from KLIA using the brand new Boeing 737-900ER was made three days after a similar inaugural flight to Sibu on June 11.
The airline, which took to the skies on March 22, currently operates three flights daily from Kuching and three flights daily to Kota Kinabalu from KLIA.
It also operates three daily flights to Kota Bahru, two daily flights to Penang and one daily flight to Johor Bahru from Skypark Terminal, Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport, Subang, using its turbo-prop aircrafts, ATR 72-600.
“We are glad to have Malindo Air flying into Miri, as it connects travellers between Borneo and peninsular Malaysia thus providing more options not only for those who are with oil and gas companies but also for tourists who are using Miri as a gateway to various national ports in the region,” said Chandran.
He added the expansion of their routes signified their commitment to make air travel accessible and affordable for everyone. He also assured that travellers can expect more good things coming from Malindo Air soon. This will include expansion of routes to Bintulu and Tawau.
To mark its first month of operation, the airline is also extending its introductory one-way all-inclusive fares from Miri to Kuala Lumpur at RM109 to encourage more people to experience Malindo Air.
Malindo Air currently operates a fleet of two brand new Boeing 737-900ER (extended range) aircrafts in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in business and 168 seats in economy class.
Guests travelling onboard Malindo Air will also enjoy extra leg room at no additional cost as all seats in the economy class have a seat pitch of 32”.
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