Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air is to join with Malaysia’s minority state owned National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) to create a new airline.
The new carrier, named Malindo Airways, will be 51% controlled by NADI and 49% by Lion Air and will operate as a hybrid airline. It will be providing will be offering low fares, but with ‘frills’ including free in-flight entertainment, a light meal and WiFi connectivity. It will also use air bridge facilities at the airports that have them, confirmed an airline source.
Malindo Airways intends to launch operations from a primary hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and will be based at the new KLIA2 budget terminal which is due to become operational in April 2013.
The airline will, at first, serve a mix of domestic markets and to locations in Indonesia from May 1st, 2013 prior to expanding to bring in new non-stop links from Kuala Lumpur to locations across Asia, including China, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
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