Malindo launches new route to Sydney via Denpasar in Bali

Inaugural flight: Chandran (third from right) and (from left) Sydney Airport aviation GM Rob Wood, COO Hugh Wehby, Malaysia Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Khairul Adib Abdul Rahman, professional staff to the Indonesian Tourism Minister Judi Rifajantoro, Malindo Air government affairs director Raja Sa’adi Raja Amrin and Sydney Airport aviation partnerships head Christina Werkstetter at Sydney.

SYDNEY: Malindo Air has launched its new route to Sydney, making it the airline’s fifth destination Down Under.

It now offers daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney via Denpasar in Bali.

The inaugural flight OD171 from Kuala Lumpur touched down at Sydney Airport at 8am (Malaysian time) yesterday, with a one-hour stopover in Denpasar.

The flight had a total of 141 passengers on-board, including Malindo Air chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy.

Flight OD172 from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, also via Denpasar, was sent off at noon.

Chandran said there is a strong market on consumer trade between Malaysia and Sydney, hence the new route is likely to encourage many business travellers, given the strategic flight timings and a seamless journey.

“We believe this connection will attract both business and leisure travellers, wherein it is foreseen to enhance greater passengers’ traffic while promoting the local eco-tourism, ” he said.

In view of leisure prospects, Chandran added that Sydney has much to offer including rich culinary arts, thrilling adventures and significant monuments such as the iconic Opera House.

“Our passengers have always enjoyed the comfortable legroom and the business class option that we offer. “We look forward to exploring more frequencies to and from Sydney in the near future, ” he said.Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin hoped that the new route will further augment connectivity for Malaysia and Australia.

“We applaud Malindo Air for their active pursuit in establishing routes into Australia, which will boost passenger traffic especially with the upcoming Visit Malaysia 2020 year, ” he said.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the new services are welcome news for customers, delivering greater choice and flexibility, while providing growth opportunities for trade.

“We’re delighted to welcome Malindo Air to Sydney Airport, further bolstering our Asian network and providing customers with more options.

“The new services are a win for our customers and a boost for tourism, with considerable opportunity to expand trade and investment between Australia and, Indonesia and Malaysia as well as key growth areas such as agriculture and education, ” said Culbert.

Professional staff to Indonesia’s Tourism Infrastructure Minister Judi Rifajantoro thanked Malindo Air for the new route, saying that accessibility is very important to support foreign tourist arrivals.

Besides Sydney, Malindo Air’s network also includes Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The daily flights between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, via Denpasar, are operated using a Boeing 737-800/900 aircraft, comprising 12 business class and 150/168 economy Class seats.

Promotional one-way fare from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney is from RM799 for economy class and RM2, 899 for business class.

For flights from Sydney to Denpasar, promotional return fare is available from A$399.26 (RM1, 133) for economy class and A$1, 699.26 (RM4, 822) for business class.Bookings are available on the Malindo Air website, ticketing offices, customer care centre and preferred travel agents.

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