PETALING JAYA: Malindo Air has appointed Capt Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri as its new chief executive officer (CEO) effective Sept 23.
In a statement yesterday, Malindo said Mushafiz would take over from the present CEO, Chandran Rama Muthy.
Chandran will be elevated to take on a new role in Lion Group as its group strategic director.
“He will be tasked to drive greater synergy within the Lion Group by overseeing new developments and strategic directions for all of the five carriers (AOCs – air operator’s certificates), alongside putting in place financial management systems and developing alternative business streams.”
Malindo said Chandran would remain a shareholder of Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd.
Mushafiz is currently the director of safety, security and quality of Thai Lion Air, a low-cost airline within Lion Group based in Don Muang, Thailand.
“He began his career as a trained pilot from the Australia Aviation School, Adelaide and has operated various types of aircraft including the variants Boeing 737 and Boeing 777.
“In 2013, Mushafiz started his path with the Lion Group from Malindo as one of the pioneer batch of pilots and played a key part as a management pilot in the early days of the airline.
“Later in the same year, he was seconded to Thai Lion Air, which was also then a start-up airline. He has held various operational roles including deputy flight operations director. He has over 24 years of aviation experience both as a flying and management pilot as well as an instructor and examiner.”
Malindo currently operates over 1,400 flights weekly across a continuously growing network of 57 destinations spread across 16 countries in Asia since March 2013 from its twin hubs at the KL International Airport and Subang. It operates a mixed fleet of 14 ATR72-600 and 29 Boeing 737NG aircraft. Malindo employs close to 5,000 employees with a 100% Malaysian crew.
Lion Group consists of five AOCs, namely, Lion Air, Batik Air and Wings Air operating out of Indonesia, Malindo and Thai Lion Air operating out of Malaysia and Thailand respectively, and a Federal Aviation Administration-certified aircraft maintenance facility at Batam.
The group’s total fleet size is made up of 316 aircraft operating 11,100 flights weekly.