Batik Air, Kia ink MoU to promote sustainable terminal transport service at KLIA

SEPANG: Batik Air passengers can now enjoy eco-friendly and sustainable terminal transfer service starting Monday (June 24).

The service is an exclusive offering for Batik Air Business Class and Flexi passengers, supplementing the existing bus transfer provided by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) due to the temporary suspension of the aero train service at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The airline in collaboration with Kia through their sole distributor Dinamikjaya Motors Sdn Bhd offers a seamless and eco-friendly transfer between the Main Terminal Building and the Satellite Building of KLIA Terminal 1.

Passengers with eligible boarding pass will be chauffeured in an all-electric Kia EV9, as well as, the latest model of Kia Carnival.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke who witnessed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony highlighted the importance of having such service as Malaysia is set to be a focal point for government and business leaders from the region as the country takes over the chairmanship of Asean next year.

“Asean leaders are already travelling to our country to attend high-level meetings hosted by Malaysia. In November, the Transport Ministry will be hosting the 30th Asean Transport Minister Meeting bringing senior transport officials from China, Japan and South Korea, here in Kuala Lumpur.

“The service level of our airlines and airports will set the arriving world leader’s impression of Malaysia,” he said during the launch of the service at Sama-Sama Hotel here on Monday (June 24).

Loke added that the initiative also aligns perfectly with Batik Air’s long-term vision of achieving a more sustainable future in aviation.

“For the aviation industry, sustainability must be viewed holistically and is not limited to the aircraft. Controlling our carbon emissions must also include all supporting services including ground operations and in today’s example - terminal transfer operations.

“This Batik Air and Kia partnership is a good example of industry players taking proactive steps towards responsible climate stewardship,” he added.

In addition to the new transfer service, Batik Air also introduced its Wireless In-Flight Entertainment (Wireless-IFE) which offers connectivity onboard with smartphones, tablets, or laptops, as well access to a wide selection of Movies, TVSeries, and Games.

The product also offers special ‘My Flight’ features providing Real-time Flight Tracking, Interactive Live Map, Digital Meals & Drinks Menu and many more.

At present, two units of A330 and nine units of B737-8 have been installed with the latest in-flight entertainment.

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