Malindo Air spreads its wings with Sydney, Adelaide flights

By Chris Chamberlin, March 11 2019
Malindo Air spreads its wings with Sydney, Adelaide flights

Malindo Air will grow its Australian route network this year with the launch of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and Adelaide, which will run via Denpasar (Bali) in each direction: catering to travellers jetting to both Indonesia and Malaysia.

Using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Sydney and a mix of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900ER jets to Adelaide, these all feature 12 reclining business class seats in a typical 2-2 configuration…

… offering a generous 45-inch pitch, along with a leg rest and adjustable footrest, an 11.1-inch touchscreen inflight entertainment monitor, and AC and dual USB charging ports.

AusBT review: Malindo Air Boeing 737 business class, Brisbane-Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur

For Sydneysiders, outbound flights begin June 22 (June 21 from Kuala Lumpur), as follows:

Route

Flight #

Departure time (local)

Arrival time (local)

Schedule

Sydney-Denpasar

OD172

12:35pm

5:20pm

Daily from June 22

Denpasar-Kuala Kumpur

OD172

6:20pm

9:30pm

Daily from June 22

Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar

OD171

10:10pm

1:20am (+1)

Daily from June 21

Denpasar-Sydney

OD171

3:10am

11:05am

Daily from June 22

Travellers from Adelaide will see Malindo Air a little sooner, with flights from April 1 (March 31 from KL), as below:

Route

Flight #

Departure time (local)

Arrival time (local)

Schedule

Adelaide-Denpasar

OD174

7:40am

11:45am

Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri from April 1

Denpasar-KL

OD174

12:45pm

3:50pm

Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri from April 1

KL-Denpasar

OD173

7:55pm

11:05pm

Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat from Mar 31

Denpasar-Adelaide

OD173

12:05am (+1)

6:40am

Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri from April 1

Passengers can choose to fly return between Australia and Indonesia only – without connecting onward to Malaysia – or can take the full Australia-Indonesia-Malaysia route, by remaining on board the aircraft while in transit.

Malindo Air’s sister airline Batik Air also provides flights from Denpasar onwards to Chennai, Jakarta and Surabaya, on which passengers from Australia can also connect, although for business travellers, the absence of a bed in business class becomes most noticeable on the final leg home from Bali, which will run overnight to both Sydney and Adelaide.

Malindo Air currently flies from Melbourne and Brisbane to Denpasar and onwards to Kuala Lumpur, and from Perth non-stop to Kuala Lumpur, while Batik Air offers direct Perth-Denpasar flights.

With fierce competition on overlapping Australian routes from the likes of Qantas, Virgin Australia, Garuda, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia X and Jetstar, Malindo Air’s business class airfares tend to be competitively priced, and closer to the premium economy rates of other airlines.

For instance, it’s not uncommon to find return business class airfares from Australia to Kuala Lumpur for $2,200 with Malindo Air – and even less just from Australia to Bali – whereas business class on other airlines can cost up to twice that.

Malindo Air’s Sydney and Adelaide flights are currently loaded into booking systems, although have not yet been opened for sale:

The airline has no Australian frequent flyer partnerships, although its Malindo Miles scheme is free to join.

Also read: Travel tip – drop your suitcase at Kuala Lumpur in-town check-in

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Sep 2011

Total posts 85

Mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. Almost as many "Terrible" as "Excellent". Even for Business Class one-third of the total of Excellent + Terrible reviews are Terrible

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Dec 2017

Total posts 50

Worth noting that DFAT have issued a blanket ban on government travel on Lion air and its subsidiaries (ie Malindo, Batik, Thai Lion etc). Available for general perusal on smarttraveller for more info.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1189

That Denpasar-Sydney timing is brutal.

Asiana Airlines - Asiana Club

09 Feb 2017

Total posts 42

Yep, that 5 am AEST or 6 am AEDT departure time wouldn't leave many of us refreshed on arrival. Were they intending this to be equivalent to a morning flight?

Who in their right mind would book the DPS-SYD sector? Really terrible timings.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 106

Tried the business product from Perth to Bali - I thinks it’s the same between Batik and Malindo...circa $700 return and not much more then economy fares. But don’t let your hopes reach too high. It’s definitely no true business class. The value is in extra space but the food was horrible, no drink beside someone water and processed juice I’d rather avoid - I’d recommend bringing your own food. Also try board last, from my experience it was just awkward being only pax in cabin with economy walking past. They just stare as they walk past in their Bintang tops..

Another LCC that I may have issues getting TI for?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Jul 2011

Total posts 182

A positive is the competition to DPS from ADL - it will be nice to try something different to JQ.

Asiana Airlines - Asiana Club

09 Feb 2017

Total posts 42

Anyone else think that this isn't the best timing, from an airline whose (parent company - but operationally the same, at least in DFAT's judgment) aircraft crashed last year, launching a service on the same model of aircraft, that crashed again a few days ago?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2011

Total posts 136

Operated by the 737-800 and 737-900E, not actually the model of aircraft in question...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jun 2011

Total posts 136

*737-900ER rather

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Aug 2014

Total posts 104

I'd suggest the Adelaide flights won't start on those dates as that's only 19 days away and you can't currently book them.

04 Jun 2018

Total posts 16

That KUL-DPS-SYD timing is nothing short of bizarre.


Then again they are currently running Batik services PER-DPS daily with a load factor of barely 20% (some days with less than 10 pax), so it's hard to make sense of what Lion Group are actually trying to achieve with their Australian expansion.

Despite the above, they should do well ADL-DPS considering JQ has had the monopoly on the route recently. Surprised GA hasn't given the route a shot.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

15 Mar 2019

Total posts 5

ADL flight is scheduled for APR 1 but its not open for sale?!!

17 Sep 2015

Total posts 391

A$2200 return to KUL in 'business class' on a poor standard aircraft is no bargain when on full service carriers like PR, one can fly to KUL via MNL for a similar price and enjoy good cuisine, lie flat beds ex or to Oz and a proper business class cabin.


DFAT has a ban on this airline group for good reason.


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