Batik Air Malaysia
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded27 September 2012; 11 years ago (2012-09-27)
(as Malindo Air)
Commenced operations
  • 22 March 2013; 11 years ago (2013-03-22)
    (as Malindo Air)
  • 28 April 2022; 2 years ago (2022-04-28)
    (as Batik Air Malaysia)
HubsKuala Lumpur International Airport
Frequent-flyer programMalindo Miles
Fleet size35
Parent company
HeadquartersAra Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key people
  • Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri (CEO)[2]
  • Edward Sirait (President, Lion Group)

Batik Air Malaysia (formerly known as Malindo Air) is a Malaysian full-service carrier,[3][4] an associate carrier of the Indonesian Lion Air Group, with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.[5][6][7][8] The original name, Malindo, signifies a cooperative pact between Malaysia and Indonesia.


Oasis Ara Damansara, which houses the Malindo Air head office

Malindo Air

AirAsia's expansion from Malaysia into Lion Air's market encouraged the Indonesian airline to enter the Malaysian market with a subsidiary airline. AirAsia's subsidiary, Indonesia AirAsia, in partnership with its parent firm, attempted to buy Indonesian carrier Batavia Air to gain a foothold in Indonesia, but the deal did not go through due to regulatory complications and Batavia Air's eventual bankruptcy. The attempted deal resulted in a turf war between Lion Air, Indonesia's biggest low-cost carrier, and AirAsia, Asia's biggest low-cost carrier.

Mr. Chandran Rama Muthy, personal assistant executive to the president director of Lion Air, was appointed as CEO of Batik Air Malaysia. The airline's inaugural flights began operations on 22 March 2013.

For its jet routes, Batik Air Malaysia provides seat pitches of 32" and 45" for economy class and business class respectively,[9] as well as free baggage allowances of 40 kg for Business passengers and either 20 kg or 30 kg for Economy class passengers depending on their ticket category. Economy passengers on flights to Shah Amanat International Airport and Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh receive a 35 kg baggage allowance. However, the airline's cheapest Economy class tickets do not receive a free baggage allowance.[10] In June 2015, Malindo became the first Malaysian airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi service.[11] The combination of the amenities, services, and low cost fares puts Batik Air Malaysia in the category of a hybrid airline.

The airline also has expanded on a parallel turboprop service, focusing mainly on secondary routes within a 2-hour radius from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. Initial destinations included Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu. Propeller flights commenced in early June 2013.

In early 2017, the airline was expected to re-brand Malindo Air to "Batik Air Malaysia" to l focus on international routes while its associate airline, Batik Air, serves domestic routes in Indonesia. The airline had already began to feature the Batik Air Malaysia logo and livery on its aircraft gradually.

In 2016, Malindo initiated interline agreements with Turkish Airlines[12] and Qatar Airways.[13]

In February 2017, National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi) reduced its stake from 50.99% to just 5%. Then-Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy is now the major shareholder with his wife Kalpana Devasagayam, who together hold a 46% stake at the Malindo Air's operating company, Malindo Airways, via Sky One Investors. They both own equal portions in Sky One. The remaining 49% of shares in Malindo is owned by the Indonesian PT Lion Group.[14]

A Batik Air Malaysia Airbus A330-300 in Kota Kinabalu International Airport

In April 2017, Malindo Air received its International Air Transport Association (IATA) certificate as an IATA member. The airline has also successfully retained its IOSA registration, which is valid from 3 June 2018 to 3 June 2020.

On 22 May 2017, Malindo Air became the first airline in the world to introduce Boeing 737 MAX 8 into service. Configured in mono-class 180 Economy seats, the first commercial service departed from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.[15][16] However, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 service was short-lived as the airline received numerous customer complaints, especially from business class passengers having to downgrade to economy class. The sole B737-MAX 8 was returned to its parent company Lion Air.

In an official press release issued by Malindo Air dated 26 August 2019, Captain Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri, Director of Safety, Security & Quality of Thai Lion Air, was revealed as the new CEO, replacing the current CEO effective 23 September 2019, while Chandra Rama Muthy was appointed as Group Strategy Director of Lion Group.[17]

On 23 October 2020, it was reported that Malindo Air had decided to cut more than half of its workforce as part of measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on their business. With that, the airline laid off about 2,200 employees, or more than half of its 3,200-strong workforce.[18][19]

Batik Air Malaysia

On 28 April 2022, Malindo Air was rebranded as Batik Air Malaysia in line with the Lion Group's goal to establish a common identity for the full service airlines within the group.[6] Following this, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 was reintroduced into the fleet.[20]

The Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737 MAX 8 officially started its first flight with the airline on 2 June 2022, from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu as OD1002.[21][22]

The airline also received an Airbus A330-300 from sister company Lion Air in 2023. The aircraft's first proving flight was held on 20 May 2023, from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu as OD5330, with a returning flight on the same day as OD5331.[23]

Batik Air Malaysia's origin, corporate identity and livery timeline
Malindo Air Boeing 737-800 in 2019
Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737 MAX 8 in 2023


Main article: Lion Air Group destinations

Malindo Air Boeing 737-800 at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten
Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737 MAX 8 approaching Perth Airport, Western Australia

As of May 2024, Batik Air Malaysia flies (or has flown) to the following destinations:[24]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Australia Adelaide Adelaide Airport Terminated
Brisbane Brisbane Airport [24]
Melbourne Melbourne Airport [24]
Perth Perth Airport [24]
Sydney Sydney Airport [24]
Bangladesh Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport [24]
China Chengdu Chengdu Tianfu International Airport [24]
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [24]
Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport [25]
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport [26]
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport [27]
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport [28]
Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport [29]
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International [24]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
India Amritsar Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport [24]
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport [24]
Kochi Cochin International Airport [24]
Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Terminated
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport [24]
Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli International Airport [24]
Indonesia Batam Hang Nadim International Airport [24]
Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport [24]
Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport [24]
Lombok Lombok International Airport Begins 2 August 2024 [30]
Medan Kualanamu International Airport
Japan Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport [24]
Naha Naha Airport [24]
Osaka Kansai International Airport [24]
Sapporo New Chitose Airport Terminated
Tokyo Narita International Airport [24]
Malaysia Alor Setar Sultan Abdul Halim Airport Terminated
Johor Bahru Senai International Airport [24]
Kota Bharu Sultan Ismail Petra Airport [24]
Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport [24]
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport Hub [24]
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Terminated
Kuala Terengganu Sultan Mahmud Airport Terminated
Kuantan Kuantan Airport Terminated
Kuching Kuching International Airport [24]
Langkawi Langkawi International Airport [24]
Penang Penang International Airport [24]
Sibu Sibu Airport [31]
Tawau Tawau [31]
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport [24]
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport [24]
New Zealand Auckland Auckland Airport [32]
Pakistan Karachi Jinnah International Airport [33]
Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport [24]
Philippines Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminated
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport [34]
Medina Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport Begins 2 August 2024
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport Terminated
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport [24]
Taiwan Kaohsiung Kaohsiung International Airport [35]
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport [24]
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport [24]
Phuket Phuket International Airport [24]
Turkey Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Terminated
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport
Uzbekistan Tashkent Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport [36][37][38]
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [24]
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport [24]
Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport Terminated

Codeshare agreements

Batik Air Malaysia operates codeshares with the following airlines:

Interline agreements

Batik Air Malaysia has Interline agreements with the following airlines:


As of May 2024, Batik Air Malaysia operates the following aircraft:[46]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A330-300 2 1 12 365 377 Transferred from Lion Air.
ATR 72-600 4 72 72
Boeing 737-800 12 4 12 150 162 To be transferred from Batik Air.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 3 12 150 162
13 180 180 Transferred from Lion Air.
Total 35 5

Incidents and accidents


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