Indonesia's Lion Group plans to add several routes to Australia
Published Tuesday 28th of February, 2017
Malindo Air has just filed a preliminary schedule for its upcoming flights to Brisbane, which will begin on March 31st. Malindo will fly from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane with a stop over at Bali. The daily flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-800, which seats 162 passengers. The tentative schedule is as follows:
OD157 Kuala Lumpur (06:05pm) - Denpasar (09:10pm) Denpasar (10:00pm) - Brisbane (05:40am) +1
OD158 Brisbane (07:15am) - Denpasar (11:45am) Denpasar (12:45pm) - Kuala Lumpur (03:45pm)
Virgin Australia currently operates nine weekly flights from Brisbane to Bali, while Jetstar fly five times weekly. This would make Malindo Air the only full service airline on the route after Garuda Indonesia pulled out in February 2015.
A Malindo Air 737-800 (9M-LNH) departing Bali bound for Kuala Lumpur as flight OD305. Image taken on the 10th of July, 2016
The Lion Group and its subsidiaries are looking to expand services between South East Asian countries and Australia. Last month Batik Air released its proposed schedule for flights between Denpasar and Perth. The airline would fly twice daily on this route onboard their 172-seater Boeing 737-900ER. The tentative schedule is as follows:
Despite the airlines intention to begin its first flight in February, no official statement has been made from Batik Air regarding the inaugural flight. Batik Air flight ID6008 would be the earliest of the five airlines to fly from Perth to Bali.
A Batik Air A320-200 (PK-LAH) arriving at Soekano-Hatta International Airport. Image taken on the 25th of February, 2017
Although there is intense competition on this route, Thai Lion Air is also planning to fly to Perth from Bangkok with a stop over in Bali. Bangkok Post reported that Thai Lion would start flying this route early this year subject to regulatory approvals.