Malindo Air spreads its wings with Sydney, Adelaide flights

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 a senior journalist with Australian Business 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!




    11 Mar, 2019 02:53 pm

    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
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  • Brenton Thevarakam


    11 Mar, 2019 05:14 pm

    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.
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  • eminere


    11 Mar, 2019 04:26 pm

    That Denpasar-Sydney timing is brutal.

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  • Miguel


    12 Mar, 2019 09:09 am

    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?
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  • plutekplutek


    12 Mar, 2019 11:21 am

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


    11 Mar, 2019 07:42 pm

    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..
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  • Barbra Wagner


    11 Mar, 2019 09:03 pm

    Another LCC that I may have issues getting TI for?
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  • Colin Steven


    12 Mar, 2019 08:30 am

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


    12 Mar, 2019 09:07 am

    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?
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  • Alex


    12 Mar, 2019 09:09 am

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


    12 Mar, 2019 09:11 am

    *737-900ER rather
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  • Dale


    12 Mar, 2019 11:12 am

    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.
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  • squeeowl


    13 Mar, 2019 01:36 am

    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.
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  • Khan


    15 Mar, 2019 10:25 am

    ADL flight is scheduled for APR 1 but its not open for sale?!!
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  • Traveller14


    16 Mar, 2019 12:18 pm

    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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21 May, 2019 03:07 pm


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