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Lion Air Group Is First To Use Boeing 737 Max 8 In The World

Jun 13, 2017, 15:37 PM by Lion Corporate
Kuala Lumpur, May 22, 2017 - A subsidiary of Lion Air Group CAPA 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year, Malindo Air has officially acquired the world's first Boeing 737 MAX 8 to strengthen its fleet.
The Boeing 737 MAX welcome ceremony was attended by Dato 'Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman as the Director General of Air Transportation Malaysia who also took the inaugural flight with Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Singapore.
Founder of Lion Air Group Rusdi Kirana also attended the ceremony along with Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Dr. Dinesh Keskar, and CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy.
Chandran Rama Muthy said "This is a very happy moment, we are very proud to be the airline that operates the world's first Boeing 737 MAX 8. While the previous Boeing 737 NG aircraft has served Malindo Air very well in its growth, and we believe that the Boeing 737 MAX will be the core aircraft for our fleets. This new type of aircraft will take Malindo Air to its next destination and have a major role in serving low cost flight to our customers ".
Chandran added, Malindo Air will be renamed to Batik Malaysia in the second quarter of 2017, therefore the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in the world uses Malaysian Batik livery.
"Today marks another milestone for Malaysian flights. We are proud to be the first to operate one of the single-aisle aircraft with the most advanced technology in the world. With a more efficient fuel would be better to the environment and society. We also expect the growth in the number of aircraft customers to be higher with the refinement of the flying experience provided", said Dato 'Sri Azharuddin, Director General of Air Transportation Malaysia.
"Boeing is greatly honored to be part of Malindo Air as the airline that first operates the Boeing 737 MAX. As of today, the Boeing 737 MAX will feature Malindo Air with superior and economical performance, and customers around the world can enjoy the beauty of the 737 MAX features such as sky interiors, quieter engines for more peaceful flights, as well as Into a reliable leader fleet of the previous series and types of Boeing ", said Dr. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The inaugural flight of Malindo Air using the Boeing 737 MAX, serves route Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, via Changi International Airport which has landed at 11.30am this morning which is continued with the arrival ceremony.
Boeing 737 MAX Malindo Air has a mono-class configuration with a capacity of 180 seats. Malindo Air will receive 4 units of Boeing 737 MAX this year and will be used mostly for charter flights. 

About Malindo Air

Malindo Air is a Malaysian airline with main hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the convenient KL downtown city airport Subang Skypark in Selangor, Malaysia. The airline took to the skies in March 2013 with domestic flights and has since grown to operate routes to all major airports in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia and Australia, and the Middle East. The fleet itself has grown exponentially to 16 ATR72-600 and 29 Boeing 737NG as of 30 April 2017.  

Today, the airline operates over 800 flights weekly across a continuously growing network of about 44 routes in the region. More recently, the airline won CAPA’s 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year, Airline of the Year (Passenger) at the KLIA Awards 2014 and Top Performing Airline 2015 by Travelport.