14 January, 2020
Malindo Air are a hybrid budget/full service carrier owned by Indonesian Lion Air. They began flying in 2013, and were the result of a low-cost carrier 'war' between Malaysia and Indonesia (after Malaysian Air Asia began flying to Indonesia). The name 'Malindo' signifies the compromise between Indonesia and Malaysia (Mal + Indo), allowing each country to have a low-cost carrier operating in the other.
The airline currently flies over 800 flights weekly to over 40 destinations within Asia and to Australia, from their hub in Kuala Lumpur. They also utilise secondary hubs in Kota Kinabalu and Penang, and have a big focus on domestic Malaysia flights. Their fleet currently numbers 38 aircraft, mainly consisting of Boeing 737's.
Malindo are not currently part of any airline alliances, however they do partner and have interline agreements with nine other airlines across the world, including Etihad Airways, Qatar and Turkish Airlines.
Although fairly young, Malindo have made waves in the travel industry, offering really cheap fares across South-East Asia, especially from Australia. They have also received several awards within the travel industry in recent years, including a Four-Star regional airline rating from Apex, as well as the 'Malaysia Best Employer' award. They have also been awarded 'Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year'.
Malindo Air currently fly from Melbourne, Sydney (as of August 2019), Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Most flights will transit via their hub in Kuala Lumpur, however they also fly direct from all cities to Bali (great for Aussie travelers).
After stopping in KL, passengers can fly to a range of destinations across South East Asia, particularly Malaysia and Indonesia, but also Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Japan, China and more. Passengers can also take advantage of code-share flights with a range of Malindo Air partner airlines and extend their trip to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and more.
Malindo Air don't have set weekly sales, however they have sales and promotions all the time! Some past examples include their 'Anniversary Sale' (late March), their Mid-Year sale (May), Earlybird sales and 'Mega' seat sales. They also participate in sales like Boxing Day (December 26th) and Black Friday (late November, after Thanksgiving). They also often have destination-specific sales, such as discounts on flights to Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and more. They also offer specials on their holiday packages with flights included.
Malindo, over the last year or so, have been offering amazingly cheap flights to S.E Asia, especially Bali!
There is a 'Special Offers' page on their website, or you can sign up to their emails to be notified of any future deals. Or just sign up with us, and we will let you know every time there is a snazzy fare!
Malindo Air are a low-cost hybrid carrier, and offer passengers both Economy and Business class options. Their lowest Economy fare doesn't include checked baggage, however every other fare type includes checked baggage.
Cabin/Carry On Baggage
Economy - 1 x piece (no larger than 7kg and 56x36x23cm) + 1 small personal item such as handbag, laptop, coat etc.
Business - 2 x piece (no larger than 10kg each and 56x36x23cm) + 1 small personal item such as handbag, laptop, coat etc.
Economy Super Saver: No checked baggage included.
Economy Value - 1 x 20kg (no piece limit)
Economy Flexi - 1 x 30kg (no piece limit)
Business Promo - 1 x 30kg (no piece limit)
Business Flexi - 1 x 40kg (no piece limit, but no piece should weigh more than 32kg)
Extra baggage can be purchased on the website or app up to 4 hours prior to departure.
You can check in for your Malindo Air flight either online, via the Malindo Air app (available for both iOS and Android), using a self-serve kiosk or in person at the airport.
Check in via the app, website and kiosk open 24 hours prior to departure, and you can print boarding passes and luggage tags at home or by using the kiosks at the airport. You can also choose seats, pay for baggage or extras, or upgrade. Luggage can be dropped at the Malindo Air baggage drop counters.
To check in at the airport counter, check directly with the airport website for the exact time the counter opens. However, in general check-in counters are open 3 hours prior to departure for international flights.
Malindo Miles is the name of the Malindo Air frequent flyer program, and allows passengers to earn miles on Malindo Air and subsidy airline flights, as well as with other travel partners, such as holiday packages, hotel stays, dining, car hire, shopping, insurance, credit cards and more.
The program is free to join, and there are three tiers to the loyalty program, beginning with Silver, then Gold and Platinum. Each membership tier provides various extra benefits to passengers, including extra baggage, free upgrades, lounge access and more.
Points can be redeemed for flights with Malindo Air and subsidy airlines, as well as upgrades, lounge access, and partner deals such as accommodation and holiday packages.
Members also receive extra benefits, such as discounts on shopping, dining and attractions, particularly in Malaysia.
Phone from Australia: 1300 887 822 or 02 9249 9900