It was a last minute call from Emila to me to ask if I wanted to go with her to Kuching via Malindo Air and Sarawak Tourism Board Media Familiarization Trip to Sarawak on 4th April. After checking with my very busy calendar and getting the go ahead from Azwaj, I said YES to Emila’s offer.. and I was glad I did!
This was my first blogging event outside of Kuala Lumpur and I was really excited for the adventure and the new people that I was going to meet. Me and Emila arrived early and Emila even managed to have breakfast at the KLIA airport. We met up with the rest of the gang soon after and the adventure began.
Malindo Air is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia. The name “Malindo” came from the names of respective countries: Malaysia and Indonesia. Malindo Air currently flies to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu with plans to fly to Miri in June. The flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching departs at 0640hrs, 1125hrs, 1610hrs and 2015hrs. Fares are RM78 to Kuching and RM108 to Kota Kinabalu (Promo price until 15 May 2013. Online booking)
Malindo Air also offers the followings features:
- in-flight entertainment system with usb port to charge your phone! (bring your own headphone or purchase them inflight at RM5 each)
- extra leg room: 32″ seat pitch
- refreshment onboard
- baggage allowance of 15kg on economy and 30kg on business class
- access through aerobridge at KLIA main terminal building
Bookings can be made online at www.malindoair.com
Call center: +603-7841-5388
The flight took about 1.5hours and once we arrived, we were given a grand reception in traditional Sarawakian style lead by Sarawak’s Honourable Minister of Housing and Minister of Tourism, YB Datuk Amar Haji Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari. He said, in the press conference ” The commencement of Malindo Air’s four times daily flights from KL to Kuching is another boost to tourism, linking the hub of Kuala Lumpur with the States capital. This provides increase connectivity not only of our domestic tourists form the nations’s capital but also to foreigners visiting Malaysia.
During the press conference, Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said that Malindo Air’s next destination is Miri and India in June. It also aims for direct flights from Borneo to China and Hong Kong by early 2014. Malindo Air is expected to have 12 units of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft by year-end.
After the press conference, were were ushered into another room where a lunch buffet awaits us. Yummy right? Well lots more yummy food on this trip. I will posting at my food blog so look out for it ok!
So media conference was over, lunch was over and we were transported to our Riverside Majestic Hotel. I will cover more of that in my later post.