QF744ER wrote:Batik Air Malaysia/Malindo has quietly switched over to operating MAX 8’s on their BNE and MEL flights which operate via DPS on both legs, these early MAX’s are still flying around in a Y180 Lion Air configuration. It’s hard to believe that 9M-LRC, which operated the world’s first 737 MAX flight is now 5.5 years old.
Believe their newer frames are being delivered in a 2 class configuration, in additional several MAX 8’s are set to be transferred across to their Malaysian operation from Lion Air, so lots of aggressive growth planned and no doubt additional flights/expansion for Australia.
For the time being the PER flights are being operated by conventional 738’s with C12/Y150 cabins.
Does anyone know what the long-term plan for the Lion Group in Australia? It would make more sense to shift Bali operations to Batik Indonesia or Lion rather than crew them from Malaysia. Don’t think it’s a CASA thing necessarily - Batik Indonesia flew to PER for a while (pre-pandemic, at least).
I reckon we will see some pretty impressive growth in air links between the two countries over the next decade or so, especially from secondary Indonesian cities.