Passengers received a warm welcome & a little koala bear as they touched down at Sydney Airport yesterday on Malindo Air’s new service from Kuala Lumpur via Bali.

Malindo Air (the airline that brought Business Class back to Adelaide) safely arrived with a total of 141 passengers on board, including CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy.

The inaugural flight departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.30pm on Wednesday, with a one-hour stopover in Denpasar (Bali).

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Flight OD172 from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, via Denpasar, was sent off at 12:00 p.m. As passengers checked in, they were presented with exclusive cupcake branded with Malindo Air logo, celebratory gift bag and entertained by Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra, creating a Balinese ambience in Sydney International Airport.

“We believe this connection will attract both business and leisure travellers alike, wherein it is foreseen to enhance greater passengers’ traffic while promoting the local eco-tourism.”

Chandran Rama Muthy, Malindo Air Chief Executive

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Muthy believes there’s a strong market for travel between Malaysia and Sydney and expects it to be popular among leisure travellers and business travellers.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the new services will be welcome news for customers, delivering greater choice and flexibility, while providing growth opportunities for trade.

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Sydney marks the fifth city in Australia under Malindo Air’s network, after Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. The daily flights between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, via Denpasar, are operated using a Boeing 737-800/900 aircraft, comprising 12 Business Class and 150/168 Economy Class seats.

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