2 November 2012
Newly formed Malindo Airways attracted more than 2,000 candidates who responded to its first major recruitment drive at its offices in Sepang yesterday.
The airline, a 51:49 joint-venture (JV) between Malaysia’s aircraft maintenance specialist National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and PT Lion Mentari (Lion Air) of Indonesia, is scheduled to operate out of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) in the second-quarter of next year.
Malindo chief executive officer Chandran Ramamurthy told The Malaysian Reserve that the airline will recruit about 800 people at this stage but will eventually employ 5,000 within five years.
Chandran said the response to the airlines first recruitment has been “overwhelming.”
Under the JV agreement, Nadi will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the airline through its subsidiary Airod Sdn Bhd. Lion Air will come up with the aircraft and crew for the airline.
Malindo plans to reach a fleet size of 100 aircraft within 10 years, all of which will be provided through Lion Air. Lion Air currently serves 30 million passengers in Indonesia with 600 departures daily to 69 cities, he said.
It needs a transit hub and with Malindo Airways established, Malaysia will serve this function, he said. The company recruitment advertisements were placed through social media platforms as well as in a local English newspaper.
On Sept 12, The Malaysian Reserve reported that from 2015, Malindo will offer long-haul flights to other Asian countries and Australia though some of which will be on code-sharing with Lion Air’s subsidiaries Batik Air and Wings Air.