22 May 2023
Batik Air Malaysia Reveals Boeing 737 MAX 8 Flights To Auckland. In distance terms, it is longer than London – Johannesburg and New York JFK – Tel Aviv.
Batik Air Malaysia is set to begin New Zealand flights.
Using two-class, 172-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8s, it is to introduce Kuala Lumpur – Perth – Auckland, covering a considerable 5,886 miles (9,472 km).
It is a continuation of its existing Perth operation.
Batik Air Malaysia to New Zealand
According to Aeroroutes and Cirium/OAG, the airline will take off to New Zealand on August 24th, during the winter aviation season Down Under.
Now bookable, it will operate six weekly via Perth, Western Australia, which joined predecessor Malindo’s network in 2015.
It does have fifth freedom traffic rights on Perth – Auckland – Perth.
It is scheduled as follows, with all times local. As it stops en route and uses the same flight number, it is the definition of a ‘direct’ route. Due to headwinds, it is longer back to Malaysia, which has a block time of 13h 20m and a trip time of 14h 20m.
- Kuala Lumpur-Perth: OD195, 09:55-15:30 (5h 35m block time)
- Perth-Auckland: OD195, 18:05-04:45+1 (6h 40m)
- Auckland-Perth: OD196, four days: 07:00-10:40 (7h 40m); two days: 07:50-11:30
- Perth-Kuala Lumpur: OD196, four days: 11:40-17:20 (5h 20m); two days: 12:30-18:10
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Third carrier on Kuala Lumpur-Auckland
According to booking data, the Kuala Lumpur-Auckland point-to-point market had approximately 57,000 passengers in 2019.
Batik Air becomes the third carrier on it. It joins an eight-weekly Malaysia Airlines non-stop A330-200 service and AirAsia X’s daily A330-300 operation via Sydney.
There will now be 21 weekly services, a considerable amount for the size of the P2P market.
Of course, they also target and compete for connecting traffic over Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia X and Batik Air also rely on Australia-Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand P2P and transit traffic.
Second carrier on Perth-Auckland
At 3,323 miles (5,348 km), Perth-Auckland is a long-haul route that is longer than Dublin-JFK. In 2019, the P2P market had approximately 145,000 roundtrip passengers, about a third of which flew indirectly via Melbourne or Sydney in particular.
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For years, the non-stop market has been in the hands of Air New Zealand, which has a daily A330-200 service in the week that Batik Air begins. Yes, an A330, wet-leased from Spanish operator Wamos.
Batik Air’s sixth destination Down Under
When writing on May 22nd, Batik Air Malaysia’s Australia and New Zealand network is as follows, all of which use the 737. The frequencies are based on the rest of the year:
- Kuala Lumpur-Adelaide: three weekly (non-stop); begins July 6th
- Kuala Lumpur-Auckland: six weekly (via Perth); begins August 24th
- Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane: four weekly to daily (via Denpasar Bali)
- Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne: daily to 10 weekly (daily via Denpasar, rest non-stop)
- Kuala Lumpur-Perth: 12 to 26 weekly (mainly non-stop but some via Denpasar Bali)
- Kuala Lumpur-Sydney: daily (via Denpasar Bali)
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