Malaysia Airlines Increases its Presence in Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia, air transport

Larger aircraft on the route Kuala Lumpur-Solo and the launching of two new routes from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan and Makassar show that Indonesia is again becoming a priority market for the Malaysian carrier. 

Indonesia is Malaysia Airlines’ largest international market, accounting for almost 15% of its total international seat capacity in 2019 and 18% of its international departures (based on CAPA – Centre for Aviation and OAG data in March 2019). It is consequently the third largest international carrier in Asia, following AirAsia and Singapore Airlines. The oneworld member serves six destinations in Indonesia – Bali, Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Solo and Surabaya. Pekanbaru and Solo were recently added as both destinations are flown twice a week from Kuala Lumpur since last September.

The carrier reached last year a total of 100 weekly flights to Indonesia, including 49 frequencies to Jakarta and 21 to Bali, its two busiest routes; four to Medan and 12 to Surabaya.

The carrier is now adding more frequencies and capacities to the Indonesian market. Since December, the carrier replaced its Boeing 737-800 to Solo by an Airbus A330. From the 1st of February, the carrier will resume its activity to two destinations in Indonesia, Balikpapan and Makassar. Both routes will be served also twice a week with a Boeing 737-800 with two classes of service.

Flights are the following:
Kuala Lumpur – Balikpapan 2 weekly 737-800 MH843 KUL1800 – 2100  BPN 738 days 1-5
MH842 BPN2200 – 0105  KUL 738 days 1-5

MASWings previously served Balikpapan from Kota Kinabalu until October 2013. Malaysia Airlines also previously served Balikpapan via Kota Kinabalu until October 2004.

Kuala Lumpur – Makassar 2 weekly 737-800 MH847 KUL1815 – 2145   UPG 738 days 2-6
MH846 UPG2245 – 0210 KUL 738 days 2-6

Malaysia Airlines previously served Makassar via Johor Bahru until October 1998. Both Indonesian destinations have still a limited number of international services by full-service airlines.

They were plans for the Malaysian carrier to also serve Padang and Kertajat, the new airport near to Bandung. The new routes were announced in early 2019 but the carrier decided to postpone their opening.