The world's first commercially operated flight using the Boeing 737 Max 8 took off from KL International Airport on May 22. The Malindo Air flight landed in Singapore at 11.30am.
Malindo, which was the Centre of Aviation's 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year, will also be undergoing a re-branding to Batik Malaysia in the second half of the year said Malindo Air's CEO Chandran Rama Muthy.
"Therefore, you can see our first Max 8 comes in Batik Malaysia livery," he added.
Malindo Air Boeing 737 Max 8s are configured with a mono-class layout with a total of 180 seats. The airline will received a total of four 737 Max 8s this year and the aircraft will be deployed mostly for chartered flights, beginning with its first commercial services from KL to Singapore.
"We believe that the 737 MAX aircraft will become the centre piece of our fleet. These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers," said Chandran.
Also present with Chandran at the ceremony for the send-off were Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Lion Group co-founder Rusdi Kirana and Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president (Asia Pacific & India sales) Dr Dinesh Keskar.