Malindo Air will lease 15 aircraft from the Lion Group in 2014, but indicates that it will not operate Boeing 787s.
The carrier intends to add six ATR turboprops and nine Boeing 737 aircraft in 2014, says a company spokesman. These will be used to raise frequencies to India and on domestic routes.
He also confirmed that Malindo will take delivery of Airbus A320 aircraft as early as 2015, but did not specify how many.
He adds that Malindo will take the A320s in lieu of the five 787 aircraft it originally planned to operate starting 2015. Lion ordered the 787s for its premium brand Batik Air in 2012, but then said they would be operated by Malindo. The spokesman did not clarify which unit will eventually receive the group's 787s.
In 2014, the airline aims to operate around 24 aircraft, consisting of nine ATR turboprops and 15 Boeing 737s, the spokesman adds.
Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Malindo has three ATR 72-600s and six Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and has five 787s on order for delivery in 2015.
Malindo Air is a joint venture between Indonesia's Lion Group and Malaysia's National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI). Lion owns 49% and NADI 51% of Malindo.