By TMR / Pic By malaysiaairlines.com
MALAYSIA Airlines Bhd (MAB) on Feb 13 launched its inaugural Kuala Lumpur (KL)-Kertajati-KL service, being the first Malaysian carrier to fly direct to Indonesia’s second-largest airport, West Java International Airport, Kertajati.
Located in Majalengka regency in West Java Province, Kertajati is a strategic gateway for Malaysia Airlines passengers from across the world to explore deeper into Indonesia’s iconic destinations.
To commemorate the new service, an event was held in Kertajati graced by Amal by Malaysia Airlines CEO Hazman Hilmi Sallahuddin; Standardisation of Aviation Safety sub division head Dwi Apriyanto; Public Information and Communication Bureau of Ministry of Transportation, Republic Indonesia, Sutriyono; as well as senior local Indonesian government officers.
Flight MH845 departed KL on Feb 13 at 6.20pm and arrived in Kertajati at 7.45pm. The return flight MH844 departed Kertajati at 8.25pm and arrived in KL at 12.10am the next day.
Malaysia Airlines Group CEO captain Izham Ismail said: “We are delighted to add Kertajati to Malaysia Airlines’network as it provides greater connectivity between Indonesian cities to the rest of our network. This provides opportunities for our passengers to experience the beautiful attractions that Kertajati has to offer. At the same time, we are also able to play our part in supporting the economic growth and tourism in West Java.”
Also, in line with our Fly Malaysia campaign, this service will further support the Visit Malaysia 2020, encouraging visitors to explore Malaysia’s natural attractions and iconic landmarks suitable for a long vacation or a short stopover.
Besides leisure travel, this connectivity provides a choice for passengers to travel to Malaysia for business or to seek premium healthcare services in Malaysia.
“Kertajati marks Malaysia Airlines’ seventh destination in Indonesia, further reaffirming our longstanding relationship with our Asean neighbour, the Indonesian government,” added Izham.
The twice weekly service is operated by the B737-800 aircraft with a passenger capacity of 160 seats, comprising 16 Business Class seats and 144 Economy Class seats.
Malaysia Airlines currently connects Kuala Lumpur to six other Indonesian destinations — Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Bali, Pekanbaru and Solo.