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Chandran Rama Muthy returns to helm Batik Air Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 13): Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy has resumed as the chief executive officer (CEO) of full-service carrier Batik Air Malaysia, effective Feb 1.


He takes over from Captain Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri, who was appointed as the safety director of Batik Air Malaysia's parent company, Lion Air Group of Indonesia. Mushafiz had led Batik Air Malaysia since Sept 23, 2019.


Chandran previously served as Batik Air Malaysia's inaugural CEO, formerly Malindo Air, from its establishment in 2013 until August 2019. He was then promoted to group strategy director at Lion Air Group.


"Under Chandran’s leadership, Batik Air Malaysia has achieved significant progress in executing its strategy, expanding its network, and enhancing service performance. This has laid a strong foundation for the airline's long-term growth and created sustainable value for industry partners, customers, and stakeholders," said the airline in a statement on Tuesday.


Batik Air Malaysia operates a diverse fleet comprising three Airbus A330-300s, 27 Boeing 737-8/800 NG aircraft, and five ATR72-600s. The airline plans to add three more A330-300s and six 737s to its fleet.


In 2023, the carrier served 4.5 million passengers, operating 800 weekly flights across 57 regional routes.


As a member of the Lion Air Group, Batik Air Malaysia is part of a network that includes Batik Air Indonesia, Super Air Jet, Lion Air, Wings Air, Biz Jet, and Thai Lion Air.

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