Kualalampur, Malayasia (BBN)-A new Malaysian airline said Tuesday it intends to buy 20 Bombadier CS100 aircraft in a $1.47 billion deal as it looks to tap Southeast Asia’s fast growing travel market.
The new firm, flymojo, made the announcement at the start of the the five-day International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in Langkawi, Malaysia, reports the Economic Times.
The deal, which would mark the first sale of the CS100 in Southeast Asia for Bombadier, also includes the option for the purchase of a further 20 planes, possibly increasing the value to $2.94 billion.
The announcement also comes after a devastating 12 months in the Malaysian aviation industry, which has seen the fatal loss of three airplanes.
The new airline will be based out of Johor Bahru, in Johor province and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
“The announcement of a new airline in Malaysia is an exciting way to kick off LIMA,” Aziz Kaprawi, deputy transport minister said in a statement.
“With flymojo’s primary hub at Senai International Airport, Johor and secondary hub in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the airline’s ultra-modern fleet of CS100 aircraft will play a key role in improving connectivity between the Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak, as well as other parts of the region,” he added.
The launch of the new airline will comes as much-needed welcome news for the country’s aviation industry.
In March last year Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people on board went missing over the Indian Ocean and has still to be found.
Then in July, all 298 people on board another Malaysia Airlines 777 died when it came down in rebel-held territory in Ukraine, believed to have been hit by a surface to air missile.
And in December AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people onboard.