3 December 2016 (UPDATED 13 January 2017) © David Eyre
Indonesian airline Batik Air is to proposing to launch services on the Bali to Perth route in January 2017, following receipt of a CASA Air Operators Certificate on 25 November 2016.
UPDATE: The proposed schedule includes two daily Denpasar – Perth services using Boeing 737-900ER, which have 172 seats. The launch date has will not be announced until the airline opens reservation on the its website. Preliminary schedule as follow.
- ID6001 departs Denpasar 1030 – arrives Perth 1415 / ID6000 departs Perth 1510 – arrives Denpasar 1900
- ID6007 departs Denpasar 1600 – arrives Perth 1945 / ID6008 departs Perth 0550 – arrives Denpasar 0930
Batik Air has a 37 aircraft strong fleet, including the Airbus A320-200, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900ER. It operates 25 domestic routes and one international route to Singapore.
In November 2016, Batik Air passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit, or IOSA, and is no longer on the European Union air safety blacklist.
Batik plans to eventually add Denpasar-Melbourne and Denpasar-Sydney services, and eventually establish a new airline based in Australia.
Batik is a full-service subsidiary of Lion Air Group, which also operates Malaysia joint venture Malindo Air, which commenced services on the Kuala Lumpur – Perth route during 2015, using its Boeing 737-800 and -900ER.
More Australian tourists visit Bali than any other nationality – in September 2016, 850,326 Aussies visited, an increase of 6.6 percent on the same period last year.
Other airlines on the highly competitive Bali – Perth route include: Garuda Indonesia (Airbus A330-200 and -300); AirAsia Indonesia (Airbus A320); Tigerair Australia (Boeing 737-800) and Jetstar (Airbus A320).