Aviation Full service at affordable prices: New Perth-Bali flights take off

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Batik Air's new twice-daily service includes meals, baggage allowance and in-flight entertainment without the premium price tag. 

Batik Air recently took off from Perth Airport for the first time, heralding the arrival of a new player in the competitive Perth to Bali route.

The Indonesian carrier is positioning itself as a full-service airline with no extra charges for meals, baggage allowance and in-flight entertainment. It also wants to be known as affordable, with the average promotional one-way fare sitting at $206.

“The market is certainly looking for an airline that provides good products and services at an affordable fare,” Batik Air chief executive Achmad Luthfie says.

“Batik Air has the package as our aircraft are new; we offer business and economy-class seats with baggage allowance; every seat comes with comfortable leg room and in-flight entertainment in every class. Moreover, it allows connectivity beyond Bali (Denpasar) through its group network.”

Flights operate twice daily, with departures from Perth to Denpasar at 8.30am and 6.20pm. A mix of A320 and B-737-800/900 aircraft are used on the route, with 12 business-class seats and 150 economy seats.

Batik’s business-class seats are 112.5cm apart and the economy seats are a generous 80cm— the extra centimetres translating into extra leg room.

Despite a number of false starts due to a lack of air traffic slots, this week’s take-off signals parent company Lion Group’s expansion into Australia.

“We see great opportunities in the Perth market as it is one of the favourite destinations for Indonesia and vice versa. Last year, we saw more that 100,000 Australian holidaymakers that travelled to Bali (Denpasar),” Mr Luthfie says.

And there are more than 20,000 Indonesian students studying in Australia.

“At group level, we are expanding our route network and optimising the connectivity within the airlines under the group,” Mr Luthfie says. “We have introduced codesharing between Malindo Air and Batik Air and this route will be one of the pioneer routes for codeshare flights of the airlines.”

Batik Air, four years old this year, plans to fly to other Australian cities. Batik Air flies to more than 35 destinations with 49 aircraft on 1600 flights a week. The airline has received approval to fly to Europe and has passed the stringent IATA Operational Safety Audit.

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