Last updated: 04:20 PM ET, Tue March 17 2015

Can flymojo Help Malaysian Air Travel Get its Mojo Back?

Airlines & Airports | March 17, 2015

Can flymojo Help Malaysian Air Travel Get its Mojo Back?

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With the ink dry on a contract signed at the sidelines of a Langkawi Island airshow, newly-minted Malaysian airline flymojo has agreed to buy 20 Bombardier CS100 aircraft, according to the Associated Press via

The $1.47 billion agreement (based on the list price of the 149-seat aircraft), which gives the largest plane manufacturer in the world its first Southeast Asia customers, includes an option to buy 20 more of the same jet type, boosting the number to $2.94 billion.

The completely Malaysian-owned carrier is expected to be full-service and begin operation in the first quarter of 2016, according to a statement. Ownership details are being kept under wraps for the moment.

Primary destinations include Southeast Asian countries and their neighbors. The main hubs in Malaysia will be in the southern Johor state, with a secondary hub in eastern Sabah on Borneo.

Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi spoke of flymojo’s role in improving the linkage between the Malaysian peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo, while flymojo Chairman Alies Anor Abdul foresees a major change in the locale’s airline situation. "We are confident that our model will resonate deeply with our passengers and that the use of the technologically advanced CSeries aircraft will transform the aviation industry in Malaysia and the region," Abdul said.

Currently undergoing a company-wide reorganization after twin air tragedies, flag carrier Malaysia Airlines will still be fierce competition, along with budget airliner AirAsia.

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