Meet the New Full-service Player for Bali-Perth Flights
Last week. Indonesia-based Batik Air confirmed the service to Perth would start on June 21 in a statement from a public relations manager for the airline’s parent, the Lion Air Group, Andy Saladin.
“Full service Batik Air will open a new Denpasar to Perth flight twice-daily starting June 21,” Mr Saladin said.
Batik operates Boeing 737-900 ERs and Airbus A320s and flies to 31 domestic destinations as well as Singapore.
The airline, which offers business and economy class, recently received approval to fly to Europe and also passed the stringent IATA Operational Safety Audit on November 17.
The flights depart from Perth at 8.30am and 6.20pm and arrive back at 4.30pm and 12.20am. Both flights are to be operated by 737-900ERs with 172 seats.
Late last year Batik received approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the services and it is the second Lion group member to operate to Australian destinations. It joins Malaysian joint-venture Malindo Air, which provides services between Perth and Kuala Lumpur.
Batik’s business-class seats are set at 45 inches apart and the economy seats are at a generous 32 inches. All passengers have free in-flight entertainment and meals.
Standard promotional economy fares online start from $402 return, while a business- class fare starts at $640 return.
Batik joins Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia and Jetstar on the Bali route.
Using an Airbus A320 aircraft, Batik Air will offer business class service with three rows of seats in a 2-2 layout, and with the journey being less than four hours in each direction, expect to find domestic-style reclining seats with a reasonable 45-inch pitch, rather than fully-flat beds as are typical on longer flights.
Inflight entertainment is provided via fold-up screens at each business class seat, with AC and USB charging ports at-hand and complimentary meals served on crockery appropriate to the time of day.
Batik Air is part of the Lion Air Group, along with Malindo Air which already offers Perth-Kuala Lumpur flights and now flies to Queensland also with a daily Brisbane-Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur service.
The Perth-Denpasar route is hotly contested with Batik Air the fifth airline to offer non-stop flights alongside Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, and Jetstar.
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