Batik Air Malaysia will launch a four-weekly Kuala Lumpur- Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) route from 9 February 2024.

The carrier’s longest route to date will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing the Malaysian capital at 1650 and arriving on the Bosphorus at 2245 local time.

The return flight, OD724, operates on Mondays, departing at 0500 and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 2050, whilst on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, it departs at 0005 and arrives in KUL at 1355.

To celebrate the launch of the route, Batik Air is introducing special introductory prices, starting at RM1,999 for economy class and RM5,499 (US$1,157) for business class all-in one-way fares.

Batik Air Malaysia’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft features 12 angled-flat 2-2-2 configured business class seats, and 365 economy class seats.

Batik Air Malaysia’s fleet now has 36 aircraft, comprising two long-haul widebody A330-300s, 26 Boeing 737 family aircraft and eight ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft.

The airline currently has some 800 weekly departures spread across 52 routes.

Batik Air is a member of the Lion Air Group of Indonesia comprising Batik Air Indonesia, Super Air Jet, Lion Air, Wings Air and Thai Lion Air.

“Sabiha Gokcen Airport was carefully selected as an excellent gateway to explore Istanbul and its surroundings. Its strategic location ensures easy access to the city’s most iconic attractions and provides a seamless travel experience for our passengers,” said group strategy director of Batik Air, Chandran Rama Muthy.

Batik Air Malaysia will go head-to-head with Turkish Airlines on Kuala Lumpur-Istanbul; Malaysia Airlines does not fly to Turkey.