Kuala Lumpur: The new fully-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), MASWings Sdn Bhd, will take over the Rural Air Services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak from its current operator, Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), in stages from Oct 1, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said Friday.
He said MASWings will use the existing turboprop or propeller-driven aircraft currently operated by FAX - seven Fokker F-50s and five Twin Otters - to service the RAS routes.
"The aircraft will be fully serviced to ensure they are fit for operation before being handed over to MASWings. Later, it will look for new aircraft but in the beginning, it will use the existing ones," he said.
Chan was responding to concerns over whether the 12 planes currently used by FAX are fit to fly due to frequent breakdowns and technical problems.
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