Kuching: MASWings Sdn Bhd (MASWings), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) subsidiary is on track to take over the Rural Air Services (RAS) in Sarawak and Sabah as scheduled on Oct 1 and expects to be fully operational by December 1, with an average of 200 flights weekly to enhance the air connectivity between the two states.
MAS Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Idris Jala, said MASWings would officially take to the skies with four Fokker 50 (F50) and four Twin Otter aircraft to serve a network of 23 destinations in Sarawak and Sabah as well as the Federal Territory of Labuan.
"Another three F50 and one Twin Otter will join MASWings effective Oct 28 and by Dec 1 the new airline will have a fleet of eight F50 and five Twin Otter aircraft to provide an average of 113 weekly F50 flights and 80 weekly Twin Otter flights," he told reporters after a briefing for the Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, here, Friday.
MASWings, Malaysia's first commuter airlines, would take over the RAS from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) to cater to both the intra and interstate air travel needs of Sarawak and Sabah as well as enhancing air connectivity between the two states and the almost 50 million population of the Brunei-Malaysia-Indonesia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
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