Kota Kinabalu: MASwings, which recently took delivery of the fifth ATR 72-500 is confident the new addition to its fleet will further reinforce its commitment to better serve the people in Sabah and Sarawak.
MASwings Managing Director, Mohamad Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said the delivery of the fifth ATR means the company is better geared with the right equipment to bring about a higher level of service, more frequencies and added capacity to the existing MASwings network in both states.
The fifth ATR is one of the 10 ATR MASwings has and will acquire to replace the ageing Fokker-50 aircraft with a modern, fuel-efficient and environment-friendly aircraft.
The fleet replacement plan will transform and redefine the "rural air service" business, which in the past was demarcated, amongst others by ageing aircraft, sub-standard facilities and limited frequencies.
The aircraft departed Toulouse on Aug 28, making several stops in Paphos, Abu Dhabi and Male before arriving at Subang Airport on August 31.
The aircraft was then certified airworthy by the Department of Civil Aviation on Sept 4.
The aircraft will be based in Miri and is expected to commence commercial service from Sept 15.
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