KOTA KINABALU: MASwings received its sixth ATR aircraft, which arrived here from Subang yesterday.
The additional aircraft adding up to its current fleet will fortify MASwings commitment in enhancing its connectivity and comfort to the travelling public in Sabah and Sarawak.
MASwings managing director, Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said, "The delivery of the 6th ATR will enable MASwings to fulfill its obligation to offer daily frequencies which are required to provide air connectivity to the people of Sabah and Sarawak".
The latest craft will replace the Fokker 50 routing from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan, Sandakan, Tawau and Sibu-Kuching sectors effective Oct 25.
The introduction of the ATR will increase additional overall seat capacity by 1008 passenger per week or 28% injection on the above routes and certain route will experience a massive increase by 36% without changes in the flight frequencies.
The overall combined seat capacity for these three routes are 3,644 per week before the introduction of the ATR and will increase to 4652 per week after Oct 25.
MASwings would be able to cater higher seats capacity as compared to the previous operational model using the Fokker 50, he said.
"The ATR will enable us to expand our capacity, meeting the future demand in air travel within Sabah and Sarawak, and connect more customers worldwide to the two states which are ideal destinations for business and tourism" Salleh added.
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