Saturday, March 20, 2010

MASwings’ ninth ATR aircraft named Bario

KUCHING: The ninth ATR aircraft for MASwings has been annointed the name Bario, after the Bario Highlands the heartland of the Kelabit people in the north eastern part of Sarawak.The naming of the aircraft was made following the suggestion of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

In a statement emailed to the local media here, it said MASwings would now go into expansion plan which included catering outside its present market of Sabah and Sarawak.

It said the ninth ATR aircraft had arrived in Subang, from Toulouse, France on March 16 bearing the registration 9M-MWI.

It will take off today from Subang to Kota Kinabalu after undergoing maintenance checks and certification of airworthiness by Department of Civil Aviation.

It will replace the Fokker 50 routing from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu, Kota Kinabalu to Labuan, Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan as well as Kota Kinabalu to Sibu and Kuching vice versa effective March 28.

MASwings managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said the company was glad that all of their ATR aircraft were delivered on schedule.

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