Sunday, June 04, 2017

MASwings brings Kaamatan, Gawai cheer to KIA, KKIA

KUCHING: Cabin crew members of MASwings spread the festive spirit of Kaamatan and Gawai Dayak by holding festive send-off and welcome ceremonies at both Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) and Kuching International Airport (KIA) on the eve of the two occasions.

At KKIA, eight cabin crew members distributed complimentary ‘kurma’ (dates) to MASwings and Malaysia Airlines passengers, in conjunction with the month of Ramadan, as they sent off departing passengers and greeted those arriving at the airport.

Four MASwings flight hostesses who took part in the event at KKIA, are actually former ‘Unduk Ngadau’ (Kaamatan pageant queens) of their respective districts – an attribute that they showcased proudly by wearing their winning crowns and sashes.

The colourful ceremony was accompanied by the playing of a traditional musical instrument called the ‘kulintangan’, performed continuously by MASwings’ in-house talent Mohd Mazrull Mazwandy Mazlan.

Mohd Mazrull also encouraged his fellow cabin crew members to perform the ‘Sumazau’ – the well-known traditional dance of the Kadazans in Sabah.

At the KIA, MASwings’ Kuching cabin crew wore the traditional costumes of major ethnic groups in Sarawak, in celebration of Gawai Dayak, as they said farewell to outgoing passengers and warmly welcomed those arriving ones.

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