Thursday, June 27, 2013

MASwings to acquire four new aircraft for Sabah and Sarawak

SIBU: MASwings will acquire four new aircraft to service the Sabah, Sarawak and Bimp-Eaga region, says its chief executive officer Datuk Capt Mohd Nawawi Awang.

He said they would be getting the new aircraft in three to four months’ time and three Twin Otter aircraft to boost its rural air service.

He added the Kota Kinabalu-based MASwings was also looking into a coupon system to allow passengers to buy tickets online.

“We are also looking into increasing flight frequencies, for example, additional three or four flights a day for the Sibu-Kuching route. The same goes to all other point-to-point between secondary towns in Sabah and Sarawak. Probably, in three to four months’ time, you will see marked improvement especially in flight frequencies.

“We hope to receive the two new aircraft by Sept 1 at the earliest, and the rest in October.

“We note of good response from the community on our flights and this is a good opportunity to expand our fleets,” he told reporters after handing over donation, collected from the company staff, to Kampung Datu fire victims at SK Lakis here.

He said the increase in flight frequencies was through their own initiatives on top of what had been asked by the government.

“There is also good response from people from Pontianak to fly to Kuching, and Malaysians going there.