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MASwings turns to international routes

posted Jul 20, 2011, 8:05 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jul 20, 2011, 8:41 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) subsidiary MASwings, which operates to 22 destinations in Sabah and Sarawak, will start targeting transnational routes in a repositioning as a regional carrier.

MAS managing director, Azmil Zahruddin, said: “MASwings will be repositioned as a regional community airline for Sabah and Sarawak, as well as for the entire community in Borneo and the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine-East ASEAN Growth Area.”

The airline is awaiting approval to operate from Kota Kinabalu to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, and from Kuching to Pontianak, from October. It also intends to launch services to Borneo and the Philippines.

“We believe the move will transform MASwings into an international carrier, and also help strengthen Kota Kinabalu International Airport’s position as the gateway for travellers entering the region," Zahruddin added.

MASwings started operations in 2007 with 450 weekly flights, now expanded to 940 per week. Passenger loads have increased by 170 per cent, from 41,000 passengers per month in 2007, to over 110,500 per month last year.

Source: TTGA