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MASWings to take over rural services in stages from Oct 1


June 8 2007


THE new fully-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), MASWings Sdn Bhd, will take over the Rural Air Services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak from its current operator, Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), in stages from October 1.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said today MASWings will use the existing turboprop or propeller-driven aircraft operated by FAX - seven Fokker F-50s and five Twin Otters - to service the RAS routes.

“The aircraft will be fully serviced to ensure they are fit for operation before being handed over to MASWings. Later, it will look for new aircraft but in the beginning, it will use the existing ones,” he said.

Chan was responding to concerns over whether the 12 planes now used by FAX are fit to fly due to frequent breakdowns and technical problems.

The latest was yesterday, when the only Fokker F-50 plane still in operation was grounded for repairs, causing flights cancellations within Sabah and between Sabah and Sarawak.

Six other Fokker F-50s had been grounded earlier for repairs and are only expected to be ready for operation next week. — Bernama
 

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Got a call from them today. Asking if i'm still interested in flying with them. And upgrade to fokker f50 too!! :colgate:
 

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thanks, but i rejected them since i have 2 years left for my university degree. Maybe after i graduate.

what's the latest development of a380 hangar?
 

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thanks, but i rejected them since i have 2 years left for my university degree. Maybe after i graduate.

what's the latest development of a380 hangar?
must be cool the fly the turboprop....

actually the hangar is not in my scope..my main scope is the upgrading work for the airside work ( taxiway widening and runway widening/strengthening) and landside work ( aerobridge no.3 and renovate the existing lounge)..

maybe later next week i post the photos...been very busy lately...
 

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Flying turboprop in inland Borneo with unpreditable weather condition is one of the most challenging part for a new pilots. That's why there were some mishaps almost all attributed to weather.

I have a question. These years i've been landing in asphalt runway. Do you know what is the advantages and disadvantages of concrete airside and runway? Talk to a friend he told me the final 1/4 of runway 14R KUL is bumpy not as smooth as it used to be. Do you know any planned upgrading works?
 

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I have a question. These years i've been landing in asphalt runway. Do you know what is the advantages and disadvantages of concrete airside and runway? Talk to a friend he told me the final 1/4 of runway 14R KUL is bumpy not as smooth as it used to be. Do you know any planned upgrading works?
airaside as in the tarmac? the advantages of having the concrete airside is that it can withstand huge load from the static plane....we call it as PQC...-pavement quality concrete...as for concrete runway..im no specialist..but what i can say is that its more or less the same as road...concrete less maintenance...but it comes with more noise...

aha..the 1/4 part of the 14R..that is a SOALAN cepumas...:lol: the contractor for the upgrading work is still doing their study on it....but what i can say that the bumpiness is due to the different material compared to the existing runway pavement...some more...the grooving on the new part has yet to be carry out...

besides the upgrading work for the A380...there wont be any major upgrading work in the future...for the exception of the permanent lcct work in few yrs time...
 

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so the new permanent LCCT will be situated on a piece of land next to satellite building? or they gonna move all cargo to a new site and build LCCT there?

Fairul TraCon is in main tower or airside tower?

well we shall continue our discussion in klia thread hahaha
 

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Online booking with MASWings from Jan 15

Online booking with MASWings from Jan 15
September 20, 2007 | By rajlira In Sarawak News |
‘Get your seats from the comfort of your home’

MIRI: Air travellers can, from Jan 15 next year, do online booking of tickets to fly MASWings from the comfort of their homes.

MASWings managing director Dr Amin Khan revealed yesterday the launch of MASWings’ website for the launch of its operation.

“I’m glad to announce that we will launch our new website on Oct 1. With that, air travellers will able to do their booking and ticketing from Jan 15 next year,” he said at MASWings’ cabin crew graduation ceremony.

Scheduled to start operation on Oct 1, MASWings will have interlining capability, which will be a convenience to customers.

Forty-three cabin crews from Sarawak and Sabah have been undergoing intensive training in the past four weeks in preparation to fly on Oct 1.

“MASWings is a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Therefore we have a strong MAS character of being spontaneous, concerned, determined and friendly,” said Amin who described the cabin crew as MASWings’ ambassadors and angels of the sky.

Amin reminded the cabin crew to deliver good service.

“Please be sensitive and responsive to customers or passenger’s need, be confident and reassuring towards them. Equally important, you need to work together and efficiently as a team,” Amin said.

He wanted MASWings to be a winning team that is reliable, friendly, offers affordable fare, good service with its flights on schedule.

“This will only be possible with the help and commitment of each and everyone of us and the cabin crew,” he added.

It was a joyous day for 43 Sarawakians and Sabahans who celebrated their graduation as cabin crew of MASWings.

The inaugural graduation ceremony for the cabin crew of MASWings was witnessed by the families of the 29 stewardesses and 14 stewards turning out in full force to celebrate the milestone event.

The graduates received their certificates from Minister of Urban Development and Tourism Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

Meanwhile Roy G Fender Antusa and Hartinie Ibrahim were Best Trainee Steward and Stewardess respectively.

One of the graduates, Mevlyn Leely Balang, 23, said: “I come from Lawas, a rural community that is dependent on air travel. I look forward to serving on MASWings which will provide a vital air link to my people and others. This is also a great opportunity for me to meet people and make new friends. I made some really great friends during the training.”

Her fellow graduate, Eric Salup, 23, said: “I have learnt so many new things during the training. It has been an enriching experience, the trainers and my new colleagues are all great. I can’t wait to start flying. And my family is very proud of me working with MASWings.”

MASWings will be launched in Mulu on Oct 1. The airline will provide an additional 200 weekly flights in Sabah and Sarawak, and interlining service that allows customers to check-in all the way to their final destination with just one ticket.

It is also offering better schedules and connectivity as Malaysia Airlines and MASWings’ flight schedules are aligned to ensure customers catch their connecting flights.

Flights are open for booking through Malaysia Airlines’ call centre at 1-300-883000 and travel agents, both nationwide and worldwide.

MASWings will commence operation with four Fokker 50 and four Twin Otter aircraft to serve 23 destinations in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan.

Another three Fokker 50 and one Twin Otter aircraft will join MASWings on Oct 28.

By Dec 1, the airline will have a fleet of eight Fokker 50 and five Twin Otters.
 

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MAS unit takes over rural air services

01 October, 2007 (NST Online)

KUCHING: MASWings took over the rural air services (RAS) in Sabah and Sarawak from Fly Asian Express (FAX) today. FAX's last flight yesterday was a Fokker 50 flight from Labuan, which landed in Miri around 9pm.

MASWings, a new subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, marks the takeover with a launch in Mulu today by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

A similar ceremony is also scheduled in Sabah by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

The handover ends 14 months of problem-plagued and highly criticised FAX service.

MAS originally operated the RAS but handed it over to FAX, an associate company of low-cost carrier AirAsia, under the domestic routes rationalisation programme in August last year.

FAX, with no experience operating a rural air service, flew into technical difficulties as it ran into flight delays and cancellations. The unreliability of the air service resulted in a number of major overseas tour operators cancelling the tour to the famed Mulu Caves.

The effect on Sarawak's tourism industry was so bad that in April, Sarawak Tourism Board chief operating officer Gracie Geikie called the domestic routes rationalisation programme “an expensive experiment". She said it had cost the industry RM30 million.

The unreliable service also made life difficult for people in remote villages served by RAS as essential supplies of foodstuff and fuel for their generators were disrupted.

Faced with complaints, the government asked MAS to take back the RAS.

MASWings says it will operate 193 flights a week across 21 destinations in Sarawak and Sabah. Of these, 113 flights will be to destinations served by the 50-seater Fokker 50.
 

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I really don't understand why they want to use a different name other than Firefly since they are now both under MAS and only use turboprop planes.

Also, I want to criticize Air Asia for not fulfilling its promise when taking over the bulks of domestic flights including the rural sectors. It is so smart that when it gets what it wants from MAS or from the M'sian gov't, it just neglected the rural sector totally knowing that the sector doesn't make money. Then, when the public complained about it, it just handed the sector back to MAS saying that it cannot concentrate on that sector while it has its long haul sector to look after. What a smart guy Toni is and what a dumb ass MAS is. No wonder it loses out, always.
 

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MASWings makes headstart with 3,000 bookings
Saturday October 20, 2007
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Good move: A MASwings aircraft being welcomed by Sabah Cultural Association members wearing Murut traditional costumes at Kota Kinabalu
International Airport recently.

KUCHING: Sarawak has made a head start in drawing back tourists from long-haul destinations with the recent launch of the new airline MASWings.

MASWings is a subsidiary of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

MAS area manager for Sarawak Shauqi Ahmad said MASWings had received 3,000 bookings, including to Mulu National Park, a world heritage site, since its launch two weeks ago.

He said that MASWings shared the flight code with MAS, which had connections with more than 200 partner airlines and 16,000 travel agents worldwide.

“The connectivity and interlining of MASWings allow long-distance travellers, like those from Europe, to buy air tickets from one travel agent and use only one ticket to check through to the final destination,” he said at his Hari Raya Open House here.

MASWings took over rural air services on Oct 1 from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX), which did not offer interlining services for international travellers.

Major tour wholesalers in Europe suspended selling Sarawak packages, particularly to Mulu, after FAX took over rural air services from MAS last year.

Shauqi said, with Royal Brunei Airline resuming its Kuching-Bandar Seri Begawan service on Dec 1, MAS expected stiff competition as both airlines served similar long-haul destinations.
 

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I really don't understand why they want to use a different name other than Firefly since they are now both under MAS and only use turboprop planes.

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Simple. It is easier to bail out when the rural routes are flown using a different company. All they have to do is find a way to make the company bankrupt and it will not affect their other operations, namely MAS and firefly.
 

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Simple. It is easier to bail out when the rural routes are flown using a different company. All they have to do is find a way to make the company bankrupt and it will not affect their other operations, namely MAS and firefly.
Maswings receive subsidies and payment from the government to operate the rural air services. Firefly is a MAS initiative, no subsidies, profit orientated. Completely different product.
 

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MASWings aims for strong base in three years

SUBANG: MASWings Sdn Bhd will fly higher in three years when a foundation is firmly established for the airline to build its passenger load factor to 80%.

According to managing director Dr Amin Khan, the airline will only become profitable when load factor hits 80%.

The Malaysia Airline (MAS) subsidiary started operating the rural air service in Sabah and Sarawak last month and achieved load factor of 59%.

This month, its load factor improved to 66% and is expected to reach 70% next year.

“We are planning towards it (profit). I am looking at three years to be ready after the foundation is in place,” Amin said, adding that MASWings wanted to ensure that its services were fully interlined with other airlines and connectivity improved.

The first of its three-phase development focuses on operations and kicked off in October.

“Since Oct 1, we have achieved on time performance (OTP) of 91%,” Amin told a media briefing yesterday.

The airline currently operates 451 flights weekly, serving 21 destinations. For 2008, it planned to operate 37,000 flights a year.

“We plan to carry 900,000 passengers next year,” Amin said, adding that it had flown 110,000 passengers since services began last month.

“Currently, foreigners account for 12% of our passenger volume.

“Personally, I would like (it to increase to) 20% in three years. We can increase the volume of passengers with more foreigners coming in; that is why the emphasis on tourism is very strong,” he said.

For next year, MASWings would roll out the next two phases covering people and marketing. Initiatives include programmes to raise awareness of the airline as well as to inculcate caring and service culture among customers and employees.

Earlier this month, MAS announced the purchase 10 ATR 72 500, with an option for five more for MASWings. The ATR 72 500, a turboprop six-blade propeller aircraft, would replace the Fokker 50 in March 2009.

Amin said the new planes would grow passenger capacity by 40% to 70 per flight.

“With the new planes, we are confident that OTP will hit 99% and we will be a green airline as fuel consumption will be lower,” he added^^
 
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