MASwings To Replace Twin Otter Aircraft By End-2014
MASwings Sdn Bhd, a unit of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), will replace its three ageing DHC6-300 Twin Otters by end-2014 with the 19-seater DHC6-400s to better serve the rural areas in Sarawak and Sabah. Its CEO Datuk Captain Mohd Nawawi Awang said MASwings will phase out the DHC6-300s, which have been in operation for 30 years and are no longer in production, once it completes the delivery of the new DHC6-400s by November 2014.
MASwings is due to take delivery of the first of six DHC6-400s by end-August this year, which will start service in September. “The new aircraft will support the existing three DHC6-300s for the rural air services (RAS). We expect two more deliveries in October and November this year,” he told a media briefing here today.
The fifth and six aircraft are expected to be delivered in May and November next year. MASwings had in February this year signed an agreement with Viking Air Ltd of Canada to buy six DHC6-400s that include flight and maintenance training along with comprehensive spares support package.
Nawawi also said MASwings’ fleet replacement programme will transform and redefine the RAS business which in the past was characterised, among others, by ageing aircraft, sub-standard facilities and limited frequencies. Currently, MASwings uses the DHC6-300s to service the RAS in Sabah and Sarawak covering 13 routes.
Source: The Sun Daily – http://www.thesundaily.my/news/663741