Jump to content
MalaysianWings - Malaysia's Premier Aviation Portal
Sign in to follow this  
Pieter C.

MASwings Set To Fly To BIMP-EAGA

Recommended Posts

Nothing new - Putrajaya works very slowly. Just ask AirAsia X how long they had to wait for the KUL-SYD route approval...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nothing new - Putrajaya works very slowly. Just ask AirAsia X how long they had to wait for the KUL-SYD route approval...

 

By the time they assess QF's new premium airline's proposal they've already set up in SIN.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By the time they assess QF's new premium airline's proposal they've already set up in SIN.

The govt. should never be in business itself - they should facilitate business.

 

The govt. being in business means that there is a conflict of interest. That is why it takes Putrajaya so long to assess matters - cos it has to protect its own businesses! :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This plan had been in the pipeline for almost 2 years now, and yet we are now being told is our country internal problem; what a paradox for the state government to appeal for more flights from outside while the federal ministry is holding up or canceling flights internally! If you say other 3 countries need more time or don't approve, still can be understood....:S...I believe more things to come soon...considering the follow up effects of last month deal...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maswings is subsidized and won’t be permitted to cannibalize either MH or AK revenue.

Maybe Sapphire, being a regional airline, will be given the routes? MASWings will then be able to stay focussed as an RAS airline.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the news / plans being out for almost 2 years, I guess MASwings will stay remain as an RAS player for Sabahan and Sarawakian only; with the possibility of giving those routes to Sapphire, unless those tourism players within the region can make some solid noise...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

KUCHING: Minister of Tourism and Heritage Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is urging the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to step on the accelerator and grant permission to MASwings to become a regional airline.

 

He said the state tourism industry and economy would get a shot in the arm if MASwings could serve BIMP-EAGA countries and important hubs such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Bali and Singapore.

 

“The moment you have the connectivity, I believe Main Bazaar here will be full of tourists. When we have a lot of tourists, our economy will improve. That was why the other day I expressed my frustration with the Ministry of Transport for being slow in granting MASwings the permission to operate in BIMP-EAGA.”

(BIMP-EAGA is the acronym for Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East Asia Growth Area).

 

Speaking at MAS and MASwings Hari Raya gathering here yesterday, Abang Johari argued that if Silkair could be the regional airline for Singapore Airlines, he couldn’t see why MASwings couldn’t be the regional airline for MAS.

 

“MASwings can come out with a new model to be both full service as well as low cost.”

 

Abang Johari said the state government wanted to expand the tourism industry and that efforts were being made towards that direction.

 

“I have written a letter to the chairman of MAS and MASwings telling him about the requirements of Sarawak and Sabah, and a copy of the letter was also forwarded to the Prime Minister.”

 

He added that he was also in close touch with his counterpart in Sabah to ensure that both states would have a common approach in tackling the problem of connectivity.

 

“The Prime Minister is actually supporting us. In the last meeting in Brunei, he asked why the MoT is slow in giving approval for the BIMP-EAGA routes. The Prime Minister has taken the matter up and I’m sure the issue will be settled soon.”

 

In the meantime, Abang Johari urged hotel operators and travel agents to modernise themselves.

 

“They will also have to rationalise the way they promote Sarawak. We can no longer use the conventional approach because you (hotel operators and travel agents) are the people who will gain in this industry.”

 

In terms of hotel rooms, he said that besides Merdeka Plaza, three more hotels were in the planning stage. This meant that eventually at least 2,000 rooms would have to be filled here.

 

“We are also building hotels in other parts of Sarawak,” he added.

 

Abang Johari also revealed that he was still trying to get amphibious aircrafts to serve Batang Ai, Bakun Dam, Damai Lagoon and Miri.

 

Sources: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/09/29/stop-dragging-your-feet-abg-jo-tells-ministry-of-transport/

 

KUCHING: MASwings aspires to be a household brand for the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

 

The community airline had held many activities in the past five months to position MASwings as an airline that serves the need of the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

 

“Being a community airline, I realise the importance of MASwings to the people of Sabah and Sarawak. Therefore, I tell MASwings employees that they really need to perform to serve the people in Sabah and Sarawak,” said the managing director of MASwing Datuk Capt Mohd Nawawi Awang during MAS and MASwings Raya open house at Hilton Hotel Kuching yesterday.

 

He revealed that 85 per cent of Maswings staff from Sabah and Sarawak. Out of 1,300, some 1,100 employees are from both states.

 

Capt Mohd Nawawi said he understood the difficulties faced by the people in rural places such as Bario and Ba Kelalan in getting from one place to another.

 

With MASwings as the lifeline for the people in the interior, he said the community airline looks forward to playing its role in serving the interior communities in Sabah and Sarawak, even with the limited equipment it has — 10 ATR aircrafts and four Twin Otters.

 

Besides serving the people of Sabah and Sarawak, Capt Mohd Nawawi said MASwings also aspires to expand beyond the shores of Sabah and Sarawak to position itself for the future.

 

“When I came in to lead the company five months ago, I realised I’m in the privileged position to take the airline into the future. When I came on board in April, my first task was to expand into BIMP-Eaga.

 

“Initially, our target was to start our operations in July and I thought three months down the road I could start our first operation into BIMP Eaga,” he said.

 

However, to his surprise, MASwings is still waiting for approval from the Ministry of Transport to launch its operation.

 

“I went regularly to Putrajaya to explain our strategies and told the minister that we are ready to start our operation into BIMP Eaga,” he added.

 

Among those who were present at the open house yesterday were Minister of Tourism and Heritage, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg; Assistant Minister of Heritage and Tourism, Datuk Talib Zulpilip; Tourism and Heritage Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik; Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive Datuk Rashid Khan; MAS area manager for Sarawak, Mohd Asif Abd Talib and MASwings Sarawak regional manager Zainuddin Mohammed.

 

Sources: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/09/29/maswings-eyeing-to-become-household-name/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MIRI: The International Trade and Industry Ministry feels that an airline that facilitates intra-state travel inside Sarawak and Sabah and between Sarawak and Sabah could be viable in the long-term if the airline is allowed to fly also to Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines.

 

Its deputy minister Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan yesterday said the ministry felt that having a regional airline covering East Malaysia, Brunei, Kalimantan and Philippines would be more economically sustainable if it focused on Sarawak and Sabah only.

 

“The suggestion to set up a domestic airline for Sarawak and Sabah should be viewed in a positive light. There is indeed a rapid reduction in the number of flights between the cities and towns inside Sarawak and Sabah and between the two states,” he said.

 

“Having a separate airline to service the two states will boost connectivity, enhance trade and facilitate the setting up of more joint ventures in industrial projects as well as boost tourism.

 

“It will help facilitate the flow of people between the two states and inside them. However, the economic viability of such a domestic airline in the long-term is another factor altogether.

 

“The costs of sustaining its operation over the long-term period will be enormous. In view of the current economic situation in the country and also the current global economic uncertainties, the setting up of this domestic airline for Sarawak and Sabah may be difficult unless the airline also serves the countries surrounding Sarawak and Sabah,” he told The Star.

 

Jacob, who is Baram MP, was commenting on a proposal by the Sarawak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the Federal Government consider the setting up of a separate airline for Sarawak and Sabah because MAS, AirAsia and MASwings are constantly reducing their flights in and into the two states.

 

Jacob yesterday said there was a big movement of people in the Sarawak-Sabah-Brunei-Kalimantan-Philippines sector and a regional airline that operates in this area would not only be sustainable, it could also be profitable.

 

He hoped that the business chambers in Sarawak and Sabah would aggressively pursue this domestic airline idea with the federal ministries and see how far they could go.

 

He also noted that in order to establish a regional airline, neighbouring countries must also give air clearance and landing rights.

 

Thus, consultation between the governments would also have to be carried out at the federal government level.

 

In the meantime, Hornbill Skyways chief executive officer Datuk Aidan Wing said the state-owned aviation company was willing to play a management role in handling such a domestic airline if it was not too costly.

 

“We are willing to discuss the idea with the relevant ministries if there is an official proposal to us.

 

“Right now, we have a fleet of mostly helicopters, but we also have three fixed wing aircraft for chartered and unscheduled flights.

 

“We have the experience of running an airline, but the finer details of the cost must be looked into very carefully if we are to be a partner in any domestic airline,” he said.

 

Hornbill now operates flights for aerial surveys and mappings and also for offshore oil and gas projects.

 

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/10/4/sarawak/9624251&sec=sarawak

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They have not come to their senses! I agree they should start their own airline rather than bitch and moan about MAS and AK, but yes, you're right. It's so not gonna happen cuz they haven't got the brains and balls to do it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember SAEAGA Airlines...doomed before it took off...

Now that is one alarming statement to make upon an object that wasn't naturally intended to be flying :p

 

Back to topic, I guess the SAEAGA episode must be considered in parallel with the 'Midas touch' effect of anything related to Ekran in those days ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

KUCHING: East Malaysian community airline MASwings Sdn Bhd (MASwings) has taken a stand to clarify certain issues pertaining to its serviced rural routes and flight frequencies.

 

The call was made in response to a media report quoting the Bintulu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry as saying ‘current services are not up to expectation and that businesses in need of easy connectivity are feeling the effects of cancelled routes and reduced flight frequency’.

 

The association also claimed that in Bintulu, MASwings had cut down its flights to-and-from Kuching to only one daily, of which the return flight from the state capital was at 4.25pm with a transit in Sibu.

 

“We haven’t cancelled or revised any flight on our Kuching-Bintulu route. The fact about the one-per-day flight is not correct,” affirmed MASwings’ managing director Datuk Mohd Nawawi Awang in a telephone interview with The Borneo Post yesteday.

 

He added that since March last year, MASwings had been providing twice-daily return flights for its Kuching-Bintulu route. The additional flight, which flies between Kuching and Bintulu via Sibu, became fully operational in March this year.

 

“So, we actually have two-plus-one flights between Kuching and Bintulu – not just one as claimed.”

 

In the said media report, the Bintulu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s president Datuk Sia Hiong Ngie stated that the chamber had received many complaints – both from the business community and pub