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4 hours ago, Mohd Suhaimi Fariz said:

Sarawak already stated that they are willing to take over MASwings, with reports stating such being released as early as 2015. So how is it ignorant to say "let them run MASwings?"

There's nothing arrogant about the statement, unless you already has preconceived notions about it.

https://sarawakvoice.com/2019/06/08/sarawak-minat-kuasai-maswings/

https://www.hmetro.com.my/mutakhir/2019/02/418953/sarawak-teliti-cadagan-syarikat-penerbangan-sendiri

https://www.theborneopost.com/2015/04/29/kerajaan-sarawak-dan-sabah-optimis-ambil-alih-maswings/

I think you missed this new memo. Sarawak government is looking to lease aircraft for their new airline. They pulled out the negotiation earlier this year to take over Maswings and they are not keen to take over Maswings debt too. They are still "pursuing the possibility" but didn't give more details. So the deal as good as dead.

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/82908-malaysias-sarawak-state-mulls-leasing-for-new-airline

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1 hour ago, JuliusWong said:

I think you missed this new memo. Sarawak government is looking to lease aircraft for their new airline. They pulled out the negotiation earlier this year to take over Maswings and they are not keen to take over Maswings debt too. They are still "pursuing the possibility" but didn't give more details. So the deal as good as dead.

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/82908-malaysias-sarawak-state-mulls-leasing-for-new-airline

They're better off taking over MASwings as the assets & people are already ready & available. As for the debt, let the Federal government take it.

Just because they announce this, doesn't mean things can't change.

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For maswings to stop losing money, the gomen should replace atr-72 with smaller aircraft, ras to operate by single engine single pilot turboprop.

 

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41 minutes ago, KK Lee said:

For maswings to stop losing money, the gomen should replace atr-72 with smaller aircraft, ras to operate by single engine single pilot turboprop.

 

Single engine turboprop Does not work in this region. Look at susi air. For it to work the weather in borneo should be good all year round. 

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5 hours ago, Mohd Suhaimi Fariz said:

They're better off taking over MASwings as the assets & people are already ready & available. As for the debt, let the Federal government take it.

Just because they announce this, doesn't mean things can't change.

You must be one genius to think the Federal Government would let them take everything else except debt. No free lunch in this year.  They are pretty adamant to start their new airline with zero debt, not to be saddled by debt and lease done by MAB Group. 

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I think MASWings is something that the Federal Govt. wants to abolish over time - it is better to have cheaper alternative modes of transportation in East Malaysia. It may take 10-15 years to achieve that, but it should be sorted out for the long term future of the country. East Malaysia is big but not as remote as Australia. So there should be viable solutions for land transport if there is a political will to implement them.

MAB should focus itself to run on a commercial basis - so MASWings should not be part of MAB.

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Don't think there is any viable land transport for interior part of Sabah and Sarawak. travelling by boat or long boat is time consuming too. Air travel is essential, no matter how we perceive it. 

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Take a step back and you can see that Sarawak (non-PH) state is always on the opposite end with PH decisions and policies.  This has more to do with political pride than business sense.  Always Nancy vs Guan Eng.  Wait until the next state election and should PH control the state, we might just see some improvement in air connectivity for Sarawak and the whole of Borneo.

Sharing some recent news from Sabah PAL will commence 3 x weekly flight from Zamboanga to BKI sometime in March with Q400, and they are planning to re-open the Semporna airstrip to cater for flight to Semporna.  Sarawak is really left behind in terms of air connectivity and tourism.

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11 hours ago, JuliusWong said:

You must be one genius to think the Federal Government would let them take everything else except debt. No free lunch in this year.  They are pretty adamant to start their new airline with zero debt, not to be saddled by debt and lease done by MAB Group. 

And why not, especially if the federal government can wangle some concessions from Sarawak?

Ever heard of payment in kind?

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On 10/31/2019 at 2:34 PM, Mohd Suhaimi Fariz said:

...If the federal government no longer want to properly support the RAS, why should MAB bore the brunt? Let the Sabah/Sarawak government run it....

 

Or perhaps just re-channel the RAS subsidy towards improving the land and water connection instead. 

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2 hours ago, Mohd Suhaimi Fariz said:

And why not, especially if the federal government can wangle some concessions from Sarawak?

Ever heard of payment in kind?

You think they would do payment in kind?  Sarawak government is suing federal government for oil royalty. They won't be kind to federal government.

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4 hours ago, JuliusWong said:

You think they would do payment in kind?  Sarawak government is suing federal government for oil royalty. They won't be kind to federal government.

Why is that? 

Because the old man did not act in good faith against Sarawak. No wonder the negotiations didn't go well. 

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Nah, this has been going on for years, and I get your hatred for Dr. M and it shows with every single of your comment. Let's agree to disagree. 

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13 hours ago, JuliusWong said:

Nah, this has been going on for years, and I get your hatred for Dr. M and it shows with every single of your comment. Let's agree to disagree. 

I don't see how my feelings for the old man has any relevance to the situation at hand. I'm just pointing out the facts.

Maybe if people would be more critical of him, the way they do with the previous administration, maybe they wouldn't treat the people with contempt the way they do now.

 

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On 11/1/2019 at 6:38 PM, jahur said:

Single engine turboprop Does not work in this region. Look at susi air. For it to work the weather in borneo should be good all year round. 

Unless gomen is willing to subsidize forever, RAS could either terminated or need to change to reduce losses.  Believe commuters understand and would accept re-schedule due to weather.

On 11/1/2019 at 9:57 PM, JuliusWong said:

Don't think there is any viable land transport for interior part of Sabah and Sarawak. travelling by boat or long boat is time consuming too. Air travel is essential, no matter how we perceive it. 

There are reasons to keep fixed deposits isolated.

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10 hours ago, KK Lee said:

Unless gomen is willing to subsidize forever, RAS could either terminated or need to change to reduce losses.  Believe commuters understand and would accept re-schedule due to weather.

There are reasons to keep fixed deposits isolated.

Another issue with single engine turboprop crew and passengers have to undergo survival training or they would have to sign indemnity letters because insurance wont do it. The police air wing are doing this on their single engine pilatus. The reliability of single powered engine coupled with the topography of Sabah Sarawak is a challenge. To enable single engine turboprop to fly it means CAM has to overwrite a lot of regulations. Try to imagine youre flying and your engine fails on cruise you cant fly back like the twin otters  cause you only have one engine youre gonna have to ditch but you cant cuz the area you're flying in is full of uneven terrains and trees. Its a bunch of lawsuits waiting to happen. Thats what happened to most of the GA operators in indonesia.

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1 hour ago, jahur said:

Another issue with single engine turboprop crew and passengers have to undergo survival training or they would have to sign indemnity letters because insurance wont do it. The police air wing are doing this on their single engine pilatus. The reliability of single powered engine coupled with the topography of Sabah Sarawak is a challenge. To enable single engine turboprop to fly it means CAM has to overwrite a lot of regulations. Try to imagine youre flying and your engine fails on cruise you cant fly back like the twin otters  cause you only have one engine youre gonna have to ditch but you cant cuz the area you're flying in is full of uneven terrains and trees. Its a bunch of lawsuits waiting to happen. Thats what happened to most of the GA operators in indonesia.

Always wonder how United Kingdom does for their remote location flight? Anyone has any insight?

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1 hour ago, JuliusWong said:

Always wonder how United Kingdom does for their remote location flight? Anyone has any insight?

GA flights operated by airlines in Eu are using twin engine britten norman, vikings and dornier. Some better financed companies even opted king air though king air is not a pure stol aircraft due to lower wing design. Single engine turboprops are mostly charter basis or courier and fly to islands.

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29 minutes ago, Craig said:

I am surprised no one has suggested seaplanes yet to lower cost. So many rivers in Sabah and Sarawak 😬

It can work but then again it has yo be twin engine. If u fly single engine as a passenger. You have to sign an indemnity letter. Not only that your crew would be always looking for ditching site to ditch if something goes wrong chances of better survival to ditch in water over the forrest XD. OSH requirements also means the crew would require certification for jungle survival like how Sabah Air Hornbill and Layang Layang did. Another problem RAS has to be operated by a full airline not a GA charter company. Meaning passengers cant sign indemnity forms. Back to square one again to use twin engine. All these issues is also some reason state govs are not keen on starting it will drill big operating expenses.

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2 minutes ago, Kenny Sing said:

probably no enough length for take off? or the water level?

There were amphibious flights long ago by GA companies but no load as the seaplane mostly land in coastal area. Some ras sectors in sarawak are way deep inland. Another option is to actually enhance the road network condition but then how much flora and fauna had to be taken out.

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On 11/1/2019 at 9:30 PM, flee said:

I think MASWings is something that the Federal Govt. wants to abolish over time - it is better to have cheaper alternative modes of transportation in East Malaysia. It may take 10-15 years to achieve that, but it should be sorted out for the long term future of the country. East Malaysia is big but not as remote as Australia. So there should be viable solutions for land transport if there is a political will to implement them.

MAB should focus itself to run on a commercial basis - so MASWings should not be part of MAB.

im not sure about other routes, but from my observation MASWings actually increasing the BKI-LDU frequency. and mostly it can be like 70-90% loads. 

SDK-LDU still a bit low, but still manage to secure at 60-70% on my flight, last week. 

another flight i notice is BKI-MULU on ATR72, the load is like 50%? 

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18 minutes ago, Samuel Chy said:

im not sure about other routes, but from my observation MASWings actually increasing the BKI-LDU frequency. and mostly it can be like 70-90% loads. 

SDK-LDU still a bit low, but still manage to secure at 60-70% on my flight, last week. 

another flight i notice is BKI-MULU on ATR72, the load is like 50%? 

I really don't know how much marketing and promotions MASWings does. I am also not sure how much budget they get for such activities.

For the not so popular routes it seems that they are just happy to receive RAS subsidies and offer pax a take it or leave it product.

On the popular routes, they don't have to do the sales and promotion work - just take bookings only. Reminds me of the days when the then GLC Proton sold cars like hot cakes even though their after sales suck big time.

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