BKI-MYY is mostly mixed bag. I have a classmate who says most of the flights are empty. AFAIK the profiting atr routes are Kuching to miri, miri to mulu(surprisingly due to rising influx of chinese tourist), kuching to bintulu, kota kinabalu to lahad datu, kota kinabalu to sibu. Believed the terminating routes mentioned in the article by transport ministry is due to the fact they're no longer subsidizing them and believe ak/mag or od should take up the route and operate them commercially. The funny thing they mentioned the load on the terminating routes have a load factor of 86% when most of the time they're barely half full except for kch-myy. Either the minister does not know what his talking about or his simply taking data from holiday seasons or during the current frequency reduction imposed by maswings.
The main concern now after the termination is for ak or mag or lion group to find the right aircraft. The ATR is not a very good platform while the b738/a320 is excess capacity. Think they'll have to take a look at the embraer 135,175 or bombardier cs300 most the airports in sabah sarawak can take jets now.
I believe MASwings' MYY-KCH-MYY are making money mainly due to the fact that MAS do not fly that sectors at night anymore and some businessman do day trip to and fro both cities. So timing fit their purpose. Or when AK price is higher than MASwings offer price when the travellers need frills.
Yeah, if B737 or ATR or A320 cant work; get some new types of the right size that fit East Malaysian market. Most importantly, connectivity cannot be lost.
But i doubt AK cannot make it work generally. They should be seeing the potential, else it wouldnt be upgrading from 7x weekly during the good old days till a whopping 29x weekly from 26 Dec for MYY-KCH-MYY.
Same goes for BTU and SBW city pair from KCH, 3x daily should be a sufficient connectivity. If no demand, I don't see TF will want to increase frequencies.
I couldn't understand it too. Often travel on MH MYY-KCH vv. and the tickets are still cheaper than MASwings when you include taxes.
If they're removing BKI-MYY, I'm not sure if they will remove BKI-LBU-MYY as there are few flights daily too, and the loads were bad, at least from my memory. I think most travel on MASwings only when AK times for BKI-MYY (1-2 daily) doesn't suit them.
You're right about KCH-MYY. Loads are almost always exceptionally good if you compare it with other routes. I stay in both Miri and Kuching, so I travel between the 2 very often. Flights, no matter MH, AK or MASwings, are more than 80% full, MASwings flight can be 100% full, even on weekdays.
Bought ~RM800 KCH-MYY-BBN vv. a while ago. Also bought KCH-KUL-PER with half that price before on AK/D7.
There were plans by both Sarawak/Sabah Gomen to do so. But plans will remain as plans, never to materialise.
Can we see CS series here in the future? May TF will lease the rumoured CS300 and base it in KCH/MYY/BKI? (wishful thinking)
Yes, AK MYY-BKI-MYY timing is quite not conveience honestly. Wonders would there be any frequencies upsizing after MASwings pulled out. I remembered during the initial days when MAS fully passed this route to them, mostly ate direct flights; now ample are routed via LBU, so guess Jahur is correct also, load is a mixed bag. But dont think MYY-LBU-MYY will be much affected, is not on the axed list and yet they still have the demand from the oil and gas sectors.