MASwings awaits nod of regulators to serve Bimp-Eaga

Passengers walking by a flight schedule monitor at the Brunei Darussalam International Airport. Picture: BT/Yusri Adanan

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MALAYSIA'S MASwings is expanding into the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines- East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga), Malaysian news agency Bernama yesterday said.

The report said the airline had confirmed it would field flights to Brunei, Kalimantan and the southern Philippines as MASwings' Managing Director Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said the "airline had sufficient technical expertise and staff to cater for the expansion (and) is now waiting for the green light from the relevant authorities".

Dato' Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, former Malaysia high commissioner to Brunei, earlier this year said the expansion was on the cards. "Brunei happens to be an important market for Malaysia when we talk about tourism, although people say Brunei is a small number, but it's just below Thailand in terms of arrival numbers. So that makes Brunei an important market to us which cannot be ignored."

Previous reports from Bernama on the possibility of a MASwings expansion had stated the airline had hoped to use an ATR 72-500 aircraft for the Bimp-Eaga routes although the current report did not confirm these details.

MASwings parent, Malaysia Airlines Bhd, reportedly recorded a net profit of about RM310 million for the first-quarter ended March 31, 2010. Ying Chia The Brunei Times