MASwings' KK, Kuching flights from Feb 1


MASWINGS has confirmed that from February 1 it will begin operating twice daily from Kota Kinabalu (KK) and thrice weekly from Kuching to Brunei.

The MASwings Corporate Communications & Admin office in an e-mail to The Brunei Times said it has opened up the booking for the Brunei sectors since December 22, 2011.

"From Kota Kinabalu to Brunei, we will operate twice a day, and for Kuching, the flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays," MASwings said, adding that the inaugural flight will be on February 2, from Brunei to KK.

When asked about the the rumours that MASwings was looking to operate from Miri and Mulu to Brunei, it said that presently the focus is only from KK and Kuching into the Sultanate.

"With this launch, we are offering introductory fares up to 70 per cent of the normal market fares until February 29, 2012 for travel up to April 30, 2012," MASwings said.

The statement added: "Our normal market fares are distributed to all channels of distribution if passengers want flexibility on the fare conditions. So they can approach travel agents, our call centre, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) ticket offices or access through the Internet."

MASwings believe that travellers from Brunei can take advantage of its parent company, MAS, for flights from KK to Taipei and from KK to Hong Kong or avail offers on code-share flights with Korean Air, having direct connectivity between Sabah and South Korea.

The airlines also informed that there is a glitch in the MASwings website and its team is trying to fix the problem which may be resolved today.

"On MAS' web page, our promotional fares are being displayed correctly, hence we are advising passengers to book through MAS web page to get the best deals," the statement said.

In May 2011, MASwings' Managing Director, Datuk Capt Mohd Nawawi Awang said that he was "confident" that flights from KK to Brunei will take off on July 1 or in July itself.

However, MASwings in September 2011, was met with the Malaysian Transport Ministry's refusal for a quick approval to become a sub-ASEAN carrier, causing flights to be pushed back further to October 2011.

MASwings Chairman Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin said the airline was currently awaiting approval from the Transport Ministry.

In November 2011, Datuk Capt Mohd Nawawi again stated that flights will be in operation by early 2012.

"Hopefully, in the next few days, we will be getting the long awaited approval to operate into BIMP-EAGA. This will be a new dawn for MASwings, and we hope to launch the first phase of our BIMP-EAGA operations by early next year," Datuk Capt Mohd Nawawi said in a report from Bernama.

MASwings is also planning to service other BIMP-EAGA destinations in future, with hopes of having flights to Southern Philippines' Mindanao and Palawan, and Manado in Indonesia.

The fully-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines currently flies to 22 destinations within Sabah and Sarawak with a total fleet of 10 ATR 72-500 aircraft and four Twin Otter aircraft with over 1,300 staff.

The Brunei Times

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