Malaysia MASwings eyes additonal Twin Otter

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Malaysia Airlines subsidiary MASWings hopes to add an additional Twin Otter aircraft, which could be used to operate new interior routes in Sabah and Sarawak, MASwings MD Salleh Ahmed is reported by saying by Bernama, Malaysia's national news agency.

MASwings has five ATR 72-500 aircraft with five more on order. It also operates six Fokker 50 aircraft, and four de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter series 300s.

"We are undertaking a major fleet renewal programme," Salleh...... "We will be adding another five ATRs by April next year," he says. "By then we will be ready to phase out the Fokker 50."

Malaysia Airlines' MASwings has enjoyed strong growth in passenger traffic over the last six months.

"We are flying more than 70,000 passengers a month compared to between 40,000 and 50,000 previously,"

Salleh also says the carrier has a load factor of 62%.

A wholly-owned domestic subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, MASwings serves over twenty destinations in the eastern Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, which are located on the island of Borneo.