The latest in a long line of new Malaysian start-up carriers, Premier Air, plans to launch charter services in September, equipped with two British Aerospace 146 regional jets.

Premier general manager Selva Kumar says that the privately backed airline has already been granted an air-operator's certificate by the Malaysian authorities and is now in negotiations with BAe's Asset Management Jets to lease two 80-seat 146-100s.

The Malacca-based airline plans initially to focus on charter services within and between Peninsular and East Malaysia, under contract to tour companies. Destinations may include Penang, Langkawi Island, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

Premier joins a growing number of Malaysian regional carriers, including AirAsia, Saeaga, Transmile and Trans-Pacific Air. Some smaller carriers, however, have fallen by the wayside.

Source: Flight International