KOTA KINABALU — The presence of Maswings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines in Sabah and Sarawak, has boosted the business, tourism and other sectors of the economy which depend on reliable and safe air connectivity.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said Maswings, which had grown to become a household name in the two states, had connected smaller towns, while facilitating air travel for those who need to go from one place to another quickly.
“In October this year, you will turn 10, celebrating a decade of connecting communities in Sabah and Sarawak. Having operated for almost a decade, I trust Maswings now has the experience it needs to move to the next level.
“You have what it takes to offer more and with a strong management team, I am sure we will soon see Maswings make greater strides,” he said in his speech at the unveiling of the Negaraku Livery on Maswings ATR 72-500 aircraft at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport here today.
The text of his speech was read by Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun.
Also present was Maswings Chief Executive Officer, Aminuddin Zakaria.
Musa said Maswings had been aggressively promoting its products and services throughout Sabah and Sarawak, despite the difficulties and challenges it faced, both in terms of commercial and operational considerations.
He said despite some setbacks, the airline had shown commitment in delivering safe and reliable air transportation.
“On our part, the state government will continue to ensure we are able to better facilitate air travel requirements in consultation with the related authorities,” he added.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters after the event, Masidi suggested that Maswings add more aircraft to the fleet, as a step towards reducing delays and cancellation of flights, as well as improving services for the comfort of passengers.
“Once in a while, we hear about flights being cancelled. When one aircraft breaks down, it is difficult for another to take over, as it has only 10 serving both Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
Source : Malaysian Digest