MASWings Apply Permit to Fly South

 PPS, CEB, ZAM, DVO Finally!

31 July 2013

Malaysia Airlines subsidiary MASwings has finally applied with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for “Foreign Air Carrier’s Permit (FACP) to operate international scheduled air transportation services” in the Philippines. 

MASwings intends to fly to Puerto Princesa in the Philippines from Kota Kinabalu, says its Chief Commercial Officer, Shauqi Ahmad after deferring its application couple of times in the past due to adverse market conditions. 

Flight is expected to begin at the end of the year after securing regulatory approvals.

Ahmad said it will be the airlines first destination in the Philippines and the route will be flown using ATR 72-500 planes.
The airline intends to open additional destinations in Zamboanga, Davao and Cebu from Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan after launching flight to Puerto Princesa.

Parent Malaysia Airlines recently confirmed an order for 20 ATR 72-600s and 16 options valued at $840 million which will go to its Firefly and MASWings subsidiaries beginning in mid 2013.

MASwings currently operates a fleet of 10 ATR 72-500 similar to those being used by Cebu Pacific. It expects to receive 16 of the newer generation ATR 72-600 for flights between BIMP- EAGA Region.

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