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Sunday January 20, 2008
KUCHING: MASwings will offer an additional 85 flights in Sarawak and Sabah from tomorrow when the seventh Fokker F50 aircraft joins its fleet.
Managing director Dr Amin Khan said the increased fleet enabled MASwings to have additional weekly flights of 42 in Sarawak, 11 in Sabah and 32 between the two states.
He said the Kuching-Sibu route, for example, had been increased from seven to 14 flights a week, which will be well received by the business community.
In addition, the Miri-Kota Kinabalu route is increased from 10 to 21 weekly flights and this will enable more tourists arriving in Kota Kinabalu to fly to Miri and on to Mulu.
With these 85 extra flights, we are gearing up for Chinese New Year and subsequently the school holidays, he told reporters at a media briefing here yesterday.
He added MASwings now had seven Fokker F50 and five Twin Otter aircraft.
It expects to fly a total of 27,000 trips with more than 700,000 passengers, he said.
Dr Amin Khan also said MASwings had improved its on-time performance since its launch from 83.9% in October to a record 93.7% this month, exceeding its benchmark of 86%.
In addition, he said full interlining was now available on MASwings, where passengers could book flights on multiple carriers and multiple legs with a single booking reference.
For example, a passenger flying from London to Mulu via Singapore and Kuching can check in all the way from London to Mulu and vice versa, he said.
He added that online booking prices were 15% to 35% lower compared to purchasing through travel agents or at Malaysia Airlines offices.
The online booking engine at www. maswings.com.my also allows reservations on MAS flights.
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