MASkargo said in a statement that the new service would fly from its home base at the KL International Airport (KLIA) to the two cities using its A330-200 freighter aircraft, five times weekly.
Besides carrying general cargo, the new service is designed to cater to the growing e-commerce and courier business demand between the peninsula and East Malaysia.
“As the Asian cross-border e-commerce is booming, MASkargo is poised to tap into this market given the world class warehouse facilities we operate and our vast belly and freighter network,” said MASkargo chief executive officer Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi. “This express freighter service to East Malaysia is timely as we intend to position KLIA to be a major e-commerce hub in the region,” he added.
MASkargo noted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently announced the introduction of the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone, adding that the air cargo carrier was set to support the nation’s aspiration.
Flights are scheduled to depart early in the morning, allowing shipments to arrive and be processed before noon.
The inaugural flight MH6164 to Kota Kinabalu departed KLIA at 6am, while MH6114 departed for Kuching at 6:20am, carrying 30 tonnes of express cargo each.