PETALING JAYA: Raya Airways Sdn Bhd is expanding its fleet with an additional Boeing 767-200F aircraft to increase its capacity and boost greater efficiencies for the carrier.
“We are delighted to welcome this new addition to our fleet as it unlocks network expansion opportunities and provides us with the capacity to increase our flight frequency and improve connectivity to and from Malaysia.
“Raya is committed to serve as one of the key enablers in the supply chain ecosystem which reflects our unique position in transporting goods requiring a high level of speed, reliability, and security for our customers, ” said its managing director Mohamad Najib Ishak in a statement yesterday.
The expansion came as a surprise as many airlines were globally consolidating their fleets amid the uncertainty of the economic recovery due to the Covid-19 pandemic fallout.The airlines industry was one of the worst-hit sectors due to the Covid-19 that saw more than half of the world’s population going into some kind of lockdown.
Raya Airways, formerly known as Transmile Air, is a logistics solution provider with services including transportation of cargo by air, aircraft charter services, ground handling maintenance, as well as repair and overhaul.
Mohamad Najib pointed out that the new aircraft is part of Raya Airways’ long-term re-fleeting exercise, which will contribute towards the reduced operational cost for maintenance and crew training.
The aircraft has a load capacity of 40 tonnes and an estimation of a 5,500km flying range.
With the addition, Raya Airways’ total fleet size has increased to four aircraft encompassing two other Boeing 767-200F and one Boeing 737-400F aircraft.
Mohamad Najib said the boom in the e-commerce sector has reshaped the company’s commitment to anticipate and respond to the evolving needs of its customers and to expand its footprint in the region.
“With the added capacity, we are steadfast to continually extend our time-definite services to more destinations within Asean and potentially across the Asia-Pacific.
“Our regional network currently consists of over 70 commercial flights per week of which capital cities and other major business centres are interconnected, ” he pointed out.The aircraft was delivered from Wilmington Air Park Airport, in the United States landed at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport in Subang, on April 6 where Raya Airways’ base is located.