PETALING JAYA: Scanda Sky PLT has denied portraying itself as an airline company following a warning issued by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom).
Scanda Sky chief executive officer Stanley Hu said it merely chartered flights from existing licensed airline companies, including Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS), for tour packages in Ipoh and Guangzhou, China.
"Scanda Sky needs to strongly clarify that although it did indeed advertised and promoted that scheduled flights would be provided, it is not doing so like a commercial airline company such as Malaysian Airlines would do.
"The sales of tickets currently shown on the website is a no-commitment two-week promotional gimmick offered by Scanda Sky to the public to experience what it is like to take up tour packages that included the chartered flights.
"After the first two weeks, all seats on the flights that Scanda Sky charter from the existing airlines could only be procured from affiliated tour agencies, tour groups or other entities licensed to provide tour packages. These companies will have their payment gateway or their site linked to our site," said Hu in a statement on Friday (Nov 29).
Hu said this in response to a warning letter issued by Mavcom, ordering Scanda Sky to cease marketing its services as well as advertising itself as a commercial airline.
Mavcom noted that Scanda Sky had entered into a charter agreement with MAS and that the flight in question was in fact operated by MAS.
But Scanda Sky should not have advertised and promoted scheduled commercial flights on its website, said Mavcom.
It also noted that news articles affirmed that Scanda Sky had launched its "inaugural flight" on Nov 27 from Ipoh to Guangzhou, China.
Mavcom said Scanda Sky was not an airline licensed under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 (Act 771).
“The Commission wishes to make clear that Scanda Sky is neither a holder of an Air Service Licence (ASL) nor Air Service Permit (ASP) issued either by the Commission under Act 771 or issued under the Civil Aviation Act 1969 (Act 3).
“An ASL or ASP is required for the carriage of passengers, mail or cargo by air, for hire or reward, whether it is on a scheduled or non-scheduled journey between two or more places, of which at least one location is in Malaysia.
“As such, Scanda Sky may have misrepresented itself to the public via the said news reports and its website that it is a Malaysian carrier permitted to operate such services," said Mavcom in a statement on Friday.
According to Hu, Scanda Sky had always made it clear that it was not an airline company and that it was merely offering tour packages inclusive of flight services at premium pricing.
"Scanda Sky also wishes to inform the public that it was never properly contacted and given reasonable time and opportunity to clarify the suspicions raised by Mavcom," Hu said.
Scanda Sky also claimed that it had only received Mavcom's warning and suggestion on Thursday (Nov 28), but the news was spread all over the media on Friday afternoon.
"Mavcom had not used a proper manner to clarify the matter with Scanda Sky before releasing a statement that is damaging to the reputation of Scanda Sky," added Hu.